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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

"Bob"zilla Attacks

HertzbergWith all of the comments being post around this site, this deserves it's own post. Hertzberg launched is online presence yesterday with the release of his first TV ad entitled "Big Steps." Most pundits have dubbed it with nicknames reminding us all of Godzilla movies, as Bob tramples across the city larger than life solving LA's many problems.

There are two basic camps that I have been reading about. Those that think it was a brilliant move to go out first, get all of the free press surrounding the launch (a least 4 newscasts that I have heard had stories last evening), or those that feel it is too early and he'll run out of dough. My guess is both thoughts have credence: Bob capitalizes on the free attention and as seen on his site, but is worried enough that they pledge for dollars online to keep the ad running.

In the words of Meat, Blog away


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bob Bob Bob Bob what's up with the Jolly Green Giant stuff? Is there something I'm missing in your commercial? Someone explain to me why Bob is bigger than life and what that means?

February 02, 2005 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I think the commercial is the way it is for one reason - LA has BIG problems and needs a BIG thinker to solve them. Mayor Hahn has consistently FAILED this city and will FAIL this city if he gets another 4 years.

GOTTI'S AND THE HAHN'S 20 YEARS OF FAILED LEADERSHIP. Hey guys try saying that phrase outloud, it rolls off the tongue beautifully.

blog away

February 02, 2005 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MORON MEAT. Comparing Hahn to Gotti! What lovely supporters Antonio Villaraigosa has.

February 02, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Precisely. But we all know its Parke telling MEAT what to type cause he doesn't have a mind of his own. "Hey, Meat write some stuff comparing Hahn to Gotti." Yeah, Meat, you type that stuff so all those bloggers will get the picture." Meat is doing Antonio and Parke's dirty work. Typical. AV is use to using people, he did it with CD14.

February 02, 2005 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh don't stray from the Bob ad. Bob's commercial was interesting to say the least, but he was very creative. I got the message loud and clear. Did any of you?

February 02, 2005 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a nice ad. Clearly Bob needs to do something to break out of the pack. Going up early is a necessity given where he is right now. Soboroff went up even earlier with a much bigger buy, and still didn't make the runoff. Bob's buy is so weak that this ad, as unusual as it is, may still not break through.

It is interesting though that 3 of his big ideas are: LAUSD breakup, a hoary panacea that emerges ever 12 years or so, like the cicadas; synchronizing signals and no road construction during rush hours. That's really big thinking.

February 02, 2005 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No. I didn't. Sorry. Bob has messed up his entire campaign and won't even get in the runoff.

February 02, 2005 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What really hurt Bob is that Steve Lopez piece in today's LA Times. Steve makes Bob look like a hyper, crazed man that can't think straight for more than 2 seconds. I thought it was very mean. He says all of Bob's issues are ones that he voted against while in Assembly. Article overall makes Bob sound like a real Wacko.

February 02, 2005 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yep, Hahn-Villaraigosa rematch.

February 02, 2005 5:53 PM  

Blogger b said:

nice blog !

February 02, 2005 5:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way, isn't Antonio by accepting that "secret memo" from Laura Chick going against his famous pledge not to hold meetings in secret behind closed doors. I mean, what Chick has is public information, or so she says. And if Antonio goes along with keeping this secret what are those pledges worth? Come on Antonio, put the memo on your website. Better still, get Parke to post it on Mayor Sam.

February 02, 2005 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For many voters, especially in the Valley, the choice will be Hahn or Hertzberg. It seems to me that this ad says very clearly that there are dramatic differences between the two.

If you believes that LAUSD is fixable, vote for Hahn. If you don't, vote for Hertzberg.

If you believe that the city is doing all it can on banning rush hour road construction and synchronizing lights, vote for Hahn. If you think the city can do better, vote for Hertzberg.

If you believe that the only way we can put more cops on the street is by raising taxes, vote for Hahn. If you think we can do it by changing the way the city spends existing tax revenue, vote for Hertzberg.

I'm not saying Hertzberg is going to beat Hahn because of this ad. But I wish all ads were as substantive as this one is.

February 02, 2005 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Matt, so do I. But tell me, can we trust Bob to keep his word?

February 02, 2005 6:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, I don't think Huggy has explained his U turn on this issue

February 02, 2005 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think you need to factor in Alarcon as well when stating that the Valley only has a couple of choices (Hahn and Hertzberg). Many members of the community especially those in the West Valley and the North Valley like the things Alarcon is talking about especially about empowering neighborhood councils. Don't discount him in that area. You can elsewhere, but not in those areas. At least he shows up to the debate rather than not showing up like Bob at the debate at Monroe H.S. on Mon nite. I don't know why he didn't show up but we know why Jim Hahn didn't show up.

And yes that Steve Lopez article did not work out well for Hugsberg. He's got some major hills to climb. Sure he has the support of some heavy hitters in the Valley but they don't make phone calls, walk precincts or recruit other volunteers. He has to get name recognition. He has the money. But i sure as hell want to see him take votes away from Hahn in the Valley.

February 02, 2005 9:33 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

I've been reading this blog for a while. I'm an ABH advocate because I don't appreciate the image our current Mayor has allowed. Hertzberg is young and has ideas. It doesn't hurt to research an idea. All I care about is that our next Mayor (and I really doubt it will by JH)dedicates himself to the goal of serving the people and not corporate dollars. Oh! and by the way, it is obvious that the Mayor still has City staff blogging during working hours. You can tell by how they get on the defense and attack mode. Check the time. That's not very classy and you're not representing.

February 02, 2005 9:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I first saw the ad Monday morning, at about 3:35 a.m. on MSNBC (a locally inserted ad by the local cable company). Usually my cableco chops off the begining or end of their inserted ads, but Huggy got lucky this time and I saw the whole thing.

My first throught: WTF?? It's an attack of the 50 ft. Hertzberg?? At 3:35 a.m. on cable TV?? Seriously, I thought it was a cute and funny ad. Hahn should do one like it; maybe with Hahn hanging off the side of City Hall, with 747s buzzing around him, grinning wildly and proclaiming, "I'm Mayor Jim Hahn and I'll build you a new airport in Orange County."

February 03, 2005 3:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know what they say about if you "assume." I'm not a city worker and blog here. Bob Bob Bob now in today's LA Times once again they are making you look bad. Interesting that Maeta Gold would only mention Bob and Alarcon negatively. Hey, there's a lot that can be said about Antonio and Parks

February 03, 2005 7:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Soberoff was out early in 2001 and went from 1 % in times poll a year out to 21+ pecent in the primary just behind hahn - nearly knocking jimmy out as fine wrote in LABJ. will hertzberg outperform steve?

February 03, 2005 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't underestimate Bob. All i care about is him taking away votes from Hahn's base of support.

February 03, 2005 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I liked the Ad! Bob, take this to heart, I am from Eagle rock and was looking for an laternative to both Hahn and Antonio. Even if you do not make the run-off, I think you have the best ideas, commercials, website and seem to be very bright, energetic and hard working. I am rooting for you but fear that Hahns attack dogs will hunt you down soon. Dont back down, stand up. The only way to beat a bully is to fight them head on.

February 03, 2005 12:37 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

It is an excellent commercial. I have to give him credit for that.

February 03, 2005 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor on Van Nuys Blvd is soon Alarcon will drop out and toss support to the Hugman.

February 03, 2005 6:02 PM  

Blogger Halogirlfromcity said:

Like I mentioned before ABH. If Alarcon drops out then that will leave 4 contenders. Is there a possibility of a 4-way tie?

February 03, 2005 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is that rumor coming from? I know Alarcon is dishing out nice things about his fellow candidates (except Hahn) but I sure haven't heard anything like that on Van Nuys Blvd.

February 03, 2005 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously you haven't been having breakfast at the Le Fun Cafe.

February 04, 2005 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously not...does that place have A rating. I was thinking of going across the street to eat there from the Civic Center.

February 04, 2005 9:43 AM  

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