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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Revolution by Newsrack

If the revolution that takes down LA's kleptocracy happens in 2009 it will no doubt be due in part to the excellent reportage of David Zahniser in the LA Times and the folks at the LA Weekly namely, Jill Stewart, Daniel Heimpel and Patrick Range McDonald.

Indeed, Weekly helmstress Stewart offers up thanks for her former colleague David Z., one of a few honest reporters at the Times not enamored with the 11% mayor, who recently broke the story of a secret report critical of the City's solar energy boondoggle, Measure B, which has us asking the question "What did Eric Garcetti know and when did he know it." Heimpel's excellent reportage has been dishing out the outrageous details of Jeff Carr's secret panel of "deciders" who dole out millions of taxpayer dollars for mysterious "anti- gang" programs.

Rounding out the foursome with their finger on the reality of what's happening on Spring Street is McDonald whose expository composition on the phenomenon that is Zuma Dogg was an excellent introduction to the deeper story of the shadniness around fellow Mirthala banger Fabian Nunez and his giveaway legislation benefitting cable television providers. A piece that well past his prime "blogger" Kevin Roderick dismissed as a "puff piece."

With "Mayors" like Villaraigosa and "journalists" like Roderick thank God we have Stewart, Heimpel, McDonald and Zahniser to squeeze the truth out of those who are full of something else.

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Blogger Heather said:

TOUCHE!!! Great year reporting by all of them. David Z at Times the last of the credible reporters who isn't afraid to print the truth. Let's keep our fingers crossed that some day the local tv media gets some guts to do the same. You can forget ABC Channel 7. They are the biggest kiss asses to Villaraigosa and has lost tons of viewers because of their ridiculous reporting and spin.

December 25, 2008 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someday we readers should all chip in a few bucks and hold a thank you reception for these four.

December 25, 2008 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great post for Christmas. Angelenos should be thankful for the few analytical, honest reporters left. I couldn't make a better list. Patrick McDonald, Zahniser, and of course, the always smoking attractive Jill Stewart -- keep up the good work!

December 25, 2008 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...the phenomenon that is Zuma Dogg..."????

C'mon HIgby, is this guy your son or something?

You are the only person in theworld (besides the fool Dave Saltzburg) that even thinks he is something more than a diversion from serious business.

When will you stop promoting this dullard and let us get back to discussions that make sense?

Your promotion of him has been called cruel by many, and I agree. You have him thinking he can actually run a political campaign and get votes from serious citizens. How will he be the day after the promary when he finds out he has run dead last in a field of ten or so and managed to take a few votes from perhaps a serious contender?

I say, shame on you Higby.

December 26, 2008 5:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Give it up Walter. We know it's you.

December 26, 2008 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Everyone should reach David Z's archived masterpieces when he was at LA Weekly. I've read at least 200 of them, and they are explosive! I have printed all of them out for posterity in case they suddenly disappear.

I'm still flabbergasted that NO ONE would throw their hat in this race against Villar! The $64K question is WHY???

Four more years of Villar will be the death knell for LA. It's on life-support NOW!

December 26, 2008 10:29 AM  

Anonymous politico said:


The reason why no one is running AV is quite simple -- term limits.

There is no reason for someone to waste their time and money trying to unseat an incumbent who hasn't made any major mistakes. It's much easier and smarter to wait for the empty seat.

Before any MS readers go crazy, by "major mistakes" I mean something of the Illinois calibre. It takes something like that you unseat an incumbent.

All of these other gripes that you have (and I ain't no AV fan) just aren't enough. You can not like him because he's Latino, or he cheated on his wife, or because you think he's doing something illegal, or he loves the media, or because he said he wouldn't run for mayor but did. That's all old. something that all politicans do, or meaningless to voters.

It's a matter of "how have you screwed up lately?"

December 26, 2008 4:37 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

by "major mistakes" I mean something of the Illinois calibre. It takes something like that you unseat an incumbent.

Even that doesn't matter in LA anymore. I think that Tony Villar could only raise enough votes against himself if he completely outlawed homosexuality in LA or he raised the tax on lattes to like $15 a cup or something like that.

Short of that, everyone is asleep.

December 26, 2008 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No Higby, everyone is not asleep.

But the people who read this blog are often PUT to sleep by your continuous promotion of a distraction like David Saltzburg for mayor of Los Angeles.

Seriously, why not support a serious candidate instead of frittering away any credibility you may have as a leader/pundit who can help make the political scene more palatable to those of us who believe in liberal human rights and fiscal integrity?

Instead you contiuously push this smelly, shouting, ranting fool, who more resembles a court jester than a serious political leader. Why? For your own amusement?

Certainly not for mine, or others who read this blog in the hopes of occasionally learning something important about Los Angeles that we didn't already know. What you do with this crap is put us all to sleep; precisely that of which you complain.

Physician, heal thyself.

December 27, 2008 3:14 AM  

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