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Friday, December 23, 2005

Open Thread for Friday

Merry Christmas, Kwanza, Chanukah or Holiday (whatever your pleasure is) and enjoy the weekend! Posting will most likely be lite for the next week. Best wishes to you and yours!


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Assembly Candidate Reveals Past Dismissed Conviction
Eds: Mike O'Connell of the Alger campaign can be reached at (661) 310-0414.
SYLMAR (CNS) - A candidate for a San Fernando Valley Assembly seat revealed
today that he had a conviction, later dismissed, for incorrectly filling out a
driver's license application.
Jim Alger, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 38th Assembly
District seat being vacated by Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Northridge, said
he failed to check a box declaring that he received a previous license under a
different name.
``I was adopted and had legally changed my name in court,'' said Alger,
president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council. ``Everything I did was
done legally, except in filling out a form in haste and making this seemingly
innocuous mistake.''
The conviction was later dismissed by a Superior Court judge, Alger said.
``I have always been up front about this,'' Alger said. ``While most people
in my life are aware of the mistake, now at the very beginning of the campaign
seemed like the appropriate time to put this matter where it belongs, in the

December 23, 2005 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Brad Renfro will be a little late for the Tom Sizemore Christmas party..

December 23, 2005 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger! No way! How many aliases does he have?

December 23, 2005 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not overly concerned with this incident, which seems inconsequential. Now that Alger wants to move up from the JV, I'm more concerned with his position on issues such as illegal immigration, a major problem which many members from both parties ignore if not downright encourage.

December 23, 2005 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:55 Get a life please! If all of you were under the same microscope you would also find a bit of smudge...

Let's not start comparing an unchecked box to illegal campaign contributions, landlord kickbacks, fake nonprofits, pay for play. Oh No!

December 23, 2005 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for chiming in, Jim? Or should I call you Agent X?

December 23, 2005 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




December 23, 2005 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger's going down. Big time. Not because he pissed off politicians. He pisses off his fellow neighborhood council leaders with his grandstanding.

December 23, 2005 7:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yea, he is going down so hard they all endorse him.


December 24, 2005 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Jim so what your saying is you aren't perfect? And this is news? I seriously could not care any less than I do about this so-called story. Why on earth City News Service ran it is beyond me.

I understand why you would want to get this out and I commend you for doing so, but like the previous poster said I care more about your position on issues such as the influx of sober-living facilities. That is an issue in my neighborhood.

Hey Sam, how about interviewing candidates for the races? Curious to see where they stand.

Happy Christmas everyone! Even you Jim you bad evil check-box-misser! =)

December 24, 2005 12:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I had heard something about this over a year ago (when Jim was leading the DWP rate hike fight)so when I read this in the paper today I went to Algers' website and saw the original press release.

Just as I figured City News Service left out a whole lot, the Daily News left out a whole lot more, like the part that this occurred 10 YEARS AGO. Now I care even less.

Smart move Alger getting this out first, from what I can see no one really cares. OK one person seemed to think you were "going down" for grandstanding. Not quite sure how you did. It takes guts to put yourself out there like that.

Maybe your fighting over Wal Mart, Landfills and bogus tax hikes was grandstanding? Maybe your flight to help the victims of Katrina was grandstanding? Or maybe the nincompoop who accused you of grandstanding doesn't know his ass from a spot on the ground and works for your opponent. Jim, if what you do by helping people is grandstanding then please KEEP DOING IT because from what I have seen you are one of the few people who has consistently stood up for all of us. As for this thing from 10 years ago, I heard about it along time ago, didn't care then and don't care now. Not one of us is perfect.

December 24, 2005 2:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is 4am and I am drunk.

Alger, just promise us you will have someone check your forms for you in the Assembly and I'll vote for you!

10 Years ago? I have been married twice since then!

December 24, 2005 3:53 AM  

Anonymous One NC Board Member You Can't Buy said:

God, Jim, you sure spend a lot of time posting defenses of yourself. Why the anonymity? And try to change the "tone" of your emails--it's too easily spotted as you.

December 24, 2005 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares about an unchecked box?!

I'm more interested in his educational and professional backgrounds, which I couldn't find on his website.

I agree with his support of the EAA, although I don't know what he would be able to do about it if he lands in the Assembly. He's also right about local control over land use decisions.

But he says he's a JFK Democrat and fights to keep taxes low, yet he advocates universal health care for Californians, expansion of after school care programs etc.

And finally, does he plan on playing ball with Fabian? (ugh)

These are the issues worthy of discussion and debate.

December 24, 2005 9:59 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

FYI to the anonymous "NC Boardmemmber you can't buy" complaining about anonymous posts and attempting to use their spidey-sense to "out" that person: I post here in my own name (unlike yourself) and had no idea this thread was running till this morning. I may not always have the popular opinion. I may even be dead wrong sometimes, but I put my name on my posts so an educated discussion can take place, not anonymous rock-throwing.

I am happy to see that there is more interest in issues than sensational headlines. Tough issues politically that are deeper than what someone did (or in my case didn't) do ten years ago.

I will actually attempt to address some issues head on although you should all know I generally don't point out a problem unless I have some type of solution in mind. That is kind of why I have stayed out of the LAUSD mess because while every politician in LA, including the current Assemblyman/Treasurer hopeful wants to jump on the bash LAUSD bandwagon, I have yet to see real solutions offered.

- Audits are not solutions. They are designed to find more problems and can not be used as a singular fix at all.

- Breaking up the LAUSD may be a partial fix but only partial.

The bottom line is that until the politicians decide that it is time to address issues of a childs' surroundings, gang violence, illegal immigration, as well as LAUSD staff performance, this will be nothing more than an issue to get your name printed in the papers. It does take a community to raise a child and the local school isn't in a vacuum.

As for illegal immigration, I have been wrestling with this issue for some time after a few healthy discussions in the Senate office. I don't support illegal immigrants receiving drivers licenses. It seems ludicrous to tell someone "I know your presence here is illegal, but here in California we don't care." I understand the security issues and since the background of the individual can not be established in many cases I see no case made for a net security gain as a justification for issuing these licenses.

I support a policy of deportation of illegal's who engage in criminal activity. But these are just hot button stories and don't do much to address the core issue which is that the Federal Government needs to either enforce its immigration laws or a judge needs to determine that this is a States-Rights issue. It does seem that stronger laws regarding the hiring of undocumented workers could be placed on the books. The length of this response should indicate to you the complexity of the issue.

Obviously I will address these issues further as the campaign moves forward. While some may view that as "punting the ball" the truth is that I need to educate myself on both sides of the issue further and come up with some policy to address it.

As for the universal healthcare and after school programs,I do support these and I see no conflict in a desire to keep taxes low. After school programs provide a reduction in criminal activity and helps prevent kids from becoming victims of crime. Educationally based after school activity plugs into my previous statement of it takes a community to raise a child. This becomes a net positive for the community and can be accomplished not by raising taxes but merely shifting some resources and utilizing others that exist now.

Hopefully that gives you more insight. I will expand on all of these issues in the near future.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.


December 24, 2005 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey NC boardmember, just because we agree that this entire story is bullshit doesn't mean the same person has posted on here all day.

Somehow I think that a candidate for State Assembly has better things to do. Besides, Alger has always posted here in his own name.

Jim, not sure if I agree with you on the healthcare issue. As an employer I am concerned about healthcare costs being past on to employers. Your positions on land use and the landfill are right on target.

You also make some excellent points on this lausd mess.

December 24, 2005 1:10 PM  

Anonymous John Roberts said:

Alger is buying NC board members? Or is it more like one anonymous alleged nc board member is jealous that Alger has the balls to get out there and do the right thing when they don't.

Funny thing about grandstanding.In order to represent the people you must communicate with them. The instant an activist of any kind stepsup to a podium some idiot accuses them of grandstanding. In the entire time I have been on this blog I have not seen much disagreement with Alger. There has been some differences on issues but not much. It is always some fool who just throws out a blind accusation or a blanket charge that, of ccourse, is never backed up with evidence or an example.

Alger does seem to have an uncanny ability to keep things focused on issues, and that is good for him and bad for the usual fat cat politicians. Even when people are showering him with praises he makes it about the issues. He also isn't afraid to admit when he is wrong, or go to the people for support. These are unusual qualities for a politician.

Jim has the experience of fighting for all of us, and frankly that is good enough for me.

December 24, 2005 1:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

that's "illegals", not "illegal's". i want an assemblymember who knows his grammar.

December 24, 2005 3:05 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Laugh - So much for a spell checker.

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December 24, 2005 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the person correcting grammer should learn themselves. "I" belongs in caps.

December 24, 2005 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Appreciate the response J.A. has posted so far, even if I don't agree with everything.

I do like when candidates post more biographical info however -- basic things like age, schools attended, jobs etc. In other words, non-NC stuff. I don't see that here or on the website.

December 24, 2005 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I dont give a damn what school he went to 15 years ago any more than I care about thes DMV issue.

What I care about is what he plans on doing for the district, everything else is fluff.

December 24, 2005 6:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am curious. Did Alger disclose this prior conviction to the Senate when he was hired? I think he worked for Alarcon. If he did then really who cares? If he didn't it could be bad,unless he doesn't have to. He may not if it was dismissed.

Mayor Sam could you find out?

As for his age I think he is 32.

December 24, 2005 8:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course he did, it wasn't a suprise. Pretty much everyone knew, just nobody cared.

December 27, 2005 12:33 AM  

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