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Friday, May 19, 2006

City to Spend $25 Million For NFL


The Community Redevelopment Agency has committed $25 million of your money for "infrastructure proejcts around the Coliseum, the Daily News reports. Pat Lynch, general manager of the Coliseum Commission, stated, "In terms of the overall project, this is not a great deal of money, but it shows the city's commitment to wanting to improve Exposition Park."

63 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Expo Park could use some work, but $25m worth? If you spread that money around the city, how many parks could get fixed up or new pocket parks established? (And how much of that $25m is coming out of our trash collection fee increase?)

The NFL needs LA more than LA needs the NFL. If they want a nice park around their stadium, let them pay for it.

May 19, 2006 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's a lot of money for Villaraigosa's cheerleading skirt. That spaz doesn't have an athletic bone in his body and now he is Mr. Jock?

May 19, 2006 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wrong. The money is going to be used to pay for Parks' suits.

May 19, 2006 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

♦ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will preview a gathering of the National Council of La Raza—"the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization"—tomorrow at the Convention Center. Monica Lozano, publisher of La Opinión, is the group's president.

IS THIS NOT A CONFLICT OF INTEREST HAVING A REPORTER PRESIDENT OF THE RADICAL GROUP??? BUT THEN AGAIN IT IS LA OPINION THE BIGGEST GROUPIE OF ANTONIO

May 19, 2006 8:34 AM  

Blogger California Progress Report said:

These professional sports stadium deals are almost always bad public policy. They willy-nilly take a big chunk of scarce public funds from cities, conties, and states. It is corporate socialism at its worst.

Here in Oakland, we are out $250 million dollars (that's a quarter of a billion dollars) in the deal that brought the Oakland Raiders back. That could have funded a lot of libraries, done a lot for the quality of life here, and prevented a lot of cuts in essential city services that we have seen.

It may make some feel good, but in my mind, it is symbolic politics and bread and circuses, while the barons of this industry get richer with public funds.

May 19, 2006 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. City Mayor Villaraigosa Fails to Raise Matching Funds to Save 350 Poor Families in South Central Los Angeles From Brentwood Developer

For the last three years, 350 families have been fighting to preserve the largest contiguous piece of open green space in South Central Los Angeles. On April 22nd 2006, Trust for Public had negotiated a 30 day buy option that depended on the city matching 5 Million put up by a private foundation. It appears that the City of LA and the Mayor's office will not match the money and the land will fall to Brentwood Developer.

WHEN: Friday, May 19th, 2006 @ 9:00 a.m.

WHO: South Central Farmers

WHAT: Protest and Press Conference

In the week of May 15 2006, the community was informed that, "Mayor Villaraigosa and his office would not be able to raise the matching 5 Million that he had promised to the community," stated Tezozomoc, elected representative of the South Central Farmers. "The community is in shock. Everyone thought that it was a done deal and now families face a bleak future with the possible destruction of the community farm," stated Albert Tlatoa, farmer. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court Brentwood real estate developer has already acquired the legal right to deploy the Los Angeles Sheriffs department to remove 350 families from the largest urban farm in the U.S. This could happen as soon as May 24th, 2006.

There will be only 3 days to Save the Farm!


WHERE: Location Changed! We will now be demonstrating at the intersection of S. Figueroa St. and W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles


WHY: This is a unique opportunity to eliminate park poverty in this highly urbanized, blighted and semi-industrial neighborhood. This site is a singular opportunity to make permanent and public the community and cultural benefits of the green oasis created by 360 families over the years as they continue to grow healthy fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants to supplement their food budgets. This urban garden, once purchased, will remain open space for generations to come.

http://www.southcentralfarmers.com

Known as the largest urban farm in the country, South Central Farm provides food and sustenance to some of the most underserved residents in Los Angeles.

http://www.southcentralfarmers.com

May 19, 2006 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CA Progress Rpt:

I don't think the City of Irwindale is shedding a tear for Oakland right now. Remember that whole Raiders in a rock quarry or gravel pit back in the early 90's. The City COuncil gave Al Davis $10 million just to meet with him and discuss a deal. AV crony Xavier Hermosillo brokered this deal when he promised the city leadership at Irwindale that the whole city population of 14,000 would have season tickets at the new stadium where the 210 and 605 meet. Al showed up, took his money, Xavier took his cut and then all of a sudden Antonio, a broke union organizer, raises over $500,000 for his '94 Assembly race, his inuagural political race. Makes you want to say hmmmmmm!

May 19, 2006 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:58: Irwindale's population is 1,400 not 14,000. The city council gave Al Davis over $7000 per city resident.

Those are some pricey season tickets...

May 19, 2006 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are crazy if you do not think that the city is going to receive more that $25 million in tax revenue that is generated by a NFL team coming to LA. People in that area should be thankful that the city is willing to invest in making it a place that people want to come to again. I just moved back here from DC where the the city spent millions of dollars to help build the MCI Center and develop the immediate area. Within two years it had already made back expenses plus more. Thanks Antonio, thanks even more to Bernard, the whole city should be thanking you for this effort.

May 19, 2006 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

QUE PASA WITH THIS COMMENT?

HUIZAR, GARCIA, DELEON COME FROM AND ARE THE STATUS QUO!

With the majority of LAUSD students scoring below proficiency in both math and reading, it's surprising that some would choose to defend the status quo," said Villaraigosa

spokeswoman Janelle Erickson.

May 19, 2006 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Major disappointment
City Council signs on to mayor's bogus trash-fee hike

By blindly giving its blessing to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to hike garbage fees for Los Angeles homeowners, the City Council has managed to disappoint, yet again, in many, many ways.
The first disappointment is the plan itself.

Fees, by law, are supposed to pay for the service provided; otherwise, they're a tax, and need to be approved by the public. But City Hall has passed a garbage fee ostensibly to pay for new cops, yet without any benchmarks, let alone sound commitments to show that's where the money will really go - for policing.

So, either the promise of more police service is just a sham to make the public feel better, or the fee truly is paying for an unrelated service, in which case it's an illegal tax.

Either way, taxpayers have a right to be angry.

Moreover, city leaders never made a good case that they needed more money at a time when city coffers are awash in $400 million in new revenues. And the Los Angeles Police Department hasn't been able to spend all the money for new cops that it already has. City leaders are jacking up the trash bill for L.A. homeowners from $11 to $28 a month - not so much because they need the money, but because they simply want it.

Talk about disappointing.

LA Daily News

May 19, 2006 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"The opposite of intolerance is respect," Villaraigosa said. "I believe that these graduates have the ability to show us a different way. Even if we find ourselves on different sides of the aisle, even if we matriculated at different colleges, even if some of us registered with different political parties, I know that these graduates will lead us (well)."

Taking a more light-hearted tone, Villaraigosa also pointed to the recent dominance that USC's football team has had over its cross-town rival, acknowledging UCLA's concession of USC's many strengths.

Despite Villaraigosa's message, many graduates felt that the mayor's speech took on an overly partisan tone.

"I felt like he polarized things a little. It was a little ironic that he was talking about unifying people and then he got political at the end. But on the whole, I thought it was an okay speech," said graduate Sarah Glass, who received a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

Cleo Roberts, a graduating French and international relations major, said she thought Villaraigosa's speech was too driven by sports and rivalry and did not offer enough advice to graduates.

"He spoke far too often about sports teams. That's not the most important thing about USC," Roberts said.

Instead, Roberts felt that the address delivered by valedictorian Kavitha Sivaraman offered the right balance of advice and outlook.

Sivaraman reflected on the university's growth into one of the nation's great institutions of higher learning and on the responsibility this prestige places on graduates.

"Let us not forget how lucky we are to have gotten a college degree at all. We have an obligation to make the same opportunities possible for everyone," she said.

Sivaraman also encouraged graduates to think of their diplomas as both "validation of our many accomplishments and as a reminder that we still have much good left to do in the world."

In addition to the more than 8,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees conferred, USC also awarded four honorary doctorate degrees to Villaraigosa, Vartan Gregorian, Herbert G. Klein and Dushanka V. Kleinman.

May 19, 2006 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Students graduate across campus
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke about USC's rivalry with UCLA and political cooperation.
Adrian Florido

May 19, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As the Senate prepares to vote, Fox plans to travel to California, Washington state and Utah.

Fox is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the state Legislature on Thursday in Sacramento, before attending a reception and dinner hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Mexican president will then fly to Los Angeles on May 26 for a private meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before returning to Mexico.

Signonsandiego.com

May 19, 2006 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A.'s Play for NFL Raises Concerns

By Jim Newton and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers

May 19, 2006

A proposal to upgrade Exposition Park and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to pave the way for a return of pro football sailed through public approvals Thursday. But its progress masked quieter concerns about the project, which some insiders warned would deliver few tangible benefits to the Los Angeles city and county governments even as it would require them to invest in the park and stadium.

Critics of the proposal have not said much publicly, for fear of upending the long-awaited return of professional football to Los Angeles more than a decade after the Rams and Raiders left. But in many private and some on-the-record conversations, they questioned whether the terms were smart for the city and county.

Under the deal being discussed, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency would pledge $25 million to pay for public improvements to the area around the Coliseum right away and would reimburse the city for $112.6 million more in projects later if the stadium produced enough tax revenue to support them.

That is so-called tax "increment" money, meaning that it would be generated by the increased property taxes on the stadium; in this case, however, the city would not see the full benefit of that increase because it would funnel the money back into improvements around the stadium.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city and county leaders have pledged not to commit public money to the project, but critics complain that the increment financing as proposed represents a substantial public investment.

"We can't forget our basic obligations to our constituents," Councilman Ed Reyes said. "We could be forgoing opportunities to keep millions of dollars in the city and in the neighborhood."

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, though emphasizing that he supported bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles, said he too was bothered by the proposed deal.

"It's clear to me that the NFL and their supporters are still looking for the county and the city to use … public tax dollars to help finance this deal," he said. "Such an arrangement would be fiscally irresponsible and contrary to the promises that have been publicly made by most public officials involved in this project."

Local governments sometimes do forgo their tax increment, but only rarely and usually for projects that carry extraordinary public benefits. Yaroslavsky questioned whether this deal qualified.

"This is not a children's hospital we're building here," he said. "This is not a high school or university. This is a for-profit business. They ought to pay taxes.

"If everybody did this," he said, "we'd have no taxes."

May 19, 2006 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fox in Tijuana: 'Walls are not the solution'
By Sandra Dibble UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
and S. Lynne Walker COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
May 19, 2006

PEGGY PEATTIE / Union-Tribune
In a Tijuana speech yesterday, Mexican President Vicente Fox opposed the U.S. sending the National Guard to the border.
TIJUANA – They were just miles away but worlds apart, two presidents grappling with the thorny issue of illegal immigration from opposite sides of the fence.

...As the Senate prepares to vote, Fox plans to travel to California, Washington state and Utah.

Fox is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the state Legislature on Thursday in Sacramento, before attending a reception and dinner hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Mexican president will then fly to Los Angeles on May 26 for a private meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before returning to Mexico.

May 19, 2006 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DeLeon's revelation conflicts with assertions made on the "Defeat Proposition 226" website claiming "three-quarters of all union members - regardless of political affiliation - approve of unions investing time and money in politics." It also indicates organized labor will be forced to mount two separate offensives to oppose Prop 226 - both with their own membership and the general voting public.

As reported by the Education Intelligence Agency, Lee Berg of the NEA's Center for the Revitalization of Urban Education detailed a potential internal campaign for combating Prop 226. Among proposed tactics is the demonization of Prop 226 supporters like California Governor Pete Wilson and insurance executive J. Patrick Rooney, asking union members "Why would your enemies want to help you?" He also proposed that Prop 226 would lead to the passage of school vouchers and tuition tax credit initiatives, warning "we [will] no longer have the ability to control what is taught."

Externally, DeLeon said "we are not going to use the word union" since it would be counterproductive to emphasize Prop 226's perceived negative effects on unions with the majority of California residents who are not union members. So far, organized labor has publicly committed to spend over $10 million to defeat Prop 226.

In the latest poll, conducted by the San Francisco Examiner, 64% of likely voters said they support Proposition 226.

May 19, 2006 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin moved to Angeles Heights about 6 months ago from San Francisco.

May 19, 2006 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That $25 million with triple and we will be paying for the new stadium. Cancel your LA Times. Every other day they have big pictures of Antonio doing nothing. Talk about a one sided paper. Its nothing more then the National Enquirer.

May 19, 2006 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin Deloen has money but does anyone like the con artist

May 19, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yea! Antonio is doing something. Endorsing his BF's BFF's as politcal favors.

He failed to raise matching funds for South Central Farmers

Has a BOYS NETWORK in place for the big BOY parties and women/men liquor

May 19, 2006 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alcalde Sam
Where are you?

"Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth: Breaking the Silence
Lennox Education Association
Contact: CTA Training Kevin DeLeon, Staff"

May 19, 2006 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DO YOU SEE A PATTERN?
SPEAKERS FOR UCLA EVENT ARE VILLARAIGOSA POLITICAL FAVORS TO FRIENDS. WHO ORGANIZED THIS EVENT?

UCLA Department of Chicana/o StudiesCS 188-3: Chicana/o & Latina/o Politics-“Organizing for Power”
Spring, 2006
Professor: Marco A. Palma
Tuesday 4:00pm-7:50pm
Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00pm
BUNCHE 2178

VI. Guests SpeakersMike Garcia, President, SEIU, Local 1877, AFL-CIOMaria Elena Durazo, Secretary/Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of LaborCandidates for California State Assembly and Senate: Cindy Montanez; Alex Padilla;Elena Popp; Kevin Deleon; and Christina Chavez

May 19, 2006 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin is a carpet bagger.....
Just look at all the Sacramento $$$ pooring in to his accounts....
He's from San Diego and has no roots or history in the 45th.
He's just another empty suit and a shill for the Teachers Unions...

May 19, 2006 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor takeover of LAUSD is FAKE, it's a con! Mayor has no intentions but plays game nicely. Fills his coffers with coins, changes his tune and nothing changes in LAUSD.

Mayor is in tune with Fabian, Fabian in tune with Deleon. Political scam for the teachers union.

Research porfavor!

May 19, 2006 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I support gay marriage 110%. My support for marriage equality did not happen a year ago in the context of a campaign. This is something that I have supported all my life. So I did not jump on board with Equality California to run for the 45th Assembly District.

May 19, 2006 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin De Baboon

I support gay marriage 110%. My support for marriage equality did not happen a year ago in the context of a campaign. This is something that I have supported all my life. So I did not jump on board with Equality California to run for the 45th Assembly District.

May 19, 2006 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

who is kevin baby?

Why should voters vote for you over the other two candidates?
Because of my experience, deep experience, I believe that I am truly more qualified to represent the GLBT community not just in this district but throughout the state of California. I have dealt with Transgender issues.

If elected, how would you help to win support to defeat the two expected initiatives to ban gay marriage and repeal domestic partner laws?
I would work with the LGBT caucus of the California State Legislature and I would work with the other caucus’, with community based organizations, civil rights organizations, I would raise money to help spear head and defeat of the mean spirited and vicious ballot measure that is clearly targeted toward the GLBT community. I have a deep fundamental problem with individuals and groups who interpret the Old and New Testament in a literal fashion and use it to justify the legal discrimination for those who chose to love another human being.

May 19, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KEVIN YOU DIDNT ANSWER QUESTION!!!!

WE STILL DON'T KNOW HOW YOU STAND ON EDUCATION, BLAH THIS BLAH THAT, NO LEGITIMACY NO AUTHENTICITY.

What would your priorities be if you were elected?
Fixing our public schools. (YOU WORK AS TOP DOG FOR SCHOOLS, LOOK AT HOW BAD THEY ARE! OVER 50% DROP OUT) To me it is the greatest equalizer we have in a society that continues to be stratified based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, legal status. (SO YOU WANT GAY STUDENTS TO KISS AND MAKEOUT DURING LUNCH TIME?) I believe that is the greatest civil rights issue of our time; how do we improve our public schools for minority children and low income children in particular.(YES, THIS IS THE QUESTION TO YOU, YOU RESTATED QUESTION, GAVE NO ANSWER, BLAH BLAH BLAH.)

FABIAN'S FRIENDS HAVE BEEN SCAMMED!

May 19, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FABIAN IS CANDIDATE FOR GAY ISSUES

NO BACKBONE

HELL, I DON'T THINK HE CARES FOR ALL GAYS, ONLY GAY MEN, BUT NOT LESBIANS.

RUMOR HAS IT, BOYS NETWORK DON'T WANT WOMEN IN POWER, NOT EVEN GAY WOMEN.

POPP YOU HAVE BEEN FIRED BY BOYS NETWORK, KAPISH!

May 19, 2006 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BOYS NETWORK AGAINST WOMEN IN POWER.

May 19, 2006 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez—who represents the neighboring 46th District—will try to trump Goldberg’s district ties in backing a favorite of his own. Nuñez is supporting Kevin De Leon, a childhood friend and organizer for the California Teachers Association. De Leon is currently the favorite of a Democratic Party establishment that is typically leery about opposing the wishes of whoever occupies the powerful Speaker’s position. That makes him likely to enjoy a large lead in fundraising throughout the race.

May 19, 2006 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shame on the CRA....Shame on the City Council....Shame on Mayor Villaraigosa

May 19, 2006 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No AV fan here (comes the big BUT)but, this time I think it's a good deal. South Central needs infrastructure work, and I for one, would never go the Coliseum unless parking and security improve. I don't trust the government, and especially AV (I actually am a City employee, and have seen plenty), but this time the money ought to buy the right things.

I hope someday we can get a subway-type rail stop at the coliseum and keep the cars and drunks off the road after football games.

May 19, 2006 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian has shoved Kevin deLeon down the throats of every Democrat in Sacramento for almost 2 years. Fabian's trying to fill the place with "his people" so when he makes a run for the Senate, he can count on being named Senate President at the same time. If you think the Latino Caucus has a stranglehold on the legislature now, just wait til Nunez and his minions are the majority. You'll see a Mexican flag raised above the Capitol within 10 years.

May 19, 2006 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. the money is being used on public works projects - left turn arrows, street widenings, street resurfacing, etc.

2. the monsy is coming out of the tax increment, meaning it is paid for by the increased property tax that the City is able to collect b/c of rising property value

3. the $25 million of public works are predicated on the NFL coming and spending $800 million on renovating the stadium - so they spend $800 million on jobs for LA residents otherwise the $25 million is not spent

4. this expenditure for public works projects has nothing to do with the reduction of the trash collection subsidy to single family homeowners - or trash fee hike if you're the Daily News - it is funded solely out of tax increment that it generates

May 19, 2006 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds fishy to me. Deleon represents teachers and cahoots with Fabian and Villaraigosa. Read between the lines. Villaraigosa pimps LAUSD takeover to make him popular. He don't care! In the end he will say it was not legal and out of his hands.

May 19, 2006 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles' mayor says no action needed on English because it's `common sense'







LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah) says speaking English in the United States is "common sense" and Congress should worry about "real" problems.

The mayor says Congress should be concentrating on solving issues such as (m) millions of Americans without proper health care, and schools that are failing.

Villaraigosa, who's given speeches of encouragement at pro-immigrant rallies, says: "The idea that Congress would waste time on resolutions that have nothing to do with the major problems facing us is, to me, untenable."

May 19, 2006 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can a Sherman Oaks Girl Win 'American Idol'?
Do Katharine McPhee's Angeleno roots doom her quest for the top slot?
By Deborah Netburn
May 19 2006


On Wednesday night, 27.1 million viewers watched video footage of the three remaining contestants on "American Idol" returning triumphantly to their hometowns. Elliott Yamin received the key to the city of Richmond, Va., from Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and a "Virginia is for Elliott Lovers" T-shirt from Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine, and he performed to 4,000 supporters in the downtown plaza. When Taylor Hicks returned to his town of Birmingham, Ala., Governor Bob Riley declared May 16 "Taylor Hicks Day." The singer also performed to 12,000 screaming fans in a mall, and attended a parade in his honor.

But L.A. girl Katharine McPhee, who grew up in Sherman Oaks, Calif., had a less enthusiastic welcome. She visited her old high school, Notre Dame, went on Ryan Seacrest's radio show and took a helicopter ride to see the Hollywood sign. No parade. No screaming fans. No governor, although Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did put in an appearance at the school.

May 19, 2006 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Major disappointment
City Council signs on to mayor's bogus trash-fee hike

By blindly giving its blessing to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to hike garbage fees for Los Angeles homeowners, the City Council has managed to disappoint, yet again, in many, many ways.
The first disappointment is the plan itself.

Fees, by law, are supposed to pay for the service provided; otherwise, they're a tax, and need to be approved by the public. But City Hall has passed a garbage fee ostensibly to pay for new cops, yet without any benchmarks, let alone sound commitments to show that's where the money will really go - for policing.

So, either the promise of more police service is just a sham to make the public feel better, or the fee truly is paying for an unrelated service, in which case it's an illegal tax.

Either way, taxpayers have a right to be angry.

Moreover, city leaders never made a good case that they needed more money at a time when city coffers are awash in $400 million in new revenues. And the Los Angeles Police Department hasn't been able to spend all the money for new cops that it already has. City leaders are jacking up the trash bill for L.A. homeowners from $11 to $28 a month - not so much because they need the money, but because they simply want it.

Talk about disappointing.

May 19, 2006 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio, "Americans without proper health care, and schools that are failing."

Yeah the health care is a mess because illegals are flooding the hospitals getting free care. The schools are over crowded because the illegals get a free education here. Speaking English should be a top priority. With Antonio's lame mentality thinking speaking English isn't that big a deal then I suggest he stay on the Eastside where he feels at home with the thugs.

May 19, 2006 7:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nuñez may be the longest tenured Speaker of the Assembly since Willie Brown, but more than two years before his term limits-mandated departure some say a quiet campaign has already begun to succeed him.

As usual, veteran Democratic consultant Richie Ross is in the thick of it. Ross, who once served as chief of staff to Willie Brown, the legendary wheeler-dealer who outmaneuvered opponents to rule the Legislature's lower
house for nearly 15 years, is running more candidates in open Democratic primaries this June than any other political consultant.

Of the 25 races in which incumbent Assembly Democrats are either termed out, or opting to run for higher office, Ross has clients in eleven contests--double the next closest Democratic consulting firm.

One of those eleven clients, Sen. Richard Alarcon of Los Angeles, is rumored to be pursuing the post of speaker after Nuñez is termed out of office in
2008.

"We don't play any role in Sacramento," Skelton said of SG&A. "We don't do any lobbying as a matter of course. We don't get involved in leadership fights. I am just trying to avoid potential conflicts of interest."

In fact, Skelton's sphere of influence is so far from Sacramento that one long-time Skelton client, Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, turned to Richie Ross for informal advice in her bid for speaker in late 2003.

The story, as Oropeza told it, was that the contest had whittled down to Oropeza and Nuñez. She and Nuñez met at the Burbank Hilton in early November and Nuñez agreed to back her bid for speaker, in return for the Assembly's
No. 2 post, majority leader.

They shook hands.

The witness? Richie Ross.

Nuñez denied the meeting ever happened. Ross remained mum.

"There's a reason people can trust me," Ross told the Sacramento News & Review at the time. Ross' office declined to comment on this story.

May 19, 2006 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wildman (http://www.wildman2006.com/) has brought on Richie Ross as his consultant, and is receiving help within Latino Caucus circles from Senator Alarcon, who has his own leadership aspirations when he gets to the Assembly. Quintero (http://quintero2006.com/) has hired Phil Giarrizzo, who is just coming off of a successful effort as the Field director for the Alliance for a Better California. Krekorian (http://www.paulkrekorian.com/) is sticking with local political consultant, Eric Hacopian, who has the most experience within the district and a long history with Parke Skelton’s SG&A firm.

May 19, 2006 7:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Before I saw Nygren, I had paid a visit to Parke Skelton, Schiff's general consultant, in his cluttered office a block north of Hollywood and Vine. In keeping with his routine, Skelton greeted me by complaining that I was wasting his time. It was the week of the Democratic convention, and he had a stack of messages from news organizations like The Boston Globe and The Providence Journal-Bulletin. "Don't their cities have their own politics?" he asked. The good-natured grousing was intended to make a point: to Skelton and Schiff, press from outside the district was of little value at this late date, when the D.C. campaign was going well and the national donor network was established. Such coverage, like the convention itself, was a distraction.

That kind of discipline is a hallmark of the Schiff campaign. Skelton, who creates the "persuasion mail," produces the television commercials, spins the press and buys the television time, is earning a flat fee of $100,000 for 16 months' work on the race, one of several he is handling. He does not take commissions. "If I tell a candidate that our tracking shows he needs to take another mortgage on his house to pay for a direct mail," Skelton said, "I don't want him thinking, 'Parke's getting 15 percent of my mortgage."'

May 19, 2006 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"It is almost like they are running as some kind of team across the state," said Parke Skelton, a Los Angeles-based Democratic political consultant who is running campaigns against four signers of the amicus brief.

May 19, 2006 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"This is the quintessential race between the mods and the progressives and is being looked at as the marquee legislative race in the state this year,'' said Parke Skelton, political consultant for Ellen Corbett, who is one of the liberals in the race. Assemblyman Johan Klehs is the other.

May 19, 2006 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MOSCOW - Cash for babies is the Kremlin's offer to women in its latest bid to reverse a population decline that threatens to leave large swaths of Russia virtually uninhabited within 50 years.

President Vladimir Putin last week defined the crisis as Russia's most acute problem, and promised to spend some of the country's oil profits on efforts to relieve it. He ordered parliament to more than double monthly child support payments to 1,500 rubles (about $55) and added that women who choose to have a second baby will receive 250,000 rubles ($9,200), a staggering sum in a country where average monthly incomes hover close to $330.

May 19, 2006 9:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Could we interest you in some Mexicans?

They love to breed! That's all they do...breed breed breed all the time! They are like sea monkeys...just import them and watch them GROW! And they will happily man all the open jobs that you need filled! They might even take the jobs you wanted to keep for your own people, but that's the trade off.

May 19, 2006 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IMPORT MEXICANS, NIGARAGUAYS, SALVADORKS, PERUVOLADOS, VAINY VENEZUELANS, CONCEITED URUGUAYANS, SHORT DARK HONDURANS, OR OUR MUCH REJECTED CHOLOS.

May 19, 2006 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: IMPORT MEXICANS


They take more than they give, we have at 20 million available immediately

May 19, 2006 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Send em Mexicans,Bush & Kennedy

Also Hairy Reid.

Send em the whole fvvkkking Senate and put em in a gulag.

May 19, 2006 9:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

QUESTION WHAT WAS KEVIN DE LEON DOING WITH MIKE TRUJILLO HOLD HANDS LISTEN TO KAREN HILL-SCOTT?

Batting for "Yes"

"We're asking the investor class to invest in kids," explained Mike Trujillo, Rob Reiner's campaign consultant for "Yes on 82."

Hollywood actor and director Rob Reiner is one of the main proponents for this initiative, which enjoys support from education and labor groups, legislators, law enforcement and businessmen. Educators who endorse the "yes" vote on Prop 82 include the California Teachers Association, California Kindergarten Association, National & California Head Start Association, California Federation of Teachers, and 11 California "Teachers of the Year," among others.

According to Trujillo, Los Angeles currently ranks 37th in preschools across the nation. He says that Prop 82 "would make California the leader, the model of the pack."

In order to make this happen, $2.4 billion a year is needed. The new tax, according the Institute of Governmental Studies website of the University of California, will mostly come from a new tax of 1.7% on individuals with incomes above $400,000 and couples who make above $800,000. But Trujillo explains that only 0.6% of California's top earners will be taxed.

Kevin de Leon, a representative of the California Teachers Association, a coalition of 335,000 teachers from K-12, said that a "yes" vote on Prop 82 would benefit the kids of California. "We live in an economy that will punish you most severely without education. Our economy depends on those who have the education to compete," he said.

If passed, Prop 82 would drastically change the current preschool system. A 12-month planning process would be initiated, with community dialogues to be held to decide the right policy to use.

NICE PICTURE TRUJILLO!

May 19, 2006 9:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

nothing is going to improve in this city until the illegals get out, foodaball team or not. I see that Fox will be meeting with steroids and toilet brush next week. They should hand that failure a bill and give him a little ice cream cart to push.

May 19, 2006 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha! Who is steroids. AV is toiletbrush.

May 19, 2006 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KEVIN YOU DIDNT ANSWER QUESTION!!!!

WE STILL DON'T KNOW HOW YOU STAND ON EDUCATION, BLAH THIS BLAH THAT, NO LEGITIMACY NO AUTHENTICITY.

What would your priorities be if you were elected?

KDL:Fixing our public schools.

(YOU WORK AS TOP DOG FOR SCHOOLS, LOOK AT HOW BAD THEY ARE! OVER 50% DROP OUT)

KDL:To me it is the greatest equalizer we have in a society that continues to be stratified based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, legal status.

SO YOU WANT GAY STUDENTS TO KISS AND MAKEOUT DURING LUNCH TIME?)

KDL:I believe that is the greatest civil rights issue of our time; how do we improve our public schools for minority children and low income children in particular.

(YES, THIS IS THE QUESTION TO YOU, YOU RESTATED QUESTION, GAVE NO ANSWER, BLAH BLAH BLAH.)

FABIAN'S FRIENDS HAVE BEEN SCAMMED!

May 20, 2006 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mayor sam did the 17th floor ever look into this site?

what happened to emma & sergio, tu sabes the old timers

May 20, 2006 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I MISS THE OLD MAYOR SAM DAYS

DO YOU?

May 20, 2006 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GO TO THIS LINK GO

http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060510/480/6dd2194f7e9e4a6a8f6f47448749d84b&g=events/bs/040104opec

May 20, 2006 12:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHO IS Warren Furutani's campaign consultants?

Who has donated to his coffer?

Check out the site:
http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/electiontrack/lookup.php?committee=1265422

ARE ANY NAMES FAMILIAR?

May 20, 2006 12:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin M. Acebo (San Gabriel, CA) $100 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Areen Ibranossian (Glendale, CA) $100 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Laurence B. Frank (Venice, CA) $300 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Charles S. Kim (Los Angeles, CA) $300 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Lisa W. Sarno (Palmdale, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Christopher G. Covault (Palmadale, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Jennie Carreon (Los Angeles, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Ulisses Sanchez (Los Angeles, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Ellen C. Stern (Redondo Beach, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Gregory Santiago (Fullerton, CA) $250 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Angela C. Ovalle (Los Angeles, CA) $200 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Oswaldo Lopez (Los Angeles, CA) $150 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
James A. Blackman (Los Angeles, CA) $150 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Steven J. Doi (San Francisco, CA) $125 03/08/2006 03/22/2006
Paul E. Suzuki (San Pedro, CA) $125 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Joel L.a. Peterson (La Canada, CA) $125 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Linda K. Yamauchi (Alhambra, CA) $125 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Yonemoto Physical Therapy Services Inc. (Alhambra, CA) $125 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Theadore Saulino (Whittier, CA) $125 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Nhung Truong (San Gabriel, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Marianne Degiorgio (Long Beach, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Howard L. Halm (Los Angeles, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Benita L. Easley (San Pedro, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Patricia Kinaga (Pasadena, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Anthony Rendon (Los Angeles, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Linda M. Spink (Long Beach, CA) $100 03/02/2006 03/22/2006
Ca Association Of Psychiatric

May 20, 2006 12:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting that there are a lot of Antonio's people on that list. His people are idiots so I doubt if they seriously contributed on their own. More likely Antonio told them to do it cause they needed names. Didn't the Meurerlo Family do the same? Yup, listed every cousin on campaign list with about $1,000 each.

May 20, 2006 7:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Furutani's campaign consultant?

May 20, 2006 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:53

our ass-slappin guvernator

May 20, 2006 8:14 AM  

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