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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

In what appears to a deep and insightful policy analysis (not) a blog calling itself The Policy Report comes out in favor of the controversial Measure B on the March ballot.  The Policy Report wrongly assumes the only reason opponents oppose B is because Mayor Villaraigosa is in favor of it.  Their deep thinking extends to their reason for voting for it is that passage of B will allow the Mayor to reaching targets in the controversial Kyoto Protocols.  Of course those in the know understand that B is severly flawed - so much so the City Council's own staff and consultants said so - and represents a dangerous precedent in turning decision making authority over to the City Council and DWP - while doing nothing to encourage the solar industry in LA.

In related news, CityWatch reports that Council Member Bill Rosendahl is wavering on his support for Measure B.  Rosendahl may be moved by the depth of opposition to the plan among activists in Los Angeles.  At a meeting of nearly 70 Neighborhood Council members with the DWP Saturday only two in the audience expressed support for the measure.  Rosendahl was quoted by CityWatch as saying "I might end up supporting it, I might not."

Assemblyman Mike Feuer is joining the billboard fray and has introduced state legislation to ban digital billboards.  However Christine Pelisek writing at the LA Weekly Daily Blog thinks the bill has little chance citing that previous effots have gone "nowhere in Sacramento, where billboard-industry money is spread around like a cold in kindergarten."  I know most folks have issues with billboards but I don't.  No doubt the City of LA has pursued a shady path when it comes to them and perhaps there should be some restrictions on where they go but a lot of us under 50 seem to think cool billboards in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, LA Live and other parts of town are de rigeur.

The City of LA spends more on home and business alarm system false calls than it gets in alarm permit fees.  That's quite simply because most people who install alarms fail to get a permit.  Ironically the City has no system in place to cross check LAPD false call visits with current alarm permits.  Los Angeles is now going to put the onus on alarm companies to make sure they collect the permit at the time of installation.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip is having deep reprecussions here in Los Angeles.
  Factions on both sides gathered in Westwood to support Israel and to protest its attacks on Hamas strongholds.  Among those speaking to pro-Israel groups were City Councilman Jack Weiss and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, while Jeff Warner, action coordinator for L.A. Jews for Peace told his supporters "The war isn't going to bring peace, security or prosperity to either the Israeli or Palestinian people."

There seems to be at least one person in favor of keeping Billy the Elephant at the LA Zoo besides Tom LaBonge, zoo staff and the zoo booster organization, GLAZA.  A blog called Exotica in a Savage Garden says that if Billy is sent to a sanctuary as animal rights activists are asking "He will not be allowed to breed, and there are no species survival plans in place in these sanctuaries. They don't even allow public viewing unless you fork over $200! I think that's BS."

He's got just 7 days before he becomes President of the United States and will be required to give up his beloved BlackBerry.  Yet Barack Obama says that "They're going to pry it out of my hands."  There are security and transparency considerations that get in the way of the President having a BlackBerry however it is 2009.  I am sure the braniacs in the CIA or some Federal Agency can rig up the BlackBerry so Obama can continue to work the way he is used to.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you neglected to mention the fundraising report. I'll recap for you.

Villaraigosa: $2.7M raised, $1.9M cash on hand
Moore: $201K raised, $4.5K debt
Zuma Dogg: No report yet, he likely submitted via mail

Weiss: $1.45M raised, $1.06M cash on hand
Trutanich: $580K raised, $450K cash on hand
Amerian: $230K raised, $267K cash on hand

Greuel: $925K raised, $691K cash on hand
Patsaouras: $32K raised, $31K cash on hand

Bleich: $200K raised, $225K cash on hand
Galperin: $182K raised, $138K cash on hand
Koretz: $173 raised, $140K cash on hand
Schwartz: $160K raised, $127K cash on hand
Simon: $158K raised, $132K cash on hand
Vahedi: $154K raised, $162K cash on hand

BIG WINNER: Adeena Bleich.
BIG LOSER: Nick Patsaouras.

January 13, 2009 5:59 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Good for Rosendahl. He seems to be the only one who has the guts to go against the rest of the morons on council. He was the only one to oppose the billboards when the rest of the morons voted in favor. I think he's done a couple of votes that way. YOU GO BILL

January 13, 2009 6:46 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Proof positive Jeff Carr is an idiot...This is the 3rd gang worker arrested.

...Some anti-gang workers tempted into old lifestyle...Arrest of Marlo 'Bow Wow' Jones in alleged attack on rapper highlights the challenges of working with youths.
...Last summer, Mario Corona, once a top official with the Communities in Schools group that helped ex-gang members secure jobs, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for alleged drug violations. ....Last year, Hector "Big Weasel" Marroquin, the director of the anti-gang organization No Guns, which the city of Los Angeles once paid $1.5 million to steer Latino youths away from lives of crime, pleaded guilty to illegally selling assault weapons to federal undercover officers and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

...Rice and Carr believe officials need to do more to monitor gang intervention programs, including criminal background checks and drug testing.

January 13, 2009 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And who is monitoring Carr (his boss)? Another gang member?

January 13, 2009 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Couldn't Rosendahl have explained why he's waivering and what it will take for him to make up his mind? Does he need more information? More love? More hate?

January 13, 2009 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Blackberry issue is one pushed by the NSA and Secret Service. President's are strongly, almost forcefully, discouraged from using cell phones because of the ease in which they can be tracked. This would allow a sophisticated foreign agent to have their own personal "POTUS Locator Box" (a series of screens located in the White House that constantly update the location of the President, Vice President and the first family) Given how much our own country's intelligence agencies utilize cell phone technology to track and monitor various targets it is no surprise that this occurs. It is so important that cell phones are often confiscated temporarily by the secret service if an individual was going to be within close proximity to the President.

Now add to that the fact that Blackberry routes ALL of it's internet based activity through its servers in Canada and it becomes clear why they don't want President Obama carrying one. (Ironically most of the staff have one for when they are out and about but secure mail does not pass through it)

This doesn't even begin to discuss the fact that virtually every minute of the President's day is logged and to permit him to circumvent the system at will exposes him to legal issues that the White House Council will certainly steer him clear of.

None of this prevents the President from using the secure phones in his car, plane, or residence but his ability to get a dial tone and place a call directly is restricted and the calls he does make are logged.

Hope that explains it.

January 13, 2009 11:15 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

You're right about the BlackBerry but it should be very easy for the NSA to rig up a similar device that would all his calls through encrypted secure servers so he could access his mail, etc. but no one would be able to track him.

Besides its not like a secret where he is at many times anyway.

I just think if it makes him more effective he should be able to use something like it.

January 13, 2009 9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He does. A fancy satellite based system in the car that relays off a suburban in the motorcade... it just isn't a "blackberry" attached to his hip.

As for knowing where he is all the time, not true. You know what is released publicly but remember when Bush snuck off to Iraq? Clinton used to sneak off all the time. Moreover, if something were to happen, in the hectic rush to get him out of their the Secret Service and military don't need to worry about him having a homing beacon attached to his waist.

January 15, 2009 9:05 PM  

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