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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"H" Is For "Halloween"

Congratulations to Joseph Mailander for managing to get a word in edgewise against Measure H in the L.A. Times. For this day only, it seems, the press-release reprinting service is masquerading as an actual newspaper! Here's a link to the article:

LA's Affordable Housing Boondoggle

Consider this your open thread. Mayor Sam and yours truly are very very busy these days, so don't expect instant posting, but do submit your comments. And, to save you time, if all you're going to do is throw insults, your post probably won't make it past me. At least attach some attempt, however feeble, at reasoning or stating facts for best results.

Happy Halloween.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are rumors that our midget mayor is the one behind wanting UTLA to strike to make Brewer look bad right off the bat. Antonio was hand holding Duffy so now is it coincidential the teachers are talking strike at this time? What does everyone think?

October 31, 2006 7:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well gee...
Were told it's only $5.00! But every election when yet another bond measure finds it way on to the ballot and we're we've been told it's only $5.00 a month! Five dollars a month IF your living in a home whose value is assessed at $100,000. Know anyone like that??

Over time these little $5.00 a month bonds begin to add up and cost real money. Real because nobody in todays market are buying $100,000 homes. Their buying $500,000 homes and $700,000 homes. Maybe more. The fact is that by the time when measures like Prop BB, Prop K, Prop R, and Prop Y are all added together, these bonds add $600 a year to a $500,000 home, $750 a year to a moderately priced $700,000 home.

When you add the other assessments like community college, water district, lights, city, flood control, trauma/emergency services, parks, mosquito abatements your bill goes up to some serious cash. There are new homeowners today paying $600 PER MONTH in taxes, not to mention the mortgage itself!
Is it any wonder that mortgage defaults have risen 45% in Los Angeles County in the last quarter from a year ago? I wonder what the rate is in the City of Los Angeles?

So the question is.. How does Measure H help make housing affordable?

IT DOESN'T. What Prop H does is to make home ownership less affordable to the average middle class buyer because it piles on to the flurry of bonds approved already by voters over the last ten years. Bonds that don't fall off the books for thirty years after their initial issuance.

Another thing that is quietly not mentioned is "What does this affordable housing look like?" What it looks like is that is gives the developer an incentive to add additional units to an already crowded project if they agree to add low income units. You will see more projects nearby you where a developer is allowed "by right" to build lets say 10 units, but with the affordable housing incentive that can add another 4 units. A 50 unit project can add up to 18 more units for a total of 68. Now imagine living on a street where there are a dozen of these rojects?

Why do I care? Because families I know who can't afford to stay in homes they bought recently in our community have made the difficult choice to leave their friends behind and move on to more affordable communities.

If you care about home affordability and quality of life you'll break the cycle and vote NO on Prop H.

October 31, 2006 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Busy these days?
Campaigns to run?
Lunch with Rob Reiner, Skelton?

October 31, 2006 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This guy isn't going to post our comments. He'll censor us.

October 31, 2006 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's a Holloween Street Event on Collis Ave north of Huntington tonight. The nieghbors have done a great job setting up for the children of the community. This shows a sense of pride in the area and community spirit. But can someone explain why its dedicated to the memory of Miguel Contreras? Was he a neighbor of the area? Or was this a political statement?

An old Hermon Ave resident....

October 31, 2006 11:51 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

There are rumors that our midget mayor is the one behind wanting UTLA to strike to make Brewer look bad right off the bat. Antonio was hand holding Duffy so now is it coincidential the teachers are talking strike at this time? What does everyone think?

I think you are onto something! But really, he's not such a short man. He's just lost a lot of weight in the past year.

October 31, 2006 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

free speech?

it was free when others controlled it.

October 31, 2006 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent points Westchesterkids.

All these bullshit fees and bond costs add up. VOTE NO on the hideous Prop H !

October 31, 2006 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, mighty midget did it again.

Can we all just get along?

Yup, don't you lil' camotito.

October 31, 2006 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:51 What's up doc? You sound like good gay spirited Anthony Manzano.

October 31, 2006 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Answer: LA 32 Mecha Club

October 31, 2006 10:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was written on this blog a long time ago that Miguel came and went at the same time. There was a high ranking African American County Fed official who had taken Miguel to this brothel, I guess a literal form of ass kissing. And this after Miguel was making the rounds with Gloria Romero and her chief of staff, Ruth Castro not to mention all those other whores. In fact it was well known that Miguel and Antonio would compare notes on the women they shared - starting with Maria Elena. These guys were and are stoned hard Marxist - they shared everything, even their women. So much for all this women's liberation crap they've been spouting.

And yet, Fabian Nunez and Miguel's groupies pushed for a high school to be named after this scumbag instead of Edward Roybal - this is why Latino politics is such a cesspool. Fabian and Marco Firebaugh were notorious for their parties at the Democratic conventions - complete with prostitutes and drugs. Marco got busted for DUI after his first Assembly victory and I guess they weren't screening those whores because Marco then died of AIDS, and he wasn't gay. But a person present at some of these parties just became a born again Christian, and he is about to confess all - he's even got pictures to prove his claims. Should have checked those cell phone cameras at the door Fabian, these pictures will make excellent campaign fodder when you go for Reyes council seat - you should think twice about that assembly/council swap you are planning - this individual comes from Ed's camp.

Personal behaviour translates into public hypocrisy - and it starts at the top with Mayor Villaraigosa.

October 31, 2006 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Halloween is the night many nice neighborhoods in the L.A. area temporarily become 50+% Hispanic.

November 01, 2006 1:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding 11:51 a.m.'s question, the late Miguel Contreras lived on Collis in El Sereno, and his surviving family still does.

November 01, 2006 5:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:43 Liar.
They rent out a house on Collis.

They don't live on Collis you MORON.

GEt your facts straight!

November 01, 2006 7:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regarding the nice neighborhoods on Halloween, I find your comment to be disappointing. Last night I had 150 kids (I kept count - bought 200 glowsticks and gave out 150) come to my door. The majority of them were in costume, and so was I. It never occurred to me to find out the ethnic background of the kids who came trick or treating. Personally, I was more concerned with making sure the kids who came had a good time, a giggle and went away happy. I succeeded.

If Halloween is the one night that my nice neighborhood becomes temporarily Hispanic or any other ethnic group, that's fine with me. A smile on a kids face is still a smile regardless of what color face its on.

Oh, and for three magical hours my neighborhood temporarily 50% nicer.

November 01, 2006 9:29 PM  

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