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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

Scott Svonkin playing hooky?

LACCD candidate Scott Svonkin was supposed to be at the San Gabriel School Board meeting Tuesday night. If you'll recall, Scott is an elected member of the San Gabriel School Board and is required to attend these meetings to deal with the many issues facing schools and students in the district .

Unfortunately, at the San Gabriel meeting it was announced that Scott was really "sick" and just could not make the meeting.

Imagine our surprise when Scott Svonkin was spotted the very same night at the UTLA Headquarters on Wilshire Blvd as the photos above show. Hmm, does he look ill to you?  I guess schmoozing with UTLA reps was way more important than being at a boring old school board meeting.  Learn more about Scott and his problems at this LA Weekly story.

UPDATE: This was a LA Democratic Party event being held at UTLA headquarters. This was not a UTLA meeting.

The CGOP continues it's slow and painful descent into total irrelevance. The latest blow comes from GOP finance chairman, Jeff Miller, the California GOP's top fundraiser, who has announced that he quits due to infighting and losing elections.



Louis J. Marinelli, the man behind the National Organization for Marriage's "Summer of Marriage Tour 2010", and a leading opponent of same sex marriage has seen the light;

"Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words let alone utter them with my own voice.

Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality...My name is Louis J. Marinelli, a conservative-Republican and I now support full civil marriage equality. The constitution calls for nothing less." Read his full story.


AEG chief executive Tim Leiweke is having a hissy fit that some city officials and academics would dare to question his proposed NFL stadium in downtown LA. He's calling on LA politicians to be "cheerleaders" not skeptics. Councilmen Rosendahl and Krekorian have both raised concerns over this potential boondoggle, which I thought is what we elect these officials to do.


A very happy 5th birthday to Romney-care, the health care program developed by former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney. Obama advisor, David Axelrod, calls Romney-care, the original template for what is now known as the Obama Healthcare Law. Mitt Romney, as you may recall, is likely a Republican candidate for President in 2012.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We must not jump to conclusions. Perhaps he is seeking medical advice from the gentleman in the glasses. Please give Scott the benefit of the doubt not guilty until proven innocent.

April 13, 2011 7:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, let's see WEHO Councilmember Jeff Prang post a defense of Scott Svonkin like he did on the LA Weekly website in response to the article on Scott Svonkin's personality problem.

Scott lying to his colleagues on the San Gabriel Unified School District that he was "sick" and could not attend the Board meeting he is elected to attend --- so that he could hobnob with the union representatives at the United Teachers of Los Angeles --- well, that just sums up why he needs to be recalled in San Gabriel and denied office at the LA Community College where he is now running.

April 13, 2011 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Svonkin's already lying and he's not on the LACCD yet! Recall his ass San Gabriel, you can do better than this
lowlife.

April 13, 2011 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Such standards of ethics qualify Svonkin to be the latest democratic hack on the LACCD.

April 13, 2011 10:51 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

LA Weekly now reporting the Svonkin story!
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/04/scott_svonkin_laccd_utla.php

April 13, 2011 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A lady who didn't speak English showed up at the LAUSD board meeting today and accused the district of failing to provide her child with proper services because of racism.

I wonder how much parental involvement there is in the education of her own child, beyond racism accusations?

After all, the course materials are in English. Since the parent did not speak a word of English, I wonder if the child who is denied proper education, because of racism, knows English?

Maybe the racism is that the material is in English.

April 13, 2011 1:17 PM  

Anonymous g said:

LOOK AT WHAT LAUSD IS DOING TO STOP HEALTH GURU JAMIE OLIVER FROM ACCESSING LA SCHOOLS. HE WANTS TO POINT OUT THE WAY LA SCHOOLS USE PROCESSED FOOD TO FEED SCHOOL CHILDREN. SOME OF THIS FOOD HAS CHEMICALS THAT ARE USED IN THE PROCESS. CORTINES REFUSED JAMIE ENTERANCE INTO ONE SCHOOL IN THE LA SCHOOL DISTRICT. I GUESS THEY MAKE A LOT ON FEEDING PROCESSED FOOD TO ALL THE KIDS. I GUESS THEY DIDN'T HERE OF DIABETES OR OBESITY IN LOS ANGELES. IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY THE HELL WITH THE KIDS OR THEIR EDUCATIONS. WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN THEY MUST VOTE IN LOCAL ELECTIONS AND THEY MUST BE INFORMED.

April 13, 2011 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's an idea. Let's keep comments related to the main idea of this article.

April 15, 2011 10:47 AM  

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