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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Sister City Citizen of the Year

Like Time Magazine's Person of the Year, we here at the Sister City will be giving out a dubious honor at the end of this year. The Sister City Citizen of the Year will go to the person who has had the most impact on Los Angeles in 2006, regardless of whether its negative of positive.

This old, dead Republican mayor has taken the liberty of selecting several "nominees" based on who were some of the most discussed individuals on the blog this year. You will have the opportunity to vote for one of those named. The person with the most votes is the winner of this high honor.

Click here to cast your vote.

You have until Saturday to vote and we'll announce the winner on New Year's Eve. Vote away dum dums.

40 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger... definately ALGER

December 26, 2006 1:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mighty Midget

December 26, 2006 1:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I say MAV

December 26, 2006 2:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning folks. I cast my vote for my soldier in battle, Jim Alger.

December 26, 2006 2:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am torn between Mayor Midget and Alger

I'm going to bed and vote in the morning

December 26, 2006 2:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yep. I am going with Jim. He has been doing alot to change the system and is garnering some victories along the way. Most importantly he is forcing systemic change which is slow to see but has the longest lasting effects.

December 26, 2006 3:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I say Zuma Dogg... what the hell, he did manage to get public comment restricted, mike cut-outs and timers installed, and even got arrested at City Hall.

Didn't say it was a positive effect, but he has had an effect.

December 26, 2006 3:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to go with the Mayor. Even though his school plan was a failure (had he paid attention in class he'd of known it would never fly).

December 26, 2006 4:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its hard between Alger and Hernandez. You know damn well Antonio will have his groupies on every computer voting for him cause no way Alger or David pass him up. All the mayor has done is plant trees, fill potholes, most photo ops in one year, support illegals. Yet, David and Jim have been for the people and active doing positive things in this city. Thank you guys.

December 26, 2006 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good points 8:05. AV has done nothing to improve the quality of life for ordinary, taxpaying Angelenos. Planting a few trees, sucking on breath strips, and posing in front of cameras does squat. Traffic still sucks, racially-motivated gang warfare still raging, and developers frothing. I'll vote for Hernandez in 2007 if he is (hopefully) successful in overturning Prop R.

December 26, 2006 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mighty Midget Mayor AV. Looks good in highwater pants.

December 26, 2006 9:45 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

3:36AM,

What the hell are you doing up at 3:36am on x-mas talking about me. and you got it all wrong. they already had timers. the "oneminute restriction" was moved back to two minutes. i was arrested, but the cop completely lied about everything in his report (he couldn't arrest me with the truth, so he had to fabricate the whole event and lie about sh*t I didn't say...what i DID do, is force them to pay attention to the Brown Act (there's a reason they have the brown act, and council was ignoring it), special event fee waiver absuse, condo conversion abuse and other things...what did you do bitch, except think about me at 3:36am on x-mas?

December 26, 2006 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How has Alger been a force in Los Angeles politics? He lost a primary race and hasn't done anything else for LA since. What did he do this year that surpasses anything done by a member of the CC?

Hell..I'd vote for Padilla because he went against the Villaraigosa machine and won. Props to Gerry Guzman for kicking the slut's ass.

December 26, 2006 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I say give the award to Jim Algier, flat-out. It's obvious from his multiple posts proclaiming his worthiness that he badly wants this accolaid. And someONE obvliously wants him to win, since he already has over a hundred votes, and I don't think that many people even had a chance to read the thread yet, let alone vote. I'm sure the people who actually have made and impact in the area couldn't care less about this. But, it means a lot to a guy like Jim, so let's honor him with it. It will make him feel like he has actually accomplished something. And I'm all for that.

December 26, 2006 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma,
If you can comment on this, have the charges been dropped yet? Hope you have good lawyer, and beat this nonsense.

December 26, 2006 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar the savior of cd 14.

December 26, 2006 10:39 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

What's at play here, are new laws that City Council will be trying to enforce (or at least vote on) starting early January.

They are based on Garcetti's Election & Rules committee. And only one other Councilmember was at the meeting when this all went down, Zine. So, this is based on a two person committee, and it's scarry as hell...

Currently, if someone attending the public councilmeeting is being, "dispruptive", Council President (Garcetti, or his substitute Pro-Temps) will issue a warning. If the constituent continues to be dispruptive, a second warning is issued. Then, if someone STILL refuses to comply, they will be "removed" for the day, by Sgt. @ Arms. If you resist at this point, then you are arrested.

So basically, let's say you are at the podium speaking. Your time is up, and you refuse to leave and keep speaking. Garcetti (or pro-temp) will warn you and ask you to sit down. If you continue to speak (or refuse to leave the podium), he will ask you again. Then, the police will REMOVE you for the day, but not arrest you. If you resist the removal, then you are arrested.

New rules, starting early January will allow warning to be carried over to the next day. So if you are warned on Friday for something, the warning carries over to next Tuesday, where you could be arrested, right off the bat, with NO warning at all, that day. (How about a big scoreboard, like at Staples Center) so everyone can keep track?)

And warning can even be for whispering, because they claim you are not even allowed to speak, at all, not even a peep, in chamber bleachers.

But the police have been complaining that they have missed out on a lot of primo opportunities to arrest people speaking out against Council's shady agenda items, but Garcetti misses some stuff. So, early January, they will be giving the police more authority to arrest people, on their own, and therefore, using their own discretion and standards.

And the police won't have to issue warnings, as I was told. the law is in the books, and you can actually be arrested, without warning, at any time, based on the officer's own discretion inside the chambers. (So if the cop doesn't think Council President is being strict enough (at the President's own discretion), the Sgt. at Arms, can make that call himself, and arrest you anyway.

So look for 2007 to be "The Year of the Police State at L.A. City Hall Council Chambers, because they are scarred of the words of Zuma Dogg, because people are paying attention to what he is saying on TV 35 and KABC."

And if you doubt they are scarred of my words, then why did they offer me a deal to stay away from "the location" (City Hall) for 24 months? Certainly not because I sing like the Bee Gees, dance like Justin Timberlake, or sit in the front row.

December 26, 2006 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe if you changed yor sthick from mad white rapper, to business they would have a harder time arresting you. It's one thing to see someone looking like the una-bomber being arrested on the evening news, another seeing a regular person being deprived of 1st ammendment rights.

December 26, 2006 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma # 10:05: "what i DID do, is force them to pay attention to the Brown Act (there's a reason they have the brown act, and council was ignoring it), special event fee waiver absuse, condo conversion abuse and other things...what did you do bitch, except think about me at 3:36am on x-mas?"

The Council still ignores the Brown Act you ignoramous. They still issue special event waivers like it was candy. And the Condo Conversions have gone ahead unimpeded by your antics so WHAT have you done? Your calling someone a bitch? 3:36am wasn't Christmas anymore fool.

Point to ONE SINGLE THING you actually played a part in, just one.

Screaming like a deranged banshee at City Council has done nothing but REDUCE public participation. Noone wants to go to Van Nuys anymore because they don't want to be on the same stage with your pathetic arse.

December 26, 2006 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma... and you don't think that your screaming and yelling at the top of your lungs, and dancing like a horses ass has had a negative effect? Your a god dammed fool.

December 26, 2006 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:26 - The poll restricts anyone from voting more than once so your conspiracy theory shall have to wait for another day.

December 26, 2006 12:59 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:34PM,

You just revealed yourself to me. I won't "out" you because I don't want to scare you off mayor sam. but how about this, "Looking for asian ass in L.A." And you say, "Noone wants to go to Van Nuys anymore because they don't want to be on the same stage with your pathetic arse."

Are you saying people USED TO go to Van Nuys and stopped, recently. Check the tape b-i, b-i...only person you'll find is Bruce Darian. And he doesn't stop doing his thing cause of little ol' ZD.

And HELL YEAH, Council felt Big ZD the past eight months on Prop. H (Garcetti and Wesson asked me to stop speaking out against it, during the housing committe meeting. If they weren't feeling ZD, why would they make a point to aks me to stop.)

Brown Act...Hell Yeah, they will try and get away with whatever they can, but from the time you walk in the front door at City Hall, all throughout the meeting, they are sticking to the Brown Act in ways they weren't even aware of in April of '06. (When I first arrived.) PLUS, they have had to reconsider items and postpone votes because of Brown Act violations.

Condo-conversions. Again...Hell Yeah. They have finally admitted, only in the past few weeks, that there are existing laws in the books regarding condo-conversions that they have been ignoring, and Mr. City Attorney, please tell the Planning Committee to start enforcing those laws. Then the LA Planning Dept. issued a forty page report this month, saying the same thing. And they are going to have to start factoring in vacancy rates, tenant's relocation rights and affordable housing requirements into all condo-conversions, starting in early '07. (Or else, they could be in some trouble.)

Special Event Fee Waivers: Most of the commercial vendors like "Vanity Fair", "Academy Awards", TV Stations, and stuff like that has completley vanished off the agenda. And I'm seeing more, "Event sponsor will re-imburse City..." on the commercial events.

And way more important than my apperances on TV 35, are my calls to AM talk radio, especially, Mr. KABC. More people tell me they hear me there, than anything else. And it's getting to be quite a bit of comments from people like the grocery store check out people and other people who have known me for a few years as a public access comedian, that are kinda surprised to hear me speak out, so frequently, on political issues.

THE POINT IS, LIKE ZD OR HATE ZD, YOU SHOULD BE GLAD TO KNOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE AT LEAST A TEENY-WEENY DIFFERENCE AS A PUBLIC SPEAKER. IT AIN'T EASY, BUT YOU CAN HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS (IN THE EYES AND EARS OF THE PUBLIC) AND YOU CAN SEE SOME CHANGE FOR THE GOOD.

Let me tell everyone reading this something...If I didn't think I was seeing some results for my efforts, I wouldn't still be showing up at City Hall. In other words, if I thought it was truly impossible to create change from my side of the rope, and didn't feel I was seeing the needle budge, at least a little, on the things I'm speaking about. I would be sleeping in, saving TONS of money on gas and additional expenses, and be on the beach listening to music on FM, instead of talk on AM.

Now why don't you go try it on some issues you are passionate about.

December 26, 2006 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD you really are a moron. I work at City Hall and I can tell you first hand that you going to Van Nuys was the best thing that ever happened. Literally EVERYONE ignores you, IT turns your mic down and you look like a lunatic.

If you actually think you had ANYTHING to do with any positive change, you need to get your head examined.

As for the Brown Act... NOTHING you have done in CC Chambers has changed how the city handles the Brown Act. NOT ONE BIT.

I know it is hard for your over-inflated ego to understand but at first you were fun to watch, then you became annoying and now we just roll our eyes and go back to our paper whenever you speak. Never did get your problem in Venice fixed did you? I wonder why?

Whos the bitch now?

December 26, 2006 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I voted for Jim Alger.

His actions on the water rate hike, the MOU, and forcing an audit of the DWP prior to new increases saved us millions this year.

His defense of the NC system has helped us all beat back Jack Weiss-Ass and Lisa Sarno.

He has travelled across the city to help prevent LAUSD from taking homes in South LA and North Hills, and has even travelled here to Sunland Tujunga to help us fight Home Depot after the mayor abandoned us.

December 26, 2006 1:22 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

RE: "Now we just roll our eyes and go back to our paper whenever you speak."

You dummy...I never showed up at City Hall ONE TIME to address Council themselves. It's all about the City TV 35 broadcast. That's why it doesn't matter to me if it's Spring Street, or Van Nuys...It's all the same longshot on TV. I moved recently, and Van Nuys is just waaaay easier for me to get to. I assure you, the right people are paying attention. AND YOU KNOW THAT, so quit spinning.

Regarding: "You don't think that your screaming and yelling at the top of your lungs, and dancing like a horses ass has had a negative effect? Your a god dammed fool."

Dude...that's old news, in the past. Have you checked me in the past few months, since they passed the code of conduct? When I was forced to actually quiet down, my speeches got much better, with way better content (provided to me by "the People") and I've gotten more and more feedback on the streets and from city hall insiders who agree.

You know what though...if i had just shown up at city hall and delivered the nice quiet speech you want me too, without the hat and glasses, no one in the City would have listened. And now, a whole lot of people in this town know who I am, and now, when they see me on TV or hear me on the radio, they know it's time to pay attention, and I don't have to yell and scream anymore.

But, I'm still gonna be ZD, and try and be somewhat entertaining, if possible...and that's always gonna be a problem with you. But you should be much more concerned with the agenda items that are being approved each day by Council. ZD's dancing and singing is the least of the constituents worries.

December 26, 2006 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So how many of these pro-Alger posts do you think were written by Jim himself?

Did ya notice how when the thread became about ZD, Jim tried to post something to put the focus back on himself?

If you want to even be on this list you have to be the person who most affects the course of the conversations and how the ultimate decisions are made, or not whose name appears most on Mayor Sam or who posts the greatest number of items about themselves.

December 26, 2006 2:13 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

1:22pm,

Whether it was posted by Jim himself, or someone else, if all that stuff is true, then thanks Jim and congratulations!

December 26, 2006 3:31 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

How many times do I have to tell you LAUSD dropouts that when I post I do so under my own name? Don't you guys have anything better to do then blog about how irrelevant I am?

I don't compete with ZD. I am in an entirely different league... not quite sure which one that is or that it is neccessarily better or worse, just different.

As for who to vote for, many are more deserving than yours truly. I doubt I have had a larger impact then the mayor, even if you credit me with the savings on a DWP bill the mayor trippled trash fees.

So calm down people, there is no conspiracy that I am aware of. I spent most of today recovering from the flu. Now as Mayor Sam would say, blog away dum dums.

December 26, 2006 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No women up for the title? Is this some sort of sexist blog or what?

December 26, 2006 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The great state of Harbor Gateway NC casts 1 vote for Jim Alger.

December 26, 2006 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Gruel's Day Care.

December 26, 2006 6:18 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Jim,

Even though we ARE in diffent leauges, circles if you will and have different personas, I think we are on the same overall team, and although i am not familiar with all of the issues you are fighting for, i'm sure i would probably support the things you are fighting for.

I'll start to pay a little closer attention and maybe you'll tip me to something I can be annoying as hell about at City TV 35 and on the radio.

See, that's why I love teaming up with Noel Weiss on the housing issues. Because we hit 'em with the suit and tie attorney with a briefcase (Noel)...And we hit 'em with the loudmouth Zuma Dogg, who people seem to be paying attention to on TV and radio. So we're double teaming them, and reaching a much wider range of people...So maybe Jim and ZD should be pulling more double teams. After all, it was Mailander and Moore who tipped ZD to Prop. H. Till then, all I knew about was Prop. R.

December 26, 2006 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

POLLORAIGOSA and the "LA ANTONIA TIMES"

December 26, 2006 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

hey 1.12, Venice IS getting fixed, just like umm, was that the Mayor trying to take over the schools? yeah, we fixed that too, we being good against evil.
oh, check my video clip from the ZD karaoke show at 14 Below. just click my name-I'm playing a guitar voice box solo (like Peter Frampton).

December 26, 2006 8:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, get over yourselves! Your need for approval is sickening.

December 26, 2006 9:16 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

I wonder what George W.'s 'approval' rating is today? how about Hilary? Barack?
how about Scott Peterson? I get hundreds and hundreds of views on YouTube for my music, and people do enjoy it. why? cause its entertainment. and they approve. if the majority started saying STOP, then I'd quit. But like public comment at City Hall, one negative like you just validates the process as being inclusive, so thank you.

December 27, 2006 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Approval Stamp #657897987

Sorry, rejected Matt Dowd.

December 27, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (steps up to ballot box):

Now see here, on my ship I'm the captain, savvy? But since this is America, everybody gets to vote. Crew what say you?

(Bard steps forward and clears throat):

7 men on a ship are we
with votes to cast, tra-la-lee.
2 vote for David Z.
LA Weekly David Z., tra-la-lee.

7 men on a ship are we
with votes to cast, tra-la-lee.
2 vote for Zuma D.
Venice Beach Zuma D., tra-la-lee.

7 men on a ship are we
with votes to cast, Huzzah, huzzah.
1 votes for David H.
Not Prop R, David H., Huzzah, huzzah.

7 men on a ship are we
with votes to cast, whoop-de-doo.
1 votes for Madame Wu.
Inside informer that Madame Wu, whoop-de-doo.

7 men on a ship are we
with votes to cast, too-rah-lah.
1 votes for Judge Dzintra, too-rah-lah.
Judge Dzintra, ha, ha, HA!

Oh tally keeper, you got all that? Bugger the tally keeper. 'im's trying to figure out who Madame Wu is before the sots do, too-rah-loo.

December 27, 2006 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Madame Wu?
It's time to visit an American Memorial Park for winter break.

December 27, 2006 12:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Smith all the Way!!!

December 28, 2006 12:15 AM  

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