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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thursday Morning Hotsheet

You probably weren't invited, but if you have an appointment on or near Grand downtown, be advised that while the local publicity bonfire known as the LA Philharmonic is blazing for a new maestro, Gustavo Dudamel, Grand Avenue at the Disney Hall has been closed since Tuesday and will be until Friday morning. Tonight's gala, at which 3,000 of LA's most beautiful elitist liberals will be pretending to care about classical music, will be redolent of the opening of the Disney Hall's itself, complete with specially commissioned John Adams piece and post-concert dining in the middle of Grand. It looks like some kind of South American birdie has been erected in the dining area. This all makes the Mayor's second inaugural rather tepid by comparison; but conductors don't have term limits.

Even after admitting she hasn't voted much, eMeg remains in a virtual tie with Tom Campbell for the GOP nomination for Governor among party faithful, according to a Field poll reported in the Sacto Bee. Brown has a commanding lead over Newsom, especially among bluehaired Democrats who aren't very likely to change their minds between now and the primary. Brown's numbers are an improvement over the last poll.

Maybe Neighborhood Council types should take a cue from the California Latino Water Coalition, which is becoming a force in State water politics. The group has the Governor's ear. It especially watches lobbyist lists, and and figures out from that kind of public info who might be gaming the State. Food and transportation are also cited as key organizing elements. So to those of you who doubt Phil's reporting of what people eat: food matters.

Yesterday after a two year effort the Feds shook down an international criminal ring of financial services cyber hackers. Operation Phish Phry, which included arrests in the US and Egypt, was apparently well represented by the LA FBI office, which issued the presser, and local US Attorney George Cardona secured the indictments.

Somehow LA County found a way to settle with 90,000 union workers, well over half in the SEIU, in a way that hurts neither County nor unions. Why is County collective bargaining historically more peaceful than the city? More shrewdness on both sides: the Daily News notes that intangibles like better job security and a few extended benefits were discussed and settled on: things that don't cost a whole lot of money in a notoriously failing economy. Conversely when unions deal with the City, the City officials often lead with acrimony, and the City's union reps return fire in kind with pie in the sky demands and footstomping.

If you thought Mayor Tony was talentless at finding personnel interested in LA careers, get set for the City of San Fernando, which is now without four of its top administrative positions in six months. "Transition happens," Mayor Steve Veres tells a fishwrap.

Coming just in time for the Love Ride is an effort by LAPD to curtail reckless motorcycle driving.

It's not uncommon to curry favor with a departing executive who knows where organizational bodies are buried by handing him some departing favors. David Nahai's departure is of enough significance that even the editorial scribes at the former fishwrap of record took note of it the other day. Of course, they got nearly everything wrong. But they tried!


Anonymous Anonymous said:

People are waking up to the reality of the DWP. . . it's an oppressive money laundering operation for City Council, with belligerent mobsters Brian D'Arcy and friends calling the shots.

That's why Nahai's contract has people so pissed off. We assume now anything DWP does is not in the public interest.

October 08, 2009 7:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see. Mulholland Terrace, a "new" contributor to the blog, although the style is a HECK of a lot like Mike Higby's.

Also starkly similar is the repackaging of week-old stories, such as the debut of Gustavo Dudamel, which was more than a week ago at the Bowl.

And a "new" contributor who does the Morning Hotsheet, right out of the box?

Mike, come clean. What gives, and aren't you this "new" contributor? It's not like you haven't admitted to writing using a pen name before.

I still like the blog, but transparency should be a given.

October 08, 2009 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, THIS is the thanks you get for all the goodwill you've shown Zuma Dogg:

Zuma Dogg HOT SHEET for Thursday October 8, 2009

This ungrateful mother effer is trying to pull a Higby without being an original. Can you imagine his inability, or lack or respect (call it what you will) that he can't even come up with his own name for the morning update?

If you allow this cluck back on this blog at any time to either provide stories or just comment it will be the day you lose your backbone permanently.

Have some self-respect and do what you should have done years ago. BAN THIS INGRATE VAYGRANT PERMENENTLY.

October 08, 2009 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma needs to get a new act and stop ripping off stories from Mayor Sam. He must be jealous noone comments on his blog and that the big blogs are quoting Higby and not Schmutzenfucker.

Who is the jealous crybaby now jerkwad?

October 08, 2009 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess when the story is posted here about the Neighborhood Council felony charges on some treasurers, Mary will blame Zuma for copying that and it will be approved here. Need all the comments you can get. Without Mary, wouldn't be much here.

October 08, 2009 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


October 08, 2009 10:38 AM  

Blogger Zuma got 410 Votes said:

Do you mean like that incredibly false rumor that Zuma Dogg posted about the raid at the Local 300?

Is it even as credible as that?

What gets me about zuma dogg is that even AFTER he found out that it wasn't true, he never retracted the story.

That's part ofthe reason why he only got 410 votes. He didn't consistently do his homework, and then when he found out it was a lie, he never corrected the record.

October 08, 2009 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma is upset that some Neighborhood Council wouldn't give him free food, read his post before he changes it!

October 08, 2009 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby if you ban Zuma Dogg from this blog I can get 40 people in City Hall who will promise to read and post comments daily.

October 08, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hey suess christo, mary... get a friggin' life. put down the cats and the squirrels and step out into the light....

October 08, 2009 10:46 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Hi Dumdum @ 8:22! Re the "week-old story" of Dudamel at the Bowl: that picnic event was for the public; the real deal is tonight. The story here, by the way, is to advise you that Grand Avenue is closed between First and Second. If you had a job, that might be noteworthy to you.

Also the idea of "transparency" being touted by an anonymous commenter is about par for this course.

There it is, take it.

October 08, 2009 10:47 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Mulholland Terrace said: There it is, take it.

There it is, take it, and stick it up yer.... assessor's map.



October 08, 2009 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mulholland Terrace = Higby trying to comment anonymousely without willingness to take the criticism.

No dum dum, YOU"VE got the blog so YOU"RE implying transparency. Readers can do what they want, and you obviously don't want to take the beating you take on a daily basis anymore.

It's just funny that out of nowhere, a brand new ID comes up and he/she takes over higby's hotsheet?

No need for a grade school edjumacation to figure out who YOU are!

October 08, 2009 10:52 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Ooops, fergot:

Welcome to MayorSam's, Mulholland Terrace! And hold on to your hat, things tend to get a little wild in here.

Your Welcome Basket is on it's way and should be at your doorstep any minute now. Not really... but if I had the time and/or the inclination, I'd drop one off.

I bake a mean cupcake.


October 08, 2009 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby I will PayPal you $180 (lucky Jewish number) IF you permanently ban Zuma Dogg and Mary Cummings.

October 08, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

breaking news the alcoholic dumabasses on this blog won't get but zuma has alreday predicted:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candidate for California Governor Gavin Newsom is dropping out of the race to secure his party's nomination. Sources close to the San Francisco Mayor cite fundraising troubles and recent poor opinion poll performance despite an endorsement last week by former President Bill Clinton.

October 08, 2009 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's no G in Cummins.

October 08, 2009 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1138= zumatard lashing out at Joseph Mailander.

October 08, 2009 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like ZD can copy & paste MAEVE RESTON's article at the LA Times as well as anyone.

Too bad he acts like this is something HE exposed.

October 08, 2009 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Say what he will about breaking away from City Council but Zuma seems unable to leave the same old subjects behind.

An alcoholic can't have one martini, and zuma will never break away if he continues to write about city hall.

I know Zuma is reading this and chomping at the bit to comment, so he will do it poorly, and attempt to do it anonymously. Keys to him are loser, looser, cryloser, crybaby, noone cares and genius.

October 08, 2009 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I tried to comment on zd's blog but he shut off the comments so it's no wonder that he keeps creaping back here. He needs the constant attention and fake affection for his self proclaimed genius.

Hay I read his rant about how adam sandler and courtney cox stole all his ideas and got rich off of him. And he wonders why they won't call him back when he trashes them all day on his blog! Yes he will sell a lot of those smelly t shirts on malibu cable with that attitude. He will be back in city hall before year end because that too will colapss

October 08, 2009 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gavin's gone? No big challenge for former Guv. Moonbeam?

Meg's campaign has a self-inflicted mortal wound?

Whatever will we post about here for the entire primary season with both parties' races turning into one-man sprints to the finish line?

How much can we wallow in empty threats to "recall" our lame-duck 11 percent mayor and bash Zuma Dogg -- well, for being himself.

Better find some new subjects, Higby, or it's going to be a LONG cold winter on the blog.

Maybe Red Splut can dredge up some 10-year-old CD14 campaign slush going to non-profits with distant family members of the electeds.

That's always good for 5,000 words, and 3 reaction posts.

October 08, 2009 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know when Mary's settlement cash runs out?

October 08, 2009 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


link your story or come clean about it being a hoax...the AP is NOT reporting that.

October 08, 2009 12:30 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Why would I change the post about NC? Plus, they always have given ZD free food, anytime I've been to the meetings. And the NC members have all be quite nice to me. YES, it's always good to post when I wake up on 3 hours sleep, hungry and cranky and maybe it wouldn't have come out as passionately, had I waited a half hour to "wake up," first. BUT I LOVE IT! So might just add in some stuff, but it's pretty complete.

Look at 10:40 trying to claim that my post, commenting on the LA Times story is a false rumor. Then take it up with the Times. OR, you can look into what you are saying, before you say it, by why do that.

Nutty Scummins, you may think you are having the last laugh, but look at yourself. I am mostly amused, and it's the people who approve your comments who look desperate and sad, too.

But WOW, I think most people are looking at you and saying, "YIKES!, look at her. She obviously has ZERO LIFE. I mean, her entire life has been reduced to sending Higby and Dogg personal emails, round the clock (those are amusing) and ZD and Higby send them back and forth to each other, as examples of comedic nuttiness.

And in between that, she is waiting around for every ZD and MS blog post and comment and spends every waking second, not doing anything productive, but just on some kind of runaway crazy train.

ZD and 10:46 certainly wonder about you. And so I guess you are happy that two people are talking about you. But I don't think you would be able to handle they types of questions we ask each other about you.

And to the blog contributors here who feel ZD is too sensitive and has to clarify things here, so please don't post Nutty Scummins comments, because then he will respond:


I am not going to sit here and let one lone emotionally questionable nut case to take things I say and do and turn them into lies,which is what she does, then have them approved here.


I always thought I LOVED Michael Higby as a great guy who has that certain "panache" and is great at giving "takes and angles and insights," but I really have to wonder about it all, as a whole, when he is allowing desperate nutty comments, from someone he knows and recognizes as the commenter,and he goes along with it and allows his blog to be hijacked. If you look around,don' see many other comments from people,like you used to.

I refuse to believe that "a click is a click and a comment is a comment" to Higby. If so, that's pretty desperate.

But my issue is, I am not going to let a lone emotionally unstable nutcase post lies about things I say and do, based on things that sound close enough.

I was accused of taking something upfront, or having some kind of deal lined up for my recent, very early CD 2 council endorsement.


So why was it approved? Why didn't anyone from the blog ask me for a response.

JUST POST THE LIE AND, OH WELL...he's a public figure.

I'm not an elected figure. And for all I've done and said...please stick to what I have actually done and said. If you have to fabricate lies to prove your point, I guess I'm doing fine.

I know Higby works and is busy and says this can't be his life. But it involves others. And if he can't manage it...

October 08, 2009 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There goes Zuma again lashing out at Higby again. No wonder Higby said he won't PayPal Zuma anymore and is giving to the earthquake victims instead.

Zuma is not a victim. He can get a job but won't.

October 08, 2009 12:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gavin dropping out

CBS 5 - ‎23 minutes ago‎
A new Field Poll released today shows California Attorney General Jerry Brown holding a large lead over San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

October 08, 2009 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Um, Dietician "Phil" wasn't derided for telling us what people EAT. He was telling us what the anti-DONE organizers served, like some giddy cruise ship director.

(Git yur damn facts straight, Muholland Terrorist)

October 08, 2009 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Beeyotch. Don't come to MY neighborhood council.

I'll throw out the food before I'll let you have any, engaging in penny-ante graft on the nickel of hard-working taxpayers.

If we can't put NC money towards campaigning for any (perpetual) candidates, we're certainly not going to FEED the freeloading ones.


(P.S. How come ZD bitches about government waste, but never says anything about NCs and other government entities paying for food for people who attend meetings, all but one of which can afford to buy their own damn food. Simple. . . because of his own self-interest. He needs the free food.)

October 08, 2009 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zuma dogg you posted that local 300 was raided and that was false.

you never retracted it.

you can't complain about others allegedly doing the same to you.

October 08, 2009 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

in todays la time it states that the neighborhood councils are like kids at a candy market.. her in echo park i have try to tell cd 1 and 13 cd that my taxdollars of 5million a year when to a gang not a city program. noone would help me and my wife luiaz paddilA. MAUROPOOULOS who the boss of this gang try to kill in a church st pauls @4 28 09 beause the boss stole 50000 in 08 saying thAT HE AS THE BOSS OF THE ECHO PARK GANG EEPNC HE HAD THE RIGHT TO SAY HE GIVE MY GROUP THE ECHO PARK 5,000 IN 08 , WHEN MY WIFE LUISA PADILLA TOLD THE GANG BOSS JOE SIGAYAL THAT THIS WILL BE A PROBLEM WITH THE IRS, JOE WENT 5150 AND I WaS TOLD THAT THE BOSS OF ECHO PARK NEIGHORHOOD DID ALL HE COULD TO KILL MY WIFE FOR TELLING THE TRUE FACTS,5 PEOPLE OF COLOR SAW THISJOE SIGAYAL BOSS OF THIS GANG NOT CITY PROGRAM TRY TO KILL MY WIFE,HE THE GANG BOSS OF THE ECHO PARK NEIGHORHOOD TOLD ALL YOU SAW THat noting could happen to him he works for cd13 , as a big time shot caller. police came to put this mad man in jail people tell me but his boss richard alacon of 13 cd save his ass. now each day he gets 500to spend anyway he wants as a gang boss. i was also told he order a hit put on a mexican lady for helping my wife stop joe sigayal from killing her.a few days later the gang boss hAD A MEMBER OF HIS GANG THAT GETS 50,000 FROM THE CITY TAxpapers dollars, beat up this poor mexican lady pattym.for saving luisa padilla mavropoulos life.,i want help my wife doctors bill is 4500.joe sigayalget 500 a day of la taxdollars to teach hate........ please help or i feel joe sigayal will take all of echo park neighborhood to his boss in cd7.any after sending out this e mail 8iam in fear that joe sigayal will put a hit on me or burn my home down..dr zeuz@aol.com,if you find me deadyou know who did it ,,,,,,,,,,,do not call 911 call me323 662 2081. lets all stop this city program that gets 50,000thats now a gang,why are echo park taxdollars going to cd7 in the valley ,we the people of echo park wants are taxdollars to stay in cd13.....echo park,,,,think for a minute if work for council 7 as head of staff the shot caller would not want to make your boss happy...and cd7 bossman is the man in the city who oversees the neighborhood councils. when this program was run for the betterment of echo park i was part of it, once it became a gang i got out....

October 08, 2009 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I tried to comment on zd's blog but he shut off the comments.

That's not true. The comments section is not shut off on his blog.

You really have to question what you read here on this blog.

October 08, 2009 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

but zuma has alreday predicted:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Candidate for California Governor Gavin Newsom is dropping out of the race to secure his party's nomination.

NO, Zuma Dogg never commented on the Gavin Newsom Governor race and his dropping out or staying in. He did bust him for parking his gas guzzling SUV in a fire lane in L.A. County and broke the news that he was meeting with Gary South, very early on, before it was announced. And so the story got picked up in SF newspapers and TV news reports. But he never commented on the Newsom campaign in any way besides an initial announcement when he first announced.

BUT, reader will think I said something about it. Because it says so on this blog. So you KNOW it's true!

October 08, 2009 1:29 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I have never used the term, "noone cares." MORE LIES that you may choose believe.

October 08, 2009 1:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys listen to the guy who wore a klan costume to Council?

October 08, 2009 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was at the Hollywood Bowl for Dudamel's inaugural LA performance. This guy is no joke. Symphonies all over the world were clamoring for him and he chose LA. Don't even begin to compare him to Mayor V.

October 08, 2009 2:29 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Interesting thing about the Latino water coalition is that they have the support of both Sean Hannity AND comedian Paul Rodriguez. Its a bipartisan coalition.

October 08, 2009 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Newsom to quit governor’s race


Sources inside San Francisco City Hall and close to the Newsom campaign say it’s just a matter of time before Gavin Newsom quits his bid for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2010 California governor’s race.

Citing poor results in polls both statewide and locally and little fundraising traction, supporters and detractors alike say the Newsom campaign is a ship about to sink.

They point to over-the-summer stories of key long-time aides jumping ship and the fact that Gary South, his paid statewide campaign consultant, is failing to build team chemistry between remaining loyalists, as well as inspiring new people to join the team.

Additionally, sources close to Alex Tourk (the former best friend and campaign manager of Gavin Newsom) cited that renewed and damaging sex scandal allegations were privately presented to the Newsom campaign team.

Tourk allies, upset over Newsom’s attempt to rewrite history in recent interviews with national publications, told the Newsom for California campaign through intermediaries that more details of Newsom’s past would be leaked to national media.

Differences in strategy on how to continually message and spin Newsom’s sordid past was one major reason given as to why Eric Jaye, Gavin’s former long-time political advisor and consultant, left the struggling gubernatorial campaign.

As to the timing of his announcement to quit the governor’s race, sources close to Jaye say that Newsom will wait until the birth of his child and cite that major life event as the excuse for withdrawing from the race.

These anonymous sources say that there will be an “I am quitting the governor’s race so I can spend more time with my family” press release, sometime this fall.

At least Gavin has a fall-back job — he can finally be mayor of San Francisco.

More likely, he’ll run for a less competitive statewide office or just go back to being a bartender at Plumpjack.

October 08, 2009 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:09 p.m. - no legitimate news organization is reporting Newsom dropping out of the gov's race. Posting a website for a blog that says unnamed sources inside the campaign say he may do so is beyond lame. For hell's sake, Jerry Brown may drop out of the race in the future. Unnamed sources in my household said so. Lame.

October 08, 2009 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want to have a sex scandal with Gavin. Where do I sign up?

October 09, 2009 12:25 AM  

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