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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Sunday

Like a dumb old farmer who closes the barn door after the horse gets out, Council Member Wendy Greuel and Mayor Villaraigosa now are addressing the $10 million in fraud, waste and abuse going on with the city's fleet of "take home" vehicles following the releasing of a damning audit by City Controller Laura Chick.  Greuel has authored a City Council motion to ask for a "study" of the issue while the Mayor has ordered a freeze on the issuance of new vehicles and using City credit cards at gas stations.

Local pols are seeking to gain over $300 million in Obama era money for "infrastructure" projects in the San Fernando Valley. No word what those projects are but no doubt the lobbyists and contractors are lining up to built projects as cost effective as the Orange Line Busway and tbe Belmont Learning Center, to just name two.

If you really want to know what's going on at the OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET don't read what the Westside White Guy writes, be sure to visit Ed Padgett's excellent Los Angeles Times Pressmans 20 Year Blog, run and penned by the people who print the paper.  WWG has some inside buzz as to the possible moving of the Calendar entertainment section to the main news section but according to Ed the speculaton in (Anglo)LAObserved is all wrong

If you buy something in another state the state of California expects you to pay a "use tax" on the item.  The state, hungry for revenue like a crack whore jonesing for her next fix, plans to allow people to "voluntarily" register their purchases online or face potential audits.  According to the state Board of Equaliziation the use tax  "applies when a person or business in California purchases tangible merchandise from a retailer outside of this state that will be used, consumed, given away, or stored in this state and the retailer does not collect California tax on their sales."

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30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AT yesterday's Alliance of Neighborhood Council where over 100reps attended the word was NOT WENDY OR ANTONIO. People in this city are tired of the corruption and back door deals. Greuel helped to negoiate Measure B. Then yesterday DONE sent out blast e-mailing stating that NO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CAN DISCUSS MEASURE B UNLESS A DWP person in there. TALK ABOUT DICTATORSHIP AND BULLSHIT!!!!

Antonio has 16 Deputy Mayors all who drive city cars and paid over $100,000. Council members have young little staffers getting drunk and driving city cars, getting into accidents, even Janice Hahn parked in a handicapped zone. Why doesn't GREUEL go after the millions wasted in council offices???

January 25, 2009 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone better tell Rosendahl the Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey and thousands will BOYCOTT Home Depot if they upgrade the day laborer facility like he wants. Its bullshit to help illegals yet do nothing for legal homeless people.

LA Slimes has a section who will run for governor however, Villaraigosa not mentioned. WHY? The same reason Congressman Becerra was denied during vetting process. He supported a major cocaine drug dealer Vignali. Anyone associated with Vignali will never work with the Obama team.

Then LA Slimes has this which I found interesting.

......We too critique incumbents, and often end up backing them, not because they have done terrific jobs but because their challengers are not credible alternatives. Yet the incumbents spend much of their time in office making sure that credible challengers never materialize -- not by protecting and advocating for residents and the quality of life in Los Angeles but by catering to the contributors who seek city contracts, or better labor accords, or project approvals. There is a point at which endorsing candidates comes perilously close to endorsing the status quo while complaining about it.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-elections25-2009jan25,0,3716100.story

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January 25, 2009 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Greuel reminds me of a faithful dog, Garcetti's puppydog, who likes to chase it's own tail.

January 25, 2009 9:44 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"DONE sent out blast e-mailing stating that NO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CAN DISCUSS MEASURE B UNLESS A DWP person in there."

Well, isn't THAT convienent? Can't talk about it unless a DWP person is there? So DWP can simply decide not to send anyone as a way of making sure there is no discussion. HEY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY MEMBERS...sorry, if DWP drops the ball on NC outreach...NO PROBLEM, just pay the higher DWP bill and shut up. If there is anything you need to know about Measure B, the people supporting it have $3 million dollars for advertising. There may be many excuses why DWP won't be able to send out anyway for discussion to your meetings...but there is NO EXCUSE for anyone to bot see the the $3 million ad campaign, paid for by the Measure B supporters, that explains why we urgently need this exact plan, with this exact China factory NOW!

January 25, 2009 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As the economy slumps, so does trash LA Times has reported
Perhaps now is the time to have a twice a month pick up rather then
Weekly, lay off half the drivers take half the trucks out of service.

January 25, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey,it's Comb Over Dog.

Now we know why you wear that dirty old beanie, to keep the sun off that dome of yours.

January 25, 2009 2:17 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

2:17, you a-hole...i had a lot more hair when i started wearing the beenie eight years ago. (LOL!)

A follow up on DONE not allowing NC's to talk about Measure B without DWP in attendance. CLARIFICATION: You can talk about it, if you notify DWP 14 days in advance. STILL B.S. And I don't think NC's are allowed to take positions in any case.

SOMETHING I DON'T LIKE ABOUT DONE always quoting the City Attorneys office for all the things you can and cannot do...

THEY ARE ALWAYS SAYING THAT THE NCs ONLY MAKE "RECOMMENDATIONS" AND IT'S NOT ACTUALLY LEGAL STUFF...SO THEN WHY DO YOU HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY ON STUFF LIKE THIS? I think DONE should make their city attorney recommendations, and the NCs can take it under advisment. But seriously, if they are using the "recommendation only" argument, let's use it across the board.

Now on how city money is spent by NCs or when they introduce a motion then the that's a little different story.

ZUMA DOGG'S 14 POINT PLAN BASED ON DR. W. EDWARDS DEMING: First of all, here is a Google search for Deming so you can see the impact he has had on this global economy. Deming is the American from Washington, D.C, sent to Japan in the 50's after the war, to help them rebuild their economy because they were so bad off, it was even hurting the U.S., back home. So when you remember back to when Japan took over manufacturing from the U.S. by building all those cars and electronic stuff that didn't break down and was less expensive...that was through the implementation of Deming's 14 points. And now, Zuma Dogg, as candidate for mayor, says the City of Los Angeles now MUST embrace these 14 points and use them as the "Mission Statement" for all city operations.

I am here to tell you, that I can sit here and blog about every problem in the city for the next fifty years, and until the city starts operating under these 14 points, it will always take eight months to have your tree cut, you will always sit on hold for twenty minutes, only to be sent to voice mail by some city employee who is simply trying to pass the hot potato (your concern) to the next person.

So to start, here is a copy of "Interpreting Deming's 14 Points" that I authored in the '90's after attending one of Deming's famous four day seminars. I sent a copy of this to Deming, himself, because I was concerned there were some things that needed correction. I didin't want to misrepresent his life's work. Much to my surprise and delight, Deming faxed back a letter saying that it was well done and he thanked me. This shocked a lot of folks who didn't even believe me, because they claimed the cantacerous consultant didn't go around sending out letters of praise like that. (I, as most others were expecting a lot of red ink corrections.) This article was also published by Quality Digest in 1994 and publisher Don Deward said it was one of the finest articles he has seen on Deming's 14 points and especially liked my explantion of Deming's more controversial points.

As candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, I am telling you, the only reason I have the nerve to put my name on the ballot for mayor in the first place is because of these 14 points that I has guided me in my radio industry career and now as a city advocate. And as a concerned citizen and someone who is pissed off by what he sees enough to have atteneded a six month consecutive stretch of city council meetings to complain about the fraud, waste and abuse...

I AM HERE TO DECLARE...NOTHING WILL BE FIXED OR FUNCTIONAL IN THIS CITY UNTIL CITY HALL STARTS IMPLEMENTING THESE 14 POINTS. THE WORLD IS WAITING! IN THESE TIMES, WE ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO DO MORE WITH LESS...THIS IS THE METHOD TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL AND MY 14 POINT OPERATION MAUNAL FOR THE CITYAS MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES.

QUALITY DIGEST/June 1994
Long after Deming's death, his 14 points will continue to transform U.S. industry.

Interpreting Deming's 14 Points
by David Saltsburg (Aka: Zuma Dogg)

[Editor's note: W. Edwards Deming died December 20, 1993. The following article analyzing his famous 14 points was written before his death. Fortunately, Deming had the opportunity to review this analysis.]

(See my blog for the complete 14 point review. Too long to post here.)

It's the first thing I would hand out to every manager and commissioner on day one as mayor.

From here on in, I will be applying these 14 Points to the City of Los Angeles as I would as mayor. I've said a lot of things over the past few years about many, many city issues. If I can walk away from all of this and make ONE impact, or be known for ONE thing, or leave any type of "legacy" behind...at the end of the day, I would have to go with "hopefully raising awareness of Deming's 14 points and hopefully moving the city a little closer to the day when they finally do." Thanks, ZD (Zuma Dave?)

ZumaDoggForMayor.com
213-785-7272
ZumaDogg@Gmail.com

January 25, 2009 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy wants a study? Didn't Laura Chick's people just do a study? The fact is that Wendy chaired the efficiency and audits committee for years, and showed no interest in the subject of how City cars are used.

Instead of doing a motion asking for a study, why doesn't she do a motion that calls for all or some of the recommendations that Chick offered?

Asking for a study is a chicken shit way of not admitting that there is a problem, and not proposing a solution.

January 25, 2009 5:51 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

OK Kids, the "14 day notice" to DWP is in the MOU that NC's negotiated and agreed to, so it is not BS.

There is, however, debate on whether this particular item is covered under the MOU. It is NOT a DWP issue but rather a proposal of the City Council. As a result there has been some confusion on the issue. As a play-it safe measure, I would suggest that all NC's provide the notification, but proceed as usual if the DWP elects not to show up.

Jim Alger

January 25, 2009 7:32 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

A lot of people don't like Chick because we remember how slimy she was when the mayoral campaign was on and she secretly had every candidate against Hahn go to her house to give them dirt. Were all those city cars parked in front of her house? Yes on our tax dollars. So Laura Chick N Shit putting out this report doesn't say anything like how many staff cars does her office and the Mayor's office have. Greuel is a moron. She screwed up and Pastoras team is gaining momentum with the people cause now Wendy has proven she's no better then the crooks who are running city hall. Sounds like she's trying to distance herself from Antonio but its too late.

Daily News...Greuel said she believes she can continue Chick's efforts to be a voice of independence on city issues.

"Have I worked with the mayor? Of course, I have," Greuel said. "But, I also have been an independent voice for my constituents and the city."

January 25, 2009 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Watch the bafoons on council approve this appointment from the sleazy Mayor even though her background check is still pending and the ethics review is still pending. Dr. Denise Fairchild to Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. Please Zuma ask her why DONE sent out that blast e-mail re DWP rep being at meeting for Measure B or don't discuss at NC meetings.

January 25, 2009 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

January 25, 2009 7:39 AM,

Whose brother was introduced to Vignali in the first place?
That is what started all the B.S. to begin with.

Any projects going on in the Hansen Dam?

January 25, 2009 8:29 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I don't think an MOU can prohibit discussion of ballot measures as that's protected speech.

If DONE and DWP are going to use the MOU as a way to silence dissent against Measure B or other issues then the MOU needs to be shitcanned. What good is the MOU if the DWP can just roll over folks? It doesn't seem as if this was negotiated in good faith.

January 25, 2009 8:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not too familiar with the laws/bylaws of NC's so what follows might be off the mark.

What authority does DONE have to impose such a directive? Does the commission advise or can they impose policy?

Provided NC's have no apparent conflict of interest, are not violating the Brown Act by discussing it and are not violating any other laws, they should discuss whatever they want. They were voted in by their community and should not have to bend to the whims of politicians or their bureaucrats. Unlike commissioners, I think the mayor can't remove them. Can he?

NC's flex your muscles (or grow some) and discuss Measure B. In all fairness, invite some DWP person to answer questions, or submit your questions and allow them to issue a report. Heck, invite their grandmother. Invite the mayor. Then, with or without their presence, take a vote.

Don't give away what little power you might just have.

January 25, 2009 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone have this DONE directive/bulletin/letter or whatever it is so we can all know what we're talking about. The fact that they didn't send it to everyone on their mailing list is cause for suspicion.

January 25, 2009 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From a Rick Orlov article in Contra Costa Times.

Villaraigosa has no plans to appear with any of his challengers and has declined city matching funds, which would require a joint appearance.

"Will he appear with all these other candidates?" political consultant Ace Smith said. "It's simple. We are not debating them. We are not debating Lyndon LaRouche either."

What a dumb thing to say. Of course you wouldn't debate LaRouche. He is not in the election.

Or you could say, "It's simple. The mayor cannot speak in complete sentences anymore, for whatever reason, and we cannot risk putting him in a live debate scenario because when he has to speak on his feet he ends up saying, 'Ah, ah, ah' every other word. And we are not debating Lyndon LaRouche, either."

January 25, 2009 11:10 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I was just speaking with Michael Higby and Noel Weiss and here are some points:

Measure B is not a DWP issue. The mayor wants to change the charter so that city council put through an ordinance that will allow them (the mayor through council) to take control over DWP.

DWP should not be required to be in the discussion. This is not like DWP is pitching a rate increase or their own solar plan. This is not a DWP plan, they have nothing to do with it being on the ballot and they should in no way have to be required to be notified at all.

WHAT THE HELL KIND OF CORRUPT RACKET OF A CITY IS VILLARAIGOSA RUNNING, HERE.

Get ready for the next four years people. It's going to be very, very painful. And remember, there's no need to mention the mayor's race with covering the other city elections because it's already a DONE deal and it is certain that no benefit can be derived by highlighting anything the other candidates may be saying.

January 25, 2009 11:35 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"The mayor is running on a campaign that he has taken on the big issues," Ace Smith said. "Four years ago, people said he was crazy to talk about the `subway to the sea' or hiring 1,000 cops. Well, the subway to the sea is in the works and the city could hit 1,000 new police officers this year."

Aw HELL NAW, did that numbskull-loser Ace Smith (inferior spinner to Zuma Dogg) really just say subway to the sea is in the works? When did THAT ground breaking ceremony take place? If "in the works" means "up in the air " then, you are correct, Loser.

And hey, the mayor is running on a "could." The city COULD hit 1000..."

WOW, vote for Antonio, some things COULD happen and line up for the subway to the sea. There's a chance it may be ready in 30 years, or so!

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA...THE MAYOR WHO COULD HAVE SOMETHING HAPPEN BY THE END OF THE YEAR...maybe.

(Hey Ace, I would shut up for now. Pretty weak stuff.)

January 25, 2009 11:49 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"Smith said Villaraigosa will be unveiling plans for green energy and high-tech jobs and "he will be telling people about the foundation for change he has laid."

OH NO...don't use the word "laid" when talking about the mayor. And we all know the plan for green energy and high-tech jobs is Measure B. (So that ain't sh*t.) And the foundation of change he has "laid" (besides the news reporter) was changing from delivering the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton, to delivering it to Barack Obama, as if he could deliver a pizza for Domino's, that dummy of a corrupt stammering loser mayor.

Hey Ace...shut up already...you've never had more feet in your mouth at the same time, clown ass loser.

January 25, 2009 11:52 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Moore said he is fighting the perception that Villaraigosa has no real challengers.

"For the first time in his career, Villaraigosa has declined matching funds," Moore said. "There's only one reason for him to do that: to avoid being legally required to debate me."

Yeah Walter. He declined matching funds cause he's so scared of you. Maybe he declined matching funds because in reality, he doesn't need them. He's not going against the incumbent mayor Hahn and Hertzberg. WOW are you self-centered.

January 25, 2009 11:55 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

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January 26, 2009 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Me thinks Walter Moore is fading fast. Not a peep from him in weeks!

January 26, 2009 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Get ready for the next four years people. It's going to be very, very painful. And remember, there's no need to mention the mayor's race with covering the other city elections because it's already a DONE deal and it is certain that no benefit can be derived by highlighting anything the other candidates may be saying."

At least the bald-headed mutt can admit his "campaign" is a sham.

January 26, 2009 2:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Mutt calling someone else self centered. Now THAT is rich!

January 26, 2009 3:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Mayor Hahn look like a real leader now compared to the gang banger cholo Mayor who is a pussy and hides at any forum he is being questioned and doesn't have answers. You will not hear Antonio answer any questions about any issues cause he's really screwed up this city and people now are speaking out against him. Poor Eric Garcetti got blasted at the Alliance meeting and then ran out.

To the poster who asks what brother introduced Vignali and it was Roger Clinton. Gee, was Antonio still doing coke at that time and that's the reason he wrote the letter to support vignali?

January 26, 2009 6:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's clear that Zuma Dogg is willing to try and sabotage any other candidates.

Zuma Dogg, why don't you just focus on Villaraigosa, instead of trying to sink the other candidates?

It's a childish thing you're doing, and it's as though you're saying, if you can't be the Mayor, then noone can be the Mayor.

You are a sabotager. And it could cost the city from getting the change that the people want, instead of what only you want.

January 26, 2009 7:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zuma dogg, can you give it a rest with all of these posts?

you are not giving other people a chance to participate in the discussion here. it's impossible for people to have a conversation with you disrupting this blog the same way you disrupt every damn city council session-on the days you actually show up, which is now down to may be once a week. and before you start bitching about money, don't. every body has money issues.

January 26, 2009 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger in the house!

Time for some Schoolhouse Rock, Jim.

sabotager = wrong
saboteur = correct

noone = wrong
no one = correct

January 26, 2009 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Phil Jennerjahn said:

I agree with Zuma Dogg. I'm getting a little tired of Walter Moore's self-aggrandizing attitude.

Neighborhood councils invite all of us candidates to give speeches and Q&A sessions. Walter routinely tells people he's the only answer. Go to the YouTube page for "SOHA4ever" and watch a presentation we had where Walter routinely launches into off-topic tirades and even campaigns for other candidates during his question and answer session. The guy doesn't show any leadership whatsoever, in my humble opinion.

Walter Moore and Bruce Darian did an interview with the Daily Bruin in 2005 when they were running for Mayor. Walter was quoted as saying he was going to get about 20% of the vote. When the votes were all counted, Walter actually got 2.7% of the vote, or 87% LESS than he had expected. I expect that on March 4th, 2009 , Walter will be troubled with familiar feelings of disappointment.

January 26, 2009 11:40 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

9:41 am, Interesting that you posted this same bs on two threads.

I don't know how many times I have to say this, but I post under my own name. My opinions on ZD are well known because when I posted them I used my own name. (Firefox also has a spell check genius)

I understand your attempt to drag me into your little fight, but the Mayoral race is over, that is just reality. There are no candidates willing to run the CAMPAIGN required to even pose a threat, let alone win. ZD needs the attention and spotlight so he needs an enemy, today it looks like its Walter tomorrow it will be someone/thing else. It is entertaining, but the actual change takes place by taking one issue and working on it, building consensus and getting something accomplished for the community. I have never been shy about saying that so please, do not try and scoop me into your anonymous posting BS.

I am beginning to suspect the same thing is occurring on the Measure B issue. Too many people willing to stand around and complain, no one willing to knock on doors and phone bank etc... in other words not an actual campaign.

January 26, 2009 3:14 PM  

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