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Thursday, December 18, 2008

One Jumbo Jack for Jan Perry Please!

Goofy City Council Member Jan Perry became nationally known for her leftist efforts to ban fast food in South Central.

Yet when it comes to shaking down a major fast food restaurant chain to support an event guaranteed to provide Hamburger Jan and 11% Tony with plenty of photo opps, deep fry vats were once again her friend.

Thanks to our reader Heather for providing the following details:

Newton Area Christmas Peace March

The LAPD and Community Members come together for a Holiday Peace March

Thursday, December 18, 2008
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The march will begin at the S/W/C of 41st and Compton Ave across the street from Ross Snyder Park
1501 East 41st Street
Los Angeles 90011

…and will end at Newton Station
N/E/C of 35th Street and South Central Avenue
3400 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles 90011

Honorable Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaragoisa
Councilmember Jan Perry
Los Angeles Police Department Newton Division Officers
Community Members
Representatives from the following sponsors:

* Jack in the Box
* Ralph's Market
* K-Mart
* Home Depot

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack in Box actually has several types of good salads, very substantial and like restaurants but cheaper. Dressing on side, which is the heaviest part of any salad. So I hope they use this chance to advertise that people CAN choose healthier fast-food options.

One minute you blame the city for not being business-friendly enough and taxing business too much, making it too hard to function and so on (all true), but then blame officials for trying to encourage business-community relations.

HD there: they're a huge revenue source and while S-T may not want them, and is giving LA a rep for being unfriendly to big boxes, they're a HUGE revenue producer and welcome as job-provider in SLA.

Related issue: We DO have bad traffic, smog and all the rest, no denying it, but all the NIMBYs fighting every develo9pment like the new CC towers (today's paper) to replace the current big hotel and create a "Rockefeller Plaza"- type environment with pedestian/ retail/ shopping, all connecting to existing mall, sounds kind of cool AND provides the revenue needed to fund road improvements, fire and police and everything that goes along with more upscale expansion.

People who say, no development until we have that infrastructure don't get that it's a chicken-egg, the city needs tax revenue to build all that. Otherwise they have to tax existing prop owners, which they don't want either, and they've already raised sales taxes.

Despite the hypocrisy about the fast food issue (which isn't as bad if they push salads) she seems to be doing what she needs to.

December 18, 2008 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, like you, I think Jan Perry's had more than ONE Jumbo Jack!

December 18, 2008 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C'mon Perry how could you blast the fast food chains then act like a two face and use them for your photo op with Villar? You either support them or shut your mouth about how bad they are for kids. They obviously aren't bad enough for you when you need someone to feed your constituents.

December 18, 2008 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

she seems to be doing what she needs to

She needs to do some cardio!

December 18, 2008 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WOW!! Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama's Labor Pick . Good Choice Obama.

Let me get this straight, Jan Perry criticizes the fast food chains in her district then has the nerve to allow Jack N the Box participate because no doubt they gave something for free? Talk about corrupt, unethical behavior, anything for $$$$ I guess fast food is ok only when Jan says so.

December 18, 2008 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now you know why there will be a Home Depot in Sunland Tujunga

December 18, 2008 4:25 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

2:31, Let me explain something to you. Home Depot is giving themselves a bad reputation. They are the ones trying to skirt the law, they are the ones that couldn't give a damn about their environmental & economic impacts. They are the ones that could care less about a school being 500 ft away.
As for being a HUGE source of revenue, I think you should look at the HUGE costs Home Depot runs up on the City. Their heavy truck deliveries (18-20 per day) wreak havoc on surface streets,something the City has to pay for. Home Depot's require increased police resources, crime rates go up wherever a Home Depot opens(just ask Glendale PD about that). A good chunk of the tax revenue generated by HD is offset by the tax revenue lost when similar stores go out of business. S-T expects to lose 18 such stores in the first year if HD ever opens here. Job creator? Discounting the jobs lost by the other stores closing, HD does not hire the bulk of their employees from the area they are in. Local spending? HD vendors are not in the community, those choices are decided in Atlanta. Same with banking, all that money goes back to Atlanta. At least the Mom & Pops bank local, shop local, live local.

Like I said, HD creates their own
bad rep, we just try to call them on it when they break the rules.

December 18, 2008 4:43 PM  

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December 18, 2008 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Go home Mailander! said:

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December 18, 2008 5:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look at her belly: it seems like Jan Perry and Jack are no strangers to one another.

December 18, 2008 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B, fact is big box stores of ALL kinds are avoiding L A since your area's made it known nationally that L A is unfriendly to them. Though of course the city business taxes being so high doesn't help, just cause a double whammy. The L A Business Journal has documented this.

The city needs this revenue especially with the real estate downturn. I agree HD shouldn't have persisted in a place where no one wants it, but now both sides have spent so much time and energy and are vested in their/ your battle no one wants to give up.

I only care because our city needs this revenue, which otherwise has to be raised by nickel and diming the rest of us to death on everything from parking meters to speeding tickets and jaywalking. And even that isn't enough.

We need to do a much better job at attracting business and retail -- just make them mitigate traffic and other consequences.

December 18, 2008 7:26 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Oh please. We're talking about one store in the wrong place. We're not running off retailers. In fact we are trying to find the right retailer
for this site. The appropriate retailer would generate just as much tax revenue without nearly as many negative impacts.
Home Depot cannot mitigate their impacts, that is why they are avoiding CEQA review and an EIR.

No one likes getting nickel & dimed to death by the City, but don't blame us. We're getting hammered having to drive to other cities to buy household goods and clothing. This is additional tax revenue that Los Angeles is losing.

You are correct though in that we will never give up.

December 18, 2008 7:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Making fun of Jan Perry?!?!?


Hey Mayor Sam - look in the mirror

December 18, 2008 10:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey crybaby loser Mayor Sam wasn't making fun of Jan for being fat he was calling her a shady hypocrite!

December 18, 2008 11:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Antonio get $1 million from Home Depot?

December 18, 2008 11:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think Joe B cares if there are more big box stores.

December 18, 2008 11:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What I don't understand is why Jan Perry thinks its ok for the illegal vendors to sell those greasy, bacteria bacon wrappred weiners on the street with people not wearing gloves and picking their noses handling food but goes after legimate licensed businesses. Just like the other idiots on council they turn their heads on anything that has to reprimand illegal ailens.

December 19, 2008 6:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"What I don't understand is why Jan Perry thinks its ok for the illegal vendors to sell those greasy, bacteria bacon wrappred weiners on the street with people not wearing gloves and picking their noses handling food but goes after legimate licensed businesses. "

Why pick on Jan Perry. REYES in CD1and HUIZAR in CD14 treat street vedors as not a source of Tuberculious, or Hepatitis, but a new source of revenue (untaxed) for the illegal immigrant economy!

December 19, 2008 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don Quixote loves the tijuana style street vendors in Los Angeles, he does most of his Christmas shopping around Echo Park and McArthur Park....orale Feliz Navidad par todos mis amigos aqui en "El Alcalde Sam".

December 19, 2008 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, we know all about Echo Park and Christmas "gifts".

Larry Craig likes to shop there as well...

December 20, 2008 4:42 PM  

Blogger janperry said:

this was a wonderful community based event planned by some of the nonprofits from council district nine... i support their efforts to support the children this holiday season with a fun toy giveaway.the corporations who contributed to the event did so at the request of the non profits that organized the event. this was a community driven and community based event, wish you had been there, perhaps you would have a more positive perspective.....

December 20, 2008 6:13 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

as a matter of fact that is Jan Perry Responding.

Jan did not ask Jack in the box for anything

December 21, 2008 3:41 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Hey Jan you can't slam fast food chains like Jack N the Box then b a hypocrite and think its ok for them to donate for your cause. Make up your mind. You either support them or don't. Why aren't you going after all the illegal vendors in your area? Your district the crosses into downtown LA looks like Bagdad with all the illegals vendors yet you sit on your fat ass and do nothing. Why aren't you using your SPANISH to tell the illegals its against the law?

December 21, 2008 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Real classy, Heather.

December 21, 2008 10:42 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

If you cared about this city you would be as angry as many of us are with the dumping the illegal vendors are doing in LA. Its shameful the way downtown LA looks yet Jan Perry, Huizar do nothing. Molina got it right in the county. She had the leadership to post signs in English and Spanish and do public service announcements saying illegal vending is against the law. Why can't the city politicans do the same thing?

December 22, 2008 3:50 PM  

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