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Monday, November 27, 2006

Rainy Monday Open Thread

You know when we mention rain in the subject line here, it's a slow news day. At least it's only raining water, as opposed to, say, iron and ice, or cats and dogs.

Perhaps YOU know of something worth mentioning? If so, blog away. Otherwise, get back to work. But first, check out your cartoon du jour at my personal blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

An indication of how little Jose Huizar is concerned about his four opponents in the CD14 council race -- including ex-flunky Alvin (doh!) Parra. He's declined matching funds this time, something that added a cool $100K to his war chest last time.


November 27, 2006 8:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what! Big Doh Deal 8:53

November 27, 2006 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (closes bumbershoot and removes galoshes):

Back in the saddle for the week, and yes, I do have a bobblehead on the desk. It's 5 turtles stacked one atop the other or tortugas as some of you would call them; they represent the 5 Hawaiian islands. A man's got to have something to remind him of home, savvy?

Interesting article about the Gabrieleno tribe in the paper. Makes one wonder if the rumor about turning the SW Museum into a restaurant/casino really is true. Perhaps Mr. Dogg can sniff 'round that one?

Speaking of Mr. Dogg, despite what the rest of you Jack Tars think of him we concur that his honor remains intact and that he does a good job of making certain sots in City Hall queasy when their bosses yell at them to find out about Mr. Dogg's latest posting.

We do have one quick question - Who leaves the kitchen light on in the Mayor's home when there is nobody there?

November 27, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A while back I said Marcos aguilar wanted to get in the Casino Business. Ask the Mayor.

November 27, 2006 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor of Beverly Hills now wants the action. Hey with all their money I'm sure they will get whatever they want from AV..

Beverly Hills doesn't want to miss the subway...Beverly Hills officials, sensing that a subway to the sea is inevitable, want to ensure the train doesn't pass them by....They are preparing to select a route and two station locations to best serve residents, as well as business owners and their employees....It doesn't seem to matter that the city has little say over the path of the proposed 13-mile subway that would travel between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Or that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would design, build and operate the subway, is still at least a year or two away from picking the route.

November 27, 2006 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Official works his wizardry on LA Marathon route
Los Angeles Times, CA - 9 hours ago
By Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer. The following will make a lot more sense if you understand a few things about Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge

November 27, 2006 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"We do have one quick question - Who leaves the kitchen light on in the Mayor's home when there is nobody there?" . . . asks 9:03 a.m.

Of course you're kidding, or you've never seen AV try to answer questions unscripted.

One thing that can ALWAYS be said about Mayor 1.4 GPA is: "the lights are on, but NOBODY'S home!"

November 27, 2006 11:27 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Alvin, Alvin, Alvin - when you scotched my win/loss record and futzed around with Nellie's school board race a few years ago, I tried to advise you. When it's time to call you up from the minor leagues, there will be a clear obvious "sign" from God/Antonio).

And, at the same time, Hell will place an emergency rush order for 10 billion thermal blankets.

--- By Steve Hymon, Los Angeles Times - November 27, 2006

Q. Is the campaign for the 14th Council District seat between incumbent Jose Huizar and his former staffer Alvin Parra going to be nasty?

Yes. Parra called Huizar on Nov. 11 and informed him that he was both quitting his job and running against him. As mindful readers of this column are aware, that's exactly the kind of "Rollerball" politics this column deeply appreciates.

Parra then fired the opening salvo in the campaign this week when he said he was filing an ethics complaint over Huizar's use of a nonresident to collect signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Yawn. Signature-gatherers are supposed to reside in the city.

"Our response is that had we had nonresidents out" collecting signatures "and they were paired up with residents for safety and language reasons," said Parke Skelton, Huizar's campaign consultant. "The resident was always collecting the signatures."

The episode jogged this column's memory about an incident last year involving Parra when Huizar was running for his seat against former council member Nick Pacheco. At the time, Parra was involved in distributing unflattering newspaper stories about controversies involving Pacheco. Parra was so good at it that Huizar eventually hired him.

The problem is that the articles were old and none mentioned that Pacheco was ultimately cleared by authorities of any wrongdoing. When asked by a reporter last year to explain that, Parra declined to say whom he was working for or with.

Now that's ethics!


November 27, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If you decline matching funds, that means you don't have to abide by the limits. Huizar and Skelton will raise more than enough.

November 27, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Word of the day from the good Capt'n Sparrow: "bumbershoot"

AKA, umbrella

November 27, 2006 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm sure the residents of the 14th District are proud of what Parke has done with their district. With Snyder and Alatorre, politics was already slimy enough - then along comes Parke. Like the good ole' white boy that he is, Parke was going to teach us Mexicans a thing or two about ethical politics, we all need that white/Jewish guru in our lives to straighten us out! And now look what is coming our way, the nastiest battle CD14 has ever seen - and Pacheco is not even involved. Way to go Parke. That was a lame excuse you used, by the way. Don't you think sneaky Alvin has proof in the form of a live body who will testify for him. But then again, you know how Alvin operates - remember that memo he faxed to your office from Gloria Molina's office, the one you said you had no knowledge of. Karma is a motherfucker, and it's about to bite you in the ass. What do you think Alvin knows about Antonio's campaigns?

November 27, 2006 12:20 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

All I needed to know about Jose Huizar I found out when I interviewed him. He had Monica later ask if I wouldn't mention the fact that the interview took place in S. David Cobb's 10th story loft on Spring Street. They knew that that was in too-sharp contrast to the street level interviews I did with Nick, Ruby, and Brian Heckmann. Alas, I complied, and didn't write a damn thing about Jose Huizar.

New election--I think the statute has run on that request. But what weird judgment! Was he trying to impress me, or something?

November 27, 2006 1:17 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Someone needs to tell Zuma Dogg and the others who wear those ridiculous tee shirts that say "Fuck the CRA", etc. that advocacy is an art.

[ZD SAYS: What the F*CK are you talking about? I've never worn anything but my own ZD shirt, or plain polo shirt.]

People do not take you seriously when you show up unshaven, wearing a watch cap and dark glasses, wearing those tee shirts.

I told my kids that "If you want to be treated as adults, then dress and look like adults; as long as you wear jeans with holes in them, and dirty tee shirts, you will be treated like kids."

This is a constructive criticism for all. I have been a lobbyist for a long time, and am successful. I am probably one of the folks you despise, because I can get the ear of the Mayor and members of the council. Why don't you guys give this a try, so that the message(s) is (are) not obscured by the messenger(s)?

Your message(s) is (are) valid, but they get lost in the presentation. You are not making the progress you seek, why not change and see if it helps? It sure won't hurt.

November 27, 2006 12:24 AM

[ZD REPLY: First of all Mr. Bigshot lobbyist, if you claim my messages are vaild, that means they are NOT getting lost in the presentation. And what presentation? Have you seen me on City TV 35 lately? Pretty plainly spoken. Secondly, the reason I wear the hat, glasses and grungy clothes is because this is America, and you are not supposed to be judge by what you look like, but by the content of your message you snobby, eliteist, crybaby. I've done more for the people of this City (and not special interests) than you EVER have. And I did it because I care for some reason, not because I'm getting special interest money.

November 27, 2006 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good afternoon (takes of coat and dunks tea bag):

Yes, we were serious. The kitchen light always seems to be on and to our amazement the soffit never catches fire and the bulb does not burn out. Unless, if you will, the light is on a timer.

I thought one was supposed to leave a porchlight on or a candle in the window, not a light on over the kitchen sink. But then again, everything else in that corner of the world is neglected.

November 27, 2006 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cap't Jack-off appears to be stalking the mayor. Checking out his kitchen lights with regularity.

Someone alert the Westec patrol and the mansion staff, if anything turns up missing, you know what to do.

November 27, 2006 5:15 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

Dogg, you are just too dense to hear my message. It is not about me, or what I have accomplished (which I would match with anyone); it is about WINNING.

You prove nothing with your unshaven look, watch cap and dark glasses except that you are a loser and bound to lose.

What ought to be, isn't. Life is different than the dream.

Ditch the protest and go for the win, loser.

Or, keep being a loser.

November 27, 2006 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


How do I become a lobbyist? What classes do I take?

November 27, 2006 11:25 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

There are no "classes", except maybe in legislation in a law school that offers that elective.

You also need some knowledge of civics so you can understand how things work.

But, the best way is to get a job working for a lobbyist that knows what he or she is doing. It takes years to know all the players, from the staffs to the electeds.

Or, alternatively, get a job for an elected and learn from that end, then leave and join up with a lobbyist group.

Just going to city hall and complaining won't do it, and especially not if you forego shaving, wear Navy watch caps and dark glasses so they can't see your eyes when you talk to them in your "three minutes" at the podium.

The pros seldom speak at the podium; the work is done well before the hearing. That's exactly what pisses Dogg and friends off the most.

If you don't know who the winner of a closed bid is before it is opened, it isn't you.

November 28, 2006 2:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Krakover = Arnie Berghoff

November 28, 2006 2:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know Mr. Krakover, the very things you post about are exactly what we all hate and want to change about Los Angeles politics.

I can't believe you brag about your unfair play.

So who would you consider to be the most effective group of people in the City who come to testify before City Council even though they've already spoken to staffers?

Who are good activists and who are the bad ones? Just in terms of effectiveness.

November 28, 2006 3:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks Phil for the information.

To all you haters, get a life.

November 28, 2006 7:09 AM  

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