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Friday, April 09, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

Well maybe they didn't mean it.  The LA Weekly reports that the Los Angeles City Council is "dangling" the idea of a DWP rate increase in order to get a hold of $73 million in DWP surplus funds the City desperately needs.  In the meantime the Moody's bond rating service - AKA "jerks" according to Councilman Richard Alarcon - has once again downgraded the city's credit score and maintains a bleak outlook for LA's financial future.

Now we know who wears the pants in the Jerry Brown household and at the California Chamber of Commerce - Mrs. Jerry Brown AKA Anne Gust who made her fortune working for a company that encourages young women to become further anorexic to fit into smaller clothes at higher prices.  The Chamber had aired commercials reminding voters of Brown's record of opposing Proposition 13 among other things and Gust had a Brown cow.  Calls were made to some of the members of the Chamber and pressure applied leading to the ad being quickly dropped.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has secured a court injunction to fight drugs and gang violence in Skid Row. Now this is the kind of thing we expect our City Attorney to do instead of fighting pot shops and silly billboards.

Phil Jennerjahn contacted us to show us a mock-up of the donation envelope for his recall campaign.  You may remember Phil's strategy for getting the mountain of signatures required for the recall, as he explained to Kevin James on this radio show, is to get a critical mass of potheads to campaign for the measure, so many that members of the SEIU will join Phil's parade.  And now that Antonio Villaraigosa's latest missteps in the whole DWP mess may have given Phil a little possible mojo, here comes Captain Ego AKA Walter Moore to tie his Red Ryder wagon to Phil's star just like he did with the Shaw family.  Watch out Phil that Walter - who made fun of your mercilessly during the Mayoral campaign - doesn't throw you under the bus as he did with the Shaws.

Now here are some folks doing the right thing to effect leadership change in Los Angeles.  Rather than goofy recalls which are good talkradio fodder the folks at Griffith Park Wayist are actually seeking individuals to groom and support to run against Councilman Tom LaBonge who apparently has pissed off folks from North Hollywood to Los Feliz.

The parent company of the OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET may be close to coming out of bankruptcy.  The New York Times reports that Tribune Media is near a deal with creditors.

The country is changing.  A good old-fashioned American Sears auto center is being replaced by a European style public mass transit station.

What happens when you're a political wunderkind who can't even beat Lloyd Levine in a primary? You move to another state and run for office there while tapping into old connections to get the endorsement of a former Vice President.  That's what Andrei Cherney, former Clinton speechwriter and abortive Bob Hertzberg protege is up to these days.

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Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Higby, I think you are being unfair to Walter Moore. Yes, I had said some critical things about him in 2009, but we were running for the same job. My jabs at him didn't matter, as he clobbered me in the election - beating me by 70,000 votes. As far as the Shaws, I can't comment because I don't know what happened there.

Walter is a good man, a talented guy, and I don't think many people could do the job he has done keeping an eye on the City budget and the outrageous shenanigans of certain Council members, along with the Mayor.

Politics is a cyclical business and sometimes, in order to win, you have to join forces with someone who had been your rival. I'm happy to set egos aside and let him be the first person to sign the Recall Petition. Walter has a small army of dedicated followers who have been listening to his guest spots on talk radio for several years. Many of them want to help. Many hands make light work. Good for us.

You and Joe B have gotten yourselves all "wee-wee-ed up" about this Recall effort. I only wish you could be in our offices to listen to the angry phone calls we get... furloughed City employees willing to join the fight. People volunteering from outside the County limits.

If this all works out like I expect it to, Mayor Sam is going to have some explaining to do.

April 09, 2010 7:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore is the "all-about-me gadfly."

April 09, 2010 8:34 AM  

Anonymous The Old Phil Jennerjahn said:

Phil Jennerjahn
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 26, 2008

Go ahead and support Walter if you want. It's a free country.

He comes off as petty and mean-spirited.

He routinely rubs it in that Villaraigosa failed the bar exam four times. This is childish behavior from a sore loser.

People do not get inspired by leadership like that.

Walter brags that he is so much better than everyone because he's a LAWYER and a Princeton grad!
So what? Who cares? A little reminder for you....

Los Angeles Mayoral Election 2005

Antonio Villaraigosa 58% of the vote

Walter Moore 2. 7 % of the vote.

You want to throw your support behind Mr. Three Percent?

Knock yourself out, Fred.


April 09, 2010 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That idiot LaBonge needs to go.

April 09, 2010 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil has an office! you could knock me over with a feather!

April 09, 2010 11:22 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Is Phil sharing office space with the "Venice Economist"?

April 09, 2010 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? ?!!?

You and Joe B have gotten yourselves all "wee-wee-ed up" about this Recall effort.

April 09, 2010 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter Moore and Phil Jennerjahn are jose-come-lately attention whores. One could laugh at these clowns were it not that their work is damaging to the activists who actually have roots in LA and are not looking to get a job on Fox Tea Bag News.

April 09, 2010 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Jack Huff said:

Red Scott are you serious that Phil's office is Zuma Dogg's apartment?

I went to his website and I read that the recall is being led by Phil, David Hernandez, Frank Sheftel's mother and August Bisani the candidate from CD2 who was the joke of the race.

Little wonder as to why Walter Moore set up his own website.

April 09, 2010 1:30 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

Michael--"Mayor Sam's..." back and that's probably a good thing but not if this site degenerates into you and the Anonymous Libs bashing Walter Moore, Phil Jennerjahn and Zuma Dogg. Those three gentlemen have cared enough about this city to put their own asses on the line and offer solutions to the many problems created by the Villar regime. And I STILL say it's downright cowardly to post anonymously.

April 09, 2010 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It ain't just the libs that see what a phony Phil & Walter & Zuma are.

April 09, 2010 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And Rita, I think it's weird to put naked and graphic pictures of yourself on your Wally Wharton Facebook page.

April 09, 2010 9:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil and Rita of Sunland/Wally Wharton, what a team!

April 09, 2010 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rita's posting naked photos of herself on Facebook, and calling the homeless economist of Venice, a "gentleman?" Can't tell which is worse, but it sure doesn't enhance her creds on Phil or Walter (or Walter's running mate Berger the Mad Dog Englishman-bootlicker and attack dog to his Masters Trutanich-Cooley) OR on that wingnut KevJames' show! Who also keeps making Walter Moore fell like a contenda' and maintaining the delusion he shoulda-coulda been mayor.

April 10, 2010 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Walter Moore promise to move to France if he lost the mayor's race? Is he just another one of those typical politicians who make those promises to get out of town, not run for another term, etc., and then change their minds and hope people forget?

April 12, 2010 11:40 PM  

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