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Friday, July 27, 2007

KNBC TV 4 Electronic Media Kit Regarding METHANE MITIGATION BAMBOOZLE (See Laura Chick) Including Video and Massive Report Documents (You Go 4!!!)

***** UPDATE: SATURDAY 2:25PM *****

CLICK HERE FOR TRIUMPHANT AND MASSIVE KNBC DOCUMENTS, REPORTS AND VIDEO . WOW!!! KNBC TV-4, way to kick some major ba-hoot-tay on the IG tip!

ZD'S JUNE 10th "HEADS UP" REPORT WARNING ABOUT THIS.

AND THANKS TO PATRICIA MCPHERSON OF "GRASSROOTS COALITION" WHO IS THE COMMUNITY LEADER WHO CONTACTED KNBC AND BROUGHT THE ISSUE TO THIS POINT AND OPENED MY EYES TO THE WHOLE ISSUE FOR THE ZD'S JUNE 10th REPORT!!!

GRC website

See link above for KNBC-TV Report Featuring Anchorman Paul Moyer and Producer Frank Snepp's Investigation Into City Controller- Laura Chick's Audit of the City's Oversight of the Methane Mitigation Measures of Playa Vista.

In the last KNBC Audit broadcast Controller Chick acknowledged that she could not vouch for the safety of the Playa Vista Phase 1 site. New information from Controller Chick cites "deep flaws" in the City's oversight of the project.

Grassroots Coalition's investigation into the 'working papers' of the audit reveal the audit's charting of huge data gaps and lack of required safety performance data. Department personnel interviews within the Audit's "working papers" cite serious and dangerous defects in the safety systems and inspection process.

An auditor interview with, " the only trained inspector on methane mitigation systems for the LAFD" cites the LAFD inspector as stating, "He invited DBS inspectors and staff to also participate in training sessions, none of whom took him up on this offer."

The Audit's "working papers" also include a Declaration from a former high level LADBS employee- with personal knowledge and responsibility for overseeing Building Code compliance and establishing design requirements pertaining to methane mitigation for Playa Vista and the City of LA (Declaration within ETINA V CITY OF LOS ANGELES) cites extreme danger hazards at the Playa Vista site.

In part the Declaration states, "The serious design defects that exist in the methane mitigation system installed at the Playa Vista site were deliberately and
intentionally allowed to be used by LADBS officials in order to favor cost cutting measures advanced by the building developers. This violated the established practices and procedures of the LADBS, in providing protection to the public in assuring safe building practices.

As a result of these violations, there is an ever present risk of fires and explosions at the Playa Vista site."

(Rebroadcasts will likely occur as they have in the past. Watch for a rebroadcast at 11pm and on Sunday afternoon and Monday early morning. KNBC also provides its website for the continuing investigative reportsas they occur.)

CLICK HERE FOR ZD POSTING OF LAist.com "Campaign-style" speeches and in-depth interview the loser, spinflys are having fun with!

contact: zumadogg@gmail.com

71 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BINGO!!

July 27, 2007 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BINGO ZUMA. THIS IS WHY LAURA CHICK IS NOT RUNNING. DOESN'T SOUND GOOD ESPECIALLY CAUSE PAUL MOYER HAS HAD REALLY BAD REPORT OF CITY PASSING THOSE PERMITS AT PLAYA TO APPEASE DEVELOPERS.

July 27, 2007 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma: I really wish you'd stop pretending you're a reporter and learn how to write. Is the KNBC report critical of Chick, or is Chick blowing the whistle on the project?

July 27, 2007 4:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Idiot 4:21pm. Since when does Zuma have to answer to you or anyone? He says watch at 5pm KNBC. Now get your lazy ass off the blog and go watch and find out you moron.

July 27, 2007 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Listen jerk, Zuma Dogg spends his life criticizing public officials and private citizens on the Internet and the radio. He's a made himself a very public person and is answerable to everyone. The first comment to his ambigious post jumped to the conclusion that the KNBC report was critical of Chick.
I asked him to clarify his post. If that makes me an idiot, so be it. Given his track record, there won't even be a report, but I will tune in to see. Have a nice day.

July 27, 2007 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Paul Moyer has the night off and the anchors aren't teasing some major exclusive. So it appears that Zuma was suckered by the community activists, who had no idea if KNBC was going to run anything. And I'm an idiot?

July 27, 2007 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those of you who missed Zuma's long rant moments ago before he realized Moyer has the night off and deleted it, he sounded like a delusional drunk.

July 27, 2007 5:16 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

THERE IS NO NEED FOR ME TO CLARIFY...DID YOU READ THE POST??? THE ANSWER IS A PLAIN AS THE "LAY FOR PLAY" POLICY OF THE CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR.

SEE, right here it says, "In the last KNBC Audit broadcast Controller Chick acknowledged that she could not vouch for the safety of the Playa Vista Phase 1 site. New information from Controller Chick cites "deep flaws" in the City's oversight of the project."

[If further clarification is needed, call your first grade teacher and have him/her read it to you.]

You are a low reading comprention loser. And there is no debate regarding that. So keep your mouth shut unless you understand the content as presented. There is nothing less credible than someone shooting their mouth off when they are wrong because their anger is forcing them to "delete" and "filter" information creating a "distorted" map of reality. (Their misguided perception.)

For more on how to correct this embarassing emotional flaw...see Milton Erickson "Patterns", or Bandler/Grindler "Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) body of work.

I'll post more about it over the weekend. Cause Deming says, "here is nothing worse than bad competiton." [HE MEANS YOU!]

But let's keep the focus on the mayor's divining rod he keeps in his pants to help guide him in commissioner appointments and how his emotional shortcomings have finally become a disruption to city business. THERE IS NO WAY YOU GET RE-ELECTED UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, and Ries & Trout remind you, market research cannot be used to predict today, what people will "vote for" in the future. You can say the mayor can withstand the Salinas debacle, based on what has been released, thus far...but the story ain't over...and there are other conflicts that will present themeself in the media...so ZD says, "bet you LACER pension money, not on grand avenue project, but on the fact that we have a one-term mayor, who probably won't even be fininshing that!

HEY ANTONIO...DIDN'T YOU LIKE IT WHEN I WAS POSTING "QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY" MATERIAL ON THIS BLOG...YOU CAN THANK THE INFERIOR-MINDED STRATEGISTS WHO MAY HAVE READ SUN-TZU A MILLION TIMES, BUT STILL DON'T PRACTICE IT...SO FOR THAT...IT'S BITCH SLAP FRIDAY...

WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES FROM HERE...
But I would suggest implementing a strategy that attacks on issues, instead of propoganda lies and non-sense.

JUST LIKE THE MAYOR...ZD MAKES A DISTINCTION BETWEEN GOOD COMPETITION AND THE WEAK ASS SH*T THAT DOESN'T EVEN ALLOW YOU TO PLAY THE GAME.

I'm not trying to go down this angle...but if you wanna take me down that path...I will be forced to "go there". And at the end of the day, people would LOVE ZD to go down that path, anyway...So it will be a win-win for everyone.

People will get what they want (added publicity that will shake the political/national extremist out of office), the national extremist will no longer be in office, and it will give more more opportunity to call in and blog on issues I have been "filtering".

Am I answerable to everyone? WOW, thanks for the elevated position in the City!

July 27, 2007 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:16

Who are you?

July 27, 2007 5:20 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

5:11pm asswiper...

If I call the NBC 4 newsroom, and ask, "What time is the "Methane Mitigation/Playa Vista" story going to air?"

And the person on the phone, puts me on hold and says, "It is scheduled for 5:42pm" --

FORGIVE ME IF I GOT "SUCKERED" -- especially since you are quick to post 11 minutes into a 60 minute broadcast. YOU HAVE TOTAL CREDIBILITY.

And to the haters, call the news room and aks if anyone called to confirm the time...or you can just wait until 5:42pm (approximatley) and see if I am correct, loser.

July 27, 2007 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here you go haters. What Zuma said appears on NBC webpage. It has today's date but for some reason wasn't shown.

Playa Vista Investigations Page

http://www.knbc.com/news/13482067/detail.html

July 27, 2007: Playa Vista Update
Review: Work Papers Behind City Controller's June 5, 2007 Report On City Oversight of Playa Vista

July 25, 2007: Memo From City Controller

July 24, 2007: Statement To KNBC From Playa Vista President Steve Soboroff

June 7, 2007: City Controller's Report On Playa Vista

April 2, 2007: Special Report: Playa Vista Update

July 27, 2007 5:29 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

WHAT DELETION??? THE STORY IS AIRING RIGHT NOW???

July 27, 2007 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Typical of Laura Chick - another stooge in Parke Skelton's stable - trying to act as a holier than thou elected leader only to get pummeled on television.

Wasn't Laura Chick the one that gave Antonio that privileged information when he ran against Hahn then tried to cover it up by giving the same information to the whole council?

Wasn't Laura Chick the one that came out with that bogus report on the Mother's of East L.A. when Parke accused them of funneling money to Nick Pacheco when Antonio ran against him only to have the Mothers cleared by the Ethics Commission, after the election?

Now the "tough" Laura Chick claims to have been bullied by Soboroff? Didn't this guy endorse Antonio?

Hey Parke, what ever happend to that era of clean open government?

July 27, 2007 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Finally, a reporter in LA willing to question Chick. God, did she squirm.

July 27, 2007 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't it Controller Chick was also the person who improperly leaked information to Julie Butcher's Local 347 about 347's attempt to represent the city workers represented by the Engineers and Architects Association? Everyone felt that 347 would have won the workers' vote, but the whole effort was throw out, because of the misdeed, before the vote counting could be concluded.

July 27, 2007 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I bet there are a few former Fleishman Hillard employees who are smiling tonight.

July 27, 2007 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Zuma is redeemed (a little) by calling that report to our attention. It was devastating in a lot of ways. She's obviously known for weeks that it was coming. It was pathetic for her to blame Soboroff, who had every right to call and complain that her process sucked. By the way, Laura wouldn't be intimitated by Godzilla.

I'm sure it killed her chances for running for Jack's seat.

July 27, 2007 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke,

It seems as if your candidates are desperately lacking some crisis control training. Running away like Antonio only delays the problem and facing them head on like Laura is like walking into a mine field.

Maybe you need to talk some to those Clinton people. Who's next? Michael Eng, Jenny Oropeza, Bill Sherman?

Time to get these bozos some training.

July 27, 2007 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow. Laura caved big-time. Who would have thought? She deleted specific references at Soboroff's request? She ignored her own work papers to come up with a feel good conclusion? Read the KNBC analysis of the Chick report. It is pretty damning:

"The Controller's concluding statement above is factually, demonstrably incorrect as measured against the work papers collected by her own auditing staff."

Wow.

July 27, 2007 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More from KNBC:

"Conspicuously lacking in this sourcing information is any reference to auditor interviews with Fire Department Inspector Michael Ng (at work papers Tab B-5), which often contradict both DBS testimony and documentation and the Controller's Report on key issues. Indeed the sourcing statement above suggests that for some reason the Controller and her staff ignored, marginalized or dismissed what they learned from Fire Inspector Ng.

"Further, an auditor's note with apparent DBS annotations at Tab-35 of the work papers suggests that the Controller allowed the Department of Building and Safety to qualify and soften other judgments she included in her seven-page report. (See our comments at the top of page seven below)."

July 27, 2007 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

from knbc:


"Why the Controller's final conclusion above is deemed factually incorrect:

First, the Controller's work papers indicate (at tab C-1) that only 18 of the 33 building sites at Playa Vista were examined in the audit. In fact a close examination of the documentation shows that her auditors reviewed only part of some sites (e.g. Icon at 63400 Seawalk). Moreover the actual number of building projects reviewed may be closer to 16 than 18 since in several instances (e.g. Tapestry 1 and 2) one site with two addresses was counted as two separate sites. In any case, because only a portion of Playa Vista's building projects were examined, the Report overreaches in suggesting that its final conclusion applies to "the project as a whole."

Second, the Controller's final conclusion above is contradicted by the following statement on page 5, paragraph 1, of the Report: "testing of methane detection systems for single family homes was performed on an inconsistent basis." If the testing was inconsistent, the reasonable inference to be drawn is that the testing was incomplete or uneven -- i.e. not fully performed.

Third, the Controller's final conclusion is explicitly contradicted by Fire Inspector Michael Ng in testimony and documentation provided to the auditors and included in the work papers.

For example, in his "Correction Notice" for "Courtyard Capri II," dated 01/15/07 (at C-12), Ng wrote "Only 6 of 16 homes available for testing. All 6 tested failed." In an additional handwritten note he underscored the seriousness of these failures by stating: "All central dialer tests failed (no signal [could be] rec'vd by monitoring company indicating high level methane alarms.).

In a record of Ng's testimony included in the work papers (at B-5), the Controller's auditor states in reference to the Capri II series of single family dwellings: "On January 15, 2007, Inspector Ng performed the initial acceptance tests on six single family homes at Lee Court Homes II. These homes were completed in 2005 but had never been tested by the LAFD due to the written agreement between management. All six homes failed the acceptance test performed by LAFD…There were numerous deficiencies noted in the correction notices… Not all of the homes were able to be tested on January 15, 2007, since it was a City Holiday and not all of the homeowners responded to the testing request…Inspector Ng subsequently performed additional testing of some of the remaining homes, all but one failed the acceptance test performed" [emphasis added]. The reference to "some" indicates that not all of the remaining homes were tested.

In another conversation with the auditors, dated April 11, 2007, Ng is said to have indicated that as of that date "he has yet to receive authorization to resume re-testing of the Lee Court Homes II that failed acceptance tests."

In short, from Ng alone we learn that not all the required inspections have been performed at Playa Vista

Fourth, any assurance that such "required inspections" have been successfully performed is further undercut by statements made by DBS' own inspectors to the Controller's staff. Without notable exception, these statements show that the DBS lacks the expertise, organization and documentation to vouch for the inspection process."

July 27, 2007 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

idiot 4:28 etc. etc.: Check out 5:11 just reporting on the devastating critique zuma got in City Beat for that pitiful excuse for an article in the fishwrap -- who do you fools think you are to be so high and mighty, the Almighty Zuma speaks?

July 27, 2007 7:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clarification on the 7:48 post: It refers to 5:11 post of last thread, with photo of mayor and Mirthala, not this one, which also happens to have a 5:11 post. -- Zuma and the Weekly are proven by an objective analyst who IS intimately familiar with Grand Avenue and all its principals, to be wrong, nonsensical to the point of absurdity, and lacking in any merit.

July 27, 2007 7:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, at least Laura Chick doesn't have a moustache. I don't think.

July 27, 2007 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laura Chick would throw her own mother in front of the bus if it would get her press coverage. Finally her lack of any ethical standards is exposed.

July 27, 2007 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laura Chick is an evil person who does some horible things destroying people's lives under the pretence of doing good. Finally the shoe is on the other foot.

July 27, 2007 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Laura Chick have a mother? I'm pretty sure if so, her mother doesn't have a moustache, either. I hear Laura is a good accountant, though. Maybe this city needs more number- crunchers and fewer "big vision" people or critics of other people.
Just get the job done on budget.

July 27, 2007 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Jim Hahn said:

The arsonist is caught by the fire she herself started.

Laura Laura, how many people did you burn? Did you ever think one of the fires you start may someday burn you?

Now you know how the victoms of your fires felt.

July 27, 2007 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the realm of solutions:

The controller's office must have a formulaic budget that is not dependent on the city council or mayor. Budgetary control allows developers and other city officials to control the controller.

Same for ethics. The watchers cannot depend on those being watched for their budget.

July 27, 2007 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WE all should have known the character of Laura Chick when she had that private meeting at her house with staff to give the mayoral candidates documents against Mayor Hahn. What the reporters have to do now is go investigate why she's refusing to audit the gang programs. She says she'll evaluate them.

More corruption from Latino politicans. Damn they're embarrassing us. LA Slimes story today on Huizar former employee and corruption at Housing Authority on Eastside.

....Representatives of two of the firms — the Estrada Courts Residents Management Corp. and Grande Vista Associates — denied any knowledge of rigged competitions. "I'm just happy that I got a contract," said Gustavo Valdivia, head of Grande Vista.

Grande Vista, headed by political consultant Valdivia, a former member of Councilman Jose Huizar's staff, landed a $98,895 contract.

July 28, 2007 6:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just saw the Chick report on Channel 4. Seems they're running it again. Laura blames everyone from city council to Rosendhal yet her report has many inaccurracies. Makes her look pretty corrupt. Good for Rosendahl who put forth a motion to evaluate report. Chick's report says everything was ok and she was intimindated by Soboroff. What if someone scares her does she lie and make up stuff? Dummy

July 28, 2007 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know the Times and Daily News rarely pick up stories from the broadcast media, but this one is a slam dunk. The tape of Chick and the statement from Soboroff speak for themselves. It deserves wider attention and follow up. For the first time, the real Laura Chick is revealed. These "audits" are nothing more than political tools used to reward her friends and punish her enemies. Jimmy Hahn learned that too late.

July 28, 2007 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laura Chick may have folded on this one, but she was right in one regard, her audit was automatically sent to the City Council for discussion. It was a waste of time for Rosendahl to say that he submitted a motion to ask the City Council to discuss it. Why doesn't he do a motion that asks for something meaningful to be done? The next story could easily be how Rosendahl folded on this matter too. The concerned residents are none too happy with him because he didn't do what he said he'd do in previous community meetings.

July 28, 2007 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


MAYORSAM, HOPE YOU ARE READING THIS.

WHY NO POSTS ON THE YVONNE BURKE FRICKING TRAGEDY. SHE CLAIMS TO REPRESENT SOUTH LA, LIVES IN BRENTWOOD. TRULY SAD. WE NEED A PUBLIC OUTCRY. THIS IS THE ONLY SITE TO DO IT.

ALSO, DID YOU SEE THE TIMES TODAY? 800K IN BOGUS CONTRACTS STEERED TO ALATORRE, PACHECO AND HUIZAR. CD14 DESERVES BETTER. WE NEED A PUBLIC OUTCRY.

MAYOR SAM, YOU BROKE THE MIRTHALA AFFAIR. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT EVERYONE READS YOUR PAGE. YOU CAN STEER GOVERNMENT TOWARD GOOD.

July 28, 2007 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:29

Is this why Pacheco endorsed Huizar in the last election? Pathetic. Now he is in bed with Alatorre AND Huizar? And Gustavo Valdivia from Grande Vista worked for Parke Skelton and Huizar in the campaign against Pacheco, what gives? Valdivia's wife also works for Cardenas!! And Valdivia used to work for Miguel Contreras.

What a bunch of bozos. Making up companies and submitting bogus bids. Haven't you guys learned yet - especially Alatorre, one of Antonio's senior advisors. How many bogus bids were submitted for L.A. Now and the Grand Avenue project?

July 28, 2007 12:08 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I just checked out Brady's critique of the LA Weekly Grand Ave article.

Brady's cool! He was just trippin a little too hard on some conceptual shiznit...it looks like he was just frustrated because he would have prefered the article to take a different direction and felt Antonovich's deputy got it wrong, even though if Novack would have said it more like "rainman" it didn't change the point.

But he had some great things to say, and I will be posting his comments and my reply at http://zumatimes.com.

check it out in about a half hour from this post.

You go Brady...just continue to do your thing, and I'll take the criticism and debate, anyday...

but i really think on the stuff you attacked me on, you were being a little touchy, and some of it was flat out propoganda bashing not based on any type of credible argument.

But overall, I feel good about the issues Brady raises over the project, and I have the same concerns.

July 28, 2007 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chick's report was meaningless and gutless. When she released it, she did not even issue a press release -- unheard of her with office. She tried to sweep it under the rug and now is looking for scapegoats. Word if that Rosendahl wants LAFD's Inspector Ng, whose testimony Chick completely ignored, to testify at the committee hearing. Good for him. Now we'll finally get to the heart of the matter. Let's see what Chick says when a committee member asks her why Ng was ignored. The KNBC papers say he says inspections were not done, that DBS has no staff with methane training, and that the way the system is set up now, in certain buildings, the lives of firefighters could be jeopardized.

July 28, 2007 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Word IS that Rosendahl wants Ng to testify - not "Word IF"

July 28, 2007 12:25 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

ZD replies to Brady

Scrool to bottom of page for little "zd brady reply" link

July 28, 2007 12:25 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg's ZAP (Zuma's Activist Program) said:

Brady and others, check this out...
post comments, additions and perceived corrections (that i will check out) under "comments" and it will email it to me. It is based on the board member memo detailing the entire project, along with my comments. see if you agree:

http://grandaveproject.blogspot.com

July 28, 2007 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's nothing linking Huizar to the contracting scam that I can see, except that a former staffer of his is involved.

July 28, 2007 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Nick Pacheco said:

11:29 AM has it all wrong.

I did not receive any contracts from anyone at the Housing Authority.

And if you read the LA Times article you will see that I am doing my job as an attorney and have nothing to do with the contracts given by Victor Taracena at the Housing Authority.

I hope this sets the record straight.

Nick
nickpacheco14@yahoo.com

July 28, 2007 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's Laura planning to do when she's termed out, now that she's not running for CD5? Does she want to be the County CEO? Didn't they appoint Jansen, after a nationwide search yielded no candidates who wanted the job, and the ones who were offered it kept passing? With a salary of some $300K, that's pretty nice, and a good segue for the City Controller. If she doesn't let this take her down.
Does Zev like her? Would he and the other BOS's appoint Chick? On another thread, someone speculates that Zev himself will go for that job, for the power and salary bump.

July 28, 2007 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick was niave and foolish in trying to please all of the people all of the time, but I dont think he is or was as dishonest as his predecessor or his successors.

I'd much rather have Nick back.

July 28, 2007 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What did Antonio do for CD14? And what is Huizar doing? Nothing!!!!! Like a fool I voted for Huizar. Sorry Nick.

July 28, 2007 5:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick will be replacing Mack as head of the Police Commission, so you'll "have him back" in that way. Don't really know anything about the guy, but he can't have any dirt on him that sticks or he wouldn't be getting this job.

July 28, 2007 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why isn't Zuma going after Burke for clearly violating the law? Because he's hot for Tony and jealous that he is hated by him, so he's vindictive; but zuma isn't hot for old black ladies. And he's a wanna-be rapper anyway, doesn't want to tick off his people.

July 28, 2007 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I did not approve or not approve any work for Taracena or his associates, and although he tried to intimidate me, I didn't try to cover up this fraud and leaked it to the Times myself. -- Laura Chick

Seriously, people:
One of the biggest things to have gotten away from Laura is the gang spending, which she now needs a half mil for to review; but Janice Hahn, sister of her former nemesis is the biggest proponent of failed L A Bridges funding (and Janice never met a government handout or tax she didn't like). Laura just seems overwhelmed by all the stuff she's supposed to be doing at once.

Including, looking into how the city staff uses its cars -- now that our chief law "enforcer"/ violator Rocky the Idiot, has made that a big issue. (He's been saved by Mirthala and the public's obsession with prurient gossip about the Mayor -- figures he can hide until his term runs out, but what does this really mean for our public safety? That we have none.)

July 28, 2007 7:01 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

what's the burke story, crybaby. of course i want to see it...hit me over the head with it please...post some links or something on whatever is my most recent/top thread...not on this thread though cause it's older.

July 28, 2007 7:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its Anthony Pacheco for the police commission and not Nick Pacheco.

Rosendahl is right on the money. When Laura's report went to council it was filled with lies stating that everything was ok. Now, the truth is coming out and Laura is blaming everyone.
Huizar is an idiot if the thinks we believe he had nothing to do with the corruption at Estrada courts. Nick Pacheco also is a crook cause he is the attorney for Estrada Courts and knew all the bullshit that went down so don't play innocent.

July 28, 2007 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow. This is starting to get very boring.

July 28, 2007 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Burke story was only on the front page of the LAT yesterday (or Thurs, I forget -- look it up online under Burke); today's OpEd has another piece urging her to come clean, the DA to investigate, and for her to vacate her seat if she's been lying.

On a personal level, one can understand her preference for a large home in Brentwood with a pool and tennis courts -- but then she shouldn't have run for office, and she is a hypocrite claiming to want to keep King Medical open despite it being more dangerous than being left on the streets -- she'd never go there, but to Saint John's in Santa Monica or Cedars. Sounds like she can't stand her district.

July 28, 2007 8:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Estrada Courts became a non-profit in 1997/98
MISSION AND PROGRAMS
TO ORGANIZE AND TRAIN RESIDENTS OF ESTRADA COURTS TOWARDS MANAGEMENT OF HOUSING AND CHILD CARE
Programs
1. OPERATION OF A COMMUNITY CENTER WHICH HOUSES COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS TO ASSIST RESIDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY TOWARD JOB TRAINING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
2. OPERATIONS OF TWO CHILDCARE CENTERS AND A CHILDCARE PROVIDER NETWORK FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES.

Some monies received
File Number
C-98389
Last Changed Date
06/16/2000
Title
ESTRADA COURTS RESIDENT MGMT CORP
Initiated by
Estrada Courts Resident management corp
Subject
C-98389 - Family Child Home services - term of contract 5-15-99 thru 5-14-00 - total amt $400,000
Date Received
6-11-99
File History
1-6-98 - Adopted by Ccl
6-15-00 - C-98389 - 1st Amend - To extend time of performance 12 months thru 3-31-01 - Approved by Asst GM, CDD
Contract
C-98389

The housing authority has spent in excess of $126 million in recent years to rebuild public housing along the Alameda Corridor.

How much went to Allatorre, Villareagosa, Huizar and their staffs?

July 28, 2007 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did it take a hispanic mayor for the citizens got so upset by cronyism and out of control spending? Racists?

Back when Laura Chick was a city council member with her office @van alden /van owen, she authorized a million dollars ($1,000,000) to renovate the building & safety building which was scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt a year and a half later. NO one cared. The Hahn family treated the budget as their own bank account, no one cared. Now there's a hispanic doing it and everyone is up in arms.
The message, be white and steal/cheat, be mexican and get blamed.

July 29, 2007 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No! Its not race. I was just as mad at Kennedy, Nixon and Clinton. The difference is rich men steal for power, poor men steal for money. Hillery is rich, she doesnt have to steal although she has manipulated money most of her life. Its like paying taxes, If I know how to legally work the system I dont have to pay any taxes at all, however if I steal money, or lie about how much I make the government gets mad. Its not that hispanics are dumb or uneducated, they havent fine honed the skills on how to maipulate funds legally. If you dont do it right, you get caught.

July 29, 2007 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chick was threatened by Snepp (to say whatever he needed), not by Soboroff who just asked to submit information if there was, in fact an audit of Playa Vista.

Chick lied (for her own purposes - mayoral campaign or whatever), Snepp uses out of context tape snippets to look like Soboroff was the intimidator when in fact he was !

July 29, 2007 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“You take a fraction of reality and expand on it. It's very seldom totally at odds with the facts. It's shaving a piece of reality off. “
Frank Snepp


“Disinformation is most effective in a very narrow context”.
Frank Snepp


SNEPP IS THE PRODUCER OF THE BURNING QUESTIONS SERIES ON PLAYA VISTA.

July 29, 2007 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like the beginning of the end for Chick.

Her and Elliott Spitzer let their political aspirations cloud their moral and work responsibilities as their bulldozers go out of control.

and sometimes an out of control bulldozer will circle around and flatten the driver !!

July 29, 2007 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those are some incredible quotes by the guy Snepp from KNBC-4, and we verified them on GOOGLE. Wow.

Shoddy journalism is shameful for the Peacock.

No more Channel 4 for me. KCAL/CBS combo is where we will go.

July 29, 2007 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So who is now going to attack the NBC producer? Chick or Soboroff? C'mon, folks, the guy is an icon. From wiki:

Frank Snepp
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Frank Warren Snepp (born 3 May 1943, Kinston, North Carolina) is a journalist and former chief analyst of North Vietnamese strategy for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He is currently a producer for KNBC-TV.

Snepp, in his capacity as a CIA analyst, was on hand for the Fall of Saigon and was one of the last Americans to leave the embassy before the city fell to the North Vietnamese on 30 April 1975. Snepp was evacuated with other American personnel in Operation Frequent Wind. He wrote a memoir of the event, Decent Interval, in 1977, at great risk to his career. The book excoriates the tardy, improvised nature of the evacuation and laments the many Vietnamese nationals working for the Americans that were left behind.

The CIA attempted to stop Snepp from publishing his book. Snepp accused the CIA of ruining his career and violating his First Amendment rights. The CIA, in return, claimed Snepp had violated his employment agreement by speaking out. Snepp enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union in his defense. In the end, the CIA won a court verdict against Snepp and attached the royalties from Decent Interval. Snepp wrote a second book, Irreparable Harm, about his court battle with the CIA.

Snepp currently works as a producer for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. In 2006 he won a Peabody Award for his KNBC investigative story "Burning Questions".

July 29, 2007 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wikipedia is manipulated by anyone who wants.

A quote is a quote.

July 30, 2007 4:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This piece shows only the tip of the iceberg of threats, bullying and cover-ups related to the "largest development in Los Angeles."

NBC needs to be honored for such courage. I've heard they received many, many threatening letters from Latham & Watkins to not run anything questioning the Playa Vista safety (or lack thereof) issue.

The Los Angeles Times will, unfortunately, never run this story, in spite of the fact that city-backed bond moneys are at risk and other big problems for the City arise should Playa Vista fail. (It is failing, in spite of Soboroff's blustery claims; they can't even keep a small cafe' open for breakfast - "not enough business" they say)

Why will the Times not do anything? They receive so much revenue from Playa Vista for advertising, and they need every cent these days. Maybe the Daily News will do it? Or LA Weekly?

July 30, 2007 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can tell this story hit a nerve based on the slimeballs taking shots at NBC/Snepp.

It looks like Zev was right: The city is for sale to the highest bidders - Playa, Latham, AEG, Home Depot, Bomel and many more.

How will you spinners feel when there is a methane problem that hurts someone at Playa? How will you feel if there is a fire at Staples and the fire doors don't work?

My guess: You will feel nothing at all since sociopaths just don't feel anything.

July 30, 2007 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Calling anyone you disagrees with your views, if you have any other than just hating anyone in authority, a sociopath, is the sign of one who is, him/herself, a bitter sociopath.

I don't know Snepps, but I do know that reportage is often/usually edited to make a pre-conceived point, so that the speaker comes off fitting into the reporter/producer's story, not the other way around. That's why many people are wary of being interviewed, not because they have something to hide. And that's why they prefer to issue their own statements in their entirety.

July 30, 2007 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey! How come no one is questioning the Mayor on THIS topic? He voted against Playa Vista Phase 2 when on the City Council, I think. But it is HIS Building and Safety Dept. which seems to be overriding the Fire Dept.'s concerns and missing in action on this possibly huge liability for the City.

And then what about this? NBC does investigation on things the Mayor does not like; NBC/Universal considers firing his girlfriend. Latham & Watkins is legal counsel to Playa Vista AND to NBC, I've heard. How does all of this get untangled? ARE there any investigative reporters who can help? Maybe David Z. now that he is at Times?

July 30, 2007 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor is conflicted about Playa Vista because UNION Labor Life Insurance (pension plans for many labor unions) is a big investor/REIT owner of Playa Vista.

He knows the public is not thrilled about Playa Vista. He has listened to enviromentalists who supported him.

He voted against PV Phase 2 because of their concerns, but has done nothing to make sure the public is safe. His office needs to call for an investigation.

What is this about building & safety "overriding" fire dept? Does Villar know this?

July 30, 2007 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

VERY strange to hear 9:51 am quote Zev Y. as saying "city is for sale to the highest bidders"...

What is Zev's County beaches & harbors doing at highly congested marina del rey? selling new decades-long leases to developers who will use PUBLIC LAND and raze the current buildings to construct as high as 12 story condos and hotels. Turning LA into Miami.

And the Santa Monica Mountains has also been overrun with development - more of Zev's work with those highest of bidders.

amazing what pols say when they want to run for another office. do they think no one is paying attention to what THEY'RE doing?

i guess most people are NOT paying attention -

July 30, 2007 12:57 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:57pm,

I'm hungry...can you buy me a fish sandwich from mcdonalds? I love those.

July 30, 2007 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:57: I agree. Zev coming out of nowhere claiming to lead the puebs in "taking our city back" is just an obviously hypocritical baloney move, that he is clearly up to something, and hope people won't find out the stuff you are mentioning and more.
(Does he have a city car and driver like Burke, too?)

He's made a point of saying he lives in the same modest house he has for years, but it's almost like he's trying TOO hard... If he does run, all of his baggage will come out.

But what is he running for? Some said he's going to engineer a move to oust Fujioka and take his job (after making it an elected post, and one presumably as long-standing as BOS which means, until Zev retires).

He'd be crazy to jump into the hot seat after all the attention the current Mayor has brought to it -- or, does he want his chance at fame? Anyone know what he's up to?

July 30, 2007 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's curious that it's NBC that is doing this story, since they're at the mercy of the Mayor and his Planning People for approval of their megaproject at Universal. OR is it like with the LATimes, accused of being too easy on politicians after the little Daily News got aggressive, and since then it's thrown one politician after the other into the ring to "prove" it's really tough? Maybe going overboard in the process.

Are they going to decide NOT to fire or punish Salinas, so want to show they're tough on the Mayor and his departments in another way?

Let's say they fire/punish her and make him angry (out of guilt for being the source of it, anyway); doing this kind of expose right now doesn't seem to help their cause.

Unfortunately, lately whenever the media does any story this "big," they have a self-serving motive. They're no more trustworthy than the politicians they cover.

July 30, 2007 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NBC's Ana Garcia used to be one of Rocky's chief press people who left.

Just today, his current chief of P R Johnny Diamond announced he's leaving too, to return to journalism -- used to be an editor at the respected L A Business Journal, but he's so anxious to jump off that sinking ship that he'd rather do freelance work than keep his steady job.

Must be impossible to keep trying to spin that guy and keep your hair or wits.

July 30, 2007 9:24 PM  

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