Tuesday, November 30, 2010
UTLA Shoots Self in Foot, Then Bites Own Behind
|Incumbent Tamar Galatzan|
|Challenger Louis Pugliese|
Mega-developer Rick Caruso wants to expand his Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale by purchasing some adjacent lots. Only problem is the owners say they won't sell. So what does Caruso do? Follow up with some state sponsored capitalism and seize the land through eminent domain. That's also known as socialism for millionaires.
Speaking of Glendale the former Mervyns store remains empty in the Glendale Galleria after two years. Maybe it could be a Home Depot.
The latest photo opp for Mayor Villar will be with Chabad in the Valley at Universal Studios. No word if the Mayor will dance with the Rabbis. However Chabad is know for being masters at rehabilitation so perhaps they can reform the Mayor.
Adam Carrolla for Mayor. Also.
Latino leaders in Nevada disgusted with Republicans who don't listen to them and Democrats who take them for granted are considering organizing similarly to the Tea Party Movement. The Tequila Party wants to put "the establishment on notice." I'll join!
Phil Jennerjahn hooks up a gem of a post asking "Do We Really Need This Many Clowns on the City Council." The answer is, for the sake of Mayor Sam, yes. Best line: "Richard Alarcons addiction to Middle Eastern Hummus caused a voting foul up."
Monday, November 29, 2010
12 Point Checklist for Portable Heater Safety
From Brian Humphrey at LAFD
With temperatures diminishing across the nation, many Americans are using portable electric heaters.
While they can be an efficient way to warm a room or supplement central heating, portable electric heaters can also be a fire or electric shock hazard if not used properly.
The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in encouraging the safe use of portable electric heaters:
- Read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels before using your heater.
- Never leave an operating heater unattended and always unplug the heater when not in use.
- Unplug the heater by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Inspect the power cord regularly, and never use a heater with a damaged cord.
- Check periodically for a secure plug/outlet fit. If the plug does not fit snugly into the outlet or if the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced. Check with a qualified electrician to replace the outlet.
- Do not use a power strip or extension cord to power your heater. Overheating of the power strip or extension cord could result in a fire.
- Do not plug any other electrical device into the same outlet as your heater. This could result in overheating.
Outtakes from CD 14: "Team Rudy continues to expose Councilman Huizar's DWP voting record".
UNACCOUNTABLE TO RATE PAYERS
LOS ANGELES, CA (November, 27, 2010) – Councilmember Jose Huizar voted to deny Department of Water and Power (DWP) rate payers real accountability over the DWP. In a 7-7 deadlock last Tuesday, Huizar voted against a ballot measure that would have given the City Council the power to fire the DWP’s General Manager and would have also given them the power to remove the Mayor’s appointees to the DWP’s Commission. The measure would have required a two-thirds majority vote to remove the General Manager and DWP Commissioners.
“I was disappointed that the two-thirds provision for the board of commissioners and general manager were rejected at the very last minute. These objections should have been brought up by the department during the six public hearings, including the meeting held by Huizar in Eagle Rock,” said Jack Humphreville, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee.
The city council will have an opportunity to break the 7-7 deadlock and vote on the proposed measure again on December 7. Huizar claims that this is nothing more than an over reaction to recent DWP frustrations, but he deceived rate payers when he failed to speak out on the issue during the public meeting he hosted in Eagle Rock.
“Rate payers are tired of the business as usual attitude in the DWP. As your councilman, I will listen to your concerns and I will fight for ratepayers and demand real reform and accountability at DWP,” said Rudy Martinez, candidate for City Council District 14.
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday
And You Thought the Finger Pointing at Mayor Sam was Bad
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Leslie Nielsen Dead at 84
Canadian funnyman and actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away in Ft. Lauderdale.
The star of comedy hits such as "Airplane" and the "Naked Gun" series died of complications from pneumonia.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Outtakes from CD 14: "An Dramatical Cut and Pasting from JOSE's Blog", ** with Disclaimer
Friday, November 26, 2010
Substance, Symbolism, and Who?
Whom is the pandering councilperson that plaster his likeness for all to see as motorists were diverted away from his recent Valley Blvd. Block Party? That same Councilman may want to send this banner to the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center, where he was greeted with chants of "Rudy!, Rudy!" on the day before Thanksgiving.
The Other White Meat
|The Official California GOP Mascot.|
-David Nolan, founder of the Libertarian Party, dead at 66.
-Sarah Palin has a busy week, as she urges that we stand with our North Korean allies, fight against the nanny state of Michelle O'bama's "Let's Move" child anti-obesity program, and beats a halibut to death on TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" reality tv show. Who wouldn't want to beat a fish to death, if, after only 2 episodes, your TV show plummeted 40% in viewership?
-Father Dollar Bill, a 91 year old Catholic priest who, on Thanksgiving, has handed out money to residents of skid row for the past 32 years, continues to demonstrate that actions speak louder than words.
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"The Situation" attended the American Music Awards at the Nokia last weekend. At first some folks had thought it was a recently elected State Assemblyman.
Getting harder to figure out what is illegal and where. Plastic bags are on the way out but pot may be on the way back in the City of Los Angeles. But not in Orange County and parts of LA County.
The City of LA wants folks to shop at car dealerships and malls within city limits. However the sales tax is too damn high! On big ticket items you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars say buying those items in Simi Valley (Ventura County) for example where sales tax is a penny and half per dollar less than LA County. That's money folks could put towards savings or other purposes, fully jumpstarting the economy than handing it over to Tony Villar.
At MayorSam we're looking to meet and profile up and coming leaders in Los Angeles. If you'd like to suggest someone you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this handy online form.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
A Special Message of Giving and Thanks from Mayor Tony "the Pilgrim" Villar
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
San Jose Mercury News:
"SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Republican Steve Cooley conceded the California attorney general's race to Democrat Kamala Harris on Wednesday, giving Democrats a sweep of all statewide offices and ushering in the first woman and first minority elected to the post."
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|President Obama salutes the Democratic National Committee Chairman|
Posting light over the holiday but here are a few nuggets for you to chew on.
Phil Jennerjahn drops out of the race for CD 4 and predicts a Tom LeBong victory.
Before Mayor Sam came to LA there was not this level of political coverage as seen in a Weekly story on Rudy Martinez's race for CD14. We've even made Mike Trujillo famous. You're welcome.
Here are some opportunities for you to help your fellow man and make Thanksgiving a little bit nicer for those down on their luck. It's also a great opportunity to see your favorite local elected get their picture taken.
Not realizing there are hungry people in their own city or a massive AIDS scourge in Africa, time on their hands NIMBYs in Encino are lamenting the free market has transformed an ailing Barnes and Noble into a CVS Drug Store. In the future people will not read but they will need stimulants. Just watch Idiocracy.
It's not exactly the death of high culture but Disney is giving up making animated fairy tales after its latest Rapunzel based feature Tangled is released this holiday season. Again, the march to Idiocracy continues.
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday
Round 8 of Ali-Foreman, the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire 1974. The younger and more powerful George Foreman was the aggressor throughout the first seven rounds while the older yet highly conditioned Muhammad Ali played rope-a-dope. Then, with Foreman punched out, Ali struck in the 8th round.
William Bradley , in an engaging piece at Huffpo, equates the Jerry Brown victory over Meg Whitman to the Ali-Foreman 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" match in Zaire;
"...the dust is still settling on Brown's resounding landslide victory -- 54% to 41%, a margin of more than 1.2 million votes over billionaire Meg Whitman -- absolutely shattering the biggest spending non-presidential campaign in American history. In the process, Brown broke the record for the most votes ever received by a gubernatorial candidate, leading a Democratic sweep for the statewide ticket.
...Which is not surprising, since virtually all the state and national press early on anointed Whitman as an unstoppable high-tech juggernaut of a campaign run by the best consultants in the business. Up against poor old Jerry Brown and his ragtag little band. When in reality, it (Brown vs Whitman) was Ali-Foreman '74 all along, with what I called Brown's Zen rope-a-dope approach unfolding as anticipated."
Well played Jerry, well played.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Outtakes from CD 14 Special Report: "Team Rudy moving forward"
COUNCILMEMBER HUIZAR DENIES REAL
ACCOUNTABILITY TO RATE PAYERS
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 20, 2010) – In what proved to be one of the most critical votes the Los Angeles City Council has faced in years, Councilmember Jose Huizar denied Department of Water and Power (DWP) rate payers real accountability over the DWP by casting the decisive vote in favor of a watered-down Charter Amendment instead of the stronger reform measures backed by seven other council members and DWP reform advocates. If approved by voters in the upcoming March 8th municipal elections, the amendment would create a weak and disempowered Office of Public Accountability (OPA) for the DWP.
“This vote provided a bright light between the real reformers and those who support the proposed ballot measure. The final language is disappointing.” said Jack Humphreville via the CityWatch site.
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday
With this being Thanksgiving week and the biggest travel holiday weekend of the year, both TSA agents and airline passengers can look forward to what we are calling "Gropefest 2010". Millions of traveling crotches just waiting to be inspected!
Uh-oh, California Republicans may be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future as far as state politics go. Blame it on Pete Wilson and what's her name. Speaking of what's her name, where there's money, there's always the possibility of blowing more of it.
Why is it that every time it rains in Los Angeles, somebody winds up being swept away in the LA River?
In the "That's Just Crazy Talk/Throw Him Under The Bus" department, Warren Buffet says, ""I think people at the high end, people like myself, should be paying a lot more in taxes," the billionaire investor and founder of Berkshire Hathaway said. "We have it better than we've ever had it."
Meanwhile, back at the 9.6% national unemployment rate ranch; the Republicans have successfully blocked an extension of unemployment benefits. This will affect almost a million of the unemployed by next week and an additional million by the end of December. Ah, good thinking GOP, and just in time for the holidays!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Friday Night Funnies
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Friday
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Thursday
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Mid-Afternoon Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday: Garcetti flips, twist and turns on DWP Rate Payer Advocate
"Big Huizzy" keeps watch on Constituents in CD 14
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Tuesday: DA Steve Cooley being investigated by Callifornia FPPC
Paul Krekorian announces for re-election.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday
UTLA Circles the Wagons, Shoots Self in Foot
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Paper-pulling galore for Los Angeles City Council and LAUSD Elections
Labels: March 2011 Municipal Elections
Saturday, November 13, 2010
State Senator Alex Padilla eyeing run for Mayor in 2013. ** Or is it Congress?
Friday, November 12, 2010
This just in from Eric Garcetti via Twitter!
Outtakes from CD 14: Council Candidate Rudy Martinez audio from KRLA's Kevin James Show
HACLA Rudy Montiel's "get rich scheme" garners unwanted attention
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Veterans as Stepping Stones
Labels: tomas o'grady
LA Weekly on Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes: "The Worst Legislator in California"
Rally to address Broken Parole System in California
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This Veterans Day Tom LaBonge Raises Red Tape Not Yellow Ribbon in CD-4
Mid-Afternoon Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday
Monday, November 08, 2010
Week Long Open Thread
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Sunday One-Liners and Open Threadies
-Doug McIntyre on the sad state of the GOP in California.
-Sen. Bernie Sanders on MSNBC suspending Keith Olbermann.
-I'm not sure what this means, but evidently, it's very important.
-Candidate filing for LA City Council election 2011 begins on Monday.
-Please visit my new blog that covers the behind the scenes shadiness of a developer that has lost his mind, and the PR firm (Consensus Inc) that is being paid to make his dreams come true.
-In California, at least, experience counts.
- And finally, Goodbye Meg, we'll miss you! Much Love, television and radio station advertising departments across the state;
Friday, November 05, 2010
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday
|How to turn Barham Blvd into Wilshire Blvd.|
-The 39,000 page Draft EIR for NBC Universal's mind boggling housing/office/studio project has been released and is now open to public comment for the next 60 days. NBC Universal hopes to turn 391 acres along the 101 freeway just north of the Cahuenga pass into almost 3000 residences to be built in low-, mid-, and high-rise buildings. New studios, office space, a hotel, and tourist attractions will also be added. I suspect local residents are squealing with delight over this planned monstrosity coming to town, in part, because Barham, Lankershim, and the Cahuenga pass have so little traffic as it is.
Mayor Sam would also like to extend an invitation to the developer or organized opponents of the project to make your case here on this blog. Just drop us an email at email@example.com. Please put UNIVERSAL in the subject line.
- Janice Hahn and other City Council members want to tax medical marijuana. But, medical marijuana is technically non profit and not subject to taxation even though everyone knows that most Med Marijuana clinics are making huge profits. Marijuana itself is still illegal, I think, so can a city tax an illegal substance? This is very confusing. The LA Weekly and Village to Village give it their best at figuring this all out.
- PBS legend and former Lyndon B. Johnson press secretary Bill Moyers says "a plutocracy and a democracy do not mix". What? Get out of town Bill, that's crazy talk.
-Serious question to the MS pundits; How do you reduce a deficit by extending $700 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest in the country? Stay on topic please.
has hit the ground running and spent the day at the state capitol beginning work on a spending plan.
-Oh boy, Raves are returning to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Where's my damn glow stick?
- Hey, look what's still not open!
-And finally, what the hell is this?
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday
|Can I get a refund?|
"It (the defeat of Prop 23) is the largest public referendum in history on climate and clean energy policy," said Fred Krupp, president of the New York-based Environmental Defense Fund. "There has never been anything this big. It is going to send a signal to other parts of the country and beyond."
-Harry Reid, who narrowly defeated Tea Party/Screw Loose candidate Sharon Angle, says that "Nevadans chose hope over fear". Sharon Angle, along with Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Tom Tancredo, had run campaigns heavy on the anti-illegal immigration rhetoric. All three lost in Tuesday's election.
By contrast, Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer easily won re-election by making the state's controversial (and currently suspended) SB1070 immigration law the cornerstone of her campaign.
-In related news, Republicans, who now control the House, took the opportunity today to offer an olive branch to Democrats and pledged a spirit of compromise and new cooperation by promising to overturn Obamacare. They also vowed to defund any programs that Obama protects by vetoing their actions. Senator Mitch McConnell went the extra mile and assured the conservative Heritage Foundation that this was all an effort to deny Obama another term in 2012. McConnell also said that Democrats would pay the price if they don't cooperate with the new Republican agenda. Compromise is a beautiful thing, isn't it?
-UCLA's world arts and cultures dept, will be transforming LA City Hall into a dance performance space this Saturday and again on Nov 13. The show, called "Governing Bodies" will feature dancers costumed as government workers who will explore and utilize various area of City Hall;
"The performance will take the audience through all parts of the historic building, beginning at the rotunda, passing through long hallways into the City Council Chambers, which includes a half circle of chairs and pews, and eventually arriving outside on the courtly Spring Street steps."
Full details at The Daily Bruin.
And finally, did you know that President Obama saved capitalism but it cost him the mid term elections? Now you do.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Outtakes from CD 14 Special Report: What has Councilman Huizar done to stop the illegal housing of Sex Offenders in El Sereno?
Letter from State Senator Gloria Romero regarding the illegal housing of Sex Offenders in El Sereno.
Rally on November 13, 2010 to demand action and firing of Maria Franco.
Kamala Harris For The Win!
Guess Which Poll Nailed it?
"In the final 10 days before the election, 14 polls of the races for governor and U.S. Senate in California were released by 10 nonpartisan polling organizations. Those pre-election polls divided into two noticeably different camps.
One group, which included the L.A. Times/USC poll and the Field Poll, projected hefty wins by Democratic candidates Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. The other, which included polls by the Rasmussen organization and Public Policy Polling, showed both Democrats likely to win, but by much smaller margins. Some showed the Senate race in particular getting closer.
Republican candidates and strategists were, of course, eager to draw attention to the surveys in the latter group. The Republican candidate for governor, Meg Whitman, directly attacked the Times/USC poll in several speeches, saying incorrectly that Times polls always favored candidates the paper had endorsed.
In the end, Brown won by 12 points and Boxer by nine. The poll that came closest to nailing the results: The L.A. Times/USC survey, which had projected a 13-point margin for Brown and an eight-point margin for Boxer. Field, which had projected margins of 10 points for Brown and eight for Boxer, came in a close second.
The worst record? The Rasmussen surveys, which were conducted for Fox News and Rasmussen’s own survey website. Those polls projected a Boxer margin of three points and a Brown win by four."