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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

Next time instead of tickets can I just get your ex-wife?
The Ticketgate scandal continues for Mayor Villaraigosa.  While Walter Moore details a laundry list of laws that the Mayor have broken by allegedly taking tickets to many events and failing to disclose them, the normally very left of center Latino Politics Blog takes aim at Villaraigosa saying that when the City is laying off working class folks it may not sit very well for the Mayor to be camped out in corporate suites ingesting foie gras and Veuve Clicquot.  Rounding out the pack Phil Jennerjahn isn't thrilled,  but will take, that perhaps it will be easier to recall the Mayor over a ticket scandal than Villaraigosa's budget destroying socialist ways.  If you're really interested in the potential depth of this mess, Mulholland Terrace at Griffith Park Wayist has posted a list of all the tickets at least that it is known that the Mayor allegedly accepted.

It gets more fun.  The City Council voted to override their boycott of Arizona to allow a contract with a Grand Canyon State based company for red light cameras to continue unabated while learning the City is actually losing money on the cameras.  Boycott leader Councilwoman Janice Hahn was clearly frustrated saying "It just seems to me it's wrong when the state is making money, the county is making money and it's costing us money."

Paul Hatfield reports the LA Board of Education voted to boycott non-union car washes. The sole vote against such silliness was Valley rep Tamar Galatzan who does not take a district car nor charge her car washes to LAUSD considering that perhaps in times like these those funds are better served paying teachers or buying books.  Imagine that! Though a registered Democrat Galatzan continues to make common sense votes that make us think she's slowly moving to join us on the dark side.  Given that she is in her early 30s; she's right on schedule.

While the Board of Education is voting on car washes, including member Nury Martinez, the area around Pacoima based Maclay Middle School (in the heart of  Martinez's district) is in a war zone of gang violence. 13 people have been murdered within a one mile radius of the school since 2007.  14 year old student Francisco Valles says he plans to leave the community as soon as he can saying the gangs are "Pure violence, pure shooting, pure drugs. Pure hurtful stuff."

Technology has allowed welfare recipients to receive their cash via debit cards cutting out the need for them to cash checks and carry cash and cut administrative costs for social service agencies.  However the LA Times has discovered that the welfare EBT cards are accepted in ATMs in more than half the casinos and card rooms in the state. What about strip clubs?

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar Galatzan is 40 years old, not in her early 30s. She graduated from Birmingham High School in 1988.

June 24, 2010 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3/29/08 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
3/31/08 Dodger's Opening Day Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
10/13/08 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- playoff prices N/A
10/15/08 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- playoff prices N/A
3/28/08 Lakers vs. Grizzlies Staples Center -- up to $2,300 (floor seats)
4/11/08 Lakers vs. New Orleans Staples -- up to $2,000 (floor seats)
5/23/08 Lakers vs. Spurs Center -- up to $3,400 (for courtside)
1/27/08 14th Annual SAG Awards -- cost unknown
2/10/08 50th Annual Grammy Awards -- cost unknown
2/15/08 Gloria Trevi Concert Gibson Amphitheatre -- up to $94.75
2/24/08 80th Annual Academy Awards -- $4,200 per seat (may have taken multiple tix)
4/18/08 Placido Domingo's 40th Anniversary at LA Opera -- up to $1,750
5/10/08 Juanes Concert Nokia Theatre -- $125
6/24/08 BET Awards Show -- cost unknown
7/16/08 ESPY Awards -- cost unknown
9/6/08 Frankie Beverly and Maze Concert -- cost unknown
9/6/08 LA Opera-Opening Weekend -- up to $250
9/11/08 Alejandro Fernandez Concert -- cost unknown
9/21/08 60th Primetime Emmy Awards -- (2) tix at $1,300 each
9/28/08 Luis Miguel Concert -- cost unknown
10/16/08 Tina Turner Concert -- cost unknown
11/16/08 Vicente Fernandez Concert Gibson Amphitheatre -- up to $200.50
4/13/09 Dodger's Opening Day Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
6/28/09 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
7/21/09 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
10/7/09 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- playoff prices N/A
10/16/09 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- playoff prices N/A
3/16/09 Lakers vs. Minnesota Staples Center -- up to $260 (possible suite)
3/17/09 Lakers vs. 76ers Staples Center -- up to $2,500 (floor seats)
6/4/09 Lakers v. Orlando Playoffs Staples Center -- up to $4,200 (courtside)
6/7/09 Lakers v. Orlando Playoffs Staples Center -- up to $4,200 (courtside )
10/27/09 Lakers v. Clipper(opening night) Staples Center -- more than $2,500 (floor)
1/11/09 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- cost unknown
2/8/09 51st Annual Grammy Awards --cost unknown
2/22/09 81st Annual Academy Awards -- $4,200 per seat
5/20/09 American Idol Finale -- cost unknown
7/13/09 Beyonce Concert Staples Center -- up to $200
9/12/09 Alejandro Fernandez -- cost unknown
9/20/09 61st Primetime Emmy Awards -- (2) tix $1,300 each
10/8/09 LA Philharmonic-Opening night Walt Disney Hall -- cost unknown, scalper tix up to $15,000
10/25/09 U-2 Concert Rose Bowl ***Mayor paid for this one event
4/13/10 Dodger's Opening Day Dodgers Stadium -- up to $500
5/2/10 Lakers vs. Utah Staples Center -- up to $4,100 (courtside)
1/17/10 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- cost unknown
1/30/10 Director's Guild of America 62nd Dinner -- mayor scheduled, but didn't attend
1/31/10 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Staples Center -- cost unknown
3/7/10 82nd Academy Awards Kodak -- $4,200 per seat
5/26/10 American Idol Finale Nokia -- not avail to public, scalper tix $5,000

LA Weekly.com

June 24, 2010 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. WEEKLY

UPDATE Exclusive: Antonio Villaraigosa free tickets are worth $50,000 to $100,000. Full list here of 80 free events; corruption laws ignored

Antonio Villaraigosa List of 80 Free Tickets

Date -- Event -- Venue -- Single Ticket Cost (Far higher if mayor took multiple tix to event)
11/3/05 Lakers v. PH Suns Staples Center -- up to $2,100
9/10/05 Aretha Franklin Concert -- cost unknown
11/3/05 Latin Grammys Shrine -- up to $500
4/3/06 Dodger's Opening Day Dodgers Stadium -- up to $400
11/28/06 Lakers vs. Bucks Staples -- up to $2,100
2/6/06 Musi-Cares Pre-Grammy Concert -- cost unknown
2/8/06 Grammy Awards -- cost unknown
2/26/06 Jose Jose Concert -- cost unknown
3/2/06 Carlos Santana Concert for D. Huerta -- cost unknown
3/5/06 78th Academy Awards Kodak Theatre -- $4,200 per seat
4/13/06 Luis Miguel Concert/Presentation -- cost unknown
6/27/06 BET Awards Show Shrine Auditorium -- cost unknown
7/8/06 Bebe, Reyli, Mexican Institiute Hollywood Bowl -- up to $80
7/22/06 Grammy Foundation Dinner/Concert -- cost unknown
7/29/06 Reventon Super Estrella Concert Coliseum -- up to $150
8/15/06 Shakira Concert Staples Center -- Tix started at $19.50
8/26/06 Smokey Robinson Concert Greek Theatre -- up to $80
8/27/06 58th Emmy Awards Shrine Auditorium -- (2) Tix at $1,300 each
9/30/06 Pepe Aguilar Concert -- unknown, but cost in 2010 at Gibson was $135
11/11/06 Vicente Fernandez Concert -- unknown, but cost in 2010 at Gibson was $300
12/22/06 George Lopez Concert -- cost unknown
4/15/07 LA Dodgers Game Dodgers Stadium -- up to $450
1/12/07 Lakers vs. Clippers Staples -- up to $2,200 (floor seats)
1/28/07 13th Annual SAG Awards -- cost unknown
2/3/07 Director's Guild Awards -- mayor presented Aldrich Award, seat cost $175
2/11/07 49th Annual Grammy Awards -- cost unknown
2/17/07 Mana Concert -- cost unknown
2/25/07 79th Annual Academy Awards $4,200 per seat -- entire Villaraigosa family attended
6/26/07 BET Awards Show -- cost unknown
9/16/07 59th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards -- 2 tix up to $1,300 each
10/3/07 AFI's 40th Anniversary Celebration -- cost unknown
11/18/07 American Music Awards -- cost unknown
11/20/07 Mary J. Blige Concert Nokia Theatre -- up to $95

LA Weekly.com

June 24, 2010 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And that's just what Antscuzzio took while Mayor.

How much did he take during his two hours as councilmember?

How much did he take while speaker?

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TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
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TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
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June 24, 2010 1:56 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

The FPPC's Executive Director has flatly rejected Villaraigosa's claim that merely showing up exempts him from the reporting requirement and $420 limit under state law.

Read his exact words at the LA Weekly: http://bit.ly/cO4GGR

June 24, 2010 2:05 PM  

Anonymous g said:

IT SEEMS FEW PEOPLE IN LOS ANGELES CARE WHAT OUR MAYOR DOES MOST SEATING ON THEIR HANDS AND BRAINS WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO CLEAN UP DUTY. WE HAVE A RECALL YET NO ONE IN THIS TOWN SEEMS INTERESTED, WHY?? YOUR FEES AND UTILITIES KEEP GOING UP YOUR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES CUT. ILLEGALS HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN TAX PAYING CITIZENS. AND THE BEAT GOES ON! PEOPLE YOU NEED TO GET OFF YOUR LAZY BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING IF FOR YOURSELF THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS ARE CONTINING THEIR KISS A** APROACH WHAT LOSERS.

June 24, 2010 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's the arrogance of elected officials who want to enjoy what they define as the extra benefits of being in office, not follow the laws in doing it, and then blame others for not knowing the rules.

Now it's Sarah Palin getting slammed by the State Personnel Board for illegally collecting $390,000 for her legal defense fund. She's also paying $8,000 for flying her family around at the taxpayers' expense.

The MO seems to be to just do it and ask permission later. And if you get caught blame your lack of responsibility on others and pay back the money.

What ever happened to "the buck stops here?"

June 24, 2010 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:43, No one cares about the recall because it is being run by a group of incompetent grandstanders. Their mentally challenged leader, Phil Jennerjahn,single handedly ruined this recall effort by using it to advance his political career (which failed as well). Jennerjahn is not taken seriously by anyone in City Hall, activists, or the general public.

June 24, 2010 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If anything it's funny that phil jennerjahn doesn't know why the mayor laughed with a reporter when asked if he's worried about the recall.

Big Antonio Villaraigosa is not at all worried about Little Antonio Villaraiogsa-jahn.

Antonio knows Phil is a pussy who can't get anything done.

June 24, 2010 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Careful you Phil Jennerjahn haters!

Mayor Sam doesn't like criticism of Phil and deletes the most biting ones.

If you care about your comment remaining on this blog, you had best tone down the Phil criticisms. After all, it was Mayor Sam who "found" Phil Jennerjahn, and any negative reflection on Phil is a negative reflection on Mayor Sam.

June 24, 2010 7:33 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

If you wish to criticize Phil, clean up the language, stop repeating the same crap over and over and try to have a point. Mayor Sam is not the only one that monitors comments, and you know how I feel about Jennerjahn,
but some of this stuff just gets old.

June 24, 2010 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, I don't care how many tickets the mayor takes. I think it's his job to represent us every where and everyone who asks to give him a ticket, he should take it and go.

This doesn't mean it will taint his views. Many of them won't ever even have business before the city.

Pick a different battle.

June 25, 2010 2:01 AM  

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