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Monday, March 30, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Monday is both Cesar Chavez Day as well as the LA County Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.  With no disrespect to Mr. Chavez (who would actually be rolling over in his grave over some of today's politics) you can imagine where all the politicians will be and where the parades are.  Still a small but dedicated group of volunteers held a picnic in honor of Vietnam Veterans in North Hollywood Sunday.

Video Louis recaps parking meters in NoHo over at Downtown NoHo Times .  Politicians who have raised parking fees in Los Angeles might want to note that when the same thing was done in Chicago residents smashed the meters (not that we suggest this at all in Los Angeles).  Also, if you park at anMTA parking lot to patronize local businesses, you better buy a bus or train ticket.

Saturday I opined about the folly of "Earth Hour" yet another emotional sans reason effort to perpetuate environmental based malarkey.  Though the lights were out at my house (as they usually are while I am blogging) it appears that even though the media declared a major success , it was actually a failure across LA (despite Mayor V showing up for a photo op at LA Live) according to both the LA Times and Daily News Even the lights stayed on at Al Gore's house.  Maybe the media will learn this type of propagandizing is why no one buys newspapers any longer.

Richard Riordan is a RINO Republican who endorsed Barack Obama and has been a big booster of the Kennedy Republican.  Despite that, the former Mayor is opposing the shady state budget ballot measures going to voters in May.

As the race for Governor heats up next year, Republican candidates plan to run away from and not to Governor Schwarzenegger according to the LA Times. Media strategist Don Sipple tells the paper "People think the Schwarzenegger experience didn't work out so well, and they're going to be looking for something very different."

This would never happen in LA but in New York a group of hawt women have dressed up in vintage costumes to travel the subways and offer transit information.  However, the New York Transit Authority wants to put the kibosh on the girls' service claiming "copyright infringement."

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Hawt" Higby?

The boys & girls over at the Times are laughing at your spelling of "haute."

And we are sure you didn't mean "hot."


March 30, 2009 5:51 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Why Obama's Auto Plan Will Not Work

I'm not happy that I feel President Barack Obama's plans to "save" the U.S. auto industry, as announced today, will not be working.

Unfortunatley, Obama's speech merely really drove home how the U.S.auto industry is looking more like the buggy whip, used by horse and buggy drivers.
There are three problems, as I see it:

1.) During this economic slow down, people will not be buying as many cars, anyway. So no matter what you do, people are still not going to be changing their auto buying patterns and running out to new car dealers, because Obama ordered GM and Chrysler to restructure their internal management. But this is not a criticism of the plan itself, just a commentary that the odds are stacked against this in the face of this uncontrollable negative market condition.

2.) It is a lack of innovation that brought us to this point. When the U.S. was the only country manufacturing automobiles, we did fine. But in this global economy, the consumer has voted, and U.S. auto manufactures lose. Peope still feel U.S. auto manufactures have a "quality" problem, as opposed to more efficient Japanese and other international auto makers.

But even if these autos were indeed as "quality" as any other (because Buick is among the "most reliable" cars manufactured anywhere in the world) - in order for a product to take off, there needs to be an
innovative, compelling niche (demand) that is being met.

Unfortunatley, all I heard President Obama say, is that the U.S. was built on the auto manufaturing industry, and all that "heritage/historical" warm and fuzzy talk, that is all well and good. But you can say, "The Los Angeles Forum is a great sports and concert venue. People have grown up attending events at The Forum. The Forum
has provided jobs to thousands over the years. It provides tremendous revenue for the area. Welp, that's all fine and dandy until the Staples Center opened up. No one really shed any tears for Forum workers, management or other related local economic factors.

I DID hear Obama speak of leading the way with clean energy, green cars. And that's a starting point. But that will take years, if not a decade to get those rolling on the streets, in masses. AND, who's to say there is going to be an actual mass conversion from U.S. auto buyers to "green "cars. Which brings us to the most important problem with this plan:

3.) The U.S auto problem (that people aren't buying enough U.S built vehicles) is more than anything, a "marketing strategy" problem. I think it is great the Buick is making one of the most "reliable" cars in the world. But have you seen all those movie posters for the new "Fast and Furious" movie? I don't think people are buying cars on the "reliabilty" factor, alone. Because most of these other cars people are going for are reliable (enough) in their minds, and they aren't thinking, "Hmm, I don't think this (fill in the blank status car) is reliable enough." So it's a marketing problem.

Remember when "Hairbands" dominated the Rock and Roll scene in the 80's. Then Nirvana and "Grunge" rock came out. You could tell the Rainbow to get together with the Viper Room to try and save the "Hairband" industry. But people didn't want "Hairbands" anymore. So you could restructure "Glamrock Records" management staff all you want. You better start making some "Grunge" records, though, first.

U.S. cars are as old and stoggy as the 1950 manufacturing lines that are producing them. If you want to sell more Buicks in the U.S., change the name from "Buick" to something else. And focus on making some small, flashy, low cost, most reliable car (including a "green" version) with some name that sounds hip, like the Phord Phenomenon. And yes, if you wanna start selling Fords again, start spelling it "Phord" with the "Ph" instead of the "F" like "Phat" instead of "Fat."

So to sum it up, in this economic slowdown, when the first thing people can put off buying is a new car, I don't have a lot of faith that this U.S. auto plan is going to be enough to make people decide to jump out of their Hummers, Lexuses, Toyotas and even Hondas and into the best thing the U.S has going for it, a BUICK. (However, in Japan, Buick is the #1 auto-import, so that REALLY shows how it is a marketing problem.

March 30, 2009 9:48 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Villaraiogsa-Friendly "Legalize L.A." Goes Legally Bankrupt as Part of American Apparel/Meruelo Maddux Bankruptcy Bamboozle

Zuma Dogg's Zuma Times seems to be the only other news outlet besides Wall Street Journal who is covering the Meruelo Maddux downtown developer debacle. IT'S BIG KIDDIES. And Zuma Times has heard from inside sources that when the banks have to come in to take over, and starts looking into the books, they just might find massive fraud, as we have seen with Enron and Bernie Madoff. Look for someone to go to jail over this. Almost forgot that M.M.'s American Apparel's, "Made in Downtown L.A." (by illegal immigrants) factory is part of this mess. So unfortunatley, we may see a bunch of illegal immigrants out of work. Have them call their mentor Antonio Villaraigrosa for a job at city hall. He's always willing to help out another undocumented worker. After all, it's not their fault they were forced to come here in the first place and now it is not their fault that their boss tanked the company.


By Eric Morath

The factory behind American Apparel’s “Made in Downtown LA” slogan is in bankruptcy. The Alameda Square development in downtown Los Angeles, home to clothing maker American Apparel Inc.’s headquarters and factory, was among the 40 properties that developer Meruelo Maddux Properties put into bankruptcy Friday.

The factory is the focal point of the cotton-clad company’s “Legalize LA” campaign. The company, which prides itself on manufacturing its hipster-friendly t-shirts and leggings in the U.S., is a vocal advocate for a path to legalization for California’s undocumented workers. Politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have used the factory as a backdrop to talk about legalization.

An American Apparel spokesman declined to comment on Meruelo Maddux’s bankruptcy filing. The Los Angles developer said Friday that its financial reorganization won’t affect its tenants.

In additional to American Apparel, Alameda Square is also home to the Alameda Produce Market and Meruelo Maddux’s headquarters.

March 30, 2009 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, shout out to Zuma letting us know about the $7 BILLION CITY LOST WITH THE PENSION PLANS. I want to know how did the Mayor's former Deputy Mayor Sally Choi get to be general manager of it? Conflict of interest..

March 30, 2009 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not too many over there to laugh, are there?

Probably not too much laughing, either.

I guess that's what you do when you work for a dying enterprise...

March 30, 2009 10:33 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I guess Eric Garcetti's City Hall office voice mail is on vacation for Cesear Chavez day, too.

I called today, to leave a message about "non-permitted" (illegal) movie shoots taking place on the streets of Los Angeles, like the one I witnessed last night, I believe. I think it was an illegal shoot, because as I was driving down the residential street, in the 11pm hour, some guy jumps out into the street and shines a flashlight at my car, indicating I couldn't drive down the street, at least at that moment.

You would think an official law enforcement agent, or at least a traffic official would be jumping out into the street at 11pm, to cut off the traffic.

But since it was just a "crew worker" with a flashlight, Uncle MC Zuma Dogg wanted to see what this big movie shoot was all about.

It's not everyday that you see crew trucks, and HUGE lights, lighting up the whole street; as you have a movie being filmed on the street corner, literally.

So as I roll up with my "ZumaCam" (to be posted, soon, I hope), I aks, "What is this? A TV show? Movie? What is it?" (With "fan" enthusiam.)

Well immediatley, one of the crew guys says, "Zuma Dogg, I voted for you for Mayor." (So my naive cover was blown.)

So I ask aloud, "What is this?"

And another crew guy (the camera guy) says, "I don't know, I haven't seen any paperwork." As if he was kinda bitter over the shoot, and had not seen paperwork and wasn't too happy. OR, he just felt like saying that to get ZD all in a tizzy? (You be the judge.)

So between the no police/traffic official stopping the traffic, but a crew guy -- at 11pm on a Sunday -- with no security or police or signage in sight, and then the guy says, "I don't know, I haven't see any paperwork on this," and perhaps there was an illegal movie shoot taking place in Ed Reyes' district last night.

IT COULD HAVE BEEN LEGIT? I DID see an LAPD car roll up to the crew, and it looked like the car was talking to the crew, then the police car stayed parked with the lights on as the crew broke down the set.

So anyway, I called Garcetti (Garshady) to leave a voice mail that with the recent concern over runaway Hollywood productions, that have already RUN away, I hope the city is not losing revenue by allowing non-permitted, illegal movie shoots to take over the streets like taco trucks.

BUT, it IS Ceasar Chavez day, so Eric's voice mail is not accepting messages, either. I guess even the computer technology based voice mail system needs a day off to celebrate labor!

AND, don't try calling 3-1-1 today, after being on hold for about 20 minutes, I just hung up.

I thought L.A. was an international city out for business and tourism. I'm not saying City Hall has to be open today, but I don't see why 3-1-1 can't be up and running today. It's a private service, non-profit service. And if City Hall closed, there shouldn't be that much phone traffic.

But this is about potential non-permitted Hollywood shoots on the streets of L.A. and the fact that Garshady's office voice mail is also taking a "labor day" off for C.C. day! Personally, I think the voice mail system should be required to work, even on this city holiday. I'll take it up with the computer voice mail system "silicone chip" union.

March 30, 2009 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's another blog post about D'Arcy on that new Inside DWP politics blog.

Time to start picking up much more of the slack left by the void of every other city issue that needs addressing during critical time in Los Angeles.

Because there has to be more to what needs to be addressed in the City of Los Angeles other than DWP political content.

March 30, 2009 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:51 AM really exposed herself.

"Hawt" is "street" for "hot" not haute.

Even those at the LA Times know that.

Your sickness knows n-n-n-o bounds!

March 30, 2009 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha 1:12 PM you m-m-made me laugh out loud.

March 30, 2009 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I believe she DID indicate that Higby didn't mean "HOT" since he was referring to "HAUTE"

Read the fucking context, i-i-idiot

March 30, 2009 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gregory Rodriguez at the LAT opines that he "misses" Mayor Tony V., even though he's never been a fan, and that he's now even less effective than when he was the omnipresent Energizer bunny of photo ops.

But, I have it on good authority, that Rodriguez was actually one of the original


himself, so he should know just how ineffective the mayor can ACTUALLY be, from back then.

And letter writers to the columnist say he's not everywhere anymore because he's going to run for governor, but it's not that. It's just that he's a lame duck, and doesn't "need" L.A. people anymore.

And, it the last election showed us anything, it should have been that we don't really "need" a mayor at all.

March 30, 2009 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Imagine the misfortunate of a garcetti staff member having to check the weekend voicemail and hear Zooma Dogg shouting into the phone in a drunken rage at "the 11pm hour" on Saturday night.


March 30, 2009 2:55 PM  

Anonymous checking 2:04's sickness said:

# Eye dialect or leet spelling of hot.

* 1896, George Wharton Edwards, Break O’ Day, Ayer Publishing (1969), ISBN 0836930630, page 46,

“[…] Oh, ’t is, eh? Well, I waant to know — kind o’ hawt in here, ain’t it? Phew!” Again the orange silk handkerchief waved clouds of suffocating musk.

* 2005, Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser, The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber, Graphia Books, ISBN 0618555196, pages 86–87,

“Mistah,” I drawled, switching on the Texan twang I perfected not in Houston but as a child in New York watching Dallas reruns with my dad. “Ah’m tahrubly sawhruh, but won’t ya tell us what on er-yuhth we’re a-doin’ wrong?” ¶ […] “We were just having a nice cool refray-yush-munt, Officer—isn’t it so hawt?”

* 2006, Robert Eversz, Zero to the Bone: A Nina Zero Novel, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743288688, page 24,

A few of the comments were marginally pervy, but most were touchingly supportive messages. Ur soooo Hawt!!! One comment read. I can’t believe ur not gonna be a ***.

March 30, 2009 3:35 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"shouting into the phone in a drunken rage at "the 11pm hour" on Saturday night."

First of all, I don't drink alcohol, so it wouldn't be a "drunken" rage. And I called today, Monday, during the daytime.

And it wasn't going to be a "rage" voicemail, but wanted to tip Eric to a potential problem since the issue of "Ranaway Hollywood Productions" was just on the agenda last week, and Zuma and Eric both weighed in with comments.

But his voicemail system was on holiday today. But I know Eric reads and posts comments on this blog, so he probably saw the post and I'm sure will be looking into the problem, because I know Eric wants to fix it. And I can't help it if I am the only one out on the streets 24/7 who sees these things, brings them up, and has the solutions. I'm not trying to be a Walter Moore about it.

And I'm sure you regret your misrepresentation with your bad mind reading trick. I forgive youloser.

March 30, 2009 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hawt! Hawt! Hawt!

Ha ha. 5:51 AM haz NO street cred AT ALL.

You are not teh hawt. Nope, not at all 5:51. Also.

Also, also.

Hahahahahaha! Because I know you don't eee-ven get it. Because you are dumb and mean and have frizzy hair, and prolly voted for Walter Moore who is not hawt at all either.

March 30, 2009 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Ha ha. You talkin' about Walter Moore again? So not nice!

March 30, 2009 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's not Batman's job to patrol Gotham City for illegal film shoots, but I'm sure if he saw one, he would notify Chief O'hara or Commisioner Gorden.

Well, it appears Zuma thought Garcetti was the go to guy in Los Angeles on this matter.

March 30, 2009 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey PunkAss Loser:

The City is trying to lure production back to LA so the JOBS will be here, savvy?

I know you know nothing about JOBS, you know, where people work for wages and get paid for their labors. Not punkass volunteers that give information nobody wants and tries to fool themselves into thinking they lead worthwhile lives.

Stop wasting gas driving around being a private investigator (without a license - someone may turn you in).

Just go get a real job, loser, where yuo have to show up every day, work an honest eight hours and get paid. Pay taxes. Get a life.

March 30, 2009 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Frizzy hair, all three strands.

March 30, 2009 8:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're beggin' ya, Higby, please dump the loser homeless fool.

His long posts and all the comments are a distraction to those of us who enjoy civilized discourse on city issues.

He will again cause your ratings to plummet while he tries to hijack your blog with his idiotic rants.

He has his own blog; tell him to go to that and stay there. Those who enjoy his rantings can enjoy them there; no need to bore the rest of us. He is not only a time waster, he is a space waster as well. Please take a poll and take action.

March 31, 2009 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much is this costing the LEGAL taxpayers of LA. This is the 2nd time these losers are marching. Look the gang banger Mayor still has to get celebrities to make people come out. Poor Black Eyed Peas are being used again. Zuma when you're in council will you please post here what the special event waiver on this crap is. The city is going bankrupt and the Mayor still has 16 Deputy Mayors making over $125,000, 15 city cars, too many attorneys, 4 press people, an entourage of staffers, security detail and NOT ONE DAMN CITY EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN LAID OFF.

March 31, 2009 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry forgot to post this on last post. Didn't the LA Times do expose on the corruption of the Cesar Family kids abusing money meant for the farmworkers? How much do these family members make using his name as the foundation?
The UFW Foundation Presents

The 11th ANNUAL
Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day 2009
OLVERA STREET (El Pueblo Historic Monument)
L.A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Councilmember Jose Huizar, 14th District.
Members of The Black Eyed Peas &
Mexican Regional music star, Graciela Beltran

March 31, 2009 8:08 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

The City is trying to lure production back to LA so the JOBS will be here, savvy?

Well if the City is trying to lure production back to LA, you weak loser, upping the days from 72 hours to FIVE DAYS to get the permit is the ususal step in the wrong direction for the city.

YES KIDDIES, as Hollywood has already left, and now they are trying to lure them back, Villaragiosa's City Hall feels it should take FIVE days now for your film permit to be approved, upped from 72 hours. Look for that agenda item in a couple months, cause it just got pushed back.

I didn't see which of the 14 points that one falls under. However, rest assured, if there is political shadiness, like Bong Wah Kim parking his california exempt vehicle in the "Loading Zone" to load a cup of coffee into his car, ZUMA DOGG WILL BE THERE...HE WILL FILM IT...AND I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL IN FAKE HOLLYWOOD SHOOTS AND HAVE THEM BUSTED LIKE I DID TWO NIGHTS AGO!

If feels good to be legendary, beloved, icon in the City of Los Angeles on the THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Zuma Dogg at City Hall.

Thanks for all the warm comments and avalanche of accoliads. The losers who post against me could never achieve what I have. That's why they are anonymous losers and I am refered to as "brilliant" and "genius" by councilmembers, you dumb loser.

March 31, 2009 8:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wake up, Higby. It's 9:30am and you still haven't published your now-tepid Hotsheet.

March 31, 2009 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good by production cause no one cares. villaraigosa wants to help unions who make over $50 an hour get work here. Pleaseeeee If you drive near downtown LA on the weekends you can't go shopping at the wholesale districts cause all the damn streets are closed and traffic is a nightmare. I don't think film production does as much as they say for this city. Again, they're lying to public

March 31, 2009 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:24 is an alcoholic.

March 31, 2009 3:44 PM  

Anonymous g said:


March 31, 2009 7:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe you didn't notice yourself g. Et tu anonymous.

March 31, 2009 9:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some productions do try to get away with operating without proper permits or advance times to warn neighbors and so on, but that's not the job of a homeless man wandering town in a van, thinking it's his Battmobile, to enforce. Leave it to the neighbors, residents, business owners, people who it affects. If he wants to talk to the neighbors, fine, but he's just a pain in the mutt.

March 31, 2009 10:23 PM  

Anonymous FORMER City Employee said:

You don't know what you're talking about Mr. Guy-who-posts-sentences-in-caps at 8 AM.

I am now a former city employee who was laid off due to budget cuts so how can you even say that. Obviously only as one with no authority to speak about such things since you're posting something that is not true.

And hot, haute or hawt -- who really cares?! Are you serious? This is what you choose to post about?

I just wonder was that person going to bed at 5:51 AM or getting up? It's too late for me to be going to bed and it's too early for me to be getting up.

Goodnight all - the job search begins tomorrow...

April 01, 2009 1:45 AM  

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