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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Open thread for Wednesday

Open thread Wednesday, folks. Suggested topics include the Mayor's sweatheart deal on early retirement for City employees, groundbreaking on the Orange Line extension being 4 years ahead of schedule, and whether or not highly-paid Public Works commisioner Ernesto Cardenas is Tony's brother. So what do Ed McMahon and Phil J have in common? And oh yeah - the Mayor's Tweeter seems to have sprung to life again. What gives?

Blog away, dum dums.

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Ernesto Cardenas is Tony Cardenas brother and is worthless. What does he do there?

June 24, 2009 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gets paid and keeps Tony happy enough to vote with Antonio, from time to time...

June 24, 2009 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But what does Cardenas do? It seems he's just riding his brother's tail. I heard he comes in late and leaves early. What does the board president do? She is the mayor's fashionista but what does that have to do with public works? Someone should do a public information request on their calendars so the public can see how pointless some of these commissioners really are.

June 24, 2009 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed McMahon and Phil Genderjane have in common the fact that as of this morning, neither has a j-o-b!

But Ed has a brighter future.

June 24, 2009 10:46 AM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Anyone find out what's going on whith the consent decree? Got a status?

June 24, 2009 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ernie is the hier apparent to throne in tony's fiefdom...what better place to run from than I'm the last guys brother...so lets keep it in the family.

June 24, 2009 11:10 AM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

During Delgadillo's little city hall send-off just now someone read the names of Rocky's key staffers and once more ANOTHER Cardenas "popped" up. His wife? Sister? Anybody know?

June 24, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like "Chicken Little" Zuma Dogg is back in city hall today after his latest suspension, screaming like a banshee.

Why is he constantly threatening to quit and go away, and then just come back 2 or 3 days later?

If we can't take him on his word about this, how can we trust his word on things like whether he's hungry or homeless?

June 24, 2009 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Vony Tillar said:

Q: How are McMahon and Phil alike?

A: Both have been employed in the past as clowns.


No one wins.

June 24, 2009 12:08 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

What do Ross Perot and Walter Moore have in common?

June 24, 2009 12:43 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Answer: Both pissed away lots of dough and a tremendous opportunity in a vanity inspired campaign and are now both asterisks.

June 24, 2009 12:43 PM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Uh, MS - liquid lunch today maybe?

June 24, 2009 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think 12:08 is serious.

June 24, 2009 12:57 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

He should have been more serious in his campaign.

June 24, 2009 1:15 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

No lunch yet Petra I'm waiting for Valley Doll to bring me a sammich.

June 24, 2009 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No lunch yet Petra I'm waiting for Valley Doll to bring me a sammich.

jm and dq?

June 24, 2009 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angelenos are missing the reasons how Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and the Lack of Leadership City Council waste millions or billions of tax payers money. It’s not city employees, early retirement or pensions. Where is the Mayor Villaraigosa or the Lack of Leadership City Council with their worthless news conferences?

L.A. Daily News

MS-13 gang members indicted

Authorities today arrested four people involved with the MS-13 gang and named in a federal racketeering indictment, including a nationally recognized anti-gang leader, officials said.

Among those arrested in the multi-agency operation was Alex Sanchez, executive director of Homies Unidos, a nonprofit group "which purports to use the public and private charitable contributions it receives for gang intervention efforts," Laura Eimiller of the FBI said.

Sanchez, 37, of Bellflower, has been charged with "racketeering offenses, including conspiracy to murder, during the time he was associated with Homies Unidos," Eimiller said.


L.A. Daily News
http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12679151

Homies Unidos: City of Los Angeles Councilmembers Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson with Executive Director/Indicted MS-13 gang member, Alex Sanchez, of Homies Unidos, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization.

http://homiesunidos.org/aboutus.html



CAN L.A. GANGS BE REDEEMED WITH MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA’S $24 MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM???

According to Sgt. Valdemar, a retired L.A. County Sheriff and Gang Specialist, indicates that by paying gang members it will ASSIST THE GANG MEMBERS IN FURTHERING THEIR ORGANIZED CRIME.


Full Disclosure “the news behind the news”
http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/530.php


Issues Wire
http://issueswire.com/releases/Gangs_OrganizedCrime/Intervention_Enforcement/prweb2008634.htm

June 24, 2009 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: Proposed City Employee Labor Agreement - Economic Analysis Request

Dear Council Members:

On behalf of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, I write to request that the Mayor and City Council provide the public with a 5-year economic analysis of the impact that the proposed city labor agreement will have on the city's budget and taxpayers prior
to Council consideration.

For taxpayers, the proposed agreement outlined earlier this week does not appear to fulfill
the promise of "shared sacrifice" in a difficult economy. Instead, it appears poised to
deliver the kind of short-term political gain and long-term financial pain that has
contributed to California's fiscal implosion.

We are particularly wary of the early retirement packages that will add to the City's
massively unfunded and unsustainable pension liability. The moderate increases in
pension contributions do not begin to address this huge problem that is estimated to
require two billion dollars per year in city contributions in six years - 20-25% of the
entire city budget.

At a time when city residents and businesses are struggling to live within their means,
taxpayers deserve a detailed analysis of the future financial ramifications of this proposed
agreement. And, unlike Measure B, it is essential that this analysis be released and
publically discussed prior to a vote.

Sincerely,


Gary Toebben
President & CEO

Cc: Mayor Villaraigosa

June 24, 2009 3:22 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Petra I'm baffled why AV has NOW fired up his tweeter since he bowed out of the GOV race. Odd.

June 24, 2009 4:01 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

What's the difference between Tom LeBong and Zuma Dogg?

June 24, 2009 4:04 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

One is a distinguished, respected, jovial community leader and the other is a City Clowncilman.

June 24, 2009 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The latest screwup in CD-14.

Wetlands Weed Whacked
Hazard Park
By Gloria Angelina Castillo (Posted first at EGCNews.com)

Following two small fires at Hazard Park, the wetlands were accidentally trimmed down on as the Los Angeles Fire Department conducted a brush clearance on May 21, according to Councilman Jose Huizar’s (CD-14) press deputy, Rick Coca. Word of the incident outraged some members of the community, including activist and restoration advocate Scott Johnson who said the Hazard Park Wetlands were “weed-whacked,” compromising the restoration of the nature preserve.

“This action is a great setback to the efforts in completing the stated wishes of environmentalists, community leaders and political leaders such as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who promised at the Million Tree Opening Ceremony to restore the Wetlands within three years,” Johnson wrote in a mass e-mail.

Johnson told EGP he wants those responsible to be held accountable for the “wanton destruction of this ecological gem in Boyle Heights.”

LAFD spokesperson Melissa Kelley told EGP that after a fire, brush clearance task forces need to make sure that the fire is completely out and contained.

LAFD Investigator Dave Linsky was tight lipped about the fires saying only that it was under an arson investigation.

The Hazard Park Wetlands run 1.4 miles, bisecting the park from Norfolk to Marengo and are a railroad easement.

The wetlands are located within the East Los Angeles area Hazard Park property, located along Soto Street, between Valley and Marengo, near County USC Medical Center, at 2230 Norfork Street.

(Gloria Angelina Castillo is a staff writer for EGP. More Eastern Group Publications news and views at www.egpnews.com ) ◘


CityWatch
Vol 7 Issue 49
Pub: June 19, 2009

Wonder if the Sierra Club will support Jose Huizar again after this FUBAR ??

June 24, 2009 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:48, I believe Zuma when he says he's hungry and homeless, and I have no desire to take him at his word that he's quitting. Every time he says it I hope it's out of sheer frustration and that he'll come back. I cheer when he does.

June 24, 2009 9:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I went to the UCLA Medical Center the other day, and overheard the employee's talking about the pay cut they just recieved. I think that after mayor midget gave out 25% pay raises, it's time that city worker join the club and have to join the rest of county and state office's that are closing a couple of days a month, which amount to a pay cut.
Mayor Midget should not be talking about new contracts with pay raises, and giving out the golden handshack with an extra $15,000.00 and a five year early retirement. He is selling out the city taxpayers, he'd sell his own mother if he could.
He lost over 7 Billion in retirement funds with his sleezy commissioners he appointed to the boards and invested in his groups of friends investment that went bad, in return for funds for his election.
How can the retirement board carry all the new retiree's if its underfunded. Antonio is a crook and deserves to go to jail. I hope Zuma Dog is right about the indictment of mayor Villar.
He only gives everything to the unions in order to keep them happy, so come election time, the use union funds for his election, and union workers also to work the pools for him. What a bunch of pendejos. Meanwhile the city taxpayer is the one that gets Fuck. We will be paying for mayor midget mistakes for a very long time, don't be surprise it he puts another ballot measure to raise property taxes, Sounds such much like LAUSD and MONICA GARCIA and Cortines

June 25, 2009 12:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with you 9:11. There was a time when I wasn't positive he was homeless (and told big mouths that) but now that I've had him at my home, I know he is. Each time he posts that he's not coming back, I know it's just frustration or hunger pangs because I've witnessed it with him now. But he has the stamina of someone way more healthy and conventional.

June 25, 2009 1:08 AM  

Anonymous g said:

LET ME SAY THIS, THIS TOWN WILL NEVER FIX THE GANG PROBLEM TIL WE GET POLITCOS WHO ARE TRUSTWORTY, HONEST, LAWBIDING WHO LISTEN AND RESPOND TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED AND PAY THEIR SALARIES. THESE KIDS WHO JOIN GANGS SEE THIS DOUBLE STANDARD AND HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE LAWMAKERS OR THE LAWS THEY CREATE. EXAMPLES HAVE TO BE LIVED AND SET, PERIOD!! RON KAYE AND OTHERS ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN THE MOVE TO TAKE BACK THIS CITY, DON'T THROW THE OPPORTUNITY AWAY!!

June 27, 2009 5:19 PM  

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