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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

We're Back

Late Tuesday evening, a couple of burly Adelphia techs got our cable internet connection back up and running. After seven days and numerous phone calls, mission accomplished. We'll be back to full speed Thursday.

In the meantime, we hear that the Northridge Neighborhood Council has been de-certified by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. This is not to be confused with the Northridge West Neighborhood Council that Jim Alger hails from.

Given the sudden passing of Marco Firebaugh and the mystery around the cause of his death, did anyone know how really sick he may have been? In the middle of a campaign for the State Senate, he was scheduled to speak at San Diego State University and one day before his passing, he received a nearly $7000 campaign contribution from a SEIU PAC. Was his death truly sudden or was it possible his illness was being concealed? It doesn't add up.

Lastly, when is Time Warner taking over from Adelphia?



Anonymous Anonymous said:

NEW YORK -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's education tour in the Big Apple continued Tuesday.
He wants Los Angeles to use a system like New York City, where the mayor is in charge of public schools.

How can Antonio being doing this on CITY TIME and on our tax dollars when he doesn't even have control of the schools yet? I noticed on tv he has some of his staff and security detail. HOW MUCH IS THIS COSTING US????

March 22, 2006 6:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DONE can't decertify. Only BONC can, and they apparently did.

But the main news out of the meeting was that Greg Nelson, GM of DONE announced he was quitting after nearly 5 years.

Now he makes room for Antonio's hand-picked successor, Lisa Sarno- the most disempowering force to ever hit CD14, to take over the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

It was planned all along. Bye bye NCs, Antonio never liked you anyway.

March 22, 2006 6:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krakover got it about right on the previous thread concerning Marco Firebaugh:

Marco had a serious liver infection that hospitalized him late in his legislative term. It darkened his skin and weakened him. I doubt seriously that it was AIDS, as I have known many with AIDS and he did not reflect those symptoms. It was more likely a viral hepatitis.

Everybody who knew him saw the dramatic change. He barely hung on to his office, and then decided to leave politics. He wasn't out long, though, when he began feeling he was strong enough to return. The liver disease severely weakened his immune system, which will lead to endless idle (and some malicious) speculation about AIDs. But in spite of his changed appearance and voice, Marco was perfectly functional -- as long as he didn't catch anything.

That apparently is what happened. His system couldn't take a bout with the flu. We usually misuse the term tragedy, but this really is tragic.

March 22, 2006 8:04 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

As for Villaraigosa's tour of New York, that's nothing! Next month, he's going to Florida on a fact-finding mission for his proposed take-over of the space program.

March 22, 2006 8:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Firebaugh's illness was not a secret, by any means. His health battles had been known throughout the political circles and in the Southeast area for quite some time. It was not something that could be hidden, as his skin tone changed because of his illness, along with other health issues.

But I would think that some amount of information was being held close to the campaign and not let out, because in a campaign, you can't give any sign of weakness.

The bottom line is that he is gone, he will be missed for his contributions towards opening higher education to all, and that our community has lost a figher.

March 22, 2006 8:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You all are some of the most sickest mothefuckers out there. Whether or not you liked the guy, at least respect his position, legacy and family and wait until after he has been buried to bury him on this blog.
That's why MayorSam is not a reputable place for news and information. It's the Enquirer of Los Angeles politics. No Shame.
Mayors Sam and Frank will delete other posts, but will not delete the ones disparaging the memory of a true fighter like Marco Firebaugh.
Is Mayor Sam's Sister City using folks in some kind of game? I think so. Some guy from the valley is manipulating those in CD 14 and throughout L.A. into playing into his game. You guys don't see that?
Why not post a thread on issues that face the cities and communities other than CD14? Talk about policy not gossip.
There is an article about the South Gate Treasurer who did a Chris Arellano (he lied about having a degree). I didn't see that on MS. There is an article on the City of Maywood being a "haven" for illegal immigrants. I don't see a thread to discuss that policy either. When L.A. becomes even more of a "little Mexico" and is divided by mountains of the San Fernando valley, you all will be pissed because you didn't do shit about it but gossip here at MS.
That's it, i'm out. Glad I don't live in L.A. anymore.

March 22, 2006 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Since "your out" I guess you won't read this but your post deserves a response.

Inevitably, in politics, the truth always comes out. Throughout history and in present day, this is a fact. Sometimes the truth can sting, especially when they are personal truths. From 1868, when former President James Buchanan died and the truth about his homosexuality surfaced, although they referred to him as a "dandy" back then, to Condit and Levy, to Lewinsky - its always there.

It is only human to look upon the inhabitants of this cesspool - politicians - with disgust and pity. The same pity one might feel for the police car chase driver who will inevitably be caught. It's just a matter of time. But deep down you kind of hope he gets away, maybe just for once. That is why we vote for them. That is why the next presidential election will cost 3/4 of a billion dollars. We just can't turn away from that car chase.

My prayers go out to the Firebaugh family, they didn't ask to get in the car when Marco chose this car chase as his profession. As for Mayor Sam manipulating the CD 14 masses, how is that different than what Villar and Huizar just did? Don't shoot the messenger, or message medium.

March 22, 2006 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

""Let's not confuse mayoral control with intelligent control," said Councilman Alex Padilla, who created the commission with fellow Councilman Jose Huizar when he was president of the Board of Education."

Ouch, did gameboy Padilla just insult the mayor...during a race pending a killer endorsement?

- LAUSD transfer

March 22, 2006 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nelson did a great job getting the NCs off the ground, but the "let a thousand flowers bloom" approach can't work forever.

There's nothing wrong with some uniformity and standards for NCs. We have 88 NCs with 88 completely different sets of rules. Only the committees and the makeup of each board should be different.

For those who wanted a "shadow government" NC system, you are going to be dissapointed, but that's not what the NCs are supposed to be. They work WITH the City because the City created them under the Charter.

March 22, 2006 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The poor NC's can't make any real changes. They are stuck in the bureaucracy, which truly limits their decision-making power.

March 22, 2006 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The story about South Gate City Treasurer Rudy Navarro is a good one. The truth always comes out.

March 22, 2006 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a perfect example of the uphill bureaucratic fight all NC's face:

"Neighborhood Council election postponed

BY GEOFF MALEMAN - The Argonaut Newspaper

The city bureaucracy and bungling by the city's Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) has resulted in the postponement of the election for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey.

A frustrated group of board members, many of whom have invested hundreds of hours in planning for the 2006 election scheduled for Monday, April 3rd, and Wednesday, April 5th, sat in disbelief at their Tuesday, March 7th, meeting as Parker Anderson from DONE informed them that due to an error by his department, the election could not proceed.

Though the Neighborhood Council's Election Committee submitted the appropriate documents to DONE in October last year, DONE employees never processed the paperwork, and the group's election procedures, while compliant with DONE's guidelines, were never officially approved.

Anderson cited a city ordinance that went into effect on February 1st, that clearly states that DONE shall not recognize any Neighborhood Council election unless its election procedures are approved 90 days before the proposed election date."

March 22, 2006 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What was the big blowup at the Cypress Park NC this week? Any have details? I heard Reyes lost his cool and went verbally postal on a board member.

March 22, 2006 12:42 PM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Mayor, nobody is more relieved that you're back than me. This is a tough crowd. I'm glad to be able to go back to scribbling fiction---though some of your readers seem to think I write fiction here too...

Have many happy viewers.

March 22, 2006 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FYI: If you get stopped in Maywood, just say that you have no driver's license and you're an immigrant. They will NOT impound your car. Hey, maybe that excuse can work for felons too. Move to Maywood, get stopped, say you have no license, and you're good. That means they can't look you up in the computer to see if you have any warrants. Great one Maywood.
If they have stopped their traffic division from giving tickets, they are losing revenue right? Maywood will be in bankruptcy soon. All to please some Latino politician who is afraid he/she can't get re-elected by people who can't vote anyway because they are not citizens. WTF is that all about. Oh, and i'm Latino so don't talk shit.

March 22, 2006 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Something needs to be done about Adelphia. It was down over a week in my neighborhood, too. This was about a month ago. It has been intermittent for the 3 1/2 years I've lived in this house. Down a few days, up a few days. Plus the people on my street cannot get DSL.

March 22, 2006 2:07 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

at&t iptv is coming.

I can't wait. These cable companies are no longer going to be the only ones with the power of television

look it up .

Microsoft TV.

March 22, 2006 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick Pacheco is SO DAMN HOT! Please god don't let him fall out of the spotlight.

March 22, 2006 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Give it a rest, Bubbah. Your boy toys won.

Now the city's approaching bankruptcy and about to have its school district led by a 1.8 GPA dropout!

You can't write stuff this unbelievable.

March 22, 2006 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After 4 ½ Years and 88 Certifications,..DONE GM, Greg Nelson, Calls it Quits

Holy crap now the city will get stuck with fat pig Lisa aka. Gabbage Patch Sarno. A do nothing lazy city worker who has fooled Antonio into thinking she can actually think. Then you have Ulyssess aka dough boy" Sanchez another CD14 do nothing field staffer as a director. These are all Antonio left over morons who are the laziness, most arrogant, do nothings in the city. Yup, Antonio never did like NC's because they are a Hahn accomplishment and many of them don't like Antonio nor will they participate in this stupid clean ups.

March 22, 2006 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RIP the Greg Nelson era.

Ding dong the witch is dead.

March 22, 2006 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you don't like Lisa (I don't think she has degrees) than advocate for Larry Frank, Sharon Deluguch or Rafael Gonzalez. All Great hardworking organizers.

March 22, 2006 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ulysses is one hot studmuffin. I can just eat him up.

March 22, 2006 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sharon Delugach is a joke. Just what L.A. needs, another organizer. Hello, Martin Ludlow people!!!! She even worked for him. Stupid is as stupid does I say.

March 22, 2006 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As long as Antonio puts his pions on commissions this city is doomed. He was a MIA councilman and could care less about his own district now he's traveling so much he could care less about this city. Its been almost one year and what has he done? He's so obsessed with LAUSD control he's forgotten his promises.

March 23, 2006 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:59 AM,

It's October, 2006, and AV is still doing exactly that. He's clearly Presidential material.

October 28, 2006 10:06 PM  

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