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Monday, January 22, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

City Clowncil member turned State Senator turned Assemblyman for the moment Richard Alarcon kicked off his campaign to return to his old 7th District Clowncil seat this weekend. Making this possible is Eric Garcetti's term limits extension scheme, Measure R. Attempting to hold back the Alarcon juggernaut is former Richard Riordan aide and housing expert Monica Rodriguez and businessman Oscar Mendoza. Stay tuned to the Sister City for upcoming news on the 7th District race.

Councilman Jose Huizar was keeping the bloggers busy this weekend and now he offers his vision for the future of Downtown LA and the folks at Martini Republic are sure they heard it somewhere else before.

Both Steve Lopez at the LA Times and LAist are having a minor fit about the City of Los Angeles' transportation guru - Jamie de la Vega - driving a Hummer as his personal vehicle. The great thing about America is you can drive any car you can afford. Its probably one of the reasons people are thronging to come here from all over the world. These immigrants will find that once they get here, not only will liberals be telling them what to drive, what to eat, where to shop, where to live what to watch and listen to on TV and radio, what bloggers can do and who knows what else. This old, dead Republican mayor says its de la Vega's right to drive whatever the hell damn car he wants.

Though the LAUSD has managed to so far keep Mayor Villaraigosa's mitts off the school district they want to put theirs on even more bond money. The LAUSD already has figured out a scheme to incur some debt without voter approval; they don't need any more of our money pushing the public into further debt.

What do old, Republican white guys do when they leave public office? If they don't go to jail, sometimes they wind up with cushy jobs at companies that are somehow looking for the government to make them rich. And to do that you need someone with government connections. Such is the case of former Secretary of State Bill Jones who is pushing an ethanol fuel scheme for California. By the way, using ethanol as a fuel to power vehicles may sound good in theory but the science behind proves its a total bust.

Here we go again. Having apparently gotten over her parking issues, Councilwoman Janice Hahn wants $50 million for yet another anti-gang program. The best anti-gang program is to hold parents accountable for their children's actions. Lets hope the Clowncil passes on this lunacy.

According to Google analytics, a lot of (LA)Observing of the Sister City is happening these days. After Google, Yahoo and Blogger itself, the WWG's own little blog is one of the top referrers to Mayor Sam. That means the blog that sends us the most traffic is LA Observed. We have to say thank you to Mr. Roderick himself. The next top two blogs that refer to us are interestingly CurbedLA and Central City East (Don Garza). A hoody hoo to them as well! In the meantime, Martini Republic is having it's usual fun (LA)Observing the WWG's fundraising drive.

Last week Los Angeles City Nerd was checking out numbers on downtown helipads. Now he's showing the evolution of the city's 311 information line logo as well as the 311 logos from other US cities.

And finally, Here in Van Nuys has an interesting piece about the San Fernando Valley Radio Control Flyers who have been flying model planes at a miniature "airport" at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Center in Van Nuys for over half a century. I doubt very few Valley residents know of this facility tucked behind some wildlife preserves just west of the 405. I have visited a few times just as an observer - there is a certain zen to watching these serious hobbyists' fly their scaled down, realistic looking aircraft.



Blogger Walter Moore said:

Speaking of Alarcon, read my post below the hotsheet for the dilemma he faces in view of the pending challenge to Measure R.

January 21, 2007 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

That's what I call a hyper-turbo-ninja post! Nice job. That post was the blogger's equivalant of Yoda's light saber fight scene in Star Wars Revenge of the Sith.

January 21, 2007 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So only 50 people at Alarcon's kickoff? I've seen more people at a Neighborhood Council meeting.

January 21, 2007 11:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eddietor said...
This Just In....

Councilmember Huizar responds to ZUMA DOGG instead of the newspaper that reported the story???? How small and cowardly is that?

If the story was inaccurate, Mr. Huizar's office could have stopped it in its tracks had they bothered to respond our interview request.

For the record, I have no personal agenda against Mr. Huizar. We have written numerous critical articles about Alvin Parra as well in the past. (Candidate Jimenez is so stunningly unfit we dont waste our energy.) I'm simply concerned that Mr. Huizar gives short shrift to his own community paper. We have been serving Northeast LA since 1999, and I am also a former reporter at the LA Downtown News.

Mr. Huizar, you are only as smart as the people doing your talking for you. And at the moment, well.......

Edward Rivera
Editorial Director
Arroyo Seco Journal



p.s. I have never met either Mick McGuire, or Parke Skelton. I also don't live in the 14th District.

p.p.s. We have a follow-up story coming out next week. I think the LA Weekly is doing their Huizar piece this Thursday. I know they spoke to a lot of the same sources.

January 21, 2007 11:44 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Sorry they must feel more people read this blog, than your paper. Why don't you just admit your own story didn't even matter until it was picked up on mayor sam...And It didn't cost a penny to produce or distribute, BE-ATCH. Now please keep the huizar stufff on the thead below, and don't clog up mayor sam's awesome open thread the way matt, mike and zd clog up public comment.

January 21, 2007 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD AND FBI to start targeting gangs in the Harbor-Gateway area, specifically, the 204 St. Gang.

January 22, 2007 12:02 AM  

Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

Zuma, you have to be nice to people in print! After all, they would be far more careful to credit any place where they pick up their three-month-old stories, if only they could remember what they do all day besides read blogs and listen to radio.

January 22, 2007 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The AS Journal is the biggest joke "news" paper on the Eastside. Even worse than Alvin Parra's own garbage monthly in El Sireno.

The Arroyo paper has been shut down three times already once for more than a year, and was bought out another time by none other than the very same JOHN EDWARDS who ran Pacheco's two worst campaigns ever. Then it was called the Northeast Reporter or some stupid thing, and operated mostly during Pacheco's messed up campaign against Villaraigosa as a Nick P. mouthpiece. Then there was also the time that "edditor" Riviera worked as Pacheco's flack press mouthpiece. Don't believe? Check Pacheco's campaign funding sheets from his last several attempts, the paychecks are listed there.

The paper has been resurrected twice, now publishes maybe 3 or 4 times a year (if that), and then pretty much survives only on ads from public funds, whenever there's a city sponsored event that taxpayers pay for because no real businesses would waste time on something that can't get on the street until the day before or sometimes after the events being advertised.

Plus Riviera has attempted to run for, and bowed out of the CD1 council race nearly as many times as Alvin Parra has struck out or been stepped over in 14.

Looooo-sers all.

January 22, 2007 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like most of that is public record. Didn't the AS Journal get started with thousands of dollars of city graft funding from defrocked, coke-snorting former councilmember Mike Hernandez, who justified the payoff by telling people there were no newspapers in teh district when there were at least three struggling ones already there?

January 22, 2007 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

not once in that ethanol article did the author mention the radioactive waste produced from all of his nuclear plants solving world energy problems.
where do we dump the radioactive waste that lasts 10,000 years?
oh yeah, the arizona desert.
anyone remember the ship loaded with waste, that just cruised the world because noboby wanted to have it dock in their port?
we'd be shocked to know the crap they dump at sea. industrial waste. poisons. chemicals.
nuclear energy is not the answer.
personal responsibility is.

January 22, 2007 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wouldn't slam anyone for running a losing campaign for Pacheco.

It is impossible to win with a candidate who, when elected, treated his constituents like they didn't exist and members of the public like servants.

I had issues before him when he was Councilman that were legitimate, meritorious issues and he treated me, as well as all others, as supplicants.

All that I can say good about NIck Pacheco is that he is an equal opportunity abuser. He should never be allowed to hold any office where he can affect people's lives again.

Clearly, the electorate agrees with me.

January 22, 2007 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OFFICER SHOT TWICE IN RAMPART AREA. Chief Bratton states officer in hospital and ok. Bullets went through bullet proof vest. Suspect killed and 3 arrested. That damn Antonio runs over to take over the press conf. That little shit has no business being there just for a photo op. Officers hate him and know Antonio uses them to suit his purposes. They can't stand the mayor.

I want to change the topic quick before the CD14 cut & paste crew come in and takeover.

How do the council members think their constituents will react if they place a tax ballot measure for $50 mil to give to gang programs when they don't know how the money is being spent? They need to audit the gang programs, set guidelines, find out who and how money is distributed then we'll talk.

January 22, 2007 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADD Antonio will be busy today. Photo ops at De La Hoya learning center, groundbreaking for new LAPD headquarters, officer shot not seriously injured but in hospital. When is he ever in his office? His handlers should tell him stop making an ass clown out of himself playing the media whore and get some real work done for a change. When is his State of the City Address???????

January 22, 2007 8:49 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:



Please start blasting Richard Alarcon on your blog and Mayor Sam. I think what he is doing is insane. He is a joke and an asshole and wants to be on council so that he can run for City Controller in 2009.

People are talking about his, but not enough. Anyway, I am a big fan and I am sure I am not the first to ask that you start blasting this asshole. I don;t know much about the other candidates, but they all have to be better than Richard Alarcon.

January 22, 2007 8:54 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Matt --

Regarding nuclear power, my beloved France has used nuclear power safely and effectively for decades. Result? They get something like 80% of their electricity from nukes.

Wouldn't it be nice to re-arrange our country so we wouldn't have to give a damn who controls mid-east oil? Yes, it would.

Life is risk. Every path involves risk. You just chose which risks you're willing to take, and which you aren't. I'm not willing to risk any more U.S. lives or money on the fate of the middle east. I am SO tired of those people.

January 22, 2007 8:54 AM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

Hey Zuma,

I think you like Laura Chick because you think she is hot...

You like the power ladies.

Tell the truth ZUMA....

January 22, 2007 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



"p.s. I have never met either Mick McGuire, or Parke Skelton. I also don't live in the 14th District.'

January 22, 2007 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

p.p.s. We have a follow-up story coming out next week. I think the LA Weekly is doing their Huizar piece this Thursday. I know they spoke to a lot of the same sources.



January 22, 2007 9:31 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

9:18am Don,

Ha! You busted me. I do think she's a cutie!

January 22, 2007 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (rubs eyes and yawns):

That was quite an interesting game yesterday between two worthy opponents, wasn't it? Kept you on the edge of your seat as things down on the field changed moment by moment, with lots of score tie-ing, it did. And then there was that other game between the Patriots and the Colts, which was in some respects more believable than the game between Don Jose and Al-vin, savvy?

But let's talk about something else, shall we? And that something else was the tax that I alluded to on another thread a few days ago. I was musing about what fancy-schmancy name this new tax would have, and that it ultimately would boil down to a personal income tax for City residents.

(gets out of bed and heads into head to take shower)
You know, I do my best thinking in the shower, so bare with me for a moment, will you?

(Takes quick shower and emerges with clothes on)
There, I feel like a new man and dressed in threads from Saville Row, I can now face the day at City Hall. (Grabs cup of tea and scone while heading out door) Sots, how much personal income do you think YOU would be happy giving away in the form of a personal income tax? A little? A lot? Anyone who makes over $40,000 should have to pay 28% of it to the City in the form of personal income tax. Just how much of a vested interest do YOU want to have in the way favours are passed out to those who need favouring? After all, this is YOUR money that is being spent willy-nilly. It comes directly out of your purse, instead of funneled through one of the various agencies monies get funneled through.

Yes, I think a personal income tax would be a wonderful thing indeed as it would force those highly-paid dunces on the Clowncil to part with their one monies, savvy? I would be willing to wager that either monies were better spent or there would be motions before the Clowncil lowering their salaries so quick you wouldn't have time to say "Bob's yer Uncle".

(Arrives at City Hall)
Look alive sots, for sometime this morning a well dressed pirate will be within your midst. Just make sure he takes nothing with him when he leaves, savvy?

January 22, 2007 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rummor has it that a very well known and active Republican in the San Fernando Valley is about the change their voter registration.

Given the state of the city, state, county and country, it is apparent the time is here for an independent voice for the people.

January 22, 2007 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Our prayers go out to the injured officer and his family. At a time like this we must remember that Policing is priority # 1. All officers must be given every tool avalible to do their job.

Cut and Pasters were out in force yesterday. At 164 and counting, the action during the "BLUE MUD BOWL" was just as good as the real football action on the blub tube. Just for clarification, Am I Parke, Eddie or that McGuire dude ? Who knows ?

D, O, DOUBLE G, what, is myopia taking over your eyesight ? Not even a case of COORS (DEDICATED TO HUGO), would make that HAG look good. Even the "OLD GREY HAG ON SPRING STREET" looks better that that "CHICKEN", and she is 125 years old !!! ZUMA, take hand away from crotch, and find a cute member of the poodle family. Just razing you Bro.

This idea and the "TAX SCHEME" to p;ay for it won't pass the smell test, literally. did anybody catch the brief in the "LA ANTONIA TIMES" that the Wilshire/Vermont Station had to be shut down when a gas detector went positive ? Geology will be the barrier to this goal of extending to the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF THE WESTSIDE.

Our favorite NIMBY, "JOE B" is at again with the "ALGER INTELLEGENCE AGENCY"(A.I.A) photos of the roof of the former K-MART site. What is next, domestic spying ? listening devices ? I am with Mayor Sam on this. Build the darn thing and work with ICE to keep the DAY LABORERS out.

We have some extra seats for our continuing "TAIL GATE PARTY" for the "BLUE MUD BOWL" Feel free to give us a Hallor up on the hill.



January 22, 2007 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Best Post

D, O, DOUBLE G, what, is myopia taking over your eyesight ? Not even a case of COORS (DEDICATED TO HUGO), would make that HAG look good. Even the "OLD GREY HAG ON SPRING STREET" looks better that that "CHICKEN", and she is 125 years old !!! ZUMA, take hand away from crotch, and find a cute member of the poodle family. Just razing you Bro.

January 22, 2007 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



January 22, 2007 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(Whispers) Good morning Red Spot: I am in a meeting with lots of sots at the present moment. Blue is the color of the day, savvy? I thank you for your kind offer, but me mum has rather quality stadium seats for this particular sporting event. We shall, if you will, wave at you from the end zone.

Anon, the two redbeards among my crew send their halloos to you and their thanks for keeping them duly entertained while lurking about the Catorce Quarter.

(Puts finger to lips)
Remember, Ex marks the Spot upon which the Tree of Knowledge grows and where the tempest shall mayhap trump the serpent.

January 22, 2007 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg sorry dog but Laura Chick N Shit plays on the other team, she just hasn't had the guts to say it but everyone in her office knows it. More taxes after clowncil got the big raise and are the highest paid in the nation. Now Hahn, Perry, Greuel want to tax $50 mil to give to gang bangers even though they don't know where the hell the millions they already get is going. read


Add to that they tried another sneaky ploy by not sending or letting NC's know it was coming. Instead they told citywatchla.com to tell the NC's on Friday. Are we beginning to see a pattern here? But all you people who whine get up off your asses and send e-mails or show up to city council and speak out. You can be sure Hahn's office has told gang guys to be there in force to support her dumb ass motion.

January 22, 2007 12:23 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Elephant Hill is before the PLUM committee tommorow at City Hall. Here is a guy who did a good story on it for people "for" or "against".


January 22, 2007 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony V. screwed the pooch on E. Hill years ago. Nothing's going to change anything much there. He did one of the best duck-and-sucker-punches ever filmed (until the Southwest Museum turned up).

Told the sheep at the door he'd save them from the slaughter, told his colleagues on council to cover his ass and vote him down and gave them all private recipes for lamb stew, while he played martyr "I tried, folks, be there were JUST too many of them . . ."

The ONLY time CMs sandbag another one of their 15 like that over something on his OWN home turf is when he ASKS them to sandbag him, so he can save face, for the next race. ("Make it look good, colleagues, and I'll do the same for you next month).

Villaraigosa still had the sand crystals under his fingernails when he claimed to have "stood with the residents."

January 22, 2007 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Hacopian dumps Alvin.

The AV blackmail worked.

January 22, 2007 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parra was stupid to trust Hacopian in the first place. He and Parke go way back.

January 22, 2007 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


January 22, 2007 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Raul?

January 22, 2007 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Raul, is the E.D. of the Ayudo organization that was just rewarded a contract for youth services

January 22, 2007 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politically astute my ass. Raul is nothing more then a bitch to both Antonio and Jose. He never copped out why after being appointed to a commission spot he withdrew.

Well, I don't know who gets the credit but Jose is getting off his butt. Why does he always have his meetings in Eagle Rock?
Councilmember Huizar is sponsoring a Public Safety Forum on
"Building Safer Communities for Our Children"
Monday, February 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The forum will take place at Occidental College 1600 Campus Road in Eagle Rock in the Mosher Lecture Hall.

January 22, 2007 4:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Instead of attacking the problems where they are the worst, Jose comes to Eagle Rock to talk to the constituents who always vote and who will donate to his campaign. Plus, they know Alvin for the low-oife he is. It's a waste of time to discuss crime where it's happening. Because if those constituents cared they would make sure their kids were not involved in gangs and would be policing their own neighborhoods like they do in other parts of CD14. It's interesting to me that funds are being used to stop gang activity, but you can't stop gang activity until you make parents and legal guardians responsible for those under their supervision...Think about it-if your child is playing ball outside your house on the lawn with neighbor children, and your child hits the ball and breaks your neighbors front window-you are financially responsible to repair it. Why are we letting these parents and legal guardians off the hook when their minor children belong to gangs and rob, steal, intimidate, deface other person's property and ultimately murder someone? Obviously you would have to be an idiot not to know your child is involved in gang membership and activity. There are particular signs...we all know them. All this money being thrown down the drain on trying to stop gang membership, giving our youth options so they won't join is crap. It's the parents who should be doing this, and if they can't they need to contact the police and get assistance for the monster child they have bred. The dollars would be better spent on a boot camp ordered by the juvenile courts to assist the parents and families. Those parents who want to close their eyes and are raising a criminal and possible murderer should be prosecuted for the crimes of their children. Try that, after a few prosecutions of these parents and will we see a major decrease of gang membership. And the ones left in gangs will fizzle out abruptly. It won't be so cool when your family is deported because criminals cannot become citizens and loose their green cards. It won't be great for a family to see their parent in jail serving "their child's time" in jail. But, it will immediately stop gang membership. Parents won't like it...
So let's stop being politically correct and solve the problem. Our lives and those we love depend on it...

January 22, 2007 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correct, Jose wants to "skirt" the crime problems of the 14th, that's why he's holding this meeting in the outskirts of where the problem really is. If he really cared he would have been beating the streets in the thick of it since the first day he took office, not just at election time.

January 22, 2007 10:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People in Eagle Rock don't play "Where's Waldo?" They play "Where's Jose?" I wonder if how many other communities in the 14th district play the same game?

January 22, 2007 10:09 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


Heeeeeeeeel Yeeeeeeeeeeeeah!

I wish I knew who posted it. I think it's someone well known to the Mayor Sam crowd.

January 23, 2007 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Archie Bunker, you've never been so wordy before.

Its all just a matter of keeping "mommie" home to raise the little ones, right?? That will stop all the crime.

But then who's going to clean the professionals' homes in Eagle Rock, and wet nurse their little rich spoiled brats while they go earn the car payment for their Range Rovers, right?

Bummer, that.

January 23, 2007 2:25 PM  

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