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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Hotsheet

The unknown loft, by Solomon Wolfson (3/14)

LA Weekly’s Daniel Heimpel says activists defeated City Hall and the IBEW with only $74,451 and the effective use of new media. On Twitter, Facebook, and the blogs, Heimpel shouts-out Soledad Garcia, Ken Draper, Ron Kaye, Michael Higby, and others for igniting a resistance that ultimately forced Measure B’s proponents—flush with $1.6MM in I-can-afford-to-ignore-you special interest cash—to respond. … Of course, LA Times and Daily News editorials, along with Doug McIntyre’s advocacy didn’t hurt.

In the wake of defeat, Mayor Villaraigosa’s office has chosen a more conciliatory tone, but the man who really matters, IBEW boss Brian D’Arcywell, not so much. By the way, you can find NoOnMeasureB, Ron Kaye, and Mayor Sam on Twitter.

Meetings are set for city officials to present an overview of the mayor’s modest congestion relief programs for Olympic and Pico Boulevards. Opponents continue to pedal the argument they developed to stop one-way streets—that small businesses will be hurt—even though plans for one-way streets were scrapped long ago. I drive a 10-mile stretch of Olympic, east from Century City five days a week, and when 3 p.m. parking restrictions were established, the difference was immediate. Traffic flow improved dramatically, and fewer cars now detour down side streets. Give the mayor’s plan a chance to work, won’t you?

It will never again be possible for the forces that created Los Angeles to create another region as unique and interesting. But today, we are threatened with the same soulless future of so many American cities, whose leaders capitulated to the interests of big corporations and New Urbanism. It happened in my hometown, Denver—small cities surrender quickly. Big cities whet the appetites of reinventors not just at home, but abroad … and make no mistake: LA, as the world’s original symbol of backyard sun and leisure, is the ultimate conquest.

Yesterday, you probably read this obnoxious piece by another New Yorker reimagining our city as the clean, orderly, SimCity it was never destined to be. Curbed LA—a blog not known for consistency (between boosterism for Smart Growth and multi-acre Bel Air real estate)—linked to the piece with the headline, “Saving Los Angeles From Becoming a Third-World City” … As if to suggest that a rail network and faux river will rescue us from complete gridlock after City Hall bulldozes our low-rise landscape and invites millions more to move in? I want to believe LA’s fate isn’t sealed, but each day it gets a little harder.

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21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mostly another tedious old-media aggregator now, Curbed LA stands for almost nothing, and just wants hits; it doesn't matter if the old-media links it promotes happen to leave the City a total mess.

March 31, 2009 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMMIT! ZOOMA DOGG NEEDS TO STOP HARRASSING ERIC GARCETTI AND BILL ROSENDAHL! HE IS STOPPING PROGRESSIVE IDEAS FROM GETTING MOMENTUM JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND EM DOESN'T MEAN HE NEEDS TO STOP EVERYONE SO THAT THEY CAN EXPLAIN IT TO HIM MAYBE IF HE STOPPED SCREAMING AND LISTENED AND STOPPED QUOTING DR. JOHNATHEN EDWARDS DDEMING LIVINGSTON SEGAL HE WOULD NOT NEED TO INTERRUPT EVERYONE ON CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BE CALLING THEM IN A DRUNKEN RAGE AT 11PM ON SATURDAY NIGHT. STOP IT MAN, STOP IT NOW, YOU BIG TIME ELECTION LOOSER!

March 31, 2009 12:29 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Uh Zuma Dogg doesn't drink. Nor eat meat for when you said you saw him drinking beers and eating burgers.

Weird.

March 31, 2009 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Ron Kay giving ink to loony toon Gary Barrata?

March 31, 2009 1:58 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Rageaholic said..."ZOOMA DOGG NEEDS TO STOP HARRASSING ERIC GARCETTI AND BILL ROSENDAHL! HE IS STOPPING PROGRESSIVE IDEAS FROM GETTING MOMENTUM JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND EM."

Please define "harrassing" because I don't think the term applies to anything I have done. Showing up for public comment, or leaving a voice mail message on an issue is not "harassment." As soon as it crosses into that, a person who leaves a harrasing message will get a call from the city attorney's office. (Not Dion's, Rocky's.)

And when you say I am stopping momentum on progressive ideas...

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, RAGEAHOLIC? First of all, thank you if I am stopping one of their shady ideas from getting momentum...GOOD! But why not explain the idea I am preventing, at least, even if you don't explain it to me. And please explain how I am preventing it from gaining momentum, so I can continue down that path, Rageloser.

Meanwhile, thanks for making my day, in your small-loser way! ;)

Now I have to follow up on that illegal film shoot in CD 1 from Sunday. Thanks for reminding me!

And tell BH Kim of DONE, it is not in the spirit of the CA EXEMPT permitted vehicle that you drive, to park in the "Loading Zone" to "load" your morning cup of coffee into your car. Is it? Anyway, I still love you BH, and wish I didn't have to blast you on it. But then I would be treating the other shady city officials who are screwing the community, the way your DONE office is at the NC level is, then it wouldn't be fair to the other people like Monica Garcia that I have filmed for similar behavior.

It all boils down to the fact that these people who work for the city think they are above the people they represent, instead of being "of" the people they represent. And that's how you feel comfortable parking in the red fire lane with your dry cleaning; or use the loading zone for your personal coffee valet zone. Or as mayor, push LACERS into risky Wall Street and Real Estate investments tied into your #1 campaign contributor (Muereulo Maddux) that ended up costing taxpayers $7 BILLION this past year, and the bankruptcy of Muereulo Maddux. A company that the CRA is invested in with projects, and there is going to be A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT LESS MONEY COMING INTO THE CITY NOW THAT THESE PROPERTIES ARE GOING BELLY UP, and since MM is declaring bankruptcy, none of the people he owes money to will be getting paid, which will further hurt the economy. And when banks take over and look into the books, I am told by company insiders to expect massive fraud (funnelling the money out of the company and into his pockets), which has now sunk the biggest Downtown landlord -- AND OPERATOR OF LEGALIZE L.A./AMERICAN APPAREL.

Between Mureullo Maddux going under (and I predict it will be determined that it went under due to fraud); and LACER losing $7 Billion in one year, as a result of what Zuma Dogg predicts will be found to be extremely risky investments, outside the jurisdiction of any "investment grade" investment. We saw LACERS finally pull out of Grand Ave Project, after Zuma Dogg warned of the extreme risk on this project, under the forthcoming economic predictions (that came true), so whether it was because of my warnings, or not, at least they pulled out of Grand Ave Loser Project.)

But what DID THEY NOT PULL OUT OF???? What was invested in Mureullo Maddux? Was LACERS invested in AIG, Countrywide type companies? If so, how did that happen? Who was overseeing the investments from the city?

How did the money managers running the LACER portfolio get the accounts? Was money contributed to politicians, like Villaragiosa for the right to lose the $7 Billion in one year, though risky investment scemes in violation of regulations set in place to prevent a degenerate like Villaraigosa from rolling the dice with taxpayer money, way over invested in risky investments, then not having the same foresight that Zuma Dogg had, to warn people to GET OUT!!! Yes, it's all on the record. Zuma Dogg issues this financial predicition regarding the stock market and LACER pension money being at risk, and the whole situation we are in, right now.

I'm not saying the mayor has to wake up and tune in for Zuma Dogg's public comment and listen to my warnings. But the point is, if Zuma Dogg knew and was fully aware and fully accurate in this doomsday prediction and warnings of the stock market dropping to this degree, and all the forclosure predictions and the whole thing...

THEN WHY DIDN'T ANTONIO KNOW? WHY DIDN'T ANTONIO ACT TO SAVE THE GENERAL FUND? Because he doesn't care. His #1 campaign contributor that got him elected into office in '05, just fleeced the city, all of Villar's pal had all that money invested into their projects...

AND NOW VILLAR IS OFF TO THE GOVERNOR'S RACE!

What does HE care. The money's been made. The plan worked. Now it on to bigger fish to fleece.

All of this, cause Bong Wahn Kim had to park his CA State Exempt vehicle in the loading zone to get his personal cup of coffee.

But it's all because THEY are the entitled ones, above the people, not of the people. And it's their city to do what they want with.

March 31, 2009 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, city council limits his time, and so should Higby, aka Mrs. Dogg.

March 31, 2009 3:47 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Point is the bloggesphere (sp?) really did defeat Measure B. All the City Attorney candidates except Jack Weiss were better informed about the reasons to oppose B.

In almost every candidate forum that I attended, our position on Measure B was questioned, and for the most part the audiences appreciated the insight, many not truly understanding the issues until we debated them.

There are many ways that blogs can influence political races, and although it remains a sad fact that tv ads are effective, blogging is getting advertising executives worried.

Now, how about some ammo for the May 19 Measures? No on everything? Why?

March 31, 2009 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That isn't an unknown loft. It's 1130 S. Flower St., LA, CA 90015. That's one of the upper floors. It's the most poorly made loft in the area, multiple building code violations, parking is for sub compact cars only, HOA is almost bankrupt, all recent sales have been foreclosures. The City desperate for tax revenue allowed these developers to build the lowest quality lofts with the highest density and smallest parking spaces. Plus, it's right on the Metro. It's extremely loud.They put in a fountain to "mitigate" the noise but it does nothing. The soot the metro kicks up is horrible.

March 31, 2009 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division
http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/archive/2004/021004a.htm


Public Corruption

The citizens of Los Angeles County have the right to expect that their elected and appointed officials will carry out their duties in a lawful, ethical and professional manner. They also have the right to expect that administrators, supervisors and the immediate subordinates of elected and appointed officials, who play an integral role in achieving the mission of the officeholder, will discharge their duties and obligations in the same lawful, ethical and professional manner.

The District Attorney's Public Integrity Division ensures that public and appointed officials - and their subordinates - fulfill their legally mandated duties. To this end, the District Attorney’s Office will use all resources at its disposal to detect, investigate and prosecute criminal misconduct at all levels of public service.

The Public Integrity Division’s ultimate goal is to increase the public’s level of confidence in its elected and appointed officials.

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
• Public Officials
Public officials are elected or appointed to positions of public trust. In the event of any breach of this trust, the Public Integrity Division will investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute criminal misconduct by any elected or appointed public official.

The term "public official" is defined in the broadest possible manner and includes state, county and city officials. Subordinates and employees of public officials, whose duties directly impact the public’s business, are also subject to investigation and prosecution by the Public Integrity Division.

• School Officials
The Public Integrity Division will also be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of school officials, such as members of local school boards, district superintendents, principals, teachers and office administrators who engage in criminal misconduct relating to the discharge of their duties. This includes inappropriate or illegal use of public funds.

• Election & Campaign Violations
Because the integrity of the election process is crucial to a free and democratic society, the District Attorney’s Office must be vigilant in enforcing all laws that regulate the election process. In this regard, the Public Integrity Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting allegations of voter fraud, illegal voter registration practices, illegal campaign practices, illegal campaign contributions and falsification of candidacy papers.


Public Integrity Division
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
320 West Temple St., Rm. 766
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Phone: (213) 974-6501
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March 31, 2009 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is m-m-mary blogging like a dervish for Rumpole-Berger too or just his partner Wacky Walter? Your racism has no place here anymore, Higby said "friends don't let friends vote for Walter Moore" and that goes for you too Rumpole-Berger. You both lost so stick to your own blogs!

March 31, 2009 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is m-m-mary blogging like a dervish for Rumpole-Berger

YES MMMARY THE HATER OF ZUMA BLOGS DAY AND NIGHT BECAUSE SHE IS A LOSER WITH NO LIFE WHo THINKS SHE CAN WIN BY BLOGGING. IT HASN'T WORKED FOR HER IN TEN YEARS. SO FAR MMMARY IS STILL A LONELY OLD WHITE TRASH BAG LIKE RITA. HIGBY THROW THIS LOON OUT WITH THE TRASH. FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR BLOG.

March 31, 2009 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mmmary is a stalker. she doesn't have politics. mary has personal vendettas like her irational hatred of zuma. you should ban her posts, sam. for the good of the blog. what are you waiting for? no one needs to read this nut.

March 31, 2009 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
Is m-m-mary blogging like a dervish for Rumpole-Berger too or just his partner Wacky Walter? Your racism has no place here anymore, Higby said "friends don't let friends vote for Walter Moore" and that goes for you too Rumpole-Berger. You both lost so stick to your own blogs!

March 31, 2009 10:19 PM



Mary is a furry and a freak. She's the Zuma Hater, the Hater of Michael and should be banned from posting like she's banned from government property. Wake up Higby. The clowncil knows it so where are you? What do you know about Mary? HOTSHEET.

March 31, 2009 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How does the Metro kick up soot when it's electric?

March 31, 2009 11:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I really like the loft. I think I must be attracted to that industrial look. No dolls on fireplace mantels or spare bedroom beds. No flowery curtains or god forbid - wallpaper with flowers and/or floral bed coverings. No stuffed animals wearing clothing. No Amish people in any of the art. No shadow people.

Warm isn't what I'm looking for in a condo unless I'm sitting by the fireplace, I guess.

April 01, 2009 1:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, sorry Zuma but there are a lot of people getting tired of you just calling out two council members or 3 with LaBonge when the whole group are a bunch of idiots. Why aren't you dogging the other losers who constituents are so fed up with them and the lack of services they get why aren't you calling them out. I'm sure your dear friend can tell you many stories.

April 01, 2009 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would prefer to suffer through only Mary's posts than the poster who is constantly complaining about mary's post. why not just stop publishing the posts complaining about Mary and you would cut back on a lot of non-essential nonsense.

April 01, 2009 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:34 AM = Mary.

April 01, 2009 8:46 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

8:13 said..."Zuma but there are a lot of people getting tired of you just calling out two council members or 3 with LaBonge when the whole group are a bunch of idiots."

Two, or three, with LaBonge??? So is that four? What do I call LaBong out on? And who are the two, or three, and please give me recent examples, from let's just say the past three months, since you say people are getting tired of it. Remember, it's all on the video archives. So please back up your nuttiness. But besides that, even if I did, maybe there ARE two or three who distinguish themselves amongst the pack as the most dispicable and incipid. But I don't see any evidence of that, cryloser.

April 01, 2009 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about just a lot of people tired of you? Period. End of story.

-30-

April 02, 2009 5:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know who 30 is either. Obviously a Zuma hater.

Yawn... God you haters are so boring.

April 03, 2009 12:02 AM  

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