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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Thursday

Excellent piece by Jill Stewart in the LA Weekly takes a look at the race for City Controller between Wendy Greuel and Nick Patsaouras . Greuel is viewed as a friendly and popular politician however a funny thing happened on the way to her coronation to succeed Laura Chick - a hardscrabble, battle worn old Greek who knows where the bodies are buried jumped in the race. A series of embarrassing moments for Greuel, pissed off voters, growing skepticism of incumbents tied to the failing economy and a perceived too cozy relationship with Mayor Villaraigosa has privately caused some in Camp Wendy to be "concerned." Stewart notes this in her piece; saying that the Greuel campaign is sensitive to the Villaraigosa issue and has backed off on joint appearances with the Mayor.

Steve Lopez chats with former Villaraigosa Planning Commission Jane Usher  who eventually left the family when she get tired of the shadiness that is LA City government.  Usher is hopeful for eventual change in LA but like many of us is terrified of the "terror troika" being elected to lead LA.  So she's backing Carmen Trutanich for City Attorney, most likely sensing that Jack Weiss is the most vulnerable and scariest of the troika.

The DWP finally managed to shut off a fire hydrant in the Valley that's been gushing 50 gallons of water a minute for the last ten days.  According to the Daily News, after several days the utility ultimately figured out how to save some of the water  while they tried to figure out how to turn off the flow.  The DWP seems to have a lot of trouble with hydrants lately .  And now they want to take over the solar industry in LA? Vote No on B!

Antonio Villaraigosa has one  and now Britney Spears is getting version 2.0 of her wax figure  at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. In the meantime, Joseph Mailander at Street Hassle has an audio-animatronic version of the Mayor for your amusement .

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick is an unknown to the vast majority in the city, and his appeal won't reach the younger crowd. The question is will the older NIMBYs come out in sufficient numbers to offset the union workers and those backing Villaraigosa. By avoiding him she's risking alienating a large Latino vote, while not getting the conservatives anyway -- Patsouris is too unknown to win but he does have a much bigger opposition vote than was originally expected.

People were originally inclined to Trutanich as the outsider he claimed to be but it's come out that he's not only Rocky's lawyer but his spokesman and puppetmaster since he specializes in criminals whose messes he cleans up. Not a good association for either of them.

And he has lied about being an environmental lawyer when he really defends the scum of the earth who believe polluting and dumping toxic waste and shooting baby seals is their "right." He denies that his firm's bread and butter includes the NRA which they defend AGAINST city and state gun ordinances, but he advertises in their magazines and touts their endorsements. He lies about what he does because he knows that while anyone has a right to a lawyer however scummy they are, we want someone on the right side of issues as our attorney. (Look at Rocky and billboards.)

His campaigning has been negative and nasty from the start, and all he has is promise and plans. His tv ads claim he's a prosecutor against gangs, but the last time he did that was in 1980 and even then for a short time. Then he sold out. As people are becoming aware of who he really is, even after a short couple of weeks, I'm seeing lots of horrified comments on the blogosphere and from within the legal community.

Amerian is too inexperienced and the other two have even less of a chance, so when you look at the competition, Weiss doesn't look so bad. Sure he's ticked off some of the westside NIMBYs but he's also ticked off the Eastside and black liberals, too, for supporting the westside and "the elites" "too much." Just watch the next CD5 person try and navigate this path in between the two opposite poles: it's nearly impossible.

Zev was under assault for the same and so was Feuer, and Woo disappeared with barely a blip. I'd love for a real "outsider" to waltz into city hall and stop the cranes and fix traffic, but fact is that without the support of the big guys, the Broads and Riordans and the rest, and forging a majority for your motions in the council, they'll end up more ineffectual than Feuer or Woo. That way, you get at least some of what you want. Them's politics.

February 19, 2009 2:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Jill Stewart wearing a name tag in case she forgets her own name? Where do you get these photos Higby?

February 19, 2009 3:57 AM  

Anonymous Phil Jennerjahn said:

I wish we had a wax figure of Mayor Villaraigosa that we could bring to all the candidate forums and debates that he has been skipping.

Angry voters might remember what he looked like.

And the wax figure might give better answers.

February 19, 2009 7:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jesse Rosas for CD1. Ed Reyes refuses to debate him.

Vote all the cowards out of office that refuse to debate.

February 19, 2009 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich is actually making a run of it. He's gaining traction.

But he in amateur, and amateurs will do nothing to anticipate what is coming next: nasty hit pieces from Weiss. Hang a lantern, Nuch, hang a lantern.

February 19, 2009 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes is being investigated by the City Ethics Commission for his 50th birthday party. That is where is raised funds for his campaign but for got to mention the donation goes for his campaign.

Just forgot to mention that, didn't you?

February 19, 2009 8:42 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Excellent news on Reyes's "birthday party" being investigated. Once in a while the Ethics Commission gets it right.

Pretty sure we did actually mention this little gathering of Ed's friends:


February 19, 2009 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Ed Reyes is being investigated by the City Ethics Commission for his 50th birthday party. That is where is raised funds for his campaign but for got to mention the donation goes for his campaign.'

De Leon did the same thing. The campaign promoter for Reyes, De Leon and the Mayor is Eliot Sekuler the Universal Studios Vice President of Media Relations. Eliot Sekuler insures that the Mayor, De Leon and Reyes benefit from Universal.

February 19, 2009 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rob Marinko exits the KABC "McIntyre in the Morning" show. Does anyone know why? I really like Rob on the air.

KLSX FM talk radio is dumping the lame format for Britney Spear's style Top 40. Friday is the last day.

Shame on Bratton endorsing Villaraigosa, Greuel and Weiss on TV commercials and campaign fliers. He's obviously being held hostage and has lost his ability to be a man and a leader.

February 19, 2009 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:09 AM

I too was wondering what happened to Rob on KABC Doug McIntyre.

8:02 AM

I agree! If they refuse to debate we need to vote them out. It's crazy that these ELECTED officials are refusing to debate!

What the HELL is going on????

If Wendy Greuel is smart she will not be caught dead with the gangster Mayor and his lover boy Jack Weiss. She's probably not that smart!

February 19, 2009 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy's commerical is making fun of city council approving funds for some buddahist place yet she VOTED YES on it. Then her commercial says the city loaned $5 mil to someone but doesn't say who. C'mon her association with the gang banger mayor is going to hurt. And the educated Latinos are NOT voting for Villaraboso. If the candidates running for Mayor were smart again go after Villaraboso's record. 3 times voted AGAINST hiring cops as councilman, lied to constituents about running for Mayor, had an affair on tax payers dime, wrote Vignali letter to support drug dealer. You don't think that will hit hard to residents. THINK, AGAIN

February 19, 2009 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Shame on Bratton endorsing Villaraigosa, Greuel and Weiss on TV commercials and campaign fliers. He's obviously being held hostage and has lost his ability to be a man and a leader.

February 19, 2009 9:09 AM"


Bratton is never held hostage, and he hasn't lost his abilty to lead. He has proven to have the highest approval ratings with high propensity voters and the some of the lowest disapproval ratings of any City official in every poll I've seen or heard of.

The man knows how to play the game (lest we forget his NY roots) and plays it well. What this shows is that he knows how to pick a winner. Don't think for a second that he is being coerced into giving his endorsement.

His endorsement is of the most coveted in LA and he gets what he needs to be efficient in return.


February 19, 2009 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Bratton & Villaraigosa are going up against Cooley & Baca.

Ratton & Villar endorse Jack Weiss and Cooley & Baca endorse Nuch.

We'll see who is more popular.


February 19, 2009 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Also the County Supes are endorsing Nuch.

February 19, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're in a different time and era folks. Yup Bratton isn't stupid and anyone in the valley will tell you his picture was on all the mailers last election not the Mayor's. Villaraigosa let's Bratton run his LAPD the way he needs to but for that Bratton has to endorse certain ways. Its part of the big picture boys and girls. Do you really think he doesn't know the baggage of the Mayor? Yeah right!!

February 19, 2009 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times is embarrassed about its premature endorsement of Trutanuch, and is a laughingstock for not having checked out his false claims. They don't know what to do now, not wanting to look even dumber by withdrawing it, but they're not playing it up, just hiding it out. They just wanted to put a wrench in the campaigns of the 3 forerunners, but now have lost all credibility with readers and their own reporters.

Something to do also with the tensions between the new publisher brought in to axe jobs, and shake things up within by ignoring the advice of experienced writers. But it's turned into amateur hour.

February 19, 2009 1:56 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Excuse me, I'm the only one round here that can use, "HOLLA!"

It's ya boy, Uncle MC Zuma Dogg!

February 19, 2009 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 12:10 p: Read comment above on Wendy commercial thread @12.52 before you spout off with dumb comments about who "the supervisors" are endorsing.

February 19, 2009 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Journos at our fishwrap of record spent months re-drawing the community lines within Los Angeles and have created a just-released interactive map of where some 87 L.A. communities begin and end (according to them).


Funny, didn't a few thousand neighbor activists already do this same thing at the turn of the 21st century in order to be certified as neighborhood councils... line-by-line, through intense historic justification for the City department.

People are responding at the Times site with comments like "I've lived here ALL my life, and I've never event HEARD that name used for where I live" and "ask our neighborhood council; they have the real map."

(True to form, the Times can't find REAL news with both hands free and a "St. Edward R. Murrow" medallion hanging around their necks -- but they can sure dawdle over a project (long enough to keep their jobs) to find a solution for a problem that actual community members solved years ago.

Equally funny, I'll bet you most of the people involved with the Times project actually live in Pasadena and Santa Monica.

February 19, 2009 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Holla THIS, you moldy overrated muttttttttttt. A couple more weeks and people won't even want you on their home videos, let alone local TV.

February 19, 2009 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times endorsed Parks over Ridley-Thomas and look how that turned out.

Opinion Editor Jim Newton went off to write a book on Eisenhower, then they fired publisher Hiller, then Newton came back out of nowhere, then Eddy Hartenstein comes in just to fire everybody, starting with the most experienced reporters who earned "too much," in favor of inexperienced interns who are cheap. And worth it.

Hartenstein says he's going to scrap the California section, backs off, but this week fired over a dozen staffers from the Metro desk keeping just the newbies, so in effect, California/ metro is dead anyway, at least not what it was even just a couple of years ago.

Over half the skinny pages are ads, the rest largely recycled from AP and other news sources. Very little reporting and research worthy of a big-city paper. It really is the "fishwrap" now.

The only way they can keep circulation up is to practically give the paper away -- when you try to cancel, they beg and plead and drop the price faster than at a TJ street bazaar. They've become a joke in every respect.

February 19, 2009 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil you're not one to talk about skipping debates nor wax figures. You look like one.

February 19, 2009 5:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Amerian is the same age as Jim Hahn when he became city attorney in 1985. Hahn had 2 years as a deputy, then went into private practice before becoming Controller. Amerian has 6 years in the city attorney's office.

Which is a lot more than Weiss and Nuch have.

February 19, 2009 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're actually comparing Amerian to Jim Hahn? With Hahn's father and name recognition and all those lifelong contacts? Not that Hahn himself deserved the shot, but Amerian is just one of 500 just like him who's done nothing special, no name recognition or public service other than holding down the job. He can be a useful assistant to the CA however, as can many people in his position.

February 19, 2009 10:50 PM  

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