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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Slow Internet Evening Hotsheet

Time Warner Cable is still having challenges (the support technician I spoke to said "the engineers are aware") but let's try to crank out the hotsheet I owe and maybe one for tomorrow through all the latency.

The Times points out something I've been saying frequently lately - City department heads like Police Chief Bratton should not be endorsing candidates in City elections. As the fishwrap notes "the Christopher Commission concluded, amid its many recommendations, that the chief of police should refrain from engaging in city politics. 'Because the chief's office is inherently powerful,' the commission wrote, 'it is unseemly for the chief to use that position to influence the political process. ... Such activity politicizes the chief, and ultimately the department.'"  We agree.

We've heard about this the last few days but how unseemly it was to have Mayor Villaraigosa - in the throws of a re-election campaign where he's yet to really discuss the issues - campaigning for Governor in Northridge last weekend?  As the LA Times notes "there was Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, giving a low-key pitch for his reelection next month without so much as a nod to his potential rivals in the June 2010 primary for governor."  Is California ready for an 11% Governor?

Political recurring disease Laurette Healey is back again hitching her wagon to yet another shady solar measure like she did with last year's Proposition 7.  Healey is using her vast mailing list to push Measure B.  Besides being opposed by those who know solar what both measures have in common are both Healey  and the so-called "Green Cowboy" David "I was there when FDR built the Tennessee Valley Authority" Freeman.  One wonders what's in it for them? We may eventually know.

If he's elected Mayor, Candidate David Hernandez promises to send Billy the Elephant to a sanctuary where he can be with other elephants.  Herndandez issued a statement saying that "Time has come for Billy the Elephant to join Ruby at the PAWS Sanctuary. It is clear the Los Angeles City Council and Special Interest Groups are using Billy as a bargaining chip in moving the Zoo’s Elephant exhibit forward."

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh please Higby how dumb can you be. Bratton clearly got tired of the lies about Weiss being made by his opponent and by the ignorance of his colleagues who want to insist they were right there with him on the issues like DNA when even the anti-Weiss Times documents a paper trail from 02. Even Smith strongly lashed out against their critics and Chick for trying to totally hide the work of their joint committee, out of ignorance or desire to get the credit herself for her trademark "women's health issues." (Those who think she's some selfless soul are so naive -- wasn't she on the council for 8 years and itching to get back into the game somehow?)

The op ed lobbying for Cooley's guy and NOT giving the real bio for Nuch is biased or ignorant -- the California section/ city reporters don't think much of the op ed staff in many cases.

And I say this as someone who doesn't particularly like Weiss's cool demeanor but beating up on the guy because you think he's aloof and arrogant is just petty and cutting off your nose to spite your face.

One minute you say the Fishwrap is dead, then hold it up as gospel when they dump on someone you love to hate. Which is it, hypocrite?

What's really insidious and appalling is that the County DA Cooley has pulled his buddy Trut out of a lucrative private practice defending sleazebags into the public fray, so that if he wins Cooley can control the City Attorney's office (and maybe hide some of Rocky's messes since he's his lawyer, I've heard) and then, once Nuch gets his feet wet, he'd run for the DA job when Cooley finally retires in 4 years.

As two conservative Republicans, although Trut calls himself an DTState for the election, they'd try to do anything they can to undermine the Democrats. Balance is ONE thing, but two buddies of a right-wing bent antithetical to mainstream LA, taking "control," is really scary. (Probably why Chick backed neither and endorsed long-shot Amerian, who has no major support or therefore chance. But she made her point.)

Everyone knows that gameplan for Cooley/ Nuch (some call him Cooley's Stooley), and it's just stupid of the Times Op Ed people to put out that Trut is really a prosecutor, when he hasn't done that in anywhere from 2+-3 decades depending on who you listen to.

He himself tries to fudge this for obvious reasons.) His whole adult life except a few early years are opposite of what's needed for the job.

Baca endorsed both candidates, maybe hedging his bets -- he seems to have some sort of battle with the Supervisors over funding for a new downtown jail.

But only Bratton can't tell the truth while he watches lies slung by amateurs who want on-the-job training when it comes to LAPD? The gangster he harps on his ads was like 30 years ago? Like the rest of us are old enough to care?

Don't give me your BS Higby that "we can remove Cooley because he's elected." Yeah like the challengers had a real shot, and the point is, he's leaving in 4 years anyway, wants to leave his own patsy/ surrogate behind.

If you want to vote out that gameplan, HERE is your chance.

These guys are ALL politicians and Bratton in fact has by far the most credibility and the ONLY one who knows about policing the City, vs. County Sheriff's dept. He's worked with Weiss and seeing these lies going unchecked said what he needed to. Like them or hate them Bratton and Weiss say what's on their minds, which is just what we need for independent working relationships. (Even if you hate Antonio which this blog does, ask yourself how great it is to have two right-winger friends control both City and County Prosecution and cover for each other? Is that "objectivity?")

Given the two choices I choose Bratton-Weiss-Antonio over the really blatant plan of Cooley- Nuch. Even the business- oreinted Chamber chose them over the right wingers.

IF there were another viable choice besides these extremes I might feel differently. If you want the "protest" candidates, anyone but Nuch. At least the others seem to be who they say they are, no ulterior motives. Hate his style if you want, but Weiss IS moderate. Any surprise where Zine stands given these poles? Smith the real moderate is going with Weiss. But only Zine can honestly support this Trutnuch.

It seems to be a case where the devils we know is way better than the ones we don't, running on false pretenses and almost entirely on negative insults. Often nasty, crude and childish. (LAST thing Cooley/Nuch want is for the truth to come out, and figured they'd have cheap, easy shots at Weiss given the cowards and opportuntists who'd stand back. They didn't count on Bratton telling the truth and likely seeing through this gameplan all prosecutors know -- and they're crying foul because their nasty games were interrupted.

Open your eyes, and make a RATIONAL choice, not an "anyone but the incumbents" choice.

-- Moderate Democrat in LA

February 24, 2009 11:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh lordy Don Quackers has turned on Joseph Mailander and thinks that his car radio is playing Walter Moore, Mike Higby and Cantinflas all at the same time! Ay caramba! Next will come all the DQ and MC anoymousas and Rita with her big boobs too!

February 24, 2009 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

About the previous post some nut is going to say it's "Ace Smith blogging furiously." Like he's on here at all let alone at night. His campaign is probably not even aware of this blog and would never post on anything the gadflies are known on.
That may have been part of their arrogance but Higby, just because someone doesn't pay attention to you is no reason spite your face. Think about it.

February 24, 2009 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Weiss camp at 11:09 you should be calling and not blogging putos.

February 24, 2009 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:14 do you think Weiss's camp would ever blog here especially at night? Maybe some of Antonio's jr. staffers do during the day for fun (get back to work!) but get real.

February 24, 2009 11:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is it Weiss or Smith or Junior Villaranoche? Indeed its the great Don Q searching the robber barons and the pinche gabachos and fighting his old buddy Joeseph Mailander on the Catholic Church and all that stuff.
Don Q is still searching, he's looking and wondering if Walter Moore hears Spanish on his radio or even pressing one while all the Republican pinche gabachos even Big Boobed Rita sing canciones to him.
WHo will blog next MC? Chinga tu madre putos!

February 24, 2009 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish):

We would like to know who Ms. Time is for His Has Been Nibbs spends, if you will, many quarter hours having "Robin Time". (Winks) Fifteen minutes is all that is necessary for either fame or the deed that perhaps secures it, savvy?

Postscript: My lord Mayor, rest assured that all of this information can be found quite easily upon the internet. If a pirate can find it, anyone can find it. Savvy?

February 24, 2009 11:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you want to know if Ace Smith reads the blog Ask Don Q.

He knows about those kind of robber barrons.

(Hint: yes, Ace does.)

February 25, 2009 12:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Don Q and why does he haunt Joe Mailander's blog? How many personas does he have? Does Joe know who he is? Joe even wanted him to moderate a debate, I'd like to see this Don Q.

February 25, 2009 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch is a good guy and would make a good City Attorney.

If there is a run off, I'd bet on him, but, I'd bet there won't be a run off.

Jack wins it in the primary.

End of game.

February 25, 2009 3:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Exactly why shouldn't the Mayr have shown up in Northridge last weekend, while out of town annoyances like Newsom were actively stumping. Not a word about what he said, or what he'd mean for SoCal, or anything of substance which actually affects our lives from Higby. You're the blog equivalent of putting up a picture of the same half dozen maybe eight people and looking for excuses for readers to lob paint balloons.

February 25, 2009 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Billy the elephant is in dire shape.

He is literally developing sores due to his standing in his own urine. It will be a miracle if he lives long enough to see the finish of the exhibit.

It has now become a matter of ego for La Bonge and John Lewis to get the work done so they can spend the money. But, what will they have?

They will have an inadequate facility for what they say they want, a breeding place for ten
(10) elephants.

This is crazy, since it costs over $100,000 a year to keep an elephant. Another Million dollars we don't have to salve LaBonge's need to crow.

Billy should be in the sanctuary known as PAWS. Bab Barker has offered to fund the entire thing, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, to build a place for him at PAWS and transport him there.

Instead, Karen Winnick and her husband (who made hundreds of millions in Global Crossing), got Sitrick to run a campaign that cost $250,000 to get the additional votes to keep building the wasteful exhibit. Heck, elephants rarely survivc when born in captivity.

Did your candidate, The Fool, tell us about this? Of course not. Want to know why?

It is because it wasn't readily discoverable by reading some newspaper or finding it on a blog.

So, there it is, Sam.

Go do something about Billy instead of pimping Saltsburg.

February 25, 2009 8:11 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Don't bitch at me about Billy the Elephant. We've pushed for him to go to a sanctuary as well as against Alarcon-Cardenas' Pacoima goofy elephant preserve plan.

You need to speak to the current Mayor, LeBong, Greuel and others. As well as the power players that are funding the GLAZA nuts.

David Hernandez said he'd free Billy. Maybe you and all your friends need to walk precincts for him the next five days.

Don't sit and bitch to a blogger to do something if you're not yourself.

February 25, 2009 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The griping against Billy staying at GLAZA is from people who confuse the current exhibit with the new one when complete, which has been confirmed as state of the art by all the experts. Like one of them said, let Cher and Lily Tomlin and the rest of the actors/entertainers do what they do and let the pros do what they do. The anthropomorphic stuff about head-bobbing is not relevant to animals and elephants. It would cost more to scrap and reconfigure the exhibit than put Billy in there -- with his buddies including females to mate with.

The premature death rates were based on elephants in OLD style zoos.

There is value in saying people need to know and love an animal to advocate for preserving it in the wild. In Asia where he's a native they live in much smaller quarters and are used for work.

At the existing sactuary he would't be able to mate. Creating a sanctuary in theSF Valley for the elephants with all the huge costs for maintenance/ staff/ insurance in a fire area no less, is just strange. It would cost a lot more to scrap the exhibit than go on with it, and reasons to do so are compelling. the rest of the money should go to humans in Parks & Rec facilities and programs, etc.

This was a lot of PC nonsense. An unknown like Hernandez making this a platform is almost as dumb as Walter Moore and Jamiel's Law.

What does Carlos Alvarez the 22- year old Communist want? And the pothead minister? Inquiring minds want to know.

February 25, 2009 10:32 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

Cher single handedly wrecked the whole 'free Billy' campaign in 2 minutes flat at City Hall.
Her stilted meandering comments undid a bunch of work many good people had done prior.
that's my take on that performance. how did she ever win an oscar, cause that was a shocker.

fire whoever brought her to council chambers. and she sucked out extra time if I remember correctly.

February 25, 2009 8:24 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

Hay, thanks, 2-24 11:11, for reminding me about my boobs being big and all. You should thank your lucky stars I've got 'em, cuz I'd be blogging a helluva lot MORE if I didn't suffer from Carpel Cleavage Syndrome-- WOO-HOO!!

February 27, 2009 3:08 AM  

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