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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Long battle ends in eviction for beloved downtown theater troupe

Team Villaraigosa, with a supporting cast of Cardenas, Padilla, Perry, Parks, and backed by "powerful attorneys at Latham & Watkins" to boot, succeeded in evicting Will & Co. last week. The beloved theater troupe had crossed swords with the Latino Theatre Company over the City site.

It's not like the troupe was without its own friends in high places. Last year, Tom Gilmore had threatened legal action if things didn't go his way.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

who cares?

They weren't very collaborative with the Downtown Community. They never invited the poor of skid row to their theatre, they never did shows for the kids of skid row. They were elitist at best. Skid row was only one block from their theatre.

Good riddens to the bad troupe. The way they talked about the homeless with Niche LA promoters was horrendous.

good riddens.

Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

March 11, 2006 11:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles Times
working stiffs have long had a thing for Antonio Villaraigosa, the ultimate union man. He enjoyed near-unanimous union support in races for the state Legislature and Los Angeles City Council.... But the picture has become more mixed since he first ran against James K. Hahn for mayor in 2001. Here's how the city's most powerful unions view him:

Union- L.A. County Federation of Labor ((a powerful confederation of unions)
2001 vs Hahn- Loved Villaraigosa
2005 vs Hahn-Loved Villaraigosa in secret*
Now -Wants to love Villaraigosa
Notes-*In 2005, Hahn secured its endorsement, but the rank and file is loyal to Villaraigosa.

Union-Architects & Engineers
(represents city workers but lacks the clout to shut the city down)
2001- vs Hahn-Loved Hahn
2005 vs Hahn- Villaraigosa is their new thrill
Now-The thrill is gone*
Notes - *Union leaders are incensed that Villaraigosa won't give them a new contract as generous as that won by DWP workers.

Union-Police Protective League
2001 vs Hahn - Hahn all the way
2005 vs Hahn -Still for Hahn
Now- Ask in June*
Notes- *In 2001, Villaraigosa opposed a three-day work- week. He changed his mind in 2005, but the union didn't ditch Hahn. Contract expires that month.

Union- Firefighters
2001 vs Hahn- Hahn lighted their fire
2005 vs Hahn- Still burned for Hahn
Now-Ask in June*
Notes*Contract expires that month.

Union- IBEW No. 11
(represents electrical workers, including city contractors)
2001 vs Hahn- Loved Villaraigosa
2005 vs Hahn- Switched to Hahn*
Now- Back in the dating game
Notes-*Switched to Hahn in 2005 because he was a "pro-labor incumbent."

Union-IBEW No. 18
(represents nearly all DWP workers)
2001 vs Hahn-Loved Villaraigosa
2005 vs Hahn Still loved Villaraigosa
Now-He's still their thrill*
Notes*Villaraigosa let them get at least a 16.25% raise over five years (now other unions want likewise).

Union-United Teachers Los Angeles
(represents teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District)
2001 vs Hahn-Loved Villaraigosa
2005 vs Hahn-Still loved Villaraigosa
Now- Feeling betrayed and terrified*
Notes*Villaraigosa's proposed mayoral takeover of L.A. Unified would remove UTLA as the most potent political player in the school district.

March 12, 2006 7:39 AM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

Does the fool who posted the "Union Report Card on the Mayor" understand that elected officials do not work for the Unions?

The elected officals work for ALL OF US who live in Los Angeles, regardless of whether we belong to a Union, or not.

The responsibilities are great, especially when it comes to fiscal management. To say that Antonio "let" the DWP Engineers have the raise that was GIVEN TO THEM BY HAHN is deceptive and dishonest. The truth is that Hahn's Chief of Staff, McOsker is the brother of the Union Rep, and the raise was a sweetheart deal from the get-go. Don't lay it off on Antonio, it was a Hahn giveaway.

If every other employee of the City of LA got a commensurate raise, we could just shut the place down and forget this City.

We have driven business away from Los Angeles with our Union death grip on hotels and tourism. We have driven all Fortune 500 companies that used to call LA home away with our outlandish City Taxes and Policy.

Now, you want the Mayor to spend money that we do not have to give it to the Unions.

You should go take some basic economics classes. Try Micro Economics 101, then Macro Economics 101, then Accounting 101.

Then YOU run for Mayor see how YOU will balance the budget.

March 12, 2006 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chalk another one up for the Mechista Mayor and his corrupt regime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's really for the best cuz who would want to be downtown surrounded by the spics and their gangs.

March 12, 2006 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People should ask Dalila "Venus of Willendorf" Sotelo how she feels about this.

She tries to influence Antonio's staff at every turn, often to their detriment.

March 12, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Howard Blume wrote the article. Antonio everyone knows was always a union ally. What the story is saying basically is how Antonio has lost his support from many of them.

Fact is Antonio could have been a real leader and renegoiated the DWP huge raise but acting like the coward he is instead he passed the buck to city council. Its just like he runs away whenever anything stares him in the face and he gets afraid. RUN FOREST RUN

March 12, 2006 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily News reporting two thirds of city council are in Washington this week. Interesting the last sentence states that the LA delegation wil host a party for officals from throughout So. California region that will be paid for by lobbyists.

Is it me or does anyone else see something wrong with this picture???

March 12, 2006 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's just you. pal.

Business as usual. The more things change, the more they are the same.

March 12, 2006 5:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's about time the Mayor did something for Latinos. All of his top choices are not Latinos.

Good to see he hasn't completely forgotten his roots.

Chief of Staff, Planning Director, and now Department of Transportation are all from communities outside of the Latino persuasion.

March 12, 2006 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's not the Mayor for just Latinos; he's the Mayor for ALL OF US.

Get it?

March 13, 2006 3:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice job Phil - calling Howard Blume a fool. You are right, I guess. Howard is clueless when it comes to news related union topics.

March 13, 2006 8:00 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


If that was the case, since he was newly elected as mayor when the contract was going down.

Would that have given Mayor Villaraigosa the opportunity to renogociate?

At least "come to the table" to discuss the structural budget deficits he mentioned when he first took office.

All the evidence is leading me to believe AV had every opportunity to do just that because he has the lovely audits of Laura Chick-n-shit to back him up.

That would at least given both parties the opportunity to come to a modest compromise so that other unions can follow suit but not with outrageous demands.

That Mr Krakover (Mr. Crackhead)is Business 101, the ability to negociate.

March 13, 2006 8:45 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Here's another little tid-bit

Remember when the LA Live project was breaking ground and Peter Zen of the Bonaventure threaten to petition a voter proposition to stop city funds from supporting it.

Remember what Antonio's big spiel with his Chest stuck out was after he caved into Zen's demands. "Hahn was dodging him for years and I've come in and renegociated the deal to be fair and equitable for the city."

If he could do that for Peter Zen, why couldn't he do that for the DWP contract when he was first elected?

Do you see the hypocracy and the lies?

March 13, 2006 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

archie, the answer to your question is his cousin was the lobbyist for Peter Zen, and antonio also appointed his cousin to the CRA Board.

March 13, 2006 10:40 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

^ How come I'm not surprised.

March 13, 2006 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love the phrase "Laura Chick-n-shit"

What is AV's cousins name?

March 13, 2006 11:18 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

That is not my phrase someone else used it. I'm borrowing it. I should copyright it!

It's better than calling her a Cun..ningly deceptive woman or a C***!

March 13, 2006 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has anyone seen the list of who will be at that lobbyist event. Not pretty-alot of the Mayors 'advisors' and kitchen cabinet.
The mayor is in bed with people who dont have LAs' interest at heart.
Can the Mayor use them effectively, or..more likely, these people want to enrich themselves and use their connections to the Mayor. I hope its not true, but look at the list!

March 13, 2006 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who ever made up that phrase can sell some shirts, mugs, banners

March 13, 2006 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where can we see this list?

March 13, 2006 12:56 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

That is why I'm investing my money in Public Elections rather than the stock market. I get a better ROI.

March 13, 2006 1:19 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

This is something I said when he held that "LA Best" fundraiser or when he was being nice and asked the city council to approve him raising $200,000 for the transition to his new swank Mayor's office.

This was all a set-up to get his donors in line.

March 13, 2006 1:21 PM  

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