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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nine for DONE General Manager Post

Following the sad passing of DONE General Manager Dr. Carol Baker Tharp, speculation has turned to who will assume her role at the Department. Assistant DONE General Manager BongHwan Kim has been appointed Interim General Manager by Mayor Villaraigosa, however several leaders throughout Los Angeles have expressed concern that Baker Tharp's successor have the mettle to continue the work she had just barley got started. Rather than yet another faceless bureaucrat or a divisive manager such as predecessor Lisa Sarno, a good, solid, bold pick must be made to fill the top post at DONE.

In creating a list of possible candidates, I've separated the group into safe but solid picks, big and bold choices and a short list of dark horse possibilities. They are as follows:

Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein - professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton, the Princeton-Yale educated Sonenshein was the executive director of the Appointed Charter Reform Commission which eventually birthed Neighborhood Councils. Gentlemanly and wise, Sonenshein literally wrote the book on charter reform and it's attendant issues, The City at Stake: Secession, Reform, and the Battle for Los Angeles.

Joe Hicks - Vice President of Community Advocates, Inc. and KFI talk radio host, Hicks was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, where he served from 1997 to 2001 under Mayor Richard Riordan. In the early 1990s, Hicks was Executive Director of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Thoughtful with an evolving philosophy, Hicks' roots in LA are deep and could be the right guy for the job.

Linda Griego - President/CEO of Griego Enterprises Inc. which develops television programming through Zapgo Entertainment Group. Griego has had stints as the interim president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, president and chief executive officer of Rebuild LA and a deputy mayor of Los Angeles. In 1993, Griego was the first major female candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. As well, she serves on a number of major corporate boards such as CBS and City National Bank. Griego has developed strong ties in the corporate, government and non-profit worlds which could help take DONE and the Neighborhood Councils to the next level.

Dr. Denise Fairchild - Executive director of the Community Development Technologies Center, she has more than 30 years experience in the private, nonprofit and public sector. Previously Fairchild was Director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Fairchild even considered running against Herb Wesson for the City Council but withdrew from the race to join the Mayor Villaraigosa's transition team. Recognized nationally as an expert in community development, Fairchild is a natural heir to Dr. Tharp.

If the Mayor didn't want to go with one of the safe picks noted above, he could go a different direction and pick a big name (and in this case big men) to really shake things up at DONE.

Huell Howser - The KCET host and television producer knows LA and its people inside out. For over twenty-five years Tennessee native Howser has prowled LA and has met its people of every stripe and station, first for CBS-TV and later for public television. As seen on his prolific library of television programs, Howser has an unshakable love for Los Angeles and those who live here. With a degree in history from the University of Tennessee (where he served as student body president), Howell worked for US Senator Howard Baker and has held posts on many boards and commissions over the years. Uber friendly with a slightly goofy side, the super smart Howser could be a great face for citizen leadership.

Bob Hertzberg - The former State Assembly Speaker and Valley based candidate for Mayor is a serious policy wonk and probably knows the City Charter more than just about anyone. His idea for a borough system for Los Angeles could be the next step for Neighborhood Councils. A successful attorney and entrepreneur, the job would represent a serious cut in pay for the man who likes to hug, but the challenge nonetheless would be attractive to him. Charismatic and unflappable Hertzberg could also be a great spokesman for DONE.

Finally, if the Mayor felt like going in a completely different direction and bring in someone unknown to the public but still well known to local leaders, he could select one of the following:

Joseph Mailander - Our fellow "blogging burro," is a native Angeleno who has quite frankly seen and done it almost all. Writer, artist, bank executive, owner of publishing imprint St. Genevieve Press, Mailander is beyond thoughtful; one would not be incorrect to call him a genius. Frequently sought by local blogs and publications for his reasoned insight about life in LA, Joseph leans to the left but doesn't lock step when he feels the orthodoxy has to be challenged. Mailander would be a quiet revolutionary who could bring the discussion at Neighborhood Councils to a new level.

Edward Headington - Principal of Headington Media Group and longtime friend to the Sister City, Headington has a breadth of experience in the public and private sector with significant leadership and communications expertise. Educated at USC and George Washington University, Headington has worked for elected officials such as former Mayor Richard Riordan, Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski and State Senator Gilbert Cedillo. Headington was the Public Affairs Manager for the National Small Business Association in Washington, DC. He's served up political opinion for MSNBC, NPR, the Daily News and several other media outlets. For some time, Edward has had an association with Coro Southern California, the public affairs organization, where he worked with Baker Tharp during her days as their Executive Director. Currently Headington is working on a book that looks at the nexus between politics, communications and image management. Diplomatic with a sense of humor, Headington represents the best of the leadership of Generation X and could potentially engage young professionals who are often not represented at the table.

Kim Thompson - Referred to as the North Valley's version of Erin Brockovich, Kim Thompson started out as a mom and housewife that stepped up when she saw something happening that she didn't like. Fighting against the Sunshine Canyon Landfill and more recently the Las Lomas mega-development and a proposed addition to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, Thompson is a quick study who can quote the details from EIRs and MNDs like there's no tomorrow. A feisty fighter who doesn't give up - and with extensive Neighborhood Council experience of her own - Thompson could be the "everywoman" leader of DONE who could speak the language of most NC members better than anyone.

It's likely the Mayor will choose none of these, but we challenge him and his staff to study each of these individuals and consider pressing them into service.

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Blogger go phuc hoff said:

Bong Hwan Kim? What kind of a name is that?

November 27, 2007 11:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


List of possible candidates,

Ricardo Monroy
Hugo Garcia
Pedro Navarro
Alvin Parra
Red Spot aka Hugo Garcia
Roland Aranjo

November 27, 2007 11:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Here we are, certified, and they are not listening to us," said Hugo Garcia, a member of L.A.32

November 27, 2007 11:07 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I was thinking about this list and how many I know or have met before and only Mr. Hicks and Ms. Griego I have not had the privelege to meet.

And three of them - I won't say which - have actually been to my home.

Chew on that dum-dums.

November 27, 2007 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok I'm lost. I thought the LA32 board were Antonio's campaign people like Alvin Parra, Cynthia Ruiz and the likes of all those horrible people who waste community time fighting. Could the LA32 board changed that quickly.

I agree that the CD14 staffers are campaigning for Jose. They've probably been told by Antonio to do so. They are intimindating, threatening and anyone who says anything they don't like at a community meeting they immediately get on their cell phones to report. I have never seen CD14 so political. Lameboy Padilla lied in today's LA Times stating that Sarno was wanted in that slot. He should have taken a poll first.

November 27, 2007 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alcalde Sam,

Linda Griego?
Victor Griego?

November 27, 2007 11:12 PM  

Anonymous Tim said:

Hey Sam Yortty!

Here's my ANTI-LIST

Zuma Dogg
Captain Jack
Jim Alger
Matt Dowd
Don Garza
Pete Sampras

November 27, 2007 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Bong Hwan Kim related to Tom LeBong?

November 27, 2007 11:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bong Hwan Kim. Former Executive Director of the Korean Youth and Community Center and the MultiCultural Collaborative

Bong Hwan Kim--Executive Director, Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services

Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. is a non-profit, community-based corporation whose mission is to revitalize and strengthen neighborhoods by preserving and expanding affordable housing for low and moderate income households through resident involvement, public, private

November 27, 2007 11:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go Elephant Hill Go!
Go Elephant Hill Go!

Watch out! Bong Hwan Kim?

November 27, 2007 11:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bong Hwan Kim related to Felipe Fuentes.

November 27, 2007 11:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that you baby Nicky?

November 27, 2007 11:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is a blogging burro?

November 27, 2007 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would pick Wendy Greuel or Cindy Miscicowski.

November 27, 2007 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bloggin Burro

Michael Jackson
Cinthia Ruiz
la32 council
Mecha club
club mecca
charlie chaplin
brit spears
nick nolte
homer simpson

November 27, 2007 11:22 PM  

Anonymous Bong Wah Ta said:

I would like to be considered for the position. I ran track in college and am a personal trainer, so I am good at running around in circles and keeping other people running on tread mills. I also am the proud owner of a cat and a mouse. If you do not feel like participating in a Neighborhood Council meeting, you could always come over and watch my cat chase the mouse.

November 27, 2007 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don "mouthpiece" Jones lied to CITY council.


November 27, 2007 11:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From 1971, he was known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Shree means Sir or Mister; the Sanskrit word Bhagwan means "blessed one". It is commonly used in India as a respectful form of address for spiritual teachers.

The new apartment also proved insufficient, and the climate of Mumbai was deemed very bad for his delicate health. So, in 1974, on the 21st anniversary of his enlightenment, he and his group moved from the Mumbai apartment to a newly purchased (by Catherine Venizelos)property in Koregaon Park, in the city of Pune, a four-hour trip from Mumbai. Pune had been the secondary residence of many wealthy families from Mumbai because of the cooler climate (Mumbai lies in a coastal wetland, hot and damp, Pune is inland and much higher, so it is drier and cooler).

November 27, 2007 11:27 PM  



1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself
2. A conceited, self-centered person
3. Egocentric
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqeC3BPYTmE

November 27, 2007 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin Roderick
Magic Johnson
Phil Hendrie
Andy Griffith
Art Snyder
Mike Diamond The Smell Good Plumber
Jodie Foster
Hal Bernson
Crazy Robertson
Paris Hilton
Mike Carona
Judd Hirsch
Manny Mota

November 27, 2007 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Henry Winkler

November 27, 2007 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shyla Stylez
Ava Devine
Cynthia Ruiz
Jenna Jameson
Linda Griego
Carmella Bing Nikki Benz
Amy Reid
Hugo in Drag
Hugo in Drag II

November 27, 2007 11:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

H.H. 10pts
H.G 0pts
L.G. -10pts
D.F. 2pts

November 27, 2007 11:39 PM  

Anonymous El SERENO said:

Crappy Pants

November 27, 2007 11:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Raph Sonenshein and Denise Fairchild are excellent picks. The rest of them I don't see it. Especially Hertzberg.

Huell Howser? That was cute.

November 27, 2007 11:43 PM  

Anonymous HUGO PARRA MONROY said:


November 27, 2007 11:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What about Dave Elliott?

He can get nothing done as well as anyone!!

November 28, 2007 12:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok we have the immature juveniles back on here posting. They are sad adults who don't get attention and come on here to make fools of theselves. Go play on MySpace.

Those are good picks Mayor Sam. They are all people who have accomplished things and are active. Let's hope Antonio doesn't put someone in that position simply because it will be a political payback. There's already too many people he's picked that don't know a thing about this city or their job responsibility.

November 28, 2007 6:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hertzberg is a non-starter.

Unflappable? Not the night Antonio creamed him in the primary.

Higby, when you do this stuff, state yuor biases; not everyone knows you worked for Huggy and are the only person alive (next to Huggy, himself) who thinks he can win an election.

November 28, 2007 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok we have the immature LA-32 neighborhood council back on here posting. They are sad adults who don't get attention and come on here to make fools of theselves. Go play on MySpace.

November 28, 2007 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish):

For your information, sots, our Rudderman was asked by Someone Important if he was interested in putting his name into play for this (yawns) pretigious office. He declined, citing that he only genuflects on Sundays when he is in church, savvy?

(Snaps fingers and smiles brilliantly) Right, then. Almost forgot. Would the Five please contact any of the crew post haste. We need to slip you an invite to the PB that Bonnet, Roberts and I are throwing in two weeks. (Whispers) I just LOVE parties, savvy?

November 28, 2007 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I read this blog every few days and there's always a guy posting on here with a Bob Hertzberg obsession.

I worked for an Assembly member during the Hertzberg years and can tell you Higby did not work for him. I think he knows Bob and voted for him but that's it. He's also friends with Stuart Waldman apparently.

For what it's worth though I don't think discussion of Bob for the post is that out of line. I don't see Antonio doing it but its an interesting choice.

I'd like to see Greg Nelson come back.

November 28, 2007 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since Carol Baker Tharp was a great choice for DONE; an appointment inspired by actually picking a person with passion, knowledge, experience, the logical choice for her replacement is a no-experience relative, political contributor, headline seeking do-nothing, or anyone with a latino surname that will through DONE into the purgatory its been assinged since its conception.

November 28, 2007 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

P.S. side from my usual misspelled words caused by not previewing my blatherings, I purposely used the word 'conception" instead of inception, as conception refers to the physical act that has been going on with the NC's from their 'inception'. sordid

November 28, 2007 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Ex Oficio said:

Cap'n Jack - Already RSVP'd for me and the hubs when we saw you on Saturday. I KNOW I'm right, and its three fingers up, not two, if you want to party with us Mountaineers.

November 28, 2007 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

higby, why did you edit your post? remember, you said that 3 of the people on the list had been to your house? why did you erase that from the original post? could it be you realized how douche baggie it sounded? you also deleted my post showing how much I adore you. that sucks homie.

November 28, 2007 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ya, hertzberg would leave his multi-million dollar business to come and run a department at the city. makes so much sense, totally sets him up to run for mayor or even governor. this list shows how politically inept you are fatboy. none of these people would take the job, except maybe for fairchild, but thats because she'll do anything for enough money, including dropping out of a council race.

November 28, 2007 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam's post that three of the people were at his house is still there.


My pick is Greg Nelson too.

November 28, 2007 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1108 is another dumbass (perhaps its the same dumbass).

A significant number of wealthy people give up their jobs to take a government post.

If Hertzberg turned around the department he'd have an army of neighborhood council members on his side if he wanted to run for something.

I also disagree with you, its a fine and interesting list. And if offered I would assume just about any one of them would accept with the exception of Huell Howser of course. I have a friend who knows him and he's been asked to run for office before. He has no interest in doing anything other than what he is doing now.

November 28, 2007 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Stuart Waldman? He will need a job soon.

November 28, 2007 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:46, no its not dumb fuck

greg nelson has down syndrome

November 28, 2007 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:50 is right on, those neighborhood council members make or break elections all the time. hertzberg should take the job, then run for president, he'll totally win!

November 28, 2007 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great Idea, appoint Hertzberg, who will only use it to gain backers, rather than make the concept of Neighborhhod Empowerment (or should it be "Future Office Holder Empowerment) a valid citywide program.

If left to the pols and pundits, everything would be in grewat shape. Way to go, keep thinking!

November 28, 2007 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain Jack, we're begging you. Please shut up.

November 28, 2007 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good afternoon 3:08pm (tips hat):


November 28, 2007 4:37 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

3:08 PM,

go phuc hoff DONE DUM, MEATHEAD.

BTW, Captain Jack, invite for muau ??

November 28, 2007 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Capt. Jack, can't you make your party plans with your blackberry instead of this blog?

November 28, 2007 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Edward Headington?

Ah! Ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaaa!

As in Edward "Hasn't Stayed At a Job Longer than Six Months" Headington?

As in Edward "I Worked for One Bill Gil When I Thought Latinos Were Trendy" Headington?

As in Edward "Running for Assembly Since Age 18" Headington?

As in Edward "Mailing List" Headington? (Those in the know are ONFLTAO).

Mayor Sam, thank you for a hilarious post.

November 28, 2007 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way, WTF is "Headington Media"??? Does that just mean that no one will hire Edward Headington so he had to create his own firm?

November 28, 2007 7:03 PM  

Anonymous joseph chapman the privateer said:

5:23, go thou and fill another room in hell.

November 28, 2007 8:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1156 AM you are an idiot and a liar...

Mayor Sam's post at 11:07 last night where he said that he had three of the people to his house is still there moron.

Jesus Christ you third/fourth floor spinners are about as bright as a glove compartment bulb.

November 28, 2007 8:36 PM  

Anonymous mickey finn said:

8:36 they're not as bright as that!

November 28, 2007 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope when I die, you numskulls stay off my obituary thread. I never knew the woman and honestly, think NC's often do more harm than good -- mine sure does. Old people and three- dollar bills show up to volunteer their unwelcome services, and are more like the busybody old ladies down the street who never leave you alone, complain about everything, gossip about everyone (kind of like this blog), engage in endless little, petty power plays, and somehow manage to be the "go to" people if you want a variance on your fence or house.

"Nightmare on Elm Street" the sequel has nothing on these people.

BUT if the lady took on such a hopeless task with such charm and grace, that no one has anything bad to say about her -- would you nitwits all stop arguing amongst yourself and just shut up? (Yes, windbag Capt. Jack, that means you, too -- use all that gas to blow your own sales off to the Indies.)

November 28, 2007 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:05 is getting high off my farts, not captain jacks.

Breathe deeply, 10:05.

November 28, 2007 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If only that department were lucky enough to have Kim Thompson. I agree with Mayor Sam. She is a very quick study and loves the whole neighborhood council idea and thinks it has merit. Oh well, I agree with her on most of her other issues. She is involved too much for them to consider her.

Won't Bong Hwan Kim simply take over? Who says the mayor is looking to hire anyone or is Mayor Sam just guessing.

November 28, 2007 10:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Probably the best idea is to purposely put in someone who will run DONE to the ground.

It was a good concept, but the reality is exactly as 10:05 says, he must be from CD14. CD 14 has those people in local orgs, the DONE came along to legitimatize them.
Luckly, their egos get in the way of actually doing anything, and the infighting and power(power in DONE?) positioning takes all their exhausting effort, so I guess DONE may actually neuter these local fascists.

November 29, 2007 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

kim thompson is hot.

bong kim.

November 29, 2007 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Thompson could work with Bong Hwan, Greg Nelson and Lisa Sarno. Can't say that about too many people. She gets along with guys and gals, even the neighborhood council gadflys. Must be the bong. hmmm

November 29, 2007 10:57 PM  

Anonymous kim thompson said:

Well well well Mayor Sam. You sure do like to stir things up, don't you. Thank you for coming up with my name and placing it with such esteemed residents of our City.

I am saddened by the loss of Carol and I'm sure that most of the department and neighborhood council board members and stakeholders are too.

This will be a really hard job to fill for the Mayor and his staff. Rarely does almost everyone agree in the neighborhood council world (and I think that is the point of NC's) but I think 99% of the people were pleased with the hiring of Carol Baker-Tharp.

Now what?

If we can't have Greg Nelson back, then I think that you truly got it right the first pick. Sonenshine is another person who would get 99% approval ratings from most people involved. I don't know how DONE or BONC feels, but from the angle I come from - he is an excellent choice. If only he could be convinced to do it...

December 01, 2007 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would "Dr. Sunshine" want to take this job when he can hide out down in what passes for the ivory tower of academic at CSU Fullerton and occasionally moonlight as a consultant? He may support the councils, but he's not crazy.

December 01, 2007 2:34 PM  

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