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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

 Please don't make Victoria Tarazi Bjorknert chain herself to a bulldozer.

A contentious battle is coming to a head in Malibu where local surfers, environmentalists, and residents are fighting to stop the California Dept of Parks & Recreation from draining, dredging and re-sculpting the beloved Malibu Lagoon. Complicating the matter is that Heal the Bay, to the dismay of many, actually supports the project. Parks & Recs claims the dredging and redesign is needed to improve water circulation and reduce stagnation, but opponents argue that the work is radical, unnecessary, and will only serve to wipe out bird habitats that have only recently reestablished after a previous dredging and redesign that took place in 1983. In a LA Weekly story last Oct, Wetlands Defense Fund spokesperson Marcia Hanscom said of Heal the Bay's support, ""I'm sure they understand clean water. They understand plastic [bag] bans. They don't understand coastal wetland ecosystems, wetland ecology."
The activists working to save the Malibu Lagoon have put forth an alternative plan to rejuvenate the area that they say is less intrusive and would protect the existing wildlife. The bulldozers are currently scheduled to butcher the lagoon in June, just as the area is filled with new hatchlings. This means certain death for the birds, and the complete devastation of a unique and rare SoCal wetlands ecosystem.
As they try to raise awareness and legal funds, Save The Malibu Lagoon will hold a rally this Saturday, April 30th from noon until 4pm at the Malibu Lagoon parking lot, PCH at Cross Creek. Expect to see a who's who of surfers in attendance including my dear friend Victoria at this event.

Councilman Krekorian's office has several openings for interns interested in learning the intricacies of City Government. "Positions are open to those in the communications field for qualified candidates wishing to gain a greater understanding about L.A. politics while working in the fast-paced and exciting world of City Hall." reads the announcement. What the announcement doesn't say is that successful candidates will be working with the highly regarded and alley-obsessed CD2 communications director, Jeremy Oberstein.

As goes Wisconsin, so goes the Nation?-The signature gathering effort to recall the Wisconsin senators who supported the Scott Walker/Koch Bros union busting bill has now qualified 9 senators (6 Republicans and 3 Democrats) for a recall election.
 Meanwhile, the Republican effort to recall the Senate Democrats that fled the state in order to halt the passing of the bill is not doing so well;
On a level of failure that can only be described as "Jennerjahnian" in epicness, the deadline for submitting signatures for 2 Democrats targeted for recall passed today without a single signature being submitted.  How bad is it for Republicans in Wisconsin? They're now trading "Shots for Signatures".

If you think the LA air is dirty today... you whiny kids should have been here in 1948!
Nevertheless, and still disturbing as ever, LA once again has received the distinction of having the worst air in the nation.  Congratulations, we got a big F in all categories.

Liberals rejoice!  He's back, and he has an important announcement!!

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12 Comments:

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

George Soros/Al Gore manipulating the political system for their personal benefit is good. Anyone who is not spending millions to elect socially corrupt democrats bad.

I believe I have broken down the Joe B Campaign finance law.

Joe- there was and is some serious astroturfing in Wisconsin. OFA (Obama youth and brainwashed Obama folks) and the unions went to the mattresses and LOST. So you go and cry like babies having the 10% of the electorate, the libs that already voted against the republicans sign a recall initiative.
Election will come, cost the state millions, and Republicans will win.
Astroturfing doesn't work.

Joe B wants to see the govt give unions an upper hand in campaigns, and shut off the voice of corporations, because unions spend MILLIONS of the dues they collect buying votes, votes from Dems.

So Joe B believes in a corrupt process but only if it benefits him and his friends. Either everyone, every entity has the same rights and privileges or none of them do. That's fair.

I don't think unions should be in politics and I don't corps should be either. Get them both out.

Either you come down just as hard on the unions or you have no credibility on the issue.

April 27, 2011 6:54 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Also Joe, Obama and his clan have proven how corrupt they are by not only going back on his word not to issue executive statements, but by also using them to circumvent congress.

I am sure you agree with his plan to have corporations who are bidding on govt contract disclose their political contributions and that of their top employees, but excluding unions from the same rule.
Don't unions have govt contracts? Don't they represent govt employees?
So unions, their employees, and the employees they represent should be disclosing the contributions they make too.

But that wouldn't tip the scales in favor of unions so it's not a good move right?

April 27, 2011 6:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trojan2002, What unions spend is a drop in the bucket compared to what corporations ante up. And corporations are looking after their bottom line, unions are looking out for their workers. Big difference.

April 27, 2011 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unions bid on actual job contracts?
When did that start, oh condom boy?

April 27, 2011 12:05 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

12:05
Unions represent public employees as well. Where as corps bid on contracts (lowest price wins), unions fight for the most they can get.
Wouldn't be great to know who they contribute to, which organizations they contribute and how much?
Let's say there's a union that benefits from installing solar panels on govt buildings, it would be great to know if they are contributing to a Soros fund who is then buying votes to waste tax dollars right?

really unions spend pennies?
They spent over $300M in hard cast just in 2010 how much did corps spend? That doesn't even include donations from the execs, the phone calls, flyers and precinct walks, the fact that they organize their voters as if they are a political organization, where as corporations can't spend too much. Because UNLIKE unions corps have to answer to shareholders and a board of directors.

In any case, I am against BOTH. Read that BOTH. Block both or allow both. THAT'S FAIR.

Again, to Dems it's fair to let unions run wild and shut down the corps and executives of companies that go against your social platform.

Look into forrest labs.

April 27, 2011 12:42 PM  

Anonymous g said:

FOR THOUGHT'S OF YOU CONCERNED WITH RAISING GAS PRICES. RELIEF MAY BE ON THE WAY. NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ON PBS FEATURED A NEW WAY TO CREATE OIL BY FARMING IT. THAT'S RIGHT THEY CAN GROW OIL. IT'S BEING DONE IN NEW MEXICO WHERE THEY HAVE SALTY WATER THEY CAN'T GROW THINGS BUT IT'S IDEAL TO CREATE OIL FARMS. THIS PRODUCT USES NO CORN AND IS COMPLETELY GREEN. CHECK IT OUT AT THE PBS WEBSITE. YOU WON'T BE READING IT IN THE PAPERS.

April 27, 2011 1:20 PM  

Anonymous g said:

ANOTHER ONE, AFTER JAMIE OLIVER'S PETITION RECEIVED OVER 600,000 SIGNATURES AT ABC .COM., THE POWER OF PETITIONS. LA SUPERENTENDENT JOHN DEASY AND OLIVER BEGAN TALKING ABOUT HIM GETTING ACCESS TO LAUSD SCHOOLS LAST NIGHT ON JIMMY KIMMEL . FOR 5 YEARS JAMIE HAS FOUGHT THIS SAME FIGHT IN EUROPE AND BRITAIN. THIS FIGHT HAS BROUGHT EUROPE MAJOR CHANGE IN REGARDS TO FOOD AND NUTRITION IN THEIR SCHOOLS. THANKS TO FORMER SUPERINTENDENT CORTINES REFUSAL TO GIVE HIM ACCESS TO A LAUSD SCHOOL INCLUDING THREATENING HIM WITH ARREST THE WOMEN AT THE VIEW, JIMMY KIMMEL AND OVER 600,000 NEW FRIENDS JAMIE MAY BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO IMPROVE DIETS AT OUR SCHOOLS. TO SEE WHAT I MEAN WATCH JAMIE TUESDAY ON ABC-TV.

April 27, 2011 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Joe......Mass. Dems STRIP PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS of collective bargaining rights, for health care.....What say you???

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/04/27/house_votes_to_limit_bargaining_on_health_care/

April 27, 2011 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is G on crack?

April 27, 2011 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More than any other candidate in the SoCal political scene, Mike Gatto has championed the interests of the often dismissed Armenian community. In authoring historic legislation, delivering speeches, and various community outreach efforts, Mike Gatto has proven himself to be a proud representative of this unique community’s values and history.

April 27, 2011 5:53 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Sorry, but I don't respond to anyone that uses the phrase "what say you".

April 27, 2011 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice dodge Joe!

April 27, 2011 7:37 PM  

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