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Monday, January 23, 2006

Mayor Sam's Morning Update

The Daily News is not convinced that the City Council needed to take as much time saluting outgoing President Alex Padilla as it did when Padilla handed over the reins to successor Eric Garcetti. Though Garcetti was successful (as promised) in getting the meeting started on time, more than two hours was taken on a number of "ego-flattering presentations" including Councilman Dennis Zine's honorary membership in a ladies club and then a hour of the Council struggling to honor Padilla as his term as the youngest Council President in history. All this was going on, as the Daily News points out, while business and constituents wishing to address the Council continued to pile up. As well, the Daily News is similarly not as convinced as the City Council is, that Padilla will defeat his opponent, Cindy Montanez, for the Democratic nomination for the 20th Senate District seat. Stay tuned.

Attorney turned Mayoral candidate turned realtor Walter Moore has some interesting points on the housing market. Though 2005 prices were up over 2004, they've been flat for over six months now. This may have some impact on schemes to bring about massive amounts of "affordable housing." The market may provide the answer after all. Read Walter's piece at Mayor Sam 2.

High winds are attacking the Southland and more are coming. There exists the potential for property damage and its risky for anyone driving a high profile vehicle. Winds of nearly 60 - 70 MPH may hit the San Fernando Valley and mountain regions. Red Flag warnings have been issued, if you're in a Red Flag area you may want to check signage where you park your car.

Franklin Avenue is going ahead with hosting a "wake" for the now demolished Ambassador Hotel, in partnership with the L.A. Conservancy. Joe Mailander isn't going to be there - and is glad the Ambassador is gone - but you're welcome to attend if you RSVP. Details: February 2nd, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., HMS Bounty, 3355 Wilshire Blvd. RSVP to 310-858-2224.

And finally, a rare and interesting happening in Los Angeles - LA Observed's Kevin Roderick, Martini Republic's Joe Mailander and LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge in the same place at the same time. You can read more about it here.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcetti needs to rein in those clowns even tighter. Simple solution to those agonizing presentations is simply put a TIME LIMIT ON THEM LIKE PUBLIC COMMENT. When Antonio goes to council they allow him to speak endlessly. Things will never change unless Eric can prove his leadership and contain those council meetings.

Even though the meetings start on time those clowns AREN'T EVEN IN THEIR SEATS. THIS IS THE WORST COUNCIL WE'VE HAD IN YEARS.

January 23, 2006 5:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcetti is doing a great job--five meetings and five on-time starts. The guards, the clerks, and the council staff appreciates getting out before lunch. The presentation to Padilla only took 45 minutes, Mayor Sam (check the tapes), not two hours (even the Daily News only doubled it to 1 and a half hours) and while I thought Garcetti was way over-generous to Padilla, it is nothing compared to a speaker's transition up in Sacto. All said, the ship is definitely moving much tighter.

As for the worst council in years, that's just bullshit. This council is worse than Holden? Than Alatorre? Than Hernandez? Worse than crabby Galanter? Fact of the matter is that while there are still some dopes, on balance, this council is one of the better ones I have seen in four decades.

January 23, 2006 6:28 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Well, it does show how low our expectations were set for the last Council when the best thing one can say about this one so far is that the sessions start on time.

But what cracks me up about both councils is the scribes usual complaint that not enough news happens in Chamber. Indeed it happens elsewhere---so elsewhere is where to go get the news.

January 23, 2006 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Padilla needs to put that piece of extra piece of fried chicken down. The boy has blown up since 2001! He"ll either gain more weight out of stress, or lose a crapload by the run for his money montanez is gonna give him.

free crookie!

January 23, 2006 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

err, if you look close enough you see Cardenas' chief of staff, Felipe and Yolanda Fuentes sawing down some pork chops in the background.

January 23, 2006 9:57 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

9:54

You know what they say about Politics. I wonder if someone has pictures of that vindictive Cunt, Supervisor Gloria Molina when she wasn't as big to the disgusting Pig she is now.

January 23, 2006 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amazing how the SD20 race is getting along. I wonder if Cindy is still tossing the Zinfandel around as when she tossed it at Alex Rooker in sacramento. Shame on her, last I heard that was a good year for that Zin.

January 23, 2006 9:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:55
i hear that this incident won't affect the endorsement at stake.


- third house insider

January 23, 2006 11:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard the exact same thing yesterday.

That glass of wine incident is not going to affect the endorsement. I love that.

January 24, 2006 12:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

forget the wine tossing, I heard that a certain labor group will not vote on the SD20 race. Seems like they lack the backbone to make a decision.

January 25, 2006 5:35 PM  

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