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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Few Good Council Members

While I was on my "hiatus" several members of the City Council did something remarkable. They stood up to a hallelujah chorus of NIMBYs, CAVE People and BANANAs as well as the unions to support something the community needs - expanding the Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills. At a time when hospitals are closing, emergency rooms are packed and health care is in a crisis - especially in the North Valley - Councilmembers Tony Cardenas, Wendy Greuel, Bernard C. Parks, Jan Perry and Greig Smith actually followed their convictions and blocked a stalling tactic by Councilman Richard Alarcon, who was seeking the block the hospital in his own district, one that doesn't have the health care options of tonier parts of Los Angeles.

They should be complimented. And Alarcon should be ashamed of himself for putting special interests ahead of his community.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous fat ass blonde said:

Oh hell, here we go Michael.

We do need to talk. Seriously.

And if I or my kids get hurt or anyone I know, I will demand that PHC give me one of Santa Clarita's beds. They have 30% put back for them. Because they are building one just 5 miles away in Santa Clarita.

And PHC brought in the labor after all the bashing they did about the CARE coalition having SEIU. What a ridiculous farce that was. Even the Daily News wrote about that.

But my community was on this long before the union was. We know what we need. An EIR. A parking structure.

I'm right and I know it and I will personally drive you around there and prove it.

We (the community) will prevail in the end.

I guess you're right Michael, we really do disagree on a lot of issues. My logic kills your business-loyalty. The "special interests" that PCH gave in to were who? Which unions? The hundreds that were there at Council in their matching orange shirts?

Debating with people who don't have all the facts about a project is not as much fun... Arm yourself with facts and then we'll talk.

By the way, those name callers called me a baby killer in my very own neighborhood supermarket. Classy.

November 20, 2007 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh wait, did I mention that the one they're building in Santa Clarita DOES have an EIR and no community opposition?

And don't forget to check the amount of money they spent fighting the EIR. More than it would cost, that's for sure. What ARE they afraid will turn up? Tsk. Tsk.

November 20, 2007 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam please don't let these last of their race white people try to fool you. They're afraid of the hospital because there might be Mexicans coming.

You are correct to shame Richard Alarcon and our unions who have stabbed their own people in the back and laid down with racists purely for power.

We who live here need hospitals. If you live someplace like Studio City or Woodland Hills you have many hospitals. Here we have no choice if our kid get sick.

November 20, 2007 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You ever wonder why the labor movement can’t just come out and admit their motives? Like in Mission Hills, why can’t the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy say it cares as much about EIR’s and parking spaces as Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy cared about hospitals and parking spaces and blast Providence Holy Cross Medical Center for being such tight asses when it comes to bargaining with nurses.

November 20, 2007 11:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon, along with a union-organized coalition that included residents of the area, had lobbied the council to block the expansion unless a lengthy study analyzed traffic, air quality and parking issues.

But supporters, including Holy Cross patients and doctors, warned that any delay would endanger lives and prolong the practice of babies being born in the hospital's hallways.

"This is an issue that goes beyond district," Smith said. "One-third of our hospital beds in a decade have been lost and we cannot afford to put people's lives at risk by allowing that to continue to diminish.

"We should support anything that increases the number of beds."

November 21, 2007 12:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess its one thing to be against WalMart or Home Depot or even a big condo. How fucking heartless can you be to be against making room for 100 more sick people at a hospital?

Higby, could you explain your friend?

November 21, 2007 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council is up in arms and is busing 50 people to City Hall because the local 7-11 is going to add a longer bread aisle.

November 21, 2007 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poor sick people. That big blonde can go to hell. How much money does she make from this?

November 21, 2007 12:22 AM  

Anonymous unanimous anonymous insidious said:

I heard the owner of Alarcon's District office wants to renegotiate his lease, and place Alarcon and his staff into a walk-in closet.

Apparently Alarcon didn't append to his lease documents a study analyzing any potential increase of traffic or parking spaces, nor did he include a negative EIR addressing air, groundwater, or soil contamination issues.

November 21, 2007 8:28 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

This blog needs Fat Ass Blonde, so make some room, kids.

You don't have to agree with her, but you do have to respect the fact that she completely understands her position and is more than able to defend it.

November 21, 2007 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go 'way, Jack.

November 21, 2007 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hospital apologists should be ashamed of themselves. Providence-Holy Cross is taking advantage of this particular community to get permission to expand their poorly designed facility without having to fix the problems it already causes, let alone those a bigger version would add.

All you have to do is try to go there for any reason and see the traffic mess they already create because P-HC has next to no parking available. What's going to kill people is not someone asking for an EIR, it's going to be ambulances getting caught in the mess and not being able to get seriously ill patients into the hospital in time. P-HC, its lobbyists and its community sell-out apologists are the ones who will have THAT blood on their hands!

If P-HC is going to insist on exploiting the North Valley and guilt-tripping everyone while they do, maybe they should at least agree to build a parking structure to solve the basic problem people are complaining about.

November 21, 2007 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby you jack-ass.

Holy cross has delayed this project by not just doing the dammed EIR. Linger nor fighting then if they would have just done the damn report.

For all your anti community bullshit, it doesn't change the fact that they, like home depot, could have just FOLLOWED THE GOD DAMMED LAW!

November 21, 2007 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MORON SAID:

Alarcon, along with a union-organized coalition that included residents of the area, had lobbied the council to block the expansion unless a lengthy study analyzed traffic, air quality and parking issues.

That report would have been done 6 months ago. It is PHC that has delayed in fighting instead of just doing the right thing.

But supporters, including Holy Cross patients and doctors, warned that any delay would endanger lives and prolong the practice of babies being born in the hospital's hallways.

AWESOME scare tactics I'll credit them for that. So they get a pass on screwing over the community because of a good political line?

November 21, 2007 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The lack of knowledge about CEQA on this board by union members is appalling. They wouldn't know an EIR from an MND if it fell on them.

The law was followed. An MND was issued. That is all the law required. Even the planning department agreed. If you think that you know CEQA better than the experts you are wrong. Even the notoriously meticulous
City Planning Commission agreed that all that was needed was an MND.

When will the stupidity end. "FOLLOWED THE GOD DAMMED LAW" my ass, they did follow the law.

Some people on this board are such idiots, especially
3:40 pm. This person couldn't understand the law if it bit 'em in the ass.

November 21, 2007 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The main problem on this issue is who funds Alarcon? His use of "go along with me and I go along with you" is disgusting Council Politics at the worst.

As a land use issue P-HC was an easy call. The Union (SEIU & County Fed) lost to the Building Trades because they wanted to Cheat the community at the expense of the Union name and were exposed.

SEIU lost the election to represent the workers and thought they could steal their way to represent them by costing the Hospital large dollars for an EIR and the time it would take, community needs be dammed.

Maria Elena gets most of her funding from SEIU and has abandoned any principles that the Fed ever had. She lobbied the Coucil hard and lied to them ssaying all Unions had the position of opposition to the project. The Council saw the truth the day of the vote and if there weren't so many backroom deals involved they would have held to the Planning Commission's recommendation.

November 21, 2007 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems as if Fat Ass Blonde, Jim Algore and Joe Bee were just bia-tch slapped! Go home professional whiners. Your families need you.

605 speaks the truth. If you lie with dogs you will get fleas.

November 21, 2007 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In your dreams, you little bitch wimp!

6:05 is just another Mayor Sam Barely Informed Dumbass. A little knowledge goes a long way with these idiots.

November 21, 2007 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Not really a fat ass said:

I'm blonde. I don't have a fat ass. I was humoring my unworthy opponents.

I do know what I'm talking about on PCH and I'm not going to quit posting under my own name really because someone name-calls me. I'm pretty thick skinned. Frankly, I don't believe it when you say nonsensical BS things about me.

I don't what Mexicans are coming that you are trying to accuse me of fearing. I work in the Hispanic community for them and have gained more of their trust than some Hispanics I know..

11:59 - LAANE is a great organization and did they or us bring union people to City Hall? Nope, it was only the hospital who did.

Notice how this expansion keeps getting bigger? Now without a neonatal intensive care, babies will be born in hallways? You are too stupid for me to argue with. You make me laugh.

So I'm not heartless. I'm right. We need hospitals but they are being built everywhere. STOP ignoring that fact. Olive View, Holy Cross in Santa Clarita... there are hospitals very near to us. Less traffic is more important to the residents here to tell you the truth.

And I say build a parking structure and I'll get off this subject.
That is all I'm asking for and I do know what I'm talking about.

The hospital is 3 miles from my house. I know what goes on there.

Doctors (dressed in ER garb-lol) and nurses aren't educated on EIR issues to be able to speak with authority.

Those silly nuns go to our Sunshine Canyon hearings too. Oh yeah.. I'm putting a lot of stock in their testimony.

So I know who you are.. you the one who calls me names to try and discredit me. Good luck. But you won't stop me from doing the right thing.

Have a good weekend and go work on that parking structure.

November 22, 2007 1:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the last post I will refer to my being called a fat blonde, even by myself. I was humoring you Lee, David, Maria and friends of yours.

Not only do I not get paid, I do it because it's the right thing to do for that community. If I got paid, I would be able to work harder and expose the real truths.

Also I don't know Jim Algore or Joe Bee. Why am I being connected to them?

November 22, 2007 1:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is amazing! I don't know who this blonde woman is however she is very curious.

She's upset about a hospital three miles from her home. Is she considering that if this hospital does not have a parking lot (which I find difficult to accept as fact) patients will be parking on her front lawn?

Myself I have been involved in fighting big box stores in Ventura County. I find a very big concern about large apartment developments. I am having difficulty comprehending opposition to adding 100 beds to a small hospital. the material I have read tells me that health care is an issue and hospitals are closing. Its important that where an opportunity becomes available to provide more health care we take it.

Her aggressive seemingly irrational opposition to this medical center is bizarre at best. She is obsessed with the minutia of the regulation of development and using quirks of the law to derail this project. My assumption leads me to believe that should this hospital project be completed the blonde's self worth will suffer a serious blow hence this cause is personal.

At the end unable to clearly make a case as to the value of an argument in opposition to a clear community treasure as a hospital, she takes a shot at doctors & nurses (in my estimation know far more about building hospitals than any of us). But in a further bizarre twist the woman insults the lovely nuns who work at the hospital.

When I was at USC in the 60s, I learned that was called a red herring.

Would any of you have information as to where one may make a contribution to the his hospital? I believe I need to write a check.

November 22, 2007 6:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what is the real issue here? Alarcon has demonstrated a total lack of leadership. Instead of digging his heels, he should have been more savvy in dealing with this issue. Now he has egg all over his face! I do to live near this hospital and as with others, this area has much traffic. I'd choose the beds before the traffic. At this point it does not matter. Just make sure that next election this joker is out. I'll never forget what Alarcon did to Katz. I hope none of you do either.

November 22, 2007 6:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As the head of LAANE, shouldn't Madeline Janis be prohibited from serving as a city commissioner due to the MASSIVE conflicts of interests when projects come before the CRA board? She has to qualify as a lobbyist since LAANE is lobbying the council on virtually everything.

November 22, 2007 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

it doesn't matter cause she is a liberal latina lesbian

November 22, 2007 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know the blonde in question. She isn't fat and she's really bright. I don't think she has a personal stake in this issue at all. Because I know her, I know that she has been working on that issue for a long time. (longer than it would take for an EIR to be completed)

I also know that she has been working on Las Lomas for even longer and I don't think she is going to be so pro-LAANE when she finds out that they are lobbying the mayor for Las Lomas.

She's feisty and she knows people and most people like her a lot. I agree with Mayor Sam's earlier assessment of her. She is pretty liberal, but so am I so I don't care about that. I have seen her charm some Republican men around the valley too.

She is not the issue here in this hospital expansion. Alarcon is the issue. He should be censured for his behavior. That council district should recall him.

November 22, 2007 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

everyone makes a mistake sometimes. no one is right all the time. this lady is right on las lomas but wrong the hospital.

November 22, 2007 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is a NIMBY, CAVE people and BANANA?

Is this some secret city hall talk?

November 22, 2007 10:54 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

http://mayorsam2.blogspot.com/2007/11/nimby.html

November 23, 2007 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The doctors at Providence hospitals need to pay more attention to practicing competent medicine and less time at public hearings making like they know anything about building hospital expansions. Ask the late Barbara Cesar's family and friends about it.

November 24, 2007 3:27 PM  

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