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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

In a move that could have an impact on business in the San Fernando Valley and beyond, Mayor Villaraigosa has announced his support for a seven year phase-out of stage 2 jet aircraft at Van Nuys Airport. Stage 2 jets are older jets, considered noisier than newer jets and are the target of local homeowner groups.

Los Angeles City Council Member Alex Padilla has surpassed the $1 million fundraising mark in his bid to seek the Democratic nomination for the 20th State Senate District. His primary opponent, Assembly Member Cindy Montanez, has raised just over $600,000.

Valley VOTE has endorsed twin legislative proposals offered by Assemblyman Keith Richman and Senator George Runner that would breakup the LA Unified School District. The organization notes that it has been in favor of a school district breakup since its days as an advocate for San Fernando Valley secession.

More parking privileges for the elite, this time at an Antonio Villaraigosa press conference. An email went out to City employees that they could park in restricted , nearby spaces with no tickets or towing. Community activists and supporters invited to be window dressing for the photo op did not get the same memo and had to park some distance away from the event.

Jonathan Levey, a Democrat from Santa Monica, who is seeking to replace the termed out 41st District Assembly Member Fran Pavley, has literally written the book on his campaign. Levey has authored and published "Ideas in Action," which details his six point plan to improve the district. The book is available for download on his website and will be distributed to voters throughout the 41st.

Los Angeles City Meetings for Tuesday

8:30AM - Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee
10:00AM - Los Angeles City Council
2:00PM - Information Technology and General Services Committee Meeting
2:00PM - Planning & Land Use Management Committee Meeting

Los Angeles County Meetings for Tuesday

9:30AM - Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't ti interesting that the only two City Council Members who are pushing for a Bond to fix our streets are the same two SFV Council Members who have dumps on their Districts.

How convenient is it to have the hardworking tax payers of Los Angeles pay for the much needed street repairs these land fills destroyed. It sounds to me like the BIG UNION BOSSES at the Teamsters office wanted the trash transfer stations and newly paved streets to go with it.

These two Doo Doos should have the dumps pay for it and stop footing the bill on LA tax payer.

We all know the transfer stations makes a hell of a lot of jobs for the teamsters and as we know in LA politics$$$$$$$$$$ fat political contributions and endorsements.


No more pay to play cardenas

April 17, 2006 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We posters usually bash "Pancho Villa" Ragoisa, and with good reason.

But I have to give him credit on this one. VN Airport, while very important to the community, has been a problem to residents for a long time.

Phasing out those older jets will go a long way towards a peaceful coexistence between airport and community.

Now, let's see if he keeps this promise, or flip-flops like he did on Sunshine Canyon.

April 17, 2006 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cardenas is a moron. I heard he's even on myspace.com. Now isnt that something. Maybe he is an engineer after all.
I"ll link you later on.

April 17, 2006 11:32 PM  

Blogger El Santo said:

¡Its time for Cardenas to GO HOME! He's on myspace... you need to link us up amigo. No wonder El Gordo (Padilla) raised so much money... pay to play always gets good money.

¿Who are his biggest donors? ¿Corporations? Republicans? ¿His Papi Acevedo?

April 17, 2006 11:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor's City address will be interesting tonight. He wanted to hold it at Crenshaw High and they told him no. Not its at another school. The LAUSD fight will be a good one. As much as I critize the mayor I have to give him credit for at least waking people up on the LAUSD issue.

April 18, 2006 7:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe this is the reason Antonio gets those nice big photos weekly in the LA Times. Talk about bias reporting.
♦ Mayor Villaraigosa has really been working the angles to get the Times on board with his agenda. Looks as if tomorrow he will privately brief the editorial board on his education reform plans before the TV announcement at 5:30 pm.

April 18, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alex Padilla is over one million! And he won't have to pay any fines until two to three years from now. Watch him turn the City of San Fernando into another South Gate with that money. Cindy, it's not the truth, just perception that counts. And one million can buy a lot of perception, just ask your consultant, Parke Skelton. There's a whole lot of "perceived" trash out there on Cindy, Parke just doesn't know it.

Intrigued? Here's a clue. There is one link between Cindy's camp and Al Robles' camp, and there is a paper trail to back it up. Without that degree Cindy, your going to be "perceived" as a dumbass so here's another clue. The "angel" involved has already been convicted by the D.A. - one of Coolies' few victories in his "Public Integrity Division". And that convict isn't Al Robles.

April 18, 2006 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE Jonathan Levey from the Peoples Republic of SM, more leftist nonsense that health care is a "right". Please find that in the Constitution. 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union classic Marxist thought is alive and well in the mainstream candidate for State Office. Just what we need in Sacramento, given the present budget disaster.

April 18, 2006 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C'mon, how does Valley Vote even merit a comment. Who do they actually represent. There are more parents in my kids PTA doing a bakesale than this tiny little band of activists can claim to truthfully represent.

April 18, 2006 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jonathon Levey is an idiot. His pro-growth and anti-environmental policy ideas would be a disaster - unless you were wealthy and could afford to live in Pacific Palisades

April 18, 2006 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From the article:

"Villaraigosa Argues for Stage 2 Jet Phase Out

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced his support for a seven-year phase out of Stage 2 jet aircraft at Van Nuys Airport.

Joseph Aredas, a member of the Board of Airport Commissioners was to introduce a resolution on Monday that would set the ban in motion.

The resolution was approved by the board in 1990, but later that year Congress passed the Airport Noise and Capacity Act to limit local jurisdictions’ control over airport operations.

Villaraigosa said he is in favor of phasing out the jets as long as the effort is done in a manner that complies with Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Aredas’ resolution will ask Los Angeles World Airports staff to hasten the adoption of the regulations."

Someone might want to remind Mr. Aredas and MAV that there's a little problem with Federal Law prohibiting the local airport from taking such an action. Call me jaded, but I expect this is another example of MAV creating headlines knowing full well there's no substance to it at all.

The key is in the fourth paragraph. Uh, yeah, the problem is you can't have such a ban and comply with the FAA at the same time! It's not like people want noisy planes, but BS proclamations do nothing to solve real problems and no airport in America has ever won it's challenge provided for by those regulations.

Case in point #2 was the grand announcement of seeking $900,000 in federal dollars for Palmdale. Of course in one single year, more money than that was spent to subsidize the turboprop puddle jumper from Palmdale to Vegas and they still discontinued service on January 1 with lots of empty seats. What does $2MM cash do? Answer: Nothing. And that's IF he even gets the money.

"In the grant application, the coalition stated that it wants to initiate 50-seat regional jet service at PMD by developing a revenue guarantee program to support the initial phase of air service. This revenue guarantee program will be designed to attract non-stop service to the hub of a major U.S. airline in the Western U.S. by minimizing the initial business risk a carrier would face in entering a new market. The revenue guarantee will be a short-term program tailored to "jumpstart" the new regional jet service by mitigating an airline's risk."

Yup, that's the same kind of revenue guarantee that failed last year. As soon as the money runs dry guaranteeing profits, the airline ceases operations having milked it dry.

April 18, 2006 11:35 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Gee, with all these bonds and taxes, Is there any wonder why there's no AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

You could wipe that out by reducing the bond debt and restructuring building codes and zoning, you know "Red Tape"

April 18, 2006 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

el santo

your chonis are too tight

April 18, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Padilla has this race locked!

April 18, 2006 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Levey is the sensible, moderate democrat in the race--a good liberal on the main issues, but not a loony lefty on fiscal issues. Dude clearly didn't read the book...

April 18, 2006 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Padilla wins, but makes no friends along the way. I hear he wants to succeed Perata. Any chance?

April 18, 2006 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Excellent assessment. I agree.

April 18, 2006 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Levey's book has some interesting thoughts. It's worth a quick read before passing judgement.

April 18, 2006 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2 more days til Padilla pops his cherry.

April 18, 2006 3:47 PM  

Blogger EASTSIDER said:

Welcome my good friends, Im back in the game, whats Tony doing now.

April 18, 2006 3:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You mean your cherry! Ok, shut up now.

April 18, 2006 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

yeah 3:47, shut up. you're back so what.

Tony is going to violate apad pretty soon, that cherry is going to explode. thats whats up.

April 18, 2006 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 11:56...

It sounds like you're jealous of the crotch size.

April 18, 2006 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know what chance he, or any one else from So Cal would have to replace Perata. (Bay Area senators might resent having So Cal people in control of both houses) If anyone from So Cal replaces him, it's gonna be Romero since she's the Majority Leader. If G-d forbid Padilla wins, a Freshman Senator who got into the seat contrary to the wishes of the former State Senator who was in the leadership in the Senate and may be poised to become Assembly Speaker, isn't going to have an easy time of it especially since he would be a newb in Sacto.

April 18, 2006 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I'm a little confused. Explain.

April 18, 2006 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave Tony Cardenas alone!
He's the only councilmember that is damn hip, check out my boy:
Tony Cardenas blogging on myspace.com

That's kinda councilmember I want in office. Does anybody know if Tom has maxed out to A-Pad yet?

P/S I think that image was when Shallman mandhandled him despite having all that money and that high name i.d.....Sympathy cards.

April 18, 2006 4:57 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Almost 4/20. Will Padilla get it up for the show?

P/S Puff puff give Felipe

April 18, 2006 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our Mayor just reminded me why I love LA.

Great job Mayor.

April 18, 2006 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed. The mayor put it down. "I plea to the CA. Legislature..to help bring LAUSD reform."

I like that.

April 18, 2006 6:15 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

6:13 and 6:15

Get off your knees and stop sucking AV's big brown political cock.

Anyone with some brains, would see that these plans of his are very dumb and make no sense.

If he were serious about education reform, without any state legislation, he should propose a city bond to issue School vouchers for residents. Instead of these other bonds and tax increases which would better trimmed with you know allocating more in the budget for hiring officers and road repair and reduce the pay increases to the public officials.

That would be like giving hard working homebuyers a tax break because they can spend it on better and more efficent school services thus making LAUSD, have to actually WORK to improve education Not test Scores!

April 19, 2006 8:48 AM  

Blogger Mr. Noah said:

Re: the Levey book. I've read through it, and it seems like Levey's solidly in the environmental protection camp...

He goes on and on for pages about protecting open space, limiting sprawl, protecting clean air and water...it's hard to see how anyone who actually read the book could label him as "anti-environmental."

I agree that Levey seems like the moderate liberal choice in the 41st District race.

April 25, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Levey is clearly the most capable candidate in terms of getting things accomplished in Sacremento. He isn't avoiding giving his opinions on issues; rather, he's spelled them out in far greater detail than any other candidate. He isn't a poser or a posturer, just someone with a lot of sense who wants what his constituents want, a cleaner environment, better schools, plans for health care, and some practical ideas on improving traffic and transportation. And he knows how to get it done.

April 25, 2006 12:15 PM  

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