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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Though the pro-Villar spinners on Mayor Sam are convinced no one, no how can beat Mayor Villaraigosa in next year's election, Joseph Mailander joins the chorus of voices who are not convinced the Mayor is invincible.

On a tour for campaign contributions in Florida, Mayor Villaraigosa criticized President Bush for neglecting the poor. Of course it took embarrassing the Mayor on his junket to Israel to get him to clean up the trash in neighborhoods where poor people right here in Los Angeles live.

Speaking of trash residents in a few select Los Angeles neighborhoods will be part of an experiment in recycling food waste. The participants will receive two gallon, green plastic buttons in which they will be expected to place organic waste including food and yard waste. The contents of which will be used for composting and perhaps later for creating methane gas for fuel.

Enrollment in LA Unified is down and many schools are under capacity. However the District plans to continue building more schools at a cost of nearly $600 per square foot.

"Sober Living" homes for alcoholics and drug addicts are causing a stir in many residential areas. Residents who live near the homes whose purpose are to transition those who have undergone rehabilitation into normal life say that the facilities - private homes that can house up to twenty individuals - are drawing people who smoke, curse and make like miserable for the neighbors. On the other hand supporters of the home say they're a necessary tool to help get addicts off substances.

Former School Board Member David Tokofsky says that Los Angeles County is lacking leadership and priorities when it comes to spending tax money. More and more taxes and bonds are passed but the County is not receiving its fair share nor is anyone doing anything about according to Tokofsky who is now an educational consultant. Though he as no plans to re-enter politics, in a bizarre statement Tokofsky even suggests that LA County secede from California.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course Villaraigosa would be vulnerable to a serious challenge by a serious challenger. With everything falling apart at the seams due to forces beyond anyone's control, whoever's in charge will be blamed. But the would-be challengers know that too.

Your worst nightmare: Villaraigosa wins re-election, runs for governor, predictably loses, and is stuck in City Hall for the rest of his term with his credibility and power further undermined by the sour fruit of his ambition.

Glad to see Mailander has disabled comments altogether to exclude the crazies and save himself the headache of moderation. Can Mayor Sam be far behind? It's the next step toward respectability!

June 24, 2008 5:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:16am, "With everything falling apart at the seams due to forces beyond anyone's control, whoever's in charge will be blamed."

SOMEbody is seriously giving a pass to Mayor Tony and should check the batteries in their "accountability detector."

Just ask Tony for his "Mayor Tony Scrapbook and Photo Ops Album" and start taking notes. Tony is no way a victim of any random card dealing. He's brought his own deck to the game and now has to live with the costly outcomes left for the taxpayers to cover, as usual.

June 24, 2008 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:15 a.m. You are correct about "everything falling apart at the seams" ...but it is definitely NOT "due to forces beyond anyone's control"! How could you make such a ridiculous statement???

The blame lies SOLELY on the fact that the useless mayor and his co-conspirators in City Council have squandered the treasure of this city! We had the biggest windfall profit during Villars first 3 years...the revenues were astronomical from the phony real estate boom and rise in property taxes. But he squandered ALL of it! ALL of it!!!!!!!!

The laundry list of white collar crimes commited by this gang of crooks in City Hall is spectacular in it's unadulterated brazeness! They have NO shame!!!

First of all the crooks in City Hall, DWP, etc started paying themselves a king's ransom! They added thousands of useless idiots to the already bulging bureacracy and made LA County city workers the highest paid in the nation! Street sweepers make more than teachers!

Then they started paying off the Unions...how about those LAX hotel workers...ALL illegals...$10 bucks/hr, medical, etc. and most of them should not even be in this country!

How about the nightmare known as LAUSD? Two...that's TWO superintendents making almost a million between themselves! And what about the payroll softward FIASCO! MILLIONS WASTED! And to add insult to injury, half of the population of LAUSD can't speak English or read or write! They are functionally illiterate (as is the cholo mayor)!

LA is now a landfill for illegals! Billions of your taxpayer dollars spent on that landfill of illegals!

And, last but not least...taxes! I have lived here my entire life and NEVER in the history of this city have we been screwed so shamelessly! The effing mayor and his band of corrupt banditos in City Council should be in prison on RICO charges! It's obscene...what they have done!

L.A. is a kleptocracy and a garbage dump!

June 24, 2008 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, there is good news citizens of Los Angeles. Maybe we don't have the dumbest mayor in the country after all. Providence RI's mayor David Cicilline called Villar "a great leader". Wow, now HE must be the dumbest mayor in America. Kind of makes me feel sorry for the citizens of Providence.

June 24, 2008 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Joe Mailander has left his blog. I'm sure Joe will be missed by his good friend and loyal reader Don Quixote. Hopefully Don Q. racist will not return to this blog.

June 24, 2008 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"L.A. is a kleptocracy and a garbage dump!"

Jim Hahn did say Los Angeles is a Mexican city.

June 24, 2008 10:08 AM  

Anonymous gava joe said:

Hopefully Don Q. racist will not return to this blog.

Yo Eyes Wide Shut - He's never left, just posted anonymous. One must remain wary to spot the devious don. His words and stance are predictable. Post any statement re. Walter Moore and watch the MEChA donita rise to the bait like a fat trout during the mayfly hatch.

June 24, 2008 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If this blog is going to erode over the next year into a facade for a pro-Walter Moore fringe element, things are going to get pretty insipid here, and the nosedive into uselessness is inevitable.

(Look those words up, Red Snot!)

It's already known as a "we're against anyone in power in L.A. City" sanctuary. There's no upside to just being "agin everything!"

You bring nothin to the table.

June 24, 2008 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've known Antonio a lot of years and for a long time I gave him my all.

I will still vote for him but my friends he is in trouble.

I am afraid you do not see it or you do not want to see it but there are forces lining up that will be troublesome for Antonio. The pie is getting smaller and everyone wants a piece of it. It's a difficult balancing act to make everyone happy under the best of circumstances.

However, sadly I have to report, Antonio has made some very bad decisions. I do not believe he is giving priority where he should be. In many ways, the Antonio who is our Mayor is not the Antonio that many of us knew. At my age, I have seen this happen many times.

All I can do is pray for Antonio and our city. I am hoping he finds peace and wisdom soon.

However again I must repeat to my friends if you think Antonio is solid for Mayor at this point you are not doing yourself a favor.

June 24, 2008 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:42 am

You are absolutely correct. God is the only one that can help Los Angeles out of the mess Antonio (and the city council) have put us in.

June 24, 2008 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a good example of why Obama and Villar will implode before the election! More importantly, it's astonishing that there are so many millions of Americans who don't have a clue as to what this Obama-Osama character is all about, nor do they care! A little knowledge would kill them!

Similarly, the same clueless morons keep voting for the likes of Tony Villar...the poster boy for arrogance, ignorance, and stupidity!

Maybe this article will help all of you to understand why you have to run...not walk...away from Obama-Osama.... and the man who just lost with Hillary and is now kissing the ass of Obama Osama - Tony Villar! Tony Villar - the clueless, mindless, village idiot!!!!

June 24, 2008
Obama's lack of ordinary modesty
By James Lewis
In his victory speech over Hillary, Barack Obama soared rhetorically about his feelings of humility. And yet he hardly sounded humble:

"generations from now,
we will be able to look back
and tell our children

(with mounting excitement)

that this was the moment
when we began to provide care for the sick,
and good jobs for the jobless.
This was the moment
when the riiiiise of the oceans began to slow,
and our planet began to heal."[bolding added]
Now politicians are allowed some rhetorical overkill, but this is straight into Star Wars territory. There are no real precedents for this in traditional American speechifying, and that is saying something. Obama tells his hypnotized followers that we have not been caring for the sick (false); that we have no good jobs for the jobless (false); that the rise of the oceans (which doesn't exist) will begin to slow (false); and that our planet (which is feeling just fine, thanks) will finally begin to heal. (Also false).

So this is pure drivel from the deep regions of fantasyland. But Obama's brain dead followers are marching right in lockstep. They are a million Weekend at Bernie's, with millions of flatlining Obamanites being propped up to look as if they were alive and conscious. It's the Million Man March of the brain dead.

This election will pit the mind-numbed robots against sensible voters. Who is the majority? That's not clear at all at this point.

Obama deliberately plays to the lowbrow crowd; after all, half the population has an IQ of less than 100. This hardly shows Obama's modesty and humility of which he boasts in his first sentence. It is wild-eyed I Can Save the Planet grandiosity. This appears to be the real Obama; a Napoleonic Man of Destiny, with the zeal and certainty of a True Believer.

Obama's more-than-human sense of destiny may become a problem for him in the general election against down-to-earth John McCain. His vision of himself as a true revolutionary ready to save America and the world poses great risks to the Democrats, who may not be able to hide their hard-Left associations any more.

Worst of all, Obama's lack of humility may pose a danger to the United States if he should win. Otherworldly grandiosity and a sense of superhuman destiny do not make for sober judgment in a president. Any smart opponent -- Ahmadi-Nejad or Putin -- would simply play to Obama's blatant narcissism and screw the United States, but good.

Fourteen years ago Hillary Clinton closeted herself with a few allies like Ira Magaziner to redesign one-seventh of the three-trillion-dollar American economy. The health care sector is inconceivably complex, just like the climate (which only a delusional zealot like Al Gore claims to understand). No health care economist truly understands that much of the economy to the point of being able to predict supply, demand and prices for the huge range of medical products and services. Anybody who could do that could become a billionaire. Nobody has done it. It's way too complicated.

What we do know is that the health care sector works pretty well, churning out just about the best medical treatments in human history to the largest number of human beings who have ever received such care. It's the goose that lays the golden egg -- but a goose so complicated that no biologist would dare try to build a better one. And yet, Hillary Rodham Clinton never doubted for a moment that she could fashion a better health care system from the top. That is arrogance beyond the ordinary, arrogance to the point of mad grandiosity. It is not a rational state of mind.

That is Obama's brand of arrogance as well -- except that according to Michelle Obama, Barack intends to redesign no less than America as a whole, to "restore our souls." That sort of more-than-human belief in one's own higher power drove Lenin and the Soviet Politburo to create a command economy that had Russian peasants starving for decades. Over seventy years of Communist power the Soviet economy never lived up to its promises. Nearly every year the harvest fell short again, and the Politburo would come up with new excuses, new grand promises for the next Five Year Plan.

That looks like the mind-set our candidate Obama.

But in addition to Obama's fanatical belief in his quasi-religion of the Left, he has a sizable chunk of personal narcissism as well. It is visible in his physical stance when he accepts the plaudits of the masses. You and I might be embarrassed by that kind of adulation. Obama bathes in it as a well-deserved tribute. His grand narcissism appears whenever he changes his mind on life-and-death questions like Iranian nukes. One day Iran is a "tiny country" (it's not) and the next day Obama claims to have a fully thought-out policy to solve the knottiest foreign policy dilemma since Jimmy Carter blundered us into it. Yes, well, maybe the mullahs could turn out be a problem after all, says Obama.

Who knows what he really believes? Well, we know what his Imperial Guard believes, and they are downright appeasers to the last man and woman. Obama has the most hard-core Leftist group of advisors, ready to take power by January 2009 and steeer the ship of state straight on the rocks.

Now Obama is a very bright man, but he way overestimates his own capacities. There are limits to human intelligence. Jimmy Carter famously tried to micromanage everything down to the tennis court schedule at the White House. Carter was also possessed of that more-than-human sense that he, of all people, knew all the answers. So did Bill Clinton. Both of them were historic failures in the most basic duty of the presidency, the duty to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

For Obama it may be partly his childhood mentoring by Frank Marshall Davis, a hard-core Stalinist, plus his Harvard elitism, and his Clintonesque cynicism in using slippery words. But a lot of it looks like Pure Obama Arrogance -- something in his character that he's possessed for a long, long time. After all, this is a man who published not just one but two autobiographies before the age of 45. They are sort of proto-biographies, saying, "Here I am, a Man of Destiny, and here is the revolutionary future I bring to all of you."

As Victor Davis Hanson pointed out, Obama spent the first eighteen years of his life outside of the continental United States. He doesn't know this country very well at all. (Hawaii is another-worldly place to grow up in, as is Indonesia, compared to Indiana or Georgia.) Then he entered the unreal Ivory Tower of American colleges, followed by twenty years of weekly indoctrination lectures by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his buds in the Black Liberation Theology political ideology. That's Obama's life to date. Obama's total experience at the national level of American politics comes down to two-plus years in the US Senate, most of which was spent campaigning for president.

So what Barack Obama thinks he knows about the United States comes from reading books and newspapers, and from his carefully chosen friends on the Left, including Jeremiah Wright and old-style Communist Frank Marshall Davis. Obama's immense arrogance comes paired with equally great ignorance. He does not know, nor does he respect the basic rhythms and intuitions of American life.

Now this is very weird indeed for a man running for President of these United States. There are no precedents in American history of a serious candidate for the presidency who just doesn't have much experience of everyday America.

Narcissism is defined in psychiatry as an overweening sense of grandiosity, a sense of entitlement to whatever one desires, and a dehumanizing way of manipulating other people as objects. A lot of presidential candidates have that to some degree; the Clintons are the original poster kids of narcissism. But most candidates in American politics go through a long process of getting beaten up by reality, which helps to modify their outsized egos. Obama has never done that.

Indeed, Obama has done nothing in his life that indicates any ability to deal with reality in the raw. He has never had a job that deals with reality -- farming, business, engineering, science. He is simply Hollywood come to earth. Psychologically, Obama is ET, the Extra-Terrestrial -- he is from another place, a place in the otherworldly imagination of the Left.

Obama's narcissism combined with his fundamental ignorance spells danger for the country. If he does become president -- which looks like at least a 50-50 proposition right now -- he will be the most dangerous occupant in that office ever. He doesn't know where the steering wheel and the brakes are located; but he knows where he wants to go in his fertile imagination. A more dangerous driver of the American ship of state is hard to imagine.

Like Jimmy Carter, Obama will take a significant chunk of American safety and security with him. Obama is a talented actor on the national stage, but he will need a lot more seasoning before we can feel safe having him in the most powerful office in the land.

June 24, 2008 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank god mailander shut down the comments, maybe he will rejoin mayor sam it would only help.the comments where purely don quixote and his alter egos.

June 24, 2008 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby doesn't shut his comments down like Mailander, he just deletes those that put his paper-thin arguments - like this post in a rational perspective.

You STILL need to get out more, boyo. If you did, my last comment that you censored wouldn't have struck such a tender nerve, and you'd be willing to let your audience see the chinks in your blogging armor.

-- Signed
"The MS-censored ANTI-Villar 'spinner' who KNOWS he'll win easily. . . damn it!

(Why allow comments at all, if you're only going to approve those that 1) agree with you; 2) disagree badly and can be easily ignored?)

June 24, 2008 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Takofsky was one of the better school board members, certainly compared to Marlene kanter or that dreadful Julie Korenstein. Still, no one from LAUSD is in a position to preach to us about controlling costs or setting sane priorities -- they'll always want it to go to the wasteful schools and control=freak fascist Teachers' Union, UTLA.

June 24, 2008 4:04 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I find it amusing that those who like to comment are calling for an end to comments.

And no comments have been censored because we don't agree with you. So try again. We will occasionally not post a comment if it's a) animal wackos mentioning you know who b) clearly Don Culo c) excessive cut and paste (and even some of those get through) d) a bunch of nonsense like the same letter posted all over again e) duplicate f) so far off topic to be annoying and pointless

Overall however we pretty much let everything through, the good and the bad.

So try again.

June 24, 2008 6:19 PM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

Antonio might have been vulnerble months ago has some credible candidate stepped forward and began a campaign to attack and defeat him.

But the time has come and gone, and The Mayor's campaign is in full swing now and no one else is out pounding the streets.

Therefore, I respectfully suggest that Mayor Sam, Mailander, and all the other old school Valley buddies look for some other race to blog, because this one is going to be what we used to call "A Boat Race".

Weiss v. Trutanich is a good one to look at, because Trutanich did not shy away from the fact that jack had tried to sew up the field and Nuch is hard at work creating a big base and a lot of funding. he's got Baca, and Cooley and a bunch of City Councilmembers who will all come out at a later date.

Jack could be in trouble, we'll see. But is isn't a boat race.

June 24, 2008 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy, is Monica Garcia's voice grating and indicative of her barrio background. Where it takes big women with big, loud voices and a tortilla pan to get heard. She starts talking loud and starts yelling in no time. On tonight's LAUSD meeting, she's talking about how she wants to carve the biggest schools into small units, so yes, we need to keep spending all that bond money on more small schools. (What's she going to do with the big ones being built, including on the site of the Ambassador -- how sad, they've ruined that only to realize SMALL schools are better.)

LaMotte sounds annoyingly grating, too, and she says things like, "We already doing that." At least she's telling Garcia that "there's no funding source for this."

To which Monica replies, "I realize this is not scripted out with dollars and cents... This is about change... creating the internal change." LORD HELP US WITH HER AS the CHANGE AGENT.

Galatzan tells Monica to take a deep breath and step back: "small learning communities may turn out to be just another fad," outdated as soon as they spend all that money on small schools...UNLESS they're talking about charter schools and changing the way of teaching.

Marlene Kanter also urges caution.
Echoes much of Galatzan's words. She quotes Cortines, that effective instruction is as important as school size.

Jolie Flores Aguilar is demanding small schools for "all our kids," claiming this is about justice for the poor, while the rest of the kids have small, community schools.

What a CROCK -- she and Garcia are speaking as Eastside leftists here. Kindred spirits to Alarcon, Reyes, Cardenas, Padilla, Nunez, Cedillo...

Very FEW westside areas even have "community schools," and ONLY on the elementary school level. E.g.: Coldwater Canyon, very pricey, is assigned to West Hollywood Elem., almost all ethnic. E.g.: Middle School in heart of Westwood, Emerson, has 3/4 ethnic kids eligible for poverty assistance programs -- the few locals and white kids who venture there, have reported harassment and pressure to conform to the gang culture or else. Male and female. Yet these Board members preach the lie to justify blowing all the bond money on NEW small schools.

(What about the gigantic Broad School for Performing Arts? Belmont, newly built at a fortune, on a toxic site? How much will the Ambassador site school cost? There have been NO new schools or even improvements to westside schools in DECADES.)

Monica Garcia and Flores Aguilar come off as spendthrift, ethno-centric and defensive full=speed-ahead-damn the facts or money fools: They're supposed to be saving LAUSD?

June 24, 2008 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony V. is sort of likable. But dumb, careless and vain. He's the Paris Hilton of LA's mayors (now with Latin Spice®)

June 24, 2008 9:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Viagraraigosa in trouble? Maybe.. You can stick a fork in him, if he runs into a candidate that debates well, has a plan and can expose Antonio for the failure that he is.
On top of that, Antonio has allowed ( due to his policies and other shameless acts) a coalition of divergent groups to form against him (never good politically). Also, a low voter turnout would not favor the incumbent, ESPECIALLY after the most important Presidential election in a generation, maybe 2 generations.

June 24, 2008 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The showdown between Baca and LAPD is becoming interesting: do gangs or race cause more shootings and tensions? Are there different rules and circumstances in prisons and schools, vs. the streets -- closed societies vs. more open ones, as the LAPD alleges? (Many teachers and principals have alleged that community tensions spill over into the schools, not that gangs originate in schools.) WHY have they made this such a big issue?

Legally, a hate crime means there's a prior hatred of a particular race not the gang -- that doesn't seem the case with Jamiel Shaw, where Espinoza went looking for his neighbor who was a Blood allegedly, then just found Jamiel.

Why haven't the Shaws talked about who this neighbor boy is, and his relationship if any to Jamiel?

June 25, 2008 1:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a bunch of brilliant bloggers we have here.

One gives hizzoner a pass, others show they can't read the city budget well enough to know what's been going on with it the last couple of years (not just this year), and others "keep hope alive" by fabricating wishful scenarios about non-existent mayoral challenger candidates.

And all Mayor Sam can do is brag about how he allows all of us to stick our feet in our mouths every day on his dime.

What a city! What a blog! What's Britney doing today?

June 25, 2008 6:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i loved your comment above mayor sam, so true.any hope of getting mailander back here.

June 25, 2008 11:11 AM  

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