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Friday, February 20, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

The candidates for Mayor were asked if they support the vision for a "subway to the sea."  Candidate Carlos Alvarez does as well as subways to everywhere else.  Because he rode the subway in London, Phil Jennerjahn is surprisingly for this boondoggle as - no surprise - is Mayor Villaraigosa.  Walter Moore and David Hernandez correctly note the fiscal irresponsibility of the project and David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg drives it home saying the project consumes "a lot of money, time and hope tied up for something that may or may not even happen for 30 years."

The Planning Commission has delayed plans to re-write the City's billboard laws, changes that could have a chilling effect on free speech in Los Angeles.  In the meantime while billboard hysteria reaches a fever pitch during the City's primary elections, a recent poll bears out what I suspected - that most folks don't care and aren't even aware of the fight with 47% of Angelenos saying the advertisments are attractive.  Among Hispanics, the fastest growing segment of LA residents there is a near total lack of interest in the issue, with only three percent of that demographic saying the issue had any relevancy to their lives. That being said the billboard NIMBYS are loud and wicked - and voter apathy concentrates their venom - so local politicians cross them at their own peril.

How many DWP employees does it take to pass out a lightbulb? About $3 million worth.  Each of you will get free energy-saving CFL lightbulbs and the DWP will personally deliver them to your home.  I guess some genius at the DWP didn't figure out it would be far more cost effective to include a coupon in ratepayers' bills.  Question: Will they deliver light bulbs to the homeless? Yet another reason - DWP poor decisions - Vote No on B!

Saying that he is "a fiscal reformer with the energy and know how to clean up the financial mismanagement at City Hall, cut government waste and bring more accountability to city departments," former Los Angeles City Controller Rick Tuttle endorsed Fifth District Council Candidate Ron Galperin

About 400 entertainment industry jobs in the Los Angeles area will be lost in 2009 according to a research report released by the he Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.  The LAEDC's Jack Kyser - Walter Moore's second favorite economist - said the industry "faces challenges on many fronts."

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41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only a few more days to give freeloader Saltsburg coffee and gas money so he can get down to vote on March 3.

This has been a great campaign by the vagrant, who has figured a way to get free food and handouts for a little while longer.

He has now tested the City Council, the Board of Supervisors, LAUSD and any other place where he can get a moment of publicity.

But still, no one cares.

So, in two weeks from Tuesday, we will find out how many people are willing to waste their vote (something Iraqis are dying for)on an irresponsible freeloading burden on society.

We will all be watching; will it be vindication or humiliation?

I'm betting the latter.

February 20, 2009 6:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every major studio and independents have laid off and the number is over 20,000 not 400. There's no digital billboards on in Latino communities.

The infamous VIGNALI raises its ugly head. Great timing for the Mayor. Major CORRUPTION IN CITY HALL
www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/the_trials_of_mexican_george/8022

The Trials of Mexican George
For 20 years, the feds have suspected supermarket mogul George Torres is a drug runner and murderer with friends at City Hall. Now they’ll try to make it stick....Albert Del Real, a convicted drug dealer, former Numero Uno employee and brother of Raul Del Real, says he saw former L.A. City Councilman Mike Hernandez receive “stacks of money” from Torres in the 1990s. Then-City Councilman Richard Alatorre brought his vehicle to Torres’ warehouse to get serviced, leading Del Real to tell investigators he believed that Torres, who did not provide automotive services, was doing favors for Alatorre.

Alatorre and Hernandez, have never been charged with wrongdoing in connection with Torres. They remain City Hall fixtures. Alatorre, who pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2001, is an influential lobbyist and board member of L.A.’s Best, a nonprofit that operates out of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. Hernandez is assistant chief of staff for Councilman Bernard Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Such allegations hearken to a highly publicized national scandal involving Horacio Vignali, Torres’ former real estate partner. They also raise questions about how far Torres’ political reach was, and whether that reach helped keep him out of trouble.

Torres and Vignali, formerly two of three principles in a real estate company called Tovicep, Inc., were exposed as longtime targets of federal drug investigations in a 2002 congressional report on Pardongate, the White House scandal arising from President Bill Clinton’s grant of clemency for Vignali’s son, convicted drug trafficker Carlos Vignali Jr. The report examined revelations that, in the 1990s, Vignali was a big financial contributor who enlisted numerous politicians, including L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca, then U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (then a California assemblyman) to lobby Clinton for the clemency. Hernandez and Alatorre were among those who lobbied for Vignali Jr.’s release.

DEA documents surfaced in the report that portrayed Torres, Vignali Jr. and Vignali, a billboard and parking lot magnate, as part of a drug trafficking ring from the 1980s and 1990s. Vignali has never been charged with a crime.

February 20, 2009 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

real news - 97.1 goes off the air today as a talk radio and converts to pop music.

February 20, 2009 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While being dizzied by zooma dogg's self-serving videos, Fatso Higby forgot to mention that the entire programming slate at KSLX is being wiped out at 5pm today.

Way to miss the big news story of the day, in favor of carlos.

February 20, 2009 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:54, can you possibly comment without using personal insults? Is that possible? Do you even know how to speak to people without attacking them?

February 20, 2009 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah Councilman Rosendahl is opposing Measure B.

Walter Moore should file a public records document and find out how much the Mayor's trips (4) since December has cost the taxpayers of LA during this economic crisis. I'm sure the Obama team know his ties to the drug dealers here in LA that's why Villaraigosa wasn't chosen to be on his team. No doubt Obama team must know the low job performance numbers the Mayor has.

Daily News.....Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington, D.C to discuss how to best spend funds from the stimulus plan in Los Angeles. Villaraigosa will also be part of a delegation of mayors meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

This is the mayor's fourth trip to Washington, D.C. since December. He is scheduled to be back in Los Angeles tomorrow.

February 20, 2009 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

saltzburg-zuma mutt tells people the money they give him is for coffee and food so they don't have to "worry about ethics violations." Yeah right. How come that didn't apply to Nunez -- who says food and coffee has to be a certain limit?

what if zuma mutt chooses to solicit money for his mayoral campaign but blows it on fancy meals and clothes? He has no receipts or proof just his claims. Where did he get that suit and shirt and tie? Borrow them? (yuck, imagine getting them back).

February 20, 2009 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you're quoting a bogus survey taken by the billboard companies themselves. You're worse than Higby.

Of course immigrant Latinos don't notice or worry about billboard, not something that's a big issue where they come from. Since when do you look to them to set standards?

And anyway it's the nicest areas on the westside and Sherman Oaks etc. that attract the most horrible billboards to ruin them.

February 20, 2009 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one cares about KLSX

February 20, 2009 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like the anti-billboard movement has a tinge of racism if you listen to 9:41 a.m.

February 20, 2009 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:41 meant worse than Walter Moore on the billboard issue. No it's not racist at all, fact, fact,

Just open your eyes and look at the Latino districts, especially Reyes' Westlake/McArthur Park area. And ask him how he feels about billboards: bring them on, show us the tackiness and the money. He's been one of the worst opponents of more upscale areas having the right to control their own blight, along with Jan Perry. Funny how he and Moore are united on that one issue if nothing else.

February 20, 2009 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sheesh 9:38 you're harping on this for a month.

zd had that paypal button on his site for two years. it's a source of his income and ethics isn't interested in his income, food coffee money or money he gets to keep advocating at clowncil.

the donors decide to donate to his daily advocacy work or his campaign and zd is ethically obligated to spend campaign money on the campaign BUT NOT the money grateful consumers send him to keep himself fueled and fired up at clowncil.

every intelligent person here understands it. but if you're still unconvinced, file an ethics complaint and then watch zd turn around and sue your lying butt for slander.

February 20, 2009 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:13 = zd himself posting anon, or his alter-ego. No one else threatens to sue people for libel or slander for no reason, while himself committing more libel and slander than anyone. Except everyone knows he has no money to sue for. Anyone can file an ethics complaint to investigate you, Mr. Dogg, as they have other candidates and officials. The more you wiggle the more suspicious you sound, and that "explanation" made no sense. You confirmed that he doesn't separate his contributions for campaign and personal use.

February 20, 2009 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, you should thank MC and Rita for the awesome way they've elevated the campaign issues on your blog to.....

The top of Phil J.'s head.
The top of Zuma's head.
The inside of Zuma's van.
Zuma's coffee money.

February 20, 2009 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Greg Smythe said:

11:13 that would be possible except that Zuma Dogg is at the Clowncil meeting.

February 20, 2009 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Except everyone knows he has no money to sue for.

Um, even Ace and Antonio would kick in a few bucks to ZD's legal fund so ZD could sue her.

February 20, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The last time DWP provided a mess of the dim-bulb light bulbs, CD14 used local volunteers to pass them out districtwide, and covered most of the turf for free (or, for the cost of a cheap pizza lunch for hundreds of local community leaders).

This had the extra, probably unintended benefit of getting local activists and council staffers out of their boxes and put them on the doorsteps of constituents who would probably never darken the door of a public meeting, yet still had issues and concerns to share. This seldom happens outside of the rollup period to elections, and then the "listening" is just for show and to get votes.

Good thing no one tried that again, especially not citywide!

Hearing directly from the people who pay the taxes and are most affected by City decisions could be catastrophic to the way Los Angeles handles its business.

What is they find out that most constituents don't want the same things their deep-pocket developer/contributors do for the future of the city?

What if the same five people who stand up at every City Council meeting for public comment are as out-of-touch and misguided as the local politicans themselves, and there really isn't any credible public voice being heard at City meetings?

YIKES! It was worth the $3 million just to keep things at status quo.

February 20, 2009 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

at twisted irrational moron 1128

i confirmed that zd DOES. i checked with ethics when you first began whining about it. ethics confirmed same. if donors want to stay out of the mayoral race, or support david or phil, still give ZD advocacy money to stay fueled and fired up at clowncil. they can contribute to his basic expenses like they did for three years. that was the way he ran his business before and it still is. ethics doesn't get involved in the candidates' basic incomes that pay for their basic survival. they only care about donations marked by the donors for the campaign.

john mccain's wife has many charities and she continued to collect for her charities during the campaign. it was seperate from the race. do you get it, moron? or are you so twisted and cuckoo that you'll repeat it again in an hour?

February 20, 2009 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HA! If Ethics ever wastes time and my money looking at Zuma Dogg's meals, I'm filing an Ethics complaint against Ethics.

February 20, 2009 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Phil Gendergone count among the dim bulbs?

February 20, 2009 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil's smart enough to get the LA County Republican Party endorsement that Wacko Moore couldn't get. Back when Wacko Moore identified himself as a Republican, the Republicans endorsed James Hahn. Too, too embarassing.

February 20, 2009 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Investigate this:

05/31/07 Clear Channel
Burbank, CA 91505 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore E - Payment
(RAD - Radio)

Desc: ads
[Period: 01/01/07-06/30/07]
$2,400.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
06/03/07 Clear Channel
Burbank, CA 91505 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore E - Payment
(RAD - Radio)

Desc: ads
[Period: 01/01/07-06/30/07]
$2,400.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
01/22/08 Clear Channel
Burbank, CA 91505 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore E - Payment
(RAD - Radio)
[Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08]
$850.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
01/08/08 Clear Channel
Burbank, CA 91505 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore E - Payment
(RAD - Radio)
[Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08]
$600.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
11/17/08 Clear Channel
Burbank, CA 91505 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore E - Payment
(RAD - Radio)

Desc: Radio Airtime
[Period: 10/01/08-12/31/08]
$2,900.00
[Election: 03/03/09]

February 20, 2009 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

09/26/08 Linda Savadian
(Operations Coordinator, Regency Outdoor Advertising)
Santa Clarita, CA 91387 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/08-09/30/08]


09/30/07 Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc.
(Outdoor advertising, Not applicable)
Torrance, CA 90501 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(OTH - Other)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]


09/29/08 Armine Jones
(Operations Manager, Regency Outdoor Advertising)
Santa Clarita, CA 91387 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/08-09/30/08]

10/14/08 Armine Jones
(Operations Manager, Regency Outdoor Advertising)
Santa Clarita, CA 91387 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 10/01/08-12/31/08]

10/22/08 Rochelle Meredith
(Office Manager, Regency Outdoor Advertising)
Canyon Country, CA 91387 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 10/01/08-12/31/08]

03/11/07 John Carroll
(Southern California Real Estate, Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc.)
L.A., CA 90042 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 01/01/07-06/30/07]

01/27/08 John Carroll
(Southern California Real Estate Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc.)
L.A., CA 90042 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08]
$500.00 [Election: 03/03/09]

February 20, 2009 2:09 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY LOS ANGELES MAYORAL CANDIDATE DAVID "ZUMA DOGG" SALTSBURG FOR LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS (To appear in upcoming issue)

The main accomplishment cited by the mayor is the reduction in crime in Los Angeles and the passage of the trash fee to fund the hiring of 1,000 additional officers. Some of you have contested the figures, please explain your thinking. Also, would you continue the trash fee if elected or how would you allocate it on city spending.

When people hear these statistics, I think they say to themselves, "It doesn't feel like crime is down. It feels like we are losing the streets to the criminals, more than ever." And you always have to beware statistics because they can be manipulated in the way you conduct the survey in what types of crimes are counted in the survey and other parameters that can vary the results.

I spoke with District Attorney Steve Cooley today and asked about the crime reductions numbers and expressed my concern that the statistics can be manipulated and I question the validity. Mr. Cooley feels that there is indeed a reduction in crime due to the elevated efforts of ICE agents at the County level since he took office.So that doesn't have anything to do with Villaragiosa.

Regarding the claims, I called Steve for an opinion, because he's about the only guy in the county I could feel comfortable believing, so if he says were moving in the right direction (whether it's due to anything the mayor has done, or not), let's just say that although the city may be making strides, I think your average voter tends to get outraged and frustrated when the mayor boasts of a crime reduction and I know that likely voters wants the mayor's office to do much, much more in the way of public safety toward the goal of crime reduction.

It has also been brought to my attention that part of the reason crime numbers are down is because hospitals can do more with technology to save victims, so more people are being saved and are living. So that can make that statistic look lower, but that doesn't mean shootings are down. It just means the hospitals are able to save more people through better technology.

Regarding the Trash Collection Fee. Here's what I know about it. First, the mayor said he was creating the fee and the money would only be used to hire 1000 new cops and the money would be in a lock box, only for the cops. THEN, Controller Laura Chick broke the news to the city, that the money was used for things other than hiring new cops. AND, the mayor has tripled the trash collection fee since he created it. And that really sums up how things work under Villaraigosa's City Hall. Come up with something that sounds good, like hiring 1000 new cops. Then continue to raise the fee and end up using the money for something else. And all of this because the mayor has to cover his wasteful and irresponsible spending habits.

And the money comes out of your DWP bill. So you're only paying it if you are paying a DWP bill. So who do you think this trash collection fee is hurting most? And I have had complaints from senior citizens who only produce a small amount of trash each week, and they are being hammered by this exorbitantly high fee.

Villaraigosa also claims success for a number of environmental programs at the Department of Water and Power and the Port of Los Angeles and the city is considering a proposal, Measure B, to expand solar power in the city. What is your view of his efforts, your position on Measure B and what you would do as mayor regarding environmental issues.

Regarding his claims of success over environmental programs, that's what they are, all right: CLAIMS! He claimed he was going to plant a million trees when he ran the first time because he wanted the endorsement of the Sierra Club. I went to the kick off of "Million Trees LA." These so called "trees" looked like little alfalfa sprouts in a cup with some dirt. I could literally hold the "tree" they gave me in the palm of my hand. And how many have been planted. So he makes these empty exhortations in the media that he filled a million potholes, planted a million trees and turned polluted air into Glade air freshener. And unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are bamboozled by the sound bites and believe that Mayor Super Antonio is running around saving the environment. Based on the way he has run this city into a high-density, traffic gridlock nightmare with all of his over development in violation of the Planning Departments zoning laws, I don't think he has helped the environment.

The biggest environmental problem faced by the city and region is the Port of Los Angeles in the San Pedro area of Council Distrtict 15.The area is hammered by pollution from the trucks that are hitting the highway to deliver 40% of U.S. goods to the rest of the country. So we are bearing this toxic, dangerous level of pollution for the rest of the nation, and it is the most unsafe and un-spoken about problem that kids and families and workers face in the city, state and nation, right there in San Perdro. I promise everyone reading this, as mayor of Los Angeles, I will be calling Barack Obama on the phone personally, to let him know the rest of the United States has to pitch in with Federal funds to mitigate the pollution problem in District 15, that is created because of the L.A. Port truck traffic.

Regarding Measure B, if I have one message to deliver to Los Angeles registered voters, it is vote "no" on Measure B.
Again, like everything else Villaragiosa puts on the ballot, it sounds good to un-educated voters who don't look beyond the headlines. It says it's about solar energy, but this will actually hurt any real solar initiative. DWP is not prepared to take this project on at this time. It's way to big and experimental and there really isn't even a plan, except the talk to accomplish the mission of which there is not method. It will increase your DWP bill at a time when it has already risen and I am here to say, will keep going up, even without this Measure B (boondoggle). They initially told the public it would cost $1.5 billion, but now reports are saying it will cost over $3.5 billion. And we don't even have the actual plan, yet.

I have never seen such widespread frustration and outrage over a community issue and Measure B has united a diverse faction of the community, all coming together to try and alert the masses to please show up on March 3rd and vote, "No on Measure B" even if you don't have an opinion on the other elections.

The real problem DWP needs to be addressing is the aging infrastructure and old transformers. I was contacted by someone who works for DWP, last week, to warn me that the DWP infrastructure is absolutely shot and it is in no condition to accommodate all of the new high density commercial and residential projects that Villaraigosa has jammed down the city's throat. And I am told, one good heatwave this summer, and the entire city will find out exactly how shot it is, with massive brown outs like we have never seen before.

So if nothing else, this fake solar plan will take workers and attention away from the real problem. So as mayor, I would be focusing on the real problem (shot DWP infrastructure/transformers) and on March 4th, the day after Measure B loses, focus on getting a real and meaningful solar energy plan put into motion, because clearly Southern Californians are in favor of more solar energy being produced.

Villaraigosa tried to take over the LAUSD and failed and now has a partnership with the LAUSD to run a number of schools. If you are elected, what would you do with those schools and what is your position on the city relationship with the LAUSD?

First of all, when I started following City Hall as a community advocate/activist, and really try to put on the thinking cap and figure out how to address the biggest problems facing the city...it all leads back to LAUSD at the end of the day. The school system is not producing enough graduates and the drop outs become criminals. The city cannot even find qualified workers for many of the good quality jobs in the city. And then we have to spend money fighting these LAUSD un-success stories the rest of their lives.

So I am here to tell you as candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, until the local school system is dramatically improved (and I don't think they are capable of the task) the city will never be anything more than a sinking ship. And I have zero confidence in the LAUSD school board and any chances of "fixing" the problem.

Besides the school cluster that they mayor took over, that I will address next, unfortunately, LAUSD is not under the mayor's jurisdiction, but based on my statements above, as mayor of Los Angeles I will do everything humanly possible on a daily basis to help parents and students improve their scholastic personal achievement through a massive education campaign in the media and out of my office. We'll have to look to outside, privately funded programs and non-profits to help kids and parents outside of the classroom. Because it is not the school's job to raise your kids, either. Teachers are not police officers or babysitters.That's about all that the classrooms have degenerated into, in too many areas; babysitting services where there is too much time spent trying to keep order and no time educating. And all the school board cares about is the $20 billion in construction money to be handed out and spent.

Regarding the mayor's cluster of schools he is meddling with: He sold a great sounding bill of goods to parents, and I have been personally contacted by parents who feel the mayor shut the door on all parental input and left them out in the cold as soon as he took over. As mayor, I will immediately reach out to the parents and teachers in the area, and try and clean up the mess. I can't just walk away. I wouldn't have pushed for this kind of nuttiness on the mayor's part, but left with the situation, I am certainly excited to be able to step up and show everyone the most innovative and empowering leadership at the scholastic level in the history of Los Angeles. My strategy is based on Dr. W. Edwards Deming 14 point management philosophy blueprint. If you don't know about Deming's 14 point plan, please do a search online, because my entire office will be operating under these 14 points (methods for management of quality and productivity). And until LAUSD firmly embraces these principals, the situation will never be allowed to improve, only continue to get worse.

The mayor also claims a number of local accomplishments on traffic and transportation. Among them, filling 1 million potholes, installing left-turn signals at 250 intersections, synchronizing traffic signals and laying the groundwork for future improvements with the voter approval of the Measure R sales tax proposal. What are your thoughts about that, what would you do as mayor to deal with transit?

Regarding the filling of one million potholes, the mayor's office has already admitted it's more like 85,000 potholes. Villaraigosa's problem is he goes around spouting off all these slogans and campaign promises that all sound good, but he may as well just get a job as Santa Claus, cause all he does is ready back a wish list. And the problem with the potholes that are being filled, is that they are not filling them properly, by removing the particles and topping off the seal properly, so they just turn into potholes again, way too quickly. I learned this from someone who read about my Deming 14 point plan. He was an engineer and told me he studied Deming and knew I would appreciate the feedback. Which I did.

Villaraigosa says he installed left-turn signals, but I have learned the left-turn auto sensors installed beneath the roads do not work in everyday traffic conditions. The result, is that only one car has time to make it through the green left-turn arrow before the signal starts turning red, again. So then, only one car makes it through; then two or three other cars roll through the red arrow.

So instead of making the traffic better, these left turn auto sensors the mayor installed just made everything much worse and more unsafe. Pedestrians do not have time to cross the intersection and this is a paramount safety concern.

Meanwhile, think how much time and money will have to now be spent trying to figure out how to fix the problem, then actually fix the problem. Is the mayor even doing anything to fix this process, yet. This is how the city is going bankrupt through the immeasurable waste that must be addressed. It's all happening because of the City of Los Angeles' continued failure to take serious measures to improve quality and efficiency through the 14 points I plan on implementing on day one as mayor.

The synchronized lights work great at 11 at night or 5 in the morning when the roads are empty. Synchronized lights don't mean squat when your foot is pressed down on the break, anyway, because you are stuck in gridlock traffic because of the mayor's "Smart Growth" (high density) housing plan.

Also, we would welcome any other thoughts you have regarding what you would do as mayor of the city as it relates to balancing the budget, Los Angeles International Airport and quality of life in the city.

Relating to balancing the budget, the first thing that must be done is, once again, addresses the massive fraud, waste and abuse that the city can no longer afford. In the past, maybe there was enough fat to cover all this wasteful spending and in-efficiency. But as Villaragiosa is talking of firings and cuts at libraries and parks and citywide services as he is tripling your trash fees, adding phone taxes, quadrupling the parking meter rates and coming up with all kinds of new fees and taxes to place on the ballot, we must address the immeasurable waste that is not being addressed.

If the city of L.A. under the current mayor were a home that you were trying to heat in the middle of winter; all of the windows would be open, the door would be open, then sliding glass doors would be installed -- then opened. So the home wouldn't be warming up, so you would turn up the heat even more. It will cost more money and waste more fuel and the job still wouldn't be getting done. So you would crank it up some more, then it gets more wasteful and expensive and it's only getting colder. Then you find out the homeowner is friends with the utility company getting paid for the higher heating bill and is paying for it all with someone elses' money (yours)!

So before we discuss all the ways to balance the budget through the accounting department, we must first address the waste and shut the windows in the house (city hall) through this internationally recognized 14 point plan.

And finally, the short answer to how to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles is by representing the spirit and will of the community on all the important issues like housing, public safety, schools and all the local issues specific to each community instead of the vindictive, retaliatory spirit that is going against the grain of the will of the people.

I like to talk and voice my opinion as to what is wrong with the mayor and what I want to do as mayor, and no one has spoken more than I, over the past few years: But the only reason I am able to talk so much, is because I listen five times as much.

So as mayor of Los Angeles, the biggest job will be to reverse the vindictive, retaliatory spirit of the mayor's office; stop throwing roadblocks in front of the Neighborhood Council system and use them as a real gauge on issues because all the right answers are out there in the community, and the city knows it, but they chose to fight it and go against the grain. And as mayor, I want to let all of the city workers to know that part of the 14 point plan is to help city workers be allowed to do their best job -- by fixing the broken system for them that causes them to have to do things two, three and four times; over and over again. There is nothing more frustrating to a worker or resident.

February 20, 2009 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10/28/07 Doug and Penny McIntyre and Peyser
(Talk show host / actress, singer, KABC 790 / self)
Woodland Hills, CA 91364 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$100.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
09/25/07 Daniel McKay
(Manager Entertainment Development, City of L.A. Department of Water and Power)
Chino Hills, CA 91709 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$1,000.00
[Election: 03/03/09]


08/04/07 Ovanes David Hagopian
(Business owner, D.H. Trucking)
Arleta, CA 91331 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$100.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
08/03/07 Anthony Osterkamp
(President, Osterkamp Trucking, Inc.)
Santa Ana, CA 92705 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$250.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
06/29/08 James Stalboerger
(Business Owner, Frontline Trucking & Brokerage)
Reseda, CA 91335 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08]
$1,000.00
[Election: 03/03/09]


12/23/07 Carol Feiler
(Consulting, Sotheby's International Realty)
Santa Monica, CA 90402 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$100.00
[Election: 03/03/09]
06/30/08 Dan Gottlieb
(CEO, G&L Realty)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08]
$1,000.00
[Election: 03/03/09]

07/31/07 Jerry Epstein
(Real estate, Del Rey Shores)
Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Walter Moore
Mayor
1297003 - Committee to Elect Walter Moore A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]
$1,000.00
[Election: 03/03/09]

February 20, 2009 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dogg, any Cliff Notes on that?

The only thing that could make your missives any more tedious would be if Reyes or Nick Patsouris read them out loud.

No, make that if YOU read and rapped them out loud.

February 20, 2009 2:46 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

11:13 = zd himself posting anon, or his alter-ego.

smythe is right. i was in council chambers. check the video. sorry, sore loser. and thanks to the person who posted that, along with the other comments that backed it up. sore losers.

speaking of the council meeting, it was a good energy between ZD and council today. they really, really like the clean shaven ,suit and tie thing.

i am saying the same things, but they all just like dave better.

tom labong said, "Hi David," this morning, in a very matter of fact way, and I wasn't even used to hearing it, cause even my close friends now call me "ZD" in every day life.

And after a nice public comment, Tom and Janice casually asked, "You've been coming here how long now?" And, "It was all over the Venice issue, right?" And, "You didn't know ANYTHING about city hall?"

And I told them, "It's been three years April 4th, and I didn't know the mayor's name, or what a city council was, or anything."

Wesson was listening to my public comment with "eagle eye" serious attention. (Thanks Herb!)

And Eric was able to have some fun shots at ZD in the right fun spirit.

AND alarCON even talked to me for a long time about the whole issue being blogged on mayor sam, by petra about the money to the non-profit.

He spins real good. But it was a nice conversation about some other things in general, and I always learn new things when I speak with Alarcon, even though he's still my nemesis when I step to the public access podium. But at least I can hammer him one minute, but he can be cordial and approach me to try and spin me on an issue, from time to time.

So overall, although the shallowness sickens me that the fact that I change my appearance makes council like me more (or at least hate me less)...the people seem to like it who already know me from the community, and council likes it, and it makes for an overall better experience for all.

So I am not sorry I didn't do it sooner, because I was not ready to. But I'm glad I was able to do what Annikin Skywalker was not able to in Star Wars...take off the Darth Vader helmet!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

And, without the hat and glasses, it kinda changes my delivery and presentation slightly (more subdued). So this whole mayoral experience is a blast.

I'm getting my 14 point, anti-fraud, waste and abuse message out to the masses, as I never could have, as all the newspapers, radio and TV stations feature all the candidates.

And although there are mixed responses out of city hall regarding a run-off....you can really see how shaken and defeated (scared?) the mayor comes off in that Valley campaign video (Part 3).

Seriously, I thought that was some camcorder footage that someone posted. I can't believe the mayor's campaign office actually posted that himself. He makes that mistake about a million pot holes and really just kinda tanks???

Do you think he is seeing some bad numbers that are pointing to a run-off. I seriously didn't think there was going to be one, but after watching that video and the vibe at city hall (what people are saying), do you really think there could be a run-off.

I spoke with Tom Hayden today, and he thinks the idea is laughable. He didn't say it couldn't happen. But he doesn't think there will be a run-off.

And you have to remember, 51% would be a DISASTER for the mayor, but he would still win.

So do you REALLY think the guys is going to get less than 50%?

February 20, 2009 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Clear Channel posts are clear enough. What's 2:44's point?

February 20, 2009 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just how many times will zooma dogg wear that black shirt and suit before he decides to wash it? It, like him, is beginning to stink!

February 20, 2009 3:22 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Hey ZD -

A couple points -

First at least LeBong didn't call you Jeffrey!

We all know the run-off is a long shot, or at least that's the conventional wisdom.

Mailander has a piece that someone close to AV says that the Mayor's internals may be showing 60% but that B is in trouble. Who knows.

But some folks might be sensing something that an out-of-the-loop politics 1.0 dinosaur like Hayden doesn't get.

First off folks are pissed. Secondly all of the "alternative" candidates have been getting WAY more press than they ever have before. Maybe that's because there is no "top tier" name running against AV, which is part of it, but I also think its the blogs, YouTube, the activists, the NCs, the community meetings, etc. that are driving coverage. For whatever reason the fact that the newspapers and all these TV stations are bringing each candidate in and giving them exposure is HUGE!!!!

So is there going to be a runoff? Can't say. Depends on turnout. Is it impossible? No where near.

In my view there is a very strong possibility that you or Walter could be in a run-off with AV.

And then, all bets are off.

If it happens ZD, watch some people want to be your friend and watch some others ready to go full force. Ditto for Walter.

We'll see, but no matter what, things are not as they used to be.

February 20, 2009 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Zuma
You look great in your new outfit. But IMO the clowncil's attracted to the pr you got for the election. If there is a runoff your coming in first.

February 20, 2009 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:54pm, "Phil's smart enough to get the LA County Republican Party endorsement that Wacko Moore couldn't get. Back when Wacko Moore identified himself as a Republican, the Republicans endorsed James Hahn. Too, too embarassing.

The Republican party endorsement in L.A. doesn't mean much in voter support, and from the state budget finale, it's not even considered to be a party at all.

and when you say "embarassing", who's the one supposed to be embarassed, Moore, Hahn, or the party that only had those choices?

in L.A.

February 20, 2009 6:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

and when you say "embarassing", who's the one supposed to be embarassed, Moore, Hahn, or the party that only had those choices?


in LA, moore wasn't one of "those" choices. hahn got it. stop spinning like they backed him, too. they refused but you are wacko's weirdo so you'll say anything that comes off your head. it must have been embarassing for wacko to be saying he was a republican when the party came out for hahn and only hahn. and having the party is a lot more major than not having it.

February 20, 2009 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the first post at 6:17 am included,
"This has been a great campaign by the vagrant, who has figured a way to get free food and handouts for a little while longer.

He has now tested the City Council, the Board of Supervisors, LAUSD and any other place where he can get a moment of publicity.

But still, no one cares.

So, in two weeks from Tuesday, we will find out how many people are willing to waste their vote (something Iraqis are dying for)on an irresponsible freeloading burden on society."

If he (or "she", It could happen) is a Tony supporter- as are most ZD critics who are issue-less, then consider that those words you use, all that text, could very well apply to your Mayor Tony-o.

Tony's done nothing for city's well-being, he's tried to become LAUSD 6th Board member, and is constantly stunting for the camera. (Tony, however, keeps the sound down- he doesn't try to venture into any situation involving verbal confrontations that would likely backfire- it's all the picture and canned verbiage that he hope to tip voters face-recognition to his side.

Most of the knowledgeable ones know it's all show with Tony, and no one bothers to complain about the obvioius.

Voting for Tony, especially with a the first term of office under his belt shows that a second term is all about "fool me twice, shame on me."

If he gets 51%, he'll take it, but that means 49 percent of voters DON'T WANT HIM as mayor, and don't want a second term as "phantom mayor" while campaigning and fundraising for his Governor election run in 2010.

Either way, he has to appeal to getting the vote any way he can, AND HE'S LUCKY that ROOSEVELT and the other of 10 schools he's supposed to improve don't have the report card up before the election day. You just don't hear about THAT ITEM.

iN l.A.

February 20, 2009 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

in LA = a walter weirdo lover-fan

February 20, 2009 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

in LA = b-b-bitchinLA

February 20, 2009 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MC's in overdrive. Are you paying attention, Phil? Ask David. You got the emails.

February 20, 2009 9:00 PM  

Anonymous A Voter said:

Wacko's weirdo is a charity fraudster, among her other sins. See Street Hassle domments.

February 20, 2009 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gotta give Zuma credit for trying. What hurts his credibility is with all his knowledge he doesn't have a job. When he speaks at the forums he is very articulate and seems to really know his points. It seems all the MALE candidates are acting like weenies. Why aren't they going after Villaraigosa's campaigning on public safety? He is saying he is going to meet his goal of hiring 1,000 more cops. Tell the people we could have had those cops 4 years ago if Villaraigosa would have voted for the 1/2 City Sales Tax 2004 and the residents wouldn't be charged the huge trash fee. Ask the question in front of media why aren't they reporting on the progress of his 10 Schools, Walter is the only one talking about him being gone all the time. IF elected this time no doubt he'll be gone again to run for Gov. Problem is that Vignali letter of his support for drug dealer is already hitting national papers.

February 21, 2009 9:12 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Feb 20 2:46pm, hilarious!

"But IMO the clowncil's attracted to the pr you got for the election. If there is a runoff your coming in first."

HOLY SCHNIKIES!?!?! You think IF there is a runoff ZD is coming in first. WOW! Thanks. I'm not hollering that, but it could be big, out there and there's more ZD in the media next week.

And Higby, good points. Of course ZD and the others would not be in the spotlight as much if Caruso or some heavy was running, too. So this IS a magic moment for the grassrooters in all the elections.

If the mayor is at 60% today, it could drop by election day, cause I don't think he is gaining momentum, but going the other way.

And next week there will be a lot of media and it will just be fanning the stink of the Loseraigosa.

BUT EVERYONE, I have to keep reminding myself and everyone else, cause the mayor is doing so poorly, it feels like something COULD happen to unseat him, and we are having fun speculating,

but we gotta remember...two years ago i was just happy to have daily news or la times even MENTION ZD as a one liner...

NOW, since I am on the ballot, I am getting lots of column space in LA Times, and Daily News is coming...plus all the TV and radio and added interviews...

and i'm getting the anti-corruption, fraud,waste and abuse message out there by an EXPONENTIAL increase...

all the people that already knew ski-cap ZD are having fun watching the clean shaven, executive ZD and poppin up all over the place, and it's just a magic moment in time...

LOOK AT THE AVALANCE OF BAD PR ON ANTONIO!!!

THE WHOLE CITY KNOWS IT NOW...

IT ALL STARTED RIGHT HERE ON THIS BLOG.

Just think, if you vote for ZD or WM, both of us were also Mayor Sam contributing writers, here, too...
and look how all the talk shows set their program agenda based on what is blogged here...

And all the pain it has brought corupt, shady politicians...

So if my colleauge Tom LaBong were here, I'm sure he would say, "Today...is TRULY a great day in the city of Los Aneles!"

Si Perro Puede
Zuma Perro Para Alcade '09

February 21, 2009 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Tony-spinster continue to be as wrong as he can be, while focusing the hate on Moore-

That's fine.

I'm Voting For ZUMA DOGG, you insightful person.

Still Tony, with his hide-the-facts campaign, a style he's sharing with stable-mates JACK WEISS and WENDY GRUEL, has the spinsters attack ANYONE who would do a better job- AND that’s quite a few.

The facts never help Tony. A debate would have to examine a few of them, all working AGAINST Tony's re-election.

No one should have to spend much brainpower to see that is the real situation. Otherwise, you would see or hear the Mayor rattling them off, and face off his critics instead of hiding from exposure.

It would unfold like that line from some comedy group, "In a battle of wits, Antonio is unarmed." But imagine that statement delivered by the late movie trailer voice-over king, Don LaFontaine.

Do you remember the L.A. Times story back last year that published the list of "accomplishments" of Tony's administration?

Well, have they spinsters brought out that list to brag about anymore? NO? Do you still wonder why?

POSITIVE comment about the Mayor to support a re-election to the office IS NOTICEABLY ABSENT compared to challengers' comments.

It's so much easier to attack and ridicule the others, like a magician who works to distract the audience while his sleight-of-hand maneuvers proceed unobserved by the audience. Complain about the others loud enough and TONY and his ills might not be noticed in all the commotion stirred up.

Unfortunately for the incumbent, the facts are the facts, and if Tony chooses to ignore them, it just gives the L.A. Weekly more material to expose, but it does not change the facts.

To be clear, Zuma is my choice, not Walter, and knowing Antonio for so many years, back in the days before he soured on the idea of service to the public in favor of plundering at all costs, I will not ever vote for him again- and based on the very visible facts.

in l.a. VOTING FOR ZUMA DOGG

February 21, 2009 6:08 PM  

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