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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Edward Headington joined the blog as a contributor Monday. Check out his inaugural post about yet another Ralph Nader presidential campaign. Ed is a veteran political observer, media consultant and occasional pundit. We expect him to bring quite a bit to the blog. Welcome, Edward!

San Diego City Clowncil members only make $75,386 per year. However, Los Angeles City Clowncil members make near executive level salaries of $178,789 annually. The San Diego folks must be crying foul; they're looking at creating salary increases based on the same formula used by LA. How about getting a real job?

A new service here at the Blog - the Mayor Sam Event Calendar. We'll try to keep this as updated as much as possible and add to it regularly. Its linked in the Mayor Sam Network section. Feel free to send us additions to the calendar.

Boi from Troy reports that the knuckle draggers - uh I mean conservatives - took over the California Republican party from the KENNEDY REPUBLICANS.

I'm all for legalized gambling but I bet the folks at the Fran Pavley for Senate Campaign might want to know that - untrue to his usual Nanny State leanings - Lloyd "The Bachelor" Levine is working to re-legalize widespread internet poker in California. I am sure the tight-assed, old fart, nanny-poo, do-gooder liberals in the 23rd Senate District might not like this. Or the Indian casinos. Or horsetracks.

Franklin Avenue reports that legendary LA hot dog eatery Pinks will be giving out free dogs on Friday and Saturday.

Atwater Village Newbie isn't sure but it looks like the City is still allowing drivers of the Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and the Ford Escape Hybrid to park free at City parking meters. If anyone knows, please let us know.

And finally, a new blog here in LA - Stuff White People Like. Do they include recipes for tater tot casserole?

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Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Mayor Sam,

Spend a good amount of time last night hearing about the antics a my fellow "cave men" ie. Spence, Fleshman and others. "Lady Boyd and other "RINO LIGHTS" try to make a stand on platform issues with small successes. The "RINO HEAVY" aka "KENNEDY REPUBLICAN" was a no show. Must be busy countering the work of Trujillo and "LIL O tonio",on the behalf of his wife. This "RED" conclave did not engender inclusion, especially among women and "GREENPUBLICANS".

February 26, 2008 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on Higby -

There's half of the SD City Council compared to the LACC (and it Hahn's district has been copied...interestingly enough)

And with each SD councilmember in charge of roughly 156k constituents, and each LA councilmember having 253k -- I think that roughly double the pay comes with the territory.

February 26, 2008 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Translation please, or is it a FYEO type of code message?

February 26, 2008 8:24 AM  

Anonymous jethro said:

Mexican Drug Cartels coming to a neighborhood near you.


Kidnap victim found shot to death
Immigrant's body is found near Crestline. Mexican cartels may have been involved, Ontario police say.

Contreras was an illegal immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico. He worked as an auto mechanic and had lived in the U.S. for about a decade, Higbee said.

He was kidnapped about 2 p.m. Feb. 18 after he arrived at his home in the 700 block of West Jacaranda Street. His family had been held hostage all afternoon by three to five men who then pistol-whipped Contreras, forced him into their SUV and fled, Higbee said.

"Nobody is being upfront about a drug connection or debt that needs to be paid, but all the signs are there," Higbee said. "I think they're afraid for their safety, especially with what they've seen -- the kidnapping and now this."

February 26, 2008 8:26 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Dum Dum at 8:18,

It's not me complaining that the San Diego Clowncil Members are underpaid, it's them.

If you ask me both the LA and SD City Clowncil are OVERPAID.

Its called COMMUNITY SERVICE. Sure, pay enough to make a living so that you don't have to be personally rich to be an elected official, but these salaries are outrageous.

February 26, 2008 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You'd think Baca, his cops and LAPD officers would support gang injunctions instead of saying they're a big waste of time. But one USC study of gang injunctions proves it. The neighborhood on injunctions got safer. But the ones next to it got worse. Bratton is just redistributing the crime.

February 26, 2008 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Point of clarification from someone who was in the room at the time - an amendment was put forth to the Republican platform regarding women having the same rights and privileges as men by one of the women delegates. She had the right idea, especially with breaking the glass ceiling in the area of fire fighting and law enforcement. Spence got his lard butt up off the chair and started preaching about how women shouldn't be allowed to see front line active combat duty. The amendment was quickly put to a vote and not only did Spence, Fleishman and Schroder stand up to vote NO (i.e., women should not have the same rights and privileges as men), but Linda Boyd did too. Word of this spread like wildfire and now the various and assorted Republican women's groups are not only pissed off, they're getting themselves together and gearing up for hard placed questions and demanded answers from Spence and Boyd. And while the pirates rightly concluded that you don't want to mess with the PTA women, the Republicans really, really, really do not want to mess with their Federated Women because even conservative sex is better than no sex.

February 26, 2008 10:23 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Now there's a real eye-opener, 10:23.

Just to be clear, you're saying that "conservative sex" and "no sex" are two DIFFERENT things?

February 26, 2008 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Headington is going to have to contribute something more substantial than that denial drivel about how illegal immigrants are wonderful and have no negative impacts, that any such claims are the products of nativists with narrow minds. Barf in the Hat indeed. No one wants racism, but illegals are illegals regardless of where they come from, we can't pay for the 12 million illegals here now, who come here barely educated even in their own country and language. No one goes to public school anymore, because of their dragging down the system, but we all have to pay for the schools anyway. The "free" health clinics are closing because of them, so the poor blacks and others will suffer. Each patient visit cost us $200 er visit -- thanks to unions and bureaucratic waste, another problem -- so some slack will be taken up by private providers if Antonovich has his way. ER/ trauma centers are already in crisis and will be for the foreseeable future, miracles notwithstanding. So if Edward Headington has financial solutions, come forward, but don't preach your Obama-ish nonsense. Talk about someone who has no daily contact with illegals and so his cushy, fool's world is untouched by reality, Obama lives in a fantasy.

February 26, 2008 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hoff, that was so sad. Surely you've seen the surveys that show conservatives have better sex lives?

Trust me ;-)

February 26, 2008 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD officers would support gang injunctions instead of saying they're a big waste of time.


February 26, 2008 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD cops are almost uniformly against injunctions. All that paperwork to send an offender to jail for three days. Big deal. The cops don't even bother enforcing the injunctions. When the offenders get out they simply move their base of operations down the street. Baca, the head cop of the County, opposes injunctions. Doesn't even want to commit the time and space to lock up offenders.

It makes sense when you realize that every gang in Los Angeles is on injunctions. If this worked, gang crime would've gone down, not up. If controlling the movement of gang criminals had any value, the prison gangs would be the first gangs to be put out of business. It's not like they can move around freely in prison.

Injunctions only work for making people who don't know any better feel like something is being done. It's useless in controlling gang crime.

February 26, 2008 5:36 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

A great conservative once said, "Trust, but verify."

3:26, let us know where to bring the video camera!

February 26, 2008 5:51 PM  

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