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Friday, December 23, 2005

Say Cheese

The only explaination I can figure out for why the Mayor has no public planned appearances today is that he is still warn out from yesterday's mugging with City employees.

According to KCBS 2, the Mayor said "cheese" 1390 times grinning with city employees in front of the red and gold decorated Christmas tree at the center of City Hall's third-floor rotunda.

Hopefully the major onslaught of photo-ops carries him through the weekend and he can enjoy Christmas with his family.

I gotta give it up to some of the city employees though, for not letting the holiday spirit get in the way. They took the opportunity to speak up about contract negotiations:
"I told the mayor that it was unconscionable with what he's offered us when we do the same type of work as DWP workers," said David Geary, an industrial waste inspector at Lopez Canyon for six years. "He told me that he makes tough decisions, and that his decisions are not going to be popular.

"After that, I didn't want a picture with him because I don't like him," Geary said. "I just wanted him to get our message."
Ouch. The funniest line had to come from Josie Santiago though:
"We were surprised the line was short right now," said Josie Santiago, a 15-year employee with the city's street services division, who got in line around 10:15 a.m. "I think the line was longer last year when I came to see Mayor (Jim) Hahn."
Happy Holidays!

32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

actually, that was a City News Service story. Cheers.

December 23, 2005 9:12 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

When you view the CBS link, they don't source it to CNS. Sorry for the ommission if that's the case.

December 23, 2005 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4 people DIE on skid row in one day this week and Antonio is such a mental case he's taking photos. What a loser mayor we have!!!

December 23, 2005 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor's selective use of the word "no" does not convince.

December 23, 2005 9:35 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

Proper kudos to CNS' Art Marroquin for the story

Employee Photos
Villaraigosa Poses for 1,390 Photos with Employees

By ART MARROQUIN
City News Services

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - T'was three days before Christmas, and on the third floor of City Hall, city employees took pictures with the mayor, who wasn't necessarily loved by all.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sat through 1,390 Polaroid photos this morning with city employees in front of the red and gold decorated Christmas tree at the center of City Hall's third floor rotunda.

For a majority of the city's employees, this was their first encounter with Villaraigosa, who took office July 1.

"This is the first time I'm going to meet him, and it might be my only time until next year," said Amy Navarro, a public works employee for 19 years.

The photo-op tradition started in 1973, when Mayor Tom Bradley took office.

Villaraigosa's staff started taking pictures of the mayor and city employees at 8 a.m., when the line was about 300 people deep down the third floor hallways, and didn't stop until noon.

"It went very well today," said Villaraigosa aide Diana Rubio.

The mayor's staff kept a quick pace, keeping most people waiting for about five to 10 minutes in line.

"We were surprised the line was short right now," said Josie Santiago, a 15-year employee with the city's street services division, who got in line around 10:15 a.m. "I think the line was longer last year when I came to see Mayor (Jim) Hahn."

Yoly Ortiz said she brought her daughter and two sons, ranging in age from 5 to 9, because she wanted them to meet the city's first Latino mayor since 1872.

"It's the mayor's first year, and I think it's going to be historic, so I wanted my family to have that memory," said Ortiz, a General Services Department employee for eight years. "I think he was very nice, very polite."

Other visitors weren't so enthralled with Villaraigosa.

Several city employees belonging to the Engineers and Architects Association took advantage of the meet-the-mayor session to tell Villaraigosa they were frustrated with current contract negotiations between their union and the city.

EAA members are demanding a contract similar to the one granted earlier this fall to about 8,000 DWP workers, who will get raises of at least 3.25 percent per year for five years, and up to about 6 percent a year if inflation rises that much.

The city is offering EAA members a contract with no raise the first year, and 6.5 percent spread out over three years.

"I told the mayor that it was unconscionable with what he's offered us when we do the same type of work as DWP workers," said David Geary, an industrial waste inspector at Lopez Canyon for six years. "He told me that he makes tough decisions, and that his decisions are not going to be popular.

"After that, I didn't want a picture with him because I don't like him," Geary said. "I just wanted him to get our message."

Brijesh Misra, another industrial waste inspector at Lopez Canyon, said he told the mayor how he felt about the contract negotiations just before taking a picture with him.

"I told him we all work really hard, and we should be paid the same as the DWP guys," Misra said. "He is the mayor. He should do something."

Still, most remained upbeat about their chance to meet the mayor in person.

"I just started working with the city, and I just wanted to be part of the festivities and meet the head guy," said Rachel Breslin-Valdez, who started her jobs with the Sanitation Department two months ago. "It's just a unique opportunity I couldn't pass up."

December 23, 2005 9:36 AM  

Anonymous C&H Soup said:

Interesting that you give Antonio crap for continuing a tradition. But let's let the facts speak for themselves, this time last year less than 700 employees showed up to take pictures with mayor hahn.

So that's approximately 500 people so pissed off at hahn they didn't even show up, while Antonio got two angry grinches.

Let the record also note that this is the largest number ever reported to take pictures with the Mayor.

Just a little piece of coal in your holiday stocking for all your crazy Antonio haters. :)

December 23, 2005 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attention Mayor V, say cheese to this post. Best post of the month! GOD BLESS YOU JACOB 4 EDUCATING BLOGGERS ON REALITY.


"Anonymous said...
dgarzila,

Not hiding from anyone. My name is Jacob Nieder and I work for a community clinic in downtown Los Angeles.

I've been working with the kids in the nickel for the past year and a half. And, yes, you are correct that I should of offered solutions rather than simply pointing fingers.

But, in all honesty, sometimes you have to shame people for them to act. You see, I did attend UCEPP's toxic playground forum, where they offered practical solutions for the city of Los Angeles, LAUSD, and Dept. of Rec and Parks for kids classified homeless. Yet, Jan Perry, did not attend and has not acted on any of the recommendations. She's a hypocrite and only making a big fuss now because the row is in the spotlight. She can walk down San Julian every other week, but to me, it's simply a photo op. Much like what Mayor V does.

She says kids don't belong in San Julian or Gladys Park because it's not safe. No duh! So, make it safe. No money? Excuse. Anybody see Laura Chick's audit of the Parks on November 11, 2005? She found a surplus of $21 million. Yes, $21 million, of which, $2 million was earmarked for downtown kids. What happened? Jan Perry says the park is not safe. So again, no action from Ms. Perry.

What is a park if kids cannot play? We are basically the kids that we don't want them there but yet doing nothing about it. These kids were born on Skid Row. Hello? Doesn't it make sense to break the cycle of homelessness at an early age?

I'm sick of tired of having to go to the row and advocate for these kids and simply be told, "they don't belong here." Of course, they don't. But, have you seen housing rates in Los Angeles?

It's no secret that Skid Row is becoming more Hispanic because newly arrived immigrants can't afford to go anywhere else. For pete's sake, it's not rocket science.

As for the kids. Offer them services that the law affords them. There not asking for special treatment but rather offer them the same services you would give children in San Pedro.

Check out UCEPP's policy recommendations at socialmodel.com and act on them. The children are the voices of reason. It's time to listen rather than simply put together another 10-year initiative to end homelessness. The rhetoric has to end!!!!!

Jacob Nieder
Echo Park, Calif.

December 23, 2005 11:04 AM  

Blogger William Mulholland said:

It's great that the Mayor of a city this size does this sort of thing and tries to make it feel like more of a "town."

Does Bloomberg do this? Daley? I don't know.

As serious as the Skid Row deaths are, he still has a job to do in other areas too and it makes the employees feel appreciated.

December 23, 2005 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? There are city employees who have never met the mayor??

Damn. I feel special. In a way. Weirded out in a way.

I know both mayors and I only go to city hall about once a month.

December 23, 2005 11:29 AM  

Anonymous David Geary said:

I wish to clarify the comments that I gave to the CNS reporter.
I do not dislike the mayor as a man as I supported him during the mayoral race. However, I do disagree with his approach to EAA labor contract negotiations.

Thanks.

December 23, 2005 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:00

So in summary, your saying AV wasting nearly twice as much of the taxpayers time and money in this useless, self-promoting little "tradition" as Hahn did.

I'm liking Hahn's work ethic more and more every day.

-- A "sane" Anti-AV poster who keeps count!

December 23, 2005 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poor David Geary. It could be too late for you. If you get on Jimmy Blackman's "naughty" list, you are a goner.

December 23, 2005 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about that picture of Brad Renfo on Skid Row? Sucker. I guess you werent an apt pupil during the No On Drugs lecture.

December 23, 2005 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn wasn't a media whore like Antonio. Antonio has his flacks finding out who's having a press conf. and decides to show up. He has serious mental issues with feeling accepted. He needs to talk to Dr. Phil. I'm sure Antonio's upset he couldn't hord in the Skid Row arrests.

December 23, 2005 6:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Hahn hid in a bunker most of his tenure in the Mayor's Office.

He did not like people much, and was quite shy. He should never have been Mayor, yet he was elected by a group that sought to exercise power through him. He was the wrong man at the wrong time.

Antonio, like him or not, was born to be Mayor. He loves the job and loves to be part of the great City we all live in.

He's not perfect; none of us are. But he strives to make people feel better about our government, and to be part of a city.

So, why don't you few disgruntled CD 14 buttheads finally realize that Nick Pacheco will never again be elected to anything in this city, and try to be supportive of an adminstration that is trying to make things better around here?

Try the Christmas spirit a little and see if it doesn't elevate your soul. Repent and ye shall be free.

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah.

December 24, 2005 2:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My ass. He loves power and he wants to get more and more of it.

He doesn't love this city. He tolerates half of it, likes part of it and pretends to like the rest of it with that wide, laser-toothed smile and people believe he loves the city.

He loves the fact that people must defer to him. Understandable with that godawful childhood he had.

He loves the fact that he was bright, but couldn't cut the grades and now he is mayor.

He loves the fact that he has next-to-final decisions on the goings on of the city. He likes to collect money from contributors.

He likes to campaign more than he likes to serve.

He's a people person. That alone won't make him a good assemblyman, councilman or mayor.

December 24, 2005 2:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:13

"So, why don't you few disgruntled CD 14 buttheads finally realize that Nick Pacheco will never again be elected to anything in this city. . .

WHO MENTIONED PACHECO??? WHY DON'T YOU PSYCHO-FANTIC AV LOVERS FIND A NEW WHIPPING BOY, IF THAT'S THE CASE?

The way he's already falling apart, it's doubtful AV will ever be elected to anything else in this city, ever again, either. . .


". . .and try to be supportive of an adminstration that is trying to make things better around here?"

YEAH, YOU LET ME KNOW WHEN AV STARTS ON THAT LOFTY GOAL, OKAY?

Maybe he can take a break from a photo-op or naming unqualified campaign contributors to city commissions to spend a few minutes on that... someday.

Hell, it took TERRORISTS to get him to keep his first damn CAMPAIGN PROMISE in nearly THREE YEARS!

Get over him. . . he's elected. He doesn't need to DO anything anymore.

As CD14 councilmember the ONLY things he ever did took place DURING his campaign for mayor. Now EVERYON should know the formula... If you want AV to actually ACCOMPLISH something or keep a promise, be prepared to either THROW A SMOKE BOMB, or wait until his starts the campaign to run for ANOTHER OFFICE!

Drop all the Pacheco insults you want -- I RESERVE the right to call AV what his is and always has been, regardless of who you beat up in abstentia. AV is a nothing more than a grinnin, hand-shaking, stooge with a hatful of empty promises.

December 24, 2005 5:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is a mental case. He's insecure, loves power and attention and if you don't give it to him, he can be vindicative as hell. He threatens people to do what he wants. He hasn't done shit in all the months he's been in office except take credit for other people's work. Oh excuse me if the story in LA Times today about him filling the 80,173rd pothole is a Mayor with leadership then damn I'm moving. How embarrassing that he even wants the media to show up for that photo op. We are in deep shit with this mayor.

December 24, 2005 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love your post 2:13.

I too believe Villaraigosa is a great Mayor.

December 24, 2005 10:29 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

I need to get my hands on a photo of Prudent Beaudry, so I can become the MayorSam character I've always wanted to be.

Nice work, Fuzzy Bill.

December 24, 2005 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:29

Too bad paid staff members and appointed commissioners don't count!

December 24, 2005 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, please. Will the Villaraigosa supporters PLEASE find someone else to blame disagreements with the mayor on. More than 4 out of every 10 voters in the city who showed up didn't vote for him.

Only one of the many thousands in that group was Nick Pacheco.

It's safe to say most of the people posting here who question Villaraigosa's leadership have what they feel are legitimate reasons for doing so. By throwing up the straw man of "sour grapes" over past campaigns as your unwavering defense of him every single time, you prove yourself to be part of a blinded hero-worshipping cult following, and not a rational, thinking individual.

December 24, 2005 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:49

You are undoubtedly the scrooge this Christmas holiday.

Villaraigosa is a great Mayor and will accomplish more than the previous mayor ever did.

Don't be so sad, enjoy the good times...life is beautiful.

December 24, 2005 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam:

What is this 30-acre cornfield in Los Angeles & what is it used for?

December 24, 2005 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walk into the 10:58 a.m.

Chant his name in your sleep, and maybe he'll visit your bed.

All is well in Stepford Los Angeles.

Piece be up in you!

(You can grow new hair with his saliva, as well).

December 24, 2005 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ommmmmmm

Vee-ya-rye-gosa

Vee-ya-rye-gosa

Vee-ya-rye-gosa

Vee-ya-rye-gosa

(I think this is how David Koresh got his start).

December 24, 2005 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:58 if someone else if the "scrooge" then Antonio is the Grinch... pretends to BE Santa, but never delivers the goods, breaks the promises, and takes away more than he brings.

Pretty much describe the last two years in CD14.

December 25, 2005 12:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why weren't those city employees at work? Let the pose with Villaraigosa on their own time!

December 25, 2005 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:g58 you're living in la la land with your adoration of Antonio. Interesting that many people who voted for him are now on the bandwagon of people who always said he didn't have leadership and the only reason he was elected was because he can bullshit better than most and his Latino name helped the idiots who wanted paybacks.

Merry Xmas to all and thanks Mayor Sam for the past year of great posting.

December 25, 2005 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hooray for the Mayor. He finally fired that fat lying bastard Bruce Seaton as Manager of the Harbor Department. He made Stuckey look like a work-a-holic hero - but hey, at least Stuckey wasn't corrupt.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out Seaton!

December 25, 2005 11:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those EAA guys should just give it up. It isn't going to happen. Cry me a river.

December 26, 2005 3:31 AM  

Blogger William Mulholland said:

To the Mulholland above...how DARE you usurp my identity? I was and have been the original Mulholland on Mayor Sam and you sir, are an imposter!

Nevertheless, I will try to post a little more regularly and I wish a Happy New Year to everyone!

December 31, 2005 3:54 PM  

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