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Monday, May 31, 2010


I am very happy and grateful to be re-elected to the Residential Renters’ seat on the SCNC Board, especially after the recent dramas our community was subjected to just before our election. My personal “Thank You” goes out to the stakeholders of Studio City who turned out for the election.
For me, one of the most meaningful and beautiful aspects of Democracy is the fact that no matter what problem you are facing…or whatever problem that surfaces…there is always a remedy available when you apply democratic principles. Sometimes that remedy comes from the Law.
If the Law forbids certain actions for an elected representative of the people, then chances are that representative will think twice before they break the law. But…if they do break the rules anyway, for whatever reason, there is always a remedy available.
When voters are upset with incumbent behavior, (and who isn’t nowadays?) some expect the assembled elected body to police itself, some call or write their reps to express their displeasure, some will use recall petitions, or some will even get in the race themselves and run, as I have done.
When there is no oversight to prevent injustice (as with our NC system)—the voters will use the last resort and ultimate weapon they have at their disposal in a Democracy….their VOTE.
Voting is our most powerful remedy.
The recent SCNC controversies were actually a good thing for our community, democratically speaking, because they energized our election!
We know many NC’s that are following the rules, functioning well, getting the job done, while also welcoming input from their stakeholders. We also know that there are many NC’s that are suffering from disengaged leadership, or have embedded, bully-controlled or personality-driven power cliques, who are deliberately, or seemingly unfamiliar with the Ethics laws, By-Laws, etc...
It’s easier for an NC to lose their direction and moral compass than you might think when power is centralized in a small clique.
Neither the City, nor DONE, (nor even the BONC) seem willing or capable of providing proper oversight for NC’s that would keep them on the right track towards real grassroots democracy and that’s a huge issue for us all. Right now, without oversight, it is ultimately up to the integrity of each NC, their board members and stakeholders to police themselves…and that’s difficult.
Thankfully, these are all problems that can be easily solved with proper leadership that reflects a commitment to ensuring that all NC Board members have learned and comprehend all of the State Laws, Ethics rules, by-laws and procedures that govern our NC’s and their Board members.
In Studio City our election provided a few remedies, but there is still much work to do.
The SCNC needs a president who is a strong advocate for the Key Value of Grassroots Democracy. My belief is that we need an advocate president who will attend meetings regularly and build the strength of the SCNC so that we become a legitimate, trustworthy and believable force with City Council, and the Mayor, whom it is our job to advise.
Other NC’s have done this—why can’t the SCNC?
Some board members have been working narrow agendas that are motivated by self-interest, or by partisan politics only, while simultaneously disenfranchising legitimate stakeholder concerns. This is clearly not the way to go.
This is a democracy and the life-blood of democracy is dissent. That’s how it works.
Encouraging debate, and respecting the democratic process, is what democracy itself requires in order to succeed.
If a Board member takes personal offense merely because a fellow Board member or stakeholder disagrees with them on an issue, or blows the whistle on wrong-doing, then they do not belong on the Board.
Contrasting views should be heard. Wrong-doings should be exposed.
If a Board member is daunted or offended by an opposing view; or unpleasant revelation of wrong-doing—instead of using questionable maneuvers to silence or remove that opposing point of view—perhaps it would be better to open your ears to what’s being said, consider the reasons someone opposes your proposal and then, after amending your proposal, or deciding not to amend…make your own case once more in such a persuasive manner, highlighting community benefits, so that all will agree with you.
That’s how it’s done.
If the voters still don’t support you, it may be time to consider the possibility that your point of view could be found lacking in the eyes of others, or even consider the possibility that you may be out-of-touch with your community.
We all have a right to our own opinion. We even have the right to be out-of-touch. We also have the right to change our minds. It’s okay to hold the minority opinion as well. That’s your right. None of this is that complicated and it certainly isn’t personal.
But remember…The stakeholders always have a right to be heard and their representatives at every level have an obligation to hear them out.
Stakeholders should be encouraged to present their opinions and positions that are offering differing views—not discouraged…and they certainly should not be shut out of the process or smeared by personal attacks.
Democracy isn’t easy. Our NC’s are evolving and still getting the hang of it.
Many NC leaders are busting their behinds actively searching for the answers and remedies that we can utilize to make our City function for the benefit of all….and we aren’t even on the payroll!
Our NC’s have come a long way in the last 10 years and we have much further to go.
Adhering to the democratic principle of open debate will help get us there sooner rather than later. Let’s work towards that goal together. Decide the arguments on merit—and not on personalities or partisan politics.
Our 2010 Studio City Neighborhood Council election proves that there is a remedy for any democratic problem, that is, when you are working with a true Democracy.

In your service,

Michael McCue
Board Member, Studio City Neighborhood Council

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Serious Memorial Day Message From The Birthday Party Clown

Stopping Socialism and Communism
by Phil Jennerjahn

I am committed to a political philosophy of stopping Socialism and Communism in America. They are dangerous leftist ideologies that always result in the government using massive force and threats against their own citizens.

Obamacare is Socialism. The government wants to force you to buy health insurance.
Where do they think they have the right to do something as Un-constitutional as that?
The bill was not about health care. It never has been.
Health Care was just an excuse to give the leftists more power. The power to demand and control aspects of the medical and health services industries.

Most voters don't understand it, but this is one of the most dangerous things our government has ever done!

How can you possibly take a chance on voting against tyranny, when those same tyrants control your access to health care? It's so disturbing that I cannot fathom what people are doing voting for any Democrat ever again.

We must elect Constitutional Conservatives who will reign in the supersonic growth of government power during the Obama Administration.

I am one of those Conservatives committed to saving this nation.

Karen Bass? Not so much.

Pure Socialist. Job wrecker. Economy destroyer.

-Phil Jennerjahn, Candidate for Congress and Mastermind of the Recall City Hall Campaign


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper, 74

Legendary actor Dennis Hopper, star of classics such as Easy Rider and many others, and one of the few out Republicans in Hollywood has died at the age of 74.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

A Dangerous Enemy of Freedom Squeaks By

Un-official results are in from the Studio City Neighborhood Council elections and extremely dangerous enemy of freedom Lisa Sarkin was, unfortunately, barely re-elected to the panel. However more voters voted against the grand dame of StuCi and had those voters coalesced behind one candidate Sarkin would be hearing this song:

On the other some good news is that former member Michael McCue was re-elected and will return to the panel after being unceremoniously dumped by Sarkin and her thugs.  Hopefully Sarkin won't try this again as the community is wise to her reindeer games.

However the biggest news is the abysmal turn-out for the Neighborhood Council elections.  Less than 2,000 voters turned out for 11 of the panels representing an area with over a quarter million residents.  If the Councils expect to survive and achieve legitimacy they're going to have vastly increase participation and do it soon.

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Gary Coleman, 42

Gary Coleman, the star of TV's "Diff'rent Strokes" has died as a result of complications from a fall.

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Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

Blog away dum dums.
The LA City Council is going to ask for a tax that even a NIMBY could love but it doesn't mean it should be passed. The Clowncil has voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would tax billboards and supergraphics. Though the city is pleading poverty Mark Reddick, President of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, makes a good point - “We don’t have a revenue problem in the city; we have a spending problem.” Reddick is absolutely right and at some point most of the rest of you will get it.

Clowncilman Greig Smith voted against LA's goofy boycott of Arizona but was wishy washy when asked why.  Not so with County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe who oppose a similar LA County boycott of Arizona.  Antonovich did not mince words calling the boycott "Stupid."  Perhaps Antonovich and Knabe are concerned about the economic impact of a boycott of LA and it's tourist attractions; San Diego lost several million dollars in hotel bookings from Arizona residents when that city only passed a condemnation of Arizona and not quite a boycott. With Arizonans gearing up for a counter-boycott of Los Angeles and other cities those considering sticking their nose into Arizona's business (especially when California already has an identical law on the books to Arizona's) might think twice.

Bloated mush-mouth Clowncilman Paul Koretz compared Arizona's anti-illegal immigration laws to Nazi Germany and caught a lot of heat for it.  But here's something about Nazi Germany Koretz may want to remember as he is cheerleading banning the carrying of unconcealed weapons in public.  It was in Nazi Germany that Hitler required all citizens to register their guns and banned Jews from owning weapons, just before they were loaded on boxcars and hauled to the ovens.  Koretz should think twice and consider that the second amendment is there for a reason.

The former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro is being turned into a "Great Park" a enormous public space that will create a park twice the size of New York's Central Park.  Now efforts are underway to turn part of the park into a massive urban farm.  Maybe that's a good idea for the Grand Avenue Park in Downtown LA, given how many hungry people we have in LA.  It would be funny to see Eli Broad in overalls don't you think?

This may be bad news for the Republican and Democratic parties: Californians are fleeing both parties in record numbers  20% of voters in the Golden State have registered as decline to state.

If your home is in a hillside area its time to soon to clear the brush around your property.  The LAFD News and Information Blog has great information including how to hire a professional to clear the brush and how the inspection process works.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Last Call! Friends Don't Let Friends Vote for Lisa Sarkin!

If you're going to the polls in Studio City - 

VOTE YES on Michael McCue
VOTE NO on extremely dangerous enemy of freedom Lisa Sarkin

Background material for you

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Polls Not Looking Good for Some Candidates

Gavin is bad ass!
This just in!

Republican political operatives closely aligned with Meg Whitman's campaign have begun to see what the slate of candidates looks like that will be going head to head with what many are calling the most diverse slate of Republican candidates in California Republican history.

Here are their internal results – with one race being particiuarly concerning to them.

Lieutenant Governor:

Gavin Newsom – 39%
Janice Hahn – 33%
Eric Korevaar – 11%
Undecided – 15%

The Republican Party is rooting for a Newsom win – and quite frankly so am I. (Recall we were the first blog in the state to report that Prince Newsom was dropping out) Gavin Newsom will be used as an anchor to tie down Attorney General Jerry Brown and the entire Democratic Party ticket. We need Gavin so I am urging all Mayor Sam readers to donate to his race so we can have a clean sweep in November 

Even though Newsom released a poll that showed it 47%-26% my “right-thinking” political operative friends tell me that was before any mail had hit and the Hahn campaign has unloaded with several mail pieces while the first Newsom piece landed last night. Their internals have the Voted Already numbers a dead heat 34%-32%. Hat tip to the Hahn campaign for making it close.

Insurance Commissioner:
Dave Jones: 37%
Hector De La Torre: 29%
Undecided: 33%

Insurance Commissioner is pretty low-level job and whoever wins will be skewered by Assemblyman Mike Villines as part of the Sacramento problem of higher taxes and out-of-balance budgets.

Donate to Mike at: http://mikevillines.com

Attorney General:
I personally like District Attorney Steve Cooley and think he will be beat whoever the Democrats put up.

But this might be some not-so-great-news for the Harris campaign, who Republicans really want to see as the Dem nominee as well.

Attorney General

Chris Kelly: 16%
Kamala Harris: 15%
Rocky Delgadillo: 11%
Pedro Nava: 10%
Ted Lieu: 5%
Alberto Torrico: 4%
Undecided: 39%

I believe this is the first poll showing Chris Kelly with some sort of a lead or “traction” as the pros like to put it.

Again we want “anti-death penalty” Kamala Harris to go win this – so again I urge a donation to 

Alright folks – remember this is the place for politics – Los Angeles or Statewide.

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Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

We teased it last night; Fox 11's John Schwada reports that a controversy is brewing over Mayor Villaraigosa has accepted thousands of dollars in gifts from AEG such as free tickets to events at the Staples Center  but failed to report these items on required ethics filings.  Villaraigosa told Schwada that these are not gifts because he is conducting "official duties" when he attends these events.  That must have been the purpose of the Mayor's visit to a Sherman Oaks condo with vino and pollo in hand.

Big Neighborhood Council elections happen tonight across the South San Fernando Valley.  While most of the races are ho-hum the biggest battle is in Studio City where recently defrocked panel member Michael McCue will seek to return to his seat while hot-under-the-collar stakeholders will seek to get enough votes to deny dangerous enemy of freedom and NIMBY-crite Lisa Sarkin re-election to her throne.  Stay tuned; unfortunately it takes days to get results of these elections.

Big write up in the LA Weekly on City Clowncil Member Janice Hahn who is running for the Democratic nomination for California Lt Governor against San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.  The consensus appears to be that most folks count Hahn as being dumb as a doorknob though some constituents are satisfied with her. Probably doesn't help that her two biggest fans, as noted in the Weekly, are Tom LaBonge and Bill Rosendahl.

The other day I said that Caroline Kennedy was probably too damn stupid to be a United States Senator, likely the dimmest bulb in the Kennedy family but I forgot about one of her cousins. That would be Robert Sargent "Bobby" Shriver, the brother in law to Governor Kennedy Republican himself.  Now the Mayor of Santa Monica, Bobby, who generally sits in meetings playing with his mane of hair, wants to import Santa Monica's homeless to West LA.  Wonder what the Westside White Guy will think of that?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Villaraigosa Ticketgate?

One of our friends in the media tips us off that Fox 11 News at 10 PM may be airing a piece reporting that Mayor Villaraigosa allegedly accepted free tickets from AEG for sporting events and failing to report them as gifts in ethics filings.

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Vote NO on Lisa Sarkin. Take This With You to the Polls.

By now you know the story of how Michael McCue, a member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, who was unjustly removed by well known dangerous enemy of freedom Lisa Sarkin.

You may remember that when the SCNC recalled Michael on spurious charges at west, against the will of a majority of the stakeholders, Sarkin told the stakeholders they had no business speaking out in favor of McCue.

Pissed off stakeholders attempted to remove Sarkin for very specific charges, including violations of the Brown Act and other Neighborhood Council rules in her illegal removal of McCue.  However the fix was in because Sarkin's stooges on the panel voted against the will of the citizenry and saved Sarkin's ass.

Paul Hatfield has provided excellent coverage of the entire mess including very cogent analysis of why both McCue and Sarkin should not have had to go through a recall.  Lisa Sarkin, once again proving her role as an enemy (a dangerous one) of freedom excoriated CityWatch, a respected local news source, for even printing one of Hatfield's commentaries.

Lisa Sarkin is one of those toe tag NIMBY hypocrites that unfortunately wields a disproportionate amount of power in her community.  This happens when there are folks who might be financially set and who unlike most folks in LA have the time to attend every meeting, hearing and powwow in LA.  They are good at turning out decent crowds of their fellow suburban cranks and manage to burn their name and image in the soft brains of the elected officials and government officials in their area that those officials think that NIMBYs like Sarkin somehow actually represent the masses.  Lisa is a hypocrite who thinks she knows better than anyone else.

You have a chance however to make a difference.  If you are a stakeholder in Studio City - which can include you if all you have even done is buy a stick of gum in Studio City per the crazy rules of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment - vote NO on Lisa Sarkin and vote YES to restore and re-elect Michael McCue. Our Neighborhood Councils need to be representative of the public at large and not just a handful of suburban cranks.

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Art Linkletter, 97

Art Linkletter, host of the long-running TV show "People Are Funny" and the radio/TVshow "House Party," has died in Los Angeles. He was 97.

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Los Angeles Political Hotsheet for Wednesday

Screw you, Kagel Canyon!

The much ballyhooed protest event held yesterday on the steps of City Hall to demand that the heads of the LA City Council members be placed on a stick for boycotting Arizona, drew a grand total of 30 silly angry people.

Coincidentally, the organizers of the failed protest event, the Republican Party of LA County is under siege by the Rand "It's my lunch counter, dammit" Paul Tea Bag Party, and now a judge is being asked to separate the children and restore order.

SB1070 part 2 is soon to arrive! Now the author of Arizona's controversial "Show Me Your Papers" law has another bright idea and wants to overturn the 14th amendment of the Constitution and kick out kids born on American soil . You stay classy Arizona!

Richard Alarcon had a breakdown in City Council yesterday during the discussion over appointing Irma Munoz to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
While other council members used their time to praise the important work of the SMMC , Alarcon used his time to cry about the SMMC opposing his proposed truck driving school on the designated open space of the former Lopez Canyon Landfill. Kagel Canyon residents are the community most impacted by the landfill and the bizarre & obsessive efforts by Alarcon to open the school no matter how many organizations tell him how bad this project is (the ENTIRE LA County Board of Supervisors for starters). He also demanded a report from Ms. Munoz on why no one from the SMMC contacted him before issuing their letter in opposition to Alarcon's ridiculous Pet Project. Maybe because the SMMC has better things to do than subject themselves to the rants and ravings from the Tyrant of CD 7? Note to Alarcon: Jobs or Taxes is not a valid reason for a zone variance, especially on Open Space.

And finally, I gave a tour of the homeless camps in the Tujunga Wash for the LA Times yesterday. Here is the story and photos.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Protesting the LA City Council Boycott of AZ

Much like a Phil Jennerjahn press announcement, only a pitiful group of 30 people showed up outside City Hall to voice their objections to the City Council's boycott of Arizona. The dismal event was organized by Gary Aminoff of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. Promotion for the protest had circulated through emails and via radio talk shows for at least the last week.

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Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

Former scumbag Republican leader Mike Villines, in a move that besmirches the good name of known tax-cutter and 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was among four California legislators who were "honored" by the Kennedy Center's "Profiles in Courage" awards for attempting to raise taxes in California. Also on the list were Phil Jennerjahn's favorite budget destroying Socialist, Karen Bass, as well as Democrat Darrel Steinberg and Republican David Codgill. The award was handed out by the Cousin-in-Law of the Kennedy Republican, one of the brood that didn't get the brains of her grandfather, father, mother, aunts and uncles, Caroline Kennedy, who even most Democrats had to admit was too damn stupid to become a United States Senator replacing Mrs. Bill Clinton.

It's bad enough we have to educate Democrats on the basic tenets of conservative thought but it's just a mess when dumbass jackball Repuglicans overreach as bad as Obama when they think they have a mandate. A swift-footed (not) State Senator from Arizona - Russell Pearce - author of SB1070 was even pissing off Bill O'Reilly with his mush-mouthed explanation of his ridiculous plan to now figure out how Arizona can deport anchor babies. Let's start with the drug dealers, gun runners and gang members and not go after the kids wet-tard.

When she recently slammed her former City Council colleagues over their slush-fund officeholder accounts we wondered what those same Council members thought as Wendy once had her own Clowncil Slush Fund. Well it gets better. Ron Kaye is reporting - with lots of details you need to know - that Wendy is joining up with former Mayor Downtown Dick to raise dough for HER CITY CONTROLLER OFFICEHOLDER ACCOUNT! What's up with that?

Someone wants to recall Councilmember Dennis P. Zine, our favorite former motorcycle cop. I don't know anything about this but if they want to be successful they best emulate this recall effort and not this one.

A post on the LA Weekly's LA Daily Blog opines that while he's the front runner for Mayor perhaps, City Clowncil President Eric Garcetti is not the heir apparent to replace Mayor Villaraigosa. Nope it appears that Ron Kaye's favorite DWP head Austin Beutner is the Mayor's choice to keep the seat warm.

In a Zuma Dogg-esque move longtime local blogging empire Metblogs is going to pull the plug if someone doesn't give them some "PayPal love" soon. According to Franklin Avenue Metblogs has "no funding source in the offing." Funding source? Since when the hell did a blog have a funding source? I must be doing something wrong.

And finally Ginny Here and There, which is normally an over the hill centered blog, has a snippet on this week's coming Studio City Neighborhood Council elections which many hope will provide the vindication for controversial yet popular activist Michael McCue. McCue was recently unceremoniously booted from the panel by dangerous enemy of freedom Lisa Sarkin but most assume that the voters will return McCue to his rightful position.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunday Open Thread and Mayoral Recall Update

Nothing says "serious" better than sunglasses on a cloudy day.

Dateline Sunday, May 23rd, 2010... Latest info from the less than transparent "Recall City Hall" campaign disaster led by Phil Jennerjahn, Walter Moore, David Hernandez, and Dege Coutee:

-The "Recall City Hall" Twitter page has seen exponential growth in it's outreach efforts and, as of today, can now proudly announce that they have 58 followers! They built this following in slightly over 30 days, people!
Give It Up for Team Recall! Whoo-Hoo!!

-The "Recall City Hall" Facebook page has gone worldwide viral and now boasts (I hope you're sitting down) 172 (that's one hundred & seventy two) friends! Holy cow!
If that isn't viral, I don't know what is!

-Recall City Hall campaign organizers have decided that revealing a count of total signatures collected to date would interfere with their overall opportunistic efforts to get their pictures taken and a possible mention in the news.

Heads-up fishwraps and people with video cameras;

There will be no signature tally announced unless there is a photo-op!

As always, the Mayor Sam News Team will continue to bring you the latest developments in this dramatically non developing story!


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Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Melee at City Hall

General Services Officer Michael Johnson covering KFI's Eric Leonard camera.
Officer Johnson points toward KFI's Eric Leonard.

Los Angeles Times photo of tenants, police skirmish.
Troubling scene at City Hall this afternoon as tenants rights groups protested the City Council decision to delay action on a rent hike moratorium proposal by City Councilman Richard Alarcon.
Tensions increase throught the proceedings as tenants rights groups and landlords gave testimony on Alarcon's motion. As the council debated Alarcon's motion, the mood darken as the retoric among those within the horseshoe became more heated.
Then when the council voted to do what they do best, that is punt, the boiling point was reached. This caused the masses to erupt and thus, a "officers need help call" went out. This cause a rapid response of Metro Cops and others to descend upon the council chambers where KFI's Eric Leonard became part of the drama.
It's getting more and more difficult to cover L.A. City Council meetings.
Last week Councilmembers Garcetti, Zine, and Perry issued new restrictions for reporters, that, if fully enforced, would make it very challenging for us in the media to ask Councilmembers about their decisions.
Chief enforcer of the new rules is L.A. General Services police officer Michael Johnson, seen above, who today decided I wasn't allowed to take photographs of him while some protesters were yelling.
This evening on KFI's Tim Conway Jr. Show, Leonard reported that a meeting was schedule for Monday to discuss the new press restrictions, ..... under the condition that nothing be reported about meeting to the public.
Indeed the pressure is mounting.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Cut and Paste Brief on a possible "Recall Hahn Campaign" in CD 15

"Are the CD 15 masses growing weary of their Councilwoman?"

At the risk of overexposing CD 15, we bring you more on the race pandering, parcel tax loving, gang member embracing and the "official blond" of 200 Spring Street, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
With her pandering quest to become the Lt. Governor of the Golden State nearing its judgment day on June 8, some in CD 15 are dreading the strong possibility that Councilwoman Hahn will be around for her full term and with that thought in mind, are mulling possible options.
Consider this comment that we chance upon and linked to in Thursday's "Cut and Paste Briefs", it seems that the CD 15 masses are ready to rebel.
Recall Janice Hahn and bring some diginity back to CD15, bring job growth back to the waterfront, bring city services back to the district, bring cops back to the Harbor Division and bring common sense and integrity back to local politics.
There is a group meeting to plan her recall now that it looks like she can not win the Lt. Governor race being down 21 pts in the latest polls to Newsom 47-26%. CD15 can not survive another 3 years of Hahn politics.
The leader of RECALL is John Papadakis (a restuarant owner and Waterfront Development Leader) with Joe Gatlin (Black Community Leader and Community Activist), Mike Lansing (Former LAUSD Board and Executive Director of the Harbor Area Boys and Girls Clubs), Joe Rich (President of Rich Development), Anthony Santich (POLA Exec and Former San Pedro Chamber President), Augie Bezmelinivich (Engineer and Croatian Community Leader), Xavier Hermisillo (Lobbyist and Latino Community Leader) and John Lauro (Businessman and Outspoken Hahn Critic). They are gathering coomunity and business support for the RECALL HAHN efforts.
Others that are interested in supporting the efforts for the HAHN RECALL are: John and Ken of Talk Radio, John Phillips (hear link for radio show below) Pacific Maritime Shipping Assoc., Independent Truckers Assoc., The LA County Republician Party, LA Tea Party leaders, LA Chamber of Commerce, and many others, the momentum is gathering. I hear June 1, for the kick off. Stay tuned. There is hope coming.
You have to hear this John Phillips Show Link: Hahn hangs up because she can not answer regrdings Nazi Germany and Boycott. John is right she "does not know what she is talking about" and she is "an idiot" and she " should not be on the LA City Council.
Gosh, to think that there are some who want to dethrone the reigning blond at 200 Spring Street, is too much to ponder in the early AM. But some may agree that simple concepts are too much for Janice to ponder at any time of the day, but I digress.
In closing, if the comments above are merited with future actions, let me go on the record and state that a "Recall Hahn" effort in CD 15, will gather more signatures within its council boundaries, than Phil Jennerduh's recall effort against Mayor Antonio Parkervillar, city wide.
Some may care to comment about that prediction.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
** EVENING UPDATE: John Papadakis is on KFI's 640 AM Tim Conway Jr Show talking up the Recall Hahn Movement, this endeavor has serious political legs. Will link to the podcast at its earliest availability. Link to recalljanicehahn.com for details.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cut and Paste Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Thursday

KABC Talk Radio Host John Phillips

Los Angeles City Councilwoman and California Lt. Governor Candidate Janice Hahn

What happens when you corner a race pandering, liberal political candidate for state office, with facts on a controversial issue? In this case the issue was the Arizona Immigration Law, the candidate was Los Angeles City Councilperson Janice Hahn, who is running for Lt. Governor and doing the questioning was KABC 790 AM Talk Radio Host John Phillips.
It seems that Hahn did not like being ask to state the "true facts" about the Arizona law and hung up on Phillips during a five minute stint on radio April 30. This must of not gone over too well with Campaign Manager Michael Trujillo, who has the thankless task of selling the "beach splashing blond from San Pedro", to the California electorate.
Memo to Trujillo, you might want to educate your candidate about World War Two history. When Phillips asked her how many Jews were killed by the Nazis in WWII, she was mum in response. Further, your candidate might find it in her best interest, to drop the Nazi analogy, in regard to the Arizona law. These comparisons are not going to endear herself well with the Jewish Community, which is growing weary of having the Holocaust, exploited for political gain.
Further Michael, can we take a moment to explain your own comments in the LA Weekly, regarding the comments of Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce?
On Tuesday Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce wrote a letter to Villaraigosa daring him to give up the city's Arizona-based supply of 25 percent of the city's power. "If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation," Pierce wrote. The corporation governs Arizona utilities.
..... and your response Michael?
"Commissioner Gary Pierce is the Forrest Gump of Arizona politics," Michael Trujillo,campaign manager for Hahn's run for lieutenant governor, wrote in a statement obtained by the Weekly. "Never mind that he is an extreme right-wing Republican who supports a racist law in Arizona that even the United Nations has condemned ... "
Michael, if Pierce is the "Forrest Gump of Arizona politics", then I guess it is fair to call you the "Driving Ms. Daisy of LA politics", this for your past work as the designated driver/gofer for Mayor Antonio Parkervillar (BTW, what were you gofering/trolling for Mayor Parkervillar? Just wondering.....). Then about that supposed United Nations condemnation? Little history lesson, this is the same world body that passed Resolution 3379, which stated "that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination". So I would not cite the UN as the utmost authority on racism.
In ending Michael, when your candidate's efforts to pander her way to a meaningless job in Sacramento, goes down in double-digit flames on June 8, maybe it would be wise to revisit your own comments from those "heady Measure B days".
"We are pretty positive that we have over 65 per cent of the votes in the city," Trujillo revealed. This measure only needs a 50-per cent vote. "I will go on record by stating right now, that if we lose Measure B, I will never work in a political campaign in my life," Trujillo promised.
With the losing streak set to grow Michael, maybe its time to consider a new profession?
** BTW, is there a "Recall Hahn Movement" brewing in CD 15?
** This what happens when when two suspected RINOS engage in a political brawl. Democratic Candidate for Governor Jerry Brown is getting a bounce in the latest poll numbers on the 2011 race to replace "Gov. Kennedy Republican".
** Termination proceedings at the DWP? Two highly paid, drinkin, pole dancing loving, IBEW dues paying DWP workers, are being sacrifice, whoops, facing judgement for their non-job related activities. Yet the new "Billionaire DWP GM" is not happy with KCBS Channel 2.
** Ron Kaye takes LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez to task for his support of the LAUSD parcel tax proposal. Interesting to note that the "Old Gray Hag on Spring Street" Editorial Board, came out against the parcel tax.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arizona Thumps Chest, LA Tries Not to Laugh

Macho Man Pierce

Ambitious AZ commissioner, Gary Pierce, tried to raise his profile today and threatened to turn off the lights in Los Angeles in retaliation for this City's official boycott of AZ's pandering (and highly likely to be crushed in court) SB1070 law.

Enjoy your 15 minutes, Mr. Pierce.

Here is the response from Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power;

General Manager's Statement Regarding
LADWP Power Generation Assets in Arizona

"I want to make clear that we support the City position regarding the recent law enacted in Arizona and the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.

On any given day, we receive 20 – 25% of our power from two power plants located in Arizona: Navajo, a coal-fired plant, and Palo Verde, a nuclear plant.

We are part owner of both power plants, which are generating assets of the Department. As such, nothing in the City’s resolution is inconsistent with our continuing to receive power from those LADWP-owned assets.

I might add that, as the City’s Job Czar, I certainly would welcome any conventions or meetings that were going to be held in Arizona to come to Los Angeles. We have fantastic facilities and incomparable weather and we’d welcome them to the City of Angels."

- Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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Cut and Paste Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday

"Councilman Richard Alarcon laughing at community opposition to trucking school"
It is safe to say that CD 2/7 City Councilman Richard Alarcon, runs his council fiefdom under the notion that what is good for the "Zorro Marxist" political agenda, takes precedent over the will of the community.
Take for example the controversy over the "Zorro Marxist's" plan for a truck driving school at the closed Lopez Canyon Landfill. The landfill which was closed in 1996 and re-zoned as "open space" is now being targeted by the CD 2/7 councilperson, as a training ground for unionize teamsters big-rig drivers.
Alarcon has the support of Mayor Antonio Parkervillar, the Teamsters Union and about a dozen community groups according to the Los Angeles Times. But remember that earlier note about the new land use designation for Lopez Canyon? Since the area now is declared "open space", the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and multiple community groups, are in opposition to Alarcon's quest to implement his driving school proposal.
Residents and community activists who for years put up with truck loads of garbage, the sounds of tractors and the air quality issues associated with these activities, smell something "politically nefarious" regarding the truck school proposal.
"This sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of open spaces," said Joe
Barrett of the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, a community group that got involved out
of concern about the open-space issue.
Alarcon, for his part calls these concerns "selfish", citing the needs to create jobs, but one wonders if there is some other industrial acreage available within the "Zorro Marxist's" collective to place this "workers driving academy"?
** Our once united City Council at 200 Spring Street, are now divided into "budget hawks" and "budget doves", this from the keyboard of David Zahniser at the "Old Gray Hag on Spring Street".
The "hawks" include the likes of Greig Smith, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine, no surprises there.
The "doves" include the likes of Richard Alarcon, Herb Wesson, Paul Koretz, Janice Hahn..... and Jose Huizar??
Huizar deserves the title of "budgetary opportunist", because he will take the side that best can help his re-election chances in 2011.
** Go Suns Go!! Mayor Parkervillar took the opportunity of the "LA Sanctuary City Lakers" vs. the "Kidnapping Phoenix Suns" series to make the non-binding wager, that if Phoenix wins, we would take Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio as payment. Memo to Lakers, roll over now for a safer and legal Los Angeles. BTW, if the Lakers win this series and they will, then we should make Phoenix the new home of CD 1 Councilman Ed Reyes.
** Interesting tidbit on the future of Recreation and Parks. A community activist happen to chance upon a meeting of "connected non-profits/community groups" and the Mayor's office where the subject matter was future public/private partnerships to provide recreation programming at various recreation facilities city wide.
Rec. and Parks General Manager Jon K. Mukri also announced during a meeting with park advocates that Asst. General Manager Vicki Israel would become the "Asst. General Manager for Partnerships".
What future impact do these "backroom dealings" have for the employees of the department? Lets just say that somewhere close to 800 part-time employees of the department will lose their jobs by October 1, 2010. For those who frequent recreation facilities, it is these employees who inplement programs on a daily basis.
It should also be noted that the "connected non-profit" Legacy LA, is undertaking a new, innovated gang prevention program. Its called forming and coaching a baseball team at Hazard Park in Boyle Heights. Confirms for me that Recreation and Parks employees have been providing gang prevention and intervention programing all along.
........ and just how can your "connected non-profit/community group" become a future partner in Mayor Parkervillar's plans for Recreation and Parks? This might help.
06/27/08 Maria Lourdes Calanche (Instructor, LA Community College District) Los Angeles, CA 90031 Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor 1305101 - Antonio R. Villaraigosa for Mayor 2009 A - Monetary Contribution Received (IND - Individual) [Period: 01/01/08-06/30/08] $1,000.00
Lets call this the franchise fee.
** Lastly, godspeed and wishing for a quick recovery to LAFD Firefighter/ Paramedic Charles Anthony MacDougall, who was stabbed while rendering aid in Downtown Los Angeles.
Your thoughts and open comments.
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vanessa Bryant Gets Political

Gustavo writes:
"Bryant's statement is absolutely shocking, considering she's never exhibited any Aztlanista tendencies in her life. Sure, she's part-Mexi, and she and her husband are known to frequent El Camino Real in Fullerton from time to time, but Vanessa's most prominent connection to her Latino heritage before wearing this T-shirt...was getting sued by her Peruvian maid for supposed workplace abuse."

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Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

The City Council Monday night approved a nearly $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 after months of trying to close hundreds of millions of dollars in deficits.  Key to the budget is the layoff of over 700 City staff unless unions agree to concessions.  What say you that the unions will agree or the Clowncil will back down?

Big doins' and the blowback coming on the controversial Arizona Immigration Law, SB 1070, and the boycotts against it.  First off pro-illegal immigration activists were incensed by remarks made by LA Lakers Coach Phil Jackson that indicated the winningest coach in NBA history either supported SB 1070 or at least didn't oppose it.  That created a firestorm of controversy calling for boycotts and protests of the Lakers yet activists could gather only about a score of folks to picket the Staples Center Monday evening.

Next up hotels in San Diego were reporting handfuls of Arizona residents were cancelling trips and room reservations in America's Finest City as a counter-boycott against the border city was brewing in the cactus state.  While it doesn't yet represent a groundswell more rooms have been cancelled than there were protesters at Staples and it has the local tourism folks worried.

A Tulare County (CA) trucker is encouraging other truckers to boycott Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego Counties over the boycotts.  A group of Arizonans has created the BUYcott Arizona website to encourage supporters to boycott cities that are boycotting Arizona and to spend money in the Grand Canyon state.  Conservative radio talk show host Tony Katz is leading a group of SB1070 supporters to travel to Arizona and spend money in support.

From the how come no one thought of this before department, existing California law was compared to the new Arizona law that has everyone up in arms.  Section 834b of the California Penal Code contains remarkably similar language to SB1070.

Back in LA-LA land the City Council - fast to act on the  boycott of Arizona - is languishing on legislation to cut City ties and business with firms that do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  A really terrible place where folks actually are asked for their papers all the time, racial profiling and segregation is the law, women are legally treated like property and well we don't even want to say how they treat da gheys. I wonder where Paul Koretz stands on all this because remember it's Iran, not Arizona, that has missiles pointed at Israel.

And finally moving on to our favorite goofy recall and the gift who keeps on giving, Phil Jennerjahn.  Recall leaders, including David Hernandez a really good guy we can't figure out why he has teamed up with Phil, is seeking the financial support of Arizonans pissed at LA who might want to exact a pound of flesh from Mayor Villaraigosa.  Fair enough I am sure a lot of help can be ginned up but this is a strategic error even if it generates a short term gain. LA's non-partisan politics has created the environment for left-wing yuppie liberals in Silverlake to be simpatico with Republicans from Sunland-Tujunga or Latinos from CD14 over issues like over-development, billboards, phony ballot measures, etc. and be united in their disdain for the Mayor and Clowncil.  The moment you attach the recall to anything that sounds like Minutemen or even Tea Partiers two of those three legs of that table fall out, it becomes  Republican movement and the numbers aren't there in LA for that.  That doesn't stop Phil Jennerjahn though who doesn't care what anyone else says, he's going to win!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Outtakes from CD 14: CLARTS Fund Transparency Held Hostage, Day 56 and other CD 14 News

Hola from the "Cut and Paste Republic of CD 14", where disregard for transparency and the pursuit of future payola is a daily endeavor.

We are at Day 56 of the "CLARTS Fund Transparency Held Hostage" and courtesy of Channel 4 News, we may now have some reasons why Councilman Jose Huizar, is refusing to provide The Voice Newspaper with documents pertaining to the past and current status of the CLARTS Fund ( ** link to view former Councilman Nick Pacheco's presentation on the CLARTS Fund).

It seems that Councilman Huizar is an traveling sort, who wants the taxpayers to foot the bill for his plush accommodations when he journeys back to his old college digs at Princeton University, to give a speech on Martin Luther King Day, El Salvador, Mexico or Washington D.C., to party with his old college pals.

Now for example, the fact that Councilman Huizar would give a speech at his former university, is not something that would cause us to label with the "breaking news moniker". But the fact that Councilman Huizar, thought that the taxpayers should pay for his "quickie to Princeton", is cause for further investigation. This thanks to the KNBC Channel Four report on him and his fellow council mates traveling follies.

Now Councilman Huizar, being the "pillar of ethics" that his paid spin crafters like "Coca Puffs" (Rick Coca) and "Papa Puffs" (Arturo Gonzalez), will attempt to promote to the uneducated masses, announced that he would reimbursed the taxpayers for the $3,000 and change, which was the cost of his Princeton adventures and roadies to El Salvador, Mexico and that party weekend in D.C. After all, it take an "visionary humanitarian" to donate excess city ambulances to your old haunts in Zacatecas, Mexico. (BTW, maybe Huizar should of donated one of those excess ambulances to Fire Station 16 in El Sereno, with staffing included?)

But for Councilman Huizar, the cost of his Princeton adventure on the MLK holiday weekend may cost more than the 3K plus, that Huizar will reimbursed the taxpayers.

The rank and file of the Los Angeles Police Department might want to note that Councilman Huizar stated during his MLK Day Speech that the LAPD actions during the "May Day Melee" were "unprovoked". (** link to see video excerpts of his speech).

This may come as news to the LAPD officers who injured by rocks and frozen water bottles, that were hurled in their direction, prior to the controversial reaction of LAPD on that day.

With Councilman Huizar facing a possible challenger for re election in 2011, it would not serve Councilman Huizar, to anger the rank and file officers of LAPD, thus risk losing the Police Protective League endorsement for his 2011 bid to further serve CD 14 in the City Council.

But then who wants someone who does not respect the rule of law, in regards to the California Public Records Act, and use of taypayers money for traveling junkets, to serve another four years at 200 Spring Street?

.... and BTW, were you going to use the CLARTS Fund, Councilman Huizar, to pay for your trips? Just wondering.


** According to our friend Jerry Sullivan at the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspaper, Councilman Huizar may be facing some legal proceedings regarding his "pocket park project" at 9th and Hill in Downtown LA. Once again Councilman Huizar and this time state officials, risk a lawsuit over their collective denial to disclose financial data regarding Huizar's proposed park. This may cause some discomfort for Governor Arnold "Kennedy Republican" Schwartzenegger, who supposedly, espouses "openness", in regard to these types of financial dealings.

** Councilman Huizar continues his steadfast support of those dissident merchants at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, who think that their future support of Councilman Huizar's re-election, merits paying below market value rents for their inholdings.

** Nice of Councilman Huizar to consider the plight of the Los Angeles Youth Athletic Club, who lost their Lincoln Heights home, due to CD 1 Councilman Ed "Density" Reyes'es future vision for the Lincoln Heights Jail property, that LAYAC once called home. But it should be noted here that LAYAC was going to be relocated to the Hazard Park Armory in 2007, but Councilman Huizar and his "political papi", Mayor Antonio Parkervillar, had a future "Legacy in mind".

** Sidewalk street vendors in Councilman Huizar's Boyle Heights domain, are none too happy about their treatment at the hands of LAPD Hollenbeck's finest, but one must wonder how the permit paying businesses along Cesar Chavez Ave., feel about non-permit paying street vendors?

** The Eastern Group Publications has the official results from the recent Neighborhood Council Elections. We can now say that our Mayor Sam friend and all-around good guy Jose Aguilar, will become "Presidente" of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. No word whether his Boyle Heights neighbor, Councilman Jose Huizar, has called to wish him well in his future endeavor.

** The CD 14 connected non-profit "Girls Today Women Tomorrow" was presented with a check for $325,000 by Councilman Jose Huizar, to help renovate their 'enpowerment center". This shows what benefits a "connected non-profit" in CD 14 can deride from having the councilman's wife as a former board member. One can bet that GTWT will kick in for Huizar in 2011.

Your thoughts.........

Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Why Janice Boycotts

The Great Councilwoman Janice Hahn!

Why did Janice Hahn lead the effort to have the City boycott business with Arizona? Pure and simple she's in a race for Lt Governor with the controversial but still popular San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. If Newsom, who is also leading a boycott effort in his city, or Hahn are to earn the Democratic nomination they'll need to reach out for Latino votes. With neither having a natural Latino base both must do whatever it takes to get every last vote.

The whole thing is ironic because whichever of the two gets their party's nod will face a Latino in the general election, Republican Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado who has shown an ability to attract votes from Democrats and independents.

Now on the other hand there is Hahn's partner in crime on the matter, Councilmember Paul Koretz. Right now there is a whole lot of buyers' remorse in the 5th Council District where Koretz barely won election over Neighborhood Council favorite David Vahedi. Koretz, in making bizarre remarks comparing Arizona to Nazi Germany has earned the scorn of critics from various Jewish groups to radio talk show host Tim Conway, Jr. who stated on his KFI radio show Saturday that Koretz really sounds like someone who should be institutionalized.

In the meantime while this nutty circus plays out under the big top on Spring Street the Clowncil won't have the time to address more important issues like the City's budget mess. Though they are putting some window dressing on that

Related stories:

Blogger Paul Hatfield praises Councilmember Greig Smith for being the only vote against Hahn's measure.

LA's elected officials are urging the Los Angeles Lakers to somehow boycott the Phoenix Suns in the NBA playoffs. The Lakers' response: "We don't do politics."

In response to the LA boycott and other attacks upon it, Arizona has formed a "truth-telling" task force to fight back.

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Sunday Evening Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet

Oh crap the weekend is almost over.
While the Vatican prepares to throw US bishops under the bus and claim they are not liable for actions of the American clergy in efforts to cover up child molestation by Catholic priests, another Christian denomination shows it's progressive side by naming an openly Lesbian leader. The Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles ordained Mary Douglas Glasspool on Saturday.

Phil Jennerjahn can't seem to make up his mind.  After snatching up the intended website URL of his Congressional primary opponent Jennerjahn was more conciliatory and prepared to hand it over.  It appears that Jennerjahn will not surrender the URL of James Andion's campaign and has decided instead to "smash evil." And may we note that Jennerjahn's campaign antics seem to have pushed attention to his recall of Mayor Villaraigosa off the radar.

Fresh off deleting blog posts (note to bloggers who delete blog posts you regret posting later, Google Reader is an excellent archive of them) Zuma Dogg notes something that seems impossible.  Former readers of Mayor Sam who have sworn off the nasty habit are reading the blog and even posting comments. Nothing new for sure and noting to see here so move along.

Here's a blog post that Frank Sheftel would probably disagree with. Westchester Parents blogs that even medical marijuana dispensaries grandfathered under new City of LA legislation should be closed and that medical marijuana should only be available from doctors and pharmacists.  Period.

Bikeside LA asks the question "are there people who hate bicyclists in Los Angeles?" I don't know. What would you call them? Bikists?

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today in Los Angeles Politics: Jennerjahn Backs Down on Website Hijack

Candidate for Congress
James Andion

We reported Friday that former Mayor Sam blogger, goofy recall leader and Congressional candidate Phil Jennerjahn was perhaps in a heap of trouble for hijacking the website URL of his primary opponent, candidate James Andion. A firestorm of controversy may have pressured Jennerjahn to reverse his course of action.

Jennerjahn had learned of the website address Andion planned to use for his campaign, prior to Andion purchasing the domain and purchased the domain himself, posting his own campaign material there. Jennerjahn said in a statement he was "quite proud" of himself for this strategic "move."

Thursday evening Jennerjahn was contacted by Andion's campaign manager Joe O'Connell to discuss the matter. Rather than returning O'Connell's call Jennerjahn fired off a combative blog post essentially telling Team Andion to take a leap.

The matter set off a firestorm in local Republican political circles with many of the view that if Jennerjahn's move was not illegal or unethical it was at least bad form. Tea Party Activist and State Senate candidate John Stammreich described the move on Jennerjahn's Facebook page as a "childish, high-school prank" further admonishing Jennerjahn "It's a violation of Reagan's 11th Amendment, and he would be pissed if he were alive!" Stammreich further stated he may consider increasing donations to Andion as a result of Jennerjahn's move.

The controversy and bad press may have been too much for Jennerjahn as he since removed his original response to O'Connell from his blog and replaced it with a brief but more conciliatory note in which he offers to discuss returning the URL to Andion.

It may however be too late for Jennerjahn to recover from the matter as the move created the view amongst Republicans that Jennerjahn is an opportunist and generated additional sympathy, awareness and contributions for Andion, a local attorney.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

Your Los Angeles DWP!
The Los Angeles City Council passed a partial boycott of City business with organizations based in Arizona to protest a controversial immigration law in the Grand Canyon State. While the City is not going to give up lucrative contracts with Arizona based airlines and other businesses, some are concerned about the effect this may have on innocent bystanders in this debate.  One example could be Arizona based Swift Transportation who has an $8 million contract as part of the City's "Clean Trucks" program.

Excellent piece by Joseph Mailander in today's LA Weekly chronicling the utter dysfunction that is today's Department of Water and Power.  The story starts off with a bizarre tale of how the utility left an unattended and unexplained work truck on a City street for a day; bizarre indeed that the truck's front grill was adorned with a Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle doll.

Speaking of bizarre some local legislators want to change the name of the 405 from the San Diego Freeway to the Kevin Murray Freeway.  Murray of course is the former State Senator who was found by a police officer with a prostitute in his state provided Corvette parked outside the John Anson Ford Theatre.

Why does Wendy Greuel hate Disney? The City Controller is questioning a program where the City provides bus transportation for senior citizen centers and school children to take field trips to places like the Getty, Holllywood Bowl and Disneyland.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Machete" a Summer Blockbuster?

Acclaimed film director Robert Rodriguez has a message for Arizona in this trailer for "Machete", in theaters later this year. Arizona's controversial SB1070 that was recently signed into law by base pandering Republican Governor Jan Brewer, has sparked a rash of boycotts aimed at Arizona, including one enacted today by the City of Los Angeles.

More on the City of Los Angeles ban on doing business with Arizona HERE.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Cut and Paste Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Tuesday

"Has someone been boycotting the dentist?"

Memo to "Janice Hahn for Lt. Governor" Campaign Manager Michael "MEAT" Trujillo, there is nothing worse in politics than a candidate for office, who panders to racial groups with cheap publicity stunts.
Your latest endeavor on the behalf of "Team Janice", is a classic example.
Attempting to one-up your candidate call for a boycott of all things Arizona, you now seek to advise the Los Angeles Lakers, on what to bring with them to Arizona, if they beat the Utah Jazz and move on to the play the "Los Sols" of Phoenix. (as of 8:30 PM Monday, they are looking to sweep).
Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who proposed the yet-to-be-approved city boycott, says she's sending a checklist of items for Lakers players to bring on road trips to Arizona so they don't end up spending one cent in the desert state.
"Councilwoman Hahn is confident that the Lakers are only going to need two trips to Arizona to sweep the series," Michael Trujillo, the manager of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor, told the Weekly. "Furthermore she will be sending a checklist of items for each Lakers player to bring so they won't need to purchase anything while in Arizona."
Hold the friggin presses!! Are you telling us that the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the rest of the Lakers are going to give your cheap publicity stunt the time of day? I can't wait for Bryant to tweet his thoughts on your "checklist". BTW, can you send a copy to redspotincd14@yahoo.com? Maybe we can title this list the 80 FAKE ITEMS TO BOYCOTT IN ARIZONA. Sound familiar?
But all blogging mocking aside, have you given any consideration to a possible backlash, regarding your pandering on the Arizona issue?
As your "Team Janice" and "Team Gavin" seek to race "far-left" on the Arizona issue, most California voters are going to view your pandering with disdain. Whether it is "Team Janice" or "Team Gavin", that prevails in June, voters are going to look for someone on the important economic issues, that will prevent California from becoming "Greece in the USA". That also includes reining in entitlements to undocumented immigrants. Surely, KFI's John and Ken will have some new material, courtesy of you, to share with their million-plus audience on that front.
So Michael, pander on, seek to exploit the race card for all its vile worth. Plus, your political follies are always good for clickety clicks, right dum dums?
** Better yet, lets call this the "Mayor Parkervillar Bankrupt Chronicles".
Longtime Newsweek Magazine Beltway Conservative George Will, is the latest to "take keyboard" to the economic malaise at 200 Spring Street. Will offers this poignant observation and grasps of local civic history,
The mayor's residence is near Wilshire Boulevard, which is named for a socialist who made and lost several fortunes before dying destitute. The life of Henry Wilshire is a cautionary tale for this city where the climate is usually Mediterranean and the fiscal climate is now Greek.
** More bankruptcy observations ...............,
Civic watchdog Jack Humphreville, is the latest to grasp the possible role of bankruptcy in reforming the dysfunctional, financial state of affairs at City Hall.
Village to Village Blogger Paul Hatfield calls for Californians to use the ballot box in November, to enact pension reform.
** Lets play, "How much $$$$ is Chris Essel's CRA hording in its supposed, protected lockbox"? Did you say $100 million? 200 million?? 300 million? How about $304 million dollars? Then the next question is what are the likes of the CIM Group, AEG, and USC, going to get for their future development endeavors?
** Only in Los Angeles, is where you will find city elected officials, give a "land bank giveaway" to a billionaire, for his museum to self. In this case it is billionaire, "shadow mayor" Eli "Lord" Broad, who is given tribute from his admiring underlings.
..... and thanks to the efforts of Dan Wright and the Van de Kamp Coalition, the LACCD blink in their scheme, in cooperation with Mayor Parkervillar, to misuse LACCD bond dollars. Now lets the investigations begin.
Your thoughts.................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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