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Friday, June 27, 2008

"TROLL FOR DOUGH A-THON", Day Five "Fee Waivers for Contributions"

Zuma Dogg will love the theme of Day Five in the "TROLL FOR DOUGH A-THON".
Zuma has dedicated "cyber column feet" in exposing the waste of the "Fee Waiver Program" at City Hall.
Tonight's host of Day Five of the "TROLL FOR DOUGH A-THON" event in the "John Birch Society Enclave" of San Marino has been the recipient of nearly $300,000 in fee waivers.
All Access Entertainment of Los Angeles is a company dedicated to organizing "Latino-theme" events such as "Fiesta Broadway" and the "COUNCILMAN LAST SEEN AS JOSE HUIZAR's" favorite celebration "El Grito".
Their President is the former LAUSD School Board Member Larry Gonzalez.
L.A. Times reporter David Zahniser has the background at L.A. Now.
"Today’s FOTD offers a look at the world of "special events," parades, festivals and block parties that have become a source of controversy for some critics of City Hall.
An invitation on file with the city’s Ethics Commission says that today’s Villaraigosa fundraiser will be held at 5 p.m. at a San Marino-adjacent address in Pasadena. The host will be Larry Gonzalez, president of All Access Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based company devoted to celebrating "Latino holidays and the Hispanic culture of Southern California, according to its website.
All Access runs such city-sponsored events as Fiesta Broadway, a cultural festival thrown each year in downtown Los Angeles, and El Grito, a Spanish-language concert held annually outside Los Angeles City Hall to commemorate the Mexican War of Independence. Both have received financial help from the city for years.
When Fiesta Broadway took place in April, the Los Angeles City Council forgave nearly $173,000 in fees for the event, which covered parking enforcement and other city costs. El Grito received $75,000 from the city last September and saw $50,000 in city fees waived by the City Council. Those fees were largely incurred by traffic officers who shut down Spring, Main and First streets for the concert.
Faced with a $406-million shortfall, Villaraigosa tried earlier this year to eliminate funding for El Grito and other community events. But the council blocked that effort, and Villaraigosa accepted the changes, signing them into his budget for 2008-09.
When El Grito takes place in September, Gonzales’ company will offer its corporate sponsors a special VIP reception with –- guess who? -- Villaraigosa and the City Council.
Coming soon, "TROLL FOR DOUGH A-THON DAY" in the City of Los Angeles.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which "San Marino" adjacent house are you talking about? Is it Art Gastelum's house? Is it Victor Griego's house? Or could it be one of Andy Camacho's houses that he bought for his political minions?

June 27, 2008 3:23 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Good question.

June 27, 2008 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Leland Wong live in that neighborhood, too?

June 27, 2008 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Tony is just so smug and pleased with himself and why shouldn't he be? He's been travelling with the presidential primary on his mind, and now he's still travelling, but to grab up cash for promises, and meanwhile, he lets his obligations to city business slide. And he does all this while still drawing FULL pay for all his absences from the city. THAT must be the real "American Dream" he references in so many speeches.

On top of that, people think he's doing such a good job. What more could he ask for?

I didn't know that my low-profile council member, Jose Huizar, was running up such a tab on the special event waivers. I heard him at the City Council meeting online praising police officers for their service, including a Hollenbeck female captain, I believe, in a lengthy gay-lesbian awards presentation today.

I wondered if Huizar ever got his "independent investigation" off the ground that he announced he was going to demand at the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting of a Ramona Gardens gang fellow a few months back. Real fine police support, Jose. Peppered with complaining locals, he gets on the soapbox to slap the LAPD in the face without all the facts known. I think it counts a lot that the suspect pulled out a gun somewhere along the chase route, leading to his demise.

But he's a council member, a politician, and taking the cue from Tony, he's allowed to talk out of both side of his mouth at the same time, he just does it less often than the Mayor.

Still in cd-14.

June 27, 2008 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let'send Mayor VillaBaboso down to Mexico to help the Mexican govenrment fight the drug cartels. Since VillaBaboso is more concerned with the interests of mexicans, send him across the border.

June 27, 2008 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pathetic crooks all of them. Which council member waives the most fees? There should be a standard across the board limit in each district, but hey that sounds too logical for these morons we call city council reps.

June 27, 2008 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THEY HAD MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSORS SO THERE WAS NO REASON FOR A SPECIAL EVENT WAIVER. WHY ISN'T ANYONE YELLLING ABOUT THIS??

June 27, 2008 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Privately, the Mayor told his closest confidantes he knew he was in trouble.

A growing dissatisfaction with declining City services, the local economy and a laundry list of other factors conspire to torpedo his chances for re-election. His well publicized affair with a local Spanish language television reporter hurt his image amongst his Democratic yet conservative, Catholic Latino base.

Though no candidate has yet to challenge the Mayor officially insiders are privately discussing and internet sites are touting potential candidacies of County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, NBA legend turned business magnate Earvin "Magic" Johnson and retail center developer and former Police Commission member Rick Caruso. Even gadfly Zuma Dogg, a performance artist and regular City Hall fixture, is sporting "Zuma Dogg for Mayor" t-shirts.

The Mayor recognizes his vulnerability and the potential of a defeat. His strategy is to get out and raise large amounts of campaign contributions early while an army of eager young aides, supporters and sycophants do whatever they can to twist arms and short circuit support for any potential challengers."

June 27, 2008 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You forgot to add the descriptor:

"Election CHEAT" Zuma Doog


http://www.mayor09.com/

June 27, 2008 6:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who are you quoting, 6: 12? It's very amateurish and lacks any cred to have a long quote with no source. And to conclude with some implied threat from gad-gnat zuma dogg, shows how fictitious this all is. Please.

If your Caruso were going to take running for Mayor seriously, he wouldn't be making sacracstic, off- hand remarks from a boat off Italy, as though it were a cakewalk to become mayor of a large city like this. Internationally, it's far more than "just a Latino city," it's Hollywood and young Japan's and Europe's model for hip.

We need to elevate it to its potential like it was heading towards earlier when it was breaking out of its laughing-stock image as a place for wacky sprouts-eating-hippies and dim Valley Dolls. Go ahead and laugh, but Antonio actually seems more hip to people than someone like stodgy Caruso.

June 27, 2008 6:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's because Mayor Tony is a phony, or, if you prefer, "chameleonic". After all the dust settles, he just a weasel in tinseltown.

June 27, 2008 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Question, the LA Times writes about how the Mayor tried to cut-off the special event waivers for these entities and the council overturned him.

Does ZUMA even give the Mayor a hat tip?

June 28, 2008 2:33 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

2:33, yes, I DID give the mayor a tip of the hat...IN PERSON!!!

Go to zumatube.com and see the video of ZD and the mayor in koreatown. you can hear me go out of my way to make sure HE knows that I NOTICED a difference!!! (Although it slid back like you said cause of clowncil.)

June 28, 2008 8:13 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

ON A SIDE NOTE: When I see people in public throughout the day, and I tell them how the mayor is is a phony who is destroying the region...although ZD feels there are several reasons...THE ONE THING THAT ALWAYS COMES UP FIRST IS: (Drumroll...)

Yeah, he cheated on his wife. (AND MEN ARE JUST AS QUICK TO START TO ANTI-VILLAR CONVERSATION WITH IT, AS WELL.)

People who know me, know that's the issue I don't talk about, cause at the end of the day...it's not draining the general fund and isn't illegal like so many other things he does that I have been critical of.

So I figured since this thread is about Villar's re-election problems...wanted to post the feedback ZD is getting on Villar, even though it's not the issue they should be so worried about. [I KNOW!!! I KNOW!!! IT GOES TO HIS CHARACTER.]

June 28, 2008 8:21 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Maybe the Mayor should ask his Cousin John for some cash.

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THIS PERIOD $345,008.52
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1/1/2008 - 05/17/2008 $462,646.53
EXPENDITURES FROM THIS PERIOD $298,110.61
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1/1/2008 - 05/17/2008 $305,980.58
ENDING CASH $296,159.48

June 28, 2008 11:36 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

.....and spend all this for 4,000votes??

GREENBERG QUINLAN ROSNER POLLING AND SURVEY RESEARCH $22,000.00
AUSTIN/EGOSCUE DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $21,376.89
THE STRATEGY GROUP, INC. CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $16,666.00
THE STRATEGY GROUP, INC. CAMPAIGN LITERATURE AND MAILINGS $16,164.00
KAUFMAN DOWNING LLP PROFESSIONAL SERVICES (LEGAL, ACCOUNTING) $14,439.00
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $12,250.00
JORGE AMARO CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $9,450.00
STERIK BOYLE HEIGHTS, LP OFFICE EXPENSES $6,000.00
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. OFFICE EXPENSES $5,035.66
AUBURNDALE PROPERTIES OFFICE EXPENSES $5,000.00
NICHOLAS SWIATEK CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $4,100.00
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $4,045.08
THE STRATEGY GROUP, INC. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COSTS (INTERNET, E-MAIL) $3,850.00
CONNIE SANDERS EMERSON FUNDRAISING EVENTS $3,290.00
SBC CA POLITICAL ACCOUNTS OFFICE EXPENSES $2,672.10
APPLEGATE CONSULTING CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $2,500.00
MICROLINK TECHNOLOGIES CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $2,500.00
FRANCIS GARCIA CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $2,000.00
AUSTIN/EGOSCUE DEVELOPMENT STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $1,493.80
JOHN A. PEREZ CANDIDATE FILING/BALLOT FEES $1,162.08
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. CANDIDATE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $1,043.54
RYAN, R. RICHARD OFFICE EXPENSES $1,001.34
NEW EDGE MULTIMEDIA PRINT ADS $960.00
KAUFMAN DOWNING LLP OFFICE EXPENSES $792.43
RYAN, R. RICHARD STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $573.00
AUSTIN/EGOSCUE DEVELOPMENT CANDIDATE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $557.00
MATTHEW C. STADTLER CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS $500.00
JORGE AMARO MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $374.50
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTRIBUTION $350.00
AUSTIN/EGOSCUE DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $341.50
NICOLE CURRAN OFFICE EXPENSES $332.29
L.A. DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER OFFICE EXPENSES $320.44
CONNIE SANDERS EMERSON MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $290.00
RYAN, R. RICHARD CANDIDATE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $269.00
BANKCARD USA OFFICE EXPENSES $221.15
NGP SOFTWARE, INC. OFFICE EXPENSES $209.00
VENICE FLOWERS OFFICE EXPENSES $195.00
NICOLE CURRAN MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $191.85
STATE FARM OFFICE EXPENSES $154.73
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. CONTRIBUTION $150.00
MATTHEW C. STADTLER STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $150.00
SAFEGUARD OFFICE EXPENSES $142.96
MOSKOWITZ, IVAN W. RETURNED CONTRIBUTIONS $135.00
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $102.70
FRANCIS GARCIA MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $82.07
NICOLE CURRAN CONTRIBUTION $72.00
MATTHEW C. STADTLER MEETINGS AND APPEARANCES $68.44
FRANCIS GARCIA OFFICE EXPENSES $62.44
NICOLE CURRAN STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $62.00
FRANCIS GARCIA STAFF/SPOUSE TRAVEL, LODGING AND MEALS $54.67
GASCA ENTERPRISES, INC. CAMPAIGN LITERATURE AND MAILINGS $30.20

June 28, 2008 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, if you were a no-talent, unqualified candidate you would need to spend all that money too.

June 28, 2008 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Somehow, I don't think the opinion of the half dozen people posting here, which includes the burros themselves, will decide the election. All those Hollywood types and studio heads want ethnic dudes this year, Obama and Villar, even though Villar's not as articulate. Maybe if we had an ethnic chick, or Laura Chick, he'd have a challenge, but Chick won't run against him.

June 28, 2008 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Helloooo didn't seem those idiot stupid Hollywood types know anything about what's going on in the city. They want a puppet, a dumb ignorant Mayor like Antonio. In 2005 ony 200,000 people voted. This type though Villaraigosa has so much baggage and no accomplishments anyone who runs will have a fighting chance no matter how much money. The internet is great for info.

June 29, 2008 7:01 AM  

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