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Thursday, February 24, 2005

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Mayor Sam, here's an excerpt from Betty Pleasants' Soulvine column printed today.

Some more election stuff: Assemblywoman Karen Bass endorsed Villaraigosa for mayor last week. … The three Parks — father, son and holy, er, wife — were denied the opportunity to cast their votes when the New Frontier Democratic Club members voted on which mayoral candidate they would endorse. Rosemary Spriggs, the club’s membership chair, said the dues for Bernard, Bernard Jr. and Bobbie Parks were not current and they were, therefore, ineligible to vote. Even though he wasn’t eligible, Spriggs admitted giving Bernard Sr. a voting card, and not giving one to Bernard Jr. and Bobbie. “I was willing to let him vote because he’s the councilman,” Spriggs said. But she said the elder Parks did not vote either because he arrived at the meeting too late. Those were three votes Parks needed but did not get from the club to try to stop the Mayor Hahn endorsement raid. “I was very sorry about it,” Spriggs said. …

Congrats on reaching the 50K mark.
And then...
Why don't you list the sad endorsement of Antonio by the LA Weekly today. How embarrassing! They make it sound as if it was more work then it was worth.
We like that the LA Weekly has endorsed two candidates for Council - Dennis Zine and Janice Hahn - because they primarily have big mouths. And Jack Weiss because everyone thinks he's jerk. Great! Maybe the Mayor Sam style is coming back.

Finally, our box had at least two spam mails from Wacko Walter today. But no press releases from Tony Villar lately. No more love, Tony?


Anonymous Anonymous said:

The press release about the Weekly's endorsement was already written, but they had to spike it (too bad)! Regardless of spin, they couldn't risk someone actually linking to the LAW site to read that thrashing of what little character Tony V. purports to have had somewhere in the distant past.

February 24, 2005 8:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Weekly...We’re disappointed and even annoyed that with five Democrats in the mayor’s race, we do not see an ideal candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles. ...if I were ADV I wouldn't want this endorsement. They basically state he's not the ideal candidate. Mayor Sam why didn't ADV send a press release on the scaling back of those 80 neighborhood watches? On his website now it says "a dozen." Maybe the lie caught up to him. Why hasn't MEAT responded?

February 24, 2005 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It seems every councilmember of the 14th District ends up being arrogant.

I really thought Villaraigosa would be different, but even the LA Weekly points out that he is arrogant toward his district.

February 24, 2005 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't it amazing? In every debate, in every newspaper, in every interview, radio, print and TV, the question about Villaraigosa's broken promise is everywhere. But no mention of the RECALL! Antonio's broken promise would be forgotten if it wasn't for the RECALL. Come on journalists, have some balls or integrity and when you bring up "the boken promise" mention the RECALL!

February 24, 2005 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City Council District 11: Flora Gil Krisiloff

The only open seat on the City Council in this year’s election has three good candidates vying for the job held now by Cindy Miscikowski. We back Flora Gil Krisiloff, a neighborhood activist who has worked hard to add a pragmatic and slightly progressive edge to the NIMBYism of this most NIMBY of districts that includes Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Mar Vista and Westchester.

Council District 11 also includes LAX, so of course all three candidates oppose Miscikowski’s and Mayor Jim Hahn’s LAX revamp plan, and it includes an especially nasty stretch of the 405, so all three have suddenly discovered traffic and transportation planning and believe it’s finally time for the rail lines that the rich locals resisted for years.

But Krisiloff has actually worked on neighborhood and development projects for decades. You’d think she’d have NIMBY written all over her, having organized the Brentwood Community Council, and having advocated for constraints on growth along heavily trafficked corridors on the Westside.

But she has proved to be neither a tool of developers who would like to plant new Playa Vistas up and down the coast nor a voice of homeowner associations who believe everything is just fine the way it is right now, thank you. As a member of her Area Planning Commission, and as an advocate for open space and sensible development of the Veterans Administration property in Westwood — she blocked the federal government from proceeding with a Century City–type monstrosity on that land — Krisiloff has shown herself to be a master of policy, detail and balance. It’s most likely that with her as the council member, the 11th District won’t simply fight over affordable housing or transportation planning, but will actually get some of each.

Bill Rosendahl has been a community activist and has the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and — let’s be honest here — we at the L.A. Weekly usually are suckers for that kind of stuff.

But when he presents his platform in debates, in interviews and in campaign materials, Rosendahl disappoints. He speaks in broad generalities while Krisiloff discusses the kind of details that show she knows how to attack a problem from every angle. The host of a cable talk show of 16 years’ duration, Rosendahl claims to have the skills to “bring everybody to the table” to hammer out solutions to the region’s problems. No doubt he can indeed bring everybody to the table, since his program was for years pretty much the only place policymakers could chat about civic affairs. But there is a difference between getting opponents together to discuss issues, and getting them to agree. It also rankles a bit that Rosendahl complains about special interests when, along with his cable show, he was the top executive and lobbyist for Century Cable and Adelphia Cable in Los Angeles.

Angela Reddock is an accomplished trial lawyer and a member of the city Transportation Commission. She would be good council member. But Krisiloff is ready to hit the ground running.

February 25, 2005 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the L.A. Weekly makes it sound as if, in a city of 4 million, this is the best we can do? They cast off some options because they don't have enough experience to be mayor - which other than being the mayor of another big city, is what? They discount others, from the sound of it, primarily because the "can't" win. I think in a city of 4 million we can probably do better than this in terms of journalistic political analysis, too. At least they took a stand -however. The Times still waffled.

February 25, 2005 1:39 PM  

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