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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Who wants Mayor Villaraigosa's endorsement in CD 2 Special Election?

" That was then, this is now"
News Flash!!
The Los Angeles Times, aka, the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street, has rediscover the CD 2 City Council Special Election.
LA Times Scribe Maeve Reston reports from the supposed last debate between Chris Essel and Paul Krekorian, this past evening at Valley College. And based upon her reporting, neither wants anything to do with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The days may be dwindling in the runoff race for the vacant seat of former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, but one thing is clear -- neither candidate is looking for a last-minute campaign boost from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
During a debate Monday night at Valley College, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) and his rival, Christine Essel, a former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive, both dodged a question about whether they would vote for Villaraigosa if he were running for another office.
And Essel hastened to dispel rumors that Villaraigosa is planning to endorse her before the Dec. 8 runoff for a seat representing residents of the San Fernando Valley, where the mayor had a weak showing in his March re-election campaign. “I don’t know exactly who is creating [the rumors], but it isn’t anybody in my camp,” Essel told an audience of more than 100. “The mayor is not endorsing anybody in this race and he is not helping me with my race.”
Que?? You mean that the likes of AEG, with LIEweke, Ari Swiller, IBEW, ACORN and Councilman Jose Huizar are endorsing your campaign but not Mayor Antoino Villaraigosa? If you believe that then I have a copy of the former "Tony Villar's" high school report card where the GPA adds up to 3.0+.
Then for objectivity, we add some comments from Paul Krekorian.
Krekorian said the city is “facing too many crises right now to have the captain of the ship running off to run for another office” and added that “there have been a lot of disappointments in the mayor’s leadership of the city.”
“He came in with incredible promise -- gave one of the great speeches I think that I heard when he was inaugurated,” Krekorian said. “And we all know in many ways his administration has fallen significantly short of that, I think in large measure because he has been looking outside of the city to other things.”
But Krekorian has endorsements from the likes of Assemblyman John Perez and Kevin De Leon who are close allies of the Mayor.
One can bet that if Mayor Villaraigosa was held in higher esteem by the voting public in CD 2 and city wide, you would of seen more exposes of the photos shown above. Either way, who evers gets elected will have to work with the "third floor' once in office. But if any of the two get too close to Mayor Villaraigosa upon election to City Council, then 2011 may be the "ultimate political report card" on past comments and subsequent actions in office, regarding their ties to Mayor Villaraigosa.
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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rod Sport,

Yur reeding compre-ension iss azz bad azz yur spellung.


"LA Times Scribe Maeve Reston reports from the supposed last debate between Chris Essel and Paul Krekorian last evening at Valley College and based upon her reporting, neither wants anything to do with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa."

December 01, 2009 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RS, if you are going to insert your comments in the middle of a story, can you do something like use parentheses so we know when it's you versus when it's the author versus when it's a quote in the article?

Or maybe you can write your comments and post a link to the article so you don't confuse everyone AGAIN.


Phil Jennerjahn

December 01, 2009 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennerjahn is working on an article right now called "Paul Krekorian : Unfit For Office" but he hasn't posted it yet.

December 01, 2009 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just what this blog needs: some more CD2 coverage on top of the other two cd2 stories on the blog today.

December 01, 2009 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

About your mention on endorsements:
”But Krekorian has endorsements from the likes of Assemblyman John Perez and Kevin De Leon who are close allies of the Mayor," -

Perez is Villaraigosa's cousin and DeLeon is best friends with Fabian Nunez as they grew up together in Logan Heights area of San Diego.

You may remember Nunez had the Mayor write a letter to the judge in support of releasing the son of Nunez out on bail after his arrest one year ago for the murder of the college student in San Diego. I'd say Tony and Fabian are pretty good friends, yes.

But if Tony really wanted to help any candidate here in a big way, he could just endorse the OTHER one.

The question comes down to which one will foul up our city less while in office as that one becomes part of the 15 probably still-unanimous voters on motions that often miss the point of addrssing priorities of quality of life, including taxes and promotion of population density among others, instead of self-promotion and living large.

LA native

December 01, 2009 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes why are you still posting multiple cd2 stories every day?

December 01, 2009 10:23 AM  

Blogger Mulholland Terrorist said:

The Los Angeles Times, aka, the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street, has rediscover the CD 2 City Council Special Election.

You should get out of the mobile home park more often, Red Spit. The Times ran a big story in Sunday's paper, too.

In fact, a quick look at the LAT site shows that since the primary election, there have been about 10 stories on this miniscule special election, half of them just within the last week, and some dealing with things like the contribution limits issue, specific endorsements, etc.

(Like most of us give a rodent's backside which pompous, out-of-touch career bureaucrat wins this).

Off hand, I'd say the Times is giving it TOO MUCH attention, for just another cookie-cutter council seat fill-in. And, it goes without saying that this blog has been overwrought and exhibited classic OCD symptoms about this whole useless demi-election.

It's not like anything is going to change in CD2, either way . . . other than the name (temporarily) on the door!

December 01, 2009 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I doubt red spit will respond since he cares only about seeing his own name and why bother to waste time on accuracy or fact. Higby doesn't care either.

December 01, 2009 10:26 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Quoted comments are in italicize type.

December 01, 2009 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you mean italicize or italicized?

Wouldn't it be easier to get your thoughts together in one space and just provide a link to reduce the confusion?

December 01, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Went to the debate yesterday and it is obvious Essel is not up to the job.

She cant put three words together unless they are scripted for her.

December 01, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There has been lots of push and pull between AV's people and Essel regarding the endorsement.

It was supposed to come out Tommorow to help Essel with a big Latino push that labor is paying for the last four days.

At this point it looks like the Essel people are backing away from it. The risk of it with other voters is too high.

December 01, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV's endorsement of Essel will be the kiss of death for her.

December 01, 2009 10:58 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Memo to Mulholland Terrorist,

I'm in the habit of reading the "Old Gray Westside Hag on Spring Street" online these days, ss no one in our "subversive double-wide enclave" would be caught dead with that "moonshine wrap".

That said, I am waiting until Thursday evening to see if Essel's cocktail party friends at West LA's biggest regional fishwrap, will resort to "Schwartzenegging" Krekorian with some "outcome-based, agenda journalism"/ hit piece, on the behalf of thier "vessel of choice", Chris Essel.

December 01, 2009 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot:

Your right on about the LAT.

Over $700,000 in Special Interest IE's and the LAT never writes a story about why Essel NEEDS THAT KIND OF MONEY for a race with so few voters.

What is the agenda of the people pushing this empty skirt?

They never asked that.

December 01, 2009 11:11 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Essel needs the Mayor's endorsement to pull some Latinos in Sun Valley and North Hollywood however at the same time it hurts here elsewhere in places where Krekorian is already strong.

She may have to forgo it.

December 01, 2009 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

E$$el is a thief, too, who is uninformed about local issues, and her poor showing in EVERY debate, and her poor handle on the issues, says it all.



December 01, 2009 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot don't bother with the idiots posting. They love to hate but ask them why they don't start their own blog if all they do is criticize?

Michael says, "Essel needs the Mayor's endorsement to pull some Latinos"

Sorry Michael but even the Latinos aren't supporting this Failure of a Mayor. If Essel needs Latino support she should have gone to Mexico with the Mayor. I bet the Mayor invited Essel to a complete waste of time and money event on Thursday morning when Beck TAINTED by his selection will be sworn in again for photo ops. All the morons on council will be there and they endorsed Essel. How can Beck excuse wasting tax payer dollars when he's already been swon in 3 weeks ago in council. Word is he's giving himself a Xmas party at the Marriott Hotel even though cops didn't get a raise and LAPD budget was cut $100 million. BECK as arrogant and egotistical as the Mayor.

December 01, 2009 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least the Slimes has reigned in David Zahniser, who's champing at the big to do his usual half-dozen hit pieces on the anti-Shallman/ rightwing BOUGHT candidate. If they let him loose this week he'll write up Shallman's unsubstantiated or extremely exaggeated accusations as fact, or at least write them up with enough of a headline and story slant that those who don't read past that (most Slimes readers in fact) will believe the accusations as fact.

December 01, 2009 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian will win in a walk.

December 01, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ACORN walkers spotted early this morning putting Essel signs up in Sun Valley.

December 01, 2009 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Paul Hatfield said:

The question regarding whether either candidate would vote for Tony V was one of several I submitted. I was out of town and could not attend. I will be discussing the forum with my colleagues who were there. We will post a summary.

December 01, 2009 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Painters are going to be paying UFW to do a big Latino get out the vote operation for Essel this weekend.

It is not going to be ACORN.

December 01, 2009 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Mullholland Drunkard said:

Phil Jennerjahn said...

I am considering running against La Bonge in 2011. It is still 16 months away, though.

December 01, 2009 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hatfield do you really think anyone cares if you were out of town?

December 01, 2009 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow! both candidates are refusing the Mayors endorsement "lol"
The problem with the City of Los Angeles there is no leadership starting the Mayor, and all the stupid OVER PAID Councilmembers. I can not believe they fear the little mayor who is busying doing nothing well the 15 council member stand waiting. Whoever win CD 2 will not matter until the current 14 council member booted out.

December 01, 2009 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor's in mexico and the city attorney in the hospital and noone missed either of them, good riddance.

December 01, 2009 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

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

Sots, what's this we hear about the Cedillo staffer who was bounced from the race against John Perez at the insistence of His Nibbs and the Labour?

(Rolls eyes) Can the boy NOT fend for himself so that he needs the assistance of his infamous relative? Quite frankly, we'd rather have neither for neither are worth having. And if you can't be had, then what can you be, savvy?

December 01, 2009 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

is there NOONE advising him that he listens to? He's down there in Mexico saying we should scrap the fence and "Focus on our similarities, not our differences."

Well buddy the differences start with not a whole lot of Americans jumping the fence to go south, and if they did, the Mexican government would not provide them free education IN ENGLISH because the curriculum is "too Latino- Centric" and if they went down there to get free major healthcare like organ transplants, they'd be allowed to die or deported first. For a start.

Still waiting to here how much international business this book fair actually brought to L A last year.

December 01, 2009 3:17 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Nice to have the Captain and crew back in port. Do I see a Redwood coming home party in the near future?

BTW, what is up with Cynthia's ex.?

December 01, 2009 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The race is in a single CD and the turnout will still be low. Looking for the Latino vote needs two things, (1.) a registered voter, and (2.) a registered voter who will come out to vote.

Even with Latino voters attention, what makes you think that Antonio is going to continue to be able to pull the wool over as many eyes as he used to.

I don't think the Latino vote here is going to turn the tide for anyone.

And Antonio doesn't care (lucky for the candidates) since he's on another junket spending other people's money and accepting uncalled-for awards.

If Antonio were worth anything, he'd be here in town for more than two consecutive weeks and try to work on honing up on the city finances instead of complete reliance on aides like they were human "Cliff's Notes."

Doesn't he get embarassed by his ignorance and inappropriate responses to situations?

His actions remind me of the antics of the boss in "The Office," except that guy's a fictional character. Too bad this one isn't.

Still in L.A.

December 01, 2009 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

114 - I care. And it was so nice to get away from the dust bowl that hit the Valley last Wednesday. Hope you din't inhale too much of it.


December 01, 2009 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening Red Spot (tips hat):

Thank you for the kind welcome to me and the crew. It is good to be back. We even missed Mrs. Kefflebaum. (Hears woman yelling) Oh bugger, the harpie is at it again, she is. (Yells at Mrs. Kefflebaum) Yes, Mrs. K. We're back. And no, there is no liquor currently involved at the moment.

As for a party, that's a fine idea. Yes, let's have a party. As a matter of fact, the invitations have gone out for the Annual Holiday Pirate Ball. Only your friend the Ex Oficio can't seem to fit into her ball gown. (Whispers) She's with child, savvy?

And we're not sure what to think about Cynthia's former fling. The Quartermaster said something about what a preposition does to a cloud, but then again, when it comes to prepositions and clouds I try to stay away from those nasty things, savvy?

December 01, 2009 9:12 PM  

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