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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

Joe Mailander opines that AnVil's coming junket to the Holy Land could be aimed at raising his profile among the area's Jews with the prospect of a Zev Yaroslavsky mayoral run looming over the horizon. Despite what the spinners say, there's blood in the water and it will be a crowded field.

More billboard nonsense, this time in Echo Park. The Eastside Chicken Girl takes Eric Garcetti to task for not getting rid of billboards homeowners have put up on their properties. Now it may that these billboards are against zoning and that needs to be rectified. But in a free market world homeowners should be allowed to monetize their property (and yea I expect to hear that Alger nonsense when you buy a house you buy a community. Bullshit you only get the dirt in between the property lines.)

If you need help on deciding on how to vote on Props 98 and 99, who to select for District Attorney, County Supervisor and a number of judgeships, Walter Moore has some recommendations for you.

Elson Trinidad has been writing about LA on the internet for over a decade (just like me; check out a proto version of this blog from the Riordan era). In his latest blog posting Elson chronicles the recent history of the East Hollywood community he's been leading for years and how its starting to get some recognition in the local streetscape.

There's more than just the usual suspects running for Assembly in the 40th Assembly District; blogger Kender does a great profile of Republican candidate Armineh Chelebian. For those five or six Republicans who do live in that District I highly recommend you vote for Armineh and NOT for her opponent Ken Sherman!

Bernard Parks announces that he has received the endorsement of a majority of the members of the Los Angeles City Council in his race for a County Supervisor seat. Bernie has the support of Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry, Tony Cardenas, Janice Hahn, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl, Herb Wesson and Greig Smith.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

maybe there will be a crowded field.

on average there are 14 people running for mayor every election, some people you have heard of some you have not.

so when 14 people fill out the paperwork everyone should yawn unless there are some noteworthy names on there.

however zev yaroslavsky will not be one of them.

i also believe that the mayor said he would visit israel early in his first year.

now unclear if MS has a mayor of Los Angeles he believes lived up to his high standards of what a mayor should be like -- but since i dont know you -- i will guess it was mayor sam yorty.

mayor sam yorty went on 24 international trips during his tenure as mayor -- so your "junket" label best apply to your namesake first before anyone else.

May 29, 2008 4:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone honestly think Villaraigosa's making the trip for any reason other than currying favor with Jewish Angelenos? He's about as connected to Israel as I am to the Inca. As long as he can squeeze some votes out of it, he's Mr. Israel/airport security/international terrorism, or whatever.

May 29, 2008 4:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All the jewish people need to know is how much Villaraigosa supports the illegals and make them listen to his speeches to them. What a bunch of hypocritical assholes supporting Parks. These are the same bastards who VOTED AGAINST REAPPOINTMENT for a second term as CHIEF because Bitter Bernie was so horrible and here they are tellling him they support him. Can these MORONS be for real? They have no brains,no leadership, no conscience, no ethics, no character and they rep us. Damn, what a screwed up city we live in.

May 29, 2008 7:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alan M in CityBeat writes why he can't support Ridley Thomas: partly because he was behind grabbing Brewer just because he's black, while the Mayor was out of town, and that's a feud between them, so the Mayor won't endorse him, is more or less neutral. Even tho they both have the same labor support. Being bought by labor is not one of Thomas' better points: it's a choice between two very damaged goods.

Vote IPsen for DA, since Cooley could get rid of illegal criminals any time he wanted if he could stand the political heat; he's in charge of felons. Cooley's bought by the criminal attorneys who rep the biggest gangbangers and crooks.

May 29, 2008 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Way to go, Higby. Let's get rid of all restrictions on what you can do on your own property. I've always argued with my neighbors that I've got a right to have old junkers all over, and my roosters and chickens and goats running around are my businss, it's not like rosebeds are so environmentally great. One man's beauty is another man's nuisance.

I think I'll put up a billboard advertising my eggs and auto shop, too. My hermano fixes cars on the side for a few bucks, you know.

May 29, 2008 8:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bernard Parks has the support of the rumored mayoral candidate Magic Johnson. I heard the radio ad yesterday. I would never vote for Magic because, other than Ronald Regan, celebrities as political leaders don't really cut it. Also, Magic's support of Bernard Parks makes me question his judgement.

May 29, 2008 8:31 AM  

Anonymous Sergio said:

I love this blog! The good Mayor Sam can easily rile both the race card Latino politicians and the big haired blue eye shadow wearing soccer mom wannabe activists of the Valley at the same time.

As well as the granola eating subversives of Echo Park proper.

Fight on!

May 29, 2008 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Sergio said:

Everywhere he goes the homeowners and neighborhood council types are asking Zev: please run for Mayor.

The only thing that will stop Zev from becoming Mayor is Zev himself or Mrs. Zev.

Antonio sucks.

May 29, 2008 8:37 AM  

Anonymous Sergio said:

Bernie Parks reminds me of your goofy old grandpa but Ridley is scary so vote Parks.

May 29, 2008 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio may have announced he would visit Israel early in his tenure, but that doesn't mean it makes any sense to still do it now.

Mayor Sam's namesake caused a phrase to be made because of all his international travels, "Los Angeles, the only city with a foreign policy."

He also used race-based fear tactics effectively to help defeat a Tom Bradley challenge. That's old news.

But we are here now, and Antonio has not shown much, much GOOD, that is. He is firmly for all that protects illegal immigrants, INCLUDING gang members, regardless of the consequences to everyone else. His solutions waste money on choices made, don't work, and give him reasons for a taxation spree.

Oh, and Antonio can't stop distorting the truth and ignoring facts, up to and including outright lying. A second term? "Fool me twice"- No, thanks.

May 29, 2008 8:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

The comment at 4:53 a.m. has a lot of MEAT in it.

Tom Bradley

May 29, 2008 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was washing my hands in the bathroom and heard two guys talking to Zev. he's running.

May 29, 2008 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huh? Zev has the runs?

May 29, 2008 10:11 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

If Zev was running, I would have heard from him by now; he's not.

The man has everything to lose and nothing to gain. He is famous for testing the water and not running.

Antonio has great support, outside of the naysayers on this blog.

He will win in a walk in the primary, no Yaroslavsky, no Hertzberg, no Caruso and no Kaye.

And, if any or all of them get in, he'll still win, but it wil be in a run-off.

No, I don't work for the Mayor or the City of LA.

May 29, 2008 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev won't run because look at how hard the two current nitwits are fighting for Supe: Zev got in with almost no opposition and he knows a good thing when he sees it. One of the major eve news channels will be running an 11 p.m. analysis on the race tonight, and point out that it's one of the most powerful jobs in America, with the least scrutiny.

12 years of job security, billions to spend, so many people to suck up to you.

Besides, Zev would then have to take the heat for scuttling the Red Line in the 80's, getting Waxman to ban fed funds for Transportation and tunneling(how moronic does that sound now), and his legacy lives on with the idiots still trying to kill the Expo Line going west.

(See Alan Mittelstaedt's piece in CityBeat: an unholy alliance of the ancient ones who've fought mass transit for decades now coupled with some fanatics who call it "environmental racism" not to build hugely expensive underground walkways -- which would be so expensive they could kill the whole thing, and have already caused years of delays and millions in legal and consultant fees. These are the blood brothers and sisters of the ones who are forcing a hugely expensive EIR and lawsuits over Pico-Olympic, a street whose traffic has been unabated because these other morons have fought rail and subways to the area.)

Zev is behind all these failures, and while he's right to fight against the Mexican Mafia trying to push AB212 and misuse AB1818 for TJ's in the Hills and Valleys, he's better off where he is now than having to take the heat, past and present, for his decisions. He's always been really, really mad at anyone who tries to make him do that.

May 29, 2008 10:23 AM  

Anonymous One Who Knows Zev's Ego said:

He can not resist the siren call of the HOAs and NCs begging him to run.

May 29, 2008 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:23, If what your saying is true, then we deserve to be the third world city we have become. Valley succession anyone?? This time it will pass with overwhelming numbers......ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THESE CHOLO'S!!!!

May 29, 2008 10:45 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I didn't appreciate Zev spitting his B.S. all over me at the meeting on Tuesday. He tried to spin my public comment after the fact. Unfortunately, it only caused someone who was watching to contact ZD and let me know why Zev had it wrong and ZD had it right. So now, I'll have to bring it up at public comment and clarify the way things really work for Zev and Don "Obewan" Knobe, who needs to check his own shiznit before he calls me "untruthful" on the record. (Maybe he doesn't agree...but I was right...maybe he doesn't agree, but that didn't make it untruthful. So know I am going to have to teach him the truth on the issue of waiving the fees they are waiving during zoning appeals!

May 29, 2008 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just for a moment make a mental picture of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Antonio Villaragossa sitting down for lunch to address the failed LAUSD.

Both agree that LAUSD has failed the children and parents of Los Angeles, but one has an idea. It may not be legal, but the greater good would be served.

Mayor Villaragossa has a plan to serve the children and provide better education. It will require the governor sign off on a Bill authored in the Assembly by Speaker Fabian Nunez.

The State Legislative Analyst has already advised the Governor that AB 1381 that gave control of LAUSD, its 7 billion dollar budget and ability to dedicate the curriculum, was in violation of the State Constitution.

What would you do if you were the Governor?

The Lobbyist of Los Angeles fearing more restrictions on their dealings with Los Angeles politicians take preemptive action and write their own Ethic Reform. In order to have it placed on the ballot by the City Council, they include an extension of four years to the term Council members can serve.

The City Attorney advises the Council that by combining two issues on Proposition R, it violates the State Constitution.

What would you do if you were on the Council?

In order to protect private property rights from unfair use of Eminent Domain by government entities, Prop 98 was drafted. In order to address other valid property rights issues, the language was expanded to include Rent Control. Although both deal with private property rights and have valid points to argue, they have been combined into one proposition.

The City Council, League of Women Voters and LA Area Chamber of Commerce argue that if a city council member were allowed twelve years in office, they would be less obligated to lobbyists and therefore an extra four year term could be seen as ethics reform.

The legal challenge to Prop R was not against Term Limits or Ethics Reform. Even those against Term Limits are in opposition to Prop R. The Los Angeles Times being one.

No, the challenge is to the violation of the State Constitution by forcing voters who want ethics reform to give the city council members four more years in office.

Let’s be clear, the violation is not solely against a document in Sacramento, it is against you, you as an American Citizen residing in the State of California

You are now in the position that the Governor and the City Council found themselves in, what are you going to do?

With the issue and abuses of eminent domain, following the destructive decision by the US Supreme Court, in the Kelo v City of New London, this opportunity to set guidelines at a State Level was too vital to jeopardize with creative agendas.

My opposition to Prop 98 is not about Eminent Domain or Rent Control. It is about respecting the Constitutional Rights of Californians.

Those responsible for this measure may have had, in their eyes good reasons to take this course and may have needed the funding sources to get it on the ballot, but the fact remains, you can not violate the constitutional rights of Americans regardless of the cause.

I, unlike other candidates will not violate your constitutional rights just to get an issue I believe in on the ballot.

David Hernandez

May 29, 2008 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Sots, we have heard that former Assemblyman Keith Richards will be running for Mayor, which is, if you will, perhaps what this City needs to cure what ails it, savvy?

And two of us agree with the good Mayor about the honourable Armineh (speaks confidentially) for we know her well we do. The other 5 of us are more interested in knowing whether or not a certain arms dealer who has been known to donate to certain campaigns will be accompanying His Nibbs to the Via Dolorosa; if you're going to be perfect, you should at least re-trace the footsteps of Jesus Christ, savvy?

Speaking of perfection, we are begging for an invitation to see Perfection Herself Unescorted at a neighborhood party this weekend. (Whispers) Red Spot, we have it on good authority that the venue is in the Catorce Quarter. Perhaps you might see us there. We'll be with the band, savvy?

May 29, 2008 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, I am so relieved. I sent my VBM ballot off already and completely forgot about checking Wacko Walter's "recommendations."

Boy was that a close call, but everything's okay. I voted opposite almost everything he suggested. Which means I'm still sane, and continue to qualify as a rational well-read individual who can think and act for myself.

And, here's another helpful tip. Never, ever rent the videos at Blockbuster that say "Timmy (our clerk) recommends this movie", unless you want to find out what fifth year community college film students think is "awesome, dude!"

Not only that, the "chefs" special at most restaurants is the crap no one else would order this week, and it's starting to spoil in the refrigerator.

May 29, 2008 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't Keith Richards still with the Stones?

That would go a long way towards straightening out this medical pot smoking snafu.

May 29, 2008 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Take the pirate's patch off your good eye, dude and start speaking plain English, or I'm going to suggest ICE be sent after you.

You waste more words saying nuthin' than 10 Tom Labongs.

If you just want to spin riddles for the 3-4 people that (might) be able to figure out your supposedly deep-inside info, then why not just e-mail them each directly so you few can get your giggles. Maybe afterwards you can get together for drink in a small booth at some local watering hole.

May 29, 2008 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Really? Keith Richards? Will Mick be his COS?

May 29, 2008 12:56 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

captain jack said: Sots, we have heard that former Assemblyman Keith Richards will be running for Mayor, which is, if you will, perhaps what this City needs to cure what ails it, savvy?

That dude from teh Stones was an Assemblyman? That explains a lot.

Oh wait... did you mean Richman? :)


May 29, 2008 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone voting for Antonio "One Trick Pony" Villaraigosa needs their heads examined. This guy hasn't done a damn thing for the city.

May 29, 2008 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about that supermarket investigation against the Mayor?

May 29, 2008 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I heard that one, too. They caught him on surveillance camera removing all the Los Angeles magazine's with the cover that said "THE MAYOR'S MISTRESS SPEAKS".

May 29, 2008 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think maybe he meant meant former USC linebacker Keith Rivers. At least he has established residency.

May 29, 2008 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe it's Kevin Richardson, formerly of the Backstreet Boys?

These damn rumors are so hard to pin down. As soon as you walk near people who are in a group whispering and they see you're wearing a fake pirate get-up complete with frilly shirt, they usually stop talking and head for the door.

May 29, 2008 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good afternoon sots (tips hat):

Bloody hell! I must have had too much to drink last night to have made THAT mistake! And yes, Keith Richman was whom I was referring to. (Opens up other eye) Ah, much better. Now I can actually SEE the bottle, savvy?

May 29, 2008 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, yeah. Bitter Bernie got most of his council colleagues to endorse him.

Of course they would. It's just a professional courtesy. like seconding someone else's council motion when you don't have a clue what it's about.

But, they need you, while you're on Council, and afterwards if you get kicked back to the horseshoe, as well. Plus it's bonus points if you make supe.

Why do people always announce that, like it's some huge deal? When Nick Pacheco was running against Villaraigosa for CD14, most of the sitting councilmembers endorsed him, and then the minute he was booted out in the primary, they started kissing up to AV.

Means nada, zip, zilch. If you're putting out press releases about that, you're really short on actual campaign news.

May 29, 2008 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Instead of calling it nonsense, you ought commend the person who made that video of Eric Garcetti, because it actually tries to hold a public official accountable for what he's said in the past. As for the idea that property owners in the middle of an urban area ought to have an absolute right to do whatever they want with their property, including putting a billboard on it, this is an illustration why libertarians will never be more than a minor voice in political and social affairs.

May 29, 2008 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...this is an illustration why libertarians will never be more than a minor voice in political and social affairs.">

4:05 - you're being too generous to say "minor voice". People will always vote to keep government out of their affairs, just so long as it doesn't turn the other guy loose at the same time.

May 29, 2008 5:36 PM  

Anonymous joseph chapman the privateer said:

Aye, Captain Sparrow - thou shall thinketh twice afore thou shall accept me invitation to split a bottle of malmsey!

May 29, 2008 6:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Capt. Greg Nelson, it wasn't last night's bottle, it's that breakfast wine that's a killer.

May 29, 2008 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:43: Look at RonKayeLA.com about the AB212 Felipe Fuentes Bill, and the comments on his blog about it.

Seems that Alarcon's "innocence" about it in Council last Friday, as well as Cardenas' (who admitted just having talked to Fuentes on the phone) were openly phony stalling tactics, hoping that Wendy couldn't get the majority to oppose it until AFTER they'd "asked Fuentes what he meant" and it was too late. Since the Bill is being pushed through as an Emergency, normally reserved for public safety or other critical issues.

Read about how these three (plus TJ in the Hills and Valleys himself, Reyes), and Fuentes' sister Yolanda who works for the Mayor but was on the well-paid Public Works Comm., and Cardenas' bro Ernesto who's taken her spot there now, are all just one nice, big cozy family. Kevin DeLeon fits in there somewhere, too...

Yet they couldn't fill their non- allied colleagues in on the Bill until Wendy just heard about it.

Then this week, Tues. or Wed. when there were a mob of public comments supporting AB212, Reyes stood up to rail against his Council colleagues that he was still just shy of the 8 count majority he needs to push through his ALL-affordable housing, highly dense, Section 8 projects in every neighborhood.

Only thing about Valley succession: since the Valley's getting more of its taxes back than the wealthier and heavier-taxed westside and hills, if it were to go that way, I'd be out there working to make sure Vals paid tolls to come into the city -- you guys are clogging up our streets, from the canyons to the 405, to the H'wd/Ventura south.
And you'd just be a sweltering patch of cultural wasteland. So don't bother -- the pols won't let that happen, and now you've got Cardenas and Alarcon in the Valley.

So clear your head, and think...

May 29, 2008 6:32 PM  

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