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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

In an effort to reduce holiday gridlock, traffic officers will direct motorists at 55 intersections surrounding some of the busiest shopping centers in Los Angeles beginning today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced. Traffic officers will be deployed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily up to Christmas Eve in an effort to reduce street congestion at malls anticipating high numbers of last-minute shoppers. Most of the time I've seen several of these officers at an intersection where one is working and the others are eating or talking on cell phones. Its mostly a show that was invented by James Hahn.

After previously being dropped, the Pacoima enterprise zone has been revived following action by Governor Schwarzenegger. The enterprise zone opens up tax breaks and other goodies for businesses located within its boundaries.

Zuma Dogg's run for City Council is getting noticed by some bloggers. Martini Republic has endorsed the D-O to the double G man; LA Voice calls it a longshot but recognizes anything could happen.

Mack Reed at LA Voice takes a ride-along with a senior lead LAPD officer in Skid Row who is determined to clean up his territory. Following the broken window theory Officer Deon Joseph starts off with busting pot smokers and re-claiming a park for the neighborhood. Eliminating the small crime brings the community back and eliminates the gateways to major crime is the theory - its one this old, dead Republican mayor agrees with.

Here at The Sister City we often get the latest copy of Councilman Bernard Parks' eblast. If it were prepared in an easier to read format, we'd present the information more often. However the most recent edition - sent out under the name of Parks' son and Chief of Staff Bernard Jr - had what we thought was a very odd opening paragraph (by the way the all capital letters is their doing not ours):
DEAR FRIENDS,

DURING THE CURRENT COUNCIL REELECTION CAMPAIGN THE COUNCILMEMBER CAN NOT COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH YOU AS HE HAS DONE IN THE PAST. THE CITY'S ETHIC LAWS IMPOSES A " BLACK OUT" DURING THIS CAMPAIGN PERIOD. I WILL TAKE OVER THE RESPONSIBILITIES & CONTINUE THE E-NEWS PUBLICATIONS DURING THIS PERIOD.
For those of you policy and ethics rules wonks who read this blog, is the Bitter man's namesake correct? Does Bernie have to take a vow of silence during the campaign? Can he not send out emails to his district during the campaign? Inquiring minds wants to know.

54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whichever laws apply to the Councilman apply to his office. What kind of law would that be that prohibits the councilman to use office resources during campaign season but allows his chief of staff to do it?

Somebody call the Ethics Commission and ask.

December 18, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a lame ass Bitter Bernie!!!! Now we have to ask ourselves WHY would he not want to have a dialogue with his constituents? Then if he is saying this doesn't it apply to ALL CLOWNCIL MEMBERS? Something more is going on and I hope someone gets to the bottom of it. Usually when a clowncil member does it there's something behind it like making an excuse for something they did. C'mon folks let's dig deeper.

December 19, 2006 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the city's ethic laws imposes...???
two problims I sea for bernie, 1.having someone make communicashions on his beharf whom doesn't have a grate command of English language
and 2.
my spies say that Bernie has a giant skeleton about to leep out of his closet

December 19, 2006 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Esqueleto?

Tan Tan!
Nacho Parks Libre

December 19, 2006 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The other problem with Bernie Junior's message is that once you get onto their e-mail list, YOU CAN NEVER GET OFF OF IT! They send out HUMONGOUS (sometimes up to 8MB) attachments that clog up inboxes and they REFUSE to take you off their list even when you BEG and plead in capital letters over and over again.

December 19, 2006 9:22 AM  

Blogger Dockweiler_Mutt-tt said:

I heartily endorse Zooma Bee-otch for the "Roman Huska Memorial Seat" on City Council.

After all, there are a lot of ranting, synapse-fried, preening nitwits in this city . . . they're also "entitled to a little representation, aren't they?"

The learning curve on that situation would flatline faster than Hugh Hefner's sexual performance without those handy little blue pills.

December 19, 2006 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bitter Bernie is always getting himself in trouble isn't he? He's as bad as Zine.

I agree with Mayor Sam too. Bernie's eblast is terrible. Wendy's is good when she does it.

December 19, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's no room for any skeltons in Bernie's closet - too many expensive suits.

December 19, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Party with City Council
Gruel, Hahn, Parks, Huizar, Zine, Roiedoll.......................

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoK1Sv5Esuk

December 19, 2006 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Reason #2 said:

Why I don't shop at Trader Joes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGFFPQaCZKo

December 19, 2006 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trader Joe's customer base=white
Watch clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNkg5Dd9Tnc

(except employees-italian? latino?)

December 19, 2006 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Reason #3 said:

Reason #3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOygUvpnfSo

December 19, 2006 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've been waiting for Bitter Bernie to have something negative. He's not that clean and so many insiders know it but why the LA Slimes refuse to report anything just like our mayor is astounding. After hiring those gang banger cops of Rampart Perez, Mack, yes folks he allowed it knowing they were gang members and allowed them to by pass a lot of the background checks, its about time the truth came out. But I think its something much bigger.

December 19, 2006 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Reason #4 said:

White, white, and white.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn17O0mc6ig

Diversity????

December 19, 2006 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bernie A G investigation.

December 19, 2006 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:56

There always room for those hippie sandals, another Skelton specialty.

December 19, 2006 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Odd. Videos don't show any African American customers.


ACLU where are you?

December 19, 2006 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Civil Unrest Warnings Censored by Politicians: A Cable TV Special (Free Online Preview)

Featured in the FDN "Cable Special" are three segments consisting of three Video News Blogs starting with the coverage of a public hearing on the issue of censorship and the removal of the Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure™ program from the L.A. CityView 35 Channel by Councilman Bernard Parks due to "contentious content", then an eight minute segment on the Milken Institute's panel on illegal immigration, which included predications of civil unrest in Los Angeles. Also included in this special is a Mini-Documentary on history and content of the Full Disclosure™ programs. These public affairs programs are billed as "the news behind the news."

SOURCE: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/12/prweb492633.htm

December 19, 2006 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CITY WORKERS CLAIMS SURGE

" "It's worrisome, because you'll see our track record isn't very good in defending ourselves in these cases," said Councilman Bernard Parks"

SOURCE: L A DAILY NEWS

December 19, 2006 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:34am please give us more.

Yes, on Full Discloure this weekend they were asking everyone to call Bitter Bernie's office and ask why he suddenly had them pulled off the air. How can one clowncil member have that much power? If Bernie doesn't like what people are saying especially if it makes him look bad, he goes after that person or organization.

As much as I dog Zuma I have to admit he was on his game today in council. Great points stated, covered most of the issues posted here, but again all Zuma needs is to learn how to calm down and not let that stupid clock rush him through losing his train of thought.

December 19, 2006 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHOOOOPEEEEE! MAYOR SOLVES HOLIDAY TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.

PROBLEM: We just don’t have any money.

VIDEO 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRKXDt4JT5U

VIDEO 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbijgNNTGFs

December 19, 2006 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOS ANGELES NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL AND URBAN BUSINESS WANTS HOMELESS OUT AND YUPPIES IN.

F'K THE POOR.

December 19, 2006 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA,

A COUNTRY WITH SO MUCH RICHNESS, A CITY WITH SO MUCH MONEY, WHY DO YOU (WE) GIVE TAX CREDITS TO LARGE CORPORATIONS AND STILL HAVE THE WORST HOMELESS PROBLEM TO DATE?

December 19, 2006 12:29 PM  

Blogger ex-Hollywood Liberal said:

Oooooooh... the ETHICS COMMITTEE... oooohh... That's scary. I recall a time when the LAPD simply investigated and arrested corrupt and criminal politicians. Now that the LAPD is owned by Villaraigosa, whenever a councilmember like, say, Eric Garcetti does something silly, he goes to, say, Gil Garcetti (dad) on the Committee. And we all know how virtuous Gil was. And from what I understand, Eric was a good student. The fruit never falls far from the tree - and Gil was as fragrant as a Ginko...

Where was the Ethics Committee when Prop R was excreted by the City Council?

December 19, 2006 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny you ask ex-liberal guy and welcome. Daddy Garcetti conveniently had another appointment and the ethics commission could not make quroum. The next day the motion went before council and they voted to place on ballot. I've done some research and no other city has had such bad negative publicity as these clowncil members.

December 19, 2006 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Department of General Services report, and the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to report, relative to acquisition of the Chicago Plaza Building, located at 2130 East 1st Street, for the Boyle Heights Neighborhood City Hall, in Council District 14."

It will cost $13.6million to acquire, renovate, etc. and will not make that much difference to really bringing services closer to the people. True, there is an opportunity bring in $449,941 in rents from non-city tenants each year, but that is only half the amount needed for the annual debt service of $927,000 each year.

Jose Huizar is going to get hell for this one by the community. Does anyone know who the owner of this building is? I thought Antonio said the city doesn't have any money and all depts. have to cut back!!!

December 19, 2006 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa ally owns the building.

December 19, 2006 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

x-mas supposed to be fun

"Historic Terminal Fee Increase at LAX"

LOS ANGELES, CA (CNS) -- The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved what airlines decry as the largest terminal fee increase in industry history.

KNX1070 news radio

December 19, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We at the Prop R legal- challange team are begining our fact finding effort to shed some light on those who put Prop R. together.

We hear alot about the League of Women Voters and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce but little about the author of the propositiion.

The Sutton Law Firm of San Francisco is the frim which put this proposition together, so we will begin our investigation there.

Here is a list of their clients

· Aera Energy
· Anschutz Entertainment Group
· Arrowhead Credit Union
· Barnes Mosher Whitehurst
Lauter & Partners
· Committee on Industrial
Safety (Contra Costa County)
· Comcast
· Cox Communications
· Golden Gate Restaurant
Association
· Harris for District Attorney
(San Francisco)
· Warren Hellman
· Los Angeles Lobbyist &
Public Affairs Coalition
· Ma for Assembly
· Mattel
· Meridian Pacific Consulting
· Newsom for Mayor
(San Francisco)
· O'Reilly Public Relations
· Pacific Energy Partners
· Panda Restaurants
· Playa Vista Development
· Preston, Gates & Ellis
· Qualcomm
· Sanders for Mayor (San Diego)
· San Diego City Councilperson
Scott Peters
· San Diego County Supervisor
Ron Roberts
· San Diego Hotel-Motel
Association
· San Diego Lincoln Club
· San Diego Public Affairs
Working Group
· San Francisco Association
of Realtors
· San Francisco Building Owners
& Managers Association
· San Francisco Chamber
of Commerce
· Terris, Barnes & Walters
· Tom Shepard & Associates
· City of Torrance
· Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort,
Rubalcava & MacCuish

They are located at:

150 Post Street, Suite 405 • San Francisco, CA 94108 • Tel: 415.732.7700 • Fax:415.732.7701

So further posts will show who apporached Sutton, paid their legal fees and which groups really took part in the writing and financing of the proposition.

I had heard this was a proposition written by Lobbyists for Lobbyists, but had no idea it was written by the group who represents the Los Angeles Lobbyist & Public Affairs Coalition.

We will follow the money, all the way to the Horseshoe.

More filings in legal challange today and will give full report tomorrow.

December 19, 2006 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa has a dear friend at Anschutz Entertainment Group

December 19, 2006 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It has Ace Smith written all over it.

December 19, 2006 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Playa Vista Development? Oh Dear.

December 19, 2006 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Chicago Plaza building is owned and managed by the same people that own the Hotel on Boyle and 1st Street - the one where they are evicting all those musicians to make room for yuppie lofts. The same guy owns some of those WIC stores around the barrio. His last name is Gold and like most Jews in L.A., he's big time Antonio supporter. And there are over 15 city organizations in this building that paid for their own remodeling. What a sweet deal, get the city to remodel and then sell them the building. Huizar is proving to be the patsy that everyone said he would be. Antonio won't take the fall for this, Huizar will - Parke will make sure of that.

December 19, 2006 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's PLAIN to me the Sutton law firm is a FRONT for Al'Qaeda, (or maybe Al Bundy), possibly Al Mamater.

Heads should roll. The people have spoken, they overwhelmingly voted DOWN Prop R, thanks to the grass roots outreach of neighborhood councils and now someone must be punished for the effort.

Oh, sorry, nevermind.

December 19, 2006 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While you're following the "money" (i.e., perfectly legal professional service fees) and filing that legal "challange", F. Lee Banal, better trying looking up how to spell the word.

People will be a lot more impressed that way.

December 19, 2006 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul Moyer is doing an investigation into Staples Center and how its not safe with permits that were passed when they were supposed to be. I think it may be posted on their web site. Sounds as dirty as the story Paul did on Playa Vista.

Also, why did KB Construction bail out of the LA Live billion dollar project? Anyone know? You go Prop R legal team. Good for you keeping us posted. What a bunch of crooks we have in city council.

December 19, 2006 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess Parke and Jose aren't taking Alvin too seriously. He's still listed as a Huizar supporter - http://www.huizar4la.com/supporters.htm

December 19, 2006 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:40 pm,

That Huizar's web site still lists Alvin as a supporter is no shock.

It is chock full o' inaccuracies.

For example, it lists Dalila "Venus of Willendorf" Sotelo as a Community "Leader."

Ha!

Should read "Community Hater." Or is it "Community Hated?" Community Eater?

December 19, 2006 7:23 PM  

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's great that Bratton just got a raise($268K). It looks like some of the members of his inner circle have been getting a raise in their pants for years.

Ex-LAPD supervisor admits affair
In a deposition released under court order, the former head of a department watchdog unit acknowledges a relationship with a subordinate.
By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
Times Staff Writers

December 20, 2006

The former head of the Los Angeles Police Department's internal affairs unit acknowledged in a sworn deposition that he had a three-year affair with a female sergeant under his supervision, raising new questions about how the watchdog unit operated.

The LAPD handbook notes that relationships between supervisors and subordinates are problematic. It says that if such a liaison develops, "it is the duty of the involved employees to immediately notify their commanding officer."

In the deposition, Michael Berkow, who is married, said he met Sgt. Andrea Balter in 2003 and had sex with her over the next three years. Until January 2005, she worked for the internal affairs division as an advocate, a kind of internal prosecutor handling police misconduct cases, including those involving inappropriate sexual relationships.

Berkow's attorney, Clint D. Robison, said his client did not report the relationship to his commanding officer, Police Chief William J. Bratton, because although Berkow was Balter's ultimate boss, she did not report directly to him. "In his opinion, [the relationship] wasn't reportable," Robison said.

Bratton's spokeswoman said Tuesday that the chief, citing personnel rules, would not say whether he was aware of the relationship.

The deposition took place Oct. 11, but attorneys representing Berkow and the city have attempted to keep its contents sealed. Berkow left the department a few weeks later to become chief in Savannah, Ga.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Fahey on Tuesday denied the city's efforts to seal Berkow's deposition, allowing it to be made public.

In a statement released late Tuesday by the Savannah city manager to elected officials and the press, Berkow said he regretted the pain he had caused others.

"The court ruling today released to public view details of my private life," he wrote. "My wife and I were having marital problems at the time and were effectively living in two different cities, during which time I became involved with another woman. I deeply regret this fact and the pain I have caused all parties."

Berkow said that he was truthful in the deposition and that the lawsuit it stems from has no merits. He was deposed as part of a civil suit brought by another former female subordinate who accused him of promoting women in his office who had sex with him. Ya-May Christle claims that Berkow kept a bedroom on the floor above his office in the Bradbury Building.

Christle's suit alleges that she several times saw two female sergeants, one of them Balter, emerge from the makeshift bedroom, which had a sign saying "Reserved for Chief Berkow." They were followed by Berkow, who was clad in pajama bottoms and a T-shirt, according to the suit.

Robison has insisted that his client did nothing improper and that Christle's case should be dismissed.

"There's not one allegation of direct harassment … or quid pro quo or requests" for sexual favors," Robison said.

"These developments are very disturbing and are shocking to me," said L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss, who heads the Public Safety Committee. "There is no question this is quite serious. This is the top official in the department charged with monitoring the behavior of cops."

In his notification to Savannah's elected officials, City Manager Michael Brown said that he was extremely distressed about Berkow's behavior and that the chief should have used better judgment. "It was a terrible personal indiscretion," he wrote, adding, that there was no indication that "this was anything more than a personal indiscretion."

Brown said he wished he had known more details before hiring Berkow. But he said Berkow has admitted to the off-duty affair and said he was never the woman's direct supervisor or the one who wrote her performance evaluations.

Robison also acknowledged that his client had a sexual relationship with another sergeant named in the suit but said it ended before Berkow joined the LAPD.

That sergeant, who was promoted under Berkow's command, also acknowledged in a deposition that she had a relationship with Berkow that ended before they began working together at LAPD.

Berkow, previously chief of the Irvine department, joined the LAPD in March 2003 as Bratton's head of internal affairs. Soon after, the chief appointed him deputy chief in charge of internal affairs, which became known as the Professional Standards Bureau.

Berkow initiated undercover stings and investigations that resulted in dozens of officers being fired from the LAPD for misconduct.

In the deposition, Berkow said his relationship with Balter spanned three years, but he denied that they ever used the bedroom in the Bradbury Building or had sex while on duty.

In 2005, Balter transferred from internal affairs to Metro Division.

Berkow denied he had anything to do with the move.

"My relationship with her was off duty," Berkow insisted.

Balter's job was to bring cases against police officers accused of violating LAPD policies. Those violations included use of force, theft, lying during an investigation and sexual misconduct.

Although he declined to comment Tuesday, Bratton last week described Berkow as "an outstanding police officer, hardworking, dedicated."

Berkow also declined to discuss the deposition.

Although several LAPD sources said the chief and Berkow were close, it remains unclear whether Bratton knew about the sexual relationship before the deposition. One source close to the chief, who asked to remain anonymous because of a pending personnel investigation, said Bratton has said he didn't know about it.

Christle's attorney, Bradley Gage, said that his client was the victim of department retaliation after she complained about Berkow's conduct.

But Robison said there is no evidence that Christle was harassed or that her work environment was affected in any way.

*

andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

richard.winton@latimes.com

December 20, 2006 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's depose Tony on his affairs. I'm sure some soap opera writers would be interested.

December 20, 2006 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony the Tiger and Bernard Parks want Bratton out. Good Chess Move.
Why do you think this story came out?

December 20, 2006 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That Tony the Liar, not Tony the Tiger.

December 20, 2006 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Slimes has been after Bratton cause rumor is their reporters are being paid off by Bitter Bernie. Interesting 7 LAPD officers got awards by council last week for bravery and not a word in LA Slimes. Today LAPD officers who are in the reserves and have served their country proudly in Iraq and then coming back to this lousy city to fight crime were acknowledged in council. I doubt any of that will be in papers. Too bad we have gutless reporters who won't report all the corruption Bitter Bernie during his time with LAPD with his deputy chief who was investigated by FBI and IRS for money laundering. His racist attitude towards his own people. Print that shit. Antonio is quoted as saying Bratton is the best chief in nation. IF he does anything to show differently people will go after him.

December 20, 2006 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bernie paying off reporters? I think that's a bit of a stretch. He's not Donald Trump for Christ's sake!

December 21, 2006 8:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Through all of these major efforts, Villaraigosa has continued the work to increase Los Angeles' nationally respected after school program for elementary schools, LA's Best, and for middle schools, LA's Bridges. LA's Bridges is focused on preventing at risk children from joining gangs and encouraging current gang members to drop out.

December 21, 2006 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And money funneled through the programs is biggest accomplishment to date.

December 23, 2006 9:13 AM  

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