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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

Thursday City Controller Laura Chick will release two audits covering the City's take home cars for elected officials, staff, general managers, LAFD and LAPD; the City's central fleet of passenger vehicles; and fuel usage. Does that include Michelle Delgadillo?


Following the drama and storming of the Bastille in San Fernando where voters recently outsted two longtime Council members Mayor and school board candidate Nury Perez Martinez (dang I keep doing that; Perez was someone I went to school with) was replaced in the Mayor's seat by Council Member Steven Veres. Martinez has asked for a two month leave of absence, presumedly for maternity leave, further adding additional distractions to her campaign to seek the School Board seat of Julie Korenstein, a part time position that pays nearly $200,000 per year.

The local fishwrap of record seems to be geographically challenged when it comes to identfying communties in Los Angeles. Downtown gadfly Brady Westwaters notes that The Times seems to have identified two Pico-Union neigborhoods as well as a number of other apparent flubs in geo-locating LA's complex network of neighborhoods. So the OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET intends to put together a plan to address the issue and then invite public comment. Which is more than we can say for the DWP when it comes to Measure B.

Good news for the billboard wackos: The Los Angeles Times reports that two Westside buildings have removed supergraphic advertisings from their sides. One tenant remarked that removing the graphic allowed more light to come into their office, "The difference is almost night and day."

I've said that President Obama should be able to keep his BlackBerry which he has found helps him be more productive. However, security officials within the Federal government are skittish about the idea of a President having control over his email and carrying a device which could conceivably pinpoint his physical location. That being said looks like the President truly is Commander in Chief and Obama will get to keep his handy mobile device, bringing the Presidency up to 2003.

Vice President Biden is already keeping his promise to be the most entertaining Vice President in nearly two decades. Wednesday his attempt at humor apparently didn't sit well with a visibly annoyed President Obama.

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32 Comments:

Blogger Heather said:

You completely missed this story. I think Becerra has done great things as a Congressman. However, this is the "real" reason why he couldn't go with Obama. Funny the LA Slimes failed to report on their list of people who helped the drug dealer was Villaraigosa too. Will this come out again when he campaigns for his re-election? We need to keep the topic out there so people know he helped a major drug dealer.

.....Becerra's got some baggage. Remember Carlos Vignali?
President-elect Barack Obama's offer to make Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) the next U.S. trade representative makes him the second Cabinet-level candidate to have been involved in President Clinton's controversial 2001 commutation of a Los Angeles cocaine dealer's prison sentence.
The other is Eric H. Holder Jr., whom Obama has nominated to be attorney general.
The dealer, Carlos Vignali, was convicted in 1994 for his role in a drug ring that delivered more than 800 pounds of cocaine -- worth about $5 million at the time -- from Los Angeles to Minneapolis. He was released after serving less than half of his 14 1/2 -year sentence.

Becerra was one of a number of Southern California political leaders who urged Clinton to consider commuting Vignali's prison term in response to a campaign by Vignali's father, Horacio, a Los Angeles businessman and developer who contributed to Becerra's political campaigns. The senior Vignali also paid Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, $204,000 to lobby for his son's release.

January 22, 2009 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

does the take home vehicles audit include the housing authority? I bet ya it does not!

January 22, 2009 7:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is Nury?
...Not a mayor.
...Not an educator.

Is she still running?

January 22, 2009 7:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby's first Hotsheet in nearly a week.

January 22, 2009 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BIG NEWS: ZOOMA DOG IS NOT APPEARING ON NIGHT LINE, TONIGHT EITHER!

What kind of a moron goes to city council to announce a hundred times, and gets his buddy Matt Dowd to scream, about his appearance on Night Line?

Zooma dog. That's the kind of moron who does that.

January 22, 2009 8:18 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

8:09 - give me a break! Until Red Spot figures out how to use a computer again I'm flying solo on these!

January 22, 2009 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, then why don't you assign the Hotsheet to one of your other online personalities, such as Heather, Haikula, Amy or Anonymous?

Since you enjoy masquerading as a youthful, hip female, there's no harm in asking one of your alter egos to handle the Hotsheet.

January 22, 2009 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nury would get $200,000? For what? To mess up LAUSD like she did the city she was ousted as mayor?

January 22, 2009 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nury will be a mom at the time of the election. To be clear, at the meeting it was clear she asked for time off for maternity leave.

The real problem for San Fernando residents who don't agree with her politics is do we vote her to LAUSD and get her OUT of City politics forever, or do we have to wait another two years?

The bigger question is really if Louis is seriously running. Those of us who agree with his platform are really disappointed in his slow-to-grow campaign.

He could have gotten the ballots changed if he had worried about it when he first challenged Nury's designation--November 8th. Instead he waited over six weeks. When was the last time his website was updated? It's ok to have a grassroots campaign, but at least campaign a little.

January 22, 2009 9:51 AM  

Blogger JustSayAmy said:

Mayor Sam,

Will you please write an update on Zooma Dogg's Night Line appearance he has been touting?

Some of us are beginning to think that it's a total lie.

Can you also let us know who you are endorsing for Mayor? Are you endorsing Zooma Dogg? Since you are so close to the goings on in city hall, you should have no unanswered questions by this point.

I ask this because you always seem very much in sync with Zooma Dogg.

To quote Bill O'Reilly, as you often do, WHAT SAY YOU?

January 22, 2009 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OBAMA ORDERS GITMO CLOSED!

OBAMA ORDERS GITMO CLOSED!

OBAMA ORDERS GITMO CLOSED!

Eat it, Higby. He who said "he'll never do it."

(Hell, I don't really care either way, but it's just such a PERFECT expose of how LITTLE Higby knows about anything.)

Stick to L.A. news, Higby. You're ONLY wrong 90 PERCENT of the time, here.

If I stopped you on the street and asked you directions to downtown, I'd do just the OPPOSITE of whatever you suggested and get there in RECORD time.

January 22, 2009 11:19 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Do you think I lied about the Nightline crew filiming the segment? Or did it get bumped by Osama's message last Wed., and I did you think it would run this week with the new President taking office? And Just Say Amy...WERE YOU NOT THERE TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!?!? YOU OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW! ;)

Any questions as to whether it was Matt Dowd or the ABC Nightline crew..ask Tom LaBong, Eric Garcetti or any of the City Council members or staff who were there.

I don't think there is really anyone out there that questions whether it was filmed, or not...but how funny that you are so desperate to grasp at something, that you are claiming that I lied about the whole thing.

Do you really think I am as desperate as you are?

January 22, 2009 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

School Board Member is a $25,000 part-time position, not $200,000.

January 22, 2009 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:29: School board members make $75K if they don't have another job, a lower figure if they do. So Monica gets the max, Tamar the min. I'm not sure that makes sense, since they're all supposed to work equally but anyway it's not 200K. They often do it for the power and visibility toward getting another higher political gig. Like Huizar.

January 22, 2009 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, some things never change, 11:19 a.m.

Higby 2009 -- "he wouldn't dare close Gitmo"

Higby 2005 -- "Vote for Antonio Villaraigosa, as councilman, he started:

80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES

...in CD14. I personally verify their existense."

(And, in between, he was abducted by aliens).

January 22, 2009 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

laura chick should have run for mayor to bad but we still have 3 choices for the job

January 22, 2009 6:38 PM  

Blogger JustSayAmy said:

zooma dogg, I didn't say you lied about being videotaped. I said that you've been parading around saying that IT WILL AIR.

so far, you are wrong about it. no one said you were lying about being taped. but maybe they just felt that it wasn't up to snuff.

what concerns me is that you are quick to call people a loser for believing that the segment will never air. yet you complain about the way other candidates treat people, yet you're here everyday calling people childish names. grow up and maybe some people will listen to what you have to say. but childish namecalling will always turn them off.

and, yes, mayor sam was as arrogantly wrong about Obama closing Guantanamo. i believe he wrote that as recently as yesterday.

January 22, 2009 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZDog, you subject yourself to ridicule when you go around obnoxiously quoting that Deming guy, and then guarantee that such-and-such a Nightline segment is airing, or whatever.

You harped on the Nightline thing and numerous occasions and virtually everyone on this blog was probably rooting for it not to air, so we could all have a good laugh.

You even had Matt Dowd going to Council and stating that you were going to be on Nightline. For whatever reason that it didn't air, you looked foolish, matey.

January 22, 2009 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pugliese picked up the endorsement of Valley Grassroots for Democracy last night- the largest Dem club in the valley.

Here's the score;

Pugliese/Valley Grassroots Dems 1
Nury/LA County Dems 1

Draw-
Dem Party of SFV
Action Dems

Nury- Every Cartel politician and union
Pugliese- The whole neighborhood and celebs

Nury- no longer a mayor, never an educator

Pugliese- still the best choice

January 22, 2009 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pugliese needs to work if he wants to get elected. Gadflies hang out around schools or outside of grocery stores.

Pugliese you have been handed the school board seat by San Fernando and Nury herself. But seems like you don't have an inkling of how to maximize what you've been given.

Come on...she's a liar, she almost bankrupt the city she was the mayor of and then she's been stripped of her mayorship, and to top it off she isn't able to go door to door as the candidate because she's WAY pregnant....

Pugliese if you can't win this one you deserve to loose.

January 22, 2009 11:52 PM  

Anonymous Pugliese said:

OK Dude, I updated the website.
Knock yerself out.

www.lausds2009.com

January 23, 2009 12:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:52

You must live in the SF.
Watch tomorrow.
As Jerry Brown once said... "The skeptics have been confounded"

January 23, 2009 1:25 AM  

Anonymous LouieG said:

Pugliese is working 6-10. Can't even get a decent meal at 10:10 here in the northeast SFV at that time. So he goes home after the forums and neighborhood council meetings and microwaves some turkey and cheese on whole wheat bread and calls it a day.

And YOU wanna see a REAL campaign?
How about hitting that "contribute" button and following through?

January 23, 2009 1:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

School board members do not make $200,000 a year. They don't even make $100,000. Where did you get that information, Higby>

January 23, 2009 1:41 AM  

Anonymous Lydia said:

Louis Pugliese has been hitting
the Campaign Trail at full force.

If you haven't had the opportunity to meet him you are welcome to attend an upcoming meeting on

Monday, February 9, 2008
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Sunland -Tujunga Neighborhood Council Education Committee
North Valley City Hall
Address: 7747 Foothill Blvd.
x street Wyngate
Tujunga,Ca
(Wendy Gruels Field Office/Next to the Library)
We will be discussing how Communities can support our local Schools and Students during these Economic times.
For example:
Donating of School Supplies
Community support for Fundraising
Grant writing
Joint Use Agreements
Local Field Trips
What Ideas will you bring to the Table?
If you can't attend send him an email at his Website lausd2009.com

If you live in the
LAUSD District 6
Board Seat Boundary.
(Get some Family and Friends together and he will come to you
Time Permitting- there are only a few Schedule spots left).

LAUSD doesn't need another Politician.
We need someone that is dedicated to Educating Students.

January 23, 2009 8:07 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

6:45, 6:48...Get a life. Look at yourselves and what you are wasting time posting. WOW, you are really grasping.

And Just Say Amy...you gotta watch your patterns. And I thought you are so honest and don't lie. Posting under a fake identity is like a lie. I tell you more about it if i see you today at city hall.

Come and say hello to me, loser.

January 23, 2009 9:00 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

6:45, 6:48...Get a life. Look at yourselves and what you are wasting time posting. WOW, you are really grasping.

And Just Say Amy...you gotta watch your patterns. And I thought you are so honest and don't lie. Posting under a fake identity is like a lie. I tell you more about it if i see you today at city hall.

Come and say hello to me, loser.

January 23, 2009 9:00 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

The person posting under the name Amy...get your shit straight...

First you say, "Some of us are beginning to think that it's a total lie."

Then you say this, "I didn't say you lied about being videotaped. I said that you've been parading around saying that IT WILL AIR."

NO BITCH, YOU SAID, "TOTAL LIE."(And the term "us" included "you" so don't try and parse words, on that.)

And yes, I DID promote it. WHO WOULDN'T PROMOTE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ON NIGHTLINE?

Maybe you should vote for Antonio or Walter Moore because I announced that Nightline filmed a segment but it was bumped.

January 23, 2009 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:07-

School board members make $45,000 if they are full-time, not $75,000. Again, part-time amounts to $25,000.

January 23, 2009 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Joe the Biden is a "gaffe machine" then Zuma Beeyotch has become "machine" of a different, useless kind.

It's like those televangelists that start out by trying to save your souls and then after awhile all they can preach on is how THEY are under attack and THEY need you money for THEIR ministry to survive ("The "hell" with YOUR soul, it's about ME now").

If ZD ever was an "advocate for the people" -- which is doubtful --his minor status as a mini-celebrity in City politics has declined into where he now spends ALL his time talking about himself, and HIS presence here and there and how HE is important (for what reason, no one knows), and "I'LL be here," "I'M going to be on TV."

When it becomes about ME, ME, ME, there is no "man of the people" left.

January 23, 2009 10:22 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

January 23, 2009 10:22 AM

You are either detatched from reality (delusional) or are being purposefully deceitful like a shady city ballot measure.

Jealous Loser says, "his minor status as a mini-celebrity in City politics has declined into where he now spends ALL his time talking about himself."

EXCUSE ME...HAVE YOU SEEN ONE SINGLE ZUMA DOGG PUBLIC COMMENT AT CITY COUNCIL? CHECK THE CONTENT YOU EMOTIONALLY WEAK AND UNSTABLE LOSER. Go back an watch Friday's meeting...or any of the meetings over the past year. CHECK THE CONTENT vs WHAT YOU ARE CLAIMING.

I wish you have the guts to say that to me face to face you coward. And I don't care how tough you think you are...you are a pussy on the inside and could never confront me face to face.

So again, you better have facts to back up your bullshit, you vacant soul, living in fear, spineless coward.

January 25, 2009 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Too funny. Zuma made a living (if you want to call it that) doing a cheap impression of a cross between Al Jolson and Vanilla Ice while begging for money at Venice. Now this stinky mutt has the nerve to call someone else a loser hahaha

January 26, 2009 6:03 PM  

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