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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Another day, another City Hall shakedown

Gloria Jeff is paid $95,000 to go away quietly. Settlement amounts under $100,000 cannot be reversed by City Council.

“This is outrageous,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, (snip) “It makes us look like fools,” ...

Indeed, it does. LAT

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

zine shut the f_ck-up, and take it like a man. Pay backs a bitch remember you switched your support from Hahn to the cholo. Zine, cho,lo do not like cops.

October 23, 2007 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

$95,000, big deal. The ex-webmaster for LA Animal Services Donyielle Holley shook down the city to the tune of $250,000. Holley quit her job after going on maternity leave. She then went to work for City contractor Pet Harbor. Then Holley decided to shake down the City. Mind you, she quit her job. She wasn't fired.

Holley got an attorney and threatened to sue the City for discrimination (she's black), harassment.... Her attorney sent in a demand letter and swore he'd file suit. Out of the blue Donyielle gets a $250,000 contract to do computer work for the City to do conversion retiree payroll system for the police and fire department pension office. She did a bad job working on the old green and orange Department website. Here is the old version of the website. If she can't even make a website, how can she work on the pension program online? http://web.archive.org/web/20060106070502/http://www.laanimalservices.com/

Donyielle Holley

October 23, 2007 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Out of the blue Donyielle gets a $250,000 contract to do computer work for the City to do conversion retiree payroll system for the police and fire department pension office. "

Many of these 'CONTRACTS" and "CONSULTANT FEES" are just cover ups that the administration uses to "pay back" or "pay off" SOMETHING THAT COULD BE MORE EMBARASSING were it be brought to the full light of day.

Huizar's employee paid his relatives. Who checked on what he did? Alatoree is paid as a "Consultant" but is really a lobbyist. Who checked on who paid him and why?

Remeber, under $100,000 does not require approval from the full council.

October 23, 2007 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Former Animal Services General Manager Guerdon Stuckey was fired by Villaraigosa. He appealed to the City Council, which negotiated a $50,000 contract.Former Community Development Department General Manager Clifford Graves resigned last year and was given a $25,000 contract to write two reports totaling 13 pages on the department's policy challenges and organization options.

And former Emergency Preparedness Department General Manager Ellis Stanley retired last month - at the nudging of the mayor and was given a four-month, $60,000 contract to write a report on issues important to the incoming general manager.

October 23, 2007 6:24 AM

October 23, 2007 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only embarrassing thing in the Jeff case was Jeff.

October 23, 2007 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

. . .it's fair to ask why the most important transportation job in sunny L.A., one the press release noted followed "an extensive search for the brightest and most innovative transportation leader," was handed to someone whose major previous challenge was clearing snow off Midwestern roads.


October 23, 2007 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:29 The mayor hires based on race. He's not looking for the best or the brightest, just the darkest. When looking for the new AGMs for Animal Services, the Mayor instructed the Dept to hire a black or mexican. The selection committee reported back that no blacks or mexicans applied. He told them to go find some, and they tried. Only whites applied and two white women got the jobs, then one quit.

When they needed a commissioner for Animal Services, the Mayor told Blackman to find a black man in south los angeles. Blackman emailed black men in that area that were friendly with the city and wanted contracts. They had no qualifications for the position. The animal people then frantically looked around to find an animal person of color, and found Marie Atake, an Asian. She got the job, even though many, many white people applied who were better qualified. She did a good job but the white people could have done a good job too.

Reverse discrimination. Don't expect the city to hire the best person for a job. That's why this city is a mess. What's worse is after he hires an unqualified person of color,he can't fire them easily when they do a bad job or they play the race card. Double edged sword, and poorly run city.

October 23, 2007 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And the new fire chief was a racial pick tied to Tennie Pierce, no?

They fought so hard in the 60's and now we have affirmative action which puts the qualifications of every minority hire into question.

October 23, 2007 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"At will" means nothing nowadays. If you are the GM of a City department or just work for a City department, you will learn many things which could embarrass the Mayor and the City. You will see people lie, cheat, steal, sexually harass, discriminate, commit crimes even. When they fire you, you have a lot of ammo to use to shake down the city because you were an insider. The city will now have to pay every time someone leaves or gets fired even if they sign contracts stating they know they are "at will."

The LAPD, LAFD and LA Animal Services Department are so messed up that anyone who leaves there will get money if they ask for it. Every day those Departments break the law, commit crimes, cover up, take bribes, leak confidential information, sexually harass...the employees, volunteers, members of the public. If they didn't hire people based on race only, maybe the Departments wouldn't be such a mess.

October 23, 2007 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:29, 10:54 The City does not hire based on qualifications. They hire for all the other reasons, race being just one of them. It's not all about color but money.

A very wealthy local business man offer the Mayor $10,000,000. The Mayor said "that's wonderful! what do I have to do to get the money?" The wealthy business man said "just hire a friend of mine to be the Director of Animal Services." The Mayor hired the guy on the spot, didn't even waste five minutes to try to verify the guy's resume. He did absolutely no due diligence on the guy.

Turns out the new Director never even graduated from college. He only went for one year then dropped out. Not only that but he said in his resume that he made Arizona "no-kill." He's never made any shelter anywhere "no-kill." He was fired from his last two jobs after leaving them financially broke and in complete disarray.

This is why this City is in horrible shape. The people that you'd least want to be Directors are Directors. They are mismanaging the Departments and causing the City to be involved in many lawsuits. The Mayor doesn't want to look like an idiot for hiring these idiots so he continues to back them up, cover up for them when they fail. He stands on the steps of City Hall and bleats out "we have the biggest and best animal shelter in the world!" when they aren't even the biggest in the immediate area.

p.s. The Mayor didn't even get the $10,000,000 in the end because the wealthy guy had a falling out with the Director when he realized he was a fake.

October 23, 2007 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gloria Alred calls herself a Civil Rights Attorney?? What a JOKE! Getting fired from your job because you SUCK AT YOUR JOB has nothing to do with Civil Rights!

October 23, 2007 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:43 She won't be doing the computer work. That's why they don't care that she's not qualified. They just wrote the contract so they could give her $250,000 so she wouldn't sue the City. If she sued the City even though it would be frivolous, she was going to bring up embarrassing things that happened in the Department. The Mayor doesn't like being embarrassed.

October 23, 2007 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the mayor doesn't like being embarassed he should step down as mayor.

October 23, 2007 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard Gloria Jeff was looking to sue ZD for sexual harassment.


October 23, 2007 3:23 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Bunker's MANipulative Cunt list

Meathead's Mother
Gl-whore-ia Allred
Laura Chick-N-Shit
Maxine tWaters
Newest Member: Gloria Jeff

October 23, 2007 4:15 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


I'm hearing through the vine that Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will run against Mayor Villarai-pose-a in 2009.

October 23, 2007 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I'm hearing through the vine that Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will run against Mayor Villarai-pose-a in 2009."

Cant happen! Villa is going to be Govenor!

October 23, 2007 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev is making more money where he is and isn't he guaranteed a job until like 2014? Why would he risk it?

The Mayor job is highprofile but attracts a lot of crap from everyone. No one supervises the supervisors.

October 23, 2007 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The problem with the city is that when department heads were taken off of civil service, during the Riordan years, doing the right thing and doing the political thing is now one and the same. GMs can't tell the kings and queens (Council) the truth because they will get fired. Instead the departments cow-tow to political pressure all the time.

Before the council could still direct departments to do stupid things, but they had to pass a motion and let everyone see the how they were favoring one group over another (usually campaign contributors). Now they just call the the GMs and threaten their jobs.

In the 1930's the civil service was set up in LA to prevent just this type of political influencing, but Riordan and his poor understanding of city government did away with checks and balances.

Instead we now have the mayor keeping track of GM by sex and race and trying to have them look like a UN meeting instead of appointing the most experienced and best qualified.

This is going to cause such political corruption that in a few years, when nepotism and cronyism reach such epidemic levels that civil service will once again have to be put in.

This is what happens when people who don't know history get elected and put in charge.

This is what has given us such a poor GM in transportation that even the Mayor had to fire her for incompetence. Affirmative action had to be subjugated for competence in this case. Lucky that he found a career city person who actually knows how to get things done, who happens to be black. Instead of an outsider whose main qualification was her gender and her race.

October 23, 2007 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Based on what we're reading here, there must be a lot of other people who got their jobs (with whichever employer, assuming they even have one) on false pretenses. Maybe people who don't know what the hell they're talking about should zip it before they embarrass themselves any more than they already have.

October 23, 2007 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD is beyond embarassment.

He ocnstantly writes about stuff about which he knows so little it is smbarrassing for anyone who has even a passing knowledge of the subject, but that doesn't stop him from stating his opinion like it is a foregone conclusion.

He and his groupies think they know it all.

Thank the Lord he is in the minority, and is nothing more than an illiterate, unemployed vagrant moron to whom Mayor Sam has entrusted the keys.

Don't ask me why, ask Sam.

October 24, 2007 2:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Because we like Zuma and we dont like you!

October 24, 2007 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was offered a job with the City. They didn't look at my resume, just the ethnicity box that I checked. I asked the person why I was selected, was it my *** experience listed in my resume. They said they didn't even look at my resume yet, just the application. The application just says name, address, are you a resident, ethnicity, nothing else. I rolled my eyes, then took the job.

October 24, 2007 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every BUtt has his Butt-Boys.

Zuma has his, Matt is Chairman.

Thanks, matt. I don't like you either.

Go back to Australia.

October 24, 2007 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's more about patronage than race. The person she replaced was an Asian American guy. There's more Asians in LA than Blacks.

Get rid of patronage.

December 19, 2007 8:03 PM  

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