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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Updates from the Mayor

Thought I'd share the following e-mail that was sent our direction...It goes well with the McGreevy story in the Times:

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From: Jimmy Blackman[SMTP:JIMMY.BLACKMAN@LACITY.ORG]
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005
To: Jimmy Blackman
Cc: Marcus Allen; Robin Kramer
Subject: Message to the Villaraigosa Transition Team
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Dear Transition Team,

Nearly 50 days on the job and things are finally starting to settle down - just a little.

The Mayor has continued to demonstrate that he will be a hands on Mayor willing to tackle the tough issues to move our City forward.

A partial list of some of our highlights thus far:

* Removed all lobbyists from City Commissions
* Issued an Executive Directive banning road construction during rush hour on city streets
* Issued an Executive Directive mandating that all City Department General Managers, City Commissioners, and Mayoral staff sign an ethics pledge
* Created a Council of Education Advisors
* Conducted a successful lobbying trip to Washington D.C. that resulted in additional transportation dollars for Los Angeles - including additional funding for the 405 freeway
* Created a proposal for expanded funding for street resurfacing and strorm drain repair projects citywide

The thing that we are most proud of during the first 50 days is the exceptional staff and collection of city commissioners that the Mayor has brought on board. You, as transition team members, have been instrumental in helping to identify and recruit these individuals.

I have attached some press announcements outlining some of our major staff and commission appointments along with an organization chart of our senior staff.

Please know that our entire staff is at your disposal and you should never hesitate to contact us with questions, comments, concerns - or just to say hello.

On behalf of the Mayor, thank you once again for your support. We look forward to continuing our work with you in the days to come.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, Jimmy you forgot to add the survey Antonio wants on keeping the elephants safe at the LA Zoo. Hell with police officer's safety just keep those elephants safe.

LA Times....Villaraigosa, like Hahn, HAS REWARDED POLITICAL SUPPORTERS WITH COMMISSION POSTS. Of his appointees, 58% have written checks to his campaign committees...."He's appointing the people who gave him money," said Doug Epperhart, president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. "He's making the appointments the same way 90% of the politicians do it."

August 23, 2005 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Boy ask your Pimp to appoint more Mexican/American to the powerful commission.

I also noticed there no Mexicans on his executive level.

I understand Antonio is a Jew in his dreams but I'm here to tell him he's a Big Time Mexican.

August 23, 2005 7:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

pay to play, when is it ever going to change

August 23, 2005 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Cyberlady said:

It better not be another pay for play scenario.

August 23, 2005 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's good to see the chicano racists posting on this website (Anon 7:27 am) Welcome!

August 23, 2005 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Cyberlady said:

Mayor Villaraigosa has many of us stunned by his shyness towards the Gloria Romero bill that gives him the power he sought and spoke of during his campaign and in his inaugural speech.

My vote will not go in vain. From the beginning I did not believe that you having power over LAUSD schools would make a difference for LAUSD students. I am concerned that you ran on this issue as one of your important slogans and have just pushed it aside. Why, what happened?

Insert from http://lavoice.org/article412.html

Villaraigosa - "I have great respect for my friend Bob Hertzberg, but I don't agree we should break up the district. I believe we need to compensate teachers better for their work, give them the training they need, engage parents in improving the schools. As mayor, I'll make education our nubmer 1 priority."

August 23, 2005 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

50 days of NOTHING!!! None of these highlights is worth anything. Antonio should be the one signing the Ethics Commission letter. We are in big trouble if this is the best coming out of the gate.

August 23, 2005 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Talk about UNDERWHELMING:

* Removed all lobbyists from City Commissions

-- Wow, all four of them! Funny how they never mention how few lobbyists there were. 9:34 was right on - forgot about union leaders as they somehow don't qualify as lobbyists. Go figure the convoluted logic of that one! Of course still managed to wreck the truce between the building trades and other unions in one fell swoop by cutting the building trades leaders out of the appointments. Miguel has been gone for how long? All his hard work down the tubes in no time flat.


* Issued an Executive Directive banning road construction during rush hour on city streets.

-- Uh, actually already exists Antonio. Now let's see you enforce it. Plus, has no impact on the bigger problem of work crews from private contractors, county and state over which the city edict has no control.


* Issued an Executive Directive mandating that all City Department General Managers, City Commissioners, and Mayoral staff sign an ethics pledge

-- Only adds another piece of paper to sign above and beyond administration of the oath to uphold the same existing ethics rules that already exist. Nice 30 second sound bite that's is of absolutely no significance whatever. Adds no new obligations for commissioners at all.


* Created a Council of Education Advisors

-- Let me see, didn't the City Council already create an ad hoc committee on charter reform and education? Get elected on a platform promising to get power to appoint LAUSD Board then back down from campaign promise the first time your wife's teacher's union says they don't like the idea. Cover your tracks by creating a meaningless advisory council. More talk, less action, tastes lousy.


* Conducted a successful lobbying trip to Washington D.C. that resulted in additional transportation dollars for Los Angeles - including additional funding for the 405 freeway

-- Tell me they aren't seriously taking credit for the funding as though this was because Antonio went to Washington! Say it ain't so. Also misses the point that the meager dollars we got isn't a point of success but failure when you look to the funding per person for our neighbors in the county to the North! In reality, we got screwed but with the right spin, hey, look what we got!


* Created a proposal for expanded funding for street resurfacing and strorm drain repair projects citywide

-- Spell check for Jimmy please. This was in process before he took office. But (see above) there's a pattern emerging that the more you show up for the photo op and take credit for someone else's work, the better, after all, what do the voters know! (See also Weiss/MAV taking credit for Van Nuys Master Plan that was Cardenas' hard work over many years.)


Jimmy left one out, but mark my words they absolutely will claim credit for increasing the size of LAPD this year even though the increase was approved at budget before the election!


Meanwhile, where are the big ideas from the inauguration speech? These are tiny little incremental changes that were already in the works in city bureacracy.

I see no proposal for completing the Red Line.
I see no real long term plan to solve landfill issues.
I see no new LAX Master Plan only vague statements about the need to go forward with the green lighted projects.
I see no support for campaign finance reform.

I see nothing but Riordan the sequel in the org chart.

I see lots of shuffling of the deck chairs to accommodate as many union leaders as possible in every corner of government.

Where are the plans to implement upon winning the election? Where is Kennedy's 1000 days where you hit the ground running and make real change. The truth is they have nothing but the dreams he spoke of and are scrambling to get anything done substantively. There were no real plans ready to go. It's good he challenges us to dream because it appears that's all we have to count on for awhile.

As a list of accomplishments, this is an embarrassment. It shows he had no plan to GOVERN, only to get elected. Well Antonio, the election is over, reality is whether you like it or not we expect you to GOVERN this city - that's the job description for the Mayor - not just treat it like the stepping stone to the next campaign.

Of course he'll probably quit and move on before any accountability sets in saying he set things in motion...anyone here really in their heart think I am wrong on this last point?

And finally, I hope I'm right because the city can't survive more than two years of this type of government. PLEASE - run for something else.

August 23, 2005 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If only Huizar's staff was half as talented.

August 23, 2005 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"As a list of accomplishments, this is an embarrassment. It shows he had no plan to GOVERN, only to get elected. Well Antonio, the election is over, reality is whether you like it or not we expect you to GOVERN this city - that's the job description for the Mayor - not just treat it like the stepping stone to the next campaign.

Of course he'll probably quit and move on before any accountability sets in saying he set things in motion...anyone here really in their heart think I am wrong on this last point?"

That's why I didn't vote for AV. I knew he was going to campaign for the Governor's Office. And all he's doing is taking credit for the last 4 years of Councilmembers and Hahn's work and steady processes. Look around you there is so much development and business activity going on, reforming the Police and the community at the same time that wasn't there in the 8 sleepy years Riordan was in office.

August 23, 2005 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Republicans will not vote for this sack of shit Villaraigosa to any higher office.

August 23, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She's married, fools. Quit hating.

August 23, 2005 2:02 PM  

Blogger PracticalVisionary said:

I wonder, What's going on with the DWP pay raise? How are those commissioners sitting on the DWP will handle this situation?

August 23, 2005 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Practical the DWP issue will go before council most likely first weeks of September when they all come back from vacation thanks to our tax dollars.

This city is going down the toliet fast. John Mack, the most critical, racist of all the new police commissioners was just appointed Prez. Antonio sure had his hand in that one as well. Sad sad sad. Poor poor LAPD

August 23, 2005 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pay to play, pay to "be on my team," pay to hold pep rallies, pay to make (false) promises, pay to run for the next office, pay to pillage, pay to ignore, pay to showboat, pay to self-promote, pay to "roll up my sleeves" (and do nothing more, pay to travel, pay to have "vision" (with no plan how to use it), pay to pummel anyone who dares to challenge.

Who do we have to fucking PAY to get someone to LEAD in this damn city???

August 23, 2005 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Romero's bill is up in the Senate Ed. Committee if you care. People don't think it's going anywhere, but she miaght be picking on freshman legislators to vote in favor.

August 23, 2005 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe he finally got a clue. Parents (constituents) don't want mayor-appointed school board members. Even if it were okay with Villaraigosa doing it - he would be setting up the city for disaster with the next mayor.

Riordan's candidates all lost for a reason. Imagine if he could have appointed all the board members!

August 24, 2005 2:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"This city is going down the toliet fast. John Mack, the most critical, racist of all the new police commissioners was just appointed Prez. Antonio sure had his hand in that one as well. Sad sad sad. Poor poor LAPD"

No shit man. I can already sense one from the LAPD with John Mack, I like what AV is doing have a watchdog say the things that AV really wants to say but can't.
But it will be interesting seeing Maxine Waters and Villaraigosa get into a conflict. That is when the city will be shoulder deep in shit.

August 24, 2005 2:21 PM  

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