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Friday, July 21, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

The Engineers and Architects Association has been at war with Mayor Villaraigosa and the City over pay raises. Now they accuse the city of some funny bookkeeping as a way to keep some city employees from getting cost of living adjustments under union negotiated contracts. The EAA alleges that the City transfered dollars from one account to another "under the cover 0f darkness" in order to avoid requirements for renegotiating COLAs.

Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to take over the schools could have lost another friend. LA Voice reports on an LA Weekly piece that the Mayor may have lost the support of one of his oldest friends, developer Eli Broad. In the meantime, LA Unified Supertindent Roy Romer accused the Mayor of using propaganda in his efforts to take control, remarks that got Romer in trouble for comparing Villaraigosa's "propoganda" to that of anti-Japanese rhetoric during World War II.

Mayor Villaraigosa is proposing to let Angelenos ride MTA buses and trains for one week for free. This is based on a similar plan in San Francisco. The Mayor asked transit officials to determine the costs of such a program.

Boi from Troy reports that the conventional wisdom is that Phil Angelides' gubernatorial campaign is in big trouble. Comparisons are being made to previous challengers such as Republicans Evelle Younger and Bill Simon and Democrat Kathleen Brown who stumbled early in the summer and never gained traction in the fall.

Bitter Bernie is having issues again. MTA officials want to name the Mid City/Exposition light rail project the "Aqua Line." He also rejects the MTA's other alternative, "Purple" as the Bitterman doesn't think either "resonates." What color does Bernie like? Rose. Read all about it at Franklin Avenue.

At Friday's Los Angeles City Council meeting, Members will consider a a proposal to place a time limit on commendatory presentations during council meetings. Anyone have the over/under on the passage of that?

The Burbank City Council will submit to voluntary drug tests. This follows the conviction of former council member Stacey Murphy for drug possession. This old, dead Republican Mayor wonders if the LA City Council should enact a similar plan. Anti-MTA gadfly Jon Walsh has been attempting to collect board member's urine samples for years, so perhaps the time has come.

Mayor Villaraigosa will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 30th annual Home Remodeling and Decorating Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

And finally, In The Oaks has a piece about the ghetto that exists in the frontier of the border between Bel Air and Sherman Oaks. Apparently all kinds of nefarious activities all in the shadow of multi-million dollar homes.

City of LA Meetings for Friday

8:30AM - COUNCIL: Ad Hoc Committee on Public Debt, Bonds and Financing Special Meeting
9:30AM - BPW: Board of Public Works
10:00AM - COUNCIL: Los Angeles City Council
11:30AM - CAD: CAC Meeting


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny one tv news channel reported that it was Antonio who scheduled the press conf. for the Japanese to say they were offended by what Romer said. They had no clue until Antonio's people called them and made them go to the press conf. Then they showed Huizar almost crying and saying he cared about the students. He was at city hall with Antonio having their own press conf. Loved Romer really going off on Antonio's back room deal.

July 20, 2006 9:33 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Huizar's got nerve criticizing the LAUSD -- having been a part of it up until 10 minutes ago! But I'm sure now that he's guiding the Mayor, things will be much, much better.

July 20, 2006 9:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hey did you guys read the times article where taco villar and his fellow council cronies are getting another pay raise, 8.5% over two years. Primadonnas crying over the freaking color of the expo line, bitching that the police chief hurt their feelings, and going over to beirut to have another sister city. Nice knowing where all our tax money is going to. The mayor already makes over a $190,000 for all those photo ops, I wonder how much he's getting for the home show. Yet he won't give EAA a decent cost of living adjustment.

July 20, 2006 10:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The scumbag is going after Romer just like they tried to do with Bratton. Romer knows the score...but the Mexican Mafia will silence him.

Re Riding the MTA busses and trains free for a week....What a joke! The illegals ride for free every day!!!! There are no turnstyles and no one every checks for tickets. Just another AV stunt for HIS people!!!!!

July 20, 2006 10:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's hope somebody silences that old man Romer. He needs to go out quietly instead of offending every minority community in LA. Time to go, Romer. It's over.

July 20, 2006 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard through the grapevine that EAA is prepared to strike and vote NO for the current offer by CAO. Also, AFSCME will support them and strike as well.

July 20, 2006 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD sucks, Toiletgarosa is shameless as is Garcetti and the rest of the pampered cry babies on city council -- giving themselves large raises, jacking our fees (i.e. taxes), shoving bullshit bonds down our throats while the quality of life deteriorates. What's next, a good weather tax. I don't know if anyone can improve this place, but it's certainly not these clowns.

July 20, 2006 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well maybe now all this bullshit will start to get people in LA speaking out and organizing for change. Antonio had to bus in people for his town hall meetings. They keep saying his Gov't Committee is paying for it. Would love for a reporter to find out how much he's spent on all the LAUSD crap. He has his CITY staff sending out e-mails telling people to attend these town hall meetings citywide. Isn't that an ethics violation ethics?

July 21, 2006 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Give 'em hell Aquino. Now maybe SEIU and AFSCME will see the outright deception and join forces with EAA to negotiate a decent contract. I hope the three unions band together every time a contract comes up--there is no reason, other than being cheap, to give the cops and firefighters a better cost of living adjustment than these unions recieve from the city.
Of course everyone knows that DWP pays off the CAO office for there contracts, so unless the unions decide to grease the real wheels of power the best they can hope for is a raise similar to our vaulted cops and firefighters.

July 21, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: Angelides

When was Bill Simon ahead of Gray Davis in the polls like Angelides is right now?

Rasmussen reports a 2 point lead for Phil without any media campaign running against the governor.

July 21, 2006 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why isn't anyone asking the District where all of the money is coming from to hire these "big guns" from Sacramento, Polanco and Burton. Isn't LAUSD already spending BIG BUCKS on PR wizards Sonnenschein and friends to do the districts own propoganda?

Regardless if Villaraigosa’s takeover plan is a good deal for the kids…it has to be better than what we have now…Romer an old geezer who isn’t even aware of his own bigotry. Don't you like the way he and his cronies regard people of color as “those people.”

July 21, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn’t Sonnenschein the firm where former LAUSD Special Assistant to the Superintendent Glen Gritzner works?

July 21, 2006 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Remember Riordans Bigotry?

July 22, 2006 9:55 PM  

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