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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Paging the Flight Crew

According to CNS, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heads to Boston tomorrow, where he is scheduled to attend a conference for new mayors from across the country.

Villaraigosa, who took office July 1, will address other new mayors and students and faculty from John F. Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University at 6 p.m. tomorrow, mayoral spokesman Joe Ramallo said.

The mayor is scheduled to leave Los Angeles tomorrow morning and return Thursday morning, Ramallo said.

Villaraigosa's trip to Boston will be paid in full by Harvard University, Ramallo said.

No word on which flight Harvard will be paying for. If you need your flight uniforms, you can check here!


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bon Voyage my crooked Mayor. May your corrupt mind sink in hell.

November 29, 2005 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Mayor was this post just you could sell more shirts?

November 29, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Si Se Puede! We can sell thousands of shirts! Anything to help our Mayor!

Make a Mighty Midget shirt.

Or one that says,

Promise once, Promise Twice, Bring me Money and I'll be nice!

November 29, 2005 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor poses for picture
Mayor takes picture
-visits McDonalds
Mayor takes picture
-digs a hole in the park
Mayor takes picture
-prances at the Hollywood parade
Mayor takes another picture
Mayor turns into a camera

November 29, 2005 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We should--every one of us--remain aloof, in heart and in mind, in words and in deeds, from the political affairs and disputes of the Nations and of Governments. Baha'is should be very careful in their public utterance not to mention any political figures...either side with them or denounce them. We should keep ourselves away from such thoughts. Otherwise they will involve the friends in political matters, which is definitely dangerous for the Cause. We should have no political connection with any of the parties. Baha'is are in no way allowed to enter into political affairs under any pretense of excuse; since such an action brings about disastrous results and ends in hurting the Cause of God and its intimate friends.

November 29, 2005 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can the damn Ghandi crap... it has no place in hardball L.A. politics fruitcake.

You wanna see Antonio running around between photo ops in a diaper?

November 29, 2005 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa in diapers, I thought he already did this.

Little do I know!

Do you remember this?

Democrats yesterday put public pressure on President Clinton to drop his arguments that he did not commit perjury and instead signal his readiness to accept congressional censure for attempting to conceal an extramarital affair with a White House intern.

"Across the country, politicians, pollsters and other political observers reported shock and dismay as the details of the Starr report reached people through saturation media coverage. But the extent of the damage to the president and other Democrats remained uncertain.

"People are very upset," said California Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa (D). "They feel the president did wrong. We fear it could impact turnout here."

November 29, 2005 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Skelton and Giarrizzo believe "Jimmy Blackman," helped Torres pay for the leaflets."He doesn't appear to have a lot of money," Skelton said. "Last year, he was suspended, so I don't expect he is funding this himself."

November 29, 2005 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor sam print a shirt that has AV in diapers

November 29, 2005 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many plane rides will AV's staff spend on using our tax dollars. Audit their asses, pronto!

November 29, 2005 12:45 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

MIrell was just confirmed by the CIty Council.

UCLA looking to take over LAHSA.

Inclisionary zoning coming soon

November 29, 2005 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now all you have to do is watch the next Villaraigosa news clip and you'll soon see Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once again ascending the spiral staircase, ringing the bell, and calling out, "De plane! De plane!" then scampering back to Eli Broad's side just in time to oversee Richard Riordan being handed his fruity rum drink.

Can you do better than this?

November 29, 2005 12:49 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

sorry for my bout of dyslexia.

ACLU looking to take ove LAHSA comission

November 29, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now all you have to do is watch the next Mayor's news clip and you'll soon see ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA once again ascending the spiral staircase, ringing the bell, and calling out, "De plane! De plane!" then scampering back to PARKE SKELTON'S side just in time to oversee THE UNIONS being handed his fruity rum drink.

November 29, 2005 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The AMERIQUEST EXPRESS rides again ! The diaper boy is Jose 'Weasel' Huizar, pappy Villababoso will change it for him when needed. Don't forget your diaper bag.

November 29, 2005 12:54 PM  

Anonymous C&H Soup said:

Blah blah blah.

The Mayor has an 83% city-wide approval rating.

Have fun you animal terrorists, racists, CD 14 haters, Pacheco lovers, short on meds individuals with all your yelling and ranting.

You are truly breaking through here on the "crack pot" network.

The very fact that it is on this blog, makes it irrevelent already.

Where were the days when this blog actually "broke" news?

Oh yeah, he doesn't blog here anymore.

November 29, 2005 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C& H said
The very fact that it is on this blog, makes it irrevelent already.

Does this mean your entire post is irrelevant? Blah blah blah.

November 29, 2005 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villar-Chueco's ratings drop every day... wait and smile (the rest will catch up).

Trailblazers don't hunt in packs.

But do try to keep up, AV will sink faster than Hahn ever did. . .

November 29, 2005 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

why is Huizar's name plastered all over the side of a building in Hollywood that LAUSD was looking to buy for a new school? check out Mailander's blog...

November 29, 2005 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Tony....

Don't lose your 'crib notes'. We all know you don't have anything to say if it's not written down in advance.

Loved your interview on Channel 7 on Sunday. You couldn't even get it right when you were LOOKING at your crib notes.





November 29, 2005 4:36 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

While you're wondering about flight arrangements, I'm kinda wondering if Antonio leaned on the people who own the old Hollywood Tropicana to put up a big Jose Huizar banner on the building, one you can still see there today. That building is nowhere near the 14th.

This doesn't seem like something Jose would be incautious enough to do himself, as the building was being considered as a school site up through summer of this year. Weird to see a billboard sized banner for a candidate so far out of the district in which he's running. Weird that the building is on a site connected to LAUSD expansion. Weird.

November 29, 2005 4:43 PM  

Anonymous C&H Soup said:

Same thing can be said for candidates who air commercials in parts of the city -- where their voters don't live?

Weird huh mailander?

Like why was hahn airing commercials for himself on TV screens in Beverly Hills -- maybe because its part of what happens when you campaign.

That building you cite has long been used to promote political candidates inside and outside that buildings district.

He promoted the recall of Davis, Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor and now the Huizar candidacy.

It's placement helps promote a candidate to voters that live in CD 14, although the building may not be.

Something that happens when you campaign i guess.

November 29, 2005 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Saw on the news today that Magic Johnson endorsed that Phil Angildes guy for governor. What happened to Magic after the mayor campaign? He's been out of sight. Everyone thought he would endorse Tony.

November 29, 2005 5:18 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

It's called a set-up. Phil Angelides has no shot in winning the governor's seat. Watch AV to come in an run.

Magic knows if AV is out he has a shot for Mayor

November 29, 2005 5:33 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Weird huh mailander?

Like why was hahn airing commercials for himself on TV screens in Beverly Hills -- maybe because its part of what happens when you campaign.

That building you cite has long been used to promote political candidates inside and outside that buildings district.

That's disingenuous. It's not part of what happens when you campaign. You don't go advertising far outside your district if you can help it.

This is a building owned by someone who obviously wouldn't mind currying favor with the new Mayor, as he has, I believe, not one but two buildings up for eminent domain takeover. I don't blame him for trying to curry favor; any commercial building owner would want to do as much.

But I am inclined to blame whichever pol thought it was a good idea to use a commercial building the School District had its eyes on to flaunt Jose's otherwise inconsequential name to Hollywood freeway commuters heading to points nowhere near the district. It's a lacking sensibility, and it again speaks to the kind of Arrogance of Power we've already seen too often from eastside politicians.

November 29, 2005 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C&H I swear you sound just like Mike Trujillo.

November 29, 2005 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One flew over the koo koos nest.

"Same ol' song

Re: "Fight brewing against mayor" (Nov. 25):
The Pied Piper of Sacramento - oops, of Los Angeles - Mayor Villaraigosa, is playing the tune "Let's Take Over LAUSD." What does this man know about running a school district? Nothing. Back in the day, when he was the speaker of the California Assembly, he talked us down the road to bankruptcy and false hopes. Action speaks louder that words, mayor. Where's your plan?

LAUSD's management has turned the corner in improving our schools and like any responsible organization or person, they have learned from their mistakes and are moving ahead. The glass is half-full, Villaraigosa. Your strengths are in building consensus; use them. Your current campaign is costing everyone time and money. Save your hot air for another topic. It's time to change your tune.

- Jose Bonilla

November 29, 2005 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's greedy? Re: "Agreement reached on teacher pay" (Nov. 23):

Before you jump into the tide condemning the greedy teachers receiving a 2.5 percent increase, just remember that one of the last actions of our Congress before it recessed for Turkey Day was to vote themselves a 3 percent cost of living raise.

Time for a little re-evaluation of our priorities.

- Ira Kaplan
Woodland Hills


November 29, 2005 6:14 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Oh wonderful Mister Villaraigosa, go to Bean-Town get your campaign pot in order to run for Governor.

Paid for by Harvard, Splendid!

November 29, 2005 7:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

'Magic' Johnson Passes Support To Angelides For Governor

November 29, 2005 7:38 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Lobbyists & money people are being told Alex Padilla will also be getting endorsed by another ex-Laker...Nick Van Exel.

November 30, 2005 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:58 where are you getting thosr numbers from Jimmy Blackman?

5:33 at the rate Antonio is becoming a "do nothing mayor" Magic would be great to have as LA mayor. AT least he's a businessman who knows how to make things happen.

November 30, 2005 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The back scrathing will not be for the TROPICANA where the sign is hanging. The back scratching is going to come in for the FLORENTINE GARDENS on Hollywood Boulevard. It is owned by the same couple Kenny & Maria. They don't want the city to domain the property for a Fire Department training facilty and fire house. They have been conducting a fierce lobbying effort of all City Council members. Plus they did several fund raisings events for Villababoso and his mijo 'Mini Me" Huizar.

November 30, 2005 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Meanwhile, over and over and over again, the union-dominated education establishment resists every attempt, no matter how tiny or incremental, to introduce accountability to the system by objectively evaluating teacher performance. Innovations such as charter schools are opposed vehemently because they present a different model that could show up the bureaucratic model that is the public school norm. School board members elected by unions think nothing of offering contracts that make it impossible to fire incompetent teachers or granting lavish pensions that districts will never be available to afford.

The system couldn't be more dysfunctional or resistant to improvement, and it's all because it is dominated by teachers unions infinitely more interested in preserving jobs and increasing pay and benefits than in helping kids.

Against this backdrop, the decision of Villaraigosa - a Democrat with impeccable progressive credentials - to take on the United Teachers Los Angeles and their allies on the Los Angeles school board could finally open the eyes of liberals to the paradox of their alliance with the most reactionary force in American life: the teachers unions who desperately defend the discredited education status quo.

"I will not accept the status quo, and neither should you," Villaraigosa told a luncheon audience in Los Angeles last week. If only many more progressives reached the same conclusion, we could see real progress in our schools at long last. Go, Antonio, go.

November 30, 2005 11:12 AM  

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