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Friday, December 12, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Jane Usher has resigned her post as President of the City's Planning Commission. The outspoken advocate who dared to take on City leaders as well as downtown interests on development issues was a growing thorn in the side to Mayor Villaraigosa who appoined Usher to the post.  Though Usher has said she needs to give up the volunteer post to get a job, insiders say she was pushed.  Local neighborhood activists who found an ally in Usher expressed regret at her departure;  Mike Eveloff, president of the Tract 7260 Homeowners Association told the LA Times,."She was someone who seemed to have an understanding that development was getting a little out of control." 

LA Weekly's blog profiles City Controller candidate Nick Patsouras, whose surprise challenge to Council President Wendy Greuel has shaken up local politics a bit.  Various factions are lining up behind each while both are virtual unknowns to most of the City. Should be an interesting race.

The City Council has decided against a plan to provide additional security measures for security at LAX for celebrities.  Stars who wish extra protection from the paps will have to provide their own.  Council Member Janice Hahn told the Daily News "Our airport police are there to protect everyone, and I feel that everyone who comes to LAX should be treated as a celebrity."

A gossip blog reports that Mayor Villaraigosa was the "hit" of the opening of the new Conga Room at LA Live Wednesday night.  Showing how well he spends 89% of his time on activities unrelated to governing the City, the Mayor took a Desi Arnaz turn at the conga drums while hob-nobbing with celebrities Paul Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria.  Sadly, photos are available.

We really have issues with Council President Eric Garcetti referring to his live in girlfriend, Amy Wakeland, as "his partner."  One wonders if Eric ever makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue if Ms. Wakeland would be referred to as the First Partner.  Well, before that happens, the Garcetti-Wakeland Partnership, LLC is looking for a scarecrow for their organic garden at their Elysian Park home.  Isn't the yuppie life challenging? Hey Eric - how about getting me a scarecrow for a Councilman over here - that would be a huge improvement over our Griffith Park destroying, high school loving Clowncilman.
 We got an email Thursday that the Mayor's office is looking to hire a finance manager for it's Minority Business Opportunity Center, however the deadline for applications for the post was four days ago.  However, assuming the Mayor is still looking, the position pays as much as $77,000 a year.

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Blogger Heather said:

Sad the Mayor continues to embarrass himself and this city by having so damn many photo ops and not doing a damn thing or any solid ideas how to have ONE solution to a problem. He's getting blasted on many blogs these days. Zuma should use this to campaign against his sorry ass.

December 12, 2008 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


December 12, 2008 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank God we have a mayor who goes out and has so many damn photo ops. That is how he gets many of our problems solved -- by schmoozing. Sorry that you hate it so much but people like him and he doesn't embarrass himself at all. Only you and the other 3 readers (that post) feel that way.

I'm proud of him. Everybody who meets him likes him.

December 13, 2008 3:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In 2004 Angelenos overwhelmingly
(764,536 / 76.30% Yes votes) approved Measure O to issue $500 million in bonds for projects that clean up polluted storm water, and bacteria in the City's rivers, lakes, beaches and ocean.

The Cabrillo Beach, in Ms. Hahn’s District, recently was given an F grade by the Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card, poor water quality in the beach area. Is this what the City Council calls leadership? Yet, the Council was asking for a parcel tax when they can’t deliver on previous measures.

December 14, 2008 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kudos to Nick Patsouras for shaking things up. Antonio was given a free pass. Weiss faces a guy so stupid, he doesn't know that the nickname "Nooch" is not the best path to public office. At least Patsouras took on one of the citywide races, and might just have the credibility to make a run for it.

December 15, 2008 9:31 AM  

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