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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Low-Quality Promise

LA Weekly runs a story in it's newest edition entitled "Low-Quality Promise -- Mayor stretches his word on commission appointment." Here's a key section:
For starters, Baylis has been registered as a lobbyist at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority since at least November 2000, according to MTA officials. Villaraigosa’s first pronouncement on his first day in office was that he would remove lobbyists from city commissions. Although it is not the same as lobbying City Hall, lobbying the MTA hits almost as close to home with Villaraigosa, who appointed a majority of its board and basically controls the place. MTA officials have not responded to two written requests for information about projects Baylis has lobbied.

Ch2M Hill’s lobbying power and its giving spirit in the campaign-finance arena also send a strong message to would-be government reformers. The firm and its lobbyists have contributed more than $70,000 to local officials in the last five years, according to Ethics Commission records. Baylis and his wife have contributed $9,500 to various city officials since 2000, including Villaraigosa. On inauguration day, L.A.’s Best, an after-school program with its corporate office in the mayor’s office, held a charity fund-raiser. Ch2M Hill was among 40 “benefactors,” donating $25,000 to the cause, according to Sharon Yarbrough, the program’s deputy administrator.
Ummm, just guessing here, but looks like this is going to get worse before it gets better... I know I'm piling on here, but here is another funny paragraph...
Julie Butcher, head of SEIU Local 347, serves with Baylis on the commission. She says Baylis is a “mensch.” His company should be open to scrutiny, she says, but points out that he resigned from his commission post after the election, only to be reappointed by Villaraigosa. “It’s a feeble commission,” she says. “Nobody wants it to exist.”
Lot of headaches for such a "rinky-dink" commission



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Non-story -- nobody cares.

Plus Bayliss has been a long standing citizen involved in civic activities before he ever worked for the CH2Mill.

Side note, seems like the LA Weekly missed that he was a commissioner under Riordan too -- when he was just a regular guy.

November 23, 2005 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least you have some sort of oversight related to ethics at the City. At the County, it is pure corruption. Zev is the sleaviest of all. Gifts, trips, concerts, you name it from lobbyists. Then he enacts phony campaign reform that can't even be enforced. Pathetic that no one seems to care.

November 23, 2005 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack Bayliss was a close ally to Jim Hahn and very close to Troy Edwards. Bayliss raised lots of money for Hahn and even was invited to join the Asia trip Jim Hahn took in 2002. Interesting how AV is keeping this hold over from Jim Hahns camp. More important is why is AV breaking his word on no lobbyist or individuals doing business with the city will be appointed to a commission. The truth is in as we all know, follow the money. Jack Bayliss of CH2Hill raises lots of money for everyone including AV. Nothings change, just like AV will continue to take private jets and tell everyone I'll do what I please.

November 24, 2005 12:04 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Sing it with me:
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

November 24, 2005 5:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's be clear: the Quality and Productivity Commission is on the lowest rung of the food chain when it comes to Commissions. It gives out annual awards for innovation and that's it. It's a joke of a Commission.

November 24, 2005 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love the "nobody cares" responses that the AV-lovers always react with. . .

Nobody cares NOW, but when the shit starts hitting the fan, people will be looking back and saying "this is AVs pattern" -- lying, breaking promises, FAR more than what any other politician does -- we just didn't realize it.


Nothing is lost to "history" anymore. Just ask "Scalito" about things he wrote 20 years ago. . .

November 24, 2005 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, I remember now, AV said no lobbyists on any BIG, IMPORTANT commissions.

(Did someone get a tape of that?)

November 24, 2005 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many "nobody cares" does it take before somebody starts caring?

Lies about staying on city council...

Lies about accomplishments while on city council...

Lies about disposition of city funds in CD14...

Lies about "cleaning up" city hall... (takes freebies from Ameriquest, and who else?) Be honest AV, a $400 plane ticket on a private jet is STILL a damn freebie!!

(Ameriquest accountants probably shredded the check... too much bookkepping trouble to even process such a small amount).

Lies about making "more cops" a top priority...

Lies about taking over LAUSD (fake rallying speeches in the Valley don't count)...

Lies about dumping the Animal Services boss. . .

Lies about not appointing LOBBYISTS...

Lies about influence peddling "Friends and Family" campaign payback contributors ALL over the L.A. commissions. . .

Lies about...

(Help me out here people, I'm home today, don't have all my notes handy, and my hands are getting tired listing all the lies... so far).

November 24, 2005 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny headline.

People in the know in CD14 have always said there are only two kinds of promises from AV (all low quality).

1) The ones he CAN'T keep because he doesn't have the authority, and 2) the ones he has no intention of keeping.

Either way, same net gain.

November 24, 2005 10:46 AM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

Just for the record here, The Mayor of Los Angeles has a lot of clout on the MTA, but does not appoint a majority of its members. Along with his seat, he appoints three others.

There are thirteen members, including all five LA County Supervisors, LA City's four, and reps from four other cities in the district on a rotating basis, two larger and two smaller.

The chair rotates each year, LA City, LA County and one of the others.

This year it was LA City's turn, so AV is Chair. Three years ago when it was LA City's turn, Mayor Poopie did not take it, but ceded it to Hal Bernson. It would have extended his work day (from 11 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon), and he was more interested in getting home to be with his kids and water the lawn. Good priorities for any regular person, but not for the Mayor of Los Angeles.

This Mayor works from 2 in the morning to 11 at night.

The LA Ethics Commission is more interested in regulating the lobbyists that are honest and register than seeking to regulate those that do not, like employees of big companies and heads of labor unions. There is no more effective lobbyist than Julie Butcher or (remember him?) Miguel Contreras, yet they skate on reporting and get to be Commissioners.

What's wrong with this picture????

November 25, 2005 3:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This Mayor works all the time cause he doesn't want to go home and he has a mental illness of being addicted to always being in front of the camera. I would say good for him if he worked those long hours and was in city hall but he's not. Face the facts folks this mayor is nothing more than another pretty face to the media and lacks the worst leadership we've seen in this city in over a decade.

November 25, 2005 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lies to the valley about not renewing LA's contract with the dump there.

November 26, 2005 11:45 AM  

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