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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday

 Rizzo by the Sea

Former City of Bell Administrator Robert Rizzo has found a new gig!  Now that everyone knows where he works, don't expect his job to last much past noon today.
UPDATE; Yep, he's gone!

We've got tree sitters in LA County! Protesters are branch camping in an effort to stop the removal of 179 coastal oaks and 70 sycamores by the LA Department of Public Works. LADPW claims they need to make way for debris being dredged from a nearby reservoir. Hang in there tree sitters, I'm on my way!

The DREAM ACT is back! Well, at least a California version of it anyways. The CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT has been introduced by Assemblymember Gill Cedillo. This version can't put the children of undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship but it will allow them to receive educational assistance.

"While the state-based legislation does not confer any immigration benefits, the proposed law would grant qualifying undocumented college students access to institutional financial aid from the University of California, California State University, and Community Colleges. It is a small step that the state can take while we wait for the country to emerge from the dark ages and get on with immigration reform".-change.org

A stunning figure; 1 million homes in the U.S. were repossessed by banks in 2010. Brace yourself, even more are expected to be foreclosed on in 2011.  1 in every 17 households in Arizona had a foreclosure filing in 2010. 1 in every 18 for the Sunshine State.

"Foreclosures are expected to remain elevated through the year as homeowners contend with stubbornly high unemployment, tougher credit standards for refinancing and falling home values. Sharga said he expects prices to dip another 5 percent nationally before finally bottoming out. The decline will push more borrowers underwater on their mortgages. Already, about one in five homeowners with a mortgage owe more than their home is worth." -Fox News

While Fox News employee Sarah Palin was busy yesterday crying victim and offending Jews, President Obama had the opportunity to deliver some very welcome news to the crowd gathered for a memorial at a Tucson sports arena;

And finally, some ducks in Tujunga need your help;

Once again, the army corps of engineers is cleaning the Haines Canyon Debris Basin. There are currently 9 domestic (flightless) ducks in need of a rescue, hopefully before coyote predation strikes. We need as many volunteers as possible as the area is vast.

If you can help, please be at the basin 11:00 am, Sunday, January 16th. The address is 10529 Haines Canyon Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042. If you have questions, please contact me @ moonstruckduck@aol.com.

Also, we are interested in finding a good home for these ducks,. Ducks are great treasures for a yard. Please let me know if you can help in this way as well.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Carol Chrysong
Executive Director
The Lucky Duck Rescue & Sanctuary

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's the Huizar-Martinez update? Jeez, duck rescue, are you guys high?

January 13, 2011 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The photo is priceless. I thought it was an obese lady before I read the caption!

I want a duck. For real. What 's the phone # to call?

January 13, 2011 12:30 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Animals in need are an important issue to Sunland-Tujungans and many others around the city.

January 13, 2011 12:34 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I don't have a number to call 12:30, please use the email address provided.

January 13, 2011 12:35 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:


Thank you for a well-written, if biased, Hot Sheet.

Red Spot decided to ban my comments pointing out his horrendous grammatical problems, like using non-existent words like "ENGREGIOUS," "EDUACTION," and "PRAY FRO THEM."

I guess Red Spot loves to mock and dish out the punishment, but when it comes to giving unbiased commentary on him, HE is the one who is the crybaby.

"Engregiously" yours,

Retired LAUSD

January 13, 2011 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B.,

If animals in need are important to Sunland-Tujuneans, how come your have a state of the art animal shelter that is used for storage rather than providing key community service?

It was supposed to open years ago, and Richard Alarcon never fought to get it open. To his credit, Alarcon did lobby to keep it from being shuttered. But instead of being used for storage, it was supposed to be open to the public for adoptions, spay & neuter services, etc. That never happened.

What if anything are you or your activist friends doing about that?

January 13, 2011 12:42 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Retired LAUSD,
"if biased"? Don't you mean "although biased"? "if biased" implies that you don't know whether my post is biased or not. My post is obviously biased, as all posts are here on MS. There is no "if", there is only "is".

January 13, 2011 12:46 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

12:42, I have no idea what you are talking about. We are in CD2. That is Krekorian's district, not Alarcons'. Alarcon just lives here.

January 13, 2011 12:54 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Palin could have said DOG and the left would have attacked.

The left loves her so much she gets attacked for everything.

Turns out Jared Lee is a left winger more than a right winger, but still crazy.

But before even having all of the facts what did the left do? It's the tea party, it's the republicans, it's Palin.

So let me get this straight, Joe, vitriolic and divisive political dialogue created Jared Lee, but it was a result of the right, and not the left who look for every opp. to talk out of their ass?

The NYT and the Daily Beast had two really good editorials on how BAD the media was on saturday. And by media they named MSNBC, Crappingtong Post (better known as Huffington Post) and Daily Klowns & Socialists (better known as Daily KOS).

January 13, 2011 6:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Steve Lopez drove all the way to Huntington Beach to harass Rizzo for his goofy, self-serving column. What an a-hole.

January 13, 2011 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obama Orders Military To Prepare For Spring Food Riots

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A grim report prepared by France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) obtained by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states that president’s Obama and Sarkozy have “agreed in principal” to create a joint US-European military force to deal exclusively with a Global uprising expected this spring as our World runs out of food.

According to this report, Sarkozy, as head of the G-20 group of developed Nations, called for and received an emergency meeting with Obama this past Monday at the White House wherein he warned his American counterpart that the shock rise in food prices occurring due to an unprecedented series of disasters was threatening the stability of the entire World and could lead to the outbreak of Total Global War.

January 13, 2011 8:57 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

I'm against anything Gil Cedillo introduces. Including this.

January 13, 2011 9:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love Steve Lopez! Not only does he give you the straight scoop, but he does it with humor.

Can't wait to see what he comes up with for Glendale and Burbank..

Go Steve!

January 13, 2011 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Morning, Joe B.,

I wrote "if biased" as a courtesy to you, since you sometimes seen a bit sensitive to being called biased.

January 13, 2011 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUS said:

That was from me, regarding the post to Joe B. being biased.

January 13, 2011 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:

Wow, I'm having Red Spot withdrawals!

Pray fro me!

Engregiously yours,

January 13, 2011 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Manfred Ulmann said:


January 13, 2011 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy's office is shiting bricks on the CLARTS issue, they are throwing Huizar under the bus as we speak.

January 13, 2011 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:



January 13, 2011 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Right on that one, AV has been all over her to stop her from releasing any of the CLARTS fund break downs.

Lots of money going to the pockets of Huizar and AV's friends for doing nothing.

January 13, 2011 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy has no back bone, if Rudy's people yell at her lound enough she will break.

If that means stabbing AV and Huizar in the back, she will do it in a heart beat.

January 13, 2011 11:08 AM  

Anonymous g said:


January 13, 2011 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's be honest, if you had gotten the tip about Rizzo parking cars in Huntington Beach, you would have run there barefooted to get the pic and story.

January 13, 2011 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha- just saw this Rizzo pic on the nightly news. And yes, they asked him not to come back. Plus not wanting his kind of publicity, guess what he did. He was supposed to be watching the parking lot to make sure only museum goers were parking there, not shoppers. But he let a guy give him $15. for parking in the free lot and go shopping! In his behalf, he did turn it over to the museum, but they didn't seem too appreciative.

January 13, 2011 11:00 PM  

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