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Friday, October 09, 2009

Friday Morning Hotsheet




Stand taller, America. Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

Not content with sparing Switzerland from a dangerous 76-year-old predator, persistently Republican DA Steve Cooley declared yesterday that all medical marijuana dispensaries in LA County, including 800 in the City of LA, are illegal, and that he's going to prosecute even the LA potposts. Persistently Republican City Attorney Carmen Trutanich stands nearby with pompoms.

Smell of a land grab? In his own words, former Vogel Flats community resident James Marquiss (who lost his home and his possessions in the Station Fire) tells Supervisor Antonovich's office:
There is a rumor going around that the Forest Service let the Station Fire burn our canyon in order to remove the pesky Land Lease people.

It's a rumor that can't immediately be dismissed because in my neighborhood the only effort to fight the fire was a defense of the ranger station itself (which they saved). Other than that, there was no effort to stop or fight the fire - No air support, No Hot Shots, No dozers, No crews on the ground.
Marquiss also says that the Forest Service decided to not let Edison replace key power lines, but won't offer a compelling reason.

When a Councilmember misappropriates funds, that's community redevelopment. When a Neighborhood Council president misappropriates funds, that's called a felony. The LA Times features the story of James Tyrell Harris, careful even to include his middle name, the way they do for assassins. (Bet you don't know your Councilmember's middle name, as they generally keep it from you, even in their biographies--but José Luis Huizar is an exception). Mr. Harris has a previous record, which the fishwrap is careful to note as well. He's accused of misappropriating $85,000, which wouldn't even provide for a third of a new affordable housing unit--though it would provide eleven homeless families with $600 rent vouchers for a year.

Eighty-five K would not keep an out-of-town developer going for even two days. But the Weekly says that Phil Anschutz's hotel projects are bed-tax-exempt until 2034--when Anschutz will be 94.

Just yesterday, yours truly mentioned the Love Ride. And just yesterday, the Love Ride, slated for October 25 this year, was scuttled, the Daily News reports. The event needs to raise $500,000 for permit fees and is not coming close this year. Maybe today I should mention the DWP Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park.

Culture-war roundheads masquerading as freedom fighters are promoting a film that celebrates "intelligent design" and calls Darwin into question. That film was going to be screened at the California Science Center next month but the screening was cancelled. The Center won't discuss the cancellation, but the rumor is that when the freedom fighters went too far with claims in their marketing material, the Center scuttled the screening. Via the Daily News. The group calls itself "apolitical" but calls "radical environmentalism" a threat to western civ, as well as Islam.

The media seem to have missed the fact that Rick Santorum has been coming to town a lot lately, crusading for right to life. Spotted in Pasadena yesterday.

A male UCLA student stabbed a co-ed yesterday. The crime scene was described as gruesome, brutal. From the taser to the slashing, UCLA continues to be a bad news factory in the era of Chancellor Block, who put up a statement at Facebook and at his University webpage.

Dodgers, Angels win, the Dodgers in an unlikely way: a costly two-out error in the ninth by St. Louis outfielder Matt Holiday opens the door. At the self-involved former fishwrap of record, TJ Simers takes Steve Lopez to task for Lopez's inane column about giving away his World Series tickets.

35 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The world has turned upside down.

Since when does "surrender" get you a peace prize???

I think I am going to barf.

Whoops, didn't Jimmah get one as well? Yup.

Barack is going to out do Jimmy as the worst president we have ever had, hands down....

October 09, 2009 4:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How come you're using the name Mulholland Terrace, but create morning Hot Sheets EXACTLY like Michael Higby a/k/a Mayor Sam?

Trnasparency and honesty please Michael!

A response to a request for transparency shouldn't trigger a but "you make anonymous comments!"

That's a different thing; this is your blog and arouses suspicions.

October 09, 2009 6:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize

The award of this year’s Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.

Rarely has an award had such an obvious political and partisan intent. It was clearly seen by the Norwegian Nobel committee as a way of expressing European gratitude for an end to the Bush Administration, approval for the election of America’s first black president and hope that Washington will honour its promise to re-engage with the world.

Instead, the prize risks looking preposterous in its claims, patronising in its intentions and demeaning in its attempt to build up a man who has barely begun his period in office, let alone achieved any tangible outcome for peace.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6867711.ece

October 09, 2009 7:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Nobel Peace prize has become a sick joke. First the terrorist Yassir Arafat wins one, then that detestable peanut farmer Jimmah wins one, and now the empty suit Obama gets one for doing nothing. Maybe the International Olympic Committee should award these prizes.

October 09, 2009 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Al Gore won a Nobel for making a movie. This is a wake up call for a lot of smart liberals who are saying "huh?" and finally understanding what some have referred to about Obama's Kim Jung Il-like cult of personality.

October 09, 2009 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, I see the dumb ass "ditto heads" are up early this morning. Barack Obama, since the beginning of his presidency, has consistently extended a hand of friendship to those in the Muslim world who want peace. Obama has been firm in his condemnation of violence and hatred in the name of religion.

Ushering in an era of diplomacy and kicking to the curb the arrogance of unilateral military action, torture of war prisoners, and promotion of common interests in peace has quickly changed the world conversation. The recognition is appropriate -- it marks a vital change after years of ill-conceived US foreign policy of war and arrogance.

Bush and Cheney will go down in history as a dark dark day in America.

October 09, 2009 8:10 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

How come you're using the name Mulholland Terrace, but create morning Hot Sheets EXACTLY like Michael Higby a/k/a Mayor Sam?

Hi Dumdum at 6:46, you're up early for an anonymouse.

I wouldn't worry too much about it as I come from an era when they didn't give bylines to every damn news story like they were hard to write or something. If you want to read the local news, read it, and if you don't like it, go out and make some of your own.

There it is--take it.

October 09, 2009 8:29 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for brokering peace deal between the Avenues Gang and Frogtown.

What a joke!!

October 09, 2009 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Haters.

October 09, 2009 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All this does for Obama is put FURTHER pressure on him to achieve peace, at the SAME time that he is being pressured to deliver 40k-60k troops to Afghanistan.

Even Obama recognizes that he hasn't done shit yet. Effort doesn't mean peace. Success means peace.

October 09, 2009 9:00 AM  

Blogger Jennerjahn is a Simpleton said:

I am curious too, why Higby is now using that pen name. The writing is exactly the way he writes Hotsheets.

Why a name change all of a sudden?

We all know you're getting fatigued by the blog, and that you're busy trying to build a career. AND THAT'S OKAY HIGBY! But why not just go by your name, since this is obviously still you?

Or you can turn it over to your goofy pal Phil. At least he generates clickety clicks. Seems to be a nice guy, if not an intelligent one.

October 09, 2009 9:01 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Congratulations President Obama!
The first president to win a Nobel while still in office.

October 09, 2009 9:02 AM  

Blogger Jennerjahn is a Simpleton said:

Joe, can you enlighten us please on what Mr. O'Bama has ACCOMPLISHED in the way of peace?

Not about his effort.
Not about his aspirations.
I want to know what he ACCOMPLISHED.

Even O'bama says he's not worthy to date.

October 09, 2009 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this award for aspiration or accomplishments?

Gore is fawning over it.

Lech Walesa says it's premature.

Will Joe B. attack Lech Walesa, who freed his entire country?

October 09, 2009 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What has Obama done to deserve this award? I understand his application was submitted 2 weeks into his administration. The only explanation I can think, he was walking on water at that time!

October 09, 2009 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

909, can't you see that this isn't a time for logic? This is a time for irrational celebration.

Looks like irrational celebration is how they do it in Sunland Tujunga, future territory of Paul Kerkorian.

October 09, 2009 9:11 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Next will see a Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ACORN for expousing voting rights for Mickey Mouse, Elvis and Barney.

October 09, 2009 9:17 AM  

Blogger Jennerjahn is a Simpleton said:

EXCELLENT RED SPOT!

October 09, 2009 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, it does look like the peace-destroying fascists are up early today.

October 09, 2009 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OBAMA: "I HAVE NOT DONE ENOUGH TO EARN THIS OR BE IN THE COMPANY OF TRANSOFORMATIVE OTHERS WHO'VE WON IT."

Even Obama admits he doesn't deserve it.

October 09, 2009 9:20 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Sorry Joe B., But you forgot this guy.

1906 Theodore Roosevelt United States "for his successful mediation to end the Russo-Japanese war and for his interest in arbitration, having provided the Hague arbitration court with its very first case"[10][18]

I think he was "President Roosevelt" at the time.

October 09, 2009 9:37 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

From A Barack Channel,

Barack Obama’s Teleprompter: Big Guy says Bill Clinton called and was gracious in defeat; offered to fly Kanye West over 4 the Nobel awards ceremony.

Erick Erickson: Obama is becoming Jimmy Carter faster than Jimmy Carter became Jimmy Carter.

Ana Marie Cox: Apparently Nobel prizes now being awarded to anyone who is not George Bush.

Headline over AP analysis by White House correspondent Jennifer Loven: He Won, But For What?

Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review: I want to buy the world a coke.

Ezra Klein: Obama also awarded Nobel prize in chemistry. "He's just got great chemistry," says Nobel Committee.

Adam Bromberg, CRC: Nobel Prize Committee must be staffed by out of work comedy writers.

Kristina Hernandez, CRC: It was the Beer Summit that put Obama over the edge.

- George Stephanopoulos

October 09, 2009 9:42 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

This person won a "Nobel Peace Prize", Betty Williams.

On July 24, 2006, while delivering a speech at the Earth Dialogue forums, Williams told school children at the Brisbane City Hall, "I have a very hard time with this word 'non-violence,' because I don't believe that I am non-violent." She went on to say, "Right now, I would love to kill George (W.) Bush", blaming him for the deaths of children, particularly in the Middle East. "I don't know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It's our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life."[2]

In a keynote speech at the International Women's Peace Conference on July 11, 2007, Ms. Williams told a crowd of about 1,000: "Right now, I could kill George (W.) Bush," she said at the Adam's Mark Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas, Texas. "No, I don't mean that. How could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that."[3]. Williams later apologized for the remarks. Although threatening the life of the President of the United States is a crime[4], the US Secret Service which protects the life of the President did not question or investigate her[3].

October 09, 2009 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The summation on the UCLA safety situation seems to make two separate incidents over a long period of time connect to the named chancellor illogically.

The tasered fellow was really part of the problem and contributed to it by his own actions. Tasering was a use of non-lethal force, but ended up with a payday of $220,000.00 for ths student.
So they say the campus officer was in the wrong? Doesn't matter now.

The stabbing was independent of that even and connecting all to the chancellor is without a real basis, unless the perp was put in the class by the chancelllor's actions. Hope he's not a foreign student or minority.

Ucla alum, and a minority.

October 09, 2009 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't be so mealy-mouthed about the NC guy Harris, and try to minimize his crime as "only $85,000." That was almost two years of his council's funds, lost to that community.

Better to catch these crooks early. If undetected, you can bet he would have gone on to run for City Council, maybe won, and then had access to million$.

Get them while they're "little" and easy to lock up.

Also, D.O.N.T. GM Bong Water Kim tries to say it's because of budget cuts to his staff the last two years that they can't provide good oversight. But then we also see that the thefts started 3-4 YEARS AGO, when the department had 50 percent MORE people milling around.

Then the Times story says he has 43 PEOPLE on staff, and only 1 is dedicated to NC funds oversight.

(It's really hard to tell when someone is "cheating" when they're taking CASH ADVANCES at the local CASINO or using the debit card at a WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORE or EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT, or even paying someone's PERSONAL CABLE TV BILL).

How about you IMPRINT IN BOLD LETTERS on the debit cards, so that cashiers can see "THIS CARD MAY ONLY BE USED FOR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PURCHASES APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY THE ELECTED BOARDS. PERSON'S USING THIS CARD MUST SHOW SIGNED AUTHORIZATION TO CASHIER" - that would at least SLOW things down.

But really, WHAT THE F*&K do THE OTHER 41 PEOPLE under Bong Water DO ALL DAY?

They no longer handle NC elections, they aren't certifying any more NCs - which is what kept most of the staff busy the first couple years. They seldom attend NC meetings. Most of the ethics training is handled online. Other training is in drydock.

WHAT DO THEY DO, that costs the city another $2+ MILLION in salaries and benefits.

HOW MANY OF THEM does it take to prepare reports for the biweekly commission meetings, anyway.

Every field coordinator is assigned to handle 8-10 NCs now, so that's maybe 1/3 of the remaining staff, what do the OTHER 25-30 STAFFERS DO that benefits the NC system in any way?

If anyone wants to REALLY look at misappropration of NC funds, look at the SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS being frittered away on admin staff at Kim's department, which still can't "provide proper oversight" for the handful of volunteers actually authorized to spend NC money.

THAT does make Harris' embezzlement look more petty.

October 09, 2009 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is Joe B. to explain what Obama has accomplished in the way of peace?

JOE B., PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Doesn't that conflict with sending 60,000 troops to Afghanistan?

October 09, 2009 11:24 AM  

Blogger Jennerjahn is a Simpleton said:

I love it that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Now he is going to have to figure out how one can get a peace prize and still send more soldiers into Afghanistan. Is he doing that in the name of peace?

Or is Obama going to NOT send more soldiers into Afghanistan and let the soldiers who are there now die?


This is what you call backing one's self into a corner. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, and as he closes in on his first full year as "pezzident" he can no longer claim that this is George Bush's war. He will have had a full year to bring it to a close or head that way.

Ain't gonna happen.
Not gonna do it.

Mr. Wartime Peace Prez.

October 09, 2009 11:35 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Barack Obama was handed a Nobel Peace Prize for his organizing activities with ACORN, right? How could he cause world peace by only being in office two weeks. This award is all about the European Communitys irrational hated of George W. Bush. The others leaders feared and despised him because he was tough. They like Obama, who bows to them and licks their boots. Our world is full of dangerous enemies. W understood that and acted accordingly.

October 09, 2009 11:46 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Phil said: This award is all about the European Communitys irrational hated of George W. Bush. The others leaders feared and despised him because he was tough. They like Obama, who bows to them and licks their boots. Our world is full of dangerous enemies. W understood that and acted accordingly.


Phil, you mean the way Dubya used to walk around his ranch with Saudi Princes, holding hands, softly caressing them, giving them french kisses and "loving blowjobs" on the old ranch? You mean like that?

October 09, 2009 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, what the heck do most of the DONE staffers do for the City?

Seems like all the really necessary jobs have already been taken away from the department, yet they still have dozens of employees.

October 09, 2009 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Persistently Republican city attorney Trutanich stands nearby with pompoms." Say it ain't so, he's really a Republican?

Cooley might sue you for outing him, MT, like he did some poor slob Torres who dared use the democratic process to tun against him - and was trounced, but Cooley's convened a Grand Jury against the guy's "unfair campaign practices" etc. (trumping up some criminal action) because the poor sot revealed Cooley's a Republican. Which Cooley said was such an insult in California it's like calling someone a Nazi in Germany.

No wonder MT is hiding their real identity. There's crazy legal vigilantes on the loose.

October 09, 2009 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha-Ha, good one, VD. I for one can distinguish between Obama's domestic policies and his undisputed success in restoring our image on the world scene, though of course poor Phil can't. Although in truth one could use that photo of Obama looking like he was bowing doing some funnies with something under some other Arab sheik's robes. -- Beware photo ops with Arabs in sheets, they can get anyone in trouble.

October 09, 2009 3:11 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

You're correcto Red, Teddy Got One, so did Wilson. Not sure where I read that Obama was the first.

October 09, 2009 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's accused of misappropriating $85,000, which wouldn't even provide for a third of a new affordable housing unit--though it would provide eleven homeless families with $600 rent vouchers for a year.

Eighty-five K would not keep an out-of-town developer going for even two days.

ha ha. with bad excuses like that, no wonder you are hiding behind Mullholland name. You cannot be appearing to minimize or condone such behavior. the entire system is now at risk.

are you just going for the usual talk show outrageous topic starter?

October 09, 2009 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A HIGH FIVE for LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley and LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich!

By targeting these illegal marijuana dispensaries it will also reduce robberies as many marijuana store fronts have been robbed.

October 11, 2009 8:47 PM  

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