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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Saturday Hotsheet at 3 a.m.

Is Duke Hefland the Mayor's latest?

It looks like we've put you guys and gals on the squawk box just enough, because you got your Mirthala at Telemundo article at last.

But while you dum-dums are doing your hampster dance, wait a minute and consider this; why is the future of the woman always the way a blown affair really pans out? The Times is really letting the man skate here by shifting all the scrutiny to the gal.

This is so ridiculous as a one-way street. As a reporter, she could certainly be compromised in coverage, of course. But he could have been compromised, too, and in a way that affects much more: "Tony, I have a headache tonight---but I might take some Ibuprofen if you promise to start pushing for that billion dollar Affordable Housing Bond..."

Couldas and shouldas; irresponsible speculation; the woman slimed as the man rolls along; this is the elliptical language of the affair, where nobody really knows what went on but everyone feels they have license to speculate. Shame on the Times for yet more woman-bashing, yet more business as usual.

Meanwhile, down in Torrance, where there have been three police-involved shootings in the past two weeks, an officer is suing to get his job back, after a felony conviction against him was overturned. At this point, you could certainly call the TPD beleaguered.

The ratio of national to local posts at the Daily News's blog Friendly Fire is currently running about 10-1. That's not good; a bunch of locals spouting on national; that's not SoCal as billed. Reel it in a bit, folks. People are thirstier for the local; they can get national at news.google or anywhere.

Hey, what happened to Michael Ventura's Letters at 3 a.m. anyway? Don't you know? Michael moved to Austin, and it's still going down.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Both MAV and Salinas deserve to pay some price in their long-term careers for their mutual indiscretions. Salinas isn't being singled out as the woman while the man skates and protecting her from that syndrome is no excuse for ignoring her culpability. She's the one who chose to use her job to provide herself with special access to the targets of her political groupie tendencies. She's earned whatever she gets.

July 21, 2007 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MAV and Salinas...much ado about nothing!!!...using sex and power to get somewhere in life/politics is nothing new...maybe, what is really going on is Salinas, being the very ambitious/aggresive person that she is, and MAV, being the person he is, are in a relationship struggle where Salinas wants to be MAV's wife...so, she played hardball...don't be surprised if she wins with MAV and Salinas getting marrried one year before MAV runs to governor...that way, he has a young, beautiful and strong wife to support him...in his run for governor and beyond...if Salinas did leak the story, then that is hardball of the highest order...Telemundo will do nothing...coverage wasn't compromised, it was access and she had the best access possible...the MAV/Salinas relationhip is NOT OVER!

July 21, 2007 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Tines piece doesn't bash her or editorialize, the way DN was while in high gear a week ago. It just reports the facts as they are today.

If you want speculation and innuendo with no substance, you have to come here: yesterday's thread trying to get reaction to the ERSNews non-story alleging some half-attractive Mexican Antonio-detail and he were an item.
With not one iota of evidence.

July 21, 2007 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn is the worst kind of tax- and= spend liberal, like his sister Janice, but worst of all, they don't even care if their programs work, as long as they "sound good" to the bleeding-heart liberals who teamed up with them last time. But the blacks that the Hahns usually champion won't necessarily vote for them any more, Hahn the dad was too long ago, so Hahn has no base: liberal whites are still with Antonio, have thrown in their lot with him, won't change for a vapid white guy with no accomplishments and a reputation for corruption.

He has no base, no platform, and a dingbat sister the mainstream whites would never go for.

July 21, 2007 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:15: You're probably right, Salinas was hoping to become the wife when the dust settles down. But her having slept with Nunez and Padilla and supposedly a number of others at Telemundo, has earned her a rep as "sloppy seconds and thirds," and that is what makes her ineligible to become a socially respectable lady, more than if it were this one affair.

July 21, 2007 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 21, 2007 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Even Prince Charles and Camila were able to survive all the gossip and get married, and he's the future King of England (if Elizabeth ever agrees to die or abdicate in his favor, and neither looks very likely), So even in that iron-clad society a divorced Prince/ social leader is possible.

Notwithstanding all the jokes made at Camila's expense, but those are for her looks -- no one ever mentions her having left her dead marriage.) BUT the big difference is, that was depicted as a grand love affair, a lifelong obsession for which the Prince was willing to suffer approbation and consequence; there was something touching about it, even the fact that it endured so long, until Camila lost whatever looks she'd had, but they were in it for the long haul.

So different from this ambitious girl who seems to be using politicians as stepping stones to her career, and vice versa.

And her being born in Mexico, being a Spanish-language reporter, may be more than the big scene is ready for right now. But it isn't AV who "did" anything to her. No reason she can't get a job in another big market, say Texas.

July 21, 2007 9:52 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Good Morning Bloggin Mentor/ Acting Mayor,

"DOOKIE" Helfand is just protecting the namesake of the "LA ANTONIA TIMES". More inportant though, is the fact that Salinas has already been "USED AND DISCARDED" if you believe what some other sites are reporting. Can you say "PROTECT AND SERVice" ?

July 21, 2007 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most telling comment in the article was the one by the Station Manager explaining why he put her on the air.

Yeah, and I suspect her kneepads also had something to do with it?

Are Antonio, Alex, and Fabian that attractive? That brilliant? That good in bed?

No, they had one thing and one thing only that that woman was going for: power.

Is there any doubt how she got her job at the station? On the air?

July 21, 2007 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times is not bashing Salinas because she's a woman. She violated the public trust as a journalist. All those times I watched Telemundo's newscasts, I had a right to know their political reporter was f-ing the politicians she was reportng on. And don't be fooled - Telemundo newsroom managers KNEW it was happening. They thought it gave them a foot up on the competition.

And someone should ask Fabian if he ever spoke to Telemundo newsroom managers after he broke up with Salinas. Ask if she was so mad she made a scene(s) in public with Fabian and he had to do something to get it to stop.

July 21, 2007 10:13 AM  

Blogger race card said:

Way to stay on topic. If you want to rant, start your own blog.

Otherwise, follow the thread.

July 21, 2007 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So AV admits that he shows the Times favoritism, which is why they always go light on him. They want access to him for future stories so t hey do as he says.

exMayor Hahn didn't give a %$#@ if he's programs worked or not. In fact, he proclaimed that he would make LA nokill for animals by 2008. He said he would write a nokill plan. After two years he never even had the dept write a nokill plan. One thing to note though is that his GM Jerry Greenwalt did a better job than AVs GM Ed Boks. Greenwalt decreased the euthanasia rate by 2-5% per year whereas Boks reduced it by 0% his first year. Recently though Boks has been fudging the books to try to make it seem as though he's successful. The Mayor doesn't care that he's fudging the books, even though it's obvious. This is why I think that the LAPD is also fudging the books.They don't care if they better things, only that the public thinks they are.

July 21, 2007 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"She violated the public trust as a journalist"

It is indeed depressing to think that there are still people out there who think television ever presents real "news" or that the talking mannequins they throw in front of the camera are "journalists" ...

July 21, 2007 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:36 Yea. That's why politicians use media bcuz it's a joke.

July 21, 2007 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone notice that the City of LA just scored $150 million from the State "for the purpose of upgrading and installing traffic signal synchronization and completing systemwide installation within its jurisdiction"?

SB 88, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.
Highway Safety, Traffic
Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006:

Article 9. Highway Safety, Rehabilitation, and Preservation

8879.64. (a) Funds appropriated from the Highway Safety,
Rehabilitation, and Preservation Account established in paragraph (1) of subdivision (k) of Section 8879.23 shall be available to the department, upon allocation by the commission, for improvements to the state highway system that are consistent with the 10-year State Highway Operation and Preservation Program (SHOPP) Plan prepared pursuant to Section 14526.5.
(b) As part of the program required to be developed for distribution of funds identified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (k) of Section 8879.23, one hundred fifty million dollars ($150,000,000) of the amount appropriated for this purpose shall be allocated to any city in the state with a population of over 3.5 million persons as of January 1, 2007 [READ CITY OF LA], as determined by the Population Research Unit of the Department of Finance pursuant to Section 13073, that has a program for systemwide installation and upgrade of traffic signals within its jurisdiction. Funds shall be used for the purpose of upgrading and installing traffic signal synchronization and completing systemwide installation within its jurisdiction.

July 21, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:36 is 100% right on.

The priorities are backwards here.

While everyone is focused on seeing Salinas fired, MAV is refusing to disclose the involvement of his TAXPAYER FUNDED security detail in the relationship.

July 21, 2007 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:26: race card, you fascist racemonger, who ever stays on thread in this pitiful excuse for a blog -- and you certainly NEVER have anything to say. Hahn IS the topic a few hours ago, and in case you haven't noticed, topics spill over. But I never notice your fascist schoolmarm scolding popping up when people are spewing anti-AV stuff, in CAPS and with vitriol, you fascist slug.

July 21, 2007 12:18 PM  

Anonymous PhilKrakover said:

All you obsessed Mayor haters need to take a break and catch up with your meds.

The coverage here has been way over the top; just let the story cool for a week or so and see if it has legs.

But the daily multiple hit is boring us all...

July 21, 2007 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You are under the impression that the Times "reports facts as they are" ???

Snooooooooooze on!!


July 21, 2007 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 2:18
Did you know?

Villaraigosa had sex with Salinas
Villaraigosa + Meruelo
Villariagosa + Travelgate
Villaraigosa + LAPD Escort
Villaraigosa + DWP Scandal
Villaraigosa + George Torres
Villaraigosa + Cerrell Associates
Villaraigosa + Sabrina Kay
Villaraigosa + Celine Cordero
Villaraigosa + Vignali
Villaraigosa + LA TIMES

July 21, 2007 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today's LAT story on Edwards: this time around, he's going less for the megawatt grin approach, and trying to look more concerned and serious...at this point, probably good advice for AV.

July 21, 2007 4:07 PM  

Blogger race card said:

Dear Genius,

Step away fromt the crack pipe. Take 10 deep breaths. Then take one more hit for good measure.

The reason you don't see me excoriating anti Villaraigosa missives is simple. I agree with them (many of them). But I have called everyone on their lax standards. I have been especially critical of the archaic blog engine employed by Mayor Sam Blog.

I'm guessing that you are some low-level, downtown, politico with a cubbyhole next to the bathroom. Perhaps, you are resentful because your salary is smaller than your waist size. You are proud of the MTA pass issued by your employer. (Only 10 more years until you get that parking space for your 92 Tercel.)

You are like the mixed-nuts on the served at one of those bars where guys pay to dance with the girls. Yeah, like the one you met your ex-wife at.

One thing is clear. You are enamored with MAV, which means you have no vision or hope.

I love your explanation about topics spilling over. I will refer people to you for tech support instead of the IT dept.

You rock!

July 21, 2007 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And obsessed mayor defenders, phil...?
PS. weren't you "ignorant of the facts" in your recent posting?

July 21, 2007 4:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:14: Race Card, I'll leave it to you to be the blog expert on the places with cheap nuts to lure in the losers with lapdances from retired hookers.

Clearly, you know all about that; now we know how you spend your time and are separated from what money you might make, so that you and your fellow hobos ended up on the beach. Smoking crack in those cheap waterpipes your buds sell, along with their incense.

July 21, 2007 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Tree Hugger said:

Now let's check on the progress of the Mayor's Million Trees program. It's at 93,000 and growing. Whoops!

July 21, 2007 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Race Card: By the way, while you are regaling us with your intimately- experienced and fascinating details regarding lapdancers and tired nuts, would you please leave our MTA-using friends out of it? They are the ones who have been spearheading the effort to get more mass transit to the area, while you have been out doing...well.

July 21, 2007 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love you guys,

The mayor hasn't decreased the number of random feline that die, boo-hooo ed boks sucks, waaaaa.

and animal freaks get their statistics from the City which show the number of animals dying hasn't decreased, YET at the same time the mayor has the power to manipulate the crime statistics which show crime going down.

Apparently the mayor hasn't given the same wink and nod to the animal dept to cook their stats, the mayor is actually being honest with the numbers they release!!

But of course the crime numbers are fudged.

Its past 7pm --- the bloggers need their meds!

July 21, 2007 7:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:05 p.m. The million trees program, no child left behind, nokill city for animals are all just phrases meant to inspire. They don't really expect to plant a million trees. The no child left behind program failed. LA will be nokill for animals when it's also nocrime, notraffic which means never. These programs are all just PR stunts meant to improve the image of the person who utters them. Nothing more.Politics.

July 21, 2007 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:11 Take a closer look. In 2006 the euthanasia rate did not go down. Animal lovers made a stink in March and April about this lack of progress. Even though nothing has changed, since April the numbers have dramatically, in fact impossibly, improved. That is impossible.

Course one way they did this was by refusing to do their job. They are refusing to take animals in even though that's their job.They are turning people away. Fewer animals in, fewer euthanized. This is just like the LAPD refusing to take crime reports. Fewer reports, less perceived crime. Has euthanasia decreased?Has crime decreased? No. In fact maybe AV told the GM of Animal Services that he'd better get those numbers down, any way he can. So the GM is just plain lying.

Another thing, twice as many animals are now dying im the shelters from dog fights, illness. Ths way they weren't euthanized, they died on their own. Success! They are dying because of lack of vet care and overcrowding. Six dogs to a kennel, ripping each other to pieces, fighting over food.Thismakes Ed Boks happy. At least he isn't euthanizing them That would make his numbers look bad. Animal cruelty is good for his numbers. Violating the Animal Welfare Act is good for his numbers. Allowing animals to die is good.

Maybe the LAPD uses this same trick. It was not a homocide. It was a suicide. He didn'tdie from a gunshot wound. He died from blood loss. He wasn't murdered bya guy in a car. It was suicide by car. Get creative

July 21, 2007 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villarmentir will be answerable only when the challengers announce their candidacies.

I will be surprised if he Places or Shows

July 21, 2007 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:46: Boks' presentation admitted there were more people brining animals to the shelters than they could easily process for adoption; they're asking that people bring them closer to the weekends, when most adooptions occur, so there are fewer animals crowding the shelters during the week. I rather doubt he enjoys his job in order to be cruel to animals; it's a sad and thankless one and unfortunately, we don't seem to have enough funds.

As is the case for many things, including jails for humans.

The requirement to neuter pets was one way to address this, but received a lot of opposition. What is your brilliant solution to this?

July 21, 2007 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A Million Trees should be renamed Lots of Trees. It may be failing because it's being run by Lisa Sarno, formerly the head of DONE, who is probably finding out that she order the trees to plant themselves.

July 21, 2007 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

About trees: they were given away at the recent film festival in Westwood, nice idea, but mine was so puny, more like a weed, even Charlie Brown's tree was robust by comparison, and it died despite my best efforts. SO I'd like to see more giveaways, but of healthy trees.

Good idea to have them at as many city events as possible.

Many schoolyards have benefited, also; and a great way for kids/ parents to participate in making their schools better. Hope this is being done as often as possible; as they grow, they provide shade around the playgrounds, especially nice for urban/tarmac playgrounds.

July 21, 2007 11:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On Friday Antonio was cornered by Channel 22 reporters asking hi why he had not released all the requested information. His answer in Spanish:

"I can't release all the requested information because of 9/11."

Can you believe this?!!! Isn't that the mark of a desperate moron - like Bush - to use 9/11 as a defense for his suspect actions. Is this Parke's idea - I ask because it just fester with hypocrisy.

July 22, 2007 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Slimes spins and forgets to include important facts. Daily News on the other hand broke the Salinas story then everyone got into it. Dave Bryant had a great roundtable discussing the power of talk radio. Internet sites were mentioned as a strong place where people are now going to get information because local news coverage is a joke. Sites like this give us more info then local newspapers and tv. Keep up the good work.

July 22, 2007 7:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:49 Did you fall for Boks presentation? There have ALWAYS been more animals than can be adopted here in LA. That "we just want them to go to adoption events on the weekend" is a bullshit story. They take like 20 to events on the weekend when they have 3,000 animals in the shelter at a time. They have plenty that can go to the events. They keep the animals for 45 days. They can go to four weekend events at least.

He just wants to not take animals in. There is a big sign on the shelter right now that says "we don't take animals after hours or on weekends." This in spite of the fact that he told city council on june 20 "we never refuse an animal, we take them day and night, 24/7." He lied to city council. The guy's a total liar. Here is the video. He says this near the end. Boks lying to city council

My solution to the problem, more spay neuter. Do you realize that the 40,000 surgeries that LAAS claims to do a year includes the surgeries on the 20000 animals that are adopted? The rest aren't even free.They're just coupons for $30 off a $100 surgery. We need tons more FREE surgeries.

The dept needs to concentrate on effective programs, not all these silly PR programs like "no e below the knee," "best buddies," "senior4senior," "felix,"... and all the other name only programs that are nothing more than positive press with no substance.

July 22, 2007 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:11 am: Other than more spaying, which the city is already encouraging people to do, you have no new "programs" except the request for them. You want the city to neuter all the pets for free, which brings things back to a budget. As I said, we don't have money for jails (but when Baca tries to offer a solution, incarcerate nonviolent offenders at home -- where they serve their full terms instead of 1-3 in jail), he's bashed for that by Rocky and now the deputies for political reasons.

Ditto for the pets. We can't afford to neuter all the pets now, but legislation to require it by all pet owners was rejected in the Assembly before going to a vote, as too unpopular (maybe too vague).

So how about suggesting something that might fly to Levine and our CM's Rosenthal and Wesson, who have taken the cause of pet adoptions to heart. As I said, propose specific solutions, not just say, "we need more programs," i.e., more money for unspecified purposes.

July 22, 2007 11:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the person who praises Daily News over "L A slimes:" It's the DN which had a bout of sliminess to raise its profile and indeed, as you note, all the rest followed it straight into the sewer this blog was proud to be in for some time before. Have you noticed they've pulled back, and now Posh Beckham is taking up 2 of the top 10 stories (Posh spotted eating in the Valley -- at a non-celeb joint no less!!! Posh spotted at her son's soccer game in the Valley!!! Oh, guess what, the lunch was right after the game, so the two stories are linked -- there's a third one!)

At least the Times has relegated the Beckhams to the Sports section.
Yeah, attack pieces and real slime like the Daily News was running can get attention for a while -- then no one who's anyone will ever again pay as serious attention or give them an interview. (Ditto with the L. A. Weekly these days.) So your celebrating a pyrric "victory."

July 22, 2007 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:14 liaison to the Mayor's office,

I have some ideas to improve things. 30% of animals dumped are owned. Work with outside groups to help these owners keep their animals. Make it mandatory for landlords to accept certain pets in certain buildings under certain conditions. It could be called the responsible pet owner motion.

You can get more spay and neuter surgeries by working with outside groups, large foundations who can give money, Best Friends, Maddies Fund, Petco, PetsMart. Maybe give vet offices tax breaks if they do free surgeries for people. Send a notice out with all welfare, social security, food stamp mail so poor people will know about these free services. Make it mandatory for all pet store bought animals in LA to be spayed and neutered unless they also buy a breeders permit at time of purchase. Make it mandatory that all pet store bought pets have licenses at time of purchase.

There are many ideas that will work. Doing these PR only programs which aren't effective doesn't seem to be saving the animals. Boks did all these programs in 2006 and didn't reduce the euthanasia rate. He needs to do something different, instead of just lying about his "progress."

July 22, 2007 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many of you are still waiting to have yor street resurfaced?

Public Works Commissoner Cynthia Ruiz just had her street resurfaced while all you yoyo's in the Valley are sill waiting. She gets the tree's trimmed very often compaired to the rest of the city. It pays to be Tony Villar piece on the side and get appointed to Public Works and draw a salary over a hundred thousand.

July 23, 2007 1:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

one million trees, 300,000 potholes a year filled. (Over 800 a day!)Only one woman. People will believe anything.

July 23, 2007 2:13 PM  

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