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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why is LaBonge excused from Clowncil this week?

Why isn't Tom LaBonge in clowncil this week? Because he's been "excused" by teacher Eric Garcetti so he can hang out across the pond in good old Manchester, England. (related question: why doesn't Professor Garcetti punish all the kiddies who are chronically late? )

The real reason for LaBonge's trip isn't real City business, but personal business disguised as City business. LaBonge is in Manchester to finalize an unholy twinning with town officials. With the twinning, Manchester is the latest foreign interest to jump the porcine queue and feed at the City money trough by becoming another of LA's many "Sister Cities". Among the numerous financial benefits Manchester will receive from being a Los Angeles Sister City, Tom LaBonge will likely move to develop some pristine chunk of Griffith Park to honor the new sibling, similar to the Berlin Forest monument in Griffith Park and the rumored Busan garden for Sister City Busan, Korea.

The Sister Cities program is run by a private non-profit and rumored to be backed by some of LA's busiest wheelers and dealers, some of which are rumored to be LaBonge's biggest private contributors. With LaBonge traveling on behalf of the organization on City time and City dime, this probably makes the Sister Cities non-profit the most privileged charity in town. Sister Cities of Los Angeles Inc. even has its own virtual web page on the official Los Angeles City web site. Oddly, in their 2007 IRS form 990, the Sister Cities of Los Angeles lists assets of less than $100,000 and lists its president as.... Tom LaBonge! Surprise! Interesting that such a busy non-profit holds so little in assets, isn't it? Makes you wonder how they pay the bills.

Here's an article from a Manchester paper describing their new incestuous relationship with Los Angeles. Apparently these northern Brits don't even know LaBonge is on the LA City Clowncil! So much for fame.

Twinning link with LA

(July 27, 2009) "MANCHESTER is to establish a formal 'friendship agreement' with Los Angeles - after being chosen by the American city ahead of London and Birmingham. The link came about after an approach from the 'City of Angels', which was looking for a suitable UK partner to develop links in business, art, culture, science and education.
The M.E.N. understands the agreement could lead to the setting up of direct flights between Manchester and Los Angeles - a long-term objective of the city council. Los Angeles, America's second biggest city, is home to movie capital Hollywood, `Silicon Valley' - and David Beckham's LA Galaxy football team.

Manchester has United and City, as well as one of Britain's top-rated universities and a thriving media sector. Neighbouring Salford will soon be home to five departments of the BBC as part of the corporation's `big move north'. Manchester council leader Sir Richard Leese and Tom Labonge, President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, will sign a tasselled scroll to seal the twinning agreement at the town hall in Albert Square this evening.

The US party was expected to visit Sportcity and the new MediaCity site at Salford Quays before flying back to California tomorrow. It is expected that representatives from Manchester will visit Los Angeles over coming months. A council spokesman said: "We will look to visit alongside with a focus on trade and investment links, and with a view to having a presence in LA to promote Manchester, but the key opportunities are still to be discussed."

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "I am delighted to welcome our counterparts from Los Angeles council to Manchester in what will be the start of a mutually beneficial partnership. The synergies and strengths of both cities, particularly in terms of our sport, creative and media sectors present huge opportunities for promoting cultural and economic exchanges between LA and Manchester." ...

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clowncil approves new CAO: the most powerful bureaucrat in the city. Welcome Miguel Santana.

July 29, 2009 12:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why does LaBonge's globetrotting get no mention while Antonio's is always attacked? Not that i think Antonio should be galavanting either instead of "rolling up his sleeves" but if anyone should, it's the Mayor.

But LaBonge, Janice Hahn, Smith, Zine and some others travel a LOT more with phony city excuses -- Janice uses Tom's Sister Cities group to fund her trips to Croatia, Ischia and other "hot spots" ha-ha that are so VITAL to L A. No wonder she's so chummy with Tom. Smith and his 6-week, 8 country "garbage tour" last summer.

Someone should make a list of the whole bunch of them to put Antonio in context. At least he and those like Eric actually have connections to D. C. and elsewhere where they sometimes even bring some good P R to bear on L A. AS this article says, no one in England even knows WHO Tom LaBonge is. And when he opens his mouth, to reveal he's an uncultured bumpkin, I HOPE no one finds out.

July 29, 2009 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LaBonge was overseas? So that's where Al Bundy has been hiding the past few days. No one in the City even missed him. Which young, lithe aide did he take with him this time?

July 29, 2009 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Ananles ain't the same without La Bong.

July 29, 2009 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's "lossangaleese", silly.

July 30, 2009 7:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting how this guy gets almost no attention for wasting our time and money galavanting around the globe. If this had been about AV or Huizzy or Alarcon or Pension Parks, you'd be swamped with angry posts.

No one misses the guy or knows he's here or gone despite all his huffing and puffing up hills and dales at Griffith Park on foot or by bike or horseback. He's about as famous here as in London or Dusseldorf.

And why does the guy never lose weight with all that? Is it too much nunnery pumpkin bread?

July 30, 2009 4:33 PM  

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