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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Term Limits? Two Pictures Worth 2000 Words

If ONLY our City Council Members had 12 years instead of eight, they could do so much for our city! They're far too pressed for time right now to accomplish their lofty goals.

Yet, today's print edition of the L.A. Times has a picture of Jack Weiss and Wendy Gruel in a cherry-picker with Mayor Villaraigosa changing light-bulbs in a traffic light. Zine and Garcetti apparently couldn't attend, because they just got back from their urgent mission to make Beirut a Sister City. And Hahn was apparently still working on her "pilot" for the city's cable TV channel, where she goes around to her favorite restaurants as we serfs watch at home.

Picture 2: Come to the Home Show at the Convention Center, and Antonio Villaraigosa will greet you at the door! His photo appeared in an ad to the side of the cherry-picker picture. He would have appeared at the boat show, but they already booked Suzanne Somers.

With busy schedules like these, no wonder our statesman-like leaders need 12 years in office. Sure, George Washington got by with eight, but these people face much more complex problems -- like coming up with new ways to charge us for the services our taxes already cover.

This topic is already addressed in the "Open Thread," below, so feel free to post comments there. I did, however, want you to see these pictures. They indicate to me the contempt these people have for voters' IQ.


Blogger Walter Moore said:

Dear Readers:
There is already an open thread item on term limits on the main page. I mostly wanted to share the pictures with you.

Unfortunately, Mr. Computer isn't letting me edit the story, and one of the picture links is slightly off. For the cherry-picker picture, go to: http://mooreisbetter.com/termlimited.htm

July 19, 2006 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate to admit it, but...I think the council is right to make it 3 terms. i think thats fine-lets the council folks actually concentrate on their job w/o immediately focusing on another office. yet, limits them to 12 years.

July 19, 2006 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Term limits suck. How am I suppossed to govern effectively?

July 19, 2006 11:18 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

NO offense , but i think we pay Antonio Villaraigosa to be a representative of this city and he should be out there kissing people's butts that bring business to Los Angeles.

Any less and we might need to find someone else.

July 19, 2006 11:40 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

No offense taken Godzilla.
But you know he's doing it for his own aggrandizement, right, and not for the good of the city? If you want to attract people to a home show, why not get Tim Allen, or Homie the Clown, or the This Old House Guy?
Or better yet, the King of Urban Renewal: Godzilla!

July 19, 2006 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio and these city council members are fools. We are in the nation's 2nd largest city and this is the crap we end up with. I haven't heard one person today say YES to term limits. They want to get rid of these clowns as soon as possible so they don't embarrass anymore. How much lower can a mayor go being at a Home Show? What next the Montebello CAr Show? He has no class and you can take the boy out of the barrio but keep the barrio mentality in the boy. That's AV

July 19, 2006 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have ADV kiss ass for big business and big homeless problem

July 19, 2006 12:36 PM  

Anonymous stephen_c_foster said:

"How much lower can a mayor go being at a Home Show? What next the Montebello CAr Show?"

Anon 12:15 pm: Charity bingo games come mind...

Stephen C. Foster

July 19, 2006 12:37 PM  

Anonymous stephen_c_foster said:

Oops! Typo! Meant to post:

"Charity bingo games come to mind..."

Stephen C. Foster

July 19, 2006 12:41 PM  

Blogger cali said:

Apparently no one thought about the ol' how many whatevers does it take to change a light bulb joke...

July 19, 2006 2:00 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Actually, someone did. I heard that on the radio yesterday; I think Rick Orlov mentioned it in a column. But you get full credit for arriving at it independently. It's not your fault someone stole your idea before you went on record.

July 19, 2006 2:06 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

My answer in concept with term limits, yes 3 terms make sense. But with these dickheads except for my chocolate princess, a resounding Hell NO!

July 19, 2006 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Elections ARE term limits.

The rest is nonsense.

The public deserves them all to stay forever if they can't muster the votes to turn them out...

July 19, 2006 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its a joke someone stating that they need the qualified ones to stay and that will make them better for higher office. How bad an LA be if these are our only choices? Someone also said that some of the incumbents won't have anyone running against them in 2007. ANYONE WOULD BE BETTER THEN THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS. PLEASE GIVE US BETTER CHOICES....WALTER RUN FOR A COUNCIL SEAT....ALGER RUN...BRADY..

July 19, 2006 4:20 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I'm in an odd-numbered district, so my district's not up for grabs until 2009, at which point I'll be running for mayor. Hey, maybe I should run for both at the same time -- then I'd have at least one vote on the City Council!

Seriously, I wish some of you would run. I have to believe that anyone who takes the time to read this blog -- well, almost anyone -- would be at least a 19% improvement over the status quo.

July 19, 2006 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jackie Goldberg, again???

I think I'm gonna barf.

July 20, 2006 4:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Changing light bulbs, washing the feet of the homeless, 'we clean your toilets', serving coffee at Starbucks, attending the BET awards, going on the George Lopez show, 'Ask the Mayor', the home show, "No one is illegal", etc., etc., etc......

All of this shameless arrogance will insure that AV will NEVER hold another office (hostage).

I truly become physically ill every nite when his butt-ugly face pops up on my tv screen. He looks like he belongs in a monkey cage at the zoo. Absoultely gross looking!

He is his own worst enemy because we are sick of looking at him!!!! He doesn't fit in with the "old LA crowd".

July 20, 2006 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't there some kind of ethics violation because the Home Show is showing and promoting Antonio being there on Friday to meet and greet? Can someone find out if he's getting paid to be there.

July 20, 2006 5:25 PM  

Anonymous white white white woman said:

Sorry, there is no way you can call the mayor ugly. I hate him. I didn't vote for him. I think he likes himself too much and I think he's overconfident.

But ugly? No Way Jose.

The man is gorgeous and surrounds himself with gorgeous people. Sometimes. Jimmy Blackman is smokin' hot. Marcus-no. Delavega-no. Frank-no. Okay he surrounds himself with a hot assistant chief of staff. I guess that is what I meant to say.

July 21, 2006 1:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let me get this straigt... Two terms is enough for the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES but not enough for City Council?

Oh, and does anyone else see the irony in a week after Zine makes Beruit a "Sister City" a fucking war breaks out that leveled the city???

July 21, 2006 2:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's our sista.....

July 21, 2006 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Jim Britten said:

I don’t know about other districts but in mine our councilperson received over a million dollars in donations for the last two elections. The Ethics Commissions website shows numerous public accusations and illegal contributions from notable scoundrels such as Casden Properties and 14 subcontractors, Cody Cluff, Able Sheet Metal, Woods & Assoc., etc. Her war chest is so large that for her second term she ran unopposed. They become so entrenched and powerful that no one can defeat them. Isn’t this what term limits was supposed to combat? With a salary of $163,000, 3 offices, staff, and numerous perks maybe we could put this job out for bid and attract someone who cares for all the citizens and not just their special interests. I’ll start the bidding at $150,000. Maybe public election financing isn’t such a bad idea.

July 26, 2006 10:55 AM  

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