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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Emperor Villaraigosa's New Clothes

Once in a while a reader's comment is so good it gets promoted to a blog post. On our story about an upcoming appearance by Zuma Dogg on ABC News Nightline, reader "In CD-14" offers up the following:

It's usually the case on this blog that the first posts to be made are negative, especially if they deal with counter-incumbent persons like Zuma Dogg, Walter Moore, Ron Kaye and anyone else who speaks up.

It was nice to see how many fired off a blast to complain that the Nightline program had nothing about Zuma Dogg and then added in the hostilities.

A little more attention to Mayor Sam's actual "text" and better comprehension would have kept these comments on hold until the next opportunity to berate appears.

I still see that people say Zuma's a publicity hound, or Walter Moore exploits things as a frequent theme, but the Mayor has just about institutionalized the photo op and publicity news conference on any topic, be it newsworthy or a synthesized topic, as publicity devices of enormously greater frequency and proportions than anyone else locally.

You have so many comparisons that do not flatter Mayor Tony's techniques, ethics or results when compared to challengers, other politicians or the city charter's version of duties of the mayor, all of which leave the incumbent in the deficit side of any calculation.

Just about ANY challenger would do more work on city business than Mayor Tony has during his first and, I hope, "last" term. How could Tony expect to stay on top of such a large city that must generate a lot of demands for his attention (and I exclude the special interests of developers and the like- demanding but "for profit" motivation) that he could not possibly treat with needed levels of scrutiny by his 11 percent time on the job.

And when Tony IS DOING work, it's the special interests and his personal agenda items that get priority attention, leaving other things to head for a crisis level when he can no longer ignore them. Like ignoring the already overdue oil change for your car, or running it on tires that are showing more bald spots than the council members. It's all got to come to a bad end if ignored, and that's what things look like now if you look around.

But in the end, if Zuma or Walter WON, Tony's ego wouldn't be able to handle it. It would be completely devastate his image, although narcissists don't live in reality when appraisals of self-importance are involved.

THAT doomsday scenario is what's driving him NOW. Oh, the shame if he lost or even had to get into a run-off election. I am hoping for that for the sheer entertainment value. For all Tony raises as accomplishments there are two or three things to bring up in terms of waste, corruption, bad or stupid judgment, nepotism, breaches of ethical behavior and plain bad character.

First, let's watch Zuma on Channel 7 next week. I would bet that the mayor already has his staff plotting out things to say in order to neutralize whatever ill words about Tony air on Nightline and have several alterntive copies at the ready.

It looks like publicity IS what the mayor's race is really all about; you know- who do you believe? Is it the Emperor and his New Clothes, or the people of the land? All we are looking for is Truth- and that's Tony's Kryptonite.

In CD-14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

HE IS the Mayor and YOU'RE NOT!!!

January 04, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The chances are that whatever ZD said, it won't resonate with any sane person because of his style. Speaking in the City Council Chamber is an opportunity to clown around and be theatrical because nobody is watching. Being on Nightline is an opportunity to make a point and convince people to vote for you or support your cause. You can bet that ZD doesn't understand the difference. He's been the village idiot for so long that it's more important for people to laugh at the character behind the silly cap and the sunglasses than it is to be taken seriously.

January 04, 2009 5:00 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

HE IS the Mayor and YOU'RE NOT!!!

That's clever!

January 04, 2009 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




January 04, 2009 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Phil Jennerjahn said:

Here is a little taste of my new "Voter's Guide that is a coming attraction on my website.


The review of Tony V.....

8. Antonio Villaraigosa

Currently the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa is well known by most residents, but not particularly well liked. Villaraigosa received only 30.4% of the vote in the 2001 Primary Election, and only 33.1% of the vote in the 2005 Primary Election. This shows that voters in Los Angeles have a tendency to vote for other candidates, if given the choice.

Villaraigosa is currently suffering political fallout from the revelation of an embarrassing extramarital affair with television reporter Mirthala Salinas and the unethical behavior that clouded their relationship.

He has also lost popularity due to the City recently deciding to triple the fees charged to citizens for trash collection and to quadruple the rates for parking meters.

His website is http://mayor.lacity.org/index.htm

Despite his problems, he is a heavy favorite due to his well-funded campaign account and the support of corrupt Labor Unions who depend on him handing out large amounts of taxpayer money in the form of Government contracts.

January 05, 2009 1:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I looked at the jennerjahn website he's touting here and the "news" is just clippings from his appearances at public comment at City Hall, but listed "city hall" as though he were an official there. Like the other self-promoting gadfly he's using our city hall taxpayer dollars to promote himself for his sorry Mayor campaign, which is illegal, an ethics violation and if they weren't such jokes to begin with, I'm sure someone would pursue it.

Walter Moore may be little more but at least he's buying his own time. Too bad he's so annoyingly spiteful-sounding to anyone who's not endorsing him. You can't run even for student council that way. Plus he's running on a one- note anti-immigrant campaign (like jennerjahn, who keeps throwing in the mayor's affair which just makes him sound lame and obsessed) and doesn't understand that SO40 had nothing to do with Jamiel Shaw's murder, and can't understand that it would lead to a bonanza for lawyers intent on suing the LAPD for "racial profiling." If you want to crack down on immigration laws you have to go federal or at least state.

January 05, 2009 3:41 PM  

Blogger circep said:

What a disappointment to read the April issue of Tom Topping’s Boulevard Sentinel. Is this the best we can expect from a local newspaper? Tom covered the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council as a “news” article but yet the story is not only fraught with his own opinions, but also with many inaccuracies. To any reasonable-minded person who attends one of the HHPNC board meetings, the problem is obvious: the HHPNC President, Dr. “Dick” Dyke, a poor excuse of a man, is an inept leader who breaks the rules himself, which he then uses against his own Board members to stall any progress the capable Board aims to accomplish. What kind of leader calls his Board members names in long-winded email tirades that are cc-ed to anyone who might be out there listening? Is this the example that the community would want from someone who is supposedly representing them? I highly doubt it. Tom has chosen to portray the problem as “too many cooks in the kitchen”, and clearly must be in bed with the President to have presented such a one-sided view. Tom tries to pretend that he is in the league with “Media” but his paper is really little more than a National Enquirer or Star magazine, on par with gossip-driven junk “reporting” if you could call it that. I was informed that his research for the article involved attending only one HHPNC meeting. Who would call this thorough? How about sloppy? Tom, in his infinite wisdom, also seems to be gifted in making assessments of people’s personalities. Hmmm… What qualifications does this awkward man whose breath smells of alcohol and whose Saturday night date is with his mother have to do this? I’d say that judging from the article Tom has real issues with women.

April 03, 2009 10:11 PM  

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