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Monday, September 22, 2008

Sizzling Tuesday Hotsheet

Mayor Sam gave Haikula a $5 raise and the keys to the morning Hotsheet. It’s my world. It’s a good world. Come join me.

On this day in 1952, Richard M. Nixon delivered his “Checkers” speech. It reads a lot like modern day Los Angeles City Council.

Speaking of dogs with the same middle initial, Edward M. Boks, the curious $181,000 per year general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, had to turn-tail and go away empty-handed after showing up at the Van Nuys shelter and demanding a meeting with shelter employees just 48 hours after City Council warned him about retaliation for their demanding his termination. The matter was referred to union officials and certain City Hall suites. But when a general manager isn't able to get a meeting with Department employees, it's over. Look for the City Council's Personnel Committee to come up with a termination recommendation for Mr. Boks and his assistant gm, Linda Barth, who has seen more than her fair share of legal & ethics trouble in other departments. (More information on that as it comes in)

Speaking of retaliation lawsuits, the LAPD ain’t got nothing on the LAFD and Tennie Pierce. A former cop was just awarded millions in this recent verdict. Maybe the Department of Water & Power rates will go up again in order to pay the award and legal fees.

Fortunately, the DWP is still on the L.A. Daily News' editorial radar. It has a knockout editorial on the never-ending fat at DWP. “A very real dark comedy being played out in Los Angeles City Hall, where elected officials are more interested in fleecing residents for more money than adapting their own spending to reflect the true state of the local and national economy.”

No matter where you stand on the presidential candidates, you will enjoy reading Republican commentator Andrea Tantaros' provocative article about how celebrities can best help Barack Obama: shutting up.

Renowned writer Dominick Dunne fell ill yesterday at O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial in Las Vegas. He says he is fine. However, that brings to mind the infamous Celebrity Death Pool.

KNBC channel 4 pre-empted "The Conan O'Brien Show" last night because of a scene in which they were smashing items together. News anchor Colleen Williams came on TV and said that they were interrupting the show's reference due to LA's recent Metrolink/Union Pacific accident. Come on, really?

If you are still having difficulty figuring out who to vote for, consider this:

Finally, a thought for the day: If pro and con are opposites, wouldn't the opposite of progress be Congress?

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Anonymous james p. davenport said:

Re: your thought for the day...

If the opposite of possible is impossible, then the opposite of flammable should be imflammable - the problem is that both flammable and imflammable have the same meaning.

September 23, 2008 5:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here it comes, folks. The big excuse when McCain wins: POLL: Obama could lose 6% on election day for being black...

So now the Dems will argue we need affirmative action elections, like Black and Hispanic votes count for 1.25 White votes.

I say we need 3 political parties. One for the redneck element of the Democrat and Republican parties, one for bleeding hearts and one for libertarians. Jesus this country is a mess.

September 23, 2008 7:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't quite understand your thing about Animal GM Boks.

If we wanted to have a meeting with his employees and they refused, THAT would be grounds for discipline. Since when do the imates run the asylum?

September 23, 2008 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Vote for Cardoza said:

This easily gets my vote for worst campaign ad EVER! And the fact that it's for a candidate running for president right now makes it all the more mystifying.

Words like "depressing" and "sad" don't even seem strong enough.

Hopefully, we will soon find out that it's just another one of those spoof pieces.


September 23, 2008 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi 8:41am,

What is there to understand Ed Boks?

He showed up and demanded a meeting and they refused.

They do have that right. They are not prisoners, and if they are being treated unfairly according to their contract, they are to report the matter to their union representatives.

The union and city officials are dealing with this conflict.

It shows that there is a major problem between these several hundred employees and Mr. Boks and his assistant general manager.

It sounds like a major problem.

September 23, 2008 9:16 AM  

Anonymous michael finnegan said:

8:40 am said, "Since when do the imates run the asylum?"

8:40, it's obvious that you haven't been to a council meeting. CMs wander around aimlessly during Council sessions like a bunch of psychiatric hospital patients.

Michael Finnegan

September 23, 2008 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CNN's National Poll of Polls

49% Barack Obama
44% John McCain

September 23, 2008 9:41 AM  

Blogger haikula said:

9:16am is me. I hit the wrong button when signing in.

September 23, 2008 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you're at that point in your life when you get easily confused, you forget who you are, what you stand for, and the littlest things make you cranky, it's time to get the John McCain Age Card, and use it when you want people to think of you as cute and cuddly.

As explained in this short video, they are available anywhere that things for old folks are sold.


September 23, 2008 10:51 AM  

Anonymous michael finnegan said:

Haikula @ 9:51, I've known it to happen.

michael finnegan

September 23, 2008 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Boks has a major problem with the word "no." Council said they would make sure that Boks did not retaliate against the union employees for asking for his dismissal. Boks then physically goes to the shelter to demand a meeting to talk about their asking for his dismissal. His action was obviously a response to their asking for his dismissal. It would not have been a pleasant meeting. Boks is very vindictive and mean. You should see what he did to people in Arizona and New York that he didn't like. Hell, look at the people in LA that he didn't like. One woman refused to go out with him so he falsely reported her to the counter terrorism task force in retaliation. He did the same to yet another woman and two commissioners. Fortunately the police now realize that Boks is a fibber.

September 23, 2008 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When are we going to get back to talking about Sarah Palin and her good looks and drawing big crowds !!!!

Bring back Mike Higby he is the best and brightest, and we sure as hell don't need government on Wall Street and banking.

We need free markets and banking no government regulation is needed especially for large financial institutions !!!!

September 23, 2008 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Retaliations happen privately, out of the public eye. If he were going to retaliate, why hold a group meeting?

September 23, 2008 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boks already retaliated against the employees. The day after the meeting he sent a letter to the Mayor, Council members, Personnel Committee stating that the employees who complained about him just don't want to do their job. He said their lazy and hate animals. Boks then sent part of his letter to the media, the Daily News, so the media could paint the employees as lazy. Boks did the same media smear job to his detractors in New York and Arizona. When he got fired from New York he even helped a group sue the City. Vindictive is Boks' middle name.

September 23, 2008 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boks nbeing turned away from meeting with employees probably had more to do with them not having union representation present.

September 23, 2008 12:44 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Hey -

Whatever happened to Joe Biden? The media doesn't cover him anymore. Is he still running for Vice-President?

September 23, 2008 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when does a general manager have to get the OK of the employees and their union to have a staff meeting?

If it's a counseling session with an employee, a formal action might be taken against the employee, etc., then a union rep can be there, but a staff meeting?

No wonder it's so hard for managers to get anything done.

September 23, 2008 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe no one really cares who presides over the Senate and are focusing more on the presidental candidates.

September 23, 2008 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gerry Brown admitted in an interview recently that allowing government employees to unionize was the biggest mistake he ever made as Governor.

That's a key reason for the budget way over deficit, and one of the biggest moochers, the Prison Guards' Union, is threatening Arnold with a recall for not getting even more. Meanwhile, REpublicans accuse him of not putting his foot down hard enough when it comes to all Democrat giveaways and union grabs.

Boks seems like a dummy with zero class, but claiming that his dept. can refuse to attend meetings he calls because they're unionized is outrageous.

Just shows that they think the UNIONS run the city, just like Durazo and the rest believe of city, state, county (MLK's failures are largely due to unionized worker problems/ refusals to reform and follow rules) government workers do.

We're paying for these people to work as little as possible, call sickouts whenever they want (one of the grievances of the Prison Guards Union is that this "right" is being challenged -- they'll have to prove they were sick) for bargaining, on top of lifetime pensions at age 509-55 while the rest of the population is increasingly having to work into their 60's and beyond to survive.

If Boks is incompetent they can file a grievance, but in the meantime, DO THEIR JOBS as told.

September 23, 2008 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey -
Whatever happened to Joe Biden? The media doesn't cover him anymore. Is he still running for Vice-President?


It's all about my sexy mama Sarah Palin, the more I see her on T.V. the more I appreciate her hot looks. Who the hell wants to see Joe Biden, I want more of Sarah Palin shee is a hot mamasita !!!

September 23, 2008 4:06 PM  

Anonymous anonymous unanimous insidious said:

"What happened to Joe Biden?" It turns out he's a closet Republican!

September 23, 2008 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is not about union employees not wanting to do their job. This is about the Director Ed Boks failing then blaming his failure and problems on the employees.

The current employees are handling four times as many animals as they did in the past. Intake is up because Boks did not do enough spay or neuter. Animals are being warehoused, crammed into cages for months, so he doesn't have to kill t hem right now. He's doing this to better his numbers temporarily. Meanwhile animals dying in t heir cages from cage fights and disease is up three times as much. Dog fights are up 2.5 times as much. The employees have to break up the dog fights. They are being attacked. Animals going cage crazy attacking employees as they try to clean the cage or try to give medication. The union employees have to watch all this. More employees are being bitten, scratched by cats, dogs than ever before. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Most importantly euthanasia is up 37%. This is the first Director to cause euthanasia to go up in at least 20 years. More animals are being euthanized, more are dying on their own. These are inhumane conditions.

A police officer visited the shelter. He reported the shelter to the animal cruelty task force because the animals were crammed so many in filthy cages. They were killing each other in fights, not letting weaker animals eat, drink or sleep. The conditions in the shelters today are horrific. Something needs to be done, besides trying to lay the blame on the employees. They are doing their jobs. They just hate seeing the animals die such cruel deaths.

September 23, 2008 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh stop with the crazy animal posts. Whoever thinks Boks is going to get fired because of you animal nuts is crazy wrong. There have been SEVEN (7) General Managers of Animal Services in TEN (10) years! Who the hell is going to listen to any of you again??

How did Haikula get involved with these nuts? Is it because they responded to one thing you said and then bombarded you with emails? If not, they will.

They're such a small group of losers and their number is too small in the big picture to be effective at anything.

Maybe this is part of her ploy to get numbers or hits on the blog. She does talk about that and they have exploded blogs before.

September 24, 2008 2:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:10 a.m. Who is going to listen to the animal nuts? We're not talking about the city listening to the animal nuts. It's the employees complaining about the Director for the first time. This manager is so bad that even the employees are complaining about inhumane care. They are the ones breaking up vicious dog fights, picking up the bloodied animals. They are the ones forced to euthanize 37% more animals. They are the ones cleaning up four times the poop because there are now four animals to a cage. They see the stronger animals not allowing the weaker ones to eat, drink or sleep.

September 24, 2008 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


September 24, 2008 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With all due respect, if any of us were ever going to try and get a GM fired, (which would hardly be possible) I don't think Ed Boks would be the one we should target. We have much bigger problems with other General Managers.

September 25, 2008 1:34 AM  

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