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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes on Councilman Reyes Wading Through the Medical Marijuana Issue and Other News

"Councilman Ed Reyes needs boots to wade through Medical Marijuana issue"
One of the most tired political cliches has to be, "its for the children".
For CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes, his cliche of choice in the Medical Marijuana saga is , "its all about the sick" and they need their Pot now!
Some may wonder after listening to repeated Councilman Reyes soundbites on radio and television in the last few days, whether "herb" played a role in his decision making process, or should we say lack of, on the Medical Marijuana issue.
For those who are well-verse in all things concerning Councilman Ed Reyes, density is at the core of his political principles. Density is what Reyes sees as the future of Los Angeles. Reyes would like to pack hoards of "citizens" into every piece of horizontal and vertical space, whether in Lincoln Heights or Pacific Palisades. Reyes saw no problem in wanting to push a high-density restaurant, with liquor license, within yards of local schools. "Pack em in", that is the mantra of Councilman Reyes, whether it is housing, liquor establishments or Pot shops. And the "pack of Pot shops" grew big time under Councilman Reyes watch. One must wonder if the "dense cloud of pot smoke" slowed down Councilman Reyes decision process?
On the topic of decision making within the "Horseshoe on Spring Street", the City Council did what is does best, it punted the Medical Marijuana issue down the calendar for "further deliberations".
With the shadow of District Attorney Steve Cooley omnipresent at yesterday's meeting. Councilmembers tripped over themselves in search of some law-abiding recourse, as noted in the Daily News.
Staff was instructed to contact state Attorney General Jerry Brown's office and seek a legal opinion on what is allowed under state law governing medical marijuana clinics. Proposition 215, approved by voters in 1996, permits sick people to smoke pot if they have referrals from doctors and an identification card. But according to KABC 790 AM reporter David Linder, no response was received from the Attorney General office.
This fact tells it all in regarding the City Council's lack of action.
In the past four years, the council has tried without success to control the opening of clinics. The city originally approved 186 clinics, but the operations have mushroomed over the past four years to upwards of 1,000.
Councilman Jose Huizar suggested the city start all over with allowing the clinics, pulling the permits on the original 186.
Huizar suggested there be a maximum of 70 clinics in the city, based on population in city planning areas.
However, Councilwoman Janice Hahn said the original 186 clinics should be allowed as long as the city is able to derive revenue from the operations.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl said he wanted the city to look at the measure in place in West Hollywood, which allows four clinics to operate, and has had no difficulties.
But leave it to this City Council to find difficulties in determining what is difficult in finding closure to the multi-year Medical Marijuana saga.
** If "Hogan's Heroes" character "Sargent Schultz" was a cop at the LAPD's Topanga Station, his response to discovering a pot farm within feet of the station, might of been this, "I hear nothing, I see nothing, I smell something".
** Los Angeles Recreation and Parks has a brewing controversy at the Boyle Heights Senior Center in CD 14. Interest to note the comments about Rec. and Park tactics in dealing with community members who speak out.
** Can you say "State Assembly Speaker Kevin De Leon"? or does that remind you of a scary dream, that Fabian Nunez had a twin brother? From the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen.
DELEON TO SPEAKER’S CHAIR?: It’s a long way to the 2010 statewide elections, but some politcos are already penciling in 45th District Assemblymember Kevin DeLeon—who represents Echo Park, Angeleno Heights and Silverlake, among other areas—as the next Speaker.
Now it is clear why Paul Krekorian is running for CD 2.
BTW, don't forget to note the Councilman Huizar tidbit.
** Can you say Attorney General Jerry "Richard Millhouse" Brown? The "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street has an editorial on his "Secret Cases". They involve the ACORN scandal and his former aide who went the "Richard Nixon route" in recording conversations with various reporters without their knowledge.
** Lastly, If you are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (any takers?) and you have the choice of spending your Sunday, either mingling with your former CD 14 constituents as they celebrated the Gold Line extension in Boyle Heights, or, spend some bonding time with your lovely television hottie Lu Parker. What would be your choice? Link here to read what Villaraigosa did on Sunday.
Your thoughts............................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes is now termed out. Now he is showing up at community meetings where he never did before. Looks like he is campaigning for his next job.

November 19, 2009 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A reminder that gas leaf blowers are illegal in Los Angeles.


November 19, 2009 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What have Eddie boy done for the community since he was elected. He sure never stay around after any event to chat with his the community.Always in a rush. Won't break bread with the community. Eddie boy you have change since you first got elected.Did you forget the people, your friends and neighbor who got you there. You don't forget them, you don't treat them like dirt. Your staff is not very nice and friends the majority with the exception of 1 or 2.Please take lesson from other elected official how friendly they are to their friends and contituents.

November 19, 2009 8:02 AM  

Blogger Dickhead Jennerdoodle said:

How come Phil's last 18 posts have been about CD2 and informed us of nothing?

How come Phil won't reveal his progress in gathering 240,000 signatures for the "Recall Antonio Villaraigosa" effort?

And this idiot wants to run for Congress? On what track record? Being a fool and coming in last place in the Mayor's race? Reporting on food for Mayor Sam?

November 19, 2009 8:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

why didn't you report on the return of you-know-who to city council yesterday?

matt dowd even said the word "bullshit" without being censored by erik garshadie.

November 19, 2009 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My thoughts............................

Hmn. Let's see. . . My first thought: How much stock should I place in the opinions of a guy who can't spell "calendar"?

My second thought: Red Sput, if you opened a restaurant wouldn't you aim for high-density? Low-density restaurants go out of business.

My third thought: Rod Spurt, you would've found something else to criticize the Mayor for had he attended the Gold Line ceremonies.

My fourth thought: Rad Spit, you would give your left testicle for a date with Lu Parker so STFU.

No more thoughts............................

November 19, 2009 8:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:02 a.m.

Funny, I was at a community meeting just a couple weeks ago, where Reyes not only stayed until the end, he was there still talking to people when the folded up the final chair and table and put them away.

You ought to get out more.

November 19, 2009 10:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you spell "hypocrisy"

Here's how it goes. Reed Spit says this, in paragraph #1:

"One of the most tired political cliches has to be, 'its for the children'."

Then, in paragraph #4, slamming Reyes, he says (note the emphasis added):

"Reyes saw no problem in wanting to push a high-density restaurant, with liquor license, within yards of local schools."

(In other words, the problem with the restaurant serving alcohol was because of "THE CHILDREN" nearby).

Your objection to the restaurant was "for the children" -- right, angry man armed with "tired cliches"?

RS, for you, that's spelled H-I-P-O-K-R-A-S-E-E.

You've now proven you not only can't spell, you can't even read the contradictions in your own illiterate, scribbled rants.

November 19, 2009 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How come Phil Jennerdoodle hasn't posted about cd2 today? He can't ruin his streak of TWENTY straight cd2 posts.

OMG it is going to be a riot when Krekorian wins!

November 19, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot just got his "eyes" dotted!

November 19, 2009 10:58 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

To spell "Councilman" wrong in a title is a new high water mark for Red Spot of Reason in CeeDee Catorce.

November 19, 2009 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Blackman is the guy who leaked the Essel letter.

That is what Robin Kramer has been telling every one for the past two days.

November 19, 2009 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robin Kramer is full of crap.

Her little project Prissy Chrissy is crashing and she is going around blaming every one.

November 19, 2009 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm sick of people who have done nothing for the community trying to get elected by shooting down the sitting pol by throwing slime at them, seeing how much sticks.

Essel's using the Trutanich playbook and like Ron Kaye says in his blog she's aping his stupid mantra that even if the Ethics Commission finds that an issue is closed and the pol doesn't have to pay something back because the account is closed, done, the issue nada, the pol must pay it back ANYWAY out of pocket. He went on about that for soundbites vs. Weiss and the SLAPPERS bought it, so now Essel's using that against Krekorian and the Police Political Ads feature the same thing - that Essel is for "ethics" because she'd make a motion requiring it.

Trying to paint krekorian as "corrupt" in the process, out of the same Shallman playbook when in FACT any pol has some campaign worker who's made at least one technical mistake, and playing that up even when it's determined to be immaterial is how a wanna-be pol deflects from his or her own lack of record AND more importantly, a lack of REAL ethics like lying to get endorsements and intending never to honor promises.

Meanwhile, while Essel and PPL and yammering about this IBEW is suing the city because it can't throw ENOUGH money at her to buy her outright.

Trutanich is already a bigger whore than anyone, he's supporting her AND IBEW - those who criticize Wendy and say she should have recused herself as Controller that goes triple for this character who has to recuse himself on anything to do with IBEW because he's also endorsing her and part of her PAC.

Krekorian is the real fresh air, the one who can't be bought in the city, he has established himself too much, unlike these nobodies.

November 19, 2009 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blackman and Hacopian have been friends for years.

November 19, 2009 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, but notice that RS done spellded "marijuana" correcterly.

What does THAT tell you.

(Maybe he's not illiterate, just stoned all the time).

November 19, 2009 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reyes needs those boots to wade through Red Spot's bullshit and convoluded grammar and thoughts.

Even though Reyes talks like he's got marbles in his mouth and up his nose and with his ideas of density to move his hordes around the city, he's still Einstein compared to Cooley, the Nooch and Zine, LeBonge and most of the white guys and gals on council.

Celeste Fremon over at Witness L A is right that even if you have to hold your nose to say this, Reyes is the voice of reason on the pot issue compared to who he's dealing with.

November 19, 2009 11:45 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

The photo gave me an idea. The DWP should follow up its "free lightbulb" program with "free hip-wader boots" like those in the picture. I can see the slogan now: "We can't keep the pipes from bursting, but we can help you stay dry."

November 19, 2009 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:16 AM, you caught the word calendar, but you missed Councilman? Or as Red Spot wrote, Counciman. That one just jumped out at me.

November 19, 2009 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robin Kramer would never say that Jimmy leaked a letter. Never in a million years.

Michael, I swear we need to all use our real names. It will weed out the liars.

November 19, 2009 1:37 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

"Counciman" and dry contacts don't mix.

November 19, 2009 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Krekorian is the real fresh air."

That's gotta to be the most comedic quote of all time. How can another State Assembly member turn council member be a breath of fresh air?

Have you seen Paul's voting record? Please explain how that is fresh before I die from laughing at you.

November 19, 2009 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

November 19, 2009 11:41 AM

FYI, Trutanich was overheard telling someone at a meeting last weekend that that the reason he endorsed Essel is because if Krekorian is elected, he would have an in to run for City Attorney. Hmmm, good way to keep out competition. He hasn't been in office a year and he's already running for a second term! Screw whether a choice is good for a community, he's just covering his own butt! Bad news for Chris because she think's he
endorsed her because he thinks she's wonderful. INSTEAD, FOR NUCH, IT'S ANYONE BUT KREKORIAN
because he's an attorney and A THREAT TO HIS THRONE!

When asked about C.A. position, Krekorian says that's Nuich is blowing smoke because he has no plans to run for anything other than the CD2 seat, (which he can hold for 14 years if consituents think he is doing a good job and re-elect him).

He also said that when he asked Nuch for his endorsement, Nuch told him he wasn't going to endorse anyone because it was not proper for him to do so and he considered it a conflict for his office and his position which Krekorian said he respected and agreed with him and never followed up with him again.

Now, who do you trust?

November 19, 2009 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very disappointing Janice Hahn is now using the new Chief Beck for her political gain. Hellooooo Beck is now chief but leave it to Janet and the weak Beck to be her lapdog for yet another community meeting tonight in San Pedro. How outrageous....it doesn't matter anymore. Janice is now sending out press releases to be come Lt. Gov. Hellooooo Janice you supported the gang bangers in your district instead of the cops like Huizar and people like their cops...That video will surface once you start campaigning

November 19, 2009 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait . . . I thought that Jesse Rosas was supposed to beat Reyes??

and before that is was Stephen Sarinara-Lampson??

Oh wait, Stephen was deposed from the chamber and Jesse quit the Highland Park Council in disgrace.

November 19, 2009 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trujillo and Hacopian almost came to blows the other day on the AV letter.

Truillo is pissed that he is being blamed for the leak by Jimmy Blackman.

November 19, 2009 6:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just got 5 Essel IE mailers in one day. Do they really think I am going to look through 5 mailers?

Screw these people.

What a waste of money.

November 19, 2009 6:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop Hacopian before it is too late.

He is as bad as Parke Skelton.

November 19, 2009 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Got a call from Brad Sherman about supporting Paul Krekorian.

Good stuff, finally some one stands up for the right side.

November 19, 2009 6:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Robin Kramer is full of shit.

November 19, 2009 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IBEW poll has Essel down by 10.

November 19, 2009 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:23PM When asked about C.A. position, Krekorian says that's Nuich is blowing smoke because he has no plans to run for anything other than the CD2 seat

Really? Then how come Krekorian has REFUSED to sign a pledge run for re-election for CD2?

Who do you think you are fooling here?

November 19, 2009 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice that this was such a non-issue post that no one bothered to try and "bottlecap" it.

November 19, 2009 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You forgot about "FUMIO" - who not only challenged Reyes unsuccessfully, but was such a joke and so despised locally that he couldn't even get elected to the COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD, against one of the least-popular incumbents.

November 19, 2009 8:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

November 19, 2009 8:01 PM

His word is good enough for me. Maybe he wouldn't tell you becausehe smells a rat,you, and he knows you're obviusly up to no good so why bother!

November 19, 2009 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just to clarify the view on Reyes' victories in CD-1 elections-
Jesse Rosas was doing a poor job of campaigning and did not do much to present himself to voters, and yet the Rosas did get lots of votes that probably were not so much "FOR Rosas" as they were "AGAINST Reyes.

When Reyes won the election when Nakahiro was the challenger, the runoff election was just missed by about 32 votes or thereabout, and so Reyes again was no landslide winner, but winning by 1 vote will put you into office as well as a thousands of votes.

Ed had a lot going his way as CM- being in the Mayor's corner helped lots, being the incumbent is always an advantage, and gathering support as he tossed support for special interests to get money going their way by projects he promoted and funding for assorted "non-profits" did tend to dissuade these factions from even thinking about changing horses in mid-stream.

The energy now he's expending is to get into his next office. And didn't he file for Gil Cedillo's State Senate office in the hopes that Cedillo would get into the 32nd Congressional District by beating Judy Chu? That didn't go anywhere since Cedillo lost, but it shows how the political musical chairs can move your local reps from one office to another very easily.

still in cd-14

November 20, 2009 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 12:09 - stay in CD 14.

Rojas, Fumio and Lampson had two chances slim and none. All three ran based on one issue and got beat. Reyes didn't even have to try.

He is far from being in the Mayor's corner and didn't even endorse Mayor in the 2004. He is also far from being he favorite of special interest. In fact, they don't trust him and think he is too much of an activist.

Just goes to show that you and your "boys" and I use the term lightly will never win anything and will always be on the sidelines.

Catequil 13

November 20, 2009 7:31 AM  

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