Sunday, December 28, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Peggy Stevenson, 90
Stevenson represented the Hollywood area and assumed the Council seat in 1975 when her husband, longtime Councilman Robert Stevenson passed away. She was later defeated by Mike Woo, who held the seat for several years.
According to her son, Stevenson passed away in October, but her death was not announced until today.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
2014 Predictions Recap
Mayor Eric Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, will continue to earn electability chops in Jose Huizar's Council District, much to the chagrin of the incumbent and his supporters. Following her appearance in the Boyle Heights Christmas Parade - which included distributions from an 18 wheeler filled with toys and goodies - Guerrero will stage a special production of Ana Lloyd Weber's "Evita" where she will give a stunning performance of "Don't Cry for Me CD Catorce," at the bandstand at Olvera Street, followed up by Target gift cards raining from the sky.
Guerrero opted out of the CD14 race, only to be followed by East LA political heavyweight, Gloria Molina, fresh off the LA County Supes as the "Great Boo Boo Hope" to unseat scalwag incumbent, Jose "Charro" Huizar. However, reports say Guerrero did do some twerking at the Jay-Z "Made in America" concert at Grand Park.
Much to the chagrin of Blogger Scott Johnson and the community around the Arroyo Seco, the former site of the Southwest Museum will be rededicated as "Villaraigosa University," with a special degree program in broadcast journalism taught by the ex-Mayor.
Following a special election in the summer of 2014, LA Fire Commissioner and former teacher Jimmie Woods-Gray will pull out a surprise win in the race to replace the late Marguerite LaMotte. Woods-Gray's victory, will deal a severe blow to LA's charter school movement.
Blogger/Writer Joseph Mailander will sign a deal for the movie version of his non-fiction book "Days Change at Night: LA's Decade of Decline." Esai Morales will be signed to play Mayor Villaraigosa and the film will feature a cameo by Randy Quaid as blogger Scott "Red Spot" Johnson.
The storied Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, which spent it's salad days with wins such as blocking a controversial Home Depot store, but in recent years has found itself the subject of questions on finances and it's policies on the homeless issue, will find it's incumbent members facing an electoral challenge in the spring from a coalition assembled by controversial local newspaper publisher David "Doc" DeMulle. The uprising will fail when all realize that Joseph Mailander was right when he said that the community is "18 people arguing with 17 people over 14 microphones and 60,000 that don't care." (Turns out the finals of Dancing With the Stars featuring Chaz Bono and Kim Kardashian is on TV the same night as the elections.)
Former City Controller and failed Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel will jump into the race to succeed termed out LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Once again Greuel will use "Political Consultant/Private Citizen" John Shallman to helm her campaign and once again will lose, this time to former State Senator Sheila James Kuehl, "The Child Star Formerly Referred to as Zelda."
California Republican candidates for the State Assembly will pick up some unexpected wins in various races around the state, it won't be enough to assume control of the lower chamber, but it will take away the Democrats current veto-proof majority, leading to several deals between Republican legislators and Governor Jerry Brown, who will be by the way, re-elected handily.
Former radio talk show host and Mayoral candidate and current President of the Board of Public Works, Kevin James, will announce he is leaving the Republican party and register as "Decline to State." James will then announce his candidacy for the Council District 4 seat being vacated by Tom LaBonge.
County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will announce that he has brokered a deal for an existing NFL football team to move to the LA Coliseum with the 2017-18 season, but the deal will fall apart at the last minute. An expansion team for Los Angeles will eventually be located in a yet to be built stadium outside the city limits.
And finally, on the steps of the State Capitol, just after Thanksgiving, Governor Jerry Brown will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016.
The 2015 Mayor Sam Political Ass Clown Awards Nominations
Post Christmas Greetings on the Friday before 2015, as we bloggin reacquaint you with a CD 1 Duo who have gone on to become The Official Ass Payasos of the coveted Mayor Sam Political Ass Clown Awards.
Both former CD 1 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Ed "Density" Reyes and his failed Chief of Staff successor Jose "Mini Ed" Gardea, are back in 2015 to help with the Nominations for this year's edition of our bloggin salute to dubious political achievement among those who are part of the Los Angeles Political Machine.
Thus, with no further delay, we (with the help of Payasos Ed and Mini Ed) present the 2014 Ass Clown Nominees. The Awards will be made public on January 1, 2015.
Before I forget, you too can play an interactive role in this year's awards be submitting your own nominations in the comment section of the post---Scott Johnson in CD 14
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A Bloggin Merry Christmas from the Mayor Sam Blog
Labels: 2014 Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
A Christmas Eve Facade of a Politico Tonto Family Man brought to you (again) by Parke Skelton
Monday, December 22, 2014
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Images from Gloria Molina CD 14 Campaign Office Holiday Season Open House in Eagle Rock
Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Grace Yoo for CD 10 Campaign moves forward ...........
Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 - 5 pm
at Space Cafe at 3020 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Drop in anytime and bring your friends! We want to meet you again and chat about how this campaign needs your help.
Finally, follow us on Twitter and add us on Facebook. It helps to get the word out.
Sincerely, The team at Grace Yoo for LA City Council District 10
Space Cafe Map:
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Scott Johnson in CD 14
Friday, December 19, 2014
Services this Evening for Longtime Lincoln Heights Business Owner (and Beloved Mother) Norma Olivo
Saturday, 12/20 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Gloria Molina Campaign Office Open House
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Wednesday
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Insane Development of Big Tujunga Canyon
|Big Tujunga Today|
For More Information: Check Out Save Big Tujunga Canyon's Facebook Page.
|Previous plan from 2007|
|Current Project Plan|
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
“Both have to deal with a lot of emotion on the job, but the question is, How do they cope with that when they are off the field or when they go home?
“How do you cope with those emotions once the game is over or you are done with your shift? There are a lot of parallels.”
** As yesterday's absolute deadline for potential City Council and School Board Candidate's qualifying signatures, is now history, two notable activists are in limbo regarding their respective efforts to qualify for the March 2015 Ballot. In CD 2, David Hernandez still has not been certified. Meanwhile in CD 14, the big surprise is longtime Progressive Activist Carlos Montes, who's total of submitted signatures, was deemed insufficient for inclusion.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Its Time to Light Up the 2014 Huizar Christmas Tree (** and disclose the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year Gifts to CD 14 Organizations)!
Friday, December 12, 2014
LAPD Hollenbeck's Crime Stats trumps CD 14 Political Support regaiding Big Saver Market ABC LIcense Requested Upgrade
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Fuentes Shepherds $15 Million Bond to Affordable Housing Developer
|Samoa Street: Site of Coming 48 Unit Apartment Complex|
You won't read about it in the papers very likely, but $15 million of taxpayer money is being directed towards a controversial housing development in Sunland-Tujunga, rammed through the City Council while most of the citizenry is gearing up for the holidays.
Councilman Felipe Fuentes backed affordable housing bond funds going to a 48 unit four bedroom apartment complex on a narrow hillside road in Sunland-Tujunga, despite the protests of local residents and the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council.
Developers, in a letter to the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and the Sunland Tujunga Alliance stated that without the public funds, their project would not pencil out.
In addition to the impact the property would have on strained local infrastructure, safety issues with regard to parking and the ability of fire personnel to reach the property, residents objected to how a required bond hearing was not held, in lieu of the City Council discussing the matter. Many have noted that the Council is likely in violation of the law here.
The next step will be a state panel issuing the final approval for the bonds; however many residents feel that will simply be a rubber stamp of the Council's rubber stamp.
Let us hope that this is a wake-up call to the community that the game has changed, that developers and the City Council see Sunland-Tujunga as a prime area to concentrate affordable housing and that one can not fairly expect the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and it's Land Use Committee to shoulder the burden of this fight. Individuals will need to get involved, dollars may need to be raised to hire attorneys and cover other expenses of the fight and perhaps, a suitable replacement for Mr. Fuentes for the 2017 election needs to be identified, groomed and supported now.
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday
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Scott Johnson in CD 14