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Friday, March 20, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday.

What's one way to help the City raise desperately needed cash without raising taxes? Sell the LA Zoo and the LA Convention Center. Who was the local elected official who said "Why do we have to own a zoo?" Give up? Mayor Villaraigosa suggested such during a conversation with the LA Business Journal (via Reason) that privatizing the Zoo and Convention Center might be the way to go

Snappy repartee between the City Council and LA Departmen of Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks. Following criticism over his decision to cut the City's low income pet onwer spay/neuter program over Department budget woes Boks responded, "This was a crisis situation. When the Titanic is sinking, you go and plug the holes first." To wit Council Member Richard Alarcon offered this smart rejoinder, "I wouldn't heed the advice of the captain of the Titanic any more than I trust Ed Boks in this regard."

The campaign of City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich has released a statement saying that both Trutanich and City Council Member Jack Weiss are in a dead heat with 35 percent of the vote each and 30 percent undecided in a recent poll. The Trutanich campaign also says that Weiss appears to have alienated his own political base, "Twice as many voters in Council District 5 rate Weiss unfavorably as favorably (34 percent to 15 percent, respectively)."

San Francisco Mayor and Gubenatorial candidate Gavin Newsom in LA to take Antonio's cameras, microphones, and most importantly money.  Newsom is also by far beating Antonio in the Twitter wars with nearly 92,000 followers compared to Antonios's 900.  And as Joe Mailander noted Antonio's Twitter page has that "not so fresh" feeling when compared to Newsom's.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I really want to vote for Carmen Trutanich, but the more I hear that idiot, Kevin James, talk about him I am leaning the other way.

March 20, 2009 4:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope that President O'bama will do what I am now going to do. I apologize for calling Zooma Dogg a retard. Even though he IS a retard. I should not have said it.

March 20, 2009 5:16 AM  

Anonymous bescht said:

If we didn't have a zoo, what would buffoon Tom Labonge focus his efforts on?

Constituent service? Ha!

March 20, 2009 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Newsom has done more by far for his city then LA Mayor. He's accomplished the issues of education, evironment, healthcare, traffic, housing, homelessness and so much more. He can speak without reading cue cards and answer questions off the top of his head. I'm undecided but this guy has charisma with the crowds he speaks to.

Why didn't any TV local media show the illegal protesters outside Obama speech yesterday. KFI were only ones to mention and broadcast. BUT leave it to NY and other cities media to show video. Pathetic local media in LA. Boycott their stations and don't watch them anymore.

March 20, 2009 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




let me repeat that


March 20, 2009 8:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

May 1st illegals are marching again and guess who pays will pay the special event waiver? LEGAL RESIDENTS. If Villaraigosa is running for Gov. this will show cities like Burbank, Glendale, Culver City, Santa Barbara, and other CA cities what a 3rd world mess Villaraigosa has made his own city. So go right ahead and march.

(yesterday's outside Miguel Contreas School) Yes, the Miguel that was found dead with a hooker.

....Nearby, protesters calling for immigration reform waved flags, carrying banners reading "Legalizacion! Ahora!" and playing mariachi music. Protester Vicky Marquez said she has not seen her children, who live in El Salvador, in 13 years.

"I haven't hugged them, I haven't kissed them, it's not right," said the local union member, through a translator


March 20, 2009 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If we didn't have a Zoo, LeBong would be free to turn Griffith Park into the Disney theme park he's always wanted!

March 20, 2009 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The comments posted start off so well for this Friday with the usual name-calling. I don't agree with a lot of Kevin James' opinions, but he is correct in many of his assessments.

Not voting for Trutanich means what? Voting for Weiss? THAT would be foolish all by itself, but if doing that as a protest of James' commentary? Well, is that good decision making in action?

JACK WEISS gets on the voter's bad side as they learn more about him. The majority of his votes would come from people who know little of his history and style.

"Why would MAYOR ANTONIO sell the City Zoo?" Because he can. Well, almost.

He's just throwing ballast overboard because he wants to balance the budget for his attempt to be Governor. Like cleaning the house before company comes over, he wants to make a good impression and can't have things out of order.

The Zoo would be fine if there were proper fiscal management in city council and in the Zoo itself. The Elephant Pen issue did not help things. What a disaster of a discussion that was at City Hall.

Villaraigosa would sell off whatever he could of the city property like a young relative sells off a deceased relative's property at an estate sale. It usually a case where the property has no sentimental or other value to the administrator. Personal items, collections of You-Name-it, all are expendable for cheap. Just a job to get done. Good thing for the deceased that they don't see that happening.

Here, Tony is planning on leaving and the property is a means to an end. The difference is that we are not yet dead, unlike lots of the thinking process that goes on at city hall.

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March 20, 2009 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Sam Zell wants to buy the LA Zoo.

As a matter of fact, lets just let him buy the whole city...

March 20, 2009 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Antonio Villar say, "there is no such thing as illegals". when he was asked a question about illegal aliens??

Well, according to the United States President Barack Obama, "Let's face it, they are here ILLEGALLY!"

HELLLLLOOO, Did you hear the Prez say that Villar & City Councilmembers or was that lost in translation?

Maybe soon to be loser Jack Weiss will march with Antonio and the illegals on their May Day : - )

March 20, 2009 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You really want to vote for Carmen?...sure you do!! You really want to vote for Weiss and you REALLY want Kevin James to stop attacking Weiss!

I can see why you would use that angle. It's not going to work, but I get it.

Trutanich will win, with or without your vote!

March 20, 2009 1:58 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Not voting for Carmen Trutanich because you don't like Kevin James? At least Kevin has the guts to stand up against the Mayor and the party machine that is hell bent on inflicting Rocky II on us (geddit? Jackass is another Delgadillo). Apart from McIntyre and Terry Anderson, no other radio hosts are even letting the listening public know that there really is another candidate who is more qualified for the job that that dirty-money lap-dog career politician Jack Weiss.

Carmen has my vote because he shares the same beliefs that I do, and I think all of you do too - enough with Villar photo-op politics, no more rubber stamping bad (really bad) City Hall decisions (did I hear digital billboards?), no sitting on public safety issues because they're a little bit too touchy for Villar and his gang.

If you really have a problem with Kevin James, pick up the phone and tell him, but don't let Villar stick us with Rocky II!

March 20, 2009 7:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich never even voted in a city election until last month, let alone held any office where he was held accountable or faced the kind of scrutiny Weiss has for years, when he voted for himself. All Trutanich had was a campaign of negative attacks on someone with a long, solid record of accomplishments as legislator, prosecutor and citizen.

State Treasurer and former California State Attorney General (for 8 years until 2006) Bill Lockyar is among those strongly endorsing Weiss, citing among other things their work together on the DNA issue.

Today's L A Weekly article by Christine Pelisek notes that Weiss is the only one who's been advocating to test rape kits since 2002. It's not his fault if the majority were too-shortsighted. When he's City Attorney he'll make L A the leader in fighting and solving crime.

March 20, 2009 7:11 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

This one's obviously from the Weiss campaign:

"Trutanich never even voted in a city election until last month"

So what?

"let alone held any office where he was held accountable"

Are you kidding? Accountable? Jackass takes dirty money from contractors, gets our tax-payer matching funds, and then does NOT return them. That's "accountable?" Gimme a break!

"or faced the kind of scrutiny Weiss has for years,"

Scrutiny? Are you on something? If it were not for NBC's investigative report "Laundered Elections" (which you'll find on YouTube) Weiss and Rocky and the Mayor and Greuel would all have escaped public scrutiny. Jackass has NEVER publicly explained WHY he kept our money - he hides behind spokesholes.

"All Trutanich had was a campaign of negative attack"

Oh, and Jackass' pathetic phony Republican Mailer was honorable?
What about the Weiss attacks on Trutanich claiming he represents the NRA?
What about the Weissass attacks on Trutanich claiming it was wrong to provide legal representation to people charged with crimes?

If you think Trutanich was negative in the primary, wait for the run-off; Jackass will be outed as the phony he is.

And of course:
"someone with a long, solid record of accomplishments as legislator, prosecutor and citizen."

Legislator? Oh, you mean the disastrous Billboard settlement that Jackass and Rocky stiffed us with that gives the billboard companies 900 free digital billboards.

Prosecutor? Jackass claims 8 trials 10 years ago. Only 2 can be verified. One of those was Darlene Gilespie - go and Google her. She was a former Mouseketeer that Jackass sent to jail for 3 months.

Citizen? You mean the asshole that couldn't be bothered to attend Neighborhood Council meetings in his own district? That citizen? The one who was almost recalled?

Get real!

March 20, 2009 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Kevin James supports Carmen T, then that's a bad sign. Kevin is one of those Walter Moore candidate slate guys. Everyone he backed lost.
He even went with Suzy Evans for controller? I guess you can't completely hold it against Carmen though.

March 20, 2009 9:41 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

"Kevin is one of those Walter Moore candidate slate guys. Everyone he backed lost."

Who did you back? How well did they do? If you're going to take cheap shots like that then take a hard look at the facts. Walter Moore's pick for Controller did better, way better than Nick P. In the City Attorney race, I did better than Noel (who is a great guy) and I was beaten by Amerian by only 9,000 votes. Amerian spent $384k, I spent $16k. Trutanich spent $680k, Weiss $1.7M.

Money talks in LA politics, but the Moore's slate was a brilliant piece of strategy - it upset Villar's dream of a big enough margin of victory to claim the democratic seal of approval for governor, and forced Weiss into a run-off that he will lose.

Yeah, more money would have been great, but what we achieved with what little we had is remarkable.

What's going on now is playing right into the Mayor's hands because instead of focusing as a group on the one man that can really throw a wrench in the Mayor's plan of having Weiss the lap-dog as his rubber stamp, we're bitching about Kevin James and his support for the guy who can and will be our next City Attorney if we all realize that we can score a major defeat against the Villar photo-op make-believe machine.

Carmen Trutanich is an excellent choice for City Attorney, let's all agree that he'll be better than anything that the Mayor wants, and more to the point, he actually be a good thing for LA politics - he prove that there is an alternative to 'business as usual' and he'll send a shock wave through City Hall and give those facing re-election in 2011 something to worry about.

March 21, 2009 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


How can you think that Trutanich never voting in a city election until last month is just ... so what?

That is terrible. So horrible that he has no right to run for anything, much less win. We want apathetic voters (or whatever his reason is) to go out and vote, not go out and run before they even start voting. And if his reason isn't apathy, then what?

Vote for involved voters not know-it-all wannabes.

March 21, 2009 12:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And to 7:40:

I'd like to see a poll of which councilmembers attend which neighborhood councils and how often>

That would be very interesting indeed. Short list, my guess.

March 21, 2009 12:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Take a valium, Berger. Take a few. You got nothin' anyway. And don't you know that the sham "debate" you keep saying Weiss didn't show for was organized as a front to attempt that recall by a handful of people who are on record admitting it; when that didn't work (they got nowhere near the votes they claim, which are unverified and they're embarrassed by how few they got), they decided on backing Trutanich and set up the sham event of course stacking the small room with invited guests from their failed little effort. They're a very narrow interest group of mostly old people who are angry that the 50's are gone.

Don't you know you were just a prop, Berger? That group has always been a lobby for Trutanich just like for Vahedi. Ask Robyn Ritter-Simon, who told the Times they should file as a political lobby with the Ethics Commission. If we really still had reporting at the Times they'd have followed up.

You're just a crazy-sounding prop and duped mouthpiece for them and you don't even know it. What's most shameful is that phony Trutanich knows it and pretends he doesn't, having promised them anything they want to play along.

March 21, 2009 1:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, let's get that right. If Kevin James supports a particular candidate, then that's a bad sign?

All the candidates he supported lost? Most of the candidates running against incumbents lost. So if you are a Kevin James pick, you will not win? That's hardly a barometer of any cadidate's merit.

WEISS is a phony, a rubber-stamp, yes-man, who follows Villaraigosa like a valet. Picking him- aside from poor qualifications for the office- would give Villaraigosa another foothold that cancels out another segment of the checks-and-balances that you have in city government. Greuel as Controller is Villaraigosa's other follower.

Weiss has NOT practiced law for the last 7-plus years- before that, less than 10 years of practice, being a 1992 bar admittee. He is a lightweight, looking for office as a career politician.

Only his friends and family (and special interests associates) will be expected to vote for him- and they know that's the only reason.

He's also an arrogant and nasty guy who's trying to clean up his image in Council meetings by showing up for one thing, and being more vocal while there, to counter that fact- look for that act up to election day.

March 21, 2009 1:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:41, Rumpole/ David Berger IS "one of those Walter Moore slate guys," who think the cops should be going around demanding citizenship papers of anyone who looks Latino or like they might be illegal.

Gee, how do you tell? I know quite a few Irish bartenders in Santa Monica who overstayed their visas, and plenty of others. Oh right, the cops will go up to anyone and "demand your papers" like the Gestapo or in some communist country like China or N. Korea. Only McIntyre and James and a handful of right-wing kooks who can't think things through to a logical conclusion agree with that for a minute -- even among the conservatives the execution of such an idiotic "law" is anathema. Shaw Sr. has said that forcing everyone to prove their citizenship without cause is a price he thinks is fair -- he's a tragic but ignorant man in that regard.

Hey, Rumpole/ Berger, if you can get past your irrational and hysterical screaming and think it out a little, and unless you're secretly working on behalf of the ACLU or MALDEF, which would make nice livings suing the city over such gratuitous stops/ harassment, think about the costs to the city.

Yes 9:41, the fact that Rumpole/ Berger admits Trutanich sees the world as he and Walter and Kevin James do, is a red flag right there. No, it's a HUGE RED LIGHT.

March 21, 2009 1:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And why in the world should Weiss attend every NC meeting? Making such a claim is ignorant; that's what field deputies do. Any CM only attends selectively as appropriate.

March 21, 2009 1:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are thousands of Mexican Americans (NOT ILLEGALS) don't confuse us who agree with Obama that illegals (whatever race, Asian, UK, Russian..)need to pay a fine for overstaying, get to the back of the line, fill out proper paperwork and learn fucking ENGLISH. Let those idiots march come Masy 1st. Show the entire nation what a bunch of ungrateful, demanding, losers you have become in our city. You have over crowded our schools, closed health care clinics in poor areas, waste our tax dollars on WIC and Welfare and continue to drive with licenses or insurance. 46% hit and runs in Los Angeles are by illegals. If you dared protest in Mexico all you would be shot. The illegals have ruined our city and I agree with Walter turned into 3rd world country. They live like pigs. Weiss is going to lose no question because he is nothing more then a whipping boy for Antonio and supports illegals. He's making the rounds unannounced at meetings now. The grass roots movement does not support him.

March 21, 2009 8:53 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Wow! All those "anonymous" posts. The Weiss campaign coolaide drinker must be really worried that the poor little rich boy really is going to get his ass handed to to him on a plate on May 19.

So Trutanich never voting in a city election until last month is ... So horrible that he has no right to run for anything
I see, so now you want to control who is allowed to vote based on voting record. Have you even bothered to check Weiss's voting record? Based on the number of City Hall votes that Weiss missed, he's not qualified either. You can't have it both ways.

I'd like to see a poll of which councilmembers attend which neighborhood councils and how often
Here you go again. Weiss did not attend any meetings, except for one where he was supposed to explain his support for more high-density housing in his already traffic-choked district. During the meeting he didn't listen to anyone, just kept playing with his Blackberry. When he could not answer questions about payments he received from the developer/contractors, he walked out.

You're guy is so deep in the pockets of developers that he now has a serious problem. Not only do voters now know who Weiss is and what he represents, but his "supporters" - the developers and contractors, are kinda miffed at having to lash out another $1.7M to get their boy 33% of the vote when the Mayor promised them a cake walk.

And don't you know that the sham "debate" you keep saying Weiss didn't show for was organized as a front to attempt that recall by a handful of people who are on record admitting it
I wasn't referring to debates, I was referring to regular meetings where Weiss was a no show. As for the debate your talking about, that was one of about 22 throughout the City. Weiss showed up at only one of those. Why? Because the media shamed him into coming. He cares nothing about ordinary residents.

Oh and the later point you make about Field Deputies is a good one, except for the fact that when Weiss's Field Deputy got too much on the side of his constituents and ran out of excuses for his lack of concern, she was fired.

You're just a crazy-sounding prop and duped mouthpiece for them
Right. When you lose the argument, resort to personal attacks. Boy your Weiss lackeys are really getting desperate. Is this stuff on the latest Weiss Talking Points?

Rumpole/ David Berger IS "one of those Walter Moore slate guys," who think the cops should be going around demanding citizenship papers of anyone who looks Latino or like they might be illegal.
Yet another Weiss talking point response. Overstaying Irish barkeeps are not a problem. They don't kill people. Illegal alien gang members do kill people. I guess part of the Weiss strategy is to embrace the illegal alien gang members and what, give them our home addresses? Is that what you want Mr. Weiss?

You talk about "red flags and RED LIGHTS" but what you are doing is a red flag. You are trying (and failing) to create a debate about something that isn't an issue because you've lost the debate. Weiss is a pathetic example of a floundering career politician who has lost the support of the Mayor's machine (Ace Smith has left the building) and is now resorting to a video camera toting campaign manager who not only doesn't know Weiss and his troubled history, but is resorting to blogging lies and racist rhetoric to try to gain some ground in the last days of the Weiss era.

Weiss is going down, and pretty much everyone here except the Weiss blogger (not bloggers) knows it. Come on, keep trying. How about a few more personal insults? It's very entertaining and as it looks like a rainy day in LA, perhaps I'll keep on posting.

You can always attack my record as a DA when all else fails. I'll give you some ammo if you like. I've sent criminals to prison for life. Some of them were illegal aliens, that must be racist, right?

You can attack the 36,905 people who voted for me, or better still, the 168,699 who voted for anyone but Weiss. We're all not as insightful as you and Weiss. We're all stupid racists.

You know what, give it your best!

March 21, 2009 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think all of the Jack Weiss bashing is becoming irrational. I'm starting to get turned off by it.

March 21, 2009 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm an outsider who is deathly afraid of the future of life in the city under the triple "leadership" whammy of the mayor, Bratton and Weiss! Bratton's "no brainer" ad in support of Weiss has forced us to project how the City Attorney's department would function under the leadership of Jack Weiss. We've watched Weiss' behavior during a few of the city council meetings that we have attended. He might have been physically present, but it was painfully obvious to us that he wasn't paying attention to the citizens who were addressing the council. One would pray that he would have the decency to bow out of the election now and find another line of work better suited to his personality and interests. Dealing with "the little people" doesn't appear to be his path in this lifetime.

March 21, 2009 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're political outsiders. We're deathly afraid of the direction that the city will take under the triple whammy leadership of the mayor, Bratton and Weiss. We were disgusted with Weiss' behavior and indfference to the public speakers at the city council meetings we've atttended. His arrogance was stunning. One can only pray for some divine intervension before the May election -- and hope thatWeiss will do the humane thing and withdraw. It's painfully obvious to us that he has chosen the wrong career path. The poor fellow seems to abhor dealing with the "little people"...

March 21, 2009 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This loser needs to go away. Zuma Dogg warned the city about the Village Idiot Jeff Carr, the lame, inexperienced, brain dead Gang Czar. He didn't even know where the gangs were. We have the gang banger Mayor and his inexperienced puppet boy the Village Idiot Jeff Carr. The gang intervention guys make fun of him, cops make fun of him, when he shows up to a homicide everyone whisper "here comes the loser" and his salary is $145,000. They should cut his salary and the 16 Deputy Mayors who do nothing salaries.

LA Slimes....Jeff Carr, the mayor's gang reduction leader, acknowledged that there's been a recent uptick in gang violence after a long lull in the area, which falls under the LAPD's Northeast division. But he said there's no strong evidence that there's all-out raging war underway among the most notorious gangs in the region.

Still, he understands the fear that students, parents and educators feel, and he said police and other agencies are responding to their concerns.


Carmen will wipe Weiss with toliet paper off the wall. The numbers are growing for him

March 21, 2009 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Cure LA said:

Would you vote for anyone supported by Haikula? Whomever she's blogging for, CARMEN, vote the other way.

March 21, 2009 11:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who did hakula vote for? She was outta here months ago and I only recall that she liked mccain I don't remember her saying anything about the locals.

March 22, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HaikuLA = Fanatic for "Nuch"

March 22, 2009 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Haikula was only not allowed to post threads anymore but posts anon. here and elsewhere. She was a big Weiss- basher. Since being turned away from city hall where she's persona non grata she hates anyone at City Hall but for personal reasons, she'd like to get revenge on any of them.

March 22, 2009 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Rumpole:

Keep banging away at Wacko Jacko.

His minions are scared to death!!!!

His campaign advisors are already working on MAV's 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

His poll numbers are terrible.

More people voted against him than for him. AND HE WAS THE FAVORITE!!!

Let's make sure this fool never becomes city attorney.

March 24, 2009 10:09 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Weiss is really desperate. He's courting Michael Amerian to see if he can get his claws on Micheal's Armenian base. Now remember, it was Amerian who was brave enough to personally finance tv ads decrying Weiss a City Politician with no experience or ethics.

Apparently, Weiss has thick skin because he's prepared to forgive and forget. After all, it's only politics, and Weiss thinks Amerian might be bought with the promise of a promotion.

No dice. Michael Amerian promised us he's a prosecutor not a politician, so Weiss's overtures are in vain.

Weiss's latest strategy is to try to politicize the office of City Attorney. Yes, even though it's supposed to be a non-partisan election, Weiss is going around to as many Democratic Associations that will give him time. They obviously don't know about his filthy ethics and his near recall by local Democrats.

It's precisely what you'd expect from a career politico facing the daunting prospect of actually needing to get a job!

55 days to the election and the welcome prospect of a Weiss-free City!

March 24, 2009 10:54 PM  

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