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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

Opposition to Measure B is growing .  Ron Kaye reports that Council Members Bernard Parks, Dennis Zine and Greig Smith have gone on record opposing the controversial DWP measure and that "Bill Rosendahl, is now undecided."  Kaye also notes that 32 Neighborhood Councils and two NC coalitions, at least seven homeowner groups and business organizations, the county Republican Party and the Harbor Democratic club have joined the opposition.
I stated yesterday I don' t get the billboard wackos   even though one of them TRIED to explain it .  However Solomon Wolfson AKA SolWolf writing at the always excellent Notes from Los Angeles makes an excellent point about how the law of unintended consequences  can never be broken - that is the billboard sickness could have a chilling effect on political speech.  Just this week noted Probama illustrator Shepherd Fariey got a visit to his Echo Park studio by one of those pesky billboard inspectors over his now legendary Obama HOPE poster.

Industry news source FTVLive is reporting that NBC may outsource local news operations at it's owned and operated stations , perhaps to local Fox stations who NBC has an agreement with to share programming.  Apparently NBC brass aren't happy with the revenue performance of their local news divisions and their associated websites.  According to sources, NBC honcho Jeff Zucker wants to align the local websites with MSNBC.  The report says however that the outsourcing program will not affect KNBC here in Los Angeles.

If you're interested in having input into the legislative redistricting reform contained in the voter approved Proposition 11 last fall, here's your opportunity.   The California State Auditor will hold a public hearing  on Monday, February 23rd from 11am to 5pm at the Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

The San FernandoValley Republican Club has released a list of recommended voters and ballot measure positions for the March 3rd election .  To me the most interesting thing is how many Republicans are not running in some of the various races.

City Council President Eric Garcetti is holding a competition for local residents to design bike racks  to be built and installed in his District.  The prize for the winning design is $2000.  How about a contest to design a better City government? Oh wait - that's Garcetti's job!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl is an unreliable turncoat. He's for the zoo exhibit. He's against the zoo exhibit. Because of this reason. Because of that reason.

What a loon.

February 18, 2009 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl had a photo op supporting pico-olympic, with the mayor and then mayor of Beverly Hills. Then a group of noisy people showed up at a transportation committee he attended making the same claims they'd been making for 18 months and which had been addressed at many meetings, and he'd been fully aware of that -- but then he turned coat on that and made it like he'd just heard of it. As soon as anyone makes any noise he'll change his mind on a whim because he wants to be liked. So he can't be relied upon to hold a steady line.

He proposed the parking meter raises but when the reaction hit the fan, he was right there blaming the transportation dept. again for not proceeding with enough community feedback.

February 18, 2009 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

very true.

February 18, 2009 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Rosendahl had the balls to vote against the billboards while the other morons on council caved in for $$$$$. Perry started the billboard mess with wanting another park in South LA and it went downhill after that. She stated it was part of a lawsuit from MTA. She's an idiot! Rosendahl will oppose Measure B because the entire city council was pressured by Villaraigosa to hurry and vote to put on ballot without having a clue how much it really cost. David Nahai is an idiot who's making over $300,000 from our tax dollars.

February 18, 2009 2:52 PM  

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February 18, 2009 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl never "had the balls to vote against billboards" -- you're referring to the one time he voted against the rest, over LA Live, when he voted NOT in principle but because he felt that the amount that was negotiated for the deal 15 years ago was too little. As usual Rosendahl was reacting with his emotions to the thought of the moment.

And it was too little, as many said, but Rocky's city attorneys told everyone that the billboard deal had been a condition of the original overall deal so they'd have a sure case against the city if the city reneges. Based on that advice from the attorneys who would be in charge of carrying out the suit, they had little choice. As usual with Rocky's deals.

Plus the vote was not to proceed, but just to study the matter, including safety issues. They recently voted to put all LED billboards on hold in favor of Feuer's state bill, for 2 years, to do that, study safety issues. Which would give them a perfect out without a lawsuit.

You're right about Perry though, along with Reyes supporting her and wanting the same for his district. Even Janice Hahn and Wesson want their own exceptions, which has undermined the ban in the past. But getting them to understand that their actions have implications across the city has been a tough thing to do. Anyone who does so risks being labeled "elitist" and patronizing. As they were by Jan Perry. Finally enough of them seem to have seen the light (of LED's after their residents screamed about them).

February 18, 2009 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As the public outcry against Measure B grows loud, more and more people are asking for who Garcetti was whoring when he pushed the measure onto the ballot while PURPOSELY withholding relevant negative information from his Council colleagues.

More and more of Eric's Council colleagues are really pissed and they are expressing it by publicly repudiating his advocacy of Measure B.

"Umm, Houston, we have a problem." Our City Council President, who wants the residents of CD 13 to re-elect him, just blew a huge hole in his credibility. He is a manipulative tyrannt - even to his own colleagues. Nice.

Let's put a sincere and committed progressive in Eric's seat:

Gary Slossberg

A CD 13 resident who has had enough.

February 18, 2009 4:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm going to win that $2000 for the best design of a bike rack.
On the top of it will be the inscription, "The Los Angeles City Council" is the best city council on the planet Earth."

February 18, 2009 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager H. David Nahai has said LADWP can’t advocate for Measure B. Mr. H. David Nahai is a Board Director at the California League of Conservation Voters.

“CLCV has a history of endorsing local measures of significant environmental importance and scope. Measure B certainly fits that description.”

Did Mr. Nahai endorse Measure B as a CLVC Board of Director?


February 18, 2009 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is the Mayor using DONE who has the biggest e-mail blast to all neighborhood councilsd allowed to use it for all this bullshit? What a far cry from the good old Hahn days. Say what you will but now people are finally seeing the corruption right in front of themselves. People were told that if Villaraigosa was Mayor all this sneaky, lying, back room deals, political payoffs, non profit corruption, developer deals for campaign money and so on would happen. Welcome to Los Angeles the land of Shame.

February 19, 2009 7:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl is for Measure B as of today. Check back with him tomorrow.

February 19, 2009 7:04 PM  

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