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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

The Times recaps the staffing changes Antonio Villaraigosa has made within the Mayor's office since winning re-election to a second term.  Realizing he's frittered away most of his time as Mayor Villaraigosa wants to leave a legacy and has made major team changes throwing out deadwood and reassigning his performers to key areas of responsibility over his agenda items, such as moving former Burbank City Manager Bud Ovrom to head up the Department of Building and Safety. Most telling of the personnel move was the dismissal of Community Redevelopment Agency head Cecilia Estolano who refused to adhere to a Mayoral directive to move the CRA's headquarters to less pricier digs and save the City some dough. According to The Times Estolano told the Mayor she'd rather resign than move to a downscale building the Mayor had in mind, telling a Villaraigosa aide "The mayor may want to know that he will lose the CEO of his CRA/LA over this."

In case you were speculating about what mystery illness City Attorney Carmen "The Clown" Trutanich had over Thanksgiving weekend the Times reports it was an attack of gallstone pancreatitis. Nuch tells the fishwrap he's going to have his gall bladder taken out.  Might as well as it appears just as his mentor Steve Cooley, Trutanich had his testicles removed when it comes to prosecuting public corruption.

Curbed LA asks if New York has far more tourists visiting it than Los Angeles, why does Los Angeles have so many tour buses. Gee, this is something I've sat up nights wondering myself.

Don't you get sick of these celebrities who moralize about what we must do for the planet except when it comes to their lives.  For example political scion Robert Kennedy, Jr. who promotes anti-global warming schemes like Cap and Tax but has a carbon footprint the size of Texas from flying private jets and opposes wind power when it is in view of the Kennedy Family Compound in New England.  The latest is U2 guitarist "The Edge" who lectures on environmentalism but wants to build a five mansion complex on a bluff in Malibu.  Perhaps these guys need a lecture from actor Ed Begley, Jr. who actually walks his talk.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok so i get it: Higby's not angry that Tritanich-Cooleuy are behaving illegally, but that they're not behaving illegally ENOUGH

January 05, 2010 2:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad to see that you're kicking off 2010 the same way you signed off of 2009. With immaturity.

January 05, 2010 6:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Edge's proposed development and the entire campaign surrounding it are truly. disgusting.

January 05, 2010 8:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think Ed Begley, as you said, walks the talk. He endorsed Essel who chopped down so many trees with her campaign material that I am shocked Ed did not say something about that. Shame on you Ed.

January 05, 2010 8:24 AM  

Blogger Brigid LaBonge married an idiot said:

My Tommy was on Huell Howser last night AND HIS PENIS WAS SHOWING THRU HIS SHORTS in Griffith Park!

Embarrassing, yes, but the guy carried his football with him! Now there is a man who is having difficulty coming to grips with the fact that his football days were more than 40 years ago.

Mother was right. Tommy is an idiot.

January 05, 2010 8:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Genderdoodle is comparing himself on his blog to George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mohandas K. Gandhi

OMG I can't wait for him to hit the campaign trail. What a total child!

January 05, 2010 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're in the worst financial crisis and the Mayor keeps hiring people.

"The mayor also recently hired Joan Sullivan as his deputy mayor for education, Eileen Decker as his deputy mayor for homeland security and a new lawyer, Brian Currey.

January 05, 2010 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Essel used recycled paper.

January 05, 2010 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom LaBonge's penis on PBS?

Now there's an oxymoron!

January 05, 2010 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

goes to show you how out of it labonge is. i can't believe bridgett let him out of the house!


January 05, 2010 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Hahn was very upset when Eric didn't let her hold her time while she was cross-examining someone about the proposed film commission.

He said they were going back to old rules. She must be furious, as this comes just as she's running for Lt. Gov. and wants to gas on even more than usual. She was sounding really stupid anyway, wondering WHY the film industry was leaving LA, whether it's tax incentives to other areas (duh!) "or is it the parking." She REALLY thinks they're leaving because of parking???

Tom sounded even stupider than usual as well and talked a lot.

There are two editorials out today against Hahn running for Lt. Gov., which the L A Times correctly calls a "do nothing" job but even so, scolds the Democrats for making up excuses not to give the job to a moderate Republican like Maldonado who they've stalled for over a month, hoping to help Hahn or another Democrat because once he's an incumbent, he'll have the edge. Maldonado is shunned by the rightwing Republicans for crossing party lines, so if the Democrats don't do the same for him they're as big assholes as the rightwing Republicans are all the time. And screwing him for JANICE?

L A CityWatch has an editorial slamming Janice for failing her constituents who generally hate her and complain she's done nothing for them, is just sending out press releases now about how great she is. That's for sure.

The writer Diana Chapman was a reporter for 15 years for the Daily Breeze so she's more than just an average crank. She says if Janice loses after trying to ditch her constituents they'll resent her even more.

Anyone can share their Janice stories with her at hartchap@cox.net

January 05, 2010 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:22 a.m. is correct. Like Hatfield, Ron Kaye and a bunch of other old misogynists who think an arrest-crazy cage-rattler is the solution and not the problem, he wants Tritanich to hurry up and arrest the mayor and Jan Perry, Reyes and Koretz, Leiwike and his lawyer and staff, the whole planning commission and maybe Chief Bratton.

He can't get over Maeve Reston's "high five" article after her colleagues David Zahniser and Jim Newton and other Republican-leaning writers refused to report on his real past, so she just might have to watch her back. We know they'd like to get "mulholland terrace" over at the Wayist. Higby had better watch it too or his urging Nuch to prove he has cajones just might mean HIM.

Of course Don Duncan the medical pot advocate, who he got to campaign for him and get out the vote, is "under investigation" as the Weekly's Dennis Romero gloats. The formerly homeless mutt who's getting free housing at our expense gloats that Craig Rubin is going in the Big House, and got 9-12! He'd probably get Laura Chick for something, except she's out of L A now. But Woocher her lawyer had better look out or he'll be defending himself pro bono.

Doug McIntyre speculates the Nooch will arrest Tom LaBonge and himself just for fun (that WOULD be fun), and Jan Perry will ban them from getting candy and hamburgers just for the hell of it. Can you imagine them there with all those others on his list and Craig X Rubin AND Duncan?

January 05, 2010 12:19 PM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Oh goodie! Huell's episode on Mt. Hollywood must have been on again last night.

Aren't we luck to get the opportunity to see all of Tom LaBonge?

How terribly special.

January 05, 2010 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Should Angelenos be concerned with the mayor’s staffing changes? An individual summed it up the best?


Where are our leaders?

Re “Resolutions for legislators,” Column, Dec. 28

There are a great many Californians (and Angelenos) complaining that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa) spend too much time away from home.

The consensus is that this detrimentally affects the quality of their leadership.

Forgotten in all this is the fact that when you lack the skill, ability and brains to govern, it really doesn't matter where you are.


January 05, 2010 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We all knew that the Nooch had too much gall, to be behaving as he has.

January 05, 2010 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:35 is right on. Our City lacks leadership. The Mayor should resign before they arrest him for being in cahoots with the former retirement dept. head. He and his appointees lack balls to make tough decisions. I heard a rumor that his comadre is vying to replace Bill Robertson the head of street services. Who does she think she is? She can't even manage her own Board let alone a bureau. The cronies in cityhall beginning with the mayor have dug a deep whole and expect the employees to bail them out. Well I have news for them. Employees are getting together e-mails and documentation to prove how incompetent this administration is.

January 05, 2010 9:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Bud Ovrom thing was especially galling. I thought CA law required that an engineer must be head of a Building Department? Bud went to USC w/an M.A. and that's about all he has going for him. There's no way he's qualified for this one.

January 06, 2010 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The loss of Helmi Hisserich as Deputy Mayor is especially unfortunate. I hear only good things about her. If she were a man, she would probably still be working there.

January 06, 2010 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good point.

Not having an Engineer in charge of Building and Safety is like having someone with no driver's license driving a schoolbus. Watch for safety shortcuts to allow builders to make more money. This will jeopardize safety and could put Bud and Antonio behind bars.

January 07, 2010 12:56 PM  

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