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Monday, January 29, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Councilman Dennis Zine and a number of Neighborhood Council members want the following question answered: Why is the Department of Neighborhood Improvement spending so much on the upcoming Congress of Neighborhoods and in fact, spending significantly more than last year. Perhaps some of you bright folks out there can drill down to whom the actual vendors are that are getting these fat contracts and to whom they have donated.

Martini Republic and Don Garza are dubious of local politicians' plans to have the homless in Los Angeles do a census of, well, themselves. At stake is not only an assessment of where the city is at with its homeless population but potentially funding for a number of programs.

One of the points the Sunland-Tujunga anti-Home Depot NIMBYs make as a reason to ban the hardware chain is that Home Depot puts small local stores out of business. We posted the other day that this doesn't have to be the case - a local 100 year old hardware store has managed to thrive despite a nearby Home Depot because the store chose to innovate. Less than performing stores would rather have the government preserve their panopoly than get off their ass and compete. However, we have yet another example of a company that has managed to compete against Home Depot and do well - Ace Hardware Stores. The nationwide chain is actually a co-op of locally owned independent hardware stores. Executives at Ace have gained an edge "by emphasizing convenience and by continuing to upgrade the aesthetics of the stores." At a time when Home Depot is struggling in many aspects of its business now is a prime opportunity for other stores to find innovative ways to serve their customers and thrive.

The WWG surveyed his readers to find out their favorite sites, blogs, etc. He was forced to mention that a number of his readers do a lot of (LA)Observing of The Sister City (remember LAObserved is the top blog that refers to us) but in order to make himself feel better, WWG calls us a "gossip" site. Whatever.

And finally, the folks at "Save the 76 Ball" have had a major victory. Conoco-Phillips, the new owners of the Union 76 stations will install a limited number of the balls at some stations and is sending a chunk of them to museums.

50 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What'chu talkin' 'bout, Higby? This is the gossip site in LA. Ever take the time to skim over your readers' posts?

January 29, 2007 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby:

And by a "number of his readers" you mean less than 10%?

January 29, 2007 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam I think its called the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment not Improvement.

This is what our midget mayor thinks of NC's.

.....Villaraigosa reiterated his position in a statement released Friday.

"The mayor believes that neighborhood councils already have significant input on planning and development issues through their council members and the appropriate committees," spokesman Matt Szabo said.

THE DEVELOPERS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THEN THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THEY'RE BUILDING.

January 29, 2007 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

what a frickin joke. Bratton is now pushing ahead trying to convince Washington that we need a National Terrorism Training Center here at Los Alamitos.

see folks, he needs to be fired, he's not focused on Los Angeles, the homicide fugitives, the gangs, robberies, drive-bys and drug cartels.
he wants to waste Los Angeles tax payers salary we pay him, to go on some ego centric jaunt to DC to hustle a national terrorist center. theres no terrorism in california except the gangs, stupid. theres no terrorism in this country even. 9-11 now looks like such an isolated incident 6 years later that I say focus on earthquake emergency preparedness, gang violence emergencies.
Bratton is just a glory hunter, how much god damned time has he spent planning this whole production, at the expense of real, actual crime in this City where he's paid to be the police chief.
Show me where we pay him to be a National Terorism security consultant.
its a joke, and I expect to see a backlash from you folks on this.

January 29, 2007 8:24 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

1253 well that is true. However to those great unwashed they may think Roderick thinks where another Perez Hilton or something like that.

WRT to the %, in the last few days Roderick has been slipping and a couple of sites from Sunland-Tujunga are gaining on him. However Roderick is still the top blog. Despite that, only a portion of our visitors come from other blogs or websites. Most of it comes from current readers who come directly or from Google/Yahoo searches. Here is the breakdown:

Direct 52%
Google 14%
Blogger 8%
No 2 Home Depot 4%
Yahoo 4%
LA Observed 2%
Foothills Forum 1%
Yahoo Mail 1%
LA Curbed 1%
MSN 1%
Other 11%

January 29, 2007 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MATT DOWD IS A FUCKING IDIOT. If you were educated and knew how to read and researched before you opened your mouth and making an ass out of yourself you would know that LA hasn't been hit by terrorists because Bratton is doing a great job. There are terrorist cells all over LA and the undercover LAPD officers who do survillance on them keep them from committing terrorists attacks here. The LA Biz Journal just reported last month that LAPD broke up a major terrorist group. If Bratton has an ego like you say he would have been bragging about it all over the media. But he didn't. He's going to Washington because our midget mayor didn't ask for any federal money for LA. Bratton is going with Baca. Matt sounds like he's been smoking that incense he says he sells. The FBI director called the LAPD communication center where all the agencies work checking on terrorism all over the county, the ROLE MODEL FOR THE NATION. Matt get a fucking job and grow up and be a man instead of always whining like a little girl. No one respects a man who is a crybaby and doesn't work. You are a joke! Get your facts straight before you post b.s. on here.

January 29, 2007 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here MATT read and educate yourself!! It was front page WALL STREET JOURNAL.
laobserved.com/archive/2006/12/lapd_and_the_chechen_terr.php

On Feb. 15, 2006, the LAPD busted eight people for fraud in connection with the alleged scam and issued arrest warrants for 11 others. Chechen terrorist financing was never mentioned in the indictments or in the press release that trumpeted the takedown of the operation. There were no news conferences claiming victory in the war on terror. Yet Russian police, U.S. intelligence and State Department officials familiar with the case today all say that they believe the LAPD's breakup of the ring was a setback to international terrorists.... Los Angeles has created one of the most active counterterrorist police departments in the country, often reacting to overseas attacks with its own contingency planning....The Los Angeles police's low-key strategy is to use local laws -- from parking ordinances to antifraud statutes -- to crack down on suspected terrorists. It's akin to the tactic the federal government used in the 1930s when going after gangster Al Capone: He was indicted for tax evasion instead of murder.

Los Angeles police say that since 9/11 they have arrested nearly 200 people, both American citizens and foreign nationals, with suspected ties to terrorist organizations. These included a group of North Africans that LAPD and federal officials are convinced were part of an al Qaeda support cell living in Los Angeles. The charges against them have ranged from marriage fraud to identity theft to illegal weapons possession.

January 29, 2007 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

M.S. -- are you not listening? No Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga because we want a general merchandise store so we do not have to schlep all over the place for household items and underwear. Regards, a NIMBY

January 29, 2007 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

its a lovely spin. I don't buy it for a second. how many people in this town actually killed by terrorists since 9-11, in fact ever, and how many from gang shootings?
thats the only stat I care about.

LAPD should be busting cells in this City, but how does that make us responsible to train the whole country-thats a federal job.

Bratton spreads himself too thin, what with book deals, national anti terrorist training schemes, and what-not.

Skid Row wasn't cleaned up, it just moved somewhere else.

While you're fixing broken windows in one part of town, they'll be breakin' em somewhere else.

If people on the streets have no money, no job, no prospect, what? they just sit there and wait for a dime to fall from the sky?

Get federal homeland security money by all means, but lets build emergency shelters in our neighborhoods. Mother Nature can be a terror too. ask Katrina or Northridge victims. or citrus farmers even.

if Bratton's such a great expert on terror, then why don't he quit his job, and go be one. Key Word-JOB.

January 29, 2007 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You moron, its not a spin those are facts but I guess you may not know how to read. Again Matt didn't read this weekend's LA Times where it states what a good job LAPD has done with Skid Row. And no they're not arresting homeless people but felony druggies, gang members going to skid row to prey on the homeless. I can't believe what a moron this Matt guy is. His statement "how many people have been killed in LA since 9/11 by terrorists? You idiot, no one has been killed because of LAPD's keeping an eye on the terrorists cells. Didn't you read the Wall Street Journal? You're one of those whiner that if terrorists struck you would be saying why hasn't LAPD done something. The gang problem is not a law enforcement problem but a community problem and parents. If the parents took responsibility for what their kids are doing instead of turning a blind eye and allowing gang bangers to participate in violence they should be punished along with their kids. You should be telling the mayor to build emergency shelters. That's not what LAPD does you moron. No wonder you can't get a job. Go back to school.

January 29, 2007 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

speaking of spin check out how the no home depot dude is spinning bullshit lies when its all an astroturf for the union and do-it center.

January 29, 2007 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt is a lost cause.

January 29, 2007 11:27 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Gossip? There is some. But mostly, you get policy details here that you simply don't get elsewhere.

I think some print people want to trivialize this site as a "gossip" site because they know they can't fit policy analysis and unlimited detail into their hard-pressed-for-space fishwraps. They want to convince their readers that you only get gossip at MayorSam.

January 29, 2007 11:37 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Oh, and how many times do you Google the name of a City Hall administrator or DONE figure and come up with a link to MayorSam on top of the list, and way more informative than anything you'll find anywhere else? The gossip drops off here, and what's left is something MEATier than any other blog offers.

Which is why I do everything I can to support this blog, even when it's completely politically antipodal to me. But some people around town only see useful blogs as competition to dis, and do more to hurt than to help anyone who won't feed into their own pathetic degree of megalomania.

January 29, 2007 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

If I can't read, then how the hell did I read this?. Isn't that a huge form guide in my hand? I read the future, and get paid for it. and theres the proof. My horse never ever looked like he would lose.
was raining on the boardwalk, so I used my brain to earn money legally, so water off a duck's back, fool.
I am a lost cause.
and very happy.
see you in the LA Times.

January 29, 2007 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's why they call it The LA Slimes. Gee, bragging that you won $350 on a horse. Get a real job and now that you have money take a shower, wash your jeans and get a haircut.

January 29, 2007 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh My God. The RoseHills Review guy looks gay.

www.myspace.com/rosehillsreview

January 29, 2007 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

see? another spin. the real story isn't $350. its 35-1 in the million dollar feature.the first million dollar race of 2007. I trounced all the experts. that's the story. I won, the experts lost, that's the story.
I had faith, and didn't just follow the crowd, even that's a story.
but for you, it seems more effective to cheapen my victory, and make personal attacks.
I love this blog. love it. such instant gratification from my detractors. get a dictionary if you don't understand that kind of language.

January 29, 2007 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My opinion (sorry Roderick)

LA Observed blog has failed to move off the mark after a little more than two years. Here are what I think are the top reasons why.

Note: This feedback should not be taken as ”Why LA Observed Sucks”. It’s just a brainstorm of some of the reasons why it hasn’t taken off (yet?) within our particular organization. Most of the issues are probably things to watch out for regardless of the blogging tool being used.

January 29, 2007 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does WWG stand for?

January 29, 2007 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

Message to City Council and Mayor: let's not make Moscow a sister city, and definitely don't send Bill Rosendahl to seal the deal.

January 29, 2007 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dowd needs to start attending pre-school... I forgot, the universal pre-school proposition didn't pass! Looks like you gotta pay for it this time, Dowd!

January 29, 2007 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

lucky then that I could be coming into some money soon. hmmmm.
pre school. fascinating come-back.
we probably lost a hundred readers with that lame ass comment.
stick to the personal attacks on my looks and hygiene. its more compelling to the viewers.

January 29, 2007 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poor Matt didn't get enough of mommy's love so he has to seek approval from anyone. Everyone who has seen you on Channel 35 thinks you are in serious need of mental theraphy. Someone asked if you were on meds because you act as if you are. Get a real job.

January 29, 2007 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter can people be charged to attend a CD14 debate? A debate is scheduled for Saturday and they are charging $10. The debate is at a restaurant and they're saying its for the food but no one trusts any of the candidates. Pls advise.

January 29, 2007 2:43 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

OMG! Charging $10 to attend a City Council debate! Food, schmood...I just wanna attend the debate and don't wanna eat. They're even trying to gentrify the political debate process by dis-allowing those who can't afford the dime sack price of admission. And who would those people be??? The one's you are steamrolling. I HOPE THIS IS NOT TRUE AND SOMEONE JUST GOT ME ALL PISSED OFF FOR NO REASON...They'll probably put in for an "event fee waiver" while they are at it. So please...if anyone has a rational answer...please post it here, otherwise I got my City TV 35 story for manana.

January 29, 2007 3:16 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Anon post from other thread in response to my inquiry above...Thanks. I left the passive agressive stuff out:

Private groups that host debates can do whatever the hell the want. No one has to go. And, unless its in a public building (and sometimes even if it is), someone has to pay for the room, and anything else that costs money.

If the candidates are unhappy about that, have the cover the costs themselves. They've got a $100,000 or so between them to the spen in less than 6 weeks.

There are plenty of public opportunities to see these people talk. Keep your $10.

January 29, 2007 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:26.
Want to back up those claims?
If you don't have proof, then
don't make accusations.

January 29, 2007 4:15 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

thats a much better spin 2.38
Brown Act requires that you stay on topic in this blog.

January 29, 2007 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt we're all hoping you come into some money so you can stop going to clowncil and making a complete ass out of yourself.

Very very good point Zuma Dogg on the CD14 debate. A restaurant is a public place but if you don't have $10 you can't get in. Mind you that area where the debate will be is low income. They say its for food. Huizar will be one of the candidates debating. Why didn't they have it at another public meeting place and not charge? He should ashamed. He could have had the debate at his 1st street building.

January 29, 2007 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CM Huizar,

Can you buy ZD a $10 ticket for the debate so he can eat a good meal and report on what was said?

January 29, 2007 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Neighborhood Congress this year is nothing more then a Villaraigosa meeting. Lisa Sarno didn't involve neighborhood councils til everything was done. They had no say in the hotel where it will be, the agenda that is about EDUCATION (Antonio's baby) and of course tons of people will be bused in like last year so Antonio doesn't look badly although it was still a poor showing. Antonio is using Lisa Sarno to do his dirty work just like he wants to get his own school board candidates. He's too stupid to allow others input.

January 29, 2007 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WWG = ?

January 29, 2007 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clowncil is becoming more of a circus then it already is. They've had youth playing a drum line set (they were great) then last week a chorus from Crenshaw High, they've had the dog whisper and now the presentations are taking 2 HOURS. This is B.S. I thought they had a 5 min. time on each presentation. Why is Garcetti allowing the chambers to turn into a Barnum and Baily Circus?

January 29, 2007 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WWG? maybe means When Will God?

January 29, 2007 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WWG= Westside White Guy

January 29, 2007 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:49, Sounds more like the DPRK than B&B. Dear leaders, let us entertain you!

January 29, 2007 5:54 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Oh hellz to the yeah...the second those shady, non-rule posting crybabies try to keep ZD from speaking more than three minutes, get ready for the rest of the minutes to be a re-cap of eveything the insightful 5:49 PM just mentioned. They kissed some football team's ass for about 45 minutes, when a simple presentation, some kind words and thanks so much would have been appropriate. Then, the rest of the parade...Those drummers went on about three times longer than necessary. They were the biz-omb...but just waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. Then Matt gets cut off for the difference bewteen five and six minutes. Try that shit on Zuma Dogg and it'll come back to bite you in the ass, y'all...on the realest, diz-ough...aks Deepak Chopra, it's called quantum physics...aka,,,cause and effect...aka KARMA...aka reap what you sow, b-i, b-i! Letting us just talk for two minutes without your shady diversionary tactics would be way shorter, and cause way less media outlets to be contacting me. On the realest, of real...

January 29, 2007 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Sots, have you been into the hobbly bobbly again? Don Jose does not do debates! Only salons with polite hand shaking, tea and cucumber sandwiches. If he did, he might actually have to be accountable to someone for something, which is a rarity in itself.

On the other hand, having a debate at a restaurant limits the number of persons who can attend per the L.A.F.D. Fire Code. If the Fire Marshal deems that there are too many people in the room, the event is called off. Rather convenient, I would say.

January 29, 2007 6:04 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Jack,

LOL!

January 29, 2007 6:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now I know why John & Ken said Janice Hahn was an embezzle. On channel 35 Week in Review the moderator asked her about the effectivness of LA Bridges. Hahn stated it could be successful if they had MORE MONEY. Then Janice goes on to say the voters want to have accountability and want to know how their money is spent. Then why doesn't clowncil AUDIT the gang programs? Only until Hahn had a gang homicide in her area did she come out against gangs. If she cared about gang violence she would know the entire city is under seige with these cowards. No way in hell will the voters give gang programs more money. Every opinion piece on the matter says Helllllll Noooooo Now Janice go get that alligator out of the lake.

January 29, 2007 7:02 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

ZD - its probably stupid to charge for a debate but if its a private group hosting it, its their right.

January 29, 2007 7:14 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Don't worry about that $50 million gang parcel tax. It ain't never gonna make it to the ballot. can't say why, can just say it won't. word to the mutha.

January 29, 2007 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OHHHHH Zuma has started people asking questions in CD14. How can the current councilman's office be involved in a debate that is charging the public? Good for you.

I love Rick Orlov's column today.

"That rumor has it that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, stymied by the Constitution and unable to run for president because he was not born in the United States, has his sights set on being mayor of Los Angeles. (ANYONE BUT METRO SEXUAL FABIAN NUNEZ)

Councilman Dennis Zine wants to know why costs are now estimated at more than $160,000 for a one-day event that is expected to draw fewer than 2,000 people.(LAST YEAR IT WAS ONLY $35,000)

"In a letter to supporters last week, Villaraigosa asked them to contribute to his Partnership for Better Schools to wage the campaign as well as contribute to individual candidates.
(AGAIN CAMPAIGNING ON OUR DIME, WHAT A CLOWN) ISN'T THERE SOMETHING ILLEGAL ABOUT THIS?
ALL HIS CITY TIME IS SPENT GETTING PLANS TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING HE WASN'T ELECTED FOR.

January 29, 2007 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

please someone list the mayor's actual achievements.
I'll start:
1. ummmmm

January 29, 2007 7:45 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Matt,

Don't be so hard on the mayor. He's really just starting from scratch, starting...in 3, 2, 1...NOW!

He was busy spending all his political captial trying to blow AB 1381 past the voters (oh yeah, they didn''t get to vote on it), and that whole thing is out the window. (And now LAUSD has missed out on state money for the year due to "AB 1381 confilct".

Plus, he raised the trash collection fees to hire 1000 new cops, but ZD is still aksing, "Where's the beat."

A million new trees? Mayor, Garcetti, Huizar..ZD has you on video making all kinds of promises, but ZD wants to know, (Clara Pella Voice;) "Where's the trees?" (Then they'll hand you an alfalfa sprout in a dixie cup filled with dirt and count that.) YOU GOT SIERRA CLUB ENDORSEMENT WHEN YOU RAN FOR MAYOR ON THIS...WHERE ARE THE F*CKING TREES AND F*CKING COPS.

Plus Matt, you are forgetting he had to help campaign for Angeledis during the Gov. campaign.

He HAS ignored all tenant's rights, vacancy rates and affordable housing requirements, in his high-priced, luxury condo-conversion craze...

He delcared gang reduction is priority one, but don't aks him about special order 40, or he'll hang up the phone on you, or snap at you on TV.

He proposed Prop. H, to fix the affordable housing problem. But it lost by the 4% margin of error (aka: ZD factor.)

He gave tax breaks to his short list of preferred contractors downtown.

He spent a half million to fly himself and his gangsta posse to Asia, when he could have easily sent someone from the tourism dept.

He has a lot of house parties and bus caravans to the polls, where he also installs the poll workers.

He's running for Prezident of the United States.

He represents the people who campaigned for him, and voted for him. He tells his paid Mayor Sam spin bloggers to get out there and spin ZD...Tells Fabian Nunez what to do...

And didn't you see all those pictures with the little LAUSD reformer people-childrenz...He's fighting hard for those photo ops...I mean kids.

Matt, I'm afraid I must disagree from my private Van Nuys chambers...The mayor has done all of that, and much more...

WE GOTTA GET HIM ON THAT VP TICKET, SO WE CAN GET HIM OUT OF THIS CITY!!! On the...

January 29, 2007 8:04 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

wow. ur right.
you forget though, the MLK parade, the state of the Union sleep, oh, and the helicopter traffic report that morning on KTLA.
what was I thinking?

January 29, 2007 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"WHERE ARE THE F*CKING TREES AND F*CKING COPS"

LMAO

January 29, 2007 9:26 PM  

Anonymous SUNLAND TUJUNGA said:

FUCK YOU MAYOR SAM

January 29, 2007 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:26, Spinmeister, Spins and Spins and Spins and is so dizzy, can no longer speak with forked tongue!

Sunland-Tujunga - nobody is worth all that nasty language; it just lowers you, and S-T with you, to Mayor Sam's level.

If you have to spit sputum like that don't attach our beautiful community's name with it.

January 30, 2007 1:07 AM  

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