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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Sunday

The LA Times has given a half-hearted endorsment of Mayor Villaraigosa.  Of course, no one is surprised by this.  In the meantime Villaraigosa's strategy is as if there is no election, telling Rick Orlov
"I don't take umbrage that people want me to debate," Villaraigosa said. "What I say is judge me by what I've done. I'm going to knock on doors and talk to voters."

Nearly $3 million in special interest money has gone to the campaigns of City Controller candidate Wendy Greuel and City Attorney hopeful Jack Weiss.  On the other hand, Greuel's nearest competitor Nick Patsaouras has raised just over $100,000. Better walk those precincts and make those calls Nick.

MetBlogs notes that Mayor Villaraigosa, Tom LeBong and Richard AlarcCON all seem to be inspired by rock legend Huey Lewis in photos on their websites.

Measure B is getting most of the attention this election season but Measure E is yet another scam by the politicians to divert your money to people who can do something for them.  Claiming that LA needs to bring business to the City - which it does - LA's leaders want to direct big chunks of your tax money to certain businesses who agree to locate here.  Council Member Wendy "I never saw a giveaway I didn't like" Greuel is of course supporting this measure and once again spouting mistruths claiming that nearby cities like Burbank do this and gave big bucks to Yahoo to locate in that city.  Not true says Burbank City Manager Michael Flad who said not one dime was given to Yahoo, "We don't try to bribe people to come to Burbank . We find ways to encourage businesses, not buy them off."  It's not a lack of corporate welfare that drives business out of LA, its the City's business unfriendly regulatory environment, high crime and high taxes - as well as a well developed NIMBY contigent.

The Daily News has come out against both Measures B and E.  In their editorial the paper points out that both shady propositions would despite their best intentions "unnecessarily change the City Charter with vague and restrictive requirements that could saddle Angelenos with bad policy for decades to come."

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wish Villar would knock on my door! He wouldn't be able to avoid that debate.

February 22, 2009 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:15am, He knows that,too. Don't expect Tony anytime soon.

He'll never be on the streets of L.A. without a human buffer-zone.

Well, maybe when he courted Mirthala, he had them park around the corner, but that all done, right?

Can't help but observing, in cd-14

February 22, 2009 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villar needs to learn how to use the word "umbrage" before attempting to use it in public.

February 23, 2009 12:55 AM  

Anonymous mickey finn said:

The Rigid Digit Midget is going to knock on my door??? If I can avoid stepping on him, I'll give him a debate that will make him slink off down the street!

AV better not come whooping and hollering around my street in CD-1! If he has an ounce of sense, he'll knock on doors around his Mayor's Mansion - hmmm... maybe he plans to do that anyway?!

February 23, 2009 1:00 PM  

Anonymous g said:

NO WONDER THE LA TIMES IS HEADED OUT OF THE BUSINESS SHOWS THEY HAVE NO COMMON SENSE. WHY DO THEY THINK PEOPLE DON'T USE PAPERS TO PROMOTE BUSINESS BECAUSE IT COST TOO MUCH AND TONY IS GOING TO MAKE IT FAR MORE COSTLY. WHEN THEY CLOSE THERE DOORS SEND YOUR THANKS TO TONY V. HE HELPED IT HAPPEN.

February 24, 2009 5:52 PM  

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