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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Nominations for the Los Angeles Political Ass Clown Award of 2009

"Who is the biggest political ass clown for Los Angeles, in 2009?"
Call this accountability in blogging.
In seeking to preserve the tradition of former blogger "Mayor Frank's" award for dubious political undertakings. This blogger pledges that beginning with this year-end honor for the biggest political ass clown of 2009, the anointing of those who play loose with the public trust, will be a monthly endeavor in 2010.
That said, here are the nominations for the Los Angeles Political Ass Clown of 2009.
1. "Mayor to the World, 89% of the time" Antonio Ramon Villar.
2. "Bargain basement" Campaign Consultant John Shallman.
3. Councilwoman Jan "AEG" Perry.
4. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich (known as "Carmen the Clown" to an certain blogger).
5. Former City Councilman Jack Weiss.
6. AEG's Tim "Boss LIEweke".
7. Los Angeles Times Editorial Board for endorsing Chris Essel.
8. Chris Essel and "political sancho" Phil Jennerjahn.
9. Councilman Ed "Ganga Legalize for All!" Reyes.
10. IBEW's "BOSS D'Arcy" to you peons.
11. Former LAPD Chief and "CAO" Bill Bratton.
12. KABC 790 AM for firing Doug McIntyre.
13. "Department of Wasteful Patronage" (DWP)
14. "The Mayor's Posse" of Keith Brackpool, Richard Katz, Fabian Nunez, Ari Swiller and "comadre" Maria Elena Durazo.
15. LAUSD School Board.
16. DWP's "Rate Raiser Advocate" S. David Freeman.
17. The "Gang of Fourteen" within the "Horseshoe on Spring Street" (** Paul Krekorian gets a pass).
18. "Phony Economists".
19. County Supervisor Mark "High-Maintenance" Ridley Thomas.
20. ACORN LA.
21. Mike Trujillo for his stellar shilling of Prop B.
22. UTLA's A.J. Duffy.
23. All "connected non-profits".
24. The "Villar Family Political DNA".
25. Latham & Watkins
26. The "Vendidos and Vendidas" of the Southwest Society of the Southwest Museum.
27. Those involved with "Pensiongate 09".
28. Westside former Times scribes/bloggers.
29. Obsessive, jilted (Scary ....) posters.
30. ......and the "CD 14 East (ie. Montebello) Troika" of Robert Urteaga, John Edwards and Nick Pacheco.
** Evening additions:
31. City Controller Wendy Greuel.
32. Phil Jennerduh.
33. H. David Nahai.
34. Los Angeles Police Commission.
35. Police Protective League.
36. Former Mayor Richard Riordan's "Posse" of Steve Soboroff, Bill Wardlaw and Eli Broad.
37. USC lobbyist David Galaviz.
38. Cybertrolls.
39. Coalition of City Unions.
40. The "Kennedy Republican".
Your nominations and thoughts, as always, are appreciated.

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71 Comments:

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Trujillo had more wins than losses and the Measure B thing for him was a throwaway.

For sure the winner has to be John Shallman for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and doing it so well.

December 20, 2009 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gotta go with da Mayor!

For all that you do, this award's for you!

December 20, 2009 11:13 AM  

Blogger Kevin said:

Too many excellent choices this year; may have to expand the categories; tough decsions aheads

December 20, 2009 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A BIG YEEEEEESSSS, for all of them, but you omitted Wendy Greuel for her attempt to "keep control of District 2"

How about a "Way to Go" list, starting with

Paul Krekorian and Distrct 2 voters for beating "the machine"

All Voters for defeating Measure B

Supporters of the Souhwest Musuem
for holding back the Autry Museum.

Soledad Garcia Leader of the DWP MOU Committee

Jack Humphreville Leader of the DWP Advocacy Committe

The DWP MOU and Advocacy Committees for working for justice for Rate Payers.

Ron Kaye Founder of Saving LA Project.

Greg Nelson for his tireless volunterism on behalf of Neighborhood Councils

Those are just starters.

December 20, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HELLO? HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN PHIL JENNERJAHN?

AS IN "I AM RUNNING FOR CONGRESS BASED ON MY COMING IN LAST IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR, BACKING ESSEL AND GETTING FIRED FROM MAYOR SAM."

IF THAT'S NOT A LEADING CANDIDATE FOR ASS CLOWN, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. KNOWING PHIL, HE WILL PUT IT ON HIS RESUME.

December 20, 2009 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

is that Jan Perry's ass or Mayor Sam's?

December 20, 2009 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its John Shallman by a mile.

December 20, 2009 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YOu shouldn't lump in E$$elhole with Jennerjahn. She had to take the help where she could get it. But he should stand alone as assclown of the year.

December 20, 2009 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Genderjane

December 20, 2009 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil hands-down.

December 20, 2009 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I vote for phil's cowboy hat!

December 20, 2009 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummings

December 20, 2009 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What wins did Trujillo have? Surely not Measure B or Jack Weiss campaign.

Jack Weiss has to be the biggest winner since he was clearly the biggest loser.

The Mayor and Wendy are right behind him because they backed this loser and that other loser Chris Essel and Measure B. They backed all the losers and none of the winners.

December 20, 2009 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

deon odonnell

December 20, 2009 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

bridget lobonge

December 20, 2009 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil

December 20, 2009 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

phil jennerjon gets my vote.

December 20, 2009 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil has to be the biggest ass clown in the history of the award.

December 20, 2009 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Author of "The Jennerjahn Report"

I've never seen such a retard parade like a pompous ass. Usually retards stay retarded like.

December 20, 2009 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennerjahn for Congress AND assclown.

December 20, 2009 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"BOSS D'Arcy" has to be the one.

Two humiliating losses in one year.i

December 20, 2009 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HOW CAN YOU NOMINATE A.J. DUFFY?

HE DOES EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS HIRED TO DO, WHICH IS LOOK AFTER THE TEACHERS, INCLUDING THE BAD ONES, NOT THE KIDS.

THAT'S THE MAYOR'S JOB AND CITY COUNCIL'S JOB YOU FUCKING MORON!

December 20, 2009 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

phil jennerj.

December 20, 2009 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Paul Hatfield said:

Wendy Greuel has to make the list . At least she deserves an Oscar for pretending to be an independent controller and playing with the IBEW's money.
If Jeff Sagarin were doing an RPI rating for this, she be as high as #5.

December 20, 2009 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1- AV
2- Shallman
3- Brian D'Arcy
4- Maria Elena Durazo
5- Sue Burnside
6- Gill Cedillo
7- Chris Essel
8- PPL
9- Gruel
10- Dale Trash

December 20, 2009 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Perry and Trutanich in a tie. Perfect irony how she rode in the West Hollywood gay rights parade on the back of his Harley next to Leather Zine's, both looking so smug and untouchable.

Now it's like they're Siamese Twins from Hell bringing each other down from opposite ends of the AEG affair, neither of them obeying the law and both dumber than doornails.

Making each other look bad, the one an arrest-happy bully thug on a vendetta of illegal shakedowns and threats, contemptuous of free speech and following the law himself, and her, someone who also likes to interpret her own laws and needs to be exposed as nowhere near bright enough to run the city as mayor, even if LaBonge were her only competition. The fact that they're taking each other down in some sort of Political Death Match is the only good either of them has ever done.

December 20, 2009 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:03, it's not that the mayor BACKED losers it's that he MADE THEM losers by association with HIM, with his huge unpopularity rating (so bad it hit Essel even though he wouldn't endorse her publicly) AND by sticking both Weiss and Essel with his Measure B and Son of Measure B, and the Kiss of Death of D'Arcy's open support. ANYONE seen to represent both Tony V AND D'Arcy would lose.

Fact that Trutanich's open support of Essel meant nothing just confirms he's a fluke non-entity on the political scene except of course to the 300 core Ron Kaye SLAPPERS and those who'd vote for Ahmadenijad over Tony V.

THAT Measure B, DWP hikes, D'Arcy connection is what's doing Wendy in, too, that D'Arcy bought her election. (Which she only won because unlike Essel's formidable opponent she faced 2 unfunded unknowns.)

December 20, 2009 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You'd think if Antonio still had any of the street smarts which got him where he is, he's have learned after what he did to Jack Weiss by ramming through Measure B on the same ballot that he's have NOT done the same to Essel. Shallman's blame lies in his NOT forbidding Essel to be tarred by D'Arcy's money and association with the hated DWP rate hikes seen rightly or wrongly doing more to union raises than infrastructure.

Measure B and D'Arcy's money in CD2 again brought out the anti-tax people and HOA people, often the same, in droves and skewed the vote. Weiss would have won if the vote had been during the General Election, taking the Obama crowd.

December 20, 2009 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good one Red Spot. Its a toss up amongst a lot of these clowns.

Charlie Beck, the new illegal loving supporter who is not liked by his own cops for soliciting money for gang programs and hiring a special assistant who defended murderers like the Hillside Strangler.
Huizar is another clown. He's patting himself on the back for wanting to cap marijuana shops to only 70. He's the reason we have hundreds cause he and Reyes sat on their asses for 4 years not doing anything. Perry is a moron and not worth anyone's time.
Definitely Police Political League goons who are nervous cops will go get teamsters to rep them. Dumb asses spent $400,000 on Essel and it all went down the toliet.

December 20, 2009 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1.Shallman
2 D'Arcy
3 Latham & Watkins

December 20, 2009 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

amen 2:31pm. Please explain to everyone who believes Heezy is the savior in eagle rock.

December 20, 2009 3:06 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

This is an outrage!!

I should not be included on this list with Chris Essel at number 8!

By the way, the Venice-based economist is crowing about having the #1 rated blog this week.

December 20, 2009 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennerjahn

Assclown 2009

December 20, 2009 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You forgot the people of Los Angeles on this list.

Until they start getting off their apathetic asses, the activist community will have to keep chipping away with the hope that momentum will build when all the voters have to do is start getting informed NOW.

In 2011, half of the Clowncil could be voted out...

December 20, 2009 3:24 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I'm leaning towards Jennerjahn just
on the dimwit factor alone.

December 20, 2009 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to say the Ass Clown Award should go to KABC for Firing Doug Mcintyre. I wonder if KABC was feeling the heat from Mayor V. our 11% mayor and they felt the only way to get rid of the heat was to let Doug go. Doug may have gotten under the skin of Mayor Villar and the other clowncilmans so KABC decided to sacrifice Doug.

December 20, 2009 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Count me in for posting a comment here to help the clickity-clicks. Yes to all of this and everything else you can think of! And now I will post the word Phil.

December 20, 2009 4:08 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Well Phil said and did some stupid things but he is nowhere near Shallman, D'arcy, Essel, etc.

December 20, 2009 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yea but those people are all paid to be ass clowns. Phil does it for free, making him the ultimate ass clown.

December 20, 2009 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:12 Phil Jennerdoodle's whining outdoes himself. Fact that Shallman and Essel used him, and she even complained about his firing to the Times proves it, is another reason Shallman tops the list. His nasty campaign strategy only worked the first time because people were too surprised by the shock value maybe, but this time he was exposed as the Master Liar and Tool of Special interests that he is.

And a vote for the Slimes for same reason. As they've lost readers, they've tried to pander to the narrow rightwing NIMBY demographic doing a 180 from when they were known as the La Antonio Times.
But knee-jerk views for the sake of them don't work either way.

December 20, 2009 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman
Shallman
Shallman

December 20, 2009 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I nominate Walter Moore.

December 20, 2009 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That image hurts...yet through it they receive their just desserts...

I really think Jim Newton should be singled out at the Times. He was impressed by Carmen the Clown's people leaving him behind a fifty page Powerpoint presentation, enough to convince his editorial board torpedo Weiss. He was the one most approving of Sue Horton's (hak-cough) decision not to name rival Mayoral candidates by name on the op-ed page. He thought the Mayor's candidate Essel was swell. He swallowed all the koolaid the Mayor's people poured for him--except in Carmen the Clown's case, the one time he should have sipped.

Jim Newton is fifty times too in awe of wealth and power to be a halfway decent opinionist. He is so happy to be invited to Eli Broad's beach house once a decade. He has kept the Riordan machine on life support when it is trying so hard to flatline.

December 20, 2009 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with Joe B and others,
go for the hick Jennerjahn.

December 20, 2009 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I nominate Joe B for being a job killing anti-corporate socialist
(remember Home Depot?).

December 20, 2009 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, but the award this year is a tie; Ed "El Stupido" Reyes and Jan "AEG" Perry are now locked in a run off for who is the most sold out, stupid, ignorant, piece of worthless garbage in City Hall.

El Stupido will probably lose to AEG. He's trying desperately to write mailers to saturate the nominating committee with hit pieces on AEG, but he's having 'troubles' with having to write the mailers himself because he cannot spell and his vocabulary is so limited. El Stupido's Affirmative Action Degree in street gang music is no help to him here. Meanwhile, Ms. AEG is having difficulties of her own with multiple agencies investigating her. She's threatened to "sing like a bird" if her backers don't put down more dead presidents for her campaign. This is one ugly race to scoop the award of the biggest shit in LA, but Perry probably has El Stupido beat.

December 20, 2009 8:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman
Gruel
Jennderdoodle
Perry

December 20, 2009 8:30 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Hey Jennerduh,

If the great Barry Goldwater was with us today, he would call you "Lil Rocky".

December 20, 2009 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No question about it: It's AV.

Almost everyone else on the list (Latham, Coalition of Unions, Reyes, Shallman, Lieweke) are all either doing their jobs or doing what they believe in.

Phil is a complete moron but such a minor figure that it really doesn't matter. The win the award, you have to have risen the point of high expectations, and then blow it.

No one can say that the Mayor is doing his job well. He's clearly just interested in promoting himself and using the public's money to enjoy the high life.

Wendy and Nuch have the potential to equally disappoint people but they havent' had their jobs long enough. It's like giving the Heisman Award to a freshman. You really have to excel.

December 20, 2009 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Perry is a disgrace. Nobody calls her on anything. She gets my vote.

December 20, 2009 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's an illusion here that (other than Joe B, Michael & Red Spot who are official contributors of this blog) more than one person is posting about Phil, here. I guess this makes me the second?

December 20, 2009 9:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brian D'Arcy
Wendy Gruel
Chris Essel

December 20, 2009 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes should win for being completely in the pockets of the pot shops. He has made a complete mess of the situation and now is trying to blame Trutanich for it. Reyes wins Moron of the Year for his five years of failure with a problem that almost every other major city has been able to solve.

December 20, 2009 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is the Ass Clown of the year because he took on the "Recall Antonio Villaraigosa" project, PAID FOR A DOMAIN, and DIDN'T GET A SINGLE SIGNATURE!!!

This guy is dimmer than a 40 watt bulb, but as the night shift guy on KABC said, Jennerdoodle is a glutton for punishment.

He may be a small time player, but he is the BIGGEST Ass Clown because he was an Ass Clown on DOZENS of subjects! I have only a vague idea of who John Shallman is, but his Ass Clownishness is based on one subject, the cd2 election.

It's Jennerdoodle for Ass Clown of the year, by three lengths.

December 20, 2009 11:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Definitely its Phil. He should put that on his campaign website, right next to coming in last for mayor.

December 20, 2009 11:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i laugh every time i read phil saying "yeah, I came in last, but i ran my 'campaign' on no money" like that's some kind of accomplishment.

that's why Phil needs to be on the Ass Clown trophy: he doesn't realize how much of a child people see him as.

can you bronze that assinine cowboy hat for him?

December 20, 2009 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I nominate that the award goes to whoever hired phi.

December 20, 2009 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Paul Hatfield said:

854-
Good point.
However, Wendy already established her credentials for this hall of shame when she served on the City Council. Also, she was the top draft pick of the Shallman, AV and D'Arcy team. No Heisman? No problem! She's a first string player on Team Corruption.

December 20, 2009 11:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would give the "Ass Clown of 2009" award to Phil Jenerjahn just so he can say he finally won something.

December 20, 2009 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman or AV.

December 20, 2009 11:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Definitely, John Shallman. Remember when people speculated that Shallman was Mayor Sam?

December 21, 2009 12:02 AM  

Blogger Charlotte Laws said:

1. D'Arcy
2. Trutanich

December 21, 2009 12:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's so personal for Higby on this Shallman thing. Get over it already.

Objectively Shallman had a great year. The Nuch win over Weiss was an enormous victory that can't be minimized. No one gave Nuch a chance to finish even third in the primary and Shallman masterfully and single handedly steered him to victory over the "machine".

Like her or not, Wendy's victory was indeed impressive insofar as she had the highest vote total in the City--well ahead of the Mayor--even though she had more significant competition with a well known and respected opponent in Nick P.

Essel shouldn't have even made it through the primary. Were it not for Shallman we might be looking at Galatzan as a Councilmember. She was clearly running well ahead of Essel from the start as was Krekorian.

All of the anti-Shallman bloggers, including Higby, need to get a clue. At what point was Essel a "sure thing" winner? Re read your own posts Michael and you can plainly see that you never thought she had a chance. So snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is a cute line that you don't even believe.

Don't reduce your great blog to personal retribution. Of course Mayor V is the Clown of the year. Anyone else would be a joke.

December 21, 2009 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Charlotte Laws.

December 21, 2009 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WENDY, hands down!

December 21, 2009 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happen to El Barrio Cholo Weezy? Who can outdo him as the biggest jerk both to his constituents, staff and financial supporters!

December 21, 2009 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:12

Shallman up in his mansion.

December 21, 2009 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1- AV
2- D'Arcy
3- Wendy
4- Shallman
5- Burnside
6- Essel
7- Don Novey
8- PPL
9- Weiss
10- Jan Perry

December 21, 2009 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1) Tritanich!

Based on biggest hype and biggest lie with biggest and fastest Epic Fail in the disappointment category.

2) Shallman for making it happen.

3) Higby for promoting them so hard and falling for Shallman lock, stock and barrel.

Even if he DID wake up this time and like everyone else, finally saw through Shallman and HOW he "wins" for his clients.

December 21, 2009 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby gets it for abandoning this blog, and firing the two funniest writers.

December 21, 2009 11:39 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

How about a nomination for Mary Cummins-Cobb, who haunts this and other blogs with her "dark energy" and venomous comments?

December 21, 2009 12:23 PM  

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