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Friday, March 27, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Is Burbank based Assemblyman Paul Krekorian going to announce he is running to replace Wendy Greuel on the City Council? That was the buzz around  town Thursday evening.  Stay tuned!


Celeste Fremon thinks that it would be a good idea to change the City Charter so that His Imperialness Bill Bratton can serve ad infinitum as LAPD chief.  One wonders how consistent an old lefty like Celeste is and did she favor the Christoper Commission's term limits back when Daryl Gates was chief? I am also curious if Celeste thinks that the Police Chief should be dabbling in partisan and electoral politics, again much in contravention of the findings of the panel that sought to reform the LAPD in the wake of the Rodney King beating.  This is no different than the Republicans who were aghast at FDR's election to four terms and sought to change the constitution to prevent that from happening again.  Yet, when those very same term limits meant no more Ike after 1961, they wanted to change the game again.  Fortuanately, Ike was smart enough to know that was wrong.

Zach Behrens notes that Obama California campaign manager and Measure B godfather Mitchell Schwartz thinks there was a message in the defeat of the controversial proposition and hopes that LA's leaders take the hint. “When something that should be very popular doesn’t pass, it is a wakeup call to the mayor and the City Hall establishment," Schwartz told  Daniel Heimpel at the LA Weekly.

No wonder some of the "umbrella organizations" over Neighborhood Councils get scant participation from all but a fingerful of NC members citywide. Perhaps folks don't see these organizations as ready for "prime time." A recent notice I got from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition said "The LANCC meets on the first Saturday of each month: MEETING SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH."  Now, yes, I did graduate from LAUSD but I am pretty sure that March 28th is not the first Saturday of the month.

Now we know why the City has made significant increases to parking meter rates and cut back on hours you can park, severely impacting local business and residents: there's gold in them thar hills! Friday the Clowncil will transfer $56 million from a parking meter fund surplus to help cover the City's budget deficit.

The LA Times reports that Bergamot Station art museum in Santa Monica could be a victim of the Expo Rail Line.  Local NIMBYs want the legendary location to be used as a maintenance yard for the line, instead of a nearby industrial property that is within the NIMBY's line of site.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did anyone see Dennis Zine & Jacko Weiss grand standing in City Council today? I was there, they are so creepy. All of them!

Jacko Weiss the head of Public Safety, talking about animals being abused when he let gangs run a muck in Los Angeles.

Dennis Zine yelling and looking coo-koo about the animals when he wrote "Zine's Motion" and then went to sleep at the wheel. Have you noticed, he hasn't said a word about it since?

Stop acting like you care Dennis, the election is over!



CD 2

March 27, 2009 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg, will you please run for City Council in the next election????? The time to start is now.

You are one of the few in this City who really speak up for the people.

March 27, 2009 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

215=ed box

March 27, 2009 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:21

Ugh, gawd. Get a life, get a clue. Get (another) lobotomy.

There are reasons why Zuma Dogg is an unempployable gadflea. He doesn't have the sense to come in out of the rain.

Look up the term "demagogue" and you'll see why he's one in the making. Preying on people's distrust of government to get them to overlook his useless prattling based on superficial examination of agenda line-items.

A Ron Paul for the tin-foil hat wearers.

March 27, 2009 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't just the bulk of neighborhood council participants by the castoffs that end up rambling around places like LANCC.

There's a reason why these few spend more time under the "umbrella" than actually participating in their own NCs. They're usually not wanted "at home".

March 27, 2009 3:43 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

2:21pm, If there were $200,000, or so raised for a campaign, I GUESS I would have to consider running, since I don't have a job, or income, or anything.

When I ran for mayor, it wasn't about winning, it was about all the awareness raised in the media, but you don't get that during a city council election, for the most part. So if I ran, it would be to win. So if I don't think it would at least be a close one (and that will depend on who else runs, to some degree), forget it.

But if there were about $200,000 in a "ZD 4 CD 2" campaign, I think I would probably be able to win.

I, am not going to raise the money...so unless there is a TRUE grassroots movement to raise money (AND PLEASE DO NOT LAUGH, BECAUSE I AM NOT SAYING THERE WILL BE...BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY THAT EFFORT WILL EVER BE ORGANIZED AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL.)

So unless some benefactor drops $200,000 (minimum) into a ZD 4 CD 2 campaign committee, FORGET IT!

March 27, 2009 3:55 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"Demagogy (also demagoguery) (Ancient Greek δημαγωγία, from δῆμος dēmos "people" and ἄγειν agein "to lead") refers to a political strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the popular prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public — typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda, and often using nationalist or populist themes."

HEY! How come I'm only a demogouge "in the making?" If I AM ever to be a demogouge, aren't I one already? HEY, DON'T CALL ME A GADFLY ANYMORE, CALL ME A DEMOGOUGE! Or how about "Demingouge!"

MEANWHILE, crypussy, thanks to giving me that much credit. It's all part of the strategy out of my textbooks in my plot to take over the minds of the masses and rise to power and take over the world!

March 27, 2009 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You actualy think anyone would give YOU $200,000?

In the first place, it owld be illegal; the maximum gift is $500.00 for a City Council race, but little things like that don't matter, do they?

Give it up fool, they just use you for comic relief.

March 27, 2009 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello? Didn't AV's buddies just plead GUILTY to LAUNDERING campaign contributions?

4:37 should just comment on those who HAVE abused the donations process, rather than Zuma Dogg, who did a hell of a job on virtually zero budget.

I think more than a handful of people would, at least in theory, like to see what this Joe Citizen could've done with that. Or a fraction of what Villaraigosa's buddies laundered.

March 27, 2009 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NBC Los Angeles states that Villaraigosa headed up to the Bay Area to attend the funeral of the slain Oakland officers.

I wonder how the City of Los Angeles benefits from Villaraigos's latest out of town excursion. Shouldn't Villatramposa be engaging in some activity more beneficial to Los Angelenos?

Did this Friday not fall in the 11 percent portion of the Mayor's life?

March 27, 2009 5:52 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

3:43 - that's a good point. Most of the people in my NC don't have time for these outside organizations. Right now we need to focus on our community.

March 27, 2009 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Mayor, I'm disappointed you backed 3:43 regarding his remarks about LANCC and groups like them. These networking meetings are what brought NC's together and uniting to fight Measure B, Las Lomas, Billboards, mansionization,illegal billboards. etc. Oh, don't forget about Home Depot. It sounds as though he took a bitter pill and has an axe to grind. He may not be welcome in his own NC. I wouldn't want him in mine!

March 27, 2009 11:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh no way, I am right on board with the poster about the pompous LANCC members. They don't represent. They're kind of the losers of the NC's. Exactly the ones that the community doesn't need. They're the professional meeting goers. lol I would like to see exactly WHAT they did to help out on any of those issues.

So thanks Higby for not jumping in to stick up for them. Mighty senators they are and all.

March 28, 2009 2:36 AM  

Anonymous g said:

ZUMA RAISED AN ISSUE: IF A COMMON PERSON CANNOT RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE IN ANY RACE WITHOUT 100'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WE ARE ALL IN DEEP TROUBLE. SEEMS WE ALL HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY CAMPAIGNS ARE RUN AND WON. WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE DEVELOPERS,UNIONS, AND OTHER INTERESTS WHO WILL RUN THIS TOWN. GRASSROOTS HAVE TO RE-EDUCATE THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS TO THE FACT THAT THESE SOCALLED ELECTABLE EXPERTS AREN'T EXPERTS BUT PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE MEDIA HAS TO SEE THE ADVANTAGE TO HELPING IN THIS CAUSE. AVERAGE PEOPLE ARE THE ONE'S WHO MAKE THIS SYSTEM WORK,NOT THE POWER ELITE. I THINK SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO COME TO LIGHT AS THE ECONOMIC RECOVER HITS ALL THE BEARERS THAT CREATED THE MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND BUSINESES CONTINUE TO FALL.

March 28, 2009 12:41 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I finally had a local L.A. radio station take my call to discuss the issue the L.A. City's pending $7 Billion LACER pension bail-out:

IT WAS A NATIONAL SHOW...LMFAO!

So thank you to the NATIONAL talk show host who recognized the significance of this LOCAL issue. (Way to go local AM talk radio circus clowns.

March 28, 2009 1:51 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I am glad the LA Times printed the story about Muerlo Maddox going bankrupt because now the other blogs and radio shows will talk about it. For as much as bloggers and radio complain about the LA Times, besides Higby, they sure don't utter a peep until the LA Times or Daily News prints it.

I posted and talked about this during public comments and sent emails to certain other bloggers and called radio talk show producers about this, but not a peep. So I am glad the LA Times covered it now, along with Zuma Dogg, so that the other bloggers and radio hosts can now discuss it, too!

And here's the stuff they don't print in the newspaper. You may have heard that Villaraigosa wants to build a wall around the mayor's mansion. (He obviously is concerned for his security.)

So it got me thinking, who has the mayor burnt the most? (Not that he wants the wall around his house for any specific issue, but my mind went there.)

WELP, it's true that Muerelo Maddox was Vilaraigosa's biggest campaign contributor when he was first elected mayor in 2005.

But what you probably don't know, is that it ain't a very cozy relationship between Villar and MM, because Villar hurnt him as much as everyone else.

So some folks over at MM are not too happy with little Tony because when it came time to follow up on some development favors, Villar gave MM the cold shoulder, door slam, and let him hanging. After all of that campaign contibution money. I guess that's the risk you take when you contribute to a politician.

I feel there is a very bad energy between MM and Villar. Not that Villar has the bad energy toward, MM, but other way around. (I guess it's not illegal to pray an asteriod falls on someone's head?)

But the reason I heard that MM went bankrupt is because of fraudulent bookeeeping, like Enron. ZD was told if he audits the books he will see money was taken out of the company and put away elsewhere. It was all fine until recent economic events exposed this possible scam, like the AIG and all the others.

HOWEVER, I was told there could be some CRA money poured into MM, so that would be fraud against this State agency. AND I WONDER IF ANY POLITICIANS WILL END UP TIED TO THE FRAUD?

NEW: Zuma Public Comment from Friday's Council Meeting and previous blog posts warning of LACER shadiness and too "heavy" in the market:

Click here

March 28, 2009 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So again, the mayor can't please any of you no matter what. If he takes the contributions and doesn't vote the way the contributor wants -- you still complain! Jesus Christ, you are all such whiners and bitchers.

How about the Clean Money Campaign. If all you SLAP people want a good issue, why don't you take on the only one that will help you reach your goals? That you dumb shits, is Clean Money!

But no, you would all rather moan and groan and complain as opposed to ratcheting up the job of helping institute the ONLY campaign that will allow any and all of you (scarily enough) to run. You don't make sense. You all frustrate the hell out of me.

March 29, 2009 2:15 AM  

Anonymous g said:

ANONYMOUS IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT FRUSTRATE THE HELL OUT OF ME. YOU WON'T HAVE CLEAN MONEY AS LONG AS YOU HAVE DISHONEST, CORRUPT POLITIANS WHO SELL THEMSELVES LIKE WHORES!! AND HAVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU DEFENDING THEM!! IT'S NOT MY ENERGY BILLS THAT ARE GOING UP IT'S YOUR'S TOO!! AS LONG AS YOU LIVE IN THIS TOWN YOUR NOT GOING TO ESCAPE IT ANYMORE THAN ANYONE ELSE. TONY LAUGHS HIS HEAD OFF EVERY TIME HE HEARS THAT HE'S FOULED PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!

April 01, 2009 6:17 PM  

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