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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

The City Council has voted to create a five member panel who will be responsible for hiring the new Ratepayer Advocate who will be a watchdog over the DWP. To have any credibility the person hired must be independent of the usual union/developer/LA Chamber/VICA special interests. Why not activist and businessman Jack Humphreville? He doesn't stand to make a dime off anything the DWP does and few know more than Jack, the owner of a publishing company.

Of all the City Councilmembers, 2nd District member Paul Krekorian is the one community activists seem to count on most.  However Krekorian's proposed draft of Neighborhood Council reforms has at least a few bloggers and activists displeased.

California, pushed by "pro-business" groups such as VICA, is seeking to disrupt the incredible economic engine that is online commerce by imposing draconian sales taxes on in-state purchases even though California's online retailers don't have the impact on the state nor the services needs that brick and mortar retailers do but contribute economically just the same.  Even Bill Clinton knew it was smart not to tax the internet.  A coalition of small business owners is pushing Governor Brown to veto this legislation.

The social networking site Just Spotted is tracking the whereabouts of Controller and Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.  On Friday she was allegedly seen attending a meeting with Councilmember Jan Perry at a Miracle Mile office building.  We have no idea what that was about.  Some may call this stalking, others may call it transparency in government.  What say you?

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has found his popularity slide drastically as noted by a recent Field Poll.  Though 20% statewide still like the ex-Governator, his numbers are at only 10% here in Los Angeles County.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph Mailander has more comments than you today.

June 21, 2011 11:00 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Who cares?

June 21, 2011 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That fool Red Spot was at City Council today, and it's too bad that Higby won't let US denigrate the physical appearance of Red Spot, the way Higby let's him denigrate the appearance of others.

There would be plenty of material to work with. Just like Red Spot's stained shirt.

That aside, Eric Garcetti bitchslapped Scott for talking directly to someone in the audience instead of making general comments. The confused look on Red Spot's face was PRICELESS, as he walked away with time left on the clock.

Classic crybaby!

June 21, 2011 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was at Council today. Red Spot was not there.

June 21, 2011 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've never seen Red Spot, but I picture a middle-aged white guy with a massive beer belly, a dopey safari hat and a dead-serious look in his eye like he's up to some important business.

June 21, 2011 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today Phil came out as a dangerous enemy of freedom. If you are a gay man or woman who would like to marry your partner, Phil says you "cannot have marriage." "Not now, not ever."

He even used the ole' "some of my best friends are gay" line to defend his primitive phobias.

June 21, 2011 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's get some comments going on here!! Come on people!!!

June 21, 2011 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who ya gonna believe, 12:10 p.m. anon, or your OWN DAMN EYES.

Watch the replay, SCOTT JOHNSON, (aka REED SPIT), the RECODING SECERTERY of LA32 NC, self-identified at the microphone WAS at council. in jogging shorts and a wrinkled T-shirt (probably WAS stained).

He looked more HOMELESS than most of the other REPEAT wackos that hang out there weekly, and WAS warned by Gar-shady because he WAS trying to call someone on the other side out, publicly. Public comment is supposed to be addressed to the entire Council, not any one councilmember or the audience.

WAY TO rep-re-hense, Reed Spit!

June 21, 2011 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot made it out of City Hall without getting his ass kicked?

June 21, 2011 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcetti bitchslapping someone - that's an oxymoron.

June 21, 2011 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG. Did he say, "Hi everyone, I'm Scott Johnson, better known as Red Spot!" "Hi Mom!"

June 21, 2011 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gingrich's two top fundraisers quit today and his campaign is $1 million in the red. Gallup shows his popularily rating among the GOP contenders dropping. He's next to last just above some guy named Johnson. Wouldn't it have been great to have a presidental race that pitted Johnson against Weiner?

June 21, 2011 2:37 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Somebody needs to get a life or get in line for their next GR check.

June 21, 2011 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian and Humpreville couldn't be the DWP Advocate without giving up their jobs which aren't about to do.

June 21, 2011 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul for mayor.

June 21, 2011 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:10pm, you're a moron.

They called Red Spot by his real name. You obviously don't know what he looks like OR his real name.

June 21, 2011 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bizarro World!

Scott "Red Spot" Johnson, who has no life, tells anon commenters to "get a life."


June 21, 2011 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:10, were you asleep?

DUH! They didn't call "Red Spot," they called Scott Johnson.

So go look into the mirror and punch it because you're a FOO'!

June 21, 2011 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Except you forgot "sweaty" and "beefy" as appropriate Red Spot adjectives.

June 21, 2011 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

it's funny how reed spit knows what "GR" is. why am I not suprised?

June 21, 2011 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jack is the best they will get as advocate for the people. No one has been as dedicated fighting for the people. HE knows his stuff and won't allow the idiots on DWP to fake numbers and make excuses.The timing couldn't be better especially with the DWP wanting to increase rates now

June 22, 2011 6:52 AM  

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