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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Not a Villaraigosa Fan

I'm guessing this site is not a big fan of our new mayor. But then again, maybe he is just staking out a position in his race for Secretary of State in 2040...

It does sound a lot like what other people including brave MSM reporters are starting to say as well though...

39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is the worst mayor this has had. He PROMISED to find money for more police officers yet, he now says he has found $50 million for the homeless. Everyone should write, call and protest.

October 26, 2005 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Huh? said:

Huh? It's ok to affect crankiness, and there have been great curmudgeons on politics. But you're turning this site into a mere peanut gallery -- and not even a good one -- with links to still lesser nuts.

Hope it's just an off day.

October 26, 2005 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

I'll admit, I admire Antonio Villaraigosa (or what I'll call him now as Tony Montana from Scarface) for his clever games so that he always LOOKS like he's working and LOOKS like he's involved.

As a mayor, I think he's a do-nothing douche bag. But this doesn't surprise me, he's just playing the classic con-men game of Bait and Switch on LA Citizens.

Now I know why Riordan so openly endorsed Villaraigosa so this limosine liberal democrat can fuck things up so badly that the Republicans can come in and save the day.

Just you watch!

October 26, 2005 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone else get the sense that these outright vicious and hostile posts can only come from the losing side of the last election (or even the previous one)?

It's like they're in a suspended state of disbelief. I guess this is what happens when you take power from arrogant people who think it their right to be in control of everything. Now the only action they're left with is attacking.

October 26, 2005 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, no one "else" gets that sense.

What's the point of living in a democracy if after someone is elected, you just turn around and say "okay, do whatever you want" -- there still have to be room for criticism (something AV's thin-skinned and hero-worshipping supporters REALLY can't stomach), and accountability (something the man himself has never been to keen on).

AV has yet to show he can do any good thing for L.A., including his time on city council, or keep any substantive promises.

You want to keep giving him a "pass" and blame any criticism on "sore losers" - go ahead. The light at the end of that tunnel is an oncoming train.

It isn't "too early" to expect something from AV, especially for people in CD14. He has yet to earn his salary from year 1; he's well into year 3 now.

October 26, 2005 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Linda said:

I'm getting the sense that people who never question the authority, are the same Dogmatic robots who have their heads so deep up someone else's ass that they can't see reality. Hell, I voted for Villaraigosa and so far I'm disappointed, especially on his stand on supporting another School Bond. It's ok for someone to objectively critize someone's performance.

Instead of actually discussing why Villaraigosa has done a good job, all they can do is spew fruity rhetoric like what 9:51 is saying.

It's like a battered or abused spouse who stays with their mate despite the obvious abuse and missue because they "love" them.

To 7:35 and Archie Bunker, thank you for thinking for yourself and asking questions, instead of believing in what someone else tells you. Believe me if it was a "Everyone loves Antonio" fest then this blog would be pretty boring.

October 26, 2005 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Linda, you are fulla' sh*t! You didn't vote for Villaraigosa. Readers can see that the level of hostility in these posts reflects previous opposition.

Remember: "Hate leads to anger. Anger leads to fear. Fear leads to the Dark Side." - Yoda

Get over it.

October 26, 2005 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Linda said:

10:50

Whatever rhetoric person. It wasn't like I really had a choice in this past mayoral election. I figured "Hell, Hahn didn't do much, so I'll give Villaraigosa a shot"

Would it been better is I had NOT voted?

So if I'm hostle than you're right, I am because this guy isn't any better than the clueless idiot that was in office previously, and the joke is on me, because I voted for him

October 26, 2005 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

11:26 "Linda"

The joke is on you. (LAUGHS)

October 26, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:50

You missed one. Blindly following the "leader" leads you off a cliff.

October 26, 2005 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it that everytime someone posts on here that they USED to support AV, but don't now, the AV-lovers scream foul, that it's a plant?

Does that mean they really don't believe he had that many supporters, or that none post here, or they just CAN'T believe his failing to keep any of his promises might turn some supporters off eventually.

No one gets more pissed off and bitter than someone who supported and then was betrayed (ask the animal rights activists who went "whole hog" to elect him). The betrayed get FAR more bitter than any supporter of the "other guy."

The non-AV supporters here KNEW he would never deliver and will break all his campaign promises. We're not surprised (except that you LOVERS keep following blindly). How many times does he have to spank your pet issues before some change sides?

That kind of undying devotion is downright scary.

October 26, 2005 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So i suppose cleaning up City Commission's of all Lobbyist isn't doing anything.

Banning all road construction during rush hour -- again thats not doing anything.

Making every commission sign an ethics pledge, an enforceable contract that will help put more sunshine on City Hall.

Ending the Hotel Workers Strike

Ending the standoff between zen and la live.

Organizing 10,000 volunteers (not on the taxpayer dime) to clean up our local schools.

Raising over 1.2 million dollars for LA's Best -- which will fund 8 more schools for after-school care, when even the Governor's own Prop 49 has yet to fund one school for after-school care.

Just announced an effort of reallocating $50 million dollars to combat homelessness using money that is barred for public safety (these are federal mandated dollars for housing, and getting homeless folks who are suseptable to crime and committing crimes is a way of attacking public safety).

Secured the millions of dollars necessary from the federal govt to expand the carpool lanes in the Valley. Even fighting the Engineers Union in Sacrmanto.

Funding 347 more police officers in his first budget, on his way of securing the 1,000 more cops he campaigned on. He's less than 700 away from accomplishing this goal.

Got the Dept of Transportation to fix 35,000 more potholes than originally budgetted, early projections have them exceeding this and perhaps hitting 50,000 potholes filled. Which will save Angelenos money since they won't get car damage that could affect their allignment.

Got the ol unmoveable Henry Waxman to agree to study the Subway all the way to the ocean down Wilshire blvd.


He's done so much my fingers are tired of typing all of this - whew!

October 26, 2005 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TRUST me, I've been inside this camp, I wear some "starry eyed" contact lens so I'm not discovered. They really don't believe anyone could ever fall out of love with Antonio, regardless of his actions and failures.

Someone's going to have to invent a 12-step program for that. If he's ever accidentally hit by the Goldline while posing for the media there won't be enough prozac and therapists available to keep L.A. from needing mass graves for the suicide victims.

October 26, 2005 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:18 - Well stated.

October 26, 2005 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa says he can fund low-rent housing fund

Former Mayor James Hahn created the fund four years ago but was unable to provide it with more than $50 million each year.

By David Zahniser
Copley News Service

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he has identified enough money to cover the city's $100 million affordable housing trust fund, a pot of money earmarked for the construction of lower-rent homes and apartments.

Villaraigosa planned to appear at a housing summit today to discuss the plan, which will require four city departments to come up with the $50 million needed to close the gap on the housing fund.


"People said it could not be done, that this goal was unachievable," Villaraigosa said. "But today, we are making history as we address the housing crisis for our most vulnerable residents."

Former Mayor James Hahn created the fund four years ago but was unable to provide it with more than $50 million each year, in part because the city was reeling from a weakened economy following the 9-11 attacks. The fund became an issue in this year's mayoral campaign, with Villaraigosa arguing that the city should make housing more of a priority by devoting $100 million every year.

Councilwoman Wendy Greuel praised Villaraigosa for offering his plan, saying it is a sign that the city's elected officials have a renewed focus on homelessness.

"It has reached crisis proportions, and we have to do something to address the multiple causes of homelessness," said Greuel, who worked on housing issues for former Mayor Tom Bradley.

Under Villaraigosa's plan, the housing fund will receive $10 million from the Department of Water and Power, $10 million from the city's redevelopment agency, $10 million from the housing authority -- which governs housing projects -- and $20 million from the city housing department.

The infusion of funds will put the affordable housing trust fund "on a completely different scale," said Tim O'Connell, director of programs and policy for Century Housing, a nonprofit that has built and financed affordable housing projects. O'Connell, who lives in Westchester, said his own rent has gone up 10 percent annually over the last few years. And he warned that skyrocketing home prices threaten the region's economy, by making it difficult for families to find the money for medical care, transportation and other basic needs.

"People are having to pay more and more money every month just to stay housed," he said.

October 26, 2005 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

Finally a Villaraigosa Lover with some information rather than Rhetoric. I'm impressed with you already.

So i suppose cleaning up City Commission's of all Lobbyist isn't doing anything...Making every commission sign an ethics pledge, an enforceable contract that will help put more sunshine on City Hall.
Riordan did that as well, and with the same document and most of the Commissioners wiggled around it. And wouldn't this document be displayed or shown let's say online or at city hall for public view if it's really transparent.

Banning all road construction during rush hour -- again thats not doing anything.

I applaud him for this effort, but if you can't do this work early morning, then you'd have more of this work in mid-day hours and even on Weekends were they charge a nice overtime fee.
Also one important issue with this ban is HOW will it be enforced. What if it's a state highway that falls within the City of LA, how is that worked out. Nothing is really said about that.

Ending the Hotel Workers Strike That I have a nothing but praise for.

Ending the standoff between zen and la live. True, he ended the standoff, but the resolution was anything but win-win. It was increased subsidy for BOTH projects that would cost us Tax Payers more money, that means less money for hiring more police officers.

Organizing 10,000 volunteers (not on the taxpayer dime) to clean up our local schools.
Sounds nice but it isn't because they already do that via Neighborhood councils.

Raising over 1.2 million dollars for LA's Best -- which will fund 8 more schools for after-school care, when even the Governor's own Prop 49 has yet to fund one school for after-school care.
Monies already earmarked from when Hahn was in office. Read on teh city budget reports.

Just announced an effort of reallocating $50 million dollars to combat homelessness using money that is barred for public safety (these are federal mandated dollars for housing, and getting homeless folks who are suseptable to crime and committing crimes is a way of attacking public safety).
Could that money hired say more police officers?

Secured the millions of dollars necessary from the federal govt to expand the carpool lanes in the Valley. Even fighting the Engineers Union in Sacrmanto.
Actually, it still isn't secured because of Sacramento's sitting on it. And most of that work was done because of Congressman Berman., ANtonio jumped in for the Photo-op

Funding 347 more police officers in his first budget, on his way of securing the 1,000 more cops he campaigned on. He's less than 700 away from accomplishing this goal.

If I recall most or all of this funding is being BORROWED to make this happen. Not exactly stable funds are they? I'll give him that much for trying. But I don't get it when he gives away funds to developers but has to BORROW in order to keep the police together is flat silly.

Got the Dept of Transportation to fix 35,000 more potholes than originally budgetted, early projections have them exceeding this and perhaps hitting 50,000 potholes filled. Which will save Angelenos money since they won't get car damage that could affect their allignment.

This is still a work in progress, a big step. A bigger one might be hmmmm Fixing the roads altogether. But I'll give him credit for that.

Got the ol unmoveable Henry Waxman to agree to study the Subway all the way to the ocean down Wilshire blvd.
Again this is AV doing what he does best, be at the photo-op. Councilman LaBonge, got the motions passed that allow this conversation to even happen AND has been following up with Waxman to keep this dialogue going. If you look at the articles in the Daily news and LA Times, they give Antonio mention, BUT the Bulk of the leg work was done by LaBonge.

October 26, 2005 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Banning all road work??

Hasn't happened yet. So how does that even count... just words.

I hit 6 holdups related to road work and contruction spilling out into road lanes moving across one major SFV street last week at 8:15 a.m.

It took 45 minutes to go 5 miles.

Talk, talk, talk... take another picture Antonio, it lasts longer than your "promises."

October 26, 2005 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HEY, hey, hey -- go easy on AV, he's just getting started.

OH, sorry - old notes, that's what I told CD14 detractors 24 months ago... and 18 months ago... and 12 months ago).

Then I stopped telling them that (why bother).

October 26, 2005 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For "tired fingers," just past noon:

Maybe while you've got it all typed up, you should alert the mayor's staff, who stepped all over themselves just 2-3 weeks ago trying to make up big rambling excuses (uncontrollable things, like hurricanes in N.O. and police shootings), that were the reasons AV's first months had been so disappointing and slow-starting (when the Times tightened the screws just a tiny bit).

They (his staff) apparently don't know how wonderful he is since they're working so hard to cover up for his failings with natural and civic disaster excuses.

Or maybe they realize the "unclaimed" souls out here don't fall for the AV hype quite as easy.

October 26, 2005 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good point, 1:50 p.m.

Mention AV's accomplishments in CD14 to Huizar, while you're at it.

Jose bounces back from every AV-term criticism with another "I won't be like that" disclaimer. Latest one "I'll hire only staff that live in the district, and who know the area" (one of the main criticisms of AV's out-of-town staff vs. the Pacheco people they replaced.

October 26, 2005 1:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ding, ding, ding - We have a winner!

12:18 tries to give credit to MAV for "Funding 347 more police officers in his first budget, on his way of securing the 1,000 more cops he campaigned on. He's less than 700 away from accomplishing this goal."

I wrote months ago on several occasions to watch for MAV to take credit for this when it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with him. This budget accomplishment was acheived BEFORE the election through the hard work of Cindy Miscikowski scouring the budget for inefficiencies and finding the money.

It was just a matter of time before MAV or his supporters started touting that HE had increased the number of officers in the budget.

No 12:18 HE DID NOT! HE can start counting his increase AFTER the 347 he inherited.

Truly amazing how much he loves to stand in for the photo op for projects started long before he took office.

October 26, 2005 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

2:29

Thanks for adding that, I thought I had that in my response, but I didn't

October 26, 2005 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow Archie, you actually have some facts to go with your hot air -- can i say i am impressed as well.

ETHICS

Riordan may have had them sign a pledge, but Riordan still had a registered lobbyist as City Commissioners when he was Mayor.

1. Alan Arkatov - Information and Technology Commission - 1998

2. James Acevedo - Zoning Appeals Board - 1998

I might be able to find more examples, but those two should prove my point about Villaraigosa taking it a step further.

ROAD BAN

The road contruction ban while an executive order for city crews - can't stop Cal-trans from doing what they do without a similar directive from Governor Schwarzenegger. So if this is what you were referring to Archie, then yes you have a point.

LA LIVE

The Zen - LA Live fight has been characterized as a taxpayer giveaway. I question that premise on several fronts. Before i do, i think what needs to be known is that this fight has been mounting for 4 years under the Hahn administration, everytime he was approached by both parties to help broker something he threw up his hands and said nothing could be done. Which is a could characterization of summingup his term - "nothing could be done". The taxpayer money folks are referring to are in the CRA bonds that the Community Redevelopment Agency issues to pay for investments in local jurisdictions. CRA's are state mandated and live under state laws, every city whether they be a general city or charter governed city have CRA's. I think the true debate is whether or not CRA's are needed statewide, i believe thats a fair debate, or to lesser extent what the term "blighted" really means for CRA's. If we were debating those Archie, i'd admit to you having something, but instead you are talking about taxpayer giveaway - which just isn't the case.

The money the CRA can bond has to meet certain criteria, one of those criteria's is the credit-worthiness of the entity the CRA is going into business with along with the amount of bonded insurance a company has. Not too many entities meet those thresholds, so what you have left are folks with stellar creditworthiness and the money to pay the insurance bond left to deal with the CRA -- why? because we want to PROTECT taxpayer dollars.

The project was an already approved project going through its last phases of mitigation when Zen came in and threatened to hold the city hostage -- what this Mayor did was tackle the problem by the horns and put together a win-win deal.

The first "win" comes in terms of the City saving money in legal costs and lawsuits that Zen would have used --

The second "win" comes in terms of economimc growth the City will garner which in turn pays off the debt using (non-taxpayer dollars) and creates jobs in a City that desperately needs them.

So nowhere in this deal does anyone have anything to be ashamed of -- the only pissed off individuals are those who have never had a good day in their life.

DAY OF SERVICE

NO, Not all neighborhood council clean their schools -- in fact only 6 neighborhood councils since the city established them have sone any activities with any schoool in terms of clean-ups before Villaraigosa was sworn in. Dozens of neighborhood councils participated and over 10,000 Angelenos picked a bucket of paint to make their schools and City a little cleaner. Even you Archie could appreciate that no matter what the agenda.

LA's BEST

Villaraigosa raised NEW money for LA's Best -- this isn't any old hahn money, but NEW Villaraigosa money that he raised through private funds. - source LA Best website.

HOMELESSNESS

NO, that money could not have been used for more cops -- but like i said in my first post on this -- helping to solve the homelessness problem will help PUBLIC SAFETY. Getting homeless folks the care then need will cut crime, save police resources and ultimately not have LA be the POVERTY CAPITOL OF AMERICA.

COPS

I'll cede this point to you Archie -- but he had to start somewhere.

MTA/SUBWAY

You are right and kinda wrong. Labonge did push the original motion in council -- but the conversation started months before when Villaraigosa introduced it in the Mayor's race. If you recall Labonge entered the motion in the middle of the mayor's race but it wasn't something Labonge had originally campaigned on nor had he talked about it during his tenure on the MTA. So while technically correct correct on Labonge and yes he should get credit the idea goes to Villaraigosa. Also all anyone has to do is talk with Waxman and he'll tell you the dozens of conversations he's had with the Mayor compared to the 2 he's had with Labonge in 4 years.

Thanks Archie, you are a worhty advisary.

October 26, 2005 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ROAD BAN...

NO, NO, NO...

These were NOT Caltrans. These were CITY-run road crews, and, in one final case, tree trimmers CONTRACTED by the city. Sherman Way in SF Valley -- IN L.A. City, and I've seen several other major roads around the city in similar states.

In one case, there was ONE backhoe working, 6 workers staring and two lanes on a three-lane road blocked. WHY?

This is one of the biggest scams pulled in AV's first few months.

NOTHING has changed on city roads, it's PURE bullshit. Photo op fantasies.

When is some media pundit going to start following up on this crap, like they checked out potholes under Hahn?

It's hell on the roads from 6-9, get real.

October 26, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Archie, so you're worthy, because you were able to point out that, just like in CD14, the ONLY thing AV can actually tale credit for is a ONE DAY CLEANUP.

Once again, AV is the highest paid janitor in the country.

October 26, 2005 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well the Times sure seems to know something, but can't connect the dots - as 1:50 p.m. pointed out.

Earlier the called AV's time in city council "lackluster" and now more recently they're entertaining excuses from his spokespeople as to why his "program" for the city has been slowed by the realities of life.

Downtown News had the best take on that, though. He's gunning for a full-time sitcom role.

Good leaders plan for the relaities of life, don't they? Maybe one less trip out of town or a couple less photo shoots to compensate for "realities" and catch up.

October 26, 2005 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

3:00 pm

THE SUBWAY.

Believe it or not

Actually for LaBonge's getting the subway extended was one of his campaign promises when he was running for city council in 2001.

In 2002 and 2003 LaBonge and Hahn both started a conversation at an MTA board meetings when discussing the Wilshire Bus Project for the need to re-look at extending the subway and that an opportunity is there to reverse the Waxman ban to tap into federal funds (Don't forget we have a Prop A ban) to study subway extensions.

That's why for a short period of time that dialogue came about.

The idea to push for it again came at a Transportation committee meeting in June (one that LaBonge and Villaraigosa sits on) I remember this meeting because during the discussion LaBonge was just running off ideas to fix some traffic problems along th 101 and then he finally said that We have to get off of our fears and extend the Subway again.

He first tried it to the city council in September, not Villaraigosa! Then a couple weeks letter, LaBonge introduced is as a Motion to the MTA to not only study the subway BUT to repeal the Prop A ban. Villaraigosa was still an MTA board member and didn't write not ONE motion! First it was delayed by Zev. It came back again in November that time, Villaraigosa's great amiga Gloria Molina stepped in and tried to derail it because of "equity" a.k.a delay this long enough so that Hahn and company would look stupid.

It finally passed in January or February.

From that point forward LaBonge has consistently had a dialogue with Waxman to inform and update him on what's going on. Again the only reason why they agreed to study the safety is because Hahn, earmarked the funding to make that happen. One of Waxman's issues was that this study were to be done by a non MTA factor such as the city of LA or Westside Cities.

I also bring back the 2001 Mayoral campaign and ask a simple question:

If Antonio was so gung-ho about a vision of a Subway to the Ocean, How come that wasn't apart of his Transportation plan in 2001? To me, it would add some consistency much like Bradley- someone he and the media consistently compared himself too- did in 1his desire and effort to help work on and plan a Rapid Transit network in both the losing '69 and winning '73 campaigns.

October 26, 2005 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Archie Bunker said:

One more thing that I forgot to add in the post, is that: what's creating the dialogue for Waxman to listen was the fact that the LaBonge rallied the Westside Cities together in favor of this, without that support Waxman doesn't lift a finger.

But now because this not only effects LaBonge because this Methane zone is in his Council District, but he's got the Westside bases that are key to Waxman's reign in Congress, Waxman HAS to listen or else it's his ass!

The reason why I know all of this is that I lived in LaBonge's district before moving to Jan Perry's council district.

October 26, 2005 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think it's pretty safe to say that if you pulled together people "in the know" in each of the city's districts you will be able to keep deflating any of the AV-supporter claims that he's "doing things" as mayor and the truth will keep coming out that he barely arrives in time for the opening ceremony to shake hands, and get his picture taken cutting a ribbon. The best most councilmembers can hope for is that he and his staff will just stay the hell out of the way until then, so nothing gets bungled the way every initiative in CD14 did when he was suppsedly its CM.

October 26, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brian Hay you are a loser. Don't you and your fat friend Higby have something better to do than sit around and talk shit about people Get a life.

October 26, 2005 5:12 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

I must have touched a nerve. What's wrong? Can't take the heat. I probably called you on some boneheaded blunder.

Blog away dum dum

October 26, 2005 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very hard NOT to touch a nerve on the AV-lovers... they're all just so "emotions" driven, and SO thin-skinned. If they wanted to keep their pet politician from harm and abuse, he should have stayed in Sacramento, where it's safe.

Nobody here gives a flying fig what they do up there. . .


Nope their just one big collective bundle of "feelings - nothing more then FEELINGS" - Antonio makes then FEEL good about L.A., even though it's still going to hell in the fastlane.

October 26, 2005 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see AV appointed friend and family to commissions. So much for cleaning up city hall. How many on these commissions are suing the city? Promised to get more cops, we're still waiting all though he suddenly found $50 mil for homeless and that wasn't one of his promises. AV never did like Neighborhood councils and wanted to use them for clean ups and the majority said NO. Tried to use NC's for budget and they said "NO." Got voted in as Mayor by a small 9% of registered voters. "Landslide" NOT!

Waited on the sidelines and passed the buck to city council for the DWP pay hike cause he was a coward. Photo ops is what AV is good at. WE all know. Read downtownnews.com My First 116 days

October 26, 2005 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does the DNC know he was elected by 9% of the voting population for Mayor of L.A.?

Can they get a reality check and stop investing too much on this bozo the clown guy and get a real Latino Politician with merit to back up?

October 26, 2005 9:11 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

The LAw of diminishing returns my freind. The LAw of diminsihing returns.

October 27, 2005 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So i suppose cleaning up City Commission's of all Lobbyist isn't doing anything.
--he cleaned up by replacing them with his family

Banning all road construction during rush hour -- again thats not doing anything.
--I see road construction everyday, during rush hour, especially in front of Pacheco's HQ

Making every commission sign an ethics pledge, an enforceable contract that will help put more sunshine on City Hall.
--Tony the Liar forcing pledges? He's never kept a pledge in his life - public or private!

Ending the Hotel Workers Strike
--He didn't end this strike, all it was was a staged press conference orchestrated by his former girlfriend Durazo

Ending the standoff between zen and la live.
--what is zen & la live?

Organizing 10,000 volunteers (not on the taxpayer dime) to clean up our local schools.
--LAUSD went over budget by $250 million and have a $16 Billion bond and they can't clean their schools, I guess if they can't teach the students let's let them practice their future profession - what a joke

Raising over 1.2 million dollars for LA's Best -- which will fund 8 more schools for after-school care, when even the Governor's own Prop 49 has yet to fund one school for after-school care.
--how much of this money is going to Ron Martinez, Gloria's husband

Just announced an effort of reallocating $50 million dollars to combat homelessness using money that is barred for public safety (these are federal mandated dollars for housing, and getting homeless folks who are suseptable to crime and committing crimes is a way of attacking public safety).
--a $100 million housing trust is already in place, just re-inventing the wheel to take credit

Secured the millions of dollars necessary from the federal govt to expand the carpool lanes in the Valley. Even fighting the Engineers Union in Sacrmanto.
--this was in the works years ago and it was Wilson that set this in motion

Funding 347 more police officers in his first budget, on his way of securing the 1,000 more cops he campaigned on. He's less than 700 away from accomplishing this goal.
--is that why he's going to charge renters for trash pick-up?

Got the Dept of Transportation to fix 35,000 more potholes than originally budgetted, early projections have them exceeding this and perhaps hitting 50,000 potholes filled. Which will save Angelenos money since they won't get car damage that could affect their allignment.
--Hahn started this way back

Got the ol unmoveable Henry Waxman to agree to study the Subway all the way to the ocean down Wilshire blvd.
--Yeah, forget about East L.A. - and Waxman is playing Tony, not the other way around

He's lied so much my fingers are tired of typing all of this - whew!

October 26, 2005 12:18 PM

October 27, 2005 12:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only thing that's evident is that the Pacheco crowd who got their a$$es handed to them in the council campaign against AV, then the DA campaign against Cooley is about to get handed another can a' whoop a$$.

It won't shut 'em up though. Empty vessels make the most noise!

October 27, 2005 12:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's more evident you're just a brain dead chearleader, like our current mayor and don't know squat about the realities of CD14.

AV was AV - "Mr. Charisma" (and he sold the BIG LIE -- I won't run for mayor -- or else he would never have won, and Cooley was a popular incumbent.

Huizar is an unknown. Two strikes against him already.

But keep waving your pom poms (and if your so confident, stay off the streets and don't do any precinct work).

October 27, 2005 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Jimmy Blackman is posting to help his boss with a image crisis. Give it up! We are not fooled by things AV is taking credit for.

October 27, 2005 7:39 AM  

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