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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

The Daily News takes a look at Neighborhood Councils and has at least one example where the Councils have become somewhat "Clowncil-ish:" The Encino Neighborhood Council limited the public comment of an attorney who was involved in creating the councils. The attorney came back to elect a slate of candidates who turned out the incumbents. Also mentioned is the growing demands of Councils that they have an input on development in their neighborhoods. Mayor Villaraigosa does not agree with this and this old, dead Republican mayor concurs. Emotional NIMBYism doesn't make for good business and its best to leave land use decisions up to the people who own the land. Most of these NIMBY council members would shriek and holler (and they often do) if someone told them how to use their property.

City Controller Laura Chick who once represented and lived in the West San Fernando Valley, then moved to Silverlake when she was elected citywide is now considering moving to the Westside. Why? So she can run to succeed the termed out Jack Weiss and rejoin the City Council. All thanks to Proposition R. Eric Garcetti did you intend for these ghosts to come back and haunt the Clowncil? What's next Nate Holden moving to Chatsworth to follow Greig Smith? (Though the Clowncil would be fun again with good old Marina Del Rey Nate back in the horseshoe.)

Eat a potato chip - go to jail. The MTA is considering setting up its own court to prosecute those who break MTA laws - including eating potato chips on buses and trains. Watch out - the next reality show will be "Transit Court!" Give me a break. Of course you know the true purpose behind this - to make more money from fines.

WorldChanging Los Angeles profiles one of LA's youngest and most dedicated Neighborhood Council members - Sherman Oaks' Zach Behrnes - who is also the editor of the In The Oaks blog and a contributor to LAist. As a thoughtful and deliberative council member - as one of his "constituents" - I am quite impressed with this young man. Behrens has takes the time to travel his district and review the problems facing his district. Its possible that Zach and I may not agree on land use issues, but Zach is no emotional NIMBY. He comes to his conclusions after reasoned review. MetroRiderLA covers Zach's recent test of MTA's new "12 minute map." Behrens also reports that the company that provides bus benches to the City of LA isn't always doing its job removing graffiti from the buses.

Patt Morrison's guest for Tuesday on her KPCC radio show is Cle “Bone” Sloan, now a non-violent Blood gang member, who found out that most of his bangers had no idea how their gang had started when he was released from jail ten years ago. Sloan set out to educate them and himself with the production of his documentary, Bastards of the Party. With interviews from gang members to an FBI agent to a former Black Panther Party leader, Sloan chronicles the development of black gangs in a politically charged atmosphere in Los Angeles during the 1940s through the brief truce between the Crips and Bloods gangs after the Rodney King riots in 1992. He speaks with Patt about the path that has led him to the premiere of his documentary tonight.

A number of North Valley based Neighborhood Councils are hosting a candidates' debate amongst those running for the 7th District Council seat vacated by Alex Padilla. For more information click here.

Dr. Charlotte Laws is holding a public hearing of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission. For more information please click here.

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Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

And now from Van Nuys, our next speaker, Zuma Dogg...Mr. Dogg;

Items for Which Public Hearings Have Not Been Held - Items 37-38 (10 Votes Required for Consideration)

ITEM NO. (37) - Motion Required 06-0362-S2 CONSIDERATION relative to petition to repeal Ordinance No. 178082 relating to requiring LAX-area hotels to pay certain hotel service workers a living wage. Recommendation for Council action:

That the Council take ONE of the following two actions:

1. PRESENT and ADOPT the accompanying ORDINANCE, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR, repealing Ordinance No. 178082. OR

2. ADOPT the following recommendations in connection with submitting Ordinance No. 178082 to the voters at the City’s regularly scheduled election on May 15, 2007:



Shall an ordinance amending Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code and adding Article 2 to Chapter XVIII of the Los Angeles Municipal Code to require LAX-area hotels to pay certain hotel service workers a living wage be adopted?

So there's the language. ZD's focus group says...

Heeeeel Naw. Most people feel if they want to make more money, get a higher paying job somewhere else. Or go back to school and get a degree and get a higher paying job. Or get a second job. So that's just on the realest, dough.

ZD's focus group don't lie, y'all, cause it ain't no politician.

January 29, 2007 10:39 PM  

Anonymous SUNLAND TUJUNGA said:


January 29, 2007 10:42 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

FILE NO. SUBJECT (7) 05-1618 CONTINUED FROM 12-19-2006 & 01-16-2007 Community Development Department and CLA reports and Motion (Reyes - Garcetti) relative to determining whether Proposition 63 funds can be obtained by the City to support the LA Bridges and Workforce Development Programs and recommendations on how to work with the County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health Services, to provide services to program participants.

January 29, 2007 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who the fuck is Dr. Charlotte Laws???

January 30, 2007 12:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The first and last neighborhood council meeting I attended was spent watching these dopes argue about whether to remove the treasurer for devising a scheme to funnel some the measly $12,000 they receive from City Hall into his personal bank account. He was completely oblivious to the idea that what he did was wrong.

I realized then and there that if I wanted a speed bump installed on my street, I'd better just head over to Home Depot.

Welcome to the Banana Republic of Los Angeles.

January 30, 2007 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, when it comes to land use you are a real dunce. Home Depot was the first clue.

Leave it up to the owners of the land? You've got to be joking. Land use is only as good as the planning and planners are only as good as their motivation, foundation, and logic.

In LA it is "Build and They Will Come."

Hopefully, Gail Goldberg will bring common sense to land use in Los Angeles. She says, "developers are land speculators and deserve no sympathy." She also says, "The people who live in a community know best."

So all those developers you support are not necessarily supported by the Director of Los Angeles City Planning.

January 30, 2007 12:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg I hope you speak out about the LA Bridges bullshit that has been going on. How LA Bridges in the LA Weekly article states it was run by an 18th Street gang banger who abused the money. Go get them. There should be outrage if clowncil gives them any more money.

The Neighborhood Review Commission is a joke. 29 members is more then most neighborhood councils. Its all a dog & pony show for Antonio. And like many have said it doesn't reflect the diversity of the city.

The Neighborhood Congress Lisa "Gabbage Patch" Sarno is organizing is already up to $160,000 when the ones before only cost $40,000. I hope Zine finds out where all that money is being spent.

January 30, 2007 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma I like the other photo of you that you post. Looks like the Daily Breeze Editorial doesn't like the living tax wage.

L.A. COUNCIL, BUSINESS ON COLLISON COURSE....Trying to shove a "living-wage" ordinance down the airport hotels' throat has proven to be a stupid strategy.

There's a timeworn, but apt quote that every member of the Los Angeles City Council ought to blow up, print out and hang on their office wall: "Act in haste; repent in leisure."

Indeed, if only council members had kept that warning in mind when they acted in haste to adopt a living-wage ordinance for hotels near Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 22, they might not now be desperately scrambling for a way out of a nasty ballot confrontation with the city's business community.

....the council ignored the obvious: that the 12 hotels targeted by the living-wage ordinance wouldn't accept this blatant discriminatory act without a good fight. And that's what they got.

January 30, 2007 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has Hector Marroquin's name come up at council meetings?

January 30, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time Warner changed their channel line up. Its B.S. Channel 35 the live feed from inside city council is not playing. All other channels are working but 35 is blacked out. WHY?

January 30, 2007 10:21 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


I'm not surprised that Laura Chick-N-Shit will try and run in Jack Weiss district nothing but a bunch of elitist liberals over there.

January 30, 2007 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't find the thread on Time Warner. It sucks big time. No city council meeting live today and nothing airing so far. Stupid Time Warner messed up and all you get is an empty room with no audio. People are complaining and Time Warner is not taking responsibility. This is what our city council members negoiated. We get horrible service for a lot of money.

January 30, 2007 2:21 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


I have spoken on LA Bridges. I posted the video on Mayor Sam thread or at www.youtube.com/zumadogg. Point is, the good news is ZD's sources feel the $50 parcel tax will never make it to the ballot over concerns of being a waste of money until they coordiante efforts and add accountabilty. (That's the spin for your average joe to bite on. Reallity, Mayor will pressure council to kill this $50 parcel tax).

I agree I don't like that old picture as much. Switched back.

Hector Marroquin? Is that the write in candidate?

LAX Wage Increase. Tomorrow is the last day Council has to strike deal between Labor and Hotels, otherwise it goes to a vote, where ZD now feels WILL pass, if it makes it to the ballot, because the people who vote in LA, don't stay in these hotels; and now, with so many people living in L.A. BEING these labor workers, they will continue to vote for things that are pro-labor wage increase.

HOTELS know this, so they will be forced to compromise. So will they other side, cause they don't wanna take any chances. I know they are close. Hope they can bring it in under the wire.

The election would cost a minimum of $3 million and could go as high as $5 or $6 million. HELLO COUNCILMEMBER PARKS..(Fred Sandford Voice:) "$3-$6 million on an election, when we could have settled this...Oh no...(Hand cluthches heart)...I feel the big one...I'm coming to see you Elizabeth!"

SO IT JUST HIT ZD...This LAX living wage thing is the official kickoff of "Hahn for Mayor" in '09. What better way to start building support with this growing (and growing and growing and growing) labor force of people who can also be instructed to show up at the polls and told who to vote for. (That's what unions do...) Wouldn't that be funny if Janice becomes known as the Mayoral candidate on the side of low wage income earners. What if SHE stole the hispanic thunder from Antonio, and he's left only with the support of his campaign contributors. Look around Mayor...More workers than owners. YIKES....So let's see, it's Herb Wesson for Board of Supervisiors, Jack Weiss for City Attorney, Jose Huizar for Assembly, Eric Garcetti for Congress, Janice Hahn for Mayor, Wendy Greuesome for Controller, Laura Chick for Council, Rocky for Controller and Mayor Antonio for School Super and Prezident of USA.


January 30, 2007 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Hahn is an EMBEZZLE. Doyou really think John & Ken KFI would ever sit back and do nothing while she campaigns? They will bury her with their show.

January 30, 2007 10:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, can you please explain to me why you are so hateful towards NIMBYism? If a person lives in a neighborhood that they love, don't they have a right to have input into what happens to that neighborhood? Who decided that land speculators have all the rights? I always understood that land speculation was a risk probably with less probablity of profit than Las Vegas. Why do you care so much about these developers making a profit at any expense of the constituents? It is very difficult to understand your attitude. Can you explain the basis for your beliefs?

So why do you hate us who watch over our communities with TLC?

February 03, 2007 9:57 PM  

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