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Monday, October 22, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Born In East LA
Pending Cityhood by East Los Angeles could help efforts at San Fernando Valley secession, which a revival of is currently in talks. You notice that no area ever asks to JOIN the City of LA? Maybe that should tell you something.

NIMBYs At It Again
More narrow minded NIMBYs have bigotedly decided what type of recreation we will have in the San Fernando Valley. Councilman Tony Cardenas - who sent the San Fernando Valley Fair to Santa Clarita - and his committee have rejected a much needed motorcross track on a old landfill in an industrial section of Sun Valley.

The Debate Is Off
Council Member Janice Hahn wants attendees at the upcoming Congress of Neighborhood Councils to debate the pending DWP rate hike. Many Councils have already adopted a position opposed to the rate hike. Hahn's request is being rejected by DONE; they're saying the event doesn't have enough time on its agenda for the discussion.

Summer of Love Goes Trick or Treating
Loteria Chicana shows you how to dress like the Mayor and Mirthala for Halloween.

Another Year, Another Show
The Sister City celebrates it's third birthday.

Some stories you may have missed over the weekend

The Parks Are Melting In The Dark
The City has eliminated funding for the paddleboats at Echo and MacArthur Parks has been cut but the cash strapped City has the funds to put on a parade only 15,000 attend.

Council Plays Monopoly
Did you know that when City owned property is sold, the Council Member in whose district the property is gets to determine where 50% of the funds received from the sale are spent?

Show Me The Money
Downtown developers have contributed millions to a City fund to build more parks near their developments. But everyone is asking "where are the parks and where is the money?"



Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the tax is voted down, her gang tax can move forward. She has a horse in this race. Wonder if she's really just interested in injecting a little color into the NC meetings.

However, she and Parks have a district where they're a lot of apathy towards politics, so she may really think people haven't thought about it enough already.

Better the phone tax than her gang tax which has no plan even. That's another case where homeowners have to pay the burden for poor areas with gangs.

If East L A secedes, won't the rest of the city be better off? Won't have to carry that poor Latino area and they can learn self-government.

Funny thought, they'll have their own Hispanic Mayor and City Council going up against the main ones.

October 21, 2007 11:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding the NC Congress, rumor is that there will be a DWP panel and a TUT discussion. That City Watch piece you linked to may be old news. Look for Monday announcements.

October 21, 2007 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen (coughs because of fire smoke):

Yesterday the crew and I were quite busy dealing with someone's Mum out in the 'Bu. Thank God Mum's okay and safely ensconsed at the priate compound in Venice for the moment. But let's not talk about that. Let's talk about something else, shall we?

In re the phone tax, here's what our confidential and well placed source at City Hall, Madame Wu, has confirmed. The way this particular tax shall be positioned will be not as a tax increase but as a "tax cut" for the current telephone tax is at 10%...and the sots who want this passed will argue that it's a tax CUT down to 8%. But what they do not and will not tell you is that the current 10% tax is EXPIRING, thus the emergency to get the tax on the ballot is in fact an emergency for one would not want to lose a goose that lays golden eggs, savvy?

Of course if the tax measure does not pass, then the tax is defeated and the tax is not renewed. Period. End of story. Done deal. Never to be heard from again. (Whispers) Free rum is even better than cheap rum, savvy?

October 22, 2007 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain Jack, thanks for that news flash explanation, which has been reported in detail in the Daily News, L A Times and the Pipsqueak Squawk.

October 22, 2007 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Reported in detail" 10 days ago, that was.

October 22, 2007 12:06 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

FYI, East LA is not seceding from the City of LA, they are an unincorporated part of LA County that wants to incorporate.

October 22, 2007 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CLA report relative to authorizing the sale of the following surplus equipment to the City of Mexicali,
Baja California, Mexico, for the below market price of $1.00 each, in accordance with Los Angeles
Administrative Code (LAAC) Section 22.547: One 1997 Peterbilt Model 379 Dump Truck; One 1996
Ford Model CF7000 Cab-Over Dump Truck; One 1992 GMC Model W7R042 Stake Bed Truck.
To Budget and Finance Committee

Interesting that we are selling "surplus" equipment to a foreign country. Does that mean that the U.S. doesn't have any poor municipalities that could use this equipment (or is it politically incorrect to suggest this)?

October 22, 2007 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


This is because of the smog emmisions regulations, and the selling of vehicles.

October 22, 2007 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the old news, Captain Jack!

October 22, 2007 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this surplus equipment available to the public for purchase?

October 22, 2007 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous 4:17 PM

Are you saying that every jurisdiction has the same draconian emission regulations as the AQMD? I don't think so . . .

October 22, 2007 8:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope that East L.A. becomes its own city. Local control is always better.

Good luck to the East L.A. Cityhood Committee.

(Or should I say:"Vaya Con Dios").

October 24, 2007 6:22 PM  

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