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Monday, April 03, 2006

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

We're back. For those of you who missed out on our little April Fool's gag, we're not going anywhere anytime soon. What was amusing was the emails that we received that our "departure" was the talk of City Hall at the end of last week. Also, click here to read about the changes at the blog.

One of our tipsters spotted Council Member Wendy Greuel at a local drug store this weekend. Wendy is probably the favorite Council Member here at the Sister City, as she seems to be the member who seems to have the most common sense and to be the most ethical. We can at least attest to that at the drug store, Wendy DID NOT park in the handicapped space in her City owner exempt hybrid vehicle. As a matter of fact, Wendy parked quite a ways across the parking lot just like anyone else. Way to go, Wendy.

The Palms Village Sun reports that a plan is afoot to change the borders of the Palms Neighborhood C0uncil. The plan will be considered April 5th.

The Mexican American Political Association and Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana have issued statements on the anti-illegal immigration reform protests. Read it over at MS2.

45th Democratic Assembly Candidate Kevin DeLeon, fresh off incorrectly dated campaign mailers, is calling on other candidates in the race to keep it clean.

If you travel over Laurel Canyon in your daily commute, you may want to take an alternate route Monday morning. The area is threatened by soggy hillsides, and though street crews hope to have at least one lane in each direction open for the morning commute, rains expected overnight Sunday/Monday could threaten that. (By the way, had we built the Laurel Canyon Freeway, we'd never have this mess.)

Mayor Villaraigosa celebrates the Thai New Year by riding in a parade in Hollywood Monday afternoon, then, dashes out to celebrate Persian New Year later in the afternoon at Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley.

Public Meetings for Monday

10:00AM - Public Safety Committee Meeting
1:00PM - Budget & Finance Committee Meeting
3:00PM - Audits & Governmental Efficiency Committee Meeting, CANCELED


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hot off the presses, from Bill Bradley at the LA Weekly, a MAJOR development in the Democratic Primary for Governor:

With just over nine weeks to go in the Democratic primary race for governor of California, state Controller Steve Westly has today significantly expanded the reach of his television advertising campaign into additional major media markets. The move comes as private polling unaffiliated with any gubernatorial campaign shows the former top eBay executive opening a lead over the longtime frontrunner, state Treasurer Phil Angelides.

Westly’s expanded media buy places his campaign on the air in California’s five biggest markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, and Fresno. San Diego and Fresno are the two new markets for the Westly campaign as of today.

Westly, one of the big winners in California’s dot-com boom, and Angelides, the former state Democratic Party chairman who began running shortly after the 2003 recall of former Governor Gray Davis and election of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, have been battling it out for weeks in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento media markets.

Will Angelides respond to Westly’s move? That is very much in question now.

Indeed, two media buyer sources informed me Friday and over the weekend that Angelides has not bought TV advertising time for today in the existing markets in which he has been on the air.

Asked last night if this is true, Angelides senior advisor Bob Mulholland did not deny it, saying only: “When we have announcements, we’ll have announcements.”

Meanwhile, a private poll completed nearly a week ago by a reputable pollster not affiliated with any gubernatorial campaign has Westly -- who overtook Angelides for the first time last week in a public poll, the Public Policy Institute of California poll -- opening a five-point lead over Angelides in the Democratic primary race.

The ability of Angelides to respond to these developments clearly hinges on his finances. He is not raising money at a high enough rate to keep up with Westly in the media markets in which they have both been advertising, much less match Westly’s spending in any potential expansion into additional major markets.

A look at his fundraising since the last reporting period, which closed March 17th, reveals that the treasurer has raised about $232,000 through March 31st. State law this close to the primary requires that all contributions of $1,000 be reported within 24 hours to the California Secretary of State’s office.

Angelides raised $80,000 more than Westly in the same two week period. However, the super-rich former eBay honcho already had a big edge over the former Sacramento developer in cash on hand in his campaign account, some $8.5 million. And Westly has ample additional personal resources to devote to his candidacy.

“This campaign is moving in a very positive direction for us,” said Westly chief strategist Garry South.

Meanwhile, the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates will present policy initiatives today. Westly will deliver what is billed as a major speech on education policy at the biennial conference of the Education Trust - West in Los Angeles. Angelides will unveil what is billed as a major infrastructure program at a press conference in Sacramento.

April 03, 2006 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy sorry to say is not that intelligent. She had the nerve to state in city council when the board of police commissioners were appointed that it was the BEST board ever. Now how would she know that if they hadn't even had ONE meeting? Secondly, yes they're so good that they already have fouled up and city council has made many negative statements about some of their decisions.

April 03, 2006 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait, what's the major development? Phil is running out of money, we all know that. Westly is better positioned to win. So what's the development?

At least Phil has a good looking wife he can turn to for a shoulder to cry on when he loses in June.

April 03, 2006 8:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get over April fools joke Mayor.

Who the hell is Wendy Cruel?

I say we boycott Palms Village sun.

MAPA AND HMLA are Mecha morons.

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeese, Kevin Neon.

April 03, 2006 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope that Wendy G becomes Mayor one day. She is serious, works hard, is ethical, and is NOT a showboat. If you have ever dealt with her or her office, they are a delight. Easy to work with, unpretentious, and thorough.
I dont know if she has enough charisma, given what voters seem to react to.
Phil needs to get dirty. Its the only way he can overcome Westlys cash advantage. And Phil will. And its going to get nasty!

April 03, 2006 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Westly have hot daughters?

April 03, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jerry Brown under investigation after alleged altercation outside club

OAKLAND - Mayor Jerry Brown is being investigated on suspicion of vandalism after two women accused him of breaking a cell phone and making racist statements early Sunday morning outside @17th, a downtown nightclub.

Brown, who is running for state attorney general and is embroiled in a tough primary fight against Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, said Tuesday through his spokesman the allegations are ``absolutely not true.''

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, rather than the Oakland Police Department, is investigating to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

District Attorney Tom Orloff said it is too early to tell how long the investigation will take.

After attending a briefing at police headquarters for officers who were just beginning their shifts, Brown went with officers to three clubs that have been the subject of numerous complaints, including @17th, near Telegraph Avenue and 17th Street, said Gil Duran, the mayor's spokesman.

The incident began about 1:30 a.m. when security guards removed Rochelle Evans from the club for allegedly being over intoxicated. Her sister, Latrenia Delonge of Newark, and their friend Ayesha Wilson of Manteca left with her. All three are African American.

Outside the popular night spot, two groups of girls were yelling and fighting. Delonge said she got too close to the melee and was struck in the eye with a shoe by another woman.

While she was attending to Evans and Delonge, Wilson said she asked an Oakland police officer for help in calling an ambulance and making a report. As she spoke to him, she said she heard someone behind her say, ``That's what you get for being here,'' and turned around to see who was speaking.

Wilson said the mayor identified himself, and the two exchanged words before she went back to Delonge, who was bleeding and struggling for breath. Delonge has asthma, she said.

As Wilson helped her friend, Delonge said she heard more derogatory remarks - including something about ``you people'' - and turned around to see the mayor standing nearby.

Although she said she could not be sure the mayor said it, Wilson said she took out her cell phone and began using it to record the mayor, while telling him she could not believe he said those things.
Wilson told police the mayor reached out and grabbed the flip phone, which she was holding in her right hand, and ``squeezed really hard,'' cracking the phone's plastic casing and its exterior screen.
``I was afraid,'' Wilson said, adding she had not been drinking Saturday night.

Wilson said the mayor did not injure her and the phone still works.

Duran said the mayor entered the club to get a sense of its atmosphere, and when he exited he attempted to mediate the ongoing altercation.

The mayor did not make any inappropriate statements and did not vandalize anyone's cell phone, Duran said, but has instructed Police Chief Wayne Tucker to conduct a full investigation of the incident.
Brown declined to discuss the matter directly. Duran said it did not merit his time.

Quincy Krashna, @17th general manager, who was outside the club at the time of the incident, said the three women complained to the mayor the security guards had been too rough when they ejected Evans. The women were belligerent toward the mayor, and did not allow him to respond to their complaints, Krashna said.
The mayor did not say anything untoward to the women, nor did he raise his hand or snatch anything from them, Krashna said.

An officer on duty when Delonge and Wilson made the report Sunday evening saw the phone video and said nothing could be heard - and only an unidentifiable hand could be seen on the recording.

April 03, 2006 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this Kevin Leon's idea of an April Fools joke (2 days late, like the election date on his recent lobbyist-funded mailers)?? voters should know the truth about Kevin Leon (AKA The Phantom) before they get tricked by all those fancy mailers into voting for him.

The other campaigns would be crazy to sign this "pledge". in fact, I would say this is a good opportunity for them to start sharing with the public some information about his checkered past-- since his the one raising the issue.

April 03, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has anyone ever heard Wendy G. speak in council? She's a joke. All she does is know how to kiss Antonio's brown butt. She says the dumbest things and asks the stupidest questions. She's not smart at all. Nice doesn't get you ahead in the world of politics. She needs to not come off like the stereotype typical dumb blonde.

April 03, 2006 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy is the only CM that has actually worked in the private sector and has any experience with owning a business. Yea, she worked for Bradley and Cisneros but she does have business experience. the rest of these folks were either union hacks or previous staffers for electeds.

April 03, 2006 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is absurb. CRASH is a racist, dark film that makes people think LA is a horrible place to live. Shocking Bratton is involved. Antonio is nothing more than a photo op idiot, a media whore

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council and Police Chief William Bratton will honor Lionsgate, Paul Haggis, the producers, cast and crew of three-time Academy Award winning Best Picture "Crash" in a City Hall ceremony on April 4, 2006, at 10 AM. This honor coincides with the DVD release of Crash Director's Cut Edition.

The damn DVD has been out for months already. An embarrassement to this city.

April 03, 2006 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kevin, it will take more than a press release for you to keep the news about your recent illegal activities from coming out.

April 03, 2006 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy is pretty cool, she acts normal for an elected. Not a freaking goofball like that bull in the china shop LaBonge.

April 03, 2006 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

or Zine, speaking of bulls in china shops

April 03, 2006 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor is always moving fast. If you really want to see him move just watch him when EAA shows up at one of his press conferences...

Don't blink or you'll miss him altogether.

April 03, 2006 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you should have a daily thread called "Where's Waldo ooops I mean Antonio today?" Then everyone can post where he's suppose to be at the various photo ops instead of sitting at his desk and actually doing some work.
Daily Breeze said it all yesterday..
Guess who Villaraigosa is serving best so far, Himself

April 03, 2006 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened to Elena in the recent Regional democratic party endorsing convention? Kevin won by more than 70% of the vote. CTA endorsed him. Thus far I heard that Christina and Elena are through campaign consultants will get dirty. Kevin may not have choice but to fight back. GO KEVIN!!!

April 03, 2006 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone here realize the politics that go on with the state level union endorsements or are all of you blind?

Fabian controls the state level unions because of his power as Speaker. He tells the unions to endorse whom he wants. Whether its his personal Monica (Cindy) or his boy Kevin.

It has NOTHING to do with most candidates talked about on MS, but all to do with who is better at kissing up to Fabian.

April 05, 2006 7:22 AM  

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