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Monday, January 21, 2008

Tuesday Hotsheet at 3 a.m.

JM, La Sauz, Mariscos, San Fernando Blvd., 1.21.08

Joseph Mailander
a guy in laelsewhereemail

No problemos at La Opinion, where the pueblo's mariscos wrap of record fires up an exclusive interview with Police Chief Bratton. He says of the incident at parque MacArthur "Fue una aberración, fue enorme, pero ésa no es la forma en que operamos."

He also says that the undocumented don't need to fear the LAPD unless they're also criminals, a statement which should drive some of the lads here loco. "La comunidad latina e inmigrante, legal o ilegal, no tiene nada que temer del LAPD, excepto los criminales."


Mitt Romney has an ad in Spanish, Mi Padre, spoken by Romney's son, who was a Mormon missionary in Chile. Currently playing in Miami. Rudy Giuliani has an ad there in Spanish too. The Times warns that photo-ops alone won't work with Latinos in California. "I guess they have to do these desperate things in an election, but I'm not going to vote for someone just because they go to King Taco," Latina mom Denise Mendoza tells the Times.

Dennis Zine turns a deaf ear to a Neighborhood Council and would-be neighbors to a 160-unit multiuse complex in West Hills. The developer has paid to play with a scant $1,500, and the development will require a zone change from Gail "GPS" Goldberg's Planning Department. It's great to see a newspaper covering these kinds of issues; people might yet learn a few things about their public "servants."

Robert Culp believes the one-elephant elephant exhibit at the LA Zoo should be shut down. He filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get his way, the Daily News reported late yesterday. The Zoo says it is well within animal reg standards.

A credible research org said last week that the Writer's strike is impacting television viewing habits. "About 35 percent of Americans have changed their media consumption habits as a result of the Hollywood writers strike, according to a report by the consultancy firm Interpret, and 27 percent are watching less network TV." So what are the feelings on the matter of the allegedly pro-Union Mayor of Los Angeles? Or, for that matter, the allegedly pro-Union Barack or pro-Union Hillary?

On one end of town, downtown blogger Dave Bullock was rocking Wired with photos of spy gadgets at the Homeland Security conference downtown, and at another end, 24's homeland security stalwart Kiefer Sutherland was released from a Glendale jail after 48 days dry.

Yesterday, the sacking of James O'Shea at the Times was a national and even an international story. Even so, some readers don't think the news is newsworthy for MayorSam. I disagree---no organization in town has the potential to influence City politics the way the Los Angeles Times does; but I read all the comments here and respect all commenters.

But for today anyway, if anyone is Jonesing for new developments re the Times, look to Ed Padgett's blog.

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Blogger Santiago said:

"No hay problemas en 'La Opinion'"...
I am taking the liberty of correcting (in a nice way) the future Mayor Of this great established City de Los Angeles - Joseph Mailander. JM, we have to prepare you (including the español) so that when you commit and make the break away move, your competition will be say, "What was that"?! ~Hasta luego, Amigo~

January 22, 2008 7:09 AM  

Anonymous staunch Democrat said:

I hate the Times. I don't care who they fire. I like local news. They don't cover it. I don't even care if the whole institution folds.

January 22, 2008 8:30 AM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Smart man, Chief Bratton, immigrants legal and otherwise shouldn't fear the police, especially when reporting a crime. And how many cops you think want to go around intimidating and arresting people for immigration violations, they got better things to do with their time.
And the McArthur Park Police Meltdown should be considered an aberration.
Shit the last time the Calvary charged the Indians was when Custer did it at the Little Big Horn and look at the fallout after that fiasco.
Bratton is a smart dude and maybe that's why crime and murder is down.

January 22, 2008 9:23 AM  

Anonymous hirosi hernandez said:

I will also NOT vote for somebody just because they eat at King Taco.

However I will vote for anybody who eats MENUDO at Carillos my favorite place located in the San Fernando Valley. They call me the menudo menso (M&M). lol

January 22, 2008 9:27 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

It's probably not cool for former motorcycle cop turned leather loving Clowncilman Denny Zine to refuse to get the input of the NC, but I think this project is on track.

Basically the NIMBY naybobs and some old washed up Hollywood white lady are knee-jerking against condos. The usual pervasive BANANA fever.

This is a win-win as if you provide housing for the medical staff where they can walk to work you're going to eliminate a huge chunk of traffic of those folks driving in from Pasadena or Alhambra or Santa Clarita or Torrance or whereever else they all live.

This is no Las Lomas or Home Depot or Playa Vista. I'd say Denny is right here.

January 22, 2008 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAPD is a racist organiztion which has victimized blacks for decades. Do you remember the comment by red-neck racist Chief Gates that blacks don't feel a choke hold because their neck is different.

Also the LAPD did nothing to protect the balck community during the 1992 riots. How quickly we forget the Rodney King beating in which no cops were prosecuted. How many innocent blacks have been beaten by LAPD who were not videotaped. Too bad we don't have another Martin Luther King to protect blacks from racist LAPD, L.A. Sheriffs and mexican gangs.

The police did not protect innocent blacks from low life mexicans from the Florencia-13 gang which killed innocent blacks for years. If the mexican gangs were killing whites then more would be done to arrest the low life mexican gang members.


Only after lots of national news about the killing of 14yr old Cheryl Green by more low life mexican gangs did the LAPd do something to stop the racial murders. What kind of animals would kill a 14yr. old girl just standing on the sidewalk?


January 22, 2008 9:42 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I didn't even catch this part - the old biddy former Hollywood matron lives in Rancho Mirage? Nuts to that, she doesn't even live here.

The NIMBYs seem to think that the condos will bring more traffic. Most EIRs show that when a property converts from commercial to residential the number of trips goes down. Think about it, a housing complex has a finite number of people coming and going. A commercial center can have several times more people coming there.


January 22, 2008 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if i understand the law right, illegal immigrants don't have anything to fear from the LAPD because it isn't in the LAPD's jurisdiction to deport illegal immigrants. it's a matter of legal fact, not a matter of bratton's immigration views.

January 22, 2008 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Chief Bratton were really smart he would eliminate special order 40.

25% of jail inmates in California are illegal aliens. A really smart police chief would do more to deport these "ILLEGAL" aliens from mexico. It is a crime to sneak into in this country and commit crimes.


If you stop and arrest people without a drivers license, that you be a great first step. Costa Mesa has the right idea on this.

And it should be a crime to waste my tax dollars on schools which try to educate illegal aliens who never graduate and just make the LAUSD schools worse.

January 22, 2008 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow! You made it to some place on San Fernando Road. I thought you didn't leave West Los Angeles

January 22, 2008 10:47 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd's insult crew said:

we support the closure of the elephant exhibit.

this council needs the phone tax now, and we agree that they do, but wait, there's $40 million you could have saved.
Greig Smith you idiot.
all the gloves are off, because this City is out of control.

go back to sleep. The City will save tons of money that way.

January 22, 2008 10:50 AM  

Anonymous lisaexit said:

supports the closure of the elephant exhibit.

January 22, 2008 11:06 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

I have to agree with Mayor Sam on Zine's "bigger picture" thinking. Infill projects like this one are positive and necessary moves in L.A. development. Here's hoping that Zine also attached some LEED standards to the building.

January 22, 2008 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:42am get with the times buddy and get rid of the chip on your shoulder. Next thing you'll start harping how you were a slave and OJ was innocent. Get over it and move on because many in the black community have and they have embraced Bratton. He's been to South LA more then any other chief to talk with the community. Not even Bitter Bernie did that. Why aren't you asking your damn councilmember to do something about the illegals in South LA like Perry, Bernie, that's their district and they sit and do nothing. Illegal immigrants are a FEDERAL PROBLEM NOT LAPD

January 22, 2008 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD is not a racist organization as it is over-reactive. The beatings in MacArthur Park were of whites.

January 22, 2008 11:28 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Looks like all the Councilmembers were on the phone with their stockbrokers due to the market crisis and they missed a quorum.

ZD predicted last Monday that the market would be low 12000-11999 today.

www.strategyupdate.com (daily blog link)

January 22, 2008 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Chief Bratton were really really really smart he would take any top ranking position the White House rumor has it is going to offer him. This city doesn't appreciate him nor does it support him. With Antonio as mayor the Chief of Police position has gotten wayyyyyy to political. Bratton has to campaign for Measure Sucker cause Antonio has said police officers will be the first to get cut. What a slimy little shit asshole Antonio is.

January 22, 2008 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let Bratton take care of the CRIMINAL IA's and let ICE take care of the rest!!!

Cancel Special Order 40! It's ILLEGAL!

Get rid of Villar and Nunez...and we will be just fine!

January 22, 2008 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A squeaky Anony-Mouse said....

9:42am get with the times buddy and get rid of the chip on your shoulder. Next thing you'll start harping how you were a slave and OJ was innocent. Get over it and move on because many in the black community have and they have embraced Bratton.


Do be afraid Mr. Braf we know it's you talking your usual vile and disgusting racist red-neck views.

Jethro and Homer are proud log cabin republicans from the trailer park. lol, lmao, lol, lmao

January 22, 2008 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like all the Council members were on the phone with their stockbrokers due to the market crisis and they missed a quorum.

The Federal Reserve slashed two key interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point Tuesday following an unscheduled meeting, citing continued concerns about a weakening economy and turmoil in the financial markets.
The Fed lowered its federal funds rate, which impacts how much consumers pay on credit card debt, home equity lines of credit and auto loans, to 3.5 percent from 4.25 percent.

The Fed also lowered its discount rate, which is what it costs banks to borrow directly from the central bank, by three-quarters of a point, to 4 percent.

This was the biggest rate cut by the Fed since October 1984. And it was the first cut between regularly scheduled meetings since a half-point cut on the day the market reopened following the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Broader financial market conditions have continued to deteriorate and credit has tightened further for some businesses and households. Moreover, incoming information indicates a deepening of the housing contraction as well as some softening in labor markets," the Fed said in a statement.

January 22, 2008 2:17 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd's media watch said:

Heath Ledger dies of an apparent drug overdose in New York.
28 yr old Australian actor.
puts him right up there with Jim, Janis and Jimi dying in that fashion at that age.

as Matt said at his Friday public comment, you think you have two weeks, you may only have two minutes left.

enjoy this beautiful day everyone.
God still breathes life into you.

January 22, 2008 2:58 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd's press team said:

oh, stop the press, the apartment where he was found, owned by one of the Olsen twins......

January 22, 2008 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

many of us are waiting for Matt to OD.

January 22, 2008 3:04 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


8:30 am makes a good point. Wouldn't be GREAT if the new head honcho at the LAzy Times put some local news on the front page, above the fold.

I hope not, I would drop from a heart attack.

January 22, 2008 3:35 PM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Z Dogg called it for sure (the markets melting) and I for one listened and ordered my lame ass stock broker to sell all of my stocks (except the gold and silver which have been the only bright spot in my porfolio), and mutual funds and get me into a cash position so that I'll be ready for a deal when it ever arrives.

THe Fed can keep lowering the interest rates all they want which just delay's the inevitible.
I think the market and ecomomy will only turn around when the people can be confident in the economy and feel they will have a job or a hustle going six months or a year from now.
When "moneys to tight to mention" everyone including me is holding on tight and not spending shit unless absolutely necessary. And I don't give a rats ass about Dubya giving me back a few hundred bucks that ain't gonna get it done.

Z Dogg for those of us who understood your passion and warning to cut and run with the dinero I only have one question Bro, Whadda we do now?

Gold, Silver, cash, foreign currency's,?

January 22, 2008 4:18 PM  

Anonymous james davenport said:

D.Q. - Try other metals for diversification. Copper and platinum are two I've invested in on a long-term basis. I got on the silver bandwagon 5 years ago, and started investing in gold 16 months ago.

As for foreign currencies, I've stayed away from them - they're much too volatile for my taste.


January 22, 2008 5:07 PM  

Anonymous zuma's strategy consultant said:

Not savvy enough to advise on foreign money, but I'll look into it. I would be scared of investing in overseas dollars now, cause you never know where (what country) and when we will see a rate cut, or not.

GOLD...HELLZ TO THE YEAH! Although I am Zuma Dogg, I too, am a mere mortal beneath the hat and glasses, so I may be right -- or wrong...but regarding GOLD as it relates to everything I've blogged about up until now -- I would simply start with buying gold manana, and not worry when it goes down a little*, because you are buying it as an investment for '08 and beyond.

(A "little" for gold could be down $50 dollars, or more, in the short run, with all of this volatility -- but with the dollar getting weaker with every Fed cut -- and inflation rising, if you think it is as I do, then gold is the #1 pick. As a gold stock, although the safest bet is the ETF called, "GLD", ZD has noticed that the stock "GOLD", (Rangold) always seems to be among the most UP mining stocks when gold is up -- and down the least when gold is down. Check the charts for '08 vs other gold mining stocks.)

But for the lower-risk takers -- safest bet (goes up the least, and down the least, but will trend up nice and slowly as gold rises...GLD. (ZD owns neither.)

They keep saying silver has the most potential to skyrocket, however, it always seems as gold takes all the UP glory. So, tomorrow would be a great day to buy silver -- early in the day -- if you believe silver will catch up, as it should. Why? The gold stocks were up by the end of the day, but silver was flat -- to down a percentage point, or two.

My silver guru confirmed for ZD's www.StrategyUpdate.com (see daily blog link) that silver DOES lag behind gold, so if gold was up today..silver should be up shortly thereafter. So tomorrow morning may be the time. BUT BE CAREFUL, I don't have a crystal ball, y'all.

But if I had cash, I would be buying gold and silver (but maybe less silver ONLY because it seems that logic doesn't matter as much as publicity, and GOLD comes to peoples' mind first -- AND it is more directly tied to the dollar, it seems. Silver is good, though, because it's used for electrical things.

Regarding other stocks...I would be sitting on the sidelines, because it's WAY too volatile -- and I think there will be further bottoming before the big comeback rally that may not be here for the next two years. HOWEVER...OF COURSE there are tons of great stocks to be buying, and I wish I COULD buy some tomorrow. (You can also short, and they have tons of ETFs that short specific sectors, commodities, and indexes. So if you think oil/gold/Dow Jones/retail/real estate/financials/etc is going up, or down there is an ETF that makes it easy to do for dummies like ZD.)

But I think gold is the best single bet for tomorrow if you are a long term investor.

(Click blue link and hit daily blog link if you haven't seen it yet. No update yet today.)

January 22, 2008 5:40 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

James D...don't know about copper, but platinum -- HELL YEAH, if you can afford it. And you said what I was trying to say about foreign currencies better.

January 22, 2008 5:43 PM  

Anonymous what a bunch of bullshit said:

Z Dogg called it for sure (the markets melting

January 22, 2008 5:50 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

If anything is worse than all the multiple personality bloggers that you loath on this blog...

it's the comments trying to call attention to the fact that "so and so" is also "so and so". We know, and we don't care.

So those will be the first one's I'll be deleting without giving it a second thought.

I think everyone has had a chance throughout the past two weeks to see the notifications and figure it all. And don't think you are smarter than eveyone else, thinking we can't figure it out on our own.

However, I did some research and feel that although there are several people on this blog who post under multiple personalities along with additional anonymous enhancements...

Santiago is not everyone. ZD's Batcomputer says there are at least three people between them all.

And about 10-12 that I can think of, who were posting regularly on that "crazy cookie" thread -- beyond the regular day to day posters.

January 22, 2008 7:39 PM  

Anonymous hirosi said:

And don't think you are smarter than eveyone else, thinking we can't figure it out on our own.


Way to go Zuma get rid of that Anony-mouse sqeaky idiot who makes me Barf, Barf, Barf in my hat !!!

January 22, 2008 8:25 PM  

Anonymous big betty said:

Zuma you and your bat-computer are marvelous, and your regular readers on this blog are pure genius !!!!!

January 22, 2008 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma is the hottest stock picker in LA civic life since the late John Ferraro used to call his broker to make trades while he was presiding over the Clowncil!

January 22, 2008 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To stop the problem of illegal vending all the politicans have to do is a public service announcement in SPANISH THAT ITS AGAINST THE LAW. But, NO they support these criminals and the city has become a nightmare with all the trash on sidewalks, in front of legal businesses etc. Good for Rocky going after these criminals making tax free cash.

"""""In our continuing effort to create safer neighborhoods throughout the City by working together to crack down on businesses and locations rife with criminal activity, we have targeted the Alameda and El Faro Swap Meets,” said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. "We intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any and all individuals found to be engaging in illegal activities at these two locations," he added. The purpose of the task force was to target the illegal sales and distribution of counterfeit and pirated products including: CDs and DVDs, apparel/clothing, jewelry, food items, vitamins, and pharmaceutical goods.

January 23, 2008 7:01 AM  

Blogger Gary Fouse said:

Is LA's Spanish-language Media Protecting Illegal Alien Lawbreakers?

On New Year's Day, John Kerns was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was walking along the sidewalk on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. The vehicle is believed to have swerved across the width of the street before striking Kerns. The driver of the car, who has been identified as Cristobal Arellano, fled the scene on foot. To this date, he has not been captured and is believed to be hiding in Mexico. It is also believed that Arellano, a Mexican male 22-25 years of age, is an illegal alien. It is also believed that he was intoxicated while operating the vehicle.

On January 18, 2008, the LAPD held a news conference to ask for the public's help in locating Arellano. As is customary, all the local news outlets were notified of the press conference in advance, including the Spanish language outlets- Telemundo and Univision. All of the local news outlets attended the conference with the exception of Telemundo and Univision. Naturally, the LAPD asked the public through the news organizations to call in with any information as to Arellano's whereabouts.

While the other English-language news organizations reported the incident, the Spanish outlets did not. To date, the LAPD officers investigating the case have received no calls.

Today, the sister of Kerns, Lynn Stanton, was interviewed on the KFI John and Ken show, expressing her frustration at the lack of cooperation and lack of interest from the Spanish media.

It goes without saying that if the police are trying to gain help from the public in locating a suspect, that the help of the news media is crucial in publicizing the incident. If the suspect is from the Spanish-speaking community, the help of the Spanish-language media is crucial. Yet for some reason, Telemundo and Univision seem unwilling to publicize incidents of this nature. Why? Why cannot these two organizations do their civic duty as a Los Angeles-based news outlet? Is it because they don't want to publicize crimes by illegal aliens? Is it because they are unwilling to aid in the capture of an illegal alien?

John and Ken have put the telephone numbers of Univision and Telemundo on their website for anyone who would like to call and inquire as to why they are not reporting this story.

Univision News- 310-3483495
Telemundo News- 818-260-5712

gary fouse

January 24, 2008 5:29 PM  

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