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Monday, August 21, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Los Angeles should be safe for the next two weeks. Our City Clowncil is on their summer recess.
During the recess, Council President Eric Garcetti will spend time in Navy Reserve training in Pensacola, Florida.

A fairly significant coalition of local activists are lining up to oppose the City Council's term limits extension, Measure R. Jason Lyon of the Silverlake Neighborhood Council wrote the official ballot argument against the measure, and a citywide cadre of Neighborhood Council members ranging from Jim Alger to David Hernandez to Jill Banks Barad to Soledad Garcia are lining up to fight the measure. And because its the computer age, a blog opposed to Measure R has already gone up. Stay tuned, its going to be a wild ride I think.

Jennifer Cohen joins the City Hall staff of Council Woman Wendy Greuel as a Legislative Deputy. Based in the City Hall office, Jennifer will focus on several legislative issues with much of her time spent on transportation related topics. Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA in history and sociology and received an MA degree in Public Policy from USC. Prior to completing her masters, she worked in Washington DC as a policy analyst on education and family support issues. During graduate school, she worked as a research assistant for the METRANS Transportation Center and interned at Metro.

Full Disclosure Network presents a three minute video preview exposing the Los Angeles Unified School District's half a billion dollar fiasco, in a special series entitled, "Belmont: The Black Hole of School Construction." The still incomplete public school is now estimated to have cost almost a half a billion dollars after seven years of investigations, lawsuits and controversy. When the Los Angeles news media ceased covering the Belmont Learning Center debacle the Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) jumped at the opportunity to cover the story, on videotape, as a PUBLIC SERVICE. Belmont was only 60% complete and had an estimated cost of $175 million to $228 million. Most public officials and the news media had pronounced the project a “dead issue". That could not have been farther from the truth.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's the deal with Jose Huizar?
BY WILLIAM R. PAXTON, Guest Columnist

THERE are a great many questions that continually come to mind with regard to Assembly Bill 1381, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's play to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Questions like why no one seems to be able to get an accurate count of just how many students actually graduated from the LAUSD last year. Not the district, not the Mayor's Office. Is it that tough to count diplomas?

READ MORE: http://www.dailynews.com/theiropinion/ci_4187039

August 20, 2006 11:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On the issue of the Belmont Learning (what?!) Center -- put your lips together and say "BB." Remember how Romer and the LAUSD and the Teachers' Union sold that proposition to the public and then put up their "thank you" banners when it passed. Go whistle!

August 20, 2006 11:49 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Thanks to Matt Drudge who took Zuma Dogg's call, right away, and I was able to bring more local and now national attention to the crisis situation in Los Angeles where you have, "a gang (Mayor V. & The Notroious C.C.P. -- City Clowncil Posse) running rampant through the city, robbing the citizen's with things like raising the trash collection tax fee for 1000 new L.A.P.D., then deciding to use the money for something else without the people's approval."

And there was still time to mention how the City of Los Angeles/City Council passed some new restrictions(added "discretion") to try and
prevent me from notifying the public of these issues.

So thanks to Matt Drudge for letting Zuma Dogg send out a message in a bottle to a national audience, with lots of listeners in Washington, Malibu and The Hamptons.

Will post all the radio interviews from KABC & KFI/Drudge this week.

NOTICE: The City Hall spin doctors have been sent out on the blogs and now radio shows (including sending anti-zuma dogg emails to hosts ...but the hosts and bloggers are laughing cause they see through it. And they say, "Wow Zuma Dogg...we know what that means...clowncil/mayor v. are fellin the heat, y'all."

And now, The Mayor had to buy an ad on one of the popular blogs that has been promoting and covering Zuma Dogg recently. (Of course Mayor V. could never be seen spending ad money on mayor sam, and that's a good thing.)

Zuma Dogg for L.A. City Council '07 & Mayor '09

August 21, 2006 12:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg:

If I were to call or email you, would you keep it confidential?

August 21, 2006 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why the news blackout on scheduled strike? Mayor Sam has a dog in this fight?
Bobby Aquino leading EAA to the Jim Jones Flav-R-Aid dispenser and a bunch of nothing on this blog!
At least tell us why Mayor Sam is ignoring this labor auto-destruction.
What's up with that?

August 21, 2006 2:26 AM  

Blogger breakfastjack said:

I read your article, Walter. Why were you using federal benchmarks for Affordable Housing? Isn't LA obliged to use State benchmarks? I'm not sure, that's just what I heard---maybe you can clear this up!

August 21, 2006 4:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa = SCAB SCAB SCAB

August 21, 2006 7:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is why we all need to BOYCOTT LA (SLIMES. How can they possibly say the strike of EAA would be good for our gang banger Mayor.
Good for you Zuma. You have our support. Please don't sell out and speak for he people. Those clowncil members will approach you and offer the moon to keep you quiet.

.....Given Villaraigosa's own labor background, the strike offers the chance for him to show resolve in standing up to his base. Indeed, as he noted during a news conference Friday afternoon, Villaraigosa has never before crossed a picket line; this week, he intends to....."The people of the city elected me to do a job," he said.strike draws new attention to the increasingly dominant place of public employee unions in local politics and risks embarrassing the mayor as he is poised to preside over the first significant walkout of municipal employees in a quarter-century and the expected walkout could actually end up benefiting the mayor against whom it is directed.

August 21, 2006 8:03 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

They are one and the same. And if you go to my website, you'll see a table from an actual, existing City of L.A. Housing Department program to provide "aid" to people who make 150% of the area median income. As the chart shows, you can have a six-figure income, and still get aid.

Coming soon: an essay on why "median" housing prices and "median" incomes are meaningless.

August 21, 2006 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems LA Slimes again reported bullshit in their paper.

"L.A. Times ever since it published a column that erroneously reported that homeless people were "hosed and swept" off the streets of Skid Row during a street-cleaning run about three weeks ago.

August 21, 2006 8:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Walter Moore:

Walter, I heard you on Doug McIntyre this a.m., and you mentioned the 40M for the elephant site. I loved your comments, but how can we citizens access the official minutes of meetings of City Council regarding this and other boondoggles being perpetrated on the public?

We are being robbed blind by this gang of banditos, and I would like to know how to get more info as to what they are actually spending.

And what about their personal expenditures? Can we find out what they are soaking taxpayers for?

The affordable housing bond is the worst of the worst because WE are expected to underwrite those with incomes of $80,000 and $160,000 combined! How can this stand? I hope this is well publicized so that voters will turn out en masse.


A westside resident

August 21, 2006 9:15 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

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August 21, 2006 9:53 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I don't know where to get the minutes of meetings, but I'm sure someone out there who reads this blog does.

Most of the information I find is "hidden in plain sight," i.e., buried deep within a story as an innocuous. fact. Often, it's just a matter of doing arithmetic to see how ridiculously overpriced something is (e.g., $800 per square foot for a dog pound, or $3500 per linear foot of chain-link fence at the airport).

Another great source of information is the actual city budgets -- as opposed to commentary thereon. They show where big chunks of cash come from and go.

The City Ethics Commission website is another eye-opener, as you can search campaign contributions and expenditures. It's always fun to see how deeply concerned out-of-state developers are for the well-being of L.A.'s citizens, if you catch my

August 21, 2006 9:54 AM  

Blogger Jason said:

Your readers might be interested to note that there are, in fact, two distinct grassroots movements to oppose Measure R.

The "NOT PropR" Coalition, authors of the ballot argument, includes Jeff Jacobberger and me, as well as signers such as Pat Herrera Duran (Former Vice President, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners), Jill Banks Barad (Chair, Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils), Greg Nelson (retired General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment), Soledad García (Board Member, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and Chair of the DWP/NC MOU Oversight Committee), Bennett Kayser (Vice President, Greater Echo Park Elysian NC and former Charter Reform Commissioner), Pastor A.J. Mora (Board Member, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council), Humberto Camacho (Board Member, Pico Union Neighborhood Council and labor activist), Anthony Butka (Member, League of Women Voters – Los Angeles and Board Member, Lincoln Heights NC), Richard Close (President, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association), Julian Rogers (Chair, Empowerment Congress Southeast Area Neighborhood Development Council), Frank Wada (Board Member, Lincoln Heights NC), Edwin Ramirez (President, Pacoima NC), among others. We're newly (and just barely) online at NotPropR.org.

We haven't had any contact with the "Termed Out" movement organized by Jim, Louise and Daniel yet, other than Jim’s mention at City Hall last week that he also opposes the measure. I was glad to learn we have even greater support, and I’m sure we will coordinate efforts as we move forward.

So let me get this straight...the City Attorney, the City Controller, the Vice President of the Ethics Commission, the Daily News, and not one but TWO grassroots community organizations oppose Prop R. Doesn't that give you some idea what a sham this thing is?

August 21, 2006 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore
Hates the Poor!

August 21, 2006 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Jason distancing himself from Jim Alger...? gee, I wonder why...

he should also distance himself from Mayor Sam after MS's "Calcutta" remark.

August 21, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:52 a.m.

Walter Moore does NOT hate the poor. He is just one of the Majority of US citizens who don't want Mexico shipping their unwanted Mestizos to OUR country and turning US into a third world country such as their homeland!

NONE of us HATE anyone! We used to be a land of law and order but these criminal invader illegals are breaking and entering!

WE Americans constructed this Nation, and WE will not ALLOW these criminal invaders to DECONSTRUCT our Nation!

Do 'ya get it, now??????????????

And by the way, WE will always take care of OUR poor, but WE do not want YOUR beggars coming here!!!!!!!

Fix your own fucking countries!!!!!

August 21, 2006 11:04 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

10:59 - I wonder which staffer you are.

Anyway, doesn't look like Jason is distancing himself from Alger et al, if anything he is planning on working together with all factions opposing Prop R (a daily growing list by the way).

No need for anyone to distance themselves from my "Calcutta" statement. Unless you a are a fool or liar or both, you can not say that there are not parts of this city which look like a third world nation. All one needs to do is check out the Here In Van Nuys blog (hardly a conservative by the way) to see photos.

What people are/will be doing is however is distancing themselves from the City Clowncil and their ridiculous schemes. Thanks to Zuma Dogg, blogs, You Tube, talkradio, etc., they are being exposed.

No wonder they took a vacation!

August 21, 2006 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, you should apologize for your remark. what do you and Walter have against poor people?

you should realize how fortunate you are and leave people less fortunate alone!

August 21, 2006 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is the Jenifer Cohen piece on your original thread? Am I missing something? Staffers come and go and is this supposed to be big news?

Second, does anyone know if there is any truth behind councilmembers trying to unseat 'silver spoon' garcetti from his perch?

August 21, 2006 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

is Jennifer single? She looks like a hottie. Not as much as a hottie as old CD3 Jennifer though.

August 21, 2006 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore:

I haven't followed this affordable housing issue much at all, but I know that I was flabergasted when I heard that people could sign up on an "affordable unit" list at Playa Vista without having to go through any income screening at all. Do you happen to know if there is any truth to this assertion? If it is true, where does blame fall? What's more, is there anything that can be done to resolve the situation?

August 21, 2006 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is no truth to the rumor that the council members are trying to unseat Eric Garcetti, the person they just voted for to be their president. They like him. Why would they want to unseat him?

August 21, 2006 1:48 PM  

Anonymous David Hernandez said:

The voters of the City of Los Angeles have been given an unexpected opportunity. The Los Angeles City Council has taken it upon themselves to place Measure R on the November 2006 ballot.

The measure is titled “City Government Responsibility, Lobbying and Ethics Reform Act”. A “Reform Measure” drafted without input from the Ethics Commission and which has been officially opposed the Los Angeles City Attorney.

The Measure extends the number of four year terms a city council member can serve from two to three. This dramatic change is placed among the term limit guidelines of the Mayor, City Attorney and Controller which remain the same.

The people of Los Angeles have already spoken on Term Limits at the ballot box. In spite of the voters decision, politicians have sought other avenues to overturn the vote of the people.

Here the Los Angeles City Council is attempting to extend their own terms by fast tracking this ballot measure. Hoping the maze of the candidates, bond measures and voter apathy will create the environment needed to extend their own political power and pay checks four additional years.

In addition, the measure is retroactive and will entitle former city council members who were termed out after 1993 to run for another term on the city council.

So now it is up to those opposed to this self serving Measure to get the word out to the people of Los Angeles. We can complain all we want, but words are not actions. The only real productive use of the 86 days left is to get the word out and get a commitment from voters of Los Angeles that come election day they will get off the couch and go to the polls!

Let’s send the Class of 2001 packing. Those City Council members who are in their last term need to spend their last three years setting a record in their districts which will leave a positive and dynamic account of their two terms in public office.

David Hernandez

August 21, 2006 2:54 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

to: 12:57am...

yeah, if you email or call me, I'll keep it confidential if you want, fo sho. Sometime people WANT to be mentioned/given credit for their info...and sometimes not.

So it's up to you.


August 21, 2006 3:29 PM  

Anonymous David jumps on bandwagons said:

Again another David Hernandez how do i get people to notice me initiative.

Hernandez ran for Mayor of the Valley when Benny Bernal was the one working years in the northeast valley on the issue. Then like a bat out of hell here comes David Hernandez hurting Benny's chances every single day.

Next up is the -- I want conservative christians to notice me in the valley, so David heads up the "save the cross" under the guise of protecting christianity. You know all of that engery and time could have been used to organize more people into the christian flock instead david uses it to promote David Hernandez!

David Hernandez runs for congress, which in my view is the most legitmate thing he has done so far, but its still all David all the time.

Then instead of lobbying republican legislators against the mayor's education reform bill, he does this stunt to get folks to notice him and ask the govenor to veto the bill.

Now he is against the term limits initiative, David what about the Crosses? Or the Education Bill? Can't you finish one of your crusades?

Oh wait, if it's not fresh in the news, its not for david.

August 21, 2006 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yoo hoo! Mayor Sam!
Strike in L.A. tomorrow; MAV bans some classifications from participating!
Why the cover up?

August 21, 2006 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

regarding the question about councilmembers wanting to unseat garcetti...the daily news' rick orlov wrote an article today including news that says councilmembers were upset about how they have been portrayed in the last month (with term limit extension speak, NC muzzles, etc.) and blame garcetti for making the council look like a bunch of amateurs. it looks like garcetti took a big hit, losing rich llewelyn as chief of staff and having two unexperienced (COS and deputy COS) heads at city hall.

August 21, 2006 4:50 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

To 1:36:
I'm not familiar with the Playa Vista situation you mentioned, but the main thing to do right now is tell everyone you know to vote "NO" on the so-called "Affordable Housing" bond in November.

Please also send them to my website -- MooreIsBetter.com -- where they can find a link, on the home page, to details about why they should vote no. This bond is masquerading as "aid for the poor," when in fact it is the opposite: it taxes all homeowners, regardless of income, and gives their money to rich developers and to people earning six-figure incomes. It's "reverse Robin Hood:" steal from the poor, give to the rich.

August 21, 2006 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wish someone with a degree in advanced mathematics would add up how many aggregate FAILED political campaigns the names and wannabe names behind the NO on Measure R people have among them.

I'll bet it would be a staggering figure. The Algers, Moores, Hernandezes of L.A. all huddling together weeks and months after their most recent rounds of various defeats when they SO wanted to move beyond the gadfly status. (Not to mention Greg Nelson's booting himself out of DONE and abandoning his fragile, yearling advisory boards to the Mayor's hand-picked NC-killer Sarno).

Let's face it people. . . there's not a "winner" in the bunch. How many losers have to band together to create one winning cause or campaign?

Answer: What's 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 (ad infinitum) still equal?

Don't know if Lyons has "lost" campaigns like these others (OH, almost forgot about the "thought we had the votes" council file issue, AND 15-20 percent declines in his own NC constituency each year), but take a good look at him on Ch. 35 sitting there while the Review Commission spends 45-60 minutes debating how much to spend on "treats" for future meetings, and he looks like he's getting ready to blow his own brains out).

Measure R won't even be close, the messages this bunch wants to pass on won't get past their own NIMBY, elitist NC insider ranks (WHY? Because THEY have never tried to moved their influence past their NIMBY, elists NC insiders ranks, either... satisfied to "win" a seat with 50-100 votes out of tens of thousands of stakeholders).

And then this "League of Unconsolable Losers" will be off to their next individual "PLEASE PICK ME" campaigns licking each others wounds (not that there's ANYTHING wrong with that, so long as it's done in privates).

-- NADA staffer. . . but say whatever you want.

It's a DONE deal, pun intended, because DONE let them believe they mattered and never demanded more participation and outreach to justify their existence with their own stakeholders! To try and turn it all ON now, in just a few weeks -- to "teach City Council a lesson" -- after intentionally sitting on the "off" switch themselves for one to four years, is a painful joke.

August 21, 2006 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:43pm obviously is a council staffer. David Hernandez knows how to get the word out. Jason, Jim and the rest are starting to campaign early. I've received tons of e-mails opposing term limits from grass root people who are supporting NC's to gop after the clowncil members. My hat is off to all those involved making the movement because they are all volunteers who are now are voice and spreading the word. Anyone who personally attacks them or saying negative things about them are the real losers who are afraid they will have to start looking for a job. Good luck and we're all behind you 150%

August 21, 2006 6:18 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

So sad.

I just went around Downtown Los Angeles today speaking with many of the Latino Organizations about the Downtown Los Angeles Neighboorhood Council and they know nothing about it.

Shameful ..... Shameful.... I was appointed to the Outreach Co-chair position , in February, of the neighborhood council and have steadily done outreach to places alll over Downtown that know nothing about the NEighborhood councils. It appears that the people on our neighborhood council who are supposed to do outreach haven't been doing it. NOw we are.

Brady Westwater is running scared now that the Latino Community is coming out to vote in big numbers on September the 12th. There was no outreach done by Brady Westwater to the LAtino COmmunity and I had to contact the local latino newspapers to get him to help promote outreach to the latino community and he kept discouraging it.

Today was the deadline for absentee ballots , Done Dropped the ball on this one, instead of three months to get ready for our elections , we only had actually 3 weeks to get folks to run and let people know they had until august 21st at 5 pm to send in their voter registration forms signifying they wanted an absentee ballot.

I had one executive director who basically asked me if the neighborhood councils were even taken seriously , she said they were a joke .

My gosh the feeling from a very important latina organizer saying that neighborhood councils are a joke... boy I thought this was just coming from people who were just hate mongers on Mayor Sam's blog.

You are right , if these people haven't done the outreach needed to get the people to particiapte , what makes them think they can get the people to vote against the city council in November.

The neighborhood councils as far as I am concerned , right now , are like the magician behind the curtain in the Wizard of OZ.

They will not be able to get the people to vote against items in the NOvember election. BOttom line.

I mean look at who Brady appointed as a board member : a drug smoking, sexual predator in the skid row community. Who keeps lying and saying he lives somewhere else.
He steals other people's art and claims it as his original work , he steals another business's DBA nad claims that Wizard Studios LTD. is his name when it is someone elses, claims he has prostate cancer when he doesn't . These are the types of people Brady Westwater wants you to bleive rpresent Downtown Los Angeles , please!

This is why they are taken as not credible, but many of us mean to change that this time around on our neighborhood council.

We need people who are going to be able to continue to work to make the neighborhood council a positive and inclusinve place for the community and we need new blood.

If neighborhood councils want to initiate legiislation then they need to not say that the city should abide by the rules and not themselves. MAybe that is what is needed. MAybe qulaity candidates will only come forth to our neighbohood councils if we apply the same rules to them as we do to the City Council. Pure transparency or at least fight for it.

Today was a sad day to think that many latino and cultural organizations didn't know that they could participate in the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood council

August 21, 2006 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:43 - you can't blame Lyons for that council fiel one. Garcetti himself said they had the votes. Huizar and Cardenas bailed when Wacko jacko started in. And if voter turnout is the only thing you're basing legitimacy on, then pretty much our whole government is a sham. (Which may or may not be true, but don't put it all on the NCs.)

August 21, 2006 7:13 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

When you're doing the right thing, sometimes it takes a while to get a "victory."

Or you can make a deal with the devil as some of our elected officials have done and win. But then you have to give up everything about you.

I personally have known David Hernandez for many years. He is a fine, upstanding citizen who cares about his community. Sure, he's been at the forefront of the County Seal issue, Valley Secession, the closing of the county healh clinics, etc.

But David has quietly assisted - both with time and money - many, many causes.

At a time in his life where he could enjoy the fruits of his labors and retire, David keeps doing things for the community. You don't have to agree with his views - and I don't agree with all his positions myself - but he's the kind of guy we need in elective office who would do the right thing.

Sure, you can lambast me, but I don't care. I saw a good man's character assassinated and felt compelled to respond.

Now go back and play in your 4th floor office.

August 21, 2006 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, yeah. . . all WONDERFUL, "well-meaning" lonely losers who can't scare up 100 people to vote for them in their own neighborhoods, and spend half od every meeting in petty little personality spats.

And the reason they CAN'T get traction isn't because everyone's WRONG but them. That's rubber-room thinking.

Their idea of "outreach" to the community is to send e-mail blasts back-and-forth with other un-mandated wannabe politicians.

The handwriting is on the wall... you can keep screaming that it's being written by "staffers" or you can take a GOOD hard look at what the scribbles say. . . that NO ONE KNOWS WHO OR WHAT YOU ARE OR STAND FOR. And you ALL did it to yourselves.

Think about this, however, all those "staffers" bosses WON their races. They KNOW how to get turnout and votes. The lonely loosers club just know how to point hypocritical fingers.

You wanna scream about graft. How's about NCs spending TAXPAYER money, and NEVER even telling the 95 percent of their stakeholders what for (OH, we POSTED under BROWN... yeah 8x10 sheets, 3 days before the vote, tacked up in the back of the market and in the library anterooms -- or snuck into e-mail blasts to same 100 people who ALWAYS ran the neighborhood, before NCs started (and NO more than those).

Shee-it. Pound for pound (vote for vote), there's more NC money being handled by people with NO following that DONE can't even explain "what for", than in ALL the halucinatory slush funds you think the City Councilmembers control. Oh, but you'll all go see the CM to help co-sponsor your little community SHINDIGS, with other city money.

-- STILL not a staffer, and the building I work in only has TWO stories (and no elevator).

August 21, 2006 8:16 PM  

Anonymous Encyclopedia Brown said:

I think that 8:16 poster is not a staffer, but probably one of the contributors to the bosses campaigns.

As for the backers of No On R or whatever it is, they must have hit some sort of nerve to make you write a post like that. That makes them winners in my book.

The more I read your post, the more convinced I become that this is one heck of a hornet's nest that has been poked and poked again until the hive has become threatened.

Let's see...Two story building with no elevator....hmmm. Probably the suburbs, maybe the Valley. Yes, the Valley. Small professional firm like bean counters or trial lawyer. Maybe a small time developer that had an NC stop a project in its tracks. White collar, campaign donor. Democrat. Male. Mid-40's. Divorced. Latino.

Yep, not a staffer. A palm greaser of medium importance. (sigh) You know what they say, lube it or lose it. Better get crackin', grease man or you'll find your boss buddies on the skids that you helped grease.

August 22, 2006 12:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dgardzilla please don't tell me the clowncil members got to you? Don't attack Brady cause at least he's trying and cares about his community. Attack the issues. All the people posting negative remarks about NC's are terrified. All they needed was one good cause to get the people's attention and now they have it. Once people start hearing like they did last weekend all the corrupt shit and horrible crap the clowncil members have done people get mad, angry and ready to help and spread the word. I haven't seen people this pissed off in a very long time in this city. Every meeting residents are criticizing clowncil members. What's interesting though is people who never cared about politics before are jumping on and energized supporting No on R.

August 22, 2006 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:00 a.m.

Male, yes, dead wrong on pretty much everything else (you must be helping NCs with outreach, with that kind of "people" savvy).

Not "STRUCK a nerve" -- just "have a LOT of nerve" pretending they speak for even their own communities. The loudest shouters are the least representative, least open, least mandated of all. The titular heads of NC boards of a dozen of so, elected by 5-6 dozen, ignoring outreach to, and required input from 12,000, to 120,000.

There is no bigger fraudulent activity in the city of L.A. than quacks like Alger and Jacobberger being quoted in city publications, as examples of how "neighborhood councils" are taking on the city, after presiding over elections where LESS THAN 100 PEOPLE rubber-stamped their status on those NC boards.

You can get better turnout at an elementary PTA president election.

Quack, quack, quack. . .

August 22, 2006 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:31am that may be so with regards to NC election turnouts. But let me be PERFECTLY CLEAR they now have the attention of media, voters and people are listening. When NC's support each other the outcome can be blistering and that is the movement that is taking place all over LA. NC's that never spoke or outreached to other NC's are now on e-mail groups wanting to be put in the loop. NC's from different parts of the city who couldn't care less what others thought except their own neigborhoods are now attending meetings on the weekends in other parts of the city to have a dialogue and learn all the bullshit the clowncil members have done. Better start re-doing that resume all you clowncil members and staffers.

August 22, 2006 10:57 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

how about this wacko idea of Brady's.

He wants to get every homeless person , and every one who uses social services to have a chip implanted under their skin . So that whenever you go to any social service agency they have your name all of your personal information and any services you have used in the past. Your medical information , you name it.

In other words , he wants to create another class of individuals with no privacy. He claims the mentally ill need this sort of thing to help them .


So don't tell me the City Council got to me. They haven't. The people of downtown speak. If I wanted to I could go out today and ask ton's of people if they know anything about the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood council or I could get over 1000 people to sign a petition claiming Brady Westwater does not represent them. It would be easy.

I don't make this stuff up. The neighborhood councils are not doing what they should . And I remember Eric Garcetti saying in City Council that it is not about numbers. It is about numbers!!! You need numbers in order to vote you in or out or vote for your ballot initiative.

If you want people to take you seriously get out the vote. Brady Westater is not being attacked . It is just he has done some stupid things.

He can't run a meeting, he puts extra things on the agenda , and then the things like having the Neighborhood council vote him in as a representative to the Neighborhood congress are put on there in the very end so people have to vote quckly because they are tired , told everyone that only the president of the board could be a representative at the neighborhood congress. People even on our board are tired of him and want a new president , even the big business community. Almost every agenda item is about him and his agenda , no one receives information on the items on the board and even in the community to even know what the heck these items are about. I remember when we needed a quorum to vote on something , and the board was told only acertain item would be on the agenda for a special meeting , oh yeah the by-laws changes for our elections , not only did he lie and say that was the only items , he put another hours worth of items on the atgenda. He abuses the time of our precious board members . That is one reason they want him removed as presindent.

His full time job is the Neighborhood council others have jobs and families and he has no respect for that at all.

No the City council has not gotten to me. What has gotten to me are how a couple of neighborhood counicls who do not do outreach can say they are going to affect a vote this november. It is about the numbers , people. NUmbers.

You need numbers and as good as you reach out to teh multicultural community as we can see that the Congress of Neighborhoods is all white , middle class male at it's executive. There is not much credibility with the rest of the city, where the numbers actually matter.

August 22, 2006 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dgarzila-- you are right on about the lack of outreach and about the fact that the NC Congress is totally not representative of the city at large. thanks for having the guts to point this out.

one question-- if Brady loses his seat on the Downtown NC, does he lose his seat on the Congress too?

August 22, 2006 1:30 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

nope. If he isn't the president of the neighborhood council and is just the average board member he does not lose his seat as the President of the neighborhood congress.

The feeling coming from all sectors of the current board is that we would like someone else as president who will actually delegate and outreach and have Brady Westwater as a vice-president. Brady can still concentrate on his LANCC stuff but we can have better leadership from someone who is organized and allows others to also use thier talents to make our neighborhood council better.,

And also be able to focus on some local issues other than favored developers and developments and work osn some local issues germane and important to all the stakeholders of Downtown Los Angeles.

Your answer is if he loses his seat on the neighborhood council he can not be on the NEighborhood congress.

August 22, 2006 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop crying and whining you 2 grown men. There's nothing worst then men whining and saying things about another man that are so ridiculous and petty. Grow up. Brady and the other NC members are NOT THE CLOWNCIL MEMBERS. If you dont support them then shut the hell up because they want to do the right thing. They're not perfect but definitely making an impact on the No on R VOTE NO.

August 22, 2006 5:06 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

not really . The more they protest it the more supportive I become of R.

Because they are on a campaign of their crap doesn't stink . It really irritates the rest of us who know our own crap stinks along with theirs.

So keep doing the high and mighty JAck Weiss is dirty and his crap stinks but not yours. Now all of a sudden you guys aren't perfect.

People hate that sort of thing.

oh and the attitude that you are doing us all a favor , when I never heard of a lot of you until this debate started and claim you represent us all , without a checks and balances system also turns many of us off .

I resent some westside , middle aged white men trying to tell me paternalisticly , number one: that their crap doesn't stink ,2) they are all doing us a favor and 3)if we don't do what they say the sky will fall.

Give me a break.

Yeah , I agree , Brady Westwater wanting to immplement computer chips in the homeless and those that use these social services is ridiculous.

He wants to do away with the way agencies have to get a release of information from the patient so that other agencies and hospitals can release that information to them . He wants total access to peoples private information and medical records both mental health and physical health. HIs words "so that anyone who needs that information can have it".

Great guys with wacked out ideas. What a great advocate for the homeless and the Constitution. George BUsh couldn't be prouder.

JIm Alger I support. And Brady somewhat . But like I said I can get over 1000 people who will say they know nothing about the neighborhood council and that they have never heard of Brady Westwater.

August 22, 2006 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As for the backers of No On R or whatever it is, they must have hit some sort of nerve to make you write a post like that. That makes them winners in my book.

Really, that's your measure of success? As long as you NIMBY gadflies ruffle a few feathers, even if you lose the election, you're happy? Well then I guess your lack of ambitioin makes me happy as well!

For the record, pissing the status quo off is not a "winner".

Defeating a right wing anti-worker agenda by mobilizing workers around the state, that's a winner.

Whipping Lauro Pachueco's ass, not once, not twice, but thrice, with the same politcal machine, that's a winner.

A Jewish woman defeating silver-spoon Centrist Jim Alger, using a labor group, in a staunchly Republican stronghold, that's a winner.

Sorry if a "struck a nerve".

August 22, 2006 8:51 PM  

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August 24, 2006 10:41 PM  

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