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Thursday, December 20, 2007

2007 Predictions Recap

Last year we all made predictions for 2007. Suffice it to say most of us have even less psychic ability than Miss Cleo (who by the way came out as gay last year) but hey, we can have fun trying.

1. Additional prosecutions in the "Pay to Play" cases.

Not quite. But Mayor Villaraigosa instituted a sort of new "pay to play" program in his efforts to take over the LAUSD. In the end, it was a bad bargain as instead of the whole school District, Mayor V got control of three schools, a new washer and dryer, a case of Z Brick and a gift certificate for the Spiegel Catalog, Chicago 60609

2. Neighborhood Council board members to face Ethics Commission charges on conflict of interest violations.

There certainly was a lot of fun this year around Neighborhood Councils, and certainly one in particular, so who knows maybe this prediction will come true in 2008.

3. Major shake up in top management at Los Angeles World Airports.

This one we nailed. And a reader teased the name of the new Executive Director here a good month before she was named.

4. Linda Boyd to be drummed out as Chairperson of LA Republican Party over her $5,000 per month salary.

This didn't quite happen but Boyd is allegedly no longer getting that salary and she and her husband Doug Boyd were bitch slapped by the State Republican Party.

5. LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke to re-consider running for one final term in 2008.

Nope, Burke is retiring. But we were right that the two leading contenders to replace her would be Assemblyman Mark Ridley Thomas and Bitter Bernie.

And the predictions from readers (and some bloggers):

1. Zuma Dogg: City Council "Special Election" when one or more Counclimembers are forced to step down from their seat.

Nope, didn't happen.

2. Anonymous: Another (longshot) prediction: Richard Alarcon gets bitch slapped by Monica Rodriguez

Unfortunately this did not come true.

3. CD 14 folks will continue complaining about Huizar, but still vote for him.

Yes, and yes.

Recapping Captain Jack's predictions woud be a whole other post of it's own. But as far as I can recall, none of them came true.

Red Spot was almost Norstradamus-esque with the following, "'BLUE BLOOD' of political dirt will turn CD 14 into a 'SUPERFUND SITE' of negative politics." I'm not really sure how to parse that. Next.

And finally it was really more a dream than a prediction: "Big Surprise in 2007. Get champagne & celebrate new Republican office in CD14. Catfights from democrats give Republicans an opportunity to spread and recruit."

Feel free to post your predictions for 2008.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor fires more dept heads. LAHD HACLA & LASHA.

Hope to see some criminal charges against some of our city "leaders".

December 20, 2007 12:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup more Latinos registering as Republicans now then Democrats.

December 20, 2007 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shocked that Janice Hahn is supporting Bitter Bernie. How hypocritical is that? I thought blood was thicker then water, but I guess not when it comes to politics.

.....Taking sides in the Supes race
The county Federation of Labor comes out for Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor Gloria Molina says she'll help Bernard Parks. L.A. council members Herb Wesson and Janice Hahn are also supporting Parks. "It's going to be a phenomenal race," said Kerman Maddox, the political consultant who has worked with both candidates. "Everyone is talking about it. And no one can pick a winner."

....Spat over CRA reappointmentVillaraigosa cousin John Perez and Valley business advocate Bruce Ackerman should sail through, but there's some ruffled feelings over the reappointment of Joan Ling to the Community Redevelopment Agency board


December 20, 2007 7:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antigua Coffee house
new republican office

December 20, 2007 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

on Fig?

December 20, 2007 8:53 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

Sam, you need to check out the re-organization plan that the LAWA Executive Director, Gina Marie Lindsey has put in place.

Lots of folks at high positions will be retiring soon; several who cannot read the handwriting on wall will be demoted and given substantially less authority.

A few quality folks will be elevated and they will bring in some outside high quality executives with real airport experience. Some good ones who have left during the Stein Terror Regime may come back.

This is really a hot item, as there are two or three major projects underway at LAWA.

One is the one we all know about, separating the two North runways in order to accomodate the new larger wingspan jets. Now that FAA and NTSB have both declared LAWA North unsafe, this will proceed apace. Look for the IN 'N' Out Burger to move as the airport moves 340 feet North and they straighten out Lincoln a bit.

Another project is bigger, say
@ $10 Billion (yes, with a "B"). New midfield terminal with a tunnel out, ala Dulles, Hartsfield, O'Hare, etc.

While this is going on, all new concessions will be going out for bid and there will be a passel of new shops and restaurants; another whole new redo.

It's about time; we have a strong Executive Director and a strong BOAC. If you want to know what it may look like, go look at Seattle Tacoma, where the lady just redid that tired old relic into a new, state of the art airport.

Give MAV kudos for this one. He appointed the BOAC and he convinced the Executive Director to come here.

December 20, 2007 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You were right about the NC and ethics charges. At least one NC member, Jason Lyon of Silverlake or Echo Park NC, got removed from the board for borrowing (er, stealing) a NC e-mail list and then using it to campaign.

December 20, 2007 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

My dear Lord Mayor, may I remind you that (a) the old year has yet to pass away so there is still time, if you will, for anything to happen and (b) while none of my predictions may not have become obviously true, neither you nor I do not know what has happened in the deep water. It is entirely possible that one spouse called the spouse of another to inform said spouse of their spouse's infidelity. It is also entirely possible that a closed door conversation included the words "do the right thing and step aside," followed by the word "please," savvy?

But here is one thing I will predict. (Opens up wallet and lays down a few quid) Come with me, I've something to show you. (Walks over and stands next to a certain police vehicle bearing the numbers 9 4 0 on the roof. Kicks tires and peeks inside) For the last seven days, this police cruiser was parked over there in front of His Nibbs's residence. (Points to where car was previously parked). Now here, today, this car is now parked across the street and three doors down from His Nibb's residence, neatly placed in front of a rather snazzy yellow Corvette. (Lovingly fingers Corvette and sighs) I'll predict, sirrah, that this vehicle will stay in its current position of being within ear and eyeshot of that certain residence formerly inhabited by His Nibbs for the next 6 days. Why this car is parked here in this location, I don't know. But it's a shame to see such a fine "coche libre" as de Marisco calls it sitting here in this fine neighborhood when it could be out prowling the streets looking for thieves, brigands and the Grinch Himself.

(Leans over and whispers to Mayor Sam) Lay down a few quid, my Lord Mayor, for everyone loves a winner, savvy?

December 20, 2007 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Tell ZD @ ___________ said:


Nice to see you back with your info that is so good and exclusive, I know it HAS to be you!!! (Saw it on another thread, missed it at first.)

Hope the last round helped you toward your goal!

I'm sure you had a couple "LOLs" this week.

December 20, 2007 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SO, to cut through all the crap, the bottom line is that the trolls holding up most of the posting duties here are almost ALWAYS wrong in their "predictions" and know less than shite about anything going on in this city, You'd be better off opening fortune cookies

But the FUNNIEST response, is from a sissified Depp-esque poster that pretends to know all the backwater channels at City Hall, and really, can't even navigate across the moat to get in the front door.

while none of my predictions may not have become obviously true

Whooo, ha! That's FUNNY, I don't care who you are.

"I said it would rain Monday (and it must be raining somewhere in the world)."

"I predicted that so-and-so would die, and someday, they will."

Here's one from me:

"There will be a new U.S. president elected in 2008."

(To call him a fraud is too generous!)

December 20, 2007 9:30 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd's political strategist said:


our prediction for 2008

no more outlaws at City Hall

we think the stakes are getting too high for certain councilmen to endure.

the latest KKK episode on youtube

time to settle this case, just like the judge told 'em.

December 20, 2007 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zell will sell the the historic Los Angeles Times Building. The Times will substantially move to smaller digs.

December 20, 2007 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While some of you politically correct hacks are quick to criticize the Captain, I have to give him/them credit. They did a great job of smacking one of you hacks down earlier this year. The Bard is pretty damn funny (i.e., the "Call Jose" song) and (yawn) the supposed pirate outing by the pirate hunter was a bust. This latest caper with the parked cop car is amusing too. Given the choice between hearing you preach and the pirate prattle, I'll take the pirate(s). At least they make me laugh.

December 20, 2007 11:14 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

...said one pirate about the others!

December 20, 2007 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Mayor Sam said:

LAObserved will be bought by AOL after which Kevin Roderick will be summarily fired. It will be renamed LAOLObserved and helmed by Brady Westwater.

Walt Disney Imagineering will partner with the management team behind Chivas USA to open a chain of theme parks in Mexico called 80 FAKE HUIZAR WINTER WONDERLANDS.

Red Spot will be hired as director of the BARRY GOLDWATER CHARTER SCHOOL in El Sereno.

Mirthala Salinas will take an anchor job in Mexico City.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will apply for a position as a space shuttle astronaut as part of NASA's "Mayors in Space" program.

Bitter Bernie will insist the Dallas Cowboys are moving to the Coliseum.

Stuart Waldman will handily kick Bob Blumenthal's ass and be elected Speaker of the Assembly.

Captain Jack will face legal troubles and be required to leave the country.

Jack Hoff's true identity will be exposed in a miraculous stroke of serendipity when a masked Zuma Dogg catches him blogging at Starbucks.

Michael Trujillo will leave politics altogher and enter the Priesthood.

Barack Obama will win the Iowa primary.

Mike Huckabee will be the GOP nominee for President and will pick former US Treasurer Rosario Marin as his running mate.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein will resign following ethics violations.

Zuma Dogg will appear as a bachelor on the next edition of MTV's "A Shot at Love"

Don Garza will sell his life story and move to a condo in Newport Beach.

December 20, 2007 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But will the nimble-brained media, let alone out-of-touch bloggers ever compare and contrast the mayor's keeping a black & white near his former home (home to his ex-wife), with Guiliani's mini scandal earlier this month, re: "future" wife Judy Nate:


And, will the LAPD take "credit" for the idea to save AV's hide?

Remember also that AV's operatives slammed Jimmy Hahn's excuse that he couldn't reveal his calendar of past activities, because of security concerns about his children.

Who's the 'pot' and where's the 'kettle' and is it a fine kettle o' fish?

December 20, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Michael Trujillo is "in" politics?

Puh-leeze. That hardly counts.

Faking tallies of 80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES when Parque Skeleton needs slick mailer filler "achivements" for the sub-under-achieving mayor is hardly being "in" politics.

December 20, 2007 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The called in "rat-fucking" among the Watergate players, but it was still considered an arm of politics.

December 20, 2007 12:01 PM  

Anonymous zuma's press deputy said:

11:52 (if that's the real mayor sam, i don't see the profile pic):

No chance of ZD on "Shot of Love". He finds Tila Tequilla to be about the most repulsive human in appearance and everything else.



cnbc.com or cable TV.

December 20, 2007 12:38 PM  

Anonymous seer said:

Here are some predictions:

The Sac'to Term Limits Repeal Proposition will pass, throwing wrenches in the political careers of every wannabe. The measure passed because one third of the yes voters thought they strengthening term limits; one third of the voters believe the opposite, that term limits should be done away with and that the proposition is a good step; and one third didn't care but saw the editorials of major newspapers who came out for it.

You heard it here first.

December 20, 2007 1:00 PM  

Anonymous I am I said:

not much of a seer, if you say 'some' predictions, and then just come out with ONE!
and what a mind blower too.

December 20, 2007 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Villaraigosa instituted a sort of new "pay to play"

Let’s play NOT pay!

Vote “No” On Prop S / Measure S

Don’t Get Tricked Into Higher Taxes For Wasteful Spending
By Walter Moore

Visit website link and educate the constituents:

December 20, 2007 6:59 PM  

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