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Friday, July 30, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

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Despite a Federal court ruling overturning most of Arizona's controversial immigration reform law the City of LA is not going to let up on it's boycott of the state. Councilman Ed Reyes told the Daily News "I think it's premature to get a knee-jerk reaction now." That's funny? How often does the Clowncil NOT knee-jerk?

In light of the scandal revolving around the outrageous public employee salaries in the City of Bell Governor Schwarzenegger is calling for these salaries to be posted on line. Many cities are balking at this however.

The Westchester Parents Blog, not a known bastion of conservative talk, is calling Jerry Brown's education plans a "disaster." Blogger David Coffin says that Brown's release is "frankly dishonest and his proposals are written as if he were closeted away in a monastery for the last twenty years."

About 200 protestors upset over Arizona's immigration law laid down in the middle of Wilshire Boulevard on Thursday. Traffic was reported to be blocked for nearly four hours.

Councilman Dennis Zine has earned the ire of some of his constituents who are opposed to the opening of a new Costco store in his District in Woodland Hills. At a community meeting, Zine said to a Neighborhood Council member speaking up against the big-box retailer "“Let me stop you right there. Costco is a done deal. There’s no way I am going to refuse a huge tax base like that for the city.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

ED Reyes is part of the Mexican Mafia thugs in city council. Just like Huizar, Alarcon, Cardenas. They refuse to be proud Americans and behave like a bunch of low life TJ's. If you look at each of their districts you will see that nothing has improved and the communities have deteroriated because of the illegals immigrants. There is more trash, more traffic, illegal vending, garage sales, blight, filth and they don't care

July 30, 2010 5:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are you okay today Higby?

The Hot Sheet is looking really sloppy this morning, what without the headline and lousy spacing.

Tax problems?

Waking up to the realization that your saying that Phil is "smart" is inexplicable?

It's okay, everybody is entitled to fuck up once in a while.

July 30, 2010 5:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bravo to Dennis Zine for having the common sense to not turn away MAJOR tax revenue AND jobs.

Hey Joe B., see what happens when you work WITH the retailer? Revenue and jobs.

What exactly is happening at the place where you BULLIED, as you always bully, The Home Depot? Not getting that revenue and jobs?

Good god, man, is being a BULLY not worth the REVENUE and JOBS?

What's happening in that location today? Idiot. Go ask your neighbors if there are enough jobs today.

July 30, 2010 5:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's three days since the Arizona law was altered and the MORON who said it would pass completely (PHIL JENNERJAHN) hasn't written a word about it on his stupid blog.

That's the Jennerjahn way:

BOAST when you're right
HIDE when you're wrong

Phil, I hereby crown thee Phil "Boast & Hide" Jennerdoodle

July 30, 2010 6:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine is such a HUGE hypocrite - when it comes to OTHER councilmembers being criticized by fanatical "no to any development" NIMBY heads, he's only too happy to join in on making them look bad to grandstand to these NIMBYs.

It's very different when it's in HIS district and he'd have to say no to a developer.

This city is often hogtied by unreasonable NIMBYs who want to freeze all development, or mass transit or surface street changes or ANYTHING, yet of course demand city services including cops, libraries and park services and fixing streets, without more parcel taxes, and demand that traffic be reduced at the same time.

Like it or not, the elephant in the room is we have LOTS of poor people and a small base of middle-class homeowners, a small group of rich people - so without development at all, WHERE do they intend to get taxes and jobs?

Saying "send them back to Mexico" won't make it so.

Like Kaye, they are just the "Say no to everything crowd."

On the other hand, the city has been remiss in not having a clear, central plan for Planing and not re-doing community plans in a decade. This leaves the city open to a battle over EVERY project, so that the loudest HOA's/ NIMBY's in the most organized districts, can exert undue influence.

Zine is responding to that BUT in this case Costco is not even an upscale project for the area in question, and he has for his own political purposes, attacked other CM's who have brought high-end development but faced Just Say No to Everything fanatics. Zine is a self-serving hypocrite who feeds on the city's dysfunction.

This city is totally dysfunctional while cities next to us and all around us develop far more than we do, get the traffic and offer great services to their residents while we get the traffic anyway and are broke. DUMB.

July 30, 2010 6:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

just curious mayor sam, but why do you use this photo of zine, which must be three or more years old?

July 30, 2010 6:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yesterday John and Ken named Whitman "Nutmeg" and said it's a race for governor between Nutmeg and Crusty!

July 30, 2010 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations to David Zahniser for being the first to write about the REAP problems, back when he was with the LA Weekly.

I know Zuma "I'm an economist" Dogg would have you believe otherwise, but it was Zahniser.

July 30, 2010 6:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why didn't you post my comment about the Hot Sheet looking sloppy this morning?

You're a bit too sensitive higby. Oh, you love pointing out others mistakes, or flaws, but god forbid someone should point out yours, right?

July 30, 2010 6:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's funny how zuma is referring to us mayor sam readers as "dark higby" followers.

Whatever the stick he has up his ass about being an economist, he must be the world's first economist to have to report to a social worker so he can get his general relief pyaments.

For someone who lashes out about waste of government money, his getting General Relief is the height of hypocrisy.

July 30, 2010 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Since you're in such a censoring mood, I'm wondering if it's okay for us to repost any of the many anti-Krekorian Tweets that Zuma is sending out?

I'd like to discuss the issue to see who is being honeset. But knowing that you're a big fan of Krekorian and censorship, I figure I should ask Daddy's permission.

A sample Tweet from zd is "HELLO KREKORIAN SUPPORTER IDIOTS!: When it comes to the issue that ZD feels is #1 shadiest in LA, KREKORIAN JUST LEAD PUSH TO PROTECT SHADY!"

I'd like to know what's up with this, and who's lying.

July 30, 2010 6:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whitman is getting slammed all over a.m. radio for NOW changing her mind on the illegal immigration issue. She's got billboards in Spanish (hello, Wally!) saying she opposes the Arizona law. As predicted she "went to the middle" after the primary, and wants the Latino vote.

BUT she is inconsistent. She was on tv saying that while Arizona's law is fine for Arizona California is too big and has too many Mexicans to try the same thing.

Even Peter Tilden this morning is slamming her and says she'd better start to be honest about what she means. And he's clearly pro- Republican. Although he has Jerry Brown on makes fun of him for "talking too slowly."

Seems they'd both better get their stories straight, but Meg is just plain lying and dissembling depending on who she's talking to.

July 30, 2010 7:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with 5:37am.

I cannot get my arms around why these immigrant communities thrash and trash their neighborhoods. Beyond the trash, there are possessions strewn about their yard, and vehicles parked on the grass.

Until and unless the Latinos demonstrate SELF-RESPECT for their neighborhoods, they'll always be seen as the underclass.

And if people keep elected idiots like Tony Cardenas, Jose Huizar and "Criminal Dick" Alarcon, we've got nothing to complain about.

Cardenas won his job last time with about 5,000 votes. Or some pathetic number like that.

But 5:37am nailed it. The truth hurts.

July 30, 2010 7:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, I'd also like to know why you're using this old photo of zine

July 30, 2010 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 30, 2010 7:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Are we forbidden from talking about Zuma Dogg's criticism of Paul Krekorian?

I like Krekorian, and I voted for him, enthusiastically. But I'd like to know whether there's any merit to what Zuma Dogg is claiming.

I posted one of his comments here about 20 minutes ago, but you haven't approved it yet.

Is this an off-limits subject?

July 30, 2010 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's nothing wrong with Costco. Jobs and tax revenue is what makes the economy work.

Not that Joe B understands that. Too bad. That Home Depot would've brought the same to his neighborhood.

July 30, 2010 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dopey liberal san francisco is charging a "wrapper tax" for fast foods.

What will the homos think of next?


July 30, 2010 7:24 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

"There’s no way I am going to refuse a huge tax base like that for the city.

Is that the new criterion for making public policy decisions -- maximize tax revenues?

Wow. I thought the purpose of local government was to serve the people, not maximize revenues.

July 30, 2010 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's the matter with Costco?

It's Woodland Hills, not Beverly Hills.

If I was in charge of an area where revenue and jobs are hard to find, I would jump all over Costco or Home Depot for that matter, except for the illegals that a Home Depot brings. That's something I'd have to consider. But a Costco? Talk about a good corporate citizen!

The nearest Costco is on Tampa, and it's an ancient one. If my councilmember didn't aggressively reel it in, I'd vote them out.

July 30, 2010 7:35 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. He's using the picture because it's funny. Mustaches are funny.

July 30, 2010 7:35 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Excellent work by Dennis Zine!
Good to see there is some sanity left on City Council. Zine supports a popular business chain that wants to open a location in his district.

Jobs, growth, and progress!

L.A. needs more Dennis Zines, and fewer Joe Barretts.

With 12% unemployment, there are people in Sunland-Tujunga who could use the new jobs that will go to Zine's District. But they won't be getting those jobs. Too bad.

It's ironic that Joe B could have been one of the first ones hired at Home Depot.

July 30, 2010 7:37 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

The photo of Zine Michael used is the one Zine has up in the VEDC building lobby.

So calm down people.

I'm all for growth and big box stores, and don't have a problem with ANOTHER costco in the valley. They provide jobs that don't exist and sales tax.

BUT, it's not that Zine wants to be controller, it's that Zine is getting his pockets lined.

Zine is a really disingenuous council member.

The guy has an awards luncheon named after him where he collect money from sponsors, big names sponsors. BUT there's no accounting of how all of that money is spent. And I'm sure the big donors to the Z awards are making the donations out of the warmth of their heart, and NOT to buy favors from the Z man.

July 30, 2010 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter said: "Mustaches are funny."

Totally agree. A lil' creepy too. Think Henry Waxman, Zev, Alarcon and Parks. Creeeeee-py. I think men grow them out of various insecurities.

July 30, 2010 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I interpret Phil's derisive comment, "It's ironic that Joe B could have been one of the first ones hired at Home Depot" as a put down to people who work at Home Depot. What's wrong with working at Home Depot, Phil?

July 30, 2010 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To: Zumadogg@gmail.com
Subject: Begging SO SOON?????
Message: You arrogant snivelling shit!

You were such a pompous ass with your retarded blogging about celebs you never met!

Not a single person believes you with all that bullshit, because ONE of them would've helped you by now.

NONE of them have helped you.

And if you WORKED instead of retarded blogging lies, you would have money in your pocket.

THIS asshole, is the reason why people rail against you. You're one thing and one thing only: lazy.

You wanna get paid for a job you don't deserve.
You wanna get paid for a job you can't handle.
You are only suited to menial work because that's the only paying job you can get.

I look forward to the many years ahead where I watch you beg and snivel and grovel because you simply can't come to grips iwth the fact that you're not anything other than average.

All the bullshit lies, and the fake Human Awareness Training ain't getting you money.

Grow up and get a menial job.

Andif you are so good at radio, you'd have kevin james job. But you don't. He has it. And it's at the bottom of the radio food chain

KRLA? Youcan't even get on KRLA! Some radio god!

July 30, 2010 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Phil's right. Walter, who I normally agree with is wrong.

Walter, I'm talking about the jobs that Costco brings, and the domino effect of taxes it pushes throughout the community; not taxes that go to local government. Having a big business, that serves a GREAT purpose, and gives market competitive prices, and LOTS AND LOTS OF JOBS, is a good thing, at least in the U.S.

Not having a major business like Costco is bad. And forcing them out, like Joe B. bullied Home Depot out of his neighborhood, is bad, because it doesn't serve as an economic catalyst in the dept. I'm surprised this is lost on you. Or maybe it was misstated.

As for Phil, I can't believe I'm writing this, but I agree with him in this case. Joe B. is a simple bully whose idealism gets in the way of JOBS and COMPETITIVE PRICES in a community.

Unlike Higby, I don't think Phil is "smart," but I have to admit that I agree with him here.

July 30, 2010 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Zuma Dogg going nuts on Paul Krekorian? I voted for Paul and like his approach. We should discuss this so I hope I can post.

PAUL KREKORIAN: Even Richard Alarcon admires his shady-protecting slickery that breezes right past his naive and unsophisticated supporters. about 13 hours ago

HEY KRACKWHORIAN: Your cheesy smile & pompous, arrogant tone may come off as authoritative to a bunch of unsophisticated hicks, but not me! about 13 hours ago

THE OTHER COUNCILMEMBERS WHO VOTED "YES" CARED TO RECONSIDER, including Wesson, you corrupt A-hole! about 13 hours ago

KREKORIAN, whose "no" vote WOULD have KILLED DWP increase but voted, "yes," NOW lead killing of Parks' motion to control shady contracts. about 13 hours ago

PAUL KREKORIAN, now considered MOST DANGEROUS COUNCILMEMBER by ZD! Allowed UN-DOING of PARKS' motion to better control shady REAP contracts! about 13 hours ago

HELLO KREKORIAN SUPPORTER IDIOTS!: When it comes to the issue that ZD feels is #1 shadiest in LA, KREKORIAN JUST LEAD PUSH TO PROTECT SHADY!

July 30, 2010 10:14 AM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Here, I fixed that stupid picture of Zine.


Don't say I never did anything for you people. Jesus.

And if you couldn't find a recent photo of Denny, why didn't you just use this one:


Now *that's* what I call hawt.

July 30, 2010 10:52 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I actually support opening the Costco, just not for the reason Zine gave.

Maximizing tax revenues is not a good reason. Creating jobs is. The one does not necessarily imply the other.

July 30, 2010 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lets see who should i believe?

Paul Krekorian


Nutty Homeless Guy

I believe Krekorian.

July 30, 2010 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah don't use this ancient photo of Zine with hair and a smile. Use the more true to life ones of him in leather full body gear on a Harley.

July 30, 2010 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All due respect Walter, if the end result is a Costco with jobs that bolster the community flow of dollars, does it MATTER WHY Zine did it? Perhaps he held the same thoughts, or didn't articulate it well. But is it worth criticising him ifthe net result is the same?

The idiots on the blogosphere aren't sharp enough to understand that the net is the same.

July 30, 2010 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go away Valley Dope.

Luv YUH!

July 30, 2010 11:41 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Consensus Planning in tha House!

July 30, 2010 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, that old phony Zine sure has his spinners out in full force. Funny how he joined in opposing far more upscale projects in other districts, like CD5, just to pretend to champion the militantly obstructionist homeowner groups, the Ron Kaye type people, for political gain. He has also pushed through huge retail-residential developments that have been fiercely opposed by residents.

He has to go OUTSIDE his own district for support by pandering where he has no dog in the fight. He wants the support of the angry older West L A "just say no to everything" crowd when he runs for Controller. It's all opportunism.

A job for which he is even more woefully unqualified than the one he's got.

Maybe if he does run, the people in his district will finally organize against him like Sunland- Tujunga did forcing Wendy to speak out against Home Depot and the illegal development of Verdugo Hills Golf Course into condos.
(The HD issue I'm on the fence about - they still having nothing there and it does seem hypocritical to oppose it partly because it attracts illegals and then attack anyone who speaks out against illegal immigration and its negative effects on our city.)

STILL I believe that a S-T type of movement is necessary to expose Zine and make him stop acting like a hypocritical, power-hungry not to mention nasty-mouthed, amoral dictator.


July 30, 2010 1:08 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Words matter. They are the means we use to communicate. If Zine meant something else, he should have said something else. We have to assume he meant what he said and said what he meant.

Goals matter, too. If a politician's state goal is to maximize tax revenues, he may create or destroy jobs. He may, for example, decide to raise taxes to raise revenues, and thereby drive employers out of town.

I think it's fair and reasonable to expect elected officials to whom we pay six-figure salaries to listen to people's concerns, and to explain the reasons for their decisions.

Zine could have said, for example, that, while he understoond and sympathized with the increased traffic the project would create, he believes that the jobs the project would create make it good for the city as a whole, especially in a recession.

That's a far cry from "mo money, case closed."

July 30, 2010 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Blackman going y'all??

July 30, 2010 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:







July 30, 2010 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

jimmy blackman is leaving?

what a comprehensive dickhead!

one less dickhead in city hall is a good day. i hope blackman gets hit by an MTA bus on his first day off. he's a slimey, greasy dirtbag. ask his ex wife.

i have this image of jimmy slipping the condoms on Antonio as he gives him a breath strip. Did you suck him off on days when Mirthala or the groupies weren't available, Jimmy?

July 30, 2010 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A poster says they believe Krekorian over Zuma Dogg. Did Paul respond to Zuma's post? I think Z was just saying he was unhappy with Paul's action. I don't think it's a "believe" issue as much of level of concern issue that it was Paul who had to be the one to initiated the move to redo the vote.

July 30, 2010 5:09 PM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

Blackman is going on a three month vacation. He has nothing lined up. It's a good time of year to get out as so many former true believers have. It's not an ouster, it's a burnout.and

July 30, 2010 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary Cummins in the house.

July 30, 2010 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bill Rosendahl, the only openly gay member on the Council, noted that he has the same power and authority as his fellow councilmembers, but doesn't have his "basic and civil human rights... I pay into it like everyone else!" He told how he fought aside gay men in Vietnam, but how culture, politics and religion made coming out an even tougher thing than battle. He eventually came out after his mother's funeral when he was 32. "My religion, Catholicism, is also perverted in how it defines us. God made us this way, God makes no mistake."

July 30, 2010 5:25 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

And just for the 1000th time, the Home Depot issue never had anything to do with day laborers.

July 30, 2010 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dennis Zine should also under that Catholic's are not above the law. They should not hide illegal aliens or be "exempt" from any laws.

July 30, 2010 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is this blog allowing the racist Walter Moore to continue posting here? Walter Moore hates Mexicans and any sign in Spanish. He is the David Duke, KKK leader of Los Angeles. Please do not let him post here with his hate filled words. Thank-you.

July 30, 2010 7:45 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Staffer / failed wannabe "political consultant" in the house, y'all.

July 30, 2010 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Failed Mayoral Candidate/ All About Me/ Racist Mexican Hater/ Political Opportunist who is hurting Clean Sweep's cause in the House y'all.

July 30, 2010 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Is Mr. Magoo, "Ms. Editor" in the above LA Weekly post where he/she takes shots at your boy, Zuma? Our sources say, "yes." Two crazies.

July 30, 2010 8:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The person who posted the comment at 8:59 pm tonight doesn't realize how hurtful and uncomfortable it is for a person of that descent to have to read that. Even though you think you are helping. You are only spreading it for your own personal purposes.

July 30, 2010 8:14 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Name-calling? Check.
Actual analysis? Nope.
Hiding in anonymity? Check.

July 30, 2010 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ashamed he got caught making racist videos-Check.

Attack those that point out his racism-Check.

Still all about himself-Check.

July 30, 2010 8:47 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

And the videos are "racist" because. . . ?

Oh! I remember! Because you say so! No reasoning required.

Okay, enough of my time wasted on your broken record name calling -- nearly 28 seconds. Post all you want; won't be back to read it, Johnny One Note.

July 30, 2010 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's kind of like asking a whaler to please stop killing whales.
Walter Moore squirms and turns but refuses to face the fact that his videos and message is anti-Mexican.
Why are your videos racist? Go watch them Walter and tell us why they are not. Every word out of your mouth is hate against us. That is why you are racist.

July 30, 2010 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, knock it off Walter and everyone else. Walter Moore is a racist piece of shit and everyone knows it. Don't argue with this loser, it is just a waste of time.

July 30, 2010 9:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael Higby said;

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.

July 30, 2010 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It seems somewhat odd that the conversation is all about Walter, who is not an elected official. While there is no discussion of what to do about the mess the elected officials just created. Imagine if all discussion was geared toward posting what each person is going to do today in an effort to "Clean Sweep" City Hall or whatever tact needs to be taken. But all energy and time is wasted bantering back and forth about each other. None of whom are elected officials. You are all getting exactly what you deserve.

July 30, 2010 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd rather have a new Daisy Duke in Los Angeles, but it looks like Walter Moore is our new David Duke!
Racist scum bag!

July 30, 2010 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't understand why people who don't live in Sunland-Tujunga are concerned that we want something to better serve our neighborhood rather than a Home Depot. Isn't that what Neighborhood Councils are all about? To be able to shape our neighborhoods to what fits our needs? We don't want a Home Depot because it is not a good fit for our community. But I really don't think this would be a good discussion for people who can only get their point across using vulgar words and accusations. You're disgusting.

July 30, 2010 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Boycott Arizona"

Will be biggest Tshirt since Napoleon Dynamite's "Vote for Pedro" shirts.

And remember, no matter what happens with the boycott, you can always boycott Arizona, for life, in your mind.

July 30, 2010 11:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was a great day for clickety-clacks.

July 30, 2010 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was it a great day for accomplishing any community goals?

July 31, 2010 2:35 PM  

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