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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, you are so WRONG about what Phil Jackson said. It is NOT "either supported SB 1070 or at least didn't oppose it."

He said that it mirrored federal law. And former Times write J.A. Adande, as always, an idiot, said it "usurped" federal law. Jackson correctly corrected him.

And then Jackson, without stating his position, said that it's something for the public and elected officials to determine, and that it is nothing to be determined by a basketball team.

It is not what you said.

It's too bad that illiterate illegals who don't know Engrish, and the ones who DO know Engrish can misinterpret things because they want to be the Latino Al Sharpton.

fuck all of them, and fuck you for getting it wrong.

May 18, 2010 5:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For a moment, I thunk Red Spot writted dis mornin's Hot Shit:

"David Hernandez a really good guy we can't figure out why he has teamed up with Phil"

May 18, 2010 7:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Please continue asking Phil how many signatures he has.

As of today, he needs 56,000 valid signatures. He must be mortified, or he SHOULD be mortified about the web site scandal that he is now trying to change the subject, suggesting that he is actually working on the recall, yet he hasn't a clue as to how it's going.

May 18, 2010 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has Richard Alarcon finally moved into the district he represents? The only blogger covering this is Zuma Dogg, although he hasnt in a while. Mayor Sam, what's up with this?

May 18, 2010 7:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A Tale of Two Men Named Phil J.

Phil Jackson
Phil Jennerjahn

One is a very well liked, and wildly successful leader in his industry. He is respected universally and is the author of many books, and encourages his followers to read.

The other one is Phil Jennerjahn.

May 18, 2010 7:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Greig Smith had a funny comment about the mayor's schizo personality.

May 18, 2010 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's what it has come down to. They cut the NASA programs, and then it all boils down to the local level.

May 18, 2010 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It makes you wonder, doesn't it?

May 18, 2010 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam do you ever fact check your stories, or do you just publish them without a clue or a care about accuracy?

May 18, 2010 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Did you see Tom Labonge's goofy meltdown on Monday at City Council?

I agree with you that Phil is goofy, but Tom Labonge is still the king of the dipshits. See, phil can't even win THAT!

May 18, 2010 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment. The circumstances are not exactly as your report suggests.

I'm not saying you're willfully misleading us in the story, but you're missing several key facts.

May 18, 2010 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I grew up in the bible belt, and see all sorts of good analogies between the two. Were it not for my faith in Christ, I would feel otherwise. Maybe.

May 18, 2010 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The city should eliminate 10,000 jobs and run only important services, like all areas of public safety, but shut down these GOD DAMN COMMUNITY PROJECTS LIKE ARTS FOR THE KIDS. IF THE PARENTS WANNA HELP THEIR KIDS, THEY CAN STOP BY PROPER PARENTING.

These god damn illegals are ruining the city that I grew up in, and they litter the streets, parks and our schools with thier trash.

By cutting back on the services, they will eventually go away. No food stamps, no insurance, no employment benefits. Cut off the milk supply and they'll go home and have thier trashy children in another country.

I don't mean to hurt any one's feelings, but that's the way it goes.

May 18, 2010 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You are correct. Mayor Sam rarely if ever, fact checks.

May 18, 2010 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michigan is a shit hole and noone wants to live in a shit hole. Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar are shit holes too. Fuck them and their banana republic way of running these barrios

May 18, 2010 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



"Arnold Schwarzenegger is a self-centered egomaniac"


PHIL JENNERJAHN IS NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THESE THINGS! HOW DARE THIS IDOT CRITICISE ANYONE FOR THEIR EGO???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

May 18, 2010 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With over $6 BILLION going to Los ANgeles non profits I say take that money away from them. Every non profit director is paid over $100,000 and drives new car. I will guarantee from the stupid comments by the councilmembers yesterday to the media like Huizar, Alarcon, Reyes the idiot who thinks you need a passport to travel to ARizona and Koretz they haven't read the SB1070. It's way past their lame comprehension. They've proven to be failures and morons. 67% of American support Arizona. LA polls in high 90's% support Arizona so go figure the bafoons on council boycotting.

May 18, 2010 9:15 AM  

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