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Friday, July 23, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday: The "I Want" Edition

Everyone wants something today.

The Teamsters Union wants the Los Angeles City Council to approve a contract with SuperShuttle at LAX despite the fact it would technically violate the City's goofy boycott against Arizona due to the company's office in the Grand Canyon state.

LA Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants to retire.  The 78 year old administrator will likely be replaced next spring by Deputy John Deasy.

Now that it's public the Bell City Council wants three overpaid bureaucrats to resign. The officials include Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, who earns $787,637 a year, Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, who makes $376,288 a year, and Police Chief Randy Adams, whose annual salary of $457,000 is 50 percent more than that of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Michael Lohan wants to visit his daughter Lindsay in jail but she doesn't want him to.  Steve Whitmore, an L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman told the LA Times "Inmates only see people they want to see. If a person doesn't want to see an individual, they are denied access."

Fresh off the Shirley Bebitch Sherrod debacle the NAACP wants to hold it's 2011 convention in Los Angeles.  No word if Mayor Villaraigosa wants tickets.

Carson Mayor Mike Dear wants fellow Carson Clowncil members Lula Davis-Holmes and Mike Gipson to switch seats during Council meetings.  They don't want to.

The Crenshaw Light Rail Line will run from the Metro Green Line near LAX to the Expo Rail Line at Crenshaw.  Residents in Westchester want an extra station on the line.

Phil Jennerjahn wants Zuma Dogg to blog more.  So he's bought the noted gadfly and economist a new laptop computer power cord.

Socialists in Los Angeles want to revive their organization and become a program of income redistribution.  No word if Phil Jennerjahn plans to smash evil there.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is why Phil Jennerjahn is a TOOL!

When you do an act of charity, which Phil is to be commended for, it's SUPPOSED TO BE DONE QUIETLY.

But it's no surprise that this DICKHEAD feels the need to tell the world that he spent a few dollars to get ZD a power cord. Great Phil. You once again made it about YOURSELF rather than doing a QUIET act of charity.

July 23, 2010 2:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My god, just when you think Phil couldn't be as much of an idiot as you think, he does this, and feels the need to post a photo of it.

Pathetic, Phil.

July 23, 2010 6:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Crenshaw line is a big boondoggle.

July 23, 2010 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is the "all about me" gadfly.

July 23, 2010 6:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, this is yet another reason why people hate you.

Charity is supposed to be done QUIETLY so as to not embarrass the recipient.

You have absolutely no humbleness.

July 23, 2010 6:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil Jennerjahn should've given some of that $10,000 poker buy in money and given it to Zuma Dogg so he could EAT.

The only reason why Phil did this is to try and influence Zuma Dogg's commentaries and get something positive written about him, since every body else seems to think Phil is a retard.

Too bad Phil didn't do something to help Zuma Dogg EAT!

July 23, 2010 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Charity is supposed to be done quietly? Then how come all those hospital wings are named after people?

July 23, 2010 7:37 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Does Mary Cummins never sleep? Jesus.

And yes, Higby. I do intend to try to continue to smash evil. I want to stop Socialism. It is running wild here in LA, that's why we have a $400 million dollar budget problem. Socialism. Pure and simple.

I want the immediate resignation of Richard Alarcon. Jan Perry, too.

July 23, 2010 7:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ramon Cortines is a tool

July 23, 2010 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much do LA County Supervisors get paid?

City Council?
City Department Managers?

What happened in Bell can happen anywhere.

July 23, 2010 9:25 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Cortines is leaving behind a school district with a $700 Million deficit and a still dysfunctional system.
If he wants to retire we should talk about his performance.

July 23, 2010 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once again, folks, if you missed it, Red Spert was ELECTED as the *RECORDING Secretary for the LA32 Neighborhood Council.

If that doesn't lead to a decertification (sorry, RS, I meant "a decertificate") of that council, then there is no City Charter.

Of course, this may just be a clever plot to get around the Brown Act and having to be transparent (sorry, RS, "tran-sparent"), since stakeholders won't be able to understand a WORD of the minutes on file, if they want to dispute something.

*recording secretary
–noun, Parliamentary Procedure.
an officer charged with keeping the minutes of meetings and responsible for the records.

July 23, 2010 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Betcha that Phil is gonna take credit for the Republcian resurgence in November.

Phil will be the only Republican who WON'T have a new job in the fall.

Only Phil could make that happen.

July 23, 2010 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam's, I posted a comment about Phil Jennerjahn that was mild compared to some of the other comments about him, but you didn't approve it.

What gives?

What is the deal with protecting this man who seemingly is only about promoting him self rather then the causes that ail us?

I'm the one who is concerned about Zuma Dogg, and noted that Phil spent only $5 for a cable when Zuma needs FOOD. I still don't know where Phil got that $10,000 for the wsop.

Since Phil insists on a declarative statement from steven box, why not demand a statement from him swearing on a bible where he got that gambling money?

July 23, 2010 10:18 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Can this blog find a way to not be about Phil Jennerjahn?

July 23, 2010 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not only do those receiving the outrageously high salaries need to go, but those that facilitated them getting them need to go as well.

July 23, 2010 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GET these HOGS away from the trough...Gee whats wrong in America? Greed? Arrogance? Politicians?

July 23, 2010 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ring one for Bell. Corrupt, third rate, disgusting, political slime and hacks - stealing from the public troth. Bell ain't alone - that's the case in Washington and Sacramento and Los Angeles and every other hick town. Little talentless people robbing America. No unions in government jobs. Cut all the pensions. And vote all incumbents out in November. And now Brown is going to reform govt pensions. He's one of a crew riding high on probably ten government pensions. We, the tax payers, the workers, who are not in government, have been totally screwed by the slimy political hacks in Sacramento and Washington. The highest paid people in the country are third rate bureaucrats, hanger-ons to political correctness, pushing all that left wing junk while we PAY FOR IT. Look at that crook in Bell. Its time for California to declare bankruptsy, get rid of all unions in civil service work. AND REMEMBER - these high priced third rate people are CIVIL SERVANTS. When I was a kid only losers went into government. Was I wrong! Now its payback time in November. Get all of them out. We can't dump Pelosi but we can see she's on the back bench!

July 23, 2010 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the mayor is on crack along with G. Molina's husband. No city manager earns $800,000 per year. Defend all you want Mr. Mayor but you are wrong. You have done a poor job, at least fiscally, in representing your citizens. You should be ashamed. It's time to give up your seat to more educated and responsible people.

July 23, 2010 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Taxpayer Advocates Condemn County Chiefs' Salaries

The executive officer budget has gone from $27.7 million to $41.2 million.


Taxpayer advocates are condemning hefty salary hikes for Los Angeles County's new deputy chief executive officers and staff.

The Board of Supervisors had touted last year's restructuring at the top as a way to boost accountability and efficiency, but the executive office budget has swelled from $27.7 million last year to $41.2 million.

The Daily News also noted Monday that each of the five new deputy CEOs get more than $200,000 each, and each deputy's executive secretary makes $73,000 a year or more.

California Taxpayers' Association spokesman David Kline said the county will be haunted by the high salaries, noting there are long-term increases in the costs of benefits and pensions.

July 23, 2010 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prosecutors examine spending by L.A. supervisors


July 23, 2010 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How L.A. City Council Got Those Huge $178,789 Salaries

A common refrain in City Hall used to justify eye-popping Los Angeles City Council salaries of $178,789 is that the number of residents living inside the boundaries of a council district is so big, the 15 council members earn their rich pay.

In fact, that’s pure City Hall spin. Council salaries do not derive from the size of the council districts, nor do most L.A. voters realize that, back in 1990, they agreed to what has become a never-ending series of automatic pay hikes for the council.


July 23, 2010 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With the highest city council salaries in the nation, at $178,789 per year, Los Angeles City Council is possibly the highest-paid elected city body on the planet. Its pay far outstrips that of councils in costlier New York City, whose members earn a mere $112,500, and San Francisco, whose members earn $95,868. Los Angeles council members earn about 70 percent more than the piddling pay of the Chicago City Council, at $110,556.

July 23, 2010 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The L.A. City Council salaries are not just overinflated in an era of belt-tightening. They are only a hair below the salaries of Congress, and are higher than those of federal judges. They amount to a staggering 400 percent of Los Angeles’ median household income of $46,000 — and no other city council, in cities poor or rich, comes even close to that troubling disparity between public servant and the public. (Garcetti, Greuel, Janice Hahn and Weiss are paid $171,648, having refused a $7,100 raise in 2007.)

July 23, 2010 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any relation to Ana Rosa Rizzo?

July 23, 2010 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Friday, July 23, 2010 the LOST Angeles City Council is Awaiting A Quorum Again which is customary here in Los Angeles.

The Need to Set Precedent Assistant Pro Tempore Dennis Zine informed constituents of the NO QUORUM expected until 10:30 a.m. as nothing was mentioned on Tuesday or Wednesday’s meetings stating a quorum was not required until 10:30 a.m. It appears Fridays are a come in late to chambers when you feel like it due to NO roll call prior to the two or three hours Presentations and Proclamations.

The Need to Set Precedent Eric Garcetti, Need to Set Precedent Pro Tempore Jan Perry, and Need to Set Precedent Assistant Pro Tempore Dennis Zine should conduct roll call on Fridays, as done on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and PRIOR to the long presentations. This should serve as a small token of exercising transparency.

July 23, 2010 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mulholland Terrace, isn't that what YOUR blog is supposed to be? Why not mind your own blog and let us talk about what WE wanna talk about?

July 23, 2010 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

who cares?

July 23, 2010 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Welfare idiot or Civil Servant

July 23, 2010 12:30 PM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Mulholland Terrace, isn't that what YOUR blog is supposed to be? Why not mind your own blog and let us talk about what WE wanna talk about?

No problem! If you want to spend all your hours outside your day job talking about Phil Jennerjahn, I am completely down with your decision!

July 23, 2010 1:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that Wendy Greuel on those AAA ads?

July 23, 2010 2:16 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Mulholland Terrace :

I'm with you. I wish they would delete a lot of these nonsense comments about me.

July 23, 2010 3:54 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

I hate to do it, but I guess, I have to. Someone needs to offer some sanity on the topic of council pay.

NYC has 51 councilmen, Chicago has 51.

dividing the 15 council districts by the 2009 pop est, that's 256K per council district. NYC is 163K, and Chi is 57K.

NYC council gets paid $.69 per constituent, CHI it's $1.94 per constituent... LA $.70.

I think the idea they are overpaid is pointless. They are not.

There aren't enough council districts. They need to double the number of council districts and then halve the pay and staff members.
It's the best solution.

I am now basically outing myself to the city council staff who read this site, because this is something I strongly believe in and have shared frequently.

Right now, we have 15 council members who don't get a damn about US because they count on special interests to win their seats. They don't interact with us because there are so many people.
Now, double the districts, cut the pay, you get real concerned and smart candidates.
Special interests now have to pay for 30 seats not 15. Their costs just went up. Sure, they'll pick a few winners... but not all.
Because if the council has more districts the population per district is less, which means accountability is higher.
Each council person would no longer be a CLOWNcil member because if they continue being clowns it takes less votes to get them out.

I think when people realize it's not their individual pay that's the problem, it's the entire foundation, things will get better. Until then, no matter if clean sweep works, or all of the incumbents are replaced, we will always have a dysfunctional city.

July 23, 2010 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate to get pulled into the Jennerjahn topic, but I do agree with the first poster on not going the "HEY-look at me and my cool deed" route. (At first, I thought it was a computer- which might have been a cool deed, but no, just a power supply.)

besides food among items we all need, internet access would be nice here. But I guess that's the obligation of the recipient to travel around for that.

Another thing about being so public with gift-giving is that this is not really a gift, it's more like putting the pressure to now blog, so it's not a true gift.

I see now how Phil brings criticism down on himself, so maybe he deserves the criticism that he receives in such generous proportions. Sending him an etiquette guide for free might be a better gift for him.

in cd-14

July 23, 2010 4:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummins is not human. It is a computer system developed to answer and respond to everything that ails the city, except it has not been upgraded for a long time. So it regurgitates whatever limited information it has in its memory. Sometimes, the wires get crossed and it writes as a latino, or some other minority group, sometimes in favor of the Mayor or not. Only part of the original memory still functioning is the pro-Weiss and anti-Trutanich chip.

July 23, 2010 4:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does your site survive because of comments from Mary Cummins. Why is it that you don't allow any comments against this woman, while she is allowed to trash others. A dishonest site.

July 23, 2010 4:51 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil stop giving us material and it will probably slow down.

July 23, 2010 5:13 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

But you must have some fans Phil. Even when we don't blog about you people want to talk about you.

July 23, 2010 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you inject yourself into virtually every subject and make a jackass of yourself.

The comments go with the territory.

July 23, 2010 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No fan here. I've been tired of him - like for a year already.

Even more boring are the comments nagging him about this or that. It's definitely the weakest part of your blog.

July 23, 2010 6:15 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Can we make this a Phil-Free Zone for awhile?

July 23, 2010 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City council idiots make more then Obama's Chief of Staff and other aides. The clowncil morons don't earn a penny of what they get.

""2010 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff
The majority of President Obama's senior aides – including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and adviser David Axelrod make $172,000 a year – the same salary they made last year because the president ordered a freeze of top-level White House salaries.But the majority of staffers make considerably less, with the average salary is $82,700 a year, while the median employee salary is $66,000. The lowest full time salary is just under $38,000 a year.Obama himself earns $400,000.


July 23, 2010 6:20 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Phil free?? YES!!

July 23, 2010 7:14 PM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Look, it is like everything else. When Phil makes news, he makes news--probably about once a quarter. When he doesn't, he doesn't. But the blog should not be The Phil Show.

Like, I am a little disappointed you didn't share with your readers my LA Weekly story. I only talked to Matt Sazbo, Joe Ramallo, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Jose Huizar, Wendy Greuel, David Nahai, Emily Green about it, not to mention countless press aides and others affected by the DWP. But that didn't merit a mention here, although Phil has merited two mentions since the piece has been up.

I thought you were the home of LA Politics. If you are instead the home of Phil Jennerjahn, that's fine with me. Just own it going forward. Call yourself "The Home of Phil Jennerjahn Politics."

July 23, 2010 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trojans got the right idea!

CMs job is mostly dealing w development, constituency services, and budget..with a little bit of policy making mixed in. All but the latter would be served better with smaller districts. Eventually, when the Neighborhood Council system matures, power could be shared even further.

July 23, 2010 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great story, MT

This is what needs to be discussed here - the far reaching effects of the mayor's corruption.

What Phil has to do with a "political" blog, is beyond me.

July 24, 2010 3:21 AM  

Anonymous g said:


July 24, 2010 1:08 PM  

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