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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mrs. Home Depot for CD2. Not.

Given the volume of pro-Mary Benson comments from residents of Sunland-Tujunga I'm getting both in email and here on the blog I'm not sure that Tamar Galatzan will do well in that part of CD2.

And if anything it may be that you can put lipstick on a pig but in the end its still not kosher.

Residents of Sunland-Tujunga remember too well their valiant and succesful effort to block a behemoth, The Home Depot, from invading their valley. Too, they'll remember that a corporate lobbyist hack attempted to shove the big orange down their throats in a "bizarre" manner as described by the LA Weekly.

That would be Brendan Huffman - the husband of Tamar Galatzan. Upon Tamar's entry into the Council race one Mayor Sam blogger wrote the following:

Brendan, as you may recall from past Mayor Sam stories, is the outspoken and uninformed shill who showed up at several hearings pleading on Home Depot's behalf. At these hearings, Brendan predicted City wide meltdown if Home Depot was not allowed to open in Sunland-Tujunga. He wrote an article in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal where he mistakenly claimed that Home Depot owned the property, mislabeled the community fight as a fight by a competitor, blamed it all on day laborers (never an issue), and failed to understand that just because you are Home Depot, you can't open where you damn well please.

That writer was none other than (now) Galatzan supporter Joe Barrett. To be fair Joe expressed an open mind given Tamar's willingness to meet with him and other ST activists and her spin on the matter at an early forum. However Joe wisely pointed out that Galatzan didn't need "to have to drag around the baggage of a spouse that's never seen a proposed development that he didn't love."

Hometown candidate Mary Benson has street cred when it comes to Home Depot. So does Zuma Dogg. They may not have put in the hours of folks like Joe Barrett, Abby Diamond, Nina Royal, Lydia Grant but they were passionate advocates at many levels to stand up to the Georgia based monster that eventually left town with its tail between its legs leaving Huffman to say "I don't get it?"



On the other hand where was Tamar? Did she attend meetings? Did she speak to the City Council did she once speak out about the project's impact on neighboring Apperson Elementary School where small children would be subject to choking on diesel fumes and potentially getting run over by frequent delivery trucks rolling over the neighborhood's small streets? As an advocate for the community did she attempt to rein in her husband in uplifting a potential violent assault on a community? Not that I can find any evidence of.

Now Valley Doll tells me that she wouldn't want to be blamed for anything her husband does. Fair enough. But I also know that Valley Doll would speak up if her husband was doing something shady. So what did Tamar know, when did she know it and what did she do about it? Nada.

It seems to me if one is there with you in a fight you owe your allegiance to them more than someone who is a johnny-come-lately no matter how much you think its going to make one person win or another lose. I have tremendous personal respect for Joe but I can't agree with him here.

In my own personal, slightly uninformed, humble view, residents of Sunland-Tujunga would be better off voting for Mary Benson or Zuma Dogg (or any of the other candidates) than Tamar. If anything, based on experience.

Your thoughts?

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93 Comments:

Blogger Valley Doll said:

OH Jeebus Xrist. You couldn't leave me out of this??? :)

I'm really really onto frying bigger fish at this point... the Mommies of District 1 are mobilizing and talking and getting a focus group together to discuss who might be a good candidate for Tamar's barely warm LAUSD board seat, in the event we need to hold a special election. We have our own business to attend to now. CD 2 business is none of ours, unless and until we lose our current board member.

Good luck to all the candidates.

I'm on to the next thing...

xoxo

September 21, 2009 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any one but Essel.

September 21, 2009 5:25 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Well last time I spanked Tamar on Home Depot you told me that! So I figured I better make it clear that though you are right, that also Mr. Home Depot is no Mr. Doll.

September 21, 2009 5:29 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

You know Michael, this sort of last minute low ball hit piece is just disgusting. I would never have endorsed Tamar if I thought there were going to be any future problems
on this. Brendan is not the chair of VICA anymore, and the chairs job of VICA entails speaking on behalf of business at hearings, etc. If the founder & chairman of the No Home Depot Campaign can see that the strengths of Tamar far outweigh anything her husband said in the past, I hope others can to.

Now go find some other way to attack Tamar to protect your boy Paul.

September 21, 2009 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just let Tamar stay where she's apparently doing well- The LAUSD Board of Education. It's not really fair all this job-hopping that politicians continue to do to improve their personal agendas, including big paydays.

By leaving their offices with unexpired time on the meters, the taxpayers have to foot the bill for Special Elections needed to fill the positions. The bills for that hit a million dollars or more as starters, not to mention their daily non-performance wlle below 100% while they campaign to leave those jobs.

Tamar is doing fine- relatively speaking- at LAUSD. At least we know who's there now in that office. A special election will probably bring us another roll of the fixed dice and Villaraigosa will send up another selection as more ballast for the LAUSD-Hindenburg. Who can blame Tamar for wanting to hop off of that at this time?

Same thing for Krekorian and the State Assembly- and Krekorian brings his experience as one of the craftsmen of the State's budget catastrophe to the table.

Krekorian should fit right in with the others, with so many ex-assembly members also finding refuge on the City Council, no actual skill needed.

"No" to Tamar, "No" to making another Special Election necessary and "YES" to the local grassroots candidates.

In cd-14- My choice would be ZD.

Zuma Dogg, although regularly attacked on blogs, nevertheless is a person who has become familiar with city issues, more so as time goes on. A sizeable number of issues that he warned about were ignored by city "leadership" until the problems finally could not be ignored.

Council would hate him there, not one to keep their shady deals hidden, and maybe they might start acting like they care about the citizenry of the city for a change. ZD already cares.

September 21, 2009 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And what exactly did Zuma do in the Home Depot fight?

September 21, 2009 5:46 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I wish some folks would start some more blogs so when I run Google Reader and do news searches I get referred to my own damn blog at least half the time.

September 21, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well written, fair and clear, Michael. That is exactly the way it was and is.

The fight against Home Depot was a 95% agreed upon effort by residents in Shadow Hills, Sunland Tujunga and surrounding areas in which hundreds of people wrote letters, donated money, went to meetings and hearings, wrote parts of the appeals, and frequently attended protest demonstrations often in inclement weather.

Brendon shocked us all with his pleas before the various city officials. Even if Joe and Abby can, most of us cannot forget that! Brenden is Tamar's husband. How close is that?

Good Job Michael!

September 21, 2009 5:49 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Joe its not a hit piece when its true. Did you feel similarly about Red Spot's piece? Or did it come out early enough.

Joe we love you but you're wrong here. I understand why Tamar is attractive. Even Kevin James likes her. But you can't ignore reality! Home Depot / Villaraigosa. That's all you need to know about her!

And given the attacks on Mary Benson, even though I don't support her, something had to be said. Its not fair to do what they're doing to her especially when Tamar was not there on Home Depot and Mary was.

September 21, 2009 5:53 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

5:46 - more than Tamar.

September 21, 2009 5:53 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Joe - one last thing (for now). I mentioned in this piece as far as I know Tamar never came out against Home Depot. She never attended a meeting and never at the very least stuck up for Apperson.

It was, in addition to your tour of the site, Lydia Grant's explanation to me of the impact on Apperson that turned me against HD.

Did Tamar ever speak up? Either as a school board member or a City Attorney or a parent?

If you have evidence please enlighten me and I'll give her props.

We know Mary Benson stepped up.

September 21, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://youtube.com/homedepot

here are one of the things zuma did for no on home depot.

September 21, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Make that
http://youtube.com/NOhomedepot.

September 21, 2009 5:59 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Michael, S-T is not in Tamars school district. It would have been up to the LAUSD board member for this district to speak out. I can't remember her name but she did little.

September 21, 2009 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brenden Huffman, husband of Tamar, resigned from VICA right after it became clear that Wendy was running for Controller.

It is likely that the close ties VICA has to the Economic Alliance which is ultra-pro development was very detrimental indicating Tamar's connection to developers and developer's friends, ie. Brenden Huffman, the man she sleeps with every night.

Joe's support of Tamar is amazing and causes us to wonder what motivates him. Yes, we have heard how great his judgement is, and we hear how smart he is, and we smile. Some of us know his history well and we have watched him make some stupid mistakes in judgement in the past. It's okay, Joe, we all make mistakes. And we hope that is all it is now and not just another sell out.

Get out and vote tomorrow for the hometown girl - Mary Benson!

September 21, 2009 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am a man who voted for Benson. But, for how long are women going to pay for the sins of their husbands?
Vote for the person , not against their relatives. Women have suffered for too long and should be insulted with this negative innuendos.

September 21, 2009 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby where are your bawlz?

You keep pussifying and premising your comments with "We love you Joe, but....."

That is pussified, man. You won't see the Zuma Dogg or, anyone, even bleeding heart Joe B. doing that. Only you. And it's emasculating. Make your point and just state it.

Was your daddy in the home when you were growing up?

September 21, 2009 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar's connections to Antonio are bad enough, but her connections to the Valley Developers through her husband, yes, her husband, are the last straw!

September 21, 2009 6:05 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

women have to pay for the sins of their husbands if they don't speak out and offer tacit approval of them. ditto husbands for wives.

September 21, 2009 6:06 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Joe - doesn't matter. Does that excuse Tamar?

September 21, 2009 6:06 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I mean seriously - Tamar shrugged off Brendan's spinning for the near rape of a pristine community like he had left the toilet seat up or forgot to close up the milk before putting it back in the fridge. "Oh ladies you know how rascally husbands are!"

September 21, 2009 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, it goes both ways. How long are husbands going to pay for the sins of their wives? Do not interfere in the relationship between lovers - husbands and wives. Ask the police.

This woman knows what her husband does. But she negates it and behaves as if she does not spend that money her husband brings home from his job promoting business and development.

September 21, 2009 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

D. Grunfeld, the Mayor`s deputy chief of staff, joined law firm to push renewable energy with Essel`s help and ratepayers $$$$.
Where does it end or start.?.......!!

September 21, 2009 6:15 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Ahh, it looks like the blessed hand has come back to impart her smears upon me. Lucky me. Since you are remaining anonymous, I will just sit back and watch the lies spew.

September 21, 2009 6:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A Vote for Mary is a Vote for ESSEL!

September 21, 2009 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Blessed Hand does not smear. The Blessed Hand does not lie. The Blessed Hand sends pink love!

Just relax and rest in the Blessed Hand, and you will be safe and secure with perfect well being.

You will be healed and forgiven.

September 21, 2009 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:41 - Au Contrere! A vote for Essel is a vote against Mary.

September 21, 2009 6:47 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

This particular blessed hand does smear, lie, make-up things, and rewrites history when it serves her purposes.

September 21, 2009 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad to hear the Blessed Hand is a she!

September 21, 2009 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just what we need: another City Council Member in bed with developers!

September 21, 2009 7:22 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Except that Tamar has refused donations from any developer with a project pending in CD2.

September 21, 2009 7:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Slick Move, Tamar!

September 21, 2009 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another Tamar lie. Her treasurer will take the donation!

September 21, 2009 7:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok no joke .... I just got a robo call from Rip Taylor telling me to get out and vote for Frank Sheftel. I kid you not !!! Anyone else get called? He's got my vote on originality.

September 21, 2009 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot gets the Affirmative Action pass.

September 21, 2009 7:52 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

I have a thought, Michael: You're not even a douchebag, you're a wannabe douchebag. You wanted to be like the Westside White Guy, and now you are exactly like the Westside White Guy. You kiss the ass of whoever will let into their secret camp once a week and who will let you on the air once a month.

Good luck with Brainiac and all your new friends. You sure aren't mine.

September 21, 2009 7:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well stated Mailander. Well stated.

I'm surprised that Higby allowed your comment, given its accurate portrayal of him.

I wish I thought the thought first. But I sure do echo it.

September 21, 2009 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

747, yes, I got that robo-call from Rip Taylor. I think it was an independent expenditure from one of his opponents to make him seem like a joker candidate. Wacky Rip Taylor was not exactly what I was hoping to hear from my next council member.

September 21, 2009 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael,this doesn't help your chosen candidate at all. It doesn't help your blog clickety-clicks either. It really just makes you, personally, look pretty bad.

I hope people can see through this topic as a big distraction to the real issue, which is choosing the best candidate for CD2.

And to attack Joe B, one of this blogs writers, is really hitting below the belt. Michael, do you expect to remain friends with Joe after this attack? Its completely out of line, in my opinion.

And come on! I wouldn't stand up for or against something just because my husband does. How old fashioned of all you dum-dums to expect that just because Brendan Huffman did one thing, that makes Tamar Mrs. Home Depot. Grow up! If you think that Tamar should have taken a stand on Home Depot way back then is pretty unreasonable. It's old news folks. Time to move on!

And for those of you who think Zuma Dogg is a good choice, think again. He has a short fuse, can be very unreasonable, and he's a carpetbagger, just like Essel and Krekorian. He only parked his van in North Hollywood in order to run for this council seat. Anyone but Zuma Dogg! Anyone but Essel!

September 21, 2009 8:06 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Joe (M) -

What the hell are you talking about?

I think you're reading the wrong blog. Are you too drinking the Tamar kool-aid?

September 21, 2009 8:20 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Yes, I seem to have been very unreasonable. That's what I'm know for with the public. They stop me on the street and say, "Zuma, when I watch you at the council meetings, you seem so unreasonable."

I like the guy who sent me an email today calling me a "civic treasure."

REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE...I'M A CIVIC TREASURE!

September 21, 2009 8:21 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

A vote for Mary is a vote for Essel!
Poll numbers show Mary will likely only get a small percentage, but possibly enough to bump Essel into the run-off! Don't let this happen, vote Tamar on Tuesday!

September 21, 2009 8:21 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Zuma Dogg...The poor man's Chris Essel!

September 21, 2009 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby is drunk on the Paul kool-aid.

September 21, 2009 8:23 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

8:00

Nice try.

I didn't attack Joe B. He and I are cool.

September 21, 2009 8:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A vote for Tamar is a vote for Villaraigosa!

September 21, 2009 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is getting heated.

September 21, 2009 8:29 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

8:29, Welcome to Mayor Sam!

September 21, 2009 8:31 PM  

Anonymous Maverick said:

Mike,

No pussifying intended, but I kind of admire the blog attack tactics you employ. But another blogger got you and is right, you, yourself "keep pussifying and premising your comments".

Just attack...you missed your calling...Essel's campaign could have used you more. Paul is an unlucky guy to have you...yikes, because he almost seemed nice when he was at the S-T Watermellon Festival.

The attempt to tie Tamar to Home Depot was flawed brilliance. That kind of nonsense plays too well in the Foothills...or anywhere actually. Guilt by association...it will hurt a candidate everytime.

Now we all get a chance to render 'guilty by association' judgements about your candidate. Only these are not fabricated like yours.

Paul...sorry..Assemblyman Krekorian is part of that sorry group of politicians in Sacramento that have destroyed our state with their lack of fiscal leadership. After all, he is right up there in the Sacramento hierarchy as #3 guy in the Assembly..right?...So you expect us to consider voting for a guy who can't control spending ways in Sacramento? I guess now he has had an epiphany that he can help us in LA. Again, yikes...if he cannot get the State fiscal problems right, none of us want him within 10 feet of our great city. Burbank can keep him.

Then your guy, Paul Krekorian...throws all fiscal judgements out the door...by further burdening taxpayers with a special election cost (tax) of up to $2 million (if he wins the CD2 spot). What " I do not care about the taxpayer" hubris is this?

September 21, 2009 8:36 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Oh my goodness is that Home Depot Council video fun. What a great slice of City Hall. Meeeemorieeeees, light the corrrrrrrrners of my mind.

September 21, 2009 8:37 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Joe B.

get my e-mail?? ;)

Spot

BTW, more like a bloggin melee.

September 21, 2009 8:37 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Red,
Nothing from you since the Modelo border delivery. Try again.

September 21, 2009 8:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A vote for anyone other than Zuma, Mary, Michael or Pete is a vote for blood diamond merchants and you will be hurting kids!

A vote for Chris Essel is a vote for Dr. Conrad Murray.

September 21, 2009 8:40 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Loving the nuttiness (word borrowed from Zuma Dogg)here.

I'm either a wuss for expressing respect for Joe or I'm stabbing Joe in the back. Whatever, don't you clowns think Joe and I talk?

September 21, 2009 8:48 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

MayorSam said: Well last time I spanked Tamar on Home Depot you told me that!

I did tell you that Michael. And I still believe it to be true: it's unfair.

September 21, 2009 8:53 PM  

Anonymous Virtus Vir said:

A vote for Tamar is NOT a vote for Villaraigosa. Tamar is going to steam-roll over him and his cronies. He's going for governor in the spring... great- just what we need (not).

Ok so here goes-
A vote for Essel is a vote for Villaraigosa all over again or worse.

A vote for Benson, Zuma, Sheftel, McCue, etc. is a vote for both Essel and Krekorian (statistically). A vote for E or K will keep the city the same or worsen it.

Therefore, the only vote for REFORM IS TAMAR.

When Tamar places in the runoff, city hall and the DWP will smell pretty bad when they start doing #2 in their pants.

September 21, 2009 8:55 PM  

Anonymous Pro Deus et Patria said:

Well that's it--- Sunland Tujunga can't get behind a solid cadidate like the other neighborhoods (mostly for Tamar). So ST is divided and divided they fall... isn't it obvious- you can almost hear Essel and Krekorian sing "divide and concur- la la la".

September 21, 2009 9:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe is getting desperate now.
When are we going to hear that a vote for Mary is a vote for Adolf Hitler?

Tamar is toast. Essel has some great TV commercials with Wendy. She sounds so sincere. Maybe we should give her a chance. Wendy supports her. That's good enough for me. Wendy is so honest and sincere. She wouldn't ask us to vote for someone that she didn't really believe is best for CD2.....would she?

September 21, 2009 9:07 PM  

Anonymous GGerbil said:

Perfect, Virtus Vir!
and (the pants thing) it's funny because it true.

September 21, 2009 9:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

not going well for mary on kevin james. sounds way too inside. do you think people are going to vote for her talking about VICA and Brendan Huffman. Does anyone outside of a neighborhood council meeting know who Brendan or VICA is? I feel bad for the KRLA sales staff tonight. This is really hurting ratings. This sounds like Sunday morning public service programming. With a candidate like Mary Benson, Kevin's best strategy would have been to just talk about her all night and keep her off the air.

September 21, 2009 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The purpose of the Kevin James show is to insure that the listeners get out and vote. Every one that listens to Kevin will vote for Mary any way. More and more votes for Mary.
NO Tamar-o tomorrow. YES.
Thanks Kevin.

September 21, 2009 9:24 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

The spinning going on here is unbelievable!!

Pro-Paul, Pro-Mary, Pro-Tamar, Pro-Chris...

Thank God this all ends tomorrow!

(At least for 8 of them...)

September 21, 2009 9:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:17 -- you are so wrong!

Mary is doing great ! And, this time with Mary is so enlightening for the voters! Are you listening?

September 21, 2009 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Charles Williams said:

Mayor Sam I've re-read your post and I see nowhere where you're attacking Joe.

You are absolutely right that Tamar is duplicitous in the Home Depot issue because she personally (through her husband) financially benefited.

Valley Doll is correct however this is different.

September 21, 2009 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary is totally boring on the radio show. I can't follow what she is saying. I can't keep my eyes open. Yeah, he shouldn't have her on the air.

September 21, 2009 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She is both teacher and speaker. She has made the most complicated matters facing the City understandable. Thank you, Mary, you got my vote.

September 21, 2009 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She is both teacher and speaker. She has made the most complicated matters facing the City understandable. Thank you, Mary, you got my vote.

September 21, 2009 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:44 -- I think you just need attention.

Just think....thousands ARE listening while you pass out.

You can hear Mary's knowledge and expertise.

September 21, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZZZZZzzzzz....snore

September 21, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:07PM "Wendy is so honest and sincere"! Why did she then authored Measure B that would have given a blank check to her patron D`Arcy at the expense of the struggling ratepayers?

September 21, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael,this doesn't help your chosen candidate at all. It doesn't help your blog clickety-clicks either. It really just makes you, personally, look pretty bad.

I hope people can see through this topic as a big distraction to the real issue, which is choosing the best candidate for CD2.

And to attack Joe B, one of this blogs writers, is really hitting below the belt. Michael, do you expect to remain friends with Joe after this attack? Its completely out of line, in my opinion.

And come on! I wouldn't stand up for or against something just because my husband does. How old fashioned of all you dum-dums to expect that just because Brendan Huffman did one thing, that makes Tamar Mrs. Home Depot. Grow up! If you think that Tamar should have taken a stand on Home Depot way back then is pretty unreasonable. It's old news folks. Time to move on!

And for those of you who think Zuma Dogg is a good choice, think again. He has a short fuse, can be very unreasonable, and he's a carpetbagger, just like Essel and Krekorian. He only parked his van in North Hollywood in order to run for this council seat. Anyone but Zuma Dogg! Anyone but Essel!

September 21, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B. 7:24 If Tamar isn't taking money from developers directly, then should she take money from their wives? Isn't that the same? Well, she is. 9:07 about Wendy endorsement. For many that's the kiss of death. Wendy sold us out a long time ago. After the grassroots effort in Sunland Tujunga, Wendy had no choice but to go along. She wasn't there in the beginning. Wendy never sticks her neck out. She waits until it's safe to enter the fray. Wendy voted for the city council ordinance for SB1818; has not been there for communities needing enforcement of the specific plans and quite frankly, has done jack-shit for her district for several years. Her ambition came first, her district 2nd. I could go on and on but pleeeasse, don't vote for anyone Wendy endorses. An empty suit and the mayors shill endorsing another empty suit and another mayors shill will get us more of the same. Just what we need is more of the Mayor's picks on City Council. 5:43, how wrong you are to blame Krekorian for the state budget mess. More stupid generalizations. He's responsible for saving the gas tax revenue in our city from being grabbed by the state. It's time to stop jerking off about how bad the politicians are and look at the bigger global economic meltdown. Krekorian believes that creating jobs is the way to stabalize the economy. He's already done more on that front than anyone else running. But then you don't want to hear that since you've chosen another. Tomorrow you will have a broken heart.

September 21, 2009 9:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi lisa!

September 21, 2009 9:58 PM  

Anonymous Karen Wilson said:

You are right.

Go to Tamar's donations at the city website.

If you see "retired homemaker"

it is fishy.

that is all.

September 21, 2009 10:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A vote for Tamar is a vote for $2M that the Mayor funneled into her campaign to buy a seat on the LAUSD. It's a vote for the loyalty that Tamar has to those who earmarked her as a "goodfella," and it's a vote for business as usual in City Hall.
Take a real close look at Tamar and she's as phony and make believe as her mentor Jack Weiss. It was Weiss that Tamar campaigned for and supported in his bid for City Attorney. Why? Well as City Attorney, Weiss would have returned the favor - a promotion to the executive office. So what makes you think that Tamar won't return the favor the the Mayor or Weiss when she's asked to take one for the team? Realize whose team Tamar is on, it's not your team, it's the Weiss team of doing favors for developers, billboards, landlords and anyone with a stack of cash.
Stop the rot, vote for a real candidate who stands on a real record of achievement, not a phony photo-op princess. CD2 can get it right. CD2 can send a shockwave through City Hall and elect an outsider. Do it. Vote Mary Benson and send Tamar back to school.

September 21, 2009 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote Tamar, not beholden to anyone, neighborhood prosecutor, smart as a whip!
Send Mary back to the horse stall!

September 21, 2009 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar, smart as a whip? More like cuts like a knife.

September 21, 2009 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cuts through your BS! Shouldn't you be shoveling manure right now? Oh, never mind, you are.

September 21, 2009 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar is not know for her smarts. Hate to break it to you. She was so rehearsed at the forums. Why is that? She needs to see the Wizard of Oz for the same reason Scarecrow did. She's a down home gal. I saw the pictures on her website.

September 21, 2009 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RAMAT at 10:26 and 10:31 is coming off pretty mean spirited when she thinks it's anonymous.

September 21, 2009 10:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:23, go to sleep. The more you try to spin against Tamar and for Mmmary Benson the Walter Moore - James - Trutanich candidate, the lamer you get. Talking about Tamar promoting some supporter to her staff, you've got your foot in your mouth to your groin on that one.

Nuch put that incompetent David Berger and Usher, who everyone knows are jokes and wastes of money throwing their weight around - he admitted to the Times they're not liked - into 2 of the top 8 positions specifically as political payback for working for him and trashing Weiss for months.

In Berger's case, WHILE he was working for their sponsor Steve Cooley as an Asst. Dep. DA! Especially outrageous.

Nuch even promoted his driver to a staff lawyer job. And it goes on.

Plus L A had to "find" the money by raiding a consumer protection fund to hire the other 6 Team Members, including Carter and Livesay from Cooley's office, so they can run the office for this loud bully and try to keep HIS foot out of his mouth.

But that's just a start, he insists on hiring back five dozen lawyers Rocky let go through attrition for budget reasons, 200 private cops with cars as the mayor and council have cut down, and the LAPD is being kept from growing and is shrinking, etc. Because they HAVE to have their own spies on other officials and the real LAPD. Gotta admit, when these guys are corrupt in their abuse of power, their hutzpah is breathtaking.

NO councilmember, especially someone like Tamar on the bad end of Antonio's stick, would do anything remotely close. Not even Essel or Krekorian.

It's a wanna-be Koolaide-drinker like Mary Benson who'd be a dangerous yes-girl and gofer. Not that she's got a chance.

September 21, 2009 10:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:27 & 10:31 -- No need to be so rude.

Be nice.

Its just an election. CD2. We will work with what we get in a CM. We hope we get the best for the job and someone we can truly work with -- all in all -- we hope. It is not an easy job at all. Long hours, stressful community members, great community members, politics, big land use decisions, open space and jobs and businesses to save. Its a big deal.

September 21, 2009 10:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We of Sunland-Tujunga love Mary. She is honest and fair and has fought for our VALLEY for longer than anyone. She has started every effort to save our way of life. She will do the same for you.

September 21, 2009 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rVKh96vbzY

Only 7 views on this Mary Benson for CC video. Look at this. Ouch.

September 21, 2009 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:37PM = One of Tamar's supporters at the City Attorney's office. Are you still wearing the baggy sweats and dodging going to court? Still sad that Weiss lost and with his being f***'d out of City Hall on his ass, went your promotion to a cushy promotion and a $197k salary?
Didn't you get the memo to play down the relationship Tamar has with Weiss? You know it really will hurt Tamar's chances if voters find out that her supporters are Jack Weiss types - lazy fat assed slugs who take fat salaries and do nothing.
The more you try to attack Trutanich's staff the better we can see what Tamar's supporters are all about, and when the polls close tomorrow night, Tamar's going back to her LAUSD job, and you're not going to be hired to be a useless lard-butt slug in her CD2 office.
Losing really sucks, doesn't it? Better get used to it.

September 22, 2009 12:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All these people are crazy. I'm not voting for any of them!

September 22, 2009 12:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We loved Mr Zuma Dogg who helped us at the City Council to fight Home Depot.

September 22, 2009 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just heard from my gay friend that lives in Valley Village and he says he is going to vote for Mary Benson, because he doesn't think all Republicans are A**Holes!

Good for you, buddy!

September 22, 2009 1:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

a vote for one slime ball = a vote for a slime ball. do not vote for the lesser slime ball. all slime balls are gross and slimy.

September 22, 2009 5:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

yep, not all Republicans are a**holes. Some of my dearest friends were Republicans.

But all Republican/Mormon, Prop 8 supporter types are!! Especially for gays and lesbians.

Think about it. Mary is the Mitt Romney-ish candidate in this race. No gay nor lesbian should cast a vote for her.

If your gay friend needs to vote Republican, he should vote for Joe Essavi. He is one of the nicest Republicans around.

September 22, 2009 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We got a phone call last night reminding us that Tamar was supporting Home Depot. I made sure to let our neighbors know. That is just awful!

September 22, 2009 8:26 AM  

Blogger bill eats at sizzler said:

Dang nabbit, I love a good thread!

September 22, 2009 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, I am just surprised to read that you just said you wouldn't have endorsed Tamar if you knew there were going to be future problems. You then went on to try and explain away Brendan's involvement as one who was just doing his job.

I don't think you're really that naive. But yeah - you are right and you shouldn't have endorsed her.

You stole valuable votes from more important candidates. You are responsible for Christine getting in the run off and you will be so sorry if she wins. So, so sorry.

What were you thinking?

September 22, 2009 11:33 PM  

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