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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

But Antonio's seats are better than mine!
Man, being an elected official sure has it perks. We all know about Mayor V's free tickets. The latest politician to score free Lakers and USC tickets as well as wine, whiskey, tequila, cigars and cologne is District Attorney Steve Cooley. Of course a spokes-flack says that Cooley has the "highest integrity" and these were gifts from friends. It's nice to have friends in high places.

Speaking of perks for pols Walter Moore makes a good point. Though City Controller Wendy Greuel has released the salaries of City workers her report does not list the perks they receive such as free cars, per diems, insurance, etc. Moore recounts that during an interview with KABC's Peter Tilden, Councilman Dennis Zine hemmed and hawed when asked what perks he gets.

Attorney General Jerry Brown is investigating the pay scandal in the City of Bell but a new report recounts outrageous pay for officials in the City of Oakland when Brown was Mayor there. The situation was so bad that an auditor was brought in following Brown's departure that found a tangled web of high salaries as well as unknown bonuses, paid leaves and vacation buybacks far in excess of salary agreements. The situation was so bad an unnamed Democratic leader said that Brown was “the worst administrator ever to come down the pike.”

Despite serious ethical allegations against her, Maxine Waters, like Richard Alarcon, seems to have not lost support amongst her supporters. Daiquiri Jackson, a member of a South Central church, told reporters that Waters was being targeted because she is a minority woman. However this is nonsense because most of the House members - Republican and Democrat - who have been brought up on ethics charges the last few years have been white males.

The Los Angeles and First blog has given Mayor Villaraigosa a report card and he averages a C minus. With an F in budgeting and a D+ in the economy it's hard to go up from there.

Mulholland Terrace brings to our attention a ridiculous exercise sponsored by the Mayor and the CRA: a "contest" for the best ideas on how to build a "clean corridor" in LA. The purse? $11,000.

Activists and parents from the North Valley are not giving up until an independent review into the death of teenager Zac Champommier. You may remember that Zac was shot down in cold blood by LA Sheriff's Deputies in a shopping center parking lot for no apparent reason. For two weeks now protesters have held rallies in Studio City near the site of Zac's murder.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daiquiri Jackson?

I'm sorry, but the reason that the black or latino communities won't ever get ahead in a substantial way is that they give their children RIDICULOUS names.

Try submitting a resume to a Big 4 consulting firm with a name like Daiquiri Jackson. See if that helps land a job.

Thankfully, the consequence for Alarcon's, Rangel's, and Waters' crimes are not determined by idiots like Ms. Daiquiri Jackson. They're determined by grand juries.

And if their constituents continue to put people like this in office, they should shut the fuck up when things go wrong in their 'hood.

The same can be said about Joe B(ully), who forced a Home Depot out of his neighborhood, and can't answer the question of what jobs and tax dollars are being created in that space now. That's why Joe B(ully) is a moron. He chased HUNDREDS OF JOBS and MILLIONS in TAX DOLLARS out of his community, and the idiot constituents went along with it.

August 10, 2010 3:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor sam how come you act so obnoxiously toward Walter 99% of the time, but not today when he makes a good point on something?

Why can't you grow up and treat the guy normally? Jealous of his business success?

August 10, 2010 3:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd like to hear from Phil Jennerjahn on what his platform is for CD4.

I wrote to Phil last week and encouraged him to come out with not just his platform, but on what he is going to do differently in his campaign to ensure a win.

Phil, you haven't written anything yet. What is the deal? It's not like you're really busy. What is your plan for CD4 specifically. Not the rest of city council; just CD4.

What are you going to do that is different from what LaBonge, Box or any other candidate is saying?

And finally, Phil Jennerjahn, what are you doing with the rest of the money (you said it was 50x what Ron Kaye brought in on his first meeting) that you didn't use for the recall? Where is that money now?

I'm concerned that you refuse to say how you raised $10,000 for the World Series of Poker. For the sake of transparency, how about full financial disclosure?

If you say no to full financial disclosure, you can be sure I'm going to keep saying it throughout your dopey campaign. Show us what kind of a leader you are.

August 10, 2010 5:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

it's funny how people are killed every day in Los Angeles, especially in the dicey neighborhoods, but Higby only continues to write when the victim is a white guy. WTF? And you say you're not a race-based blog?

August 10, 2010 5:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Guess who I am!

"Waaah, my bi-polar juice is so bad today that this is gonna be the most miserable day of my life. I should just call it quits, but I'm enjoying my beachside retirement pad. I hope my social worker can give me a ride to mid-city today."

August 10, 2010 7:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam crew,

Can you do a fundraiser for The Zuma Dogg?

I understand that he is getting various forms of public support, but he claims he still needs help. And while I don't understand why an able bodied middle aged man cannot hold, say, a stock room job at Target, maybe he can be helped with a Mayor Sam fundraiser?

At the absolute least, we won't hopefully won't have to listen to his whining any more.

Plus it'd be a nice thing to do. Maybe a bake sale for The Zuma Dogg?

August 10, 2010 7:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I still haven't heard an apology for freedom-hating Phil Jennerjahn for attacking the religious beliefs of Steven Box, regardless of what they are.

Phil obviously didn't give a crap about Box's beliefs, let alone the Constitutional protections has has.

No, Phil attacked because he is JEALOUS that someone other than himself is running as the outsider. Phil can't handle that he was seen as the WORST choice EVERY time he runs for something or does a project. And now that Box, who has actually WORKED to improve the city, is getting some attention against arguably the worst city councilmember.

When there is nothing good to attack on, Phil spread a wild lie about Box's personal beliefs, forgetting that the Constitution allows every American, and ex-pat from elsewhere, to practice the religion of their choice.

Right Phil? You DO know that YOU are the FREEDOM hater in this case.

August 10, 2010 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sams,,,

Why do you regularly ignore most of Doug McIntyre's stories?

He has a HILARIOUS one now about Richard Alarcon's new title: COUNT ALARCON, in honor of the 18 criminal counts against him.


Stop being pig headed and post all of McIntyre's stories. He's only infinitely more entertaining than Red Spot and Joe B(ully).

August 10, 2010 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone have CD4 debate dates?

It is going to be a laugh-fest with major idiots and fools. They should charge admission.

August 10, 2010 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, have you lost all sense of respect for the dead? What is it with you these days?

August 10, 2010 8:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG. The County District Attorney received free tickets to a county owned facility -the Hollywood Bowl?

And reported these gifts?

Doesn't he know he's not suppose to report any gifts. Is the Mayor the only one who knows this?

And who gave him the cheap $5 cigars? They should be prosecuted.

August 10, 2010 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine used to be one of the good guys, but when it comes to money and gifts he's just like all the others. It's a grab for all you can get.

He's the one, you remember, who got caught by the media overwatering, and justified it by saying that his neighbor's expected his lawn to look good.

My guess is that his neighbors expect him to follow the rules like everyone else.

August 10, 2010 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, the first post is one example of some quick conclusions (profiling, stereotyping, and maybe prejudice all fitting here) that might explain why people don't get along.

The "ridiculous" names might not have any clearly “normal” appearance to all people, but when you cross into other cultures, there's meaning and normality within these cultures that others dismiss because they LOOK ridiculous. But check out ANY names where you pre-judge based on the name: "Crystal" v. "Gertrude"? Which would be the stripper?

A lot of intolerance appears here today. If Zuma Dogg makes comments that you don't want to bother with, then why do you keep checking up on them? Why should anybody need to do anything about what he says? And why would it be something that Higby would want to do at all?

And the Jennerjahn complaints are the hobby of a determined few that are just not worth the bother to read so I happen to just skip the rest of the comments when I see another one of the same kind of "Phil can't do anything right" "Phil is an idiot" kind of posting. I guess I am intolerant, too.

But I wonder if posters want to persuade others of the error or strength of a view by the comments, or if it's just to dump on somebody again as a new day comes up. I don't think creating any persuasive argument is part of the checklist on those but to each his own.

I like McIntyre but I don't know why Higby should be obligated to note whatever Doug writes. It's easy enough to find.

Maybe Higby writes about a killing of a white young man because it's news and the circumstances are not pointing to "justification." The other shootings usually don't have such a strong initial showing of excessive force as this one does. Maybe because he was white was one of the points.

And did anyone bring up the December 2009 fatal collision where the LAPD police car going high speed at night with no lights, no siren, hit a woman making a right turn into the street as the police car hit it? This was a woman in Venice who did nothing wrong and who was initially blamed by the police for the crash that killed her.

A couple of months ago the LAPD reported that the filed police reports were wrong ("not true"?) where the officers indicated that they DID have lights and sirens going. I think even that the speed was claimed to be not much above the limit, which was NOT true and I think the estimate was up to 50 mph.

Witnesses there were pretty upset at the time and were shooed away from the scene, threatened with arrest. So what's happened since then? Things like that erode confidence in the police and make you wonder what ELSE is not true in reports- so I think of that when I see this Valley fatal shooting.

So there's so much to cover and you can't include it all to satisfy everyone, especially a lot of the regular posters looking another reason to launch an attack on their favorite targets.

However, I do agree that Joe B. is heavy- handed, to say the least, when it comes to criticizing but we already know that and a lot doesn't have to be repeated on that as his comments appear here.

in cd-14

August 10, 2010 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"we won't hopefully won't have to listen to his whining any more."

Why do you have to listen? In order to hear it, you have to make a conscious effort to go to his blog. So you never HAVE to listen. Are you a victim, yourself? You sound like one to me.

August 10, 2010 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not all perks in City government. Jose Huizar, now ramping up his 2011 re-election campaign and looking around for ghosts of former field staffers, has a small problem with the increasingly less hardcore supporters he inherited from Mayor V. when he slid into that vacant council seat.

Huizar's pissed off some of those former poster-child supporters who formed the "Southwest Society" (to serve as puppets for the Autry), by trying to hold the Autry's feet to the fire on the museum uses for the original museum campus in Northeast L.A.

Now these hurt, once-rabid AV/Huizar groupies from the PRMW (People's Republic of Mount Washington) are suddenly finding themselves strange bedfellows with the anti-Huizies the likes of Reed Sput, in their scorn for Huizar.

No way they'll go all out for a "clean-squeaker" the likes of Rudy Martin-ez, so their best option may be to sit out March 2011 or find some "token" superliberal candidate to share their wealth with, in protest.

Any "Greenies" considering a run for the CD14 seat?

August 10, 2010 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Called it schaudenfreude, but I love hearing about Zuma Dogg's woes. He is completely capable of holding down a job, but if it's not in the media or in Tru's office, he won't do it. Instead, he relies on fools to make donations. So since he is capable of working at least a menial job, and chooses not to, I get a huge laugh out of his FAKE suicide threats and FAKE donation demands.

It's so fucking funny. He tells people "don't ever contact me" but posts his TELEPHONE NUMBER on his blog!

Talk about being passive aggressive!

And whoever said Jennerjohn is a moron is right. He WILL finish in last place, even behind Box.

August 10, 2010 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Steve Cooley for AG...

August 10, 2010 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you're useless-post this chicken shit "back at ya" story about that Clown Cooley but not the REAL Story. That he's being sued by his entire Dep. Atty staff (except of course for the handful of sycophants, or bluntly ass-kissers), the Assn. of Asst. DA's.

Who allege rampant and blatant discrimination, retribution and persecution against anyone who doesn't play ball as he wants.

So bad it is, the Republican white guy Superior Court Judge presiding over the case called it so shockingly blatant Cooley didn't even bother to dispute it.

Read about it in the Daily News in May (just google Cooley for that month) but of course NOT in the Cooley Koolaid Campaign Times.

What's worst for us the taxpayers is, it's meant the best and the brightest have left the office and only the bootlickers stay on.
Berger's back there too, we hear.

Oh yeah, and he's been bitch-slapped by another Superior Court Judge for what he did to powerless victims who got a bum shake, and when he learned about it tried to hide the evidence by literally burying THEM in prison til some pro bono types took their cases. Read about that in Witness L A. look up Deborah Peagler's sad case. And Kevin Roderick in L A O was following Paul Lisker since HE got sprung by good samaritans.

Too bad more people didn't listen to what he brave souls who took him on in the last election said.

But no, this pitiful blog is the Republican voice of some disgruntled teabaggers. First his puppet Clown Carmen now the Chief Puppetmaster Clown himself.
Only main exception: liberal Krekorian, because you assumed Essel was close to the mayor. When in fact she was backed by Clown Carmen and backed him back.

Amazed you "dared" put up this RADICAL story about Cooley, wow. Let's see if you have the guts to post the REAL stuff.

August 10, 2010 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Mike Hawke said:

Before I'll consider donating to Zuma Dogg I want to know what he has been doing to get a job or earn some income. I've got a problem just giving money to junkies or freeloaders.

At least he could get some oranges and sell them at the freeway off-ramps.

August 10, 2010 9:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So cooley reported his gifts unlike our mayor and this is a big deal? The mayor has ignored the law and not followed it.

August 11, 2010 10:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

junkie? uh, oh!

August 11, 2010 11:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Celebrities" don't sell oranges. They create " worst day of my life" scenarios and cyber-beg.

His parents must be so proud.

August 12, 2010 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you mention parents. whatever he went through was probably nothing like being abandoned at birth for days. now that will destroy you for life. maybe there's still hope.

August 12, 2010 11:43 AM  

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