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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Thursday

CD 2 City Councilman Paul Krekorian (center) is not too quick in laying down the sod for a new NFL stadium.

What's the rush?

Ask the likes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA County Labor Federation Leader Maria Elena Durazo, AEG's Tim LIEweke, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and the lessor cast of characters, who smell fiscal gold in the haste to move forward with AEG's latest scheme to expand their Downtown LA Entertainment Enclave.

But while the cast above choreograph their political dance for an appointment at the corporate welfare office, one lone voice of reason may of just calculated his next political slogan, that may lead upward on the City of LA political ladder.

CD 2 City Councilman Paul Krekorian cannot be accuse of being politically tone deaf, to the contrary he has exhibited a keen sense of political timing that has propel him from the Burbank School Board, with a pit stop in Sacramento, to his current seat in the Horseshoe, within half a decade. One should note that his rapid political progression has also been aided by his devotion to constituent relations, which help to create the political formula to dilute the monetary brew of IBEW, PPL and City Hall insiders, who's CD 2 political aspirations sank on "a vessel called Essel".

Yet, lets not bloggin rush and annoit Councilman Krekorian as LA's reason statesmen with this post. Krekorian may have been a pupil of the late Consultant Joe Cerrell at USC, but he is still an relative political newcomer at 200 Spring Street, who recently sided with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's veto on DWP oversight.

Thus, for Councilman Krekorian, will his future stance on the AEG Stadium scheme, channel past City Councilman Joel Wachs or will we post someday "what was the rush" in coining a soundbite with no teeth?

**  The legality of California's "Parent Trigger Law" is now heading to the courts as Parent Trigger advocates file suit against Compton Unified School District.

** Writer David Futch returns to the pages of the LA Weekly with "LA City Council Bums" with district by district recap on the election theatrics.

** City Controller Wendy Greuel has released for your view pleasure the salaries of 37,000 city employees. But lets remember that this is the same Councilman Huizar supporter that can't tell us what happen to the $1.04 million of the CLARTS Fund that Huizar took for salaries.

** Ron Kaye led a diverse group of community activists to this morning's CRA Meeting at the Garland Building. Wonder if anyone brought up the No-bid Contract to CASA 0101?

** Lastly, we are hearing a rumor regarding a Mayor Villaraigosa GRYD Contractor who's agency supports granting a beer and wine license to an Councilman Huizar's Campaign Contributor ..... and its on video.

Your thoughts ...............

Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Cerrel is part of the Willi Brown corruption. Along with Alatorre and Roos.

February 03, 2011 2:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Odd how some of the same people who bitch that L.A. is anti-business, and we scare them away - or don't give enough concessions to get them here -- oppose doing what it will take to have pro football (one of the most profitable businesses in the U.S.), here.

February 03, 2011 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scott, you must be one of the preachy former alcoholics who rants about everyone else's drinking.

How often do you mention alcohol being served, licenses, etc.

A lot!

(You do know, right, that Rudy Rich is a sleazy Eastside bar owner himself?)

February 03, 2011 2:07 PM  

Anonymous ZUMA DOGG SITE said:



PARKE "RED" SKELETON (A clown like Red)
Richard Alatorre (Alatorre & Riordan="Docaillos!")
Dalila "Worse Than Zuma Dogg" Sotelo
Christine "Queen of Shady Special Interest Money" Essel


February 03, 2011 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


February 03, 2011 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great some owner of a football team wants the public to pay for their billon dollar stadium. Why doesn't the owner turn loose of the billions they have and build it themselves if it's such a good deal?



February 03, 2011 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Original investment -- that will quickly pay off with multi-millions in city business taxes, thousands of new jobs, tourism $$, etc., etc., etc.

Name another industry (other than Western Union money orders to other countries), that growing in L.A.?

Someone's got to prime the pump, and long after private investors sell off their shares and try it again somewhere else, the City and residents here will still be benefitting.

February 03, 2011 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:11 Thanks. I support the NFL project.

February 03, 2011 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Provide one shread of evidence that a football team will help the economy of the city. In what way were the economy and employment figures better when the Raiders and Rams were here?

The teams and stadiums only benefit their owners who will grind governments for every penny they can get.

Why is the Jacksonville team that might possibly move here? Didn't they boost the economy of that city?

February 03, 2011 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:31 PM - makes sense to me.

How is it going to create all these jobs? I thought they play less than 20 games a year. What happens to generate jobs the other 330 days of the year, other than a handful of rock concerts?

February 03, 2011 3:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, for a start, someone's got the BUILD the damn thing.

Takes 1-2 years. Can you imagine what that does to the flagging construction trade in this city for that period of time (when we're just barely working out of a recession?).

Then, you got ongoing venue jobs - hundreds of people day-to-day to maintain it - inside and out, handle crowds, parking, concessions, security, develop it for other uses, promote it, bring in MORE than a handful of concerts, etc.

(How much are we raking in from the decaying Collesium right now?)

You ever driven through our otherwise dark and dirty downtown when there's a Lakers or Clippers game getting out...? thousands of people heading off in all directions, looking for other things to eat, do, buy - before or after? All of which are TAXED and taken care of by people who are EMPLOYED (instead of being on the dole).

Staples holds 18-19,000 depending on the sport. An NFL team stadium would hold 4-5 times that number (yeah, "only" 20 games, each year bringing in as many patrons as 5 Lakers/Clippers games -- about as many as they play in 2 weeks). College games, championships, a Super Bowl every few years (w/ MONSTER bucks coming into the City).

How in the WORLD could it not generate massive revenues for the City? Doesn't Staples? Doesn't the convention center? And then you add a venue that seats five-fold what Staples does.

Some city's don't do well with their stadiums; some do. There are obviously reasons why some city's can't make money... the teams suck, the crowds don't come, there aren't enough of them in close proximity to fill up 80,000+ thousand seats every week.

But L.A. has 4 million people; 10 million in the county, almost 20 million in So. Calif. -- with large numbers of them transplanted from the midwest and back east.
So, maybe some of those people don't like the new "Los Angeles Leopards" team (or whatever the hell Jacksonville, or anyone else, becomes if they move here), then maybe they'd pay big bucks to see their old hometown NY Jets or NE Patriots come and kick a fledgling L.A. team's butt the first few years, instead.

This is all very shortsighted to oppose. L.A. should have TWO pro football teams - one downtown, and another down a freeway somewhere - even developing a cross-town rivalry, civic pride and spirit, more defined local identity.

Football is, after all, America's sport. It comes with much more of a built-in fan base than anything else, and will draw people from all over the region.

Set it up right, "bond" the money, and make the terms profit the City over the long haul. Most major cities do make this work.

'bout time we acted like a "major city" and not a bunch of warring suburbs all looking to go "solo" to save a couple bucks in property taxes every year.

February 03, 2011 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks, 4:29 PM, for your input and explanation. Have never been to a football game. (Don't see much point in a bunch of guys running around, knocking each other over) Hope the football fans have more respect for the city than the basketball fans.

February 03, 2011 6:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You want a street smart, business savvy Council Member to negotiate with the likes of AEG. And we don't have any.

Instead, our CM's outsource the negotiations to people who are in the pockets of some of these developers.

One more reason to support Rudy Martinez in CD14.

February 03, 2011 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul for mayor.

February 03, 2011 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To February 03, 2011 2:00 PM - Joe Cerrell passed away last year, you idiot. Please keep your mouth shut and your fingers still until you know what the F you're talking about.

February 04, 2011 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:29, we already have two football teams in a cross-town rivalry - UCLA and USC. They already play in two stadiums, which given a little love (like the Rose Bowl makeover), are perfectly suitable venues for most of the uses you mention. I'll take the college teams any time. For one thing, those schools can't just pick up and leave any time like some NFL owner who wants to hold a city hostage with his demand for taxpayer dollars.

February 04, 2011 9:38 AM  

Anonymous g said:

paul krekorian is part of the same b.s. DON'T YOU GET IT! YOU'LL SEE SUNLAND.

February 04, 2011 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

l.a. should be so lucky to have another Joel Wachs. Go Paul go!

February 06, 2011 4:02 AM  

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