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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The New Front Runner for LA Mayor

Councilman Paul Krekorian is off to a flying start in his first full day in office.  As reported by OurLA the Second District Councilman proved that he meant what he said during his campaign and introduced legislation with teeth to limit the controversial state law, SB1818, which seeks to tie the hands of local cities when it comes to development.

That being said Krekorian makes it clear he is serious and intends to deliver for the people who elected him.  Along with some recent excellent hires for his Council staff it will quickly further endear the charasmatic politician to the City of Los Angeles.  We don't know if Paul Krekorian intends to run for Mayor of Los Angeles but with crop of current and former Council Members who plan to run and are generally ridiculed by their constituents - not to mention the crop of gadflies and unknown corporate types who might jump in the race - Krekorian presents a qualified and attractive alternative not only to anything we've already had but to what we could have.

If he keeps it up these next two years, if he wants to be Mayor, he has it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, slow down there MS! Let's at least see what happens on Day 2 before you start making these announcements!

January 06, 2010 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn must be having anal leakage over this move.

January 06, 2010 8:09 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I'm just sayin. By getting elected to the Council Krekorian (or anyone) is automatically considered a possibility and since the current possibilities stink and if Krekorian delivers what he promised it puts him in the catbird seat.

January 06, 2010 8:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow imagine that, a politician keeping his promises.

Way to go CD2 voters.

January 06, 2010 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Frank Sheftel is kicking himself in
the ass for supporting Essel! He actually submitted a resume to Paul to get a job after all the trash talk he did during the campaign.
Sorry Frank, Paul will not be hiring you.

January 06, 2010 8:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul is great but he should stick to his council district.

He can better lead by example from there rather than by running for mayor.

Any way you look at it he is the best thing we have going for us at City Hall.

January 06, 2010 8:54 PM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Michael, I hate you sometimes. Knock it off. We are keeping Paul, dammit, if this is how he is going to conduct business. Stop trying to move him on.


January 06, 2010 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think Michael makes a good point. By being the only real newcomer to the city council, Krekorian is the only one whose record isn't severely tainted.

But I would like to see, for a change, a city councilman who really makes landmark improvments for their district over the course of several terms and, lord help us, serve as an example of how to do it right.

If anyone does that, the mayor's job is theirs for the taking, even though we need help at the top now.

January 06, 2010 9:21 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Yea, what Petra said!

January 06, 2010 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sheftel was stupid enough to apply?

Oh dear god! He is dumber than I thought, and that was pretty dumb! I mean, look who the moron used as his campaign manager: David Hernandez! The only guy who loses as much as Gendergone does! Yowza!

January 06, 2010 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul has put together a great staff specially with Mary Benson on board.

January 06, 2010 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More Hacopian spin yada yada yada.

January 06, 2010 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Paul Hatfield said:

I penned my thoughts as to what I thought PK should do.


The SB1818 implementation re-do is a good start by PK. Let's see how he deals with the budget.

January 06, 2010 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's on Paul's staff? I called the Sunland-Tujunga Office and it's still Wendy staffers..ugh...So much for change!?!

January 06, 2010 11:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wish him all the best, but after barely one day you don't think this is a LITTLE premature?

January 06, 2010 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG, so Paul did hire Mary Benson? That's awesome! Phil, ol' buddy, that coulda been you if you had a CLUE!

In fact, all of the Loser Brigade could have had jobs if they just had the common sense to support the obvious winner, as Higby did.

Not hiring Phil or Frank automatically makes Paul the smartest guy in city hall.

January 06, 2010 11:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With what experience did Frank Sheftel apply, and what job did he apply for?

That's about as funny as Phil dressing up as a bearded cowboy to submit his campaign papers for congress.

January 06, 2010 11:19 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

We're featuring the new Councilmember on "Off the Presses" radio show tomorrow. Maybe it'll come up but I'm sure there are others looking to move to the 3rd floor. The interview will be available to play/download on Friday.

January 06, 2010 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Jason said:


It doesn't matter, haha.

January 06, 2010 11:32 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

There is also a possibility that Krekorian might be in jail by the time the 2013 Mayoral election rolls around.

He has yet to pay for his crimes against taxpayers while living off the government in Sacramento.

January 06, 2010 11:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

maybe jennerdoodle coulda been chief of staff had he not been so obnoxious to paul. not.

January 06, 2010 11:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

phil; STFU! The only thing you have ever done is win "Ass Clown of the Year". Let the adults do their job and keep your mouth shut.

January 07, 2010 12:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil just shut up.

January 07, 2010 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

Hooray for CD2, we have a Representative and we are off to a great start. SB 1818 affects the entire city. Reining it in will benefit all of our communities! We also need to put the squeeze on
ADU's so the city doesn't let them get out of control either. Why is it they always go several steps further than what the law requires?
Hmmm, perhaps because they make deals with the devils, I mean developers, who help fund their campaigns? How about the Medical Marijuana ordinance? Over five meetings and still nothing! We need to know what gives here!

January 07, 2010 1:50 AM  

Blogger Kevin said:


It's early but this is a small important step for the city; long overdue; keep leaning forward

January 07, 2010 6:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, if you have PROOF of crimes, then come forth with them.

Since you are a law school drop out, do you even know what a crime is?

Or were you too busy coming in last place in the mayor's election, failing to spearhead the recall antonio villaraigosa effort that you promised and failed at, or were you just too busy winning your Ass Clown of 2009 award?

January 07, 2010 6:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did he do a good job in sacramento no,look where we are , yet some idiots are redy to make this crook politician a hero ,hes for the unions thats where he gets his money from.

January 07, 2010 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The crime here is that Phil may have reproduced!

January 07, 2010 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby has a man crush on Paul... introducing legislation and getting it passed are two different animals! Cool your jets there turbo. For all we know he's tilting at windmills. A more effective strategy would be to line up enough support for a well thought out ordinance that is passable than to just come in and start shooting!

January 07, 2010 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, the thought of Paul as a potential Mayoral candidate must give Wendy the chills on many fronts. The voters in CD2 will soon realize, compared to Paul,Wendy is a B.Ser. Gone will be her base, if she ever had one.

January 07, 2010 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, fer gawd's sakes!

Haven't you guys learned yet not to worship politicians?

Higby, it really hasn't been that many months since you were telling us with no uncertainty that AV was going to SAVE us from the (alleged) graft and corruption of the Jimmy Hahn era.

I guess it's true what they say -- that politics has become the true "religion" of most of America, and its leaders now have to be promoted as messiahs and martyrs in order to get and stay elected.

January 07, 2010 11:03 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Evidence of a crime?

How about how Paul Krekorian "bartered" for the support of Mary Benson and her 1000 voters for the exchange of support of said voters for a job in City Hall?

Bribery by an elected official?

Quid pro quo, Mayor Sam.

January 07, 2010 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on, I support Paul over Essel, partly because I've had enough of the false meme that the outsider to politics is going to be better - being inexperienced with a huge learning curve, running on plans and schemes instead of a track record, makes you even MORE the puppet of whoever recruited you and raised the money for you. AS WE CAN SEE.

But person's right who says that just because he proposed legislation opposing AB1818 does not mean much, except that he's making a gesture to the people who elected him. Anyone can introduce anything with just one person to second it, doesn't mean it will get passed, or that they can work the tedious process of working the motion through the committee, crossing the t's and dotting the i's, getting majority support.

AND while I support this motion, I'm fed up with grandstanding ploys to appeal to a demographic they want for their next election.

We'll see a LOT more of that from Janice wanna-be-Lt. Gov Hahn, bad as she's been so far banging her buzzer and shamelessly pandering.

Zine is horrible about that too, and added to that, keeps making up "motions" with his own name on it.

At least Paul didn't call it "the Krekorian anti 1818 motion." keep it real, Higby.

January 07, 2010 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Nina Royal said:

Hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of work ahead of us.

Make plans to participate in the groups that will help make a difference, so that we can help ourselves as well.
LANCC, SLAP, LA Plan Check, Valley, Citywide and all the other Neighborhood Council Alliances.DWP Advocacy Committee and Homeowners Assoc., etc. But, don't just attend, volunteer for projects and sub-committees and follow through so that we can actually an do more than talk about and get things accomplished! Also, pass on all the important information you have gathered and share with all ogranizations, and local media as well, so we can help outreach and engage all of our communities members. We the people are the power and we can unite and use it for our benefit!

January 07, 2010 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, I thought you were accusing Paul of a crime against the taxpayers
while he was in Sacramento? Now, once challenged for evidence, you run like a pussy and accuse him of bartering for votes?!! You may find yourself in court if you keep up the slander and lies you stupid idiot.

January 07, 2010 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

phil ur a world class jackass for accusing paul of something and not being able to back it up.

that's why youre a pussy. that's why you dropped out of law school. that's why you failed in the recall. that's why you couldn't pick the cd2 winner.

that's why youre the ass clown of the year.

January 07, 2010 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, "Ass Clown of the Year"???

He actually won something?


I thought he'd come in last in evrything...

January 07, 2010 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, why stop at Mayor, and after only 2 DAYS.

Let's keep up with the trend, and nominate Krekorian for a damn KNOW-BELL PIECE PRIZE. During week #2, he'll be well qualified by today's standards.

Anyone for sainthood?

No sense trying to keep up the facade of any of this being based on merit or actual achievments. Let's always select leaders based on their (self-described) POTENTIAL, alone!

Just like you'd hire a brain surgeon because he was SO good at fingerpainting in kindergarten.

January 07, 2010 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope you are kidding here, Higby, otherwise, I will lose a huge amount of respect for your political judgment.

He would be the Obama of Los Angeles if they elected him afer two years in office; I thik the world has seen well enough where that got us...

January 07, 2010 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope you are kidding here, Higby, otherwise, I will lose a huge amount of respect for your political judgment.

He would be the Obama of Los Angeles if they elected him afer two years in office; I thik the world has seen well enough where that got us...

January 07, 2010 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby's definitely over the top about krekorian, as he was about Trutanuch Carmen the Clown, and it seems his only gripe about him NOW is not that he's acting illegally and abusing his job both ethically and under the charter by threatening to arrest and intimidate everyone who doesn't agree with him - but that he's not following through ENOUGH.

(MAYBE because smarter and cooler heads have advised him he is on shaky legal ground and had better shut up instead of make it worse by actually throwing Perry and Leiwike into the pokey?)

BUT certainly Krekorian is highly qualified and reading the Slimes' endorsement of Essel from just ONE MONTH AGO IS A LAUGH:

"In the end, we continue to believe that Krekorian has an insufficient record of success in Sacramento to warrant a midterm transfer to city government, and that Essel is the candidate most likely to arrive at solutions that work for the city and for 2nd District constituents."

Can we believe ANYTHING the Slimes says?

January 07, 2010 3:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Ford and Heal the Bay pay for the back drop? If so, who gets the money? I suppose who gets the advertising fees depends on whether the picture was taken before or after he was sworn in.

January 07, 2010 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What will Mary Benson's staff position be? Is she the new Pat Davenport?

Why didn't Abby Diamond get offered this position? She certainly has a 'sunnier' attitude than Mary Benson!

January 08, 2010 3:53 AM  

Anonymous Tujunga Lvr said:

3:53am Abby didn't have 'votes' to barter. All Abby has is poise, intelligence and respect from the community.

January 08, 2010 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have to be kidding. How far do your lips reach up his ass?

Krekorian couldn't raise money for City Council and could only win in a December special election with an overwhelming Armenian turnout in a District where Armenians have more voters than any other district in LA. How does he do that citywide?

Moreover, he would have to open a Mayoral account to raise money immediately after his reelection in 2011--if he wins reelection.

Don't be surprised if he faces a serious challenge and be forced to promise he'll complete his term.

January 08, 2010 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The reason Mary Benson got a job is simple: It was in exchange for her endorsement in the runoff campaign. She asked Essel for a job and Essel refused because a deal like that is ILLEGAL.

Apparently there is a recorded conversation on Essel's cell phone with Mary demanding a quid pro quo consulting contract in exchange for her endorsement.

Essel won't use it because recording someone without their permission is also illegal.

Mary Benson and Paul Krekorian will deny it but they should submit themselves voluntarily to a lie detector test to really get at the truth. They won't.

January 08, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Somebody has got to call you out for being stupid.

Deals like that are made all the time.

Where is the illegality of trading an endorsement for a job?? Are you fucking serious? You are out of your mind. It happens EVERY ELECTION and there is nothing illegal about it.

There may be some Ethics violation if there were money changing hands before, but if you don't know that people who stay loyal during campaigns get rewarded with jobs, then you have no place reading local political blogs, much less writing on them.

Are you thinking that when you're already an office holder, you can't use that public office for anything having to do with the campaign? That is true, but if a candidate wants to offer another candidate a job in exchange for an endorsement, that is perfectly acceptable. Unless the job seeker is polar opposite of the candidate, they'll usually cut a deal.

You people need to hang out at city hall more often. Or go volunteer on campaigns. For real.

January 08, 2010 7:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said...

Evidence of a crime?

How about how Paul Krekorian "bartered" for the support of Mary Benson and her 1000 voters for the exchange of support of said voters for a job in City Hall?.........

January 07, 2010 11:05 AM

Jeez Phil - Have you ever seen congress in action? I'm not saying your claims are true or not but - Come on . Are you naive or what?
The Little People are organizing and learning to play the game. Is that bad ?

January 08, 2010 10:08 PM  

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