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Thursday, April 27, 2006

What If They Gave a Hearing and No One (From LA) Came?

Tuesday, a State Senate committee approved a bill that would remove one of the seats assigned to the City of Los Angeles on the Metropolitan Transit Authority board.

No one from the City of LA was there to oppose the measure nor offer any alternative.

Wednesday, the City Council did introduce a resolution opposing the measure. Kind of like closing the barn door after the subway has left.

Some other cities in LA County feel that Los Angeles has too much influence on the board and are hoping to assign the seat to a representative of South Bay area cities.

Considering the Mayor wants to build a "Subway to the Sea," its got to be a little embarrassing that he didn't make the hearing.

I think he was honoring a soap opera that day.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Because the Senate Committee is all that matters when it comes to this bill. Its not like it has to go to the Senate Floor...AND THEN TO THE ASSEMBLY.

April 26, 2006 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Draft mayor & councilmembers to fight in iraq!

Actually work for them overpaid A**H**es!

April 26, 2006 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa, who led walkouts in 1969 as a student at Cathedral High School, said every student must understand that violating the city’s truancy laws — now or a generation ago — can lead to serious consequences, from an appearance in court to a $200 fine. “One of the reasons I didn’t graduate — well, I got kicked out — was that I participated in those walkouts,” he said.

April 27, 2006 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get your facts straight. Councilmember Parks introduced a motion over a month ago, and it was just heard in the City Council Transportation Committee today. The Committee voted to oppose the bill, and it will go to the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the full City Council on Friday. After the City takes an official position, then the Mayor can go and oppose the bill. That's how the charter works!

April 27, 2006 12:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whatever, the fact is once again Los Angeles is being embarrassed in the media because whether or not the city voted to oppose SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT THAT MEETING. Why was everyone else there who was suppose to be there in attendance?

April 27, 2006 6:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Parks was on the ball, but the Mayor and no one else - and the bottom line is that regardless of what Parks did, the ball was dropped. Chalk this up as a fuck up by Eric, Wendy and the Mayor.

Don't they know how stupid this makes the city look? Trust me, the press and the council people in other cities are laughing their asses off.

Remember - politics is all perception. If you want to succeed, don't feed the perception that you're incompetent.

April 27, 2006 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NCouncil 90032 majority gay.

April 27, 2006 8:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



April 27, 2006 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The current field includes three main contenders - Christina Chavez, the grand-daughter of Cesar Chavez and the political director for the United Farm Workers; Kevin De Leon, an organizer for the California Teachers Association who has a relationship with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez that goes back to grade school; and Elena Popp, a lawyer and housing activist who is also Latina and a open lesbian. Popp has the endorsement of the sitting Assemblymember, Jackie Goldberg.

Two other Latino candidates have also thrown their hats in the ring, however, they are not likely to be much more than spoilers: Christopher Arellano, a gay Latino activist and Gabriel Buelna, a Latino director of a non-profit mission in Boyle Heights.

April 27, 2006 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that LA did not show up to this hearing is probably not that big of a deal in the grand scheme.

What matters here is that the Daily News chose to cover it. Looks like AV's honeymoon is over, at least with the Valley.

April 27, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anyone know who the Mayor's Deputy for Transportation is?

April 27, 2006 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lisa Sarno or Cynthia Ruiz
or Mickey Mouse
same shit

April 27, 2006 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin D Leon supports what?

Mayor takeover
Illegals break law
Oh hell no, I won't vote for this compadre

April 27, 2006 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I told you this baffoon Mayor Vivalaraza was spending far too much time in front of the cameras and not paying attention to the business of the city. How do we know that he didn't trade this position so that the State could change the law to allow him to take over LAUSD?

April 27, 2006 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Lisa Sarno and Cynthia Ruiz?

April 27, 2006 9:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lisa Sarno is the new assistant GM (currently acting as GM) at DONE,and Cynthia Ruiz is the chair of the Board of Public Works.

Both are long time Villaraigosa employees and friends.

April 27, 2006 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The deputy mayor for transportation is Jaime de la Vega, a TOTAL loser and major apologist for MTA. Really the rotten apple in the barrel - no one knows what he does.

April 27, 2006 11:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jaime de la Vega is a former Riordan deputy. Antonio hired him as one of his "thank you's" to Riordan. To call Jaime "incompetent" is being kind. Of all of Antonio's senior staffers, there seems to be consensus that Jaime is by far the biggest nothing.

April 28, 2006 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aren't all of Villaraigosa's senior staffers former Riordan staffers? Everyone knows that his entire administration is run by Riordan and Broad. This is their plan to take over LAUSD, not Villaraigosa's.

April 28, 2006 10:28 PM  

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