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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hot Sheet for Wednesday

Despite advice from their attorney to the contrary, the Clowncil put birds over people and struck a blow for affordable housing when it voted to demand a supplemental environmental impact report for the proposed "Elephant Hill" development in El Sereno. At some point no one will want to build housing in Los Angeles other than the city. And that will be real effective. Quick! Donate what you can to Walter Moore and put an end to this nonsense.

For more nonsense click read more.

Speaking of Walter Moore, he's raising about $7000 a month for his mayoral campaign. At that rate that puts Walter reaching his goal of $150,000 in October of next year, well in time for the 2009 Mayoral election. That $150,000 threshold gets him City matching funds and a first class ticket for media coverage and participation in the Mayoral debates. That's all Walter needs. If you want to make a difference in this city, if you want to be prosperous and want your basic rights protected, please support Walter.

Despite ridiculous court rulings and strong liberal resistance, Wal-Mart is still fighting hard to get into California. Joe B. - give us a good argument from a land use (not liberal politics) why Wal-Mart should not take the Home Depot space in Sunland-Tujunga. Hey - at least they have underwear!

The liberal media wants to paint those who are opposed to illegal immigration as toothless, low-income anglos who live in trailer parks. It's a lie of course those concerned about ILLEGAL immigration come in all colors.

Big brother is coming. The City is considering installing cameras to spy on citizens in parks citywide. This is not the answer to crime. The answer is more police and less bullshit.

Given the lack of rain we've had this year and lots of dry brush around, local officials are concerned about the Fourth of July and possible brushfires. Remember that fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles but more importantly if you do use fireworks please be very, very careful. If you live in the hills, this may not be the year to tempt fate.

CurbedLA has the story of a condo development with an upscale Ralphs market on the lower floor.

And finally, I'll leave it to each of you to figure out what Dennis Zine is going to wear to the upcoming "Black Out At the Beach" a pride celebration for the African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

But your numskull colleagues, including and especially ZD and those who use this blog for their purposes, dump on the few CM's who dare to vote their conscience and the law and NOT oppose every new development. What a big, fat bunch of hypocrites you are!

June 26, 2007 10:41 PM  

Anonymous ??? 10:41 PM said:


June 26, 2007 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Village People said:

You can best believe THAAAAT,
HE'S a "Macho Man"...

June 26, 2007 11:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shame on Jose Huizar for voting against the Elephant Hill Progect.
You Have given in to the Socialist group of LA-32 Neighborhood Council along with Elva Yanez.

They have publicly stated they donot want to see the flavor of the community changed.

This is the real reason behing it.
El Sereno has Ascot Park as open Park space.
You as a councilmen have not done anything to inprove the community, except fire the field deputy Frank for no reason, with no notice right after your election.
We are the dumping groung for low income housing, halfway homes, mentally ill, alcohol and drug abuse thanks to Mayor Villaregosa and his very close felony convected advisor Allatorre.
Now your office refuse's to do anything about all the R.V. park on Huntington Drive North , across your office along the green meadian.
The community refers to it as the traler Park.
But you did show your face , along with Villaregosa( MAYOR) and the Police cheif and god knows who else
was there when the 7 year old child was rape on Huntington Drive.

Are you and Villaregosa Waiting for someone else to be assulted and dragedinto one of those R.V. acrose from your office.

It's bad that people were having sex standing up in broad daylight as traffic was driving by, and childing and mother could see this at the bus stop..

I hope Mr. Foot sue's the City Of Los Angeles and wins and builds his project.

Then will we inprove this community and be able to attract better commerce and retail on Huntington Drive which Villaregosa FAILED to do. Perhas you need to be in touch with your constitutes

June 27, 2007 12:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny, but the very day this vote was taken, and only CM's Weiss and Smith heeded the advice of the City Atty and voted against more EIR's to drag out/ postpone the development, one of the idiot Recall people immediately jumped into this blog to blast Weiss for being an "idiot" who was in the minority on this. -- But they're the "idiot" group that Moore, ZD and the rest knee-jerk support.

Why should Huizar or any of the rest of them have voted differently on this, when going against the developer/ City Attorney/ the law is ALWAYS the right thing to do in the "court of public opinion?"

Huizar and his group were made out as the heroes of the day. Maybe when there are smarter puebs, the others might have incentive to vote based on the merits of each case. Hostile groups like that Recall bunch discourage anything BUT a "no' vote on all developments.

June 27, 2007 12:43 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Except for the name-calling, you come close enough to making a valid point for me to respond.

Here's my take on "development:"

1. I support developers who want to spend their OWN money to build in accordance with our existing code. I also favor doing anything we can to streamline the permit and inspection process for people like that. The City makes it far too hard for people to construct new buildings or remodel existing ones.

2. I oppose giving taxpayer money as subsidies to developers, as I oppose giving taxpayer money as subsidies to ANY business.

3. I oppose changing zoning to build higher-density housing, with the possible exception of: a)downtown; and b) my "instant" mixed-use rezoning to let people live within a mile of their jobs (see my platform at MooreIsBetter.com for details). We have too many people as it is, but we need to try to re-arrange our existing population to make it easier for people to live closer to work if they are willing to do so.

Fair enough?

June 27, 2007 3:29 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:


4. Subject to budget constraints, I would like to see us create many more parks, all across the city, so everyone can live within walking distance of a nice park.

June 27, 2007 3:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Um... re: name-calling, am calling the kettle black, capiche? That's what the esteemed opposition called their not-so-esteemed opponent. So it kind of boomerangs, as karma has had a tendency to do lately. As for 2 & 3, they might sometimes be mutually exclusive: higher-density housing IS s/t a way to remodel old, useless and unused spaces (as with the "old" CC model: the opponents themselves call it a legit. theatre :dark for 5 years," cinemas unused/ "bankrupt" for lack of use, deli and bank struggling to survive from underuse 'cuz nothing else draws them to the mausoleum, and nightclubs rarely used, and only for private parties...

June 27, 2007 3:36 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:


June 27, 2007 6:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


How do you feel about eminent domain?

June 27, 2007 6:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We all know Huizar loves developers cause tehy donated to his campaign. Yup, agree Huizar doesn't care about the legal residents in his district except Eagle Rock. The rest of his district looks like Tijuana with illegal vending, trash, blight, tons of illegal families. Yet, he sits on his ass in city hall and never comes out to hear what the legal residents have to say. Get ready for more developers to come into the district and takeover and move the legal residents who have had homes for decades out. Its all about$$$$$$$

June 27, 2007 6:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You people out there in cd 14 voted for sleazzy huizzy instead of nick pacheco now live with all that crap you get with sleazzy huizzy!!

June 27, 2007 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of Tijuana: Doug McIntyre says he'd rather go to Tijuana Hospital than MLK. When Y B Waite says the hospital will close over her dead body, she really means, over everyone else's dead bodies. Anotehr cowardly decision to keep it open for ethnic reasons, after supes finally "decided" to start closing it. Again.

Predicts the la migra bill will close this week -- dems want to help the illegals and elephants to seal the border, so of course, they made a deal that does neither.

June 27, 2007 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What makes you think Huizar cares for the needs of Eagle Rock?

June 27, 2007 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

I would tend to think now that the Rocky stories have slowed up your traffic will go down a but.

I wanted to tell you that so you won't worry.

Soon the baby momma will come out.


June 27, 2007 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

word is one of the members of the council fathered a child

June 27, 2007 8:03 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Despite what I personally think of Wal-Mart, their store would be welcome in Sunland-Tujunga. It fits the requirement that a store on that site serve the general needs of the community, it is not an industrial retailer/wholesaler like Home Depot,
it does not attract diesel trucks, forklifts do not flitter about the parking lot, and the traffic patterns
it generates are much more compatible with a residential neighborhood. So yea, Mayor, Wal-Mart? No problem.

June 27, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WE all know Huizar cares about Eagle Rock cause all you have to do is read council agendas and look at his press releases. He does everything and anything for Eagle Rock. His sorry ass is never on the otherside of the district nor does he care what the people have to say. Ask anyone when was the last time he had a town hall meeting to hear what resident's issues were or what they think. Another staffer sent out a e-mail saying she is leaving Huizar. How many employees has he lost in just 1 year? Love talk radio shows cause they slam the hell out of the idiots we call council members every day.

June 27, 2007 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good job Mayor Sam! You called Joe out!

There you have it folks! Lets get on the phone to Bentonville! We've found an LA location for Wal-Mart.

But Joe, wouldn't it be embarrassing if Wal-Mart didn't want to come to ST? You've already been jilted by K-Mart and looks like Target, Sears, Costco are not interested.

Did someone suggest Macy's in ST? Hee hee. That's rich!

June 27, 2007 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy what you yahoos don't know about this situation could fill a set of encyclopedias.

The motion was for a "supplemental" EIR because the developers had extended the project into areas not covered fully by the first one EIR. They're building a new road to NO WHERE, as a setup to mess up even more of one of the last undeveloped hillsides in Northeast L.A.

Then they'd say "but we already went to GREAT expense" to build a road there, you just CAN'T make us stop expanding now!?!?!?

(If this was the Westside, down to a few measly acres of ridgeline, the protests from there would have been national news - but the eastside always gets screwed.)

This project is in the same hillside area as the "infamous" CRA Monterrey Hill development from the 1970s that ended in one of the biggest, nastiest court cases (and a record-setting judgement) in city history because multi-story condo units started SINKING into the hillside after too little research and care was taken in city action. One large condo unit A BLOCK AWAY from the start of Elephant Hills ended up with the ENTIRE first floor - dozens of homes -- completley UNDER GROUND.

The project has already been underway for years, but the developers decided to overstep the bounds of what had been approved (which Villaraigosa made a faux play as councilmember at "fighting" but told all the other CMs to vote him down, just so he could save face.) At least Huizar didn't just play it for the applause and votes like our midget mayor.

The area is overrun with underground streams and liquifaction and any extension of a project - no matter how small, or on who's property it is - warrants new looks and review. The developers can do a shitty job of throwing up McMansions, sell them, move out, dissolve the temporary LLC that built in, reclaim the bonds, and fade into the woodwork, and THEN when the stucco starts sliding down the hill in heavy rains and the homes cave in during the first big earthquake, what happens?

Who gets the BILL? We do, Einsteins! Owners sue the City of L.A. for not requiring enough review and oversight. And if they had a chance to do a SEIR, and DIDN'T, bowing to legal threats - the owners and anyone else damaged (existing homes below), have a GREAT case.

The developers hired one of L.A. biggest open-space-be damned legal sharks in the city to defend them, and his best argument came down to bullying the city with threats of "we'll sue you AGAIN!" (They have twice already).

You know-it-alls get all pissy and moanie about the City using taxpayer money to pay off some deadbeat firefighter who played the race card, but you want to beat up city council for protecting us from legal battles that could run 100 times that much in city costs?

If this was April 1 I'd swear your posting was a joke, instead of just REALLY bad research on the facts involved.

June 27, 2007 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Target has offered to buy the lease from Home Depot on 3 separate occasions. Do your research before spewing garbage 9:34 am!!

June 27, 2007 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


'Amnesty' fake papers pledged in wiretap..By Stephen Dinan ONLINE EXCLUSIVE:
The head of a Mexican forgery ring was convinced he could make phony documents that illegal aliens could use to indicate fraudulently that they were eligible for a new amnesty, says a government affidavit recounting wiretapped phone calls the man made.
Julio Leija-Sanchez, who ran a $3 million-a-year forgery operation before he was arrested in April, was expecting Congress to pass a legalization program, which he called "amnesty," and said he could forge documents to fool the U.S. government into believing illegal aliens were in the country in time to qualify for amnesty, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent said in the affidavit.


June 27, 2007 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like the Engineering Dept. and City Attorneys may have given the Council inadequate advice, telling them that the soil studies, etc., and legal issues had already been dealt with thoroughly, and it was not in the council's jurisdiction to require this. So there need to be more stringent requirements for revisiting these issues, giving he council the leeway without threat of lawsuits.

Just heard Mike Woo speaking of his
qualifications to be Planning Commissioner: opined that it's a disgrace to require new development to require off-street parking since that "encourages" people to come in and not get out of their cars. How would someone in the hills, e.g., get anywhere without a car? Walk a couple of miles up and downhill? If there were free/cheap little electric cars available to shuttle people, that would be one idea; but if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a bicycle herself, and I wouldn't have to worry about a car.

June 27, 2007 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore claim that the City Council vote to require a Supplemental EIR for Elephant Hill is "a blow to affordable housing" is ... well, it's misguided. Mr. Foote's current development proposal is for 24 LUXURY houses with more to come. That's the problem with the developers invading Northeast Los Angeles. They only want to build LUXURY stucco boring boxes instead of sensitive, appropriate housing that would be within reach of the affordable housing market.

Moore needs to inform himself on this issue and retract his claim that further environmental review (and the further mitigation measures to protect the community from harm) are somehow anything but a victory for a community that was SCREWED by the City Council and the incompetent City Attorney when the project was originally approved using a 1992 outdated EIR.

June 27, 2007 11:21 AM  





June 27, 2007 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Nope, this one wasn't Wacko's claim. The slightly less "big" man himself was the one who swallowed the rich developer's spin, - hook, line and stinker on this one. He just used it as a bad segue into promoting Wacko's ill-advised strike 2 at achieving mayor-dumb.

Mayor Sam was SPUN, like a cheap wooden top by some of the same people that scorched the earth in dozens of other Eastside hillsides (and the same TYPE of people, ironically, featured in the previous posting, who've now taken over the increasingly dysfunctional Glassell Park-less NC and are holding it as hostage as a staging ground for smaller hillside developers).

They're all in the same club (the GP people are just junior members and related-service providers) -- namely the "build big and let it dangle off the side of the hill, safety-be-damned," Guild, the resident members of which ironically get all GREEN and NIMBY themselves, the very FIRST day after they move into their precarious McMansions and begin living the "stilted" life.

June 27, 2007 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:04 pm =s ROSE HILL REVIEW =S





June 27, 2007 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^ Does even less!

June 27, 2007 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12;18: WHAT are you talking about, and who's the "big" man and the other supposedly mysterious nicknames? If by Wacko you mean a certain CM who's the most centrist of the ragtag bunch at City Hall, a name coined by a homeless bum who prides himself on scaring people by looking like DeNiro in TAxi Driver (his own description), in a rumpled heavy coat in summer... Give it up, it's immature and stupid and inaccurate. Apart from developer issues he's just about the only one who doesn't make feel-good leftist of fiscally irresponsible motions, apart from Smith, who's cushioned by a quiet, conservative electorate in the WEst, WEst Valley. So, what are you trying to say? Who's behind opposing this project & why?

June 27, 2007 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Geez, an angry loose cannon and stupid to boot.

"Wacko" was Mayor Sam's blog's original, and most accurate nickname for Walter Moore - before he joined the increasing Wacked-out inner circle here.

11:21 mistakenly thought "Wacko" -- see above, again, if you forgot -- was the one who posted the description of this council action (which was almost a week ago, folks. . . . try and catch up it was in teh Times 6/21). 11:21 was calling Wacko (again, see above) out on it, by mistake.

The "slightly less 'big' man" who really DID post this 1000 percent incorrect thread about the Elephant Hill future landslide/someday landfill development, and is probably trying to forget he did, is blog owner Mayor Sam himself.

11:21 needs to jump on Mayor Sam for all the bad info, not Wacko (see above, if needed)

1:26 needs to take some remedial reading courses. Try LAUSD. That's the onliest kind of reading courses the offer these days.

June 27, 2007 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:44: you are way too self-important if you think anyone wants to bother deciphering your oh-so-secret codes; who do you think you are, Deep Throat with some top-level state secrets? So you're saying Walter Moore/ Mayor Sam used to be intelligent, before he hooked up with the current clowns? Whatever. They've lost me and pretty much anyone who's tried this blog.

June 27, 2007 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many times do we read people saying they've stopped reading the blog, the blog has jumped the shark, the blog is history, etc. but you keep coming back to say it?

And their readership keeps going up. For Christ Sake they outdid LA Observed in the rankings this week! And their writers are regularly sought out for radio, press interviews, etc.

I agree some of the stuff is over the top and I don't concur with the Mayor's views a lot of time. I also know that a lot of what Higby and Elliott are doing on the blog is "schtick" if you ever talk to them in person. Political theatre in a digital form I would surmise.

So keep telling them you've left until you get tired of the door as it continues to hit your ass on the way out.

June 27, 2007 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's it, I'm DONE reading this blog.

After this message.

No more.

June 27, 2007 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unless someone responds, then I'll read that one.

And this one to make sure everything is spelled right.

But then, no more.

June 27, 2007 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No "secret" codes. Anyone who's been reading here for more than a week or so knows who's what. Longer timers can remember when Mayor Sam had Walter Moore listed among the "gadflies" right above Hal Netkin. Remember, people, "Moore is Bitter"

Next you're going to tell me you never heard of "Parque Esqueleto".

Damn newbies!

And Walter Moore will always be "Wacko" to anyone watching local politics, whether they read the Mayor Sam blog or not.

If the straight jacket fits . . .

June 27, 2007 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay, I read that one, too . . . but I AM going to stop.


(Is there a BRA meeting anywhere close? Blog Reader's Anonymous?

June 27, 2007 4:33 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Eminent domain should be used only for public projects, not to take property from one person and convey it to another. And by "public projects," I mean public projects, not private projects that get public subsidies. Examples would include: parks, police stations, schools, etc.

France has a very cool alternative. Whenever a property goes into escrow, the City has two weeks to buy it one whatever the contract terms are. Result: the seller is satisfied, because he's getting whatever he already agreed was acceptable. And the buyer, though probably frustrated, is no worse off than he was, because he still has his money. It's a good way to avoid litigation over the value of the property the government acquires.

June 27, 2007 6:01 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Careful, please.
You're attributing comments to me that I did not make. It wouldn't be the first time on this blog, but I'm sure you want to get your facts straight.

June 27, 2007 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, we all know you are getting contributions from developers. Why else would you say you "support" them (6/27/07 3:29am). While we're at it, why were you still awake and blogging at 3:29am anyway?

If you're not taking contributions from developers, we'd like some proof. Please share who has been giving you that $7000 each month.

June 27, 2007 8:01 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Good Bloggin Evening,

When will we see the "JOE B. WELCOMES WAL MART SIGNS ??

On the Elephant Hill issue, I must side with the wishes of the community on this issue. CD 14 is lagging behind the rest of the city in open space. 9 out of 10 times I would side with Property Owners. But as others have stated here, the land and the Geologic questions that are on-going (Springs, Underground Streams), make the possible liabilities, thus cost to the tax payers, a big concern. Give the property owners just compensation, but we need Park Space in Northeast L.A.

June 27, 2007 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, we all know you are getting contributions from developers. Why else would you say you "support" them (6/27/07 3:29am). While we're at it, why were you still awake and blogging at 3:29am anyway?

If you're not taking contributions from developers, we'd like some proof. Please share who has been giving you that $7000 each month.

June 28, 2007 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RED SPOT AND I are on the same side of an issue in CD14?

(Where the hell did I go wrong?)

Time to rethink everything I've ever learned in life. As Bugs Bunny said: "I must have made a wrong toin at at Al-bu-coi-key."

June 28, 2007 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Perhaps he lied to Correna that he had a vesectomy,he should have be NEUTERED LIKE A DOG.

The other whore is his sancha from telemundo, channel 52 singing to Antonia "HAVING YOUR BABBY" TO THE BANK, AND NEXT IN LINE TO THE GETTY HOUSE.

June 28, 2007 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was Elva Yanez one of Antonio's sanchas? Passes on to Huizar ?

June 28, 2007 10:40 PM  

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