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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Cash Waiting for the Ex-Villaraigosas

Going through a divorce can be messy - even for well heeled politicians like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

So as a service to the Mayor and his soon to be ex-wife Corina, we have located over $2000 available to them sitting in an account in State Controller John Chiang's Bureau of Unclaimed Property.

According to the Bureau's website "The State acquires unclaimed property through California's Unclaimed Property Law, which requires "holders" such as corporations, business associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the Controller's Office after there has been no customer contact for three years."

The money owed to the Villaraigosas primarily comes from insurance company payments and money left in various escrow accounts. However a major chunk of the balance comes from a $1300 refund from Pacific Bell.

If the Mayor and his ex-wife want to get a hold of this cash, they simply need only click here and begin the claims process.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the photo caption should read, "Did you call John Chiang yet??"

August 04, 2007 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor should use his share to pay Alica Unger's fine when she's charged with violating California Penal Code 148.

August 04, 2007 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After he resigns, Villaraigosa should use the money to reimburse Angelenos for all of his taxpayer-funded gigolo jaunts.

August 04, 2007 9:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's the fund for press gigolos?

August 05, 2007 1:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, your co-blogger, the idiotic ZD, could live for about two years on this, buying coffee, donuts, and bus fare.

Once he starts buying soap, shaving cream and deoderant it wouldn't last as long.

August 05, 2007 3:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good break Mayor Sam in today's Daily News. Love the story on forgiveness they have on Antonio. Unlike LA Slimes that has opinion on downfall of electeds and states Rocky should resign instead of Antonio.

L.A. blogs are voice of the people
Smaller, more local blogs are funded, if at all, on the fly. LA Observed's Kevin Roderick had a pledge week earlier in the year. Many bloggers - such as MayorSam's Zuma Dogg, blogger, activist and purveyor of incense at Venice beach - report flirtations with economic ruin arriving as a result of their passion. Rather than pure businesslike exchange, there are almost always some measures of either gift or guile behind a dependable, passionate blog.

August 05, 2007 7:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times hits Antonio, Yvonne & Rocky really hard in an editorial this morning. But my favorite is the Daily News slap of her highness Laura Chick.

Appearances count
Controller risks her credibility by hiring a lobbyist as a consultant

CITY Controller Laura Chick turned to one of the best when she hired Marcus Allen, her former chief deputy and a former deputy mayor, as a consultant.

Chick has agreed to pay Allen $85,000 to advise her department on various topics. No doubt she wanted the best and the brightest around her at the moment to negotiate through the murky waters after a KNBC story that alleged that Playa Vista developer Steve Soboroff bullied Chick's auditors during a recent audit involving the massive Marina del Rey development.

But what seems so good in theory is a problem in the world of appearances.

When Allen recently resigned from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's staff, he went from the good guys' side as a policy expert to the dark side - the one inhabited by lobbyists, political consultants and influence peddlers in the employ of special interests.

And that's what makes it grossly inappropriate for him to simultaneously be serving on the controller's payroll, on the inside of City Hall.

Since leaving public service in June, Allen has set himself up as Marcus A. Allen Consulting Inc. and became a partner in Berghoff/Englander & Associates, the heavy-hitting, heavy-handed lobbying firm run by City Hall insiders Harvey Englander and Arnie Berghoff.

Chick has offered the assurance that there will be no conflict of interest, that Allen's partners would have no idea what he was up to in her office.

We would take her and Allen at their word as honorable people, but when you're talking about the murky world of City Hall's insider politics, that isn't good enough. In that world, the appearance of a conflict of interest alone is enough to cloud the credibility of the City Controller's Office.

Allen's partners have used every technique available to lobbyists to influence local elected officials in current and high-profile debates. They successfully represented Sunshine Canyon Landfill in its fight against the Granada Hills community, and they have battled on the side of the hotels against the city's Century Boulevard "living-wage" ordinance.

By choosing to leave the public-service sector and join the special-interest sector, Allen has compromised his ability to simultaneously work inside City Hall.

As much as she respects Allen's ability, Chick ought to know better.

This is an inappropriate hire, and an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds. And that's reason enough for Chick to terminate this contract - or risk losing the credibility she has earned as the city's watchdog.

August 05, 2007 7:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:58 PM

Amen! Can the City put a lien on it? Can they put a lien on anything else?

August 05, 2007 7:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Audit the Controller's Office!!!!

Or, as the late Otis Chandler once asked "Who watches the watchers?"

Laura Chick needs watching, and she no longer qualifies to be a watcher.

Just ask Steve Soboroff.

August 05, 2007 8:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

$1300 refund from Pac Bell?? He either liked to keep his bill paid in advance or they made him cough up a whopper of a deposit to get his service turned back on!

August 05, 2007 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Others with unclaimed funds and secuurities at the Comptrollers office:

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Midget Danny Devito
Actor Jim Rockfish Garner
Pain in everoyone's ass Jane Fonda
Baskeball great Earvin Johson
Blowhard Yenta Babs Streisand

And finally...Mayor Sam Yorty himself. Yes the old dead mayor is on the list with a Studio City address.

August 05, 2007 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa might want to donate it to Sgt. McCloskey -- he's the one who's going to need it for his legal fees.

What an idiot!

Or should say idiots...all 3 of them: MAV, MIRTH-ala and McCloskey.

August 05, 2007 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villar, Delgadillo and Mahony have no credibility. They are discredited sleazebags who should resign.

August 05, 2007 10:40 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

854 am you got it made! Anyone die yet?

August 05, 2007 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yikes, this is really creepy. Don't you have anything better to do than pry into someone's personal finances? That is hardly a city affair. When are you going to post YOURS? We haven't even seen Walter Moore's alleged contributions/contributors, in his "campaign for Mayor."

August 05, 2007 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L A Daily News is a pipsqueak paper, with religous arch-conservatives like Chris Weinkopf, who already runs opinions obsessing about other people's sex lives... Mariel Garza, who will trash her mother if she can get a clever satire out of it...Beth Barrett, who will interview anyone's old or even dying or dead mother to get a "scoop"... Rick Orlov, who is easy to spin by the likes of Hahn and Zine, and gets half his stories wrong... These people are desperate to "get on the map." Are owned by a rich cheapskate who wants revenue at all costs. Cutting down nitty-gritty detail and Valley news in favor of trying to raise their tabloid profile.

August 05, 2007 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Methinks someone has an axe to grind!

August 05, 2007 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous said...
4:42: BINGO!

That's exactly what happened at the Port yesterday.

Port Police were told to hold the media back just long enough for the Mayor to get a good head start out of there.

Once they thought he was clear the OK was given to the media to move forward.

When Unger, naively hoping she'd still be able to get a question with MAV began to run, that's when Officer McPushy ran after her and pushed her into the container.

Uncalled for and definitely excessive force, considering he weighs over 225 and she comes in at about 100.

To many of the other posters: The personal attacks on Unger's looks and accent are also unwarranted.

Were those really necessary?

Or is it simply a case of you not having a coherant line of thought or argument to present here?

No matter where you stand, can't you leave the personal attacks out?


And when you refer to "Mexican Media", do you know the biggest Spanish-language network in the country, UNIVISION was owned for decades by Jerry Perenchio who is NOT Mexican or even Hispanic for that matter?

Univision is now owned by Jewish-Egyptian billionaire Haim Saban.

Telemundo, the second largest Spanish language is owned by GE/NBC/Universal -- not Mexican last time I checked.

KRCA Channel 62 is owned by the Lieberman Family.

Azteca America is an off-shoot of TV Azteca in Mexico but employees hundreds of "non-Mexicans" in the US.

August 05, 2007 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It certainly does matter that the fugly Unger woman is a foreign national who comes here to pick a fight with our cops, because she, as a Mexican, feels "entitled" like the rest of her pro-illegal Mexican sisters and brothers, to look for every opportunity to attack our city and country.

After all, they "own" the Mayor, don't they? And being small/pushy/ foreign/ AND ugly enables her to play victim on multiple levels.

The people you cite as owning the networks doesn't make them any less Mexican, any more than when the Japanese were buying up our studios or the Germans Chrysler, made them Japanese or German companies. The content and management are all Mexican, except when it comes to the parent company of Telemundo, Ch. 4, which has not had anything to do with running Telemundo so far. The culture of corruption and content were all Mexican.

August 05, 2007 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Hmmm ... Mexican elites, jews, globalists ... you are under the impression there is a difference?

August 05, 2007 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma: Mark V. killed and two more injured in an unusual shoot-out with henchmen.

August 05, 2007 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you imagine what would happen if the reverse happened: a "gringo" woman in Mexico, rushing past their Mexican macho cops into secured area, and screeching at him? Would SHE become the martyr on Mexican TV?

What WOULD happen to such a reporter?

August 05, 2007 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:49 sounds like an LA Slimes reporter jealous cause Daily News is picking up all their readers. Talk about spinning if the LA Slimes would have done their job instead of all the puff pieces especially the one in the calendar section during the mayoral election maybe little midget mayor wouldn't be in office. Thanks to David Z who is reporting the way we love the truth is finally getting out. At least Daily News had the guts to break the scandalous affair first. Why didn't the SLimes since they all knew about it. Steve Hymon use to be good but now is as big a kiss butt to city council. Drudge Report even had a piece saying LA Slimes has lost tons of readers.

August 05, 2007 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Moron: the local director of the FBI wrote a letter in yesterday's issue of the Daily Snooze, blasting it for its ignorance and stupidity in totally dismissing the terror threat and the excellent work of Bratton, FBI and local officials, despite lack of needed funds. New York papers have written about this work with envy, at how much is accomplished with so little money, and how much more is needed.

(It's called Downplaying the Terror threat, I think.)

But the redneck losers at provincial and backward Daily News can only try to sell papers with slime and stupidity.

August 05, 2007 11:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Local Agencies Help in Fighting Terror Threat" d. Aug 3rd, is the article by the outraged local chief of the FBI pointing out what a dumb, ignorant, and insulting to the cops and those officials who aren't idiots, their initial article was.

The Daily Snooze is staffed by second-rate hacks who don't know squat about the world, have no perspective, and the paper can't afford to hire anyone worth it.

Laughably pathetic, how you losers like it precisely because it is too stupid to have real news or perspective, just tries to sell papers by appealing to illiterate rabble who couldn't get through a real story over 500 words to save their lives.

August 05, 2007 11:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:57 PM

Ha ha ha ... desperate LAT staffer..

August 06, 2007 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You focus too much on yourself.

As they say in MEXICO:


Not only did you fail your wife and children but you leave them broke with penauts.

August 07, 2007 7:30 PM  

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