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Monday, October 26, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

The LA City Council has issued its first official dis to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. The Clowncil has ruled that, despite Nuch's protests, that the owner of LA Live, AEG, has the right to put up signage that was part of the original project before the Clowncil's neurotic and confused anti-billboard legislation went into place.  Ever the showman, Nuch is now threatening to prosecute and jail city officials if the billboards go up.  Unbelievable.  This is not the "change" I could believe in supporting Nuch. (Remember the idea in the campaign was he would go after gangs and crooked politicians not billboards, Michael Jackson and pot) With gang crime and violence through the roof and jobs leaving LA in droves Nuch's #1 priority is going after pot and billboards.And the slap-happy AARP who has the time for this nonsense (most of us have jobs and families) is cheering him on from the sidelines.  You'd think it was 1959, not 2009.  Nuch seriously man go after the gang violence and the political corruption.  The Rotary Club just doesn't have the votes it used to.

Still no word from Chris Essel on her event supporting Armenian Holocaust deniers.  We'd surely let this go but the Essel supporters are continuing to diminish this historical event and tragedy that has been acknowledged by everyone from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. In the meantime, Essel pals around with former candidate Frank Sheftel having roasted corn and petting llamas at a street fair.  To divert the issue the Essel team pushes a four month old story with no confirmed basis nor legs to Phil Jennerjahn posted here on the blog.  Though I've gone on record as supporting the candidacy of Paul Krekorian I am personally shocked at how the Essel campaign has handled - and bungled - such a sensitive issue and has yet to apologize for insulting a group of people whose numbers are significant in the district.

With the goofiness coming from Nuch, Essel and others its refreshing and a bit ironic to see Mayor Villaraigosa stepping up as the distinguished statesman of LA politics.  While Nuch pushes the retired suburban crank agenda the Mayor is at least giving lip service to the NUMBER ONE ISSUE that is truly facing Los Angeles - the exodus of business and the lack of jobs.  If the Mayor is truly serious here and he is willing to pursue a series of reforms proposed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce we may be on to something.  Stay tuned.

The Downtown News' Jon Regardie does it again, this time with a clever and fun Halloween themed piece about the happenings at City Hall.  He left out one bit, and that is the final scene where Mayor Sam, Joe B, Solomon and Phil J pilot an ecto-plasm charged 72 foot high statue of Joe Friday through Downtown, while blaring Randy Newman's "I Love LA" over loudspeakers and spraying evil spirit "Bratto" with enough slime to force him forever into a painting to be hung at the new LAPD headquarters.

I've lost count.  Another DWP water main break Sunday, this time in Laurel Canyon. Thirty homes went without water and minor street damage occured.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

A slap at Nuch, a compliment to VIllaraigosa.

You are FINALLY speaking my language.

Long Live Mayor Sam!

October 26, 2009 3:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you notice how Trutanich personally bullies people in private, and then sends Bill Carter to defend him at Council? He doesn't have the guts to appear in person.

And how he avoids responsibility with regards to threatening to jail an employee, by later having a deputy tell the LA Times that he was "joking?"

And how he bullies members of the public who think he is wrong about an issue (the woman who spoke at the Neighborhood Council meeting about marijuana)?

And how he announces in public a criminal investigation into the Michael Jackson spending, but now claims he cannot talk about it?

And how his minions will flood this site and others with tales of how great he is and how stupid and corrupt those of us are who disagree with him?

Trutanich will not clean up gangs or anything else that matters. He can prosecute MISDEMEANORS. Do you really think that he is going to do anything meaningful other than run around and get the attention he craves like a crack addict for the next four years?

October 26, 2009 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check out this racist blog: http://griffithparkwayist.blogspot.com/2009/10/teabaggin-afternoon.html

October 26, 2009 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The more I hear about Trutanich, the more I like him.

I think he will be L.A.'s next Mayor, and you know who can't say that HE predicted it first. If city council people won't endorse him, it's proof that he's doing a GREAT job!

October 26, 2009 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch has quickly become the joke of LA.

October 26, 2009 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tru also promised to stop more billboards in his campaign. I am glad he is keeping his promise.

He is standing up to the city clowncil, which very few people do. Congratulations to him for doing a great job.

October 26, 2009 8:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What, Red Spot not invited to slimer party??

:( for him.

October 26, 2009 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich is turning out to be a Tru crime fighter. People should listen to clips of the city council mtg last Friday and they will hear that the City Atty's office was just advising the council that if they make an exception for AEG, other companies will come in and say "You let them put up billboards, why not us?"

A Federal Judge told the city that they cannot have a "definitional" ban. Meaning, they can't allow some folks whom they like to put up billboards, but stop others. They either need to allow everyone to put up billboards or no one.

Bill Carter was just advising the city that if they allow billboards for this one, and not that one, they are asking for trouble, and they're liable to get a major slap down from the Federal Court.

Also, did anyone notice that the 2 minute clock was not running while Tim Liewickie spoke at public comment. That's because he owns the city council. He sent a large campaign contribution to Trutanich and Trutanich sent it back. Guess he doesn't own the City Attorney's office and that's really why he's so pissed.

Go Trutanich! Mayor 2013.

October 26, 2009 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anyone notice that the L.A. Times circulation is in free fall.

They're down 11% daily to 657,467 subscribers, and falling......

October 26, 2009 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

higby, since you keep phil on staff here, and since you're weary of running the blog, why don't you give phil a week to run the morning hot sheets and monitor all of the comments.

if you trust his veracity, surely you trust him to run the show, right? And you need a break, right?

put your money where your mouth is and show us if you have total and complete faith in phil. turn it over to him for a week, why dontja?

October 26, 2009 10:13 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Troll messages are becoming less likely to be approved. FYI.

October 26, 2009 11:03 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Anywaz, back to our program.



At least the Mayor is (finally) getting it!

October 26, 2009 11:04 AM  

Blogger Mulholland Terrorist said:

Is that REALLY the #1 issue in L.A., businesses leaving and less jobs?

L.A. has never in recent history been business friendly, and under the current one-party system of government that's unlikely to change anytime soon.

As long as elected leaders like Tony V. stay in the back pocket of organized labor (usually until they're lame ducks and don't need them for the next local election), and with less and less of the remaining healthy businesses in this country being union shops, jobs aren't going to come L.A. in larger numbers, regardless of how the mayor postures that he's trying to something about it.

Save the "attaboys", Higby. Tony's still playing us all. He remains the best conman L.A.'s ever fallen for.

Transportation gridlock, increasingly poor public education leading to a dumbed down entry- level workforce, rabid radical nimbyism about every conceivable type of potentially positive change in the city's infrastructure. These are some of the real "top" issues facing us, none of which Tony has a clue how to solve, unless a new photo op is a "solution" to something other than his need to be "loved" by us all.

October 26, 2009 11:11 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Yes Joseph - without business and jobs (and the yuppie stores that cater to the self important in the hoods skirting the Santa Monicas are not sufficient to do so) the entire socialist-lite City-state and all its trappings fall from the precipice.

Union jobs alone won't save LA particularly in a time where unions, outside the government realm, are an anachronism. What it will take is to stop shipping the corporate headquarters outside the City's borders and bring the professional jobs here to LA.

And in the one case where we have the opportunity to seize hundred of well paying (and union) entertainment jobs from Burbank, the NIMBYs, joined by usual suspects Zev and LeBong, are seeking to deny it (moving NBC to Universal City).

The jury is still out on the Mayor but he is in a prime position and has some serious motivation to seek it out.

In the meantime Jan, Carmen, and the SLAP-happies can fight over billboards, hamburgers and the rest of the meaningless distractions.

October 26, 2009 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's Joseph?

October 26, 2009 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The people who still support Trutanich and his thug tactics, and blog in droves all over the place, are only making themselves and their fearless leader more hated.

What kind of idiots happily wave pom-poms as someone threatens to sue and jail everyone around? Their brainless "Go get the scum, Tru!" comments come off as what they are, the ravings of simpletons who if they had their way, would ruin the city.

The "lack of nuance" Lopez cites in a 777-sized understatement is exactly like unTru's been his whole professional career, but it was a case of "shoot the messenger" when people who knew him warned the city loud and clear. The more his retired set egg him on the more lunatic and out of touch they all sound. Not just with their "big issues" like billboards and busting medical pot patients and Craig Rubin, but with their ludicrously buffoonish tactics.

October 26, 2009 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel= AEG puppet

October 26, 2009 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In a letter to the Editor in LACityWatch.com, the woman who was bullied and verbally abused by the Nooch in that infamous YouTube video at the NC meeting, identifies herself as Kathryn Schorr and makes a heartfelt plea:

That the article should have stated exactly WHAT the offensive things are that Trutanich said to her, repeatedly, and "has rationalized away." Like he's tried to claim that threatening to jail the building & safety guy was "a joke," as if anyone believes that, coming on top of a pattern of so many other threats.

"Rationalized away" with the vigorous help of the attendees and most of the media, especially Shallman go-fers Maeve Reston and David Zahniser. If anyone ELSE had behaved as offensively and crazily as Trutanich - who is supposed to be the top lawyer of all people and blabbed so much about "transparency" - and made so many empty promises he brazenly is breaking and never intended to keep, you can BET they'd get nailed.

It's really telling that the old people and angry activists who sat and watched the Nooch intimidate and verbally insult Schorr, were more interested in getting her to shut up and "show respect" to the thug, than in holding him to anything like the same accountability anyone else would be. Schorr is right, that CityWatch should have repeated what he said to her (over and over). Frankly the people who still support him just seem mean and callous, and boorish themselves as they make noises about "high moral ground." NOT.

October 26, 2009 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Read today's Met-News (the legal newspaper) editorial. Somebody in this City actually gets it.


October 26, 2009 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Met News is owned by Grace Communications, which is owned by Roger M. Grace. A long-time Republican Party activist - whose bias and shameless lobbying on behalf of fellow rightwing South Bay Republican Nooch was evident throughout the nasty campaign he ran.

The FIRST line of the Met News editorial Roger Grace writes is the only true one: "If it were not for the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times, it's likely that Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich would never have been elected." That's to the shame of Jim Newton (good riddance, too late) and Robert Greene in OpEd, Shallman's other flunkies in the news dept.

Grace is angry that the Times has since had its eyes opened a little bit, while to the sane citizen, nothing the Times does can make up for the harm they've already done. But at least they can try.

October 26, 2009 1:36 PM  

Anonymous We now regret not voting for Weiss said:

“Bombast and egotism are sadly familiar in city government, though Trutanich is plumbing new depths in both....Trutanich...should lay off the coffee.”

October 26, 2009 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Met News is owned by Grace Communications, which is owned by Roger M. Grace. A long-time Republican Party activist"

Exactly. That is why anything he writes is wrong. By definition.

We really need to get rid of all those Republicans and go to a one party state. Hey, it works in North Korea, why not here?

October 26, 2009 2:04 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Michael, I am not the commenter known as "Mulholland Terrorist." Get your doppelgangers straight.

October 26, 2009 2:41 PM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Michael, I am not to be confused with "Mulholland Terrorist" either. But as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I am glad someone is confused enough to emulate this Old Dead Hydraulic Engineer.

October 26, 2009 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noone cares who Mulholland Terrorist is.

BUT, Joseph Mailander would NEVER post under a pseudonym (too much ego)!

AND, Mulholland Terrace, you should learn the difference between being imitated, and mocked!

October 26, 2009 3:42 PM  

Blogger bill eats at sizzler said:

Dang nabbit, I just love a good thread!

October 26, 2009 5:42 PM  

Anonymous What Would Jack Have Done? said:

Jack Weiss would not have embarrassed the City Council into openly displaying just how much they are in the pocket of AEG.

Jack, the experienced greaser, would have made the whole thing quietly and secretly "go away" with a few private meetings where AEG would have gladly stuffed money into various campaign funds in return for having the people of Los Angeles bend over for a taste of jail rape.

The fallout from Friday the 23rd will be huge; one favored company gets the VIP status from the council and gets their revenue-generating billboards, while the 28 billboard lawsuits suing the City for millions of dollars because they cannot get the same "Weiss grease" as AEG will get budget-breaking damages from the taxpayers of Los Angeles.

Jan Perry will now be able to launch her campaign for Mayor with money from AEG. All 12 who voted for her motion to ignore the advice of the City Attorney better hope that AEG funds their campaigns sufficiently to silence the outrage at the losses that will result from Perry's treachery.

Business as usual in City Hall. We all got front row seats to the most shameful and blatant display of special interest influence in City Hall on Friday, and thankfully there wasn't a Jack Weiss in office to slime it through without anyone noticing.

October 26, 2009 10:20 PM  

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