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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Duke Helfand writing in the Former Fishwrap of Record says that Mayor Villaraigosa "faces a steep climb to California's top job." A number of self inflicted wounds have proably derailed his efforts to seek the Governor's seat in 2010 and greased the skids for others such as former Governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown. Of course, I told you that months ago.

Mayor Villaraigosa and Wacko Jacko announced a plan to make Pico and Olympic virtually one way streets in opposite directions in an attempt to deal with traffic. Riddle me this Batman, if the same number of cars more or less travel in different directions on each street, isn't this like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic? The cars have to go one place or another. The answer isn't changing direction but reducing the number of cars, one way or another. Stakeholders in the area claim that the Mayor and Jacko have done little to consult the community on the plan.

Walter Moore asks "Has Mayor Villaraigosa really reduced crime?" Good question, as the Mayor and Chief Bratton blow each other's horns falling crime rates are really based on a long term demographic shift and efforts taken back during the Clinton Administration. Nice try boys.

Not only is Sunland-Tujunga unfriendly to business, but formerly Republican Orange County has also caught NIMBY fever. Its so virulent that while folks in Huntington Beach are fighting a Costco in their city, BANANAs in neighboring Westminister are joining the fight. Perhaps some CAVEs from the Valley might want to join in.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes about a growing resentment among African Americans that Latino politicians are eerily silent on Hispanic gangs that have targeted Blacks with violence.

Urban legends to the contrary, public officials in both cities say that Los Angeles is not paying low income residents from housing projects such as Nickerson Gardens to move to Moreno Valley in the Inland Empire.

In celebration of the Dodger's 50th anniversary in Los Angeles, the baseball team will play an exhibition game versus the World Champion Boston Red Sox at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the team's home before Dodger Stadium was built.

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49 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sunland-Tujunga is very pro business!
Just not for businesses that break or skirt the rules. And especially against businesses that sue the City for $10 mil, bus in paid supporters, and flood the council chambers with lobbyists. Home Depot comes to mind....

November 26, 2007 11:44 PM  

Anonymous Jim Hoff said:

No. I think any new project bigger than a broom closet and Joe Barrett will be out with a petition.

November 27, 2007 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The same argument over HD in S-T, which has space for all of one big store. Many of us are stuck with developments we don't like, but the Planning Dept. and Building & Safety approve them anyway -- even over objections from our council office sometimes. You all knew they would sue, and the city has enough budget deficits. They were way too pushy and obvious about it, but they'll probably go ahead with their project anyway after the EIR.

Sam, being from North Hollywood and obviously clueless about the westside and since you can't take in the detail of the L A Times stories after having your mind numbed by the short "digestible for the masses" in the valley, Daily News pieces, here is remedial reading help:

The story explains how although Pico and Olympic won't become one- way due to objections that it might make them TOO car-friendly and encourage speeding (that's a novel thought for the city), and make it hard for adjacent residents to get home, the lights will be synchronized to encourage driving east on Pico, west on Olympic -- from La Brea to border of Santa Monica. IF this works, they'll restsripe lanes accordingly.

It makes a lot of sense and is an excellent compromise between Zev's proposal and what neighbors want.

Only objection I really agree with is, why isn't Santa Monica participating? The traffic is largely for people going to Santa Monica to work and play. For an ultra-liberal city, Santa Monica as a whole is very NIMBY: No Los Angelenos in some of its parks, especially the dog park; higher fees for people from L A to use any of its rec facilities (Beverly Hills does that, too). L A gives the same rate break to all -- maybe it's time to change. And maybe set up a toll booth at edge of Santa Monica Blvd., don't just make it easier for others to commute.

Mayor and Weiss both know that ultimately, only a subway will solve the problems. Steve Hymon today talks about a very sensible proposal they have for joint public/ private financing and at least fixed-time ownership.

How painful it is for you to admit they can do anything right, and in fact, once they ignore you and the NIMBYs and CAVEs, they can show that the city can in fact get things done and pretty quickly.

A few activists on the local HOA and NC (pretty much overlapping people) are quoted objecting they weren't consulted on the plan, but if they were, they'd be mired in arguments and objections at least until 2010. On the other hand, people bitch if nothing is done. I live a few blocks north and look forward to anything which helps.

November 27, 2007 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Traffic Planner said:

It won't happen. The reverse flow can not work if Santa Monica doesn't participate. It will back up traffic on multiple side streets from people trying to get around the traffic.

November 27, 2007 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that the Mayor's new girlfriend in that photo?

November 27, 2007 12:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First, no right turn signs between certain hours.

Second, more left turn signals.

Third, “Olympic West – Pico East” these short sighted solutions will not solve the traffic congestion.
Villaraigosa is going to create a bigger problem for motorists who travel on north and south streets with his Olympic west – Pico east idea.

Again, this confirms that Villaraigosa never had an agenda after he was sworn in as the 51st mayor.

November 27, 2007 3:36 AM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

I must give Mayor V. props on the Pico/Olympic plan.

Granted, it isn't a long-term solution, but it is a great start. The long-term solution is a system of one-way streets in both the basin and valley.

NIMBYs, stand down; if you want the traffic off your quiet neighborhood roads, one-ways are your friends.

Jack Weiss, sit down; just sit down.

November 27, 2007 6:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

again... another problem that could be solved or at least greatly reduced by enforcement of our illegal immigration laws. traffic, abuse of social services, increase in crime, higher taxes, poor school performance, loss of our culture, the list goes on... vote WALTER MOORE for mayor of LA.

November 27, 2007 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Sam MIssed This said:

TV journalist to wed lawmaker -- Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and KCRA-TV journalist Edie Lambert are getting hitched. The Van Nuys Democrat popped the question Thursday to his longtime lady friend during a flight from Sacramento to Seattle, where the couple spent Thanksgiving visiting relatives from both families. Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee -- 11/27/07

November 27, 2007 7:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lloyd, I expect nothing short of a carbon neutral wedding.

November 27, 2007 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If anti-business in Sunland-Tujunga means that all folks INCLUDING multibillion dollar businesses who disparage the town and lie to its citizens must also abide by the existing laws and rules, so be it; label us that.
We've encouraged the RIGHT businss to come to our town, not an industrial warehouse full of chemicals with homes and schools less than a stones throw away.

November 27, 2007 7:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Crime statistics changes

This is how the GM of Animal Services was able to say that euthanasia is down. It is not because of the GM but because of other factors.

1. The Hayden act made it mandatory to spayneuter all shelter pets before adoption. This is the main reason intake and euthanasia are down in all shelters in California.

2. Three times as many animals are now just dying in the shelter on their own from illness and injury, from 1,200 to 3,300. animals dying from lack of care in shelterIf they die on their own, you don't have to euthanise them.

3. The GM started a kitten and feral cat refusal program in April. Neonate kittens and feral cats are euthanized 99.99% of the time so each one refused is one less animal to euthanize.

The only very recent drop in euthanasia is equal to the increase in animals dying on their own and the drop in intake of neonate kittens and feral cats. True euthanasia has not really gone down.

Villaraigosa loves to say that his shelters are nokill and his city is nocrime but it's just a numbers game. Domestic violence is the most common type of violence. Take that out of the violent crime equation and of course crime will go down. This is one time when Bitter Bernie is not bitter but right.

November 27, 2007 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From the LA Times story about Olympic and Pico:

"City officials say travel time could be cut by as much as 45%."

Huh? Based on what? I don't think that is physically, humanly, geographically, scientifically, or reasonably possible. I guess when they were picking percentages out of the air somebody said, "The public is stupid, but not stupid enough to believe 50%...let's go with 45%!"

I guess the operative word in that sentence is "could" It could be 45%, but most likely it will be 10%.

November 27, 2007 8:58 AM  

Anonymous The Truth about Mayor Sam said:

A story about your typical Mayor Sam reader

http://earlofarihutchinson.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-al-sharpton-is-man-millions-love-to.html

Why Al Sharpton is the Man Millions Love to Hate
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The only thing really remarkable about the warning from the FBI to Al Sharpton that an unnamed, and unspecified dangerous substance may have been mailed to his National Action Network office in New York was that it came from the FBI. For months Sharpton has bitterly complained that he had been receiving a steady stream of hate mail, and death threats, and had repeatedly told law enforcement and the FBI about the threats. He questioned just how seriously they took them. This time the FBI apparently took the substance threat serious enough to warn him.

That Sharpton should be under attack is hardly a surprise. If it’s a police shooting, a protest over housing discrimination, a Jena six march, the charge to dump Dump Don Imus, a fist shake at the Bush administration, the bet is that Sharpton will be in the thick of the action. When Sharpton toppled Jesse Jackson from the top spot as black America’s main man, the notoriety, and the hostility, that that title carries with it, insured that he’d take the heat for whatever went right or wrong when blacks took to the streets in protest. Sharpton’s ubiquitous visibility on the protest front and willingness to go virtually anywhere as the visible, face and voice of angry black America makes him a universal punching bag.

But that doesn’t totally explain the deep, and almost clinical loathing that the mere mention of Sharpton’s name stirs among far too many whites, and a fair number of blacks. There are two bigger reasons why the hatred-fascination for Sharpton. He shakes, rattles, and ignites the goblin of racial denial in many whites. Sharpton is a breathing, walking, reminder that race still matters, and matters a lot in America. He is a slap in the face to the legions that duck, dodge, deflect, and flat out deny that there’s still a lot of racial hurt inflicted on blacks. Sharpton shatters their comforting delusion that racial hate is a dusty antique thing of a bygone past, a figment of the overwrought, paranoid imagination of many blacks, or better still that blacks themselves with their alleged incessant penchant for playing the race card are the only bigots left in America.

http://www.earlofarihutchinson.blogspot.com/

November 27, 2007 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^^^^^^^^
A story posted by the third floor spinsters trying to defame our beloved dead Mayor Sam. Your mexican midget mayor is a disgrace to our once beautiful city of Los Angeles. We now have the worst schools in the nation thanks to the cholo mayor making Los Angeles a sanctuary city.

REPEAL SPECIAL ORDER 40.
If you really want to lower the crime rate in Los Angeles.

November 27, 2007 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, the Mayor is a liar, just as he has lied about the victory he and Councilman Huizar proclaimed to have won from Autry. Had the TV cameras and news reporters and community reps (those that have been bought by the Autry) and made a big fanfare about NOTHING. All they got from the Autry’s CEO John Gray was a memo, a piece of trash that cannot be enforced.

The Friends of the Southwest Museum, which are the true supporters, were not invited to attend; only the names on the list were allowed to enter the museum by the guards they posted at the entrance.

November 27, 2007 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:59: What you're trying to say with quoting the DN's resident leftist (along with Mariel Garza) is unclear, but if you're trying to claim that any criticism of that fat fool and press-hound Sharpton is unfounded because he's a demigod instead of a demagogue: He also rushed to accuse the three Duke sports stars of raping a stripper, who turned out to be lying and there was no evidence.

It became a scandal that brought down the DA who was overly salivating to make his "case," and why? To please the Al Sharptons and Louis Farakkhans, convicting white, wealthier young men without evidence just because of their race.

Remember the name Nifong? Al Sharpton helped create Nifong.

Al Sharpton and the other racially motivated "leaders" created the disaster at MLK by refusing to allow any measures to discipline employees or streamline operations, as "racist." It took a feisty Latina like Molina to finally hold her own. (At this point, there were as many Hispanics as blacks working at the hospital and as patients, anyway -- the racial issue had bee posed back in the 70's but this is three decades later, if you'd care to notice.)

November 27, 2007 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hillary has lost thousands of Latinas because of her stupidity and not dumping a lying, cheating, husband who was unfaithful and LIED too many times about it instead of having the balls to be a man and leave. Now that he's embarrassed the city he has the nerve to campaign for Hillary and put this out. DIDN'T ANTONIO SAY HE WAS CONCENTRATING ON DOING HIS JOB FOR THE CITY? NOW HE'S WASTING TIME FOR HILLARY WHO HASN'T DONE A DAMN THING FOR THE LEGAL LATINOS.

From: Antonio Villaraigosa
Subject: Host a house party for Hillary
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:30:43 -0500 (EST)
My friend, Senator Hillary Clinton, is coming to Los Angeles to debate her fellow Democratic candidates on December 10th in a nationally televised debate, and we want you to gather your friends and neighbors to watch the debate LIVE!

Please join us in hosting one of the hundreds of parties across the state by inviting fellow Democrats to your living room, to the workplace, or even to your favorite local restaurant to watch the debate and be a part of history on December 10th.

I hope you can join us on Monday, December 10th!

Sincerely,
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

November 27, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That speech-impaired clowncil Reyes is pushing in the full Council to override Jack Weiss's successful PLUM committee decision, to NOT allow big buildings to be built without parking to force people to use public transit.

Weiss organized the Transportation Summit at the Petersen Museum last Monday, and every single legislator and community activist and Mayor of neighboring cities (like from Beverly Hills) agreed that we have to do MORE to get the subway built, and until you have more mass transportation in place, allowing high density without parking will mean more street parking and major disruptions and animosities from existing residents vs. builders who save money building by cutting out parking spots and forcing residents to burden neighbors and the city with it.

Of course they can persuade Reyes, who comes off as bright as a 2-watt bulb, that this will somehow "relieve traffic congestion," make for "a greener city," etc. There might be certain pockets where this could make sense, as in Reyes' own blighted area, but it is pitting the poor/Latino/SLA neighborhoods against the middle class, who must drive to work, kids' after-school activities, etc.

Reyes is too dumb to realize he's representing only his area, whereas the Hollywood, mid-Wilshire to westside areas already choking in traffic and inadequate parking, are all vehemently opposed.

(Reyes stacked the council with some old, out-of-touch lefties to support him. Of course, Janice Hahn has her add-on idea to support reduced parking and "create a dedicated source of funding," i.e., a tax for more buses. Exactly the same terminology as her gang tax: taxing homeowners, who in this case are the angriest about the reduced parking for tenants at big buildings going up next-door. Make the ones suffering pay.)

Then they have a guy from Transportation, who's living in some futurist fantasyland which exists only in his own mind, saying that this sort of legislation will force families to use one car instead of two and ride their bikes. What hogwash and stupidity.

It would mean singles would move in and displace families even further.

Too bad some bitter egotists have decided to try to fight Weiss instead of working with him -- as is that fool Antonio Watch piping up on this blog. His understated, educated logic will be sorely missed when you're all left with the Reyes/Alarcons/Hahns/Parks'. I'm moving to Beverly Hills then.

November 27, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good post Jack!

November 27, 2007 12:23 PM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

11:57, I agree, Beverly Hills is looking better every day.

November 27, 2007 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LaBonge, Rosendahl, Zine all oppose Reyes, thank goodness. Gruel should be, her Sherman Oaks area would be up in arms with new huge rentals and no parking next door. Garcetti is trying to play the middle, because the proponents have phone "greening" arguments -- but the Highland/ Hollywood complex in his district, despite being next to a Metro stop, had some 5% residents using metro, according to that LA Times stakeout and article.

This really does lay out the issue in a way that Reyes/ Alarcon like to deny most of the time: Latinos in blighted areas wanting to waive parking requirements so they can build "affordable housing" for their masses who don't have cars or would be driving them illegally, and are thrilled to get any housing they can afford anywhere under any circumstances -- against the bulk of the city, those who have built traditional lifestyles, and need cars to get to work, their kids to school and activities across town.

Basically, this new waiving of parking would push out the middle class, traditional families and retired people and replacing them with singles and the poor.

Reyes and his supporters can maybe get special waivers for THEIR areas only, don't ruin the rest of the city and make it even more unlivable. This makes me so mad, it is just so ridiculous on the face of it, would only make most of the already angry city angrier.

November 27, 2007 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad you agree with the post, but I'm not Jack and I doubt he's reading this stuff -- and he'd be too polite to lay it out, so I'm doing it, as a homeowner. This is a general issue, not one where personalities should be involved.

November 27, 2007 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've only talked to one Latina who has not emphatically broken ranks with Mayor V over the way he has treated his wife. That one Latina, of course, was appointed by the Mayor to a commission seat she doesn't want to lose.

Latinas are also breaking ranks with H Clinton because she won't dump this embarrassment from her campaign.

November 27, 2007 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:47: Would you shut up and try to focus your tiny mind on some issues.

Get out of his or anyone's bedroom, I'm sure they don't need you or your fellow busy-bodies to interfere in their lives or "solve" his family issues. I'm sure his kids would also thank you to shut up and go away.

November 27, 2007 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa is SO done.

Nothing will revive his career or advance those of the likes of Weiss and others who cow-tow to the admitted cheating mayor.

November 27, 2007 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard a rumor that the horny midget mayor was putting the moves on Hillary Clinton, maybe the midget mayor wants to be vice president.

I wonder how the Blogging Burros will react the the midget mayor becoming the vagrant vice-president.

The Savvy Sailor - Savvy???

November 27, 2007 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I pizza in the microwave is also SO done.

November 27, 2007 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get yer red hot AV bobblehead!

https://latinocongreso.org/bobblehead/

Lovingly crafted in Hizzoner's perfect proportions!

November 27, 2007 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Helloooo the Democratic candidates will be in LA on Dec. 10th. Wake up because the presidential election is a big issue to many Legal Latinos. Having Antonio as Hillary's campaign manager is a joke yet she hasn't made one comment about his womanizing. That in itself makes a statement and I will be voting for Obama because he has better ideas on how to run this country. If Hillary wants to stick her head in the sand so be it she's lost tons of votes because of her stupidity on the Antonio issue.

November 27, 2007 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Baca wants a new jail let him built it in the COUNTY. We don't need a new larger jail in the city of LA.

..Sheriff Lee Baca has an unusual ally in his plans to manage the nation's largest jail system -- the American Civil Liberties Union.
Melinda Bird, senior counsel for the ACLU said she planned to tell the Board of Supervisors today that she supported Baca's proposal to demolish the outdated, overcrowded Men's Central Jail and build a new jail in its place. Bird said the county should consider reducing the number of inmates held in the county's six jails -- about 19,000 a day -- by using alternatives such as home detention or residential treatment for those who are addicted to drugs or mentally ill. ..Baca estimated that building a new downtown jail could cost between $500 million and $800 million

November 27, 2007 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With brilliant opponents like this, the Mayor's career is guaranteed. Of course, the clown who keeps writing in supposed support of him isn't helping him at all, either -- another nut.

November 27, 2007 5:47 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

the mayor's great. he's got the nicest suit and the hair-do and the breath strips.
back off of him.

worry way more if you don't buy organic milk right now. the cheaper milk and eggs are full of hormones.
along with a certain amount of pus.
part of the process apparently, see they inject the hormones into the cow, and it makes milk come from other unnatural places within the cow. higher output, questionable content. milk just ain't milk y'all.
what's in your coffee???


Q. What does the FDA say about IGF-1?
A. The FDA has trivialized evidence for increased levels in rBGH milk and insist that any such increases in IGF-1 are not dangerous, and do not pose a health risk. However, a 1990 study by Monsanto, the leading maker of rBGH, explicitly revealed statistically significant evidence of growth promoting effects. Feeding relatively low doses of IGF-1 to mature rats for only two weeks resulted in statistically significant and biologically highly significant systemic effects: increased body weight; increased liver weight; increased bone length; and decreased epiphyseal width. The FDA has failed to investigate the effects of long-term feeding of IGF-1 and treated milk on growth. Furthermore, the FDA has been hostile to the labeling of rBGH milk. The agency has prohibited dairy producers and retailers from labeling their milk as "hormone-free," The FDA states that such labeling could be "false or misleading" under federal law. Monsanto is suing several milk producers for using the label.

November 27, 2007 6:09 PM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

Or, you could simply avoid milk and other animal products altogether ;-)

November 27, 2007 6:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma, you insecure little pussy. Don't fuck with my posts or I will seriously fuck with yours.

You are an insecure, paranoid little pussy who has no balls.

Go look for them while adults talk to each other.

No wonder you are such a loser in life.

November 27, 2007 7:05 PM  

Anonymous FROM KEVIN RODERICK'S BLOG said:

Yagman gets three years
Kevin Roderick • Bio • Email
No word in the Times on when civil rights lawyer Stephen Yagman begins serving his federal prison term for tax evasion, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud. But the wires say he must surrender by Jan. 15.

November 27, 2007 8:01 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

7:05pm,

BIG talker behind an anonymous keyboard. But when we speak you kiss my ass and try and win me over. Why not try talking this way to me next time we speak, if you have the courage. Oh, yeah...you don't have any, anonymous pussy-coward. I RUN the game, not you. Now bow down to the row, you symbolically banned word!

November 27, 2007 8:20 PM  

Blogger L.A. Woman said:

LOL, Zuma that was funny.

People don't hate on Ed Reyes. He has a great vision. It's not his fault there's not the mass transit network there should be. This city should be up in arms about THAT, not Reyes' support of smarth growth, greening the city, etc.

Also, Antonio isn't as done as some of all ya'll think.

November 27, 2007 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:49: You've proved L A woman, that the stupidest and most brain dead people on the planet are Reyes' fans.

Of course you brain dead nitwit, everyone wants mass transit, but we ain't got it, and the SMART PEOPLE who are trying to figure out the funding for it, exploring routes via the MTA/ Transportation summits with citizens recently, etc. etc., know you don't deprive people of parking when there is no mass transit.

Read 12:08 a.m. about people who are trying to DO something about reducing traffic NOW and in the FUTURE.

Then, read 11:57 a.m. explaining to your itty bitty, teeny-tiny, Reyes- sized brain, why it's disastrously stupid to even suggest forcing more people to park on the streets of the westside/ hollywood/ valley, where parking is already scarce.

It may work for poor people like you who can't afford cars anyway, don't have a busy schedule for work and kids around town, multiple people in your household, and can't spend 3 hours figuring out how to walk/ bus to some location, taking up your whole day.

Maybe you can do all that with two kids and their stuff from Hollywood to Brentwood and back on a bike in the rain, or on non-existent mass transit or a bus...

never mind, trying to explain it to you, just shows why dangerous fools like Reyes ever get elected at all.

Read 11:57 a.m. again. And again.

Then rest your tiny mind.

Obsess about the Mayor's affair.

Something you are qualified to do.

November 27, 2007 9:30 PM  

Anonymous meat is a dead animal said:

Dowd, forget organic animal products. Go veggie, you cabbage patch kid!

November 27, 2007 9:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

P. S. to previous post:

The big buildings being put up so far and already generating controversy, have been done with existing parking guidelines, and often (as in Century City) redoing blighted mixed-use commercial and or commercial/ residential buildings with newer an much better-designed ones. Those areas are also not 50' from R1 homes.

You can also talk about "smart growth" downtown where there are no single-family homes around.

But Reyes' plan infuriates anyone from mid-City to mid-Wilshire to especially, the westside and Brentwood/ Sherman Oaks and Encino, just thinking about it.

His "great vision" is fine for his totally blighted area of people who will live in a shoebox to be closer to work since they already take the bus. But he can't put his "great vision" where it will ruin livability and isn't appropriate.

His "great vision" and tiny brain are perfect for HIS neighborhood only. Places like his, Watts, SLA can designate themselves "anything goes here, come on and build, because we're a run-down hole full of poor people and we need housing!"

I do NOT want any more of this near my home in West L A -- we're already desperate for any traffic mitigation, and I'm looking forward to seeing if the Pico/Olympic helps. I/ we don't want some huge apt. complex built nearby with no or very little parking. My quality of life and prop values would sink like a boulder in the ocean...

Now, go read a comic book or something.

November 27, 2007 9:41 PM  

Anonymous stephen c. foster said:

11:57, this guy from Transportation who wants to force families to use one car instead of two... how does he propose to solve the simple problem of a married couple who both work, but at different jobs 180 degrees and 20 - 40 miles away from their home where a transit system is simply not available?

This transportation guy must be a real bonehead.

November 27, 2007 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The transportation guy should follow Gloria Jeff to her new career. Whatever that is.

Mass transit experts. Maybe both should go drive a bus.

November 27, 2007 10:03 PM  

Anonymous stephen c. foster said:

10:03, driving a bus is too good a job for them. Perhaps they should go play on a freeway?

November 27, 2007 10:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Olympic West - Pico East

"Granted, it isn't a long-term solution, but it is a great start. The long-term solution is a system of one-way streets in both the basin and valley."

Three things the career politician Villaraigosa should concentrate on:

Mass transit,
Mass transit and
Mass transit.

November 27, 2007 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

stephen foster and 10:03: You're absolutely right. The Transportation guy is following the boneheaded advice of Mike Woo, one of the new planning commissioners and a former Councilman -- he wants us to have the kind of development that NYC does (his model) without the mass transit they do.

Many others told these boneheads it's the cart before the horse.

We have less mass tranportation than any big city in the country, and more R1/ single-family suburban style neighborhoods within the city itself, yet they want to build us up like we're Manhattan -- which has NO single family homes in a suburban setting.

(One transportation guy suggested the second car could be a "Flex Car," which you rent by the hour for your needs. Yeah, right: a mom is going to drag her kid with his homework and backpacks in tow, to pick it up to drive to ballet or karate class across town, then rush the kid back to drop off the car and go home, make dinner and do homework... And do this for every activity, maybe two a day. Just give her a gun and let her shoot herself. Plus, if you do this for hours a day, might as well just rent a car by the week -- so you're back to square one, for a lot more expense than owning the car.

That's why I say, their crazy plan is only possibly OK for singles or some of the working poor.)

Reyes' angle really is "affordable housing," cheap, smallbox housing with no parking for the working poor and singles.

But that doesn't belong next-door to single-family homes and small-density condos, which people chose precisely for the low density lifestyle, BECAUSE each home/ unit has its own parking.

We're really 'A Tale of Two Cities," and while the "wealthier" areas are asked to consider the needs of the other/ Reyes' half, they have no respect whatsoever for our needs -- when we fund everything.

(then they get some oddballs on Transportation and Planning to envision what Zine called correctly, "social engineering" to support him. Sure, for them it's a fun job -- see how much havoc you can wreak in the city -- better than just sticking to digital design, which is all it is to these paper-pushers.)

What's CRAZY is, something this big, this dramatic, is taking place without 99% of the people in the city knowing anything about it.

The L A Times and Daily News have to start hammering away at this -- this is a thousand times more important than the City Council raises they've carried on about.

If people wake up one day and there's a huge rental building with no parking going up next door -- the city will finally explode.

It really makes the mind just stop: the idiocy of their proposals.

November 27, 2007 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The last thing you want is Mike Woo or Zev making transit decisions.

And God forbid the Mayor gets in there.

It makes Jack Weiss look like a genius by comparison.

November 27, 2007 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All of you who keep saying Villaraigosa is done is just you showing your hate.

Villaraigosa is just beginning his career!

December 01, 2007 3:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“Olympic West – Pico East”

Villaraigosa is a career politician and to say “Villaraigosa is just beginning his career” is further from the truth!

What has Villaraigosa accomplished in two years that has benefited the city as a whole?

December 02, 2007 4:13 PM  

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