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Monday, April 27, 2009

Koretz Goes Dirty

I've been receiving a lot of political fliers in the mail lately, as I am a resident of the Fifth Council District and there is a hotly contested runoff election underway between Paul Koretz and David Vahedi. Paul Koretz has been going after David Vahedi in a way that I feel is more than a bit underhanded and rather low class. Koretz's latest barrage of mailings features him in a photo working with Zev Yaroslavsky in Zev's City Council Office. The photo was clearly taken back in the 1970's.

His attack ad against David Vahedi makes a lot of nonsensical claims that Vahedi is in bed with advertisers and is responsible for bus bench advertising all over the city. It is simply ridiculous.

Who do you think has the bigger chance of having been corrupted by big money donors?
The career politician Koretz.... or the first time candidate Vahedi?

Koretz also has a lot of negative history that he isn't coming clean about.
Koretz was a member of the State Legislature for the 42nd Assembly District from 2000-2006.
Yes, that State Legislature... the one where Assembly members were handing out money like candy and voting yes on massive deficits without any concern for their citizens.

Koretz bothers me because he is a typical liberal. He wants to control the lives of others.
He voted for gun-banning ordinances.. which is something I always hate in a politician.

He also voted to make smoking illegal for people under 21.
So..you can get married, and serve in the military at 18, but a cigarette is too much responsibilty for you to handle. That is Paul Koretz thinking for you. And deciding just exactly how he wants you to live your life.

Paul Koretz also has a Jerry Brown problem.

Do we really need to send him back to an office that he worked in 33 years ago..??


Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG, a guy gets elected to several different 0ffices and the Loser of the Year, a guy who couldn't get arrested, is criticizing him.

Phil, get a life.

April 27, 2009 9:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here we go again with the anti- experience bias that assumes anyone who had no idea what goes on in government and will be clueless as a representative, will be "better."

I'm not for Koretz per se but this principle is idiotic. That any loser thinks he's better than someone who's got a record is what we're seeing in elections these days, and it's pathetic. I don't know if Vahedi is beholden to those advertisers but he sure is to a few extremist homeowner groups who I fear want to run the district through him. Having all those homeowner assn endorsements just means' he's promised them everything they want, but what about the rest of us?

Frankly the best candidates were defeated early on because they had the most independence and integrity so this is a hard choice. But because he worked for Zev and isn't clueless like Phil here is NOT what's wrong with him.

April 27, 2009 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that Zev endorsed Weiss undercuts the entire mailer. Mindless overdevelopment? Public service is an honor not a bother? How can he write this letter and then support Weiss.

I'm not a big Vahedi fan, but I hate Weiss who has been my councilmember. I actually used to like Zev. I'm surprised he would endorse skyscraper Jack. No offense, Koretz, but voting for Vahedi looks like my only way of showing Zev he's an idiot. Plus I couldn't really understand the negative mailer, it was way to confusing. Not very creative.

April 27, 2009 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you are an embarrassment to yourself and your family.

April 27, 2009 11:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kick out Koretz and Weiss. The pair of them are hateful shits who need to be removed from public office

April 27, 2009 11:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

oh good god...phil please tell me higby is not semi-retired and every post being yours is not a permanent state of affairs..otherwise I am going to have to stop reading this blog

April 27, 2009 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Koretz and Weiss have no business trying to govern Los Angeles. They are both career politicians who are poster boys as to why term limits are necessary.

The are pot calling the kettle black type of yahoos that we need to make sure get a job in private industry.

Koretz, would just be another stupid nanny state liberal trying to pass stupid useless laws and ignoring the big problems in Los Angeles. He would be more interested in making sure that the council votes to endorse the latest amnesty proposal or smoking bans, than on work to solve traffic and density problems in Los Angeles.

Weiss would be Villar's lap dog basically just licking his boots and waiting for instructions from his master. We need someone who will look out for the best interest of the taxpayers of Los Angeles. Someone who will actually run an office that gives good legal advice, not just what the politicians want to hear. He also has real experience in prosecuting crimes.

April 28, 2009 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, one simple question:
What the hell are your qualifications for anything?

April 28, 2009 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



You've been threatening it for years!

April 28, 2009 6:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They are telling people not to travel to Mexico but refusing to stop the idiots who most likely are carrying the swine flu virus not to come to LA. Where the hell is the gang banger Mayor on this. He has a photo op for everything else but he's hiding on this issue!!!

Travel Health Warning
Travel Warning: Swine Influenza and Severe Cases of Respiratory Illness in Mexico — Avoid Nonessential Travel to Mexico
This information is current as of today, April 28, 2009 at 11:12 EDT
Updated: April 27, 2009

Current Situation
As of April 27, 2009, the Government of Mexico has reported 18 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. Investigation is continuing to clarify the spread and severity of the disease in Mexico. Suspect clinical cases have been reported in 19 of the country's 32 states. The World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alert and Response Network (GOARN), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have sent experts to Mexico to work with health authorities. CDC has confirmed that seven of 14 respiratory specimens sent to CDC by the Mexican National Influenza Center are positive for swine influenza virus and are similar to the swine influenza viruses recently identified in the United States.

April 28, 2009 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby and Phil,

You two geniuses have again dropped the ball about Sheriff Lee Baca withdrawing his support for Jack Weiss.

Phil, are you not "Mr. Last Word" on important issues? How come you didn't know about this and let us know the FIRST word on it?

And Higby, you've been absent since last week and left no one other than Phil "Last Place" Gendergone writing about all sorts of nonsense, and not a word from anyone on this critical endorsement?

You guys are really falling behind. Looks like I have to turn to Zuma Dogg for effort, if nothing else.

How dare you complain jealousy about Kevin Roderick and his Pulitzer Prize. The man at least gets information out there, dumb ass.

April 28, 2009 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vahedi is not a "first-time candidate," he ran for this same office four years ago.

Koretz, however, has never had a real job OUTSIDE of government, and only ever aspires to be elected to something, anything.

Wish the choices were better than these two.

April 28, 2009 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vahedi cannot win because he is not Jewish and the district is overwhelmingly Jewish.

Changing his name (twice) from "Issa" to "David" was an obvious ploy to lure Jewish votes but the folks in CD5 know better.

Koretz, one of the luckiest politicians since George Deukmejian in terms of selecting opponents, will slide into the the seat in CD 5.

Bet on it.

Jack Weiss may not be as lucky; Lee Baca's withdrawal of his endorsement is serious. If Trutanich has enough money to broadcast that widely, Weiss is in real serious trouble, unless the unions step up and spend a pile in an independent effort.

So far, the Police Protective League is the only one spending and it is for Trutanich.

The Mayor seems to be backing away from his support for Jack; he's appearing lukewarm to me.

Keep tuned.

April 28, 2009 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I believe it. Tyrone is dirty. I got a piece of mail in the primary that he tried to claim he was Jewish. He is an Iranian Catholic.

Actually Tyrone was the only non Jew running in the whole thing.

Koretz may not be exciting, but at least he wont lie to your face.

April 28, 2009 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Simple test for anyone:
1. Go to ethics.lacity.org.
2. Go to campaign finance.
3. Select Search Contributions
4. Select Koretz and hit Search.

Read through the list. You will see a HUGE amount of money from PACs, politicians and unions. You have to go pretty far down before you get to a real person.

Next, take a look at some of the contributors. Koretz has taken money from the developers of some of the most controversial projects AND ALSO from billboard companies.

So, why attack an opponent with untrue dirt? Because a preemptive strike with a bucket of mud might blind at least some of the people.

for 10:25: Experience can be a good thing. The question is the quality of the experience. Koretz has the wrong kind of experience.

The residents of CD5 just don't want someone who has a historical 77% voting record with construction interests. I think we need someone who has held a real job, has made a real payroll and has lived in the real world.

April 28, 2009 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is this stuff about Vahedi being an outsider. He has run for office or tried to run for office several times including for the State Board of Equalization and previously for the City Council.

Beyond that, Vahedi has been a campaign staff member on numerous political campaigns for members of both parties (he used to be an activist member of the Young Republicans before switching parties) and has worked for many LA politicians who generally have insider reputations.

I think everyone should make an informed choice based on their political views, but lets not paint either candidate as a white knight outsider runnign to shake up the system.

April 28, 2009 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ladies and Gentleman of the Mayor Sam’s blog. I’ve followed this blog for quite some time now, and am amazed at times by the malevolence of what is posted. But I recognize that to be a symptom of the forum. Anonymity allows for gossip and slander to flourish, and the exchange of ideas and comments is often better for it.

Having declared myself a regular reader and dare I even say “fan” of the blog, I realize I’m not so much a fan of the blog as I am of local politics, and the format of this blog. The semi-edited comments can be a bit annoying when you realize not all posts are posted, but censorship is the price we pay for having too many nut jobs out there that say too many viscous things. The problem is when that censorship crosses a decency standard to limit criticism. I say that to contextualize that I hope this posting makes it through.

Let’s be clear about some things. This is not a place for free speech. Comments are edited as Mike, and now Phil, see fit. I know I’m not the only one to experience this phenomenon, but that’s the price we pay for not creating our own forum, and the benefit Mike is entrusted with by the readers of the blog for the effort he puts in to create hot sheets and other content.

Having said all that, I want to be the first to start a petition to get Phil off the EDITORIAL side of the blog. Mike, I rarely agree with your comments. But as an experienced blogger, sudo journalist and political hack/gadfly/activist I take it all with a grain of salt. Phil, on the other hand, doesn’t have the chops for this. That’s why his blog was a failure. I’m not sure what your angle was in bringing him on, perhaps you were over worked and needed a break. Perhaps your bad experience with Haikula pushed you over the edge (BTW- I never got the background on that but love that the mystery exists) and skewed your judgment of talent, or maybe Edward Heddington wasn’t neutral enough (that last Cedillo piece was WAY TOO OVER THE TOP), but Phil has got to go. For the good of the blog mike, cut him loose. He can post comments like anyone else. If people like his content they can go to his site. But unless he paid you, and if so disclosure please, give him Zuma Dogg status and let him comment, but get him off the front page.

In economic terms, he couldn’t sell himself on his blog, and he’s bringing you brand down.

So Mike, if this post gets through to you, and I’m emailing it to you too, please post a new entry and let the people speak. One vote per IP address, Phil stays or goes. If people love him, let it be known, if they don’t let’s vote him off the island!

April 28, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think Baca pulling his support for Weiss is neither here nor there. Baca has a pretty shady past. It might be best not to be associated with him.

Everyone is pretty tired of unions and that includes the police protective league. Trutanich only has to give one right answer and they're on board.

The most important thing for everyone to do in any election is to follow the advice of the poster who says to go to the Ethics Commission and click on their favorite pols (or lobbyist/developer) and see where everyone gets their money from.

Taxi companies the current issue? Go see how many of the council people have taken money from the various taxi companies, billboard companies, developers,etc. and then go check homeowners and see how much they don't give.

Therein lies the answer to who your council person represents and this has always been available to everyone -- just like those ruby shoes that Dorothy had on the whole time...

It will shock you and disgust you and you will sit in front of the computer and read donors instead of Mayor Sam, that's for sure.

April 28, 2009 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which is why Vahedi can't go negative. If he wanted to, he doesn't have the money and he'll piss off the Jewish voters.

April 28, 2009 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1245 you don't think Baca pulling his support is "neither here nor there?"

Who are you, Ace Smith? Only a campaign manager would write that, followed by 1000 word essay why it's neither here nor there.

Obviously, it's important to you or you wouldn't have written such a breathless follow up.

My ass, it's neither here nor there to you.

April 28, 2009 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have an idea. Let's express our disapproval of Phil's dumber by the way posts by not commenting. That way, chubbie wont' get the clickety clicks and he would actually have to put forth an effort. Byeeeeee

April 28, 2009 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca's support never meant anything, he was in ads for Trutanich, how many in the general public even knew he'd endorsed Weiss first? And told the media he'd endorse anyone else too -- don't know if the other early candidates called him on that. What kind of endorsement is that? Above all there is NO reason any City Attorney should kow-tow to the County Sheriff. Weiss standing up to him shows he'll stand upto anyone to do what's right. He has worked with Baca and will do so again, but he's his own man while Trutanich tells everyone what they want to hear to get their endorsements.

We want an independent city attorney who tells the truth. Too bad Baca doesn't like that when directed at Trutanich.

Everything the Weiss campaign says is in fact true as a little googling Trutanich shows. Nuch is the one who went negative from the start in nasty mailers, ads and his own website while Weiss avoided that.

But after Trutanich wouldn't admit his own record in debates either, like any bully Nuch runs away when he can't just stand there and smear Weiss and get nothing back, and now maybe Baca's embarrassed that he backed a guy like Nuch.

WHY does anyone care what Baca says anyway? I'm turned off by the way Cooley urged Trutanich to run and is twisting arms for him because he wants a buddy in the job. With documented reports of Nuch's conflicts of interest with the City Attorney's office and DA's as benefits his private clients that is a huge red flat.

April 28, 2009 1:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor is not distancing himself from Weiss. But maybe Weiss wants to keep that endorsement more low- key because that endorsement is a double-edged sword as well. Nuch's camp likes to say they're too close then try to put a wedge between them. Weiss has always been an independent voice as no one can deny and he always will be. But the mayor has said he trusts him based on knowing him for years whereas Nuch's opposing political agenda is problematic. I foresee it would be worse than Rocky and Antonio, worse than Rocky and Laura Chick. You want an indepdent City Attorney but someone whose advice is trusted and based on strong knowledge of the legal and legislative worlds and strong convictions. Nuch lacks those.

April 28, 2009 2:02 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

A little note to 11:42:

I rarely agree with him, but I'm glad to see Phil here. I don't agree with him on almost anything, but you can learn what's going on in LA by reading him. That's not true of, say, the LA Times op-ed page, and increasingly the Daily News's editorial column.

For instance, the DN ran an editorial the other day encouraging Villaraigosa not to run for Governor. That was a complete waste of space. Villaraigosa is so weak now he can't possibly think about running now until late summer or fall---and the way he is beholden to failing constituencies, a run looks unlikely.

A bunch of people with pea shooters took down the castle on Prop B. They almost did it in forcing a runoff. And they would have done it again with the water cleaning tax, but Garcetti has pocketed it.

No, you can't read these truths---which even some Councilpeople will own---on the op-ed page of the LA Times or in the editorial column of the DN. But you can glean them from Phil, even if you don't support his politics.

And read Ron Kaye too.

April 28, 2009 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe explain why you flew into drunken rages when people didn't support O'bama last year. You don't support dissent. So why shouldn't you tolerate OUR dissent of Phil Gendergone?

You were vulgar x 100 then. Some of these posts are insulting but not nearly as full of the rage you showed to those of us who didn't share your view.

April 28, 2009 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HELLOOO PEOPLE...BACA IS AN IDIOT!! Him taking back his endorsement of Weiss shows his lack of judgment. Baca is as dirty as Mike Corona and the feds should start digging. I hate to say it but it will work in Jack's favor to have Baca gone. He's not liked and works for the county not the city. The PPL is backing Trutanich and getting hell from the rank and file cause no one asked them. The police officers on the street are backing Weiss. WHY? Cause Trutanich is getting backing from NRA. Trutanich is now being hypocritical acting like a pussy saying Weiss has negative ads, but have you seen the Trutanich piece of shit negative ads too? Its getting dirtier then Antonio and Hahn but difference is sooooooooo many people in LA wish they had straight laced Jimmy Hahn back in office.

April 28, 2009 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Bobby said:

Baca pulling his endorsement is "no big deal." Really?

How about what Baca said?

"I can no longer remain silent about the reckless disregard for the truth that Jack Weiss has brought to this race," Baca said in a statement. "Mr. Weiss' latest television commercial is desperate and an insult to the principles of the American legal system, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights."And

"Obviously, Mr. Weiss does not respect the truth or our justice system that guarantees a fair trial for everyone."When a cop calls Jack Weiss a liar, that's HUGE and judging by the Ace Smith responses being echoed here and in other blogs, the Weiss folks should be applying to play the part of Ned Beatty when they redo Deliverance.

It really must suck to be a Weiss campaign supporter!

April 28, 2009 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca is just proving himself to be a hypocrite and a fool. A partisan hack whose man couldn't defend his record of recent decades so is running on what he did decades ago, but trying to make it sound current.

That's the point, Trutanich's lies about himself and Weiss. There is a great deal about his character and career that people who know him say sure doesn't match up to his hype. He's just plain a shady amoral opportunist and egotist.

Baca has proved himself utterly untrustworthy in supporting Nooch's nasty campaigning for months, a campaign many have found offensive, and now that Weiss is returning fire he wanted to silence him to favor Nooch. As someone with little public record (and what there was, is bad) he'd hoped no one would find out about his own lies and let him stand there and just smear Weiss. That nonsense about the Ethics commission is explained again in the Times: Weiss was told by the Ethics Commission that by the time he was informed of those particular funds, the relevant account was closed and it would be illegal to return the money from another account. Case closed.

The DNA issue Trutanich is lying about is well-document showing what Weiss says. Meanwhile Trutanich never did a damn thing about it (defending rapists and tearing down the victims), or about billboards or ANY of the issues he's trying to claim now, saying "IF I'd bothered to lift a finger for anyone other than myself, I'd have done XYZ better." Opportunistic phony.

But Like Trutanich says, when you want to hide your own record smear the other guy and play the victim -- this is Nooch's strategy as a lawyer and as a shady candidate. It's SO transparent and both chicken Nooch and Baca look disreputable.

Baca's a three-dollar bill anyway and I agree that he has NO business trying to tell a CITY Attorney candidate how to behave, and to hide the truth to skew the election toward his opponent. That is just bizarre, actually. Baca should stop playing at picking CITY officials and do his job better. It was HIS staff and DA Cooley's that released Jamiel Shaw's killer from COUNTY jail and stood by silently while those who can't tell the difference tried to pin it on LAPD and City.

By the way Nooch's new commercial features some older retired cop talking about him from the 80's before he quit prosecution to defend criminals FIGHTING cities like L A -- but he tries to imply this experience is current. The Weiss campaign's point exactly.

April 28, 2009 5:18 PM  

Anonymous g said:


April 28, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Weiss's political career is over. His wild and frantic actions and statements over the past few days reminds me of the scene at the end of Godfather when Michael has Carlo whacked in the car on the way to the "airport." He makes a pretty good fuss at the end, kicking and screaming. But, then it just goes dark... Goodbye Jack Weiss. You got spanked by a complete unknown guy named Nooch. Good luck finding a job that will let you miss 3 months of work out of the year.

April 28, 2009 6:51 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Mayor Sam Readers,

I realize that some of you may not like my writing. I don't particularly care. I do what I do because I am one of those people who does what is right, not what is convenient. Just like when I ran for Mayor as a Conservative candidate in a liberal city like LA. Not politically the smartest move, but integrity doesn't come cheap. There is always a price to pay. People on the right needed a voice...and I am here to be that voice. Our day will come. The tide will turn, trust me.....

I do not have the ability to edit comments.
I only post my own writings.

If Higby edited all of the responses, then he would surely delete the ones where some of you repeatedly insult him. But he doesn't.

You can continue to take shots at me...I just laugh. I'm tough enough to take it.

By the way... stop asking where Higby is.
He's on vacation or traveling in Northern California... that is where the scenery photos are coming from.

Complain to him in person when he gets back.

April 28, 2009 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see anything dirty about Koretz using photos of him with Zev from decades ago and admitting when they were taken. That's being open about who he is, who he's been for recent decades. On the other hand Trutanich using old info about himself from decades ago and implying it's current, that's dirty.

Say what you will about Koretz, but he's an open book not trying to hide anything like Trutanich. The issue about Vahedi's name I don't think is a big issue, just shows kind of spinelessness if it was to "sound more Jewish." But I don't think he's an evil man and not some major manipulator phony.

Neither of these candidates is very strong but then many strong people didn't want to deal with CD5 constituents and that's a shame for everyone.

April 28, 2009 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Weiss's political career is over. His wild and frantic actions and statements over the past few days reminds me of the scene at the end of Godfather when Michael has Carlo whacked in the car on the way to the "airport." He makes a pretty good fuss at the end, kicking and screaming. But, then it just goes dark... Goodbye Jack Weiss.Well said! Weiss is such a pathetic loser, and his followers so patently partisan, that it makes the bunker scene from Hilter's Last Days look like a sitcom.

Go the hell Weiss and take all your sheep with you!

April 28, 2009 7:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich sent some of his backers, the failed recall people, to council today after his campaign manager sent a note alerting Trutanich was in fact behind them hoping to use them to embarrass Weiss.

It just backfired to show how manipulative he is, how he's the MASTER of dirty campaigning, using other people because he can't handle himself when he's not in a rigged atmosphere.

I hope he keeps doing more of this stuff, showing the sleaze. Most of the Council "got" what was going on except Tom LaBonge.

The Times' report clears up some of the lies in his ads, too, the things Trutanich repeats everywhere he goes.

Makes Baca look even more the hypocrite too.

April 28, 2009 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vahedi has a ton of problems: FPPC fines, shady business practices and shameless pandering to HOAs.

April 28, 2009 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Joris said:

8:10 pm aka "Jack Worshiper"

"It just backfired to show how manipulative he is, how he's the MASTER of dirty campaigning, using other people because he can't handle himself when he's not in a rigged atmosphere"You're talking about your pathetic rat touting failure of a candidate who cannot "debate" without his banner waving fools.

The reason SO MANY people dislike Weiss is soooo obvious. His campaign started with being sneaky in it's negativity, you know, the odd blog post saying "Oh, I didn't realize that Carmen Trutanich eats small animals for breakfast and then goes out and gets rolling drunk with his cop buddies, and then represents OMG, criminals!!!! I don't care for either candidate, but I think I'll vote Jack Weiss, etc., etc. "When the (not so) subtle approach failed, Weiss ramped it up a notch or two, and now it's reached the point of no return for Weiss. He's in the gutter and loving it.

The rest of us can sit back and watch the train wreck, cause Weiss is history in LA politics. And nobody, least of all the democrats, will shed a tear when Jackass retreats to his $3M Bel Air mansion and decides to "Spend more time with his family."

Perhaps one or two of you should have his blankey on hand for May 19.

April 28, 2009 9:27 PM  

Anonymous Not a Dem - Really said:

All this fuss over the city attorney race.

I don' know much about either candidate, but I'm a fair impartial voter (the sort of person you can trust) and I saw that evil person's advert tonight. It says that Jack Weiss has ethics violations and never repaid illegal laundered campaign contributions and that he manipulated the rape kit crisis and that anyone who defends a criminal is as bad as a criminal, I think I might decide to vote for Jack Weiss. I'm not sure, I want you all to think I'm an open-minded person.

April 29, 2009 12:01 AM  

Anonymous Not a Dem - Really said:

Oh, and the same goes for Koretz, just change the name in the previous post from Weiss to Koretz, and I think I'll vote for him too, 'cause I'm a fair open minded person, not a plant from the young democrats.

April 29, 2009 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No I don't think Baca pulling his endorsement is important at all to Weiss.

I did not either, write a 1000 word essay on Baca/Weiss. I thought it was more about clean money.

Breathless follow-up? You are so funny. You are obviously a desperate Trutanich fan.

And again, I who have not decided who I am voting for, have been accused of being Ace Smith! That is the third time on this blog I've been accused of that.

So methinks you are a little paranoid. You must be a scared Truch fan.

Why else would you mistake me for the opposite?

Jesus, the dumb asses here are irritating.

Read read read before you comment.

And nobody cares about Baca. As someone else pointed out, he's as credible as Corona. Which is..oh right..not at all.

So you stupid people are making me want to vote for Weiss even though I planned on seeing a debate and asking a question first.

Now I'm afraid he must have just stupid supporters and I don't want to be in that category, but if I were stupid I would allow your stupidity to sway me. Instead, I'll see a debate and then decide. If there are no debates, I'll call them both and ask them my question.

April 29, 2009 3:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you don't like the way the Mayor is running this City, vote against everyone and everything he endorses. Watch him squirm and twist as his little world closes in on him.

The WITHDRAWL of the Sheriff's former endorsement is just one more hole in the hull of the SS Weiss/Villaraigosa. This fat tanker is going down. Get the word out in the neighborhoods. Get the word out on your email lists. Encourage people to vote by mail to keep sending the message to Villaraigosa: you do not have our support and soon you will be gone like Weiss.

April 29, 2009 3:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Surpriseing the Trutanich people aren't posting about the Weiss campaign person resigning. Where are they? Hiding cause now blogs and e-mails are flying that Trutanich is being paid by NRA to get in and Trutanich represented major criminals against hard working people. When dirty campaigns really get into gear the "real" truth starts to come out. I can't stand Ace Hatchet Man Smith but I gotta give him credit for letting the people know the dirt on Trutanich as well as his team getting the dirt on Weiss. Sad state of affairs in LA politics

April 29, 2009 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich trying to play the anti- semite card against Weiss has also backfired bigtime with the Jewish community. He's a proud Catholic who until he decided to use the Jewish "anti city Hall crowd" for his benefit has always openly disliked "those westside Jewish liberals." Just wants their money and to use them. He knows the rat belongs to a union whose strike Nuch helped bust up and doesn't like that in a democracy they have the right to let people know?

When the union showed up with signs at his Universal shindig all the guests made fun of them as did he. He only plays up "my father worked at a cannery and so did I for a few months" to sound like he gives a shit about workers but he doesn't at all. Spend his life lining his pockets to look down on them.

April 29, 2009 10:09 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Hey "anonymous" who claims not to be Ace Smith.

You asked about the resignation thing that nobody's talking about? It's on my blog and I sent Mayor Sam a link so it should be a hot topic soon enough.

I love the spin you come up with - the "resignation thing."

Of course, what you mean is that while the Trutanich campaign held a LEGAL fundraiser in Univeral City on Monday night, at the very same time in a $8M mansion in Beverly Hills, Weiss held an ILLEGAL fundraiser with 20 or so $1,000 contributors.

ILLEGAL? Yes, the host was Kelly Candaele, he's an buddy of Weiss and the Mayor. So much of a buddie that the Mayor appointed him to the Retirement Board. Why? Well perhaps it's because Canaele also sits on the Board of a company that makes money advising the City on how to invest their retirement funds.

All that is interesting isn't it Ace? The fact that a City paid employee is hosting a fundraiser - Now didn't your genius legal lightweight Jack Weiss realize that's against the law? Or did he know it was illegal but thought nobody would find out until it was too late - just like the dirty money Weiss got from Casden's developers.

Either way, it's a real blow for Weiss, just like the Sheriff Baca thing is a real blow.

Of course, I do look forward to reading your "it's no big deal" response. But you better listen up, it is a big deal. We have the right to expect honesty from the City Attorney's office - not the ignorance and/or disregard of the law displayed by Weiss on Monday night.

April 29, 2009 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Berger aka Rumpole showing his major class envy again. AS though the cost of the house has anything to do with anything, while I've been reading that Nooch always competed for flashy holiday awards at his multi-million dollar house on a canal in Naples, Long Beach (where his heart is, he's just resentfully carpetbagging in San Pedro) because he's ostentatious and love attention.

Back to Berger's story: Poor little Cockney hates Pakis, comes to relatively mobile America, and its most socially fluid city Los Angeles, to get away from them and his own lack of status in England, and what does he find? Too many Messicans, so he teams up with Walter Moore, they attract racists and xenophobes who are too dumb to figure out who these characters are. Push idiotic Jamiel's Law which would require all of us to show proof of citizenship to cops without cause, something a hateful control-freak like Berger welcomes in his home known for personal liberties. To which he escaped to avail himself of.

And now he's the Nooch's vitriolic mouthpiece, trying to turn him into the champion of the underclass like he's been made to feel his whole life. So while he shows contempt for the rich and "elites" who are "born into wealth" (English-born resentment by a hating Cockney who would never be accepted in his native country, where ancestry matters) or just have "an $8 million-dollar house" he and Nooch actually hate union workers, the real common man.

Nooch is a union-buster and Berger sneers at the picketers at nooch's party as "rent-a-crowd" and makes derogatory comments about how the sight of so many angry peons is "spoiling things."

Judge a man by his friends indeed. Berger/Rumpole and the Nooch, cynically hypocritical, slime- slinging, lying and amoral slime. Crawl back to your cave and spew your skewed hate, Berger. Your pschosis based on your own twisted upbringing must be kept as far as possible from the people. You're pathetically flogging for the Nooch hoping he'll pull you in on his coattails. You need MAJOR therapy instead.

April 29, 2009 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3 of Koretz's former opponents endorsed him today over VAhedi, citing "he knows the area well."

While Vahedi touts that he was born and raised in the area and never left. Slap. Must be other real reasons, too. Like they learned the hard way that Vahedi's backing from the "Coalition" of Homeowners that sponsored sham debates for CD5 and City Attorney, pre-rigging them for Vahedi and Trutanich, means these two are beholden to the "revenge posse."

I kind of feel sorry for Vahedi since he is a native and maybe was duped by those crafty homeowner association manipulators, but the Nooch is a sleazy carpetbagger using them for sheer opportunism.

April 29, 2009 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think Berger's got class envy - he lives in Beverly Hills. But I do think he's got something invested in trying to stop Jack Weiss, and the real question is what? And since when have we allowed foreigners to tell us what to do?

Jack is an American, a native Californian, he's lived in his community for all his life. Who cares if he's lucky enough to be rich? After all, his wealth allows him afford to accept the low pay that public official earn for their service.

April 30, 2009 1:31 AM  

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