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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Wednesday

Deconstructing Mayor Villaraigosa's attempt to take over the schools and school board. First off, an excellent piece by Scribes at Martini Republic opines that given his lack of outright success in the ho-hum of an election last week, the Mayor now has to expend enormous energy into the May general election just to save face, energy that is needed elsewhere. Both the LA Times and the Daily News take the tack that its all well and good for the Mayor to take over education but he better really be serious about it, go balls to the wall and not just make a half or quarter ass effort. In the meantime, government lawyer, Villaraigosa toadie and school board candidate Tamar Galatzan has issued a ridiculous challenge to her opponent, incumbent John Lauritzen to debate twice a week between now and election day. Oh yea that's the way to keep the voters from falling asleep!

Most folks figure that after Governor Schwarzenegger, Mayor Villaraigosa is arguably the second highest profile politician in California. Now Zev Yarovslasky wants to change that. Zev is apparently pushing a plan to put the position of County Mayor on the ballot. The last thing we need is another elected official and no way in hell should that be Zev. This idea has been tossed around and shot down before, lets hope the same wisdom prevails.

If you thought our Clowncil and the rest of LA City Government was fun, check out Sierra Madre. Foothill Cities blog has done an excellent job of compiling all the political craziness in the town just east of Pasadena. Topics touch on sexual harassment of day laborers to nastiness at the supermarket - that's how wigged out the town is right. And of course, there are blogs-o-plenty covering every angle.

And finally, if anyone didn't think that State Senate President Don Perata (who called immigration reform activists "crackers" from San Diego) was off his rocker, they will now. Monday the Senator locked out three otherwise liberal Democratic State Senators from their offices. Their crime? They attended an event for a Democratic pro-business group. I thought liberals liked diversity. Perata should be investigated, but maybe he already is.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

That "pro-business" group, as you call it is much more than that - it's a totally pro-Latino business group: Parra, Correa, Negrete, Calderon. They want to block vote anything that stands in the way of lifting any constraints on illegal immigration, hiring of illegals, documents for illegals and so on and so on. Besides all that, what the hell is so RIGHT about a bunch of people getting together to automatically block vote? Aren't these weasels supposed to represent their individual districts as well as the best possible legislation for the people of California?

Besides their mainly-latino agenda, they dump on anything that would protect the environment if one of their big business donors might have to pay 10 cents for polluting & dumping. Parra is a complete airhead, she never would have gotten elected dog catcher if she weren't Mexican. Correa is a total slimeball, and I guess he forgot it was Perat'as fundraising and endorsement that put his fat greasy ass in that seat. This so-calle "Mod Squad" is well-known in Sacramento for what it really is: a bunch of backdoor lobbyists, just not as well paid. Perata's only mistake was in not putting their offices down the street at the Holiday Inn.

You of all people, Mayor Sam, should not be so naive. This had nothing to do with Perata being off his rocker. This has to do with someone finally telling the Latino Mafia to back off, and stop being paid off.

March 13, 2007 9:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:37 How the hell is parra part of the group?

March 13, 2007 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not sure at all what you mean by Mayor Tony's lack of success in the last election, re: school board. When he was sworn in less than two years ago, he had no allies on LAUSD's board, then one - Monica - now, two - Yolie, and possibly three (or four?) within a few weeks -- all in less than two years (and it only takes four to control).

Two more come up for election again in two years -- assuming they even bother to fight it out for a $25,000 a year stipend. (Tokofsky didn't, and he was the biggest monkey wrench AV's plans. Most likely all he'll need then is a split, and he'll have controlling allies, all in less than four years.

Partisan politicians at state and federal levels would kill for that kind of turnaround in one term, to go from no backers in year one, to a better than 50/50 chance of majority control by year four.

The Dems got a flip of 5-6 percent last time on Capitol Hill and you would have thought the world reversed its orbit. If one "Supreme" seat changes sides each decade, the hacks on the losing side talk like the world is coming to an end, and the next Dark Ages is upon us.

Perspective, folks . . . perspective. Since 2001, Tony V. has gone from whipped also ran for Mayor, to Jim Hahn, to being one part-timer's vote away from controlling all aspects of city government -- Mayor's Office, a wide slate of allies on City Council, and a nearly inevitable control of the city's largest budget -- schools.

All this in less time than he spent in the State Assembly.

March 13, 2007 10:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Parke Skelton hiring?
I need a job.

March 13, 2007 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that you, Jimmy? Nick? Or, is it Leland? Well, we know it isn't Doug, he's got one coming up.

Yeah, Antonio's really blowing it. What a failure. Too bad he can't be successful like you guys.

Hell, he's gonna lose his job after only eight years. I guess he'll have to move back to Sacramento to get work again after that.

March 14, 2007 2:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MS is right, Perata is wacko. He's done more goofball stuff than the cracker comment and locking these guys out. I think locking them out was childish.

Oh and if Perata opposes these three because they support Latino owned pro-open borders business interest then he really must be leftist.

March 14, 2007 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know what's the record for posts on a Mayor Sam thread?

The 'Last Days of the Separatist School' thread from yesterday has 219 comments so far.

March 14, 2007 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why folks don't wote?? Maybe because of power and ego trips by the likes of Perata?? and maybe because "machine politics" (such as what Antonio and Fabian are pushing onto L.A.) are such a turnoff??? If your vote doesn't really count for anything other than to elect someone's toady, then why bother to vote?

March 14, 2007 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa's fame has downgraded, recent gatherings indicate less public support.

March 14, 2007 10:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Regarding Villaraigosa and Nunez, I would add their machine politics are also extreme ethnocentric politics, e.g, risking public safety to aid and abet illegal immigration from Mexico. This is why, IMHO, Villaraigosa will never have national appeal.

March 14, 2007 10:11 AM  

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