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Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Hotsheet at 7:30 a.m.

How's Jill Stewart doing, anyway?

The LAWeekly's hard driving news editor knows what she's up against: a town full of news, not a lot of people able or willing to report it. Even so, you have to think you can come up with a little more than stories about Santee High and a visit to a tough neighborhood. (As a matter of fact, Celeste Fremon, who also writes the blog WitnessLA, is coming off like the Weekly's LA obiter dicta-ress-in-chief of late.)

But what's the Weekly trying to do here, really? Lower it's median reader age a bit? City Hall may indeed be on vacation, but the business of the City is still being done...

There are plenty of Department-level City stories begging to be told this time of year. What about all the inner city pools closed in the middle of summer---how did that happen? (Just this morning, LAist has a PR-y take on the City pool situation, as though all's well). What do rangers say about Griffith Park trails? And there is a seedy Planning Department / development story to be told in nearly every census tract in the City. Zuma, get pitchin'. And it would be nice for Markland to pitch Jill some hard news too. He's ready.

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Missed these letters the other day in the fishwrap of record on the Griffith Park Master Plan. Love this line: "Griffith Park personified as Manhattan's Central Park is pure LaBonge."

And downtown is Manhattan. Why does LA always have to be someplace else to be valid? Why can't it be LA?

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The South Bay musselwrapper known as the Daily Breeze, which so many of you are so uncharitable towards does a little bit of Antonio astroturfing this morning, quoting a government researcher sympathetic to the Mayor's plan to sell off $58 million of City land.

"They're not thinking of the city overall," said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies - a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research group in Los Angeles.

"The city could lose millions of dollars from land that's not doing anything. To have it sitting there vacant is a waste of a very valuable resource."

Yeah. And how many of you have been known to lose money by holding onto real estate in Southern California?

If you haven't been here since yesterday afternoon, lots to catch up with, including both Zuma and yours truly on Sabrina Kay, Christopher Pak and Koreatown development.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LA Slimes did a horrible job on the Santee High principal issue. There are many parents who love this principal because he doesn't take any shit from those illegals and is keeping them in line. The students and their illegal parents think he's being to hard on them so now they want him out. Idiots!!!! maybe if those same parents disciplined their kids we wouldn't have as much graffitti, gang violence, thefts etc.

August 24, 2007 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FYI, the story about surplus city land was written by Beth Barrett of LA Daily News and was publishd in the Daily News. The Breeze is a sister paper that simply picked it up.

August 24, 2007 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Celeste Fremon is a groupie of Father Gang Banger Boyle. She has no credibility at all and in fact is a joke as reporter. All she does is defend gang bangers and wrote a screenplay. She wrote a 4 part series in LA Weekly on a gang banger family making it seem as if the cops and everyone was against them, planting evidence, harrassing etc. WELL WELL come to find out eventually the loser gang banger was arrested on drug possession, the low life mother who had the kids taken away 5 times got arrested for selling and distributing drugs and yup kids taken away again and Celeste NEVER wrote the truth or apologized for her lies. There are many many many Latinos who won't read the LA Weekly because they allowed that piece to continue running in paper well the gang bangers were killing innocent people in the neighborhood where those losers lived.

August 24, 2007 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daniel Hernandez has this up on his blog. Its Antonio's statement about Arellano's arrest. The FEDS are laughing at Antonio and no way in hell will they ever brief him or alert him to what they do, they don't answer to the midget mayor. Daniel and Antonio need to read all the blogs all over the nation and especially here in LA. They are support ICE and want illegals deported. End of story.

.....The manner of the arrest and deportation in this case raises concerns in our community. To begin to address those concerns, I am asking Assistant Secretary Julie Myers to brief me and local law enforcement leaders regarding her agency's enforcement priorities and future practices in this region." Mayor Villaraigoa

August 24, 2007 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nearing the halfway point, the Recall Jack Weiss Committee says it’s close to half the signatures it will need to recall the LA Westside Councilman.

At mid-August, two months into the signature-collecting process, the group has received 10,000 signatures. To launch the recall, they need 23,000 signatures by October 19.

August 24, 2007 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lesson One Mr Mayor:

you are municipal. ICE is federal. they outrank you. always.
its almost like the Taliban asking us to brief them before we go looking for al quaeda in their region.
ICE are going after CRIMINAL elements among our 'community'.

do not ever sidestep that very important point.

would you release a mafia kingpin from the consequences of crime, just because he leaves a child somewhere? that's family.

oh wait, they speak Italian. not your area of expertise.

August 24, 2007 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is use to strong arming and threatening people. This message to ICE sounded like a threat. ICE doesn't report to the likes of his gang banging self. If ICE deported more of these people we would not have the idenity theft we do. Some of the people like Daniel Hernandez make it seem as if Arellano was some innocent little woman. Please, it takes a criminal mind to steal an idenity and use it fraudlently. Daniel makes the mistake most thinking these people are only here to make a living. Why is it then that thousands have come here, abide by the laws, applied for citizenship, learned English and become citizens? They don't have criminal mentalities so stop defending them. This woman was here 10 yrs and didn't know English and what kind of mother leaves her 8 yr old boy here being traumatized? What happened to his father? She chose to leave him behind.

August 24, 2007 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They are going to use the little boy Saul. Tomorrow when they march will they put him out front? Sad

...Arellano and her son Saul, 8, who is a U.S. citizen, were in Los Angeles to press for changes in immigration laws and were staying at La Placita Church. She has been struggling to avoid deportation to avoid being separated from her son — saying immigration raids unfairly break up families that have a mix of legal and illegal residents. Saul will remain in the U.S., heading pro-immigration marches and finishing school, say organizers. ....

“She (Arellano) illegally returned to the United States, a felony under federal law, which is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison,” Hayes said


August 24, 2007 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt Dowd is 100% correct.

August 24, 2007 11:33 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Why does LA always have to be someplace else to be valid? Why can't it be LA?

Because LA sucks.

August 24, 2007 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Celeste is an ethnocentric, race-baiting Communist and were she honest, she would take that as a compliment.

August 24, 2007 11:40 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Just a thought Joseph. LA may suck but you don't

August 24, 2007 11:41 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Matt Dowd is never 100% correct.

August 24, 2007 11:42 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I don't agree with some things Celeste says but overall she rocks.

August 24, 2007 11:42 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Its easy to get on a blog and criticize the bloggers or bloggers from other sites. Get off your ass and start your own blog and put the hours of work into it that it takes.

August 24, 2007 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pretty interesting that the Santee High teachers and students are having their "Mutiny on the Bounty" through the newspapers. Unfortunately, having the second lowest test scores in the district gives students and teachers little credibility.

What a hatchet job against the principal. I'm sure a few parents... who know people at the LA Weekly... are also behind the defamation piece.

Why would anyone want to be a principal? There are several teachers at the school who make more than the principal.

August 24, 2007 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The principal at Santee is a no-nonsense guy, that is why everybody is out to get him. When that tagger-vandal hit the mayor's bus, the mayor volunteered to be his mentor. The principal declined, saying "we can't let just anybody be a mentor".

August 24, 2007 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good job removing the posts Mayor Sam. You just made Jill Stewart's day.

August 24, 2007 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parents like the principal at Santee High cause he kicks the butts and make those lazy teachers be responsible and doesn't take crap from those damn kids. He's an ex- cop now because the illegals think he's too hard on their kids they want him gone. More principals should be like Cabino and kick butt and we wouldn't have the drop out rate.

August 24, 2007 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gee not one word from the Mayor on officers being assaulted yet likes to take credit when more are hired. Shameful he supports illegals yet fails to say anything positive or supporitive of the men and women in blue who protect the criminal illegals causing all the violence in this city. Antonio has nothing to do with cops being hired in fact cops hate him.

....Assaults on police officers have risen by 39 percent as of the six-month mark this year.

August 24, 2007 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Update: An official announcement is still expected today. We are hearing that law enforcement wants to wait until rush hour traffic is over in Miami.

The announcement of Fidel Castro’s death will be made at approximately 4:00 P.M. Eastern, PerezHilton.com has just been updated exclusively.

August 24, 2007 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That Mexican reporter Alicia Unger has just filed a lawsuit against the port cop who pushed her out of the way -- of darting into a secure area of the port where she and all the others knew they were't allowed. She's not an American, can barely speak English, and knows damn well that no Ameican reporter in her country would have an ounce of support or right to sue. But now she wants her "justice."

Janice Hahn is the one behind her, not Antonio.

The suit must be BIG because that lying, slimy little woman is claiming she is still treating medical and psychological treatment for the "battery." Her psychological condition to begin with was as bad as zuma dogg, but now she is claiming that little push caused it. She sure seemed to be ENJOYING the media attention she got right afterwards, and looked anything but "traumatised." What a third-rate actress, what a scam.

August 24, 2007 3:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can't find any official news about the death of Fidel Castro. That would be pretty cool if I heard the news of Fidel's death first on Mayor Sam.

August 24, 2007 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Janice Embezzle Hahn would be the one supporting anyone who is against any type of police. Hahn is the bimbo of LA. Have you listened to her rantings? She needs to go get her hormone shots. She needs to have a stylish show her how to dress in fact all the women in clowncil and redo that old fashion hair of hers now that they all have money. They are an embarrassement who have no class, no morals and god forbid their kids must be ashamed to have parents like them. Hahn is an idiot and I love KFI when they go off on how stupid she really is.

August 24, 2007 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't wait until Janice Hahn is our next mayor. When Mayor AV's one term is finished, it will be Janice's turn. Nobody else is stepping up to lead the city! The mayor is too busy in the Getty House if you know what I mean. Her and Hillary are going to make your life miserable bro! I will be LMAO... since people like you are terrified of women!

August 24, 2007 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:32 is wishful thinking.
4:19 is the baldie who is suing Ed and the city. 4:19 mistakenly surmised that Hahn calling baldie 'terrorist' and did not apologize, gives a flying fuck about what baldie thinks of Hahn's hairstyle. The trial will be a Phil Spector circus.

August 25, 2007 12:28 AM  

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