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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Community Leaders Respond to Chris Essel

Our Critique to Essel’s Statements during the Great Valley Glen, Valley Village and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Councils Forum on November 30, 2009

by Lisa Sarkin and Judy Price

1. Essel makes the error by saying that the appeal process Neighborhood Councils (NC) want is to appeal City Council motions. The NC appeal process would not appeal council motions, but it would allow NCs to appeal planning decisions.

2. Density along the subway and transit corridors – Essel talks about areas in the city and downtown only being affected and seems to forget that there are subway stations and transit corridors in the Valley and Sunland-Tujunga. Where does she really think density should go?

3. How would Essel pay for the number of task forces and blue ribbon committees she says she wants to establish? Some already exist, but nobody on the City Council pays attention to them now. Or would she just advocate more citizen committees filled with political allies of herself, Greuel and the Mayor?

4. Essel doesn’t know that there is no support within the state legislature to change the Ellis Act nor SB1818 and there is no way Los Angeles would ever be exempted. We need ordinances that protect our neighborhoods as other cities do, instead of giving everything up to developers and city unions who are trying to buy this election.

5. Her insistence that she would stay in the job and never seek another office is a joke. Who is she fooling when she says that would keep her from being influenced by the PAC money? She thinks Paul should pay for the election to replace him if he wins, but she doesn’t call for Greuel to pay for this special election caused by Greuel when she became Controller. It is just the same old contradictions in all of Chris’s flip-flopping i.e. SB1818, film jobs in California and Neighborhood Councils.

6. Essel again, as she did in Sunland-Tujunga, misstated the issues. She said the Los Angeles Police Protective League didn’t endorse Paul because they didn’t like him at his interview. But they stated in a letter to Paul that as a friend to public safety, they wanted him to stay in the Assembly to help them in the state legislature.

7. AB 1866 Accessory Dwelling Units – Essel says is another way the state is trying to control land use in Los Angeles. Essel doesn’t know that we have to write an implementing ordinance. Los Angeles is the only city in California without an implementing ordinance. It is interesting that Councilmember Ed Reyes has not endorsed Essel, since he is the chair of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, tasked with writing the ordinances.

8. Essel talks about her accomplishments, but none, not one, is in CD2. Paul is endorsed by numerous community leaders within the area of CD2 he represents in the Assembly and can point to a long list of accomplishments.

9. Essel stated that billboards need to be counted obviously now knowing that has already been completed. Building and Safety is in the process of finding out which ones are illegal. The real problem is that Building & Safety doesn’t enforce the laws in the first place i.e. marijuana dispensaries.

10. Essel claims that when Laura Chick was auditor, she did not have a friend on the City Council and that is why her audits went nowhere. She further claims that with her on City Council she will work with Wendy Greuel to get things done. Laura Chick performed many audits during her term as controller. None was more important than the Department of Building & Safety, for which many assessments could be made to bring in money to the city. The audit was completed in mid-2006, but the council never took it up. City Controller Greuel was on the City Council then, but she did nothing to get the audit out in the open. This is just one of many examples of the City Council’s resistance to act on audits. Why didn’t Greuel support the controller’s audits then and why should we trust Essel when Greuel sat on her hands and did nothing?

11. Essel has almost no support from CD2 leaders. Her fundraisers are held in other locations because her support is from out of the district. Why do these people want her on the council? A look at her list of donors and Independent Expenditures tells the story. Which leads to…

12. Essel made a feeble effort to dispute any endorsement or aid to her campaign by the Mayor. This is also a joke. Compare her Independent Expenditure contributors and the Mayor’s from his last campaign. Interesting similarities, particularly the IBEW. Which leads to….

13. When questioned about her over $700,000. in Independent Expenditures, Essel stated she was proud to have the support of all of the groups. What should be noted is that the IBEW, the union representing the 8,678 DWP employees, is a major contributor to Essel’s Independent Expenditures. Considering that the DWP workers are paid 40% more than comparable City workers, costing ratepayers at least an additional 10% in rates, not including the 8% transfer fee and the 10% City utility tax (thanks to Jack Humphreville for the stats), one should be alarmed by the five-year package of raises now being considered by the Mayor appointed board of Water and Power Commissioners. If approved, it will then be voted on by City Council. Remember, IBEW is the same group, aided and abetted by the Mayor and the City Council, who tried to ram Measure B down the voter’s throats.

14. Essel continually refers to her experience as a businesswoman as a major qualification to serve on City Council. In truth, she was a lobbyist for Paramount Pictures where her job as Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs was to “interface with city and state government” (from her bio). In other words, a lobbyist. Were her relationships with government officials, including our City Council, established when she doled out free gifts?

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh my god, please do not elect Chris Essel. Please, please, please!

December 01, 2009 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

#4 If Paul is so concerned about SB1818 and as Lisa and Judy there is no interest in addressing it in Sacramento, then why are they supporting someone from the Assembly who as they say has no interest in addressing it. They make the best argument to vote for Chris.

December 01, 2009 9:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These ladies ought to be run out of town on a rail. They are angry bitter women. They have all there facts and comments twisted and i feel very sorry for them on the 9th when they wake up and relize the rest of us didnt drink the koolaid and Councilwomen Essel is the new rep of the district. Good luck ladies.

December 01, 2009 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman is the king.

December 01, 2009 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And I thought women where supposed to vote for Essel.

I guess the really smart ones are not.

December 01, 2009 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:51/10:15: You forgot to add Phil Jennerdoodle's standard refrain, "Judy Price is a Dangerous Enemy of Freedom."

And forgot to call Paul a Marxist.

Plus you both clearly went to the Red Spot school of illiteracy: "and as Lisa and Judy there is no interest in addressing it in Sacramento, then why are you..." Who can make sense of it.

10:16, it's "their" not "there" facts, "realize" not "relize," and this diatribe against "angry bitter women" (comma missing) is right out of the Trutanich talking points about Laura Chick, because after being deceived into supporting him she wasn't shy about warning that he's "a liar and demagogue" who never meant the "soundbites and fancy speeches" he uttered to her or anyone else. Ask the cannabis crowd, too (except Sheftel the Sellout, who has a deal).

Damn those women and dumb voters you can't lie to and then go to war against without them making some noise - too bad you couldn't put them all in jail, along with Jan Perry, the head of Building & Safety, AEG... What was it Jon Regardie at L A Downtown News called him most recently, the Arrest-Zombie in the House of Horrors? Meanwhile, best we can hope for is to "run them out of town on a rail." How DARE they have an opinion opposed to "us?"

This hatred of Chick by Trutanich who carries grudges til the death seems to explain the bizarre Essel attack on her, gratuitously and as Lisa and Judy point out, in a way that totally backfires on her benefactor Greuel. Mean and not even smart, a hallmark of Shallman clients, it seems. (Is that why he's allegedly been in the French Riviera, spending his paycheck?)

December 01, 2009 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

King of what? Bad mail?

December 01, 2009 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy is freaking out and calling everyone to try and get them to vote for Essel! Pat Davenport and Dale Thrush are on the warpath. Threats are flying!!!!!

December 01, 2009 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lisa Sarkin is a shark. You can't trust her as far as you can throw her. Her lack of intelligence serves to convince me that I should vote for Essel. If she is for Krikorian then it truly must be a poor choice.

Lisa, Krikorian is in Sacramento he is responsible for SB 1818. Why didn't he fight it against it? Get your facts straight before you spout off.

December 01, 2009 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman must be stopped.

December 01, 2009 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

KRLA 870AM's Kevin James just endorsed Chris Essel. He really is railing on Paul Krekorian as a termed out washed up Sacramento hack.
He admits that Essel is not his choice, but is a better candidate that Kekorian - at least an independent voice in the horseshoe.
Interesting to see if Kevin has picked another winner here, as he was one of the first to endorse and actively support Trutanich.

December 01, 2009 11:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Top 10 Reasons NOT to vote for Krekorian:

10. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

9. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

8. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

7. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

6. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

5. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

4. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

3. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

2. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney.

1. He endorsed Jack Weiss for City Attorney!!!!!!!!!!!

So, for all of you neighborhood council people who hate SB1818, big developers, illegal billboards, downtown machine politics, pay-to-play and Measure B....remember that Jack Weiss was the quintessential embodiment of these things. And yet Paul Krekorian consciously and affirmatively endorsed Weiss.

So, if you vote for Paul Krekorian, remember, all your going to get is another Jack Weiss in CD 2.

That's something I cannot bear.

Essel, on the other hand, did NOT support Weiss. She supported Nuch and Nuch supports her.

Notwithstanding all of the spin and shrill rantings against Essel by people blinded by their hate of Wendy, ultimately that choice says everything to me.

Because that's truly who they were before they were candidates.

December 01, 2009 11:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Oh yeah, Kevin James is a huge endorsement.

You put him with Jennderdoodle, Willy Wonka and the homeless guy and Essel is unstoppable.

December 02, 2009 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Wendy staffers are becoming more paranoid and desperate by the day.

They know their days are numbered.

December 02, 2009 12:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman cant be beat.

December 02, 2009 12:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good thing only 5 voters in CD2 read this blog; the lies and half truths abound. How much is Eric paying you, Higby? Lisa and Judy do a three way with yuo?

C'mon, end this constant campaign for Tax and Spend Sacramento Boy Krekorian.

Face life, Chris Essel is the new Councilmember; get over it.

December 02, 2009 6:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If Kerkorian really did endorse Jack Jerkoff Weiss for City Attorney, I have to change my support to Essel.

Higby, can you confirm if Kerkorian really did this? Be fair and be honest PLEASE. While I think you are a race baiter, I do think you are fair. What is the truth on this?

December 02, 2009 8:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor has it Hacopian's next racial controversy is set to drop Monday. Higby's already been briefed and instructed when to post it.

December 02, 2009 8:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin James also endorsed Walter Moore (twice) even to the point of giving an Elmer Gantry-esque anti-Mexican rant at the Warner Marriott at Walter's Last Gasp of AngloLA geritol rally.

He's endorsed other big winners like Sonny Sardo and the usual kook brigade.

The guy is on a station whose studio is in a broom closet in Glendale.

Oh yea, influence.

December 02, 2009 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian did not endorse anyone for City Attorney.

He voted no SB1818.

Chris Essel lobbied for SB1818.

Chris Essel is for full financial disclosure including credit and criminal background checks for neighborhood council members.

December 02, 2009 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Kristin Sabo said:

I love reading all this anonymous baloney from just a few people people, most of which do not live in CD2.

Essel's campaign is one of the most well funded complete train wrecks I've ever seen.

I voted for Paul Krekorian and I urge everyone else who cares about where they live to vote for Paul, too.

Have a nice day, John S.

December 02, 2009 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:35 says: "Lisa, Krikorian is in Sacramento he is responsible for SB 1818. Why didn't he fight it against it? Get your facts straight before you spout off."

11:35, you should get your facts straight before spouting off, you moron. Paul Krekorian was not in the Assembly when SB 1818 was passed. Chris Essel was Chair of the Central City Association (CCA) when she stated in their 2008 newsletter: "Through our results-oriented advocacy, CCA was successful in pushing forward Senate Bill 1818..." So it is obvious who supported and takes credit for SB1818, and it "ain't" Paul Krekorian.

And finally, bashing Lisa Sarkin is a cheap shot, obviously you are an insecure, ill informed nobody. Lisa is a fighter for her community and has earned the respect of those who have been involved with her. So go take a long walk off a short pier, 11:35.

December 02, 2009 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel gave money to Jack Weiss, endorsed Jack Weiss and the two of them have been good friends for a long time.

December 02, 2009 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lisa and Judy have been promised full access to Pauls offices if he gets elected. They are hoping to have a desk downtown as well. It aint gonna happin Girls. You dont even support the sisterhood. You heffers sold out for a desk. but dont worry Essel has a list and your on it. The do not call back list after shes elected.

December 02, 2009 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I feel sorry for all the NCs that endorsed Paul if Essel wins. I am not sure she will win but if she does she is going to go after them big time.

December 02, 2009 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Essel wins she is going to re-hire dumbass Wendy Greuel staffers like Dale Thrush, Patricia Davenport, that Eric idiot, Joaquin Dumbass on and on.

Essel will spend all her time attending parties and setting up SB1818 waivers in Valley Village and Studio City for big mega 10 story condos.

December 02, 2009 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanx for exposing the fake.

December 02, 2009 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:41/ 10:51 confirms that E$$hole is a vindictive ASShole just like that other Shallman client Nooch. The JERKOFF who's threatening to put any and everyone in jail, and except for the few hateful nuts and kooks who think arrogance and ignorance are a fine pair of qualities, he's nothing but the buffoon of the city.

Trutanich and Cooley have a contempt for the voters, for elected officials, for business, for anyone who doesn't kow-tow to their abuse of power, JUST LIKE E$$el. Fact that nooch and E$$el are in cahoots with the Mayor is further proof of their lack of integrity.

December 02, 2009 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Release Nuch's medical records! We demand transparency! You will find something of interest.

December 02, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cooley is a jerk.

December 02, 2009 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:40, maybe Judy and Lisa are protecting the "sisterhood" by working to defeat a brainless, no nothing, puppet of the downtown boys and mayor, Chris Essel. It does not serve the so called "sisterhood" to have someone just because they pee sitting down.

December 02, 2009 5:57 PM  

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