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Monday, February 11, 2013

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

An "Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street" deconstruction on the Wendy "The Villar Greuel" 12,000 Police Scheme.
 The Villar Greuel's attempt to emulate Mayor Antonio Villar on LAPD staffing, gets a stinging indictment.
In private life and politics, John Shallman "numbers" have been a source of many questions.
Great Monday morning to all (unless you have bloggin stomach issues).

But what is a little stomach issue when compare to having your “Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Campaign”, become a fact-challenged pinata for the discerning scribes at the Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street” (aka Los Angeles Times)?

With no apologies to the lovely ladies at the “Valley Daily Moldy Green Sheet” and the “Valley Business Establishment Enablers” at V.I.C.A., the Old Gray Hag has regain a journalistic step of factually-based reporting, that has not been seen in a Los Angeles Mayoral Election in some time.

The “Private Citizen/ The Villar Greuel Political Consultant” John Shallman has predictably steered his “Villar Greuel” candidate from a resource-rich contender (at least before Shallman’s bills come due) into a looming political bust (think Chris Essel, Torie Osborn, Pat McOsker in recent times).

Today’s trifecta of stories ( by Jim Newton and regarding Jan Perry mailers attacking the Villar Greuel) in the Old Gray Hag, along with the especially the damning deconstruction of her 12,000 police officer proposal, is not a way to start a campaign week. Further, it is evident that the selling of the Wendy Greuel Brand to local media has been an outright failure (except for a certain Valley Daily Moldy Green Sheet). Whether this trend plays out at the polling place on Election Day, is a work of Shallman in progress.

** So much for the Mayor Antonio Villar’s new “radical middle political incarnation“, when the old progressive mechista still reigns in your sellout political soul, as evident by the City Terrace native support of the half-cent sales tax proposal.

**  Most interesting read is Sacramento Bee longtime state capital beat writer Dan Walters missive on the background behind the Assembly Speaker John Perez for Labor Secretary speculation. To think that LA County Labor Federation Leader Maria Elena Durazo has that much national clout, is well, most interesting to say the least.

** Our friend Downtown News Editor and Scribe of Wit Jon Regardie's latest “Regardie Report”, regales us on the latest campaign actions of the downtowncentric candidates as we excerpt below. Enjoy!

The Inside-Outside Game: Ana Cubas is making strides in the Ninth District council race, and the $126,000 she had raised by Jan. 19 puts her behind only LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara in the money tote board. She’s positioning herself as an immigrant success story (she’s a native of El Salvador), and in a Dec. 27 email to supporters wrote, “When I first started my campaign, I was told I couldn’t do it. I was too young, I was Latina and, despite my longstanding employment in public service, I was not considered an ‘insider.’” There are only about 9,000 things wrong with that claim, but the most egregious is the “insider” line. Before running, Cubas spent three years as chief of staff to Councilman José Huizar. She also did time as chief legislative analyst for then Council President Alex Padilla. How do you get more inside City Hall than that? Please, the line would make Pinocchio gag.

Your thoughts ……………
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

No surprise VICA endorses Wendy. She and Waldman go way back. He engineered this. VICA has effectively been taken over by the LACDP and aging SFV young Dems. Greuel's business experience consists of her father letting her clean the toilets at his hardware store and Bill Clinton hooking her up with a lobbyist job with Jeff Katzenberg. Hardly private sector experience.

February 11, 2013 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scott, I be bemused you did not catch this. Stellar journalism at the Times:

"Villaraigosa has not indicated which, if any, candidate he will endorse in the campaign to replace him. He is scheduled to leave office June 31 after completing the maximum two allowable terms."

Last I checked June only has 30 days.

February 11, 2013 11:21 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

I'm enlightened by your find. : )

February 11, 2013 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Joseph Pinto said:

Hey Scott,

I've got some intel for you...

Huizzy is playing both Valleys Politicos (Cardenas, Padilla, Fuentes, Nury) by supporting Wendy, but is supported Herb Wesson during redistricting...the play is that Fuentes will become Council President. Herb is scared, and is hoping Curren Price wins CD 9 to keep the balance of power.

Also, Huizzy is trying to mend fences with Garcetti just in case he wins. So he has sent his favorite staffer, Erick Martell to "play" with Garcetti's campaign, i.e., his role in making sure Garcetti gets the LACYD endorsement.

February 11, 2013 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Remember when Higby was supporting Wendy Gruel when she was trying to bring a Home Depot to Tujunga? Then he turned around on that and now he's turned around on Greuel. Figures.

February 11, 2013 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don` t remember,ever, a major newspaper to refer to a candidate`s center piece of his/her campaign as "ridiculed" WOW!!
Hasta la vista Wendy.

February 11, 2013 9:28 PM  

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