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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes on the Local Political Scene

"Splitsville for Dodgers Owner's Frank and Jamie McCourt"
As the waning pre-dawn darkness gives ways to a "Dodger Blue Sky Day" in Los Angeles, Dodger fans and local observers are speculating on the future of the Dodgers franchise, in the wake of the news that team owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie have separated, from the LA Times.
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie, the team's chief executive, have separated, raising questions about the potential effect of their rift on the ownership of the franchise as the Dodgers prepare to start the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies today at Dodger Stadium.
The McCourts, who have dual homes in West LA and Malibu, have not been seen together in public in recent weeks which cause speculation on the status of their marriage. During the recent playoff series with the St. Louis Cardinals, the McCourts sat in separate rows in their normal location on the field level of Dodger Stadium.
The separations of the McCourts also will have an affect on the proposed entertainment and retail complex that was to be built in the parking area beyond the outfield of the stadium. It was the McCourt's vision to revamp their Dodger Stadium property into a year-round entertainment, retail, and sports destination.
Frank McCourt, in seeking support for his plans at Dodger Stadium, has build relationships with local politicians such as County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, State Assemblyman Kevin De Leon and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is an frequent guest in McCourt's stadium box. The relationship between Frank McCourt and Mayor Villaraigosa has grown to the point where McCourt was an invitee to water speculator and "pal of Villar". Keith Brackpool's Birthday party for Mayor Villaraigosa. Some would say that too much contact with Mayor Villaraigosa can be harmful for your marriage, who knows??
But for Jamie McCourt, if her separation from husband Frank leads to divorce, we have someone in mind for her who may have shown supposed "feelings" in the past. But that is only speculation.
** Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reports that divorce is the final recourse and it may get nasty.
** File this story under the continuing "War on Domestic Terrorists". LA Weekly's Christine Pelizek has a must read on the human price of our continuing battles against street gangs. "The Assassination of Deputy Abel Escalante" details the role of the Mexican Mafia and their Avenues Gang allies in the cold-blooded murder of Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Abel Escalante.
** "Pensiongate 09" makes its return to the pages of the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street". The Times reports that CalPERS is investigating $50 millions dollars in fees paid to Arvco Financial Ventures, headed by Alfred Villalobos. Villalobos was an Deputy Mayor for five months in 1993, during the reign of Mayor Richard Riordan.
** LA Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald reports on the efforts of LA City Councilman's Koretz, Smith and Parks, in "slicing and carving" budgetary pieces from the LAPD and the verbal retorts from out-going LAPD Chief Bill Bratton.
** Another day and a DWP water main gives away again. This time on Sunset Blvd.
** Attention Dodgers fans, because of today's game start time, it is recommended that you arrive 2.5 hours early if you have tickets. Plus, is "gridlock" coming to local sports events courtesy of Los Angeles budget woes??
** And we leave you with this. What City Council "Chief of Staff" would place calls to constituents on Saturdays and accuse them of being bloggers??
Your thoughts...........................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

A section or scene, as of a movie, that is filmed but not used in the final version.
A complete version, as of a recording, that is dropped in favor of another version.
An opening for outward discharge; a vent.

October 15, 2009 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmmmm. Antonio has now to decide, in whose box he is going to sit. Biggest decision he will ever make......

October 15, 2009 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"you are advise to arrive 2.5 hours early..."

Did you skip class the day they taught past/present/future?

October 15, 2009 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let me get this straight the morons on city council aren't collecting these fees and now they area expanding LAX at a time we are going bankrupt.

LA council approves $1.5B Bradley terminal expansion A $1.5 billion makeover aimed at handling more overseas travelers and accommodating larger jetliners at Los Angeles International Airport was approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

LA postpones collecting port cargo fee
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday agreed to postpone the collection of a cargo fee that's supposed to generate $1.4 billion for bridge, railway and road improvements around the Port of Los Angeles

October 15, 2009 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:26 p.m.

Remember that Re Spot's keyboar on his ol suitcase-size Compaq Portable is missing the " " key

(Also, the "e" an "p" keys stick a bit, "s" is off-an -on, "m" is tempermental, "b" is missing the plastic cap, "w" is too har to reach, "j" and "t" got acci entally switche years ago.)

October 15, 2009 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rest in peace, Deputy Escalante.

Fry in hell, gangbanger scumbags.

October 15, 2009 12:02 PM  

Blogger Mulholland Terrorist said:

Hmmm, hmmm, Red Spot in CEE-DEE FOURTEEN wants to know:

"What City Council 'Chief of Staff' would place calls to constituents on Saturdays and accuse them of being bloggers??"

(with TWO question marks -- that means it's a HUGE puzzle).

I'm jus gonna Hazard (Park) a guess and say it's Sleazy Huizy's Chief-of-Staff-of-the-Month.

What da' H(ollenb)ECK, it's worth a try, right?

Does I win the SEEGAR, RS??? (with THREE question marks)

October 15, 2009 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

McCourt gets to keep the team - players, uniforms, bats, etc., but she gets his balls.

It's called divorce.

October 15, 2009 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of those crazy guys on Channel 35 was going off on council for waiving the fees for the Dodger games. Does anyone know which city council members got FREE TICKETS to the playoffs? Can we find out because wouldn't that be an ethics violation?

October 15, 2009 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does "recommened" mean???

October 15, 2009 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


To Red Spot, or to the rest of the English-speaking world?

You really have to be more specific.

October 15, 2009 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I got a call from my councilmember's chief of staff once.

It was a mistake. She was trying to order lunch for her boss, and reversed a couple of numbers. (I took the order, anyway, just for the fun of it, then threw the paper away).

Still -- it was nice to hear that his staff can dial OUT, as well.

Apparently, it IS possible (theoretically, of course), for them to return constituents' calls.

Plus, now I know he doesn't like tomatoes on his turkey sandwiches. That information COULD come in very handy some day.

October 15, 2009 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't find the text 9:26 AM is talking about...

October 15, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It takes a village to copyedit Red Spot's posts.

October 15, 2009 2:31 PM  

Anonymous edwin sanchez said:

Hopefully the team wont suffer like the kids from Jon& Kate + 8...

October 16, 2009 11:25 AM  

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