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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

-On 10/10/10, inspired by a 30 year old tradition originating from Bogota, Colombia, CicLAvia gets to do what only a presidential motorcade has done in the past; clear 7 1/2 miles of LA streets of cars for 5 hours.
Instead of secret service agents riding on the side of black suv's, the streets will be open only to pedestrians, skaters, and bicyclists.
CD4 candidate and transportation advocate Stephen Box couldn't be happier!

-In case you didn't know, Californians want to legalize marijuana, and not just for the recent tsunami of stressed out suffering teens that flood our local "collectives" up here in Sunland-Tujunga.

-Are Canadians wimpy? Of course they are.
The Canadian Dept of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning for citizens thinking of traveling to Mexico. Maybe the Canadian gov't is just covering their ass, but Mexico is as safe as just about anywhere else that's outside of Bel-Air. Just don't be buying drugs or trying to muscle your way in on somebody's human smuggling operation. My good friend, Abby Diamond, just returned from a very relaxing trip to northern Baja's Guadalupe Canyon, and an adventurous 61 year old guy from El Cajon is about to embark on a 1500 mile walking trek of Baja with his burro Don-Kay and 2 dogs.

-Jerry Brown began his campaign for governor just a few short weeks ago and already has gained significantly in the polls over billionaire Meg Whitman, who has been campaigning for almost a year to the tune of $120 million and at least that many annoying radio spots.

-E-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar, says he will NOT endorse Meg due to her support of Prop 8 and her selection of former governor and Prop 187 proponent Pete Wilson as her campaign manager.

And finally, Oh boy am I glad my name isn't Robert Rizzo, who's only barely good news for the day was that a judge reduced his bail from $3.2 million to $2 million. That should help!

Your turn.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Are Canadiens wimpy?"

That's worthy of blog space today with everything going on in the news?

September 23, 2010 6:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Job losses down again! WTF? How come we can't fire one fucking teacher without wasting a decade. Thanks a lot United Teachers of LA.

You suck.

September 23, 2010 6:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When this was brought up at a meeting two days ago people scratched their heads and were asking who is paying for that 7 1/2 mile street closure for the bike nerds that probably cost over $100,000? Don't you think it odd the bike guys don't like the Mayor but seems they are allowing Mayor to use the bicyclists as a platform to get in front of the camera. Can they be that weak?

September 23, 2010 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ABC's poll puts Whitman 3 points behind Brown (43 vs 46) with 11 percent undecided and 6 weeks to go. Unfortunately for Brown, who must be relieved to find that someone, somewhere, thinks he's got a chance, the reality is that Meg-A-Millions Whitman has what it takes to win the undecideds. She not only has the $$$$ to reach voters, but she's not part of the 'business as usual' brigade, and just like with the Trutanich victory, the undecideds are most likely to break for her. Expect Brown to be hammered as mercilessly as Weiss was, over his record of being an "inside guy" and to use Obama's phrase "more of the same." BTW, the Audacious One is lecturing to the UN and delivering what has to be one of the most boring, platitude packed speeches in presidential history.

Meg will win in November, and because of the money she is going to spend, every other Republican candidate will benefit from the 'Whitman' effect. The face of California politics is about to change and Jerry Brown cannot be a happy man this morning. Against the 'Whitman' factor, he is handicapped by the "Obmaa factor;" the once bright star of progressive Democrat politics is now widely regarded like the awkward uncle who visits at Thanksgiving and manages to embarrass everyone.

We're done with Obama (even Dems realize that and are calling him O'Carter) and a Brown's going down. Maybe he can get a job as a consultant for Bill Bratton?

September 23, 2010 7:33 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Benito, do you know why 19 won't pass and Whitman WILL win?

Those over 40, lean conservative, and white, with incomes over $50K will big the biggest voting block in the election.

Not over 40 and lean left, but LEAN RIGHT.

There's no energy on the left. And that's to be expected when you put a dick corpse, Brown, and the royal ass clown witch, Boxer, on top of the ballot.

September 23, 2010 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm a life long Democrat but the way the losers on our city council and Failure of Mayor has ruined our city I'm tempted to go Republican. Hell, it couldn't hurt and they seem to at least stick to what they say. They all think Latinos have the same agenda. We don't. Many who are legal support ARizona and immigration reform tough. Although Meg flip flopped on the immigration issue I'm going to find out where she stands on it now. I liked Brown and he does have a Latino base but I also think he screwed up having that press conf. at Cal State LA with all the Mexican Mafia politicans like Huizar, Reyes, Cedillo, Monica Garcia etc. That's enough to not want me to vote for him because it shows how clueless he is

September 23, 2010 9:15 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Benito before you get all huffy and puffy...

survey usa was 33% republican, 43% democrat and 23% indp.
Whitman is winning the Indp 49/38.

Brown is ahead in the poll bec. it skews to his advantage.

The turnout will not be 43% D, it will be lower, probably low 30s. The republicans and Indp. will have higher turnouts than this poll is predicting.
This poll is BAD NEWS for Brown, because even with the HUGE skew for him, he's only up within the margin of error!

September 23, 2010 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:33, you're not providing a critical piece of information: THE MARGIN OF ERROR!

Your numbers show a dead heat, assuming that the M.O.E. is 3.0 percentage points or more. Most often, it's a 3.5 M.O.E. for a 95% likelihood.

I imagine that you're actually Joe B. providing the "stimulating" discussion without providing the important statistical M.O.E.

September 23, 2010 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for writing that Brown is leading. That will not change. Anyone who thinks Meg Whitman has a chance is just a Whitman troll engaging in wishful thinking. The fact that she doesn't have a sizeable lead after spending $120 million against his $3 million in expenditures demonstrates that the electorate has figured her out.

The public is becoming more engaged in the race and they are moving to Brown. Undecideds will move more to Brown. Republicans are way outnumbered in this State and that's why you see very few Statewide Republicans in office.

September 23, 2010 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trojan, if you wish any harder your head is going to blow up.

September 23, 2010 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

who's Benito?

September 23, 2010 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"-Jerry Brown began his campaign for governor just a few short weeks ago..."


Funny, then who was that bald-headed pol with the same name who was on the primary ballot months ago, and who has been sitting for "free" publicity interviews with the media for all of 2010, and before?

You're off by about a year, but nice try. Which makes me wonder if all of the information you post is that far off from the real truth.

(Can you say "Yes, Cerritos" - boys and girls? I knew you could)

September 23, 2010 10:50 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Trojan is right.

The Dems really screwed the pooch running Jedi Brown.

Young people and Latinos would have worked harder and showed up in bigger numbers had it been Gavin or Antonio.

I mean back in the 70s we were so well off so why not go back there?

September 23, 2010 12:18 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Could you imagine if back in the 80s Goodwin J. Knight came back to run for Governor?

Bring back the 50s??? Oh boy.

September 23, 2010 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Beutner's Folly: The CRA's Unlimited Authority to Squander Tax Money Anywhere in LA on Anything

By Ron Kaye on September 23, 2010

A MUST READ AND TAKE ACTION: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol Building, Sacramento CA 95814 Phone: 916-445-2841 Fax: 916-558-3160

Please Arnold, veto Felipe Fuentes' audacious bill AB 2531.

Don't join the conspiracy to destroy LA in order to save it.

Don't allow the scandal-plagued Community Redevelopment Agency to take tax money for schools, libraries, parks and other basic services and give it to just about anyone, for any purpose, projects or programs, anywhere in the city, even outside CRA project areas.

Don't rob four million people to enrich the few.


September 23, 2010 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The department of justice today gave Sherrif Joe Arpaio an "A" rating for proper treatment of illegal scum aliens.

September 23, 2010 1:46 PM  

Anonymous g said:

The illegals run this town talk to maldef. They are working on controlling the courts and the supreme court. So much for the new majority.

September 23, 2010 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy all the internet sites who have the story of the bicyclists closing down 7 1/2 miles are getting slammed. Doesn't seem they have any support in LA. This one hits the head on the nail
"i have been riding my bike all over LA, have since i was a kid(just turned 37......). these morons give the rest of us a bad name.... ive never recieved a ticket and havent been in an accident since junior high, so to all who say cyclists and cars cant coexist i must respectfully diagree.... that being said, the current hipster variety riding around LA gives me a terrible taste in my mouth... im all for promoting cycling as a hobby and as an alternative mode of transportation, but these tool bags make that more than a little difficult. i keep waiting for the day they get cars.... ive been cut off by more midnight ridazz/critical mass rides/riders than i can recall, and these are the supposed "bike activists"? these are the y guys promoting my cause??? i dont think so!!!!! i agree with all other commenters that these individuals have little regard for the laws of the road and should be dealt with accordingly, but that doesnt mean violence from motorists OR other cyclists!!!! let the cops do their jobs! but at the end of the day im waaaaaay more afraid of some moron on his cellphone in an expedition as opposed to some fixie rider right on the edge of being able to control his bike!!!!

oh... and to the guy complaining about cops not enforcing helmet laws.... they only apply till 18 years old..... just sayin'.... also, i wear a helmet always(ive hit my head with one on and without one on.... preferred with.), but they arent magic bullets that will protect us when some tool more interested in his phone runs into us at 25mph....

in conclusion..... bust idiots who do the things mentioned in the above article, but please DO NOT lump anyone on a bike into that group. some of us are a-ok....

Posted by: Bill Meadows

September 23, 2010 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Lovely Mexico said:

Joe B's link to the travel sight calling Acapulco safe and free of drug cartels is hilarious.

Mexicans are losing their heads in Alcapulco, just like many other cities.


September 23, 2010 5:54 PM  

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