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Monday, February 26, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

In a surprise move given the previous air of good nature and support as fellow right of center blogs, Boi from Troy has made an attempt to "bitch slap" the Sister City over our opposition to the Mayor's effort to stack the school board, primarily the candidacy of government lawyer Tamar Galatzan. To his credit, Boi from Troy (AKA Scott Schmidt who along with his partner Ryan Knoll recently took over co-editing duties at LA Voice upon the departure of Mack Reed) discloses his previous business relationship with Galatzan's husband, lobbyist Brendan Huffman. However we find Schmidt's defense of Huffman and Galatzan disappointing and weak at best. More on this over the next few days.

The little known "other" school board, the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees is also up for election next week. I guess the Mayor isn't trying to take them over - yet (he may not know about their $1 billion construction budget). The unions - backed by the powerful Berman-Waxman political machine - run the show but a scrappy group of educational, community and business leaders are attempting to get elected to the board. Full Disclosure Network has an interesting program covering the issue for your viewing on demand.

Some good critiques of issues related to the Grand Avenue bamboozle. First off, our friend Joseph Mailander takes the LA Times to task for falling down on their coverage of events leading up to this massive gift of public funds. Next, Marc Haefele writing for CityWatch hits one of the key reasons (besides the aforementioned gift of public funds) why this project is less than honest as its core - who's going to drive from Santa Monica or Pasadena or Woodland Hills to Downtown to shop at the same Crate and Barrel they can patronize much closer to home?

Steve Lopez has a hard on for deputy mayor for transportation Jamie de la Vega's Hummer. No, its not what you think. For some reason a number of liberals around town think that someone like de la Vega driving a Hummer is akin to Al Gore using an air conditioner. It's been our view that de la Vega has a right to drive whatever damn vehicle he wants. Let's just hope that the Mayor isn't painted into some kind of corner where de la Vega has to give up the Hummer for a Prius and make some silly apology.

And finally, this old, dead Republican mayor has told you of his love-hate relationship with grocery store Trader Joe's. If what LAist reports is true, I'm glad I didn't visit there Sunday afternoon as I planned. There was a virtual run on Blue Fin California Chardonay and Pizza Margherita as our local yuppie scum prepared for Oscar viewing parties (Full disclosure - the old, dead Republican Mayor himself did indeed attend such a party in the People's Republic of Santa Monica of all places. And Mayor Sam happened to best his fellow yuppies in Oscar prediction prowess and took home nearly a C note in prize money. Trader Joe's here I come!)


Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


You say, "Are Brendan and Tamar part of Mayor Villaraigosa’s anti-LAUSD cabal? Hardly."

Excuse me sir. Galatzan's campaign mailers proudly include "Paid for by Villaraigosa's Excellence Committee." AND, her campaign manager is Michael Trujillo who is on the mayor's private payroll. That's no secret. Neither is the fact that Galatzan is part of the mayor's anti-LAUSD cabal. And you mention VICA was AGAINST AB 1381 at Lauritzen's request...Well, looks like Antonio won THAT battle by taking the President's wife and backing her as a Lauritzen opponent. But Boi, since you use the anti-AB 1381 in your argument, I assume you are against it. Here's a question for your personal friend (which clearly undermines your credibility on this story) but, aks Galatzan if she would vote to drop the lawsuit against AB 1381. ZD says that's the only reason the mayor is putting her up to it. To get enough school board votes to be able to have the lawsuit against AB 1381 dropped. And you admit your freind supports expansion of a toxic dump sitting right on top of the water supply and too close to school. o.k. boi...you win! Vote Galatzan-Villaraigosa!

February 26, 2007 4:49 AM  

Anonymous Daily News Reader said:


Good job. :)

Now follow up on these two questions and you boys will have done your job:

1) Does Tamar minimize the impact of Sunshine Canyon the same way as lobbyist Scott Boy from Troy Schmidt does?

2) Is Tamar distancing herself from the Mayor to the same degree as her friend Scott Schmidt is doing for her? Do they know view the Mayor's support as a liability?

February 26, 2007 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jamie de la Vega's Hummer is outrageous for him to drive. He's the deputy mayor for Transportation and how much gas does that Hummer use???? Does he get our tax dollars for gas cause he's a city employee and why isn't he driving one of those little white cars all city staff drive????

February 26, 2007 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I saw BFT today. I wonder what does a gay sports writer from West Hollywood care about schools in the valley? weird.

February 26, 2007 8:38 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Hey, Lopez, while you're focusing on the H3, you may want to note the legions of Mexican trucks that just got permission to roam freely, without conforming to U.S. smog laws. The estimate I read is that they will dump 50 tons per day of extra crap into our air.

Hell, you may as well take up chain-smoking, and buy and move into that deserted gas station in your town -- the one with all the soil contamination.

February 26, 2007 9:16 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Boi from Troy, as I recall, was the Hertzberg mole -- one of the Hertzberg moles -- in the L.A. County Republican Party. I give him as much credibility as the L.A. County Republican Party.

February 26, 2007 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



This is one issue that the CD 14 "CUT AND PASTERS" have neglected. In the interest of full disclosure, I must state that I do not drink coffee. Times that I have been to Starbucks, the aura that one gets is one of posers seeking status and intellect through the ritual of coffee drinking. Imagen the young minders of our local goverment and non-profits that populate the First and Chicago Street building, having a Starbucks nearby. Councilman Huizar, keep this promise, get a Starbucks on First street. Then we will know where to find your staffers.

2. "LOPEZ AND de la VEGA":
I browse through with humor, "SKID ROW STEVE" musings on driving around the town in a H3 Hummer. In regard to DOT official Jaime de la Vega driving around in his vehicle of choice, paid for by himself. I will give a different take. Mr de la Vega is doing his "PATRIOTIC DUTY" by buying more gas for his Hummer. Thus he pays more "GAS TAX". This then helps maintains our streets and highways. Further, he is doing more than those "GREEN TAX REBELS", who by driving their "PRIUS" and small "YUGO-LIKE" cars, evade paying their fair share. KUDOS TO JAMIE !! for your dedication to maintaining our roads.

Overlooked in this election cycle is the "MONOLITH OF POWER" that is the faculty union that is the POWER of the Los Angeles Community College District. While district buildings where falling apart for years the teachers of LACCD were reaping increase after increase, from their puppets that make up the board of LACCD District. Their is a story here for the likes of Zuma Dogg on the POWER that this union holds over LACCD.



February 26, 2007 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


From the bowels of the "LIFE AND TIMES, PBS WANTABEE BLOG OF WEST L.A." comes the latest attack of pity/envy against a Mayor Sam contributor. "K-RODICK" removed the pacifier long enough from his mouth to ridicule Joseph Mailander over his Op-Ed piece in the "LA ANTONIA TIMES". He states that the "OUTSIDE THE CAGE" feature of the Current section has "JUMP THE SHARK" by printing Joe's Op-Ed. "RODICK" goes on to call Joe "argueby the least respected (almost certaintly), blogger in Los Angeles. "RODICK" is the same one who express doubts that the "DOGG" could of wrote his excellent article on SCAG for the LA Weekly. This the same guy who kisses up to "HIS POLLONESS" by posting a picture of "LIL POLLO" posing with Paris Hilton. just a note, this is the same wrench who uses the "N-WORD", and a negative term for gays. To "RODICK" you are becoming the "JABBER JAWS" of the bloggersphere with your musings of media and attack of pity that others can report facts, not kiss ass puff pieces like the one on our mayor in Los Angeles Magazine. "RODICK", pity and envy kills the soul. But hey, it may get you invited to the next "BILLIONAIRE DEVELOPER" party hosted by "LORD BROAD" and his willing stooge "HIS POLLONESS".


February 26, 2007 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If anything you guys should be proud that you're getting on the last nerve of poser bloggers like Gayboi from Troy and K-Rod. Mayor V too!

February 26, 2007 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Washington Times excerpt:

The women of Tecalpulco, Mexico, want the U.S. government to enforce its immigration laws because they want to force their husbands to come back home from working illegally in the United States.
They have created an English-language Web page where they ... broadcast their pleas: "To the United States government -- close the border, send our men home to us, even if you must deport them (only treat them in a humane manner -- please do not hurt them)."

February 26, 2007 12:17 PM  

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