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Monday, March 14, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
In the last election the LA Times finally (kind of?) woke up to the fact that the status quo in LA they have long promulgated - whether it was the whites only Committee of 25 cabal of the real Mayor Sam's day or the current Latino-left-labor-developer unholy alliance of today - might not be good for the City.  Now they call on the status quo incumbents (and incumbent lite in the form of CD12 Clowncilman-Elect, Mitch Englander) to lead.  Ha.

Uprising and Jack McGrath writing at AOL Patch bemoan the low turnout in Tuesday's election.  The runoff next May with a single Community College race will attract fewer bodies than a Clippers-Kings game. In the meantime the number of registered voters overall is down while those who decline to state a party preference is at an all time high.  Despite massive shadiness and the City burning, voters don't care.  Some of it is certainly due to election fatigue; there are too many elections including special elections. There are two ways to address this.  Get rid of term limits.  That will put an end to the musical chairs between the State Legislature, County Supes. The other reform is to consolidate odd year city elections with the even year county, state and federal elections.

If you don't have a valid driver license and you are pulled over by a police officer your car can be impounded.  If you're in the US illegally without proper permission you are supposed to be sent back.  The LAPD has resisted enforcing the latter issue; they have now agreed that if you're breaking the one law you can break the other.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby please don't have Joe post any more of his Wisconsin crap this week.

March 14, 2011 12:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

JoeB rocks! Stop whining 12:26.

March 14, 2011 12:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How silly that the elected leaders get to govern instead of Joe B. and Michael H.

Certainly they should know better.

There outta be a law...

March 14, 2011 4:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:26am = Phil Jennerjahn

12:48am = Joe B.

March 14, 2011 6:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The folks in City Hall are quite tired of how the unions make them bend over. They don't show much sympathy for Wisconsin public workers.

March 14, 2011 8:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Times.

Fishwrap becomes sour-grapes rap.

March 14, 2011 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good to see Mayor Sam's and the Slimes newspaper finally beating the same broken drum for the chronically out-of-step.

Irrelevance loves company.

March 14, 2011 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's interesting about the revised vehicle impound policy is ITS ONLY CHIEF BECK'S IDEA. Now let's see which idiots support it. Beck has lost a lot of the support he had. He's shown he is nothing more then a lapdog to the Mayor and a sissy. The feds need to investigate if this is legal and Gov. Brown is most likely pissed the illegals get a free pass on all that money legal citizens would pay for a car impound. Watch a lawsuit come out of this. Beck is a coward. He took an oath to uphold the law and is failing to perform his duties to protect and serve.The officers will start booing him just like they did Parks when they were unhappy with his stupidity.

March 14, 2011 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is the funniest and most ironic blogger line of 2011, at least so far.

It comes from Phil Jennerjahn's blog, and he is talking about Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

"She also has an established reputation for being a complete jackass."


March 14, 2011 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent 10:14am! So true.

March 14, 2011 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times lost any credibility in reporting the aftermath of last Tuesday's election when they stopped all coverage COLD after the late feed stating "incumbents appear to be leading" or some such vague cop-out meaning they all went home and got drunk way before the final news deadline.

For 72 HOURS following the election, this "Daily" newspaper of record?) in L.A. failed to provide any further update or analysis of what the outcome actually was in an election they had published dozens and dozens of pre-election" stories about.

Isn't "news" supposed to be about what ACTUALLY happened... not "what we 'think' will happen" or (as in their editorial endorsements), "what we 'wish' would happen."

This gross negligence puts them on par with the non-professional blogs published by non-journalists that they believe they're so "far" above.

Obviously they were licking their wounds, waiting for something "pithy" to germinate up from their editorial board after that group pretty much just threw up their hands and adopted a petty, childish "anyone but the current people" stance, in most cases.

March 14, 2011 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Howard Fine at LABJ says Tuesday's election results were good the businesses in L.A.


March 14, 2011 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll just take this moment to point out all of Red Spot's illiterate effort, and that it didn't make a drop of difference in the outcome. If anything, it got more people to the polls to vote for Huizar.


One wonders, for sure.

March 14, 2011 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Oh yeah, and you are the judge to determine the credibility of the L.A. Times.

There was no reporting because it wasn't news! What's new about the same people buying the same vendidos and fooling the same people. It's the same ole, same ole - nothing new to report.

Higby is right, the ruling junta does have a stranglehold on this city but if the Arab world has taught us anything recently, it will not last.

March 14, 2011 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:08 (Yeah, yeah, rise up and start your OWN jihad. You and Reed, Spit - unless there happen to be cartoons on that morning!)

Hoooo, ha!

The voters determined the Times lack of credibility.

They overwhelmingly ignoring their endorsements.

The Times has had seriously declining circulation for many years now.

What other rulers are there to judge them against?

OH and what was "new" and news to the Times, apparently, was that all the challengers were major jokes. Otherwise, the Times wouldn't have been so hungry to prop them up before the election to try and "pretend" there would be some newsworthy upsets.

The Times set the preamble... they just didn't realize it was to their own failure and continuing demise!

(This is the same newspaper that stopped including the Sunday Times Magazine some months back in most papers sold and delivered on the EAST side, because they deemed those of us living here to be too stupid to understand the "chic" presentation of it, and too damn poor to buy their rich westside advertisers wares). Once people here heard THAT -- that they would pay the same price for a newspaper, but receive less of it's content -- subscriptions dropped even lower.

We're not GOOD enough to get your slick inserts, LAT, but you're so superior to US that you knew that a rich, carpetbagging Glendale Republican would better represent us (in the manner of the incredibly corrupt Richard Alatorre) than a man we've selected 4 previous times by overwhelming majority votes.

SO very wrong, L.A. Times. Save some trees, and just stick to the parts of town where you can buy your Starbucks lattes on every other block.

March 14, 2011 7:03 PM  

Anonymous Paul Hatfield said:

The Times article is right - for a change. I guess it proves the law of averages does prevail.

I have sat through countless meetings with people arguing for more parks, soundwalls, traffic humps, pedestrian crossings, etc.

Everyone goes away happy when they get what they want, but too many of these same people can't comprehend that there will be little or nothing in the way of these improvements unless we reduce compensation and benefits for public employees.

They'll fawn over the politicians who get the potholes filled (rather than repaving the entire cracked and pitted streets) and add them as Facebook friends.

What everyone needs to be doing is telling our officials in no uncertain terms to take care of business and say "no" to the demands of the public unions.

March 14, 2011 7:17 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Yes, the Times got another story right today as well. This one from George Skelton pointing out that public unions are only a small part of the problem and are in the process of reforming through new hires. Stop hating on the middle class, get behind tax extensions, dismantle the CRA,and leave collective bargaining alone.

March 14, 2011 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You mean that magazine where Matea Gold wrote that Antonio Villar would prefer to be Jewish? Please, subsription to the Times has been steadily falling - as more computers become available, yes, even in the barrio. Who buys the newspaper anyway when everything is available online. I think the one selling our community short on intelligence is you, and the scumbags you work for.

Numbers don't lie - Huizar, Villar, Reyes, Cardenas, Alarcon, Nunez,- the list of these prefabricated "leaders" goes on and on - have contributed NOTHING to the adavancement of our community. Their place in history will be well documented.

March 14, 2011 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The photo shows the guilt by assocation of Huizar to Nunez. Any educated person would know you don't hang out with a guy who just had his kid's murder conviction sentence wilted down. Unless the people in this city get so pissed off they want to do something to change these corrupt politicians and be in their faces demanding they do their damn jobs nothing will happen. Sadly, too many people in this city are complacent. They think someone else will do it. A small group of activists tried but now we need more on the same page.

March 15, 2011 6:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:50 a.m.

No, you see the problem really was that the "small group" wasn't really made up of activists.

Unless you count contrarian kvetching as as being "active".

(I suppose it does burn a few hundred callories a year.)

March 15, 2011 3:01 PM  

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