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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bedtime Snack from your Uncle Sam

Happenings around the LA political world to chew on before you go to bed...just about every one of these stories constitutes billable work for Political Consultant/Private Citizen John Shallman.

Greg NOT Greig
City Attorney candidate Mike Feuer wants you to remember that opponent Greg Smith is not Greig Smith, former Councilman. So he has sent out a mailer. No matter. The only two names you'll need to know come the general election is Smith and Trutanich.

Clinging to her Mayoral campaign, Wendy Greuel, in a Bob Dole move, sends a piece to mailboxes accusing fellow candidates Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry of lying about her record. Next thing she'll be telling us she paid for the microphone.

Jan Perry puts out a mailer with Wendy Greuel's Republican voter registration. Wendy shoots back with a photo of the pixie at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It was probably shot right after this great moment for LA Democrats:

A big day in endorsements for Wendy Greuel. First, she got the nod from Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, best known for her "colorful" Christmas cards and alleged affairs with military officers turned lobbyists. Later in the day, Wendy was backed by the far more boring  Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles; the endorsement now raising significant concerns with tenant and affordable housing advocates.

Hey, Loretta!
Meet Dante Atkins. DailyKos blogger and Democratic Party activist who may be Wendy Greuel's worst nightmare. Atkins is a prolific Tweeter with fairly frequent posts at Twitter hitting hard on Greuel's misdeeds and missteps. Of note, Atkins catches that Wendy's new "Truth Squad" web pages is still claiming the millions of dollars Greuel says her office save the City, yet debunked by the LA Times, and the slimeball move by the Greuel campaign to release the past arrest record of a reporter who made public records requests of the Controller's office.

Familiar with the Hollywood Community Plan? Wendy Greuel was against it before she was for it, most likely the result of a come-to-Jesus sit down with Boss D'Arcy. Former City Planner and hero to low-density activists, Dick Platkin, writes at Ron Kaye why the Plan, based on completely inaccurate data about the expected growth of Los Angeles, is a really bad idea. If adopted citywide, it could lead to massive densification and perhaps high rises in bucolic places like Sunland-Tujunga, Studio City, Valley Village and elsewhere. But Wendy now LOVES it!

We alluded to Wendy's "Truth Squad" (snicker)...LOTS more on that in the coming days.

And finally, if you want a laugh in this election season (and we all need one about now), check out the Twitter page of @eric_garcetti. Nope, not that Eric Garcetti, but a fictionalized version of the District 13 Councilman turned Mayoral candidate who Tweets that "The #ecofriendly future #vegan in me wants 2 say "No" to #tacos de carnitas but the #Latino side of me keeps saying "Si! Si!"" and that "#teamgarcetti has harvested enough rainwater to irrigate every lawn in Studio City today!" This Eric Garcetti not only wants to be your next Mayor but "Your next best friend. Your next everything."

Sweet dreams!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you just give props to Dante Atkins?
This Dante:

But why is Dante pissed with Wendy?
Maybe it's because Greuel's campaign consultant is Lindsey Bubar. The Lindsey Bubar that was Betsy Butler's campaign manager. Betsy if you recall went up against Torie Osborne, and Dante was a consultant for Torie. Dante is still angry he couldn't get Torie elected, even after all of his moves to fix democratic club votes.
Dante is motor mouth hot head.
He thinks his scorched earth tactics are somehow great for the party, he should be frozen out.

But I guess when his Mommy is part of the DNC political machine, it's hard to separate him from the nipple.

February 22, 2013 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where this story?
IE of $2.7M on school board race, which is more than 3 times what the candidates have raised. What the hell is wrong with our election process?
One candidate has raised $40K but has IE of over $700K!
Special interest groups have been electing school board members and no one seems to care.
And then we have $5M so far in matching funds.
Why do tax payers have to fund campaigns?
Then again, I guess when special interest groups are throwing exorbitant amounts of money around we have to make the playing field fair in some way.

February 22, 2013 10:28 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

So this is what Wendy has you do, Trojan, ehh? Trash the messenger.

Just like you guys did with Randy Economy.

Who's next? Joseph Mailander for pointing out that Wendy failed to release DWP salaries in her "transparency" after the Bell scandal?

Perhaps you'd like to release some of the Fs I got in high school?

Wendy = Nixon!

February 22, 2013 12:10 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

I have to respectfully disagree with your observation that the only two names to remember in the City Attorney race are Carmen 'the Clown' Trutanich and Mike Feuer. If you don't like Feuer then a vote for Trutanich is a wasted vote - he is unelectable in a runoff with Feuer. Trutanich was famously rejected by voters in June 2012 when he ran for DA despite promising he would not do that. Voters may have short memories, but they are not that short. The LA Times got it right (for a change) when they published their op-ed on entitled "Carmen 'I am a liar' Trutanich," and the Daily News urged readers to vote 'A.B.C. Anyone But Carmen.' Neither publication will change their view of Trutanich in his desperate bid to hold on the the job he didn't want six months ago. Greg Smith is the only candidate with a chance to defeat Mike Feuer, and the smart votes are going his way.

February 22, 2013 10:54 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

We said the only two names to remember are Nuch and Smith. :)

February 23, 2013 12:52 AM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Sorry, Higby, i stand corrected. IMHO anyone voting for Trutanich is really voting against Feuer. That's a mistake because in a runoff, Trutanich is toast - it will be a Feuer walkover. A Smith vs. Feuer runoff is a very different dynamic. That's why Feuer is going negative in his mail and radio against Smith.

February 23, 2013 3:10 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

You guys are both cuckoo in the head. Nuch is going to win. He only blew the DA race because he made mistakes. He refused to show up for a bunch of forums and events, and he let Jackie Lacey buy up all the slots on the bulk slate mailers.

And he STILL only missed the runoff by 1% of the vote. If he doesn't make those tactical errors, he is most likely DA Carmen Trutanich.

Sure, Nuch might be unpopular with some people...(the weed people for sure) ..but you are not going to beat him with a wet paper bag.

Mike Feuer sucks. He couldn't beat that lowlife Rocky Delgadillo. This Greg Smith guy is a little too unknown. Sure... Nuch has taken some lumps and had a few items of bad press....but people know who he is.

Feuer is just another Democratic degenerate who doesn't want to get a real job. He longs for the government tit. He's worthless.

February 23, 2013 10:28 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

Phil saying "[Fill in the blank] is going to win" is the kiss of death to that campaign.

Nuch is toast, and y'all know it.

mith is the only candidate who can challenge Feuer, and that's why people who want a real City Attorney and not a pathalogical liar or a career politician, will vote for Smith.

February 24, 2013 11:55 AM  

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