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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

Chief Bratton may be refusing to apologize for remarks he made about some Los Angeles City Council members, but at least one of his targets may be letting bygones be bygones. Wednesday, during a City Council meeting in MacArthur Park, Councilman Dennis Zine embraced the police chief. "I've got to give you a hug, for all the skeptics out there.'' Zine told the Chief.

Gloria Molina takes over as the new Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, assuming the role from Mayor Villaraigosa. Some are not looking forward to the change. "Gloria has a big mountain to climb if she is going to keep up with Antonio," said Bart Reed, executive director of the grass-roots Transit Coalition. "She has a lot of challenges and we don't know if she has the same level of vision."

The Daily News has some stern words for the Council and its proposal it will put before voters to extend their term limits. Particularly, that the measure only applies to Council Members and not the three citywide elected positions, Mayor, Controller and City Attorney. The News figures that Mayor Villaraigosa doesn't have an issue with this as he probably doesn't plan to stick around City Hall that long.

The LA Times reports on coming DWP rate hikes. The proposal calls for a rate hike averaging 2.75% overall, but most residential users would see their bills rise by 1.6% this year and by 2.2% next year. Businesses would pay more, and those that use a lot of water, such as hotels, would see their rates increase 11.5%. Jim Alger and Brady Westwater better start firing up those Neighborhood Councils.

A growing number of business, parent and community groups are lining up to oppose Mayor Villaraigosa's LAUSD takeover plan. Even though a number of high powered groups are against AB 1381, the LA Times points out that the Mayor has lined up some pretty powerful Sacramento heavyweights in favor of his plan. Thursday evening the Mayor will host another town hall meeting to discuss the plan, this time in Westwood.

City of LA Meetings for Thursday

8:00AM - CERS: Ad Hoc Office Space Planning Committee/Special Meeting Board of Administration
8:00AM - FPPEN: Joint Meeting - Ad Hoc Space Planning Committee
9:00AM - LADOT: Board of Taxicab Cancelled
9:00AM - FPPEN: Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners
9:30AM - EAD: Environmental Affairs Commission
10:00AM - PLN: Cultural Heritage Commission
10:00AM - CYF: Regular Commission Meeting
11:00AM - LAHD: Rent Adjustment Commission
12:00PM - LACC: Los Angeles Convention Center Dept
4:30PM - PLN: North Valley APC Meeting - Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maria Elena Durazo's son goes to private school (Cathedral HS) as do many of the top union officials and elected's children supporting the mayors plan. Why do they really care?

July 19, 2006 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gotta love the Daily News. They have without a doubt the best Opinion pieces. dailynews.com
....What is clear is that the mayor-the man who was elected precisely because he seemed to have the brass to stand up to City Hall shenanigans - hasn't stood up for anything. He won't say how he really feels about the term-limit scheme, which, by the way, will ensure that his ally Jack Weiss gets his chance to run for city attorney and get rid of the bureaucracy's nemesis, Controller Laura Chick. He hasn't done much to defend his prized Police Chief William Bratton. Bratton has been targeted by ex-cops Bernard Parks and Dennis Zine, who served during the decades that the LAPD's reputation became so soiled a reformer from outside had to be brought in to clean it up. Bratton's sin was to say what everyone knows to be true: The council members don't know what they're talking about. After all, this and previous councils ducked all responsibility for what went wrong in the LAPD. City Council members are just doing what they have always done - abusing their power to serve themselves and preserve the bureaucracy that coddles them. It's time for Villaraigosa to smack back. Real mayors don't dance with do-nothing city councils; they take charge and put them to work on the people's business. Villaraigosa has an electoral and charter mandate to lead this city and make city government work for the people. He will either use this power or lose it.

July 20, 2006 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blacks treat corrupt blacks like celebrities. Ludlow should be hiding his face but no he's being honored for being a corrupt politican and his black friends are helping him instead of teaching him a lesson. They treated OJ like a superstar.
.....In an e-mail invitation that has ricocheted throughout City Hall, Mack and Rice are two of the civic stars cohosting Friday’s fund-raiser for the legal-defense fund of Martin Ludlow, the former Los Angeles city councilman sentenced six weeks ago for his role in a campaign corruption scandal. Click here to download a copy of the invitation. The only question now is, by using their names to lure contributors to Ludlow’s legal-defense fund, are Mack and Rice part of a culture that rewards wrongdoing as well?

July 20, 2006 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief is right not to aplogize to those wimp assholes. He didn't say anything wrong and the media agree with you and so do we.

July 20, 2006 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor V is doing a lousy job managing our city departments. We shudder to think what he might do with the big bucks connected with LAUSD! Witness LA Animal Services. All sorts of "shenanigans" are happening there right now. GM Ed Boks has created so many undocumented slush funds and "foundations" that he has forgotten that his department is part of the city of Los Angeles. Where is all of the money coming from? What are the "foundation" sources getting in return? Who is geting paid under the table? Unfortunately, neither the LAAS Commission, who by law is supposed to be overseeing the department, nor the mayor are interested in the illegal fiduciary activities of Ed Boks. He is allegedly repeating the same pattern and practice of financial behavior that he tried to pull off while he was the head of animal control in Arizona. Arizona is still trying to sort out Boks' "creative" financial antics. All of the nonsense here will eventually come to light. We wonder what excuse Mayor V will use to explain away the antics of his own HAND PICKED Animal Control Savior -- Ed Boks!

July 20, 2006 10:39 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


I agree I'd wished Bratton was more coarse in his language and told those City Council cry-babies to "Fuck-off and do your jobs. You know your job as a public servant to pay attention to your constituents, listen to the public comments during the council meetings, and to stop wasting so much $$$ so that the LAPD can be equipped to provide safe areas for our residents and stop worrying about mine."

July 20, 2006 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shut up Daniel and/or Pam. Isn't it bad enough that you lost the money from Hooters? Nobody here believes you about Ed Boks.

Go away with your worthless ADL email rants.

Pam Ferdin and Jerry Vlasak will never run a national organization. Nobody knows who she is nor do they care.

July 20, 2006 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa has enough battles. Hopefully he won't make Bratton one of them.

Chief Bratton is the best!

July 20, 2006 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We imported Bratton from NYC...now if we could import Guilianni, we could accomplish something! The only thing the current Allcade know how to do is grease palms...and, oh yes....he knows how to wash the feet of the homeless!

The fucking City Council should be fired immediately...they are the most corrupt, incompetent theives in the history of LA. The term limit should be one year with no chance of working for the city again. We could open up a laundomat at city hall...the money laundering is huge. The IRS needs to audit every single one of them.

As far as AV and LAUSD is concerned..if you think it can't get worse...you have another thought coming. My dog could do a better job. Thank God my kids are in private school...just like every other family who is fortunate enough to afford it!

AV better stay out of Westwood...they are not receptive to him or his mafia. He needs to stay with HIS people...in Boyle Heights.

July 20, 2006 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have to say- I like Zine. He is the least pretentious of all of them, and look how he didnt try to continue to fight w Bratton. He just said he disagrees with the drug policy of Bratton. I think Zine is wrong, but he is , at the least, allowed to voice his opinion.
Parks, of course, has no credibility. Just seems like a bitter ex-Chief.
I think Bratton is the best, but he should not travel so much. the man must travel more than any other police chief in the country. I do NOT believe that all these trips are warranted. Still, overall, he has been the best Chief ever, in LA. Easily!

July 20, 2006 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine is a total loser. All the women cringe when he comes by because he's always touching them unwantingly. He acts like a teenage boy in heat. Officers don't like him either. Since he became a councilman he's become arrogant. Yes, get rid of all the clowns on council. no class, no morals, no scruples, uneducated bunch of hogs. Is this all LA has to offer? I still say Bratton should run for office and put them all to shame.

July 20, 2006 3:45 PM  

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