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Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet of 2010

A group of public housing residents who had protested at the home of LA's Housing Authority head, Rudolf Montiel, and then found themselves evicted saw their evictions overturned by the agency Thursday. When the evictions first became public a few months ago, several members of the City Council expressed outrage.  In addition to overturning the evictions, the agency settle with the residents to pay their legal fees and provide computers onsite.

Councilman Dennis Zine will recuse himself from voting on an LAX contract because his girlfriend is an employee of one of the bidders.  Zine has been reportedly dating Veronica Becerra, who works for contractor Tutor Perini who wants a $270 million contract to build a utility plant at the airport.  Airport staff however have recommended to the Council the bid by a competing firm.

Getting into a car accident is traumatic enough.  Imagine now that many cities in California are charging you a tax to do so.

LA always has a lot going on around potholes - including Eric Garcetti's latest efforts - but did you know that technically the City can be on the hook if a pothole ruins your car? You can file a claim but the catch is you have to be able to prove that the City knew about the pothole and did not act in a reasonable time to fix it.

It's always customary this time of year to have a look back at what happened in the preceding 364 days.  The Daily Breeze has one, blogger Randy Economy has his, and Encino Patch covers the most controversial issues in Encino into 2010.

In case you forgot, after tomorrow night, KCET is no longer a PBS affiliate and goes it alone as LA's indie public television station.  Franklin Avenue highlights the immediate plans and shows off the station's new logo, which is pretty much the same as the old logo.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I predict next year Dennis Zine will become known as "Dennis the Menace."

December 31, 2010 9:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy is a Democrat so it doesn't matter. That's the rule, right?

December 31, 2010 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just heard Dennis Zine on the radio warning everyone not to drink and drive. I thought Zine was a Republican. Now he's doing the nanny shtik, too? Has he been hanging around Garcetti too long? What is it with these guys?

December 31, 2010 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when did warning people not to drink and drive, usually a violation of the law, fit into the "nanny" category?

December 31, 2010 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Coming from Zine dating lobbyist whores it is akin to blasphemy.

December 31, 2010 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:55, everyone knows drunk driving is illegal. It's not new information. It's not something that you wouldn't have known had Zine not opened his fat yap. Only a nanny feels the urge to get on the radio and repeat what everyone already knows. It only serves to make the nanny feel important. The need to be a nanny probably stems from some traumatic childhood experience. Maybe Zine was a mamma's boy. Garcetti was for sure.

December 31, 2010 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm fine with electeds reminding us about violating laws that we may forget about from time to time.

Don't forget that Zine was a motorcycle cop.

My concern is with those who feel a need to enact new laws to protect me from myself.

December 31, 2010 10:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you to Dennis Zine for reminding people not to drink and drive on New Year's Eve. Just marking time till he reminds us all to wear sunscreen in July. Who said he wasn't a leader?

December 31, 2010 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Proposing a law that would require people to wear sunscreen would be a nanny state action.

Reminding people not to drink and drive on New Year's or St. Patrick's Day is what we should all be doing.

January 01, 2011 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine named "Man of the Year."

Of "City Hall's Deceit," that is, on Ron Kaye's blog. Noone disagrees.

January 01, 2011 5:45 PM  

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