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Monday, March 27, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

That was a heck of a protest in LA on Saturday. What do you say to the anti-illegal immigration crowd like Hal Netkin, Walter Moore, etc. when their protests maybe turn out hundreds and here we had a half a million opposed to the very argument these old white guys are making? These protests are going to have significant impact on the illegal immigration debate with liberals feeling newly empowered and Republicans like George Bush skittish of pulling a Pete Wilson with Hispanic voters. Still, the problem has to be addressed one way or another. Rudy Carrasco at the Urban On-Ramps blog makes the case that the only answer to the illegal immigration issue is employer sanctions, as well, his readers make some interesting comments as well.

With Monday being Caesar Chavez Day, more protests are expected. State and Los Angeles city offices are closed, but LA County offices are open and the LA Unified School District will be in session. School police will be deployed should more protests boil over.

The California Democratic Council, a statewide association of Democratic Clubs and County Committees overwhelmingly endorsed Jerry Brown for Attorney General following a head-to-head debate at the Santa Clara Convention Center with Rocky Delgadillo, the other democratic primary candidate. On Friday, Brown also picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club and The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club.

The rough and tumble free speech of internet bulletin board Craig's List may have put the site in violation of federal anti-housing discrimination laws. The LA Times reports that a lawsuit claims a number of ads posted for housing opportunities are worded in ways that create real or perceived instances of housing discrimination. However, Craig's List could have an out. The Communications Decency Act protects speech posted by users on internet sites. Websites use this law many times in suits against them, and at least one housing discrimination case was succesfully fought under the terms of the CDA.

The Daily News covers the battle for the 20th State Senate Democratic nod in the San Fernando Valley. The best quote comes from Assembly Member Cindy Montanez who says of her opponent Councilman Alex Padilla, "The only thing we have in common is our age." Montanez says that Padilla should finish his Council term before running for another office.

Councilman Bernard Parks is headed to Florida to lobby NFL owners to place a professional football team in a rennovated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

We posted a couple of interesting videos over the weekend, one of Councilman Greig Smith making campaign promises three years ago, the other, Mayor Villaraigosa being shouted down by members of the Engineers and Architects Association. The Sister City is now equipped to show video, so feel free to send us your videos of interesting news items. We can accept just about any format, but prefer Windows Media. Send your clips to mayorsamyorty@aol.com



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jerry Brown's such an embarassment. He thinks he still has a chance to win despite the ongoing criminal investigation into reported vandalism and racist comments at a bar in Oakland earlier this month.

March 26, 2006 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

500,000...1,000,000..doesn't really matter since CA votes dem anyway. Now if this protest were in Ohio and the same number came out, that would be a statement! But the electeds would vote the same way with or without the protest here in SoCal. I believe Saturday's action says nothing in the long run. Actually, having a small crowd would have said more than the 500,000 that did show up.

March 26, 2006 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL. I guarantee you could get MILLIONS of people fed up with illegal immigration to protest at the voting booth! Those illegals march because they can't vote.

I think that protest will cause a backlash. AV is extremely stupid for continuously claiming that illegal immigrants are "playing by the rules." OyxMORON indeed.

March 27, 2006 3:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can US citizens go to Mexico and own property? NO! Why should they be able to come here and reap benefits and tax breaks?
So when the US gives up CA to Mexico, where is everyone going to go? AZ is next, and NV possibly?
There were protests all over the country. Funny how electeds will cave into people who can't vote. Sympathetic bastards.

March 27, 2006 5:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed that if the feds went after all those employers in Beverly Hills and Bel Air where all the illegals work taking care of those rich kids things would change. Illegals wouldn't come here if they knew they couldn't get hired.

Don't think the protest matters. There's been a lot more protests against the war and we're still in it. Antonio really stupid for saying the things he did on Sat. Just showed what an ignorant bafoon he really is.

March 27, 2006 7:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Laborthug plays off the same issues over and over and over. He's anti-Padilla, so what else is new? And his lame jokes are getting old.

March 27, 2006 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reported last week that he returned a $1,000 contribution to lobbyist Arnie Berghoff - money that had been donated to his officeholder account, used to defray the incidental costs of being an elected official.--
Berghoff is the chief lobbyist for BFI which owns Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills...
Villaraigosa opposing it during last year's mayoral campaign, then saying the city couldn't afford to go elsewhere, and now backing a deal to divert some trash from the landfill and advance the city's recycling effort.---But what makes Villaraigosa's refund particularly ironic is that it also comes a week after the mayor was honored at the annual political roast for diabetes - which Berghoff founded.

March 27, 2006 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


All the money from the Roast goes to the ADA and isn't used as a way to gain access to politicians. People like Berghoff and Englander don't need the Roast to speak with Antonio or anyone else.

March 27, 2006 8:06 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

So now 47 is old?

The massive protest on Saturday was a giant "check engine" light on the political dashboard. Ignore it at your own risk.

March 27, 2006 8:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

500,000...1,000,000 represents alot of people with extended families!
Will Bush and the Republicans in Congress seal their doom with Latino voters for years to come if they pass their immigration bill?
Get ready for P. Wilson Act II.

I look forward to the next march.
It may come near your gated communities...

March 27, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:03 shows the typical ignorance surrounding this issue. GWB and much of Congress fully support open borders and the importation of poverty for the cheap labor from Mexico. Not surprising this amount protested in LA, which in many respects is already third world. Just look at the public schools, gangs, closed hospitals.

March 27, 2006 9:22 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Walter - to a 22 year old, yes, you are an old guy.

March 27, 2006 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We take it you're OK! with
corruption, pay to play, nose jobs, double talk & servitude to lobbyist$$$$?

March 27, 2006 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Can US citizens go to Mexico and own property? NO! Why should they be able to come here and reap benefits and tax breaks?"

Because America is a BETTER country! Why don't you conservatives get it? We don't want a country run like Mexico. The United States is all about opportunity, FREEDOM, work and the benefits of work, diversity...

March 27, 2006 9:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

any way we can work out a land swap with mexico? lets try to trade southern california for Cancun!!! and the worst thing out of this week-ends bogus rally is the response from the political hacks--"How will these people vote?" thats all elected hacks care about...getting back in office to live off the tax payers!!

March 27, 2006 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Americans can indeed own property in Mexico.

March 27, 2006 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Both Democrats and Republicans are starting to realize that the Latino vote is not the bloc they each want it to be. There is no consistent pattern of voting in the Latino community and they are split on many issues. Trying to appeal to "the latino voter" is useless because that prototype does not exist. To top that off, nationally they are less than 9% of voters. White voters still rule what happens nationally and will continue to do so for years to come. Politicians realize that; that's why immigration reform is moving ahead. La fiesta is over. The Sleeping Giant is an urban legend.

March 27, 2006 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Understand, many marched solely against Bill HR 4437. I marched against this bill, not for any other reason who many did have.

I am against Amnesty, against open borders, against illegal crossings.

But this Bill is inhumane! How can I as a christian support an inhumane and racist bill. This would lead America as a land of hypocrasy. We tell are against Human Rights Violations, but we want to pass a bill that does the same?

March 27, 2006 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait until Latinos riot and tear up L.A. That will show how smart they are. Maybe then, they could have L.A.

March 27, 2006 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:27 - Wonder if your "christianity" supports the war, or torture of prisoners?

Just trying to locate your hypocritical line.

March 27, 2006 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whether immigrants are illegal or legal, from Mexico or the Moon, the fact stands to reason there are just too many damn people living in LA now. We just can't handle it. It shouldn't take 40 minutes to drive from Burbank to Sherman Oaks for example, now, it does. Just way too many bodies, whatever their color. Enough is enough.

March 27, 2006 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i got it. create another CD or two and government will be more responsive. That's what will happen with Latinos have more votes on the council.

March 27, 2006 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope the pols in DC ignore the nonsense (i.e. protest for ILLEGAL immigration) in LA yesterday--unless they want race riots and tensions in their schools too. A recent NBC/WSJ poll showed 71% are more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who favors tighter controls on illegal immigration. If Kennedy wants illegals, build housing projects in Hyannis Port.

March 27, 2006 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:10: You're so right! I assume you're going to do the right thing and move out!

March 27, 2006 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Memo to Rocky: Stop reposting your lame "embarassment" piece. According to press accounts you attacked Jerry Brown for not having children. Talk about an embarassment!!!

March 27, 2006 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Would illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America protest if the guest worker program brought in a greater percentage of people from Africa, Asia, and Europe?

The current immigration policy (do-nothing) is racist in that it favors people from south of the border who can easily cross from Mexico (whose government doesn't allow illegal immigrants there).

I'd like to see a greater amount of diversity in Southern California... don't you think we could bring in some Asian roofers?

Oh wait.. the Asians already have leapfrogged those hard-working Mexicans in the economic totum pole.

What the illegals don't realize is that if a worker plan is implemented, new illegals will still come across and they won't gain any benefit other than having to pay taxes like the rest of us.

Strict enforcement like everyone wants will never work as long as (1) businesses can make $$$ selling products to illegals, and (2) busincesses can make $$$ by paying peanuts to illegals.

March 27, 2006 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd put a 5% tax on all wire transfers to Mexico and Canada, a tax on carne asada burritos sold at roadside stands and a surcharge on Gordon Lightfoot records.

Because immigrants from Canada and Mexico have an advantage, they should fund the travel costs of illegal aliens from Asia, African and Europe.

Its only fair.

March 27, 2006 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:24 My views are solely based on HR4437.

What grudge do you hold on humanity which you bait and switch topics?

March 27, 2006 1:34 PM  

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March 27, 2006 2:04 PM  

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March 27, 2006 2:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are many Latinos here in LA that are sick and tired of the illegals crowding the schools and having hospitals closed. They have an arrogant attitude as if they DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS CITIZENS. LOOK AT THE IDIOT STUDENTS TODAY WALKING OUT. THEY ARE EMBARRASSING ALL OF US AND ARE COMMITTING ACTS OF VIOLENCE. THEY ARE GOING TO RUIN THE MESSAGE WITH THEIR IMMATURITY. Of course Antonio had to take advantage of the photo op and had some of them in city hall and asked the cameras to go along. WHAT A LOSER OF A MAYOR WE HAVE. IF HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE ILLEGAL VENDORS WHEN HE WAS CM THEY WOULDN'T BE SO OUT OF CONTROL.

March 27, 2006 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most Hispanics who work in the private sector don't feel this way. They don't tolerate racism, but they don't see illegal reform as racism. Most of these guys went to USC and now they're driving BMers and getting the hell out of the hood, as is the American way. Its the LAT-TEE-NOS who work in government and for the unions who promote this shit, but its just the same as we try to get people to buy houses. Its all sales.

March 27, 2006 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is public news--do not delte

Individual Disciplined for Altering an Account Statement

Juan-Carlos Lacey of Los Angeles, California, a former registered representative, consented without admitting or denying guilt to findings that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with just and equitable principles of trade in that, among other violations, he altered an account statement.

An NYSE hearing panel found that in or about April 2001, in connection with an application for a personal loan, Lacey completed a portion of, and signed an approval signature of a fictitious firm manager on, a verification of deposit form and altered an account statement for an account he maintained at the firm so it would appear the account had a higher balance.
The NYSE imposed a penalty of a censure and three-year bar. Lacey consented to the penalty.

March 27, 2006 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These students are shouting Viva Mexico and carrying Mexican Flags. Sounds like they really love America doesn't it. I say start arresting all their sorry asses if they are being truant and not in school. We are wayyyyy to liberal of these "criminals" yes today they are criminals breaking the law walking in the middle of the street and not respecting law enforcement.

March 27, 2006 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you anonymous 8:02.

It is something that the media should grab on to.

BFI, lobbyists, attorneys and consultants USED to run ths town.

Now the average citizen is taking over. Watch them get teased and messed with.

Buh bye Arnie. Your days are numbered at that landfill.

March 28, 2006 1:54 AM  

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