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Monday, February 23, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

The Great Debate was a great success. I did a little Twittering here but network problems prevent a true live blogging effort. However, upwards of 60 people watched the live stream courtesy of Antonio Watch. Joe B. did a great job organizing everything. Our panel of Ron Kaye, Debbie Lopez and Jill Stewart rocked the house. For the best recap, check out Joseph Mailander at Street Hassle.

Update: Daily News story on the debate.

LAist post on the debate.

Both Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom were invited to participate in an fundraiser for the Lung Association where they would climb the steps of the tallest builidngs in their city to raise money for the charity. Apparently both eventually opted out with a Villaraigosa press aide, saying "It's not even on his radar."

The City is replacing some historic bridges in LA and preservationists are up in arms. The plans to replace the legendary but crumbling sixth street viaduct resemble something out of a Wal-Mart. Yet some good news is that plans for another famous local bridge, the Glendale-Hyperion include not only keeping the bridge looking the same but actually restoring it to it's original appearance from 1928. Considering modern construction techniques and how well Walt Disney Imagineering does in recreating vintage LA locales it shouldn't be that hard for the City to actually make public works look decent.

The City of LA gave up on the idea of building an airport on 17,000 acres of land it owns in Palmdale and now - as a part of shady Measure B - it wants to turn it into a solar farm. As great as that idea sounds LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich - in whose district the land sits - makes a good point that the City of LA took that land from local owners in Palmdale with the purpose of building an airport. Thought the City of LA couldn't make a go of it in running an airport there's no reason that Palmdale couldn't. Decency requires the land be returned to the local community; LA doesn't need to be running an empire.

Speaking of Measure B, appparently USC students are split on the issue. The university's paper, The Daily Trojan, quotes Mayoral candidate David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg “There really is no plan, and the DWP is not prepared for a project of this size. It’ll drive up rates, and then we won’t get a real solar plan, because we’ll just have this inefficient boondoggle.” An on campus forum will allow students to debate the matter on Wednesday.

If you're wondering what some of the fish or shrimp you eat may have eaten back on the farm, it may very well have been your dear departed dog or cat or other dead animal picked up by the LA City Department of Sanitation. Neon Tommy reports that the City has a contract with a rendering works located in Vernon where some 60,000 pounds of dead animals are dropped off by the City each month. The carcasses are boiled down where the remains are used for everything from biofuels to cosmetics to the meal fed to farmed seafood in Asia, that eventually makes it way back to LA diners' plates.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My favorite part of the Daily News article on "the great debate": "...a crowd of about 20 people at the forum organized by the mayorsam politics blog..."

20 people? ROFLMFAO 20 PEOPLE??? Wow Sammy, you are definitely able to bring home a "crowd!" LMAO You bullied Walter Moore to that debate for 20 people?

And you wonder why the mayor didn't show up. It's a circus with Sammy as the ringleader and only clowns in 1 ring.

Great debate??? Try great flop!

February 23, 2009 3:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:00 am, Hey dimwit, it was a taping
and webcast. The room only held that many people. Why do you think the location was undisclosed?

February 23, 2009 5:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anytime a politician says somthing "is not even on his radar", it comes off as incredibly arrogant and dismissive.

February 23, 2009 6:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Palmdale for a Measure B solar farm? Gee, the whole idea, according to DWP is "in basin" solar and no transmission lines. Looks like the council got snookered again. Don't these people ask any questions? Hey Wendy, you listening!

February 23, 2009 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby looks like a true dumbass for having a cubby hole promoted as something like an auditorium.

This, plus going up against the academy awards, is a classic doofus move. His response that he doesn't like the show is laughable; that's no the point. The point is whether or not people will be around to watch your self-serving "event".

Hahahaha. And Debbie "Valley Dope" Lopez as The Beaver.

February 23, 2009 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:29am Hey Dimwit, when your "webcast" gets 60 viewers, it is a FLOP.

It was held in a small venue because you knew damn well no one would show up. Point is all the hype over the "great" debate was BS.

February 23, 2009 11:41 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Oh you're back! It was nice to see you yesterday at the debate.

You know we never said it was an auditorium. You make yourself look foolish when everyone else knows you're wrong.

February 23, 2009 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam who is the jealous crybaby that loves to post crap on your blog? You saw him/her? I'm guessing it's Jim Alger or the Wacko Loon you say we can't mention.

February 23, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha ha ha. You suck. Yes, Michael did see me there, but he is absolutely not sure which one of us it is.

I'm voting for Villaraigosa because I think you're all nuts.

February 23, 2009 1:35 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

12:10 anon (of course) Why do you INSIST on dragging my name into every schoolyard fight on this blog.

Higby can't be talking about me, I am not even in town. How many times do I have to tell you kids that if I have something to say, I believe it enough to put my name on it?

The irony is that one reason a few get tied in knots is because unlike others who say one thing anonymously and something else to their face, I say what I mean. mean what I say and have the balls to put my own name on it.

Now, guess again Skippy.

February 23, 2009 3:40 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I can confirm Jim Alger was not at the debate.

Who is the Wacko Loon?

February 23, 2009 3:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can confirm Jim Alger was not at the debate.

Who is the Wacko Loon?


Is it The Used Mattress?

February 23, 2009 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or is it the Furry?

February 23, 2009 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's a Furry?

February 23, 2009 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for ZD.
Zooooom
Zooooom
ZooooomA!


On the real in LA.

February 23, 2009 10:40 PM  

Anonymous g said:

I'M GLAD RON KAYE JOINED THE PARTY AND HOSTED THE MAYOR FORUM SADLY I MISSED IT AND SO DID OTHERS BUT GREAT TO KNOW THAT RON SEE'S OUR NEED TO UNITE AGAINST THIS CORRUPT POLITICAL MACHINE IN DOWNTOWN POLITICS. REAL PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT WOULD BE A CHANGE, NOT THESE SPECIAL INTEREST MONSTERS WE KEEP GETTING. WE HAVE TO EXPOSE WHO THERE CONTRIBUTORS ARE BECAUSE I DON'T RUN INTO THEM ON THE STREETS. UNLESS THERE CONTRACTORS,UNION BOSSES,OR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR FAVORS. ONLY THE REAL TRUTH PUT IN FRONT OF VOTERS ON TV WILL BEGIN TO BREAK THERE HOLD.

February 24, 2009 5:15 PM  

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