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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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JM, Two ex-Payphones on Mariposa., 1.22.08


Joseph Mailander
a guy in laelsewhereemail

Those poor phone companies just haven't been as interested in servicing the City since it started collecting that cell phone tax...

The alternative reality of Prop S is that it pits one unsympathetic monolith (phone companies) against another (the City). The true reality is that it pits cell phone users against a kleptocratic City Government that doesn't even have the ethics to call a tax a tax on your ballot.

Hey, here's some fun with numbers: if you check the interactive feature in the right column of this Times article, you'll confirm what you knew: that the middle of the Valley has been hit hardest by Adjustable Rate Foreclosure Syndrome. There are as many as sixty foreclosures a quarter in some zips. But sections of Riverside "Drive Til You Qualify" County have been hit even harder.

If you don't know your local zips, try ones like 91331 (Pacoima), 91343 (North Hills), 91402 (Panorama City) against your own.

With the Fed lowering, a recession brewing, and liar loans defaulting, it seems like a weird time to shut down a fishwrap's biz section, but that's what the Orange County Register has done. And when they did it, they cited Internet competition. See? Zuma's having a bigger impact out there than you thought.

Supermarket lobbyists succeeded in bagging the County's would-be plastic bag ban, the LA Times reports. The County implements a vastly watered down voluntary version.

Porter Ranch---in the news for the notorious once again. This time it's where a bank robber was nabbed. Three days ago it was where a body was dumped. I'm not sure that that real estate reset name is working out the way they wanted it to.

At last, a shred of sanity comes to the LAUSD. While the Mayor fiddles with expansion and private donors, the District pares back for the sake of prudence. The LA Times story reports what we have been saying at MayorSam for over two years: declining enrollments should translate into a paring back of the outrageous building campaign left over from previous Boards. Why didn't Huizar's Board think of that?

Another question: why haven't the fishwraps previously called for something even the Board could see? They all just keep giving brownie points to anyone who donates to the District.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

your photo is a perfect example of what the city is becoming - a dirty, littered latin american slum run by greedy armani-wearing socialists.

January 23, 2008 7:28 AM  

Anonymous armani sandinista said:

The best case is Tokyo, the worst is Sao Paolo. The way they're growing the city, I'm betting on the latter.

January 23, 2008 7:58 AM  

Blogger Santiago said:

BUENAS JM,
WE HAVE HAD ONE DEPRESSION AND SIXTEEN RECESSIONS IN THE UNITED STATE'S, WITH NO RECESSION LASTING MORE THAN FIFTEEN MONTHS. IN ITS SIMPLEST, A RECESSION IS TWO CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF A DECLINE IN THE GDP IN A YEAR.

January 23, 2008 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Zuma lad, are you about? I was away yesterday and just got in last evening when I read your earlier post in re the school district. I would like to point out to you, if you will, that I had mentioned something about a construction shortfall months ago. (Looks at fingernails and raises eyebrow) In fact, my information came from someone inside LAUSD.

(Smiles) Perhaps you would like to go back and re-read what I wrote for I predicted this particular, if you will, predicament quite some time ago.

(Whispers confidentially) That's the beauty of being a pirate. All those little pockets of knowledge safely hidden away until such time as they are needed, savvy?

January 23, 2008 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD whole system is so corrupted. I don’t even know where to start. Principals act as dictators and all of them are trained by the same program “DECEIT”. You can never get a straight answer from them as they always take you in a lengthy explanation to avoid answering your question. There main focus is to raise scores to look good but this has a dark side. They raise scores by choosing students that are average to do better; in the meantime they leave those that are behind stay behind.

They claim they want “PARENT INVOLVEMENT”. Yes, the kind of parents that agree with them all the time, the “RING KISSERS” to rubber stamp their documents. This happens at all levels of the LAUSD with the different State and Federal programs.

The Teacher’s Union is no different, protecting inadequate, uncooperative teachers. One teacher affects hundreds even thousands of students in their life time. The harm they inflict on their students by their inadequacies affects their future. To remove a teacher takes forever. These teachers have lawyers provided by their union to help them, in the meantime while their case is in court they can continue working at the school or the School District provides them with an “office job”. One way or another the teacher is protected. Who protects the students inside the classroom?

A parent has to be careful when they question the issues at school, retaliation comes to their children in shadowy ways. It has happened to me and to other parents.

January 23, 2008 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know what did Huizard accomplish while working for LAUSD?
Did he do anything that affected the students of LAUSD in a positive way? Or did he just sat down and look pretty?

January 23, 2008 9:20 AM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Strange and ironic that just as it seemed the typical, one issue, knee jerk reaction scam, that Republican's always seem to fall back on as a smoke screen during national elections, in this case "the immigrant invasion of AMerica", with all it's english only, reconquista, giant wall building, scare tactics.

Just as this "number one problem of America" is starting to get the spin by the Republican spin meisters, the economy and our current administrations failures in what seems to be a recession and maybe a depression on the horizon becomes without a doubt the US publics number one concern.

"It's the economy stupid" is now the election mantra so it'll be funny to watch how the Republicans will react to current events.
Can they keep the immigration issues alive in the face of a failing economy?

January 23, 2008 9:23 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Joe,

OMGoodness, what timing on canceling the bizness section. And thanks for the added mention. (I'll take it!)

Maaaaaaaan, don't believe the haters...this blog is read by waaay more people than ever comment. (Not every radio listener calls the request line.)

January 23, 2008 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
(DEPORT THE DAMN ILLEGALS)
January 23, 2008 6:51 AM

So, if an illegal working in San Francisco was to be put on a bus to Tijuana, could then that same illegal start belting out "I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANSISCO"?
We want to know. Do we get back-up singers?

January 23, 2008 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHat happened to the $20 BILLION that our grandkids are going to be paying???? THEY LIED TO US!

EVERYONE KNOWS LAUSD IS NOTHING BUT ILLITERATE ANCHOR BRATS OR ILLEGALS! THEY HAD NO BUSINESS BUILDING NEW SCHOOLS FOR THEM...ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS REHAB SOME OF THE OLD, ABANDONED, BROKEN DOWN FACTORY BLDGS. THAT ARE SITTING EMPTY DOWNTOWN!

AND WHAT ABOUT THE 260 MILLIONS THEY SPENT ON SANTEE SCHOOL...YOU KNOW...THE HOME OF ZONER THE TAGGER!

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON....JUST DRIVE BY ANY SCHOOL ON THE WESTSIDE AT 3:00!!! YOU WILL NOT FIND ONE WHITE KID...NOTHING BUT MEXICANS AND BLACKS WHO HAVE BEEN BUSED IN! WHY DIDN'T THEY BUILD THE SCHOOLS IN THE BARRIOS SO THAT OUR SCHOOLS ON THE WESTSIDE DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE THIS TRASH?

PUT THE CROOKS IN HANDCUFFS!



HEADS NEED TO ROLL ON THIS ONE!!!

January 23, 2008 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

'Or did he (Huizar) just sat down and look pretty?

He didnt do anything except select the company that made the 53 million dollar mistake in the payroll system. As Councilman he convinced his ex-aide; Monica, to paid the company another 10 million to try and fix it...they are still working on it.

He wears a suit well, but he is leaning to the fat; too many tacos with Hillary.

January 23, 2008 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don Estupido writes.......
Strange and ironic that just as it seemed the typical, one issue, knee jerk reaction scam, that Republican's always seem to fall back on as a smoke screen during national elections, in this case "the immigrant invasion of AMerica", with all it's english only, reconquista, giant wall building, scare tactics.

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Just drive around East Los Angeles or the Westlake area and you see the filth on the streets and graffiti painted everywhere. If I wanted to live in gang-infested, high-crime, filthy area I would move to Tijuana. The local mexican politicians have let their district become gang-infested, crime rich, filthy areas. Why the hell do I want more illegal aliens in this city or country?

We pay taxes for schools for illegal aliens. 25% of California jail inmates are illegal aliens. What idiot in their right mind would want more of this?

Oh wait Don Quackers aka Don Estupido wants more of this!

January 23, 2008 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait until more illegal aliens move to Porter Ranch then you will read about drive-by shootings and gang crimes.

January 23, 2008 1:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Talk radio has had shows on how the Mexican politicans here in LA protect the damn illegals who have ruined our city. The gang members are extorting money from their illegal vending and what does Huizar, Reyes, Alarcon, Cardenas all do? NOTHING. Instead of telling the illegals they are breaking the law they allow them to be extorted, an innocent baby killed and these Latino gutless politicans do nothing. Their districts are shameful but I guess if you're use to living in a trashy, filthy environment it won't bother you.

January 23, 2008 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE $20 BILLION THEY LIED TO US!


Here I come to save the day...
The lie is created from the pineal gland -- or through it -- as bent from formless awareness.

politicians don't create -- they masturbate.

So Einstein's Twin Paradox states that if in an elevator dropping at the speed of light you appear to be accelerating up while in actually mass is pressing you down or time as light causes space to contract and relative to a twin not travelling at this speed time actually slows down.

This is how spacetime is bent but instead of relying on mass as a logarithmic measure you rely on time as a complimentary opposite harmonic using logical inference. Bent on capitol hill.

January 23, 2008 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am moving to East Los Angeles, I love the smell of trash in the morning. I also love the smell of a dead body in a back alley, left behind by mexican gang members.

My kids will love going to school with wanna-be gang members and having lots of drugs available in any classroom or hallway.

January 23, 2008 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obsessed with gangs in the AM and PM, Take a chill pill, idiot. Your overly simplistic hyperactive take on the subject contributes zero to this debate.

There are no pay phones in dirty Latin American slums. We had to move them out to make room for the dead bodies.

January 23, 2008 11:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's no such thing as "wanna be gang members." There's no barriers to entry with joining a gang. It's not like auditions on American Idol.

Idiot!

January 24, 2008 12:03 AM  

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