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Monday, October 24, 2005

My First 116 Days

Jon Regardie with the Los Angeles Downtown News has started a series chronicling imaginary Mayoral update speeches. The first installment entitled "My First 116 Days" provides some great moments of humor. The intro to get you started...

Good morning fellow Angelenos, esteemed city leaders and Jim Hahn, and trolls. Sorry, members of the press. This is the state of the city of Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2005, 116 days into my term, a shining new dreams-do-come-true era.

This is a joyous time in the city of the 21st century. This is a time of promises, or rather, a time to wiggle out of election promises, such as my pledge to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But know this: Any, I repeat any, wiggling will be done aboveboard and ethically.


You can contact Jon Regardie at regardie@downtownnews.com. This article is a must read.

38 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe the editors of Downtown News allowed this to be printed but GOOD FOR THEM. Jon states the obvious and uses comedy to make his point. Very smart guy.

October 24, 2005 8:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Awesome writing. For once, we have a paper that has guts to print and not be scared. The readership to this paper deserves to be multiplied.

October 24, 2005 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In LA City Beat, Rick Jacobs wrote an interesting article on politics and voting trends.

"Let’s look at voter turnout, which is really, really scary. If I did my math correctly, I think 9 percent of the eligible voters in L.A. elected Antonio Villaraigosa mayor. It’s a startlingly low number."

October 24, 2005 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Had a union worker, per say, come to my house and tell me to vote yes on Y. I said Y?

LA Daily News has good print news for us to read.

No on Measure Y
It's the wrong time for another bond
http://www2.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_3142258

Times thinks public schools have cooties
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-op-sandratent23oct23,0,3292185.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary

October 24, 2005 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny post I found...

My wife met the mayor this morning. She mentioned he comes across a bit of an airhead. But, she likes the fact he genuinely smiles and greets people. She said he would be a good actor not politcian. Her thoughts were, nice person but not much in the noodle area.

October 24, 2005 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Day 1-100 n/a

Day 100-116 Villaraigosa shouted while waiving his arms aimlessly in the air, "Ramallo, get over here, come here, start writing all the things I've been doing!"

Joe whispered, "But, Mayor, but you have to give me the list of things Hahn started, the ones he left here for you to finish, remember?"

Villaraigosa, "Didn't I tell you....these people are easy to please, except the trolls you know; The people get happy when they see a list, just make the list, here fix my tie its a little crooked.

Ramallo, "A little to the left, ok we got it, Mayor we'll have that list and you have a meeting with Riordan in 10. That's 10 minutes Mayor....

Villaraigosa, "It is important we start...Did I look good in the George Lopez Show?

Ramallo "7 minutes..."

Villaraigosa "I'll be right there, with all the deals I pulled for him, he can wait all day the GOP bastard. Call Meruelo, ask him if he saw me on tv?

Ramallo, It's showtime Mayor...

Villaraigosa, "Hi Dick..."

October 24, 2005 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Shit!

October 24, 2005 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its about time LA reporters aren't being afraid to print what they want and not be politically correct. This is what people want to read. LA Weekly did a great job last week exposing Jan Perry for the vindicative witch she is and how she tried to ruin the career of a good police officer and it back fired. CAN WE SAY KARMA.

http://www.laweekly.com

October 24, 2005 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Honeymoon's over AV.

Put up!

(Wwe KNOW you won't SHUT-up).

October 24, 2005 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Downtown News is not just a "downtown" newspaper anymore. It's distributed all the way north (and some parts south) of downtown in many parts of CD14, as well as parts of districts 1, 9, and even bits of 13 and 4 -- all the way into Pasadena and Glendale, even.

It actually has a bigger circ. than any of the Eastside-specific weekly throwaways, except in a couple pockets.

Tough one there, AV. Maybe it's time to switch out of campaign mode?

October 24, 2005 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 9:20 am has WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much free time on their hands... really, no joke.

October 24, 2005 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:58

Is that what you call a "rebuttal"

Why not call him/her "fat" while your at it. It would help prove him/her wrong.

Fact is, we have a cartoon caricature for a mayor now. The "energizer bunny" can't figure out how to stop beating the drum and put some energy into beating the city's problems, instead.

October 24, 2005 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

11:04

Here's an analogy, that I think will work. Antonio Villaraigosa is like Kermit the Frog, he's cute and loveable but when it comes to standing up to the Ms. Piggys (i.e Unions, DWP, LAUSD or Responsibility) he caves in and says and does NOTHING.

But h

October 24, 2005 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop that, I like Kermit.

He at least serves a purpose in this tense, stressed out world.

October 24, 2005 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I dont mind the photo ops and the endless events that the Mayor attends. But...he has to actually produce. And in a City with a small budget relative to its side, his only hope is to extract greater revenues from the DWP, Port, Airports. And he has to stand up to ALL the unions-not just DWPs IBEW, but also the Police protective League, which is basically a union. Why do they still get a 3 day work week?
Why has DWP workforce increased from 7,000 to about 9,000 workers in about 4 years?
AV needs to toughen up big time. But can he and will he?

October 24, 2005 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, and no.

An experienced observer of his first two years in city.

Can you see the Energizer Bunny, actually holding firm on some principal or policy against these groups?

October 24, 2005 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam why the long posts? I just love the caricature. Yes, the honeymoon may be over.

SO SUE US
With a good lawyer, you can beat City Hall
LA Daily News

Some Sunland residents are miffed that the city of Los Angeles has approved the Canyon Hills housing development in the Verdugo Hills. But what can they do about it?
Well, consider some recent events:

For years, Ramona Ripston, head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, including some over how the city deals with the homeless on Skid Row. On Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa named her to his Homeless Services Authority.

Bonaventure Hotel owner Peter Zen had threatened to sue to block the city's subsidy of a competing facility near the downtown Convention Center. To get Zen to back down and let the project go forward, Villaraigosa agreed to let him convert one-third of his units into lucrative condos.

Then there's Valeria Velasco, former member of a group that's gone to court to try block the city's planned expansion of LAX. Villaraigosa named her to his airport commission.

The pattern - attention Sunland residents - seems clear. Call your lawyer, then prepare to wheel and deal.

File suit, and Villaraigosa might just nix the Canyon Hills deal or throw millions into community improvements. Heck, he might even make the top plaintiff deputy mayor for the San Fernando Valley.

In the old days of city government, you had to pay to be heard. But under Villaraigosa's new management, it seems, you need to sue.

October 24, 2005 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Negotiations have long been the standard of progress in our society. Delays result in higher costs later.

Kudos to Mayor Villaraigosa for taking the lead to move things forward in this City where they have dragged for the past four years.

October 24, 2005 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only thing moving "forward" in L.A. today are Villaraigosa's political asspirations.

Get off your knees and stop kissing his ring. Even if you love this accomplishment-less waste of a massive city salary you do him AND the city no good whatsoever by continuing to ass-kiss and act as if he's "moving" when all he's getting done is to pump his own personality cult.

If you sense movement, it's just dizziness from the dancing he's had all you hero-worshippers dowing for months now. Dancing -- IN PLACE.

I said it a year ago; I'll say it now and I'll be saying it years from now WHAT HAS HE DONE????

(And all anyone can ever answer is "he's 'doing' things")

LA Daily News summed it up very well. That reporter has been covering him since he set foot in CD14 3 years ago, and knows it all. His summary stands as an EXCELLENT authority on the matter.

Can't wait for the 123-day report.

October 24, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correction: make that L.A. Downtown News...

October 24, 2005 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

1:19

This Peter Zen progress only occured once the city council doubled the amount of Subsidy of the project from $140 M under Hahn to $277 M once Villaraigosa became Mayor. He was really a non-factor until that subsidy got doubled.

So get off your knees and quit kissing his hairy brown ass.

October 24, 2005 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Begets the question, Ahhh-cheee... how do YOU know it's hairy?

Maybe I don't want to know.

October 24, 2005 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

2:15

Because I'm a man and I have a hairy ass, and chances are that AV doesn't shave or wax his ass hair.

But then again, he is a drama king

October 24, 2005 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:33, 1:45 -
Your rhetoric is very "Pacheo-esqe." Doesn't change the fact that AV delivered a political knock-out to your boy, who basically went politically comatose.

This third loss should mark the end.

October 24, 2005 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excuse me but didn't someone post that this: 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9% 9%
THAT'S IT...NOT A LANDSLIDE

Rick Jacobs, who chaired Democrat Howard Dean’s presidential bid in the state......launched a 527 committee, independent from the party, which he hopes will be a new organizing tool: the Courage Campaign.

How is the grass roots supposed to plug in?
Let’s look at voter turnout, which is really, really scary. If I did my math correctly, I think 9 percent of the eligible voters in L.A. elected Antonio Villaraigosa mayor. It’s a startlingly low number.

October 24, 2005 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:31

And, your rhetoric is Bush-esqe. Just because your boy can "win" the war, don't mean he can handle the piece (. . . ANY piece of the city). AV took his version of "Irak" (first Cd14, then L.A.) in battle and then lost his way horribly, both times. Hired lousy staff, stayed away from the problems more than he faced them, and blew off every ongoing project or program moving the district in the right direction. Crime increased, schools got worse, the district got dirtier, he lost more open space to developers than anyone since Snyder's early terms, had less constituent contact, and spread less money around (even though he had MORE) than any of the last 3 CMs in CD14.

Is he a good campaigner? Obviously.

Was he a good CM?
Fuck, no. Not even his most rabid defenders can figure out anything to pin on him as starting, moving along, or finishing for that district.

Is he/will he be a good mayor? Some want to say "too soon to tell." But I'll tell you RIGHT now -- the (real, original) dead mayors Yorty and Shaw are twirling in their graves with glee realizing there will be somebody new BELOW them, rated as a WORSE mayor by every possible form of measurement, very soon,

So in each case, it would appear, the best "candidate" won, and the best councilmember, mayor (and the CITY), lost BIG time.

Let's hope AV runs for something else, sometime soon, so he can excercise the ONLY mature political muscle he owns.

October 24, 2005 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

^Yeah compared to when Bradley first won in 1973, when a "low" 66% voter turnout (compared to 1969 75% voter turnout in which Sam Yorty defeated that negro, I mean black guy.)

Hell when Yorty lost in '73 he had more votes then Villaraigosa and Hahn combined!!!

No rhetoric just cold hard facts.

2:31

Or Huizar's win will be the beginning of the end of Villaraigosa's adminstration

October 24, 2005 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

To add, that Villaraigosa's win as Mayor was not a Landslide by any means of the imagination, especially compared to Tom Bradley when he earned 57% of the vote where 2/3 of voters voted.

October 24, 2005 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa's win was a pathetic one. Mercy i say.

October 24, 2005 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

Any word on the Bond Measure, that Villaraigosa is pushing?

I'm Voting an emphatic, NO or in the words of my black homies, "Nigga, please!"

October 24, 2005 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Next time any of you see Antonio ask him or Jose for that matter why wasn't a NEW HIGH SCHOOL BUILT IN CD14. I'm sure they won't have an answer. Now city council members are coming out and telling anyone who will listen that Antonio doesn't know what the hell he's doing. He's spending way too much time doing everything else but paying attention to this city.

October 24, 2005 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Because he's running for governor. Wake up, he's got his eye on the next move, it has nothing to do with the residents, it's all about Tony.

October 24, 2005 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAUSD and bond scam will not be tolerated.


VIDEO BLOG: NEWS BLACK OUT ON SCHOOL BOND VOTE SCAM

http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/VideoBlog14.php

October 24, 2005 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Explain this you liberal public school teaching scum.

My kid comes home from school. He says, "If I could vote, I would vote no for all the 70 something props."

Yea, why? I said. He replied, "My teacher told me the governor is taking our books next year and money for our lunch and buildings. The governor is taking all the money away from the kids and we need it more. My teacher said it is teachers vs governor and I want my teacher to win."

Immediately I took my kid to the website and informed him on what the real truth is.

Stop spreading your liberal lies to our youth...LAUSD..

October 24, 2005 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shell Games Hide Sources of Donations

With record spending expected in the Nov. 8 initiative battles, campaigns have become adept at obscuring what is being raised, paid out.

By Dan Morain
Times Staff Writer

Another issue is timing. Some funds must report donations daily, others only periodically.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez (D-Los Angeles) are raising money to defeat Proposition 77, which would strip legislators of the power to draw district boundaries and give it to retired judges.

Using funds controlled by Senate and Assembly Democrats, Perata and Nuñez in recent weeks transferred $2.25 million to the No on 77 effort.

Under the rules governing the lawmakers' funds, donations made since June 30 won't be revealed until the end of October. And money they raise between Oct. 23 and election day won't be disclosed until the end of January.

Schwarzenegger is disclosing his donors on a daily basis even though the law does not require it, his campaign attorneys say.

He "wanted to set a good example … and shine daylight into how we operate," said spokesman Rob Stutzman.

Not all of the governor's allies are following that example.

October 24, 2005 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This year, organized labor has added a twist — reporting what could be considered campaign expenses as lobbying costs.

The California Teachers Assn., Schwarzenegger's most well-heeled foe, has filed campaign finance reports showing it spent $48 million against the governor's initiatives. But in separate filings on lobbying expenditures, the teachers union has reported that an additional $8.2 million went to "influence." The reports provide no other detail.

October 24, 2005 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DANGEROUS!
IT COULD BE THE TALIBAN FUNDING THESE LIBERAL ASSHOLES AND THEY DON'T CARE TO KNOW...

"I don't know who is funding me, but I don't really care," Horowitz said. "Nobody controls me."

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, whose office oversees campaign matters including disclosure, said requirements have become "outdated."

October 24, 2005 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you recall when Kerry came to California recently to campaign against the Special Election Props. Press conference including the Mayor. Then abruptly after a troll asked a question Kerry pushed Villaraigosa off the podium, why didn't the media pick up on that. I thought it was rude of Kerry to shove shorty out of the way. I don't like mighty midget, but that was not a normal reaction. Kerry did not allow villaraigosa (mighty Midget) to answer and took over. No matter how much I dislike the non accomplishments of av, it was wrong.

October 24, 2005 10:55 PM  

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