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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sunday Morning Mimosa

JM, Sunset, Hermosa, 9.12.07

Joseph Mailander
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Orlov sets up El Alcalde to be the comeback kid reincarnated with a Daily News leader that's purportedly about Antonio's problems in 2007 but really a front-page commercial for Measure S in 2008.

The scribe sets it up as though Antonio has his work cut out for him. In fact, it's the Measure's opponents who have their work cut out for them: no budget, no big-name Democrats in opposition, a spendy, Bernardi-less City Council that makes $178,000 a year and that always says "Let them eat cake" when it comes to a tax measure.

With the vote coming the day of the primary, Democratic turnout will be immense. And you see the legacy of Parke Skelton's Democrat-pandering fingerprints all over Antonio's civil service memes: "It will affect every city service - police, fire, parks, libraries. We have to make the case to the public about what this means and trust them to come through again," Antonio says.

Skelton likes to turn everything into a bond, and mention all the civil services that get Democrats excited. But what's really being said here is this:

"We're politicians! We always spend too much! Be a pal and bail us out again."

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Neglected here earlier: some actual debate was seen in Council earlier this month, as El Alcalde re-appointed Joan Ling to the CRA Board. Prior to her CRA appointment of 2005, Ms. Ling had spent much of her career shilling for affordable housing interests in Santa Monica, and got to be so good at it over the years that she was awarded a $90,000 gift from Fannie Mae in 2003. And of course, you can observe yourself how her 900 units over fourteen years in Santa Monica solved the problems of homelessness and affordability on the west side.

City Council's two biggest boomtowners, Perry and Parks, wanted to block Ling from the board because they thought Ling overreached with various inclusionary zoning projects, requiring developers to stitch low-income housing into residential developments. But Matt Szabo went to bat for her before Council, and she sailed through.

When the CRA gets a media rep who can answer questions about the hundreds of millions it's licensed to spend, please let me know. Until then, I guess I'll just call Matt.

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Life and Times, the KCET show that gave us the Orange Curtain abomination known as Hugh Hewitt, as well as Los Illegals' sideman Ruben Martinez, is now off the air after a good run. Last show was Friday. Something far less interesting but frequently as irritating---the Tavis Smiley show---fills the slot.

Here's something: the show's blog asks for online reminiscing. So: blog away, dum dums!

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Your adulterous tax-drunk Mayor also wrote a piece for CityWatch on Friday. But there was nothing to take credit for regarding the DWP, so he said that in 2007, he put "an environmentalist" in charge of the DWP. He forgot to mention that H. David Nahai is also an attorney, a lobbyist, a fundraiser, and a wannabe commentator on the middle east.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kudos to Parks and Perry for trying block Joan Ling's reappointement.

If you saw her before City Council and at CRA Commission hearings, she comes accross as a dimwit. Not the sharpest at all.

Can't figure out how she got there in the first place. Who else does she know?

December 30, 2007 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Dimwits tend to hang together. SHeis just like Antonio. Have you ever heard him trying to put a sentence together without his customary - uhh, uhhh, uhhhh pause?

December 30, 2007 11:07 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Have you ever heard him trying to put a sentence together without his customary - uhh, uhhh, uhhhh pause?

Without a script, that's exactly what he does. I know it as a symptom of morning drinking, but it may also be something else.

December 30, 2007 11:55 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Who else does she [Ling} know?

All the cute little inclusionary zoning Koning-Eisenbergy architects who have baffled local know-nothing pols into thinking they're making progress, rather than money, by promising a future that never arrives.

After twenty years of KonigEisenberg, we still have 70,000 homeless in LA County.

December 30, 2007 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our fine mayor has graduated to having trouble even with a script. His handlers cut the speeches to phrases he can manage. Even then it's a mess.

December 30, 2007 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Sots, when His Nibbs speaks, he reminds me of someone else who has the same sort of speaking style. (Scratches head and thinks) Now, who is it that His Nibbs reminds me of? (Thinks some more. Has flash of brilliance and snaps fingers) Right! I remembered! George W. Bush. Imagine that. Our fearless leader sounds just like President Bush. Makes you wonder if they both sprouted from the same tomato patch, savvy?

December 30, 2007 7:27 PM  

Anonymous 1984 said:

No No No

Our Dear Leader Antonio Villaraigosa is a rising star, the voice of all Latinos and the future of the Democratic Party.

December 30, 2007 7:31 PM  

Blogger L.A. Woman said:

A front page commercial for Measure S? Come on now.

December 30, 2007 7:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just remember... the second year of tomatoes is unkempt, wild and usually not good tasting... I know
Bush W is..

December 30, 2007 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Antonio has improved his public speaking skills immensely over the last few years. 99% of all people say uh, uh, um a few times. It's a way of composing your next thought and very common. You would have to major in Speech not to do that. Listen to some of your favorite politicians when they speak and you'll hear it.

December 31, 2007 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You have sunk to new Kool-Aid drinking lows.

December 31, 2007 1:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I really doubt that. I am realistic and honest. Something this blog doesn't see much of.

December 31, 2007 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you read last week's interview with the brilliant actor Daniel Day Lewis?

Writer was surprised by how long it took him to answer, with how many ums and huhs.

Try it yourself sometime -- bet you don't realize how often you do it.

It's not just the airheads on the OC and other teen reality shows.

You have to be conscious of how you speak and use your diaphram when you read a speech -- speaking as an actor, I've worked on it.

Not that I care about what anyone here thinks about the Mayor, but this is just childish and ignorant.

If you want to judge him, look at his goals in Citwatch and DN. He does pretty well compared to most pols. If they were all polished and smooth, they'd be overpaid actors -- then, like Oprah, Sean Penn and other brains, they could be considered political oracles without any qualifications whatsoever.

December 31, 2007 2:53 PM  

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