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Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Free Craig X. Rubin!"

(Mayoral candidates attend a debate at USC: David Hernandez, Walter Moore, Craig X. Rubin and Phil Jennerjahn)

In March of 2009, voters in Los Angeles cast 4,158 votes for Craig X. Rubin to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Today, Rubin sits in a jail cell at Parker Center in downtown Los Angeles, charged with marijuana possession and distribution.

Unfortunately, this stunning turn of events was not unforeseeable. Rubin has been arrested in the past on similar charges, all stemming from his work as a minister at his own Temple 420. The following August press release, in which Rubin offers to give away free marijuana(!) , may have been the last straw for local law enforcement authorities.


Los Angeles activist and former Mayoral candidate Craig X. Rubin
announced today that "Beverly Hills Green Cross" medical marijuana
collective is giving a free eighth of an ounce of their "Beverly Hills
Haze" ($60.00 value) to each of the first 500 medical marijuana patients who attend this Thursday's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee meetng and fill out a speaker card to speak for one minute on one or more of the 20 hardship exemption hearings scheduled that day and speak on the item.

"We're taking a page out of 60's activism" said Craig this afternoon,
"we need to clog the room with speakers, make it take an hour or two for each hearing instead of the 8-10 hearings an hour they have been doing."

It should be noted that even though the hearings have not been held yet all the items scheduled to be heard on Thursday 8/7 are already penciled
in for final disposition in front of the full city council on September
1, 2009 as if their destiny has already been predetermined.

Perhaps this Thursday will see fireworks at the PLUM committee hearing.

"Medical marijuana patients need to participate in activism and not just capitalism" added Craig Rubin.

Craig will be on KABC radio in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM on the Doug McIntyre show discussing the cities war on post
ICO-providers of medical marijuana and also talking about his own
upcoming hardship exemption hearing this Thursday in front of the PLUM committee.

You can listen to him live via the web at http://www.kabc.com/


Beverly Hills Haze??? Interesting...

Cannabis activists are informing the blog that Rubin is being held on $10,000 bail. Rubin has the money to pay that bail, but is refusing to pay, arguing that these charges are wrong and that his use of marijuana is part of his religious ceremonies. Insiders tell us that Rubin intends to stay in jail for several more days, until the local authorities are forced to release him on his own recognizance.

When I heard about Rubins arrest, I immediately thought about another Mayoral candidate. One who can no longer be mentioned here - but he's the fourth place finisher in the March election. I wonder how he feels about all of this.

Maybe he will be one of the angry crowd of protesters gathered outside of Parker Center this weekend, chanting "FREE CRAIG RUBIN! FREE CRAIG RUBIN!!"


...or, maybe not.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

When I first heard about the arrest, I immediatey thought about your crazy BFF, Nooch the Trooch. Cheer for him now, Phil. It's only a matter of time before he comes after this blog.

P.S. I'd like to sample Beverly Hills Haze, but $60 for an 1/8th is pretty steep (typical overpriced Beverly Hills). Phil, would you like to go in on a sack with me?

October 24, 2009 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




October 24, 2009 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Beverly Hills Haze is as interesting as the "Silver Bullet" your shlugging down to get that "rocky mountain high" along with that beer belly.

Without the dispensaries, that 1/8 would go on the street for $85. Most dispensaries are dropping their prices down to $45 an 1/8 of high quality stuff - this alone should boost the tourist biz.

This is how you get rid of the illegal trade, you offer competition (legal)to price them out.

Look for another court victory for the mellow community when this case goes to court. Chances are Trut will drop these charges once he gets censored by the city council for squandering the treasury on frivolous and unpopular indictments.

October 24, 2009 9:49 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Where do the two clowns running for Council in CD2 stand on the Trutanich ordinance?

October 24, 2009 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what does this have to do with politics. This blog sucks these days.

October 24, 2009 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, how many votes did you get, and how many did Craig get?

Did you really get fewer votes than THIS guy?

October 24, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Jane Usher really finger Rubin? That's what's going around, even on the Griffith Wayist blog referenced on an earlier thread. Usher is as crazy as her boss and if possible, even dumber.

October 24, 2009 11:34 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Those of you who mock people who ran for Mayor: they succeeded more than you know. Indeed, to a large degree, the 2009 oppositional mayoral candidates succeeded beyond anyone's hopes for them, because even without media coverage, they severely weakened Antonio and unquestionably made sure that he could not run for governor.

When I interviewed Craig Rubin in particular, I was very impressed with his commitment to his cause, and there was no question in my mind that he has faced undue harassment from local law enforcement because of that commitment. He has been arrested, even convicted before under even more dubious circumstances. He bore these challenges with admirable defiance. There is no question in my mind that this arrest is vindictive and political in nature, the vindictive work of a buffoonish City Attorney who's running increasingly off the rails.

So many families in LA are grateful for the option of medical marijuana. So many families have loved ones who have been poisoned by the city's air and perhaps its water and even urban life in general. So many have chronic illnesses and have experienced radical treatments like radiology and chemotherapy, for which medical marijuana is one of the very best treatment options.

You who post comments anonymously to a website, deriding others for their vote totals in the mayor's race...the alternative candidates weakened the Mayor enough to make a very different city than existed six months ago. What do you do to make the city different?

October 24, 2009 12:16 PM  

Blogger Kim said:

Jane Usher isn't dumb.

No matter how mad you are about her efforts with Trutanich, and I agree that I really liked her better when she focused on planning issues, it makes you look bad to call her dumb.

October 24, 2009 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailandrone, didn't you just start yourself another blog? Isn't that where you should be playing? Bored already? Phil did not accomplish anything by any measure. He came in last place. You can try to spin last place any way you want, but villaraigosa still won, and phil came in dead last. Pour yourself a few more as you go back to your blog.

October 24, 2009 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:35, everyone in the city attorney's office KNOWS that she's dumb AND throws her weight around because she worked for him as a fundraiser/ media liaison and often (in an unethical move) wrote attack pieces on his opponents or others at city hall (like "Usher Slams Gail Goldberg" for Stewarts's Weakly) WITHOUT saying she was working for him. Many of her public comments and behaviors confirm that she's more dogmatic than knowledgeable on most issues and, like her boss, fueled by vengeance - if I cared to spend the time I'd post some examples but I don't; your ad hominem "defence" means nothing and makes YOU not me look dumb.

October 24, 2009 1:39 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Kim, I also interviewed Usher in February of this year and I do have to say that a few of her knowledge deficiencies in urban planning even surprised me--and she is even quite candid about them. For instance, she had no idea what the city's ratio was of owner-occupied units to rental units, and was surprised to learn it. How can you even begin to do meaningful planning for the city without that kind of knowledge?

For the record, it's 60 rental to 38 o-o, which is why so many recent developments are in Chapter 11. A healthier balance would be 50-50, and we would have far more stakeholders in the city if we had a reasonable percentage of homeowners. We have gone the route that New York went after its financial debacle in the 1970's, and we are creating, thanks to both Usher and Goldberg, and all the land use consultants who had their way with both, a city in which people are obliged to work 60-hour weeks just to make ends meet.

October 24, 2009 2:02 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Nuch, Craig Rubin, Jan Perry et al chasing pot, hamburgers, billboards and Michael Jackson's dead body are a serious and likely intentional distraction to the real issues in this city.

In the meantime groups like SLAP, well meaning and many of those people I really like personally, fiddles, fumbles and foibles chasing such non-critical bogeymen which are really nothing more than symptoms of the larger probably.

There are two key issues that must be addressed - 1) the utter near-Chicago style corruption of this government and 2) and the daily of exodus of business and jobs which are leading the city clearly tp a Bladrunner/Escape from LA path.

Continue to dick around folks, the City is literally crumbling around you.

October 24, 2009 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby @2:24, all those issues ARE fundamental to the state of the city but you're right that losing jobs and chasing away business is a key.

In that case your Republican project Nooch is acting very anti-business, isn't he, in his vendetta against AEG (which is illegal, by the way: AEG could have sued the city for extortion - so they backed away from that word to "bullying" and "acting like a thug" - because that's what it amounts to when you "demand" a fee retroactively counter to contract.

A fee of $6 mil that's 4X what the Controller set it as, and it's HER job and the Mayor's and Council's to set future policy on reimbursement, not HIS to subvert and try to misappropriate to grandstand to his rightwing base.

This is where your Nuch gets mixed up and by being intent on driving away future businesses and making an enemy of one that provides jobs and taxes and attracts tourists and so on -- he's acting very UN-Republican. Trying to appease his anti-billboard people like Hathaway who spoke against AEG is putting him at odds with the REAL important Republican issue of the economy.

(The fact that AEG has received subsidies is IRRELEVANT to this case, again, it would be up to the Controller and Council to determine if there is a net benefit. He can QUESTION that in an appropriate way but grabbing headlines to bully, threaten to jail and extort AEG is just CRAZY and very, very UN-Republican. It's the impetuous incoherent posturing of a sheer opportunist.

October 24, 2009 2:52 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Higby at 2:24, nobody is dicking around like someone who feels it necessary to slime a Jewish candidate as an Armenian holocaust denier after you lied and slimed a candidate who actually lived in your CD as being too close to the Mayor. Your insistent mouth was more responsible than anyone else's for the meltdown of politics in CD2--your insistent mouth set a tone of extremism and bad feelings--and the sooner you apologize to all parties for bringing so much insistent bad will and dirty politics into the race on behalf of Republican lite Krekorian, the sooner CD2 will get on track again.

Beyond that, medical marijuana is enormously important to the ailing and those facing extreme treatments, whose numbers are astonishing in this city, a city to which all kinds of patients from all over the southwest come for medical care. The vindictive busting of a Mayoral candidate for too much success is a pure thuggish vendetta maneuver perfectly illustrative of the widespread corruption you cite. Quit pointing the finger at everyone else and own your own flailing rage and dirty and increasingly narrow politics, and how they have contributed so much bad will to a formerly harmonious section of the city.

October 24, 2009 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How did Craig Rubin getting busted turn into an issue about Jane Usher? I don't think Jane Usher can get anyone busted for anything.

What was Craig charged with, and who made the complaint? That should be the focus.

Higby is right, the city is crumbling (thanks to the City Council and the Mayor) all around us and a lot (not all) of you clowns try to distract us with false inflamatory bullsh*t!

October 24, 2009 4:58 PM  

Blogger solomon said:

I'm very disappointed Trutanich has made barnstorming medical marijuana dispensaries a priority. … And I'm very suspicious of Craig Rubin's arrest.

But. It was critically important to send a message back in May with Jack Weiss, and it will take more than Nuch's anti-pot crusade for me to regret my vote—a vote that wasn't for Trutanich as much as it was against Weiss, a politician who took us for idiots with the games he played—targeting a segment of the private sector—firearms dealers—to pump up his tough guy cred (complete with a successful ban on an enormous anti-aircraft cartridge that has never been used in a crime anywhere in the United States), the net effect of which made purchasing ammunition more difficult for law-abiding gun owners.

Cynical and insulting. And Nuch will meet the same fate if he doesn't pull it together. That's the way it should be.

October 24, 2009 6:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why do you advocate freeing Rubin when it's absolutely illegal to distribute marijuana for free?

If he is distributing marijuana without a doctor's prescription, and (in violation of law) not collecting taxes on it, why do you propose that he not pay for his crimes against society?

Phil, you really are funny, given your immaturity.

Spend your time restoring the reputation of the man who trashed this week.

October 24, 2009 8:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Solomon @6:50 is very, very lame and NO that bullit issue is NOT a reason to spite someone who had a good working relationship with Bratton and LAPD on the BIG issues and who can get things done without this endlessly disastrous grandstanding - nuch doesn't even KNOW his job or his bounds or place, this will NOT end well and is a HUGE distraction and mess for the city.

AND as for your absurd Harley- riding, boxing-pugilistic bully, you seem to have MISSED that this week he was all FOR the new bill making it harder to buy bullits, that Schwarzenegger and Nunez put through. He's been on radio saying it will make us safer and made sure he got into all the photo ops announcing it - he's being slammed by the NRA and gun people for not having the guts to stick to his issues, A BIG thing that doesn't seem to concern you at all is that nooch flat-out lied to a lot of people and groups, from Laura Chick to the NRA to the medical cannabis community who he got to work for him and raked in their dough promising to be MORE sympathetic to their cause than Weiss - knowing all along he'd throw them under the bus.

THAT's why it's an issue (that Craig Rubin was singled 8:13) out and likely by Jane Usher from first-hand reports. (Plus Rubin's invite said to bring your Rx's -- I think he's an odd bird, for the record, but dangerous? Hardly.)

Just like Nuch lied that he's an environmental attorney when he's an ANTI-environmental attorney who made a living suing cities like L A. It's all part of an utter lack of ethics, of him-first. And now it's clear even to the denser than dense Council that he's NOT about giving them solid legal advice or carrying out the intent of THEIR policies: he thinks he's their boss and jailer, who's determined to bend them to his will. Even if you think they're idiots and many do, this is an INSANE way to behave.

Most people on THIS blog and Ron Kaye will support him no matter what he does to spite "city hall" but lots and lots of people are talking serious RECALL and Ethics investigation. In the meantime, he's a laughingstock. Jon Regardie's early Halloween posting in L A Downtown News gives him the starting triple billing, a laugh.

October 24, 2009 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Tim Leary said:

Selective enforcement- plain and simple.

Rubin is NOT offering pot to just anyone- only "medical marijuana patients."

No more than Pfizer and scores of other medical drug companies do- look...

It is sick that they don't bust the street sellers and dealers, but go after the free "distributors."

Get it together LA- and FREE CRAIG RUBEN!!!

October 24, 2009 10:17 PM  

Anonymous LouieG said:

Hey Phil-

Don't forget all the praise you have gotten for your posts...

Ignore the naysayers.

Remember Sawyer Brown lyrics-

"Some girls don't like guys like me... Some girls do."

October 24, 2009 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop pussyfooting. Throw the key away. Enough with tolerance and understanding. Where have they gotten us? To decadence, decay and failure.

October 24, 2009 11:07 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Wow. Where do I start?

Anon@9:42 : I don't know why you have a negative opinion of Nuch. I like the guy and he's making his mark here in LA.

Anon@9:44 : Again with this? No apologies from me. John Walker did something wrong and he admitted it. It was the other NC members who emailed me screaming about it that made me write something. I didn't even know about it.

Anon@9:49 How DARE you!! I would NEVER, EVER drink COORS!! I support my native state...MGD and Leinenkugels all the way.

Anon@ 10:45 Yes, in the year 2009, TWO of the 10 candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles have been in police custody. And they BOTH got more votes than I did. I see the humor in this situation and I don't let it bother me.

Anon@ 11:34 : I am hearing from Cannabis Activists that Jane Usher fingered Craig Rubin. I don't know that this is true...but I keep hearing it. Just a rumor at this point, I think.

Joseph Mailander @ 12:16 : Thanks for the kind words Joseph, but Villaraigosa actually killed himself. It was political suicide to refuse to attend a single event with any other candidate. It dumbed down interest in the election. The media played ball and didn't even contact the other candidates until just a few days before the election. No wonder 82% of the City didn't go vote. The humiliating result - 55% against 9 unknowns - effectively killed his career. He'll never be Senator OR Governor now.

I don't share your negative opinion of Nuch.

Michael Higby @ 2:24 : You are right Michael, the City... especially the City Council is killing jobs and driving employers away with Socialist meddling. They are so enlightened that they give money away to gang members to stop crime.

Anon @ 8:13 : I'm not suggesting or supporting freeing Rubin....I'm quoting the Cannabis fans. Although I like Craig and have some sympathy for him. He feels that he is correct in his battle and the whole world is against him for some very strange reason. ( I know how he feels)

Louie @ 10:21 : Thanks Louie. I'm always proud of what I do. Even if others don't care for it.

October 25, 2009 12:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:








October 25, 2009 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, did you ever read "The Tale of Two Cities"?

Here's a great blueprint for freeing Craig Rubin:

Since no one knows wehat either of the two of you really look like (after a full bore Mayorality election in which you both were almost-never-rans, all you need to do is go viasit him and when hours are up, let him leave and yuo switch clothes.

Here's the line (in case you didn't get there before dropping out of school) "'Tis a far, far better thing I do, then I have ever done before...".

October 25, 2009 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look at your headline Phil!

You didn't put the "Free Craig Rubin" part IN QUOTATIONS. So it didn't read as if you were paraphrasing the cannabis supporters. It came as though it were from you, IDIOT.

See how on the comments page it IS in quotes? Blogger did that, but you didn't. Look at the headline you provided on the main page.

You are a total moron on most days Phil. On the days that you're not a total moron, you're a mental feeb.

October 25, 2009 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not exactly "Free Jerry Rubin" from the 60's, but it's a Rubin.

Isn't Jerry Rubin alive and well and some sort of average upstanding citizen doing "green" stuff in Santa Monica, like all old recycled leftists?

Get him to Free Craig Rubin as a martyr to the cause of freedom!

October 25, 2009 10:46 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

That happened once in an episode of Batman.

For some reason Batman was in jail so Alfred the Butler visited him with a makeup kit. They made Bruce Wayne look like Alfred and Alfred put on the Batman costume and Bruce took off.

The next shot was the guard looking all confused as he saw Alfred's rotten British teeth sticking out under Batman's cowl.

October 25, 2009 11:07 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Is Walter Moore by the way defending Craig Rubin? He owes it to him.

October 25, 2009 11:08 AM  

Blogger Kim-SubMeter Maid said:

To Anonymous at 1:39:

I didn't call you dumb. I just said it looks bad to call her dumb because no matter what faults she may have, she isn't dumb. Even if half of the people in the City Attorney's office thinks that about her, it doesn't make it true. I didn't mean to offend you.


I'm shocked that those were her answers when you interviewed her. So, I agree with you on both what the ratio should be and also the question of how someone could begin to do meaningful planning without that knowledge. However, she was just on the advisory Planning Commission, and not working for the Planning Department, which does not excuse her lack of knowledge about the owner-occupied vs rental units ratio, yet still doesn't make her dumb.

October 25, 2009 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Except i think it's Gil Cedillo and Arnold Schwarzenegger's "bullit bill" nuch was shilling for last week, misspoke that it was Nunez, who of course is now lobbying. But I was also kind of shocked when nuch was on the radio telling us how this bill making it harder to buy bullits would make us safer, despite lobbying from gun groups who say it will only drive sales out of state and the usual refraid of "it won't stop criminals because criminals buy their guys and ammo illegally." Like nuch's man Solomon knows, he spent his life making fun of such bills and raked in the NRA dough. Like he did with the left-leaning medical pot people, take the dough and use their lobbying apparatus and throw them under the bus.

Seems to me the guy is so desperate for a celeb photo op with Arnold or anyone (he made Jerry Brown REALLY uncomfortable grabbing him into his photos) and so all over the place like being anti-Republican in picking a war with AEG, because he has NO ethics or positions, it's all scrambling to appeal to anyone with a gripe and being all things to all people. The definition of a demagogue. BUT he didn't bank on people having a memory and being mad as hell when they're defrauded and saying so. LOUDLY.

Meanwhile the Police PLeague has so much egg on its face over blowing a wad of money on him because Zine told them to (Zine's now throwing nuch under bus, too, TOO LATE you old foul-mouthed fraud) they're taking no position on the choice of Chief. Knowing it could just backfire on their choice. In fact, if they hate someone, they and Nuch should endorse them. Seriously, even Baca's keeping out of this one for once and that's remarkable.

October 25, 2009 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kim 11:34, leaving aside the billboard issue which Usher staked out as her own, and whether she did finger Rubin for being an activist. (She was also the spokeswoman on the pot issue to our NC monthly meeting some 4-5 months ago, if you recall, the first we got wind that she and nuch were going way hard on this). And I disagree with you strongly about how it DOES matter a lot, that her being perceived as dumb and egotistical like her boss and throwing her weight around is bad for morale among the true professionals in the City attorney's office. Especially since the Nuch Team openly hates anyone left over from Rocky's day, no matter how good they are though most they have to live with anyway and pretend to support. But they often call them "Rocky Slime."

I was at a SOHA meeting the day after the election when she cheered Bill Rosendahl for joining Parks, Smith in becoming a majority to insist that the trash fee hikes would not go toward cop hiring like the Mayor promised. Nuch was there too and was gushing about how "we slew the Philistine" and all that, people were excited and remember, this was still part of the holdover of the Obama elections when "change" and "out with the status quo" was in the air. How things have changed since then on all fronts -

She said that showed a sudden new independence from Antonio's demands and so on - I think the video's on Ron Kaye's blog - and everyone cheered and clapped. And I sat there thinking then like I do now, what DUMMIES, what the hell are they following Usher's lead in cheering about how those clowns on council just screwed us over with our trash fee hikes? Rosendahl going over to the other side (like Koretz seems to have) and just swiping the trash fees into the general fund is NOT good.

Just because the mayor supports something doesn't ALWAYS make him wrong, that's just a shallow sort of spite and speaks very poorly for a legal advisor.

October 25, 2009 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous on October 25, 2009 11:37 AM: You criticize Trutanich for supporting the "bullet bill". This shows what an intellectually dishonest moron you are, and makes explicit what your only agenda is, criticizing Trutanich no matter what he does or doesn't do.

Remember when your man Jack Weiss tried to pass himself as "pro safety" by touting that he had spearheaded a ban of ammo sales in Los Angeles? When Trutanich said that Weiss's ban was ridiculous because anyone could buy ammo in Culver City, and that the right thing was a statewide ban, you PERSONALLY attacked Trutanich as being in the pocket of the NRA.

Now that the ban Trutanich did suppport is enacted, you again attack Trutanich because ... he supports this ban.

Not only are you a bitter, angry and frustrated idiot. You are also dishonest. Get a life!!!

October 25, 2009 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:37, I critized Nuch about it for being a hypocrite and demagogue who says one thing but does another, openly lies and tricks people and groups to get endorsements and often as with the Controller/ lawyer issue and the cannabis issue, says things he never intends to keep.

Weiss on the OTHER hand says what he means and means what he says: yes he was for being able to track ammo and I think it's a good idea as do most BUT your lying Nooch ran against him on the issue and now is shilling FOR what he campaigned against. As usual.

I don't expect you to get that or admit it if you do, but intelligent voters DO know the difference and there's a lot of disgust over this person.

October 25, 2009 2:03 PM  

Blogger solomon said:

2:03, yes, completely hypocritical of Nuch on the ammo issue. If you think calling me "Nuch's guy" will get you anywhere, think again. I'm not in the fan club and I'm not here to defend his actions.

My point is that LA is better off without Villaraigosa, Greuel, and Weiss firing on all cylinders under the radar. Nuch is a big wrench in the machine and the broader, less-informed public is benefiting from more coverage of LA's dysfunctional politics—coverage we're getting only because the media covers conflicts, not winks, nods, and closed-door agreements.

It's a healthy change in my view and I promise LA will survive four years of an uncouth Harley man. We can throw him out, too, if he overstays his welcome.

October 25, 2009 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Solomon, that's the lamest defense of dysfunction and chaos in government I ever heard; by your logic, we should always elect the most uncouth, incompetent and ignorant wrench in the smooth workings of government, on purpose.

Amazingly i have to disagree and say that the most competent person would have been a billion times better. Someone who gives the council solid, consistent advice that's for the good of the city. The whole notion that Weiss was somehow subservient to Antonio was manufactured by the camaign and the anti-Weiss people at the Times who pushed so hard for Nuch that they refused to expose the truth about him, which is widely known.

Meanwhile the amount of money that buffoon is costing and going to cost by provoking lawsuits will be astronomical - apart from the fact that his claims to be 'saving money' are bogus, no audit on that and he admits when pushed he has no numbers to prove it. Also he's keeping very hush-hush about whehter the city will fight or just eat the $8 million bucks awarded to 2 firefighers last month, because he's trying to play "good cop/ bad cop" to Antonio regarading the LAFD union and pat McOsker. (one of the guys awarded that sum is negotiating for LAFD.)

It's pointless to 'debate' you on the issue, but i've never seen so many people who were apathetic a a about local politics so far waking up and wanting to recall him, having such a visceral loathing.` Even Antonio the punching-bag didn't manage anything like it.

October 25, 2009 4:20 PM  

Blogger solomon said:

No, we should not always do that, don't be ridiculous. We should shake up government when things start running too smoothly—e.g., unanimous council votes, close allies occupying the offices of mayor, controller, and city attorney. Call me crazy, I want to see backbones and differences of opinion, public disagreements that arrive at conclusions in the best public interest.

October 25, 2009 5:29 PM  

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