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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Score one for Antonio Villaraigosa and Eli Broad and one against Zev Yaroslavsky and the taxpayers.  Tom Christie writes at the LA Weekly blog that Tuesday Villaraigosa and Broad will join to announce the selection of a new CEO for LA's Museum of Contemporary Art and that the troubled MOCA has rejected a proposed merger offer with the more solid LA County Museum of Art, a plan supported by the County Supervisor as well as art lovers concerned about a potential Broad takeover of MOCA. Also figure on more CRA subsidies for the free-spending MOCA.

Two Mayoral candidates have unveiled websites encouraging voters to take positions they are supporting.  Zuma Dogg has created LAVotersforChange.com offering up endorsments of candidates for other offices and information on various issues.  Meanwhile, Walter Moore has launched VoteNoLA.com expressing opposition to three measures on the March primary ballot.

LAPD Police Chief William Bratton, the United Teachers of LA and even the City Council of Carson and others support the naming of a new high school for slain LAPD Officer Randal Simmons who was an active volunteer within the community but now one Council member and Carson's Mayor Jim Dear have reversed their earlier decisions and want the school named after late labor leader Cesar Chavez.  Though supporters of the Chavez name deny it, some are suggesting that racial politics are at play; that many residents of the heavily Latino neighborhood opposed the naming for Simmons who was African-American.

If anyone thought that former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was going away anytime soon they were sadly mistaken.  A recently launched social networking site dedicated to the Alaska Governor has garnered nearly 70,000 members.  Back from the dead Republican Senator of Georgia Saxby Chambliss says he owes his come from behind victory in this month's special election to Palin's campaigning. And local columnist Sandra Tsing-Loh says a pit bull with lipstick PTA mom like Palin is exactly who the LAUSD needs for it's new superintendent (instead of recently deposed Admiral David Brewer or recently coronated Villaraigosa toadie Ray Cortines).

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

The "new" guy at MOCA is Chuck Young, formerly of UCLA. How old is Young, like 80 or 90?


December 23, 2008 10:41 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

LAUSD already has schools named after Cesar Chavez. This shows what a bunch of morons Carson city council members are. They voted back in October to name the school after Officer Simmons but the idiot Mayor Dear and his croonie Councilman Williams now say they changed their minds. WHY? Because of a moron who is running for city council named Julie Ruiz Raber (julieruizraber@msn.com) who wants the name Cesar Chavez for the Latinos who she thinks will vote for her. TRAGIC FOOLS doing this to a brave officer.

December 23, 2008 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am a Democrat but it is a shame what some liberals did to Sarah Palin. Only because she is a conservative woman.

She is a strong woman who has accomplished a lot at a young age. I believe my fellow feminists are just jealous of her.

I do not agree with many of her positions but I respect how she has handled herself and I greatly respect her achievement as a strong woman.

December 23, 2008 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MOCA probably made a wise move NOT to fall under the control of LACMA, because that museum is so heavily dissed by Antonovich, who hates metro LA in general, for giving some bucks for the mass-transit tax and then "going begging to the county" for more money. HELLO, it's called a COUNTY museum for a reason, and all the money donated toward that cause was raised privately by the fundraising arm of mostly ladies who also volunteer, raise money for art and make the county's money stretch so, so much further.

Eli Broad donated the money for the new Broad Art Building, a huge amount, but then apparently changed his mind about giving tons more of valuable art after being given such a hard time and no love over too many things. He's now thinking of building a museum in Beverly Hills, which for decades fought anything like that but is now realizing it has to become more than a literal boutique city of pricy shopping boutiques.

Thanks for nothing, Antonovich, you sour and bitter loser. Zev may have meant well but he's just one voice against Antonovich, Knabe and Molina, who all hate what they see as the "elite" westside L A -- even though LACMA is mid-town, accessible to all, and its support is countywide including people in Pasadena and San Marino as well as Santa Monica and the westside.

December 23, 2008 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As a "new earth creationist" Palin believes that man walked with the dinosaurs, that Fred Flintstone's life was real, and would have made us a laughingstock among the nations of the world. We're far enough behind in science and education without the first woman in the white house being an uneducated buffoon. She can run for governor of Alabama, if she gets tired of Alaska weather.

December 23, 2008 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Sarah Palin believe that dinosaurs were alive 4000 years ago?

Sarah Palin is Not a Literal Creationist

Sarah Palin has apparently stated that she considers herself a creationist in the sense that she thinks God is behind all evolution. However, Sarah Palin is not a literal Creationist in the sense that she believes the world was created in 7 literal days and is only a few thousand years old. She is flexible with dating in the Bible and according to her church does not believe that Dinosaurs literally roamed Earth with man. Some creationists believe that before man was created, God created the world in 7 days where each 'Day' is an extended period of time.

Sarah Palin was born into a Catholic family. Her family later attended a Pentacostal Christian church. She now considers her home church to be the Wasilla Bible Church, which is an independent church not associated with any major Christian denomination.

This exact line of inquiry stems from various internet sources. Three of the most prominent are a video interview with Matt Damon, an internet blog, and an article in the LA Times.

December 23, 2008 10:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These allegations appear to stem from a blog post that included "fake Governor Sarah Palin quotes" made up by a blogger at unbearablebobness.typepad.com. He states that his blog post was an attempt to satirize Gov. Palin's beliefs, and does not reflect those beliefs in any way.

The direct quote from unbearablebobness.typepad.com is as follows:

"God made dinosaurs 4,000 years ago as ultimately flawed creatures, lizards of Satan really, so when they died and became petroleum products we, made in his perfect image, could use them in our pickup trucks, snow machines and fishing boats. Now, as to the ANWR, Todd and I often enjoying caribou hunting and one year we shot up a herd big time, I mean I personally slaughtered around 40 of them with my new, at the time, custom Austrian hunting rifle. And guess what? That caribou herd is still around and even bigger than ever. Caribou herds actually need culling, be it by rifles or wolves, or Exxon-Mobil oil rigs, they do just great!"

The post concludes with the following disclaimer:
"Disclaimer: She didn't actually say these things - I made them up. But thanks for all the visits."

It thus appears that, to a large extent, people have attributed this belief to Gov. Palin after believing that she actually made what many believe to be 'fictional' statements.

December 23, 2008 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Not Attempt to Teach Creationism in Schools

Palin has NOT called for creationism to be taught in schools along side evolution (see FactCheck.org article on "Sliming Palin"). She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution/creationism debate comes up in class, but has also said that creationism should not be part of the curriculum. She has not pushed a bill to teach creationism in Alaska during her tenure as Governor of Alaska.


December 23, 2008 10:55 PM  

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