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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Christmas Eve

If you haven't been following Daniel Heimpel's excellent series at the LA Weekly's Blog about the secrecy drenched Mayor Villaraigosa's $24 million anti-gang program, be sure to read it here and here. According to Heimpel a "secret" panel doles out the tax money to various "anti-gang" programs; a group of people anti-gang czar Jeff Carr apparently can not identify. Apparently the program is so secret that City Council members don't even know what's going on. A US Department of Justice official tells Heimpel she's never seen anything like this.

This morning LAUSD Board of Education candidate Louis Pugliese will attempt to convince a judge that his opponent, San Fernando Mayor Nury Martinez has placed a misleading designation on the ballot. Martinez, whose day job is heading up the non-profit Pacoima Beautiful claims that qualifies her as an "educator" though Martinez does not work as a schoolteacher. Martinez' role with the organization appears to be primarily administrative. The City Clerk refused to address Pugliese's challenge hence the move to Superior Court.

I got my latest copy of The Businesss Perspective, the usual claptrap from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce which is far more interested in protecting and promoting the Downtown power structure than what is best for Los Angeles as a whole or even just what's good for the economy business as a whole in Los Angeles. The meandering rubbish was something about "leadership" in 2009 yet has the Chamber or the business community produced leadership to take over this City from the anti-business kleptocracy that is in power now? Nope, they embrace it hoping for a few goodies for themselves and the chance to hobnob with the likes of the George Soros of Los Angeles, Eli Broad. Come back folks when you have some ideas.

Lou Grant was the gruff, old school news director on Mary Tyler Moore but in real life Ed Asner is a committed, life-long left wing liberal. So it's no surprise that Ed's behind efforts that amount to essentially a government appropriation of private industry, that is forcing cable providers to supply psychics, charlatans and goofballs with television airtime and equipment. The surprising thing is that conservatives like Leslie Dutton and a man who I have the utmost fondess for, David Hernandez, are pushing this agenda which flies in the face of capitalism.

All of us here at the Sister City want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. No vacations here so stay tuned to your favorite blog!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, you mean to say that the public should be left to record city council meetings and state their complaints in a YouTube setting while the incumbents spend their campaign bribes, err, loot, uuh, contributions, to spread their gospel?

How to make a change then becomes a steeper hill to climb.

in 90041

December 24, 2008 8:26 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

I would like to ask Walter Moore if anyone could file a public information document to find out where that $24 million gang money is going? Its our tax dollars and we have a right to know.

According to a good source, Villaraigosa has violated State law by "misappropriation of City property" by using City letterhead and City employees to write the letter for Nunez' son. Again, Walter who can file on him for doing this? He used his position as Mayor for a personal favor representing all of us which is bullshit.

December 24, 2008 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pugliese got Bitch Slapped!

December 24, 2008 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes you can file a PRA, which doesn't have to be in any special form. It can even be verbal. Suggest you put it in an e-mail to the mayor. You can only request written documents that exist. That can include e-mail messages. The more you ask for, the longer it will take to get. You can state a time period. Need to state who's covered, i.e., everyone on the staff, all documents held by the Office of the Mayor, etc.

They have 10 days to tell you what they're going to do.

December 24, 2008 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nury is about as much of an "educator" as Zuma Dave Salzberg is an "economist"

December 24, 2008 11:57 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

i AM an economist, thank you!

check my blog posts, public comments and radio calls.

i don't think there is any other economist on the planet who has predicted these economic conditions, six months to a year ahead of time.

Thanks for bringing it up. I'm going to post a time line of my economic predictions.

So as mayor, Zuma Dogg can proudly claim he is able to understand global economic conditions and how it will be affecting the city, down the line. AND NO ONE IN THE CITY WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD A CANDLE TO MY PREDICTIONS THAT WERE VERY MUCH "OUT ON A LIMB" AT THE TIME, AND LOSERS LIKE YOU CRITICIZED ME.


AND, let's not forget my Deming training. THAT'S ALL ABOUT THE ECONOMY. NOTHING ELSE. Do a Google search on why Japan implemented the14 Points that allowed them to take the manufacturing industry away from the U.S. (And if you need someone to explain it to you, I will be glad to. And you can feel good in knowing that Deming and others approved of my "interpretation" of his 14 Points.

So I don't know if that LAUSD candidate is any kind of educator, but Zuma Dogg thinks he is one hell of an economist. (What did the Ivy Leauge College textbooks say?) I FLEW IN THE FACE OF ALL THE IVY EXPERTS...AND I WAS 100% RIGHT AND THEY WERE 100% WRONG.

But I wear a t-shirt and knit ski cap, so I couldn't be right.

HA! HA! That's what a lot of people said when I was warning them. They're worth about 70% less today. But they were highly educated and experienced in these types of things.

December 24, 2008 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar Opposes LAPD & Boyle Heights

See video below


December 24, 2008 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:22 AM

Be nice to Nury!

December 24, 2008 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Someone who is really good at what they do doesn't have to scream it to people .... they know.

December 24, 2008 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Keep dreaming Salzberg!

December 24, 2008 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have you ever heard of an economist standing around begging for change outside Starbucks?

December 24, 2008 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Sam, is it true that Jim Alger is running for CD 12?

Merry Christmas Mitch!

December 25, 2008 12:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:01 PM

If Huizar is guilty of anything here it is having a stupid ass staffer deliver his position - especially before a committee stacked with Gloria molina appointees. (BTW How many liquor licenses did Sharon Lowe advocate when lead attorney for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Chinatown?)

1st. Those houses that where demolished were replaced within the same community - as required by law! Check on those new houses built by the owner of El Mercadito on Soto Street.

2nd. Regarding that cop's testimony - if you apply the liquor license demographics on geographic boundaries instead of population - of course they are going to be skewed. Boyle Heights is one of the most densely populated in the state which places their liquor licenese ratio on par with most of the state. Also, a big portion of Hollenbeck's area covers the industrial section (now loft section) of the Eastside which has numerous strip joints - you see them all right off the freeway.

3rd. El Mercadito is one of the few places of business in Boyle Heights with an effective security detail - just go by and take a look and count how many security personal are present on the premises.

4th. El Mercadito is a Mexican Community landmark and as such attracts most of it's clientele from outside the area - just take a survey. Should we limit sales at Dodger Stadium because of the sheer quantity of beer consumed there for each event?

Huizar, get your dumbass staff to do some research and perhaps wear some decent professional attire. I agree with your post that Huizar doesn't care about Boyle Heights if this person is any indication of the representation he provides for the community.

And lastly, wasn't Sharown Lowe pushing for that liquor license next to Lincoln High school on behalf of Ed Reyes - her employer?

Hypocrisy still reigns in East L.A.

December 25, 2008 7:02 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Where is Laura CHick on the anonymous gang money? Isn't she suppose to be looking out for our tax dollars or does she only do what's she's told by Antonio? IF Wendy Greuel is serious about taking her place why isn't she speaking out on this bullshit of Jeff CArr? Do we want someone like Wendy who doesn't have the guts to go after Villaraigosa's shadiness?????

December 25, 2008 8:50 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

You forgot to post that the Owner of El Mercadito gave thousands of dollars to Huizar's campaign. So of course Huizar is in favor of yet another low class business for illegals having a liquor license. Huizar doesn't care about the community, he cares where his next campaign money is coming from. You go into any market in Boyle Heights and you see more beer displays then soda. Its bullshit to the person who says have 250 liquor licenses in that small an area is the same as the state.

December 25, 2008 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I'm no fan of Huizar but am a fan of business - legitimate business.

You should probably do some more research, just like Huizar's staff.

The 2000 census puts Boyle Heights at 88,000 people. Anyone that knows Boyle Heights knows that the actual number is probably around 150,000 given all the illegal units and super dense apartment units.

According to State Guidelines:
"The maximum concentration level for General Liquor License (type 21) is combined with Beer and Wine (Type 20) and limited to one per 1,250 people by census tract (Alcoholic Beverage Control Act: California Business and Professions Code 23817.5)"

Doing simple math and we find that Boyle Heights actually has less licenses that are allowed by the state. 88,000/1250= 704.

The issue here is not the liwuor license but who is applying. Mr. Rosado is a succesful Mexican immigrant who actually gives away hudnres of thousands of dollars a year - just take a look at the recent Xmas toy giveaways in the area. Nobody raised any concerns when the Nokia Theater or the new Congo Club applied for their liquor licenses and they are in areas with far more liquor licenses per capita.

December 25, 2008 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What stores are open today? I want to tell Dave Elliott oops I mean Saltsburg where he can go beg for campaign contributions oops I mean coffee money.

December 25, 2008 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think Mitch, or anyone cares if Jim Alger runs, or not.

As soon as Alger announces that he is running, everyone will re-post the details of his Do It Center NC Congress scam.

December 25, 2008 8:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I believe Mr. Pugliese must be afraid that Nury Martinez will be beat his butt. I think so too. And I hate people running to the courts for every little thing like that. As if we might change our votes if you do that as opposed to something constructive like asking her in a debate what/who she educates. There are better ways than that L.A. sue-mentality. If he is suing the person he most believes will win, what would he do when he had some control over LAUSD money? I don't wanna know.

December 26, 2008 4:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Zuma Dogg is an economist. I was regularly reading last year when he had all that boring economical stuff and guess what? After the announced recession, I went back and re-read and I'll be damned if Zuma didn't nail this one.

That is public record too, therefore easily proved.

December 26, 2008 4:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD an economist???? That is rich. The homeless, unemployed high-school drop-out is an "economist"??? You have GOT to be kidding.

I have heard of resume inflation but this is absurd.

December 26, 2008 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pugliese's challenge is that the ballot title is misleading. Hell, if he's going to stand up to politicians who mislead the public, he's got my vote.

December 26, 2008 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He may have been wrong in predicting that Bernakie would have raised the interest rates back up, but Zuma Dogg seemed to be spot on with the rest of his take. I don't think most people were this extremely bearish on the economy at the time.

Does Anyone Dispute A Recession, Followed By Inflation, Followed by A Depression Is On The Way?

Did you see that new Fed Chairman? What a bad PR turkey. He's worse than Wendy Greuel and Janice Hahn when it comes to putting a foot in the mouth during a speech.
When you say things like, "Not Alarming" and "Decline to comment as to whether a recession is on the way", that means it's time to be alarmed because a recession is on the way!!!

(You gotta admit...Zuma Dogg predicted that the sub-prime bubble burst would triggering the start of a recession, basically, to the day!)


May 05, 2007

Oh no...Sen. Chuck Shumer/NY just told Zuma Dogg (indirectly) that we are gonna have a housing bubble-burst and recession starting in about a year. (With the effects starting as soon as six months.) SELL NOW!

They got these things called “sub-prime lending” (high risk, low interest loans). When you have a good economy, you can give some “riskier investments/clients” these low interest loans to jump-start their American dream of home ownership.

They only pay 1% or 2% the first three years, or so. Then, the rate jumps to the higher Federal rate.

When these people, coming off 3 year low interst loans, have to jump into a 6% or 7% or even 8 % rate all of the sudden, and they can’t keep up with the new, higher payments each month and then they default.

Well these days, with higher paying jobs being replaced with lower paying jobs; while housing costs, property taxes, and everything else -- people are gonna be defaulting on the loans, more and more. And the banks know that this is going to to become more of a problem, so they are going to stop approving these “low prime lending” rates.

Posted by Zuma Dogg @ 5/05/2007 10:32:00 AM


First of all, keep in mind the U.S. is no longer the number one importer of goods from Japan. China is now the number one importer of Japanese goods.

ZD's Batcomputer says the weak dollar is the real reason gas prices are rising. The oil sheiks in the middle east don't like the fact they are stuck with a weak U.S. dollar, so they are raising prices to help make up the difference.

So it's no secret to predict low consumer confidence will trigger a recession based on sinking property values (owners feeling they are now worth much less); rising gas prices at the pump (with no end to the rise in sight); higher oil prices meaning it will cost more to heat your home (right as winter is hitting); and retailers are already hinting to an extremely "down" holiday spending season. (And it's probably gonna be worse than they realize/can actually admit.)

Personally, I feel the Fed would like to RAISE interest rates, to help make the rest of the world feel better about all those dollars they are holding and being paid with. (Like the oil producers in the middle east.) However, with the stock market concerns and low consumer confidence/financial problems with the U.S. economy...the Fed would not be able to be that much of a Grinch in the December holiday month.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Is U.S. About To Lose It's Foothold As #1 World Economic Power Over Sub-Prime Lending Crisis? (Will US Banks Be Forced To Merge With "World Bank"?)

To those of you checking in for the first time...my name is Zuma Dogg. And if you wonder why you should care about my opinion on the following story -- I posted a warning that the sub-prime lending bubble was about to burst, triggering a recession -- THREE MONTHS BEFORE IT HIT THE NEWS HEADLINES. Original Story (see date)


The US banks are going to have to surrender/merge to the International Monetary Fund (World Bank) next year, right after the elections.

Next year, one by one, the US banks are going to start to fall like dominoes. First Citibank, then Bank of America, and so on -- because of the sub-prime lending crisis.

Why? These banks' liabilities will have to be written-off and absorbed by a bigger bank. The World Bank is the only one big enough that I can think of.

First, there will he a big stock sell-off; then a merger as stockholders are forced to "give it up" to the I.M.F. (International Monetary Fund).


When property values "devaluate", more and more people will default (simply walk away) from their sub-prime loans. If you are paying back a loan for what was originally a $400,000 piece of property -- now only worth $200,000 -- some people will simply walk away from the loan and default.

THEN, the banks are stick with the properties people walk away from. And the bank's equity (property value) doesn't cover the liability of defaulted loan (See "negative amortization".)

In February/March of 2008, the Federal Bank will have to RAISE interest rates -- to help raise the value of the US dollar -- but it will be too late. (And if they CUT rates, it will only make it worse/devalue US dollar even further).

And here's why the Fed will have to RAISE rates, when consumer confindence and spending will be so low: THE OVERSEA BILLIONAIRES, LIKE THE OIL MOGULS IN THE MIDEAST DON'T LIKE SITTING ON THE US DOLLAR AS IT BECOMES LESS AND LESS VALUABLE. That will cause them to switch to Euros and other currencies.

So with low consumer confidence (due to subprime concerns); a terrible holiday retail season on the way, then raising the interest rate to help bring up the value of the dollar -- will cause consumers to cut-back even more (out of fear), causing a recession...followed by hyper-inflation, that will cause further consumer spending cut-backs, which will trigger a depression.

If you project it all out...it appears as though for the first time ever, the US may lose it's number one ranking as the number one economic force in the world and may become beholden to the new global economic leaders.

Might not be very comfortable, economically, the next sixty to a hundred years on this side of the pond.

TIME FRAME: 18 months

BOTTOM LINE: The global marketplace is strong and there will continue to be big money to be made in the markets. You just have to make sure you accurately access the U.S. economy and it's position in the global marketplace. And make sure you are investing in things they need in China, India and Vietnam.

Posted by Zuma Dogg @ 11/09/2007 08:20:00 AM

December 26, 2008 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Phil Krakhead said:

Okay so what Saltsburg?

You rehashed something you saw on CNBC one day.

That does not make you an economist nor a predictor of things economic.

You got Higby snowed but not me.

December 26, 2008 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg, I agree with the poster who said that you nailed it. I could care less what Phil the Krackhead says about you. It's not even the old "real" Phil Krakover. Some uninformed poser who has made it his online "job" in life to bash the hell out of Zuma. I guess each blog has to gave one.

December 27, 2008 5:53 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

phil krackhead at 3:33 (Aka: Shallow Dummy),

So that's what your spin has degenrated into? That was a summary of 18 months worth of content, and you say, "rehearsed on cnbc, one day." LOL! Check cnbc vs ZD for the time period. They weren't saying what i was saying. and the thing about cnbc, 50 people say 50 different things. So you can watch CNBC all day, and you get a 50/50 split on the issue.

But whatever the case, I nailed it, loser. And now you are trying to minimize it. One thing you DIDN'T say is that I was wrong or inaccurate.

December 27, 2008 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg,

Why don't you use your real name more often if you are serious about running for mayor? I think Saltsburg can go a lot further than Zuma Dogg in the real world.

December 28, 2008 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Lydia said:

Louis Pugliese supports open and Transparent Government. I have been told that the "Educator"
was not the only Problem. Nury Martinez also used the Designation
"Mayor". According to the Rules You can only put down Positions that you were elected too. Nury
is an elected San Fernando City
Council Member. The Mayors Position is rotated through the City Council Members.

All I see is another Politician
not being honest to the "People"

It disgusts me that the City Clerks office doesn't Verify the Information

Do We need another Politician using LAUSD as a Political Stepping Stone? or do we need
someone who cares about kids and wants to stay with LAUSD?

I Applaud Mr. Pugliese for trying to expose the "Truth"

December 29, 2008 10:59 AM  

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