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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

When you're the incoming Controller and de facto fiscal watchdog for the City of Los Angeles is it concerning that said individual has a campaign that is in debt? Wendy Greuel is asking you for a donation to help pay off her unpaid campaign bills.

The DWP plans to mount a major campaign to encourage Angelenos to reduce water use in advance of the pending water shortage.  Why not hire Zuma Dogg as a spokesman?

If you missed the Mayor's State of the City speech, you can read the prepared text here as well as Solomon's excellent Tweets 


City Attorney candidate Carmen Trutanich has issued a plan for increased security at the Port of Los Angeles.  Trutanich has called for a number of reforms saying, “As Los Angeles City Attorney, I will have a responsibility to see that everything that can be done is being done to protect this critically important resource to our regional and national economy."

Further in-depth reporting of School Board Member Tamar Galatzan's train wreck of a "town hall meeting" in Northridge Monday night via the Beckford Parents Blog.


If you thought the Clowncil's steps to put Measure B on the ballot was a rushed, under the radar, shady effort, here's another one worthy of a citizens' alert: The Mayor is quietly planning to outsource LA's parking meters in exchange for a big upfront payoff. 
 
If you're looking to attend a tax day Tea Party protest, here's a list of several in and around Los Angeles County.


Despite the hooting and hollering from the billboard wackos who think that supergraphics and vinyl are the biggest threat since Osama Bin Laden, a poll by a group of USC students finds that Fifth District voters - considered to be ground zero for billboard-wack-aphobia - do not consider signage to be a major issue.  Reacting to the poll, candidate David Vahedi said “I’m actually shocked by that."  Get outside the bubble folks and you won't be shocked.  Most folks in LA are concerned about crime and jobs.

Big debate amongst readers at CurbedLA over whether or not it makes sense to buy a condo in a bankrupt development.

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30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes Wendy, you don't inow how to talk to people or get their votes, so hire Zuma Dogg to show you how to win friends and influence people.

Then, go see a shrink to explain to you why you hired him.

April 15, 2009 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you Zuma for having the balls to consistently go to council and slam those fucking morons. The Mayor said he has $4 mil to put together a team to help LAUSD. Didn't he get the memo that he's NOT IN CHARGE? He also said he's going to have programs to hellp the POOR. That means the ILLEGALS WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS. He said he's going to help small businesses. THAT MEANS NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT ILLEGAL VENDORS WHO ARE BRINGING THEM DOWN. He said the VILLAGE IDIOT Jeff Carr will continue with Summer Night Lights. Yeah, let's see if you take away all the police officers how successsful that bullshit program will be. He's giving money to his gang banger friends who run the gang intervention programs too. He's the only Mayor that hasn't laid off any employees especially his 16 Deputy Mayors, 93 staffers, 4 press people, consultants, attorneys and where is the outrage People?????

April 15, 2009 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does this mean all those political payback developments can't go forward like the Jan Perry Korea money huge tower?

.....Judge tosses out portions of L.A. housing density law
The ruling throws scores of proposed developments into doubt if the density is greater than authorized by state law, and might affect projects already approved or under construction.
By Jessica Garrison

April 15, 2009

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday tossed out portions of a city law approved last year that allows developers to build taller buildings in exchange for setting aside some units for affordable housing.

Judge Thomas McKnew's ruling throws scores of proposed developments into doubt because it prohibits the Planning Department from processing any project applications in which density would be greater than what is authorized by state law.

The ruling also might affect projects that already have been approved and are under construction, said Jan Chatten-Brown, a lawyer for the Environment and Housing Coalition, which brought suit against the city. "This ruling will force the developers and the city to go back to the drawing board," she said.

April 15, 2009 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The outrage? Why, it is with ZXuma, and his friends who waste way mopre of our public money with the time and energy it takes from all of us to deal with the moronic rants and sophomoiric comments that take up all of our time, elected officials and people trying to work and make an honest living in development of projects that create jobs and actually do spur the economy.

But instead, we sit in Council and are subjected to these jerks exercising their First Amendment rights ad infinitum ad nauseum while the ral business of government waits to be done.

Don't encourage the fool anymore, please.

April 15, 2009 8:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am really liking Celeste Fremon who is yet another reporter who isn't afraid to state the facts. Why didn't David Z pick up on this one? SCARY CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST.

Witnessla.com

The Bomb Inside the State of the City Speech
April 15th, 2009 by Celeste Fremon

Embedded in the middle of the mayor’s S.O.C. speech, there was one innocent sounding paragraph that has 76 of the city’s important community agencies in a justifiable state of panic. The paragraph was this one:

We are going to better connect help to the people who need it by creating 21 Family Source Centers located in our hardest-hit neighborhoods. Where people will be able to seek assistance for themselves and their families, file for critical tax credits, access affordable medical care, and benefit from programs at every level of government – and all on a single form. Each year, this program will serve at least 50,000 people.


Here’s the problem. Those nice, spanking new (as yet to be built) “Family Source Centers” will need to be funded.
And funding, in case you haven’t noticed, is a bit tight these days. So to create his new pet one-stop shopping centers, the mayor reportedly intends to yank funding from a money cache known as the Community Development Block Grant fund.
Unfortunately, that money is funding the aforementioned 76 existing organizations and has been, in many cases, for over 20 years. In some cases 30 years. We’re talking about an impressive list of service providers that range from well-known day care centers, homeless shelters, senior care centers, pre schools, mentoring programs, after school programs, low-cost legal services, services for persons with disabilities, jobs programs……and on and on and on.

These are proven programs that are already woven into the fabric of the communities they serve. They provide services on which the poorer communities have come to depend. In other words, they cover many of the same neighborhood needs that the mayor wants to provide in his new Family Source Centers. Except that they don’t have “City of Los Angeles” over their doors, as one mayor’s office staffer helpfully pointed out when questioned about the funding switch. Now these 76 neighborhood organizations are being told, “Bub-bye. Lovely knowing you. Must run. I’ll be taking your bank account with me.”

Put another way, the mayor seems to have decided to reinvent 21 nice new wheels all monogrammed with his name…and to do so he’s tossing out the existing working wheels, which does not sound terribly wise—and is, one would guess, a lot more expensive.

April 15, 2009 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Greg Fuentes said:

Anonymous, 8:24

Last time I heard Villaraigosa speak in person he was yakking about a 500 million plus dollar deficit.

For how much of that deficit is Zuma responsible?

How much of your outrage do you reserve for the elected officials who generated that deficit?

Although I don't agree with some of what Zuma promulgates, he, at least, isn't afraid to identify himself in public.

You, however, are a gutless piece of garbage who posts anonymously. One of the marvels of modern technology is that it allows twerps like you to access the Internet from the miserable hole you inhabit.

However, modern technology cannot provide your anonymous postings the credibility they clearly lack.

April 15, 2009 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZUMA DOGG IS A WONDERFUL YOUNG BOY. LEAVE HIM ALONE. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT HE NOT HANG AROUND WITH THE LIKES YOU NASTY DIRTY BIRDIES.

IN OTHER WORDS, FUCK OFF AND LET THE BOY DO HIS JOB!

April 15, 2009 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I cannot believe that a certain CM is posting in this comment section at 8:24 in the morning. He was inside City Hall already.

April 15, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

His Job?? His Job?

What job?

He has no job; he is a homeless vagrant who begs for money and sits and amuses himself and self promotes on our time and our nickel.

This is not democracy; this is the tyranny of the minority abusing rights and making it difficult for real citizens, those who pay taxes and work for a living instead of beg for it.

Go get yor priorities straight.

And, he is no boy, he is an old, bald has been, or rather, a never was.

April 15, 2009 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby ordained Zuma dogg as the next mayor, so at least chubbie thinks it's his job.

Come to think of it, I like that also and so ye olde zuma dogg, we christen thee Robin Karmer's BITCH!!! You Suck!

April 15, 2009 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That Hole Trutanich has got nothing but "plans" for everything because he has no record in public service or public safety. He's getting the anti-incumbent and rightwing boost as well as the revenge movement but it's just more of his grandstanding.

April 15, 2009 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh No Mr. Bill I can see Ace Hatchet Man Smith posting out of desperation. Yeah, attack Zuma when you don't have anything else to post. Ace Smith's campaign slogan is DIVERT THE CONVERSATION meaning change the subject if they the comments are negative about your guy. Weiss missed how many council meetings and votes?? How can Ace Hatchet Man Smith be campaign manager for both Weiss Ass and Antonio (who still has his ex wife's name) who is running for Gove? Love that now the billionaire Guess Jeans guy Marciano is throwing his hat in the ring to run for Gover because he's had it with political corruption. Ace must be shitting his boots.

April 15, 2009 1:36 PM  

Anonymous g said:

WENDY GREUEL IS DOING JUST WHAT I TRIED TO TELL PEOPLE. NOW THEY HAVE BEEN SUCKER BY ANOTHER INCUMBENT. WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE EXPECT?? WENDY IS A RUBBER STAMP FOR TONY, BRATTON, WEISS AND THE COUNCIL. TOO BAD FOLKS!! WE NEEDED SOMEONE WHO WOULD CONTINUE WHAT LAURA CHICK STARTED WITHOUT ALL THE FRIENDSHIP. THOUGH'S OF YOU WHO DIDN'T VOTE ARE AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE ONE'S WHO SUPPORTED GREUEL THE RESULTS COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. READ AND LEARN.

April 15, 2009 1:49 PM  

Anonymous g said:

JOIN SLAP CHANGE THIS TOWN!!

April 15, 2009 2:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's nothing unethical or inept about Wendy needing to pay off her campaign debts, but everyone was surprised that alleged main challenger Nick Patsouris lagged so far behind even newbie Suzie Evans. Shows the anti-B/ anti-incumbent "forces" weren't as omnipotent as they seemed -- maybe more of the March vote was the talk radio/ Walter Moore right-wing boost than the ones who are active in NC's. It was a weird confluence of events that's for sure. Tea readers are still arguing over it.

April 15, 2009 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NEW BLOG:

www.edreyescrybaby.blogspot.com

April 15, 2009 3:05 PM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Now this is the FIRST good idea you've had since -- forever!

"The DWP... major campaign... encourage Angelenos to reduce water use.... Why not hire Zuma Dogg as a spokesman?

YES, yes, yes... makes PERFECT sense, and as a certified spokeshole for many of L.A.'s top politicos, I'll write the PSA for you, for FREE!

"Hi, I'm Zuma Dogg. I like to make believe most of you know who I am from Channel 35 - L.A.'s least-watched cable outlet - even if you don't. But I have a VERY important message for you today, Angelenos. You REALLY don't need to use as much water as you do. We're running short, and I'm doing my part. I haven't seen a bathtub, shower, or bar of soap since Jimmy Hahn was a popular mayor, and I'm none the worse for it. Water's not REALLY for BATHING -- that's a myth! It's for watering the current mayor's MILLION missing trees, and occasionally for drinking (but only when you can't get anything stronger).

"Remember, L.A.'s short on water, so be like Zuma. . . BATHE WEAKLY!"

April 15, 2009 3:40 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

When I first heard about Carmen, I called him and asked him a ton of questions on the phone and in person. It was early on, so he had tons of time. And the reason I introduced him to folks at events and video is because I really liked his passion and vision and things he was saying about the city attorney's office.

We didn't even discuss any of the other candidates. It was about the current problems in the city attorney's office.

But I am concerned that voters aren't having a chance to hear any of that stuff cause all the campaign material and discussion is focusing on problems with Jack Weiss, instead of the stuff Nuch was telling me early on.

April 15, 2009 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As Richard Nixon once said "I think you have mistaken me for someone who cares."

Saltsburg, no one really gives a rat's ass about what you think or what you support or don't.

You have not earned respect from anyone for anything.

All you do is mooch off of sympathetic folks who read you are hungry, or need coffee or gas or something else the rest of us work for. You are a lazy, homeless vagrant. Why would I take your advice for anything, except maybe where the best corner was to mooch some money or food?

Why not take the time you spend blogging and driving back and forth to the city council for your 2 minutes of channel 35 time and use it to work to make some money and get some pride back? Can you really be happy being on a treadmill to oblivion?

Grow up and become a man; stop groveling and stand up to life.

April 15, 2009 4:51 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

SHAME ON TAMAR GALATZAN FOR THIS ONE. If I have to explain why, read "Interpreting Deming's 14 Points" FIRST, then send me an email or call me to ask why.

This is just wrong at SO many levels. Using kids as political props is the obvious, surface problem.

April 15, 2009 5:41 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

IN CASE THIS WASN'T PART OF THE PREVIOUS POST:

LAUSD School Board Member Tamar Galatzan Invites You to Participate in a Student Video Contest.



Capture the Impact of Budget Cuts in Your School & You Could Win Big!



Grand Prize Winner Will be Determined by Most Votes Online at Tamar’s website from May 26 to June 7.



Grand Prize: $5,000 for Your School* & FREE Tickets for Your Entire School to a Chivas USA Pro Soccer Game!



3 Prize Categories: Elementary, Middle & High School



Student Prizes Include: $500 & $250 Cash, Chivas USA VIP Game Tickets, Lunch with Chivas USA Player, Gift Pack, Videos to be Aired on KLCS and more!



-Videos must be 1 minute max. Entries are due by May 18 at 5pm.

-Questions? Contact Ani.Okkasian@lausd.net or call (213) 241-6386.



*Funds must be used for a Facilities project at the school site.



The flyer is attached on PDF. For more contest information visit Tamar’s new website at: http://galatzan.laschoolboard.org

April 15, 2009 5:43 PM  

Blogger Angel said:

Why is it a shame? As a parent at one of the non-Title I schools, we get to decide if the copier gets toner or the kids get toilet paper. Our stimulus funding ($195 for each 4th and 5th grades) will not buy back a single position--not even half a person. Our SSC isn't sure what we'd be responsible to pay for since that money comes from the Professional Development budget. And buyback doesn't mean keeping *your* teacher, it means paying for whoever is next on the list.

We get the privelege of learning the ways of "bumping" where folks at Beaudry will have the right to go back a level and either administrate or teach in a classroom. These people left willingly, and haven't kept up with the training. So in essence, we get penalized for being a little school with a 900 API. We're not a Carpenter with a $350K PTO, we're just a little Valley elem with a diverse population an a variety of income levels.

So what happens now? Is this a "Network" moment where the parents stand up and say they're mad as hell and won't take it anymore? Or do we just let everyone else dictate what we get as the consumers of the product called LAUSD? We're part of the success that can be public ed, so what now?

If I decide to do a one-minute video to show the rest of the district what we're doing at my daughter's school and how we're at a tipping point, that's my perogative.

April 15, 2009 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Superfly was sitting on the doorstep of the City of Melissa new City Hall when work came to a terrifying halt! Screams from all abound as residents rushed to see what was taking place. News has yet to be televised- but edits will soon be complete. Mayor David Dorman may now have his panties in a permenant wad. Locals are tuning in for the latest at www.MayorDavidDorman.com and for the best minute to minute election ticker visit www.MickiJobson.com

April 16, 2009 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Tamar is doing something constructive and trying to make a difference, loser.

She doesn't just sit around all day complaining about everything every other person is doing and contributing nothing to the general welfare. She pays her taxes and works for a living like most of us, except for you, loser.

And, she doesn't dress like a clown and smell like a mule.

I myself prefer Tamar and what she does to your time wasting and self promotional crazy act.

If you want to be in show business, spare us the pain of watching you fail in a place where we are a captive audience trying to do our business. Go to the comedy store and see if your act attracts anyone willing to pay to see it.

Why don't you do what others have suggested and just get a real life? How many more years will you devote to being a public loser?

April 16, 2009 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:21am,
all of your personal commenting about me doesn't change the ridiculousness and harm this contest does to kids. you may not be intelligent enough to comprehend why, because it involves psychology and knowledge of behavioral sciences. But again, if you doubt this hurts achievement, go hire a quality and productivity expert and have them explain it to you, loser.

So you made no point except personal stuff about me and everyone reading sees this, hostiloser.

April 16, 2009 7:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:21am,
all of your personal commenting about me doesn't change the ridiculousness and harm this contest does to kids. you may not be intelligent enough to comprehend why, because it involves psychology and knowledge of behavioral sciences. But again, if you doubt this hurts achievement, go hire a quality and productivity expert and have them explain it to you, loser.

So you made no point except personal stuff about me and everyone reading sees this, hostiloser.

April 16, 2009 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Then why did you post it twice and forget to put your ugly face on it, loser? Are you actually considering throwing in the cards?

As we all know, Saltsburg, in additon to his B.S. Personna as ZD, also posts anonymously here.

April 16, 2009 12:48 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:42pm (Aka: BF'n crybaby):

Yes, I am on my homie's computer and accidentally posted anonymously (twice, kinda proving an accident). I don't think I was TRYING to post anonymously though, loser, if you read the content, it's obvious I wasn't trying to be anon. But from now till the end of time, you can say that Zuma Dogg posts anonymously because of it. I TRIED to delete it and repost it under my name, but as YOU must know, loser, you cannot delete anon posts.

So please make sure you reference every time you think I am posting anonymously. It will be interesting to see your level of confusion and paranoia play out.

And regarding throwing in the cards...I think I have commented quite a bit on the fact that I want to "get a life" beyond living this continuous, narrow, one-year (plus) day.

I walked into city hall for one meeting about Venice three years ago. I would like to break the pattern of attending each and every city council meeting.

No offense. And the support and feedback from the people on the street has kept me going back for, "one more meeting."

I've been able to keep cranking it out, but this is the longest streak I have had being on the streets 24/7, and it's really compounding. I've absorbed WAY too much energy and put out WAY too much energy.

I am not "kickin' it" with my feet up on a couch, or taking naps in a bed, or sleeping in a bed. But it's really about the constant "push" being on the streets 18 hours a day when I am not sleeping. And I am not recuperating.

So I was finally able to wake up and not go to the council meeting for the first time in over a year on Wednesday. And although it's a HUGE day on Friday at council, I hope to attend on Friday, either.

It doesn't matter that City Hall people will be happy if I stop going (or stop going as much). That drove me for three years.

But I simply cannot carry on at a physical human level under these circumstances, so I have to cut back my energy, stay in Malibu, back to THAT life I was living, BEFORE city hall three years ago.

Maybe something will click and I'll be able to afford to keep on truckin'. But for now, hope you don't smell me for a little bit.

April 16, 2009 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nothing is going to click you moron because you have nothing going for you.

You are the one who should go back and read Deming...YOU HAVE NO PURPOSE!!! You are an exercise in futility.

Take some time and think about your life and make the change to productivity, not negativity.

April 16, 2009 5:26 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"You are the one who should go back and read Deming...YOU HAVE NO PURPOSE!!!"

NO, I do not have to go back and read Deming, I read my notes all the time, which is why I am so fantastic all the time! And it is so instinctive to me at this point, it's like sheet music: At some point you don't need to look at the sheet music and you can just play like Jimmy Page!

BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS: I can tell by your comment you do not understand what is meant by "constancy of purpose" when you say I have no purpose. It's not like that kind of purpose, you shallow Walter-Moore-kinda dummy.

WALTER MOORE will forever be a schmuck in my mind for his mocking of the 14 Points. HEY WALTER, you arrogant, pompous, book-smart dummy...you can attack me, but when you are mocking Deming's 14 points and all that it has achieved, you are a flat out jackass clown. YEAH WALTER, make fun of it...INTERNATIONAL HISTORY BOOKS WILL BE CHANGED AND RE-WRITTEN BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT!

Meanwhile, again, there is a reason ZD has become a phenomenon in this town in record time, with no promo budget.

I really must be as fantastic as everyone says. I never considered myself to be a brilliant genius and a hero to so many...too many people are telling me that. So I won't be so combative and argue with them. I guess I'll just assume the responsibility and leadership role that comes along with it. So, in other words, I'll just stay the same and keep doing what I do instinctively and naturally, while you try and figure it out and duplicate it. But you cannot take apart a Strataverious, figure it out, and build a duplicate. IT NEVER WORKS.

Yours in "once in a generation,"

Zuma Dogg

p.s. (Some of you will find this coincidental. The "word verification for this comment post of mine is "moses." OH NO...he never made it into the promised land and everyone scorned and shunned him.

I BETTER F*ING SHAVE MY BEARD, NOW, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE AND I AM STUCK IN MALIBU FOREVER!

April 17, 2009 9:48 AM  

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