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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Open Thread for Mond... errr, Tuesday

Long weekend comes to a close today with OBama's nomination for the Supreme Court earlier and the announcement of the California Supreme Court's decision on Prop 8 at 10am.

Locally, we have signs signs everywhere signs on the City Clowncil agenda.

Ron Kaye has the details of serious election irregularities in the CD 5 runoff.

And Matt Dowd is still speaking in public comment this morning.

BREAKING: Looks like Prop 8 stands, but existing marriages remain valid. Nothing too surprising, sadly.

From Mayor Sam via Twitter: Prop 8 Rally in Downtown LA Today 6PM. Meet at Pershing Sq. 532 S. Olive St.

Via Twitter: AWESOME via @johncoulthart Prop 8 decision protest blocking traffic in SF: http://bit.ly/15IWWW

Opine away.... dum dums?

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

...and Jerry Brown's subpoenas into Villaraigosa allies at Wetherly Capital and Gold Bridge Capital.

And I don't think we will need Villaragiosa re-call.

May 26, 2009 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All I have heard people complain about is how the Attorney General never goes after anyone for corruption. Now he is, but besides a story buried on Saturday in the newspaper, it may as well be a tree that falls in a forest that no one hears. Has anyone noticed that the Attorney General issued subpoenas of Friday? That's bigger than a lactation class! Not a thread? Not a comment? I guess it's no biggie.

May 26, 2009 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Subpoenas issued in pension fund corruption investigation

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is looking into 'placement agents' who help secure pension fund investment contracts for clients, often in return for millions of dollars.

By Michael Rothfeld and David Zahniser

May 23, 2009

Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento — An ongoing investigation into pension fund corruption across the country intensified Friday as California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown directed subpoenas at politically connected firms and individuals, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Brown issued the subpoenas as part of a probe into "placement agents" who help secure pension fund investment contracts for their clients in return for large sums of money, often millions of dollars.

The subpoenas seek information on the use and disclosure of placement agents and potential conflicts of interest, said sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing an ongoing investigation. Brown's spokesman, Scott Gerber, declined to comment.

The subpoenas for documents were issued to Gold Bridge Capital and Wetherly Capital -- both run by former fundraisers for former Gov. Gray Davis -- as well as former pension official Sean Harrigan, according to sources. It was unclear which of the subpoenas had been served as of late Friday.

Brown pulled back on delivering a subpoena to equity investor and fund manager Elliott Broidy, after he volunteered to talk with the attorney general's investigators, a person familiar with the investigation said. Broidy and Harrigan, both appointees of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, recently resigned their posts on the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions board after they were contacted in a related U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry.

The nationwide probe began in New York, where Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo has indicted six people in an alleged kickback scheme involving placement fees in the New York State pension fund. That investigation spread to numerous other states, including California.

Wetherly Capital, a Los Angeles-based placement firm run by Dan Weinstein, was mentioned but not charged in the New York indictment, which said Wetherly paid $313,000 in fees to companies controlled by Hank Morris, an indicted political aide to former New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

Two weeks ago, former Wetherly employee Julio Ramirez Jr. pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to cooperate in the New York investigation.


May 26, 2009 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Gold Bridge, operated out of San Francisco and Sacramento by Darius Anderson, a prominent Capitol lobbyist, and his brother Kirk Anderson, has received at least $5.2 million in placement fees for deals with New York's pension fund and has received fees for investment deals at CalPERS, California's public retirement fund, and CalSTRS, a teachers' fund, documents show. Both Wetherly and Gold Bridge were subpoenaed by Cuomo three weeks ago for documents relating to their licenses.

A spokesman for Wetherly Capital said he was unaware of any subpoena by Brown. A spokesman for Gold Bridge, Dan Newman, said, "Darius Anderson has always acted with the highest possible integrity and intends to work with the attorney general."

Jim McCarthy, a spokesman for Broidy, said his client had not been subpoenaed.

"I have no information on that," McCarthy said when asked about Broidy's offer to meet with investigators.

Harrigan's attorney could not be reached.

Harrigan and Broidy stepped down from the Fire and Police Pensions board after receiving letters from the SEC. The letters asked Harrigan and Broidy to reveal any contact they may have had with three firms under review in the pension inquiry there.

They also were asked to identify all of their income since Jan. 1, 2005, and any money they may have earned from firms seeking business from their board. Broidy and Harrigan said earlier this month that they had committed no wrongdoing but believed they had become a distraction for the pension agency.

Broidy is the co-founder of Markstone Capital Group, a private equity firm in Los Angeles. When he stepped down from the Los Angeles board two weeks ago, Broidy said he was cooperating with various investigating agencies and had "never profited in any way" from his work overseeing the $11-billion investment portfolio.

Harrigan served as president of the Fire and Police Pensions board at the same time that he was working as a private consultant to companies that had business before his and other pension agencies. As a consultant, Harrigan has represented, among others, Wetherly Capital and Yucaipa Cos., an investment firm founded by supermarket magnate Ron Burkle.

Other Harrigan clients included the Chicago-based investment fund Gardner Rich and Co. and Grant & Eisenhofer, a law firm that had been seeking to perform securities litigation work for the L.A. Fire and Police Pensions system.

Harrigan said he recused himself from voting on business involving his clients up to one year after he worked for them. Still, city lawyers were so concerned about Harrigan's conflict that they asked the pension board to rescind a vote that would have made Grant & Eisenhofer one of the agency's five securities litigation firms.



May 26, 2009 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This subject is so over. Nobody cares. But if you do, you're a homo.

May 26, 2009 9:53 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

I am astonished to see that some are clinging to the wreckage of the Jack Weiss campaign by blaming local media for publishing 'hit' pieces against Jack Weiss.

A 'hit piece' is something either;
1) untrue,
2) irrelevant but nevertheless embarrassing or
3) slanted unfairly against the 'victim.'

So which of the categories do the 3 'hit pieces' fall into?

First, Maeve Reston wrote about Jack Weiss's on-going refusal to pay to the City Treasurer the illegal money-laundered campaign contributions that he received from an executive and associates of Alan Casden's development corporation. Trutanich had challenged Weiss over this at the televised debate at the Westside Jewish Center. Weiss said Trutanich was distorting facts and that the "matter was settled years ago." Why should we accept Weiss's word? Reston, as a reporter had a duty to investigate, especially as Weiss's claim of "years ago" seemed false in the light of the Fair Political Practices Committee's 2007 demand to Weiss to pay the money as required. I think Reston concluded that Weiss faced several procedural obstacles in actually paying the money. So, the article was not 1) untrue, 2) irrelevant because ethics is perhaps more important for the City Attorney's post, nor 3) slanted, because Reston reported on Weiss's difficulties in paying the City Treasurer.


May 26, 2009 10:01 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Weiss Hit Piece - Cont

Next came Dave Zahniser's story on Weiss's illegal fundraiser held on April 27, 2009, in Beverly Hills. City Commissioner Kelly Candaelle co-hosted the event in direct violation of the law - LA Municipal Code 49.7.8, which prohibits city appointees from engaging in fundraising for city elections. Jack Weiss attended the fundraiser, and doubtless saw Candaelle there. It must have occurred to Jack Weiss that the fundraiser was unlawful as Weiss not only voted to pass 49.7.8, but Jack Weiss also voted to appoint Candaelle. Zahniser did not state the obvious; that Jack Weiss openly allowed the law to be broken in his presence and to his advantage, instead reporting that when he (Zahniser) contacted the Mayor's office the following day, the Mayor's response was to deliver the resignation of Candaelle within 4 hours. Zahniser's article was neither 1) untrue, 2) irrelevant, as Weiss is running for the post of chief law enforcement officer, so his tendency to misapply the law, or be ignorant of it, is highly relevant, and 3) it was not slanted as the focus was on Candaelle rather than Weiss.

The third alleged 'hit piece' occurred when FOX 11 news reported on a May 3, 2009 Hancock Park fundraiser that Weiss attended hosted by a person who had been convicted of several fraud and theft related felonies surrounding the operation of medical facilities. The story was not 1) untrue, and it was 2) relevant to the character of and choices made by Jack Weiss. Remember, Weiss had made the issue of associations with criminals a central theme in his negative ad against Trutanich for being a defense attorney. Of course 3) the slant of the report focused on Weiss, but then again, there really was no other logical focus; it was Weiss who made the decision to attend the fundraiser. Weiss compounded the poor choices he made in attending this event when he pretended that he was hearing of the gaffe for the first time from the Fox 11 reporter. In fact the Weiss campaign had known about the gaffe for 5 days prior to the Fox 11 interview, and had undertaken to return all donations.

All three 'hit pieces' fail to make the definition of a hit piece. They are, at best, fair and truthful reports of poor choices made the candidate for City Attorney, and at worst, worrisome with regard to the way Jack Weiss considers the way that laws either apply or do not apply to him.

Voters had every right to make informed choices particularly when Weiss had raised the issue of character with his bizarre denigration of the ethics of the legal profession. In the end the media saw at least three relevant, newsworthy and truthful red flags to Jack Weiss's candidacy, and to fail to report them would have been the equivalent of a 'hit piece' on the electorate.

If you really believe that Weiss was treated unfairly, tell us why.

May 26, 2009 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Team "Take Back The City!": David Berger!

May 26, 2009 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Prop 8 ruling is proper from an institutional standpoint. The voters passed it and the voters will have to be asked to change it and place marriage equality in the Constitution. The Supreme Court's decision is principled and correct as no one, not even in the heat of this battle for equality, is entitled to an exception from the constitutional rule of law.

The fact that the existing marriages remain valid show that the Supreme Court went as far as it could. It just could not, with an eye to history, overturn a valid constitutional amendment -- that is the role of the voters.

Hearts and minds are being changed every day. Not to worry. Marriage equality will prevail and I think sooner, the better.

May 26, 2009 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you, 10:47.

May 26, 2009 10:49 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Heard that M. Dowd told the City Council that "... this is Spring Street, not Sesame Street!"

You think Matt was reading Mayor Sam this morning?

May 26, 2009 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup. Bert and Ernie weren't the only gays on Sesame Street.

May 26, 2009 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Petra Fried,

Matt read Mayor Sam?


He devoured it.

May 26, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go away Rumpole/Berger. You are a very sick man. And stop blogging on our dime, you're supposed to be working for your boss Cooley. Lord help us.

You people are so sick and spiteful, you're still hacking Weiss's wikipedia sometimes a half dozen times daily, obsessively, compulsively, turning it into an attack site for him just like you did other sites. Trutanich must be very worried about him to still be sick enough to pay someone to do that.

That's another thing that if the Weiss camp did would have been featured in a story. But if they retaliate it will be posted as though they did it first, just like with the whole campaign.

The extreme bias is being exposed and there's nothing your vitriol can do about it.

And now your guy's going to be exposed for what he is, what was never disclosed by the PR Press.

Everyone in Pedro is talking about how some young punk relatives are peddling influence of Uncle Nooch and the Trutanich name already. People aren't saying he looks and acts more like a Vegas pit boss for nothing. Speculation he wouldn't disclose his client list and the paper didn't push him to although it was legal because it just might extend pretty close. Hope what was hidden isn't going to make people really sorry.

May 26, 2009 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City of Los Angeles CAO put out an RFQ for "Organizational Consulting Services."


Aren't the services described within the alleged expertise of the CAO?

Appears to be another example of the City of Los Angeles wasting its residents' money.

May 26, 2009 2:49 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Anon 2:26PM must be the last rat on the SS Weiss-tanic.

Here's a chance for you to tell us why the three things that put the final nails in the Weiss campaign coffin are 'hit pieces' and you squander the opportunity to retain a little dignity and credibility with wild and frankly, childish personal attacks.

It didn't work for Weiss, did it? He couldn't counter the bad facts with anything but hysterical slurs and really pathetic hit pieces. Was that your great idea? I hear Jack split town to "spend more time with his family," and Averil 'Ace' Smith is long gone, so you must be the last of the campaign staff.

So go on, give it your best shot, explain how Jack was wronged by these three stories.

I'll make it easy for you - multiple choice answers (did you ever do those?)

1. The "Jack kept illegal campaign contributions" story was not a hit piece because:
(a) It was true
(b) It was bad for Jack
(c) It showed that Jack makes poor decisions
(d) All of the above.

2. The "Jack flagrantly broke the law at Kelly Candaele's fundraiser" story was not a hit piece because:
(a) It was true
(b) It was bad for Jack
(c) It showed that Jack makes poor decisions
(d) All of the above.

3. The "Jack and the convicted felon fundraiser" story was not a hit piece because:
(a) It was true
(b) It was bad for Jack
(c) It showed that Jack makes poor decisions
(d) All of the above.

As for "And stop blogging on our dime, you're supposed to be working for your boss Cooley." Sorry but you're wrong again (at least you're consistent), I'm on my own dime. Took a few days off to spend some time with my family. Wonder if I'll run into Jack...

Now, how about answering the questions? I'll give you a clue, (d) is a safe answer.

May 26, 2009 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where there is smoke, there is fire.

When they dig deeper, they will find mutual back scratching, as usual. It is the way of the world, especially the financial world.

Wetherly is a supporter of all the Dems, not just Antonio Villaraigosa...

May 26, 2009 4:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Berger, this vitriol of the same old same old same old is how you choose to "spend time with your family?" You're even more pathetic than people thought.

May 26, 2009 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Everybody look at this:


Just AWESOME. I thank the Trutanich campaign from the bottom of my heart!

The Weasel was peddling lies about his accomplishments on there, but the Truth Squad would have none of it.

F#@&king Amazing !

That's how you win an election, ladies and gentlemen.

Thanks to everyone involved in taking down the colossal Jerk (a LOT of people were involved...the Jerk made a lot of enemies in eight years). I'd especially like to thank David Berger for running against him.

Goodbye Jack...hope we never see you again !

May 26, 2009 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:54 and Berger: you people are SO pathetic and sick sick sick. That you should BOAST about spending your time putting lies and attacks into someone's sites is immature even for jr. high.

What happened to you in school to make you so twisted into your premuably adult life? Were you the ugliest, least likely to succeed, fattiest, dumbest, most annoying, the one who always got your lunch stolen, never got the guy or girl, picked for the team? Had glue put on your chair and gum in your locker?

ALL OF THE ABOVE no doubt.

You both/ need LOTS of therapy. NO. That won't be enough, just take the drugs. Yikes, the scum trutanich attracts.

May 26, 2009 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:54 PM is the Wiki Wacko Loon, "truth squad" of one, congratulating herself for slandering Weiss. Nooch will pay her in Hell.

May 26, 2009 6:47 PM  

Anonymous ethics watcher said:

Why is Mike Tujillo commenting here? Is Ace Smith paying him, or is he doing it as a private individual? There should be some disclosure if you are going to be so blatant.

May 26, 2009 6:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:34 PM no drug can fix whats wrong with her.

May 26, 2009 7:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Other than Berger and the Wiki Wacko here I'm seeing a whole lot more reservation and less Koolaid enthusiasm from people as they realize what's really happened and as the Tru reveals himself.

Already today he manipulated the billboard decision behind the scenes through a very smug Zine, with Hahn and Parks having been champing at the bit for some time to go after the Mayor and Chief for their own revenge vendettas (Hahn over her brother's defeat -- notice how she's started reminding everyone how her brother used to be City Attorney "so I know a thing or two about the job?").

He's trying to set up two camps, with himself and Cooley's bag of dirt at the ready against the Mayor's team. His comments in the Daily News and response to Weiss's gracious attitude are hardly encouraging.

There are reports in pedro that he's got some young relatives already peddling influence on his name. Wonder where they learned that one?

It isn't taking long for buyer's remorse to set in and it will be huge.

May 26, 2009 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are you kidding?

Can you say "Deputy Mayor Weiss"??

Go practice.

May 26, 2009 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see any of Trujillo's work here. You must not know him very well. His work is distinctive and it's not around here. Why would you make that up?

May 26, 2009 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She makes it up because shes the psycho chicken.

May 26, 2009 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Greg Fuentes said:

Weiss adherents on this blog appear to have a problem incorporating verifiable facts in their arguments. Perhaps that is why these adherents so often resort to ad hominem attacks that would only convince imbeciles.

And perhaps that is why these Weiss adherents almost always, if not always, POST ANONYMOUSLY.

For example, a Weiss adherent (Anonymous 5:54) asserts: “That you should BOAST about spending your time putting lies and attacks into someone's sites . . . .”

Anonymous 5:54. Who boasted about “putting lies” anywhere?

Furthermore, would you be so good as to provide an example of such a lie?

Actually, what has often occurred on the Wikipedia Jack Weiss site is that content meeting Wikipedia’s verifiability standards–but unflattering to Jack Weiss–has been deleted for no valid reason, pursuant to Wikipedia’s standards.

Regarding Weiss adherents whining about “hit pieces” against their “feet, legs, and torso of clay” paladin; David Berger has ably addressed the hollowness of these assertions. Furthermore, alleging that the Los Angeles Times was conducting a “hit” campaign against Weiss appears ridiculous, considering that the Los Angeles Times:

(1) Devoted no or little coverage concerning Weiss using convicted felon Michael Rosenberg for fundraising;

(2) Devoted no or little coverage concerning Weiss campaign manager Ace Smith being accompanied by prominent defense attorney Stephen Madison to a press conference calling for an investigation into the illegal Candaele/Weiss fundraiser;

(3) Devoted no or little coverage to whether the Weiss campaign returned monies collected as a result of the Rosenberg and illegal Candaele fundraisers, consistent with statements reportedly made by the Weiss campaign.

So far, the Weiss adherent(s) on this blog have yet to address Rumpole’s 4:13 p.m. multiple choice quiz. Would a True/False quiz be more palatable to said adherent(s)?

May 26, 2009 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do the Wiki Loon and Wacko's Loon have a union, maybe? How many of them can there be?

May 26, 2009 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So now the real question is, could Rumpole/Berger and Greg Fuentes have a union formalizing their mutual admiration society akin to that of the Wiki and Wacky Loons?

Could each of these really be one and the same? Geeze, Trutanich must be proud of what he attracts.

May 26, 2009 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eat it Fuentes. Nooch is a corrupt criminal attorney who defended RAPISTS and WIFE BEATERS. That will come back to HAUNT YOU. And nobody deserves it more than you.

May 26, 2009 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch didn't just defend homocidal criminals. Nuch was the "go to guy" to hide the rapes and wife beatings. Fine lawmaker that one.

May 26, 2009 8:52 PM  

Anonymous media blogger said:

I don't like the divisive spin from Villaraiogsa's spin-pussies on Mayor Sam's blog. The City Attorney election is OVER, losers, which is what you are. So take your loser ball and worry about PENSIONGATE and how you are going to cover a $7 billion loss of pension funds. HEY DOUCHARAIOGSA...THE CITY WILL HAVE TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY NEXT YEAR OVER THIS. And so, if your loser spin operatives are going to attack MY friends on blogs, I, my son, will attack YOURS!

Sorry I had to drag you into this Ron. I thought they learned their lesson over the weekend when I told them I didn't like what I was reading out of Villar's shady-pussy spin department, so I had to take it out on Cuomo, in order to be able to take it out on Wendy.

But the problem with Villaraigosa's City Hall, is the reason his boy Jackass lost. And it's why Zuma Dogg is going to have to keep teaching Villaragiosa and his pals who the superior political operative is in this town.

In other words, ANTONIO...READ THIS, THEN CALL YOUR BOY WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE COMMENT SECTIONS OF CERTAIN BLOGS AND TELL HIM TO WAIT UNTIL YOU OFFICIALLY RUN FOR GOVERNOR. Ya feel me, dough? I hope so. Cause YOU don't know what I may, or may not be sitting on. But look how quickly I slam dunked Cuomo, just because I found out Wendy was raising money for him.

Y'all better recognize. Take your losses and MOVE ON! (So that's why Ron.)

May 26, 2009 10:21 PM  

Anonymous media blogger said:


The United States is in the middle of the biggest financial investigation in history. The investigation, launched by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, is now coast to coast. The SEC is involved in at least New York and California. To date five people/companies have been indicted for felonies and securities fraud and three people/companies have cut deals ranging from felonies to a civil resolution (The Carlyle Group). Hundreds of subpoenas have been issued. Dozens of people are targets. Lives and businesses have been for ever destroyed. Many names and companies have been mentioned in indictments and the press.

One name is conspicuously absent. The one man more powerful in Los Angeles (when it comes to political fundraising and access/pay-to-play) than the Godfather, Dick Ziman, himself - Ron “grocery BAG man” Burkle.

What am I talking about? Just look at the list of who’s who of Burkle’s private equity company Yucaipa. Working for Yucapia, at one time or another, has been:

1) Former President Bill Clinton- The former President has toured the world on behalf of Yucaipa raising money from everyone, including all the major public and private pension funds and Unions. Clinton has his own room at Burkle’s mansion, Green Acres. Rumor has it that the two often live the life of degenerate playboys. As a matter of fact, Yucaipa controls the distribution arm of Playboy and Penthouse (Source Interlink).

2) Ari Swiller - Mayor Villaraigrosa’s power broker. The person that ran the Mayor’s transition team and is pulling the levers behind the curtain. Swiller was a principal at Yucaipa with responsibilities which included raising Yucaipa’s private equity funds, strategic investment planning, public relations, and community affairs.

3) Adrian Gaines – a placement agent for Yucaipa who recently worked for indicted Saul Meyer and Aldus Equity.

4) Horatio Sparks – Deputy Comptroller for Pensions under Billy Thompson, New York City Comptroller.

5) Darius Anderson – Of Goldbridge Capital. A placement agent that is in the middle of the national investigation.

6) Dan Weinstein of Wetherly – If this is a shock; you have not been awake for the last few weeks. Wetherly has been involved in every part of the corruption investigation. Weinstein did placement work for Yucaipa along with Vicki Schiff, Peter Borges, and Dick Ziman. William H. Jackson, longtime Wetherly Captial attorney was appointed CRA Chairman by Villaraigosa in '95 when he was first took office.

Burkle’s team, grows and grows, and uses its power, influence, and access to pay-to-play better than anyone else. Yucaipa has raised money from all the major pensions funds including $1 billion from CalPERS and big money from New Mexico, New York State, and New York City pension funds to name just a few.

Why is Yucaipa and Burkle not being investigated? Is this, again, selective prosecution by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo? Is this like the pass that Cuomo has given to Marvin Rosen (the placement agent that sold the Lincoln Bedroom for Clinton)?

Oh no...I'm getting kicked out of this internet cafe...MORE TO COME!

May 26, 2009 10:22 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

The Mayor's Office is NOT going to control the agenda on this blog. Hate to break it to you chump-change.

May 26, 2009 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geeze, Trutanich must be proud of what he attracts.

May 26, 2009 8:36 PM

Hes about to learn with the rest of the city the scum he attracted.

May 26, 2009 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Greg Fuentes said:

The Anonymous Braveheart(s) strike(s) again, engaging in ad hominem attacks and attacking Trutanich concerning his clients and/or his alleged clients.

If Anonymous has/have a problem with Trutanich representing criminal defendants, perhaps Anonymous should bother Chief Bratton concerning Bratton's appointment of Gerald Chaleff to Bureau Chief of the LAPD's Consent Decree Bureaau.

Gerald Chaleff, who represented one of the convicted "Hillside Stranglers," among many other criminal defendants, is one of the finest public servants the City of Los Angeles has had over the past few decades.

Gerald Chaleff has also served as President of the City's Police Commission, as well as the City's Board of Telecommunications Commissioners. Mr. Chaleff also served for a period of time in the City Attorney's Office.

Chaleff's able representation of criminal defendants--some extremely unsavory--has not and should not be held against him.

Trying to engage in a similar undertaking against Carmen Trutanich--who, apparently has an impeccable ethical record--displays duplicitousness and/or a lack of sophistication.

May 26, 2009 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The new reports of Wissman’s conspiracy to commit treason are presently in the hands of the office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, but the office has not yet acted considering the damage these reports would do to their case. It is now known that the following memo has been put before senior staff at the office of the AG;


I am writing to you concerning an urgent matter. I have learned that the Chairman of IMG Artists, Barrett N. Wissman is involved in an unlawful transfer of restricted military technology, including a violation of both United States and Israel International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The restricted military technology in question is discussed in further detail below. I believe that transferring this restricted military technology in violation of law may negatively impact the United States, our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan, and Israel.


Way to look into things Wendy. Glad you are not actually controller yet.


May 26, 2009 10:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

impeccable ethical record my ass. ask the usc dean.

May 26, 2009 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg said...
The Mayor's Office is NOT going to control the agenda on this blog. Hate to break it to you chump-change.

May 26, 2009 10:23 PM

The mayor's office NEVER controlled the agenda on this blog. Smoke another doobie moron.

May 26, 2009 11:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD has been corrupted by the Nuch campaign. A proper consumer advocate holds EVERYONE'S feet to the fire. Zd isn't a good advocate anymore. He can't do that because Nuch owns him for free. All ZD can do is dance dance... at the pathetic Nuch victory party. I hope he stops posting here and puts his Nuch spin on his own blog.

Cheap sellout.

May 26, 2009 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


May 26, 2009 10:36 PM

ZD, get some sleep.

May 26, 2009 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The publicity about Ragone's deceptive blogging has saddled the Newsom administration with an integrity issue at a time when the mayor least needs it -- as he reaches out for voter trust at the beginning of his campaign for re-election.

For now, both men are publicly moving beyond the incident. Newsom has said he is not happy with Ragone's blogging, but it is not an incident worthy of removing him. Ragone says he wants to see Newsom re-elected.

A few days after Ragone confirmed to The Chronicle his foray into the blogosphere, he drew more attention to himself when asked if the mayor had lied to him about having had an affair with the staffer and he answered, "Yes."

May 26, 2009 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa used to hang out with George Torres of Numero Uno FEDERAL GUILTY CONVICTION FAME in Santa Barabra at Santa A Horse Ranch. Wonder what they talked about? You might need a shovel. At least the FEDS might.

May 26, 2009 11:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG! I've just seen Jack's Wikipedia page and it's horrible. The lies they're saying about Jack are just so sick and spiteful.

Berger/Rumpole/Fuentes and the rest of you chicken shit anon bloggers should be ashamed of what you have done to Jack.

Why haven't you got the guts to stand up and identify yourselves?

I think all you people should be banned from blogging on MS. All you do is post lies about Jack Weiss. Get a life.

I'm not going to answer anyone's questions, until you answer mine. You need to answer the question about someone in Pedro saying things about Trutanich and the other stuff about what Nooch said in the Daily News. Answer that if you can.

May 26, 2009 11:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will someone please change the paper at the bottom of the anon Weiss blogger's cage. It must be so dirty now that the poor little fellow cannot think straight anymore.

Lies on Weiss's Wikipedia page? What? He lost is a lie?

Just another example of why Weiss lost. He and his supporters cannot answer questions, they just spew hatred and unverifiable allegations.

But that's ok. We live in a democracy, and last week the democratic process dealt with Jack Weiss. That's awfully hard for some to take, so I think it's ok to let them vent a little.

THe fact that they cannot address questions about their candidate speaks for itself, doesn't it?

May 27, 2009 12:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:34PM "What happened to you in school to make you so twisted into your premuably adult life? Were you the ugliest, least likely to succeed, fattiest, dumbest, most annoying, the one who always got your lunch stolen, never got the guy or girl, picked for the team? Had glue put on your chair and gum in your locker?"You Weiss people really have some problems. Is this your best?

I'm sure it must really blow to have to defend Weiss, but can't you say anything positive about Jack Weiss?

Isn't there anything? I mean, he only lost by 11.5% that's almost within the margin of error. Why don't you petition for a recall - sorry, recount.

May 27, 2009 12:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The threatening name caller, ZD, whose own name is someth8ing like David Schmaltzburger, needs to back off his stupid threats.

No one cares, no one is intimidated.

Schmaltzburger, go away.

May 27, 2009 5:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we move on people? Why are you spending so much time blasting Weiss when he's already gone? I want Zuma to answer why is Wendy Greuelsome's name on a fundraiser for Cuomo? Where is the fundraiser? Its interseting because Wendy is an Antonio person and now Cuomo is suppose to be investigating Antonio's appointees on the pension scandal so what the hell is going on?

May 27, 2009 7:00 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

wow. wow wow wow.

Antonio's and Jack's spinholes are absolutely freaking out.

So why exactly is it you care about what is being discussed here, on our little fringe blog?

Totally freaky.

May 27, 2009 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't believe it I don't care, but I'm not in any way connected to the Weiss campaign. However I would never answer slimy charges like the endless repetitions of what has been discussed and dealt with in reputable places. The Rumpole Bergers and if he's Fuentes since they are always joined at the hip are the pathetic bullies who stand and just yell insults and demand you to sink to THEIR level, louder and louder.

That's how their Nooch tried to deflect from who he is and who he represents with the help of the Slimes, but it's coming out anyway. We have a right to know.
We citizens are going to find out what they've been fooled with and will be as incredulous as those who know him from pedro and SC.

His feet will be held to the fire. Some loud phony playing on the "my poor origins" crap when in fact he is ___ Those who are so mad about it are afraid of what's coming out instead of acting honorably. Oh please that word honorably is not in their vocab. The slime they keep sticking in someone's site and boast about it reflects only on their own desperation and no depths to how low they'll go and have gone. NOT going to die away for a city attorney.

When you have someone who refused to divulge his client list even though it's not only legal to do so but was his obligation (getting a pass from the Slimes who let him just say he was smarter than all the experts) you have to wonder.

With what pedro people who know the clan are saying about "punk relatives" peddling influence already, just ordered to be less obvious after it got out. With a brother Dominic Trutanich Attorney at Law who has a 1-star rating in Yahoo Business with this comment from client carter calhoun: "Mr. Trutanich has established a reputation of client dissatisfaction and borderline thievery. He is under review by the ABA to have his license revoked. Be careful! Stay away!"

This was from 07 so he can't try to spin it away as some something to do with the campaign. Anyway those sorts of dirty tricks were a hallmark of Trutanich sending his supporters to attack Weiss in chambers to get it written up by the Slimes as though it were spontaneous.

People are wondering if relatives are some of the clients the Nooch wouldn't divulge. What happened with Dominic's ABA investigation, does he even still have a license? Was he sued and had to be defended by Nooch? The Slimes should have answered all these questions BEFORE the election.

May 27, 2009 10:46 AM  

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May 27, 2009 3:30 PM  

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