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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

California Assembly Speaker and primo to Mayor Villaraigosa, John Perez, has admitted he is gay but, according to California Watch, he allegedly didn't admit that he hadn't graduated from UC Berkeley even though that was part of his official bio for years.

Sarah Palin isn't saying yet if she is running for President in 2012, but she just bought a house in Scottsdale, Arizona.  In the meantime the LA Times notes fewer women running for office. Given the sexist attacks on Palin in 2008 - many by other so called "feminist" women - one wonders why any woman would run these day.
The recession put on hold a massive transit oriented development in NoHo at the Metro Red Line terminus. The billion dollar NoHo Art Wave - featuring scores of residential, office and commercial space - may be back on as financing appears more likely.

The LA Can't Drive Blog has a good one: a tailgater tailgating a tailgater.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you are posting the John Perez story SIX DAYS after the Times posted it.


What is the deal with your blog?

There's no adult supervision for Red Spot, who is clearly in need of some.

You don't have to read Joe B's posts in order to know what his conclusions will be.

And you're posting six day old stories from the Times.

Maybe it's time for you to once again shut down the blog. Except this time, maybe you'll be better off not coming back.

Six days, dude. You're SIX DAYS behind the LA Times. Think about that. What's the point in having a blog if you're doing that?

It's obvious you hate being a blogger anymore.

May 24, 2011 4:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My point exactly 4:45am.

May 24, 2011 6:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Joe B, Benjamin Netanyahu is SCHOOLING OBAMA on Capitol Hill today.

Ha ha ha
Good one!

May 24, 2011 8:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, is your reader drinking again?

May 24, 2011 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see:

John Perez didn't graduate but said that he did;

Antonio changed his name to include his wife's but then never stopped cheating on her;

Mary Lou Villar went from workers comp commissioner to being appointed by Ahhnold to Superior Court Judge;

You guys see the trend here on this family?

May 24, 2011 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With Trump apparently not running, Obama must sit up nights hoping that his opponent will be Palin.

She's toast. According to the Washington Post/ABC polling, and I'm sure everyone else's polls, the only area where her numbers are increasing are in the "strongly unfavorable" category.

She's up to 17% among Republicans, and 28% among GOP-leaning independents.

In Iowa, her strongly unfav numbers have gone from 5% to 10% among GOPers. In New Hampshire, it's worse having gone from 33% to 50%. Face-to-face in Arizona Obama beats her 49-41%.

Her books aren't selling, and people are realizing that there is no substance behind her. She has no solutions and continues to display her ignorance about anything important.

She ran from the governor's job when the job got difficult, and now she may be running from the state itself.

May 24, 2011 10:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Given the sexist attacks on Palin in 2008 - many by other so called "feminist" women - one wonders why any woman would run these day."

Higby, this comment is a bit disappointing, coming from you.
I usually agree with your opinions and reflections. But, really, where was your mind when you wrote this?

May 25, 2011 1:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:38pm = Joe B., while preparing for Wednesday Hot Sheet.

May 25, 2011 4:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What sexists attacks are you talking about by "feminists"?

Are you talking about Couric? Tina Fey? Cher?

Since when is attacking a women's lack of intelligence a sexist attack? And it seems that those tall all books by former staffers are confirming what all these "feminists" were alluding to abouit Palin, that she is a shallow, dimwitted, money grubbing whore.

God I hope she wins the Rep nomination - but she'll just settle for the AZ Senate seat in a safe, racist state.

May 25, 2011 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Palin was never subjected to any racist attacks. She was criticized for being incredible stupid. Clearly she was unprepared for the VP campaign, and probably wasn't smart enough to be prepared under any circumstances.

May 25, 2011 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:03 AM - Ask Higby, not me.

May 25, 2011 8:40 PM  

Anonymous Don Quixota said:

"Given the sexist attacks on Palin in 2008 - many by other so called "feminist" women - one wonders why any woman would run these day."


Is being called a bimbo, when you are a bimbo considered a sexist attack ??

May 26, 2011 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My issue with Michael's speculation on "feminists" attacking Palin and, possibly, discouraging any woman to run is it's shallow and ignorant. It would be sexist for a woman and/or feminist to blindly support a candidate just because she's a woman--even if they would like to see more women in office. In essence, it would not further a feminist cause.

Does this mean that any man attacking any male candidate's lifestyle or political platform should discourage men to run for office? And, because Palin is a woman, she should be blindly supported by all feminists and women, regardless of her qualifications (or lack thereof) and campaign platform? Does any woman who believes in all or some of the "feminist" platform qualify them as a feminist? Or, does the mere desire to see women in office make them a feminist?

The fact that many women cringed at the idea of Palin in office - even those who would have supported McCain had he picked a more qualified woman or man - should only be testimony that those women considered what that candidate represented, regardless of gender. Her ethics, intelligence and political beliefs were what they considered. His move to select a women VP contender could have been good, had it been the right woman. Palin was just not that person.

Deep down, I feel Michael knows this and, possibly, just stepped out of the wrong side of bed that day.

For the record-I didn't like either candidate.

May 26, 2011 11:16 PM  

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