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Friday, April 24, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday

Getting down to the wire in the 5th Council District race. Candidate David Vahedi is accusing his opponent Paul Koretz of ethics violations and has filed a complaint against Koretz with City and State officials. Vahedi claims that Koretz has violated borrowing and expenditure limits and is co-mingling campaign funds with other monies. Vahedi campaign consultant Phil Giarrizzo accused Koretz of being a career politician "who will do anything to get elected." In the meantime, Koretz picked up the endorsement of a past CD5 Councilman, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

A sign that Mayor Villaraigosa may not be running for Governor of California? The Mayor is ditching this weekend's California Democratic State Convention in Sacramento, citing needing to deal with budget issues at home. Since we've never known Antonio Villaraigosa to miss a photo op and chance to gladhand - even when there's work to be done (remember his attending a Dodger game in the luxury box with owner Frank McCourt when the Valley was on fire last year?) - something must be up. Steve Maviglio of the California Majority Report suspects that Villaraigosa "couldn't compete in the convention buzz with the other major candidates gunning for gubernatorial prize," and that the Mayor fears "a cold shoulder from organized labor" over his recent budget policies and job cuts.

The new Metro Gold Line light rail route will be the first transit line to have a name in both Spanish and English following a recent MTA vote. CurbedLA thinks that Bill O'Reilly will have a fit over it; I suspect Walter Moore would be much angrier.

Friday is City Controller Laura Chick's last day in office as she heads to Sacramento Monday to hopefully keep Arnold from cooking the books. For those of Mayor Sam readers working in City Hall, stop by Chick's office for coffee and cookies. Now with Chick gone and Wendy Greuel not stepping in until July 1; who signs the checks? Not the Mayor I hope!

And finally, big congratulations to long-time purveryor of press releases to Mayor Sam, publicist extraordinaire Ginny-Marie Case who will wed her fiance Alexander on Saturday. Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone care that David Vahedi's real name is nothing like "David"?

He's changed it a few times, but it started out something like "Issa" or some other Muslim moniker. Imagine, a former Muslim representing a predominately Jewish district. I can't imagine it, can you?

So Paul Koretz once again will luck into a job in the public sector. Gotta hand it to Paul, he has picked his spots and managed to get elected to a slew of jobs no one thought he could win. But, win he does!!

The man is the "Stealth Candidate".

Expect a bunch of anti Vahedi stuff to hit the maiboxes soon. And, the Jewish consituents will come out and vote for Koretz and that will give Jack Weiss the edge he needs to win his race as well.

Damn, I love politics...you just never know what's coming next.

April 24, 2009 5:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What "other monies" does Koretz have?

And there are also allegations that Vahedi is taking $99 from developers so that he won't have to report it (despite his campaign pledge to NEVER take money from them).

April 24, 2009 6:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore? Higby, I thought you declared idiot Phil JennerJane's "Last Word on Walter" to be THE LAST WORD ON WALTER!

What gives? No idiotic zooma dogg news to give? Need a new whipping post?

Obviously you are not a man of your word. You are a man only of girth.

April 24, 2009 7:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's in a name anyway? The point is the 5th District is sick of politics as usual. Koretz is part of the downtown machine. Just look at his endorsements. Vahedi is an outsider who will challenge the status quo and is supported by the people who vote - homeowners! As for Jack Weiss, he is in for the fight of his life. He is hated in the 5th District, the only Council District that will come out to vote for their new council member this election in LA.

April 24, 2009 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From Citywatch - Weiss supports Weiss for City Atty!

Whoa. Noel has started drinking heavily or something.

April 24, 2009 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa sounds like even more of a robotic speaker today.

What an insincere, stiff asshole.

Just like Higby. Except that Higby is less sincere, given his abusive diddling of the young lad Zooma Dogg, whose simpleton good nature deserves at least a few hundred of the clickety click dollars he generates for Jumbo.

April 24, 2009 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wo is Walter Moore?

April 24, 2009 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The deadend chowderheads at the fishwraps are the only people in town who aren't aware that Villaraigosa can't dare to declare a candidacy so soon after getting his ass kicked so badly on election day. Another coup for the blogosphere and embarrassing moment for print. BTW, the "twitter" comment of Clegg's was more a swipe at Mailander than at Newsom and Brown.

April 24, 2009 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael Higbee you disgusting, slob. While phil jennerjane is posting about his day, you missed the story that Ed Boks was fired by Mayor Villaraigosa today.

You are asleep on the job. It's already on the Times and daily news and weekly websites. Ur pulitzer winning friend has it out too. Hahahahahahahaha

April 24, 2009 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mayor sam, why aren't you reporting on the big news today? proves what mary cummings was saying all along.

she was right and you were wrong, and you refused to report with truth on her meritful lawsuit. just admit that you are a chimpanzee who just wants clickety clicks instead of truth full flow of information.

April 24, 2009 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How perfect! This blog and zuma dogg are the only outlets including traditional media, that has yet to report on the shelter guy getting fired today.

April 24, 2009 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:35 AM:

Didn't you guys learn your lesson during the presidential race.

False accusations of someone being Muslim didn't work then. Shame on you.

This is racism at its worst.

April 24, 2009 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh sure. Mary Cummins has a lawsuit of merits? I don't think so.

She doesn't even understand that kind of mind-set. Merit-less is more like it. She STAYED there even after the man SUPPOSEDLY harassed her. Why one asks? I suppose to try and get more cash?

The council will more than likely refuse to settle now. With any luck at least. Nobody ever did anything to her that is worth that much money.

No to a Cummins settlement!

Write to your council people and tell them NOT to settle.

April 24, 2009 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why DID Vahedi put a different first name this time than he did last time? If it wasn't to make CD-5 residents think he was Jewish, that there was no reason to do it.

April 24, 2009 8:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vahedi is NOT a JEW. He WAS a Muslim, now a Christian.

How long has it been since a non-Jew represented the 5th?

Roz Weiner Wyman, Zev Yaroslavsky, Mike Feuer, Jack Weiss. TGhat's a lot of years folks.

Will the 5th go Goy?

Gor nischt helfin!!!

April 24, 2009 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anybody notice that the Feds are checking Elliot Broidy and Sean Harrigan over at the Police and Fire Pension Board for links to the newest Obama appointee in trouble?

I guess if ZD didn't "report" it, it didn't happen, right?

Stay tuned, this could be juicy.

April 24, 2009 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Further on Broidy/Harrigan...

Steve Rattner, Quadrangle is the nominee they are looking hard at...

April 24, 2009 9:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow... Where do you people get this Muslim stuff? Vahedi was never a muslim. But clearly people here are just making things up as they go along.. go ahead, spread lies and vote in the machine candidate.. nothing like the status quo...

April 25, 2009 5:44 PM  

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