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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

Ron Kaye reports that the City of Los Angeles wants to sell a valuable piece of Hollywood real estate to a well heeled developer for 15% of the property's actual value.  And the developer has a track record of bad deals and driving Hollywood film production out of LA.  Must be a friend of new CRA head Chris Essel.




Public records requests show that the City's Information Technology Agency installed an alarm in the Panorama City home of Richard Alarcon in March of this year months after his reported "troubles" with break-ins and three years after he re-joined the Council.  But the bigger question is why does the Clowncil get free burglar alarms on the taxpayers' dime?

Unemployed construction workers have a question.  Where are those shovel ready MTA jobs?

Don't tell Joe B but Costco is coming to Woodland Hills.  Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Dennis Zine announced formally the big box will be part of a new mall at Victory and Topanga.

Yes I once said this and yes I was wrong:

Sure, I may be taking a dump in the toilet with my vote for Tony Villar, but I'll gamble with new shit, than the same old stinking shit I've been dealing with for four years now.

Here in Van Nuys blogger Andy Hurvitz has a great project underway.  He's using Kickstarter to photo document elderly Jewish war veterans living in the San Fernando Valley.

Now that her old buddy Bill Bratton is gone and she's served her time Lindsay Lohan may follow his advice and leave the state.  LiLo says she's headed to New York for good.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Costco news is hardly NEW NEWS! Kudos to Zine for bringing home jobs, tax revenue and simultaneously drawing more people to existing businesses in his area.

But I"m puzzled why you can mention Joe B's name with this, without asking him what jobs, tax revenue, and more customers with respect to The Home Depot.

Joe B. is a big boy who can supposedly handle the question. I'd like to know what is in the place of Home Depot, and how many jobs and how much tax revenue is bringing to the community now, instead of The Home Depot.

August 18, 2010 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mayor sam, tho it is not really okay to let Joe B. slide by the Home Depot question, that's your choice.

but can you explain WHY you're giving him a pass on it? you never give a pass to anyone on any issue. so why start now?

i still enjoy the blog, but am curious about this.

August 18, 2010 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Dan Mariscal said:

That's how the City Council gets around an obvious tax break, that would invariably be unpopular during this declared fiscal emergency. Pretty clever, huh?
But, doesn't this border on a gift of public funds? More questions need to be asked about this "deal", before anything is signed....hopefully.

August 18, 2010 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad to see that Higby is FINALLY allowing us to pose these questions to Joe B.

I'll throw my hat in there, too.

What is in the place where the Home Depot was going to be that Joe B. worked so hard to stop?

How many jobs did the new business create?

What is their pro-forma revenue? (This is almost always provided) That's how you'll know about the anticipated tax revenue.

Or, is there nothing in there, and if so, does Joe B. realize that defeating Home Depot was winning the battle, but losing the community economic benefits of having the Home Depot in one's neighborhood.

August 18, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor sam- ruth galanter was stabbed in her home back in 1987.

since then, all CM's have had the alarms installed and moniterd by the LAPD.

http://articles.latimes.com/1987-05-24/news/we-2346_1_city-council

The better question, is did the City every install and monitor the alarm at the "other" residence.

That's something an inquisitive journalist would do...kinda like someone from a fishwrap use to...I'm looking at you Ron Kaye and Rick Orlov!

August 18, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

seriously, what is on the KMART/HD site now? In this time of horrid unemployment, Joe B., any remorse?

I suppose most S/T folks would rather have a vacant KMART than those day laborers *cough* *mexicans* *cough* I mean trucks backing up and making deliveries...yeah, that's what I meant.

August 18, 2010 11:36 AM  

Anonymous g said:

ALL THESE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES INCLUDING T-MOBILE TOWERS COULD BE HANDLED BETTER IF THE COMMUNITIES INVOLVED WERE INCLUDED IN THE DECISION PROCESS. THE COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE FIRST SAY IN VARIANCES AND ANY CHANGE TO LOCAL COMMUNITY SPECIFIC PLANS. WE HAVE TO SUE OR GET A GATHERINGS EVERY TIME THERE'S A QUESTION. TOO MUCH TIME AND MONEY IS WASTED. MONEY THAT COULD BE USED TO IMPROVE THE BUSINESS CLIMATE AND PROVIDE JOBS THAT THE COMMUNITY WOULD SUPPORT. SAME IS TRUE FOR D.W.P. MORE INCLUTION IN THE PROCESS.

August 18, 2010 2:10 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Anonymous, how nice of you to ask about this site, since you obviously live nowhere near here. Shortly after Home Depot was defeated back in early 2009, a major national retailer expressed interest in the site and has gone as far as conducting an economic study of the area. I'm happy to say that Sunland-Tujunga passed with flying colors! Shortly after that national retailer became interested, a community college also expressed interest and the negotiations began. Now, if you knew anything about commercial real estate deals, you would know that they are a slow moving train, often years in the making. We are hoping that the national retailer (which, unlike Home Depot, does serve the needs of the community)and the college, can perhaps work out a deal to share the site. Remorse for stopping Home Depot? Hardly. It's better to wait for a few years for the appropriate development, than have to live with an inappropriate development for at least 40 years (that was the length of Home Depot's lease). And if you did actually live in the area and had gone through the Home Depot fight, you would have been aware that day laborers were not even considered as a factor in rejecting Home Depot.

August 18, 2010 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does the gratuitous comment about Jim Bickhart causing Ruth Galanter to get stabbed have to do with any of this? Mayor Sam
should have the integrity not to allow libelous (and actionable) things like that to stay on this blog, OR should at least demand that posters, anonymous or otherwise, provide evidence when they make allegations that
someone is responsible for someone else almost being killed.
For the record, Mr Bickhart was hired after the stabbing.
Higby, we can joke about people, their likes or dislikes, etc. However, a comment like that is so egregious, hurtful and untrue. It really should be taken down.

August 19, 2010 7:23 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I didn't see or approve that comment until I saw yours. It's been removed.

August 19, 2010 9:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Higby,

Thank you so much for removing that.

Sincerely,

Your anonymous fan

August 19, 2010 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The certain community college is getting in the way of Target coming to the site in Sunland Tijunga.

August 20, 2010 8:16 AM  

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