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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

The LA City Council has yet again put off a vote on medical marijuana dispensaries.  At issue is the debate over the limit on where the collectives could be located.  A restriction limiting medical pot shops within 1000 feet of residential areas could effectively put them out of reach of many patients citywide.  Staff has to go back to the drawing board to see what impact the registration may have.

The first benefit of the election of Paul Krekorian over Chris Essel to the City Council may have already been realized: the Council Wednesday delayed a vote on controversial DWP raises.  Mindful of the message sent by voters, and the crushing blow to the IBEW in the bitter defeat of their candidate Essel, Council members are likely looking to tread lightly.

The economy is putting the bite on financing for the shady Downtown Grand Avenue project AKA monument to Eli Broad.  Hamburger Jan Perry is fighting with the developer over altering the project while an LA County planner says the entire boondoggle should be scrapped.  Paul Novak, a deputy to County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, told the LA Business Journal "We need to rethink what goes on that land and how the county and city can maximize their returns."

Following the gala Michael Jackson funeral at the Staples Center newly elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich told the City Council he had evidence of "criminal" wrongdoing related to the event. Yet five months later the City Attorney has not come forward with any charges or even the slightest detail as to what the hell we was talking about.  In the meantime Trutanich's lack of action is standing in the way of the City receiving a donation from funeral producers AEG. Makes sense, AEG doesn't want to cough up funds to cover the city's cost if it thinks its going to be prosecuted for something.  Trutanich's silence has even caused supporters such as Dennis Zine to call on the City Attorney to put up or shut up.  The Council has called Trutanich to come forward and splain himelf; it appears Nuch has told them to take a hike.

And finally an interesting report in the LatinoLA blog.  San Fernando Valley realtor Trish Bautista chronicles the evolution of how real property is sold to Latinos in Los Angeles. Thirty years ago, nearly impossible for Latino immigrants to realize the dream of home ownership, realtor George B. Izquierdo set out to connect Latinos to real estate services and founded Las Casas Realty based in Highland Park.  Since then Izquierdo has become a leader in providing home buying, mortgage and related services.  The secret behind his succcess? Izquierdo says "We can afford to be kind."

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Political candidates take notes.
Grass roots vs D`Arcy = 1-0. BTW, if anybody has doubts whether D`Arcy and Shallman sank the Vessel, read the Daily News editorial.

December 10, 2009 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, yeah (snore).

Within a couple weeks you'll be calling "Kerkorian-ed" the definition of being "hoodwinked."

You get the feeling, Higby, you have very bad politician radar? Like they ALL fool you before they're elected?

You endorsed Villaraigosa 4+ years ago.

You backed "Wacko" Walter Moore (of course that was AFTER you lampooned him for a year and listed him under the "gadfly" column.

You allowed the Dogg-ed one a platform for his rants for-EVER.

You endorsed "Nuch" overwhelmingly.

Now you're head-over-heels for Krekorian.

Maybe it's time to convert this blog to reataurant reviews.

You might have better luck with something perishable and short-lived, like food.

December 10, 2009 7:42 AM  

Anonymous Lydia Grant said:

Paul Krekorian Attended the STNC Meeting Last Night.So much for the predictions that we would never hear from him again if he won.
Sunland-Tujunga had a wonderful voter turnout, including one precinct that had a 25.43%

December 10, 2009 8:38 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

The City of LA has launched the Titanich. I'll just wait for the iceberg now. The incident that sinks this ship.

December 10, 2009 9:01 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Nuch Trutanich is one of the few real leaders this City has.

He says what he means and he means what he says. Others may not care for that...because they don't like or can't handle the truth.

December 10, 2009 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Latest Facebook funny...

"Patricia Davenport and Phil Jennerjahn are now friends."

Pat also has a new picture on Facebook.

Even though Pat backed the wrong horse, Pat has worked hard for Wendy and Wendy will provide.

December 10, 2009 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are we living in the Twilight Zone?

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is the only city leader I can think of who has been trying to get the city reimbursed from AEG for their private event while the city clowncil sat on their hands and did nothing. Now they're trying to blame him for the delay in not getting reimbursed?

Everyone knows criminal investigations take time. My god, they haven't charged anyone in the death of Michael Jackson yet, and that, uhm, happened before the memorial service.

You cry babies need to call your clowncil members on the carpet for pissing away city money after they've already driven the city finances into the ground, i.e. 2400
layoffs, police hiring freeze, credit rating dropped, library closures, etc.

And next time it takes 20 minutes for an LAFD paramedic team to get to you or your loved ones because they've been forced into rolling brown outs due to lack of city funds, think of Tim Lie Weekly laughing at you as he sucks up those city funds for his private "for profit" event.

December 10, 2009 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting you link to the LA Now blog post about deferring DWP rate hikes, I'd posted there yesterday making the connection to the Essel Loss, but the post was censored. I see someone else says they've been censored trying to make some other post and have to keep reposting in hopes that one finally gets through as it did.

The L A Times DOES regularly censor comments, like pointing out the Essel's defeat is a message that voters are sick of DWP hikes, since she was the IBEW candidate.

The Times put so much effort into electing her, and getting more and more negative about Krekorian as his campaign fought back, in the same way they did for Nuch the Bamboozler (just on a much smaller scale since it's just a councilmember for 1/15 the city), that her loss is their loss too and they're trying to hide it.

December 10, 2009 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:09, Nuch is the ONLY ONE shaking down AEG (except his friend Zine has been there with him from the start) because IT'S AN ILLEGEL SHAKEDOWN COUNTER TO AEG'S CONTRACTUAL OR ANY OTHER OBLIGATION AND IS BASED ON A $6 MILLION FIGURE HE CONJURED OUT OF THIN AIR. Conducted as Leiwike says in a thuggish, bullying and arrest- happy fashion (an abuse of power Saddam Hussein and his sons would have envied) for political revenge.

December 10, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt adds another one: Titanich.

The pot people have dubbed him
FALSETanich, or


Then there's LA CityWatch picking up from around town,

Carmen the Clown
Carmen the Soap Opera
The YouTube of his screaming at the woman telling her to feed her kid Raid and Lead and threatening her to sit down and shut up

Doug McIntyre's

Tailgunner Nuch in Freefall
Nutty but Cage Rattling
Plays by San Pedro Rules
N Korea his idea of democracy

Downtown News/Regardie's

Arrest! Arrest! The Zombie that runs throughout City Hall.

Laura Chick:

Liar and Demagogue


Thug and Bully,
borderline extortionist


A bully after our own hearts

A man of his word

Didn't someone dub a mannerism after Phil, too? When someone invents an obviously stupid or false description or hyperbole for you, like "Freedom-hating Socialist Krekorian" or "Enemy of Freedom Judy Price,"


December 10, 2009 11:07 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Paul Krekorian did not attend my NC last night.

But I know it absoutely makes sense for him to visit STNC.

They have their crap together out there. They turned out and voted for him.

North Hollywood voted for Paul too but except for Diann Corral no one did shit.

My NC sucks compared to STNC.

And that's my fault as well as anyone else's.

My community sucks too. We have great things, for example, the new Art Institute which is amazing. There are good people including a lot of very cool young people living here. But they don't know their community.

But we have no civic identity.

So I'm going to try to do something about it.

I'm going to turn to people like my buddies in ST, Judy Price, Lisa Sarkin, Pete Sanchez, Zach Behrens and others who know how to rally their community and ask for their mentoring.

Am I disappointed PK didn't come to my NC meeting last night and we got stuck with the dregs of the former Wendy regime? Yes. But am I mad at PK? Nope. He did the right thing. You dance with the one who brung ya.

And ST brung him.

But we will step up.

Hopefully now that we have one good council member, in 2011 we can get one for the other half of our community.

Not Phil. :)

December 10, 2009 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok - Maybe I'm just a cynic, but has anyone noticed the number of water main ruptures that occur during negotiations with IBEW 18? Just a thought to ponder.

December 10, 2009 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich needs to stay away from politics, endorsing candidates, and take care of the peoples business. That is why he was elected.

Angelenos can not count on LA Times or Daily News to do his investigative work related to AEG. He owes Angelenos, who voted for him, an explanation relative to AEG and NOT City Council. The City Attorney should roll up the sleeves, get to work,and complete the investigation.

December 10, 2009 2:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The CD2 Election has demonstrated and given proof positive to elected officials that no matter how hard or how much they do for a community, it will soon be forgotten and taken for granted. Community activists did a great job in fighting Home Depot and the Commerical Expansion at Studio City Golf Course, but without Wendy, both would be breaking ground. You folks have really shown your true colors.

Go Wendy, the next Mayor of Los Angeles.

December 10, 2009 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"You've been hoodwinked. You've been had. You've been took. You've been led astray, led amok. You’ve been bamboozled.

December 10, 2009 6:21 PM  

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