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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

The Democrats' Worst Nightmare
A beautiful thing is happening in Los Angeles, that is, every weekend tens of thousands of unpaid volunteers give of their time (and sometimes their money) to work to support and assist many City departments such as the library, parks, Police, etc.  Still, the union hacks have an issue with it.

The battle continues between the Hollywood Farmers' Market and a nearby film school which, even though it is closed on Sundays when the market operates, says it needs access to it's parking lot and the market blocks it. Sounds more like the neighborhood has gone upscale since the days of the market first opening in the early 90s and the yups aren't so thrilled with the pilgrimage of hippy dips seeking organic Belgian endive.

The open-borders crowd finds reason to be concerned that not only does the Obama administration and the Democratic party appear to only give their movement lip service, but an an increasing number of Latino Republicans are being elected to office.

LA could have, should have more freeways and the plans were once there.  Imagine two or three alternatives to the 405 or the 10 or 101? Slate has a recap of all the freeways and highways once planned for Southern California.  Interestingly, many of these highways were cancelled by Governor Jerry Brown back in the 70s in favor of a network of rail rapid transit. Yea.

Phil Jennerjahn has a Mitt Romney problem.  The problem is, uh, according to folks Jennerjahn has spoken to is, Romney's Mormon faith.  Yea.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

The unions stated issues with volunteers is just window dressing. What they do not like is that each job a volunteer does is one less bargaining chip union leaders have at the contract negotiating table. Less union members (aka "resources") equals less union money and that equals less union power.

December 28, 2010 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do some research before you comment on things you don't know about Higby.

The film school holds screenings on some weekends, and they have an irrefutable right to have guests come even on days when they're closed for classes.

Moreover, the facility staff OFTEN works on Sundays since it's easier to get things done when the place is empty.

Of course, why would anyone expect you to think things out or research them a bit first, instead of blaming it on what you THINK is the answer.

December 28, 2010 8:20 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

The film school moved in there knowing the market was there. If they have public events; the market could draw more attendees for them.

This is just the typical LA nonsense that other cities figure out how to get around.

That's one reason why folks are leaving LA in droves.

December 28, 2010 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam:

The school doesn't need a reason to want access to its property clear. What if there is an accident or fire? Should the LAFD wait until the peaches and avocados are moved before going in to provide help? You need to think things out.

December 28, 2010 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Add the brewing battle between Carmen the Clown Trutanich and his mentor Steve Cooley. At first it seemed that the two had fallen out because Trutanich wants to run for DA, and Cooley probably does not think his former buddy is fit for the job.

But it seems there are other reasons why the two have fallen out. Comments at LA Weekly suggest that Trutanich criticized Cooley's handling of the Jeremy Marks case, saying that Marks, an 18 year old African American Verdugo Hills High School student, should have been charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony for allegedly shouting "Kick her ass!" to a fellow student who was resisting arrest by a female school cop. Cooley charged Marks with "attempted lynching" but many think it was just a childish (and foolish) prank. Seems that Trutanich might be on the right side of this one.

December 28, 2010 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Red Spot said:

I Know I "wroTed" abouT tit& yesturday "bUT" let me teall you abowt the CLARKS funds.

December 28, 2010 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No posts at Street Wrassle?

December 28, 2010 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe "Mulhollander" got mad about something he wrote and resigned from his own blog.

December 28, 2010 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:20 - The only reason Carmen the Clown Trutanich is sticking his nose into this case is because he thinks it will help him in his campaign to be DA. The Clown wants to send a message to the minority community that he can be a "fair prosecutor" by going against the DA. Not that long ago, the two were BFFs, now? Not so much.

December 28, 2010 12:55 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Aren't there more interesting topics than Mulholland Terrace AND Carmen the Clown?

December 28, 2010 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's kinda a slow news day Higby. But the Trutanich - Cooley feud looks like being a thriller. Now that Trutanich is openly sniping at Cooley over the Jeremy Marks case, it's only a question of time before Cooley responds with something like "How's that Jackson memorial criminal aspects investigation of yours going?"

December 28, 2010 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A good laugh always calms things down. Look at this picture over at our friend LA Observed with the Mayor high kicking it with the Rockettes. Funny thing is look at the size of the heel on the Mayor's shoe. It has to be at least 3 inches.


December 28, 2010 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sarah isn't funny anymore. There is a sadness in how easy it is to exploit her stupidity. Here she talks about how she used to cross the border into Canada to get health care from a system she now criticizes.

I won't even get into the issue of this non-citizen impacting another country's health care system.


December 28, 2010 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which are the most popular TV shows among Republicans and Democrats? Here's the results:


Modern Family #3 among Republicans?

December 28, 2010 4:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I saw Cooley and Trutanich out with their wives at a restaurant on Chritmas Eve. If there was a battle brewing, you could've fooled me. They were laughing and toasting and seemed to be having a good time.

December 28, 2010 5:21 PM  

Anonymous RobThomas said:

Anonymous said...

The unions stated issues with volunteers is just window dressing. What they do not like is that each job a volunteer does is one less bargaining chip union leaders have at the contract negotiating table. Less union members (aka "resources") equals less union money and that equals less union power.


Uh, just so you know, a union job is lost every time a union shop uses a volunteer worker. Those pesky crooked union bosses aren't the only ones who lose.

December 28, 2010 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Uh, just so you know, a union job is lost every time a union shop uses a volunteer worker. Those pesky crooked union bosses aren't the only ones who lose."

Hello--I made the comment on the unions (comment #1). Would you please expand on the last sentence of your comment? Are you suggesting that the specific job is eliminated and, therefore, prone to a lost service? 'Am curious

December 28, 2010 8:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is not valid that all vounteers are replacing a union worker.

Sometimes the choice is between using a volunteer to get a job done that wouldn't otherwise get done at all because of budget cuts.

Anyway, regardless of how many union workers you have, wouldn't you want to have as many volunteer workers as possible?

Besides, if a volunteer could truly replace a union worker, that doesn't say much about the worth of the union worker.

December 28, 2010 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:21, lame lie! For a start, do you think they'd be in a public restaurant on Christmas Eve, when that's when "good Catholics" are supposed to be in CHURCH? For Christmas Eve mass, and at home?

If they WERE out drinking together Christmas Eve it would be very odd.

Not that they haven't been seen drinking together whether at Cooley hosted events or like at Carmen the Clown's private yacht club in Long Beach LAST Christmas, where Carmen was reported even by the Daily News to have hosted a party. Inviting among others, the guy he'd been rumored to favor for Chief, McDonnell, AND those from the City of Long Beach charged with picking THEIR new chief. As one hometown boy trying to help out another. And McDonnell happens now to be the Chief of Long Beach. Where he has always lived anyway.

December 29, 2010 2:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well spotted 2:32am. 5:21pm is probably one of the Clown's press bloggers trying to put out fires. When Trutanich goes public with his run for DA, expect to see them here more often as they'll be covering every blog and news site - nice to see our tax dollars at work.

December 29, 2010 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"We welcome them to the extent they are adding to service," said Alice Goff, president of AFSCME Local 3090, which represents some city workers.

"The problem is when you rely on volunteers to do core functions. It's precarious at best. We are not paying these people and you can't expect them to come in all the time.

"Because they are volunteers, they work when they can. If they decide to not show up, there's nothing you can do about it."

That makes sense.

December 29, 2010 10:50 AM  

Anonymous RobThomas said:

Anonymous said...

if a volunteer could truly replace a union worker, that doesn't say much about the worth of the union worker.


A volunteer worker could replace anyone. We could replace a substantial amount of the American work force with volunteers if we really wanted to, especially if we were to deploy prison labor. Would you still have the gall to blame Obama for the 40% unemployment rate that would ensue? Of course Americans might not like having a convicted murderer with heroin tracks serving their Whopper. They also might miss the middle class as we know it. It's a good thing unions and pro labor politicians would never let it happen.

December 29, 2010 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Thomas,

Your last comment is poignant in that the most recent labor (union) agreement with the city will enlist ex-cons (and others) for city contracts.
No, not as volunteers, but as new union members. Check out Council's Dec 17 motion.
The private contractors (often known as the middle class) will not be able to fulfill the terms of the agreement and this guarantees new union membership amongst the individuals Council mandated to be hired for City work. Soon, you can just follow those heroin track marks that you speak of to the IBEW or SEIU.

December 29, 2010 7:18 PM  

Anonymous RobThomas said:

They have a better chance staying clean with a good paying job than they do without. And at least they'll be putting money back into the economy by spending their paychecks.

December 30, 2010 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I have no issue with your last point @ 12:51. However, in your prior comment, if I read it correctly, you took issue with the very same people donating their time to the city or just having a paid job serving burgers.

Please, clarify what you meant by "Of course Americans might not like having a convicted murderer with heroin tracks serving their Whopper" since your following comment doesn't appear to be in sync with it.

For the record, I don't take issue with employing ex cons. My issue is Council mandating who a contractor must hire and the terms of their employment. That is what harms the middle class, amongst other things the motion dictates.

December 30, 2010 2:12 AM  

Anonymous RobThomas said:

Oh, save your "gotcha" game for someone who has time to play it.

I made a distinction between a prisoner being exploited for cheap labor and a prisoner being offered an opportunity for an actual living wage career, and thus a pathway back to mainstream society. As I said, a prisoner with something to lose is better than prisoner with nothing to lose. I believe a lack of living wage jobs, like union jobs, lead to a lot of criminal behavior and drug abuse that leads people to prison. Not all cases, as I'm sure a seasoned "gotcha" player like you is going to go right to a lone example to the contrary, but most cases.

December 30, 2010 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Thomas-

I'm sorry you cannot engage in a debate without attack. Mine was a sincere "please explain" question and not a "gotcha." Please note the phrase "if I read it correctly." That means, I might not have and hope you will explain because I saw your two comments and contradictions.

Those that volunteer are willing to be "exploited." They come of their own free will. The issue at hand is that unions do not seem to like this. In addition, Council mandated who a city contracted vendor must hire and under what terms shall their employees be paid.

In my discussions with union leaders, they have made it very clear that anything taking away a union members' task is taking away their bargaining chip at the contract negotioting table.

That said, your defensive and attacking reply indicates an unwillingness to engage in debate/discussion.

December 30, 2010 7:16 PM  

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