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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

The City Council votes on Bernard Parks motion to name the new LAPD headquarters, Parker Center, after former LAPD Chief William Parker, namesake of the previous facility.  Parks' efforts have enraged some in the African American community who hold that Parker was a racist who oppressed minorites during his reign as Chief.  Blogger Jasmyne Cannick - who previously bestowed her "Negro Please" award on Parks - will be on hand to oppose the motion and perhaps support a suggestion by Council Member Richard Alarcon to name the building after former Mayor Tom Bradley.  No matter what the name ultimately turns out to be Mayor V wants to have a big party to celebrate and you know what that involves!

Another endorsment for Carmen Trutanich as the Metropolitan News-Enterprise throws it's support behind him for City Attorney.  The MNE says LA hasn't had a decent City Attorney since the days of Burt Pines who helmed the office during the first two terms of Mayor Bradley, going back nearly 30 years.  The paper posits that if Jack Weiss were elected "it is unlikely there would be a change in the office for the better," and that Trutanich would perform "the job with distinction."

Here's an idea that will make the anti-billboard wackos toss their cookies: State Senator Roderick Wright wants to turn over electric signage on California's freeways to private companies who would display Amber Alerts, traffic notices and advertisements.  In my view this is a dumb and potentially dangerous idea - and the signs are on public property hence it is up to government to dedcide.  Speaking of billboard wackos, chief wacko himself Dennis Hathaway - who apparently sees the signs as a greater  threat than gang violence, fast food or plastic shopping bags - wants you to decide on the billboard issue.  He's asked me to post one of his most recent screeds for your perusal.  And to be fair here is a pro-signage analysis by an architect as well as poll results that show that most average folks don't give two twits about billboards.

The state is broke and Arnold has shady tax increases on the ballot but that doesn't stop Assembly Speaker Karen Bass from offering pay raises to her staff.  Capitol Weekly notes that Bass' chief of staff Nolice Edwards who was making $140,000 a year is now earning nearly $200,000 annually.  How many of you pull down that kind of dough?

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's getting easier and easier to see why Mayor Sam Michael Higby is always so jealous of pulitzer prize winner kevin roderick: the man posts more interesting items, with greater LA interest, than one finds on Higby's site, where junior high school bickering abounds.

Today, Kevin found a wall street journal story on why the lakers are the dominant sports team in the area.

Thanks Kevin, for bringing more relevant stories to blog readers than Zooma Dogg or Phiil GenderJane's silly rantings and rude outbursts in city hall.

WSJ does the Lakers
9:22 AM Tuesday April 21
With the Lakers in the NBA playoffs and expected by many to contend for the championship, the Wall Street Journal looks at why they dominate L.A. sports and concludes "the unquestioned primacy of the Lakers in Los Angeles seems rooted in a chain of events that began in 1979, when Earvin 'Magic' Johnson arrived and Jerry Buss bought the team."

The team's popularity was spurred by a deliberate and highly successful attempt to woo celebrities to games, the departure of the city's last NFL team in 1995 and sustained attempts to reach out to fans who can't afford to buy tickets.
Fans, basketball executives and even sociologists say there are other, less-visible factors at work. These include the proliferation of outdoor basketball courts at private homes and on Hollywood's studio lots, the unusual concentration of high school, college and pro teams here, and the little-known fact that many Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles come from Oaxaca, the most basketball-crazy region in all of Mexico. Jeanie Buss, the daughter of the Lakers owner, says the sport owes some of its cultural resonance to the basketball-themed TV show "The White Shadow," which ran on CBS from 1978 to 1981, and revolved around a retired NBA player coaching basketball at a high school in South Central Los Angeles. "It was the bomb," she says.

April 22, 2009 5:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad the African Americans are finally seeing Bitter Bernie for the dumb ass he really is. No name should be placed on the new police headquarters. What's going to happen is if Mayor Tom Bradley gets ANOTHER facility named after him it will just encourage all the illegals to want a building named after some Latino idiot who did nothing for their own people. Antonio has been inviting the president of Mexico to LA alot watch them name a building after him.

April 22, 2009 6:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know, I kind of like the name "Villaraigosa Center" as opposed to "Parker Center".

I mean, gang bangers would deem it to be a little more hospitable with a nice Latino sounding name, doncha think?

We are all holding our breaths to get a ZD scoop about what the City Council does about the name today. I am sure we won't be able to read about it anywhere but his posts, right?

April 22, 2009 6:21 AM  

Blogger solomon said:

That "rice bowl" thing at Wilshire/Vermont is so tacky. Those surfaces looked great painted white. … There must be an unwritten rule that transit villages must look tacky.

April 22, 2009 7:23 AM  

Blogger Jasmyne said:

Thanks for the mention. But two things, one I am a part-time writer who happens to have a blog.

To be exact....

Unapologetically Black, Jasmyne Cannick is known for addressing the issues that others can’t or simply won’t. At 31, Jasmyne is a lot of things, but just a blogger she is not. Jasmyne is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the intersection of pop culture, race, class, and politics as played out in the African-American community. An award-winning journalist who previously worked in U.S. House of Representative as a press secretary, Jasmyne was selected as one of ESSENCE Magazine’s 25 Women Shaping the World and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s “News and Notes.” She currently works as a political consultant in California on local and state campaigns.

Second, I did not give Parks' my Negro Please Award. I said he was a strong candidate for it.

Thanks!

jc

April 22, 2009 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael, why have the updates on MS been so infrequent and unpredictable lately? It gets really stale when I click back to see not even comments or new editorials here. Or worse, when there is something stupid like a recipe or ancient videoclip. What is going on?

April 22, 2009 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this is from the latimes.com

UCLA braces for competing rallies on animal research
7:06 AM | April 22, 2009
UCLA is bracing today for a pair of dueling rallies over the controversial issue of scientific research that uses primates and other animals. Officials said they are not expecting violent confrontations between the groups but are prepared nonetheless to have a substantial police presence.

The first rally, scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue and then move on to the campus, is sponsored by opponents of animal research who have long complained that UCLA scientists ignore the animals' suffering. Among the expected speakers is Michael A. Budkie, executive director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN), an Ohio-based group that is in the forefront of protests timed as part of an annual observance of World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week.

The next rally, scheduled an hour later at the same spot, is more unusual. It is organized by a new group, UCLA Pro-Test, made up of faculty, students and staff who say they support the humane use of animals in research aimed at finding cures for human diseases. The pro-research forces also want to protest against a series of unsolved arsons and vandalism at UC faculty homes and vehicles over the past three years. Among the expected speakers is UCLA neuro-scientist J. David Jentsch, whose car was set ablaze and destroyed last month and who then decided to create the pro-research group. Jentsch uses monkeys in his research on schizophrenia and drug addiction, and although he kills some for postmortem exams, he says the animals do not suffer.

On Monday, authorities announced that two animal rights activists had been indicted for harassing and threatening UCLA researchers, but the pair were not charged with the arsons. UCLA officials said they were pleased that arrests had been made in some of the cases.

-- Larry Gordon

April 22, 2009 9:37 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Jasmyne -

What's wrong with being a blogger? :)

Also if YouTube hadn't removed it, you could have shown that clip from The Jeffersons where Weezy says "Negro please."

Well, actually she used a different word. :)

April 22, 2009 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummings is getting a lot of city money today thanks to the sexual antics of ed boks.

April 22, 2009 9:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Today, Kevin found a wall street journal story on why the lakers are the dominant sports team in the area."

Surely you must jest to suggest that "finding" a story on "sports" is anything worth crowing about.

I think the problem we have here is that you are sincere in your hat tipping.

April 22, 2009 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummins clowned Kevin Roderick. He lost his credibility by putting up her lies. It was emailed around to the mayor, deputy mayors and clowncil that Mary had to surrender the coyote in San Diego because she isn't licensed. Now Kevin is the laughingstock. Its doubtful Michael wants to be in Kevin's shoes.

April 22, 2009 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Roderick just posts whatever he reads elsewhere, and sometimes gets an inside scoop from disgruntled L A Times staffers. Of whom there are many since they're firing everyone who was any good. This "contest" between him and Higby is like the Pillsbury Dough Boy slugging it out with the Marshmallow Pufft Man. (I'm not sure which is which.)

April 22, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby does the same thing and acts like he's some sort of king shit. He ain't.

Plus, Jasmyne should watch out. Higby is an obese outcast and he gets titilated when good looking women post. Titilated in a creepy, greasy 45 year old guy way.

April 22, 2009 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the Met News endorsed Trutanich, Barbara Boxer and RFK Jr. endorsed Weiss...

which does Higby cover...

you wont find out the truth about Trutanich here
but you will at www.true2009.com

April 22, 2009 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
Mary Cummings is getting a lot of city money today thanks to the sexual antics of ed boks.

April 22, 2009 9:50 AM

Thanks for the warning. Everyone send an eblast to your friends, pols, MAV and Clowncil demanding they overturn MC's settlement. ZD and Higby should blog this.

April 22, 2009 1:23 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Looks like things are getting bad for Weiss so expect the Weissholes to get even more desperate.

Even Villaraigosa is no longer pushing for Weiss. The Mayor knows a stinker when he sees one.

April 22, 2009 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The new police building will be here many years into the future. It would only be fitting that it be called the William Bratton Community Service Center.

April 22, 2009 5:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that that the Mayor misspoke is hardly indicative he's not pushing for Weiss, to the contrary. He's appearing at fundraisers too.

But like him calling city workers eligible for retirement "deadwood" he'd like to trim before other layoffs, making people mad all over about ageism when that's not what he meant, reading anything into his words is a waste of time. All he meant I'm sure was that Weiss doesn't deserve the nastiness he gets places like this -- Higby and Zine and Trutanich and some of the Bitter Betties and Buds behind Trutanich are birds of a feather with their nastiness and foul behavior, but Weiss makes a point of not rolling in the mud. So keep rolling in your own slime, Higby, like attracts like. And his comment that Weiss's values not Trutanich's are in sync with the mainstream of L A is spot on -- even if he's the one saying it.

With endorsements from Boxer, RFK Jr. all the top names in the Dem party, some Republicans (most of whom aren't exactly popular right now) top environmentalists, human rights and women's groups, celebrities if he wants them, etc., Weiss has the support of high-profile people who know him and his work. If I were him I'd highlight them and his own independent record which was established before he ever got tight with Antonio in 05. He's also the one who helped Antonio hook up with the westside money crowd in the first place. I'm sure that Weiss knows Antonio well enough not to read more into this and isn't losing sleep over it.

April 22, 2009 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor did not drop his support of Weiss. All he did was state that it would not be an easy win. He didn't say it wouldn't be a win though! :)

Because the truth is, it won't be easy for Weiss, but it will be a win.

April 22, 2009 6:16 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

6:05 & 6:16 = desperately spinning Weiss staff members..??

April 22, 2009 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you're an idiot. Every time anyone posts for Weiss you clowns claim they're paid, when in fact he has lots of volunteers. As though anyone in their right mind would pay big bucks for someone to post here instead of beating the drums where it counts.

But you people haunt the blogs for plugs for your shady candidate, often taking gratuitous shots at Weiss even when the thread doesn't mention him or mentions him favorably in passing. And then the Higby's use his name to generate clickety-clicks. So if I WERE paid I wouldn't give you the benefit by posting.

April 22, 2009 9:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who gives an F what any Kennedy thinks about a local LA City race?

The Kennedys are hypocrites, liars, and killers (see Chapaquidick).

They claim to be environmentalists, but are fighting a wind farm in their favorite sailing area off Nantucket.

At least Barbara Boxer is a California politician who acts likes she believes, is a good wife and mother, and is genuinely concerned about the less-fortunate.

You'll never see her drowning a campaign worker.

April 22, 2009 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa's leadership is about denial

By Doug McIntyre

Politically, the mayor has a giant problem. He wants to be governor but what record does he run on? Imagine this commercial: "Hi, I'm Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles. I was the front man for Measure B which lost. I'm a big supporter of Measures 1A through 1F, which are going down in flames. I barely got 55 percent of the vote against amateur politicians with no money, and my city has a billion-dollar budget deficit and leads the nation in poor, homelessness and the uninsured. Vote for me so I can do for California what I've done for Los Angles."


L.A. Daily News
http://www.dailynews.com/ci_12194907?source=rss_emailed

April 22, 2009 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom Bradley did more to ruin the LAPD than any single person in the history of this city.

**He put anti-police liberals like Stanley Shienbaum and Stephen Reinhardt on the Police Commission.

**He and his Police Commission placed restriction after restriction on the police, then urged prosecutions and firings of officers when they followed the new guidelines

**He implemented affirmative action plans that promoted people based on race rather than skill and effort, resulting in incompetence for the department.

**He consistently tried to undermine Daryl Gates, the only chief who backed the officers.

The new building should NOT be named for Tom Bradley.

April 22, 2009 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, 9:02 is right about you. I am 6:16 and I am not a supporter, employee or volunteer of Weiss.

I do think he'll win though. I said nothing to appear as a Weiss employee/spinner or whatever you called me.

April 23, 2009 3:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those things said about Bradley are more realistically a sign of the times than what Bernie is claiming of Parker.

I think it's stupid to name ANY building after ANY person, but since we do, racism ranks higher than liberalism when it comes to reasons why a building shouldn't be named after someone.

I like Bradley Center.

April 23, 2009 10:15 AM  

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