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Monday, June 30, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Rick Orlov has a piece on the Mayor's challenge to convince voters he deserves another term.  Though Antonio Villaraigosa is working hard to build momentum for next year's election battle, the shine is off the penny following the Mayor's previous mis-steps and lack of results.  Most notable about the Orlov piece is his using our "Summer of Love" catch phrase given to the Mayor's affair with Mirthala .

City Councilman Dennis Zine was supposed to be there but did a no-show; however at least a few hundred voters showed up to mayoral candidate Walter Moore's "Rally in the Valley" at Cal State Northridge Saturday.  Valley Doll provided on the scene reporting and said there was huge interest in the effort to get Jamiel's Law on the ballot.  Following up to inquiries from the Sister City, the Moore campaign reported raising nearly $5000 in small contributions at the event and is now close to having raised $110,000 as part of it's grass roots effort to unseat Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Rich Alossi of Curbed LA has an LA Times op-ed piece about the big boondoggle know as the Grand Avenue project.  With delays and missteps driving schedule creep on the project further and further, Alossi has a remarkable idea: let the free market handle the project.  Alossi says the yet to built and way portions of the project should be turned over to other developers as opposed to putting all the eggs in the basket of one city sanctioned and funded developer.

Activists in South LA are planning to oppose a ballot measure that would significantly increase sales taxes in the name of public transportation.  The activists say they're tired of funding projects on the Westside and in the Valley and not having input into the planning of transit lines that pass through their communities.

Reverend Lewis Logan is the President of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, the City panel that oversees the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the City's system of Neighborhood Councils.  Turns out Logan moved into a new home without realizing it's outside the City of Los Angeles boundaries, hence making him ineligible to serve on the panel.  No problem though, all Logan has to do is say he shops in the City, thus affirming his factual basis for being a stakeholder right?

Goofy Jan Perry is about to go postal on fast food joints in the hood.  Apparently she thinks Black and Hispanic people are too stupid to make appropriate food choices, ergot she will make them for them.  Goofy Jan plans to attempt a permanent ban on fast food joints across a wide swath of South LA.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses are often not on time to their scheduled destination  - as much as 63% off schedule - especially in heavy transit dependent coordinators.  Studies show that MTA supervisors oversee far more buses than their counterparts in other cities.  In an attempt to address the problem the MTA Board of Directors have voted to add ten more supervisors to the lines with the worst schedule problems.

Arizona Daily Star reporter George Sanchez will be the new reporter on the beat at the LAUSD for the Daily News starting next week.  Sanchez has covered schools in Tuscon and reports that this final piece for the Star will be a personal recount of his experience with testicular cancer.

As rising gas prices send more and more commuters from their cars to public transit, many are frustrated that the MTA does not allow transit users to bring bicycles on board during rush hour.  Using a bicycle to get from home to the station and from the station to work makes public transit work for many attempting to take advantage of LA's patchwork system.  Therefore Council President Eric Garcetti has called upon the transit agency to find a solution to allow bikes during rush hour.

South LA wants a Trader Joe's store in their area.  Councilman Bernard Parks has been working on it for some time.  According to Bitter Bernie, Trader Joe's won't put a store in South LA because everyone who lives there shops at the Culver City Trader Joe's helping to make it the number one store in the chain.  So here's a tip to those in South LA who want a Trader Joe's: stop shopping in Culver City and soon you'll have one of your own.

And finally it's not another goofy charter school but an effort by actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith is inspiring just as much buzz.  The former "Fresh Prince" and current box office superstar is defending charges that the private school he and Mrs. Smith are starting is not a Scientology school even though New Village Academy in Calabasas will use teaching techniques pioneered by L. Ron Hubbard and some of the teaching staff are practicing members of the church.  Sounds like sort of a rich man's version of Academia Semillas del Pueblo.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

The so called Rev. Logan is one of those Nation of Islam idiots! They are violent and walk around as if they're some sort of gods. They are very corrupt and all anyone needs to do is google and look at how much money the Nation of Islam gets and is it any wonder why Antonio picked this clown to be president or made sure of it.

June 30, 2008 6:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Betcha Bradley from the Glassell Park NC called Rev. Lewis and told him to "self affirmed".

June 30, 2008 6:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



June 30, 2008 6:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Hahn is asking Council to vote and place a gang parcel tax on ballot. Its on council agenda for tomorrow problem no one told Neighborhood Councils. NO GANG TAX NO GANG TAX NO GANG TAX

Don't forget LA Bridges gave campaign donations to 6 city council members. This is what the gang tax will pay for, as if they don't already make too much in salary

June 30, 2008 6:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, we KNOW you don't like Mayor Villaraigosa.

But you also don't like Councilman Jack Weiss. Why not concentrate on THAT election (City Attorney) and check out Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich?

He's your kind of guy, and has a real chance of beating Weiss. He has Lee Baca and Steve Cooley in his corner, and several councilmembers, including Dennis Zine.

Check it out, Higby. He's the real deal.

June 30, 2008 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Culver City Trader Joe's is part of the redevelopment that Culver City has experienced these last several years. A multiplex movie theater, lots of good new restaurants, several parking structures, etc. People have the opportunity to come for an "overall experience", not just to shop at Trader Joe's.

June 30, 2008 8:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's a huge diff between a privately funded private school which is giving out scholarships and a publicly funded charter, you idiot. How can you compare them, Higby? Also this school is teaching nothing radical in content, some just claim the approach is Scientologist, but it's to teach standard reading, math etc. No one is making us the public pay for it nor is it taking away from public schools for those who prefer them.

The Semillas Charter teachers MEChA stuff instead of solid curricula at our taxpayer expense, dum dum. And they get money to send their kids to China to try to learn one of the most difficult languages on earth, when they can't and don't want to learn English and English lit. -- Which is very popular in China, by the way. That place is P C amok.

June 30, 2008 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha, ha, "Nuch" the right-wing, pro=NRA flack has Zine in his corner. Zine, who is persona non grata among the "power elite" and even managed to get dissed by Walter Moore, who's put him down as riding HIS coattails on the Jamiel's Law thing. Ha-ha, like Republican Cooley and Nuch have a chance in L A. Baca endorsed both him and Weiss and would endorse anyone he shakes hands with -- as we know, he's in a public dispute with Bratton about race vs. gangs, is playing all sides of the fence.

I've met Nuch and he's the epitomy of the scrappy, ambitious immigrant, hearty loud personality but a crude mind -- maybe would be okay for a small town in the OC. He doesn't have a chance in hell with his agenda of getting support of anyone but a few right-wingers, the perennially disgruntled old folks and those outside the power structure like Zine. His power base is mostly some other conservative Croatian immigrants in San Pedro. But then, zuma dogg has already volunteered to be campaign manager, so maybe the Mayor should worry.

June 30, 2008 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, if you wanna find the epicenter of uneducated, bigoted and inflammatory idiocy in Los Angeles, look no further than this blog.

OH YES, 6:13, and OBAMA is a MUSLIM, someone sent me an anonymous E-mail about it SO IT MUST BE TRUE!

In fact the *"so-called Rev." and BONC Commissioner Logan is a member of an even more FANATICAL religious sect than the Nation of Islam. This one has secret "cells" hiding on nearly every L.A. neighborhood (keep reading . . .)

(*'so-called" because he has three advanced theological degrees - the SHOW OFF). That sure trumps your GED, 6:13 a.m. poster.

The Rev. Dr. Logan is actually a (better sit down, children), he's a METHODIST! A follower of that dreaded anti-American terrorist, radical sect founder, JOHN WESLEY.

Run, hide, those anarchists believe not ONLY in God, but in performing acts of UNPAID human kindness to their fellow man, and run thousands of privately funded social service organizations around the world.

You know, the REAL rumor you ought to be looking into - that has some real merit - is that they're opening new wings at several of the nut houses in the L.A. area, to be called "Mayor Sam-asylums" just for the posters here.

(Did anyone ever just think to maybe GOOGLE the man's bio on the City's websites before posting intentionally alarmist drivel.)


NAH, too much work -- those 4-5 extra keystrokes.

June 30, 2008 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's the City Charter that requires commissioners to live in the City. Following this rule shouldn't be that difficult for someone who is a City official.

June 30, 2008 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For what it's worth, Summer of Love was coined by the Daily News' cartoon guy who did that series, and echoed by Lopez at the Times. OF course you would try to take credit for coming up with this, news before it happens, even without the Madd Dogg in the house.

June 30, 2008 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


ACTUALLY, I don't think you'll find that in the city charter anywhere - at least in this specific case. Which means some folks who don't know what they're talking about (all round the city, including CityWatch), are fairly ignorant of the charter they're quoting as a source.

What the charter actually says is that the mayor can't "appoint" anyone as a commissioner who's not a registered voter in the city of L.A. (i.e., at the time of the appointment).

Logan met the requirements to be a commissioner when he was appointed. But, there's no specific clause in the charter - either in the BONC section or the general provisions for appointing commissioners - for removing someone who moves outside the city limits (a few blocks, or to the other side of the world).

That may be somebody in the city attorney's office suggesting that - because some commissions do require residency in the specific language of their creation, but not this one. Call it ironic, or maybe it makes perfect sense when you consider the current required definitions of "stakeholder" for NCs.

Someone appears to be straining at gnats and trying to embarrass the commissioner in question based on assumptions of facts not in evidence.

Elected officials have to remain residents during their term, but the charter appears to be mute as to whether that's true for people simply appointed by the mayor, under the current charter.

June 30, 2008 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was told Mayor Sam's coined the phrase "Tony Villar" and also "City of Angels".

Are those also lies?

Damn. You can't trust anyone.

June 30, 2008 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Always a week late and a million bucks short, Mayor Sam.

The BONC president mentioned here today, whose term expires today, had already removed his name from consideration for a second term on the commission more than a week ago, and several days before "Sh*ttyWatch" did their HUGE expose of something that was no longer true.

Now if this had been your hotsheet item for LAST Monday, maybe you would have had something - but then, no one here's even that plugged to know anything about the City on time, anyway.

Try to keep up, will you?

Reprinting news from a weekly rag newsletter, the FOLLOWING week, without checking for developments and council files related to it, is just to damn dumb not to laugh at.

OH, but here's another update for you: Mike Huckabee's out of the race for GOP prez nominee.

June 30, 2008 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone better tell the poster Rev. Logan is one of the most racist, hostile men to ever set foot in Parker Center and City Hall. He's always with the Nation of Islam guys pretending to be real men all the while threatening violence if they dont' get their way. They've done it hundred of times in the last couple of years. If you aren't black then you don't count to them. He needs to get rid of that Rev. in front of his name. He's as evil as satan.

June 30, 2008 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


...On Saturday morning, Villaraigosa looked for money from prominent gay and lesbian leaders -– including Bruce Cohen, the Hollywood producer whose marriage to art consultant Gabriel Catone was officiated by the mayor last week, according to a fund-raising invitation. Hours later, the mayor attended an outdoor event in Little Tokyo co-hosted by prominent Latino civic leaders. And on Sunday, the city's Persian Americans put together a re-election event in Beverly Hills.

Villaraigosa spokesman Ace Smith would not confirm whether all six events went off without a hitch; we must make do with the six invitations turned in to the Ethics Commission.

Click on the link below for a few of the fund-raising sponsors and co-hosts from Saturday and Sunday who will probably have an interest in decisions made by Villaraigosa during the coming years.

* Christine Robert, whose consulting firm the Robert Group has worked for such agencies as Los Angeles World Airports, the Board of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where Villaraigosa will become board chairman this week. The Robert Group received a $650,000 contract from the MTA last year to work on the Westside subway extension, a top priority of Villaraigosa's.

* Sandra Figueroa-Villa, who heads the nonprofit group El Centro del Pueblo, one of several contractors with the anti-gang program L.A. Bridges. Villaraigosa recently gained direct oversight over more than $21 million in gang funding, and Figueroa-Villa's nonprofit is a likely competitor for some of that money. El Centro received $350,000 from L.A. Bridges over the past year and has been awarded more than $3.1 million from that program over eight years, according to an official with the city's Community Development Department.

* Simon and Daniel Mani, whose real estate company has sued Los Angeles over its approval of a development project in downtown Los Angeles. The city's handling of that lawsuit was discussed much of last year by Villaraigosa's appointees at the Community Redevelopment Agency.

* Tom Calderon, a consultant with the Calderon Group. Last year, Calderon was identified by The Times as one of three former elected officials who were lobbying politicians to support the city of Vernon's plan to build a new power plant on Boyle Avenue.

Reached by The Times on Friday, Calderon was asked if he is still working on the power plant project, which has drawn protests from residents of Boyle Heights, a neighborhood once represented by Villaraigosa. "I really don't respond to press calls, thanks," Calderon said, shortly before he hung up.

June 30, 2008 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Thank you for that well-researched and logically presented anonymous clarification of the previously debunked bigoted ignorance and non-factual information.

That was very helpful, and revealing.

(Did you miss the post that said he withdraw his name as a nominee over a week ago, even before any of the stellar blogs and newsletter started bashing him?)

How about banging on him with innuendo and slurs for another full week just to make sure he stays away.

June 30, 2008 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, I heard he MET a member of the Nation of Islam once. Isn't that enough?

He may have even bought a bean pie from the guy. (Plus, I've SEEN him, and he wears TAILORED suits).


(Look up the Monty Python "She's a Witch" sketch some time from 'Holy Grail' - sounds just like the finger-pointers here).

June 30, 2008 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The L.A. Times description of Angelenic.com as a blog that "deals with development" was hilarious!!

Angelenic.com is nothing more than a crew of cheerleaders for downtown development, restaurants bars and coffee shops. Ask them about real planning issues such as the Housing Element, traffic, water and power, education, the influence of SCAG, courts and the environment, all of which are directly related with development and I'm sure you'll be met by glazed eyes.

June 30, 2008 9:58 PM  

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