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Monday, December 29, 2008

Losing Control on Prop B? Then Resort to Intimidation.

In a clear attempt at intimidation under the guise of law, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his team of lobbyists, strategists and pay-to-play cronies have sued the eight people who signed the No. on Prop. B ballot argument.

This measure isn't about solar energy and has nothing to do with the largest solar energy initiative ever undertaken. The City Council and mayor could initiate that by their own actions. This is solely about paying blackmail to the DWP and its IBEW union which have blocked solar projects for a decade and would have exclusivity on large-scale projects under this measure.

The Solar Eight -- Jack Humphreville, Soledad Garcia, Humberto Camacho, Kristine Lee, Nick Patsaouras, Joe Pulido, James O'Sullivan and me -- will not be silenced by this tactic. But our lives have made difficult as we need to respond in court on Tuesday to the allegations that are ballot argument is false and misleading. We were unable to find a lawyer knowledgeable in city election law because this was dropped on us during Christmas week but Noel Weiss, candidate for City Attorney, has now volunteered to provide us help in putting together our pleading. The next hearing in court is Jan. 8.

Stephen Kaufman's law firm, which represents the mayor, eight City Council members and a host of other political figures, is handling the case for the City Hall political machine for the named plaintiff, Mitchell Schwartz, a high-powered environmental lobbyist.

This isn't just an attempt to squelch the Solar Eight or the debate over this phony ballot measure but a direct assault on everyone's right to freedom of speech and to participate in the political and electoral process.

We need support from Neighborhood Councils, homeowner and resident groups, service clubs, churches and every individual who cares about L.A. This is a defining moment. We need to come together and stop the political machine that is destroying the city. If we won't fight as one against these tactics and this dirty deal, I don't know that we ever will.

The March 3 primary gives us the chance to change L.A., to elect candidates to the City Controller's and City Attorney's offices who can stand for the community. Villaraigosa, Wendy Greuel and Jack Weiss along with the 15 obedient council members will have nothing in their way if they prevail in this election.

Support the Solar Eight. Support the efforts to make this a great city and get rid of Chicago-style corruption.

-Ron Kaye

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Blogger Jim Alger said:

So let me get this straight... The masterminds of Prop R now have the audacity to accuse Prop B opponents of trying to mislead the voters?

While I don't oppose Prop B, these tactics are ridiculous. Is it to much to ask in this day and age for a legitimate debate on the risks vs rewards of an initiative?

Let me know where to send a check for the legal defense fund.

December 29, 2008 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course you don't oppose Prop B Jim. You work for a union who wants its own sweetheart deals.

December 29, 2008 1:18 PM  

Anonymous don quixote said:

i remember when my abuelita made menudo it was warm and tasty and ran down my throat like a golden flow of a dreamy soft substance radiating the glow of the Los Angeles I knew when i was in my youth.
the people would march en masse to Broadway and enjoy a ramos gin fizz and empanadas galore. We could celebrate who we are with abandon.

but the racists Higby and Moore threaten that, it could be said. so alas team up with me and my friends and save LA!

December 29, 2008 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

unrelated to all this, Ben Austin continues to blog on his site. Not sure if he's planning a write in or what, but something's going on...


December 29, 2008 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is anyone other than Don reading Ben's blog?

December 29, 2008 1:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i am reading ben's blog. some overblown rhetoric about a "parent revolution," to be sure. but interesting ideas about the bullsh%t bureaucracy and union politics that fu#k with our kids.

December 29, 2008 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ain't it grand its been weeks without the butt pirate Capt Jack!

December 29, 2008 3:51 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

Why isn't the damn local media all over this bullshit except David Z???? Don't tell them the gang banger mayor has the media in his pocket as well. someone said Los Angeles is the way Chicago and its corruption is. Why aren't the feds looking into this stuff? If Wendy Greuesome wants to be controller why isn't she speaking out on the anonmous gang money 424 million and the secrecy of not saying who's geting it according to LA Weekly?" I say DON'T VOTE FOR WENDY IF SHE IS ALREADY PROVING TO BE AN ANTONIO KISS BUTT

December 29, 2008 3:58 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

1:18 I don't oppose or support... I haven't read it. Also, my understanding is several unions oppose it so nice try at the cheap shot.

December 29, 2008 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger isn't your union in league with SEIU and IBEW?

December 29, 2008 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The funnier thing will be seeing Jim Alger getting creamed by Mitch Englander in CD12. If you thought Lyn kicked his ass this will not be pretty. I'm predicting 5 to 1.

Mitchell wins.

December 29, 2008 5:16 PM  

Anonymous anonymous unanimous insidious said:

I wonder if Mayor Half-Pint would be willing to add my name to the lawsuit as a defendant? I'm willing to volunteer.

December 29, 2008 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Best thing Alger could do to help the cause is to tell the No on Prop B people about the unions that oppose or seem to be about to oppose.

That would be worth its weight in gold and help with the legal battle.

December 29, 2008 8:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:16 Anon, you've been gazing in your crystal ball for way too long - Alger doesn't even live in LA anymore. Mitch will have to find another artificial enemy.

Also, as I remember, Jim lost by only a few hundred votes and Lyn later got her ass pulverized by Smyth.

December 29, 2008 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger doesn't work for a union, he is in Washington DC you uninformed misfits.

December 29, 2008 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why does Jim Alger have to pose with the phone under his chin, like that, for his profile picture. Couldn't he just put the phone down for a second to take the picture? Or wait until he hung up the phone to take the picture? I guess he is just so busy, like Donald Trump, that he just couldn't do it.

December 29, 2008 9:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Best thing Alger could do to help the cause is to tell the No on Prop B people about the unions that oppose or seem to be about to oppose.

Actually the best thing Jim could do is shut up. Everytime he opens his mouth he looks like a dumass.

December 30, 2008 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least when Jim posts, he posts under his name, unlike Mr. Anonymous dumbass.

As for his picture, why do you care? People will find a way to criticize ANYTHING he or any other well-intentioned person does.

December 30, 2008 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How would anyone know when Alger is posting as "anonymous"?

Just because he posts using his name some of the time doesn't mean he does it all of the time.

Remember when he was active on this blog? He'd post something using his name, and the first comment would be from Anonymous writing something like, "Boy, that Jim is such a wonderful guy. We're lucky to have him."

We he stopped posting items here, those fan club comments stopped.

December 30, 2008 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd almost feel sorry for Kaye and "the Solar 8" except that Kaye's been very intentionally nasty and hostile to anyone he disagrees with, since starting his blog.

When you declare war from the get-go and call people the kinds of childish names, with gratuitous personal insults, he does (unseemly for a long-time editor and newspaperman of his stature it always seemed to me), it's not headed anywhere towards a resolution or for the public good.

Maybe why he got fired from Daily News, to avoid this kind of liability? As for the legal issues I have no idea, but it seems to me that just anyone can't expect to write anything however unfounded about a measure, and expect it to be printed in the official voter pamphlet as the argument against.

Walter makes some good points, like claiming that NO hearings have been held, isn't the truth if some have been, but not to their liking. (They seem to be taking a page from the playbook the group FixOurCity uses against the Pico-Olympic plan, if you read that website, and that group is clearly affiliated with SLAP. Advising them, even?) You can perhaps make these claims in a private website or lawsuit, but if they're false, you are held liable for the consequences.

I'm not a fan of Walter, but shooting the messenger in this case seems to reflect the illogic which underlies this ill-fated crusade.

December 30, 2008 1:25 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

11:39 Despite your claims, I NEVER post here unless I use my name. It is an integrity thing, If I believe something I believe it enough to put my name to it.

Your fan-club comment is ridiculous. If I stopped posting, of course there would be no follow up post. You'll find that even in the hay day, there wasn't spontaneous support of me on topics I didn't comment on.

You'll notice that just the opposite occurs now. When I post, it takes a few minutes before some half-brain decides to take an uninformed anonymous shot at me for no good reason. There really isn't much I am doing that would call for people to agree or even disagree with me but alas, people will always find a reason to disagree, they just rarely have the courage to say it under there own name - which speaks volumes to what there motives truly are.

December 30, 2008 7:54 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

Ron Kaye has started an enormous grass roots movement. I can't believe the e-mails I get from all over the city. Word is spreading like wild fire on all the antics of the Mayor and his bafoon city council members. Change LA movement is around the corner folks and you better jump on the train or stop your crybaby whining. Either do something and make it worth while or stop acting like a bunch of juveniles attacking the people who are active. Waiting for Ace Smith to crucify Zuma because he's getting a hell of a lot support from people all over the city sick of Villaraigosa's bullshit.

December 31, 2008 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Waiting for Ace Smith to crucify Zuma because he's getting a hell of a lot support from people all over the city sick of Villaraigosa's bullshit."

I'm waiting for Zuma Dogg to crucify Villaraigosa on national airwaves.

January 01, 2009 6:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Judge David Yaffe has not been reporting income he receives from Los Angeles County on Form 700

December 18, 2008

By AHRC News Services

Events Relating to Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Retaliating Against Richard I. Fine


January 03, 2009 10:54 AM  

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