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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

Its quite an experience to be disconnected from the world when your cable TV and internet go out for a week. Its a pleasure to be back and you can expect everything you've expected from us before and then some not that we're back.

LAist (through YouTube) has the complete, uncut, unaired "South Park" episode - "Come Out of the Closet Tom" that has the Church of Scientology up in arms. Check it out before it gets booted off the web.

The anti-Home Depot folks think I am all wrong, but what does it matter. They don't want a Home Depot and I'm all for it. But they were nice enough to send over news that Mayor Villaraigosa has joined their cause and is opposed to Home Depot too. Hope he doesn't need a screwdriver or hammer to fix anything at the Getty House.

Brady Westwater blogs at the Palm Village Sun that a commission to decide the future of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles may not include anyone serving on a Neighborhood Council.

Remember the tripling of the car tax by Gray Davis three years ago? That's probably one of the reasons we have a Governor Schwarzenegger. The folks at the US Chamber of Commerce think it would not be best to slide backwards and are pulling out all stops for Arnold. Here's their latest message.

Good things continue to happen for Jerry Brown in his race for the Democratic nod for Attorney General over LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. Jerry's reporting he's got a $1.6 million fundraising lead over Rocky, as well, he received the endorsement of the California School Employees Association.

LA County Board of Supervisors candidate David Hernandez is proposing some interesting ideas for mass transportation. Among them, suggesting as an alternative to Mayor Villaraigosa's "Subway to the Sea" an "Expressway to the Future," that is a monorail down Wilshire Boulevard. Some of the transit geeks might poo poo the idea, but its worth looking at.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jerry's such an embarassment. He thinks he still has a chance to win despite the ongoing criminal investigation into his vandalism and racist comments at a bar in Oakland earlier this month.

March 23, 2006 6:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Give it up Rocktard. You are a corrupt SOB.

March 23, 2006 6:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor faces opposition to his plan from the district, teachers union officials and officials from the 27 other cities served by LAUSD. A number of those cities have adopted a resolution opposed to mayoral control of the district.


March 23, 2006 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is classic

I read that the Los Angeles City Council has recently been discussing ways of disposing of the city's trash. One word: RESIGN!

- Bruce Jones
Eagle Rock

March 23, 2006 7:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many degrees does this moron have?

From today's Times:
"Huizar Seeks Survey of City's Historic Sites"

Huizar has a million dollar staff budget, and he needs a survey? How about getting one of your lame staffers to open up a book or look on the internet.

Huizar was alseep at the wheel and the person directing the demolition vehicle was Lucille Roybal Allard - is it any wonder the Eastside is so screwed up.

March 23, 2006 7:22 AM  

Anonymous blog cop said:

lots of lame postings lately. my cable tv is down? open threads? repeating stuff from the times or from other blogs? you didn't even get firebaugh's death right.

give us some read meat. we've been starving since chief parker left the fold.

March 23, 2006 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Jerry Brown's political cronies should find another blog to pollute.

March 23, 2006 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only embarassment is the attorney we have representing out city - namely Mr. Rockard Delgadillo. This man will be a continuing source of embarassment as long as he is in office - slumlords and bill board barons are in charge of his office. I am only tempted to vote for him to get him out of our city. But alas, this would be worse for all of us.

March 23, 2006 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar didn't even know what was going on until the "comunity" started sending e-mails informing eachother the Jewish Center had been demolished. That's when one of Jose's field staffers told him and he decided to after the fact do something. Another CM asleep at the wheel.

March 23, 2006 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is amazing is that we have a City Attorney with one year of actual legal experience running the CA's office. Incredible.

Talk to Retards old chums at O'Melvny and they will tell you the same.

March 23, 2006 9:37 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

7:22, I couldn't agree more!

March 23, 2006 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Council District 6 should be first in line to resign.

March 23, 2006 11:04 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Neither a subway nor a Disney-esque monorail to the ocean makes any economic sense. The only cost-efficient way to provide mass transit in L.A. is to have busses run in "bus only" lanes.

I had a very nice and informative meeting with the Bus Riders' Union yesterday, and, sure, I drank the Kool-Aid, but they make a great deal of sense when it comes to the allocation of those scarce mass transit dollars. I'm going to read their plan. Look into it yourselves. We really need to do something about the traffic, if possible.

March 23, 2006 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

March 23, 2006 7:35 AM

Weren't financial reportings filed yesterday? Anybody know how much Montanez has over Padilla???

March 23, 2006 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

March 23, 2006

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Rose Kapolczynski, Progressive Strategy Partners

RE: Padilla opens large fundraising lead in the 20th State Senate District

New campaign finance reports show that Alex Padilla has a large fundraising lead over his opponent, Cindy Montanez, in the race for the 20th State Senate District. Yesterday, both campaigns filed finance reports for the period from January 1, 2006 through March 17, 2006. The reports show:

· Padilla has raised nearly $300,000 more than Montanez.

· Padilla has a nearly $300,000 cash on hand advantage over Montanez.

· In the last reporting period, Padilla raised over $200,000 more than

· Padilla continues to outraise Montanez at a rate of more than 2 to 1.

Here is a comparison of the finances of each campaign:

Padilla total raised: $908,893.47
Montanez total raised: $614,158.59
Padilla advantage: $294,734.88

Padilla cash-on-hand: $719,439.24
Montanez cash-on-hand: $425,057.20
Padilla advantage: $294,382.04

Padilla raised this period: $359,052.00
Montanez raised this period: $157,717.98
Padilla advantage: $201,334.02

With only 75 days until Election Day, Alex has the resources he needs to communicate with voters in the 20th State Senate District. Alex’s fundraising advantage combined with his 25 point lead in a recent survey of likely primary voters puts him in a great position to win this race.

March 23, 2006 4:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It should be noted, close to 100,000 of this money comes from Car Dealers.

One candidate took on this special interest and the other takes money from them.

This race is gonna get good as independent groups play a major role.

March 23, 2006 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Farmers at South Central Community Garden unload on their activist organizers...By DANIEL HERNANDEZ

Seems the damn activists are taking advantage of the poor South LA Farmers. Again, outsiders having their own agenda and the "real" people getting screwed. Why isn't the Times reporting on this story?

March 23, 2006 4:58 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

That SD20 race is barely warming up.

Word on the street is that a poll has been circulating the area where folks are being asked if the mayor's endorsement would sway their vote. Sounds like an Alex gutcheck.

Meanwhile, AP continues to try to sparr w/ AV over LAUSD control, atleast in the media.

Yup, its heating up.

March 23, 2006 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The folks in Sunland need to wake up and be thankful that any business would even WANT to build in that town, full of homeless people and drug addicts. Can't you see that a Home Depot might even clean the town up a bit??

March 25, 2006 6:33 PM  

Blogger Scott said:

Monorail? Are you kidding me? We have to put in the subway. Here are my points:

1)We're never building anymore freeways, yet population keeps on increasing.

2)We need mass transit with more capacity. (Okay, we can all agree on that one.)

3)This new mass transit with greater capacity can't run on the street. People will NOT accept a precious car traffic lane set aside for buses (don't get me wrong, I'm all for it, but it won't fly). It has to be a train that's elevated or a subway.

4)Monorail is unreliable! Google about how many times the Las Vegas Monorail fell apart and broke down.
Subway is much more reliable.

5)Monorail track structures will fall down in an earthquake (like the 10 Freeway bridges did in 1994). The Red Line came through the 1994 earthquake without a scratch and was running the next day. The tubular structure of the subway tunnels is the strongest architectural form known.

6)Yes, a subway is expensive. But it doesn't cost, it pays. It carries the equivalent number of people as a four lane freeway and costs less! As to how much a 15 mile long four lane freeway costs...it's MORE than the $4.8 billion estimate for the Subway To The Sea.

7)Wilshire Corridor is one place in L.A. where a subway makes sense. The population density there is only bested by two places in the USA: Manhattan and central Chicago (both of which have subways!).

Let's build the Subway To The Sea!

March 26, 2006 2:39 AM  

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