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Monday, April 24, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Northridge West Neighborhood Council President Jim Alger was honored by the California Junior Chamber as one of 13 Outstanding Young Californians Saturday evening in Irvine. Among other things, the organziation recognized Alger for his efforts for Hurricane Katrina relief. In his acceptance speech, Alger noted this blog and its role in spreading the word about his mission that eventually led to put him in touch with Gulf Coast area government officials who asked for his assistance. Among the other LA County area winners of the award were Los Angeles City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Anthony Paul Diaz of Pasadena, Fox 11 News reporter Nischelle Turner of Pasadena, teacher-activist-author Priscilla Tjio-Hervey of Duarte, community activist-businessperson April Aston-Price of Santa Clarita and Long Beach Police Reserve Officer David Madigan.

Los Angeles homeless advocate Ted Hayes has joined the anti-illegal immigration group, The Minutemen, and is part of a group of other African Americans who are coming out in opposition to uncontrolled immigration. Hayes and the other leaders note the impact illegal immigration particularly has on the Black community, calling it the "biggest threat to blacks in America since slavery."

Animal activists are raising concern over the LA City Council supporting legislation proposed by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine that would set requirements on space required in zoos for elephants. The activists are concerned that the standards set are based on faulty science and are not appropriate for the well being of the animals. As you may remember, this blog has come out against building a new elephant exhibit at the LA Zoo and is supporting relocating the zoo's current collection of pachyderms to a preserve where they would be better off than in the cramped quarters at the zoo.

The Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging will hold elections for the California Senior Legislature, which identifies senior concerns, develops proposals and advocates for the inclusion of those concerns in legislative proposals of the state Legislature.

City Controller Laura Chick will hold a news conference to release her audit of the Los Angeles Fire Department's staffing of the 911 dispatch centers. The audit reviews areas for opportunities for efficiencies and evaluates the possibility of using more civilians as call takers rather than sworn firefighters.

A new local blog that takes a decidely anti-President Bush tone has hit the blogosphere. Empire Falls has a lot of liberal hoo-haw we don't agree with, but we salute their efforts and find their blog to be interesting.

LA City Meetings for Monday

10:00AM - Public Safety Committee Meeting
1:00PM - Budget & Finance Committee Meeting, CANCELED


Blogger Westsider said:

I would have paid to have heard what Alger said about the Mayor Sam Blog at the Outstanding Young Californians dinner, but I was way out of town!

April 24, 2006 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor got his idea to raise trash fees from Jim Alger. Way to go Jim. Now the Mayor will attempt to legitamize the use of trash fees to pay of cops without a 2/3 vote of the people.

Raise trash fees to pay for services, "An outstanding young california's" dumb idea.

Again thanks Jim.

April 24, 2006 4:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's okay. Usually its Greig Smith that steals Jim's ideas, so I guess the Mayor is learning.

April 24, 2006 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


However, others fear the mayor may want to lessen neighborhood councils' growing power.

In recent months, the mayor appointed one of his former City Council office staffers, Lisa Sarno, as the second in command at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Some have praised her efficiency, but others have complained she is beholden to the mayor.

April 24, 2006 11:36 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


Hey folks, before you start whining about AV betraying you;

Take a good LONG look in the mirror, because you are to blame for letting AV run the city.

Cause you folks voted for him!

April 24, 2006 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trash fee hikes

DWP rate increase

LAUSD bonds for new failing schools

Mayor who cleans toilets

I love LA

April 24, 2006 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All I can say is the DONE person replacing Greg Nelson HAS to be a person who can work with the community. Folks, none of the mayor's people fit that bill. Greg had a passion for the councils and people. It sounds like the NC's are doomed with AV in control.

BTW if you read the LA Times on the trash fee hike, Alger was quoted as saying he was against it.

April 24, 2006 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the Mayor wants to kill the Neighborhood Councils then he should appoint Lisa Sarno. Otherwise, Larry Frank and/or Rafael Gonzales would be our choice.

April 24, 2006 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ted Hayes is going to get black gang bangers to go patrol the border.

This is going to be one fun summer!

April 24, 2006 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

...South Central Farm is still clinging to its disputed turf while lawyers for the 300+ farmers duke it out in court with landowner Ralph Shapiro...They've been soliciting donations and they're holding a art-and-music fundraiser Saturday.

They are not a non profit so who's getting the money. They've evicted 20 of the original farmers because they didn't do what the organizers said. These farmers are being exploited by a bunch of radical morons.

April 24, 2006 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed. Rafael Gonzales would be our choice.

also, did anyone notice the Times item on the similarity between Villaraigosa and Riordan's agendas?

April 24, 2006 5:17 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Puppet meet Puppetmaster.

AV talks as Riordan moves his lips- "Hello Puppetmaster, How do you do?"

"Fine, Glad I've got my third term as Mayor."

April 24, 2006 5:39 PM  

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