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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

Something funny happened Tuesday on the way to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former North Carolina Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards as they were about to announce yet another $100 million "affordable" housing trust fund - The National Enquirer reported that Edwards was allegedly "caught" visiting his mistress and love child at a local hotel. Ooops! Looks like it won't be Obama-Edwards!



Education officials in California are coming closer to admitting the staggering numbers of school dropouts across the state and it points out the need for serious reform to the education system. Even Mayor Villaraigosa admits that the problem is understated. However the Mayor's politically oriented reforms are too little too late. What's needed is radical change including more charter schools, the breakup of big districts like LAUSD and vouchers.



Candy Spelling, the widow of TV mogul Aaron Spelling (The Mod Squad, Charlie's Angels, Beverly Hills 90210 among many others) is downsizing her home. Mrs. Spelling has moved from her 56,000 square foot 123 room mansion in Holmby Hills to a 16,500 square foot condo on the top two floors of a Century City high rise. Total cost = $47 million.



The Daily News' Dennis McCarthy has the touching story of an 85 year old veteran who volunteers every day to deliver newspapers and good cheer to veterans at the Sepulveda Veteran's Administration Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Now Steve Palmer - who fought in World War II - is fighting a new battle: leading the charge against plans by the West LA VA to develop part of it's land for real estate development.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If this is really an illicit affair and something Edwards is trying to hide, would he have met the woman at a tony Beverly Hills hotel? Wouldn't they have met somewhere low-key? That makes me doubt the story.

July 23, 2008 4:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow...Reporting from the National Enquirer...nicely done Higby.

Also: Didn't Feinstein/Waxman introduce/pass a bill that says the West LA VA cannot sell/develop its land?

July 23, 2008 6:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doubt a story from the Enquirer?! What a concept!

Only a Mayor Sam would rely on it.

July 23, 2008 6:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:11 if you don't like Mayor Sam's posts, go vist Joe MailHandler's blog at.
http://street-hassle.blogspot.com/

You can read important comments between Joe MailHandler and Don Quackeroo.

You gotta love the Internet, whacky characters by the boat load, gives the National Enquirer plenty of competition.

July 23, 2008 6:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one ever even saw a "love child," and with what sounds from the story like a small army of Enquirer "reporters"/ slime ganging up on Edwards and chasing him into the bathroom, you'd think they'd staked out the place until a "baby" left.

The photo of that woman sure doesn't look like someone he'd risk a career for. Meeting her and some guy for a few hours at night -- how did the Enquirer "know" the other guy stayed in a separate room? -- is proof of nothing, if it's even true. And I agree: this illicit rendezvous wouldn't have happened in pap-heavy Bev Hills in a hotel frequented by celebs! Now that Edwards isn't even a Senator, he'd have met a "secret" woman in a more out of the way place.

But we see a trend here of Higby running slimy stories, when they're not random hit pieces. (E.g., I don't think LaBonge is the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but there's no proof of any "secret" devious meetings involving Griffith Park, nothing more than a routine meeting with city staff -- yet you've got gossip all over the place, and that insane Dogg is boasting he's going to play it up as his next rant.)

You claim you want legit status, Higby, but you sure don't act like it. You're becoming "The National Inquirer of LA Rumor and Innuendo Political Blogs." Again. (AFter Dogg was booted off things looked like they might be changing for the better, but you're even linking him now.)

July 23, 2008 6:55 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

The National Enquirer, though slimy, has a solid track record of being accurate. Gone are the years of the two headed cats and the half alien farm hands.

Apparently the Enquirer had a story about this relationship and the child last year so it's not entirely new material. And part of the cover up is that Edwards' male "friend" is claiming the child is his.

Was it reckless of Edwards to have a rendezvous in a public place where he could get caught? Yes, but that doesn't mean he is incapable of making a poor decision like that. Just ask a certain Senator who was tapping his feet in an airport bathroom or a certain Mayor who was trolling a Sherman Oaks condo complex with a bag of pollo and a bottle of vino in hand.

July 23, 2008 8:15 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

The bottom line is I could personally care less if Edwards was out to get some trim. Edwards is a has been and is irrelevant (he's not going to be the VP nominee).

The issue is that politicians like Edwards, Larry Craig, PolloVillar and others moralize and tell us how to live their lies that when they caught in a lie they need to be exposed.

July 23, 2008 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People get real. Hate it or not the National Enquirer got the story and the reporter was following Edwards all the time that's how he got the shots. If Enquirer was so off then you know all those movie stars would be suing. problem is publicists, nannies, butlers, drivers, assistants and the rest give them stuff and get paid nicely. Enquirer hasn't lost a lawsuit in a very long time and really haven't been sued in awhile.

July 23, 2008 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Enquirer rag has no shots of Edwards with the woman -- their photos show them separately at obviously different times -- no pix of any baby, no proof that Edwards and the woman were alone together while the guy pal was in a different room. MAYBE they've got him going into the Bev Wilshire (dumb place to meet, if true), but that's it. They'd have staked out the place until the "couple with baby" left if there was anything to get. If these slimes can camp out at Britney's street day and night, chase Paris by chopper and hang out in the South of France to get "worst bod" bathing suit shots of Donatella Versace, Leo de Caprio or that Ghost Whisperer chick -- don't you think that army would have waited there?

I don't give a damn what Edwards is doing (tho that woman isn't pretty, you'd think he'd risk it for someone hot), but the point is, the Enquirer is NOT believable here which would make me continue to doubt anything else they post.

(Of course, that didn't stop Jon & Ken from going off on it today -- tho they sounded like they were playing it up for notoriety, probably didn't believe it themselves. But truth is of no consequence to rumor mongering for ratings, to hook the idiots of the radio world.)

July 23, 2008 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In 2001, the Enquirer uncovered that the Rev. Jesse Jackson had an illegitimate child. Salacious details of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair were first made public by the Enquirer. The Enquirer was regarded by some as having the best media coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. For example, when a distinctive footprint from a Bruno Magli shoe was found at the crime scene, Simpson vehemently denied owning such a shoe. The Enquirer, however, dug up a photograph of him with just such a pair.

In 2006, the Enquirer was the first newspaper to reveal that O. J. Simpson had written a book, If I Did It. The story was immediately denied by Simpson's lawyer, but was confirmed by release of the book one month later.

July 23, 2008 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The story was immediately denied

Sounds like the MAV spinners when he was caught with Mir-slutta.

July 23, 2008 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wish you all had your priorities in order. Like 6:05 brings up, we have a different topic that is local.

I won't deny that it's fun to read the gossip. Hashing it out and discussing it is boring and besides, who really gives a shit in the long run.. Big deal, pol has girlfriend, let's all be shocked, wow this has never happened before.

6:55 - you're putting too much thought into it for a smart guy. I bet I know who you are.. Sticking up for LaBonge like that. You don't believe in conspiracy theories, I know. "love child", lol

Mayor Sam - I have to agree with you about the fact that the Enquirer got somewhat legitimate although I do find it sad that it's a reflection of what our society wants. Apathetic voters probably read them.

In your second response, however, anybody who lives their life as a politician chooses to live in that goldfish bowl, BUT I don't ever recall AV moralizing to us. He's done this before. Everyone on this blog knew. Whoever heard him say different? And I've never heard John Edwards speak on the topic of anyone having a secret illicit affair, so I don't consider him one who moralizes either. Sorry dude, that only leaves Craig. He's the one who went after "those kind" of people in his committee. Just wanted to point that out because I'm a Dem. And you're not. But I am a fan.

12:41 - I think the reality is that nobody really cares. We care for today, but long term it doesn't affect how most of us feel about John Edwards. So we are real and you're probably right and the same reporter followed him. It's that creepy goldfish-bowl life thing again.

2:06 - You are also putting too much thought into it and you must be a chick. Who else would throw that catty remark that "the woman" wasn't that hot.. Leave her alone. Of course the photographer submitted the worst one he had. It's his job to get one.

So how about that West LA VA land?

July 23, 2008 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack Hoff is back. Commenting on the comments.

July 23, 2008 8:53 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen (removes hat and bows low):

Pirates were in attendance at a UCLA fundraiser where the ladies flowed in equal parts with elegant tequila, savvy? His Nibbs made a passage northwest while dipping his wick into another's honey pot, saavy?

You may wish to unroll the scrolls of my previous remarks, perhaps the Bard would be so kind to do so for you (motions to Bard, Bard hands the Captain what be the proper scroll). Recall the deal that His Nibbs will run the losing boy against the bald plated pirate? Alas, now the bald plated pirate is ready to grab the wheel (makes large sweeping motion) from His Nibbs himself!

My lord Mayor, rest assured that all of this information can be found quite easily upon the internet. If a pirate can find it, anyone can find it. Savvy?

July 23, 2008 10:13 PM  

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