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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

City Council candidate, Stephen Box, continues to pick up the endorsements, this time from our little blog and from our good friends at Griffith Park Wayist.

Wisconsin Gov Walker's draconian attempt at stripping away the collective bargaining rights of public employees is backfiring and instead is having the opposite effect of reinvigorating the American labor movement. The Koch Brothers will not be pleased.

On Monday, Governor Walker ordered the state capitol to be cleared of protesters. On Tuesday, a Federal judge ordered Walker to knock off the dictator nonsense and reopen the people's house (thanks Mazy!).

Even more bad news for Koch Brothers shill, Scott Walker, a new poll has Wisconsin turning against him, and very rapidly.

Closer to home, a Mayor Sam reader makes the following request;

Joe and Higby:

Because you are well read by activists, PLEASE, consider endorsing the four reform candidates OVER the construction firm hacks on the LACCD Board.

Remind your readers not only to vote FOR Joe Essavi, Lydia Gutierrez, Joyce Burrell, and Erick Aguire. This is the reform slate committed to financial investigation, imposing term limits, restricting contractor campaign contributions, etc.

And remind people to vote AGAINST Mona Field, Steven Veres, Scott Svonkin,and Miguel Santiago -- the special interest sellouts of LACCD.

And please encourage everyone to read today's Second Installment of Six investigative articles the LA Times will publish this week on the malfeasance in office at LACCD.

Consider it done Anonymous! And may I add that Scott Svonkin is the worst possible choice to be a representative on the LACCD board. Scott has a long history of being a developer's gun for hire in working over communities to gain support for projects. He spent some time in Sunland-Tujunga on the Home Depot payroll, until he was laughed out of town.

And finally, congratulations to one of my long time favorites, Tom Waits, who has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Anonymous Anonymous Uber Alles said:

Great hot-sheet JoeB! Love the Box video and the request by Anonymous!

March 02, 2011 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on. Svonkin has worked for projects that he was hired to promote. But he also has worked as an elected offical and as an aide to elected officials and in both capacities he fought hard for homeowners and neighborhood activists. He has the background to take on the special interests and to reform the LA Community College District.

March 02, 2011 5:40 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

I think CD4 is one of the hardest choices. All three candidates have something going for them, and for all Tom LaBonge's faults, he is at least one of the more accessible, respectful and credible CMs. At least he had the decency to turn up for the debate - unlike a certain former CM who actually was de-throned for his arrogance.

I have a lot of respect for LaBonge, but is he going to be able to pull LA out of its downward spiral? His 35 years of public service should not be dismissed lightly, but perhaps that experience is part of the problem. I'm sure he's wrestled with the difficulties of the over-spending under-achieving City Hall culture, and realized that there aren't enough votes in the horseshoe to change that culture, so he'll just have to "get along to get on." That has to change.

But there is no denying that Box's Titanic analogy in his closing speech really summed up the problem facing Los Angeles, and the need for someone to grab the wheel and change direction. I think Box has a chance to change the City Hall culture, and the CD4 in his hands will see the start of that change. So will all due respect to Tom, Box is my choice.

March 02, 2011 6:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Box will help steer the good ship Los Angeles in the right direction. Mr. LaBonge is lost in the past like Kadafi and the other one is just lost. You have to wonder who voted for the incumbant and what were they thinking and worse who are these Jonestown zombies supporting O'Grady? You did not see adults supporting O'Grady but kids who drank to much cool aid.

March 02, 2011 6:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why did this supposedly informed blog wait until less than two hours before posting the information about the CD4 event?

It took place at 6pm.
Red Spot didn't post about it until 4:13pm.

I thought we were able to look to the blog for TIMELY information and FACTs. But it seems that when the responsibility is left to Red Spot, either or both always lags.

In fact, when I wrote this question on Red Spot's post about the events, he refused to post them comment. Nice.

Luv YUH.

March 02, 2011 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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March 02, 2011 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Box goes to a lot public meetings and community events. But has anyone seen his resume? What does he do professionally?

March 02, 2011 7:59 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Great closing speech. Sad to see how beleaguered Tom looks there.

But Stephen didn't have it quite right. LaBonge might give the Captain more time before the ship hits the iceberg but first he'd ask him "What high school did you go to?"

March 02, 2011 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Do you think Zuma Dogg deserves the $775,000 that both he and Matt Dowd EACH want?

I don't think they'll get $50,000, let alone this much!


March 02, 2011 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom LaBonge is a jerkoff

March 02, 2011 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LaBonge looks tired, because he and his goofy antics ARE tired.

It's over for Tom, and should have been over 20 years ago.

The pension he is going to get from the city is OBSCENE and completely undeserved.

March 02, 2011 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every activist reading this blog who is appalled by the stories in the LA Times about LACCD need to open up their address books and pass the names of the recommended reform slate of candidates to their friends and activist email lists!

We are doing it for Box in CD 4, and Smith in CD 12, and we need to be doing it for Essavi, Gutierrez, Burrell, and Aguire in the at-large LACCD Board of Trustee seats. There is little time to get out the word to voters -- especially those with absentee ballots in their hands right now.

March 02, 2011 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Tom LaBonge

From Me

Go to hell.
I hate you.
You're an awful Councilman


Everyone in your district.

March 02, 2011 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You hate the Republicans. The Republicans hate the unions.

We get it.

Move along.

Or I will have to ask Higby to take action.

March 02, 2011 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tom Labonge lives in a make-believe world of Hollywood movies. All his analogies are lines from movies.

March 02, 2011 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Wellllll, that's SHOW BIZ!

March 02, 2011 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam's "darling" Paul K. today at council about Wisconsin:

"It snowed in L.A.; Ich bin ein Wisconsiner!"


March 02, 2011 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Next steps, for Rudy Rich (from Mapquest):

1. Start out going NORTH on CASPAR AVE toward COLORADO BLVD. 0.02 mi

2. Turn LEFT onto COLORADO BLVD. 1.0 mi

3. COLORADO BLVD becomes E COLORADO ST. 1.5 mi

4. Welcome to GLENDALE, CA.

March 02, 2011 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trujillo in the house.

March 02, 2011 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I went to the debate last night. I was wavering between Box and O'Grady. O'Grady won my vote after finally getting to see all three in person. I think he will be the change we need in CD4.

March 02, 2011 3:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't vote for Scott Svonkin for LACCD! He's a shill for every bad developer that comes down the pike!

March 02, 2011 5:29 PM  

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