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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

Over 125 medical marijuana dispensaries filed for permits under the City's new get tough law.  However only 41 of those shops met the criteria in the City's view to qualify. Joseph Mailander's favorite assistant City Attorney told the Daily News "We were surprised more did not meet the standards."  The City may have set itself up for a war with the pot shops' operators however as San Fernando Valley activist/businessman Frank Sheftel, operator of the Toluca Lake Collective, said "The City Clerk gave no reasons for why they deemed someone eligible or ineligible. They are opening themselves to a floodgate of lawsuits."

Curbed LA reports that Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency Chief of Operations Glenn Wasserman has resigned.  This follows the replacement of former chief Cecilia Estolano by former CD 2 Candidate Christine Essel.

Democratic candidate for Governor Jerry Brown may be approaching a Muhammad Ali strategy to his campaign playing rope-a-dope against Republican Meg Whitman.  Political pundits are puzzled by Brown's lack of campaigning and spending money so far but his supporters say he will come out swinging after Labor Day.

Saturday night I co-hosted on Live LA Saturday Night with Frank Sheftel, filling in for David Hernandez who was out of town.  Our guests included political consultant John Thomas, blogger Paul Hatfield and of course legendary entertainer Rip Taylor. If you missed the show you can listen to the podcast here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Please either give the boot to Joe B(ully) or take away his ability to decline comments.

I tried to defend Walter several times in the subject Joe B(ully) posted on Sunday, but Joe didn't allow them.

In a different comment, and with a different tone, I asked the questions Joe B(ully) has been dodging for months: What business is in the place of the Home Depot that he chased from S.T. and how many jobs & how much tax revenue does it bring.

All Joe B(ully) does is direct the comments so that it meets his personal interests, and not in favor of open discussion.

And take a look at the video he posted. Try to get a handle on how old it is. I tried. Joe B(ully) refused to post the comment because it undermines his goal of trying to shut down Clean Sweep.

OH, and Joe B(ully) DID allow slander like saying that Ron hates Walter, which we all know isn't true. And he allows people to call Walter racist.

But don't anyone dare defend Walter or challenge the comment!

That's what happens with Joe B(ully) in charge.

August 29, 2010 11:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since you can see exactly how many people are listening to internet radio, why don't you disclose how many people tuned in at the high point?

My guess is under 5, not including homeless economists or Phil Jennerjahn.

August 29, 2010 11:27 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

11:22 I don't know if you made those comments and/or if Joe deleted them. You are making the point now. I also saw plenty of people defending Walter.

August 29, 2010 11:35 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

11:22 I have no idea. You can contact LA Talk Radio if you really want to know.

August 29, 2010 11:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, why don't you FIND OUT the number of listeners yourself and TELL US.

You're an honest guy; why not report the #?

August 29, 2010 11:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Saturday's Listening Audience

1. Higby
2. Sheftel
3. Jennerjahn
4. Joe Bully
5. Gloria Sheftel
6. Red Spot

August 29, 2010 11:50 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Brown just putting out 1 TV ad after labor day could be considered "coming out swinging".

Brown doesn't want the job.

Michael you want a great flash back, CSPAN the 92 Democratic primary debates.
Brown was a dick then and he hasn't changed.

I've never understood why people voted for him.

August 30, 2010 6:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG, only 41 Pot Shops comply with the law? What about all those nice Russian gangster types who seemed to be running the other 759? Actually, it would be interesting to see exactly how many of the 41 also follow the law of the Compassionate Use Act. My guess is none. The problem is that our failure of a President, who promised to change the Federal law that prohibits SELLING pot, has changed his mind. As things stand, the law says you cannot sell pot, you can only collectively cultivate and share it with members of the collective. No shop does that, they all buy it and sell it, and it took about 5 years for brain dead City Clowncil to realize that. The previous city attorney, Rocktard, didn't have the guts to break the bad news, so he did what all the other democrat losers do, punted the issue.

Seems like Obama's another Rocktard because he's never going to legalize pot, he's too busy making empty promises about Hurricane Katrina victims to deflect his monumental Gulf Coast failure, his disastrous mismanagement of the economy, and his lack of an exit strategy for the war on terrorism.

Maybe Obama should make legalization of pot a priority, it would mean he can use it legally to take away the pain, and it would improve his ratings as the rest of the nation can legally chill while the Mexican drug cartels take over the country like they have south of the border.

Happy Monday Los Angelenos! Remember, 'Hope' isn't just a 4 letter word.

August 30, 2010 7:32 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Mary why do you care? If I find out I'll post it even if it was only Joe B and Red Spot.


August 30, 2010 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want to know, too, Higby!

If you say WE can get the information, then YOU certainly can. You're a tech guru. Just got it and let's have fun with it regardless of the #.

On a different note, I agree with the people who think Joe B[ully] is a bully.

Higby, why can't YOU get him to respond to the questions on The Home Depot? If he doesn't want to answer, then suspend him indefinitely. This is a TOTALLY LEGITIMATE SERIES OF QUESTIONS.

If he can't explain how the business, jobs and tax bases are better as a result of his efforts, then he should be shunned for not thinking it through. It shouldn't matter that you two are butt-buddies. Hold him accountable the way you would anyone else. Except Phil. We know how much you don't want to force him to answer the $10,000 source for the World Series of Poker question, since he doesn't have enough scratch for a car. Kinda suspicious. He's running for City Council, so that is a fair line of questioning.

August 30, 2010 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, that's funny. But I think it's "Ha ha ha ha ha. LOL. Good one!"

You forgot the ha ha ha hasses, as Red Snot would call it.

August 30, 2010 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clown Carmen and Jane Usher admit to being clueless in having created an anti-pot shop ordinance so strict that only 42 shops can comply - even though they and the Council were amply warned in Council Meetings by the CLA's office and B & S that the 1000 feet restriction from 'sensitive use' being so broadly defined, meant less than 5% of the city could have any shops and they'd mostly be clustered in certain areas.

The council made some noises that this would happen, especially Koretz, but as always were wimps and just went along. Rosendahl stood up and made LOTS OF NOISE on behalf of patients who would now have nowhere to get their weed or have to go very far, but then flip-flopped as always. Seems to have something for Clown Carmen, who he always praises even though he claims to hold progressive views. Wassup wid dat?

Clearly, from the complaints, the City attorney's office didn't give the City Clerk clear guidelines on which shops to deny, so the sense is, it's all arbitrary.

How much is he "saving" the city on all these law suits? Ha ha ha.

BUT we can sleep better because he jailed another one (with a foreign likely Persian name again) for a couple of illegal supergraphics on a vacant building near LAX. Those things ARE a fire hazard but with the economy, guess the guy was just trying to make a buck to keep from going into foreclosure.

Some 46 separate counts, each carrying upto 6 mos. in jail and a $10,000 fine. Now THAT's good for business!

August 30, 2010 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby why aren't you covering that Joseph Mailander is writing sob stories about some derelict blogger in Vegas who needs money?

I know for one that I would not be giving this guy any money. He is whining about being disabled and homeless but he buys cigarettes.

Tell the people in Las Vegas if we were going to waste our money on deadbeat bloggers we have enough of them in LA to support.

August 30, 2010 3:50 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Oh for pete's sake who let the babies in here? Comments are not posted when there is foul language, repetitive comments, an obvious troll, excessive name calling or pointless drivel.

Whoever keeps asking about Home Depot please go back a week or so and you'll see I answered your questions. No I will not go find the post in which I responded. No, I do not have to answer questions asked of me. jeez.

August 30, 2010 5:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous at 3:09 PM rewrites history to suit her anti-Trutanich agenda. The Marijuana ordinance originally proposed by the City Attorney had a 500 ft. distance requirement. It was modified by the CITY COUNCIL, with Alarcon and Huizar leading the charge, to the more strict 1000 ft. requirement. Claiming anything else is a lie.

And you seem to think that "just trying to make a buck to keep from going into foreclosure" justifies 46 misdemeanors. What would you have written if Trutanich had given the guy a pass on this one? And what the f**k does the "foreign likely Persian name" have to do with anything?

August 30, 2010 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the idiot who keeps asking about Home Depot:

August 30, 2010 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It kills me how people whine when the council does nothing, and then they cry when they do something.

My understanding is the council acted on Marijuana shops and supergraphics because the community was complaining about both of those issues in large numbers.

Finally, they have brought both problems under control and now people are crying about that.

I think some people out there just want to complain about anything. Either the city enforces the laws or it doesn't.

August 30, 2010 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:09pm is a fool. "Clearly, from the complaints, the City attorney's office didn't give the City Clerk clear guidelines on which shops to deny, so the sense is, it's all arbitrary."

It's not arbitrary, it's objective. You either are, or are not in compliance. Many of the pot shops that are not in compliance failed the various tests for reasons other than the 500ft/1,000ft distance from sensitive uses. It turns out that many were no longer operated by the original applicants, many had multiple pot shops (you can only have one), and others had criminal convictions.
Don't blame Trutanich for having the guts to tackle the issue that Rocky (or "Rocktard" as 7:32am called him) and the rest of the clowns in City Hall couldn't handle. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to have so many pot shops in LA. 41 or 42 is still a very high number considering that we all know this is about as medicinal as Obama is moslem. Get over it.

August 30, 2010 8:06 PM  

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