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Friday, October 02, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

Being a blogger means that sometimes you get the opportunity to do a total flip-flop and change your opinion. And that has happened with Celeste Fremon who has done a complete 180 and is now supporting the extradition and prosecution of admitted child rapist Roman Polanski. Key to Fremon's epiphany was the testimony of the SNAP organization, which is fighting for victims of clergy sexual abuse and the out of touch "demands for justice" for Polanski from Hollywood reprobates such as Woody Allen (yea that Woody Allen). Kudos to you Celeste!

Yet another local "journo" is on the attack against Councilmember Bernard Parks. For some reason supporters of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas think that investigations into what could be a "Martin Ludlowesque" path for Ridley-Thomas are the creation of Parks and not based on the alleged misdeeds of Ridley-Thomas and his supporters. Like Loopy Betty Not So Pleasant the latest scribe to take the hatchet to Parks also works for a "newspaper" that sold significant amounts of advertising to a Ridley-Thomas campaign independent expenditure fund. However Anthony Asadullah Samad's "Our Weekly" got a pittance compared to Pleasant's "The Wave," taking about $6,500 from the Ridley-Thomas IE, the SEIU allied Alliance for a Stronger Community.

For years Southern California has struggled to complete the 710 Freeway establishing a link between Pasadena and Long Beach. Tony communities such as San Marino and South Pasadena which abut the highway route have long protested construction. Add to that Clowncilmen Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes who have taken action to halt construction of the freeway in Los Angeles and are apparently advocating for a goofy, budget busting underground tunnel option (which would have WAY more construction contracts to hand out right?)

Monday Democratic Gubenatorial candidate and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will come to town with his new BFF, President Bill Clinton. The two will tour a "green" building at Los Angeles City College. Also on Monday the Sister City will have a report on how political insiders are abuzz that Newsom's campaign is in serious trouble even though his likely opponent Jerry Brown has yet to declare.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

It`s a long standing tradition with both the Sentinel and the Wave. You buy their endorsements. EVERYBODY knows it.

October 02, 2009 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you are a reading-challenged dum dum about Celeste Fremon - she didn't have a change of heart on how she felt about Polanski, who she always said was a reprehensible pedophile. She has had it with the apologists for him, who have made it impossible to stay focused on the issue of priorities and prosecutoial and judicial misconduct. She hopes that hauling him back will expose all of that - as do many people.

Many also continue to object to the waste of resources on one old pervert who's not a threat to society, while REAL threats to society are roaming free because the DA and County Sheriff claim poverty to test the rape kits. And because no one cares about them while the DA hopes to make a name for himself on Polanski, to make up for losing on Spector and Michael Jackson.

This WILL be a huge waste of money and displaced resources, and there's a lynch mob out there for Polanski unlike for those who have actually attacked and beaten their victims. Awful as what he did to that young girl, there are worse out there. Very violent attackers.

Plus this will be another nightmare for the victim, now a mother and living in Hawaii who doesn't want to come back. There is talk she'll be ordered to appear under threat of arrest, which will add to the emotional upset. The supporters who tried to brush off Polanski's crimes are who made everyone want to rebuke THEM, did him a huge disservice; Woody Allen pleading his innocence, really.

October 02, 2009 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Underground tunnel " = Horrendous cost overruns with numerous , big change orders........for unforseen conditions.

October 02, 2009 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why are you so hell bent on covering what another blogger feels about Roman Polanski? Do you realize you are not even covering the event, but someone's opinion of the event. Do you have any idea how lame you have become as a blogger, yourself? If you can't put in the time, give it up. This blog is nothing but crap, anymore. Basics! Get back to them.

October 02, 2009 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would a tunnel under the city necessarily involve "way more construction contracts"?

There would be -- no houses to mow down, no people to buy out and transplant, no massive offramps needed all along the way and cars pouring off into residential areas, as exists every stretch along the surface route 710. The belching exhaust could be filtered before being pumped into the ozone, until with a surface route.

Seems like a pretty clean and unobtrusive way to solve a 50-year old problem.

Not to mention the incredible amount of money that's been wasted by the state fighting South Pasadena so far.

I think maybe you've been misled, Higby. If Bloggers get an opportunity to "flip-flop" when they get theire eyes opened, maybe you ought to do your homework and think about all this when you're better informed.

It's the "toney" communities you make fun of that are spreading all this hysteria about the tunnel option, and not L.A. City.

This ain't Knott's Berry Farm, and a modern technology tunnel isn't going to be the gold mine ride on rickety buckets with falling rafters. Most other industrialized nations have much larger and longer underground tunnels that function well.

Are you suggesting Americans can't build what the French and Japanese, etc. have years ago?

Stop being bamboozled by the fat cats who WANT bumper-to-bumper traffic to keep running through their business sections. Because they know that if a tunnel under South Pasadena is created and cars and trucks can avoid driving up Fremont and Fair Oaks, their strip malls will turn into Ghost towns and their business tax base will dry up.

Not to mention that SP practically runs their city on petty traffic tickets they hand out to Angelenos trying to take short cuts.

October 02, 2009 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of Sleazy Huizy who it has been reported in many newspapers nationwide for the debacle of the marijuana dispensaries, why in the hell is he trying to take credit for the huge gang sweep in Northeast area? It is not in his district but he posts the story in his sorry ass community update. He must know cops hate him. He gives his cell phone digits to gang bangers. Word is LAPD officers have been told he has conversations with the Mexican Mafia hoods.

October 02, 2009 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Debate going on in council now - the controller issue is up and Trutanich wants the council to exclude Wendy Gruel from any closed session, claiming it's going to violate Brown Act. Smith, Garcetti strongly oppose this and say the other party has often been involved in closed session, maybe being asked to leave at certain points. Parks and Zine of course support Trutanich's secrecy.

The last time the matter was discussed in closed session, most reporters covering this including Daily News said the City Attorney must have urged distrust of the controller because that's how they acted later.

Very disturbing, that Trutanich is dragging and dragging this on, when it's over a mere 100-150K very reduced fees. This is costing a LOT more to keep litigating out of stubborness as the Daily News said in its editorial - he's more interested in his ego and "winning" NOT what's good for the city. Garcetti is telling them to work it out, stop the legal footdragging.

This is ANOTHER case of this. Even our resident sage Zuma Dogg says on his blog as his friends Hunt and Dowd keep saying, that lawsuit being stonewalled by Trutanich is also stubbornness which will cost a lot more. This is the lawyer who Trutanich vowed to support no matter what, to get Chick's endorsement. Who he's now calling "a loser" and scoundrel feeding at the public trough.

Smith is surprisingly strong on this: he says both Trutanich and Gruel as well as Chick have all made their views clear on radio, and in writing, so it's nonsense that there's anything secret left. That this lawsuit shouldn't have happened, all the council had told Gruel and Delgadillo to work it out as grownups, but they didn't so it's dumb to drag out this case and keep wasting money. Reyes concurs.

Point, Smith, Reyes, Garcetti.

Losers: Zine, Parks. whoever's on their side. The anti-transparency, stubborn jokers.

October 02, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Nahai resigned....anyone covering this breaking news????

There should be dancing in the streets!

October 02, 2009 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clinton not endorsing. You heard it here first. He's just helping a friend who helped Hillary's campaign.

October 02, 2009 12:50 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Nahai resigns!

October 02, 2009 12:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Without anyone responding that walter moore is the second coming, if garamendi wins that house seat, is there a special election for lt gov. and i want a cite supporting that. what an election that would be. maybe moore can run?

October 02, 2009 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

H. David Nahai replaced by S. David Freeman. These sound like robot prototypes. What firmware revision is Freeman running?

October 02, 2009 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just as council is debating the controller issue, with Zine insisting as Trutanich's mouthpiece that he doesn't want to pay CHick's lawyer - and is treating him shabbily as a parasite like Trutanich does - the screen goes dead, 'no video' it says. TOO SUSPICIOUS, Trutanich's people ordered that. they fought like hell to prevent an open discussion, wanting it all closed so they could keep urging the council to refuse to settle with Chick's lawyer Woocher.

Zine and Parks seem to be taking that hard-line position and finding other excuses not to settle.

Good for Smith, Garcetti, Reyes and Greuel herself, caught in the middle.

October 02, 2009 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Nooch is not as dumb as I thought he was. The City Council can only meet behind closed doors for certain specific purposes. If they invite anyone else, other than their lawyer, behind those closed doors, they violate the Brown Act. Makes perfect sense.

October 02, 2009 1:12 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Boy between my netbook wireless adapter going out and forgetting to charge my BlackBerry I'm off the grid for like three hours and all hell breaks loose! I am sure one of the burros will cover Wastewater Nahai soon but is anyone surprised?

October 02, 2009 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

wow - bye bye David Nahai!

October 02, 2009 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nahai is gone and S.David Freeman is back. Part of reason Nahai resigned is S. David freeman.

Freeman has long wanted to return to run LADWP but has spent his time as Deputy Mayor in charge of energy sharpshooting across the plaza to DWP.

Well, burros, be careful for what you wish...it might come true.

You may soon be wishing for the good old days of David nahai.

October 02, 2009 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:03 p.m.

Without anyone responding that walter moore is the second coming . . .

I can count - that would have to be THIRD coming, Wacko Walter has lost twice already.

Or, maybe third "going".

October 02, 2009 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Beware Nutty Scummins today, boy. Whew, she's really losing it today. I think she needs a new male kitten in her life.

October 02, 2009 2:44 PM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Nice. Everyone now, (with apologies to Don McLean):

Bye, bye, Mr. David Nahai,

drove my Prius to the sinkhole,

then more water mains broke,

Hum, hmm, hmm, hmm, hum, hum


October 02, 2009 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey this is a great way to get the media to the NC Action Summit tomorrow because didn't I read that David Freeman was going to be a speaker?

October 02, 2009 3:09 PM  

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