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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Guy in LA

JM, One Less Car: Jonathan at Jan's, Beverly Blvd., 12.24.07

Joseph Mailander a guy in laelsewhereemail

Note to all the dum dudes: County Sheriffs are setting up more DUI checkpoints real soon. Sheriff checkpoints: that has Rosecrans written all over it. Call a taxi, and not just next Monday night.

Checkpoints aren't a worry for Will Campbell, who dutifully chronicles every bike ride he takes. Total mileage for the year 2007: 3007. Thus far.

Noted: The Big Dig, officially wrapping up this week as the most notoriously bloated construction deal in US history, cost $14.8 billion; the LAUSD capital building campaign, wrapping up maybe in 2012, when there will be far fewer students in LAUSD than there are now, will cost $20 billion.

Further noted...The LA Weekly reported two weeks ago that gangs were "more brutal than ever", but other fishwraps report that homicides are down in 2007, and on track for a forty-year low.

You may have missed it yesterday, but as MayorSam says below, the Feds are giving LA homeless money that they had denied to them earlier. The Mayor's office, of course, spins it as a "watershed moment" in ending homelessness, even though it doesn't pencil out to putting a 1/100th dent in it. I guess he means it the way there's a "watershed moment" in a football game when a quarterback falls on his own fumble.

Party like it's 1985: the 22-3 Celtics are for real, but are the Lakers? Now 18-10, a scant two games off the top spot in their conference, J.A. Andade says yes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:


You should know that there is such thing as a "BUI" ... Biking Under the Influence. When I was a student at UC Davis, students would get these all the time coming back from the bars ... So keep those bikes away from the checkpoints too!!

December 26, 2007 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re LAUSD: It doesn't matter if there are "fewer students" if classrooms are still overcrowded.

If you want to improve education -- and I'm guessing that even you are in favor of that -- reducing crowding and building more schools makes sense.


December 26, 2007 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When you look at the lower murder rate you also need to look at the number of gang shootings. Luckily most gang members are terrible marksman, it might be, because so many shootings are done while gang members are drunk and high.

It's a lot easier to do any stupid and illegal activity while drunk or high on drugs.

The gang members involved in gun violence is getting younger and younger, just read the L.A. Homicide report to see how young the victims and "perps" are.

December 26, 2007 1:53 PM  

Blogger Santiago said:


At 11:58 the host announces, "I gotta get up early. Everybody out."

You're damn sure good champagne doesn't come in individual juice containers.

"Ball drop" at midnight consists of a trick your Uncle Earl does when he's loaded.

You get there and it's just you and Mr. Packwood.

Party never regains momentum after host's heart attack.

When the ball drops, so do Grandpa's pants.

You're pretty sure the drunk next to you is the late Guy Lombardo.

It's just you and the automated time-telling lady on the phone.

At midnight, your host turns to his girlfriend and screams, "Helen! Release the iguanas!".

The noisemakers are drowned out by all the gunfire.

December 26, 2007 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And how much of that $20 LAUSD building fund is earmarked for new schools on the westside, from where people are moving in droves to places like Rancho Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach and further north or south along the coast? Where if you have an expensive house you can send your kids to the local public school you're paying all these huge taxes for. Nada.

In 1980 L A County was only 10% Hispanic and majority white. Now, it's 45% Hispanic, with other ethnic "minorities" who are majorities, whites are a minority.

True, some wealthy retired people, gays and others with no kids may be moving back and downtown, but it's naive to think this will save L A without trying to actively win BACK this un-PC middle/upper middle class with kids.

Even the gangbangers are moving to the Inland Empire and Lancaster/ Palmdale to move up in the world.

According to today's DN, at least 3/4 of kids in LAUSD are below the poverty line -- maybe more, but they're too proud to admit it. Most of these are kids of illegals.

December 26, 2007 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The paranoid schizophrenic thinking in Los Angeles is mind boggling.

First they say, "People are coming. We need housing for them. We can't stop them. Get used to it."

Okay then. So they want to get rid of all the open space they can and if you oppose them, you're a nimby. Then when the nimby's say they'll also need schools for this rush of people, the politicians say, "LAUSD sucks. How DARE they waste money building schools when our population is dwindling and our schools are losing kids!"

Hey L.A., which one is it?

It's true that the baby boomers had more kids plus we had a steady influx of immigrants and our schools were more overcrowded in recent years. It's true that the current generation is having only 1.2 children on average. It's true that we are going to continue to get more immigrants. So if it's true that we are going to have this population explosion of people, why is it exactly that we don't need schools? Why do we need so much new housing and not schools? It's nonsensical. Build up. Leave the open space alone.

If you want more urban - choose New York to move to when moving from out of state. If you must live in CA, San Francisco is your place. But Los Angeles has great suburbs that should be allowed to stay that way for the people who are suburban dwellers and the downtown area should be more livable for urban dwellers.

And if we are getting more housing, we need more schools. It's called infrastructure.

December 26, 2007 5:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:06: you make no sense.

What about building schools for the people who are leaving LA for those nearby towns where the same money can get them a better house and excellent schools. Instead of overlooking them to keep building for the "minorities" who are on the whole poor and don't pay for these schools, just make a lot of noise and are being pandered to by all the politicians.

If you want to talk about successful suburban towns, that's the basic criteria which makes them work and what USED to make L A work. Now we have pockets of homes that look like suburbia, but if you investigate before you buy and find out what schools your kids will go to, you'll often think twice.

People kept buying anyway and paying for private schools because they assumed their home investments would keep going up and they'd be able to leave when they wanted.

That's not the case anymore, and if people start looking at what schools and services their money gets just as they'd look in Rancho Palos Verdes or Irvine or Corona del Mar or San Marino or anywhere else at all -- they'll think twice, and homes and the economy will continue to plunge.

While you build schools in all the wrong places. Because the middle and upper middle class is already too disgusted with not being listened to in this city.

The Mayor wrings his hands because the middle class in L A continues to shrink -- DA.

December 26, 2007 5:19 PM  

Blogger drinking with tony, said:

L.A. is 450 square miles. It's so much easier to get the word out when something is happening in San Francisco or New York. Wild things happen in Los Angeles, but they are vitiated by the fact that the city's so huge. I was busted for CUI while maneuvering in my canoe in Lake Balboa, in the Sepulveda Dam basin. It was a 4 hour chase as I was well supplied with a half gallon of Chivas Regal (for optimum results) and my Igloo well stocked with ice and Perrier. I urinated into the lake as the police who were following me caught their breath in their clumsy row boats. As the sun started going down I decided to pull over to the applause and fanfare of those watching the ordeal from the grass knolls that surround the man made lake.

December 26, 2007 6:46 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Drinking with tony that's classic. Hope to meet you sometime.

December 26, 2007 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a scammer the Mayor is making believe the Housing Authority is doing a better job!

All they did was barely fulfill what the Federal Gov made them do. Not because they should have done the right thing.

They still have hundreds of vacant units in the housing developments and the mangement of the Section 8 program is totally inept!

What a fraud!

December 26, 2007 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need to send more illegal aliens to the schools on the west-side. This will save the LAUSD from building more schools. And the rich white kids can learn spanish from the illegal aliens. And the poor mexican kids can steal lunch money from the rich white kids. This can be a win-win situation, we need more buses, not more schools.

December 26, 2007 11:31 PM  

Blogger Don Culo said:

Sr. Drinking with Tony and Santiago are whining gavacho haters. hahahahah

December 26, 2007 11:34 PM  

Blogger Don Culo said:

The stupid fool says....
"What about building schools for the people who are leaving LA for those nearby towns where the same money can get them a better house and excellent schools. Instead of overlooking them to keep building for the "minorities" who are on the whole poor and don't pay for these schools, just make a lot of noise and are being pandered to by all the politicians."

The LAUSD does not build schools in other cities or school districts. How dumb a comment can you make. que estupido !!!!

December 26, 2007 11:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I posted a comment that said Stu died because he saw Zuma Dogg in a Fred Roggin mask and Mike Hunt in a Raiders uniform. But Zuma deleted it. Why? because he's a pussy.

December 27, 2007 7:51 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

7:51 am,

Is that the type of stuff you are fighting for? (Do you think anyone thinks you are anything but the biggest crybaby on the planet? Do you think you are turning people against me with your comments and lies about someone dying?)

You're a real hero! People love you!

December 27, 2007 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great story on MSNBC last night on how Mayor Newsom is tackling human trafficing in his San Francisco and being proactive to protect poor women who are being used to make money for men who beat, torture, rape and abuse them.

Yet, we have the same problem here in LA and Antonio could careless. There are hundreds of cantinas that have immigrant women working like slaves and since our cops are pretty much low why doesn't our mayor do something like Newsom to solve the problem????

December 27, 2007 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don Chulo, you are proof of what happens when schools in good areas are taken over by illegal aliens and dummies bused in from the barrios.

The person said LAUSD needs to build schools for the people leaving for schools in those towns, in other words so they don't leave for those towns, which have good schools. Because those towns don't belong to LAUSD which only builds schools for the reading-challenged like you. And so no one else wnats their kids to grow up stupid like you, and so they pack up and leave L. A. for those nice towns where their taxes pay for good schools.

Don Chulo, you are a disgrace to the barrio, now try again to pass that 4th grade reading test.

December 27, 2007 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are hundreds of cantinas that have immigrant women working like slaves and since our cops are pretty much low why doesn't our mayor do something like Newsom to solve the problem????

Not to mention the way the City taxes anyone who leaves their house to do a benefitless 1099 job.

December 27, 2007 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Diesel Death Zone Refugee said:

The city is on track to have less than 400 murders this year. Great.

According to the Times, the air pollution from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will cause 2400 premature deaths this year, never mind how many thousands will get sick.

Where's the outrage over that?

If people knowingly cause thousands of premature deaths in the name of making money, what do you call that, if not murder?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is responsible for L.A.'s half of the 2400. What about it, Mr. Mayor?

Spare me the spin about the "Clean Air Action Plan". Talk is cheap.

December 27, 2007 3:36 PM  

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