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Monday, December 22, 2008

2008 Predictions Recap

Last year we made a series of predictions for 2008 (actually I was busy so I outsourced them; I won't do that again).  For the most part, we were completely wrong.  So it's time to review our annual set of predictions just before we make our series of prognostications for 2009.

The historic San Pedro Red Car line will be extended to downtown Los Angeles.

A silly prediction and it didn't happen. However the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, the agency that oversees the Red Car line received a report in November of this year that, among other things, proposes extending the Trolley to Downtown San Pedro.

The City of La Canada-Flintridge will find that Los Angeles County is holding a $255,088 check for them.

Don't know. But LCF paid LA County about $70K for various infrastructure related activities in 2008.

Former California GOP Chairman Shawn Steel will fall flat on his face in his election bid for the Republican National Committee.

Well that sure didn't happen - Steel was chosen as a Republican National Committeeeman by a landslide victory.

For the third election cycle in a row, LA County GOP Chairman Linda Boyd will fail to keep her promise to field a Republican candidate in every Legislative and Congressional district in Los Angeles County.

Not hard to predict and it came true; more importantly Boyd's long reign of terror over the local Republican party came to an end just a few weeks ago.

Alan Rothenberg will get his wish fulfilled of being appointed to the Coliseum Commission.

Nope. But developer/rainmaker Rick Caruso decided not to run for Mayor of Los Angeles but got appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the body that manages the Coliseum.

Bernard Parks will be elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Parks' strong opposition to LAX expansion will be a key component to his victory.

Uh, yea, oops. Hey at least Bernie's on the Coliseum Commission!

Businesswoman Noel Irwin Hentschel will run for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2009.

Whose idea was this?

Due to the state budget crisis, the California High Speed Rail Bond Act will be deferred from the ballot for the third consecutive election cycle.

Though the economy got even worse than expected, voters opened the floodgates of public money to pay for more choo-choos.

Voters will overwhelmingly reject the universal health care plan.

It didn't even get to voters; the legislature sacked it early in the year.  But wait, health care DMV style could still be coming your way.

Opposition to Indian gaming Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 will come from an unlikely source- Indians who have been disenrolled from gaming tribes. Opposition funding will come from out-of-state casinos.

The most significant opposition to the four companion ballot measures that benefited a coalition of tribes that run casinos came from smaller gaming tribes, labor unions and Hollywood Park and Bay Meadows racetracks.  Voters approved all four measures in the February primary election.

Now here's your chance to be a prognosticator.  Use the form below to make your own predictions about local politics, politicians, celebrities or anything else of interest to Mayor Sam readers. Your responses can be anonymous.  The best ones will be used in an upcoming article.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

I predict Zuma Dogg will show up to City Council Chambers loud and smelly.

December 22, 2008 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I predict that we will learn that the anonymous Zuma-Hater is actually Zuma himself, who has been masquerading with a brilliant, self-defacing, yet endearing, strategy to evoke empathy and attention to his superlative reasoning and talent.

December 22, 2008 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I predict that Richard Alarcon will spend more time in the bathroom than Villaraigosa will in his office.

December 22, 2008 11:45 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Oh hell no don't let any of these morons get elected again. Monica Garcia hasn't done a damn thing since being prez of LAUSD except anything Antonio tell her. She has no brain of her own.

...Add Sen. Gil Cedillo and the Calderon brothers -- Assemblyman Charles and state Sen. Ron -- to the lengthening list of Latino poiticos lusting for the Hilda Solis seat in Congress. And Board of Education president Monica Garcia is making noises about going for Gloria Romero's seat in the Senate.

December 22, 2008 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think 10:35 is using the proven effective reverse-reverse-reverse psychology.

December 22, 2008 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Apparently, last year you let ye olde poofy pirate do your predicting for you.

Shame on you!

This year is he going to predict again that Antonio Villaraigosa is going to have sex with a brunette??

Or, that someone will be fired from City Hall during the course of the year??

Or that there will be a mayoral election, and SOMEONE will win??

December 22, 2008 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bong Water Kim will continue to be unfairly passed over as "Ass Clown of the Month" here, despite his increasingly obvious qualifications of creating one of the most community activist (and city staff) hostile departments in local government (under the mantle of "empowerment").

December 22, 2008 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



December 22, 2008 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I predict Higby won't shut Zuma Dave up.

December 22, 2008 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That fool will violate campaing laws due to his abhorance of authority.

His ass will be grass soon.

December 22, 2008 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yeah baby- Authority Rules!


December 22, 2008 9:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's against campaign rules to use city funds for campaigning, but why do they allow zuma dogg to campaign for his absurd mayoral candidacy on taxpayer dime on Ch. 35? Because he's inconsequential. But person who says he's asking to get caught for violating the rules is right -- they've given him so much rope, all he can do is hang himself with it.

Besides, how can you be even block captain let alone mayor when your ADD and psychosis doesn't allow you to refrain from screaming for even 2 minutes?

December 22, 2008 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's all a scam for Saltzburg Dogg to get enough pennies to buy gas for his wreck and chug down to City Hall and get in trouble.

The leftover money he gets will buy his coffee and donuts.

What self respecting person would ever vote for the smelly mess?

December 23, 2008 8:14 AM  

Anonymous LouieG said:

Zuma- you are hilarious! Keep going, Dude. Referring to yourself as a "smelly mess" is genius!

And encouraging them to arrest you is freakin' brilliant- I can see it now-

Zuma the Martyr
Zuma Christ
Zuma Chavez
Zuma Mandala
Dali Zuma
Dr. Martin Luther Zuma Jr.

San Zuma Pero del Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula


December 23, 2008 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't get why someone cares what Zuma Dogg's birth name is. Especially when your name is anonymous.

December 26, 2008 4:33 AM  

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