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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

500 homes were lost over the weekend in the Sayre Fire at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar making hundreds of families homeless.  The owners of the park, Fullerton based Oakridge, Ltd. plans to rebuild the park as quickly as possible; though individual homeowners will be required to replace their own homes through their insurance.  Both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called on new regulations for the manufactured housing industry with respect to better use of fire retardent materials.

When it comes to what's going to happen with the Democratic race for Governor, it all depends on if Senator Dianne Feinstein runs or not.  However there's both good and bad news for wannabe Governor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  He runs behind both Feinstein as well as Attorney General Jerry Brown.  However the Mayor is ahead of fellow contenders San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Lt. Governor John Garamendi.  Question though - if John McCain was too old to be President at 72 isn't DiFi too old to be Governor at age 77?

General Motors and Chrysler have both decided to forgo this year's Los Angeles Auto Show which starts this Friday at the LA Convention Center, leaving Ford as the only American automaker with a presence at the event.  Both GM and Chyrsler are fighting to stay alive and hoping for a federal bail-out.  In the meantime, foreign automakers - who are building cars people want to buy and many which are built in the US - are showing up in force and are doing quite well, thank you.  Providing a taxpayer funded bail-out to America's failed auto companies and their incompetent executives would be a huge mistake.

As gas prices rose earlier this year, ridership on LA's buses and trains went up.  Now as gas prices settle back down to a normal level, transit use is dropping off.  That's called market economics folks! In the meantime, MTA is offering increased service on the Red Line for holiday shoppers .

The next court date in the case of the murder of Jamiel Shaw is this coming Wednesday, November 17 at 8:30 p.m.  The Shaw Family invites you to attend if you're interested.  For more information please click here.

Blogger Leo Mar navigates the waters of buying tickets for events at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center.  Going to the venue is time consuming and doesn't guarantee you tickets.  That being said Mar says your best bet is to go through ticket broker A Cheap Seat.

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Blogger Heather said:

It is shameful that the Mayor is taking advantage of people's tragedy and going in front of the cameras any chance he gets. He's getting criticized by everyone even council members. They are sickened by his reckless disregard for anyone but himself.

November 18, 2008 6:30 AM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Failure to bail out the automakers isn't wouldn't just be punishment for highly paid CEOs. Automaking is the last of the large manufacturing industries left in this nation. Not only would the jobs within those companies be lost, but jobs within those companies that provide services and parts for the automakers.

Tie conditions to the money. Include CEO pay. Although that's an insignificant amount, it's symbolic. The big killer is wages and benefits to the workers. Make the firms retool to build more fuel efficient cars, etc.

November 18, 2008 8:04 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Newsom has GOT to be kidding.

He almost single-handedly recharged the Yes on H8 campaign with his slimy "....it's gonna happen!" speech that the 8 supporters dug up and used liberally. Even No on 8 folks were totally grossed out.

Crawl back under your creepy rock, Gav'.

November 18, 2008 10:02 AM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

Calm down HIgby, Antonio is not running for Governor. Not aginst Diane, not against Jerry.

Contrary to popular thought on this particular blog, he's not a fool.

He will now be re-elected Mayor in a landslide; you might as well talk about City Attorney and maybe controller, because Mayor is a foregone conclusion.

Anybody who wastes a buck on Vagrant Dave Elliott or Walter Mooore is just kidding themselves.

And you, Mayor Sam, who has great insights into most stuff, goes bananas over Antonio; is it a Hertzberg thing, still? Get over it, Hertzberg is yesterday's news.

November 18, 2008 11:24 AM  

Blogger Kelli said:

What's with the plug for "A Cheap Seat" tickets? This is just another scam ticket broker, and I can't believe you're undermining your Mayor Sam street cred by shilling for them. I've attended more than 50 L.A. events over the summer, from the Greek to the Ahmanson to the Bowl, to dozens of small, mid and large theatres, and either bought my ticket at the box office 30 minutes before the show (never turned away, even for sold-out events), OR purchased through goldstar.com which offers half off or better on everything (e.g. Lindsey Buckingham for $5 at Royce Hall). PLEASE don't link Mayor Sam to internet shysters in the future. I want to believe.

November 18, 2008 11:49 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

I'm listening to the SAfe City INitaitatives on Channel 35 and that idiiot muslim from Homeland Security is talking as if he's somebody in this city. How dare he and the gang banger Mayor take credit for low crime rates in Skid Row when its POLICE OFFICERS ASSHOLES who do the work. When will the Mayor and his cronies STOP TRYING TO PRETEND THE RUN LAPD. OFFICERS CAN'T STAND THEM AND DON'T WANT TO SEE THE MAYOR RE-ELECTED.

November 18, 2008 2:27 PM  

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