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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer made his final "back to school speech" before his upcoming retirement. In his address, Romer urged district staffers to stay focused and not let turmoil surrounding the schools divert them from their progress. Romer also took the opportunity to criticize Mayor Villaraigosa's attempt to take control of the district.

Is the multi-billion dollar budget of LAUSD attracting power hungry politicians to fight for control? The Full Disclosure Network™ special Video News Blog (12 min). Features the raucous debate over AB 1381 between the major players in the battle for control over the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Now that the EAA strike is over, Mayor Villaraigosa had a few things to say in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. While he supports the right of the workers to organize, the Mayor did not support the workers going on strike. The Mayor told the press, "We cannot compromise our fiscal health or deprive L.A.'s residents of essential services in order to meet unreasonable demands. We're not going to going to cut the police budget or undermine our plan to put 1,000 new officers on the street." Problem is, the City Clowncil has already begun to undermine the Mayor's plan by diverting trash tax funds away from hiring officers.

Franklin Avenue reports that these are the last days of department store Robinsons-May, itself the combination of two venerable Southern California institutions. Very soon, all the Robinsons-May stores will carry the name of its new owner, Macy's and there she wrote. Blogger Mike contrasts the lack of awareness on the part of Angelenos to this significant event, whereas Chicagoans witnessing a similar takeover by Macy's of their beloved Marhsall Fields' stores are up in arms.

Google the term "City Clowncil" and the Sister City is at the top of the list. However, one will find that Cincinatti too has a City Clowncil.

41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is slightly OT, but has anyone noticed how bad graffiti has gotten in the city in the past 1-2 years? It's like they stopped cleaning it up.

August 23, 2006 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reuters 8/23/06

Skeletons found at an unearthed site in Mexico show Aztecs captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520.

Skulls and bones from the Tecuaque archaeological site near Mexico City show about 550 victims had their hearts ripped out by Aztec priests in ritual offerings, and were dismembered or had their bones boiled or scraped clean, experts say...

The priests and town elders, who performed the rituals on the steps of temples cut off by a perimeter wall, sometimes ate their victims' raw and bloody hearts or cooked flesh from their arms and legs once it dropped off the boiling bones.

August 23, 2006 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ONCE the Spaniards gained the upper hand against the Aztecs, the brutality switched sides.

It is a widely accepted fact amongst Mesoamerican historians that the Aztecs were the bloodthirstiest of all civilizations of the region. And while the Aztecs killed with religious zeal, Catholic conquisadors matched them eye for eye.

There are drawings from the era--made by Europeans--that depict Catholic clergymen "saving" the souls of natives. As the clergymen moved to the next batch of "souls" (who were all on their knees), a group of conquistadors would approach the natives, then slaugther them, by sword, machete, or gun. There are even some depictions of conquistadors grabbing babies by their legs, then slamming them agains a wall.

Clearly, Mexican and Latin American society as we know them had traumatic births. Personally, I am greatly surprised to see that Mexican culture is not more violent than it is because of it.

August 23, 2006 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Problem is, the City Clowncil has already begun to undermine the Mayor's plan by diverting trash tax funds away from hiring officers.

I think it was either Zuma dog or Godzilla who said that the 15% of money that goes to gang intervention is not diverted from the trash fee increase. Instead, the 15% is pegged to the total trash fee money, and the money comes from other sources.

Zuma dog and Gardzilla are good sources. Can someone verify this? If so, Sam and Wacko need to eat crow.

August 23, 2006 9:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1520 ? How many people were tortured and killed by the Spanish inquisition during this time? Much more than 550.

Ritual sacrifice is the reason catholicism took hold so easily in Mexico. Who's the most famous human sacrifice of all? Switching gods was easily accomplished by the Franciscan missionaries. Substituting one oppressive regime with another makes for easy converts.

August 23, 2006 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those knuckleheads at the LAUSD are at it again (no, not the high paid “political” consultants named Sragrow and Gritzner). Here is what the dimwitted General Counsel had to say about how much taxpayer money he has spent on a law firm who will challenge the mayor’s education reform plan:

Reed said he didn't know how much money the district has spent so far on the Sacramento law firm, Olson Hagel & Fishburn, which it retained in June for "analysis of governance issues." He said the firm had already been under contract to the district for other matters.

Dumb Ass. Mr. Reed, we all know law firms have different billing numbers for different matters, precisely so people like you can figure out whether their billings are justified. The fact that you don’t know means you are either: (1) not paying attention to how you spend our money or (2) purposefully misleading the public.

I think you should update your resume because the Mayor is going to send you packing

August 23, 2006 10:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

931 - uh huh

Don't tell me you're drinking Garcetti's kool-aid. Once they got caught, the Klowncil started playing a shell game "Oh no its not from the trash fee its from somewhere else!"

Maybe they're getting it from residuals for Eric's cooking show.

August 23, 2006 11:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oooooh.

August 23, 2006 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you should know better. Every city has a Clowncil!

August 23, 2006 11:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every city may have a Clowncil, but LA has the best paid clowns in the country.

August 23, 2006 11:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma dogg will be an IN STUDIO guest on 790 KABC radio with Al Rantel at 7 PM today (Thursday August 24th).

August 23, 2006 11:59 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

11:05 pm

There is an old saying;

Where do we keep our worse criminals?


In washington DC so that we can keep an eye on them.

Translate the washington dc into City Governmnet and you get the idea?

Or how about even neighborhood councils?

They are also government too?

August 24, 2006 12:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While you incestial idiots are busy on a feeding freny of the Council, did anyone notice that Leland Wong, one of the dudes that brought Jimmy Hahn down, got indicted yesterday for 20 counts of theft, embezzlement, tax fraud, etc.?

This will be the precursor of more, probably Ted Stein, Troy Edwards, maybe Art Gastelum and others too numerous to mention.

No one ever said that justice was swift. But, it is sure.

August 24, 2006 2:18 AM  

Blogger video louis said:

I took this fuzzy cell phone pic
of MAYCO now MACY's in Noho

also video of my yard pet possum

http://www.st-noho.blogspot.com

August 24, 2006 3:07 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Hi,

My name is "Zuma Dogg", public advocate of the community and I'm running for City Council.

I will be on the Al Rantel Show on 790 KABC radio at 7pm, as in-studio guest.

Check it out...maybe I'll do some singing like The Bee Gees or rap like Snoop Dogg. And perhaps speak on issues affecting people in L.A.

August 24, 2006 4:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD,

Just make sure you use your rappin' voice and don't speak like Bryant Gumbel.

August 24, 2006 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam where are our VOTE NO FOR CLOWNCIL...T-SHIRTS? We need to start campaigning now.

Zuma Dogg here's some info. Clowncil members are lying when they say "they are NOT diverting funds from trash fee for gang programs." Here's the agenda item from Friday's meeting. ALLOCATE means to distribute.05-0025-S1
3. ALLOCATE $1.4 million for FY 2006-07, or 15 percent of the $9.3 million in the Mayor’s FY
2006-07 proposed budget for the hiring of more police officers, in
the Unappropriated Balance for prevention and intervention programs.

Then go after the Clowncil for lying and trying to be underhanded putting the term limit extensions without real public input or including NC's, ignoring city attorney legal advise, putting the city liable for lawsuit.

Then go after them for having the 24hr. notice of a meeting to vote on pay raises for city workers again without proper outreach to public.

Then go after them for cutting public comment to 1 minute but when they feel like it and its a motion they like their speakers in the audience get to speak for 2 minutes.

Then go after them for voting to spend $40 million on a new elephant exhibit and we all know what happened to Gita.

The list goes on and on.

August 24, 2006 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Opponents of a city ballot measure that would ease term limits for the City Council filed a petition in Superior Court late Monday asking that the title of the proposal be changed.

The opponents want the title to say that term limits would be "lengthened." At present the title states that term limits would be "changed."

August 24, 2006 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This idiot has more homicides then any other part of the city and he cares more about a stupid color. Bitter Bernie may have a fruity side to him. He needs to deal with the gang problem in his district.

Parks feeling blue over Aqua Line
....Plans are on track for the MTA's Exposition light rail line, but officials still have to designate a color for it and the discussion hasn't been rosy.
A leading faction of transport officials and the public wants to call it the Aqua Line...But that prospect is giving City Councilman Bernard Parks the blues...Parks wants to name the 8.5-mile line from the University of Southern California to Culver City the Expo line after Exposition Park. He thinks its color on maps should be rose

August 24, 2006 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEMO TO "LA ANTONIA TIMES",

Scribe Mathews and Helfand could not wait to spin the EAA Strike as appearing" conversely to bolster the political fortunes of its chief adversary, Mayor Villaraigosa." Last I remember from "J-101" Opinion should stay on the Op-Ed page. Your photo of Robert Aquino on the bottom of page with the caption "Strategist" reinforces the perception of a misguided leader who took on a popular leader and lost. Graph on "Southland's ethnic tree" forgot to include about one million people post 1991, here without papers. George "Little Red" Skelton is back writing on his favorite subject matter, bashing Republicans. Note to Baquet, Clayton, and Martinez. Keep up the good work. I'm sure that when Polloraigosa makes it to Sacramento he'll proclaim the LA ANTONIA TIMES the offical fish wrap of Alta California.

August 24, 2006 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's official. MAV is running for governor. Frank Stoltz just indirectly confirmed it to Ted Chen on AirTalk/KPCC just now.

God help us all.

August 24, 2006 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A candidacy for the governorship now by the affirmative-action-admit-to-UCLA-who-went-to-an-unaccredited-law-school-and-failed-the-bar-4-out-of-4-times would be the biggest premature ejaculation in CA political history.

August 24, 2006 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:34

Its not that they (City) are not cleaning it up. They are but they can't keep up with it. The reason why, just try calling any LAPD dispatch with a report of graffiti inprogress, with vehicle and suspect info...I was told that they would take the info but it was not a priority. I followed a tagger pair for twenty minutes around the San Antonio Winery area hoping that the dispatcher would call me back. I gave up, went about by day. Two hours later I got a call back from a dispatcher asking me if I could still see the taggers working....I told her it was hard to tell ...since I'm already in Sylmar!!!!

Bratton...broken windows..yeh right!

August 24, 2006 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You should be complaining to the Clowncil members. How much is budgeted for graffitti clean up? I remember when we use to see trucks all around the neighborhood but not anymore. Ask Father Boyle what he does with the millions he gets for his programs for gangbangers. Hey, if Antonio doesn't give a shit that the illegals are all over the city trashing it with their damn trucks, or the illegals who fix cars in their yards, or the illegals or leave trash right in their yards and cause blight its his problem. If we had enough officers you wouldn't have to wait but again thanks to Clowncil who couldn't figure out how to find the money needed each year LAPD is losing vets who are retiring.

August 24, 2006 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We all know how Antonio hates bad publicity. Seems a protest took place toay in front of city hall with many parents who are opposing his LAUSD takeover. They have a good argument. They are saying there is much more serious issues as mayor he should be paying attention to like crime, traffic, etc.

August 24, 2006 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEMO TO "LA ANTONIA TIMES" PART 2

Great article in the LA WEEKLY on the POWER, STRONG ARM Tactics being excerted on the Pols in "Suckramento" Where are your scribes in reporting the truth behind the blatant "COUP" against LAUSD ? Will we see coverage of the Grass Roots Protest March by parents and community members who refuse to give in to the P.R. Juggernaut which you are a willing partner ? It is a sad day when a Daily paper is out scoped by a weekly withmeager resources. By the way, where was the coverage of the charter buses used by POLLORAIGOSA to pack the Lincoln Heights meeting ? NOT IN THE "LA ANTONIA TIMES"

August 24, 2006 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great drawing of new LAUSD "COMMODANTE POLLORAIGOSA" on LA WEEKLY web page.

August 24, 2006 1:11 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

to 7:41am post:

AWESOME...thanks!

August 24, 2006 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The City has graffiti removal crews out 7 days per week. Last year (July 2005-June 2006) graffiti was removed from 489,000 locations, for a total of 22 million square feet. Call 3-1-1 if you see graffiti. It is usually removed within 24 hours. On the other hand, if you are referring to all the graffiti along the various freeways in L.A., that is not the City responsiblilty. That issue lies with the State (Caltrans).

August 24, 2006 1:42 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

AL RANTEL PUNKS OUT/SCARED TO FACE ZUMA DOGG:

Sorry for telling everyone to tune in to Al Rantel's Show on KABC tonight.

They booked me to speak on EAA Labor Strike, yesterday.

But, this morning, Al's producer called to say, "The strike is over, but we still want to have you on for a full hour, so what else do you want to talk about."

So after mentioning:
* A.B 1381/LAUSD
* Term Limits/Ethics inititative
* Controvesy over Trash fees for L.A.P.D. going to gang reduction units.
* And some other local topics,

I was told, "Great! That's more than an hour, right there. Be here at 6:45pm."

So, I called some of my councilmember staffers, and invited some of them to call in.

And not long after, I was called back by Al's producer and told, "Gee, we're gonna have to cancel. Al wants to talk about some Hot issues, so sorry."

So I mentioned, if you were gonna have me on to talk about EAA, let me speak on whatever hot issue Al wants to talk about.

Plus, what could be more of a hot issue than Mayor's LAUSD takeover (he was in Sacramento this week, and A.B. 1381 was put on "Suspense" and was found "unconstiutional" by Senate Legislators (Senate Attorneys).

But the sandbagging had occured, and I realized:
a) someone from City Hall got to Al and killed the interview.

b) Al might not want Zuma Dogg to be speaking the truth on some of these touchier issues that might conflict with some of his opinions -- and some of his friends I might be speaking against.

So way to punk out Al Rantel. I thought it was too good to be true, cause although many of the hosts on KABC are open minded and aren't frightened by an opposing view, your just to arrogant, pompous and high faluten to have a guy like me talk about these things.

The term "sandbagging" has come up in conversation from others.

So I guess it's a trubite to KABC that they can have different hosts on the air who don't all just tow the same line.

I won't hold it against the station, and I especially don't hold it against Al's producer, who was so quick to book me on the show, and so excited to hear about the other topics I was going to discuss. (She was feelin' Z.D.!)

But, the saddest part it, if nothing else, this A.B. 1381 is a real tragedy to an entire generation of kids/the city's future, but Al has to talk about Jon Benet killer updates, or complain all day about immigration for the 800th day in a row, or the War in Iraq some more -- and other HOT issues, of which LAUSD/other local issues from this week, don't qualify to snobby fat-cats who don't want these things vetted.

Maybe I'm wrong and Al will have me on another time...but I doubt it. It's not like he bumped me for an actual BREAKING NEWS story.

Zuma Dogg

August 24, 2006 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZUMA DOGG,

heard you Sunday on the Matt Drudge Show. Thanks for highlighting L.A. issues that need exposing.

August 24, 2006 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg
Stop stealing chicken from the student interns at City Hall. Bring your own lunch, or get a job.

August 24, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"POLLO's DAILY RANTS"

"Workers should thanks the Taxpayers when they go back to work today"
RE: EAA workers

"Mayor takeover is about partnership, not power or politics"
RE: Responding to crotics of LAUSD Takeover

August 24, 2006 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg welcome to the world of POLITICS. You learned your first lesson TRUST NO ONE. Bad move telling anyone in city hall what you were up to. There are so many kiss asses there someone called their boss to get brownie points and busted you. Another lesson never ever trust reporters or media people. Even if they say this is "off the record" you're always on the record. I say you tell your friends to call the Al Rantel show tonight and complain. The only way these clowns get the message is bombard them with complaints. Now move forward and continue your good work speaking out.

August 24, 2006 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Officer Porras is an 18 yr veteran of LAPD.

To serve and protect, no matter what...August 23, 2006

Re "Officer Injured in Rifle Attack," Aug. 14

On Aug. 12, I said goodbye to my wife and kids and went to work like any other day. I am a police officer for the city of Los Angeles. I work Hollenbeck Division. That evening, two events occurred that were distressing for me. Early in the night, my partner and I chased a man who was trying to evade arrest on domestic violence warrants through the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects. His girlfriend, the alleged victim, was present during the arrest and was extremely angry. She called us "corrupt pigs," among many choice words. She did not understand that we were simply doing our jobs. A few hours later, my partner and I conducted a traffic stop for a burned-out headlight. The passenger in the car met us with a hail of bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle. Again, we were just doing our jobs.

Neither event will deter me from going to work every day and serving the community of Hollenbeck Division in a professional and compassionate way. I am proud to be a police officer, and I work with some of the finest police officers in the world.

Like me or not, respect me or not, shoot at me or not, I will keep doing my job.

JOHN C. PORRAS
Los Angeles

August 24, 2006 5:08 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

AL RANTEL BUMPS ZUMA DOGG TO TALK ABOUT "HOT" TOPICS.
(I was gonna speak on Police, School Bill at Senate this week and other Political news of the week)

So here are AL RANTEL'S big HOT issues for today:

* Erotic dancing is NOT dancing, these women are whores.

* "Hurricane Katrina victims who are suffering, it's thier own fault. They are a bunch criminals who are dysfunctional (referring to the african american community), and they didn't leave in time." (Beleive me it was sorse than I'm even willing to repeat)

* AND, instead of ZD talking about the School Bill -- that the 6 oclock news lead with -- he has on a lady from san diego who is against circumcision.

So thanks to Al's producer who liked me so much, she booked me right away, and is probably in trouble now. Let's face it, AL RANTEL is one of those guys whose name should be "Farnsworth" or "Wentworth" or "Bennington". And there's no way he was gonna have a real person like Z.D. visit his snobby country club.

They say, "Even bad publicity is good publicity." Then Al Rantel is gonna be getting a whole lot of good publicity.

ZD

August 24, 2006 7:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I normally listen to and appreciate Al Rantel -- still do as I like his sarcasm and humor --but I won't be listening to a lady blabbering about circumcision.

August 24, 2006 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bobby Aquino to his victims in the EAA: "The only story bigger than you guys is the JonBenet case," Bobby, Bobby, Bobby! Now if you could just enlist Bobby Blake as a spokesman, you'd be complete!

August 24, 2006 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks y'all. Glad that one dude heard me on drudge.

I just aired my beef LIVE on KABC for being bumped...I made my point, people know I didn't just flake by not showing up, his show sucked today, and now I'm dropping it and moving back to the iisues

zuma dogg

August 25, 2006 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent Zuma Dogg:

You're on the right track. I love it.

August 25, 2006 12:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not Cincinatti - it's Cincinnati.

August 28, 2006 5:45 PM  

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