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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wednesday Hotsheet at 3 a.m.

When I first heard about the Glendale tree-trimming fiasco, it was from a friend, and I simply presumed she had her facts wrong. She didn't, and today Steve Lopez writes it up.

But it's not so very different from what goes on in the City of Los Angeles every day via its kleptocratic business tax program.

Many citizens of LA have been blindsided by the LA "business" tax in which the City Clerk fails to distinguish very well between an enterpreneur and an employee. If you have a desk in someone else's office and work for them, you're probably an employee, but if they pay you via 1099 the City presumes you're a "business owner" and liable to pay business tax.

Of course, the City doesn't bother to review your case or your claim if you simply dutifully pay your bill. So before you pay your bill, and even before you plead your case to the City, get some advice from an accountant about it.

Did you read that on the City's page linked above? "Revenue generated by this program will be used to fund future business tax reform and affordable housing." The money, in short, goes to perpetuate the kleptocratic program itself, and the rest of it goes to the same damn developers who sponsor your City Councilpeople and Mayor.

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LAUSD has hired two image consultants. Strangely, one of them will receive almost the exact same salary a City Councilperson receives: $178,000 for a year's work.

Supe David Brewer blames the expenditure on quotidien fishwraps; they "love to focus on all the negative going on in the district" he says.

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Transpo Committee Chair Wendy Greuel says that we need to get people out of their cars, and el Alcalde fully supports that, the Daily News says. And? Next steps, anyone? There aren't any, so it looks like they're going in for another big round of paperwork, probably driving in their cars to dozens of meetings and photo-ops to put a strategic plan together.

Remember, with the City, it's not actually doing something, it's creating the illusion of doing something that matters.

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The old NBC Burbank site is indeed being bought by M. David Paul and Associates, the biggest player in Burbank.

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I've never seen my name floated before for anything, so this was fun. But I could imagine Council voting up or down on yours truly.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is what we get with Antonio's lapdogs running LAUSD. Shameful cowards!!! Instead of fixing the problems they think spending money solves everything.

....Los Angeles school board members voted Tuesday to spend up to $18 million to retain current teacher staffing at schools with declining enrollment, a move that Supt. David L. Brewer said could help thrust the district into financial trouble.


November 28, 2007 7:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Remember, with the City, it's not actually doing something, it's creating the illusion of doing something that matters."

exactly, crime is down, animal killing is down...yadda yadda

November 28, 2007 7:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From the Daily News article,

"Because Abalos does not have a college degree, he was ineligible to be hired as a district employee. A few months later, Brewer brought him in as a consultant on the condition he completes his degree. He's currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix."

Pretty damn good when you can get a job paying $180,000 without a college degree. What kind of example does that set for LAUSD high school students considering going to college? But I guess there was no one else in the country that was as qualified as Victor Abalos with a college degree. His first task better be spinning why Brewer has to creatively circumvent the District's hiring guidelines to employee some guy without a college degree in such a crucial position for the District!

November 28, 2007 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

J.M writes ....
I've never seen my name floated before for anything, so this was fun. But I could imagine Council voting up or down on yours truly.


If having a fellow Blogging Burro mention your name in this silly blog, qualifies as floting your name to manage DONE, you are a true Burro.

November 28, 2007 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If you fix the school bathrooms and remove grafitti from the schools, it will only take a week befor all the cholo kids destroy the new bathrooms. Go to any public library and the cholo kids have also destroyed the bathroom there as well.

Maybe the mayor should hire an image consultant for the city of Los Angeles, so people don't think it's turned into another Tijuana dump with lots of gangs and crime.

November 28, 2007 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Director of Animal Services for LA City has no degree. He went to almost one year of college and dropped out. He's getting $165,000 a year. While our Mayor failed the bar four times, at least he finished college.

November 28, 2007 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gloria Molina has no degree and she gets a yearly $1 million dollar discretionary fund on top of her salary and staff office budget.

Antonio needed to screw that UCLA Jewish professor otherwise he wouldn't have a college degree - 1.4 GPA!!

Laryy Gonalez was Alatorre and Torres' boy on the school board and he didn't have a college degree.

Richard Polanco got his friends Belmont contracts and he doesn't have a college degree but this didn't keep him from putting his mistress and mother of two bastard sons on his state payroll.

Don't be too surprised if Brewer hires Alatorre's sister and wife to do the consulting - neither have a college degree - Alatorre's sister is currently on the mayor's payroll.

Somebody needs to write a book about all this.

November 28, 2007 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

College degrees are not needed to run a City or any bureaucracy...look at any banana republic over the last century, as this is what L.A. is quickly becoming.

What we need is the "silent majority" to rise up and start a voters "junta" to get rid of the hacks running things and their backers. Maybe it's time to wake up the Valley and re-start the secession effort, as a start.

November 28, 2007 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with Bill Handel. He said on his show this morning that the LAUSD has an impossible task before it. There is no way they can improve the system with all the non-english speaking students enrolling in such large numbers. It's a lost cause, a losing battle. I'm afraid that we will be saying the exact same thing about the City of Los Angeles in the near future...

November 28, 2007 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic presidential debate scheduled for next month in Los Angeles could be canceled because of the labor troubles of its sponsor, CBS News.

More than 500 news writers, editors, desk assistants, graphic artists and other staffers for CBS' TV and radio news operations have been working without a contract since April 2005, and this month voted to authorize a strike. These employees work for CBS News and its affiliates in four cities, including Los Angeles, where CBS is putting on the Dec. 10 debate. They are represented by the WGA, but their possible walkout is separate from the ongoing strike by the guild's screenwriters.

As Democratic presidential candidates seek endorsements from organized labor, they have walked picket lines around the country, and a strike would leave the debate with few if any candidates. On Wednesday, five contenders -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson -- said they would skip the debate in the event of a strike.

November 28, 2007 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio had a 1.4 GPA? Is that real? That has to be a joke, right? Can someone graduate with a 1.4 GPA? Don't you need at least a C average, i.e. 2.0? I know F is failing. If AV had a 1.4 GPA that probably makes him the stupidest Mayor ever.

November 28, 2007 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cardenas, who's the head of the city's ad hoc gang intervention/ prevention task force, says about the hardened gang members that "soft" programs won't and can't deal with: "This is the United States of America, they have a right to be on our streets, and we have an obligation to help those people...")

Of course, its OUR fault that gang members aren't splendid citizens.

What a twisted understanding of what "American rights" means.

November 28, 2007 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have one better then the last poster. The unqualified unexperience so called Gang Czar thinks religion is going to save our gang violence epidmeic in this city. He has no clue and says gang members need another chance. Go tell that to the mom who's innocent 4 yr old was gunned down by accident by gang members. Jeff CArr is without a doubt the biggest idiot Antonio has appointed. The gang intervention guys are more qualified to deal with the gang issue. Jeff CArr thinks praying for gang members will help them turn their lives around. He should Ask Gang Banger Father Boyle how that's helped. More of Father G's gang members have been arrested then saved. BUT the lazy reporters and kiss ass Antonio media dont' have the guts to report those stats. The community will tell you all those gang bangers Father G says are out and working is lying. Everyone knows they are all actively gang banging and dealing.

November 28, 2007 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I cannot believe the school board would hire a person without a college degree and make almost @180,000!!! What are they telling our students!!! Do you mean to tell me that out of ALL the highly qualified people in Los Angeles, that a no-degree having individual was the best? I think it has to do with the the fact that he's Latino.

November 28, 2007 1:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Better yet why hasn't anyone asked Board Member Flores Aguilar how she got her campaign manager Abalos such a plum position? Can we say campaign payback?

November 28, 2007 1:42 PM  

Anonymous mavis beacon said:

Does Red Spot have a college degree?

I think Red Spot "studided" at Burro University and "learnded" his english grammar skills "very better".

November 28, 2007 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

'I cannot believe the school board would hire a person without a college degree and make almost @180,000!!! "

Why do you think having a college degree makes you WORTH money?

Hard work, doing things well, being in the right place at the right time and having friends will get you $180K without one.

November 28, 2007 3:08 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

My groupie is at it again.

Best Wishes,

Red Spot

November 28, 2007 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you missed the best news that made my day but one site didn't like the way LA Slimes reported it. Best written story about Yagman is in LA Weekly. Paper sure has gone downhill since David Z left.

....L.A. Times Sucks Up to Yagman Even As He Is Sentenced to Prison
Filed under: Crime, Dog Trainer, General, Scum — Patterico
...In his story on the Yagman sentencing, anti-LAPD reporter Scott Glover gives prominence to the theme that the government picked on Yagman because he is an anti-establishment hero. Here are the first few paragraphs of Glover’s article. Pay special attention to whose spin is given the primary emphasis.

November 28, 2007 3:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since the L A Times is often accused of being too-LAPD, especially by the black community and Parks, Glover's anti-LAPD shows that the Times allows a variety of viewpoints, if anything.

This spin is typical of leftists who also lionize Carol Sobel for all her lawsuits pending against LAPD for the "May 1st Mellee" (even though she's openly and actively recruited anyone who was there even tangentially, that is, she's literally an ambulance chaser).

Another leftie at the Times gave Genie Harrison, I think her name is (woman who got the huge payouts against LAFD for the lesbian firefighter and associates and represented Tennie Pierce. Even though fiscally responsible people, and the vast majority of the public, think this financial trend is ruinous, and we're paying for it.

As for the L A Weakly: it's definitely hit or miss under Jill Stewart. On her behalf, she's a libertarian without a strong bias politically, but negatively, she's not very discerning in some of her choice of writers (one dogg stands out), and this story's slant against the L A Times seems like get-even time: many anti-police liberals championed Yagman.

Cardenas's comment, in the long, long City Hall meeting today, does reflect where HE's coming from in terms of how his attitude that "because this is America," hard core criminals "have a right to be on the streets," is handicapping the LAPD in solving the gang problems. He should be working for the ACLU, not representing our city. --

Even the Mayor seems to have made the transition from ACLU activist to city leader, even though some don't like it and it's a delicate balancing act.

Some of these guys are dangerous.

November 28, 2007 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This blog has hit a new low calling children filthy names. I know this blog is written by "blogging burros" but does it really have to be so ignorant?

November 28, 2007 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"""""'I cannot believe the school board would hire a person without a college degree and make almost @180,000!!! "

Why do you think having a college degree makes you WORTH money?

Hard work, doing things well, being in the right place at the right time and having friends will get you $180K without one."""""

Key phrase: "having friends". If the guy did run the campaign for Flores-Aguilar then he must be a Villaraigosa guy.

November 28, 2007 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Imagine away, Joe. Any friend of the dogg is no doubt a friend of theirs.

You've sure helped your reputation with that one.

Wasn't Ken Draper, editor of City Watch, previous DONE head? He seems to have a good platform where he is, but how much does DONE job pay?

November 28, 2007 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No college degree! I am shocked!

Quick - call Bill Gates and Richard Branson to see what they think!

November 28, 2007 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bill Gates at least got into Harvard before he dropped out.

Great examples you're encouraging for the kids: don't go to college and you'll become a billionaire for sure.

And you can throw a nickel into the La Brea tar pits and discover a new species never known to scientists, become famous and rich.

This kind of patronage of uneducated buddies, especially when it comes to the school system, is more appropriate in Bell Gardens or Cudahy.

Guess people are right, zuma dogg IS more than qualified to run LAUSD.

November 28, 2007 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only in L.A., “Olympic West – Pico East”

November 28, 2007 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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November 28, 2007 9:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are Illegal Aliens the Same as Union "Scabs"?

Wednesday 28 November 2007, by admin

Issue: Why don’t the Hollywood liberals oppose illegal aliens that violate federal law, when they oppose people who want to work during a union called strike?

This is an article you should pass along to your friends. This shows how the Hollywood liberals are hypocrites on the issue of illegal aliens. So called union "scabs" are honest citizens wanting to work and unions oppose and harass them. On the other hand, Liberal Hollywood wants an open border and supports illegal aliens having the same rights as citizens, many even believe non citizen illegal aliens should be allowed to vote in American elections.

What do you think? Who has more right to work, honest citizens who do not belong to a union or illegal aliens?


November 28, 2007 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^ Away, you three inch fool! ^

November 28, 2007 9:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^ Above comment to 9:31. ^

November 28, 2007 9:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

scabs are scabs.

November 28, 2007 10:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

go somewhere else union hack

November 28, 2007 10:50 PM  

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