This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm an ex-mayor. Los Angeles is a magnet for people from all over the world. Some of them run for public office. Inevitably some of them stray from the golden rule and rule for those that have the gold. That's when I go to work. My name is Yorty. I'm a dead pol.
LA Weekly’s Daniel Heimpel says activists defeated City Hall and the IBEW with only $74,451 and the effective use of new media. On Twitter, Facebook, and the blogs, Heimpel shouts-out Soledad Garcia, Ken Draper, Ron Kaye, Michael Higby, and others for igniting a resistance that ultimately forced Measure B’s proponents—flush with $1.6MM in I-can-afford-to-ignore-you special interest cash—to respond. … Of course, LA Times and Daily News editorials, along with Doug McIntyre’s advocacy didn’t hurt.
In the wake of defeat, Mayor Villaraigosa’s office has chosen a more conciliatory tone, but the man who really matters, IBEW boss Brian D’Arcy … well, not so much. By the way, you can find NoOnMeasureB, Ron Kaye, and Mayor Sam on Twitter.
Meetings are set for city officials to present an overview of the mayor’s modest congestion relief programs for Olympic and Pico Boulevards. Opponents continue to pedal the argument they developed to stop one-way streets—that small businesses will be hurt—even though plans for one-way streets were scrapped long ago. I drive a 10-mile stretch of Olympic, east from Century City five days a week, and when 3 p.m. parking restrictions were established, the difference was immediate. Traffic flow improved dramatically, and fewer cars now detour down side streets. Give the mayor’s plan a chance to work, won’t you?
It will never again be possible for the forces that created Los Angeles to create another region as unique and interesting. But today, we are threatened with the same soulless future of so many American cities, whose leaders capitulated to the interests of big corporations and New Urbanism. It happened in my hometown, Denver—small cities surrender quickly. Big cities whet the appetites of reinventors not just at home, but abroad … and make no mistake: LA, as the world’s original symbol of backyard sun and leisure, is the ultimate conquest.
Yesterday, you probably read this obnoxious piece by another New Yorker reimagining our city as the clean, orderly, SimCity it was never destined to be. Curbed LA—a blog not known for consistency (between boosterism for Smart Growth and multi-acre Bel Air real estate)—linked to the piece with the headline, “Saving Los Angeles From Becoming a Third-World City” … As if to suggest that a rail network and faux river will rescue us from complete gridlock after City Hall bulldozes our low-rise landscape and invites millions more to move in? I want to believe LA’s fate isn’t sealed, but each day it gets a little harder.
Monday is both Cesar Chavez Day as well as the LA County Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. With no disrespect to Mr. Chavez (who would actually be rolling over in his grave over some of today's politics) you can imagine where all the politicians will be and where the parades are. Still a small but dedicated group of volunteers held a picnic in honor of Vietnam Veterans in North Hollywood Sunday.
Video Louis recaps parking meters in NoHo over at Downtown NoHo Times. Politicians who have raised parking fees in Los Angeles might want to note that when the same thing was done in Chicago residents smashed the meters (not that we suggest this at all in Los Angeles). Also, if you park at anMTA parking lot to patronize local businesses, you better buy a bus or train ticket.
In the past week, I have been posting videos and original pieces here on Mayor Sam's exposing the corruption in our monetary system that could inevitably lead our country into an age of a police state. Orwellian overtones aside, I have been attempting to show the readers a new way to think, like Morpehus of The Matrix movies. I can't force you to see the truth; I can only show you the path.
'Mayor Sam' Higby and I have been emailing each other over the last few days to address the concerns of those of you who feel that national politics is not what Mayor's Sam's is about. I respect this view and have decided how to address it.
Higby has promised that he will soon create a new site dedicated to national and international material with which I'm sure I'll be involved. In addition, I'd like to recruit YOUR help in returning our country to the people by sharing your stories about how national politics affects you and your neighborhood.
Also, I will be using my own blog The Centrist OC to store all pertinent information and open discussion. If you would like to join my blogpen, please contact me by email at email@example.com.
I'm also looking for people to tell their stories about how the recession has affected them for a YouTube project showing the real effects of corporate greed.
Please join me in taking our country back for the people!
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies as a fundraiser for nearly 90 years. Profits earned from the sales of cookies fund an amazing number of programs that really develop the young girls into leaders. Its the very best of volunteerism and civic involvement. An interesting fact, is that though Girl Scout Cookie sales is a nationwide tradition, all of the profits earned locally stay locally with the regional council and the local troop. The national Girl Scout organization earns it revenues from a license fee paid by the bakers contracted to manufacture the cookies. Also, the cookies are trans-fat free. The Girl Scouts' website has a comprehensive FAQ about cookie sales.
Saturday night is something called Earth Hour where we are all encouraged to turn off the lights for an hour to apparently "make a statement."
I was invited to an Earth Hour party and today on my cell phone got an SMS via Evite that the party was cancelled. If a Google search generates 7 grams of CO2 how much does an Earth Hour party evite times 100 guests including invitation, responses, reminders and cancellation?
When I'm working, writing, on the computer, etc. - event at the office - I prefer minimal light. At home while blogging I typically only see by the light of the computer monitor and turn on and off lights as I pass through rooms. I bet doing that everyday saves a lot more energy than one Earth Hour party!
I also walk to work everday, generally driving my car at most two to three times a week. I last filled up the tank on March 8th and I have about a third of a tank left (mainly due to two business related trips to the Westside/South Bay earlier in the month and a trip to Gardena for a memorial service last weekend). Even when I do drive, mostly on the weekends, it's almost always patronizing businesses in my zip code.
I also use cloth grocery bags. I got started on that shopping at HOWS but my collection now includes Ralphs, Walgreens and Superior Produce Market. I keep enough of them in the car, buy extras when I need and always chastise the checkers "Yes I want you to use the cloth bag and not the plastic or paper."
So all of these things are helping the environment and saving me money, time, hassles, etc.
Don't make a "statement" by going to a party to be cool. Make a statement by living your life. Ed Begley, Jr. is one of the few environmental activists who actually practices what he preaches.
Which leads me to the conclusion - why must we have the government force us to do these things?
Who do I send my invoice for my carbon offsets to?
The Krekorian camp just offered us this statement:
"Assembly Member Krekorian is flattered that so many of his constituents have suggested the idea that he represent them on the City Council in an area that was so well served for many years by Wendy Greuel. But he remains committed to making lives better for the people of his district by improving the state of education, public safety and the environment. That is his job right now and that continues to be his priority."
So we may parse that as he's not running; on the other hand I sense if enough of you Krekorian fans push him, he may do it.
Celeste Fremon thinks that it would be a good idea to change the City Charter so that His Imperialness Bill Bratton can serve ad infinitum as LAPD chief. One wonders how consistent an old lefty like Celeste is and did she favor the Christoper Commission's term limits back when Daryl Gates was chief? I am also curious if Celeste thinks that the Police Chief should be dabbling in partisan and electoral politics, again much in contravention of the findings of the panel that sought to reform the LAPD in the wake of the Rodney King beating. This is no different than the Republicans who were aghast at FDR's election to four terms and sought to change the constitution to prevent that from happening again. Yet, when those very same term limits meant no more Ike after 1961, they wanted to change the game again. Fortuanately, Ike was smart enough to know that was wrong.
Zach Behrens notes that Obama California campaign manager and Measure B godfather Mitchell Schwartz thinks there was a message in the defeat of the controversial proposition and hopes that LA's leaders take the hint. “When something that should be very popular doesn’t pass, it is a wakeup call to the mayor and the City Hall establishment," Schwartz told Daniel Heimpel at the LA Weekly.
No wonder some of the "umbrella organizations" over Neighborhood Councils get scant participation from all but a fingerful of NC members citywide. Perhaps folks don't see these organizations as ready for "prime time." A recent notice I got from the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition said "The LANCC meets on the first Saturday of each month: MEETING SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH." Now, yes, I did graduate from LAUSD but I am pretty sure that March 28th is not the first Saturday of the month.
Now we know why the City has made significant increases to parking meter rates and cut back on hours you can park, severely impacting local business and residents: there's gold in them thar hills! Friday the Clowncil will transfer $56 million from a parking meter fund surplus to help cover the City's budget deficit.
Sources tell the Sister City that San Fernando Valley Assembly Member and Assistant Majority Leader Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) will seek the unexpired City Council term of Wendy Greuel who was elected to serve as Los Angeles City Controller effective July 1st. We are awaiting official confirmation from Krekorian's staff who have not yet responded to our inquiries.
If true, this clearly represents a game changing move in the race to succeed Greuel. Krekorian would instantly become the front runner and clear much of the current field The Assembly Member has fought to preserve the entertainment industry in California and would likely have significant support from that sector, a major force in CD2. Recently, he's been working to extend unemployment benefits. Krekorian, who formerly served on the Burbank School Board, is a well spoken and likable politician who will do very well in the CD2 race, much of which he already represents in the Assembly.
Imagine, we have the very strong possibility of having two members of the City Council who are both named Paul, have the last initial K, served in the State Legislature and started off as elected officials in cities other than Los Angeles.
Attorney "Super Glo" Gloria Allred is another media you know what who has joined the ranks of pimpdom along with Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Dr. Phil. Her latest fix of media attention is based on sticking her nose into the "Octomom" case. So that's why it was great to see that Superfan Jake Byrd did his best to make another one of her photo op press conferences the true mockery that it is.
Zuma Dogg notes a startling item buried in Wednesday's City Council agenda. According to Mr. Dogg "if measures are not taken, 56% of the city's general fund, 56% of every L.A. City dollar, will have to go to cover the city employee's pension and retirement funds." Zuma accuses officials charged with investing employee pensions of playing "fast and loose with the city taxpayer money" and that actions of the Mayor caused the funds to lose $7 billion in the last year, leading to what one unnamed Council Member calls "Armageddon." Say what you want about Zuma Dogg, but he's been consistently right in his financial predictions. Read more at Zuma Times.
Dueling polls and press releases Wednesday from both the Carmen Trutanich and Jack Weiss City Attorney campaigns. Both campaigns have wildly different interpretations of where the race currently stands. Still the view of many political watchers is that Weiss is in trouble.
We're hearing a lot of chatter with respect to DWP General Manager H. David Nahai, IBEW Labor Boss Brian D'Arcy and something about the upcoming Council District 2 race to succeed City Controller-Elect Wendy Greuel.
A very reliable source with decades long ties to the local political scene is telling us that Nahi is out as DWP chief, at the urging of D'Arcy and that D'Arcy could very well be the replacement for Nahai. All of this is fallout from the amazing defeat of Measure B by local activists, for which D'Arcy reportedly blames Nahai.
Continuing, as part of a "success is the best revenge" move taken out of the Bitter Bernie playbook, Nahai, learning that Villaraigosa is "just not that into him" will run for CD2.
However, on the other hand, another very reliable source embedded deep within City Hall, a veteran of many campaigns over the last several years, tells us that this is news to them and beleives that Nahai does not live in CD2. However, this tipster believes a "field clearing" player is gearing up to run for Greuel's seat, its just not Nahai.
They also go on to state they'd be surprised if D'Arcy wants to take over at DWP as the boss is a "labor guy." They do predict other management moves at DWP, just not at this level.
The Jack Weiss for City Attorney must have spent a pretty penny on some masterful polling spin that says he'll best Carmen Trutanich in May's general election.
One of the best lines is that Weiss thinks that Trutanich is not qualified to be City Attorney because he "supports Republican and conservative causes and candidates."
Well, sorry Jacko, last I checked Obama hasn't yet followed up on Markos Moulitsas' call to make being a Reublican illegal. LA is replete with Democrats for sure but many of them hold conservative views and there is still a good chunk of Republicans and other folks like me who find ourselves in the libertarian (with a small l) camp.
The bottom line is that many people would vote for Attila the Hun over you for City Attorney because they find you arrogant, deceitful and contemptous of the people. For corn sake Jack when 20,000 people in the 5th District take enough time away from sipping lattes to sign a recall petiton and the overwhelming majority of your own District votes against you its apparent you have real issues, or quite frankly that you're one major asshole.
Therefore be it resolved that we now know for certain that Antonio Villaraiogsa and Wendy Greuel will have their hands on 2/3 of the store many are very motivated to make sure you're not the watchdog.
The billboard wackos are at it again. They don't even want billboards at places like LA Live and Hollywood where most folks under 50 think they're cool. Convoluted thinking that creates a crisis out of a non-issue leads to the notion that by allowing individual communities to set their own course as opposed to a suburban crank NIMBY driven one size fits all the billboard industry will sue. Dumbasses, a Citywide ban will invite lawsuits as well. If there are any billboard attorneys out there (except for Walter Moore) that want to file a class action suit against the city on my behalf I'm willing to advocate for sign districts and more billboards. (Don't we have a budget and crime problem that's more important the nutbar obsession with billboards?)
Catholics are expressing concern over Notre Dame University's invitation to President Obama to speak at their commencement following his recent decision to fund stem cell research. Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt says at this blog, "Imagine the reaction if the National Right to Life Committee were to invite President Obama to receive its leadership award. By contrast, imagine if the ACLU were to invite Secretary Rumsfeld to receive its leadership award."
Flap the Blogging Sadist I mean Dentist has a Meghan McCain obsession. I don't blame him because she's smart and very sexy but this isn't way you impress a girl, Doc. Even when she's right Flap has to hate on Meghan and point out her age. That might be because Flap is like three times Meghan's age. Flap, I think there's a molar calling you.
Despite orders from the Mayor to stop it and condemnations from City Controller Laura Chick over City deparments including the DWP ordering bottled water on the City's dime Police Chief William Bratton is defending his purchases of bottled water. If the water is solely for emergencies and for officers in the field that's one thing. We at the Sister City would like to know if the LAPD is using bottled water for management meetings or other purposes not directly benefitting the officers. You can email us or call the hotline above if you have evidence of such.
Is Governor Schwarzenegger considering a run for the Republican nomination for US Senate next year? CBS says the signs are out there. I would assume however the Republican nominee should actually be a Republican however.
Most people think that money is not more powerful than the rights of the people. They're wrong. That our rights are not for sale. They're wrong. They think socialism is acceptable in the current climate in a way very similar to those who felt that the PATRIOT Act was acceptable after 9/11. They're wrong. They think there is no plan for a one-world government. They're wrong.
I don't believe everything that Alex Jones says as gospel, and of course doing so would defeat the very purpose of liberty. I actually feel that he draws some conclusions without sufficient facts, but I also understand that it is the nature of his business. That said, I personally do not believe those that claim there is an esoteric or demonic purpose to the globalist agenda, or that the ruling elite are really green skinned reptilian aliens (David Icke) or any of those kinds of lunatic ravings. Despite some conclusions that have been made though, this movement's research skills are second to none. And it's gaining mainstream acknowledgment.
Remove the controversy that surrounds the 'end-game' conclusions made by Alex Jones here and look at each piece of evidence of imminent global government and the formation of the police state individually. Research the growth of SWAT and population control teams over the last 30 years. Look at the Red Sox Championship incident in which a young woman was killed by a 'non-lethal' weapon, or any of the other examples or tragedy in law enforcement's efforts to control the population. Understand that it's basically U.S. military soldiers with better paychecks and blue uniforms that make up the law enforcement community. You can clearly see that at very least we as a country are heading in the direction in which Jones says we are, and have been for years. Why else would 35 states ratify resolutions invoking their 10th Amendment rights? Not in 1929... in 2009. It won't matter when the Bill of Rights, and indeed the Constitution in whole, are rendered obsolete.
When you further investigate, what you find is a systemic pattern in which every problem we face ends up seeing a solution from the robber barons who created the problem initially, either intentionally or not, which whittles down our rights and makes the powerful more powerful... and we ask them for it. America's collective memory has always been a bit foggy. What is going on now has happened before, and unless we change our course immediately, it will happen again.
The issues and events of the global elite actually ARE covered by mainstream news outlets but are glossed over by 'larger' distractions such as Terri Schiavo and Obama on Leno so that doubters can point to the lack of coverage and marginalize those of us who can read between the lines. What about Ron Paul, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, or the hundreds of thousands of American Patriots on the internet? What about bloggers? I'm far from alone.
What about the collapse of the newspaper industry? There is an information void in this country, and frankly Americans should be wary of the idle chatter offered by most of the talking heads on the TV news networks. They cover what I've termed 'civilian politics,' or the left versus right debate that distracts us from the surprisingly non-partisan true nature of our political system.
What do you know of the North American Union? The NAFTA superhighway? The Amero? Obama's plan for a mandatory 'volunteer service' and a 'civilian military counterpart' or gun control as discussed repeatedly by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel? What of net neutrality? The Federal Reserve System? RealID? Carbon taxes and cap and trade? Vehicle Mileage Taxes as some kind of twisted payback for reducing our dependence on foreign oil? The MIAC report on domestic terrorism?
What I'm going to be bringing to Mayor Sam's during this time of crisis is a glimpse of its true causes and the paths from which we have to choose at our current crossroads in history. If you choose to ignore the warnings you do so at your own peril.
To the detractors on my last post, you think you're so smart because you can shed doubt on the Kennedy assassination? You think there is no elitist power structure because he was killed as opposed to discredited or defeated at election? In case you haven't figured it out, Kennedy was the first POTUS that attempted to confront the oligarchy, and so they made him an example. He wanted to dismantle the Fed and got a couple of bullets for his trouble.
And they create and destroy bubbles for two reasons: as market stress testing, and to provide for the redistribution of wealth to those they feel they can control. Since we can never know who they are, they need only a happy, smiling, mixed-race lawyer to convince the people that they should work harder 'for the betterment of the country,' when the truth is it is for their financial benefit. There was a huge $700B bailout program called TARP that passed recently. Maybe you've heard of it. Work harder. Thousands on corporate welfare depend on you.
As far as deathbed confessions, I would assume that any elitist who would want to confess would not be surrounded by people ignorant of where their wealth came from. Their families and friends and those close to them have been benefiting from the fruits of our labor for centuries. That's right, centuries, because the 'New World Order' is really just the OLD World Order of kings and peasants.
I think it all makes perfect sense. Multiple crises converging on single points in time that all benefit the same group of people can only be explained by two possibilities: conspiracy or dumb luck. I believe the former is MUCH more likely (in accordance with Occam's Razor), but even if I'm wrong, the individual events consisting of the Old World Order plans, whether you believe in the conspiracy or not, must be stopped.
You can check out the insurgents web site and blog here. You would think they could use their time to more effectively actually attacking the issues and bettering their neighborhood than wasting time on a silly, elitist and racially tinged rebranding effort.
If you ignored my other videos or haven't put the pieces together, here's the tie-up. I proudly present the full length, high quality version of The Obama Deception, a documentary from American patriot Alex Jones. Pay close attention if you voted for Obama because the truth is that you DIDN'T! You didn't vote for Bush, Clinton, Carter, Nixon, or many others. You voted for their corporate handlers at the quasi-governmental Federal Reserve System.
Free your mind and our country. The time to act is NOW. This is a conspiracy, but it's not a theory. The United States has been broke and collateralized for decades... and now they've decided it's time to sell out.
United States Code (USC) Title 22 ¤ 286: "¤ 286. Acceptance of membership by the United States in International Monetary Fund. "The President is hereby authorized to accept membership for the United States in the International Monetary Fund (hereinafter referred to as the "Fund"), and in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (hereinafter referred to as the "Bank"), provided for by the Articles of Agreement of the Fund and the Articles of Agreement of the Bank as set forth in the Final Act of the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference dated July 22, 1944, and deposited in the archives of the Department of State. (July 31, 1945, ch 339, ¤ 2, 59 Stat. 512.)
Short titles: É May be cited as the 'Bretton Woods Agreements Act'. "Other provisions: Par value modification. For the Congressional direction that the Secretary of the Treasury maintain the value in terms of gold of the Inter-American Development Bank's holdings of United States dollars following the establishment of a par value of the dollar at $38 for a fine troy ounce of gold pursuant to the Par Value Modification Act and for the authorization of the appropriations necessary to provide such maintenance of value, see 31 USC ¤ 449a."
My friend and occasional Mayor Sam blogger Edward Headington doesn't get why Measure B failed. Ed says "I am still a little surpised that Measure B did not pass given the green mood of the populace." We are all for green solutions but what Ed may have missed is that the angry mood of the populace was stronger on B than the green mood.
L:A Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt says he's not planning to provide funding for shuttle buses to Dodger Stadium. CurbedLA reports McCourt commenting "But it's a few buses. We need robust, muscular public transit for Dodger Stadium to be a vibrant place. But that applies to the whole city, doesn't it?"
Though Wallace assesses Geithner's performance so far by saying "The problem for Obama isn’t Geithner’s lack of popularity—it’s his lack of success. So far, he hasn’t done anything that has inspired confidence in the financial markets. So far, he hasn’t made any public appearances that have inspired confidence in the public. And so far, he has failed to form a productive or even functional relationship with Republicans or Democrats in Congress," the President says he wouldn't accept the Secretary's resignation if he offered it.
The campaign of City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich has released a statement saying that both Trutanich and City Council Member Jack Weiss are in a dead heat with 35 percent of the vote each and 30 percent undecided in a recent poll. The Trutanich campaign also says that Weiss appears to have alienated his own political base, "Twice as many voters in Council District 5 rate Weiss unfavorably as favorably (34 percent to 15 percent, respectively)."
Busy morning, so if you’re looking for a hotsheet, stick this in the microwave.
First, I’d like to direct your attention to Joseph Mailander’s LA Weekly piece on the first 100 days of LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Cortines, of course, has been de facto “in charge” far longer, but with David Brewer out, our recent school board elections, and a state budget battle won by insatiable teacher unions, Joseph’s evaluation is opportune. We hear the catchphrase, “too big to fail” a lot these days. LAUSD is increasingly proven too big to succeed.
Speaking of too big to fail, President Obama continues his presidential procession through Southern California today. He is carefully distancing himself from the AIG bonus fallout, vowing at an Orange County appearance yesterday to fix “the system and culture that made [corporate excesses] possible.” The President didn’t specifically say whether that “system and culture” extends to the “if I only knew then what I know now” mentality that has long plagued Washington, and already shows signs of manifesting within his administration.
Anyway, LAist has a useful rundown of today’s planned street closures, and if that isn’t enough, these guys are planning a protest in front of the AIG building at Constellation and Avenue of the Stars. All I know is, I’m leaving Century City early.
As you know, Zuma Dogg and Matt Dowd entered City Hall chambers over a Venice Beach ordinance that went into effect over three years ago.
The city continues to make changes that makes things worse. ZD and Matt have complained ON THE RECORD on TV 35 about the problems with the way they are operating the performers spaces.
IT ALL CAME TO A HEAD TODAY WHEN ONE OF THE PERFORMERS (SOMEONE WHO HAS ALSO APPEARED ON TV 35 TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PROBLEMS)
WAS STABBED TODAY IN THAT PERFORMERS SPACE BY ANOTHER PERFORMER. ZUMA DOGG FEELS THIS IS A BY PRODUCT OF THEIR F*CKED UP POLICY THAT WE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT.
And now our friend was stabbed today. He is in the hospital. A police helicopter is looking for the person who did it.
ZUMA DOGG HAS REQUESTED A MEETING WITH VILLARAIGOSA AND VENICE CM BILL ROSENDAHL.
Since I predicted the problem, experienced threats and was run off the beach, myself in the run of my life....
I HAVE THE SOLUTION...I WANT TO PRESENT IT TO CITY HALL...AND THEY CAN DO IT.
The problem: Villaraiogsa is nothing but a mafiosa thug, himself who has stabbed someone (i don't know if he killed the person with the knife, or just hospitalized them) - so I doubt he will be sensitive to an "all hell breaks loose stabbing scenarios at Venice Beach" cause we know the people who he runs with, the people who back him, the people who really make this city tick (the mafisoso types) and that they mayor is not stranger to a little knife stabbing to settle the score.
So that's why I want Bill Rosendahl at the meeting, too.
I hope someone returns one of the messages I left.
Because if there is no interest on this by the mayor, I need to start rabble-rousing about a recall campain, because we can't have a mafiosa mayor who stabs people himself run for governor.
And I don't even think he is legally eligible to be mayor based on the stabbing in his past and the record. Whether Gavin Newsom looks into it, or not, and it becomes something people care about is another thing.
BUT I WILL BE THERE TO FAN THE FLAMES ON A RECALL CAMPAIGN OVER THE STABBING-MAFIOSO MAYOR WHO HAS ALREADY DESTROYED THE CITY....
The DWP has some of the nastiest tasting water in America and they want to continue to charge you more and more for it. However - despite a Mayoral order three years ago to stop it - a number of LA City departments are ordering bottled water for their employees to drink. City Controller Laura Chick (damn we're going to miss her) said “There is no reason why the city should continue purchasing large quantities of bottled water. If employees wish to drink bottled water, they can do so at their own expense.”
Blogger Don Garza reports that NIKE donated free shoes to the homeless in Skid Row. Garza offers praise saying, "They didn't have to beg to the larger entities in the community for these things, and realized the fruits of their labor , which has brought back their sense of self-respect and dignity , which will only increase. Thank you NIKE"
Gay Patriot blogs a good take on Gays and the GOP. "I don’t think the Republican Party need develop a gay-specific outreach plan. I simply believe the party should abandon policies which discriminate against gay people and otherwise leave us alone to live our lives as we please," says the right leaning blogger. He's absolutely right. If folks like Pat Roberston, Rush Blowtard and Ann Coulter could unpoke their noses from the bedroom, the Repugs might pick up a few votes. As a conservative I am far more concerned about tax cuts than anal sex. So should be the wingnuts.
In the morning, (March 18th @9:00am), we will learn if the District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against Pedro Espinoza, or life without the possibility of parole for the murder of my nephew, Jamiel Shaw II, on March 2, 2008.
The case will be heard in the Criminal Justice Center, 210 W. Temple St., 9th Floor, Department 105, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Civic activist Jane Usher is a thoughtful and articulate person who makes some good points about billboards. That being said a "one size fits all" policy regarding billboards is not appropriate for the city. We don't need NIMBYs from one part of town telling folks in another part of town what to do. Further billboards are not a crisis issue in Los Angeles. Crime is and the fact that young people can not get a job looms far larger but apparently doesn't catch the attention of the Trade Joe shopping, latte sipping cranks that fill many Neighborhood Councils.
Here's something that Flap is right about - Senator Dianne Feinstein will probably not run for Governor. Thought she would be a formidable candidate in many ways there's not an upside. But I believe that DiFi realizes she's better off remaining in the Senate than taking on a race she might lose but even if she wins inherits a whole pack of troubles a Senator doesn't have to deal with. Flap is wrong however that candidates such as Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa will best Jerry Brown. Both Newsom and Villaraigosa have extraordinarily high negatives and Brown is the candidate who appeals most to faithful and likely Democratic voters across the board.
Here's the rub. Flap must be breathing in too much of the twilight sleep gas. Meghan McCain is an intelligent writer who clearly makes the case why the Republicans must make radical changes to bring in young people, moderates, libertarian leaners and disaffected Democrats. The problem is old farts like Flap and bitter women like Ingraham just don't get it. And they are so at the peril of the party.
Kiss my fat ass Flap! (With all due respect because most of the time you're right but this time you're acting like a Mayor Sam dum dum.)
The LAPD will move to it's new headquarters, only it's third in 113 years, this November. Steve Harvey recaps the history of the last two police HQs, Central Headquarters in use from 1896 to 1955 and Parker Center, best known from the Dragnet TV series, which has been the LAPD's home for the last 55 years.
He was admitted to the California Bar in 1983 but on 9/27/1999 he was; "Suspended, failed to pay Bar member fees and was declared Not Eligible To Practice Law".
He fixed that and must have paid up in 2001 because he is listed as "Inactive" as of then.
But, once again, on January 12, 2009 he must have decided that he might want to run for Attorney General, so, what did he do? He finally went active and paid his dues (always less than $500 a year).
So, since he wants to be AG, he figured he'd best pay up and be licensed, just in case he won.
C'mon, folks. Bobby Shriver can't afford $500 a year to be a lawyer? I mean, couldn't he get a loan from his brother-in-law or withdraw a few bucks from the huge Kennedy Trust that enables him to be an "activist" here in the Peoples Republic of Santa Moscow?
So, just in case you missed it, Bobby-boy, let me make it clear:
There is no more "royalty" here in America. Caroline Kennedy took her previously golden aura and ran it through, "you know", the gutter, pandering to ("you know") a third rate "Governor" who ("you know") got there because his predecessor liked("you know") expensive hookers.
That fat windbag Uncle of yours is about to be planted, and the press may or may not supress the stories that ran when he killed that poor girl and tried to get your cousin Joe Gargan to take the rap. Ain't no more Camelot; Teddy blew it for all of you brats.
You won one local election, Bobby, and you've had your appointment to the State Parks Commission. If you want to grab the brass ring, get ready to find out about real politics. You won't like it; not a bit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Ron Silver has died in New York City after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer.
The Creative Coalition Executive Director Robin Bronk says the 62-year-old, who co-founded the nonprofit, died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him early Sunday morning.
Silver won a Tony Award as a take-no-prisoners Hollywood producer in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" and did a political about-face from loyal Democrat to Republican activist after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Silver earned an Emmy nomination for a recurring role as a slick strategist for liberal President Jed Bartlet on "The West Wing." And Silver himself had a long history of balancing acting with left-leaning social and political causes.
Some parents participated in supporting the teachers and chose to bring their children along to protests. I have no problem with that; participating in political dissent could be a great object lesson for children. However I believe teachers should not have involved students without their parents' permission. I also believe that some of the rhetroic unnecessarily traumatized children; forcing them to believe that their favorite teacher may be let go. Though that may very well be the case for some teachers, I think it borders on abuse to use scare tactics on children.
Jack Weiss is telling Rick Orlov fibs saying that "I have been on the public's side my entire career," as he seeks the post of City Attorney in May's general election. Yet Weiss isn't getting much love from his colleagues as Council Member Dennis Zine declares"I just don't think Jack deserves to be city attorney. I don't think he's up to the job."
The LA Times reports that City election officials are still counting ballots from the primary election earlier this month. Though most races' outcomes are certain two items remain in question. Measure B which appears to have lost is edging to the too close to call category as well as the 6th District Board of Education race between Nury Martinez and Louis Pugliese in which less than a percentage divides the two candidates. In the meantime Walter Moore thinks that if he isn't pushed into a run-off it will be because the City Clerk fired up Oliver North's shredder. Please ask Walter if he also believes the Federal Government is holding aliens at Area 51.
Our Mayor is promoting college scholarships for the undocumented. At a time when native born and legally immigrated students are struggling to make ends meet where does this fit on the Villaraigosa's priority chart?
From: Miguel Leon Subject: CORE Scholarship for Undocumented Students - Deadline: April 10, 2009 Date: Friday, March 13, 2009 Hi Everyone, Hope this message finds you well, please see attached..... just an FYI. Best, Miguel Miguel Leon Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development 200 N. Spring St. Rm. 303 Los Angeles, CA. 90012 (213)473-9768 firstname.lastname@example.org *******Please forward to all network contacts************* Dear Friends, CORE (Chicano Organizing & Research in Education) is pleased to announce its first annual "Que Llueva Café" scholarship. Applicants must be undocumented, Chicano/Latino, high school students entering college this fall. The postmark deadline is April 10, 2009. Please spread the word by forwarding this information to any students and/or networks that can benefit from this opportunity. I am sending you the scholarship application with this email.