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Monday, January 04, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

The future of LA neighborhoods?

Janice Hahn really is serious.  She's running for California Lieutenant Governor and has assembled a political dream team led by former Sister City blogger and Villaraigosa consigliere Michael Trujillo and includes fresh from a smackdown in CD2, John Shallman, campaign technology guru Joe Trippi and straight out of the Gavin Newsom debacle, Garry South.

In case you were wondering what City Council members do, they make calendars.  At least that's what Tom LeBong has done.  Heck even former Clowncil loser candidate Chris Essel made up a calendar!

Mulholland Terrace at Griffith Park Wayist serves up predictions for 2010 including the death of the Los Angeles Times and a great golf score for SLAP's Ron Kaye.

Imagine the Los Angeles City Council having accomplished so much in three years they took a pleased look at their results and then the entire Council subsequently retired.  That actually happened 100 years ago this week.

Watching the excellent History Channel program Life After People made me think.  Years of failed government policies turned the City of Detroit into an economic basket case that whole neighborhoods have been abandoned and stand fallow, with nature reclaiming the properties. Could a similar fate be in store for a soon to be bankrupted Los Angeles?

Speaking of failed policies the City of Los Angeles spent millions of dollars to redevelop and bring business to the North Hollywood area, the HOWS Market located next to the Metro Red Line is closing after less than three years in business. Officials from the Mayor's office and the Community Redevelopment Agency are rumored to have called an emergency meeting with the store owners but management is reported as saying nothing will persuade them to remain open; sagging sales are forcing the chain to shutter this location.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerdoodle will run for Congress and finish with even fewer votes than he did in the mayor's race, where he came in dead last.

January 04, 2010 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Myself and a group of other LA area investors just got back from Detroit looking at opportunities.

As bad as Detroit has been, a lot has happened to start things happening. None of which has happened here and does not look like will happen anytime soon.

The knucklehead Mayor is out and City Council members are under REAL investigation with followup by the Feds.

There are some REAL business leaders emerging there, not tax credit whores. Those that are working to create a sustainable economy with real made ROI not air.

They are beginning to have Chamber of Commerce members as leaders not followers of the politcal status quo (I.e.LA Chamber).

Ours is a group who has regularly come forward to the council and Mayor with resources and ways to do things without the subsidies.

Create real sustainable affordable housing without tax credits for both renters and owner occupied.

Also opportunies for schools and diversions and opportunities to keep individuals out of the gang life.

This is no particular organization, just a group of individuals who created wealth on their own. Although most of us do belong to many trade groups around the city we believe those groups are by and large part of the status quo.

Our offers of help without expense to the city have been turned away at every step by this Mayor and City Council.

I believe many more like us are being courted hard by other cities and will be leaving soon.

January 04, 2010 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would any one hire that idiot Shallman?

January 04, 2010 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prediction: this year, Jan Perry will NOT be riding on Clown Carmen's Harley in tandem with Dennis Zine at the West Hollywood Gay Rights Parade. Clown Carmen will continue to throw her UNDER the Harley instead and drag her "across the street" to Cooley's DA's office and then to their buddy Baca's jails, as the SLAPPERs cheer on the sidelines, as they keep promising to do on this blog.

The Jan Perry 8 will form and gain national attention as they demand justice for their Soul Sister, and Trutanich will earn a reputation as the New George Wallace. Perry will be freed and Trutanich will go to jail for abusing his position. With all the people he's already jailed already there, including Tom LaBonge, they'll form a football team that becomes Prison Champion of California. Nuch will also give boxing lessons in the clinker and Tom and Ed Reyes will become his best pupils.

January 04, 2010 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Jan Perry 8? Are you kidding? Jan Perry and Tim Leiweke. That adds up to 2 only.

January 05, 2010 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman's hardly an idiot, whether or not you like his style of campaigning. He has put many, many politicians in office.

Somehow I think you'll feel very differently the day he gets one of the candidates you are supporting elected.

Just out of curiosity, who do you like better and if you had someone you wanted to be elected, who would you choose instead of Shallman? And if that person had already been hired, then who would be your second choice?

January 05, 2010 9:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor, aren't you the one who posted back in August that How's Market was "bringing magic to NoHo?"

Sorry all you newly-arrived NoHo hipsters, you'll have to slum with us non-gentrified long-term peasants over at the "Ghetto Ralphs" on Magnolia (sans even the comfort of a wine-tasting bar.)

Actually, NoHo was more "magical" back in the day when it was a true community with affordable rents, small industrial businesses along Chandler that employed people in non-service sector jobs, Bud's Red Hots & Pete's Diner, and we didn't have to stop & sit through a 5-minute traffic light every 50 yards.

And "Hows" about that towering, white elephant apartment bldg across Lanky from the Red Line station? Along with How's, that project was trumpeted by developers as the anchor to the new, hipper NoHo. Next time you pass by at night, count how many lights are on. "Now Leasing" ... for over 2 years, and you can still hear the echo of a pin dropping in that ghost town. I expect to see tumbleweed blowing around in its immense underground parking structure. Is that project also "bringing magic" to us .... or is it the next shoe to drop?

January 09, 2010 7:10 AM  

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