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Friday, December 04, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

Hey ese who is this pendejo Carmen Trutanich?
Ah man that dude is bad news man.  Gives me a headrush!

A City Clerk's report finds that if Los Angeles switched to a vote-by-mail program voter participation could increase but so would costs and the chances for voter fraud.  Still the Clerk feels that vote-by-mail might be an effective method to conduct special elections such as next Tuesday's race in CD2.  However vote by mail gives an advantage to candidates funded by special interests such as unions and developers as a vote by mail effort is highly expensive for candidates. 

If you want to buy some medical marijuana as a Christmas gift you still have time.  The City Council has again postponed a vote on the dispensaries. Clowncilman Ed Reyes expects no action until some time in the new year.  No truth to the rumor that Reyes will make a cameo appearance in the next Cheech and Chong movie.

Yet another photo opp for the Mayor and Hamburger Jan Perry.  This time is the annual holiday kick-off at LA Live.  You may remember the Mayor headlined last year's less than spectacular tree lighting with Britney Spears and Adam Carrolla at the venue, then brand new. 

Sunland-Tujunga activists produce a fabulous TV commercial supporting Paul Krekorian for CD2.

I recap my predictions for 2009 and gear up to prognosticate into 2010.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Villaraigosa accepts bribes for jobs...


December 04, 2009 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why isn't there any uproar, or investigation, about his taking bribes? Isn't this "pay to play" crap the same thing he accused Jim Hahn of doing?

Wake up L.A., you have been duped!

December 04, 2009 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny pic Mike!

December 04, 2009 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What no post on Elliot Broidy, who just pled guilty to fraud and is facing four years in New York prison?

This is the Fire & Police Pension Commissioner who said he wasn't guilty of anything.

Turns out he did a lot of bribing and taking of bribes.

See the article in the lA Times

December 04, 2009 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why do people even consider "vote by mail" is really what we need to look at.

You have low turnout of REGISTERED voters. They registered and we may take a big leap of faith and believe that they KNEW it's about voting. The "voting" aspect also assumed to be known (go to a "polling place" to cast ballot).

With this scenario, we still have lots, maybe the majority, of the ones who DO vote being at best, superficially aware of the issues and many just going on intuition or worse.

All this can simply and effectively cancel out someone elses vote that is based on reason and fact.

And MAILING in votes is already an option without a showing of any medical or other reason for not going personally to the polling place.

That's all how it is now.

PROPOSED?- good question.

So if people can't manage NOW to vote, WHY do you want INCLUSION when they should not have to be cajoled or catered to when they ALREADY KNOW the way to exercise the voting right?

The real outcome will be masses of more disinterested and easily-swayed voters, a bonanza for the already successful pattern that the wealthier campaigns enjoy.

If you don't vote NOW, it's your choice. It's really like a big tug of war with a rope and mudhole, both sides trying to get more manpower to make the difference and out-power the other side.

Issues will no longer matter, just good marketing.

The elected officials already suck and this would make things more ridiculous, like some sort of comedy movie. Really more like a tragedy.

IN cd-14

Is tony v. back yet? I heard a recent pronoucement on the news attributed to him about something and wondered if he said it personally or though a stooge.

did his trip make him any more useful as a mayor to US? Do any of those trips do that? If they did, L.A. would have some real gains by now from the 11% mayor.

December 04, 2009 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one cares about Brody.

December 04, 2009 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How INCREDIBLY hypocritical of the City Clerk's office to be pushing the fact that vote-by-mail will increase voter participation.

But, when the SAME City Clerk's office was told to cut it 2-3X bloated budget for overseeing NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL elections, instead of cutting back on the massive new staff hires they planned, the CUT OUT VBM funding for NCs, instead.

Even NCs that are willing to pay for VBM themselves, won't be allowed to next year, because that would be "unfair" to others who don't have the money left for it.

BS, City Clerk.

So, NCs with as many as 100,000 stakeholders, scattered sometimes 5-6 MILES away from the ONE, single voting location in each NC, will ALL be required to drive, bus, walk, across town to vote in an NC election.

(Would they EVER recommend that for 100,000 regular voters? We have precincts in L.A. with only a few HUNDRED registered voters, for regular city elections).

CC, you were assigned the NC elections SPECIFICALLY, to INCREASE stakeholder participation, but instead, your HOARDING of taxpayer funds to keep more warm bodies in their seats at your offices just doomed the already tepid NC elections to MUCH, much smaller turnouts, and even LESS legitimacy than ever before.

In the end, the City Clerk will have spent 2-3 TIMES what DONE and the NCS themselves used to spend, and delivered a fraction of teh previous turnout.

How do you spell failure?

L.-A. C-I-T-Y C-L-E-R-K

December 04, 2009 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Interesting wording, if it's true. . .

Is there such as thing as "anti-semitic 'LOVE'"??

December 04, 2009 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:24 AM ,except CIM and its enablers, because he is singing very loud........

December 04, 2009 11:09 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Indeed it is Solomon. And one of the people she quotes, Lindsay Horvath, Essel fails to mention is a West Hollywood City Clowncil member that does not live in CD2 of course.

December 04, 2009 12:47 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Information coming later that Essel actually sought to block film production in Los Angeles.

December 04, 2009 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:30 AM, who do you think ultimately made that decision about NC elections? The City Clerk? Bong Whan Kim? Whoever is in charge of NC's in the mayor's office? Who?

December 04, 2009 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:06 If you are asking who made the decision to eliminate vote by mail, the answer is that the City Council ultimately made the decision when they adopted the city budget.

Everyone knew that by turning over the NC elections to the City Clerk costs would rise because city employees ain't cheap. The City Clerk penciled in this cutback when it submitted it budget. The CAO, the mayor, and ultimately the City Clerk went along with it. They don't care about NC's.

December 04, 2009 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Broidy is not the kind of a guy to take it all alone.

CIM should be damn worried, since he pimped for them at the Police & Fire Pension Commission becuase they threw $500k into his fund.

He's s skeevy guy and so is Shaul. Maybe they get a cell together?

Can anyone say Hahn redux?

December 04, 2009 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Planning General Manager Gail Goldberg is finally about to get fired. After 4 years of not producing anything even the Mayor is tired of her old stories about San Diego.

December 05, 2009 8:53 PM  

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