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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

 Legendary Computer Whiz Robert "Bud" Ovrom Gets Pinned by the Other Genius in Town

It's all fun and games until you send out an email blast by accident!  Building & Safety General Manager Robert "Bud" Ovrom thought he was sending a confidential memo to the Mayor regarding a FBI investigation into bribes paid to B&S inspectors. Instead, "Bud" managed to send the 9 page memo to hundreds of Building & Safety staff as well. This is probably a good sign that "Bud" is way in over his head in what promises to be a head rolling shake-out of a chronically mismanaged and incompetent city department.

There are few sounds more beautiful to a distressed activist's ears than hearing a City Council member utter the words "245 Motion". This rarely used but powerful tool allows the City Council to override a commission decision and put the matter before the Council for a vote. Wendy Greuel used the 245 motion to override the North Valley Area Planning Commission in the Home Depot battle in Sunland-Tujunga, and Paul Krekorian invoked the 245 on his first day in office for CD2 to stop a terrible project in the south part of the district. Yesterday, Councilman Jose Huizar stepped up to the plate and "245'd" a Parks and Recs Commission approval for the Autry Museum to expand it's Griffith Park exhibit at the expense of the Southwest Museum. Of note; As with most shady dealings in this City, the law firm of Latham & Watkins and/or their alumni is always close at hand!

 James Fayed, the wealthy gold trader found guilty of paying a ranch hand and a gang member to murder his wife in a Century City parking garage 3 years ago, has been sentenced to death. From the Ventura County Star; "James Fayed made this choice very clearly," Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson told jurors Monday. "What he decided to do was hire a hit man to stalk and attack and prey on his wife, and he ultimately paid this person to slit her throat and in so choosing, he left a family sisterless ... and left two beautiful daughters motherless.

The Malibu Lagoon is now safe from bulldozers for at least a year, and if common sense prevails, maybe forever. Congratulations to The Wetlands Defense Fund, Access for All and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network for a job well done!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

As a 61-year-old life-long Burbank resident, I have seen a lot. One thing is how dishonest & corrupt Bud Ovrom was as city manager. He got his job by lying. He claimed to have a master's degree in public administration from USC: an MPA. He did not and does not. On his Burbank city web page, it (for years) stated that Bud had an MPA. He did not and he did not correct the very public web site. When people would introduce him as having an MPA, he never corrected it. When a newspaper report indicated Bud had a USC MPA, he did not correct it. I brought this to the attention of a few high-ranking Burbank folks and they did nothing. That actually acted embarrassed for Bud. Well, now Bud does not claim to have an MPA. He says he finish the cousework for an MPA, whatever that means. Anybody care about what this says about's Bud's character? Any Burbank employee who told such a lie today, would be fired.

June 01, 2011 9:20 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Welcome back Joe.

I'm sure you enjoyed the holiday weekend with Obama... you know played golf.


Still lovem I bet.

June 01, 2011 9:20 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Running out of material, eh Trojan?

June 01, 2011 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha! Hilarious hotsheet Joe B!

June 01, 2011 10:36 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Joe the great thing about Obama is that there's an ENDLESS supply of material!

US Media just doesn't want to report it because they created him.

June 01, 2011 10:45 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Which must be why you chose the "shockingly scandalous" golf story to whine about today?

June 01, 2011 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great stuff Joe B.

One of the inspectors who has been suspended, Sam Inn is a drinking buddy of Herb Wesson's. He was always around his district office.

June 01, 2011 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For a history of the Autry/Southwest Museum controversy -- including documentation of HOW Autry got the Rec and Parks staff to sign off on a bogus Notice of Exemption from environmental review -- go to the City's website - Council File 11-0884


June 01, 2011 11:24 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

Joe I will always point out that Obama spends his weekends playing golf, holidays playing golf because it is the most blatant point of hypocrisy.

Libs denounced W for playing golf, speaking gaffes and to mention his policies... yet OBAMA does the same x10000000000000000 while you and all of the other Libs give him a pass.

He blows protocol with the Queen, and it's the queen's fault.
He can't speak without a teleprompter yet he is a great orator.
He's smart, well because he says so, while Kerry & Gore were smarter than W, until the college grades came out. Wonder why the MSM and libs don't push for Obama's grades?

Obama has admitted to doing cocaine... hey no big deal. W admitted to being an alcoholic and seeking help, but the libs still dogged him and claimed he was a drunk.

You see Joe... I am gearing up for 2012 I am going to be coming at you and all of the libs for your hypocrisy and distortions.

So call me a whiner all you want... you can call me names because you have NO facts to support you against claims of hypocrisy.

June 01, 2011 12:11 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

oh brother....you and Jennerjahn need to hook up.

June 01, 2011 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a picture! You are looking at 160 I.Q. points.


June 01, 2011 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

June 01, 2011 9:20 AM-

That is interesting. I guess that means I'm an MD because I read a lot of online medical reports.

By "accidentally" tipping his hat to those individuals possibly under investigation, he provided many the opportunity to cover their tracks. I understand he revealed details about the investigation. I hope it does not result in the disappearance and "quieting" of much needed evidence.

Many of us see building permits as annoying and unnecessary/costly bureaucracy. Quite often it is. However, many of these permits ensure the compliance to building codes that, if not adhered to, can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars. For instance, improper drainage and electrical installations could cost one their home.

I hope, if convictions result, the permit inspectors, contractors and developers are made known so homeowners can ensure they were not cheated. In addition, I hope these homeowners hold the city liable for any repairs and upgrading needed to ensure their homes are safe and sound.

June 01, 2011 10:32 PM  

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