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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday



Happy Hanukkah from all of us at Mayor Sam!

Meanwhile, 800,000 out of work US citizens lost their unemployment benefits as of yesterday at midnight. Thank you GOP! Now get back to work you corporate lap-dogs and protect those tax cuts for millionaires!

The Party of No has also made it clear that it intends to demonstrate a new spirit of compromise by obstructing virtually every Democrat backed bill that comes before them. That's how it's done boys!

Say it ain't so Rudy!
New and refreshing blogger about town, The City Mavenreleased a story yesterday that is rapidly making the rounds exposing CD14 challenger Rudy Martinez's shocking past life as a corporate shill for Big Tobacco.
According to the story, Rudy Martinez once operated as a board member for an astro-turf pro-smoking lobbying group backed by Phillip-Morris back in the mid 1990's. Anytime you can put astro-turf, pro-smoking, Phillip Morris, and Rudy Martinez in the same sentence, you know this is a candidate that may have some challenges. Word on the street is that more baggage is soon to be coughed up regarding "Mr. Flip My Lungs".

California's next Attorney General, Kamala Harris, announced her victory today, and her potential on the California political landscape is already attracting attention. Speaking of Kamala, have you had the chance to see this precious photo?

The darling at the squeaky clean Street-Hassle blog has an interesting story up about "serial ghetto gentrifier" Bill Rosendahl.

Almost everyone, including the military, are ready to repeal DADT. C'mon Teabaggers and John McCain, it's almost frigging 2011 for crying out loud.

And finally, as hard as it may be to believe, Joe Scarborough, may be the last Republican left with his brain still intact.

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43 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's the link to the weird story in the LA Times that Jackie Autry, widow of Gene Autry, killed a pedestrian with her car and was NOT tested for alcohol or drugs. Aren't tests required when someone dies?

In the process of trying to kill the Southwest Museum. And now, she's run over a person using a car.

Class act.

December 01, 2010 2:00 AM  

Blogger Loretta Mahon said:

Happy Hanukkah Joe!,

I could tell by the first few words that this Hot Sheet was written by you!

Where is Higby and is he okay?

Thank you for keeping Mayor Sam's a Jennerjahn-free zone now and 4 eva!

December 01, 2010 7:17 AM  

Anonymous Manfred Ullman said:

I'm applauding flip-flopper Bill Rosendahl for cracking down on the homeless vehicle violations.

I don't know about you, Joe, but when government is lax at enforcing laws to curb the trash and filth that homeless people bring, the homeless population expands massively and takes over and ruins communities.

CASE IN POINT: SAN FRANCISCO.

Once a haven for homeless people, the situation has gotten so out of control that SAN FRAN is now enacting laws prevented extended sitting or laying down on sidewalks.

If San Francisco is cracking down on homeless blight, it's perfectly fine for Rosendahl to.

Rosendahl is a LOUSY elected official for many reasons. But not this one.

December 01, 2010 7:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: rudy martinez

I've come to the conclusion that you just can't trust what Red Spot posts on this blog anymore.

He replaces maturity with hyperbole, and it negates whatever remaining credibility he has, which was very little to begin with.

December 01, 2010 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well well a story about Mr. Martinez and tobacco. Mike Trujillo is one very evil mean person so anyone campaigning for Mr. Martinez will come under attack. Be very careful. Truth be told no one cares and from what I'm hearing out of CD14 the Huizar corruption with the developers and downtown back room deals, the CLARTS money and so much more is yet to surface will far surpass any of that. It will indeed be ugly and nasty and sadly the constituents are the ones who will suffer.

December 01, 2010 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2am, and someone cares whether MS wrote about Jackie Autry?

Sounds like a Red Spot late night modus operendi, except that there are no spelling errors and no hyperbole. (Look it up, Scott)

December 01, 2010 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Trujillo is a two-bit hatchet man without a soul or any principles. On top of that he's delusional. Case in point, he recently attempted to disparage Rudy by calling him a "bar owner," as if there's something wrong with that. What planet does Trujillo live on that owning a bar is something to be ashamed of?

December 01, 2010 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I will go on record by stating right now, that if we lose Measure B, I will never work in a political campaign in my life"

Measure B = EPIC FAIL

Mike Trujillo = LIAR

December 01, 2010 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politicians saying bad things about each other!!!!!

What is this world coming to?

December 01, 2010 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Trujillo. Does Huizar have a record to run on? Or are just planning to lob red herrings like "Big Tobacco" until election day?

December 01, 2010 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this the best that Parke and Mikey could come up with?

BTW, it is an open secret within the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, that Jose Huizar represented BIG OIL as an Land Use Attorney.

December 01, 2010 9:49 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

When are we going to talk about 2011/2013?

Everyone and their mother is planning to run for mayor... Is Engladner going to take stab if he cake walks in March? Is Jan Perry working the valley? Is Wendy Greuel giving up her dream? Is Mike Feuer the real dark horse for Mayor?
Is Dennis Zine plotting a run for mayor, or controller?
And what's the story with his new chief of staff?
Is Nick Pacheco helping the Rudy campaign?

And now that Travolta is out of the closer... when will Garcetti come out? (lets not pretend the Village People didn't influence his Navy gig)

Also... just for you Joe B (because I agree with you)... will the LA GOP continue with the same divisive and vitriolic leadership for the next 2 yrs? Sorry Jane, you may have increased fund raising, reduced debt and built an infrastructure (an old and super conservative one) but LA is NOT the midwest and being anti-gay, anti-logical immigration policy, is not going to help the register count.

December 01, 2010 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:49 -- Red Spot, why so anonymous?

December 01, 2010 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What "closer" is Travolta to have just come out of, Trojan? He and his wife just had a baby - is that a ruse?

And what does he have to do with Garcetti, and whether he's in the "closer" or not? Actually, if he DID come out, he'd check-mate that old fool Rosendull on "I'm a gay man, but it doesn't matter, did I tell you I'm gay? I know nothing about foreign affairs and care less but I'd like to replace Feinstein and sit on the foreign affairs committee! But only if people beg me to!"

THEN Garcetti could be gay AND claim to be Latino (Mexican on his father's side), Italian-sounding, AND Jewish, his mother's side.

He'd have it nailed!

That two-faced fool Zine has lost the teabaggers, even Ron Kaye and his crowd, and now that his master Cooley has lost, along with their puppet unTru, he's on his own as a buffoon, backstabber and two-face.

All but a few similarly rightwing, old fat cops are sick of him grandstanding as a former cop who's still in the reserves. He's an embarrassment to them.

Going nowhere. Hoody-Hoo!

December 01, 2010 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Manfred Ullman said:

This is what happens when you elect a black guy without any experience to run the most important country in the world.

December 01, 2010 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Fan of Zine said:

To counter 10:32, some of us think Dennis Zine kicks ass.

Maybe not on your issue, but definitely on others.

Deal with it.

December 01, 2010 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Trojan:

Everyone and their mother is planning to run for mayor... Is Engladner going to take stab if he cake walks in March? Is Jan Perry working the valley? Is Wendy Greuel giving up her dream? Is Mike Feuer the real dark horse for Mayor?
Is Dennis Zine plotting a run for mayor, or controller?
And what's the story with his new chief of staff?
Is Nick Pacheco helping the Rudy campaign?

Everyone is running for mayor. Englander will have a hard enough time in his district and couldn't possibly take the entire city.

Jan Perry is working the valley. Hard.

I think Wendy is far from starting to give up her dream. She still thinks people love her. She doesn't realize those days are long gone.

The timing might be right for Feuer to want to run but he'll have trouble raising the cash. Now that you've put the idea in his head though, we'll see. Add another one to the growing list.

Nobody ever knows what Zine is doing but hiring Jimmy Blackman is a sign of something. I believe Jimmy is just killing time to get his dream job - working for the Dodgers. He'll have to wait until the McCourts can work that out. Is there more to that story?

I'm sure Pacheco is helping the Rudy team. He'll never get over that loss, nor should he.

December 01, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

10:32... Travolota is out of the closet... this MS Blog... we're allowed to have red spot moments!
And if and when Garcetti comes out I don't think he'll get such a boost as you claim. Wait, nvm. LA is more deficient of brain cells than CT. We'll accept a liar (Blumenthal).
I do, however, agree with your assessment of Zine.

Random question: what ever happened to former clowncilman/coc addict mike hernandez?

December 01, 2010 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All one of you is a fan of Zine. lol

December 01, 2010 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Buh-bye Rudy Rich. Try running as a "nico-TEAN Party" candidate for congress. . . somewhere in the Inland Empire. That's as close to politics as you'll ever get, again. L.A. City Council? If you pull out of the CD14 race now, maybe Jose will give you a naugahyde-coated certificate of appreciate next year, for saving the voters 3 months of useless slime.

Uh huh, buh-bye. All over now.

Kiss-kiss (but gargle first, tobacco breath)

December 01, 2010 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Revised campaign slogan for Rudy Martinez,

"THE CHOICE IS CLEAR" (but my lungs are CHARCOAL, my soul is BLACK, and my SHADY background is seeping out like sewage from a 50-year-old septic tank after a 6.0 earthquake).

December 01, 2010 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jackie Autry isn't "in the process" of killing off the Southwest.

It's dead; deader than any traffic accident victim.

It was finished off by the treachery of the upper-crusters from Mt. Washington, who thought they could appeal to the "better nature" of a takeover artist, and beg for crumbs at the Autry's table.

Et tu, "Southwest Society"?

December 01, 2010 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SHOCK CLAIM: Rudy Martinez was a board member for a pro-tobacco lobbying group 15 years ago!

HUIZAR YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS. IS THAT THE BEST YOU'VE GOT?

December 01, 2010 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Huizar's handlers released the "smoking" gun on Rudy, THIS early, you know this is just the tip of the iceberg, and it's gonna be like slow water torture every week for the next 10-12, until Rudy M's more toasted than a cancer victim's lungs.

This is the shot across his bow. "Leave now, and your family and friends don't have to know all the rest of the dirt being dug up" (paid for out of the RIGHT account this time).

Keep it up, and your entire reputation and business future in L.A. will be wiped out. You'll not only show VERY badly in the election, all those nice Eagle Rockers and HP hipsters that love going to your trendy eateries will be back at the Oinkster and Casa Bianca every night, and you'll be reading Chapter 11 filings over breakfast, instead of the WHEATIES box.

This is CD14, folks.

We take NO prisoners, and we leave VERY little remains to examine later.

(If there was a "CSI-Eastside" TV show, the only evidence of political crimes would be PURELY circumstantial . . . no even a blood trail to follow).

December 01, 2010 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:48 a.m.

It's called, OPENING salvo!

(Wait until the "family man" issues start kicking in . . .).

December 01, 2010 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just saw this on Ron Kaye's blog and I'd like to know why his group and all of you aren't pressing this issue?

Remember there are three branches of government, EXECUTIVE BRANCH, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, and JUDICIAL BRANCH, for checks and balances. Why did the Los Angeles City Council, LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, attach their salary increases with the JUDICIAL BRANCH? This does not make any sense.

Angelinos should stop complaining and instead demand that Los Angeles Council, legislative branch, place a charter amendment so their salaries are adjusted to reflect other municipalities’ salaries and back in line with the legislative branch. See L.A. Charter – Article II.

Los Angeles Charter - Article II
Sec. 218. Compensation of Elected Officers

(1) Salaries. Members of the City Council shall be paid a salary equal to that prescribed by law for judges of the Municipal Court of the Los Angeles Judicial District or its successor in the event that court is dissolved or reconstituted.

(3) Operative Date of Changes in Salaries. The salaries of elected officers shall be adjusted in the manner provided in this section upon the effective date of any change in the salaries of Municipal Court judges.

December 01, 2010 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Huizar campaign should look to the things Jose does NOW as a CM- the fumbling in discussions during last week's council meeting gave Jose a chance to fumble through explanations on the erratic voting for the ballot proposals presented.

What is done NOW matters most and what is done in the City Council happens to what matters most- during the meetings and OUTSIDE the public view.

If we go to the past, consider that Jose was the President of the LAUSD school board, not anything he should view as a plus for his achievements. Villaraigosa's help was what got him this post. But if even Antonio can be reelected, there is hope for any and all CMs to keep their jobs. Wendy Greuel got more votes than Villaraigosa, but just squeaking by works for Antonio. Could you imagine him as governor?

The schools were not better run then nor where decision and policies any better than now. The "A-G" track that Huizar claims credit for created a "college bound" curriculum for all high school students.

The "one size fits all" view then is now viewed as needing change, as Supt. Cortines publicly stated in the past year. The dropout rate might be more related to the classes being offered than you might think.

Getting to the real issues is what is important, what affects life in the city.

All the council members are complicit in draggin the city down and then expecting to ride on their titles as incumbent office hoolders to justify being re-elected.

They have not show much individually or collectively. Looking to victimize the businesses and residents of the city with more expense and more impositions on our lives is not what I call "good government.

This has to change. Awarding most of them another term to do that same bad job makes absolutely no sense. Too much corruption and bad attitudes and the track records of each should demonstrate that there is a problem that is not changing.

But with Huizar's staffer's hitting the blogs to extend their jobs for another term, you can expect all this to be ignored.

December 01, 2010 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, 11:50. So in other words:

There's no reason to vote for Huizar, but after his handlers get done telling us about Rudy, we'll have no choice, assuming Rudy is still in the running, because after all, this is CD14, folks, where we use intimidation, not unlike a bunch of third-world thugs, to win elections rather than campaign on anything remotely relevant to needs of the district.

((INHALE))

Did I get that about right, 11:50?

Here's a version that will fit on your mailers:

Jose Huizar has no record to run on.

December 01, 2010 12:39 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Joe B. is shilling for the guy that voted to overturn the Open Space designation for Lopez canyon?

Chocking on the increase in diesel fumes.

December 01, 2010 1:14 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

No Red, I am not shilling for Huizar.
I have issues with Huizar too. But Rudy may be a Sunder Ramani in the making.

December 01, 2010 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Martinez may try to minimize his tobacco industry involvement, but he was actively lobbying for big tobacco at the state and federal level from 1994 to 1999. During the Prop 188 campaign (tobacco's unsuccessful attempt to repeal local anti-smoking laws) Rudy was the Southern California spokesperson for the tobacco lobby, identifying himself as owner of Cava Restaurant. The actual owner of Cava, renowned restauranteur Toribio Prado, denounced Rudy to the press saying Martinez was just a passive investor in the restaurant and had used the name of the restaurant without permission (USA Today 11/4/94). Rudy Martinez: slimy and depceptive.

December 01, 2010 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: Rudy M. being someone "in the making" -- not so. There really isn't any "there" there, so saying he may "become" something/someone else (good or bad), is a joke.

Why his run for Council makes no sense other than pure vanity? Simply put -- look to one of the most basic rules of politics, which goes something like this:

BEWARE the candidate who (like Rudy Rich-- even at his OWN expense) tells you he wants to become your "leader" so he can control your life LESS than the current officeholder does, and spend MORE time listening to you (why? so he knows just HOW much less to control your life?).

That's a bit like a guy who goes looking for a new job so he can make LESS money. (Or, more in keeping with the way Rudy made his millions, he wants to flip houses to he can sell them for LESS than he invested - for the GOOD of the people).

It's just not true. Ever.

Add to that, he SAYS he'll do everything in office openly and "transparently" (the new throwaway buzz word to replace "diverse"). Local government already has more "openness" rules than 99 percent of the voters care to take advantage of. Thousands of pages of "disclosure" about everything L.A. City does go out weekly -- most NEVER even viewed by 1 percent of the people who say they want "openness".

Hell, we've gone so far past "transparent" -- local government is practically INVISIBLE to most people, who suffer from disclosure overload to the point where we can't see the "invisible" forest for the "transparent" trees.

What will Rudy do, hold MORE public forums -- attended instead, by 3 people per meeting, instead of 8? Hire MORE staffermembers to hold our hands and tell us there's NO money to change anything from the status quo?

Pfaaah! Save it for your standup routine. It's ALL a joke.

December 01, 2010 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shilling for Big Tobacco is a career killer. Rudy's dead out the door.

December 01, 2010 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:39

Yes, that's exactly right.

You NEW in town?

Then, for your follow-up, and using your own words, maybe you can explain...

"...rather than campaign on anything remotely relevant to needs of the district."

Exactly which "needs" of CD14 is Rudy Rich campainging on so far?

Unless the "need" is DITCH HUIZAR (and pick ME), the answer is... NONE!

So far, Rudy's (paid hacks') only utterances have been aimed at: "Huizar is bad" (because of CITYWIDE DWP-related votes, other citwide issues Huizar has played a role in, etc).

And, frankly, do any of any of Rudy's own hired out-of-town "hit" men have a clue what Huizar has or hasn't done FOR the district? Does Rudy HIMself even know ONE ISSUE important to Eagle Rock, for example, where he lives? Let alone the other 85 percent of CD14.

Name the CD14-specific issue and position he's now running on... PLEASE? Just ONE, ANY one.

Just as he was a brain-dead shill for big tobacco, he's now a pumped up non-candidate for the 1-in-4 voters in CD14 who would still oppose Huizar if he magically abolished all property taxes and put 10,000 new cops on the street, tomorrow! ("Wah, wah... all those new PATROL cars are slowing down traffic. I can't get to Mia Sushi for my POWER lunch, waaaaaah!")

Rudy, in a word, WOULD be an empty suit --if he wore one. He's hoping to learn about CD14 "on-the-job" (translation: NOTHING moves for the district for at LEAST 2 years after election, and that's better??).

Face it, he's a propped up "mini" Meg Whitman, whose only previous activity related to City governmene were the "take care of me, when I get my flipped houses to Planning for permits" obligatory $500 donations for the past campaigns of Nick Pacheco and Rocky Delgadillo (and no one since... look it up at Ethics' site).

And has:

NO record of attempting to work with/run for any neighborhood council in the district, including the one where he lives (who could have used the help!).

NO record of EVER involving any of the NCs in this area in ANY of the permitting processes for the properties he made money on -- or asking ANY resident groups or neighbors just WHAT they'd like to do about the character of the neighborhood that he was working to change, WITHOUT their input (for fast buck$$$).

NO record, period, before last month of ever giving a rodent's backside what happened outside the confines of any real estate property he happened to own at the time.

Where in other districts (or even in CD14 in the past), NC or resident groups have started generating the kind of (slightly) more in touch citizen politicians and grass roots candidates that just might someday begin to turn City hall around.

But in this race, CD14 has taken a step backwards, drafting an "anti" candidate from central ("reality") casting who knows NOTHING of the "reality" of the district he says he'll represent.

December 01, 2010 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:46

Damn THAT was complete.

You obviously don't work for anyone's campaign, or else you'd only be able to speak in 1-sentence soundbytes.

December 01, 2010 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone told me Rudy Martinez has the valets at his sushi place and the bar illegally cover the parking meters in front to set up their valet stands without any permits or permission. So, basically he's having his people rip off the tax payers to benefit his own business. He's part of the epidemic of shady businesses in Los Angeles that do this. www.nbclosangeles.com/around-town/cars/Hijacking-the-Streets.html

December 01, 2010 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:45pm- Unless they put in parking meters out front of the sushi restaurant today, there aren't any to cover.

Another 3rd floor spinner's contribution flops.

The rip off of the taxpayers happens to be the salaries that these incumbents are collecting for doing such a lousy job.


At least the mayor is incompetent by his absence- he doesn't really care to fool anyone anymore.

in cd 14.

December 01, 2010 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ok, so also, rudy m. does NOT have a college education...i am concerned because what type of role model is he? He's FOR big tobacco AND does not value education? Come on, the guy didn't event go to community college.

December 01, 2010 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why the hangup over the tobacco item? It was an association of over a decade ago, if even that mattered then.

Many business owners did not want to risk losing patrons by the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

Some of the impact on such businesses has worked itself out over the years since the no-smoking rules covered most businesses in a given city equally, giving no particular establishment the edge.

It could have been left alone to let the market decide so that customers would head to the places as they saw preferable according to their smoking or non-smoking leanings.

But the problem now is somehow magnified to be some personification of evil if business choices of that time took the side of tobacco companies. Although smoking is now a proven health issue, it is not illegal to sell tobacco or use it, assuming you are not under-age.

The trend of government now is to make the choice for smokers as to where they can smoke and those places are becoming scarce, based largely on the 2nd hand smoke impact, itself not a clearly measurable threat to health.

But all that aside, there was nothing illegal done as the picture attempts to show. If the tobacco industry is the culprit, let the government decide that, and continue by deciding everything for everyone and be done with it. Is that the real point here? (And government IS moving in the direction of making choices for us, more and more.)

I think it's not that problem that concerns the Huizar bloggers but, as mentioned before, this is all about job security and the posters committed to seeing Jose as functioning well in his job.

They really just want to keep theirs and Martinez or any other challenger to an incumbent will suffer whatever concoction of negativity that staffers and campaign crews can assemble.

The city hall records and outcomes on issues really are what matters most. The rush of the city to "densification" and using "transit corridors" to further compress housing and eliminate parking is one of the bad directions that the city council is pushing down our throats- of course, for our own good. There are many other examples of what is being chosen for us by their authority.

Like most of the City Council activities, too much of the good is imagined and too much of the bad is real.

A change is due. NO, make that, "overdue."


in CD-14

December 01, 2010 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why the hangup over the tobacco item? It was an association of over a decade ago, if even that mattered then.

Many business owners did not want to risk losing patrons by the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

Some of the impact on such businesses has worked itself out over the years since the no-smoking rules covered most businesses in a given city equally, giving no particular establishment the edge.

It could have been left alone to let the market decide so that customers would head to the places as they saw preferable according to their smoking or non-smoking leanings.

But the problem now is somehow magnified to be some personification of evil if business choices of that time took the side of tobacco companies. Although smoking is now a proven health issue, it is not illegal to sell tobacco or use it, assuming you are not under-age.

The trend of government now is to make the choice for smokers as to where they can smoke and those places are becoming scarce, based largely on the 2nd hand smoke impact, itself not a clearly measurable threat to health.

But all that aside, there was nothing illegal done as the picture attempts to show. If the tobacco industry is the culprit, let the government decide that, and continue by deciding everything for everyone and be done with it. Is that the real point here? (And government IS moving in the direction of making choices for us, more and more.)

I think it's not that problem that concerns the Huizar bloggers but, as mentioned before, this is all about job security and the posters committed to seeing Jose as functioning well in his job.

They really just want to keep theirs and Martinez or any other challenger to an incumbent will suffer whatever concoction of negativity that staffers and campaign crews can assemble.

The city hall records and outcomes on issues really are what matters most. The rush of the city to "densification" and using "transit corridors" to further compress housing and eliminate parking is one of the bad directions that the city council is pushing down our throats- of course, for our own good. There are many other examples of what is being chosen for us by their authority.

Like most of the City Council activities, too much of the good is imagined and too much of the bad is real.

A change is due. NO, make that, "overdue."


in CD-14

December 01, 2010 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why the hangup over the tobacco item? It was an association of over a decade ago, if even that mattered then.

Many business owners did not want to risk losing patrons by the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

Some of the impact on such businesses has worked itself out over the years since the no-smoking rules covered most businesses in a given city equally, giving no particular establishment the edge.

It could have been left alone to let the market decide so that customers would head to the places as they saw preferable according to their smoking or non-smoking leanings.

But the problem now is somehow magnified to be some personification of evil if business choices of that time took the side of tobacco companies. Although smoking is now a proven health issue, it is not illegal to sell tobacco or use it, assuming you are not under-age.

The trend of government now is to make the choice for smokers as to where they can smoke and those places are becoming scarce, based largely on the 2nd hand smoke impact, itself not a clearly measurable threat to health.

But all that aside, there was nothing illegal done as the picture attempts to show. If the tobacco industry is the culprit, let the government decide that, and continue by deciding everything for everyone and be done with it. Is that the real point here? (And government IS moving in the direction of making choices for us, more and more.)

I think it's not that problem that concerns the Huizar bloggers but, as mentioned before, this is all about job security and the posters committed to seeing Jose as functioning well in his job.

They really just want to keep theirs and Martinez or any other challenger to an incumbent will suffer whatever concoction of negativity that staffers and campaign crews can assemble.

The city hall records and outcomes on issues really are what matters most. The rush of the city to "densification" and using "transit corridors" to further compress housing and eliminate parking is one of the bad directions that the city council is pushing down our throats- of course, for our own good. There are many other examples of what is being chosen for us by their authority.

Like most of the City Council activities, too much of the good is imagined and too much of the bad is real.

A change is due. NO, make that, "overdue."


in CD-14

December 01, 2010 10:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why the hangup over the tobacco item? It was an association of over a decade ago, if even that mattered then.

Many business owners did not want to risk losing patrons by the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

Some of the impact on such businesses has worked itself out over the years since the no-smoking rules covered most businesses in a given city equally, giving no particular establishment the edge.

It could have been left alone to let the market decide so that customers would head to the places as they saw preferable according to their smoking or non-smoking leanings.

But the problem now is somehow magnified to be some personification of evil if business choices of that time took the side of tobacco companies. Although smoking is now a proven health issue, it is not illegal to sell tobacco or use it, assuming you are not under-age.

The trend of government now is to make the choice for smokers as to where they can smoke and those places are becoming scarce, based largely on the 2nd hand smoke impact, itself not a clearly measurable threat to health.

But all that aside, there was nothing illegal done as the picture attempts to show. If the tobacco industry is the culprit, let the government decide that, and continue by deciding everything for everyone and be done with it. Is that the real point here? (And government IS moving in the direction of making choices for us, more and more.)

I think it's not that problem that concerns the Huizar bloggers but, as mentioned before, this is all about job security and the posters committed to seeing Jose as functioning well in his job.

They really just want to keep theirs and Martinez or any other challenger to an incumbent will suffer whatever concoction of negativity that staffers and campaign crews can assemble.

The city hall records and outcomes on issues really are what matters most. The rush of the city to "densification" and using "transit corridors" to further compress housing and eliminate parking is one of the bad directions that the city council is pushing down our throats- of course, for our own good. There are many other examples of what is being chosen for us by their authority.

Like most of the City Council activities, too much of the good is imagined and too much of the bad is real.

A change is due. NO, make that, "overdue."

in CD-14

December 01, 2010 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Buh-bye Rudy Rich.

Nice try.

Thanks for playing.

Buy yourself a nice new toy as a consolation prize, because you're now, officially...

Rudy "Walking Dead" Martinez - the City Council candidate that never was - a political "zombie" that keeps moving, but just doesn't realize he's not among the living anymore.

BUH-bye!

(also) in CD-14

December 02, 2010 11:56 AM  

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