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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

Will this solve Walter Moore's Hispanic Problem?

The City of LA is offering a $50,000 reward for information in this past weekend's slaying death of 34 year old bride-to-be Chere Osmanhodzic. Chere's body was found inside her burned out Valley Village home after firefighters extinguished a suspicious blaze that may have been set to destroy evidence of the murder. So much anguish in Valley Village over this one.

Michael LoGrande has been big news all week after being selected as the new Planning Director to replace the departing Gail Goldberg. Ron Kaye has an excerpt from a Planning Report story by Michael's former boss. Ouch!

In case you haven't heard, the US Constitution is safe (for now) after a federal judge halted implementation of many key elements of Arizona's controversial SB1070 law. Pandering AZ Republican Gov Jan Brewer, says she will appeal the ruling that basically shreds the "Show Me Your Papers "law.

The former Sunland-Tujunga resident and Verdugo Hills High School graduate, Governor Jan Brewer, wastes no time after the ruling and tries to turn lemons into lemonade by immediately begging for money.

She may well need that money for legal fees, as Phoenix station KPHO is running a story about ties between Gov. Brewer and a Private Prisons Company;

"In the meantime, a CBS 5 News investigation revealed that there is one business that could profit from the implementation of SB 1070 and similar immigration measures. The private prison industry houses illegal immigrant detainees for the federal government. Those companies could gain contracts with state and local agencies to house illegal immigrants arrested for state violations.Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, holds the federal contract to house detainees in Arizona. The company bills $11 million per month. CBS 5 Investigates learned that two of Brewer’s top advisers have connections to CCA. Paul Senseman is the governor’s deputy chief of staff. He is also a former lobbyist for CCA. His wife is listed as a current lobbyist for the company. Chuck Coughlin is one of the governor’s policy advisers and her campaign chairman. Coughlin’s company, HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, currently lobbies for CCA."

Watch this excellent video to see the governor running away when asked about the shady connections.

As a side note, AZ cops are breathing a sigh of relief that the Judge ruled the way she did.

E-meg is learning about California the hard way. It looks like $100 Million might not buy her the Governorship of California after all!

And finally, I'd like to welcome an old friend, Lanny Clifford, who just read Mayor Sam for the first time yesterday. Lanny is an Ice Road trucker on a year long assignment in North Dakota. He's made us his homepage and threatens to pipe in with his opinions when he's not risking his neck delivering goods for the man.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

As I was running down this list of topics, I thought, "Damn, Higby is off of his game today. This list is boring."

Then I saw at the bottom that this is a Joe B. Hothsheet.

Joe, with yesterday's victory about the parts of 1070 currently handcuffed, you didn't mention that this was yet another thing that Phil Jennerjahn was wrong about!!!!

July 29, 2010 12:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice hotsheet Joe B, you communist ass licker!

July 29, 2010 12:38 AM  

Anonymous Phil's mom said:

Mayor Sam, why are you not mentioning my son, Phil, in your post today? He is an American patriot and runs for office a lot.

July 29, 2010 12:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael LoGrande is unqualified. Communities and planners from around the City ought to be writing letters to the Council demanding the conduct of a national search for someone with some vision and quals.

July 29, 2010 12:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Hernandez has a great letter in Daily News this morning that says it all. Illegals fail to abide by our laws especially here in LA. Notice the politicians supporting the illegals are the ones who have allowed their district to go down the drain because of illegals. Reyes, Alarcon, Cardenas, Huizar, Hahn (Ports of Call is now home to illegals vending. These politicians have no class and have shown the city they are nothing more then FAILURES just like the gangster Mayor. They are all an embarrassement and their poll numbers are down in the 10% for job performance. And before you say I'm a racist, I'm Latino and American and proud of USA born in this city.

July 29, 2010 6:34 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Joe B... Daily KOS polls mean absolutely nothing.

Apparently Daily KOS likes to SLANT polls. Read up on that. It was RECENT NEWS.

Whitman is the next Governor because Jerry Brown is a candidate in name only.

Brown must do 2 things to win. 1. Actually RUN. 2. Make up with Clinton (CSPAN the 92 debates as a refresher).

Neither will happen.

If Whitman is smart, she won't debate Brown.

July 29, 2010 6:40 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

To 6:34 and most Republicans in LA & CA.

I’ve been a Republican since I was 7 years old begging to stay awake on election night to see Bush 41 declared winner. Then again in 92 begging my dad when get got home from work to go and vote for Bush, though it was evident he lost.

Now though, I’m wondering if 92 was the last time a Republican even had a shot in CA. And immigration makes believe it was.

Republicans could’ve regained the topic of immigration post 9/11 and failed. Why? I believe most Republicans are racists. Why else talk up the number of minorities convicted of crimes. White people don’t break laws? White people don’t commit come of the most heinous crimes? Maddoff was an illegal? The guy who held Duggard captive was an illegal?

The border needs to be secured because we’re at risk. If we protect airports and have full control at customs, why should our land borders be any different? CASE CLOSED.

While Republicans, like David Hernandez, are busy bashing Latinos, the Democrats are winning and taking over, and have long term plans.

Look at the north east valley. Richard Katz was the Assembly member for a district now held by Felipe Feuntes. After Katz it was Cardenas, Montanez, and Alarcon before Feuntes.

Democrats have drawn districts and will draw districts to enhance the Hispanic vote.

Brad Sherman’s days are numbered. Will it be Feuntes, Padilla, Alarcon? Who knows. But Sherman will “retire” by 2012 or 2014.

If the Republicans are serious, which I don’t think they are, they’ll use a different tactic on immigration. Instead, since 1994, it’s more hate-filled. Just like their anti-gay movement. There’s NO civility from the Republicans. The sad part is, the Republican Party in LA is run by experienced individuals, experienced rabble rousers with no vision and political fortitude.

So 6:34 don’t mention Hernandez and the Republicans in this conversation.

July 29, 2010 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rassmussen poll shows that Brown and Whitman continue to be tied.


July 29, 2010 7:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave it to Joe B to conclude that anything MarKOS Mulitsas does is a scientific poll. No, that's because Joe B. doesn't want logic to be a factor. Joe B. only wants an emotional-based survey.

Rasmussen, Gallup, et al, are legitimate scientific polls.

But that's ok. Joe B. thinks Obama is doing great. Just wait until November when he becomes a lame duck with a Congress that defunds healthcare.

Jimmy Carter is the original Jimmy Carter. O'Bama is the Second Carter. Just darker and with a better personality.

July 29, 2010 8:25 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Hey Trojan -

I agree with you that we have to argue for a strong border and rational immigration policy but it has to be done without bashing Latinos. I don't think that most Republicans are racist (that's a strong word and the bar to be racist must be set high) but I do believe they range anywhere from clueless to bigots. Similarly many Democrats/liberal are bigots or at least bigoted in their rhetoric. But again racist is a strong charge.

I think Walter Moore was correct to identify illegal immigration as a key issue in LA. There isn't a legal resident of any color especially in areas impacted by illegal immigration who would disagree.

However Walter was absolutely dead wrong and made a horrible decision to make those videos about Spanish language radio stations, taco stands, etc. That just gave fuel to the open borders crowd and took the discussion from common sense to nonsense.

Ironically most Latinos personally are far more conservative than even white Republicans. They have strong beliefs in family, religion, hard work, that are all conservative in nature. They also have to pay taxes and are suspicious of the government.

However the GOP has screwed the pooch by letting the Glenn Spencer and Hal Netkin types run amok and brand the party. My hope is the next generation coming up will demand a focus on limited taxes, smaller government and more personal freedom.

And you can extend the same argument to the gay issue. Individual conservatives don't have to be forced to believe anything personally they don't want to. But the bedrock conservatism of folks like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan (who was a strong supporter of gay rights despite the fact that he was a product of his generation) is about live and let live.

There's a lot of folks out there who would go for the Republican's economic plan if they dropped the anti-Latino and anti-Gay chorus.

July 29, 2010 8:33 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Barry Goldwater was incredible... he is what this country, not just the Republicans, need today.
His ideas from 1964 are not so far fetched and radical today.

He was also one who spoke of the dangers of christian right, the intolerant right, becoming a force within the party.

OK, so you're right, racist is a strong work. Bigots, clueless and intolerant. And, the dems are no different. They gave into their extremists just as the republicans have.

July 29, 2010 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Illegal immigrants don't bother me. They keep prices of our goods low by working cheap, pay consumption taxes, and aren't even allowed most of our govt services.

Can we keep 'em around, can we? If only so Walter Moore can blow a head gasket on one of his silly tirades.

July 29, 2010 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hate to break this news to you, JoeB, but the Arizona law IS in effect this morning. The cops can still arrest, so what you consider about this to be a victory is short-lived.

And I think it's gonna cost Obama big-time in the Fall for refusing to do what he MUST do to protect the border states.

I assume you would be an idiot and suggest that this won't harm Obama. Even HE knows that. In the meanwhile, he's squandering time on The View this morning. Even Ed Rendell said it's an undignified use of the president's time.

July 29, 2010 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

would it suprise anyone that bully jan brewer is from the same shithole as bully joe b?

July 29, 2010 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It appears Fridays are a come in LATE to chambers when council members 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 29, 2010 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael you are the only one I think that is speaking what many of us Latinos have been waiting for. We are registered Democrats but the way our electeds have failed us and our city and behaving pandering to illegal immigrants and boycotting Arizona is shameful. Many of us have also had it with Obama. We were all duped into thinking he actually gives a damn. More and more of my Democratic friends are saying they are switching independent. With 70% of America supporting Arizona where are all the politicians on either side? Hiding like a bunch of mice.My friends and I are Latinos who are conservative, have family values, are proud Americans, abide by our laws so don't generalize and put us all in 1 group.

July 29, 2010 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Obama administration's pressure on a Federal Judge to nix portions of AZ's attempt to take control of Obama's negligent handling of illegal immigration has had exactly the reaction left wingers are afraid of - it's mobilizing republicans and independents to give the thumbs down to the 'experiment' with affirmative action in presidential politics. OTO is history, question is whether that judge will get the doubtless promised promotion.

The administration that succeeded in eclipsing the failings of the Katrina response with their 'foot on the necks of BP' approach to the oil spill in the Gulf, is scared shitless over what's going to happen in November - Nancy Pelosi's rumored to be checking out the best frequent flyer deal as she's set to lose her taxpayer provided private 737 to ferry her to and from the capitol.

But over at the GPW blog, left wing blogger 'Mulholland Terrace' aka Joseph Mailander, is drinking the lib-dem koolaide and dismissing claims that "right-wing types were predicting devastating losses for Democrats in November."" That Mailander should pick up on blog posts representing the views of 70% of voters, shows just how thin the slimy watery brown stuff slithering down the Obama administration's pants is. It is palpable.

The more the OTO fans try to protest AZ's law by pathetically chaining themselves together and blocking traffic, the more Americans are saying "Enough!"

If 70% isn't frightening enough, be prepared for what will happen in November, OTO has sealed his fate as the biggest loser since the peanut farmer.

I just hope the GOP has the sense to select a leader who is neither senile or sexy, and just plain common sense, because the White House is now the Republican's to lose.

OTO = One Term Obama, you better get used to hearing it, and you heard it hear first.

July 29, 2010 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uh, 2:29pm, you're hardly the first person to say o'bama will be a one-term pres. I said it months and months ago when obama-care passed, and I wasn't the first to say it THEN.

You're right, but get over yourself. You're months behind on making this prediction.

July 29, 2010 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding President Obama being on the View:
Here is President George and Laura Bush on the Dr. Phil;


July 29, 2010 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So they lied that Obama was the first President to go on a TV show.

July 29, 2010 8:41 PM  

Anonymous g said:


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