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Monday, February 12, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Martini Republic picks up on a story about alleged dumping of homeless patients in Skid Row by Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Of course, this is not the first time it has happened. And its not just hospitals that have imported their homeless into seedier parts of LA but local cities as well, such as Santa Clarita.

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey has posted that the LAFD Blog will temporarily cease postings "due to staffing." The LAFD Blog is a spectacular public service. I hope that our city leaders can quickly provide the resources to Humphrey to resume posting. This is certainly more valuable than dog food settlements and other misplaced priorities.

Former Los Angeles County Sergeant Richard Valdemar who is known internationally as a gang expert tells Full Disclosure "why we are losing the war against gangs." Click here for more information.

LA City Nerd takes on yet another lame Los Angeles municipal celebration: the 225th anniversary of the founding of our city, albeit about five months late.

LA Weekly contributor Bill Bradley has been banned from being allowed to post comments on the blog Calitics. We can empathize with Bill - not only did the lefty leaning blog declare the Sister City has "jumped the shark" but has removed us from their blogroll for failing to be "progressive." It leads one to wonder if they've actually looked at some of the blogs on blogroll. We've let Bill know that he's more than welcome to post here at the Sister City. Heck, we won't even ban the Calitics guys if they want to blog away with the rest of the dum dums.

The Young Insider reports from the just concluded California Republican Convention in Sacramento. Among the highlights: Tepid applause for Governor Schwarzenegger and Presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani gets a rock star reception but delegates aren't necessarily enthused about electing him President.

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Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Mayor Sam,

Here's one thread on the topic of illegal dumping from past October. Is it more of an issue now that martini republic covers it today? Then good.

Mayor Sam thread on illegal dumping from october

February 12, 2007 2:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope a reporter goes after this story. Last night on Fox 11 10p news I was shocked Cardinal Phony Mahony allowed Warner Music INSIDE THE CHURCH FOR A AFTER GRAMMY PARTY.

The cathedral does have parties in rooms outside the church but the Warner Party was INSIDE the church and the reporter stated "this is as close to the altar as you can get, cause they've turned it into a bar." The confessionals were also open for sit down entertaining. This is outrageous that a catholic church would be disrespected like this. Mahony needs the money to pay for hiding his pedaphiles.

February 12, 2007 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

bill bradley should not be welcomed here.

he is a man who drinks drinks drinks.

he'll post while drunk on here.

February 12, 2007 9:26 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

"this is as close to the altar as you can get, cause they've turned it into a bar." The confessionals were also open for sit down entertaining. This is outrageous that a catholic church would be disrespected like this. Mahony needs the money to pay for hiding his pedaphiles.

Dude, don't you know that the altar is a kind of bar? And btw, the "confessionals" are where we reconcile ourselves these days, where other kinds of conversations than those involving penance and punishment are more than welcome in them.

The Cathedral remains a private space, and the proprietors are free to invite who they want to it. But is already has an outstanding history as a musical space, where LA Opera and LA Phil have performed, and many kinds of events other than masses have been held. The proprietors work in the spirit of urbi et orbi. Shame on you for imagining that only one type of sinner, your type, belongs in it.

February 12, 2007 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GOOD BLOGGIN MORNING !!!

OUTTAKES FROM THE RED SPOT INSTITUTE

1."LA ANTONIA TIMES ON CD 14"
Well, well, our local Fish Wrap has awaken from its slumber to report on the "BLUE MUD BOWL". Weeks after the "LA WEEKLY" printed "PULLING A HUIZAR", even after the "ALVIN, ERR, ARROYO SECO JOURNAL" came out with "ESQUIRE'S RIVERA" regurgitation of "HOMER ALVIN'S" talking points, our fish wrap of record decides to tell their declining readership that there is "contested" council race in CD 14. WHO WOULD OF KNOWN ???. Maybe the bloggers here. We formally would like to welcome the "LA ANTONIA TIMES",if you will with "HIS POLLONESS" blessing, to enlighten us with your punctual reporting.

2. "GRAND AVENUE SELLOUT OR HANDOUT ??":
The "DOWNTOWN NEWS" and the "LA ANTONIA TIMES" come out in using your tax dollors to finance the "BILLIONAIRE DEVELOPER" momument to self on a hill. read my "MEMO TO THE LA ANTONIA NEEDS A HANDOUT TIMES" on the Grand Project Thread.

3. "SUNDAY OP-ED BY GREGORY RODRIGUEZ, TOWN THAT WANTS ILLEGALS":
We use to think of "GREGY" as a fresh air of reason on the Sunday's Current Section. but this week, he must be pandering to the inter circle of the "POLLONISTAS" by his story on Lindsey, California outreach to farm workers/ undocumented workers. After the Freeze that ravage the citris industry. The town of Lindsey was especially hard hit. Hundreds of workers were put out of work. This cause collateral damages to local business who relied on those workers dollors. City leaders came up with a plan to use state money to initiate work projects to keep the farm workers from leaving. This brings up questions about how the local city goverment was using tax payers dollors to sustain these workers until the "NANANJA INDUSTRY" can recover.
THOUGHT TO PONDER, why are we paying for "BIG ORANGE" need for cheap, undocumented labor ?? Just maybe they should use the "GUEST WORKER PROGRAM" and assume the cost of caring for their workforce ??

FREEDOM AND FREE ENTERPRISE

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

February 12, 2007 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:59

ALL you'all needs to know about how little the L.A. Times cares or knows about the city council races, or CD14 in particular is this:

In one of the only contested council races this time around (the 14th), they assigned an intern to write the major news pieces on it.

Get it?

50 trillion full time reporters barely producing one decent piece of copy a week, plus a gazillion experienced stringers, columnists, and contributors, and one of the most "interesting" (anyway) races, i.e., employee versus short-termed employer, in the always entertaining Eastside of L.A. politics is being handled . . . by an intern.

Not a rookie, even. Not one of the city government beat reporters.

An intern.

If you think Zuma Dogg can be spun easily. Watch this one close for pointers on how its done.

February 12, 2007 11:20 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

ZD comments on Daily News Condo Story:

The problem is no one in the city is keeping an eye on the bigger picture regarding all the rampant condo conversions. The committees simply open up the window for business, the developers take a number, walk up to the window, make their campaign donation, then get the approval they desire. It's like opening up a ticket window for a concert at the Wiltern, and you just keep selling tickets to anyone and everyone with enough money to buy admission. But no one is noticing you have sold way more tickets than capacity allows. And I think we're about ready for the fire marshall to step in. zuma dogg, votp

Daily News Article - check comment #1.

February 12, 2007 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:50

Here's a perfect test for the much bally-hoodied neighborhood council network . . . far better than whether they can get City Council to turn around on citywide issues, are they really looking out for the renters among them, or just hoping that more condos will lead to increased property values for the property owners among them (i.e., most players on most NC boards, per USC).

NC leaders are among the first to get notification among the great unwashed messes of us through the ENI when someone starts the process to make one of these conversions. They have time to alter the course of action, better than any other organized group.

People within the conversion sites often don't bother making noise themselves, usually, because they think they're on their own, or there's no recourse. Either pay up, or pack up.

If NCs, and the residents came forward as one, and said "sorry, too much, too soon, nearby too many others" the council and departments within the approval pathwats would have to begin to take notice. Maybe not everytime, but they also can't be seen giving every converter a pass, against regular opposition.

If the NCs are really by, for, and of the peeps (not just homeowners), they should be the ones taking notes and names, and sticking up for what are often long-time neighbors - who just don't happen the have the scratch for a down payment.

A few NCs are, but you can count them on the fingers of one high school shop teacher's hand. Far more are burning their meager political capital on NIMBY big box issues.

Not that they couldn't do both.

Look after those "peeps" that most need backup and especially they ones being routed out by the developers for a few extra bucks, and the peeps will start showing up at your NC meetings and voting in your elections.

Until then, they're just glorified homeowners' clubs.

February 12, 2007 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

" ... among the first to get notification among the great unwashed messes of us through the ENI when someone starts the process ..."

I think you mean ENS, not ENI, as in the early notification system, but I also don't think that's how neighborhood councils actually get the information you mention, which comes through the City Planning Department, by way of the Empowerment department and isn't always terribly accurate, or linked up with the correct communities. But it is some help, when the councils get the information months before the conversion, even before the residents do, if I'm not mistaken.

Even with the mistake, the point is still viable. How many of these neighborhood advisory boards alert the people involved so they can activate some kind of credible opposition? Of do they just file it away.

If my neighborhood council took the time to let me know I was about to be moved out, I'd become a lot more interested in what they were doing at their meetings. If they helped me stay put, I'd become one of their best word-of-mouth recruiters.

February 12, 2007 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love the Daily News for writing editorial against Grand Ave.

Hey, the Early NOtification system only works if clowncil wants it to. Case in point is Janice Hahn's lame ass idea to tax for more gang programs. You would think she should have sent a notification to all NC's but NO she had her flunky Eric send the info the Friday before it hit council agenda on Tuesday on Citywatch newsletter. Why didn't she send it out through DONE the way it happened before Lisa "aka gabbage patch" was there???? Again sneaky, slimy just like Prop R.

February 12, 2007 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fox12feb12,0,6514385.story?coll=la-home-local

It isn't more blogging that the new fire chief needs to get in order!

Get your staff in order! Start with Andy Fox at the LAFD as this LA Times article today exposes.

February 12, 2007 9:29 PM  

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