Thursday, October 30, 2014
A Huizzy Flip Flop on Beer and Wine Gardens at Community (that HE sponsers) Events?
The latest Wasteful (to the taxpayers), Frivolous, Litigious Rantings from the "El Sereno Delusional (whoops Historical) Society"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday
Maria Elena Durazo to Step Down as Leader of the LA County Labor Federation
Mayor Sam Exclusive, Part 2: Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia turns her back on Latina Water Board Candidate Elba Romo for "Not Paying the Right Price (allegedly)".
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mayor Sam Exclusive: The Political Hypocrisy of Southeast LA County Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia ............
Monday, October 27, 2014
Noontime Caption This Contest .............
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Campaign Scene for Monday
Labels: 2014 26th State Senate Campaign, 2014 33th Congressional District Campaign, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, betty pleasant, Central basin Water District, Elan Carr, LA-32 Neighborhood Council, ted lieu
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Mayor Sam Exclusive: Councilman Cedillo gives Convicted Felon Larry "Nativo" Lopez's Organization $10,000 from his CD 1 Officeholder Account
Friday, October 24, 2014
Mayor Sam on the Air!
Saturday night, October 25th at 10 p.m. PDT, I'll be part of the guest panel with Mark Isler on the Mark Isler Show on AM 870 The Answer. Listen live in LA on AM870 (yes I will be heard on an actual radio!) or via the TuneIn or iHeartRadio apps!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
New Request for Judicial Notice submitted in 2012 City of Los Angeles Redistricting Lawsuit
Cypress Park Neighborhood Council votes to request Meeting with CD 1 City Clowncilman "Broken Deal Cedillo"
A Confirm, Mass Sighting of LAPD "Black and White, Motorize Poltergeists (Ghost Cars)" in CD 14?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Happy 10th Birthday to Us
It was a Thursday evening, October 21st, 2004 when I saw with my Dell Inspiron at the Starbucks at Coldwater and Victory in North Hollywood reading about the demise of The Fourth Floor, the original anony-blog covering City Hall intrigue. The blog runner had decided to shut down because there was intense pressure coming from a few City Council offices to "out" the blogger. I eventually came to know the identity of the Fourth Floor blogger, but not sure if they ever outed themselves, so I won't do it here.
Suffice to say I was pretty disturbed that the forces that be would attempt to shut down such an informative and delicious site that I figured the only thing I could do was try my own blog. Not being a City Hall insider and only possessing an avocational knowledge of local politics, it was a tad bit of hubris on my part to think it could work; but I was in good company - at least three four other blogs emerged from the ashes of the Fourth Floor; sadly none of them lasted more than a few weeks.
What happened next was beyond my biggest expectations. People started reading the blog. Insiders started sending stories. Other writers, journalists and bloggers provided information and technical support. Some joined up as writers. The blog took off. I was soon regularly appearing on talkradio programs, being interviewed by publications, frequently used as a source by the likes of the Daily News, the LA Times, LA Weekly, KCAL 9, KABC Radio, KFI Radio, KRLA Radio and so many others. We were chosen as the website of the month by Los Angeles Magazine. And, we even made the likes of CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer when we reported that then Councilwoman Janice Hahn had used her city vehicle to illegally park in a handicapped spot.
Then there was that day where we got the biggest to date and since spike in readership - when we revealed the name of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's alleged girlfriend. You know who the lady was; given that she has moved on and has a new life, perhaps we don't need to repeat her name.
Along the way, I met many people, made many friends, even found what I thought at the time was THE love of my life; all of which changed my life in so many profound ways. There jammings, alliances and re-alliances, fights, battles, law suit threats, a protracted battle with a State Assemblyman, battles with fellow staff members and so much more.
In recent times, I have not been able to be as involved with Mayor Sam as much as I was or would like to be. I've had probably as many unrealized dreams for the site as unexpected blessings coming true. I hope at some point life situations allow me to be more involved and truly bring the site to what I think it's full potential could be.
But we made it - ten years. Wow. Not many endeavors last that long.
Mayor Sam has many fathers/mothers and tenders, but were it not for Scott Johnson, we would not have survived. His dedication and tenacity, even when's pissing off the majority of readers, has kept this site alive and vital. I can not recount how much I owe Scott for his major contribution.
I had hoped to do more for the tenth anniversary, perhaps a big celebration, maybe, a special podcast or radio show, a tour of talk radio programs, interviews in other blogs and publications and a whole series of articles about the last ten years (but you can read such a thing if you buy Joseph Mailander's book!). I just did not have the time for that. As it is, I am writing this during a rushed lunch break. Perhaps in the near future, we can celebrate belatedly. But the biggest thing I think we can do to celebrate is to just keep working and getting the word out there. Given the state of Los Angeles these days, we need MayorSam now more than ever. So let's keep it going.
Finally, I want to thank a boatload of people. This is in no particular order and some of these folks I am not even friendly with these days. But they had a contribution of some sort of another. Hopefully, I have not forgotten anyone, but I am sure I probably have:
Rita of Sunland AKA Wally Wharton
Patrick Range McDonald
Councilman Bernard Parks
Bernard Parks, Jr.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The "Connected Non-Profit" Tammy Membreno's Barrio Action Youth and Family Center hosts "Explicit Master Artist" Andrew Cervantes
Friday, October 17, 2014
Mayor Sam Exclusive: Blogger Prohibited from Emailing "Disempowerment LA" Staff
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Morning Briefs of the Los Angeles Political Machine for Hump Day
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
A Night of Celebration with new State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon can be Costly
Monday, October 13, 2014
Guy Weddington McCreary, North Hollywood Activist/Scion, Passes at 77
Guy was the venerable patriarch of the historic Weddington family, who owned and developed much of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Studio City. Guy's family came to present day North Hollywood in 1886. In 1892 Wilson Weddington, Guy's Great Grandfather, was appointed the first Postmaster of the town of Toluca. He was also Constable of that same community.
Original Farm, Was North Hollywood Business District
North Hollywood Park Created
During the 1920's the family helped create and dedicate North Hollywood Park, and in later years Weddington Park on land previously farmed by the family. In 1895 the family sold The Southern Pacific land for a train depot (which remains today), and beginning in 1897 the family operated the Bonner Packing Company, which produced and shipped San Fernando Valley fruit across the Nation and around the world.
Pacific Red Car Comes to Valley
By 1907 Bonner Packing was the largest employer in the area with more than 250 employees. In 1910 the Weddington Investment Company was formed and, in partnership with Harry Chandler, Moses Sherman and H J Whitley, they were successful in bringing the Pacific Electric Red Car to the Valley. In the 1950's the family lead the fight to build the 101 freeway through the Cahuenga Pass and later, under Guy's leadership, they would fight to bring the MTA Red Line subway to the Valley. In the 1970's, as North Hollywood was in decline, Guy McCreary lead the fight to bring redevelopment to the community his family had built. Guy helped envision and bring about what is today the thriving "NoHo" community.
Guy was a graduate of North Hollywood High School, Whittier College and he earned a post-graduate degree in Government from the Claremont Colleges. He served as President of the Weddington Investment Companies from 1984 to his death. Among his many accomplishments, he served as a Commissioner on the L A County Commission for Public Social Services and he was Executive Director of the Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County. Guy's commitment to the community was demonstrated through his leadership and activities with the North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycee's, Toluca Little League, the Kiwanis Club of North Hollywood, the Key Club and his beloved Campo de Cahuenga; the birthplace of California. Guy was an accomplished historian and in 1974 his highly-acclaimed history of the Mexican revolution "From Glory to Oblivion" was published.