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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Memorial Day Weekend getaway from the ravages of the Obama Economy
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Councilman Huizar and Reyes take action regarding illegal Rec. and Parks Commission vote on Autry National Center expansion
Friday, May 27, 2011
Team Villar's Education Machine takes major hit in LAUSD District Five Election defeat
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Urgent message from Friends of Southwest Museum on "illegal secret expansion plans" for Autry National Center at Griffith Park
** Afternoon Update: The Griffith Park Wayist has a excellent post with background documentation, on the illegal actions of the Recreation and Parks Commission.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Meet Parolee Giovanni Ramirez, one of many examples of California's Parole System mistakes
Thursday Morning Update: LAPD at ease with last night's line up results.
Councilman Zine one ups Controller Greuel on LADOT Gold Card Scandal
Considering that the former motor cop turned councilperson will be termed out of his current employment in two years, the timing of Zine's latest endeavor on the behalf of Angelinos cannot be outright dismissed as a publicity stunt for his presumed City Controller run in 2013.
Current Controller Wendy Greuel who's audit of delinquent parking tickets exposed the Department of Transportation's Gold Card Parking Ticket Fixing Program, open up a can of worms in her haste to score cheap political points. Mayor Antonio Villar was none too quick in exhibiting his inner-vindictive persona by lashing back at Greuel for being part of the council that voted the Gold Card Program into existence. Just last evening, Greuel had to admit to KCAL Channel 9's Dave Bryan that her former council staffers knew of the program, while feigning denial of it
Then comes along the "Controller Wannabe" who somehow conjures up the idea of asking DOT to within one month, to report back with the specifics on each of the tickets fixed under the auspices of the Gold Card Program. One can imagine that Zine is none too popular with most of his fellow council members, controller and mayor for this edit.And lets not forget that Zine's current Chief of Staff is none other than former Mayor Villar Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman, who surely remembers those that may of have sought "favors" via his former third floor office.
Meanwhile, Greuel is left to wallow in shallow depths of her cynical attempt to gloss her past knowledge of the perks of elective powers.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday
|Bryan Stow with his children|
"Democrat in all-Republican district has just won the Buffalo-area seat for Congress. Every Repub member of Congress just upchucked."~Michael Moore tweet
There has been a stunning upset in the NY congressional district 26, a Republican stronghold where Democrat Kathy Hochul has defeated Republican Jane Corwin in a special election. Hochul ran on a platform that railed against the GOP plans to gut Medicare, and it certainly paid off big yesterday.
Even more backlash against the GOP, after House Majority leader Eric Cantor refuses to allow aid to tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, unless it is tied to spending cuts in other programs. Unbelievable.
The LAFD is owed almost $248 million, mostly in unpaid ambulance fees, and DOT is owed $213 million in unpaid traffic tickets. Those figures, along with other debt owed to the City was enough for the City Council to create the position of "Collection Czar" on Tuesday.
The family of Dodger Stadium beating victim, Bryan Stow, have filed suit against Dodger's owner Frank McCourt over the horrific violence that has left Bryan in a medically induced coma. The suit alleges that Frank's mismanagement of the Dodgers led directly to the attack against Bryan;
"Despite being the home-opener against the rival Giants, no security was present in the parking lot or by the areas where taxis were waiting. Moreover, the parking lot had inadequate lighting. The lack of security and inadequate lighting presented a perfect opportunity to commit a variety of crimes."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ethics? We need no stinking ethics at 200 Spring Street
Monday, May 23, 2011
Creator of LeftTarded.com and RightTarded.com Assemblyman Mike Gatto does photo op with mentally disabled students
"Pocho Puffs" from the Office of Councilman Jose Huizar
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Blogger Paul Hatfield reports that next week the Los Angeles City Council may axe funding for the City's system of advisory Neighborhood Councils.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Mayor Villar and LAPD Chief Beck to hold 4PM Presser on arrests in Bryan Stow Beating ** Update: KFI reporting possible Boyle Heights connection in case
Within the last hour, speculation on the suspects is rampant in regards to parole status and gang affiliation.
We will update as the facts are separated from speculation.
Post Presser Update: KFI's Eric Leonard reports this exclusive."About two weeks after the incident detectives caught what they hoped was the first big break in the case -- when someone working at a dry cleaner in Boyle Heights reported someone had dropped-off a bloody Dodgers jersey for cleaning.
LAPD sources told KFI NEWS the jersey was immediately tested for the presence of DNA evidence.
It's not clear if that effort played a role in this morning's arrest.
LADOT Gold Card access for Councilman Huizar's supporters?
Friday, May 20, 2011
|Spruce Up Your Dog Park!|
Radio talk show host Tom Leykis has offered up a $50,000 contribution to the reward to find the attackers of John Stow who was beaten by thugs in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following the Dodgers-Giants home opener. Apparently city officials do not want Mr. Leykis contributions with representatives from Councilman Ed Reyes' office belligerently insisting Mr. Leykis as a private individual can not join the Dodgers and other private organizations in making the contributions.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday-Special Land Use Edition
|Kids, always remember; mixing Big Rigs and Open Space is a guaranteed recipe for a lawsuit!|
Councilman Krekorian is scoring major points with the Foothills area of CD2 in recent days. First he was able to get unanimous approval by the City Council to allocate $250,000 of AB1290 funds to refurbish the McGroarty Arts Center in Tujunga. Later today, he will address the Prop O Citizens Oversight Advisory Committee with regards to the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Proposition O, which was passed by City of Los Angeles voters in 2004, is designed to fund water projects that protect water quality, clean up pollution in the city's waterways, beaches and the ocean, and to help the city meet requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act.
If he is able to obtain funding to purchase the site, the VHGC could remain the beloved golf course and beautiful open space that it currently is, while at the same time serving as a natural aquifer recharge facility. The VHGC is currently slated to be demolished and replaced with 229 town homes. That proposal to demolish the VHGC and build dense housing has been fought against by just about every group and resident in the surrounding communities for over 5 years.
The LA City Council has approved a 25 year lease in Little Tokyo for the construction of a 38,000 sq ft sports complex to be named the "Budokan". With 4 basketball courts, a rooftop track and martial arts facilities, the Budokan will fulfill a decades long effort by Little Tokyo to bring a first class sports facility to the area.
In case you haven't heard, Councilman Richard Alarcon's effort to transform designated Open Space at the former Lopez Canyon landfill into a truck driving school has ran up against a Superior Court judge who has zero tolerance for a City Attorney and a Zoning Administrator that put politics and job security over the requirements of CEQA.
An absolutely fascinating report entitled "Portrait of California" has just been released by the American Human Development Project. This report examines the human condition in California's metro areas utilizing something called the Human Development Index, a composite measure of health, education, and standard of living. Spoiler Alert: Riverside-San Bernardino; you suck!
At post time:
Bennett Kayser 50.97%
Luis Sanchez 49.03%
Lydia Gutierrez 48.69%
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
City Council Vote Unanimous to Fund McGroarty
Who conspired to pressure the Los Angeles Times from not publishing teacher ratings? According to Witness LA, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, School Board President Monica Garcia and, curiously, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce exec Gary Toebben.
Governor Jerry Brown has a plan to help California's budget woes. Raise taxes!
The City of Los Angeles wants to spend more money marketing LA to potential tourists. How do they plan to pay for it? By raising taxes on tourists who come to visit.
Monday, May 16, 2011
According to Google, the Mike Gatto Is A Sweet Dude Blog may be an unsafe site as it uses content from a site known to distribute malware. Google gives more details here. Who knows what kind of gadgets, funky code, etc. those folks may have installed over there to keep an eye on you.
Indeed, something is not right here.
Illustration by Kyle T. Webster / LA Weekly
For the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, food spraying San Gabriel School Board Member Scott Svonkin wants to get on the panel that controls millions of your tax dollars going towards campus construction. The LA Weekly documented many of Svonkin's issues while serving in his current role. Svonkin is friends with the big developers who line up with politicians to ruin LA and is most notably the guy, while shilling for Home Depot, who called the good folks of Sunland-Tujunga racists.
On the other hand, Svonkin's opponent, Lydia Gutierrez is a former teacher and aerospace administrator, who hails from South Central, and would be an awesome addition to the panel. Lydia surprised many as a grassroots, community candidate who managed to make the runoff.
In the race for LAUSD School Board Seat 5, pick your poison. The UTLA backed Bennett Kayser or the Villaraigosa-Huizar-Garcia backed Luis Sanchez.
Lopez Canyon Open Space Saved?
|This is Shinola.|
Richard Alarcon got his ass severely kicked at Superior Court today!
A Judge has made a tentative ruling that the City of Los Angeles doesn't know CEQA from Shinola and Lopez Canyon Open Space may not become Richard Alarcon's Truck Driving School after all!
Griffith Park Wayist has the story.
|This is CEQA.|
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Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A Gift to Sunland-Tujunga
McGroarty Arts Center is a beloved and treasured institution that serves as the art/cultural hub for Sunland-Tujunga and the surrounding Foothill communities. It's also a building in desperate need of major repairs and upgrades.
On Monday, Councilman Krekorian paid a visit to McGroarty and met with Claire Knowlton, the director of the center. Watch the video to see the Councilman completely catch Ms Knowlton off guard with his surprise announcement;
LOS ANGELES – Councilmember Paul Krekorian on Tuesday introduced a motion that allows the city to invest $250,000 of non-General Fund money in McGroarty Arts Center, the largest such investment ever made by the city to the Tujunga-based cultural landmark. Housed in a 90-year-old building, McGroarty serves 7,000 people each year. But its aging infrastructure has led to power outages and a host of problems that have disrupted activities and annually cost the city thousands of dollars to fix.
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday
Oh this is going to be great! Weinstein Company is going to take on Scientology in a new movie scheduled to begin principal photography in June. Phillip Seymour Hoffman will play L. Ron Hubbard, the hack science fiction writer turned creator of the world's most expensive religion. The film reportedly follows Hubbard's return from serving in the Navy in WW2 and through the creation of the religion in 1952. Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Boogie Nights," "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood") penned the script.
Frontiers Magazine publishes a complete fluff piece on LACCD candidate Scott Svonkin and doesn't bother to fact check the story in the slightest. The piece is so badly reported that the LA Weekly does something that they rarely do; they respond to Frontier Magazine and call them out for their sloppy journalism.
The U.S. Navy really lives up to their slogan as a "Global Force for Good" by authorizing Navy chaplains to begin performing same sex marriages on military bases that lie in states that recognize these unions.
And in California, SB117 has passed in the State Senate, mostly down a party line.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, a San Diego Democrat. Under SB117, "State agencies would be prohibited from contracting with businesses that do not provide equal benefits to their employees' same-sex spouses or domestic partners".The bill now goes to the Assembly.
Rut-Roh Republicans! The Democrats are reintroducing the DREAM Act bill today, and the timing could not be better.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Friday, May 06, 2011
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Toxic "MEAT" Trujillo gets new gig
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The work of Councilman Huizar's "Image Consultant" Ed Headington?
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday
President Obama will visit, but won't speak at Ground Zero today; He plans to just lay a wreath. White House says "the power of that requires no words". George "I could really care less about finding Osama" Bush was invited to attend today's ceremony, but declined to participate.
California Redevelopment Agencies are trying to re-brand themselves in a desperate attempt to stay alive after Gov Brown has called for their termination. First order of business, the heartstrings maneuver; promise more money for school kids!
I had the privilege of spending a good portion of yesterday working with several City & County agencies to clean out numerous homeless camps in the Tujunga Wash. Thanks to the efforts of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH) we were able to secure alternative housing for 6 individuals. My personal thanks to LAPD Senior Lead Officer Larry Martinez for overseeing and coordinating this effort, with assistance from Senior Lead Officer Rich Wall, and to Councilman Paul Krekorian and his, as always, amazing staff. In this case, CD2 staffers Jackie Keene and Heather O'Conner, for their instrumental efforts in making this project happen. Big thanks to DWP Police, General Services Police, Dept of Mental Health Services, People in Progress, Street Services, and Dept of Sanitation. Wow, great work everyone, thank you so much!
You can read my take on this huge undertaking (so huge, we have to come back in 2 weeks to finish it) and check out some photos from today, over at The Foothills Forum.
KCET has released a comprehensive and fascinating Field Guide to the Los Angeles River. A must read for all LA River aficionados.
It just gets weirder by the day: Tour guide, birthday party clown, homophobe, eternal last place candidate, and a guy that doesn't have a clue about oil supplies or pricing, Phil Jennerjahn, has a new passion; STALKING Paris Hilton.
We salute and say goodbye to Claude Stanley Choules, the last known combat veteran of WW1, who passed away today in Perth, Australia at the age of 110. He was quite a guy!
This just in; France legalizes absinthe. Don't tell you know who!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Here's yet another reason to stand up for public employee unions: two LA traffic officers have been creating porn films while on the job. And KNBC is reporting City officials failed to discipline the duo.
Film and television executives who shoot outside LA are finding these productions are often more positive than those locally. The Midwest work ethic of residents in places like Chicago and Pittsburgh was noted by one producer.
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Monday, May 02, 2011
Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday
Between June 2008 and July 2009, then-Villaraigosa Deputy Chief of Staff Jimmy Blackman scheduled at least five meetings with Hugh, including two dinners, according to his appointment calendar. Blackman is now chief of staff to Councilman Dennis Zine.
Could this be one of many stories in the months ahead that cause painful flashbacks for Jimmy Blackman?
** Speaking of flashbacks, Belmont Learning Center comes to mind with David Zahniser's report on Los Angeles Unified School District's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over solvents and other chemicals seeping into its property on San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. this is the same property that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign financier Richard Meruelo, made bank on to the tune of $50 Million dollars.
** For those who thought that the LA Times Maeve Reston's slight of KRLA Talk Show Host and 2013 Mayoral Candidate Kevin James was no accident, Op-ed Scribe Jim Newton states the obvious LA Times mindset in his latest sit down piece on ......., Kevin James. "We met last week in part because he and his political consultant were frosted by a column I wrote recently laying out the major candidates in the race without mentioning James. That was no accident; James falls well below the threshold to be taken as seriously as his better-known rivals. Even those who have never held elected office — Beutner and developer Rick Caruso — have significant experience working with the city, Beutner as an aide to Mayor Villaraigosa, Caruso as a police commissioner and a member of the Coliseum Commission, among other things".
In the mind of Newton, "Mini-Riordan II" Beutner's recent work for Mayor Villar puts him on par with the likes of longtime civic leaders Rick Caruso and Kevin James, is laughable.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Want another way to boot more commerce out of the state? Enact a tax on online purchases. It's even easier for a virtual business to leave the state than brick and mortar.
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Sunday, May 01, 2011
The Body of Osama bin Laden?
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Could also have to do with strike on Khadaffi. Stand by.
Mere hundreds turn out for Amnesty/May Day Rally in Downtown LA
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