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Friday, November 28, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Explosive charges from Zuma Dogg that longtime political operative Ace Smith is allegedly "posting FAKE posts on other blogs in an attempt to rowl some people up against one of the other City Attorney candidates."  Smith, who has helmed campaigns for Antonio Villaraigosa and many others heads up the effort to get City Council Member Jack Weiss elected City Attorney. Zuma also alludes to accusations against Weiss that he allegedly may have deeper than previously reported involvment in controversial billboard permits.

Speaking of billboards, the anti-sign nuts are all up in arms that the City and property owners want to have a certain number of super-sized, media related billboards in the entertainment district of Hollywood.  If laws were not followed and permits issued improperly that's one thing.  But I don't see an issue with giant entertainment related billboards on Hollywood or Sunset Boulevards similar to Times Square, Tokyo, European cities, etc.

Councilman Tom LeBong, fresh from making maps, still thinks he owns Griffith Park.  Cyclists are up in arms that he has banned them from riding in existing bike lanes in the park for the DWP's annual "Festival of Lights."  By the way, the festival is great, but why the hell is the DWP paying for it? Let private industry do it.

Tim Rutten writing in the LA Times does an excellent analysis of the political shadiness behind the Mayor's solar initiative.  It's yet another way for City unions to grab more taxpayer money and political power while at the same time giving the Mayor something to run.  Though most voters will react emotionally and think that solar power sounds like a wonderful deal it's unlikely they will comprehend that this measure will raise electric rates let alone the fraud behind it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Explosive charges?? You guys are a bunch of clowns.

November 28, 2008 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check your facts. Political consultant Larry Levine is running
Weiss' city attorney campaign.

November 28, 2008 6:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Isn't Levine running Weiss' campaign?

November 28, 2008 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love the "Zuma Dogg Marathon" that garnered 1 comment after countless posts, and the one comment was ZUMA DOGG LISTING HIS OWN FAVORITES!

Now you have your "explosive charges?" By explosive you must mean yet another story that is false, and attacks someone's character in the process.

Levine is running Weiss' campaign, not Smith. Besides, Zuma Dogg is always accusing people of posting on a blog, how about just once he is made to prove a charge before he falsely attacks someone?

November 28, 2008 10:59 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Smith is also Weiss' consultant.

From LAOBserved:

"Weiss has also hired Ace Smith, Mayor Villaraigosa's campaign strategist."

November 28, 2008 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is correct. Levine accepts marching orders from Smith who is sent by the Mayor to make sure Weiss wins.

November 28, 2008 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Spinning on a holiday?

November 28, 2008 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only ones "spinning" are the wackos whose obscure candidates never stood a chance, so they put a lunatic like zuma dogg on the case?

Today's Times reports that a group calling itself Residents for Smart Rail is behind fighting the Expo II line, and funding the people in South L A who demand "at grade" crossings. Calling it "environmental racism," but they're in need of westside money. They really all want to just stop the rail line, for opposite reasons -- because they don't want commuters from south and East L A going through their neighborhoods. But like Molina/ Antonovich, will ally with anyone. Cheviott Residents for Light Rail points out they just want to stop the rail altogether, like their objective in suing the city over Pico-Olympic.

Connection? Exactly the same people are behind both lawsuits: the Tract 7260 HOA and a couple of related ones, which call themselves Fix Our City, for the Pico-Olympic lawsuits (under that name, they are also backing the Sunland- Tujunga people/ Joe B).

It's exactly the same handful who demanded and didn't get to stop all development at Century City, and tried to oust Weiss, cobbling together an alleged "Coalition" of HOA's -- there are literally 5-6 names behind all of them, with maybe a few dozen active supporters, virtually all retired people who want to turn back the lock and run the whole district themselves, to the detriment of the other 99%.

They hide behind so many names to try to sound like more of them than they are, as though they're a district-wide voice, but they're the opposite, a reactionary faction.

Everyone knows who they are, except for Higby, so no one is fooled by their playing the Oz behind the Curtain anymore -- the curtain's been pulled back. They don't have the guts to admit that and use their own names and admit how they're fronting and backing different groups, any groups, in bitter manipulations to get their way. How sad, they're now using poor zuma dogg as their mascot!

November 28, 2008 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uli don't you have any leftovers to eat?

November 28, 2008 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Deleting at least one comment I saw here moments ago. Why so insecure? You expect to get together a zuma dogg fan club, with his "exclusives" and "best of hits," when he can't do that on his own blog? Give it up. Let him run with bones he gets on his own, you're an enabler for someone who's a psychotic egotist. Now that he's "busted" that creepy Newsome, his sense of self-importance knows no bounds.

November 28, 2008 1:21 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

11:56 stupidly said,

"Exactly the same people are behind both lawsuits: the Tract 7260 HOA and a couple of related ones, which call themselves Fix Our City, for the Pico-Olympic lawsuits (under that name, they are also backing the Sunland- Tujunga people/ Joe B)."

Huh?How are they backing us?
I don't even know who they are.

November 28, 2008 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on Joe, fess up. You refuse to go public with the names of the westside people who are working with you on the anti-HD litigation -- when asked elsewhere on this blog, you've been cagey and told the person "ask me offline/ email me." Are you now claiming no "help?"

Those who matter know who they are. It's all a matter of public record, anyway.

November 28, 2008 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't support HD at all, and think it's business-wise unwise to force yourself into a community which seems to not want you -- it's a good and noble thing for the residents to put up a fight if that's how they feel.

I just don't want the rest of us dragged into a counter-suit against HD, and oppose the litigious nature of the handful of people who have taken to filing numerous lawsuits against the city under different guises, to halt ALL development of any kind -- from traffic solutions to mass transit, coming up with all kinds of excuses and nitpicking, while making the problem much worse and hurting their neighbors.

They also spread lies and stir people up with propaganda -- whether it's local to the westside, or when it comes to how they stir things up in South L A to incite cries of "racism" re: the Expo II project. (See Steve Hyman's article on that in today's L A Times -- Bernard Parks is right in his take on that.)

That group calling itself Neighbors for Smart Rail is headed by the same Board of Tract 7260 and the 3 HOA's suing over Pico-Olympic, suing over the updating of the Community Plans, who also call themselves Fix Our City and who are trying to engineer the CD5 Council elections in favor of their chosen candidate.

They need to operate with transparency, but are in fact less and less transparent as they hide behind more and more names, behind various disgruntled groups around the city, with more suits. Pretending these are all unrelated is a deliberate smokescreen and falsehood, just wrong for any self-proclaimed "neighbor" group.

November 28, 2008 3:16 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I have no idea what you are talking about. I wish we had Westside help!
I think we had a donor from Pacific Palisades once, but other than that..

You sure sound a lot like Rick Taylor from Dakota with all these bizarre theories.

November 28, 2008 3:26 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

That's interesting if we have Rick Taylor and Ace Smith supposedly anony-blogging here.

It's a laugh for them to call for transparency from activist groups considering the state of government and business in this city.

That's like Rosie O'Donnell telling Paris Hilton to lose weight.

November 28, 2008 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is DWP paying for the Festival of Lights?

DWP budgets $1 Million for this, but don't kid yourself, the sucker rate payers are the ones paying. And why? Because the Council asks them to. Geez, who would guess? The good ole boys make Tom proud.

November 28, 2008 5:38 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

IDIOTS!!!!! ON COUNCIL. LA is the worst in the country on the billboard issue. REad this week's LA Weekly. Greuel and Rosendahl are the only ones with brains to see through the bullshit. Ace Smith is a hachet man. Villaraigosa is a little man and very insecure. In high school he always made other bigger people fight for him. Ace is a lying, sleazy bastard. We can all thank him for a "do nothing" worthless, media whore Mayor. Be careful Walter and Zuma. He will go after you guys.

November 29, 2008 7:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There goes "Heather" bitching about the mayor again with old supposed high school tales. Very believable... not. It's getting old like the person who bashes Zuma Dogg constantly.

I thought the Zuma Marathon was great. I don't have to comment. I didn't know the stories were all judged by the comments.

Nobody wants to read when the real haters and stupid people comment non-stop over and over anyway.

December 01, 2008 1:04 AM  

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