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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

Its not often you get to move into a nicer city or county and still stay put in your home. But a few hundred homes in Long Beach (in LA County) may get annexed by nearby Seal Beach (in Orange County) if a plan under consideration by both counties is approved.  The change is to primarily once and for all align the LA/OC border along the San Gabriel River and hopefully eliminate confusion where some folks live and from whom they should request City services from.  In the meantime if the County would also like to annex North Hollywood to Burbank, we'll take it.

Despite the fact that experts have said that Goofy Jan Perry's nanny state efforts to ban fast food where poor Black and Brown people live (because in Jan's world these people are too stupid to not eat properly without City help) has done nothing to reduce obesity in the area, the City Hall nannies (ninnies) are at it again.  Now, Clowncil wants to ban convenience stores in the area.  How about banning jobs next?

Gavin Newsom had self-imposed a ban on out of state travel so he could bond with his newborn daughter however it appears that's over.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports Mayor Hair is traveling to make a few speeches around the country (and pick up some campaign jack no doubt) most of this week.  By the way Newsom's baby has one of those self-indulgent, bris and chablis set yuppie names, Montana. Poor kid.

Here's some public service cut and paste for you: The Traffic Coordination Section of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is reminding the public to slow down their driving speeds, especially on Halloween, as children will be out in force. Doing so can prevent tragic, senseless deaths and serious injuries. During the entire month of October, to facilitate the traffic safety incentive, the LAPD will be conducting speed enforcement operations to reduce the number of fatal and injurious speed-related traffic collisions. The operations will also increase as the month progresses in anticipation of Halloween.


Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Michael Higby,

That was a great line ...

"How about banning jobs next?"

We both know the City Council and their unrepentant Socialism are bad for business.


October 13, 2009 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It happened just a few months ago when a portion of Van Nuys joined Sherman Oaks.

October 13, 2009 9:24 AM  

Blogger Mulholland Terrorist said:

You wouldn't like Burbank, trust me!

They run the entire city budget off the proceeds of fines for minor moving violations.

If L.A. is still the Wild West, Burbank is an actual police state.

October 13, 2009 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes Sherman Oaks was forced to append a white trash slum.

October 13, 2009 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Better we should leave community boundaries to the half-awake city workers just passing through, who arbitrarily place the blue marker signs where they can find a soft spot in the concrete to foot a new metal pole?

October 13, 2009 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bris and chablis? Didn't know Newsom was Jewish. And, hope it's a boy to undergo a bris.

October 13, 2009 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Mullhulland Terrorist" must have listened to the old Adam Carolla radio show. He was forever ragging on the overpriced meter maids that pass for cops in the mini-cities that surround L.A., Burbank being his biggest pet peeve.

These are all guys (and "gals") who couldn't pass muster for LAPD, LA Sheriffs, CHP, LAFD, etc. - even with L.A.'s lowered requirements, so they end up flagging cards into Santa Anita race track for Arcadia, making sure Rose Parade visitors don't steal flowers off the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena, or writing expired meter tickets around Santa Monica Pier.

October 13, 2009 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the major news channels cited some study that proved banning fast food restaurants in a neighborhood did not reduce obesity, diabetes or health problems: only educating the people does that. About healthy choices and lifestyle changes, like choosing better foods even from the fast-food menu and exercising. Jan Perry who's fatter than she is dumb is hardly an example to her people.

October 13, 2009 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brie and chablis?

Is Jennerjahn describing the buffet again?

Geez, can't we have ONE thread without FOOD entering into it?

(OH, and would someone please pass the Grey Poupon for my $40 non-L.A. provider box lunch cold roast beef sandwich?)

October 13, 2009 3:24 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

wow. Downtown LA is in big trouble. the City is not the only one's bankrupt. all the big developers are suffering massive write downs on their propertyy values. anyone who put up 50 million to borrow 150 into a 200m project, yes, the 200m is gone, counting your 50mil cash, and the property is worth 8o million, and you owe 150m.
naturally they'll file to walk away from the debt which is then held by the banks. [they gave up $150m] but what the banks have done is sell that debt in a repackaged form at a discount price. This debt has been sold all over the world. It is trillions of dollars worth.
The federal government cannot hold up the avalanche forever. Already the FDIC has reached reserve levels below those mandated. [they insure bank deposits]. The Federal Housing Authority has a trillion dollars worth of mortgages of which 30 % are delinquent right now. that's 300 billion dollars worth of loans not being repaid, why? of course because the property is worth nowhere near the loan, so borrowers are walking away from the property. In some cases unscrupulous owners are defaulting on the repayments to the banks, but still collecting the rents from the tenants. after all, they need the money to survive.
right now theres hundreds, maybe thousands of shoe box luxury condos downtown, that won't be sold for the lofty sums that they were developed upon. no-one wants to pay 4000 to rent a shoebox condo downtown. the properties are all empty. the developers are filing bankruptcy. the City was counting on income from all this development, taxes, water, power, trash and lighting assessments. its all gone. eviscerated like grass roots candidates in the cd2 primary.
People are either paying down their debt or saving cash in a drawer. The economy is devoid of cash on the streets. Retail is over because poeple are afraid to 'spend'. Its a ten year drop in property value, and more likely a ten year recovery if you want to keep paying your debt till your property regains its value.

The Federal government is selling off record amounts of Treasury bonds, which will ultimately need to be repaid. Foreign entities are buying those bonds. they will ultimately be paid with proceeds of federal sell-offs, or else the Fed will have to print the money and cause devaluation of the dollar.

Either way its all bad news in the long term. Downtown LA is the epitome of untethered greed and commercial properety speculation, and its all gone wrong. We warned about it because of the infrastructure problems, and the undesirability of downtown living.
But the massive financial bubble created by the banks and finance industry by reselling all the massive debts is eventually going to burst. The Fed just delayed the hemorrhage with its 'stimulus' and TARP.
America is heading into a banana republic, and downtown Los Angeles is helping drag it down big time.

October 13, 2009 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mulholland, so you had a little trouble in Burbank did ja? Hmmm I went to high school there and have been involved with that city for 3/4 of my life. I nor any of my friends have ever had any problems
there because we follow the law.
What about you? They don't have the budget problems we do because they run a tight city and don't spend more than they make. L.A. should take some lessons.

October 14, 2009 12:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


In otherwords, you're a pussy!

October 14, 2009 12:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right anon 12:06 -

I agree that we should take a lesson from the smooth-running Burbank and elect Paul Krekorian!!

October 14, 2009 1:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why was the Seal Beach-Long Beach story in the Contra-Costa Times?

No wonder the Press-Turd-a-gram is going bankrupt!!

October 16, 2009 12:14 AM  

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