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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Sunday

The Fishwrap of Record opines that the battle between City Councilman Tony Cardenas and City Controller Laura Chick over anti-gang programs is typical of the dysfunction that continues to plague City Hall; leading activist/attorney Connie Rice to declare the City is "...stuck on stupid" in the fight against gangs. Still, the Times' prescription - to turn it all over to Mayor Villaraigosa - is equally stupid.

One of our tipsters tells us that LA City Planning Department Director Gail Goldberg and her chief zoning investigator Michael Logrande allegedely hook up regularly at a downtown watering hole to "talk shop and drink beer." According to the anonymous source, "Gail likes her beer!"

Greg Nelson proposes that the City could do well to lease out LAX. A number of cities worldwide have either leased out or privatized their airport. Chicago is about to do the same with Midway Airport. Nelson estimates that leasing the airport could generate $100 million a year in new revenue. He urges Neighborhood Councils to study the idea and urge the City Council to consider it.

I thought this was a piece from five or ten years ago but a Daily News editorial for Sunday accuses the Mayor and City Council of having "spent the city to the brink of insolvency even as they have jacked up taxes, fees and rates at every turn." They then follow up with a litany of everything we'd all agree is wrong with the City. Question now is, what are we going to do about it?

Post-mortem on the end of the Fabian Nunez era in the California Assembly. Nunez was successful in turning his Assembly Speaker post over to his hand picked successor, Karen Bass, but his immediate future appears uncertain. Perhaps Mirthala will be waiting by the phone.

LA's Homeless Blog takes issue with a silly notion by Christopher Hawthorne in the Fishwrap of Record that Mayor Villaraigosa heads up a "world class city" such as London, New York or Shanghai. The Homeless Blog rightly makes the case that a city like Los Angeles - with a significant and unaddressed homeless problem - is more of a third world city.

Did you know a number of tunnels run under downtown, connecting various government office buildings?

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems to many that Cardenas is the only one who gets it. He wants to implement an "accountability" to all the gang intervention guys and programs. Chick and the rest of the idiots want to give the Mayor the power to over see all programs. Yeah, right, let the Mayor give the money to his croonies again and allow them to make campaign donations instead of using it for gang prevention. The dumb ass Mayor is never here so why give him more responsibility when he can't even do his job NOW???

March 09, 2008 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I second that!!!
but he will get re-elected!!!

March 09, 2008 12:32 PM  

Anonymous reginald said:

Any real gang prevention program has to include deporting all the illegal aliens who are gang members or any type of criminal.

The gangs in Los Angeles are mostly latino gangs with a high percentage of illegal alien members.

Why don't the political leaders start addressing this factor. Everybody and anybody in Los Angeles knows this, but since people are afraid of being labeled a racist ths illegal alien gang problem is kept quiet.

The only ones speaking out about the illegal alien gang problems are the innocent blacks who are being killed by the mexican gangs. And since it's blacks who have been targeted and executed in areas like Highland Park, Florence, Monrovia and Harbor Gateway noboby cares.

I'm sure if whites were being executed on the streets by mexican gang members, this problem would be addressed. We have read story after story about innocent blacks being executed by mexican gang members and the government has yet again failed to protect the innocent blacks from the new KKK, mexican gangs.


Avenues of Death, How Highland Park’s Latino gang targets African-Americans

L.A. Latino Gang Targets Blacks,
Study Of Killings By F13 Gang Members Shows Some Were Based Solely On Race

Teen Girl Shot In Racially Motivated Hate Crime

Attempted murder and other charges were filed Friday against two reputed Latino gang members accused of shooting a black 6-year-old boy in Harbor Gateway. However, despite demands from community activists, prosecutors did not file hate crime allegations against Ernesto Murillo, 25, of Harbor Gateway or Ismael Torres, 26, of Wilmington.

Two black civil rights leaders criticized the District Attorney's Office, arguing that the crimes are inherently about hate.

"It's outrageous and it's sad that the District Attorney's Office lacks the courage and the conviction to file those charges where it's clear that these gang members belong to a gang that's known to - that takes a great pleasure in - attacking African-Americans because of their race in that particular area," said Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE. Eddie Jones, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association, called a news conference Friday afternoon in Los Angeles to urge District Attorney Steve Cooley to rethink the hate crime allegations.

As usual the blacks are the victims, first of the mexican gangs and 2nd by the government's lack of response. Not much has changed since the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, by our great black civil rights leaders.

March 09, 2008 1:01 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Sots, we have known that Brown-Ale Gail has been known to enjoy a beer or four from time to time. The problem is, if you will, by the time you get her liquored up enough to talk, she's not very helpful, savvy?

That's why we've not said much on that particular subject. However, we have found that one of her underlings whom we shall refer to as The Keeper Of The Files is quite the chatterbox when pumped full of mojitos. And that, dear sots, is information worth knowing.

(Turns to navigator and smiles) Rum. Such a wonderful way to quench one's thirst. A pirate's best friend. A Planning Department aide's career nightmare, savvy?

March 09, 2008 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It hasn't been so long since the Rodney King riots when blacks looted and burned thier own neighborhoods. the demographics of LA are changing. The notorious So. Central is now primarily Latino. the chips are beginning to fall where they may.

March 09, 2008 3:54 PM  

Anonymous another one bites the dust said:

The city politicos are useless in trying to implement any type of effective gang intervention program. The gang intervention progams are about 25 years to late. The only gang intervention many low lifes will now understand is a military style police force.

Another day in our lovely gang capital and santctuary city. Don't you just love L.A?


Teenager killed in Northridge
Staff and wire reports

NORTHRIDGE - A 16-year-old boy was shot to death and another person was wounded this morning at a party in Northridge, authorities said. Fabian, who did not appear to be a gang member, was found in the alley, shot once in the head, and died at the scene, Kessler said. The suspects were described as two men who drove away in a black four-door Mercedes-Benz, he said. The weapons used was believed to be a .22-caliber pistol. The shooter appeared to be a gang member.

March 09, 2008 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A nice editorial about gang prevention, from the L.A. Daily News. I would also add, repeal SP-40 and deport more illegal alien criminals. And enforce immigration laws and stop the uncontrolled crossing of our southern borders. Colorado is a good example of what good results are achieved when you actually enforce immigration laws.



Cut off the future gangster pipeline by providing free, (and no cost to taxpayers) child care to all single mothers under 21 who are employed or enrolled in school.

Young, unwed, poor and uneducated girls bear the majority of future gang members. Statistics prove that educated, employed women don't want to have gangsters' babies. This citywide, free day care could be accomplished by encouraging each of L.A.'s 2,500-plus churches, synagogues, temples and mosques to provide two days per week of free child care to six children each.

Require (and charge for) parenting classes for every parent whose child is convicted of gang-related activity or a felony.

The future of our city is at risk because of a growing epidemic of parental neglect. Making the parents of offending children attend (and pay for) parenting classes would quickly encourage parents to take responsibility.

Organize a parent/student boycott of LAUSD secondary schools until they are safe, secure and free of gang-related behavior.

It's an inarguable fact that gangs control a growing number of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. That's why 15,000 children per year are leaving our public schools. The current superintendent, like his predecessors, refuses to address this issue.

March 09, 2008 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:28: No, you're the only one who thinks that Cardenas "is the only one who gets it." He's trying to grandstand and obstruct progress to keep the "power" such as it is, in his own ineffective hands.

The Daily News has run a number of articles and has an editorial accusing him of this very thing, obstructing progress and Chick's suggestions, for his own vanity.

The Times editorial was pretty mild on him, spreading around the blame.

Everyone agrees with Chick and the Mayor on this EXCEPT Tony Cardenas: Chief Bratton, Baca, Governator Arnold, even the City Attorney (okay, so Rocky's an idiot, but he knows which side to be on here).

Cardenas crying and banging on the table at the Council meeting, just ONE DAY before Chick announced her plans with the Mayor and the others was a clear ploy to head them off.

But it didn't fool anyone. And if he's brought to tears by the fact that he can't even guarantee his own street is safe enough for his own son to go outside -- clearly, he doesn't "get it," that his telenovela histrionics and dragging his feet with endless reports from the same old cast of characters, has created the situation we're in. A situation he admits he's helpless to change.

And yes, I absolutely agree with the other posters, that until Cardenas and the other Mexicans see that SP40 and turning L A into a Sanctuary City are causing this problem, they're the problem, not the solution.

Yes, there are also black gangs and always have been -- but since the Mexicans and Central Americans, the vicious MS13 and Vineland and the Glassell Park Avenues, and list goes on -- came here illegally and took over the blacks' turf, ethnic violence has given gang battles a whole new, more vicious look. Now they're all shooting people dead in the streets, from babies to first graders to pre-teens, innocents and those (like the 13-year old shot dead picking lemons) already starting to get sucked into this hellish cycle of gang violence.

Cardenas was trying to sell the Hispanics' version to us, that these are all "our kids" and we "all have equal responsibility."

B. S. -- They're the kids of poor, illiterate parents who have too many kids running in the streets, kids they can't often control, and who have poisoned our society.

The Mayor panders to illegals, too, but at least working with all those other people and Carr, it won't be hard to see who to blame and turn to if the problem doesn't improve.

Tony should just get out of the way. And take Janice Hahn with him: that leftie spendthrift insists on taxing us further with a parcel/property tax that hits just the 1/3 of people who still own a home in this city, and we've just been hit with Prop S, trash tax hikes, only to see reductions in our service. Let her go after the families of the gangbangers, make them pay fines and restitutions to fund her vague programs. Chick is right: we don't need more taxes, we need to get rid of the programs that don't work and put in place better ones. Start from scratch.

March 09, 2008 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you got rid of Zuma, Alger and Matt Dowd. can you seal the deal and lose Captain Jack?

March 09, 2008 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In my humble opinion, it is strange to have any and all anti-gang programs run out of the mayor's office. Why? Because it's obviously a political deal. Yes we need accountability, and collaboration etc. But putting it in the Mayor's office without doing some kind of analysis? Chick's report was just like a zillion others before hers. And Connie Rice is getting richER by her involvement. No qualms with that though. She deserves.

March 09, 2008 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:18 pm wrotes....

"And yes, I absolutely agree with the other posters, that until Cardenas and the other Mexicans see that SP40 and turning L A into a Sanctuary City are causing this problem, they're the problem, not the solution.

Yes, there are also black gangs and always have been -- but since the Mexicans and Central Americans, the vicious MS13 and Vineland and the Glassell Park Avenues, and list goes on -- came here illegally and took over the blacks' turf, ethnic violence has given gang battles a whole new, more vicious look. Now they're all shooting people dead in the streets, from babies to first graders to pre-teens, innocents and those (like the 13-year old shot dead picking lemons) already starting to get sucked into this hellish cycle of gang violence."


You can't say anything negative about the latino illegal immigration, SP-40 and sanctuary city or you will be labeled a xenophobe and racist and blah...,blah...,blah...

Everybody in Los Angeles can see the results of uncontrolled immigration here in Los Angeles and California.

Los Angeles has some of the worst schools in the country with terrible drop out rates, and we have more gangs and gang members than any other city in the country, what else do you need to see?

What a surprise, we allow millions of poor and uneducated illegal aliens to sneak into the country, and they lower the quality of our schools and many of their kids join gangs. What idiot can NOT see what the horrendous results, will be.

We have enough poverty and poor folks that are U.S. citizens we don't need mexico give us any more of their poor. Even mexico's government is smart enough to deport the central americans who sneak into mexico.

March 09, 2008 8:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

and the broken record goes...

March 09, 2008 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THAT's the Mayor Sam I know. Tee hee about Goldberg. Keep this up Mayor and dump Jack-Me-Off and Edward Headcheese.

March 09, 2008 9:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

and the broken record goes...


The illegal alien apologist learned to spell "etc.", now he can practice spelling "their". Oh the vitriol, oh the vitriol on this blog. Why do they talk about crime and gang violence in Los Angeles? L.A. has some great mexican food, some of the best menudo to be found anywhere, lets focus on the good mexican food.

March 09, 2008 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why do they talk about crime and gang violence in Los Angeles?

That's you in a sicko racial tunnel and its enough now.The topic could be salmonela epidemics in Mount Washington or funding school textbooks but you will be hating on Mexicans.Its transparent and so ignorant that you trick yourself by thinking anyone is tricked by you.

March 09, 2008 11:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is the idiot at 7:32 who writes ...
"Why do they talk about crime and gang violence in Los

That's you in a sicko racial tunnel and its enough now.


Oh yes there is only ONE person in all of Los Angeles which writes/talks about all the latino gang violence and murders in Los Angeles, look at all the stories that one, mexican hater has written in the last few days !!!!

There is only ONE SICKO person who writes all the news stories about recent gang violnece in the L.A. Time, L.A. Daily News, Daily Breeze, and that ONE person is reporting on ABC, CBS, NBC, KTTV, that one person sure is very busy. Just look at all the stories that ONE person has written about gang violence in Los Angeles.

Woman killed in apparent gang shooting

Teenage Boy Killed In Echo Park Gang Shooting

Spate of violence continues as boy picking lemons slain

L.A. officials grapple with gang violence

Gang violence, political fights

Boy, 6, shot in head in Harbor Gateway area

Gang mayhem cripples big area

A gang's staying power, Entrenched for years in Northeast L.A., the Avenues continues to defy the forces of law and gentrification.

Football star killed, 2 gang members sought

California High School Football Star Gunned Down in Random Gang Attack

The Gangsters of Drew Street, Glassell Park

Children affected by a school lockdown after a nearby gang shooting learn that even their world isn't always safe.

March 10, 2008 2:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is anybody talking about gangs and illegal aliens!!!!

Never talk about gangs, violence, crime, and illegal aliens together.

Ed HeadUpHisAss has told you illegal aliens are the best thing that has happened to Los Angeles, and L.A. is the best city in the world!!!!!!

The mexicans make great tacos and bacon wrapped hot-dogs.

Stop making mexicans look bad, Stop it right now !!!!!

March 10, 2008 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The murder count is increasing everyday as the Los Angeles politicians debate gang intervention programs. I am glad the mayor and city council don’t work at the fire department; the city would burn to the ground as the idiots debate fire trucks.


2 killed in 2 Compton shootings

Witnesses said four men approached a car in which two women were sitting with a child and the groups exchanged words, Butao said. One of the men then opened fire before his group fled on foot, Butao said. One woman was killed and the other was wounded, Butao said.

March 10, 2008 10:14 AM  

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