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Monday, November 01, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

Senator Barbara Boxer has sought to hit hard in defining a negative image for her opponent Carly Fiorina.  However those who attend her rallies and hear Fiorina speak in person find a different person than what Boxer, one who is warm and has ideas for California.  The GOP challenger will have to overcome Boxer's commercials; however I predict a stunning repudiation of Boxer buoyed by Meg Whitman's multi-million dollar ground war will lead Fiorina to a three point victory over Boxer.  So long Babs.

Though supporters of Jerry Brown smugly expect a significant victory for the former Governor I do not predict such.  It is likely both the Brown and Meg Whitman camps will be up quite late and this race, despite Whitman's previous trouble, is just too close to call.

A liberal blogger joins with the Tea Party in opposing socialist/totalarian-like government overreach and declaring Tom LeBong's ban on silly string in Hollywood every Halloween is well, just silly.  Remember when silly string is outlawed only outlaws will have silly string.

Jose Huizar and the City Council are looking at experimenting with mail-in only elections for Los Angeles.  While there are some states that conduct mail-in only elections and have for several years, given LA's history of corruption is this a good idea?

The Daily News says that the City of LA's efforts to rein in the mess with employee pensions are "a good start but don't go far enough."  Quite frankly I believe that unfortunately for some city employees the pension gravy train will have to come to an abrupt and painful end.  While this may impact some families negatively it is karma for their greed and corruption for years.

Imagine this! Greed and corruption when it comes to California's high speed stupid train.  Commission members Democrat Richard Katz and Republican Kurt Pringle are accused of shilling for high power interests (who they have done "consulting" work for) who stand to make money off the choo-choo including Disney.

Since the remake of the legendary  60s cop show Hawaii Five-O has turned out to be a piece of crap (maybe it's what killed original series star James MacArthur last week) someone is ready to bring back yet another piece of classic prime-time trash: Charlie's Angels.  However this reboot will take place in Miami instead of LA and will of course feature a multi-ethnic trio of Angels.  Since it will be shot in the Sunshine State I guess that likely forecloses the possibility of Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa as Bosley and Charley.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael you may not have read this over the weekend but Joseph Mailander blogged that the Daily News should not have written about your weight problem and then he proceeds to write about it himself. Will you be discussing this with him? Where does Joseph get off being such a jerk?

November 01, 2010 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:16AM - Nice try. But we've all got Saul Alinsky's "Activism for Dummies" now that Obama has made it famous, and chapter 7 covers the whole issue of "deflecting the issue by personal attacks."

The issue is the impending defeat of democrat socialism and the failed attempts to demonize anyone who stands in the way of Obama's social agenda.

Barbara Boxer has got nothing going for her, her 28 year record of "doing the left thing" and nothing for the left side of the USA is going to be Carly Fiorina's strongest suit.

Boxer is so far behind in the real polls it's not even as funny as her "Don't Call Me M'am" fit of arrogance and sense of self-importance.

Yes, it's time to call Boxer "M'am" again, and she knows it. She can smell defeat just like we can smell your fear.

November 2, 2010 won't come soon enough. We're taking back America and there's not a thing you can do to stop the tsunami that's going to sweep from coast to coast and wash out the washed up democrats.

So poke fun at us, make your classless personal attacks, and read 'em and weep on Wednesday over. You've blown it.

November 01, 2010 1:14 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

vote by mail only sounds like a great thing... for Huizar.

Just think of how high voter turn out will be in CD14 when his office starts filling out ballots and mailing them in.

November 01, 2010 6:19 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Anybody see the "Yes on Prop 19 Ad" in the "LA Ganga Times"?

Bet the "WWG" will have something to say about that>

November 01, 2010 7:56 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Trojan 2002,

If Huizar's plan gets approved, then Evengreen Cemetary becomes the biggest precinct in CD 14.

November 01, 2010 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another post off to a bad start. Why do you approve comments like the first one at 12:16? Not interested in what other bloggers are saying about each other. And the comment is only designed to poke at Higby.

November 01, 2010 8:40 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Come on now Red Spot, that can't be the ONLY cemetery in CD14!

November 01, 2010 9:10 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

This laugher from the "Westside White Liberal Guy".

LA Times cites GOP cheerleader as reporter

Kevin Roderick • November 1 2010 8:34 AM

The L.A. Times website this morning has been featuring a blog post by Andrew Malcolm trumpeting that, based on a new Gallup Poll, Republicans are "poised to reap historic gains in the House of Representatives." Gallup doesn't talk about historic Republican gains, that spin is coming from Malcolm. That he gets a home page byline as a reporter, not as a columnist or opinion blogger, is interesting in that Malcolm's chosen career profile these days is Republican cheerleader on staff at the Times and freelance in various other media. Interesting, but I guess not surprising: his former weekend relief on the GOP beat at LAT blog Top of the Ticket, ex-Bush White House aide Jimmy Orr, is now deputy editor of the entire Times website.

Wonder if Roderick would have to take the day off from his job at UCLA, to list all the Democratic P.R. Hacks/ writers at the "Old Gray Hag on Spring Street"?

November 01, 2010 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...While this may impact some families negatively it is karma for their greed and corruption for years."

Hey Michael, that's *my* family you're talking about. Yes, I'm a city employee, but no, I'm neither greedy nor corrupt. The reason I earn a good pension is in part because I am paid a lower wage than I would receive in the private sector for what I do (I am a degreed professional working in a specialized area). My pension is protected in part to shield me from political influence. The *opposite* of corrupt.

As a voter, it is your right to contact your councilmember or other politician and request that the services you receive be reduced if you wish to reduce your taxes. Believe it or not, I would agree with that approach. But please don't assume that this bullying of civil servants is 'karma for their greed and corruption.' At least 80% of us are here to competently serve the communities we work for. Folks, let's not lose sight of that.

November 01, 2010 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jerry Brown rally in Fresno was like half full.

November 01, 2010 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:19am - Jerry's in good company. Seems that Obama had a half empty hall in Ohio too.

Jerry and Boxer are hated, really hated in Fresno, but the Audacious One on his home turf? That's huge, and worse for OTO, there was "noone" to heckle him!

Hope and change dummies!

November 01, 2010 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting stuff in the Glendale News-Press Mailbag.


November 01, 2010 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't like Brown very well (we could not find someone relevant?) or Boxer. But I don't like Nazi's and those opposed to a woman's right to choose. So I am holding my nose and voting Boxer and Brown.

November 02, 2010 6:21 AM  

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