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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

As Carmen the Clown and Jane the Joke go after pot shops many property owners and real estate experts say the shops have been good for the local economy.  One study even says the dispensaries have pumped over $100 millions of sales tax into government coffers.  However NIMBY types, such as Dangerous Enemy of Freedom Lisa Sarkin, are out to use the government to prevent something that should be legal for consenting adults.  If anyone needs to spark up a doobie and mellow out it is certainly Enemy Sarkin. Oh Betty Pleasant too.

Councilman Dennis Zine has worked hard to bring a much needed Costco to Woodland Hills.  Folks need the jobs and residents like to shop there otherwise Costco wouldn't risk the capital to invest in the area.  Still some wacko NIMBYs with plenty of time and their hands (perhaps some other folks who need to smoke some pot or at least get more sex than they may be currently getting) are calling for Zine to be impeached.  Anyway nimrods City Council members can't be impeached.  They are recalled.  And as Phil Jennerjahn found out it's a hell of a nut to crack. Even well organized and wealthy stakeholders couldn't muster a recall of the then most hated member of the Clowncil, Jack Weiss.

The City of Ontario would like to take over the Los Angeles owned airport there but Mayor Villaraigosa and LA City leaders have opposed such a plan.  Ontario feels it can have more control over it's own destiny if it were to own the airport as well as perhaps turn around the fortunes of the flagging airport. Now Ontario gets some high powered support as the Southern California Association of Governments has come out in favor of flipping the airport to Ontario.

For sometime many in LA have suggested that having an actual seamless connection between Blue Line and Gold Line trains would boost ridership and significantly increase options for riders to use public transit.  Now it appears the MTA is one step closer to building the Regional Connector between the two systems.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Man, for a guy who wants Betty (Un)Pleasant to disappear, you sure to love to casually drop her name into commentaries.

You're like the little boy in elementary school who pulls a girl's hair, claiming he doesn't like her, even though he secretly does.

September 07, 2010 4:38 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

"Jane the Joke"--I like that.

September 07, 2010 5:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IF you mapquest the location of the existing Costco at Roscoe Blvd and Canoga Ave and the new site at Victory Blvd and Topanga Cyn Blvd, you'll see there is no need for another one in the area, just to remodel the exosting one.

September 07, 2010 7:00 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Recall City Hall.Org is considering a voter initiative to change the Recall process.

Currently, you have to get 15% of all registered voters to sign a petition. This is based on voter data that is incorrect. Having run for office twice in the last two years, I found that while gathering signatures for my own run for office that some of those listed were deceased, or had moved out of California. The numbers are incorrect to begin with.

Our voter initiative would seek to list the Recall number as 15% of all those who actually VOTED in the last election. Using that number as a base, we would only have had to collect about 45,000 signatures instead of 240,000.

Villaraigosa didn't get 15% of the voters to vote for him. Why should we need 15% to get him recalled?

September 07, 2010 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I am one of the very few people here who likes you, at least because you're mildly entertaining. But you have let all the readers here down too many times to trust you any further.

You have proven incompetent in running anything, especially RecallCityHall.org, and quit the first fucking day when "noone" showed up for your silly press conference.

You were more focused on wearing sunglasses on the overcast day. That's where your attention was.

"Noone" cares what you think about recall matters anymore. Prove that you can do something FIRST before you crow about your achievable initiatives based on your highly unimpressive track record.

Sorry for the tough love, but I have been disappointed by you too many times to give you any credence.

Don't take it personally. I think you're funny in a silly sort of way. But you don't have the right to float silly initiatives anymore, when you can't even tell us what your City Hall platform is.

September 07, 2010 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Be careful with Jane Usher. She has taken it upon herself to arrest people-claiming power because she is a citizen and works for the DAs office.
I doubt her behavior is legal.

September 07, 2010 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil the Fool, Jane the Joke, Carmen the Clown.

Anyone see a pattern here?

And what do we call Cooley?

Mulholland Terrace over at Griffith Park Wayist calls our attention to fact that is finally leaking out a bit despite the L A Slimes' attempt to cover up and sanitize his record = Cooley has taken contributions from those he's supposed to be investigating.

And funny how he hasn't prosecuted certain big corporations for their environmental violations, which would bring in a lot of revenue. Maybe even to help offset his witchhunt of Polanski, or time he spends on political agendas like getting his puppet the Clown endorsements by his colleagues.

September 07, 2010 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

uh, Carmen's not a clown and Jane's not a joke. They've actually done a great job cleaning up this city and should be applauded for it.

Mullhollond Terrace, how many people read his blog? Five? Now that's a clown and a joke.

September 07, 2010 9:01 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Phil just because they don't vote doesn't mean they don't count.
I'm sure it would be great if we could be a totalitarian state and mandate people to vote, and how to vote, or lose their lives.

I personally think recalls, unless there's a serious crime involved, a waste of time and tax dollars.

If you reduce the 15% threshold to 15% of actual votes, the flood gates would open and every eager brat who wants cheap publicity, like you, would start recall on a just because basis.

Elections aren't FREE. They cost a lot of money.

Instead of focusing on the "leaders" in office, you should focus on the leaders that put them there.
The ball washers from all parts of the city, from local party old threads, to NIMBY community activists that for some reason carry weight.
You're a republican; change the local LA leadership. you'd have my support on that. And that, in the long and short run, would make a bigger difference in the city.
The current citizen leadership is very weak and protected by the elected officials because they know it's how they get elected and re-elected.

September 07, 2010 10:03 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Closing the pot shops could absolutely destroy L.A.'s booming snack food and food truck industries.

We should legalize pot. It could do for our economy what gambling has done for Nevada.

Speaking of which, we should legalize gambling, too. And prostitution. And smoking.

September 07, 2010 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Carmen is a clown for letting Jane the Joker Usher run the show while he goes around shaking down campaign donations from lobbyists and big business. The Joker 'handled' the whole medical marijuana farce and the clown will throw her under the bus after the first judgment against the city.

MT, be careful with the Joker, didn't she sue you for slander at GPW? If you piss her off again, she could do the same thing here.

September 07, 2010 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I knew if I waited long enough Walter would say something that made sense.

Gambling is already legal in California, but only certain kinds and at Indian casinos. So we let all that revenue go to Nevada. The state is going under but that's OK as long as there is no gambling?

Didn't we learn anything from Prohibition? Once the nimrods in Congress banned alcohol it gave rise to the mob kingpins who met people's needs.

Now it's the same with prostitution. Legalize it, control it, take the criminal element out of it, and tax the hell out of it.

So what's the next step Walter?

September 07, 2010 11:07 AM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

uh, Carmen's not a clown and Jane's not a joke. They've actually done a great job cleaning up this city and should be applauded for it.

Thanks for finding an empty workstation and expressing your interest. You can get back to your electroshock therapy session now.

September 07, 2010 11:16 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

And thinking too.

September 07, 2010 11:42 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Well, don't tax the hell out of it. The hell part is the best part. What's next? Nothing. Nothing ever gets done in this town except more and more stealing by the Spring Street Gang. The crime victims -- voters -- are too oblivious even to notice. So just embrace the suck. Or "grant me the serenity," blah blah blah. This city is doomed. Too bad.

September 07, 2010 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it that a paper like the LA Weekly is the only one who is reporting facts and not being whimps? We don't have any good media coverage in this city anymore. TV news and newspaper are afraid to say the losers protesting are ILLEGAL IMMIGRATNTS


LA. Police Union Blames Agitators, Leftists For Anti-LAPD Protest In Westlake Following Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting There

September 07, 2010 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since you are good at labeling people, here is one for you; Higby the white, republican fatso with no agenda other than to mock others who try to make a difference in reducing corruption in the city.

September 07, 2010 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have the politicians we deserve, thanks to our own apathy, gullibility, and willingness to fall for any snake oil salesman that tells us we're "at a crossroads" or that he'll "bring about change!"

That drives the really capable people out of the system, and the conmen and village idiots into it.

Just think - if Antonio had lost the last time, who would we be stuck with now. . . Wacko Walter?

GEEEEZ! I wouldn't wish that on Cleveland, or BELL.

September 07, 2010 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby is the world upside down when an old Soviet like Mailander is "revolting" over the death of a rich white kid from the Valley over an illegal alien?

September 07, 2010 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If the city is doomed does this mean that you're promising to move to France again?

Or is this one of those Brett Favre things?

September 07, 2010 4:25 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Speaking of Cleveland John Stossel had an excellent show on them where Drew Carey debated goofy Dennis Kucinich and shows how years of terrible urban policy has made that place a hell hole.

Cleveland is so horrible that even the river caught on fire. Seriously!

September 07, 2010 5:05 PM  

Anonymous g said:


September 07, 2010 5:33 PM  

Anonymous g said:


September 07, 2010 5:38 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

The recession and City Hall's effect on property values have, alas, made my fleeing to France impractical right now.

But here's an alternative: Why don't you just go to hell?

September 07, 2010 6:52 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

"Why don't you just go to hell?"
Nice Walter, you're a class act!

First you hate on the Latinos, and now you just hate on anyone that calls you on your bullshit.

September 07, 2010 10:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Burbank Blogger = Jen

September 07, 2010 10:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LA Slimes has an interesting take on Carmen the Clown and Jane the Joker. Looks like the wheels are about to come of the wagon and it's gonna cost us a lot of money.

September 07, 2010 11:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How come Walter Moore doesn't talk about the Shaw family anymore? Is it because once you throw someone under the bus, you can't do it twice?

September 07, 2010 11:53 PM  

Blogger YJ Draiman for City Council said:

Rebuilding Trust in Our Government
One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support.
However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials.
Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of "all benefits" retroactive.
While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Compiled by: YJ Draiman

January 06, 2011 11:28 AM  

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