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Monday, July 27, 2009

The First Rule of Carpetbagging.....

..is to
remember your new address!

Unintentional comedy is currently out there on display on the campaign trail for CD 2. Businessman and CD 2 Candidate Frank Sheftel relates ( in an exclusive to Mayor Sam) a humorous story about the competition.

At a recent event - The Shadow Hills Pancake Breakfast - Sheftel and former Paramount Pictures Executive Christine Essel decided, in a gesture of goodwill, to sign each others signature petitions in order to qualify for the ballot for the September election.

Essel, who has been widely derided as a carpetbagger, made a monumental mistake with this seemingly innocent gesture. You see, old habits die hard, and Essel started writing down her REAL address, which is near the Sunset/Doheny area, and not in Council District 2. She quickly realized her mistake and scratched out the old address and put in the new, fake, politically-motivated address. In her defense, she can always claim that she "just moved" or "I forgot" ... but will those excuses hold water with informed and suspicious CD 2 voters?

Paul Krekorian and his staff learned through word of mouth about the embarrassing mistake and contacted Sheftels campaign asking for a copy of the signature petition in question. Campaign Manager David Hernandez told them that they would not be given a copy of the petition. Hernandez added that "as of 8 A.M., the petitions were safely in the hands of the L.A. City Clerks Office", being reviewed for qualification for the September ballot.

It is easy to see why Krekorians campaign wanted a copy of the mistake. Essel might be the only candidate who can spend over a million dollars on her campaign. A photocopy of that signature error, where basically, Essel inadvertently admits that she lives in a different part of the city....could be a real damaging blow to her credibility.

Sheftel saw the mistake as a humorous error by the obvious carpetbagger Essel, but he remains more concerned about the false altruism on display by some of these other candidates. "All of these candidates are saying they care so much about the community, but they are leaving government positions that they just got into to run for the higher paying job at City Council," he said, in what appeared to be a direct shot at Krekorian, Essel and perhaps Galatzan. "They are already in positions to effect change", Sheftel continued, "but they are bailing on their commitments to their communities that put them in office." Speaking more specifically about Krekorian and Galatzan, he added "Both Paul and Tamar are using the City Council seat as a lifeboat from their failing offices.I hope voters send them a strong and loud message.... we recycle trash, not politicians!"

This Mayor Sam contributor is unclear about the specific limits or extent of the public records laws concerning elections, but reporters from the L.A. Times and Daily News might want to trot on down to 555 Ramirez Street and take a peek at the petitions themselves. That is, if they were actually interested in reporting real news.. (which most of the time they are not).

In other news from this Council District 2 campaign trail, candidates Michael McCue and Pete Sanchez were seen out and about in CD 2 this weekend trying to fill up their signature petitions in time to beat the deadline of 5 p.m. today, July 27th, at the City Clerks office.

Candidate and Media Personality David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg reports on his blog about the enthusiastic response to his petition signature gathering campaign. He reports that he has obtained over 800 signatures and expects to be on the ballot in September.


Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I said, "hope," not expect. Keep your fingers crossed, y'all...still getting more signatures today to get as many as possible. Why not?

July 27, 2009 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look at Krekorian on Twitter retweeting his own quote!

PaulKrekorian RT: @SoapBoxLA: Cyclists and Ped. safety is imp. to making our community work. We can make LA a great place to ride if we work together-PK

July 27, 2009 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What an idiot.

July 27, 2009 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that the 3.5 Million dollar house she has on the market?

July 27, 2009 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this not a felony?

A petition is a legal document.

July 27, 2009 11:56 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

ZD, you could have had a quote in here if you had acted faster...

July 27, 2009 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is nothing but another dirty trick by Eric Hacopian.

I dont think people are very familiar with his past.

1- 1994 he and Adam Schiff where acused of vote fraud by opponent.

2- 2003 as AV hatchetman/consultant he helped destroy the Mothers of East LA.

3- 2004 Accused of questionable campaign tacticts while working as a consultant for Rick Caruso.

4- 2005 Investigaged in the Martin Ludlow scandal.

5- 2005 worked as AV syp to destroy the Pacheco campaign for city council.

6- 2006 Investigated for ties to Richard Murelo.

7- Worked as AV hatchetman and ran the Pelitez camapaign in order to defeat Gil Cedillo.

So get ready for a lot of dirty tactics against all of Krekorian's opponents.

July 27, 2009 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Typical Hacopian bull shit, dont believe it.

Essel is way to smart to do any thing this stupid.

July 27, 2009 1:21 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Louis Pugliese is stating on his Facebook page that the City Clerk has confirmed to him that he is on the ballot. No update on the City Clerk website yet, but I believe Louis. He is a strong candidate with high name recognition in the area.

That would make 4 official candidates. Frank Sheftel will probably qualify by the end of the day, since he only needed 67 more signatures and turned them in at 8 a.m.

July 27, 2009 1:42 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Frank Sheftel just got a call from the City Clerk.

He is in.

Update will be on City Clerk webpage later today.

That makes 5 candidates on the ballot now.

Awaiting info on the others.

July 27, 2009 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Learn" from the beast:

When Antonio Villaraigosa openly carpetbagged into CD14 in 2002 in order to run against Lauro "Nick" Pacheco (AV had lived in CD1 for YEARS before that - the whole time he was in Assembly and when he ran for mayor in 2001), he and his staff both told various newspapers he had moved to 1) Highland Park (not true - the portion of HP they identified was STILL inside CD1); 2) a CD14 neighborhood "near" Eagle Rock (it was 5-6 miles - half the district - away), and to Monterey Hills (also incorrect).

July 27, 2009 3:37 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Just a tip to all the candidates before you turn in your petitions - PHOTOCOPY them!

(I will be back soon)

July 27, 2009 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

non story

Essel is not a factor in this race outside of making her consultants rich.

July 27, 2009 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD. You are only allowed to sign your own petition ten times.

July 27, 2009 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Humm Frank showed his phone with the address to several people!

How can the MAYORS GIRL do something like this? Essel will the Mayor need to hold your hand all the time, so that you will not make studid error like this.

July 27, 2009 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel: The not ready for prime time candidate.

July 27, 2009 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You forgot the one about Hacopian killing Micheal Jackson.

July 27, 2009 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are you amateurs trying to give Chris the Sarah Palin treatment?

What is it with you jerks?

Anyone can make that kind of a mistake, and she caught it right away. Ease up. If that's all you've got, you've got nothing.

No comment about your boy Paul misstating his role in the gas tax issue, is there?

The old double standard thing; ladies, get your dander up!!!

July 27, 2009 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Indeed, double standard, with women allowed to be twice as dumb as men.

July 27, 2009 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHY are a bunch of transparent candidate spinners even bothering to impress each other here? Don't you know this is so utterly biassd against Antonio and anyone who's ever shaken his hand, there's NO point bothering to say otherwise. And this is blog is hardly typical of general public opinion, it's SO UTTERLY skewed it does no good to impress those who read this blog OR each other!

July 27, 2009 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Listen people: As soon as Christine Essel opens her mouth at these forums and has to start answering questions, it's going to turn into a comedy club. She's going to eliminate herself when she starts speaking. She come off sounding much less qualified than most people in the audience listening. Wait until Ron Kaye and Jill Stewart ask her some questions. I bet she does not even show up. She can't. She has a tremendous handicap: Her brain!

July 27, 2009 7:43 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Final update for today, July 27th, 2009.

City Clerk website shows that seven candidates filed their final signature petitions today.

Laurette Healey withdrew and Erich Klain and Radomir Luza did not file their petitions by the deadline, so they will not be in the election.

Frank Sheftel was doing a supplemental petition of limited numbers and had his quickly approved. The six who are still waiting for confirmation are:

Pete Sanchez
Mary Benson
Michael McCue
Tamar Galatzan
Augusto Bisani
David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg

Chances are that one or two of them might fail because of signatures being invalidated. It often happens in City elections.

Maximum of 11 candidates in the Special Election...possibly one or two less, depending.

Congrats to all who qualify.

July 27, 2009 7:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil how many signatures did you get for the recall?

I'll keep asking as long as you keep stonewalling.

Do you now realize how foolish you looked doing that a few weeks ago? Proclaiming that you're going to do the impossible put your back up against a wall.

But let's make a deal. If you just admit you're a nitwit, we will stop asking. I know that there are others who are doing the same, since the question resonates.

July 27, 2009 7:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 27, 2009 7:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares who "qualifies" for a city council seat. Anybody (possible exception, Schmaltzenburger) can get the signatures.

It is putting together a campaign that takes leadership and charisma.

July 27, 2009 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:30: Oh yeah? Then how do you explain Tom LaBonge and Reyes, who both sound like idiots, Rosendahl (OK, he's gay -- and effeminate when he forgets to control his voice), Zine, Huizar and Cardenas? Sure with Perry and Janice Hahn, the two Jans, it's a tough call. If an alien came to earth and had to decide which sex was stupidest based on council the men would win only because there are too few women.

With Wendy gone it wouldn't hurt to have another one but Tamar is the smarter of the two.

July 27, 2009 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Riordan is backing "Jack Weiss, fem" for CD 2.

Methinks Riordan has dementia.

July 28, 2009 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, I admit that Phil is a nitwit who does not understand anything about politics, least of all how to garner signatures for a recall.

Now get off his stupid ass and move on.

July 28, 2009 2:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Riordan lost it a couple of years ago...He's lucky to have found the site where the press announcment was taking place.

July 28, 2009 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I lived in Sunland-Tujunga or the northern part of CD 2, I would vote for Mary Benson. I'm worried about how she'll go over in the Sherman Oaks crowd in the south of the district though. She needs to clean up a bit. Polish is what she needs, not really cleaning up. Maybe a hairdo, some color, a few suits, etc. and she'll kick butt.

I don't know Essel personally, but I've heard that she's pretty bright. I don't mind carpetbaggers when they only move a mile or two away (sorry to you who hate them) because I still think they care about the area. Unfortunately, her move was just a little too far to be credible. Someone wants the big salary. So what did happen to her salary from Paramount. Did she quit? Retire? Anyone know?

July 28, 2009 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't understand this, if I lived in Sunland Tujunga I would vote for Mary Benson because she is from Sunland Tujunga. Or anyone who votes for someone for a reason like that. What is this, nursery school? Don't people vote on who they think the best candidate is? Is that based on what street you live on? Do you base you voting decision on which candidate lives closest to you? And you are right, you do not know Chris Essel personally if you heard she is bright.

July 29, 2009 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Need lessons in carpetbagging? Ask Kevin DeLeon and Jon Perez. Or Stephen Kaufman.

July 29, 2009 3:26 PM  

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