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Monday, July 30, 2007

ZEV YAROSLAVSKY: Zuma Dogg's Favorite New Public Comment Speaker!


Zev, can I hire you to be my speech writer, or can I just say what you said, word-for-word? Contact my people.

This was just too perfect not to re-post for an "encore" presentation.


New STRATEGY blog. The mayor's crew should read it. They must be holding their research ranker upside down?!?!


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev doesn't ahve the huevos to run for Mayor. He ran once, pulled out and never gave back the money (over a $Million).

No balls at all...

July 30, 2007 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This video is fuckin' HILARIOUS! Funnier by far than anything ZD has ever done.

Zev complaining about bad traffic, poor planning, and unresponsive government is like George W Bush complaining about the war in Iraq. Dude, YOU broke it.

Traffic? Zev has stood in the way of every mass transit proposal he has ever faced.

Planning? The LA system is much better, much fairer and a lot more transparent than when Zev was on the council. And wasn't Zev one of the votes on the Board of Supes to blow Eli Broad and approve his downtown development plans?

Unresponsive government? Say, Zev, what you doing about King-Harbor? jail over-crowding? security? homelessness? developing a countywide transit plan? Talk about ad oc and random. Is the county run so well that you have time and ability to get on your high horse?

Commander Zero at work.

July 30, 2007 4:15 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


Yeah, must be frustrating as heck to watch him spin the perfect peoples' champ speech, using Ries & Trout concepts of campaign warfare to "create an enemy" -- while he's no Inspector General, himself.

That's why I posted it, mi amigo...it's just the kind of thing that "miffs" ZD on a diurnal basis, from City Hall.

But the BOS has always been an area of interest for ZD to pursue...so it's not like I'm all, "ZEV for Inspector General, or anything...I just agree how hilarious it is, from your perspective (but it's YOUR head that explodes on this one, cause I just laugh without the "miffness" on this one -- for now)...

AND regarding campaign strategy, it's about perceptions, not reality.

MAN, are you gonna be busier than a Villar campaign opertative during LAUSD elections over trying to get YOUR side of the perception out there...cause Zev has the message down and comes off credible.

NOTICE THE HAND GESTURES, THOUGH! MAN, did you see where i mentioned that on sunday, and even made a new youtube video about it.

He is using hand gestures, but not in the congruent strategic manner.

However, the rest of his communication is so good, it doesn't hurt that much, however he could send the people away feeling even better if he could tighten that up. Watch my youtube video on the hand gesture thing, then re-watch Zev video and you will notice.

July 30, 2007 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg is my favorite head giver.

He sucks really good.


Larry Smith

July 30, 2007 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, ZD, are you cheating on Matt again?

Have you no scruples?

July 30, 2007 5:33 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


Good one! I think you have finally prevailed. I talk a lot about Erickson's "Patterns". I should write a book of my own called, "Cycles"> Cause Mayor Sam...guess who's having an "episode" again!

Maybe he should try running for something to help occupy his time.

July 30, 2007 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Again Zuma Dog promotes his executive strategy blog. How much longer until mayor sam puts an end to this blatant self-promotion

July 30, 2007 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The issue here is that Zev finally said what everyone has known: The City is for sale.

I expect plenty of spinners to minimize Zev or his message since the implications cut too close to home for the developers and lobbyist in this city.

As for 4:15: What about the Orange line? Also, every time, EVERY TIME, I have made a call to Zev, the response from him or his office has been rapid and effective.

You also have to accept the fact that perhaps Zev has "seen the light." If only our Mayor and his close pro-developer CM friends would wake up as well before we are drowned in traffic.

July 30, 2007 6:38 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Is it blatent self-promotion, or verticle integration like the Vspot is to VH1? (See Ries and Trout to help you understand the distinction).

or you can just link to it at

or any of these ZD blogs:

and a bunch of entertainment based blogs, among others.

July 30, 2007 7:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Awe, come one with this crap. Sorry Higby, I'm gone. You've let ZD turn your hard work into shit.

July 30, 2007 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
Zuma Dogg is my favorite head giver.

He sucks really good.


Larry Smith

July 30, 2007 5:22 PM

joe aa. said...
Damn, ZD, are you cheating on Matt again?

Have you no scruples?

July 30, 2007 5:33 PM


July 30, 2007 8:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

- zuma dogg 7:03pm said...
- Is it blatent self-promotion
- List of 20+ blogs

What a phucking waste of bandwidth you are Zuma. It's of no surprise why you live out of a van and beg for money for a MacFish sandwich. Hijacking all those names to post your dribble.

July 30, 2007 8:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Are those really all your blogs?

Just wondering.

July 30, 2007 8:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev or whoever becomes the Mayor? May not matter.

Robin Kramer would still "come back" and remain the


Guess who would be subsidizing her paychecks so that the Mayor's Office can "afford" her?

And Robin's former boss and mentor, Richard Alatorre, would still be around.

Who is actually running our city?

July 30, 2007 8:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma, get some help dog!!
Good thing you post here on Mayor Sams, otherwise no one would bother reading a word you write. What do all your blogs have in common? 0 Comments.

July 30, 2007 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The man provides an amusement factor. We are all into a little schadenfrued, and we are waiting to see how long it takes for the fool to self-destruct.

Trust me, it's coming.

I'm not leaving yet, Higby, but I'm close. Blow him off before he blows your gig.

July 30, 2007 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:47 said:

Robin Kramer would still "come back" and remain the


Guess who would be subsidizing her paychecks so that the Mayor's Office can "afford" her?


Let me guess her other boss: the guy who has something to do with Grand Ave,

the guy who was going to buy LAT?

July 30, 2007 9:07 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:


all the blogs are on moderate so the comments forward to me by email. i don't publish comments on those sites, cause i don't feel like moderating 100 sites. i use them to post content that i link to on this blog and others and then you comment here. i just haven't been hitting those that much. i think i'm blogging enough.

July 30, 2007 9:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This post is worth repeating because you know what they say birds of a feather tend to flock together.......

At July 26, 2007 11:34 PM, Anonymous said...
What the blogger writing about Alicia Corona and Teresa Durate is trying to inform you about is that your tax money has been given to Alicia and Teresa to the tune of $1.5 Million Dollars to Purchase the former Rose Eye Clinic located in Lincoln Heights.

This is just one more example of the type of irresponsible and negligent development that occurs in highly ethnic communities such as Lincoln Heights.

These ladies are sweatshop owners that do not live in the area and have been able to convince the local city councilman Ed Reyes to support their venture. It is unfortunate because under the guise of bringing so called needed jobs to the community they have been given a variance by the city for a liquor license and gambling establishment to be built on this site which is directly across from Gates Elementary School, Lincoln High School and in back of it Little Flower pre-school and kindergarten. The gambling part consists of over 140 video arcade machines that will be fully operational during regular school hours. Fears are that the a local group claiming to be descendents of the local Native Americans will attempt to declare the site as a federally protected reservation because of the hieroglyphics rumored to be in a dynamited cave on a hill behind the project and thereby utilizing the approval of the gambling variance as a precedent to establishing a full blown casino adjacent to these schools.

The community has been fighting back, but it has been unable since the unethical involvement from USC's Institute of Genetic Medicine’s through Lyn Crandel and David Galaviz in carrying out a coup to take over the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council. Incidentally it seems that David Galaviz is even more unethical then first thought. Information has it that he is married to M. Teresa Villegas, a Mayor Villar’s appointee to the Environmental Affairs Commission. (Villegas served as an Executive Fellow for the California Air Resources Board with funding from the Hewlett Foundation. She developed recommendations for improvements to the State’s Environmental Justice Program, all of which were approved by the Air Resources Board. Ms. Villegas previously served as Legislative Director for the Trust for Public Land in Sacramento. She is currently a public policy consultant for local governments and the Trust for Public Land. She also serves as a Board Member for the Planning and Conservation League, a statewide environmental advocacy group. Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance)

It has been 2 years since the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council has had an election. Why would David Galaviz, for that matter anybody in City Government, want to have elections when they have conflict of interest influence on the Neighborhood Councils.

Getting back to Alicia's and Teresa project, remember the $1.5 million grant was just to purchase the property. On top of this they will also receive an estimated amount of an additional $5 million dollars of your taxes for building and tax credits for next five years to hire so-called marginalized workforce. This is just another farce by the politicians to give away your hard earned money.

Other projects that are occurring in Lincoln Heights is the building of 37 Low Income Units on a former EPA site on Sichel Street, under the 1805 Sichel LLC, headed by none other that City Housing Panelist John Huskey of Meta Housing. In this case the entire project is being funded 50% tax payer money and 50% from Wells Fargo. What a sweet deal. Can you ever imagine that someone in the Barrio could get this kind of funding, forget it you would have to be very well connected and you and your employees have to be generous donors to the illustrious sell out Latino Politicians?

More recently it was made known that a certain group of developers are planning to develop one of the largest parcels of open space in the City. Approximately 30 acres on a hill behind Lincoln High Schools Athletic Field, owned by Mee Yin Corp will have a gated community of 387 - million dollar homes. 15 acres will be for the housing and 15 acres of property will be donated to the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy. You say this is okay, think again. All land set aside for open space should be given to the City for Park Land that way it should never ever be used for anything but parks. But the game currently being played now is for non-profits such as the Conservancy to get the Land and then after a period of time they will also get rid of some of this Land for Development. The game is called Land Banking through the use of non-profits.

For those still interested in what is going on in our community you might also find it interesting that Mee Yin Corp is represented by City Lobbyist Steve Afriat, a former City Animal Regulation Commissioner who has represented the interest of Strip Club and Gay Bathhouse Owners in the City of Los Angeles. Steve Afriat is no light weight; a google search of him will give you an enormous amount of information of his dealings with former Councilmen Art Snyder, Richard Alatorre and Mike Hernandez. It would seem that if you want to win a city council seat you need Steve Afriat’s blessings and money sources.

How unfortunate that Lincoln Heights a founding member of the Chicano Movement in the late 60’s and 70’s is being converted into a cesspool of political misrepresentation, graft, unethical activity and corruption.

July 30, 2007 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:17 You forgot this part:

It is said that you are known by the company you keep.

Steven Afriat, Business License Commission, Appointed by Zev Yaroslavsky, Third District Supervisor

Steven Afriat is an expert in policy, political strategy, and governmental and public affairs. Mr. Afriat served as Chief Deputy during County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s councilmanship with Los Angeles City, and also as Chief Legislative Aide to the California State Legislature. His many years of experience and exceptional service have earned Mr. Afriat appointments to several boards and commissions, including the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission, Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Advisory Commission, State Senate Insurance Advisory Commission, Los Angeles City Board of Animal Regulations, and as the Los Angeles City Council President’s appointee to the Proposition F Citizen Oversight Committee. Currently, Mr. Afriat serves the County of Los Angeles as Vice President of the Business License Commission and the State of California as the Assembly Speaker’s appointee to the Bipartisan California Commission of Internet Political Practices. Mr. Afriat regards these appointments as some of his greatest achievements.

July 30, 2007 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Zev FOR or AGAINST the Grand (take your pick: Illusion, Disillusion, Deception, Corruption, or Avenue) Project?

The answer should tell us a lot.

July 30, 2007 10:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Q: What people can do to start getting involved and Garcetti gave four tips:

1. Be Positive:...People are against this, against that. But when something is good, public comment is a field of crickets. A good example was this past Wednesday at (public comment) where every comment was positive.

Is that the point Eric. Come on down to city hall with positive comments. You may be against that skyscraper being built in violation of enough reasons to trigger a DA investigation, and we may have even admitted that we have been kicking people out of their life long residency, in violation of the City Charter law; we may do thing in violation of Federal law, that destroys lives; while me and my cronies get rich...

But when you spend all your time coming down to city hall to address us, try and use the time, not to speak out "against" the shady agenda items that are destroying lives...

try and use your time, not to address an problem you would like us to fix, but try and use the trip to speak UP about some of the GOOD things we have already done in the city. You know, the things that we say on OUR, time, all the time, as we grandstand and thank each other throughout the meeting for all of our hard work and good thing that we do...

You know, try and make every public comment, more like a "presentation and proclamation" and less of an opportunity to express grievences that we can take action to improve.

Please be all good like those other people.

And that's how you can start to become more involved.

[ZD CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Eric, see here's the problem. The problem isn't really as bad as you are trying to make it appear to seem. We all know you don't like ZD notifying the people of your shadiness on your own City cameras and TV station, but let's not confuse that with a few moments of loud speech. (I mean how much loud-talk has there been in '07? Take a look on the city website. search "zuma dogg" for all comments and see and hear for yourself.)

So the people you are speaking to are not saying, "Yeah, that is a problem." And if there are people who feel you are talking about people like ZD, well many of those respondants would probably say the corrupt politicians deserve it anyway, and are glad someone is doing what you are trying to lead them to believe is happening at a disproportionate level.

And yes, some folks...mostly the choir you are preaching to (like COS' shady Jaycees that isn't an open Jaycees, but a mere schill to gather a database and contacts for a CM run)...WILL feel that ZD's occasional voice raising...and it hasn't been twice in six months (and even then it's just "loud", not YELLING!!!), is far worse than what the politicians are doing behind their back.

So you have to play the percentages.

Eric and people protecting the corruption...I can tell you, and your market research can confirm it...people do not have the same perception and emotions to the issue you raise. So all you are doing is sending a mixed-neurological association. Because as soon as you say that...most of the people are either saying, "Ha Ha..yeah, I love those guys when they do that...totally hilarious!" Or, "Yeah...those shady politicians deserve it!"

And the ones who are OUTRAGED at those negative public comment speakers...well they were probably on your side (voting for you in their mind) anyway...

So what you should say is...

The first thing I would do, is call your councilmembers office and tell them your issue or comment and see if they can have someone get back to you with an answer or let you know if there is anything you can do next.

Or, you can come down, straight to public comment and address us in person. And although it takes a lot of time and cooperation from many different people and departments, all too many times, before we see the results of these efforts, there have been many occasion in recent months where people have voiced an opinion over community issues, and we were able to accomodate those requests and have even created new laws and have become much more mindful of many civic issues within the City.

No city of this size and complex demographic will ever be able to please everyone all at once, but if there is something you feel strongly about, let us know, and it helps to get others in your community involved with you as well.

Or, just send Zuma Dogg and email, or call him on his cell phone and he might get pissed off and tell the whole f*cking city, for you.

July 30, 2007 10:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Whore Should Be Fired


July 30, 2007 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My defense on Zuma's behalf over Garcetti's comments in LAist.com

July 30, 2007 11:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev the people's hero? Other than turning Marina del Rey into Miami Beach by booting out long-time marinas and boat owners, and selling off the Santa Monica Mountains to the highest bidder -- anyone but the Conservancy -- and still owing a cool mil from the last time he ran, he's got more baggage than Posh's porter.

And it would all start to come out.

He should be glad he's under the radar where he is, with so little public scrutiny, and a huge budget and all that discretionary power.

If his ego gets the better of him, thinking that the Mayor is weakened enough to take down, he'll be very sorry...he'd be out of his league.

July 31, 2007 1:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:15 p.m. is right about Zev: HE's the reason we don't have mass transit today -- he fought it tooth and nail and Councilmember! He's the one who persuaded Waxman to veto it at the federal level, and only Antonio got the ban reversed, finally...The only proposal he has on the table now is the one-way street one, which is under study because some immediate neighbors and DOT engineers feel it will just divert traffic onto side streets: the jury is out on that one.

He and the other supes (like Yvonne, who wants to close King Drew 'over her dead body" but won't even live in her district, let alone consider entering that death-trap and tax- drain of a hospital) have sat by and watched that tax-drain disaster for years and years, impotently. And if he turned a blind eye to Burke's elaborate scheme of sneaking around to hide her non-residence, what else did Mr. Morality ignore?

He's figuring that just because he's had the same old glumpy wife forever, he's got the lock on the "family man" angle. But if that's all it took, my accountant could run -- and frankly, do a better job. He's got no charisma and, as a couple, they're more suited to Pacoima or Peoria, Paducah... Not ready for prime time.

And especially after this holier- than - thou speech, he's got no friends who trust him, left. No one, not just in politics, likes a "look at me, I'm better than them!"

He'd be crazy to throw away a job he's got until 2014 to lose the election as Mayor.

July 31, 2007 1:44 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

anon said..."He'd be crazy to throw away a job he's got until 2014 to lose the election as Mayor."

Good point. I think that leads ZD which way HIS bet would go in Vegas.

So I guess he is just trying to weaken the opposition. (Even though they are not supposed to be opponents.)

July 31, 2007 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When Zev and the Mayor got into that test of wills over MTA rate hikes, it was ZEV who was insistent on RAISING the rates even for the working poor, while Antonio wanted a freeze.

So maybe Zev doesn't like ending up being made to look like the bad guy, making the maids from East L A pay more to travel to the Westside, and he wants to get even with the Mayor. -- But unless he's dumb, he has to have decided to shoot for some higher, ulterior motive, too.

July 31, 2007 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, sports fans, here's my suggestion:

I have been a constant critic of Zuma Dogg since I abhor his spelling, his grammar, but mostly his basic misunderstanding of the political process and how it all works.

I find it grating to read him and watch him commit the most elemental mistakes in understanding why things have to be handled in certain ways to achieve objectives.

But, I notice, in reading his readers' comments, that most are related, not to the subject matter, but to his stupidity or arrogance, or his personal self agrandisement.

So. let's cut it out and let him post stupidity without comment; in short, boycott the idiot until he gets tired of talking to himself.

If we can control ourselves, it will be more telling than anything we could say, to see his posts go uncommented upon.

So, I'm done commenting on his posts. I hope you'll join me in this experiment, which may illustrate to mayor Sam the futility of having a fool like this on his otherwise quite cogent, relevant blog.

July 31, 2007 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This clown ought to be the next one put in the ring at the L A Times, for his hypocrisy in claiming to lead the revolution, when he was behind the original big developments like the Westside Pavilion and Beverly Center, currently turning Marina del Rey into Miami Beach or worse -- making the waterways more dangerous and polluted too -- selling off the Santa Monica Mts, really pristine territory, to developers WHEN THAT IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY AND NOT IN A COMMERCIAL AREA, like the developments he's on his high horse about. HE is the one who blocked not only progress on a subway, but also LOBBIED THE FEDS THROUGH WAXMAN AND HIS OTHER CRONIES TO PROHIBIT L A FROM GETTING FUNDS FOR MASS TRANSIT, all because there was one methane spill in his then- Council district, Fairfax area.

Etc. etc. He thinks people will ignore this because he's got the same dumpy old wife forever, and likes to say he's lived in the same modest house -- but with all the perks of the BOS including chauffeurs, amazing expense accounts and billions of dollars of fund to oversee, who knows...?

Maybe HE's also behind dishing dirt on Laura Chick, to scare her off of auditing HIM, and making sure she won't run against him for Mayor.


July 31, 2007 7:01 PM  

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