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Friday, August 31, 2007

SCENE: Profitable Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer Pays For A Mayor's Kid's Tuition While Mayor say, "Yes" to Developer's Gravy Train Projects

ALRIGHT! Someone wants Zuma Dogg to add this scene to his TV drama script about a shady, unethical and corrupt Mayor and City Hall.

SCENE: A developer pays for a mayor’s daughter's out of state college tuition, while the developer is at the mercy of the mayor’s approval on pending projects.

BACKGROUND: People don’t think the mayor’s daughter got into an out of state Ivy Leauge educational institution based on grades or scholarships. (Since the daughter only had average grades and wouldn’t qualify for scholarship money or financial aid since her parents have good incomes.)

However, an out-of-state Ivy Leauge tuition saved, is an out-of-state Ivy Leauge tuition earned. So in this scene of my Aaron Sorkin-style TV show, a developer writes a check directly to the University on behalf of the daughter.

Now here’s the David E.Kelley “Ally McBeal” ethics hook for this fictional episode. (I HOPE it’s fictional!)

The benefactor who cares so much about this rich kid’s education also has some big projects to push through in the same City in which her father is Mayor. And, oh no...since this is TV (and they like outrageous sensationalism), let’s ALSO throw in that the types of projects we are talking about are those unlimitedly profitable “non-profit” affordable housing projects like the one’s I have been expressing concern over.

Then, to rub it in the face of the opposition in this TV show about a mayor and City Hall, the mayor jumps in front of some cameras and takes credit for bringing affordable housing to the city to help the poor.

So the issue of this episode called, “Inspector General” is: Is there anything wrong with this “win-win” situation for the mayor, his daughter and the developer who gets the “in” to build very profitable “non-profit” 100% affordable housing?

INTERIOR SCENE: City Controller walks into District Attorney’s office and drops folder on table...

[This is a TV show and they have happy and ethical endings, so the mayor and developer get busted for this conflict of interest and new laws are put in place to prevent this type of abuse of power (corruption). But in the real world, it’s probably not illegal; so it continues; and in the series finale, the city is official declared a disaster zone and the Federal government has to step in to address the wave of homeless and economic ruin this behavior has caused while the mayor and his cronies are laughing on a yacht drinking their freshly squeezed orange juice they had flown in. I know, the freshly squeezed orange juice flown in to billionaires on a yacht is a little over-the-top...but this is a Hollywood script combining city politics with a mayor patterned after J.R of “Dallas”.]

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31 Comments:

Anonymous . said:

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August 31, 2007 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most people think that 'non-profit" means the business does not make "a profit". But they do, and they must. They must make a profit to be able to pay the consultants and big wigs the 100K salaries for each they write. A two year contract 200K. The "non-profit" is what's left after everyone gets their cuts.

August 31, 2007 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now you guys are writing fiction? Let me give it a try.

*********************

One dark and rainy night, I see a flickering light in the dark skies as the light gets closer and closer I now see it is a large space-ship. I see the space land in an empty field on Alameda Street, I abandon my concerns and run towards the space-ship in the rain. I arrive as the doors of the space-ship open, it reveals 500,000 dark skin illegal aliens. The dark skin illegal aliens quickly run to occupy every dilapidated apartment in the city. As the rain clouds disperse to reveal the morning sun the dark skin illegal aliens are seen with thousands of shopping carts outfitted with a propane tanks and a grill. These newly converted hot-dog carts are quickly dispersed throughout the city of Los Angels.

I cautiously approach a dark skin illegal alien with one of these converted hot dog carts and purchase a hot dog. Now I rush to the HDTL (Hot Dog Testing Laboratory) to have my top scientist Dr. Oscar Mayer test the sample hot dog. The Broad Laser Spectrum Hot Dog Analyzer detects an anomaly but it is something Dr. Oscar Mayer has never seen before.

As Dr Mayer consults with other scientist he receives a phone call from Zumma Dogg, he thinks the hot dog vendors are a sinister plot devised by the Mayor who will use the profits from the hot dog sales to fund a Non-Profit organization which is front end loaded with millions of dollars.

We receive another call from Batman he has fallen ill after eating a hot dog from a street vendor, our concerns and fears quickly escalate. Batman is quickly rushed to an emergency room at a county hospital, unfortunately due to recent cutbacks from the County board of supervisors batman is left waiting in an overcrowded waiting room.

To be continued tomorrow;

Will Batman survive? Is Zumma Dogg correct about the sinister Mayor? Tune in tomorrow, same bat channel, same bat station.

August 31, 2007 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DON'T FORGET,YOU GOT PAY IF YOU WANT TO PLAY.

DID'NT THE STUPID WETBACK MIDGET MAYOR SAY HE WAS GOING TO PUT A STOP TO THIS?

OR LIKE ALWAYS THE ANGELINOS ALWAYS FORGET!

August 31, 2007 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, ZD...

We're in a continual state of brownout here in the San Fernando Valley, and have been for a couple of hours.

Nothing in the media, of course, because Arnold wouldn't dare announce brownouts.

This is a scam: Gray Davis did the responsible thing and announced brownouts when they happened. He was pilloried for it, too.

Arnold wants this to be very hush-hush...

...but it's pretty miserable out here without our air conditioners.

Arnold can't keep a lid on the power crisis forever. He's been lucky this year, because temps are down from last year.

But the lid has to blow sooner or later.

Why don't you be the one to do it?

August 31, 2007 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A 13:48

What fun!

August 31, 2007 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen (raises glass and toasts sots):

I've taken the liberty of returning home to the 808 State for the weekend and I've taken the whole crew with me. But let's talk about something else, shall we?

Zuma, lad, I believe its called barter...this this-for-that which you speak of. The interesting tidbit will come in the form of the 1099 for gift tax that will be issued to said student.

Another interesting angle to consider is that when one must list inflows and outflows of a balance sheet on an income statement that will be filed and viewed in family court, this particular scheme might come in to play. Why? (Whispers) All sorts of things can be hidden in a dorm-room trunk, savvy?

Have a wonderful weekend, sots. We shall, and we will see you on Tuesday.

August 31, 2007 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This post is what we call yellow journalism, it is disgusting and cowardly.

But then again, what else would one expect from a low life loser like ZD?

August 31, 2007 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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The following may not be fictions:

Remember this?

Villaraigosa rides on Ameriquest jet, pays 10% of cost

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is under fire from some ethics watchdogs for using a private jet owned by a company that has a lobbyist assigned to City Hall.

Villaraigosa used the plane owned by Orange-based Ameriquest last week to fly to Detroit with an aide, his two-member security detail and another person after he received a last-minute invitation to speak at the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Villaraigosa was paid $20,000 for doing consulting work for Ameriquest in 2001 and 2002, and the company has contributed nearly $200,000 to his two mayoral campaigns, his inaugural gala and a political committee he controlled while he was speaker of the Assembly.

"It's very troubling. It doesn't set a good standard for the new administration," said Robert Stern, president of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. "It's one of those perks the mayor should do without."\

AV is paying them back out of a "political account" and not city money. But, he's only paying them $438 each for him and an aide. In the article, the owner of a private jet company says he would have charged $3900 per person for the same flight.


Predator of predators?

How about his two-member security detail and another person?


Remember that, the report from KNBC:

http://www.knbc.com/investigations/13690525/detail.html

The jet was provided by Ameriquest, the mayor's former employer and generous donor. Ameriquest gave $100,000 to the mayor's inaugural bash.

The mayor's staff defended the "use of the private plane" because of "short notice" and reimbursed Ameriquest $438, the cost of an airline ticket.

But a look at his calendar for the night before the funeral shows the mayor was here in Burbank being interviewed live at Telemundo where Salinas worked, until 6:15.

The private jet his office said he needed to take wasn't departing from "Van Nuys until 11:30" that night.
So where was Villaraigosa for most of the night? Here at his Salinas' condo in Sherman Oaks, according to one of the residents.

Jean Rouda told the Los Angeles Times and confirmed to us on the phone she saw the mayor "carrying bags of take-out food and a bottle of wine."

At the time, the mayor's staff insisted "there wasn't time to book a commercial flight," even though according to the mayor's own calendar, we now know he was free from 6:15 on the eve of the funeral until 11 a.m. the next morning when the services began.


And even this?

ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/24/05 | ap - Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted a prohibited $250 gift from Ameriquest Capital Corp. and will write a check to the company to comply with the law, an attorney for Villaraigosa said. By law, elected Los Angeles officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $100 from companies that have lobbyists assigned to City Hall. "It was in excess of what it should have been," Thomas Saenz, the mayor's general counsel, said Wednesday of the gift basket from Ameriquest. "We are filing an amended report to reflect that he is reimbursing $150 of the amount. It was a mistake."...


Now, this:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ameriquest1sep01,1,4514100.story?coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true


Citi to buy remains of Ameriquest
The banking giant will take over the former sub-prime lending leader's loan-servicing arm and a sister firm.
By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 1, 2007
Ameriquest Mortgage Co., once the "Proud Sponsor of the American Dream," is closing.

Ameriquest shuttered its 229 retail offices months ago. As recently as 2005, Ameriquest and its sister company, Argent Mortgage, were together the No. 1 sub-prime mortgage lender in the world.

"They were absolutely the king, the biggest of them all," said David Olson, a longtime consultant to sub-prime lenders at Wholesale Access in Columbia, Md. But, he added, not necessarily the best.

Ameriquest was the subject of a series of stories in The Times in 2005 that looked into allegations by employees and former employees who described a "boiler room" culture in which they were promised big commissions and pressured to make loans at any cost. Many borrowers were misled about loan terms and steered into mortgages they couldn't afford, The Times reported.

Early last year, when Ameriquest agreed to pay $325 million to settle predatory lending probes by attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia, …….


LAT, as usual, forgot to mention Ameriquest’s relationship with Villaraigosa.

Everything associated with Villaraigosa seems to be falling apart. Is this guy a walking poison or some bad omen?

Would someone please pick up all Ameriquest’s remnants there at city hall too?

August 31, 2007 11:32 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

11:32pm, great post. deserves main thread coverage. maybe i'll post it somewhere, later.

10:51pm, By telling the story this way, it kinda gives the people involved a slight break, doesn't it. as opposed to a headline and story like:

Did Villaraigosa Approve Affordable Housing Project Scheme In Return For His Kids College Tuituion? And then use all the names (so as to call more attentionon search engines) (Now THAT'S Yellow Journalism.) I was trying to soften it.) Sorry.

the post about arnold'senergy bamboozle: THanks!

September 01, 2007 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HIs daughter doesn't go to college you moron. She's only 14 and besides, kids are not fair game for talking shit about politicians.

If you had a kid, or a wife, or a home, you'd understand.

Considering your life style, lack of education, lack of any knowledge or experience, you are playing with fire to publish unverified rumors the way you do.

Your post borders on libel, and unless you can prove it, the NY Times decision will not help you much.

We know you don't have much to lose, but whatever meager stash you may own, he could sue and get your stinky van; then where would you and Matt sleep, loser?

September 01, 2007 8:44 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

8:44am,

You say "his" daughter doesn't go to college? Didn't you read my script. In this fictional story about City Hall (ZD's version of West Wing), the mayor has a daughter who is goes to college.

Who are YOU talking about. AND DON'T PULL THAT KIDS CRAP WITH ME PAL IF A MAYOR IS APPROVING PROJECTS IN THE CITY USING HIS KIDS AS REVENUE STREAMS LIKE THIS. YOU HEAR ME. YOU WANT ME TO REALLY TAKE ON THIS ISSUE IN A NON-FICTIONAL APPROACH????

GET OFF YOUR HIGH AND MIGHTY HORSE. NO ONE AROUND HERE BUYS IT. WATCH IT PAL. I WAS BEING NICE SHARING MY "FICTIONAL" STORY WITH POLITICAL DRAMA FANS.

Attack me personally, again, and I'll make it something for journalism fans, bitch.

AND MAKE SURE THAT CHECK DOESN'T GET CUT IF HE'S APPROVING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROFIT WINDFALL PROJECTS. Ya herrme! ON THE FUCKING BIGGEST OF REALEST, BITCH. I HOLD THE CARDS ON THIS ISSUES, BITCH,..NOT YOU....YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I HAVE. How much time and energy do you want to force me to spend?

September 01, 2007 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time's all you have fool.

Go ahead and take your best shot. Nothing you have is worth the energy it takes the five people who read your crap to wade through it.

So, if you have something that is actually corrupt, publish it and see how long it lasts. It better be true, or you will be a cooked goose.

You have nothing, you are doing nothing, except ruining Mayor Sam's blog.

September 01, 2007 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KEEP IT UP ZUMA. Looks like you
hit a nerve right in the belly
of the beast.
ps. Merulo-Maddox down 40% in the
few months since going public

September 01, 2007 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:56 AM

That is what you get for being "nice" and "soft peddling"...

The "kids" are fair game when you want to project a phoney image to win an election, they are fair game when you want to take in money on the side, then they are fair game for everything that results from your lies and corruption. If you are the one who involved them, you can hardly complain when they are involved ...

September 01, 2007 1:54 PM  

Blogger Sue Doe-Nim said:

I can't get enough of this scumbag.

Poor poor Corrina. That woman must be humiliated.

And those children. Not fair at all when your father has no shame.

September 01, 2007 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't Antonio's son going to Princeton now? Sure is and is that how he got there Zuma by making a deal with a developer? Rumor has it the divorce of Corina and Antonio will bring out all kinds of juicy gossip stuff. What class Corina has shown all this time. Where is Antonio's mistress and will they walk together for City birthday celebration tomorrow? The entire nation now knows we have a clown as mayor and the circus in council members. Never before has this city seen such bullshit since Antonio took office.

September 01, 2007 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Baygell said:

Do you have evidence: tuition for one of the mayor's daughters was paid by --a developer --anyone other than her parents?

What is the evidence, please? How did you acquire it? I've not ever heard of any college, university releasing such information. Why would they? What would THEY gain from doing such a thing?

Do you have evidence: that links
non-profit developer to the mayor and shows mayor-involvement (-action -signature -event -other) GOT project 'green-lighted'? May we know what evidence?

Ignoring the "soft" peddling, the implications of what you wrote are serious.

If you wrote the story that way BASED on proof: you need to state What Proof. --If you want to have credibility, be taken seriously; your honesty matters, to you.

I disagree: with the poster who (crudely) said mayor's daughter 'off-limits.' --You don't appear to be attacking the child; the child is 'irrelevant' to the issue. Plus: IF this quid pro quo Happened, it's absurd --highly un-likely The DAUGHTER "forced" a developer to pay her tuition.

--If --IF the story is true: there's nothing wrong with stating the "Benefit" received, even though it involves his child.

If you can prove: the mayor Aided a developer because of a benefit the mayor & his family got, mayor MUST be brought up on charges.

--Without proof, stating the proof: it is not Right --Fair
--Proper for You to imply such a thing happened. --NO MATTER How you wrote it.

I will check back, watch for reply.

September 01, 2007 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Be proud Zuma, my man. I guess the first word "Scene" just didn't set the scene for the scared freaks who don't know how to take you. That's why they are scared of you. Don't ya just luv it?

Mr. Anonymous will check back and feel like the maroon he is.

Imagine Matt Dowd sleeping in a van with you? What would his wife have to say? Why would he give up his cushy apartment to sleep in your van?

If you weren't getting negative feedback you wouldn't know how much you are on the right track.

Thank you to the first poster who explained what a non-profit is. How do we survive without those brilliant posters helping out us dummies.

September 02, 2007 4:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD car impounding
Re "City will stop seizing autos of unlicensed" (Aug. 30):
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ordered the LAPD to stop impounding vehicles from unlicensed drivers because it's a big problem for illegal immigrants. He also said to cite unlicensed drivers instead of arresting them.

Hit-and-run accidents plummeted in the Valley after the police began impounding vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers. As for not arresting unlicensed drivers, how can you cite a person if you don't know who that person is? All it would take to get out of the citation for being unlicensed is to give a phony name. What's the point of even having a driver's license if Delgadillo gets his way? - John R. Schlank
Granada Hills

Double standard?
Re "City will stop seizing autos of unlicensed" (Aug. 30):
It appears to me the city attorney left out one thing: The illegals who are driving without a driver's license don't have auto insurance either. I guess the city attorney is not aware that the law requires you to have insurance when operating a vehicle; it's a citable offense. That's two strikes against not impounding drivers without a driver's license The third strike is when an illegal is driving without a driver's license and insurance, gets into an accident and kills someone.

Also will you treat a legal citizen the same way and not seize their vehicle?
- Mort Sherman
Woodland Hills

Madness
Re "City will stop seizing autos of unlicensed" (Aug. 30):
Have the Los Angeles Police Department and the City Attorney's Office lost their minds? What do they mean, it is unfair to illegal immigrants to impound their cars if they are caught driving without a driver's license? If they don't have a license, then they probably don't have insurance (both against the law).

Stop the madness; who wants to be on the road with these drivers? Maybe the aforementioned circumstances explain why there are so many hit and runs in our city. Who suffers from this insanity? The law-abiding legal citizens, that's who.
- John Kuhn
Studio City

September 02, 2007 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, be proud of making up trash and publishing it.

You are eight fathoms lower than whaleshit.

You got proof, put it up or shut up.

September 02, 2007 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If comments are disabled how Iam supposed to warn the white angelinos about the illegal alien mexicans?

Mayor Sam we need to keep warning everybody about our illegal alien mexican loving mayor and city council.

Now the illegal aliens are allowed to drive without a license and insurance, what the hell is next?

September 02, 2007 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can start by calling us Angelenos instead of Angelinos.

September 02, 2007 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You got proof, put it up or shut up

Someone else other than ZD is the one in a deep hole, trying to crawl out and regain the trust. He is the one who needs to prove himself or shut up.

September 02, 2007 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that you Johnny? Stop that!

Hinting that we would want to start a libel lawsuit involving My Mayor personally? Are you stupid or what? The last thing My Mayor needs is a personal lawsuit that could not get him protective order and would drag him into depositions! We would be shooting our own feet! My Mayor couldn’t avoid such lawsuits fast enough let alone starting one!

September 02, 2007 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that you again Johnny? Now you are talking about Journalism?

Are you that hopeless?

We are trying to let people forget, but you seem to want to remind people that Our Mayor is involved in one of the biggest journalistic scandals with his affair! Why do you have to bring up the journalism issue? Me and ….. I am going to take away both your laptop and desktop!

Oh, please leave Me and My Mayor alone!

September 02, 2007 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD plays quite a few roles here. While ZD could be a “reporter“ (actually more of a writer), he may also be a political commentator, entertainer/comedian/cynic, … and more frequently an activist. With this thread, he was acting as anything but a reporter! And he made that abundantly clear.

What are you guys talking about with all this libel and journalism crap here in this thread?

September 02, 2007 4:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What ZD did here is this: “I am telling you a fictional story. But what I am telling you here better not be happening in any city hall or practiced by any politicians anywhere, because we are aware of your possible tricks and are watching carefully. We want clean governments.” Why some posters here seem to be so afraid of the message?

September 02, 2007 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baygell is asking for verification about the mayor's daughter when the post about Princeton was about the mayor's son. And this is the guys who wants his facts verified?

September 03, 2007 1:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“….. we are aware of your possible tricks and are watching carefully. …. ” That is a good deed for the citizens.

Thanks ZD for shedding the light.

This is like a video camera installed inside a bullet-proof case at a high crime location.

It might not always catch crimes afterwards. But better yet, it could deter them from happening in the first place.

And who knows, judging from the rocks being thrown at the camera, it might have caught something too.

September 03, 2007 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Baygell said:

I'm waiting.

>"YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I HAVE."
No, we don't. Despite the supposedly fan-type "annonymous" posts "somebody" posted, it's still a smear-type of fantasy.

>"How much time and energy do you want to force me to spend?"

I'm in no hurry. FACTS? The over-weening "explanations" of what you posted: Not Facts. Not Evidence. Not: Proof --of a thing.

I am waiting.

September 05, 2007 2:42 AM  

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