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Friday, December 21, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday: One Sentence Edition

Young-Gi Kim is one nominee so far for sexiest City Hall staffer in the Sammie Awards - is she single?

The Coliseum Commission just can't stop hatin' on USC.

Bitter Bernie says the Minnesota Vikings are coming to LA.

Reyes wants bike paths
but no one is using them.

An old, crabby white guy is upset that someone has the money to build the home of their dreams.

After 20 years blowhard Congressman Henry Waxman gets out of the way of a subway.

We have lots of hot air in City government so wind power might work.

The City has no money and wants to raise taxes but they can boost salaries.

Antonio Villaraigosa your shot at love has ended.

In the meantime, Tila Tequila picked the boy over the girl.

The City of LA thinks poor people are too stupid to make proper food choices.

Is Eric Garcetti dating Britney Spears?

Ed Edelman is actually still alive.

Republicans are going for Barack Obama in Nevada.

LAUSD facilities should be available to the public - after all we paid for them.

Some in the Santa Clarita Valley want to be their own City - take a lesson from the Valley do it!

Former Laura Chick aide Ruben Gonzalez has become a partner in Harvey Englander's powerful lobbying firm.

Dick Riordan is opening a version of The Pantry in Pacific Palisades.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Bitter Bernie so f***ing myopic on the NFL in the Coliseum?

The stadium is too old. It can never have the number of luxury boxes the NFL wants. The taxpayers won't subsidize a massive renovation. The stadium is in a terrible neighborhood.

The NFL is too politically correct to tell the truth--they will NEVER come back to the Coliseum.


Now get the hell out of the way, Bitter Bernie, so the Coliseum won't lose its only loyal tenant.

December 20, 2007 11:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why does Bitter Bernie think he's so f***ing important?

December 21, 2007 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys know nothing; the deal doesn't need taxpayers' money.

The NFL won't tell you that they go a couple of blocks South of MLK and they find a population that they find unacceptable for NFL.

That is the biggest joke of all - after all, who do you think the Raider fans are???

USC has no where else to go. The Coliseum makes USC's parking worth a fortune. If the Coliseum or the state were to build enough parking in the park, it would cost USC hundreds of millions in lost revenue.

The $50,000,000 they wanted to give to the Commission for the stadium rights would have been recouped by them in a minute by selling naming rights to the stadium. The way USC put it, they would have had a free stadium.

California law prohibits the sale of public property for less than market value. The Coliseum makes money hundreds of says a year; USC plays 6 (six) games there a year. The market value of the stadium is aobut $700 or $800 million.

End of story.

December 21, 2007 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Our sources tell us that Car 9 4 0 is still parked in front of 6308 San Rafael, which is, if you will, adjacent to the former abode of His Nibbs.

Other than that, carry on.

December 21, 2007 8:56 AM  

Anonymous kfi said:

I'm still waiting for an asian versian of Anna Nicole Smith.

December 21, 2007 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once again...the 18 BILLION $$$$ BUDGET DEFICIT and now the potential RELEASE OF 22,000 PRISONERS, is the BIG STORY!

Schwarzenegger, Nunez, Villar, et al.....MUST BE RECALLED!!! In the meantime, they must be stripped of ALL personal expenses!!! They MUST have their salaries cut in half; they MUST have their State credit cards revoked; they MUST fire their personal staff, except for one or two necessary assistants; and ALL government employees MUST take a cut in salary; and NO MORE TRAVEL BUDGETS! They have NO BUSINESS leaving the State! Chain them to their desks!

These people are living like royalty while we are being taxed into oblivious and the city and state is falling into the Pacific!




Stop Schwarzenegger from giving away our health care to illegals!!! Enforce the existing immigration laws and deport all illegals. WE DON'T NEED THEM TO PICK LETTUCE OR STAND IN FRONT OF HOME DEPOT! IF THERE WAS A WORKER SHORTAGE THERE WOULD BE A RISE IN SALARIES...SIMPLE SUPPLY AND DEMAND! WE ARE GLUTTED WITH UNSKILLED WORKERS...DEPORT THEM!

December 21, 2007 8:57 AM  

Anonymous The Bong said:

Common! Sit down. Football is great and I support Councilman Parks in his effort that has something to do with football. If it's about football, I think we should do it. And remember people, football is good for Los Aneles. Sit down!

December 21, 2007 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Read the current LA Weekly if you want to know why the police cruiser is parked on Mt. Washington.

December 21, 2007 9:01 AM  

Blogger Santiago said:

Captain Jack Sparrow said...
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish):

Some might consider your description deliberatley risqué and elagantly erotic, however the fact remains that Martha Stewart made your hat out of pine cone and petroleum jelly. It's not overly surprising.

December 21, 2007 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Rudy "I like Ully" Galindo said:


"CLOWNCIL ON ICE" brought to you by your handouts to AEG.

3:00-4:00PM Today (Friday)

Pershing Square

December 21, 2007 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah jee-zus not these people again!!

December 21, 2007 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I like Mark Ridley Thomas idea of getting rid of the Coliseum Commission. they haven't done a damn thing to help the situation. Besides the illegals get to have their soccer teams play at the coliseum.

The city is suppose to be in a state of emergency yet again wasting money. How much did this Xmas party the Mayor had cost the taxpayers?
.....Mayor's Holiday Reception at the Getty House

December 21, 2007 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning Santiago(tips hat):

And I suppose your hat was hand-crafted by Colin Cowie out of fruitcake soaked in rum? (Crew looks on admiringly) Fancy that! 'im's got a doorstopper for a hat, he does! (Sighs) 'Tis all for the better that you wear that hat instead of me, especially since fruitcake is flammable and Heaven knows where on the protest target list fruitcakes are. Probably close in range to those who wear Armani, savvy?

December 21, 2007 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the woman in the photo is supremely scrumtious.

December 21, 2007 10:47 AM  

Anonymous matt's media watch said:

that LA Citybeat article gets our award for Christmas carve up of the century (so far).
the one with Eric and Britney


December 21, 2007 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Word is employees in the city's computer enclave, the Information Technology Agency, are circulating a petition that spells out a vote of "no confidence" by nearly 500 or 3/5ths of the departments staff in their executive leadership.

That leadership, or lack thereof, includes General Manager and Chief Technology Officer Randi Levin, the much ballyhooed media techie, hand picked by Mayor Villaraigosa from the ranks at NBC-Universal less than one year ago. Seems confidence in Levins decision making is fading quickly. Even the honorable Mayor himself nixed her travel plans to a European technology conference. Another one of her decisions, to delay a multi-million dollar re-vamp of the City's financial systems, has the vendor already awarded the contract fuming and threatening legal action.

Included in the no vote, is Ken Simmons, Assistant General Manager and Executive Officer at ITA, whose track record of improprieties at the City's Housing Department and numerous financial boondoggles as the Assistant City Manager in Redondo Beach, precedes him and is well documented throughout the internet. One wonders what dirt Mr. Simmons has on City powers that be, that would force them to allow him to continue prowling the Agency's hallways?

Numerous rumors of favoritism, preferential decision making on projects and outright vindictiveness have ITA's employee morale at an all time low. This negativity is not just from the rank and file, but also from middle management types. The same middle managers that were strong armed into footing the bill for a recent ITA employee meeting/holiday lunch, held at the convention center. Seems Ms. Levin's requests for party funding were summarily rejected by the CAO's office. Staffers coordinating the event, had to scramble for funding. Eventually the party portion was scrapped. One wonders if managers got refunds? What a novel idea, to fleece your leaderships pockets so close to the Holiday season.

While this vote of no confidence may not be as successful as the one imparted on the recent LADOT chief, staffers hope to send a message that they themselves have strong resolutions for 2008.

December 21, 2007 3:25 PM  

Blogger Poppy said:

The party tomorrow: anyone going past/near Silver Lake want to carpool? Send me an e-mail at
Yahoo dot com

December 21, 2007 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously we need two categories of hot staffers. One for straights and one for gays.

December 21, 2007 6:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam should know better to post Daily Breeze crap. 200,000 city employees?!!!!! What a joke. Shows how much the Daily Breeze knows about numbers. 200,000 city employees in SEIU, AFSCME & 501? Wow, that doesn't even include the 80,000 in EAA. I can't stop laughing!

December 21, 2007 7:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa is his own critic, “Let’s be clear about one thing: HONESTY and ETHICS in city government start at the top. They start with the mayor. The mayor sets the tone at City Hall trough his own conduct.”

Mayor Is Criticized for Jet Use
McGreevy, Patrick. "Mayor Is Criticized for Jet Use" Los Angeles Times, 8 November 2005

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa faced criticism Monday for requesting the use of a jet owned by Ameriquest, a mortgage firm that has a City Hall lobbyist assigned to press its interests with the mayor.
The mayor has long-standing ties to the company.

Ameriquest gave $75,000 to a political committee that Villaraigosa controlled while he was speaker of the Assembly from 1998 to 2000.

When Villaraigosa left the Legislature, Ameriquest paid him more than $10,000 in 2001 and again in 2002 to serve as a consultant for the firm. At the time, Ameriquest was trying to blunt proposed consumer legislation in Sacramento and at City Hall.

Villaraigosa has said he did not advise Ameriquest on lobbying politicians but on "strategic thinking and problem solving."
Ameriquest and its employees have contributed more than $21,000 to Villaraigosa's 2001 and 2005 mayoral campaigns.

Villaraigosa was elected on a campaign to bring ethics to City Hall, saying, "Let's be clear about one thing: Honesty and ethics in city government start at the top. They start with the mayor. The mayor sets the tone at City Hall through his own conduct."
Mayor Begins His Shake-Up of the City's Commissions; Villaraigosa could fill up to 300 positions. He has said his appointees must sign ethics pledges.

Noam N. Levey. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Jul 25, 2005.

Three and a half weeks into his administration, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has started to put his stamp on City Hall by shaking up the citizen boards and commissions that oversee much of what the city of Los Angeles does.
The unique system Villaraigosa presides over was designed to take the politics out of city government. But more recently, it has come to symbolize a City Hall beset by corruption and insider influence.

Villaraigosa's victory over former Mayor James K. Hahn came amid allegations that several Hahn commissioners had improperly mixed city business with political fundraising.

The new mayor has indicated he wants to set a different standard, announcing within days of taking office that his commissioners would have to sign ethics pledges.
But several political observers say Villaraigosa could do even more to rejuvenate the ailing commission system. Among their suggestions:

* Appoint commissioners who bring more expertise to their roles overseeing major city functions, including the airports, the municipal utility and the port.

* End the practice of rewarding political supporters with seats on the most powerful boards and commissions.

* Allow boards and commissions to work as independent oversight bodies, rather than as extensions of the mayor's administration.

That was the vision that drove good-government reformers who campaigned to create citizen commissions nearly a century ago.

December 21, 2007 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daily Breeze says 200,000 city workers get raise

This doesn't even include LAPD, DWP, or LAFD. How many city workers are there? Daily Breeze thinks it is about half a million I guess.

December 21, 2007 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Young-Gi Kim married Red Spot, her name would be Young-Gi Spot.

December 21, 2007 11:12 PM  

Anonymous zuma's press deputy said:

Alright Jack, that's a good one. one of your best! (for a second there i thought you were talking about jamie lynne.)

December 22, 2007 8:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes wants bike paths. Sure that is what others are pushing him to do. Great! He should get off his big fat butt and get on a bike.

He doesn't do anything and couldn't move if his life depended on it.

December 22, 2007 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa your shot at love has ended.

The mayor's bad deal; The superintendent says the school reform proposal is about power and money, not kids and education.
Roy Romer. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Jun 25, 2006.

WHEN MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa announced his plan to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, I reserved judgment. Many people wanted me to speak out against this idea, but I resisted. Although I was disturbed by the mayor's factually inaccurate rhetoric, I listened carefully to see if any ideas emerged that would deepen and quicken the instructional reforms the district has implemented over the last six years. But last week, after waiting more than a year to see the details of the mayor's plans, I was sorely disappointed.

At the end of this year, I will leave my post of six years to embark on another chapter of my life. I have lived immersed in education and power politics. I was governor of Colorado for three terms, chairman of the National Governors Assn. and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I also have been on the board of American College Testing for years, and I chaired the first National Education Goals Panel. President Clinton called me his "partner in educational reform."

So I am speaking from 50 years of deep experience when I say that the mayor's compromise is about power and money, not about children - - and certainly not about education reform.

December 22, 2007 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey KFI 8:57 am
and Rich Mirata...


Francine Dee...

Ho Ho Ho

December 23, 2007 10:59 PM  

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