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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday Hotsheet at 3 a.m.

JM, Little Joy, 3.24.08

Joseph Mailander
a guy in laelsewhereemail

Take a look at this, and use the magnifying glass: an LA transit map for the year 2030. Among the stops: Wilshire/La Cienega, Palms, La Cienega/Jefferson, Maravilla, Crenshaw/Slauson. Story on the map here.

But we might need it by 2010: more growth, more congestion, more schlocky commercial spaces thrown up by out of town businesses, and less departmental oversight of new building are all coming to Los Angeles, giving our City's talentless doormat of a planning chief more ability to surrender to developers, under a new Mayor's office plan to be implemented in the next six months. Garcetti loves the idea, which would give LA's Mayor-beholden planning chief in its history more authority, at the expense of other City deparment checkpoints of reason.

The Mayor mumbles something, neither pro-management nor especially pro-union, about the urgency of avoiding a prospective actor's strike, thereby creating the illusion of involvement. We criticized the Mayor persistently for staying mum through the writer's strike. Without bolder public statements, his office's involvement is useless.

As Sam says last night, eyes are now on Robin Kramer, as one ex-Riordan cohort, Karen Sisson, splits the Mayor's office. We think Kramer is also going. The moves fit the split between the Mayor's office and the Gang of Four we first alluded to eleven days ago. The Daily News quotes the departing Sisson as leaving for "a challenging job," one she had been recruited for.

The former fishwrap of record doesn't even have its own scribe rework the AP item about the LAPD's suicide rate. The item trivializes the numbers of officers fallen in the line of duty---scarcely a way to honor them in perpetuity.

Times ed Russ Stanton canceled his Thursday night appearance at the LA Press Club. Which is a shame, because Stanton's decisions since taking the helm have been uniquely awful, scrubbing the paper in a way that trivializes news itself, and some less-than-fawning types have some questions for him.

Congrats to our friend Abby Diamond, a force of nature in a part of the town where nature matters, Sunland-Tujunga, on becoming Woman of the Year in the community.

A block down from The Shortstop, a cop dive turned westsider-looking-for-Silver-Lake scenester bar, is the Little Joy, above, which has been Yelped as well as any bar gets Yelped.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one wanted Antonio to get involved in the Writer's Strike. He kept offering and producers and writers said NO NO NO NO!! Antonio is desperately looking for something to say he accomplished. No one wants him involved in anything they're doing cause he fucks it up.

Interesting little piece here.
....Marcus Allen left Villaraigosa's staff last May to go into business with City Hall lobbyists Harvey Englander and Arnie Berghoff. Last August, Allen lost a briefly controversial $85,000 consulting contract with Controller Laura Chick, his former boss, after it became public. When his name was mentioned in 2005 as a possible CoS for Villaraigosa, a question was raised about the distance he lived from Los Angeles — somewhere in or close to San Diego County

March 26, 2008 6:57 AM  

Blogger PetraFried in the City said:

Very kewl on Abby's award. Well deserved.

March 26, 2008 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen (closes newspaper and takes sip of tea; smiles with satisfaction):

Sots, there are among you two who were talking amongst themselves about today’s meeting with the G-men regarding the recent spate of gang shooting in the daylight. These two sots, if you will, said something that pirate ears found rather interesting…one of them referred to His Nibbs as “that little twerp…” while the other agreed, savvy? But that wasn’t the interesting part. No, not at all. What was interesting is what was related between the two when musing about a recent meeting where His Nibbs very glibly and toothily worked the room, shaking the hands of the bobbies that were assembled and thanking them all for coming to see him. It seems, if you will, that the bobbies weren’t there for him, but rather, if you will, to meet with others. And the others were the ones who quietly stood there watching His Nibbs and thinking to themselves, “We were all standing there and there he was, thinking that everyone was there to see him when they were really there for another reason. Its gotten to the point that every time we see that little twerp, we just want to punch him.” (Whispers) When bobbies start talking about electeds as bobo dolls, we’re all in trouble, savvy?

It will be interesting to hear what comes of the meeting between His Nibbs and the G-men who will specifically be asking about WHY there has been an obvious increase in gang violence in and around his old home turf. And it will be equally interesting to hear what His Nibbs has to say in answer. (Nods in affirmation to those certain pirates in City Hall) We have learned that while His Nibbs is expecting to do all the asking for dollars and no sense, the G-men, if you will, plan to do the asking as well as the expecting specific answers as to WHY the bobbies seem to have their hands tied. And when, not if, but when, His Nibbs squirms while trying to satisfactorily answer WHY, he’ll most certainly look to the bobbies for either help with an answer or (gasps) as a place to lay blame, we’ll be watching to see if anyone does in fact give “that little twerp” a pop in the conk that just might be due and owing, savvy?

March 26, 2008 9:33 AM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

Hey Joe. Thanks for the Hotsheet. I'll be sending out an updated advisory but the Press Club will be hosting Stanton in April instead; it was simply a scheduling issue. We're also doing panels on the May Day Melee: One Year Later and Healthcare in May, 5/8 and 5/22, respectively.

March 26, 2008 10:34 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Congrats Abby!!!!!
Well deserved!

March 26, 2008 4:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the fart Jack!

March 26, 2008 7:20 PM  

Anonymous straight talk said:

Capt Jack Sparrow (Sr. Innuendo)is speaking about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa meeting with Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton and U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien to discuss L.A. gang violence.

The federal government officials will be asking Mayor Villa-Mugroso about Los Angeles being a sanctuary city and why Special Order-40 is in effect. Anybody living in Los Angeles knows many gang members are illegal aliens and L.A. needs to start enforcing immigration laws.



March 26, 2008 11:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We should be asking Mayor Sam about this blog being a sanctuary city for the Petra Fried Bigot. Anybody living in Los Angeles knows about her and LA should start enforcing anti-bigotry on blogs laws.

March 27, 2008 6:05 PM  

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