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Monday, September 28, 2009

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Jason Mandell writing in the LA Weekly asks the question if CD2 run-off candidates Paul Krekorian and Chris Essell will support so-called "clean money" efforts for campaign financing, noting that former candidate Michael McCue has actively been pushing the issue for some time.  Advocates for this scheme however can't explain how campaigns would be publicly funded particularly when the City coffers are emptying fast.  One small error in Mandell's story was that in addition to Essel and Krekorian there were eight "neighborhood candidates" in the race; actually that would be seven.

Another photo-op and 89% time for Mayor Villaraigosa: He was out with a group of celebrity chefs encouraging Angelenos to dine-out more often. Wonder how that extends to the thousands of city workers who will soon be laid off due to the Mayor's overspending in his first term?

Law enforcement authorities recyently raided two homes owned by State Senator Roderick Wright as part of an LA County District Attorney investigation into his legal residency.  However it may not have any impact as experts say that state law does not require state legislators to actually live in their district once they are elected.  Further, even if the District Attorney is able to prosecute Wright it will be up to the Legislature itself to actually remove Wright.

The Latino Politics Blog once again on the story when it comes to controversial Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  This time it concerns the case of a former aide to Sanchez who recently received probation after pleading guilty to theft charges.  Caroline Valdez admitted to stealing office funds as well as forging Sanchez's signature for a bonus.  Interesting however it the blogs take on the position.  Adriana Maestas sees Valdez as a victim of Sanchez who plucked Valdez out of ASU prior to graduation, introducing her into the pressure cooker of Washington, DC on a $30K annual salary.  That may be true but nonetheless Valdez is an adult and should know the difference between right and wrong no matter how grim and unfortuante her circumstances.  Plenty of other young people do.

And finally, a public service note.  The LA Fire Department is encouraging parents to make sure televisions and other appliances are properly secured as to avoid injury to their children. According to the LAFD blog "Thousands of preventable injuries - including more than a dozen deaths, occur each year when children climb, fall against or pull themselves onto "unsecured" furnishings, often in an attempt to access a television or other heavy appliance."

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correct Mayor, there were only 7 neighborhood candidates in the race. Zuma was a carpetbagger and doesn't count.

September 28, 2009 5:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would you approve that first comment? Here we go again with the nut. I mean the person who approved it.

September 28, 2009 7:04 AM  

Blogger Zuma "Gar-Shady" AlarCON said:

Breaking News: Zuma flips out over the weekend when his motivations for endorsing Chris Essel are challenged.
Zuma responds predictably by calling skeptics LOSERS nad CRY BABIES.

September 28, 2009 7:23 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

7:04, I agree. It's bad enough that the political part of Sunland Tujunga has been so balkanized by the outcome of this election. It's no reason for the kind of anonymous personal attacks at this blog we've seen here ceaselessly since late Tuesday night. Anonymous sniping may make for interesting reading but it grows thin after very quickly.

Zuma emerged from the race in a better political position than ever. He gained a lot of respect in this race. He demonstrated a level of expertise that made the top candidates uneasy because they had no more expertise in many instances.

(For instance, nobody seems aware that a court has taken the teeth out of SB1818 and it's likely to stick--I can't figure out why none of the top three candidates got into this).

I too am surprised him capitulate to the machine on the strength of a phone call, but that's his decision, so deal with it. It's more than Tamar extended many people who were actively trying to support her.

September 28, 2009 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am shocked and disappointed that Zuma has become a spinner supreme.

He does not answer CLEARLY about what job offers Chris & Paul have made to him. He just says "Go Read My Blog".

In his endorsement of Essel, he refers to himself 3x as much as he refers to her.

He can't explain why he said he was retired from activism, but has yet to disappear for more than a day, blogging his head off and spending his free time on Mayor Sam. Sorry but endorsements and bothering all of us is not retiring. You just stopped going to city council and I predict this ingrate will be back within two weeks, if not sooner.

All of his self aggrandizing crap, and this SUDDEN turnaround on Essel says he's getting something on the inside and refusing to talk about it.

I can't wait for Essel to get the endorsement and dump Zuma if she wins, just like Trutanich did.

Zuma Dogg professes to have once had a "great" and meteoric career in radio. But for some reason he can't explain why he chooses hunger and homelessness over trying to resume that "career" here in LA. It's a perfect fit. He'd get his public platform and be able to get a much bigger audience, even with a small station.

Well, Dogg, let's see if you really do have a great name in the industry. Prove it and show us how much your name is respected in the industry. It'd be a perfect platform for you to do what you want to accomplish, plus you have "ins" right? Right? Prove it and get a job in radio here in L.A.

Ain't gonna happen folks. The man is unstable, but he does love the attention. That's why he can't peel away, even though he only got 410 votes.

Best show in town, watching Zuma meltdown.

September 28, 2009 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph I think you are blurring the distinction between getting to know Zuma better with his improving his position better.

He has yet to either endorse a winning candidate any of the city races since he came on the scene, and he's being extremely vague about whether he's talking about an insider's job with Essel. Saying "Go read my blog" is not an answer.

If anything, he has lost the public's respect by failing to live up to his promise to "retire" from the scene if he lost. He hasn't missed a single day in writing, on his blog or here. Nobody respects someone who doesn't live up to his or her promises.

September 28, 2009 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is the DA going to be raiding Essel's Hollywood Hills mansion too?

September 28, 2009 10:07 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

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September 28, 2009 10:07 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

And Joe, at least I was able to get her on the phone, which is more than you were able to do before you criticize my decision.

Well, I certainly now know better than to ask Chris Essel (or any Shallman candidate) to talk to me. I maintain that she won't talk to any writers Shallman hasn't cleared for her first. I think Kevin James should invite her back to debate Kerkorian--we'll see if she changes his tune about that "racism" accusation.

September 28, 2009 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma is quit predictable. His weakness is his childlike need for attention. That alone makes him a poor candidate to be on anyone's staff. Look at how he has gushed whenever a City Councilmember talked to him or posed for a pic with him. Anyone who will give him the time of day will win his praise.

Essel could care less about his endorsement. What she would like to do is to say that ALL the challengers now support her.

And his thin skin disqualifies him from ever holding elected office. Can you imagine him as a City Councilmembers and responding to critics by calling them names and crying?

September 28, 2009 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph Mailander said...

7:04, I agree. It's bad enough that the political part of Sunland Tujunga has been so balkanized by the outcome of this election...

I think you will be surprised how quickly S-T comes together. We fight hard but we all want the best for our area. If the majority of grassroots can agree on a candidate then we can determine the outcome of the election as long as there is no pampering with the absentee voter process.

September 28, 2009 10:57 AM  

Anonymous adriana said:

I just want to clarify that although I think Loretta Sanchez could have probably done a better job of staffing her office (at least in regard to Ms. Valdez). You are correct that Caroline Valdez should have had a better concept of right and wrong and basic ethics.

Thanks for posting this here and continuing to bring to light the wackiness in Rep. Loretta Sanchez's office.

September 28, 2009 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TheItalian Feast of San Gennaro's Prima Notte Tribute book for the 3 day festival that took place this past weekend had tributes letters from L.A. area officials: Councilmembers Zine, Koretz & Garcetti,Supervisor Yaroslavsky, Congressman Berman, Controller Greuel, Senator Feinstein, Counsel General of Italy and LAPD's Chief Bratton.

The festival was obviously snubbed by: Councilmember LaBonge who's district borders the site at Highland & Hollywood Blvd. AND L.A.'s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Sharon Papa, Assitant Chief of the LAPD was honored and chosen to receive the San Gennaro Foundation Humanitarian Award which was presented to her at the Prima Notte Opening Night Gala.
No Villaraigosa, why?

September 28, 2009 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD, what does "scoof" mean?

September 28, 2009 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we have a discussion about anything without Zuma Dogg geting into and taking over the topic?

Higby put up several interesting news stories none of which were about the little attention whore, and all I read is Zuma, Zuma, Zuma.

He said he was going to retire back to Malibu and leave the scene. Why can't you all let him go? I mean, all it takes is a scintilla of a story involving him and he comes back with a three foot long response. let him go!!

Rod Wright is a good guy and a good legislator; what's the deal with the witch hunt?

The story about the TV securing is equally applicable to any large piece of furniture; if you have children or grandchilden, make sure none of your heavy pieces are cabable of being pulled over on top of a little kid, and are secured in case of earthquake as well. We live in one of the most earthquake prone areas of the world, so take precautions now before it is too late. The last thing any of us wants is to cause the death or serious injury to a small child.

September 28, 2009 12:16 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

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September 28, 2009 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't the Assembly a machine?

September 28, 2009 5:21 PM  

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