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Friday, December 15, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Alex Padilla has recovered from brain surgery and has returned home. The former Councilman turned State Senator underwent a procedure to remove a malformation of the brain on Saturday at a hospital in Anaheim. Padilla is expected to have a full recovery and return to the Senate in January. We here at the Sister City wish him the very best.

United Teachers Los Angeles has backed incumbent school board member John Laurtizen for re-election to his San Fernando Valley district. Lauritzen will most likely go against an Antonio Villaraigosa sponsored challenger in the upcoming elections.

In other school board race news, LA Voice reports that outgoing member David Tokofsky is backing longtime activist Bennet Kayser. We reported previously that Kayser would be getting into the race.

A lawsuit filed by opponents of Mayor Villaraigosa's school takeover plan goes to trial Friday morning. A coalition of district parents, students, administrators and the League of Women Voters -- maintains the legislation is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of voters. The plaintiffs want a judge to overturn Assembly Bill 1381, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September and gave the mayor the authority he wanted over the district.

Martini Republic points to an excellent David Zahnhiser piece in the current LA Weekly and finds that newly minted Councilman Jose Huizar "is scooping up cash from all the usual suspects." MR takes the view that Huizar has accomplished little for his district though the Councilman takes credit for establishing a bulky item pickup program in Eagle Rock.

32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You've done a great job since your little photo-op Dianne:

Daily News July 17, 1994

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a tough race for re-election this year against Rep. Michael Huffington, R-Santa Barbara, recently went undercover - sort of -to learn how easy it is for illegal aliens to get phony documents.

With a couple of Immigration and Naturalization Service agents trailing her, Feinstein walked through the MacArthur Park area to see how easy it would be to get a driver's license, a green card or other documents.

"I had an aide go through a few days before and she was approached by two dozen people offering papers," Feinstein said. "I was approached by three people offering phony IDs. There probably would have been more if it wasn't so obvious I was being followed."

Feinstein is pushing federal legislation that would lead to a counterfeit-proof identification card.

December 14, 2006 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Political insiders don't think he will be able to return to the Senate as a result of his condition...

December 15, 2006 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The other great story in LA Weekly is how city council is giving away millions of tax dollars being wasted on gang programs. Why hasn't Laura Chick-N-Shit audited all these programs? In today's paper...Ex-union chief gets jail for aiding councilman.
The former president of the union representing Los Angeles school workers was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for illegally diverting union funds to the 2003 political campaign of disgraced Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow.

WHY DIDN'T MARTIN LUDLOW WHO WAS CONVICTED OF 2 FELONIES DO TIME?

December 15, 2006 7:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's justice for you. Ludlow gets off with a wrist slap and Humphries gets sent to jail. Anyone who knows Humphries knows all too well that she did not have the capacity to mastermind this corruption. And some of these "workers" did not even step foot into Ludlow's campaign, they were working for Antonio's city council campaign in 2003. What is it with this Skelton/Ludlow/Antonio team that once again an older woman of some distinction gets left holding their dirty baggage - and in this case it means jail time. Can cowards be more aptly defined?

Since Antonio got Arnold to get his sister a judgeship, do you think he would call on him to commute this sentence? Shame , shame, shame!

December 15, 2006 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not that it will play a part, but the judge who will be hearing the case on AB1381 is the same judge who lost her election and was then appointed to her current seat by the Gov.

Now, lets see, the Gov wants to be relected, wants MAV's help, MAV wants control of LAUSD,GOV signs Bill State Leglislative Attorney says violates constitution, GOV appoints Judge, Judge gets to rule on MAV take over.

Welcome to the world of backroom, special interest politics in Los Angeles.

December 15, 2006 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (removes hat and bows low):

While musing about a malformation on Sen. Padilla's brain might make for some blog space, I would remind that there are many with malformations of the brain. Even I, brilliant chap that I am, if you will, have a malformation of the brain. (Sigh) Perhaps that is a requirement for public office. Sots, are there any other public officials with malformations on the brain amongst you? I can think of three at this instant. One from the 'Catorce Quarter' of the city.

Anon, there is another with a malformation of the brain; Mr. Berkow (formerly of LAPD) whose sexual escapades made last evening's news. Apparently Mr. Berkow had a divan in his office in the police department. Sots, do any of you have divans, davenports or love slabs in your office?

I have a divine divan in my office, made of crushed maroon velvet. The only pussy that has ever graced the piece is my dear housecat. 'pon my very soul, she is perhaps the smartest of us all. At least she has sense enough kill the mice she entertains while gracing the divan. Dead mice tell no tales, savvy?

Fellow citizens, I suspect that another large payout is in the works. Sots, send someone 'round to the Bon Adventure and find out how much per hour the flesh kneaders charge. Multiply that by one million and you should have the minimum payout amount.

Don't complain. You know how it is in Los Angeles. One must pay to play; and pay and pay and pay and pay......

December 15, 2006 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Snore . . .

I think I'll re-read "Treaure Island" for a better perspective on City politics.

Double-snore.

Are there no insiders left that view this blog, with loose lips, that speak the President's English for criminy sakes?

December 15, 2006 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Huizar didn't claim to start 80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES

But don't buy all the campaign BS, and look at what he DID do.

When Pacheco ran against him 1+ years ago, some of his main criticisms about the previous 2 years when he was out of office were:

1) Bulky item dropoff area in Boyle had been shut down by AV, causing the streets to fill up with hundreds of dead sofas and busted TVs.

A few months into office, Huizar started the bulky item weekends all around the district (he was listening!)

2) AV hadn't spent enough (any) of the CD14 recycling center proceeds and other discretionary funds, and left $1-2 million in escrow, while telling people he was "broke."

Hardly a week goes by, Huizar hasn't had some $5K to $25K payout to deal with district needs, on the city council agenda, for approval (including the $20K for added Northeast patrols that the Dumm-Dumm-Dogg here was moaning about this week, saying "is that ALL for new cops"). NO, that came from recycling proceeds AV had left to rot.

Apparently, Huizar WAS reading Pacheco's campaign material, too.

3) Pacheco correctly pointed out AV avoided spending time in the district, as CM, like being there might actually make him SHORTER.

Huizar has been all over, since Day 1 -- and not just since being challenged for re-election like Homer "DOH" Parra claims. Look at the district photo gallery:

http://www.lacity.org/photogallery/cd14.htm

It shows 120+ in-district activities starting the week after he was sworn in. Many of these involved improvements his staff worked on for the district and/or funds allocated from district improvement monies, spread all around the district and nearly making up form AV's 2 years of negligence. That's at least 3-4 district outreach activities a week, others that were public gatherings never produced photos.

That's more work "in district" in less than 12 months than AV did in two years (and since, as mayor).

That's just a few areas of last year's complaints . . . MY biggest complaint about Huizar is that he wasted taxpayer's money paying A. Parra back for campaign dirt-dishing with a city job (he wasn't any good at), in constituent service.

December 15, 2006 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone really think Ludlow would have accepted a plea that did not include a recommendation for NO JAIL TIME!?

December 15, 2006 9:50 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Interesting...the Huizar clipart people are running AGAINST Antonio! Wonder how long that'll last?

Who but a campaign clipper would possibly point to this web page?


http://www.lacity.org/photogallery/cd14.htm


Alvin, you may find Jose is doing your best work for you. Hurry up and get a website or a campaign phone number or something. Start at GoDaddy.com if you're stumped.

December 15, 2006 10:01 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Wrong, Joseph, it's none of MY peeps! We're saving the photo gallery for the mass mailers, (the huge batch that goes out the week before the deadly attack ads).

That's MY cup of grog.

And NO one on my payroll says a DAMN thing bad about hizzoner, not as long as the checks clear. That MAY have actually come from the last of the straightforward consituents, trying to give you a fair assessment of the past 3 years in CD14, warts and all(how DARE they).

Good thing you slammed them!

Who gave the dirty groveling masses Internet connections, anyway? We (the postmaster and I) are STILL counting on the digital divide for 2/3 of all Eastside homes, to help bring home the gold-plated bacon.

December 15, 2006 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph,
If the "Huizzy Cut and Pasters" are any indication, then Huizzy will be summons to a meet and confer with Parke and "HIS POLLONESS". Huizzy is going to have a hard time "threading the needle" between exerting his "self idenity"( can't think of one). But also, he needs to maintain his relationship(indenture servitude) to "HIS POLLONESS", for the continuing flow of cash. An interesting danamic in this race would be the +,- rating of "HIS POLLONESS". If "TEAM HUIZZY" has already ascertain that the mayor is polling in the Negative, Then this race will become a referedum on the legacy of "HIS POLLONESS". If this the case, "HOMER ALVIN" should plaster CD 14 with pictures of POLLO and HUIZZY in the minds of CD 14 voters. CD 14 voters are a lot that will buck the "annoited one" and occasional "CARPET BAGGER"(Victor Griego). For Alvin this is his last chance to get to the "Big Leagues".

ONWARDS TO MARCH!!!

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

December 15, 2006 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, YES, Red STAIN, puh-leez make this race about trying to TIE Huizar to the mayor in the "rogue" and disorderly anti-AV CD14!

That's learn him.

That worked SO well last time, with all FIVE of the competitors against Huizar slamming him as AV's puppet, including the little demon girl scout sporting not so much in the cookies department... didn't even require a runoff.

Not to mention how well it worked to try and make AH-nold, look like George Bush's lapdog a couple months ago.

That's why Angelides is now our Gov.

One TINY hitch might be that AV is just a TINEY bit better liked in L.A. than GW, yes?

HOOOO, ha, that's RICH.

December 15, 2006 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin is a dead man walking, politically, already. In just over a year he screwed ALL sides of the Latino political spectrum in CD14.

It's not like he can retreat to what's left of the Pacheco camp after playing loose and dirty with old debunked news clippings, last-minute dropped on thousands of doorsteps, to help Huizar get elected -- even if he has now pissed off the current powerbase in the district.

After doing Parke and Huizar's dirty work against Pacheco a year ago, he decided that wasn't enough of a base of enemies, so he starting talking smack about Huizar(even while still on the payroll).

In CD14, Merton don't know shit. Parra IS an island, politically, and that island is called St. Helena, for this wannabe, rubber-room Napolean.

And just wait until Parqe starts in detailing the LA32 NC debacle, the year before, when Parra's little-man complex led him to try an administrative takeover of the board, one that almost got his local advisory board decertified. His imprint are all over DONE's "dysfunctional" NCs memorandum of a few weeks ago. It should have been named after him.

They're coming to take you away, Alvin, and it's not to the victory party.

After this, he won't even be able to sell rundown real estate.

December 15, 2006 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone has that LA32 neighborhood council meeting on video where the DONE G.M. embarrassed Parra and he had to retreat like a whipped puppy. How long before that's on YouTube?

December 15, 2006 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BLUE SLUDGE,
MERRY CHRISTMAS, ERRRR, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! I was hoping that your time in the "DETOX CENTER FOR GOVERMENTAL DEPENDACY" would put you on the "right" track. Relapse can be a Bitch. BTW did you see the "LA ANTONIA TIMES" story on Food Stamp fraud in HUIZZY's Skid Row area ? But I digress. I would hope that we could come to a agreement(glosnoss in liberal speak), that a inter party spat is healthful for local democracy. Flattop, Monterey Hills, Eagle Rock, or Parke's pad would be a good spot to watch this "BLUE BLOOD LETTING" take place. But most impotant, a year from now, we can get together to evaluate the benefit this food fight will have on the lifes of the CD 14 voters.

MAY GOVERMENT DECREE A HAPPY HOLIDAY FOR YOU BLUE SLUDGE.

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14

P.S. no offence But MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

December 15, 2006 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, my, all this dumping on Alvin Parra. At least he hasn't been intimidated or bought off from running, not like Montanez and Fuentes bowing to Alarcon/Antonio/Nunez....

December 15, 2006 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin should have been intimdated by the fact that 99 percent of the voters in the district; 1) hate his slimy little triple-dealing, back-stabbing guts; 2) have never heard of him, or never will (he only got 100 votes or so when he ran for neighborhood council, in his OWN community; what's THAT tell you); or 3) hate him AND have never heard of him.

December 15, 2006 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, yes, RED splash of insanity. CD14 is going to turn Republican between now and March. Your furlough from Our Lady of Perpetual Denial Home for the Abysmally Stupid is about up, but maybe they'll let you stay out long enough to see the sea change there.

Then, you just check into that padded cell next to Samantha Allan Newman, and help her mutter and commiserate about how the Dems CHEATED to win, (on account of they had) FIVE TIMES AS MANY VOTERS.

And that's on a BAD turnout.

Maybe if all 15 city councilmembers AND the Mayor have simultaneous Tim Johnson episodes sometime soon, and the GOP (snicker, snicker) governor of California has to replace them all overnight, then the people of L.A. will finally get the lily white, red of neck, leaders they deserve (and privately pine for), all by appointment.

December 15, 2006 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With all due respect, Alvin was the same guy who came out of nowhere to give Richard "SNORTOTORRE" a challenge a few years back.

December 15, 2006 2:25 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

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Lava Lounge: 1533 N. La Brea (Between Sunset Blvd & Hollywood Blvd)

December 15, 2006 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BLUE SLUDGE,
Relapses is really kicking you in the rear end. First, you like your fellow "Blue Travelers" always have to resort to elitist indignation when one counters your anal banter. In regards to the KENNEDY REPUBLICAN, what can I say about a supposed man, who's republican nuts had been cut by that Kennedy screw. In regards to Allen-Newman, she at least had the fortitude to take on that "NUNEZ COUCH POTATO"(e) (did that to remind you of quayle). What does it say for the health of our democracy and grass roots enpowerment when "FLABIAN" can have his little buddy shak out on the couch, steer him campaign money from the unions, gift wrap a L.A. Thomas Guide. then load behold, he is our new Assemblyman. I'm sure Blue Sludge, that their were no other worthy candidates correct??
GOD WILLING, (here comes the ACLU), that the population of CD 14 will enpower themselfs to reclaim ownership over their political affairs, and not take for granted the dogma of the BLUE.

December 15, 2006 2:48 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Today, when I was speaking about an agenda item on "tract maps", today, at the Council meeting, I mentioned that due to several I.C.O.'s (Interim Control Ordinances) regarding the rampant condo-conversion craze in Los Angeles, and how the LA Planning Dept presented a 40 page report that says Council has been ignoring rules in the books, regarding all this "special interest funded" development, Eric Garcetti, followed-up ZD's public comment by saying, "Not all tract maps are for condo-conversions, I'm not sure what these are for, but..."

EXCUSE ME...That's the point ZD was making, it didn't say what they were for on the agenda (problem one), and I was reminding council that if they were in violation of condo conversion laws, please vote, "No."

BUT WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS, IS THAT COUNCILMEMEBER ERIC GARCETTI ADMITTED HE WAS VOTING ON SOMETHING (TRACT MAPS) AND HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE FOR.

MAJOR PROBLEM, DUDE! AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM. So don't begrudge, Big ZD, and make public comments in your two-member committee meeting (regarding restricts for public comment speakers) and say, "some people who show up every day because they like to see themselves on TV."

I HOPE YOU WEREN'T TALKING ABOUT ME. Cause as you can see, I have to show up every day, cause there are always problems like this. AND NOW THAT ZD HAS GOTTEN THE WHOLE CITY TO ACKNOWLEGE THAT THE CITY WAS IGNORING CURRENT LAW, AND THE LA PLANNING DEPT. FAST-TRACKED A REPORT THAT SAID SO TO, AND NOW YOU ARE GONNA HAVE TO START LIVING BY THOSE RULES...DON'T SAY SH*T ABOUT ZD SHOWING UP 5 DAYS A WEEK, EVEN THOUGH IT'S ONLY 3!!!

TRIUMPHANT-VICTORIOUSNESS...and anyone who is mad I'm calling attention to the victory is a jealous crybaby who is missing the point. The people who know how hard it is to create this kind of Citywide and Department wide avalanche, should be happy as hell that ZD and Noel Weiss (two public comment speakers) were able to make a real impact. (In other words, all people do is cry that you can't get Council or the City to do anything based on public comment. And ZD & Noel Weiss (and Chuck Tenant), did. It wasn't easy. It was a lot of committee meetings (besides Council meetings), blogging and calls to KABC. Tack on the fact that "Special Event Fee Waiver" abuse actually seems to be on "hiatus", if not "permanant vacation", and there's a lot to celebrate at the Lava Lounge Sunday. Stop by and I'll show you my "City Council Nominating" petition with the words, "Zuma Dogg" proudly displayed on top.

December 15, 2006 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today was spent in court with legal eagles representing LAUSD and the Mayors take over team. Good drama and many laughs.

But one thing is clear, this judge is no ones political hack.

Hats off to the judge!

Film at eleven

December 15, 2006 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:25

Yes, about a decade ago, and Alatorre was WAY damaged goods, by then.

Parra would have to have some MAJOR Skeltons in the closet, and I don't mean "Huizar took a vacation to Japan," or, "he didn't hire enough field deputies" bullshit.

Those skeltons would have to be the bones of dead little girls, or live little boys (with verifiable DNA), if you get my drift, or Huizar can phone it in -- using Parra's own cell phone.

People who really know CD14 know that Huizar has less of a challenge than the councilmembers elsewhere running unopposed this time. They have to defend 4 years; he only has to account for ONE (at least a part of which, Parra was in CHARGE of one of Huizar's field offices).

December 15, 2006 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One from the 'Catorce Quarter' of the city.


WHO DAT?

December 15, 2006 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RED SPOT, YOU ARE A FEMALE. 100%

December 15, 2006 7:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:03 PM
Thee "BIG TIT OF GOVERMENT" is whating for you. Remember as you grow older that "TEETHING" will piss off your governing mom

Behave my child,

"RED MOMMY OF CONCERN, CD 14"

December 15, 2006 8:29 PM  

Anonymous Samantha Allen-Newman said:

For the record, if I was cheated it was by my own party. Padded cell? WTF? Not for me. So I had my head handed to me on a plate. Big deal. If you're waiting for me to cry, you'll be waiting a long, long time. Go talk to Danny Gilmore if you want to hear someone talk about being cheated out of a win. And for the record, I live in CD1 so the Red Spot isn't me. Hey Red Spot, the invitation is open to sip and speak in Sacto this coming February. You going?

December 15, 2006 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Samantha,
good morning. I wiil be contacting you soon through a mutual friend. looking forward to our conversation

Sincerely,
"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

December 16, 2006 6:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain Sparrow has proven he has absolutely NO CLASS.

What's unfortunate about the CD 14 race is it will show how horrible Latinos can divide themselves and their voice with dirt. It will shed a negative light on the district itself and the ugliness of revenge, bitterness and vindictiveness. Politics is an ugly business and to think someone like Parra who is the worst human being on this earth and who admitted to horrible politicital tactics can now be running is horrendous.

December 16, 2006 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's the end of 2006 and we are about to have another local election in Cd14.
Alvin Parra and Jose Huizar the bout would be best televised on a boxing ring, maybe the De la Hoya foundation can sponsor this one.

On this corner we have Alvin Parra, the most consecutive loser of all times. he was the type of student who @ Wilson High School was a beginning politician in the student body. The type of guy who nobody liked because they were annoying and they needed attention. I'm sure he was the biggest brown noser in the school, just look at his year book. Which college did he attend? I'm sure he doesn't even have a degree. Alvin has burned his bridge with other powerful politicians like Gloria Molina, etc He'll probably vote 4 Jose Huizar because he won't want to throw away his vote.
On the other corner, Jose Huizar has the charisma and energy to lead CD 14 4 the next city term.
He has experience people in his staff and not just those krazy lunatics from the Voice newspaper (90032), who can't spell or use correct grammar,That sick pervert George ( who uses his 80 year old parents to drive him around delivering his newspaper)and that fat ass wannbe event organizer Carlos and his mission accomplished agency, I bet he'll hire them to run El Sereno community.
NOW hear this Constituents Alvin Parra is a JOKE! and has finally drawn his last Straw in the community.
GOODBYE LOSER AND THANKS FOR NOTHING WE HATE YOU AND YOUR STUPID CORRUPTED WIFE.

Google Alvin Parra and wife, they are bad news for anyone.
I remember when Parra used a fake endorser the North East Business Alliance,
I AM WATCHING YOU CLOSELY PARRA
EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE
WE ARE NOT IN HIGH SCHOOL ANYMORE

LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 31, 2006 5:27 PM  

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