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Monday, June 25, 2007

Summerbabble

At least the men around town are finally opening up. You know, they can be so quiet. They probably needed some therapy, the talking cure...

I liked Jon Regardie including Kobe Bryant along with Antonio and Rocky in a piece on this year's early summer phenomenon: Men Who Talk Too Much, and the Women Who May or May Not Love Them.

Lay right next to it this posting of blogger Angry Mom, a housewife in town and one to watch a little more, who includes Sheriff Baca and indelicately cuts to the chase, noting that the back-door dishing the is becoming a three-way, including the Sheriff.

[That post, btw, is hilariously titled "The LA Times is the new TMZ"...]

To further promote Kobe as a sensible example, for a moment forget the marital troubles Kobe's had in the past, and visualize what his loose talk has done to the other intimes of what has historically been one of the world's best men's clubs: your Los Angeles Lakers.

Say you're who has been recently fingered as trade bait by Kobe. What kind of performance, what kind of team will these people work up next year, if fate finds them all together on Team One again?

Similarly, the domestic difficulties and perplexing psychobabble being dished by Villaraigosa, Delgadillo and yes, Baca early this summer, and their various staffs' willingness to dish on each others, offer a very entertaining summer for we who are not on any team can seemingly sit back and enjoy. But the downside of all the male psychobabbling is that the staffs will begin to feel that doing the business of we the voters is a joke---I mean, even more than they already do.

Orlov almost says as much today, quoting a City Hall aide: ""Everyone is joking about it, but you know we are all checking to make sure we don't have anything that could embarrass us or our boss." In the new kind of climate, where your GM no longer can say "I'll take care of it" and a nod-and-a-wink to another GM could do that, the business of the City this summer is less CRA and more CYA.

Regardie notes that Delgadillo issued a press release a couple Fridays ago about the City Attorney securing a conviction in a cat-hoarding case. While the conviction is likely to please people like Daniel Guss as well as cat-owners and animal activists everywhere, it's typically not the kind of item that you send out to the masses of one of the world's MSM epicenters.

It reminds us, in fact, of Councilman Huizar (who?--it's been a while) pointing to organizing a big-item trash pickup in Eagle Rock as a top accomplishment in advance of his election.

What happens if the psychobabble extends through the summer and the City becomes even more do-nothingly dysfunctional than it already is?

In two short years of Antonio, we already have so many density-terrifying projects up that LA already feels like Tokyo in many now-dystopic spots. The solution to every problem in LA since July 2005 has been: oh, that's too hard, let's just permit more units and more retail. Not more market solutions to the housing crunch, mind you, and not more inviting-to-enterpreneur development: just more units and more corporate retail culture. You can probably expect that trend to go irrationally exhuberant now.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar needs to clean up the damn illegal vendors all over CD14. Its beginning to look like Tijuana and we know Jose doesn't care cause he feels comfortable around crap but we want our neighborhoods clean. Never has our community looked as horrible as it does now and Jose doesn't care cause he's always at city hall.

June 25, 2007 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's another failure for Antonio and what he thinks of kids. They built the Miguel Contreas super complex school with an olympic size pool. Kids all over the neigborhoods thought they would be able to use it during summer. But guess what? The city and LAUSD say it will cost too much. They sure as hell found money to spend on these damn illegal immigration marches that cost tax payers hundreds of thousands but nothing for the kids.

....those community benefits have come into question, as one of the prime neighborhood amenities, an Olympic-sized pool, remains closed indefinitely to the public. Officials estimate it would cost between $50,000 and $200,000 to operate for the summer, a fraction of the school's $160 million price tag....District officials say they had hoped to allow the community to use the pool during the summer. That requires an agreement with the city to maintain and operate the pool - something it does at a handful of other LAUSD schools.

.....I don't picture a huge public pool there. It's just not going to happen," said Chris Espinoza, who handles joint-use agreements for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office.

June 25, 2007 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

we already have so many density-terrifying projects up that LA already feels like Tokyo in many now-dystopic spots

Where are these now-dysptopic spots located? The only area of the City with Tokyo-like density is the Rampart district, which I don't think has been a hot spot for development over the last 2 years.

Not more market solutions to the housing crunch, mind you, and not more inviting-to-enterpreneur development: just more units

The increase in housing units to supply demand is not a market solution to the housing crunch?

Talk about Summerbabble...Joseph ain't making much sense today.

June 25, 2007 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Delgadillo sends out a press release for anything and everything. He just wants his name out there. He called a press conference to announce that he was going after Animal Defense League. Ya, he went after them for a few misdemeanors, big deal. After wasting at least a hundred thousand dollars on the case, he didn't even win it. He "settled" the case by dropping all charges. He said they paid a big fine. No, they didn't. It was commuted down from $40,000 or so to like $6,000. ADL only paid it because it would be less than their legal fees. All Delgadillo did was use the City's name and money to get his own name in the news.

He previously lost I think two cases against the ADL. I bet he's spent $1,000,000 going after ADL for such ridiculous things as "focused picketing" and minor "trespassing" because they stepped on someone's lawn to hand deliver a flyer to someone's door. The ADL won two lawsuits against the City because of his silly actions. They illegally entered and searched someone's house just because he was at an ADL press conference. The City had to pay for Delgadillo's stupid actions.

Everyone knows that you don't go after cat hoarders legally. Research has shown the most effective way to deal with these people who are mentally ill is to have an intervention. If you press charges, you just make them go underground and do it again, and again. Delgadillo was told this but didn't care. He wanted them to plead guilty so he'd look good.

June 25, 2007 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think someone on Antonio's team is mad cause Rocky and wife came out looking like the victims of a horrible smear campaign by Weiss, Baca and lil midget mayor. Don't cry Antonio will soon have his turn.

June 25, 2007 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca actually put Bratton, who's in charge of cops/security for the hills of L A., and Weiss, who's in charge of overall safety in the hood, in a bad position by releasing that ninny Paris so abruptly without letting the others know details or arranging for backup, hence that circus...there was a clear lack of coordination, so how could they be conspiring. Ch. 4 or 7 News today said the guy behind Baca's recall is also behind Rocky. Rocky's problems are how own making: his deputies all hate him.

June 25, 2007 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To June 25, 2007 2:48 PM

You only think Huizar is downtown...but no body knows for sure...Most of the time he ius somewhere else.

June 25, 2007 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You all gotta read this on
witnessla.com

The Antonio and Rocky Show: Winners, losers, but who’s the producer?

Betting on a knock-out: When Rocky falls, watch Antonio loyalists, Wendy and Jack, rise. Was it just an odd coincidence that personal and political problems emerged at nearly the exact same moment this month for both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, L.A.’s top two estranged leaders?
Unless you believe in the tooth fairy and expect your 401k to earn 45 percent this quarter, you probably shouldn’t believe that the past two weeks of political theater was an impromptu show. More likely, some of the best acts were scripted. The back-to-back crises even raise questions about whether the mayor’s office masterminded some of the Rocky scenes, adhering to the classic plot of punishing an adversary, rewarding allies and, by doing so, making City Hall a nicer place for the mayor, particularly if he sticks around for a full second term.

June 25, 2007 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You people voted for this idot SLEAZY WEEZY instead of NICK PACHECO now that guy got things done, so live with it HA HA HA

June 25, 2007 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Read WitnessLA.com and you'll see how the dominos will fall. Baca's an idiot and love Daily News for laying him out on his campaign donations. Tomorrow when the little princess bitch is released her neighbors are hoping she gets the hell out of dodge. She's not cause she's doing Larry Kind on Wed. Antonio/Baca/Weiss/Greuesome plan to take down Rocky didn't work. Karma is a bitch and wait til they get theirs very soon. Greuesome is an Antonio groupie. Have you seen how old her husband is? Ancient!!!

June 25, 2007 5:47 PM  

Blogger Pissed OFF Housewife said:

Well thanks for the linky love darlin'.

If I ever stop looking in the mirror I'd make a helluva' Mayor myself.

Oh wait, I can totally be self obsessed and run this city!

June 25, 2007 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, this seems like the kind of hatchet job at which Ace Smith "excels" (that is, is one can refer to a hatchet job as being a skill at which one can excel...). And, yes, Rocky is a wounded animal at this point, with his future political prospects somewhat dampened. Even is he were to resign, however, it would be foolhardy for this council to even think about APPOINTING anyone to the city attorney position. Yes, the law might allow them to do so, but, then, to actually bypass the voters for a citywide office would be absolutely STUPID and INSULTING to the public. And even this group is not that detached from reality....

June 25, 2007 6:18 PM  

Anonymous :) said:

Mayor Sam,
Thank you for inviting Joe Mailander (sp?) to write for the blog. He is like a breath of fresh air after choking on ZD posts for the last few months!

June 25, 2007 8:24 PM  

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