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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

Mulholland Terrace brings to our attention perhaps a poor employment decision made by Councilman Bill Rosendahl in the hiring of new spokes-hole Jon Fairbanks, an import from Canada.  As MT notes could Rosendahl not find a gay publicist in all of Los Angeles? More of concern is the audit trail of stories written by Fairbanks, a scribe out of Quebec, who blogs about "Anglophone bitches" and desiring to keep those women who like to party with gay men out of the bars.

Leave it to the City of Los Angeles to make high priority an all out assault on successful capitalism in Los Angeles and go after the food trucks and taco wagons that have caught the eye (and stomachs) of Angelenos.  Because most LA restaurants suck, charge way too much and give lousy service, people are flocking to food trucks.  That has led the lazy restaurants who would rather complain than improve service to bitch to the City.  And along comes the useless Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who is boo-hooing the trucks only take cash and don't pay into those shady business improvement districts.

Truly the end of an era.  After 63 years on the job the legendary Stan Chambers of KTLA is making his 87th birthday by retiring.  The station will undertake many activities to mark the occasion including an hour long special on August 23rd.

The County of LA is considering taking advantage of $400 million in Obama era stimulus funds that includes projects such as a solar farm in the Antelope Valley, repairs to the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall and a new wing for Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar.  However County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is concerned about the debt the projects could saddle the County with.  Keep speaking up Zev you're on the right track!

Only about one percent of Metro employees take public transportation to work.  But apparently they're not allowed to talk about the reasons why as the agency deletes comments on the topic from it's Facebook page.

Great story about young gays' views on marriage by Pat McDonald in the LA Weekly. Back in the 80s, when I was in my 20s, just about everyone I knew - gay or straight - was looking to fuck as many people as they could. Marriage was the furthest thing from their minds. Those of you who hate gays and oppose gay marriage should be pleased they are preferring traditional relationships to promiscuity. This is a big change.

The LA Can't Drive blog captured a woman texting while driving her Missouri plated car with her knees.  I guess she wanted to show him.

And finally while Phil Jennerjahn has been looking to reach national prominence it may be that he leapfrogged right from local fame to international renown.  A British based blog of animal lovers is now protesting Jennerjahn's candidacy for City Council over comments he made about Councilman Paul Koretz's motion to ban cat declawing in Los Angeles.

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Blogger mulholland terrace said:

FYI, I think Rosendahl's media guy was last from San Diego. But you are right on the biggest point: why someone from out of town at all? What does he add to the job? I'd like to see people who represent LA start actually thinking about LA.

August 12, 2010 4:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The British blog called Phil a "shallow thinking and morally destitute politician." I totally agree, but don't you have to get elected in order to be a politician???

August 12, 2010 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's this kind of teabaggery that makes all Republicans look bad.

Phil said: I find it darkly comical that these nitwits who are so opposed to the minor surgery of declawing a cat are the first to run to vets to get their pets surgically neutered. That's liberal thinking for you.
One type of surgery on a pet is totally OK... but a different surgery?
My God...the horror!

August 12, 2010 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you please show Red Spot how to use the "jump" feature on the blog?

His posts are INSANELY long, and he needs to be more attuned to how the blog works.

This will enable those of us who are sick of his CD14 posts to get back to the Hot Sheet.

I doubt he is going to follow your instructions, so a little Tough Love might help. Use the jump or you don't get to play on the blog. He has shown that he CAN use the spellcheck, but he doesn't WANT to.

Tough love is the only way to get through to that idiot.

August 12, 2010 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I find it darkly comical that these nitwits who are so opposed to same-sex marriage are the first to run out and get married. That's teabagger thinking for you. One type of wedding is totally OK... but a another type? My God...the horror!

August 12, 2010 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A friend emailed Phil with an explanation of why an anti-declaw law is important.

First, with claws, cats can kill rodents which carry deadly diseases. That's why, centuries ago, cats were welcome residents on cargo ships, in order to protect the cargo from rodents. They were also worshipped as gods during eras of deadly diseases, when they killed the infected rodents.

Second, without claws, a cat is helpless to defend itself or deter an attack. That's all they've got. It also enables them to escape up trees.

I didn't hear back from Phil, but maybe this will help him understand the reasoning behind the law. If he intends to pursue a city council seat, he needs to understand the reasoning. I'll leave it to you bloggers to determine if he does.

August 12, 2010 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

since PHil Jennerjahn wrote off the Republican party and the Westside Republicans in the dustup over his stealing the James Andion URL, is PJ still a Republican? Independent? Tea Bagger?

August 12, 2010 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why didn't you post my comment about ordering red spot to just the blog's jump feature?

It would vastly improve the user experience on the blog.

Is asking that a crime? If so, tell us how so I don't waste my time on an intolerantly run blog.

August 12, 2010 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Jennerjahn ever research before spouting off? Phil, de-clawing is NOT MINOR SURGERY!!!!!! It is AMPUTATION!!!!!

August 12, 2010 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:40am, it is minor surgery compared to the lobotomy Phil appears to have had!

August 12, 2010 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Metered parking spaces are to allow for people to PARK in the area to visit businesses and residents.

They are not to monopolize the limited parking meter spaces to do business and commerce out of.

Like many issues, it's a matter of time, place and manner.

Food trucks are great when pulling up to a construction site where workers don't have time to leave the site and go out to eat.

But these trucks are parking cars to save spaces, then pulling the trucks in and monopolizing the spaces. Taking up more than one space as they spill into the next space. Spill into the fire lane.

And the trucks are pulling up in areas with existing restaurant traffic. Why can't they park in a row on a side street? It will be just as close to the offices the trucks are targeting, but not taking up the prime metered spaces for people to use for short visits.

Additionally, there is no parking for people to use to eat at the restaurants.

So it's a matter of the spirit of the type of city you want.

It's true restaurants need to adapt to the changing demands of the market. But are we a city that does commerce out of metered parking spaces, leaving no parking spaces available for others?

August 12, 2010 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl's importing a flak isn't new, it more the norm than the exception.

Why has the Mayor consistently done this for new department GMs - most recently with animal services.

One might think he isn't very well liked by the middle- and upper management of City departments, if he can't find an appropriate sycophant among the experienced there to promote from within.

Is it really the case that among the 4 million people in L.A., there isn't anyone qualified for these top positions? Isn't AV the one who's always hyping L.A. as a WORLD CLASS CITY (but, apparently populated by people too dumb to rise to the level of a City department GM).

He's imported Planning heads, Transportation heads (with disastrous outcomes), often from much smaller cities, and then. . . done it all over again the next time after those bombed.

The people of L.A. need to start rattling cages when this happens. It's an insult -- not to mention the ramp-up time for newbies to get used to L.A. culture and geography is fast becoming about half their term (before they get the boot). The six-figures they all pull in shouldn't also have to cover time spent learning how to spell "L-O-S A-N-G-E-L-E-S" or memorize that "The Valley" means the BIG one to the north of downtown, and that Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are not within the City boundaries (even if they do choose to live there).

-- The new "import" Animal Services GM apparently got lost for several hours trying to visit one of the local shelters.

Google maps, anyone?

Thomas Guide?

August 12, 2010 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


August 12, 2010 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good thing the animal GM who got lost is a female.

If it had been a "he" we'd know that getting "lost for two hours" usually is code for "I was at a strip club getting lap dances and lost track of time."

August 12, 2010 1:43 PM  

Anonymous g said:


August 12, 2010 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What about the awesome food trucks that pull up to areas of the city where the businesses close at 6 PM?

The food trucks pull up on the empty main streets at the curb and people come from all over to form lines to eat there?

Don't permit them out of business. They shouldn't be penalized by the opinions of the Chambers, who believe in competition right, and should be encouraging those small businesses (food truck owners). So what if there are other perks such as low overhead.

August 14, 2010 9:34 PM  

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