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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

DWP boss Ron Deaton was planning to retire in January following his heart troubles during a trip to Costa Rica. Now, the LA Times says that the 42 year long highest paid city employee (telephone tax watchers: this guy makes $345K a year) is not so sure and may stay on.

Councilman Tom LeBong does an interview with Halloween blog Creepy LA and discloses his costume for this year: an LADOT traffic officer. In the meantime the City Council earmarked nearly another $2 million to one of LeBong's favorite causes, the revitalization of Griffith Park, which will surely raise the hackles of activists fighting commercialization of the park.

If you've been wondering where Mayor Villaraigosa has been, he's in Nevada looking for voters for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Faux economist Jack Kyser of the Los Angeles Economic Development Commission was given an award by his own employers. As Walter Moore has pointed out Kyser is not trained as a economist and despite getting many local journalists to hang on his every word he has had some goofy theories. Still even Kyser thinks the massive pay raises given by the City to municipal employees is way off the mark.

I don't know if Jose Huizar will try to make this walk, but Franklin Avenue is doing another annual walk through LA, covering the length of Pico Boulevard from LA to Santa Monica. If you're interested, visit their site and sign up.

Downtown LA via CurbedLA reports that at least $120 million in downtown Quimby funds can't be accounted for by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Hopefully the District Attorney is going to take a look at this. As you know developers are required to pay these funds to the City to build new parks, but none have been built Downtown. And they want your phone tax money!

How does Wal-Mart get around NIMBYs and politicians who block them from opening big stores? Just open up smaller stores.

Capitol Weekly reports that Governor Schwarzenegger vetoes bills at a rate twice that of Gray Davis or Pete Wilson. The more bills vetoed the better I say.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you know that Recreation and Parks will rent the areas for playing football, basketball etc. to outside adult entities for their use instead allowing kids from those communities to use them? They make money when they rent them to outside adult entities they make no money with the kids. Northeast area rents to Burbank.

October 22, 2007 11:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They also rent to private birthday and other kid parties with a responsible adult. Problem is that a lof of free users trash the school and make them pay for cleanup, fixing the grass and equipment, etc. Too bad these slobs hurt it for everyone. They should sign to be responsible and make their group's kids do the cleanup and be careful or lose it.

October 23, 2007 2:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

About Deaton's salary. You have it backwards. Compare his salary to someone at a private utility. Now compare the salaries for DWP's 8,000 worker bees at a private utility. Rate increase time!

October 23, 2007 7:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Question...was our (dis)honorable mayor in Las Vegas Sunday kissing Hillary's big butt while the fires were burning here in Los Angeles? I'm glad he can run around pursuing his own agenda. I'd hate for running the City of Los Angeles to get in the way of any of his personal goals. (NOT THAT IT EVER HAS BEFORE!)

October 23, 2007 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor goes to S America, May Day Melee breaks out

Goes to Vegas, some of the county burns down. Not city of L A, though.

Arnold sure is all over the place.

October 23, 2007 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:15: So you're saying the Mayor is our good luck charm, and we should want to keep him around.

October 23, 2007 6:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If he plans it right and is AWAY he cant be accused of being responsible for the problem, but he makes an '"imposing saviour". No matter WHO OR what he is serving.Such a smile eh ?

October 23, 2007 6:42 PM  

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