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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Desperate Essel Thugs Don't Want Anyone to Vote Today

Taking a cue from ACORN as well as Klan thugs in the South who try to repress various segments of the vote, apparently Essel campaign staffers are up to monkey business across CD2.

The first report, as noted by the EsselWatch blog is that political operative Aaron Green was allegedly spotted stalking voters in Sunland-Tujunga:

As much of the Valley and Foothill communities went to the polls Tuesday morning to vote for change, Christine Essel’s developer lobbyist friends knew they needed to swing into action. By 10:30 a.m., reports began to trickle in that Aaron Green, the Director of Political and Community Relations for The Afriat Consulting Group, Inc., in Tujunga to monitor the voting. Green was watching voters at the Discount Tire Center on Foothill Boulevard in Tujunga – right down the street from what is now a huge empty lot after residents waged a five-year battle to block Home Depot.

Green you may remember is the one who pulled the bonehead move of sending out an email hitting up developers for Esselcash confirming Paul Krekorian would not do developers' bidding.

Next it got a little hairy at a voting location at Burbank and Hazeltine in the newly re-christened Sherman Oaks. At my old polling place at the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge (actually I think they call them Aviaries) a known Essel operative was reportedly standing right outside the door of the log cabin like structure handing out Essel flyer, a clear violation of election law. City Clerk officials had to be called in and our sources tell us a chaotic scene occurred when the Essel thug refused to leave.

If you see or hear of voter intimidation or other nonsense, please call us at 818-308-4745.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not interested.

December 08, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Although Krekorian has since earned the endorsements of the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers in that race, Essel has been backed by a total of more than $1.5 million in campaign spending, nearly triple the $586,000 spent on Krekorian’s behalf.

“Not only does it concern me,” Krekorian said, “I think it should concern everyone in the city of Los Angeles and everywhere else when this amount of money gets spent to try to change the outcome of the election.”

Essel, in a statement, argued there was nothing wrong with the campaign spending.

“The vast majority of the independent expenditures supporting my campaign have come from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents the LAPD’s 9,900 sworn officers,” she said.

December 08, 2009 1:56 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Spin for "holy crap".

December 08, 2009 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is the blogger who can't be mentioned getting money to run Google ads for Essel?

That answers a lot of questions.

A shady IE it seems.

December 08, 2009 1:58 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Very perceptive 1:58 PM

December 08, 2009 2:16 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Essel gets more cash for phone banking

According to LA City Ethics

Central City $5000-
Local 18 for $549.40 -

last night it was an additional $4000 from Rubin

$9549.40 additional in under 24 hours

December 08, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This blog should be printed in green there is so much envy.

Where, Oh where, is the much vaunted "Armenian Money"???

Is there a reason the Armenians DON'T TRUST PAUL???

Answer tha one, Higby...

December 08, 2009 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why does Chris Essel hate Armenians?

December 08, 2009 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:40 pm: Excellent question! I'd love to hear an answer to that one as well!

December 08, 2009 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Envy? Hell yes! We definitely have Essel penis envy here on Mayor Sam. Definitely.

December 08, 2009 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel loves Armenians--especially Robert Philibosian.

December 08, 2009 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel has a penis?

December 08, 2009 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When John Shallman gets done with Hacopian, HE WILL NEVER WORK IN THS TOWN AGAIN.

You heard it here first.

He wont even be able to buy data for his candidates.

Goodbye Asshole

December 08, 2009 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People who will never be forgiven by Team Essel.

Judy Price
Brad Sherman
Lisa Sarkin
Paul Koretz
Tim McKosker
Joe B

All of these people are done for, good luck getting your calls returned from Essel's council office.

December 08, 2009 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel's campaign has proof that Parke Skelton has been going in and out of the Krekorian headquarters.

Parke had to be brought in to save his brother in laws faltering campaign.

December 08, 2009 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

John Shallman is a career ending type of consultant.

Hear that Paul, YOU ARE FINISHED.

December 08, 2009 3:11 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Shouldn't you be walking precincts?

December 08, 2009 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noone cares!

December 08, 2009 3:27 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

More ridiculousness from Higby.

Thank God this ends today.

As they say in the movie "Highlander"

"There can be ONLY ONE!!""

December 08, 2009 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The REALLY funny thing will be watching the 180-degree spin, about face this blog is going to do against Krekorian, if he's elected, within a few weeks of swearing in.

It'll make its turnabout on Trutanich look like a minor head fake.

Because we ONLY love our politicians when they're running and schmoozing with us. Once they get in office, they're ALL "clowns."

The honeymoon will be over by Groundhog's Day. Just watch!

December 08, 2009 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It sounds like Shallman has gone Nixon on us.

December 08, 2009 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Phil -

What happens when you lose?

December 08, 2009 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel people have gone loony tunes.

December 08, 2009 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a shame that either team needs watchers.

December 08, 2009 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just spotted two Essel canvassers in the Starbucks on Sherman Way (off 170 FWY) filling out their paper work.

December 08, 2009 3:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The word in city hall is that this race is done with the first results.

Council offices who endorsed Essel have been heard calling Krekorian HQ to ask for his cell number.

December 08, 2009 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will Shallman just lose today or be completely humiliated today?

Predictions please.

December 08, 2009 4:26 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I'm hoping that the first thing Paul does as a Councilman is tell Tom LaBonge where to go.

December 08, 2009 4:27 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Hey Phil -

The fact that Essel is dropping so much cash so late on phone banks is not a good sign from what I've seen in the past.

That means they went out and checked who voted and not many of their voter are showing up.

So they are calling them to remind them to show up.

December 08, 2009 4:28 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Crap, I pulled another Red Spot. I guess I need a spoll checker.

December 08, 2009 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tonite is the nite when the thugs will get screwed, males and females.

December 08, 2009 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Essel thugs at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge were two men and a woman who refused to remove Essel signs from within 100 feet of the polling place & entered the poll place with Essel literature all in violation of the law. What was so precious was that they were driving a huge brand new SUV with a Heal the Bay sticker on it. Oh how progressive!

December 08, 2009 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only two volunteers calling from the Essel Realtor office phone bank on Ventura Blvd.

Have these people ever run a campaign before?

December 08, 2009 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder if Dale & Pat are cleaning out their desks yet?

December 08, 2009 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Council District 2
Number of Registered Voters: 124,867

Waiting for the 7% turnout vote results!

December 08, 2009 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3321 - Paul 55%
2695 - Chris 44%

December 08, 2009 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“The vast majority of the independent expenditures supporting my campaign have come from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents the LAPD’s 9,900 sworn officers,” she said."

Most LAPD officer don't live in the city of L.A.! They are being ripped off by their own union! Essel is taking money off their backs and their representatives should be fired!

December 08, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:06 PM You are a noodlehead.
If Essel is vendictive, she has no business being a representative for anyone.

December 08, 2009 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your a f----ing moron!!! It is called poll watching as approved by the city charter GOOD WORK ARRON stopping those cheaters! I like the Rostom got kicked out of a polling place today for helping someone to vote illegally.

December 08, 2009 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fans of Shallman, Essel, Wendy and Trutanich are always threatening the Paul People and especially Hacopian with how vindictive they are and will get them for their defiance.

Gee, and I thought that was called democracy, what millions have fought and died for. Sounds like Shallman and some of his "supporters" would be happier in one of Phil's communist totalitarian (beyond "freedom-hating Socialist") countries.

That's a personality disorder made for Anger Management therapy, not politics, as we've seen.

December 08, 2009 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What time do the polls close tonight, 7:00 or 8:00P.M.??

December 08, 2009 6:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Really 6:14? You think Higby is the moron - really?

Because I think you just said that poll watching is approved by the City Charter when in fact, poll watching is done all over the country. It is the most common part of a campaign on election day (besides last minute phone banking). Poll watchers find out who hasn't voted and then they call into the office to have those people called. Or, as in the case of Tony Cardenas, you have people run in at the last minute to vote under someone else's name. That is what I was told anyway. I find it hard to believe that anyone would do that but then again, I'm just a deep down good person.

So what does our city charter have to do with this?

December 08, 2009 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:58 PM - A shady I.E.? You people have to rise above this. I wish you could see what you look like.

December 08, 2009 7:10 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish):

Sots, have you stopped to consider why it is that Miss Christine is so hot to trot to win this particular council seat? We're guessing its because she's merely the bum to warm the seat, but the seat will be occupied in theory by another, savvy?

Any takers as to who? (Whispers) Let's give you a hint, shall we? Yes, lets. (Speaks in normal voice) The hub around which all the spokesholes are centered. That's who.

December 08, 2009 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, it appears as though the thugs didn't get anyone to vote. For her.

This is awesome!

And to the person who is uninterested in this race and has been complaining the whole time, I wish you would post your real name and then stay the fuck away! Everybody knows how important it is to get involved in ALL council district races. If they don't, they shouldn't be here. Like Phil.

December 08, 2009 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good seeing you Captain Jack. I think she's going to lose though, so I guess the center of the hub lost. Again.

December 08, 2009 8:56 PM  

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