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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Mayor Sam's Morning Update

A city employee has allegedly been fired for blogging. William Campbell who writes the Wildbell blog was let go from his job with the Zoo for telling the story of an altercation with a fellow employee, at least that's the gist I got from the long, rambling post I could not finish. If you have a different take, post it in comments.

Following a bruising battle with the City Ethics Commission, City Councilman Jack Weiss is taking more heat again. An article in the UCLA Daily Bruin, illuminated further by Joe Mailander at Martini Republic, talks about how Wacko Jacko is feted by the society ladies of the 5th CD and UCLA officials for protecting their enclave from foot races for charity and for keeping "those people" out of the district. But local business owners give WJ a failing grade for not supporting their efforts to create a business improvement district in order to bring the Village back from the brink and restore some of its pre-Olympics glory as a LA destination.

We got a note from one of our readers that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a clue in Sunday's LA Times Crossword. Anyone know anything about this?

Former Mayoral candidate Walter Moore has a "Thanksgiving message" for all of his supporters over at MS2.

And finally, more evidence we made the right move in not taking up the offer to join Pajamas Media / Open Source Media / whatever its called. Blogger Wonkette captures a number of other bloggers takes on what Wonkette calls a "train wreck" that the blogging world is watching very closely. The first faux pas was the PM/OSM/Whatever guys either didn't catch or ignored the prior existence of another blogging Open Source Media (When you get $3.5 million of venture capital for a blog isn't there some level of due diligence that's done? Don't those guys at PM/OSM/Whatever know how to use Google?). Next, they apparently bungled and maybe even changed their story in the mea culpa they posted. Jeff Jarcis of BuzzMachine is wonders if a death pool can be started?

To be fair, its easy for bloggers who are not part of OSM to sit back, take potshots and wait for a train wreck. We were invited to join the venture and after mulling it over decided to pass. It was a gamble, and as we look forward, probably a good one. Most of the folks involved with OSM are trying to accomplish something, but you just have to wonder why more thought wasn't put into it?


Blogger Laborthug said:

"Alex Padilla on Monday endorsed Eric Garcetti as his successor"

Duh. Was that even negotiable?! He got bumrushed, why is he frontin'

November 22, 2005 8:21 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

BTW:I hear the Astros are scheduled to endorse the White Sox as champions later on today @ a press conference in Houston.

November 22, 2005 8:26 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

MAyor Sam and Frank, You forgot one important article that was buried in the LA Times today:


L.A., Union at Odds Over Wage Pact
Engineers and Architects Assn. threatens to protest at LAX on Sunday. It seeks a contract similar to one reached with DWP.
By Patrick McGreevy
Times Staff Writer

November 22, 2005

A union representing 8,000 Los Angeles city employees threatened Monday to launch a disruptive Thanksgiving weekend protest at Los Angeles International Airport unless it wins the same lucrative contract that the city awarded to Department of Water and Power workers.

The threat is a direct challenge to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, who chose not to intervene to block the DWP contract, which was negotiated under the previous administration. At the time, however, he warned that the city could not afford to reward other unions with similar contracts.

The Engineers and Architects Assn. delivered the warning of demonstrations and strikes in a letter Monday morning to Villaraigosa, giving the city just 72 hours to respond.

November 22, 2005 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't that the union that broke ranks with the County Fed to endorse Villaraigosa and not Hahn?

November 22, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On-air gaff of the a.m.? (or not?) -- in closing at 9 a.m., KFI's Bill Handle promos tomorrow a.m.'s story on the indictment of ALEX Padilla? (I swear, that's what he said. . .) but did he mean "dirty bomber" JOSE?

November 22, 2005 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isnt that Mark Handel's brother? Indictment, Padilla and Handel all in the same line..who woulda thought.

November 22, 2005 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Will Campbell said:

Re: the rambling, fired-for-blogging zoo dude, that's me. So I'll try to keep this clarification within your attention span: I was not a city employee. I worked for the nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo. I snuffed and have no recourse. Try not to rub it in, at least not too hard.

November 22, 2005 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Campbell, I read your entire (not so) rambling blog. I see why you got fired and so do you.
Does it suck? You bet. But a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do. You risked it and lost. You took it like a man.

I for one, hope you find a new job soon.

November 22, 2005 9:16 PM  

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