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Monday, December 14, 2009

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

With a partial payment contributed by AEG for some of the expenses of the Michael Jackson funeral the company is poised to contribute more if City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will "prove it or drop it" when it comes to criminal charges Trutanich claims could stem from the event.  Friday, the City Council instructed the City Attorney to find a quick resolution.  In the meantime blogger Phil Jennerjahn is reporting that Trutanich's recent hospitalization may have been more serious than initially reported.  Sources tell Jennerjahn that the City Attorney "could have died and that his vital signs while at the hospital were all over the place."

Now that the City Council isn't going to have the "Queen of Runaway" production on board looks like there may be efforts underway to promote filming in Los Angeles.  Councilman Richard Alarcon is proposing the City establish a film commission similar to those of other local municipalities. Alarcon tells the Daily News' Rick Orlov "We don't really have anyone speaking up for the city and who can explain why this is so important for us." Great idea but what took so long?

The Mayor is out of town again.  This guy puts the real Mayor Sam to shame.

Various items of note when it comes to local transit.  Beleagured Metrolink CEO David Solow has stepped down and ironically assigned to a new position overseeing safety issues.  In the meantime the commuter rail agency is proposing cutting 50 lines.

On the MTA side of the house the MTA has chosen light rail for Crenshaw Blvd. and its yet another line that gets within spitting distance of LAX but not close enough for folks to really take transit to the airport. In the meantime Metro moves closer to extending the Green Line a few miles into Torrance but it would not be complete until 2035. Lastly the agency has added an additional express line from the North Hollywood Metro Station to the Van Nuys Orange Line station.  This is partially because the Orange Line does not connect directly to the North Hollywood station forcing riders to cross Lankershim Boulevard to connect. Wow, didn't someone think of that before?

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Anonymous Neither Tim nor Jan said:

AFAIK there has been no "partial" payment from AEG for the expenses caused by the Michael Jackson memorial. The report you reference talks about AEG chipping in for the expenses of the Lakers parade.

After months of saying they owed no money to the City, AEG is now offering to make some "contribution" if the City Council gets Trutanich to back off. This looks like pay to play, either in the form of "get Trutanich off my back and I'll give you money", or perhaps "give us money and we'll get Trutanich off your back".

I smell another shady deal between City Council and AEG.

December 14, 2009 8:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jan Perry managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Dennis Zine reported a few weeks ago that he was able to get AEG to reimburse the city, as Trutanich thought they should do. But that would've made Jan look bad, so she stepped in and screwed it up.

Another time where she put her own interest ahead of the city. When do we recall the shadiest of the shady city council?

December 14, 2009 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shouldn't the mayor be the city's advocate on the runaway film production issue? Because there is no department or commission doesn't mean that the City has an excuse to do nothing. You only create the agency if the other efforts aren't working, then you think about creating one.

December 14, 2009 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AEG won't cough up any more shakedown "donations" while Trutanich continues to defame them without cause - the 900 thousands was for the Laker parade which they had nothing to do with, but when the city officials were criticized for not getting the Lakers' organization to pay AEG stepped in just because.

They have NO legal obligation to pay for the Jackson memorial events and in fact, demanding that they pay let alone threatening them with jail and other "or else" conseqences if they don't cough up a fictitious $6 million is illegal extortion.

It was stupid of Trutanich and Zine to libel AEG without proof in the first place. They admitted that LAPD did nothing wrong and in fact that one lawsuit resulting from failing to contain crowds would have far exceeded the $3.2 million, a good part of which was for salaries the city would have had to pay anyway.

Leiwike could have if he wanted pressed Trutanich on extortion and he'd be suffering his next bout of whatever ails him in jail.

The Jacksons allegedly agreed to pay $1 million though they're not obligated either, I read - don't know if they paid up yet.

Jan Perry seems to have joined Trutanich in losing her mind over this issue. She demanded on Wednesday in council session that the LAPD come back with explanation of where they would find the money for a new class of recruits if they resume training in Jan. Sandy Jo McArthur representing LAPD looked taken aback.

Even Alarcon later noted that the money comes out of the general fund so it's not LAPD's responsibility to do that - the city either supports them or they don't.

Then Rosendahl claimed he had the solution: take it out of LAWA's police budget. But Alarcon said the city had been sued trying that before. On another issue, Huizar lost it too and wnen no one supported him on something he wanted in his district, he burst out "Jesus Christ!" and he and Smith chewed out a staffer trying to explain budget facts to them.

They've ALL lost their minds since Trutanich showed up along with the budget crisis, not for the better.

December 14, 2009 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L A always used to have a film commission but there was some scandal involving the head of it and it was disbanded apparently - higby or one of the posters can find out the history and let us know.

It's not like no one ever thought of it before - but it IS strange that it was allowed to totally lapse.

As for Trutanichs health, he hasn't been seen in public in a long time except a holiday parade where he didn't have to speak. Of course his trend anyway has been to send Carter or Usher in for him after he makes a fool of himself, and is now too ashamed to show. He was supposed to be there in person this week but didn't go, whereas he kept bursting into the chamber before he even took office to demand votes go his way. Clown Carmen is over his head, clearly ecxpected to do anything he wants and never get questioned, totally unprepared for public office.

December 14, 2009 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any one know what Trutanich's ailment was/is?

December 14, 2009 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go to @villaraigosa twitter page. The only thing mentioned is green energy summits out of the state and out of the country.

I would like to see him say, "Am working hard with city budget and department managers to try and salvage the city."

Or, "Meeting with city budget and department managers to try and salvage the city."

Can you put the green talk on hold for a week, or so, and clarify the situation for the local and international stakeholders?

The world deserves to know what lies ahead for Los Angeles in the New Year.

December 14, 2009 10:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You think Tony knows what lie's ahead?

Pfaaaaah. If ever there was a "reactive" mayor in L.A.'s recent history, it's this one.

They were spending like drunken sailors on shore leave well after the city's finances started to hit the skids, thinking they could just keep assessing new "fees" and "fines" to cover for the loss of millions in taxes.

Then the fit hit the sham.

The only "future" that's ever been on AV's radar screen since he entered the public payroll has been his own political one -- blinders that keep him from looking at anything broader, like what's ahead for L.A.

December 14, 2009 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa is a complete failure. The worst Mayor in LA history. Now he's in Copenhagen where he is not needed (or wanted I'm sure) cavorting with important people positioning for next gig while LA goes bankrupt -- a totally avoidable situation but for his lack of leadership. Pot shops, billboards and Hamburglar Jan Perry are small beans, people. Get familiar with PensionGate. If Carmen is a clown Antonio is the Circus Master who drove LA off a cliff. Can anyone still defend him with a straight face?

December 14, 2009 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any one know what Trutanich's ailment was/is?


Yes I do, Trutanich had a corn cob stuck up his ass, unfortunately it's still there.

December 14, 2009 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich suffers from a common ailment in political circles, namely a ego so massive that nothing and no one else can share the room with it and not be harmed.

He talked all the air out of the room and nearly suffocated himself in the process.

December 14, 2009 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nuch is back at the office, putting in work days.

He has already worked more that half the city councilmembers this year, and he only started in July.

December 14, 2009 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares how many hours Nuch works - given the trouble he causes and what an asshole he is (love that corn in the cob suggestion, though don't want to dwell on the image). This endless boasting about his long days is so pathetic - it's not how long you work but how efficiently. He's an idiot.

And while I'm not defending the councilmembers, all councilmember work isn't done IN the office but at meetings and all over town. Who spends the most time in their office is neither here not there.

December 14, 2009 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The scandal with the LA film group (EIDC) was Cody Cluff. He was finally carted off in handcuffs.
After that EIDC morphed into FilmLA.

What I'm confused about is I thought their board was a commission. If a commission were to be formed-who trumps whom?


December 14, 2009 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes 12:06 PM, I can defend Mayor Villaraigosa with a straight face.

December 15, 2009 10:06 PM  

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