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Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Free for All

A lot of attention has been focused on LA Council races, especially the hot and spicy politics in CD14 but there are races elsewhere, even in other cities.  West Hollywood has a contentious race with nine candidates going for three seats.  Among the issues include development in the compact but upscale city and the appointment to a vacant of youngster Lindsay Horvath to an empty council seat instead of a special election being held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of a Council member.  All nine candidates engage in a contentious debate Wednesday evening.

Speaking of the West Hollywood race, candidate Scott Olin Schmidt (formerly known as the Boi from Troy blogger) will be joining Frank Sheftel, David Hernandez and myself, Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. on latalkradio.com.  
A gay housing development is planned for Rancho Mirage.  

Governor Brown impresses many by flying coach on Southwest.  Reportedly Jerry was alone without Ann, Gray Davis, Linda Ronstadt or BT Collins. Republican San Fernando Valley Assemblyman however was sitting nearby.  One wonders if the Governor is really traveling without security in this post Tuscon-world.

California's Supreme Court rules retailers can no longer ask for your zip code when shop.  No matter to me, I always gave them a fake one.

Another Friday, another great alley.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Carmen the Clown Trutanich is taking an "aggressive stance" against political protestors according to the LA Times. Trutanich's actions seem odd when he claims he does not have the budget to prosecute crimes, according to his statement to KFI reporter Eric Leonard.
Of course, all publicity is good publicity, and according to some, perhaps, it's Trutanich's way of keeping his name in the press while he plays pin the tail on the donkey with his stealth campaign to run for District Attorney in 2010.

February 11, 2011 6:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love it when you tired middle-aged men play ham "radio" on a lonely Saturday night. It's like watching people have a slow death. Just sitting in a dark room at home, thinking we so deseperately need to her what you guys think offline, even though you've totally exhausted the discussion Mon-Fri.

February 11, 2011 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"hot and spicy" politics in CD14

There's that unconscious

I'll bet you call cute Latinas at your work place "hot tamales", too when you're around the water cooler with other dudes, dontcha?

February 11, 2011 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"hot and spicy" politics in CD14

There's that unconscious "them and us" ethnic tweaking that you just can't seem to help, and that permeates pretty much everything that happens on this blog.

(I'll bet you even call cute Latinas at your work place "hot tamales", too ... you known, when you're around the water cooler with other dudes. Dontcha?

Check the calendar, dude. It's now the 21st century and you've got at least a half century to catch up on.

NO, this isn't the race card being played -- it's the RACE to catch up with the times.

February 11, 2011 10:25 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

It's not ham radio, it's more like vegan chicken.

And it's not middle aged men. David and Rip are senior citizens.

Get it right, alky!

February 11, 2011 10:32 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Glad to see our resident dumbass took the "hot and spicy" bait.

I was wondering when the deck would be opened up.

I am saddened it took you so long.

February 11, 2011 10:33 AM  

Blogger NO-my-name-is-not-MICHAEL! said:


Higby, you're not that smart.

You can't help yourself, and you can't spin it back that it was some kind of "trap".

In addition to a lack of self awareness of your own embedded "first thought" - there's apparently a lack of integrity, too.

80 FAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES (as verified by the owner of Mayor Sam's?)

February 11, 2011 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At council today, Huizar calls an item "special" - related to...

"Outdoor Dining No-Smoking Ordinance"

Hmmmm, Rudy Rich once championed smoking at restaurants as a tool of "big tobacco".

NAHHHH, couldn't be political, could it?

February 11, 2011 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, yup, yup.

Huizar's comments on outdoor restaurants smoking on today's agenda item.

"In the 1980s, we know some of the restaurants fought back against smoking bans..."

(And we know who ONE of those owners say!)

Well-played. Jose!

(What in the WORLD made the Glendale Republican challenger think he had a chance in the WORLD of even a respectable showing in the liberal-leftie, progressive District 14).

February 11, 2011 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Mailander today? He should have been taking credit for the fall of Mubarak by now.

February 11, 2011 12:56 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Don't know. He may be trying to figure out a way to slam me for my piece on LiHo even though her opponents are more in line with Stephen Box or Tomas O'Grady than Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck.

February 11, 2011 1:25 PM  

Anonymous g said:

thanks for the attempt at reporting other races.

February 11, 2011 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DA to Rudy Rich:

"Man up little pumpkin - no actual threat, and not intended for your 'consumption' anyway. Quit whining" (paraphrased of course), and quit WASTING our time... we got your buddy 'Tricky Nicky' Pacheco's money laundering to track down."

Now THAT's a REAL DA case, not some simpering posturing by a candidate whose presence was almost unknown beforehand.

No harm, no harm intended, no foul.
(And, Turd-jillo dodges a... hmmm 'allegorical projectile not intended to ever strike another's physical presence' ??) ...hopefully that'll keep ME out of trouble.

David Z. reports it in the Times...


February 11, 2011 2:14 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Since Trujillo isn't going to jail perhaps he can work for Janice Hahn for Congress after all!

February 11, 2011 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the imaginary world where a "Councilwhuss Rudy" reigned, would we someday see SWAT teams camped out around a preschool playground everytime some immature male (like MEAT), held up his index finger and thumb and said "bang, you're dead" to another kid?

(We'll never know, of course. Jan Perry will be mayor before that happens).

February 11, 2011 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The District Attorney just cost Martinez another $50-110K of his own money.

He'll have to cough up even more to get noticed, ever again during these last 3 weeks.

And it doesn't look like there will be another face-to-face, at least not on Red Spot's home turf, since the LA32 NC blindly double-booked their forum/debate over the top of Huizar's turn to speak at Highland Park's council next Thursday.

(Maybe it was the LA32 Recoding Secretariat's job to keep track of the schedule?)

And, how many of Rudy's (wannabe) Glendalians from ER will be willing to traipse all the way down to. . . (what is it the OLD-o-cons from far-north CD14 call Boyle Heights - a "third world country"?) just to be able to heckle Huizar some more at that one.

February 11, 2011 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

D.A. to 2:14. Get your facts right. We are not investigating any money laundering by Nick Pacheco.

Can you imagine every family member, business associate and friend of a murderer being put on death row because of some relationship to the perpetrator?

February 11, 2011 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You're not the DA, and I'll GUARANTEE they're looking deep into Tricky Nicky's involvment.

Remember this is the DA that Pacheco called a "yapping dog" or something like that, during his major bust of a run for Cooley's job.

PUH-leez, some "outside contractor" yanks a chain and 12 employees of Pachecos firm cough up a month's worth of grocery money to support a candidate running in a district NONE of them live in? People ONLY do that for their BOSS, and even then, if promised reimbursement.

My gawd, that whole B.S. story is NEARLY as hard to believe as the story about Rudy Martinez's miraculous, reassembling, disappearing, transporting POLICE BADGE and wallet.

February 11, 2011 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You never really were that good at spinning stuff, Lauro.

February 11, 2011 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


And the Times readers are ripping Martinez a new one in comments, for wasting the police and D.A.'s time and resources, calling it what it was - a political stunt.

February 11, 2011 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco always did get other people to do his dirty work for him, but as soon as the hot lights come on and the DA starts talking "deal" the others will flip on him.

This one's gonna stick!

Then it'll be "Sticky Nicky".

February 11, 2011 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So we've got nothing on CD 4 or CD 12. This is it? We get CD 14 or nothing? I'm so bored that I'm going to go wash my dog.

February 13, 2011 1:10 PM  

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