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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Do as I say*

Death Valley, By Solomon (10/08)

To our dismay, NBC4 finds some councilmembers using more water, while overall use among Angeleños is down 17%. Greig Smith’s watering is up more than 13%, Janice Hahn’s is up 26%, and Herb Wesson is watering 130% more than one year ago. Each has an explanation, except Richard Alarcón who won’t provide his bill and, to our dismay, is playing games:

When NBC4 first requested that Alarcon send us his DWP bill, his office e-mailed us that they cannot get us his bill, because the councilman rents, and the owner of his home pays the bill.

But NBC4 found out Alarcon's wife owns their home.

When [NBC reporter] Joel Grover confronted the councilman with this fact, he finally agreed to provide us proof of the recent water use at his home within a few days. That pledge was made a week ago, and Alarcon still hasn't given us his DWP bill or any other water-use information.

* Update: The story has been removed from NBC4's website. MSNBC is still carrying it.

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Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Carrizo Badlands?

November 05, 2009 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, it's the "Don't do as I do, just do as I tell you to." Gee, don't you think our City government should be beyond rules because they're "special"?
Can you remember who's who when you go to the polls?

November 05, 2009 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The link you give to the NBC story doesn't work. Try again -

November 05, 2009 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


just came across this on Ran Kaye site.

I think Nuch will use this to jump on Wendy.

November 05, 2009 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I hope Nuch does a number on Wendy using this issue.

Good to see she is finally being exposed for the phony she is.

November 05, 2009 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I read that Ron Kaye post yesterday, and where the hell is the LA Times on this story.

The Controller of the city is in on a scheme to rob the tax payers and the issue gets broken by a blogger.

November 05, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel- She just went from the empty vessel to Essel the crooked vessel.

November 05, 2009 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

None of this should come as a surprise. This is the Martin Ludlow story all over again, all the people involved in running Martin's campaign are running Essel's campaign.

November 05, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much money does Essel need to finish second? Lots of scheming for a shitty run campaign.

November 05, 2009 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What would Jennerjahn say about this?

Your girl has been caught ripping off the taxpayers.

November 05, 2009 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy in an orange jump suit ~S~.

It would bring much joy to lots of former CD2 folks she sold down the river.

November 05, 2009 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one votes in Special Elections, ie you need to spend less money to win. Why would they need to break spending limits to spend more?

November 05, 2009 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its common knowledge that Shallman rips off his clients. But I doubt he would risk violating the law to make an extra buck.

November 05, 2009 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kudos to Ron Kaye, a good bit of investigative reporting.

November 05, 2009 12:13 PM  

Blogger Foxy LA Lady said:

Next question: How much water in gallons and dollars has the City lost as a result of all the water main breaks? How much are the repairs costing the rate-payer?

November 05, 2009 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon deserve his own thread for his inventive excuses. My wife the landlord, ask her I'm just a tenant is a good one.

Especially since he was caught trying to redistrict her house, into his district before they got married while she was just a fiancee and not legally family yet. Busted by the Times. Would have meant hundreds of people being removed from CD2 into his.

WHERE does he live now, then? If it's her house, is it outside his district?

What about when he had to explain why he's got the most expensive car available to councilmembers, because he needs a huge trunk, because he fills it will shovels and other tools in case he encounters potholes that need immediate fixing? (Or was that Huizar, the other one with the priciest car?)

You'd think after Nahai got busted for wasting water the whole bunch would be more prepareed.

What happened to Smith's open defiance of the alternative days rule? Remember when Zine said he needed a huge water-wasting grassy lawn and rose gardens in the west valley "to be a good example to my neighbors because I'm a councilman?" And Hahn's kids wash their clothes 24/7 because of one baby? One diaper, over and over? Cardenas last year said he had as many as 50 relatives in his house at any given time and they all use a lot of water. What a bunch.

November 05, 2009 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Alaron's living in his wife's house on Sheldon St in the Stonehurst area of Shadow Hills. CERTAINLY NOT PART OF HIS COUNCIL DISTRICT, IT'S IN CD 2. Prior to her marriage she demolished a historic stone house in the historic Stonehurst district to put up a McMansion and had the historic district in an uproar. Even though it was not his district Alarcon spoke up in her behalf. Talk about conflict of interest!(This can be searched in Daily News archives). So, I guess he skulks into Shadow Hills under cover of darkness to live in wife's house with their daughter, instead of the dump that the wife also owns in his district. Don't know who he thinks he's fooling, he's only deluding himself.

November 05, 2009 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, wife Flora knocked down one of the beautiful unique stone houses of the Stonehurst district to put up a 4100 square foot McMansion with 5 bedrooms that she claimed at the time she needed for her children (who were already grown and living elsewhere). The only child living at home is the child she has has since the construction of the home with Alarcon. This is the home that Alarcon tried to get Wendy Greuel to re-draw the district lines so he could live in his district and take a bunch of unhappy Shadow Hills residents with him. Because Flora is not giving up her fancy house to live in the dump in the Pacoima area. If you add up the water for all her properties I am sure it will exceed the other councilpeople. As always, for the entitled there are one set of rules and the rest of us there are others. Just like Maria Shriver talking on her cell phone and parking over an hour in a red zone for her dr. visit. These are the entitled and there are no citations or consequences for them.

November 05, 2009 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon will say that his mom who suffers from Altzheimers lives with him and she forgets to turn the water off. You'll see.

November 05, 2009 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The City Attorney turned out to be one of the few who was abiding by the law and the rules. Figures.

November 05, 2009 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:30, Nooch was never mentioned and anyway he's just squatting in whatever place he's in since he left his son's apt where he carpetbagged. His heart is still in the house on the canal in Long Beach's Naples section, trying to assuage his remorse by bullying.

It's well known he's got his mind set on a house that's in escrow and he's using dirty tricks to try to kill the deal, getting even the FBI in, his buddy Cooley and his office, coming up with excuses to harass and break the deal. Where are the feds?

November 05, 2009 9:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, the biggest waster of water is the City of LA.

Unlike the residents who have decreased their usage, yet quickly fall into tier 2, at a considerable profit to the City, the City's broken mains has launched the City beyond tier two million. Unlike the residents who are taxed (oops, I mean "penalized"), the City continues to profit by making the rate payers foot the bill for, possibly, not spending our money on infrastructure as required.

Under Prop 218, our water bill money was to go for services rendered. Upkeep of the city's plumbing would probably fall in that category. No doubt our water bills covered the cost many times over. So, where'd the money go?

For every gallon the city goes over, residents should receive a credit on their bill-what's good for the goose.

Speaking of rebates, what ever happened to that money the over billed ratepayers are owed?

November 05, 2009 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KNBC ran this story as a lead on last night's 6 pm evening news, try again to find and post the new link. It was really funny to see all of them look so stunned and uncomfortable talking to Grover, stammering lame excuses. Parks still hasn't turned over his bill nor have Zine, Rosendahl and - ?

November 06, 2009 10:06 AM  

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