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Monday, July 19, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa does little work as mayor, spending his time bedding female reporters and scamming free Laker tickets.  The City of Bell - one of the poorest in LA County - pays it's officials Wall Street salaries. The Governor and State Legislature have driven the state into it's worst fiscal crisis ever. Approval ratings for local officials are in the toilet.  Yet, as noted by Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies still "incumbents are getting elected."  And who are the dum dums?


Ethics Commissioner Marlene Canter is upset. "I took this seat to be relevant," Canter told the Daily News while accusing Commission staff of keeping the members in the dark on their investigation of Ticketgate.  "Ever since I've been here, I feel as if I've been kept in the dark," Canter said.

Speaking of the Mayor over the weekend he broke his elbow while bicycling.  The Mayor was riding on Venice Blvd when a taxi cut in front of him causing him to hit the pavement.  Many bicycle activists are saying perhaps the Mayor will now be more sympathetic to their cause.  Perhaps as well the Mayor will realize how wreckless taxi operators drive lately.  I've seen many around town speeding and often cut in front of other cars.  

Hopefully no one cried.  A truck carrying 12,000 pounds of onions flipped over Sunday morning on the transition roads between the 60 and 5 freeways.  The driver suffered minor injuries but did not require a hospital visit.  No one else was hurt.

Here in Van Nuys has a photo of the childhood home where superstar Betty White grew up in Los Angeles.  The Book Celebrities in the 1930 Census has a treasure trove of fascinating living information about various celebrities living here 80 years ago.  

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, why didn't you include the effort Joe B. is doing to tear down Operation Clean Sweep unless "it gets rid of Walter Moore?"

Bully that he is, Joe B. insists on destroying an important movement unless THEY do what HE says.

Clearly, whatever problem Joe B. has with Walter, is more important to Joe B. than cleaning up City Hall. And, since you continue to give this ingrate a platform to tell his story, you are enabling it, so that must be more important to you than cleaning up City Hall too.

Maybe you can explain why you knocked off other maniacs like Haikula, Zuma Dogg, and Phil Jennerjahn, but not Joe B., whose personal peccadilloes take priority over cleaning up City Hall.

I can't imagine wh you've ignored that subject, given the activity over the weekend.

July 19, 2010 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What evidence is there, aside from his word, that a cab cut him off? Was his security detail nearby? If so, how did the cab "get away?" This isn't adding up.

July 19, 2010 7:36 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

test

July 19, 2010 9:19 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

issues with commenting today - Blogger keeps giving an error with approving comments. If you posted an actual comment that's not here and you're not the usual troll please repost it, thanks. There were some good ones

July 19, 2010 9:59 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

why do the same ass clowns get voted back in?
I'll refer to a reading from the 1830's...Tocqueville: soft despotism

July 19, 2010 11:16 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

This comment has been removed by the author.

July 19, 2010 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HIGBY HATES DARK COLORED CHILDREN

July 19, 2010 1:17 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

With all this talk of Walter Moore where is Don Quixote?

July 19, 2010 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since Stephen Box is in fact not a Scientologist, will Phil Jennerjahn now issue an apology and a retraction
for his baseless accusations?

July 19, 2010 2:06 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Walter's going all Mel Gibson on MT & Petra over at the Wayist.

July 19, 2010 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Would somebody find out what Joe is talking about, since he has no crediblity anymore in my book?

Hey Joe, if Clean Sweep goes down, it'll be on your shoulders. And all of the corruption and graft that happens with the new Councilmembers is on your shoulders if you bring this down.

Mark my words. Everyone will hold you accountable. And you, too, Higby, since you're giving him the platform to do it.

July 19, 2010 2:44 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Clean Sweep isn't going down. The Walter thing is noise. Walter will fade into the background once the candidates take over.

Let Walter blather on. He is not LA's problem.

Let Trujillo screw the pooch and become a Phil Jennerjahn like joke.

This isn't even like the NAACP tagging the Tea Party as racist because no one even knows who Walter is amongst the masses. If they do figure it out, by the time they do, again, the candidates will be in the forefront.

I'm hitting the snooze button for now.

July 19, 2010 3:14 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Joe B.

I seen better dialog among warring street gangs in Boyle Heights. I concur with Mike H.

Time to head over to a new and improve LA 32 NC for some constructive dialog.

BTW Joe, I was there at the Mayflower and Walter is right about the Watts quote.

July 19, 2010 3:36 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Mel Gibson on the other hand is toast.

July 19, 2010 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:06 p.m.

If there's nothing wrong with being a Scientologist, then why is an apology in order?

Why is it an "accusation"?

Look, Jennerjahn's a nitwit, but why keep playing his game by making it seem like belonging to a particular religion (or not) is insulting - and requires SATISFACTION!?

Do they need to have a bitchslap fight with rolled up, unsigned recall petitions at 3 paces?

July 19, 2010 4:25 PM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

[Had to delete the original - too many Spot-isms; try, try again]

After 10 years with the same person at the helm, the City's Ethics Commission now has to -- by law -- find a replacement for its Executive Director, and in classic L.A. fashion, has opened up a cattle call to cast this important supporting actor position, by this coming November.

It's high time for that. Not that Lee Ann Pelham has done a bad job, but the main ethics cop for a major City like L.A. deserves better than someone whose only real claim to fame was having a badly scripted move remake starring Denzel and Travolta, named after her.

The time has past where the good people of the City of Los Angeles, and their elected officials (not generally "good" people), should have to put up with the antics of this commission, and that's why today -- I am letting it be known that I will, myself, seek the Executive Director of Ethics position for L.A.

This isn't an elected or appointed position (although mayor & Council appointees do the hiring, so. . .) but that doesn't mean you can't all help me "win" that position.

Pester your favorite Ethics Commissioner, bribe them if you have to (hell, who's going to report THEM), but whatever you do, make sure I'm on the short list for that job, if you care anything about the abuse of "ethics" in the City, and want make sure it continues -- only with more precision and flare.

There will be NO foot-dragging such as some have suggested is happening with the Mayor's "Ticketgate" once I'm the Executive Director of City Ethics, for the simple reason that I will, (for budgetary reasons, of course), place a moratorium on investigating public officials -- especially if they're former clients of mine. Really, when was the last time the "fines" levied even made a dent in the cost of the investigation?

Instead, Ethics oversight will ONLY be used to beat down underfunded challengers of my friends and clients -- ridding us MUCH sooner in the process of those who just waste all of our time thinking they can "win" over incumbents.

(Let's get real. The little self-nominated "Davids" who keep popping up are pretty tiresome, don't you think. Goliaths are a HELL of a lot more fun to party with and accompany on junkets.)

If candidates can receive matching funds from the taxpayers for simply running for office, I say cut out the annoying middlemen, and just use the City's Ethics offices to assassinate the character of wanna-bes directly.

We can also reduce the department's budget by up to 80 percent, and get rid of all those troublesome starry-eyed employees who originally joined to help "clean up" City Government. Jeez, that's like thinking you can "rehab" Lindsay Lohan.

Oh, and I plan to have an honest and transparent regime. For that reason, the slogan of the operation will be changed to a more accurate (and more easily achievable), "Perverting the Public Trust."

I'm also doing this to get the jump on and Wacko Walter and P. Jennerjahn, either of which would just plain WALLOW in the position's nearly $200,000 annual salary, wasting it on things like room and board.

I can put it to much better use. I'm already RICH. I'll use it for pure luxuries, like vacating streets near my home, thus helping the local economy even more.

July 19, 2010 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If O.J. Simpson, a cartoon-character actor, was still making something of a living (post-murders and before staging a robbery), then Mel will be fine before too long.

He may have to play the back nine for awhile, and stay away from fancy restaurants on the Westside, plus finance his own films in the short term, but really - it's NOT like his movies were making big bucks at the Magic Johnson Theaters before this.

Movie biz is about making money, and even his movies that tanked with the critics over the years made him (and the studios) tens of millions time after time.

He can also "find Jesus" again, do a Jimmy Swaggart crying vamp at Robert Schuller's mega-church some Sunday, and be back making "The Poison of the Mel" -- a semi-fictional "biopic" in Latin, using bloody technicolor 3D -- by next Easter.

July 19, 2010 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LESSONS FROM RED SPOT, ENGLISH TEACHER:

"I seen better dialog"

July 19, 2010 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HERE'S A TWO-FER FROM RED SPOT, ENGLISH TEACHER

"Time to head over to a new and improve LA 32 NC for some constructive dialog"

RED SPOT: SINCE YOU INSIST ON SPELLING DIALOG INCORRECTLY FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A SINGLE COMMENT, THIS IS A COURTESY NOTIFICATION TO LET YOU KNOW YOU'RE AN IDIOT. TRY TO GUESS WHAT THE OTHER ERROR IS.

July 19, 2010 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These tutorials for Red Spot are so funny that I'm looking forward to his next illiterate & idiotic post! The longer, the better, since it means more illiteracy to expose.

July 19, 2010 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:25, Phil is the one that has suggested that it is wrong to be a Scientologist. He also said he would make a retraction if he was wrong. He was wrong.

July 19, 2010 8:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of the moron;
Phil Jennerjahn
First election : 1% of the vote
Second election: 22% of the vote
Third election: ????
I predict 27 to 37 percent.
Good enough for the runoff I think.

July 19, 2010 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

828 is CLEARLY Phil Jennerjoke, who forgets that in order to be in the runoff, YOU NEED TO BE IN THE TOP TWO!

Phil Jennerjahn won't get more than LaBonge. He won't get more than Stephen Box, who has actually LED efforts to a SUCCESSFUL conclusion. And this is if no other candidates run.

There won't be a runoff. Sadly, almost tragically, LaBonge will run away with it because, unlike Phil, LaBonge is liked by the people who don't know any better. And that's most people.

July 19, 2010 8:33 PM  

Anonymous G said:

MORE FIGHTING AMONGST YOURSELVES! THE CITY WILL CHANGE WHEN PEOPLE HAVE A PLACE TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND CHANGE LAWS AS A ORGANIZED GROUP. THE SMALL NUMBERS THAT ARE STAYING THE SAME WILL NOT DO ANYTHING. CLEARLY YOU WANT CHANGE BUT THE WAY YOUR GOING ABOUT IT IS FAILED. IT'S NOT A ONE MAN FAILURE. IT'S SOCIETIES FAILURE TO ORGANIZE REACH OUT TO OTHERS WITH INTELLIGENCE.

July 20, 2010 1:49 PM  

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