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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Department of Water and Power General Manager H. David Nahai was booed and heckled at a recent community meeting.  No, this wasn't in Koreatown where the lights went out this weekend but in a Riverside County community where the DWP wants to build power plants near the Salton Sea. The Riverside Press Enterprise said E. Wastewater Pluribus was at the mercy of a "boisterous and sometimes angry crowd." 

Goofy Council Member Jan Perry's fast food ban made the pages of the Wall Street Journal.  Perry who believes that low-income Blacks and Hispanics in her District are incapable of making healthy food choices and therefore wants the City to make those choices for them.  As political consultant Alan Hoffenblum told the Journal, "It's very much the example of a nanny state."

Zuma Dogg runs a long screed provided him that accuses City Council Member and City Attorney hopeful Jack Weiss of everything from kidnapping the Lindbergh baby to being the third shot on the grassy knoll.  Most likely the odd piece which also calls on Zuma to appear before the City Council claiming to be the grandson of Jake Gittes, Jack Nicholson's character from the film Chinatown was composed by supporters of Weiss opponent Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich.  I haven't decided whom I'm supporting for this post but do we want someone named Nuch as City Attorney?  Bob Hertzberg you going to run?

The fantasy that the LA River is a waterway like the Danube, Mississippi or even Cosumnes continues.  River activists think that by paddling canoes down the storm drain they can convince the Federal Government the LA is a real river.  This is a combination of idealist hogwash and developer greed - if taxpayers can pay to clean and green the "river" it opens up the land surrounding it to development, much of which with government subsidy.  I'm all for cleaning up the storm drains and where appropriate building public parks or other open space around them but lets stop kidding ourselves.  We aren't going to see steamboats paddling along Riverside Drive anytime soon.

 Los Angeles Fifth District Council Candidate Robin Ritter Simon has set up a Facebook page for her campaign.  According to the candidate her 17 year old son encouraged Ritter Simon to do so and created the page for her.

Big doins in the sleepy little town of San Fernando.  The postage stamp sized municipality completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles - one whose largest employer is the LAUSD - is the scene of a political brawl to end all brawls.  A group of residents are seeking to recall Councilmembers Jose Hernandez and Julie Ruelas for among other reasons because they voted to approve a controversial development headed by a developer who allegedly bounced a $50,000 check to the city.

Rising gas prices and other factors are driving an increase in bicycling across the city.  Most drivers don't know how or refuse to share the road with cyclists and the problems are piling up.  Here's an interesting look at the situation and what the City is doing about the bike issue.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jan Perry should practice what she preaches first and lose some weight before telling anyone else how to eat. This is bullshit for a politican to decide and limit the choices for people. This is their freedom to choose and who the hell he is she trying to take that away. She should be finding development of a market in her area so healthy food can be sold.

July 22, 2008 6:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I think that Adeena Bleich also has a facebook page...as well as Koretz and I think Galperin.

But great reporting there..

July 22, 2008 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And healthy living might include getting rid of some gangbangers that really could EXTEND lives by supporting Zine's motion on Jamiel's Law/Special Order 40 on Perry's part.

But instead, is picking on fast-foods a part of the Jan Perry "Nanny-government" legacy choice? What a leader. Is her "embarrassed-wiring" disconnected?

If this were private industry, some re-shuffling of priorities would be uanavoidable and would make for some different outcomes.

But then again, if this were private industry, the city government would have self-destructed by now.

In the Huizar zone.

July 22, 2008 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The letter sent to Zuma also claims MAV was a dancer in West Hollywood. LOL

July 22, 2008 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have no connection whatsoever with Jack Weiss. I believe he is an uninspired lawmaker who spends an inordinate amount of time wedging himself next to more important politicians, especially the mayor, during photo opps. It's unfortunate that he will probably become City Attorney because the City Hall circle jerk makes it next to impossible for anyone to challenge the ordained candidate.

That being said .....

Posting this rant by Zuma Dogg is ridiculous. He is a self-promoting clown whose antics have accomplished nothing. He is not a journalist. He is not a political activist. He's an unemployed clown who would have remained in obscurity if people like Higby had simply ignored him.

July 22, 2008 8:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:46, Higby's humorous comments make quite clear he doesn't take the screed Zuma posted seriously. Lighten up a bit?

July 22, 2008 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:58: If the rant was about you, a friend or somebody in your family - and that is not the case with me - I doubt you would see the humor. It's simply irresponsible to give this guy a platform. It's no more credible than graffiti on a bathroom wall.

July 22, 2008 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Sgt. Hulka said:


Lighten up, Francis.

July 22, 2008 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:46- You've given up.

At least ZD is doing something, and he gets information. Some people- and a lot of self-interest is involved here- don't like that the information is spread, which ZD does.

And remember, the theatrical dress-up scenario was dreamed up by a blog poster, not ZD. It was over the top and then some. That kind of presentation is more like you might expect from those girls that pop out of birthday cake, but in this case, it would be a guy. Hire that job out, it's not a DIY.

July 22, 2008 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HAIKU: Jan Perry's "No Food Choice" Utopia

No choice Jan Perry

"I'll choose your food. Chew it, too!"

Thinks poor equals dumb.

July 22, 2008 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For Christ's sake, Higby, if there is actually a paternity suit against Weiss - and you're going to post this shit - get off your fat ass and pull the paper and try for once to actually get at the truth. You can be snide in the post, but you're no better than the delusional Dogg.

July 22, 2008 11:45 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Felicidades to the residents and community activists of San Fernando... you guys are amazing!

Con mucho respecto,

(enjoying her raspado from the little market on Kalisher across the street from Santa Rosa. Large. Cherry & Banana!)

July 22, 2008 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like DA Cooley has been using his staff to try to dig up dirt on a political opponent of his candidate, Nuch -- an unknown conservative, pro-NRA guy with no support in LA among anyone who's anyone, so they're desperate and starting with trying to sling dirt off the bat. That's exactly what Cooley's opponents Ipsen and Robles said he does all the time, to intimidate and blackmail his own staff. Feeding these kinds of obvious fabrications to a fool who they know will say and do anything is just plain desperate.

Clearly they know this dude has no chance, but if he did, it would be the worst case scenario for the city: a CA at open war with the Mayor, Chief Bratton, and all their allies and colleagues, which includes Wendy, our next Controller. At least Rocky's been just incompetent and annoying -- until his recent measures against gangs. Since the Chief is here for 4 more years, that would be hell for the city.

This is really about DA Cooley's ego pulling the strings -- it's HIS office that's screwed up big-time with releasing the Pedro Espinozas back onto the streets, since the DA and Sheriff's office are in charge of felonies. As Ipsen pointed out, it's the DA's office which has hundreds of investigators who should have been used all along for working with Baca's staff in the jails to ID illegals gangbanger felons -- instead, he's just plea- bargained them out onto the streets. Ask Cooley how Espinoza just got away with telling them he was "born in the USA" and walked, after having a long rapsheet, and being in jail again for threatening someone with an illegal weapon? And why hasn't he done anything about the Mafioso in Bell, Cudahy, etc., all those cities which he made a centerpiece of his campaign against Gil Garcetti? Because he (like Baca) are talk, but haven't done a damn thing when it comes to going after the really bad guys.

July 22, 2008 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with 8:46. Zuma is out of control.

July 22, 2008 12:33 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

This is attack on Weiss is fascinating.

If Nuch/Cooley are even remotely connected to it, bye bye Nuch.

What an idiot if that's the case. There's plenty of other ways to go against Wacko Jacko without going this dirty this early.

We will know soon I imagine.

July 22, 2008 12:42 PM  

Anonymous One Who Knows said:

Higby, you keep denying your love affair with Hertzberg, but you always stick his name in whenever you can.

What is it with you? Does he send you free pastrami sandwiches with mustard on corn rye from Jerry's Deli?

Get it straight Michael, Hertberg is NOT running.

He has no money, can't raise any, has no organization (except you), and his creds went South with his loss in the primary to Jimmy Hahn. It just ain't a gonna happen, so give it up.

July 22, 2008 4:07 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Who is Hertberg?

But yes you've found us out! Bob and I meet regularly at Art's Deli, Jerry's Deli and the Quizno's in Sherman Oaks to slather ourselves in mayonnaise, pastrami, Gulden's mustard and pickle relish following which we hug everyone and say what a great day it is in Los Angeles (not Los Angle-leez or Los Anna-Liss).

But one question: How does Hertzberg have less name ID, money or a chance than Nuch the Pooch?

I know! You're Steve Cooley!

Toodles, cousins.

July 22, 2008 5:17 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

By the way to be certain that's the Quizno's in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. People who check out talent and have it made eat there sometimes.

Is Estelle Getty still dead?

July 22, 2008 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you 12:11 for pointing out what a scumbag Steve Cooley is.
Just days before the election he announces his support for deporting illegal criminals. Meanwhile, he is releasing them back on the streets. I'm not sure why. Usually he only let's criminals off who have defense attorneys that contributed to his campaign.

July 22, 2008 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No Facebook pages will help the sorry bunch running CD 5. What a bunch of losers. Jack Weiss looks like a genius next to them. maybe he'll change his mind and run again for CD 5 and Nuch can be our City Attorney. Now that's something to chew on. and Nuch doesn't need a Facebook to get his name out there...people know him and respect him already.

July 22, 2008 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:21/ 12:11: Yeah, and what has Cooley done since then? Nothing, forgot his "promises" to get tough (all of a sudden) soon as the election was over.

And let's remember how he withheld the information -- vital information -- that his dept. let go a guy whose wife had a restraining order on him for threatening to murder her, and having attacked her repeatedly, why he was in prison in the first place.

Right after they let the guy out, he went and killed his wife! Just a couple of days before the election -- but it was covered up until afterwards.

Cooley tried to weasel out of it by saying he'd been home with a cold so didn't have a chance to make up a press release about it before the election. Right... If we had a real press, they'd have gone after him for that. The Times wrote about it, but they don't have the staff or resources to pursue him.

In a way, it's even worse than the Jamiel Shaw murder, since this husband had threatened to kill his wife, there was a restaining order against releasing him and they did so, without even warning the wife she was out.

July 22, 2008 9:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correction to 9:28: meant, of course, without warning her (the murdered wife) that HE was out... Must have been an awfully bad "head cold" Cooley had to make him forget to mention that little detail to her, or admit that he'd screwed up big time BEFORE the election.

July 22, 2008 10:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch has a ton of supporters who know him and admire him, and he has all the folks that know Jack and...

Well, you fill in the reasons why they are just looking for the anti-Jack. Those guys alone could elect Nuch.

Remember the Arlo Smith-Ira Reiner primary for AG? It was said that everyone who knew Arlo voted for Ira and everyone who knew Ira voted for Arlo; Ira just knew more people.

And so it will be for Jacko; Nuch will win this one, or at least get enough to stay in a run off, and will beat him in June. thanks to the haters.

What surprises me is the hostility displayed by Hertzberg lover Higby to Nuch, when Higby has seemingly attacked Jacko almost every week for the last five years, including naming him Ass Clown at least once or twice.

Don't you just love politics?

July 23, 2008 12:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:19: You're as clueless as Nuch himself if you think "Nuch" has any sort of name recognition in the city outside of the handful looking ahead to the elections -- the vast majority of people haven't thought about it, let alone heard of him.

And Jack isn't "hated," as you'd love to claim; whoever reps CD5 inherits the city's most cantankerous, elderly bunch of NIMBY activists, going back to the early 80's when they battled to stop the subway, and instead of seeing the error of their ways as traffic has intensified, many still are fighting it and the Expo II. This bunch welcomed then turned on every rep for the district, even Zev in his day, then Feuer, Woo...

Just go to any MTA meeting over Expo, look at their ludicrously petty objections over Pico-Olympic, etc. 90% of us in the Westwood south of SM HOA and other tracts, don't go to their meetings or support the handful of angry old people who want to stop the world. Deny it all you want, Westwood/ Century City has gone from the most underutilized, high-end space in the city, downright dilapidated and bankrupt even in one major case, to being one of the toniest places to live/work/shop/play in the country.

We'll probably get stuck with Koretz, who as Councilman and Mayor of WeHo allowed it to become the densest city in the entire west, including lots of late-night clubs whose rowdy parking spills up into the L A hills, but they've been utterly hostile to concerns of adjacent LA residents. Weiss has approved only upscale developments, opposing billboard blight.

Other than Kaye's "army," no one's heard of conservative outsider from who-knows-where "Nooch!" Cooley's pet, no less. Cooley whose criminally inept dept. is touched on in previous thread.

By the way, their hero on that for changing his mind 180 after posing in a photo op to support it, Rosendahl, is behind boosting meter rates quadruple to four bucks an hour, which is what will kill a lot of small stores all over the city and drive them into the malls. He always means well, but clearly never thought out the impact of his policy for an area he waffled on because of meters. Too bad, because the city offered a deal for businesses and homeowners to share parking permits for that hour or two during an extra rush hour.

These fools are fighting a phantom battle against the wrong thing: meanwhile we've got all the traffic, an expensive EIR for nothing, and an Expo Line delayed by maybe years and billions. As the rest of the city realizes who these people are, they're downright hated on most blogs.

(Here it comes, the "third floor spinner" barb. Get over yourselves, I'm sure no one would be paid to talk to you.)

July 23, 2008 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It really doesn't matter why they hate Weiss; all this is important is that they do.

He will not be elected because too many hate him.

Koretz cannot punch his way out of a paper bag. Anyone will beat him.

Bet on it.

July 23, 2008 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch? HA HA!

A goofball in the tradition of Wacko Walter and Hal Netkin!

July 23, 2008 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only one difference, actually, MONEY.

Nuch has it to run with and the other wackos don't.

July 24, 2008 6:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Isn't there a third person besides Jacko and Nuch in the city attorney race?

July 24, 2008 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just went on Nuch's website. He has endorsements from the mayors of Gardena, Hawthorne, and Baldwin Park.

What do these cities have to do with L.A.?

July 24, 2008 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:34: Those are some of the crooked cities that Nuch's only high-profile backer, fellow right-wing Republican Cooley, is refusing to investigate -- just like with Bell Gardens, Cudahy and all those South L A Cities known to be run by the Mexican Mafia.

But the defense attorneys representing all those top mafia kingpins - cum - city leaders are among Cooley's biggest donors, what with all the drug cartel money they've got, so he not only has refused to look too closely, but pulled off and threatened the more ambitious DA's who's tried. They must be the ones (the only ones) dumb enough to funnel money to this Nuch who doesn't count for Much. NICE smear campaign they've got going, too, using the Madd Dogg.

July 25, 2008 10:29 AM  

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