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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Reticent Mayors, Then and Now

from Los Angeles's Weekly News, April 23, 1866 - a dig at (French speaking) Mayor Joseph Mascarel; from Pioneers and Entrepeneurs; French Immigrants in the Making of L.A., 1827-1927 (click image to enlarge)

You would think el Alcalde, man of the people, would have something to say about the Letterman show's side-settlement with its writers. The bold logjam-breaker follows what Carson did during the 1988 strike and enables a dozen or so New York scribes to get back to work even while the other Hollywood scribes remain on the dole.

It's in the power of every independent production company to attempt to go this route; which makes it a special shame that the Mayor of Los Angeles isn't publically applauding the move. If the Mayor were to start jawboning the local industry to explore the possibility of following suit, some small but key part of LA's creative-based econony could get rolling again even while the mostly elsewhere-owned studios are taunting, Khrushchev-like, "We will bury you" and shut down tinseltown.

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The top excerpt is from the book Pioneers and Entrepeneurs; French Immigrants in the Making of L.A., 1827-1927. The book is an exhibition catalog; the exhibit is at Pico House, 424 North Main Street, through January 13, 2008.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Xenophobes are forever...

Brainstem-directed "reasoning" has always been with us.


December 29, 2007 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander, you have some ax to grind, don't you?

December 29, 2007 11:02 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Of course I do. I want the Mayor to gain some union street cred back and say publically, "I'm with the writers." I want him to say, "We should look into what Cecilia Estolano is doing to the CRA, denying the union-based workers their pay-raise there." I want Unions to hold the Mayor's feet to the fire. He's crossed unions enough.

December 29, 2007 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Joe, then you're at odds against Mayor Sam and most commenters on this blog, Daily News and the working man.

Who doesn't want the unions to get more pay raises than he is right now, just because they can hold pols hostage. Good for the Mayor, not caving into every union demand despite his background. (Like most of the Hispanics, a union one.)

Only good point you make: when the studios are owned by foreigners just for profit, what do they care what this strike does to L A, its people or economy? (These were fears brought up back when Sony of Japan bought MGM-UA, and now, who can even list which studios AREN'T foreign? For the record, why don't you tell readers who owns them from what countries. -- And this is in addition to the huge dominance now of Mexican-owned stations. Are they subject to the WGA strike?)

So appealing to studios' "better nature" when it comes to the effect of the strike, is having 0 impact.

But personally, I think it's selfish of the WGA to expect ALL unions to join in -- they're hurting the little guys way too much, just so some top writers can get anxilliary rights.

December 29, 2007 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can anyone out there make sense of the first comment?

December 29, 2007 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


December 29, 2007 2:22 PM  

Blogger Santiago said:

Anonymous said...
Xenophobes are forever...
Brainstem-directed "reasoning" has always been with us.
December 29, 2007 10:53 AM

Why You So Stupid Anonymous?
MY RESULT:Your Stupidity Like Earth - No One Knows Its Origins.
Your brain subject of great debate for generations. None of most brilliant ancient thinkers understand how you could get so stupid in such a short time. Now it up to you in interest of science to put end to debate. You must wander ends of earth in search of answer to why you so stupid.
You need time also with Dali Lama, play rock paper scissors and then Dali Lama will dance for you.

December 29, 2007 2:43 PM  

Blogger Santiago said:

Whats it today 10:53 AM?
Orville Redenbacher's Butter-flavored Vodka, or Dr. Scholl's Medicated Gin. Me thinks your brain goes down with the sun?

December 29, 2007 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a haiku!

December 29, 2007 3:04 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

So Joe, then you're at odds against Mayor Sam and most commenters on this blog, Daily News and the working man.

That's right. Unlike you other guys who fantasize about being part of management when you're really exempt-salary-slaves, I support unions, like Antonio said he would. But he hasn't unilaterally, and that's always trouble for all unions.

He's screwed the UTLA in his quixotic drive against the District. He's screwed the engineers at the CRA. And he's afraid to stand up for Hollywood and jawbone the studios.

But personally, I think it's selfish of the WGA to expect ALL unions to join in -- they're hurting the little guys way too much, just so some top writers can get anxilliary rights.

Ancillary. But it's just prudent to jump in. Politicians scratch each others backs when ganging up on unions, so why shouldn't collective bargaining units when dealing with economically devastating management?

France has a great history of unilateral striking, and they also have a thirty-five hour work week, and one of nine families owns a vacation home there.

December 29, 2007 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, you've revealed yourself as more naive and ignorant than Mayor Sam even, dogmatic and financially ruinous if you had your druthers.

Which you don't, fortunately, as we find you here.

Good for Letterman and Ferguson for seeing that the narrow victory of a few top WGA "writers" (who are also producers on the whole) is a no-win situation of the below the line and industry-related workers they're going to be helping out with their separate agreements.

(Leno and O'Brien will put these guys back to work but not hire any union writers, putting their shows at an advantage -- curious to see how that shakes out.)

Good for the Mayor for having the guts NOT to cave to every union demand. Durazo's recent boast that her union can make or break a pol so they'd better pay attention, just begs for someone to show her and all unions that they don't control our politicians or city. They must play a fair role in it.

As for France: Boy, are you at least several years behind in your knowledge there. Sarkozy was elected largely because he vowed to break the power of the unions (and he has, look at the latest strike, which ticked off the vast majority of Frenchmen, too). That 35-hour week, 6-week vacations and all those perks which made France famous for knowing how NOT to work, have put the country into economic crisis and Sarkoky was elected as the man with the balls to bring some reality back to the workplace.

And he's being regarded as a rock star pol for it -- did you see him and his g.f. in Egypt this week? Pundits are saying they're a hotter couple internationally now that Branjalina or the Beckhams. In other words, his bringing France upto fiscally responsibily demands of the new world economy sure ain't hurting him none, to the contrary.

You're wrong on all counts, Joe.

(But gee, thanks for the spellcheck. Can you do the same fo Wet Spot and the third-grade syntax of your favorite mutt? This blog sure needs a copy editor.)

December 29, 2007 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank goodness too that the Mayor has taken on the UTLA and Duffy, who care more about their own seniority, pensions and teacher perks that might be lost in converting to charters, than what the relative systems offer students. SHAME on UTLA teachers for trying to scare ignorant parents whose kids are failing in UTLA - run schools, out of trying something new.

How counter-productive for the students.

And what's an "exempt-salary-slave?"

Is that a slave who's exempt from receiving any salary? Is that even legal? Who has a "job" like that? (Besides zuma dogg?)

December 29, 2007 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Biggest City Hall Scandal of 2007.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mirthala Salinas.


Junior Mayor Jim Bickhart and The Scummins.

December 29, 2007 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big Fart and the "terrorist". Biggest disgrace of MAV's administration and no one is reporting it.

December 29, 2007 10:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least she's a pretty terrorist.

December 30, 2007 12:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It appears Daniel Guss and his buddies haven't got anything better to do on a Saturday night than spread irrelevant BS about tired old animal issues and boring people nobody knows. They apparently have no choice on a holiday season weekend but to envy the social life they wish they had and, worse, to stay home and blog about it.

The various moderators on Mayor Sam should get back on the job and trash off-topic posts like these. It's time to let the rest of us get back to throwing verbal barbs at each other about things people actually care about (like Mailander and Zuma).

December 30, 2007 12:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or I should have said USED to be pretty many, many years ago.

December 30, 2007 1:09 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

As for France: Boy, are you at least several years behind in your knowledge there.

Uh-huh. Next time I'm at the consulat, please be sure to introduce yourself.

December 30, 2007 2:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ooh-la=la, joe, I'm SOOOO impressed.

Doesn't make your comments any more valid, unfortunately.

December 30, 2007 2:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Animal Rights Nuts:

I just saw YOUR_protest_pictures at photobucket.

Nice job. You were able to get six people out.

Imagine. SIX protesters in the entire city of Los Angeles.

You believe that you are well on your way to getting Boks fired? Too hilarious.

All six of you are doing a fine job.

December 30, 2007 3:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't be afraid of hairy mmmary. When she threatens to expose your IP address, just scramble it each time you email or visit a blog. It's fun and easy and it keeps mmmaryinla busy. I like iijlab.net, but I bet if a dummy did a Google search on IP address scrambling, even they could figure out how to fool her. The only problem is it may say your from Iceland or it may say your posting away in Russia or it MAY say your in Dallas! Mmmary, you should change all of those not-so-old profiles of yourself all over the internet that say your not married or else come clean with your lawyer. You can't lie under oath and your legal papers in your lawsuit against the city say your married but you aren't in your secret online life. Which one is it?

December 30, 2007 3:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nobody here cares about Mmmary, whoever that is. Go away.

December 30, 2007 6:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:29 AM
No she isn't. She's a fat bald ugly old dog.

December 30, 2007 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:55 said,
"They apparently have no choice on a holiday season weekend but to envy the social life they wish they had."

What are you calling an enviable social life? Stalking the Director of Animal Services and his girlfriend, and boning a fat junior mayor? Every one envies that!

December 30, 2007 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These posts are on topic. The topic is Mayor Sam Awards. The award is "Big Scandal of 2007." I vote for Big Fart and The Scummins.

December 30, 2007 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Au contraire 3:01 AM. You believe you are well on your way to getting Boks fired with a meritless lawsuit packed with lies. You even lie about being married. Hah. You lied about that in a previous lawsuit, too. When the process server went to serve you, you pulled a gun. The LAPD cop you called told everyone that you are a nut.

What is the recent development on your case BC374596? Your lawyer's motion to amend was denied! Next up, the city files for dismissal.

Calling your critics "Animal Rights Nuts" just won't work here anymore. You are the Animal Rights Nut and a bitter old bag, too. The old dead mayor can read about you as easily as the rest of us.

December 30, 2007 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I care if a guy on AV's staff boinks a "terrorist" be it an ugly or pretty one. It would be hard to get me not to care about that.

December 30, 2007 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed 2:15. Big dark horse scandal of the season. I'm writing it in. Jim Bickhart and Scummins are the worst AV skeleton in the closet of 07. Heard that Big Fart provided assistance as she slandered her enemies. Did he back up her crazy stories when she lied to the cops, too? Makes AV and Mirthala look like George and Barbara Bush.

December 30, 2007 3:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 3:49 p.m., if these clowns are such a big scandal why have we never heard of them at all except from you? Or are you just wasting everyone's time playing out your own little cyber-bully fantasies?

Calling someone who likes to file lawsuits a "terrorist" sounds like a pretty stupid thing to do unless you can prove it. Mayor Sam ought to be thinking twice about that too, and get himself a better class of posters.

December 31, 2007 5:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 9:59 p.m., 10:52 p.m., 3:25 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 10:57 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:49 p.m., amongst others, how does it feel to be so irrelevant and so wrong about so many things so often?

It's amazing that Mayor Sam hasn't just trashed all of your posts. Go start your own blogs and leave the rest of us alone so we can focus on Measure S and other things that people actually care about. (Oh I forgot - when you say this stuff on your own blogs, NOBODY READS IT!)

Think of 2008 as a rock you can go crawl back under and stay there for good.

December 31, 2007 6:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know who these people are. Bickhart works in transportation for Villaraigosa and MMMary is one of those animal activists and a writer on this site obsessed with animals. Desperate about getting the GM of Animal Services fired. Heard he's doing great. Got lots of job offers once he got away from these nuts. Ironic that what goes around comes around.

December 31, 2007 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your lawsuit (singular) is a joke 5:41 AM. And you are a clown to mention it as some sort of threat, perhaps?

Assuming you even show up in court to face the city's multiple witnesses against you, your sole achievement will be that you and your reckless attorney have unfortunately placed Ed Boks in the enviable position to sue you both for malicious prosecution.

That settled, let's separate some more fact from fiction and discuss the frequency and the details of the many times you've been sued.

December 31, 2007 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wrong again, 2:15 p.m. You must be used to making mistakes by now. You seem oblivious to it, and just keep bumbling on like you actually know what you're talking about. Ho-hum...

December 31, 2007 6:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The photo of her impersonating a humane officer at the Bansky show is priceless.

December 31, 2007 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Impersonating law enforcement officers = criminal

False police reports = criminal

Theft of easyriders.org = Latham Act violations + infringement = criminal

Violating Federal Fair Usage Copyright Laws on a Blog = criminal = Maximum penalties 10 years in prson

Identity theft/falsifiying emails in another's identity = criminal

Falsifying emails in a civil case = criminal

Computer hacking = criminal

Threats issued against citizens to report bad government = violation of Ethics 112 = extortion = criminal

Cybersquatting = criminal

Intimidating/libeling/slandering witnesses = criminal

Witness tampering = criminal

Sending fake communiques = criminal

Falsifying documents including emails in a civil lawsuit = criminal

Tax fraud = criminal

Lying in a lawsuit/on the witness stand = criminal perjury

Misrepresenting key facts in a lawsuit under oath = criminal perjury

Stalking one's ex boyfriend's current girlfriend = criminal

Veiled threats on a website that violates a court order = criminal

He who has a lawyer wearing a chicken costume has a fool for an attorney.

January 01, 2008 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 12:59 a.m., a little too much of the bubbly (again) has you bragging about your exploits one more time.

January 01, 2008 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, that's their idea of a MasterCard ad, only they left out the "priceless" part. Or should we say, "worthless"?

Or maybe it's a recitation of their own rap sheet.

January 01, 2008 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed. The post should read, photo of you impersonating a humane officer. Priceless.

January 01, 2008 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Goodbye boring thread. If I post several comments in a row, will this thread drop off?

It's a new year. Why don't you all go make another new blog, and one that people can respond to? Then you'll see how people really feel instead of spitting out twisted information and not allowing anyone to respond.

You bore us.

This has nothing to do with reticent mayors.

This is boring.

Drop this thread off and put us out of our misery.

Let's make new rules against this.

Zuma, delete all of those nonsense posts too.

January 01, 2008 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like 99.9% of the city I went to a party and had too much bubbly on New Year's Eve. OMG! I'm so embarassed. NOT!

January 01, 2008 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I say fuck Santiago, that old fool is still looking for a new home. He got his ass booted out of BITH and now he sometimes makes a stupid comment at Mayor Sam's blog. Poor Santiago has to visit all the anti-mexican gavachos at Mayor Sam's whites only zone.

January 15, 2008 10:05 PM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Nice looking woman Mrs Spitzer, but maybe as Robert De Niro says in the movie "Analyze This",
"what? Whatta you mean why am I committing these perverse acts with this hooker? What you expect my wife to go down on me? Whatta you sick?
Or as Chris Rock says in his routine, "What? Have Hillary suck Bills dick? Sheeeit, the first lady don't have to suck nobody's dick!"

Hey, it happens.

March 10, 2008 6:41 PM  

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