Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
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