Whistleblower hotline: (213) 785-6098
mayorsam@mayorsam.org

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Trash Tax Revenues Not Going For More Cops After All

Someone out there needs to pitch "Liar, Liar 2: L.A. City Hall."

The Mayor and City Clowncil just set a new record for breaking promises to the public.

Remember how we supposedly needed the trash tax -- er, "fee" -- to pay for 1000 more cops? You know, because no one noticed that the City was already taking in $717 million more this year than last? It was the one where they said it would pay for 1000 officers, but something like 650 of them would just be replacements for attrition? You remember -- it was just four month ago.

Well, the Clowncil has decided that the money would actually be better spent on special programs for -- you guessed it -- "the children." So instead of hiring more police officers, your money will be diverted to political cronies and their dubious "youth programs," which have, of course, proved so very effective in reducing gang violence here to practically zero.

Read it: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_4206777 .

41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bastards!!!!%^&%$#*(

Just 2 weeks ago all media reported the study the clowncil morons gave to Connie Rice to see how the gang prevention programs were doing came back stating that $82 MILLION WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. They had no record of any successes with the programs so these idiots give them more. WHO'S AGENDA MOTION WAS IT????
These clowncil members just keep giving us more reasons to get rid of their sorry asses. They are a laughing stock in the nation and now Zuma Dogg and his "Outlaws" have taken over clowncil chambers. They are now promoting their show which in reality is the replay of city clowncil members at 7:30p as their show. Pathic!!!!

August 19, 2006 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter:

The $717 million was a one-time thing...similar to California's surplus this year due to the housing boom. THE 717 MILLION DOLLARS IS NOT PERMANENT!!!!!!! Get that through your brain. Once that money runs out for new cops...where will the $ come from? Oh wait...its going to have to come from taxes. Get over your anti-taxation beliefs. In order to have a government and government services that you are so nicely accustomed to, you're going to have to pay more taxes. Fucking nitwit.

This blog has turned to shit. How did the Home of LA Politics turn into a NIMBY and NC infested shithold Higby? You had a good site...now look at it.

August 19, 2006 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This city council is a joke; a bunch of incompetent, pampered, shameless prima donnas.

VOTE NO on housing bond measure

VOTE NO on term limit extensions

August 19, 2006 11:03 AM  

Anonymous LA County FED UP said:

I have a question. If we said "enough already", would the Clowncil listen? First it was the school takeover that was done behind the scenes. Then it was Measure R. Then it was Jack Weiss and his little blunder with the NC's. Now it's this.

Obviously the Clowncil doesn't listen. So I'll ask all of you. Have you had enough already?

It's going to take all of us to do the one thing we can do to make it perfectly clear that enough is enough. And that one thing is vote. Clowncil staffers, take serious note.

If there is an election coming up in your neighborhood council....VOTE. Run for office. Support NC candidates who are not afraid to stand up to the Clowncil. There is at least one of those candidates in every NC.

When the Clowncil election comes up.....VOTE for someone else other than the incumbent, the Mayor's endorsed or the political party annointed. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!

This November in the General Election for State Senate and State Assembly....VOTE FOR ANYONE NOT ENDORSED BY THE MAYOR. Who gives a shit if they are Democrat, Republican, Green, P&F. The Mayor endorsed plenty of folks during the May primaries....DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM! Chances are they took money from the same crooks that give the Clowncil and Mayor money.

VOTE AGAINST ANYTHING ENDORSED BY THE MAYOR OR CITY CLOWNCIL.

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!

When it's time for staff appointments, ATTEND THE VETTING SESSION. Speak up if there is a staffer that you know of who has aided and abetted the Mayor, Clowncil or anyone associated with the Mayor or Clowncil. Spread the word.


VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!


The only way to send an unmistakeable message to the elected officials of this City is to target them, their cronies, their staff.

Blog them. Name names. Put their face up so we know what they look like. Anytime a new staffer is announced, do the due diligence and blog the crap out of them. Scan documents and post them.

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!

August 19, 2006 11:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We better soon see more cops on the streets or NC's will push a motion through at the congress of NC's directing the CIty Council to use the money to get more cops on the street which was the intention. This will be the embarrasing thing that could happen to them.

This is a good reason why NC's should be able to put forth motions to the City Council.

This is really going to make it difficult for the City Council to get four more years of this.

August 19, 2006 12:07 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Mayor Sam & Walter,

Kevin James on KABC kicked off his show on Friday Night outraged over this same story...which triggered an over two hour conversation about the "clowns" in Council Chambers, besides yours truly.

He did start mentioning "Zuma Dogg" and how funny it would be if they Mayor actually had to answer to me, and how we're shaking them up at city hall.

He also mentioned Walter Moore, and how he likes you emails, and how Doug McIntyre gave you a nice stamp of approval, but giving you time on his radio show.

So, all of this is working...I gotta get the aircheck of Kevin's discussion of all this, and my call into his show posted on the net.

AND: PLEASE, go to www.ZumaDogg.com and see the latest posted YouTube of a "Public Comment" from this week.

After busting into City Hall like the Tazmanian Devil for four months, I want people to see how the support of the people, and all thier information and stories, has allowed me to evolve in some of the ways people have been saying I should.

www.ZumaDogg.com (click myspace link.)

And Mayor Sam, Walter Moore and everyone else on this blog (like Godzilla, who I chilled with during Friday's Meeting)...

Maaaaan, they are feeling us. I think this will go down as the beginning of an era, we we slowly chip away and create some real ethics reform. Not because they want to, but because it'll be good for their careers. And political motivation (wanting to do good things for the city, so you can get re-elected or move up the political ladder) is still the best checks and balance system, out there.

So, I think we're showing them, the only way to succeed in politics, anymore, is through integrity (even if you have to be advised on how to have it), otherwise: You gonna lose out to a guy named "Zuma Dogg" on an official ballot, you fools!

Zuma Dogg
Public Advocate of the Community

August 19, 2006 12:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you know?

http://www.lizmichael.com/clintond.htm

August 19, 2006 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma

Take your meds!!!

Love,
The Clown

August 19, 2006 12:43 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Before you claim the $717 million was a "one-time thing," I suggest you look at the budget for the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that.

THEN come back and tell us it was a "one-time fluke."

I've looked at the prior years' budgets. You, obviously, have not.

Property values have skyrocketed over the past five years, due in part to low interest rates. As a result, when properties have changed hands, they are taxed at the new and improved rates, which means oceans more cash for the crooks to spend.

So before you call someone else a nitwit, and if you EVER hope to rise above your current position of Listermint strip boy, you may want to get for facts straight, Lil Staffer.

August 19, 2006 1:58 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Zuma:

Amen, and congratulations on your truly ingenious use of theatrics to substitute for special-interest funding. And I do believe we're at the start, if not the middle, of a process of waking up the apathetic voters.

Did you ever see a movie from the 1980's called "They Live?" It was hilarious and telling at the same time. Long story short: aliens take over Earth, but essentially brainwash humans, through TV and radio, into not noticing their presence.

I haven't really done it justice, but it's a great metaphor for L.A. The average resident has no idea how badly he's being ripped off, and how special interests receive hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

And the media, rather than serving as a watchdog, instead merely slavishly repeats every press release without questioning its contents. Hence, for example, Villaraigosa gets away with calling himself a "fiscal conservative" who has overcome a "structural deficity" by making "cuts," when in fact he has expanded spending to soak up a $717 million windfall. Likewise, Angelides gets away with labeling his proposed increase in rent subsidies as "tax cuts."

The power of the blogosphere and local talk radio is starting to wake people up to the truth, but we've got a long way to go.

The good news is, even the print media may be forced to acknowledge reality. In that regard, I suggest everyone take a look at Sunday's opinion section in the Daily Journal . . . .

August 19, 2006 2:08 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Correction: "media . . . repeat," not "media . . . repeats."

August 19, 2006 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Campaign Finance Key Player:
John Huang
This profile was compiled from Washington Post and washingtonpost.com staff reports. Click on linked names to read other profiles, or see the full list of key players.

At the heart of the Senate investigation into fund-raising improprieties sits John Huang.

From The Post:
• A Fund-Raiser's Rise and Fall, May 13, 1997
• The Curious Cast of Asian Donors, Jan. 27, 1997

While a mid-level Commerce Department official, Huang (pronounced "Wong") enjoyed extraordinary access to President Clinton. He also attended dozens of briefings involving classified information, even as he maintained ties to the Lippo Group, the Indonesian conglomerate for which he had been head of U.S. operations.

As a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee in 1996, Huang raised $3.4 million for the party and its campaign, mostly from the Asian American community. The DNC has since returned nearly half of the money, determining that it was improperly raised or came from questionable donors, some of them from overseas.

Among the donors: John K.H. Lee, Pauline Kanchanalak , and Arief and Soraya Wiriadinata, the son-in-law and daughter of a top Lippo Group executive.

Huang organized the fund-raiser at the Hsi Lai Temple outside Los Angeles, where Vice President Al Gore helped collect $140,000 – most of which has since been returned.

Investigators are also exploring whether Huang may have served as an "agent of influence" of the People's Republic of China, perhaps funneling money from Beijing into American political campaigns.

Jian-Nan Huang was born April 14, 1945, in Fujian, China. He and his family fled across the Taiwan Strait to Taipei four years later as Chinese Nationalists fell to the Communists.

Huang came to the United States in 1969. In 1972, after earning his MBA, he moved to the Washington area. Huang was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1976.

Huang worked for several American banks, always making the most of his language skills and familiarity with Asian markets. He traveled widely – to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and China.

He first met Mochtar Riady, who along with his son, James, heads the Lippo Group, at a financial seminar in Little Rock in 1980. A featured speaker was Bill Clinton, then in his first term as governor. Huang was later hired by James Riady's Worthen Banking Group in Little Rock.

Huang worked and socialized with a number of friends and associates of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton. In October 1985, he escorted the Clintons and an Arkansas group at a seminal Asia trade mission.

Huang's next move was to Los Angeles to run the Bank of Trade, later renamed Lippo Bank, U.S.A. He became active in Democratic politics, and his growing influence among ethnic groups made him a potent fund-raiser.

Within weeks of Clinton's 1992 victory, Huang began lobbying for an administration job. In December 1993, Clinton named Huang deputy assistant secretary for international economic affairs at Commerce, responsible for Asian trade matters. Huang took a 50 percent pay cut from his Lippo salary, but the blow was softened by a severance package worth more than $750,000.

In 1995, after Clinton made inquiries on his behalf, Huang moved to a fund-raising job at the Democratic National Committee.

Some DNC records appear to suggest Huang may have started fund-raising before he left his government job, which would have been a violation of the Hatch Act.

In October 1996, the Democratic National Committee removed Huang from his duties gathering political contributions for the party. Following the election, the party laid him off.

August 19, 2006 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://www.zpub.com/un/un-bc-body.html

August 19, 2006 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attn 17th floor

Investigate: AV + Straw Donors

August 19, 2006 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sandy Hume
Journalist
On Sunday, February 22nd, 1998, Sandy Hume, the 28-year-old son of journalist Britt Hume, was reportedly found dead in his Arlington, Virginia home. Aside from the statement that this was an "apparent" suicide, there remains in place a total media blackout on this story, possibly out of concern that the actual facts will not withstand public scrutiny. Indeed, it was reported in Associated Press that the Arlington Police were not responding to any inquiries.
Hume was a reporter for The Hill magazine, newspaper about Congress for Congress, and had broken a major story in 1997 regarding the friction between House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a faction led by Representative Paxon (who announced his resignation just 24 hours after Hume's death).

In addition, Sandy Hume had just joined the staff at Fox TV News and was just three weeks into a job that represented the pinnacle of his young career. Oddly enough, aside from echoing the one Associated Press story, the Fox News website has ignored the death of its newest commentator.

Sandy already had a reputation for getting the story that nobody else wanted to look at. It is worth noting that his death came hard on the heels of reports that "a reporter" was about to break a story confirming the White House's use of investigators to dig up dirt on critics.

It has recently been confirmed that the man who performed the as-yet-unreleased autopsy is none other than Dr. James C. Beyer, who has a record of concealing homicides behind a ruling of suicide.

Kenneth Starr's "suicidologist" Dr. Alan L. Berman has waded in again and as he did in the Foster death ruled it "100% certain that this is a suicide and can be nothing else

August 19, 2006 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://cbn2.tripod.com/d6.ht

Pregnant and killed.

August 19, 2006 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:34pm
What's with the 10 year old story on Johnny Huang? Whats your point?
Are you mad Judy Chu shot down One Bill Gil's lastest (8th try) attempt to get drivers licenses for illegal aliens, oh I mean undocumented residents?

August 19, 2006 6:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Le connection with CHU and HUANG

August 19, 2006 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

JOHN HUANG PLEADS GUILTY TO

VIOLATING FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/1999/August/357crm.htm

August 19, 2006 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MILNET Intelligence Topics - Spy Money

http://www.milnet.com/spymoney.htm

huang huang huang huang huang spy spy spy spy spy spy

August 19, 2006 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:44

I'm sure all 10 of the regular posters here already vote.

August 19, 2006 8:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma,

The "public" just called.

You're fired. With advocates like your clown ass, who needs enemies.

No one will ever take you seriously as long as you come off like some psycho hip-hop pretender that just escaped from Vacaville mental.

OH, no one except a couple of the equally useless blog item writers, here.

"Counter" doesn't always = "good" little brothers. Wake up and smell reality.

August 19, 2006 8:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, thos LYING hypocrites, to suggest spending money to decrease crime before it starts. . . we all know an ounce of prevention is ONLY worth a pound of. . .

Oh wait, NEVER MIND.

-- Roseanne Roseannadanna

August 19, 2006 8:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPF can't even find 1000 people qualified, and willing to be cops.

August 19, 2006 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Neither can LAPD. . .

August 19, 2006 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You get a bunch of morons called council members who don't support anyone or anything except themselves its no wonder we can't get cops. Who wants to work in a city with clowns like them? I want to know who's motion was it to give $1 mil to gang programs that aren't working?

August 19, 2006 9:05 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Zuma --

Don't let the Lil Staffer naysayers get you down. Having accomplished nothing in lives themselves, and mired in self-hatred, they hide in anonymity and thrown stones at everyone who takes action to try to improve the City.

Keep doing your thing.

August 19, 2006 9:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Derkah, Derkah to you Walter!

August 19, 2006 9:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Touche Walter...Zuma Dogg loved the argument on Friday about the special event waiver for KTLA kids. You are right, KTLA has more then enough money plus they have corporation sponsorships for this event. Why should our taxpayers dollars be spent on it? Zuma Dogg as long as you hit them where it hurts and that's on the council motions that are ridiculous and get media attention you are our voice. Expect the personal attacks because you are making an impact. You have a couple of weeks to regroup before those clowncil members come back from recess. Study study study the issues. Go after the lying sacks of shit on the trash fee money. I'll try and find the Advancement project study where it states $82 million spent on gang programs is doing nothing in our city.

August 19, 2006 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here it is:
Study: L.A.'s Anti-Gang Programs Aren't Working
(CBS) LOS ANGELES Los Angeles is losing the battle against street gangs because it lacks a cohesive, well-funded approach to keep youngsters from joining gangs in the first place, according to a city-commissioned study.

The study by the Advancement Project, a nonprofit group, suggested that the 23 anti-gang programs spread throughout various city departments be put under a single authority, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The programs cost $86 million annually.

The Los Angeles City Council commissioned the study in response to a continuing plague of gang violence in recent years, despite increases in spending on anti-gang efforts.

"You've had a pretty ad hoc, scattered, incoherent approach to the problem," civil rights attorney Connie Rice, co-author of the study, told the council's Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development, according to The Times. "Somebody needs to be responsible. There needs to be centralized accountability."

Rice said the last phase of the study, to be completed by the end of the year, will look at possible models for better coordination of anti-gang programs, including appointing a gang czar at City Hall, creating a city department and reorganizing an existing city office or convening a task force,

August 19, 2006 9:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter help me out here. Why on this motion are they allocating $1.4 million from a fund of $9 million? Doesn't the city intend to collect a hell of a lot more from the trash fee hike? Laura Chick-N-Shit needs to audit all these corrupt programs

05-0025-S1
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON GANG VIOLENCE AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC
SAFETY and BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEES’ REPORTS relative to the allocation of crime prevention resources for Gang Prevention and Intervention Youth Programs.
A. AD HOC COMMITTEE ON GANG VIOLENCE AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Recommendations for Council action, pursuant to Motion (Garcetti - Reyes - Parks - Hui zar), SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:
1. CONSIDER this matter pursuant to findings and recommendations of the consultant study on a comp rehensive citywide Gang Activity Reduction Strategy currently underway (Council file No. 04-2621-S2),wherein City programs and need s would be fully analyzed to determine appropriate
mechanism(s) for dedicated funding to youth gang intervention and prevention programs.
2. INSTRUCT the City Administrativ e Officer (CAO)and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA to review and report back in 30 days on fun ding in Fiscal Year
(FY)2006 -07 City Budget for current preve ntion and intervention programs as identified in the joint CAO an d CLA report dated April 8, 200 5 (Council file No.
04-26 2 1) concerning a Gang Prevention and Intervention Survey to determine whether any operational funding gaps exist that may result in program service
disruption in the coming year.
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.

August 19, 2006 9:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Buddy the dog is dead?!?!?! I loved that fucking dog!

Anyone know the whereabouts of Socks the cat???

August 19, 2006 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This blog was so ridicuously over the top! Public sector budgeting is what it is. You have to also take the recruitment issues in the field of law enforcement into consideration. It's truly reaching to pass hard blame on Mayor AV. The city's Personnel Department should be held more accountable.

August 20, 2006 12:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GM Whelen's is product of yesterday's Los Angeles. The city's public safety recruitment standards and processes are unnrealistic and inefficient. She has done very little to address those management challenges.

August 20, 2006 1:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:29 a.m.

You stupid asshole!!!!!!!!!

The $717M was NOT a one time thing!!!!!!

Every single piece of property that changed hands was reassessed and that INCREASE IN ASSESSED VALUE will be on the property tax books FOREVER!

And what about all the redevelopment and building that is still going on and will continue til doom's day???????????

The ONLY thing this bunch of crooks in City Hall is doing is greasing the palms of builders....HIGH TAXES, HIGHER TAXES, HIGHER TAXES!!!!!!!!!

We will get rid of you and all the other assholds in City Hall...don't you worry!!!!!!!

Voters are wide awake now!!!!!!!!!!

Go, Zuma Dogg, Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuck this city!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 20, 2006 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter-

I would like to state for the record that I am a staffer, and although I cannot name my name for obvious reasons, I LOVE what Zuma Dogg and the other outlaws are doing.

You're waking the bosses up and bringing valuable discourse...thank you for that.

-Staffer "Yaysayer"

August 20, 2006 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter,

I'm also a staffer & Zuma DOGG pissed off my boss!

August 20, 2006 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:07 said:
---We better soon see more cops on the streets or NC's will push a motion through at the congress of NC's directing the CIty Council to use the money to get more cops on the street which was the intention. This will be the embarrasing thing that could happen to them.---


Go ahead and try that. You'll only embarrass yourselves.

There are no cops to put on the streets so your motion that you'll push through will NOT be the most embarrassing thing to City Council, but it will be pretty embarrassing for you when you can't produce.

Take my advice and step back from this one. If there were 1000 men and women out there who wanted to be cops - trust me when I say - Hahn would have gotten them into the academies and so would Villaraigosa.

Perhaps the congress should focus on a public service campaign to help LAPD find people to become cops.

That would be much more productive than trying to embarrass City Council.

I'm one of you and I don't want you to be embarrassed, but I think that post was rash and not thought out well.

August 21, 2006 12:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:54am The reason the city can't find new recruits is because we have clowncil members who refuse to support them but always seem to support the wrong issues. Many of them supported the illegals but where are they to help LAPD???? Word is cops don't like the council members and they were the best recruitment effort the dept. had. Why should they tell their families and friends to join a dept. in a city where the politicans could care less for them. Antonio put forth the trash fee hike to get money for other things but using cops. Look wher the money is now going instead "gang programs" that don't work. Wake Up LA...revolt and vote these idiots out.

August 21, 2006 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to weigh in on this!

I have 9 member of my family...uncles, cousins, and nephews, who have been career LAPD officers going back 20 years.

Guess what...they have ALL left LA for greener pastures in the past 2 years!!!!!!

Reasons? They are multiple, but primary reason is the Mexican mafia in City Hall. My relatives are white, all-American no-nonsense guys, but they are fed up with the illegals and gangs that are given carte blanche to roam and control this city.

They aren't allowed to do their job! And when AV took over, they just left!!!!!!

In addition, they said that at least 50 of their fellow officers are in the process of moving out of State!

The situation is out of control...retired homicide detectives are being called back to active duty because of the increase of crime in the past 2 years!

AND...bilingual officers are being paid more!!!!!!!

New graduates of the Academy are contracted to remain with LAPD for at least two years, but many of them are leaving the city right after graduation!

White officers are fleeing! And it is a HUGE loss to this city!

August 21, 2006 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You hear it here first folks, the reason behind LAPD's attrition, the Mexican Mafia.

White officers are fleeing! And it is a HUGE loss to this city!

You know, there are many minorities (besides Latinos) who don't see this as a loss at all, as long as the departing officers are white.

August 23, 2006 8:42 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

Advertisement

Advertisement