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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes for September 16, 2009

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his ACORN "Rent a Mob"
Memo to Journalist Russ Stanton and Jim Newton at the "Old Gray Westside Hag On Spring Street".
The shock and unexpected kudos on your editorial "From ACORN, a mighty controversy grows". My finger tips are feeling a "tingling sensation" as I type these "spoll-checked words of praise", in response to your latest opinion missive regarding the growing ACORN controversy.
Now with the ACORN controversy reaching closer to your West LA center of journalistic thinking, after yesterday Andrew Breitbart"s "Big Government Blog" expose on the ACORN office in San Bernardino. I have a couple of simple requests for you both.
First, take a walk through the "mystical wall" that separates the Editorial and News Departments in your Downtown Spring Street News Bureau and give your intrepid news/ investigated reporter David Zahniser a big time "story budget" to disclose the links between ACORN and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
In his former incarnation as a reporter for the "Weekly of Record", Zahniser had this story about ACORN being the "paid rent a mob" during Mayor Villaraigosa's attempt to take over LAUSD with his unconstitutional AB 1381 scheme, some excerpts.
Six months after his summer in Sacramento, Villaraigosa turned in the financial reports for his Committee for Government Excellence and Accountability — the campaign that spent $1.1 million to win passage of the bill and defend it in court now that a judge has labeled it unconstitutional. Those reports show that nearly $73,000 of the money went to the nationwide organizing group ACORN and its employees, payments identified as campaign consulting services, travel and “meetings and appearances.”
Martha Sanchez, ACORN-L.A.’s vice president, says she sees no conflict, since the group voted to support Villaraigosa’s plan before his committee gave them a $20,000 contract to organize parents in favor of it. “Do you think people really care about who gets the money?” she asks.
The payments raise two possibilities: On the one hand, the mayor’s expenditure makes ACORN look like just another special-interest group, with its spokesmen serving as paid lobbyists for Villaraigosa. Or maybe ACORN is simply a grass-roots organization greased by big doses of special-interest money — contributions given to the mayor by companies like Anschutz Entertainment Group, which received $270 million from the city to build its L.A. Live entertainment complex.
Either way, it looks like disclosure is not exactly ACORN’s strong suit. And some question whether ACORN — which stands for “the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now” — is a little bit more corporate than it looks.
After all, this was the type of hard-hitting journalism you were seeking when you hire Zahniser away from the "Weekly of Record" Jill Stewart's stable of reporters that was and still are reporting news, while your P.R. scribes regurgitate the latest spin from west of the 405 and leak newsroom gossip to the "Westside White Guy".
Zahniser did well for your attempts to expand your West LA reader base with his extensive report on Mayor Villaraigosa' s friend Ari Swiller land grab in Kern County. But its up to you to loosen the editing reins and let Zahniser roam the political corridors of City Hall in the theme of exposing the fraud and corruption that is the hallmark of Villaraigosa's Reign at Spring Street.
......, and my second request Journalist Stanton and Newton ?? Please have your H.R. Director set up some racial sensitivity training for one Tim "Kim Il" Rutten, better known as your "Dear Leader" of objectively bias journalism. He is flashbacking to his younger days in the early part of last century when your regional paper was the "fishwrap of record" in Los Angeles and his mis-guided missives would be accepted as gospal.
Rutten is going the Joseph McCarthy route in the search of racists who disagree with President Barack Obama. But then racism may be the last refuge of a bunch of discredit journalists/leftists who are forced to pen racial McCarthyisms when they lack substance. A sad irony indeed.
** County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is back in the "journalistic cross-hairs" of Times Investigated Reporter Paul Pringle who exposed the Tyrone Freeman "Reign of Corruption" at SEIU 6434.
Federal authorities investigating alleged union corruption have been examining a labor coalition's backing of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' 2008 campaign and whether his supporters illegally used city property and a nonprofit group in his earlier runs for office, people familiar with the matter say.
In addition, investigators have questioned people about whether Ridley-Thomas played any improper role in the hiring of a longtime associate by a contractor building the Expo Line rail project, according tothe sources, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the inquiries.
** How can CD 2 Council Candidate Paul Krekorian spin this contribution from Autry National Center CEO John Gray??
09/03/09 John Gray (President & CEO, Autry National Center) Los Angeles, CA 90026 Paul Krekorian Council Member - District 2 1318897 - Krekorian For City Council 2009 A - Monetary Contribution Received (IND - Individual) [Period: 08/09/09-09/05/09] $500.00 [Election: 09/22/09]
BTW, does Krekorian have a ACORN/SEIU connection ??
** Thought to ponder for CD 2 "cut and pasters". Did anyone find it interesting that Mayor Villaraigosa's friend and Cadiz's Keith Brackpool associate Richard Katz was moderating Monday's nights candidate forum in Sherman Oaks, with tough questions. Yet he won't disclose what was discuss during his vacation with the Mayor and Keith Brackpool in Iceland ??
Your thoughts...................................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

More Tamar Galatzan deceit:

In her newsletter released today Galatzan says, "When I decided to run for this open city council seat two months ago,..."

Sorry Tamar, you did not decide to run for this council paycheck two months ago. You may have announced your candidacy two months ago, however. There's a big difference.

I think many agree that you ran for your LAUSD elected seat toward the goal of raising money and support for the council seat. Not too hard to verify this claim if you ask almost anyone inside City Hall.

September 16, 2009 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot let me help you out and spare other readers the pain I just endured.

What Red Spot Thinks Today
By Red Spot

Cool editorial by the Times taking ACORN to task! Wouldn't it be double-cool if they gave David Z his computer back so he could investigate the Corrupt Mayor's shady Liberal ACORN connections? Awesome. Also - Tim Rutten is a Commie who sits to pee.

Next up - Mark Ridley-Thomas is corrupt again.

Next - The water pipes are breaking again.

Next - Autry Center gave Paul Krekorian $500 so he's obviously corrupt. (But not as corrupt as the Pinko Mark R-T.)

Lastly - Mayor Midget and Keith Brackpool did something shady in a sweat lodge. A couple other guys were there too. I have no idea what point I was making, but it sure sounded cool.

Anyway, HUIZAR SUCKS! Baba Booey!

(Please comment or Higby will beat me again.)

September 16, 2009 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Katz was a putz on Monday. Interesting to know his alliances.

September 16, 2009 12:50 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

12:43 said: Red Spot let me help you out and spare other readers the pain I just endured.

Red Spot Translated. That's funny. It reminds me of the Twitter user @cltranslated who translates all of Courtney Love's rants.

Very helpful. :)


ps. there was more than ONE water main burst in the Valley today, BTW. Sad you don't hear about the pipes which are bursting on ordinary residential streets every damn day, because they're bursting all over... every day.

WATER MAIN BURST TOTEBOARD! Let's see the total today, Jerry!


and the numbers start to spin and spin and spn...

September 16, 2009 12:58 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


LOL!! On must laugh at self on occasions. BTW, I see the shadow of Higby, time to run!!


September 16, 2009 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A multi-million dollar house in the Sunset Plaza area went up in flames early this morning, because it took anywhere from 10-30 mins for LAFD to get there, depending on who you're listening to. (Including a $1-million dollar Faberge egg, a million-dollar Stradivarius.)

BUT it's almost worse that this was not due to any furloughs or scaling back of fire crews: the Fire Capt. says 8-10 mins. is the average response time to the hills. BECAUSE he didn't say, the trucks have to slog through West Hollywood which is a parking lot all along Sunset Blvd. especially at rush hour (which is most of the day, and then there are the club-goers).

This is what the NIMBY's should have been fighting for the last 2 decades, WeHo has exploded to its very edges, putting traffic congestion into nearly L A from the East on La Brea to the North (hills) to Beverly Hills.

They're getting the tax revenue while WLA NIMBY's bitch and moan, so LA loses high- ticket development to WeHo, Santa Monica and other "progressive" cities that then use the money for social services for their residents while L A gets the traffic anyway. IDIOT NIMBY'S in L A have actually sided with WeHo just to spite the mayor and Jack Weiss. Koretz who's from WeHo was part of the problem, now claims he can be the solution. let's see.

September 16, 2009 1:44 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

This is a good read on Villaragosa ties to ACORN.


September 16, 2009 1:54 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

I wonder if any ACORN members are ashamed or embarrassed of their controversial association with the leftist, radical, law-breaking, money-laundering, scandal-plagued Antonio Villaraigosa??

Maybe ACORN should disavow their association with him. It might harm their reputation.

September 16, 2009 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today on Hannity they will expose another explosive video of corruption on ACORN. Maybe Red Spot should e-mail the show with all this info. I'm sure they will love to air it and they will do the investigative work or maybe Geraldo.

September 16, 2009 3:40 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

More ACORN. This time how ACORN played a big role in the recent decision to turn over LAUSD schools to Charter operators.


September 16, 2009 3:59 PM  

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