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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Mayor Sam's Morning Update

The Franklin Avenue and Ambassador's Last Stand blogs had a wake for the soon to be officially demolished Ambassador Hotel planned for next Tuesday afternoon, but word later came that the Los Angeles Conservancy is planning a similar event, so they've decided to combine forces. When a date and time is set (place is the HMS Bounty pub across the street) , we'll pass it along.

Anticipating a flu wave as great or greater than the pandemic of 1918, as avian flu spreads around the world, the state's new health officer, Dr. Mark Horton, has worked with state officials to draft a response plan. Currently, officials want to stress education and awareness by local officials as well as the general public. The plan is available for viewing on the state's website here (PDF file).

Assembly Candidate and Neighborhood Council leader Jim Alger, fresh off defeating Wal-Mart, is calling on current Assemblyman Keith Richman and Alger's presumptive Republican opponent Cameron Smythe to support AB583, "The Clean Money Campaign." Alger and Smythe - currently a member of the Santa Clarita Valley City Council - are both seeking to succeed the termed out Richman. Referring to the current campaign funding system as akin to "legalized bribery," Alger believes AB583 would bring some much needed reform to the system. The full text of Alger's press release is on MS2.

The Sierra Club has endorsed Cindy Montanez over Alex Padilla in the bid for the Democratic Nomination for retiring State Senator Richard Alarcon's 20th District seat. (Hat tip to Bart Reed who Blackberried us from the meeting.)

The latest edition of The Transit Coalition's weekly e-newsletter is up at MS2.

And finally, if you can stomach it, the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats are holding their annual "Robert Kennedy Awards" Thursday night and, among others, will be Rob "Meathead" Reiner and his soak the rich tax initiative. Ironically, last weekend cable channel TVLand aired a weekend long marathon of Reiner's old show, All In The Family, in honor of the program's 35th Anniversary. Watching the show, you see how Reiner's character, Archie Bunker's son-in-lawMichael Stivic, is such an anachronism. Reiner didn't have to act much for that show, Stivic wasn't far afield from Reiner politically. The rub is that 35 years later, Reiner still holds many of the same outdated, liberal views.


Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Yep, Rob Reiner is still a meathead

January 19, 2006 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the fact that we have had at least 3 power outages in the last month. There was just another one in the Adams area on Monday. What the hell is going on?

Villaraigosa’s appointees face a top-heavy organization riddled with incompetence, cronyism and a compromised civil-service system, according to veteran employees, city managers and high-level DWP sources — hardly the foundation for a sweeping progressive agenda.

January 19, 2006 8:48 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

The LA Conservancy has to stick its nose into everything.

January 19, 2006 8:50 AM  

Blogger Davefordemocracy said:

Wow, I've always watched All In the Family thinking Meathead and Gloria's views have become mainstream. Thought it was Archie who'd become outdated.

Anyone know if Brian Davis plans to run in the 38th?

January 19, 2006 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brian Davis is NOT running. The contenders in the 38th are Jim Alger, Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus and Sid Gold.

Jim walks away with this nomination but he is going to have a tough row to hoe coming off a challenged primary.

Then again noone thought his DWP rate hike or Wal Mart battles would go anywhere and he won them both.

If nothing else it will keep us talking until he gives in and runs for City Council where frankly I think he would do more good.

January 19, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim doesn't walk away with the nomination. Both Gold and Shaw are Democratic Party stalwarts... Jim just showed up on the seen recently. Outside of this blog, he doesn't get much press. With Shaw--and her union and party ties--and Gold--with his name recognition from previous runs in parts of the district, its hard to predict.

If she makes it a race... takes it seriously, I think Shaw gets the nomination. She will likely pick up all of the Democratic endorsements and raised all the union money. Plus, and this is simple Calif. politics, its easier for a woman to get undecided Democratic votes. In a Democratic, low-profile primary, women do better without name ID.

January 19, 2006 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Mayor Sam! Thanks for the shout-out.

You left out the most important feature of tonight's RFK Event... OPEN BAR. And only $40 admission for non-members. For some of Mayor Sam's posters, that deal will clearly pay for itself.

See y'all tonight, 7pm at Clear Lounge, 11916 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

-- Damian Carroll, President SFVYD

January 19, 2006 10:51 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

For this old dead Mayor - as well as some of our posters - we would NEED that open bar to get through your program saluting America's biggest MEATHEAD.

But if it makes you feel better, I used to be a Democrat. Then, I turned 30.


January 19, 2006 11:07 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

If you watch some of the old AITF reruns on TVLAND you'll see that Mike, even though he was a big liberal, had some pretty caveman views when it came to Gloria. He basically wanted her to stay home, cook, clean and service him. She put him through school and then when he got a big time university professor job, he cast her aside and called her fat.

January 19, 2006 11:09 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

^ Why do you think I called him a meathead. If he was truely for Woman's Lib and being Progressive he would've gotten off of his fat lazy ass and gotten himsels a job to help support my little girl.

He's a limosuine liberal douche bag.

January 19, 2006 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Archie,

What's wrong with selective feminism. It serves it's purpose. That's what our Mayor Antonio practices. He changes his surname so that liberated women can swoon, he gets on planned parentahood's board to show he really means business regardng women's equality then he goes to the local dive to pick up on one nighters, like Meathead, feminism stops at his door step - or at least within range of his wife.

January 19, 2006 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sierra Club to Cindy - along with ALADS, Nurses, CA Fed of Teachers, CLCV, and early next month, labor.

Alex only raised about 500K.

This race is wide open. With IEs, i think she takes him to the f*cking cleaners.

January 19, 2006 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lynn Shaw has the 38th locked up. All the electeds are supporting Lyn. The unions are supporting her. All the slate mailers will put her on. All the Democratic Clubs will support her except for North Valley. The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and the California Democratic Party will support Lynn. So why is Jim Alger even running. It is a done deal. Money in the bank. You can put this one in the refrigerator. The door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard and the Jell-O is jiggling. LYN SHAW WINS!!!!

January 19, 2006 2:49 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


That's why I voted Hahn.

January 19, 2006 2:55 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

anon 2:49 - Alger was doing legwork with Dem clubs over 6 months ago... I don't have a problem with Lyn, but Alger's made a compelling case to a *lot* of the grassroots people so far. And the clean money thing is probably as much a shot at Shaw as it is at Smyth.

January 19, 2006 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah six months of leg work that's real compelling. Hmmm, let's see. How about 16+ years?

January 19, 2006 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is only one person who thinks Shaw has a chance and she is the same person who thinks leaking misinformation off of confidential endorsement questionaires is cool. Jim already has several endorsements including several union leaders.

With his Wal Mart victory he will get alot of help from labor. His ties to Alarcon certainly can't hurt.

Anyone who says Alger doesn't get much press is crazy. Look on his website, he barely goes a week without being in the papers. He was on MSNBC, CNN, the LA Times, Daily News just this week. Just Google Jim Alger and see the difference.

As for Shaw taking the race seriously, she hasn't so far so why would she start now? Jims' wife came out on 73, Shaw was supposed to be the "point person". He worked for the Anti-Arnold campaign, Shaw did nothing. She didn't even file until late November.

Alger has been running a shrewed campaign for the better part of6 months.

Bottom line is Alger may be relatively new, if you call the last 3 years new but he has always faught the good fight. Shaw is a party hack, no two ways about that but it will take more than that to win.

January 19, 2006 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"All the Democratic clubs are supporting Shaw except for the North Valley" ... SAY WHAT?????


January 19, 2006 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Name me one thing Shaw, Gold or Smyth have done for us in LA?

That's what I thought.


January 19, 2006 3:56 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

Anon 3:56 - Remember, half of the 38th is in LA City proper, so you've got a big part in whipping Cameron before he gets to Sacramento...

January 19, 2006 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 3:32 said:
"All the Democratic clubs are supporting Shaw except for the North Valley" ... SAY WHAT?????


Sid Gold is President of the North Valley Democratic Club. If he runs, then they will likely support him.

January 19, 2006 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good point Matt. All of this "sound and fury signifying nothing". Whoever wins the Demo nomination still loses in a heavily Republican seat.

January 19, 2006 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Team Hilfenhaus lost a lot of friends in the 38th after last year's AD delegate/e-board race, and don't have any friends in the AD's delegation to the County Committee. Who knows - maybe Boxer and Feinstein will sign on to Lyn's race and there'll be enough money to make it a moot point. But she doesn't have much of a base in the north half of the valley, and certainly not among the clubs.

January 19, 2006 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger has the support of most of the District, Lyn has her clubs but why do we care what some group in Sherman Oaks thinks?

January 19, 2006 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Not a good point.

The demographics are changing quickly. All that development has put all those Dem yuppies up there.

January 19, 2006 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened last year in the 38th AD delegate/e-board race?

January 19, 2006 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hilfenhaus got into a big hullabaloo over the AD seat. It was a total shitstorm. Shaw has very few friends in the 38th.

She is so ashamed her union husband she doesn't even use her married name.

No Way she gets endorsements that mean anything. She is so disengaged with the community that anyone endorsing her would instantaneously lose their own credibiity.

January 19, 2006 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only reason to go to any of those democratic parties are to find some dumb lib chicks to bag.

January 19, 2006 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good point about Shaw and the 38th. All her friends are out of the district. 3 main Dem clubs in the district. 2 definately won't endorse her. DP/SFV may not be a lock. They cleaned house last year and nearly half the board are grassroots activists that can't be bought by Hilfenhaus' union's money. The fat-cow couple never does any real work. They show up for meetings and votes but they don't do any leg work. The only reason Shaw even wants the nomination is for the seats on the State Central Committee and Country Central Committee. If she gets the nomination, there will be no campaign. Not even with laborers money.

Unfortunatley for Alger, the Democratic constiuency is almost all SFV-side of the district. However LA is actually less than half the district. Almost all of Santa Clarita, some unincorporated, and Simi Valley a little. The heaviest voting precincts in the general are in SCV. You can't win that seat with an LA based campaign. It's not the same seat Richman won 6 years ago. He needs are BIG SCV campaign, and it will be hard because Cameron was raised in the local papers.

January 20, 2006 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph, Thank GOD the LA Conservancy has to stick their noses in everything.

January 20, 2006 8:11 PM  

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