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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Alarcon And "R": Timing Is Everything

Having just been reelected to the state legislature, Assemblyman and former State Senator Richard Alarcón, D-Van Nuys -- whom I affectionately call "Rocky" in honor of his mayoral TV ads showing him boxing -- is now running for City Council.

He is doing so because, of course, the last thing a career politician wants to do is EVER wind up out of office. They are petrified of life in the private sector. Unlike California's oblvious voters, real employers want things like, well, results. Scary!

So suppose Alarcon wins, and suppose further that, AFTER he wins, Judge Janavs rules -- as Judge O'Brien ruled before her -- that Measure R, which lets City Council Members serve three rather than two terms, is unconstitutional. Having twice been elected to the City Council before, Alarcon would not be allowed to take office.

Kind of a dilemma for him, huh? When, if ever, does he resign his current position? What does he do while "R" is on appeal? Skip the City Council office altogether? What happens to the City Council position? A new election?

Just some food for thought from Mayor Sam's Political Legal Analyst....

(Rodin was French, by the way.)



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, private sector accountability is like kryptonite to these career pols who play musical chairs with different positions. From his biography on his Assembly website, it doesn't look like he has much, if any, private sector or business experience. But hey, what does he care if he can "earn" a $171,000 clowncil salary.

January 21, 2007 11:23 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

You can tell from their actions none of them has ever spent much time in the private sector.

January 21, 2007 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As I said 2 hours ago on another thread, if Richard loses in May (or if Measure R is bounced) there is a Kentucky Governors race in Nov 07. The Primary is late May, so Ritchie Ross should have enough time to draft a new southern white trash campaign theme for Richard.

A friend of mine went to Richard's opening (because his elected boss made him) and said it was pathedic. The only folks that showed up were begged to attend. People are giving him money because they feel they have to, but they really hate him.

January 22, 2007 12:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter: brilliant! You hit the nail on the head. Boy will he look silly, when he returns to the Assembly...

January 22, 2007 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, you can tell by this thread just how much ANYBODY but a couple of litigious hopeless wannabe someday electeds care about Prop R anymore.

Give it a rest. The PEOPLE voted. Obviously the only thing that scared them MORE than giving the current crop of councilmembers another term was looking further down the line at the gruesome, screaming line-up of knuckle-draggers huddled in their sleeping bags beside the poli-tick-etron, on deck for the NEXT term.

It gave me the Willie . . . Browns; lost a lot of sleep. They can't run a neighborhood council anywhere but into the ground, but some THINK they can run a whole district 5-times that size.

Pure delusion.

January 22, 2007 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:25 You are wrong, period.

January 22, 2007 6:01 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I predict courts will throw out "R" and the mayoral takeover of the LAUSD, especially since Superior Court judges have already ruled that way in both cases.

However, I agree that the lawsuit against R is, well, rather inconsequential in the long run, but not because "the people have spoken." Rather, R's fate is irrelevant because the same old career politicians simply trade offices: from assembly to senate to city council to whatever.

Until the voters of this city give a damn, nothing will change. And the voters aren't going to give a damn any time soon, because those who do are fleeing the state altogether. This city is headed nowhere but down.

January 22, 2007 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This prediction from Walter Moore, who also predicted he would gather enough GOP and independent votes for Mayor that he would end up in a runoff with the top Democrat.

Now THAT's delusion by a factor of 10.

January 23, 2007 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what's the scenario if Measure R isn't found unconstitutional? Alarcon serves this half term and another full term?

January 24, 2007 9:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WALTER, didn't you give $100K to your mayoral bid. /records show $ 75 K was returned to you, what happened? didn't need the dough?

January 29, 2007 11:30 AM  

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