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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

The political science professor who is considered the "father" of Los Angeles' current City Charter, Raphael J. Sonenshein, pens an LA Times op-ed piece slamming City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, calling Nuch a "bully."  Sonenshein opines that Carmen doesn't understand his duties and is overstepping his bounds in many ways.  The professor tha "the most worrisome element of Trutanich's overreach is its chilling effect on political speech at City Hall."  This follows another op-ed, in the Daily News by Doug McIntyre praising Nuch as a hero who plays by "San Pedro" rules.

Yet another endorsement for CD2 candidate Paul Krekorian and its a biggie. The President of the powerful Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association - Richard Close - joins a long list of San Fernando Valley community leaders who back Krekorian's bid to replace Wendy Greuel. Close said in announcing his support that Krekorian is "our best hope to fight overdevelopment and to fight for the interests of Valley residents. Paul has a proven record of effective service to his constituents in the state legislature, and I know he will do the same for us as a member of the City Council."

An Orange County blog is all juiced up (like the stupid pun?) that Mayor Villaraigosa will be making his choice for LAPD Chief from a pool of three old white guys, even if it's a post-racial world.  In the meantime Ron Kaye is teed off that one of the candidates - current LAPD Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck - is behind LAPD's purchase of Australian made police vehicles to patrol the City streets.  Hey I don't care if Beck bought kangaroos for officers to hop around on if he is as qualified as most folks seem to think.

Wind gusts in Los Angeles, some up to 80 mph, caused much havoc across the City Tuesday.  Many communities, already hampered by DWP infrastructure issues, were without power for several hours.  In the NoHo Arts District, an apartment complex resident was stuck in an elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters when the power went out.  Nearby, a local Jack-in-the-Box restaurant on Sherman Way saw the high winds knock its sign down.

Here's something Hamburger Jan Perry - possibly soon to be jailed by Nuch - probably didn't think of when she banned fast food restaurants: the void could be filled by the City's ever growing fleet of mobile food vendors offering everything from carne asada to kogi tacos to grilled cheese sandwiches. The free market at work responding to consumer demand. KCET (via Franklin Avenue) takes a look at both the impact of the ban and the growing phenomenom of the food trucks.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hm, let me see... We've got Raphael Sonenshein, distinguished educator and follower of NC's since the beginning vs Doug McIntyre, the screaming, hysterical, right-wing former radio host who was constantly blabbing absolute bullshit on his show that made it seem like he NEVER knew what the hell he was talking about. He just took little clips and snippets of news or rumor and yelled about them and cut people off if they disagreed with him.

I wonder who could be right about Nuch.

Um, yeah.

I'm going with the one who really knows more than the entertainer. Raphe! You are so right. Carmen is a loud-mouth bullshitter who will be a disastrous City Attorney and he'll always be on the wrong side. The one he'll make up his own rules over and stick to. Oh the thought of him just makes my blood boil.

October 29, 2009 2:27 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:


The correct term is "Comrade Jan Perry".

She is a freedom-hating liberal who does not want her voters to have the freedom to choose food products from McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, etc...

But, being the typical liberal hypocrite, she wants to wolf down those same food choices herself while hiding behind her desk during City Council meetings.

I laughed out loud when I read McIntyres piece where he says he dreams of her being led away in handcuffs.

I guess I'm not the only one who feels that way.

October 29, 2009 2:34 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

She is a freedom-hating liberal ...I guess I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Phil, the Constitution says that Congress should "regulate" commerce, not "deregulate" it. It's all a question of degree. I would agree that the regulation to which Perry would bring to her district is out of bounds. But the deregulation that Bush brought to banking was also out of bounds, and that has had far more damaging influence than Jan Perry. Stop patronizing liberalism with your inflamatoriy teabagger rhetoric and you may gain some influence yourself.

October 29, 2009 5:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No the correct term is ghetto queen. The showing of hyopcrites yesterday at council praising Bratton made me throw up. Watch out people rumors are flying its a done deal with Beck for next chief and people are pissed off at Antonio. There will be protests if he is stupid enough to name Beck who has no clue about community let alone know where they are and lacks experience to run an entire dept. just because he's head of detectives. He's a YES to antonio and there should be outrage.

October 29, 2009 6:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Did you not read the last half of McIntyre's opinion piece? He attacks Nuch pretty viciously.

Please start reporting the WHOLE truth, and not just the one sentence you read.

"Our city attorney has a unique concept of checks and balances. He believes L.A.'s city officials, both elected and appointed, are only entitled to the legal counsel provided by his office, even when it's his office that's filing the charges or filing suit. Yes, Nuch wants to be both prosecutor and defense.

Those aren't even San Pedro rules; those are North Korea rules."

October 29, 2009 6:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Close is a big bufoon. He endorsed the other loser Tamar last time. I hope SOHA can reign him in. He's a loose cannon, and the joke of Sherman Oaks. Krekorian can have em. It's Essel in a landslide. Krekorian couldn't even get Philibosians support. Cya back in Sacramento Paul.

October 29, 2009 6:32 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Time for some street corner, unregulated, non-permitted, tamales.

BTW, I thought that Jan Perry was the Grimace??

October 29, 2009 7:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot, you talk a lot of shit for a coward hiding behind a fake name. Show us what YOU look like, big guy.

October 29, 2009 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone noticed that the Slimes op-eds attcking Trutanich coincided with an expensive 10-page all color insert paid for by.... AEG.
The more the fat pig squeals, the more we can tell Trutanich is doing his job.

October 29, 2009 7:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

McIntyre does NOT "praise" Nuch for using what he calls "back-alley Pedro rules," it's satire! Which the rest makes clear - even though he does NOT "get" as Sonnenshein does, that he has overstepped bounds of his job (not to mention decency and the free speech democracy rests on) in many ways.

Not just involving Wendy and misusing the dept's "silo" of lawyers to sue and ruin anyone who disagrees with him, something Doug makes clear even he does NOT think is a good thing.

Doug however sounds schizo because he goes along with the old-fogey RonKaye/ SLAP school that it's a good thing to show a company like AEG "who's boss," and SLAP them around. A very un-Republican as well as stupid thing to do especially when like Sonnehshein and common sense show, it's NOT the job of this back-alley bully to stick his dumb nose into the issue and shake down a company AFTER THE FACT in violation of their contractual obligations.

For a City attorney to be that dumb and so openly putting personal ambition above the law or good of the city, boggles the mind.

October 29, 2009 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:32 is a nasty POS who calls Tamar a loser because she was grassroots and didn't have the machine money of the big two. PLUS she had the bad luck to be called both "big three" because of her past election but did not have the big money and was really in the "grassroots 8," or somewhere in the middle. She may have been the "right" candidate precisely because of being in the middle so maybe Close was right.

And if Paul didn't get Philibosian's endorsement that's a huge PLUS for me. Philibosian made an appearance at the Armenian- American bar association reception-talk with Trutanich last week, as of course did Cooley Nooch's boss.

With everyone but a few rightwing holdouts and Ron's old (mentally not just age-wise) reactionaries coming out SLAPping down Nooch for being not only a bully but a thug who is acting ILLEGALLY, NOT to get in with that crowd even though it would be easy shows intelligence. I don't have a horse in this fight but Shallman trying to make an issue of that would backfire on HIS having been the one who lied and slimed and bought his lackeys at the Times to get the current wacko in office.

October 29, 2009 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is a robot, he's not even human, with that repeated "freedom- hating liberal" crap. If you want to see a "freedom-hating liberal" look at your rightwing Republican Nooch, who wants to silence free speech by jailing and suing to ruin and silence anyone who criticizes him. ABUSING OUR CITY-PAID LAWYERS AND SECURITY SO HE CAN ACT LIKE A STREET THUG.

Noone cares what you say about Jan Perry and hamburgers when you are so blind to and gutless about the big issues. Stop licking Carmen's boots down there with David Berger and be a man.

October 29, 2009 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone read Joseph Mailander's negative posts? I am curious.

I request to know if the Mailander has a job? Because he blogs a lot.

If he doesn't have a job I could help him.

October 29, 2009 8:29 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

7:45 AM or "child",

Your mom and I, are disappointed in your behavior this morning.

Anger only kills the soutl, so sad.

October 29, 2009 8:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


2 Shot at North Hollywood Synagogue

I wonder if this was a terrorist attack the day after Bratton leaves is what the media is asking but too soon to know

October 29, 2009 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Jan Perry picks a taco truck fight she'll encounter the same opposition Gloria Molina faced. People don't care about McCorporate hamburger stands, but they stand behind their taco trucks.

And now in anticipation of Red Spot making a crude, sexist remark about Supervisor Molina's physique, I'll add the following:

I'm not a bettin' gal, but $1,000 in cold cash says Red Spot the Republican is on some form of government assistance.

October 29, 2009 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All these arm chair commentators are good at pile on while they say nothing about all the day to day corruption that takes place at City Hall.

Why can city's like Oakland and San Francisco come up with a workable Medicinal Marajuana ordinance but our inept City Council can't?

The sinking L.A. Times is just kotowing to a large advertiser while they say nothing about the corrupt Mayor and City Council.

I think this City Attorney is doing a great job. We need an ass-kicker down there and someone who's not afraid to upset the corrupt apple-cart.

If Professor Shorenstein knew anything about L.A. politics he wouldn't be working at Cal State Fullerton. What a joke!

October 29, 2009 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Close is a big endorsement.

October 29, 2009 10:20 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

9:05 or "mija",

You should add the corner Tamale vender with the Taco Truck crowd.

BTW, you can pay pal your $1,000 to us here at Mayor Sam, since your speculation about me being on public asst. is absurd.

....and regarding Gloria? She should claim Villar as her son and give him the discipline he needs.

October 29, 2009 10:25 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Joseph Mailander!

You and the other liberals need to stop bashing Bush. I'll admit he was far from perfect, but he actually did try to do what was best for the country.

Unlike this narcissistic egomaniac we currently have in the White House.

Four years of job losses and economic destruction under him will make the voters long for the "good old days" of GEORGE W. BUSH!!

October 29, 2009 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when does "following the rules" mean you are a bully. That AEG fiasco is the City Councils fault and they would rather blame Trutanich for following the rules instead of taking responsibility and dealing with the ordinance they passed without thorough investigation. He did not make the rules, they were legislated by the City Council. Sonenshein apparently did not look at the whole picture before commenting.

It's time we have someone in office that believes in upholding the law. If the law is not fair, then it needs to be ajusted by those responsible for it.

October 29, 2009 11:32 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Does anyone read Joseph Mailander's negative posts? I am curious. / I request to know if the Mailander has a job? Because he blogs a lot. / If he doesn't have a job I could help him.

That's funny. What would you like to help me with?

October 29, 2009 11:38 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Joseph Mailander! / You and the other liberals need to stop bashing Bush.

Phil, you sound as shrill as a teabagger, and almost as ignorant. All I said was that the degree to which Bush deregulated banking was out of bounds and caused a financial catastrophe. Democrats are almost equally culpable in this. And please don't forget I worked in banking myself for many years and watched it all unfold myself from a catbird seat. I'm not "Bush bashing" in stating the obvious.

Bush's point man on banking deregulation, John Reich, was first appointed to the FDIC board by Clinton. What a mistake! But the mistake was compounded when it was found that Reich as two-bit Republican operative from Katherine Harris's Florida district was willing to do whatever he was told to do by people in the Bush administration who didn't know a thing about the relationship between commercial and investment banking.

Reich as a former director of an insignificant bank in a sand state (where banks "lead with credit" rather than cash management) essentially had no banking career to manage himself. So he had nothing to lose by allowing himself to be set up as Bush's banking stooge.

From willful deregulation to meltdown was swift. The nation will pay for it for a generation.

October 29, 2009 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe, since you have a background in banking, how much of the deregulation blame do you place on the House Ways & Means Cmte, and that paragon of ethics & virtue, Charlie Rangel?

Do you care to tell our friends who has greater influence on financial regulation?

Not everyone on this blog is an uniformed moron like Phil.

October 29, 2009 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


October 29, 2009 1:00 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Joe, since you have a background in banking, how much of the deregulation blame do you place on the House Ways & Means Cmte, and that paragon of ethics & virtue, Charlie Rangel?

Hi 12:54. To answer your question directly: NONE.

I know he isn't a sympathetic character, but Rangel wasn't chair of anything when the bad stuff went down. In my personal opinion, I would blame Chris Dodd far more than Rangel.

But mostly, I placed the blame for the meltdown on John Reich--even before the meltdown happened. Please reference my post on John Reich at DailyKos (where my screen name is simply "Joseph" rather than "Joseph24" or "Joseph2738") of July 12, 2008.

I never like to scapegoat a particular individual. And in truth I only feel sorry for John Reich, who never really had much of a banking career, and who eventually came to resemble Peter Sellers in Being There. I would really rather blame his clueless Bush advisors. But Reich reminds me of Adolf Eichmann, whom Hannah Arendt exposed as a hapless and witless goon in The Banality of Evil.

And please, Phil: Get. A. Clue.

October 29, 2009 1:09 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

That link should be this one:

IndyMac and the dismantling of consumer protection

Sorry, html is hard in these comments.

October 29, 2009 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And that's what I've been saying the whole time!

October 29, 2009 1:19 PM  

Blogger Doug said:

Dear Mayor Sam,

If you take a second look at the Daily News piece, I am highly critical of Nuch, I don't think Trutanich is "a hero", I think he's been going down a dangerous road. In fact, I couldn't be more clear about this. What part of "abuse of power" amd "ham-fisted grandstanding" equals hero?

Do I want him to be successful, yes. We need an ass-kicker in this City, but you can't reform lawlessness with lawlessness.

As to "Anonymous'" comments, well, it would be nice if he'd actually read the piece he's bagging on. Professor Sonenshein (who was a regular guest on my show) and I mke the identical point. But I guess asking someone to read a newspaper column before ripping it is asking too much of someone who posts comments without signing his name.

Doug McIntyre

October 29, 2009 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys should go whine with poor, unprotected Tim Leiwike. Gosh, he got "bullied" by Nuch. How many people has Tim bullied?

Lots and lots more; better believe it.

October 29, 2009 1:49 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

"Trutanich can still make a fresh start. With the help of the outstanding professional staff he inherited, he can do the steady work of being the city government's lawyer."

I almost lost my lunch over that one.

Sonenschien’s article reads like diarrhea of the typewriter. Like government is none of the people’s business. That’s not why the people elected Nuch and he knows it. He is the people’s lawyer and I like that he won’t be one of the “business as usual” guys in a suit.

October 29, 2009 1:50 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

He is the people’s lawyer...

He is the people's Bozo.

October 29, 2009 2:05 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I guess even my good friend Doug didn't pick up on my smarminess as to Nuch and his San Pedro rules. I suspect not everyone has been reading my comments/posts to date about Nuch but that's okay.

If Nuch can find the middle ground between the SLAP-happy billboard fighters who worship him and the out-of-work Weissholes who see him as the coming of Mabus, he will find his sweet spot. Otherwise it may be a case of "Oh Carmen we hardly knew ye?"

October 29, 2009 2:25 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Why are Joseph Mailander and Phil Jennerjahn arguing about Bush, Charlie Rangel, et al here on a local politics blog? Please guys do that somewhere else where they appreciate nutty right-wing George Bush veneration or left wing loony idol worship of Van Jones.

Remember if we can talk more about tax cuts and less about anal sex (for or ag'in it) the better off we are.

October 29, 2009 2:28 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Muchas gracias por los "clickety clicks."

October 29, 2009 2:28 PM  

Anonymous armen kickyourassian said:

I know that as a politician Essel can make speeches and write letters tailor-made for each constituency. As a politician she can tell anyone what they want to hear, and she did so in this letter to the Armenians. But I would really like to know what she said in the presence of those many Turks. Did she mention the Armenian Genocide in their presence? Would so many Turks flock to her as an anti Krekorian political refuge if she spoke about the Armenian Genocide? Would Javid Huseynov describe Turkic support for Essel as one of “greatest importance” if she speaks of the Armenian Genocide? I know the answer to all those questions is no. I also know that Essel is simply doing the same thing that McCain did in attempting to win favor in the Armenian voters, when he made an appeal to us in a letter, knowing we are mostly going to vote for Obama. Essel and McCain simply tried their hand so to speak…..who knows, maybe some votes would be salvaged in a letter appealing to the Armenians. Imagine a politician having a Hamas or Hezbollah fundraiser and then making an appeal to Jewish voters, saying “I am aware of your concerns and if I am elected, I will always work to represent you.” That would be a farce and what Essel did is just the same……meet with people calling for a renewed Pan-Turkic world, resembling their old empires, a resurgent and aggressive Turkey, which not only has no intention of taking responsibility for the Armenian Genocide of WW1, but in essence is repeating that Genocide with its adamant denials. Turkey wants to finish the job it started in World War I by having the worldwide Armenian Diaspora perish through amalgamation and inter-marriages, and finally bring the 5 million Diasporans to zero. That would be a great day for Pax-Turcica, because they would only deal with the 3 million Eastern Armenians, and they don’t elect candidates in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Buenos Aires or Paris. Turkey would gain the peace dividend of not having to wage an expensive, world-wide campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide.

October 29, 2009 2:40 PM  

Anonymous g said:


October 29, 2009 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I never like to scapegoat a particular individual."

Mailander, are you KIDDING US? You did just that to W. a few hours ago!

Or did you mean that you don't do that to a LIBERAL? Maybe that's what you meant.

October 29, 2009 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby you've done a good job so far of dumping the trash from this blog. Can you go the distance and dump Mailhandler, Dopey Phil, G (whoever the hell that is) and Mary Cummins?

October 29, 2009 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is proving how lame and stupid he is. He's Mayor 2nd largest city @ everybody knows you always start with the highest rank moron. He interviewed BECK who is only a deputy chief and for ONLY 3 years 1st before a 1st Assistant Chief McDonnell? Lame ass then should interview Moore who has been a Deputy Chief longer. Outrage is starting at everyone talking about the DONE DEAL OF BECK and the dog & pony show. There's talk of a protest. Cops are pissssssssssed!!!! They don't want BECK who doesn't have qualifications to be Chief. C'mon he's head of ONE UNIT. He's not community policing. He's never ever dealt with LATINOS. Even reporters are scrathing their heads asking how the hell he got picked over more qualified guys? Yeah let the Latino Mayor pick the white guy that has no experience in the Latino communities, yup all hell will break loose. The other candidates at least have that.

October 29, 2009 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am confuse is Joseph Mulholland Terrace or Mulholland Terrorist or both?

October 29, 2009 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares? Who needs ding dong hypocrite bris and chablis libtards like Joseph Mailander, IV?

October 29, 2009 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If we've still got these assinine interlopers, Higby DIDN'T do such a great job! But he should surely ban these jerkoffs. That would require an effort from him and you know he aint gonna do that.

October 29, 2009 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I bet Higby didn't even verify that was Doug McIntyre posting or he made it up. I doubt a radio guy like that reads this crap blog.

October 29, 2009 6:32 PM  

Anonymous F said:


October 29, 2009 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Note how Mailander didn't respond to my 303 comment.

October 29, 2009 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems like the City has been going down hill ever since the new charter was adopted. Not sure I really care about Mr. Sonenshein's opinion if that is his "baby".

October 29, 2009 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Mailander?

October 29, 2009 10:45 PM  

Blogger Kim-SubMeter Maid said:

I respect Raphael Sonenshein in a big way. I can't imagine why people would bash him on a blog. Is it just about Trutanich or did I miss something?

October 30, 2009 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is delusional about George Bush. The only positive thing the man did was properly funding international AIDS efforts. It was about the only visionary thing out of his administration. The rest of it was paranoid rantings based upon Dick Cheney's misguided world view.

As for Nuch, I strongly supported his election and I think he overstepped his role with the threats to Jan Perry, a council member who I do NOT admire. So, Nuch needs, as Sonenshein suggests, to step back, take a breath, and move forward WITHIN the parameters of his office.

October 30, 2009 5:54 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

I respect Raphael Sonenshein in a big way.

I don't know that it should be the purview of academics to play at local politics. I agree with Sonnenschein here, but Sonnenschein, Fernando Guerra and Peter Dreier are name-only academics who too often use their university positions to advance credibility for political agendas, agendas that often are marriages of convenience with local politicians. There's nothing wrong with having your own agenda, but when you step out of the academic world to support one mayor's charter reform or another's affordable housing schemes, you may suffer the consequence of losing some credibility as an academic.

October 30, 2009 8:11 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Note how Mailander didn't respond to my 303 comment.

I probably wouldn't respond to you either.

October 30, 2009 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our City Charter sucks; if that old fool is responsibile, why would we take his word for anything?

Besides, Nuch is a man of the people!!!

Sonenshine is a smoky backroom wheeler dealer.

Go Nuch!!

October 30, 2009 12:28 PM  

Blogger Kim-SubMeter Maid said:

Thank you Joe. My experience with Raphe has been with the neighborhood council system. I can look up what you mean about the personal agendas of him, Guerra and Dreier.

October 30, 2009 6:26 PM  

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