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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Hotsheet for Hot Streets

“I don't trust any police department to investigate itself”

Heat on the streets! The media sure know how to play Representative Maxine Waters against Southern California. Listening ad nauseam to her batty sound bites yesterday on KFI, you’d think nothing else was worth reporting in this town. By now, you know the story: Inglewood officer-involved shootings have killed three people in three months; Waters wants a federal investigation; yadda yadda yadda. Is anyone demanding a federal investigation into the San Francisco program that released a dozen felons to the streets of San Bernardino County? Or, into how AK-type assault rifles are finding their way into our communities? Or, perhaps, into the apparent lack of oversight that broke L.A. Bridges?

Speaking of which, Jeff Carr, the city’s gang czar has resurfaced. He and Mayor Villaraigosa recommend awarding half-million-dollar contracts to six anti-gang programs, effectively replacing L.A. Bridges:

“This is arguably the most pressing social problem in the city of Los Angeles. What we’ve been doing for the last 20, 25 years hasn’t been working. So we’re trying to do something different.”

Surely, we can question the mayor’s motives in hiring out-of-towners to handle such menial tasks as reversing multi-generational gang culture, fixing transportation, and city planning, but I will credit Villaraigosa for starting fresh (amazingly, there remain councilmembers who support sinking more money into L.A. Bridges). That said, L.A. Bridges should not be swept under the rug. An audit and investigation are long overdue.

The cool dudes over at LAist have documented a successful journey down the L.A. River by kayak. The purpose was to prove that the river is navigable, and thus, a river that can be “revitalized.” Blogger Zach Behrens declares, “we need this river for the people!” but with special interest man Ed Reyes’ involvement, isn’t this akin to Tom LaBonge’s Griffith Park for the people?

Finally, Los Angeles Downtown News threw a party last week to celebrate the winners of its annual Best Of. Those in attendance included many of our favorites; LaBonge, Greuel, and Reyes. According to reports, a highlight came when Councilmember Jan Perry… well, just click for yourself.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Nancy said:

Big Mouth Maxine is silent on the Jamiel Shaw II case. Time for this senile fool to step down.

July 29, 2008 8:12 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Jan Perry = "Grimace in Pink"

July 29, 2008 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAURA!! DON'T BE A CHICKEN!! AUDIT LA BRIDGES!!!

July 29, 2008 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She ugly woman! Apollogies to all ugly women out there.

July 29, 2008 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Audit all the corrupt gang programs. LA Slimes failed to report LA Bridges donated to 6 council campaigns, Parks, Perry, Huizar, Hahn etc. Helloooo!! if these are new gang agencies how do they know they work? Some of them no one has heard of. What an ass Blinky and Arias are saying they want money for their programs like Communities in Schools. Last year Mario CArona from that agency was arrested on a felony and there's rumor blinky isn't as clean and he pretends to be.

July 29, 2008 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The range of politicians, from Maxine Waters in the federal system all the way to city governments and our own well-heeled, double-talking, sleight of hand artists in City Hall, have some common traits when it comes to media presence.

They will jump on a bandwagon that they think has to most momentum in order to ride along with pulling in that ever-important vote. They don't have to be right, accurate, or even well intentioned. It often looks like they have their performances already on the shelf, ready for the right opportunity to come along to unleash themselves before the mikes and cameras.

Now, of course, they have to watch out that they don't get on the wrong bandwagon, especially becoming the driver, when it winds up on a virtual dead-end street, exposing all their platitudes and revealing an entirely different and true set of facts.

They still really don't suffer too much damage from this when you look at what happens then. The just pick themselves up, dust off their clothes and they’re ready for the next meeting with campaign managers. However, taking a piece from a Rick Dees phrase, the depth of their sincerity is shown for what it is. You could measure it with a micrometer.

Some people just settle for this behavior and return them for another term in office, falling for the slick campaign brochures and their YouTube bios depicting our hero's rise in spite of adversity as a real Horatio Alger rags to riches story; but for a politician, let’s say a “rags to middle-class” story- they still want to identify with the everyday people.

And so we get the politicians put upon us like leeches on our bodies to cure ills. Very distasteful but maybe helpful for certain conditions, but overall they are creepy, mysterious and only they, like the leech, seem to be coming out ahead.

July 29, 2008 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What an asshole! Of course, NOTHING HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE LAST 20-25 YEARS...YOU MORON!!!

That's because we have a city that is bulging at the seams with illegal aliens and anchor baby gangbangers and low lifes!!!

The only way to end gangs is to DEPORT THEM!!! As for the anchor baby gangbangers...throw their asses in prison!

TAKE THE MONEY AND BUILD MORE PRISONS! And throw Villar and his Gang of 15 in with the rest of the crooks and gangbangers! Why are they free to roam the streets??? Get Mexico out of OUR country!

July 29, 2008 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maxine Waters should be in jail, if for nothing else...fomenting, and inciting a riot. Do you all remember the day the Simi Valley Rodney King verdict was read? Both she and Mayor Bradley said on live TV, "Take your anger to the streets!!". We all know what followed. Why those two were never held accountable is perplexing. Ya, she's one to talk about police corruption....she's as corrupt as they come, but those fools keep her in office.

July 29, 2008 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But wait, who were the two politicians who beat out Jan Perry for spots #1 and #2 for hottest politician.

Hilarious.

Downtown Daily News. Extreme suck-ups? Or blind people voted. It must be one of them.

July 29, 2008 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA River Kayaking-
Pathetically ridiculous!
I wish this group would have a self congratulatory party in the "river" on the first day of the next rainstorm.

I must admit, it reminds me kayaking a great river, except for the graffiti covered walls that shoot str8 up at perpendicular angles.

When will this nonsense end?

July 29, 2008 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jeff Carr is an idiot. He thinks praying for gang bangers is the answer. He's another idiot who makes excuses for their behavior saying they grow up in poverty. A lot of people grow up in poverty and dont' gang bang and become criminals. Jeff Carr is the joke of this city cause he didn't even know where the gangs were when he came to LA. He speaks as if he's illerate. Has no clue about the gang problem The worst choice for gang czar

July 29, 2008 11:42 AM  

Anonymous manhattan beach mongrel said:

Actually, Jeff Carr is the next to the worst choice. The worst choice could have been made: Tony Villar... he could have appointed himself!

July 29, 2008 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Waters should be investigated right with Inglewood PD!

July 29, 2008 2:15 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

1118 - Glad to see someone agrees. I think its way too dangerous to have people paddling the LA storm drain. This will make kids think its safe to play down there.

July 29, 2008 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't the LA Slimes do a story on all Maxine's relatives being paid for doing nothing by our tax dollars? Maxine is a sad example of a woman who has no class, no ethics, allowed King Drew to close, always is pms'ing on camera and loves to exaggerate the facts. She's an embarrassement to all women.

July 29, 2008 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Waters complains about problems going on for years, yet she has been in office for years and has done nothing except to bullhorn rabble rousing race baiting news catctching rants.

The mouth that roared, while the constuents suffer.

July 30, 2008 10:41 AM  

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