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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Evening Briefs and Outtakes on a Wednesday"

"Councilwoman Janice Hahn prepping for Sacramento ??"
Thirteen well-paid politicians emerge from behind close doors and the results ?? From the LA Times.
The Los Angeles City Council voted today to move ahead with a plan to impose furloughs and layoffs on its civilian workforce, even as it called for two more days of talks with its unions to keep from having to follow through with that plan.
On a 13-0 vote, the council also declined to put an early retirement plan into effect on the grounds that it is too costly.
The council also took the first step toward eliminating 926 positions and imposing 26 days of furloughs on the Coalition of L.A. City Unions in an attempt to eliminate a $405 million shortfall.
Council members said they hope to reach an agreement with the coalition before Sept. 28, when furloughs would begin to take effect.
The "political perfect storm" is rumbling in the near distance.
** Councilwoman Janice Hahn is exploring a run for California Lt. Governor. Wonder what Noel Weiss thinks of the above photo ??
** Does anyone want former Councilman Jack Weiss in a position of leadership ?? Not the Jewish Federation.
** California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger aka. "Governor Kennedy Republican", is calling on Attorney General to investigate ACORN's California operations.
Your thoughts.......................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right back to where they started 11 months ago. Total ASSHATS.

September 16, 2009 7:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They need to get some cojones. I never seen such a convoluted bunch of work rules in my life. Designed to keep high paid long time incompetent employees on the roll by bumping energetic younger lower paid employees off the payroll. What ever happened to merit? Time to declare insolvency and let the bankruptcy court handle it.

September 16, 2009 9:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The joke around Sunland-Tujunga is how Joe and Abby got suckered by Tamar. Indictments (of Tamar) are coming for her use of taxpayer funds for a campaign flyer. Wait until they find out Tamar's plans for the golf course.

September 16, 2009 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the Jewish Federation did not select Jack Weiss to be their president. That must be devastating news to the former councilmember who survived a recall effort based on illegal campaign contributions and an almost total disconnect with his constituents, only to be kicked out of office by political novice Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich, who beat Weiss by almost 13% in a campaign that saw Weiss stoop to the lowest of lows in dirty tricks, questionable campaign finances, and bizarre associations.

Weiss, the Westside elitist limo-liberal was a commanding figure in Los Angeles politics; despite being roundly hated in City Hall, his klan of wealthy special interest supporters virtually guaranteed disaster for those who stood in his path.

But when the earth shattering news of Weiss's overthrow was beyond question, many believed they had backed the wrong horse, and were doubtless glad to see the end of the Weiss era.

That Weiss failed to wow the Jewish Federation is not altogether surprising. Weiss's arrogance and elitism would have guaranteed them a leadership peppered with ethics complaints as well as mass desertion from many jews who were deeply shocked and offended by Weiss's display of a giant rat (a racist symbol used by the Nazis in WWII) outside the Westside Jewish Center during the campaign.

Weiss's further downfall will be well received in CD5 where he remains a despised and detested figure.

September 16, 2009 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor mill at City Hall, Mayor will shortly announce the appointment of the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security, and it's NOT Jack Weiss.

Another well-deserved kick in the teeth to Jackass.

September 16, 2009 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Red Spot "Wonder what Noel Weiss thinks of the above photo ??"
Who is Noel Weiss?

September 16, 2009 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did anyone see the total meltdown David Zuma Dogg Schmuckenberger had at the debate tonight?

September 16, 2009 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn filed papers with the California secretary of state for “The Janice Hahn Lieutenant Governor 2010 Exploratory Committee,’’ which has not reported any political fundraising activity.

Hahn in March was reelected to a third four-year council term, and is scheduled to be term-limited out of office in 2013.

According to L.A. Times, five council members are contemplating running for mayor in 2013. When are Angelenos/Californias going to wake up and stop voting for these lack of leadership politicos.

September 16, 2009 11:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:41, you are a very sick man. Given that your Nuch managed to get called out for being "a liar and demagogue" who never intended to keep his promises by Laura Chick, as well as a buffoon by Doug McIntyre, misuing the office with all those lawyers to be a bully and threaten anyone who doesn't agree with him; CityWatch "Carmen the Soap Opera," and several from the conservative Daily News including a VERY harsh editorial just a few days ago about how he's stonewalling and is always more concerned about himself than the city, and has already lost his credibility: well, you've got yourself someone unprecedented in the history of L A politics. THOSE are just those who used to buy his lies and spin.

Never mind that we're paying for his mentor DA Steve Cooley's hand-picked own Chief of State Curt Livesay (who along with Cooley himself knowingly kept Deborah Praeger in jail knowing she should have been freed almost two decades earlier, to cover up their mistake: LA Times, no less, which does PR for him), AND Carter to babysit him at every PR op. Never mind the hundreds of staff he wants to add before he can even try more cases in-house, in a budget crisis, so for now he's been caught just plain lying. Plus bought by the PPL and McOsker of the Firefighter's union -- who came out strong for Butcher and the unions vs. the city yesterday.

There are plenty of others you can criticize, but generally you know what you'll get with them: you know Janice Hahn, Rosendahl, Alarcon, etc. will raise taxes and fees, argue for certain issues, be in favor of density, and they've proved afraid of the unions for too long. Smith shouldn't have attacked Bratton's "ego," Perry and her deal with Clear Channel, on and on. BUT they ran as what they are: Trutanich is a fraud and just plain dumb as he is arrogant.

Yes, you've got a piece of work. Weiss's "ethics violations" you kept making a big stink over were a few thousand dollars and found immaterial oversights by the Ethics commission. NOT intentional like your amoral, incompetent, never-meant-his-lies Nuch.

But THANK YOU for your contribution with all those carefully constructed nasty links: shows you sick you all are.

Nuch's first month was quite "remarkable," and after 3 months, even more so.

September 16, 2009 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't understand why the Mayor and Council haven't stopped their frivolous spending.

There shouldn't be anymore spending for projects, festivals, etc. that are not absolutely necessary until our finances are under control. Period!! We all need to pull in our belts and fix our financially broken city!

IMHO, we also need to centralize all contract negotiations and purchasing for ALL departments and hold that department (which should include persons with a masters degree in finance and contract/Purchasing negotiations) accountable so that we never get into this position again.

This is an absolutely unbelieveable mess that we need to remedy with permanent solutions, bandaids don't last.

September 16, 2009 11:35 PM  

Anonymous truth in blogging said:

Please define "total meltdown." Perhaps someone can show the video of that.

September 16, 2009 11:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gee, Wet Spoot, the way you framed the Jewish Fed pick about Weiss shows how fair and unbiased you are again. Sanderson spent the last 20 years heading Jewish TV, for pete's sake, and produced a whole series on Jews in America for PBS. He's just "the most Jewish" of the candidates, a very strong field. Give it up. Go attack the current crop of CD2 candidates again. Isn't there anything nasty you can add about Essel, Krekorian and Galatzan?

September 17, 2009 12:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar said she was "No" on Measure B at the Sherman Oaks event tonight. Does anyone have any record or mention of her being a "No" on B. I know as an LAUSD school boardmember any "No" position would have been highly touted and promoted. I never saw any "NO on B" with her name on it. Did I miss something, or did she just say she was "No" on B, because there was a crowd of voters seated in front of her and they'll never know the difference (truth).

September 17, 2009 12:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone on the LANow blog calls Janice Hahn "the Forrest Gump of LA Politics" who's only where she is because of her family name. Perfect.

September 17, 2009 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

I wrote this and pushed the wrong button. I also added a paragraph you will find informative.

I can't understand why the Mayor and Council haven't stopped their frivolous spending.

There shouldn't be anymore spending for projects, festivals, etc. that are not absolutely necessary until our finances are under control. Period!! We all need to pull in our belts and fix our financially broken city!

IMHO, we also need to centralize all contract negotiations and purchasing for ALL departments and hold that department (which should include persons with a masters degree in finance and contract/Purchasing negotiations) accountable so that we never get into this position again.

This is an absolutely unbelieveable mess that we need to remedy with permanent solutions, bandaids don't last.

An interesting tidbit to back up my point. Do you know the Dept. of Public Works had to hire consultants to teach their their employees how to buy? We were told this at a Citywide Alliance of Neighborhood Council meeting a couple of months ago. Therefore, my reason for centralized purchasing for all departments , staffed with professionals who are degreed and National Association of Purchasing Management(NAPMA) and/or Contract Management certified.

September 17, 2009 12:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I already christened Red Spot the Forrest Gump of LA politics. One of you rascals stole it from me, but I will admit it fits Janice Hahn better. . . and considering now that "Red Spot" has become a pejorative in and of itself, perhaps we ought to consider formally re-appropriating the Forrest Gump label to Janice. All in favor say aye.

September 17, 2009 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, Janice Hahn is more like the "Andy Gump" of politics.

September 17, 2009 7:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:30 , I agree with you about 10:41 - sickco. It's time to get over it with Jack Weiss. He lost the election and he missed out with the Jewish Federation, and he's been denied his place at LAX. He's toxic toast in Los Angeles, and even the democratic party won't touch him publicly. He's had to avoid being seen in public with Tamar Galatzan to try to give her a chance in the election, but that cat is out of the bag.

While Weiss made many mistakes and errors of judgment in his campaign, at least you could see him for what he was.

With Trutanich, however, it's not so clear who he is or what he stands for. The fuss he made over the AEG/Staples/Micheal Jackson party was ridiculous. We are the second largest city in the nation, and if we want to spend a little money on helping AEG to memorialize Jackson, what's so wrong with that? It's not Trutanich's place to be the watchdog of the city's finances - that the Controller's job. If Wendy Greuel doesn't have a problem with the cost of the party, Trutanich should mind his own business.

And Trutanich is now trying to take work AWAY from outside counsel at a time when the legal profession is facing a severe financial crisis. Thousands of lawyers in law firms in downtown Los Angeles are facing lay offs because Trutanich has stopped sending them work, and is instead over loading his people with work that should be used to keep jobs in LA. That's why so many law firms supported Weiss; he was fair to the lawyers of LA. Again, it's a money issue, and Trutanich has no business deciding how to spend the City's money.

It's no wonder that Trutanich has so many enemies in such a short period of time when he keeps on sticking his nose into other people's business; like the Medical Marijuana Shops, Graffiti and the Billboards. These are civil rights issues and if the council doesn't have a problem with them, then Trutanich should leave it alone.

Many of the lawyers at the City Attorney's office are now having to work harder to take on all these tasks at a time when they are being paid less because of work furloughs. Most of them earn a lot less than $200k that most of the outside counsel people earn. It's not fair to city staff to make them work so hard when the city is in a financial crisis. Trutanich could save the jobs of his staff by giving them less work for the same pay, and then save jobs in private law firms by increasing the money the city spends on outside counsel, not cutting it. Again, this is something that the City Controller is supposed to oversee, and Trutanich is trying to take over her job as a payback for her supporting Laura Chick.

City politics at it's worst. What ever happened to change?

September 17, 2009 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting how Kevin Roderick in his LA Observed comment today with the press release on the Homeland Security job, adds that "it will come out in the wash" why Antonio really picked her, what the political motivation is behind it.

As with Carson and the Bing/ Ansaldi rail car connection, how he wants to push for it over the objections of the MTA Board. Swiller and the DWP, if David Z is right. Broad and Riordan building schools we don't need in the wrong places. Whatever. It's all about him and what he will get out of anything and anyone. Forget loyalty, even if it's loyalty to him that cost someone else.

The way the unions have turned on him is fair play in that sense. Doug McIntyre hits on that in his editorial and on-air, watching the union negotiations to see if he can salvage his relationship while coming up with something feasible for the city.

September 17, 2009 2:07 PM  

Anonymous g said:


September 17, 2009 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:32 a.m. has to be from the Mayor's 3rd floor spin team to repeat that phrase of his about "how we're a world class city" and if we want to blow a wad on a private funeral, we can. The royal "we" they mean.

This PR person or Matt himself should check out the Sept. 4th NYTimes article about how Hollywood has deserted City Hall causes for national and internaitonal ones. Ciepley's piece.

BUT Ciepley makes fun of this comment by Antonio to say that "other cities - notably New York - do get their richest to pay for events like the Sept. 11th memorial and sports parades."

I take it you'd consider New York a "world class city" too?

Spot is right though that if this is an indication the mayor's thrown Jack Weiss under the bus, no loyalty. Espcially since Weiss was disliked because he was seen to be doing the Mayor's bidding too much on development, housing for illegals over concern for citizens and homeowners and so on. That's not what Weiss was about but it was the perception because he was seen as too close to the mayor. Clearly too trusting too.

Maybe Antonio and Nuch were better suited to each other, after all, "the wrong pony" for him. They can also compare law school records, which is worse, failing the Bar after 4 tries at the People's Law School or going to a night school with no credibility that was forced to close within a few years. Doesn't sound like they trust each other, though. They're probably both right on that score.

September 17, 2009 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:49, the best argument being made for Janice Hahn running for Lt. Gov is that it's a job where you don't have to actually do anything useful and she might be able to manage that. BUT she'd use it to get her name out statewide and run for higher office anyway, Gov or Senator lord help us.

Meanwhile also planning to run for higher office, Bill Rosendahl, for Diane Feinstein's seat. He told the Weekly he doesn't know or care about international issues, guess he figures that's a qualification. (Except of course gays in Iraq.)

The proudly ignorant flip-flopper who couldn't deal with Zuma Dogg and matt and hunt, and the female Forrest Gump, heaven help us.

September 17, 2009 6:38 PM  

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