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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday

He's back!
With July 1st, comes a new session for the Los Angeles City Council but the leadership of Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine remains intact, even though all three plan eventual runs for higher office; Mayor for Garcetti and Perry and City Controller for Zine.  That being said, Councilman Richard Alarcon was the sole vote for Herb Wesson as President Pro Tem of the Council.  Alarcon has an issue with Perry already being a declared for candidate for Mayor and continuing to serve in the leadership.

As the new session begins, some of our readers may find solace in the fact that Alarcon and Reyes only have two years left on the Council, you have four more years of Tom LaBonge, Tony Cardenas and  Bernard Parks though.
Mitch Englander kicked off his service on the City Council Friday, taking over for his ex-boss, Greig Smith.  LA's newest Councilman, Englander can serve the constituents of the 12th District for another 12 years.  Most expect he will run for something else well before that, though.

Despite being known as a parking meter trap, the City of West Hollywood has hiked parking tickets and other fees.  The move is expected to net the wealthy city an extra half mil per year. In January, KCET aired a report that referred to WeHo as a "gotcha gold mine."

To me, there is something quintessentially American about illegal fireworks. Obviously the City of LA does not think so.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Carmen "the clown" Trutanich has punked the LA City Council. Last year they stopped his plans to get his own Grand Jury, but always the slippery fox, Trutanich gets the last laugh and has sneaked Grand Jury subpoena powers into the ACE program. Perry and Parks are gonna be pissed!

July 05, 2011 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have much to be blessed for with our city council that puts the people of our great city ahead of the needs of the unions. Their leadership is a model for other city councils.

July 05, 2011 7:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, can it be... in two years Reyes goes from blithering idiot Councilman to just a plain old blithering idiot. Breaks my heart!

July 05, 2011 9:16 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I thought it was interesting that Reyes mentioned he would like to get into the leadership to expand his future career options.

July 05, 2011 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes was so inept as a candidate that Lloyd Montserrat's strategy was to throw him in the closet and to keep the door closed until the victory party. After a decade, it seems as if Ed never did make it out of that closet. What a wasted seat - and this after Mike Hernandez! And it takes only 5,000 votes to win this seat - I feel for CD1 residents.

July 05, 2011 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:30PM I thank you for having feeling sorry for us in CD1. It is true that it is a wasted seat. The district runs without a leader. It makes me think that we do not even need a city council or a mayor.

Only 2 more years of Ed Reyes and then he is termed out. Hopefully someone better, anyone would be better, will take his place.

July 05, 2011 9:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Before he tries to move into "Leadership" maybe Eddie Boy should try being a "leader". Someone who can actually make a decision without having a developer's hand up his ass. Someone who actually listens to his constituency and engages in dialog. Someone who has empathy and respect for an opinion other than his. Ed has been a disappointment and a curse on CD1. The sad part is what's next? Gil Cedillo (aka raccoon face)? Jose Gardea (aka Mr. Personality)? Ernie Sanchez (aka The Grandstander)? It is a sad commentary that this is what is spawned from CD1. We'll be screwed over for another 12 years.

July 06, 2011 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It only takes 5000 votes to win - Gil Cedillo will nver get over being the punching bag of L.A. politics, and his face shows it. Gardea is too scared and Sanchez couldn't organize his way out of a paper bag. A true Grass Roots candidate is on the way. But we must keep mum because Park Skelton, Reyes consultant, will tar and feather him or her before they collect their signatures. All with lies, of course, the Skelton way.

July 06, 2011 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe The people of CD 1 should mix it up a little, and pursue new Council boundaries through the redistricting process this year.

You might get better candidates for Council, if the Councilperson wasn't running simply on a Latino special interest platform. If you expanded the District into Downtown and ran somebody that was business friendly, you might have more influence on the Council.

"Downtown is No.1", has a nice ring to it.

The current district was drawn up by a bunch of criminals anyway...(Alatorre for Larry Gonzales)

July 06, 2011 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Not only criminals, but cokeheads as well - with ties to the Mayor's and Huizar's office. Some criminals still have some sense of honor, these two scumbags don't.

July 06, 2011 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Redistricting is here.

CD9 will give up about 9,000 constituents. CD14 will gain about 20,000 constituents.

Regardless of what happens, the boundaries are going to change.

Downtown LA has about 40,000 residents with an average household income of about $100,000. We need a Council District.

A new CD 1 including, but not limited to Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Eagle Rock could make a lot of sense. It would be a logical compact district of 250,000 people.

CD14 could be northeast of downtown. CD9 could be south.

Keep Alatorre out of the redistricting meetings! This could be an excellent opportunity to clean house!

July 06, 2011 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I would love to know more about Larry Gonzalez. Please feel free to share here, or I will create an email account so we can discuss in private.

He has damaged a lot of people and needs to be stopped.

July 06, 2011 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Larry Gonzalez is another one of those self proclaimed "Latino" leaders that never had the discipline to get a college degree - Polanco, Molina are some of the others. Larry couldn't cope with getting his ass kicked by Gloria Molina in the 1987 CD1 race and he fell into a pile of coke to forget his miseries. After failing to get elected to the LAUSD Board for a second term - right around the time of the multi-billion dollar bond era, he turned to his contacts to get the Fiesta Broadway gigs. If these city sponsored events are ever audited, you will find Richard Alatorre everywhere there is a dollar sign.

Larry, like Richard, are those good old boys from East L.A. politics of yesteryear that continue to believe that if they enrich themselves personally then the whole community must also be benefitting. They never did anything to advance the Latino community but they sure convinced a lot of people that they spoke on their behalf. And for this they got and continue to get paid handsomely.

July 06, 2011 11:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Larry Gonzales. Now there's a piece of work. Dumb as a door nail. Pretty boy haircut (back in the day). President of the School Board but spoke like a 6th grader. No doubt he was Alatorre's "boy" once that lowlife left office. King Richard thought his boy would keep his throne warm and do his dirty work for him.

July 07, 2011 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


That brings back memories. Sen. John Vasconcellos used to refer to Alatorre and Polanco as "dumb as the shit you step on." Larry is in the same category.

July 08, 2011 9:40 PM  

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