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Friday, January 26, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

An article in Thursday's Daily News examines the clout gained in the city by San Fernando Valley leaders in recent years and sheds light on the hopes by some - including Downtown LA interests - that this puts any hope of Valley secession to bed for some time to come. Think twice folks. Simply getting a few local fatcats plum positions or access to the Democrat in Chief Arnold Schwarzenegger or Mayor Pollaraigosa is not going to be enough to make sure the Valley gets it fair share. With further tax increases, a lack of action on illegal immigration and rising crime, a whole new generation of Valley residents of all colors could very well come back to the conclusion that it really makes sense that the San Fernando Valley be its own city (or even several cities).

Bigger restrictions are coming to public comment at the LA City Council, but in El Segundo they're going the other direction. Now that Mayor Mike Gordon - a sensitive soul who did not want to be criticized and put Garcetti-esque restrictions on public comment at Council meetings in Fred Sanford's favorite city - is history, the Council is making it easier for residents to address their Council.

Some education about economics may be in order. According to one poll, a significant number of Californians actually support Arnold's "Hilary-esque" health care scam. However in a setback to the Kennedy Republican, they overwhelmingly reject the notion of proving government health care to illegal aliens.

Mission College in Sylmar is the little college that could. Its been around since the 60s but its only had a permanent campus for the last 20 years or so. And as it is, the compact campus is far smaller that any other local community college certainly only a smidgen of the sprawling Valley and Pierce Colleges. That being said, the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District are looking to expand the campus. Thursday, the Trustees approved a master plan and a final environmental impact report for the project. One controversial aspect of the project is for the district to aquire a neigboring parcel of land slated for single family home construction by eminent domain. This would be a mistake. Most would suspect that this old, dead Republican mayor is generally opposed to eminent domain and you would be right. More importantly when there is a shortage of homes its not a good idea to abandon the opportunity to build additional single family homes. The board should go back to the drawing board and examine opportunties for the campus to expand up and take advantage of infill development in nearby San Fernando.

LA Voice reports that elections for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council are coming up in March. Now is the time for anyone considering serving to investigate the opportunity.

And finally, Here in Van Nuys reports on home based psychics who are attaching bigger and bigger electric signs for their businesses to their dwellings. I wonder if they saw him coming?

20 Comments:

Anonymous Al Arnold said:

Mayor Sam:

From one Mayor to another, I gotta say ... I love your Blog!

Mayor Al
WWW.AlArnold.US

January 26, 2007 4:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

saying that "Mike Gordon is history" is disrepectful Higby....

I figured even your fat ass would have some respect for the deceased.

January 26, 2007 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THANK YOU ROCKY...NOW THIS IS ACTION AGAINST THE GANGS. HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS.

latimes.com
City seals off house it says is base for gang...Officials say they will be targeting other purported headquarters where drugs are sold and killings planned in bid to reduce crime...Opening a new front in the war on street gangs, Los Angeles prosecutors Thursday boarded up and announced plans to seize ownership of a fortress-like house in Glassell Park that allegedly provided a base for a gang that terrorized the neighborhood....City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo alleged that the house on Drew Street was once home to a "shot-caller" of the Avenues street gang, a place where drugs were sold and murder plans hatched.

..."This is the first property to be shuttered as part of our new effort to use every tool at our disposal to drive gangs from our neighborhoods and hopefully our city," Delgadillo said, announcing Project TOUGH, which stands for Taking Out Urban Gang Headquarters.

Delgadillo said gang members had equipped the house being closed Thursday with surveillance cameras, steel bars, a giant satellite dish and a laser trip-wire system. He said it had operated like a fast-food restaurant for drugs and served as a hub of gang activity.

January 26, 2007 7:42 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Houses don't sell drugs.
People sell drugs.
Arrest the people, and use the house for -- you guessed it! -- housing.

January 26, 2007 8:20 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Morning y'all!

First off, Mayor Al - welcome! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the link!

Secondly to anon 708 - Not being totally up on non-LA politics I did not realize Gordon was dead. I can't keep the drama that is South Bay politics straight and confused him the Mayor of Torrance who got booted out right? Anyway, dead or alive sounds like he did some bad shit in our book.

Walter - you're right. The new TV show Lincoln Heights kind of deals with the issue. A cop moves into a former crack house with a special funding program for cops to buy home. Its a good show though its only aired three episodes so far.

January 26, 2007 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought our midget mayor was suppose to be going to Washington to ask for money to help LA.

Gotta love Daily News today's opinion.Sweet dreams
..SWEET DREAM...RUNNING THE COUNTRY CAN TIRE A MAYOR OUT. HE was not sleeping! Aides for Antonio Villaraigosa vociferously deny that the L.A. mayor was catching some well-needed Z's during President George W. Bush's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, despite a Washington Post photo in which Villaraigosa and several others nearby were resting their eyes.

No, no. He might have been tired from an unexpected red-eye flight to Washington, D.C., but he just had his eyes closed, they said.

Although we expect the aides to fib to protect their boss if he had been napping, we actually believe them this time. Everyone knows that the cameras might light upon anyone in the audience at anytime, and Villaraigosa's got too much at stake for his future career to be caught asleep at the wheel for a national audience. Besides, even a delayed flight, a long speech and time difference couldn't defeat the Energizer mayor. But even if Villaraigosa had been snoozing, who could really blame him? The L.A. mayor's been really, really busy lately, what with leading the city, taking over the school district and, it appears from his latest endeavor, running the country, too.

After coming up with a national education policy for fighting poverty and helping the middle class, which he unveiled Thursday to the National Press, he must be bone-tired!

January 26, 2007 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

I wonder how long they spent on the anacronym.
that must have been TOUGH to come up with. I'm serious.
thats the most clever thing i think rocky ever did.

January 26, 2007 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter you can arrest these thugs so many times and they still get out and cause the same havoc. You have to get them where it hurts. Rocky needs to go after the landlords who rent to these cowards. Parents need to be accountable and if they have gang bangers living with them evict them all. Maybe then they'll get the message.

January 26, 2007 8:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning all,

So many issues and so many opportunities to relay our observations.

The SFV getting more clout downtown is along the lines of “if you can’t beat them, join them”. We all had great respect for David Fleming when he resigned in protest from the LA City Ethics Commission due to the antics of former mayor James Hahn. But he has aligned himself with the current Mayor and former Mayor Richard Rideron. As soon as I heard him stumping for MAVs take over of LAUSD and was the opening act for Republican Venture Capitalist (self proclaimed) Rideron, I could see the writing was on the wall.

As the new chairman of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce the front man for the Prop R “Ethics Reform” written by lobbyist as a preemptive strike against the Ethics Commission, he will no doubt head up the appeal once Prop R is defeated in the Superior court.

Fleming, a Republican is a clear example of the need for an individual who has their allegiance to the people and not party.

These days with the Governor, Rideron, Fleming and Bush, representing one side of the asile and MAV, Fabian,Romero and Garcetti representing the Democrat side, it is clear to see the folks are doomed.

There is hope on the horizon as so many of these insults to the folks impact us across the political board and have brought us closer to together. Diversity is over rated. It is through Unity that the people will over throw this inbred pack of political hacks.

January 26, 2007 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GOOD BLOGGIN MORNING !!!!

OUTTAKES FROM THE RED SPOT INSTITUTE

1. "THE NAP VIEW AROUND THE BLOGERSPHERE":

My Mr. Mayor, what big ears you have. The buzz in the L.A. media and the blogersphere is "HIS POLLONESS" snooze, err, close eyes of focus, during the State of the Union address. Here at the Red Spot Institute, with help of our friends in the "DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE FIELD", we bring you a partial reading of "HIS POLLONESS" brain scan during his "MOMENT OF FOCUS";

" Loretta is so fine.... Hillary I'll stand behind that "KANASTA" as V.P. ....Maria roll over...Jenny... Corine where are .... I am the education...Dockweiler you stupid....Duke great puff....F%$^ing school boar.... judge bitc....
I am the answer to gang.....I was a gangste.....Viva la Raz....more, more, more....oh yea.....Tax, Tax....Eric who...Huizzy my little bitch...we clean your toliet....John and f#%1ing Ke...
Ahhh !!! , Matt !!!!

2. "GANG OF CLOWNCIL UPDATE":
Today at 10:00 AM. The the "TAXING TERRORIST GANG known as the Los Angeles City Council will meet to vote and congratulate themselfs for for putting another tax and spend measure on the ballot. With the likes of Mayor Sam, John and Ken, Doug, and others. This attempt to tax and spend a solution to the gang problem will go down.

3. "ZUMA CHICK(en) WHERE ARE YOU ON GANGS ??":

A shout out to the "DRUMSTICKS" that has our Zuma acting like a love sick puppy. When are you and that supposed office of fiscal oversite going to initiate a "OBJECTIVE" audit of the waste that is the "LA BRIDGES" Program. I will give Councilman Huizar credit for calling upon the city to do just that. Maybe "MS DOGG", that results would be too much of a liability for your "POLITICAL FRIENDS" ???

4. "ROCKY CRACKING DOWN ON GANG HOUSES":
Rocky their are 15 houses on the fourth floor of a certain building on Spring Street that need to be cleaned out.

5."CORRECTION DEPARTMENT":
We at the "RED SPOT INSTITUTE" wish to correct the spelling of a certain "PARKE" to "PARQUE". We hope that "Mr. PARQUE" will except our sincere attempt to correct this blunder of grammer. After all it not everyday that a man who can turn the "son of a paleta cart salesman into our next councilman", takes time away from spinning his next "victim of a alcoholic dad" or "child of immigrants, turn Ivy-league graduate" into the political leaders of tommorow.

FREEDOM AND FREE ENTERPRISE

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

*** SPECIAL SHOUT OUT AND KUDOS TO MAYOR SAM FOR INCLUDING "RED SPOT GLOSS" IN TODAY'S OPEN THREAD.***

January 26, 2007 9:53 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

1. The goal is not just to arrest them, but to arrest, prosecute, convict and imprison them for the full length of their sentences.

2. The idea that it is better to nail plywood over a house than to imprison criminals is silly. You say arresting them doesn't work because they simply get out and open up for business elsewhere. Well, excuse me, but are they going to open up for business elsewhere if you merely board up the house they're in today?

3. I doubt the house even belongs to the drug dealer. The policy probably serves only to "punish" a property owner who has no practical means of evicting the drug-dealing tenants. And would YOU want to live next to a boarded-up house?

4. How about we eliminate the huge profits from drug sales by simply legalizing drugs for adults? If marijuana, heroin etc. were legal, they would cost next to nothing to buy. Result: criminals could not make money by selling drugs, and police could focus on violent crimes -- and immigration violations.

January 26, 2007 10:32 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Apology accepted with the same sarcasm offered, red spot.

Now kindly drop dead, as are most of the remaining aged, infirmed GOP-ocrats and other near-extinct nonneo-cons of the blue-haired, mini-regions of CD14 desperately clinging to the edges of Glendale and Pasadena, while peddling biennial fantasies of the coming of a "great reddish-brown hope."

btw, I'm working on a new rags-to-respectability angle for my next Eastside mentee (identity to be determined).

Roughly translated, s/he will arise as . . . "incorrectly diagnosed as educationally challenged by an insensitive, pre-v. Brown-designed school system (or pre-Villaraigosa LAUSD -- depends on their current age) BECOMES a political and public policy genius."

It's got some potential. I just have to find the right street urchin and raise them in my Kafkaesque, Wonka-ish political candy-date factor for a few impressionable years, or until AV or Jose go statewide.

January 26, 2007 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen (removes hat with flourish and bows):

Sots, how many of you are lining up to purchase shares of Muerelo Maddox IPO? Once the IPO is offered, I'm thinking there will perhaps be some familiar names upon the holder rolls, savvy?

Zuma lad, this is something you might want to look into, especially if a once private company goes public.

January 26, 2007 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is SUCH old news. The Murelo "connections" have been tried out in every possible form and fashion - here, there, and everywhere else.

You might as well be talking Vignali and crack pipes.

Those who don't know, won't care. Those who know, care even less.

January 26, 2007 2:06 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

And I'd like to remind George Cabrarra of the El Sereno Voice (not LA Voice), that it is in violation of City (and I think State and Federal) campaign laws to campaign on City property and city meetings, like the "Lincoln" meeting last night that prominently featured Alvin Parra campaign materials on the tables, mixed in with City materials.

So when something like this happens, there's no way of knowing whether the candidate is involved or not...("Hey, I can't help it if someone took it upon themself to take a bunch of my flyers and put them on that table..."), so the point is...WHO'S WATCHING OUT FOR THIS KIND OF ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY AT THESE EVENTS? JEEEEZUS...Sorry, I had to break the CD 14 "code of silence" moritorium, just for this update cause that incompitent Mrs. City Attorney Dion O'Connell pissed me off today.
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Regarding LAX Living Wage to be placed on ballot: Continued today (Friday), AGAIN. (Third time, I think.) Hmmm....could it be, not enough votes yet, from Council at this point.

Only other option: Repeal the ordinance and start over and renegotiate a new deal with hotel owners, then pass a new ordinance.

Supporters of LAX increase say, "Due to the high cost of living in this city (especially housing); and the fact that the City doesn't have enough high paying jobs, cause they all went over seas, are in New York or San Fran...So if we even want to be able to have a full staff of "eager to please" hotel workers to serve our tourists and business clients, we are gonna have to falsely "goose" things a bit, or they'll have the same problem LAPD is having. No new recruits because they won't be able to afford to even continue to show up for work. So if the hotels, that basically have a monopoly in the area (because City GAVE them pemission to operate on sacred LAX corridor, and the cost of entry prevents new competition in the area...if these hotel owners have to raise the room rates, a few dollars...well so be it. Gas, food, housing, everything goes up. And people aren't gonna drive an hour to save five bucks on a room rate. And let's face it, people who fly to L.A. on business and can afford to stay at these hotels anyway, can afford the slight bump in room rates.

So there you have it...ZD's spin for Janice Hahn and LAX worker wage increase supporters...

Now don't attack the messenger, I'm just presenting the official ZD Legislative Review of the argument so you spin doctors know what you're up against. Plus, looks like they're working to repeal and re-deal.

January 26, 2007 3:17 PM  

Anonymous gadsden said:

Maybe our our mayor needs a new nickname: "The Dwarf Named Sleepy".

January 26, 2007 5:19 PM  

Anonymous fed up said:

The best way to insure gang-banging illegals don't sneak across the border again is to shoot 'em! I guarantee they won't cross the border again!

January 26, 2007 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where are all the Washington morons who are suppose to be representing this city, Congresswoman Roybal Alard (she's a good friend of Father "gang banger" Boyle) Sen. Cedillo (loves illegals) Metro Sexual Fabia (another lover of illegals) Tijuana Rose Chola Romero (lover of illegals) Hilda "Cholita" Solis (loves illegals) Congressman Hector Becerra (Do Nothing Man) These are the polticians that should be asking for money to help with gangs but because they all love illegals they've kept their mouths shut. All of them need to be voted OUT., Notice they all support and speak out for illegals but the hell with the rest of us legal citizens who are becoming victims of gang violence they ignore us.

January 26, 2007 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Ex Oficio said:

El Punto Rojo - Yes, I agree with you. I did have a giggle at someone else's expense. If only the Superbowl commercials were just as funny.....

January 26, 2007 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that the downtown power brokers hope the Valley won't try to free itself shows how desperate they are to keep the Valley chained to LA.

If the Valley were free from LA, none of the shenanigans you see described on Mayor Sam would be going on.

January 26, 2007 11:26 PM  

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