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Friday, February 22, 2008

Sunday Preview: Zev Is Running for Mayor

Mayor Villaraigosa has all but announced his plans to re-up for a second term. He may have an opponent in addition to Walter Moore: County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (man its hard enough to spell Villaraigosa; how is Red Spot going to handle this one?)

Sunday on the blog I'll tell you why I think Zev is running, how he's already laying the groundwork for a possible campaign and how a Yaroslavsky administration would change LA. Stay tuned.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Um, how do you know? Maybe because it's been written about in the Times, Weekly and Daily News for most of 2006.

Some crystal ball! Anyone with 50 cents could GUESS that Zev's running.

It'd vote for Zev's DOG before I'd vote for Villar.

February 22, 2008 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev's dog's name is even harder to spell:


February 22, 2008 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a crappy, misleading headline.

February 22, 2008 10:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And yet another instance of MayorSam's blog predicting what everyone and their neighbors already know.

Next Week on MayorSam: Breaking News: There are 50 states in the Union!

February 22, 2008 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HA now even Mayor Sam's making fun of Red Snot's illiteracy.

SO very good of you to hire the handicapped, MS.

First the drug-addled (all-that-is-LEFT-brained) Zuma Dogggg, and now the spel-mystor himself, Red Snot.

Pretty soon you'll need a univeral translator program patch to even read the postings here (let alone understand them).

February 22, 2008 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Almost makes you miss MEAT!

February 22, 2008 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:31am: Stop making fun of Mayor Tubby!

February 22, 2008 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where does Zev stand on Special Order 40, gangs and illegal street vending?

It's time for CHANGE. Is Zev and agent for CHANGE?

February 22, 2008 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev Yaroslavsky (born December 21, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the western part of Los Angeles County and a constituency of two million people. He was elected to the board in 1994 and has been re-elected three times, most recently in 2006. He previously served on the Los Angeles City Council (1975-94) to which he was elected and re-elected six times. He earned an M.A. in British Imperial History and a B.A. in Economics and History, both from U.C.L.A. He is a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.

As a member of the County Board of Supervisors, Yaroslavsky quickly emerged as a leader on fiscal, health care, transportation, cultural and environmental matters. He authored the 1996 Proposition ‘A’ park bond which resulted in the preservation of rural open space and the development of urban parks throughout the County. He authored the 2002 Proposition ‘B’ trauma tax, approved by over 73% of County voters, a measure which is largely credited with stabilizing the County’s perpetually unpredictable health care finances.

He was the driving force behind the Orange Line bus way across the San Fernando Valley which opened in 2005 to record ridership (22,000 daily boardings). He led the effort to rebuild and modernize the world famous Hollywood Bowl amphitheater which re-opened in 2004, and he was instrumental in the development of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the home of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, which opened in 2003. He has also helped fund major investments in the L.A. County Museum of Art and the County’s Museum of Natural History.He is regarded as the County’s fiscal watchdog, insisting that it live within its means.

As a Los Angeles City Councilman, Yaroslavsky honed his fiscal skills as the respected Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee, but he also earned a reputation as a politician who was willing to take on issues that others would not, including the highly controversial excessive use of force and intelligence gathering policies of the Los Angeles Police Department. As Councilman, he also co-authored two landmark initiatives with his colleague, the late Councilman Marvin Braude: Proposition U (1986) which cut by half the commercial development rights adjacent to residential neighborhoods, and Proposition O (1988) which repealed a drilling permit previously issued to the Occidental Petroleum Company.

Since 1991, Yaroslavsky has also been associated with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that promotes the development of democratic institutions in burgeoning democracies. He has monitored three elections for NDI: Romania (1990), Mexico (2000), and Ukraine (2004). He has conducted seminars on democratic institution-building in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Bosnia/Herzegovina.

February 22, 2008 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yaroslavsky has taken controversial stances on transportation issues in Los Angeles County. He wrote and sponsored the MTA Reform and Accountability Act of 1998 (Los Angeles County Proposition A), which banned the use of county sales tax revenue for the planning or building of subways, a law which is a significant barrier to the construction of the Metro Purple Line subway extension to the Westside.

However, he has championed bus rapid transit investment in general and the Metro Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley in particular.

Yaroslavsky was also an early proponent of easing Westside traffic by converting Pico and Olympic Boulevards into complementary one-way thoroughfares.

February 22, 2008 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:35 asked:
"It's time for CHANGE. Is Zev an agent for CHANGE?"

What is it with the keyword "CHANGE"? Everybody wants change.It's on banners, headlines. The candidates are chanting it like its an infomercial..

Howzabout "TRANSITION"? It rolls off the tongue and appeals to the intellect of the individual. Or maybe "MORPH"? Can you feature Barack asking the teeming minions, "America, are you ready to MOPH?" Then he could beam at us like he does with his freshness and ever so slightly oversized ears. I like the guy ,really....

February 22, 2008 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know that Zev is actually willing to get into this kind of dogfight. If he does go for it, though, he would make a good mayor. Intelligent, informed, articulate. And not totally smitten with himself....

February 22, 2008 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Like Alan Mittelstaedt said about Zev last week, when Zev was complaining about all the traffic again: He's got some good ideas on mass transit. And on how to solve them and who's responsible. Of course, he's only been in office for 33 years.

Zev seems sincere wanting to help the city and traffic, but like with the Pico-Olympic Plan, he lobbed a major idea like turning the streets into total one-ways, and now left the problem to the Mayor and the Councilman. He's never been good at following through and getting things done to the end.

And he's the one who bowed to this SAME group of NIMBYs who are battling the modified Pico-Olympic plan that HE came up, the Westside NC, Cheviott Hills, the ones who've fought every improvement at Century City.

Because of these people Zev got Waxman to but a ban on fed funds for mass transit, which has killed this city. He now wants to rectify it fast, but his legacy is what he and others have to stumble over.

This same group of NIMBYs forced the Expo line to be built so far south, and end at Robertson instead of going further west -- so it's not even useful for freeing up the traffic on Wilshire, Pico-Olympic, necessitating this plan and the planned Subway to the Sea having to go further north, where it should have all along.

It takes guts to carry through a vision and he's never had one. Does he now? Has he seen the light after 33 years?

Demographically, are there enough white people left to elect him and can he get enough of the Latinos who unite with Mayor V? Will Latinos and blacks vote for a white person? What are his other views?

Zev is making more money now and has job security, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to risk this.

February 22, 2008 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? Nobody acknowledged Hal Netkin? No way. And he's such a respected figure.......

Maybe if his letter had been a tad longer, I would have taken it more seriously.

Don't worry. He's not racist. He's married to a Mexican. So all of his rantings must be true.

February 22, 2008 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev's recent bashing of Gail Goldberg and her planning ideas made most people aware of his intent to run for mayor. What is his involvement in bad planning ideas? Does he have any from when he was on the council before? Or how about county? Has he been a part of any bad planning decisions there?

I don't know any of those answers.

February 22, 2008 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, it is time for CHANGE!

(Can anyone spare some for Zuma Dog so he can get home?)

February 22, 2008 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hertzberg anyone?

February 22, 2008 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, I am surprised at you.

For all the years you've been hanging around politics here in LA, don't you now that Zev is basically a C.S.?

He will test the water, he will even start arumor, and, he will lose weight and look like he is running. He might even start a committee and collect some bucks.

But, he has no huevos and he will find a reason not to run.

He pulled out against Bradley when he was the favorite; he will never actually run against Antonio, and if he does, Antonio will kick his butt.

The ten idiots that follow your homeless blogger may all hate The Mayor, but the City still loves him and he will be reelected in a landslide.

P.S. Hertzberg won't run, either, so don't get too excited.

February 22, 2008 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hertzberg is going for the even EASIER run for City Attorney against Jack "Recall" Weiss.

Hertzberg could easily have EITHER job and could probably do BOTH jobs, simultaneously, better than Villaraigosa, Delgadillo and Weiss combined.

February 22, 2008 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

444 is for sure Michael "MEATBALL" Trujillo blogging from Texas.

He's the only one who would say with a straight face that the mayor is beloved.

Does his mama know he's on here blogging about her boss?

February 22, 2008 6:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's funny. James Ellroy was also born in 1948 and went to Fairfax High. Wonder if they knew each other. I'd rather have Ellroy running the city, though.

February 22, 2008 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a GREAT string! Where else can you hear news about something we've all known for a long, long time?

February 22, 2008 6:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OLd News> Check out Zuma Dogg's blog. He specializes in old, stale news reports.

Hertzberg isn't running for anythnig. He is dead meat. I hope he runs for City Attorney; Jack who was a former AUSA will kick his butt in a debate. And, Antonio will climb aboard the Weiss Express. Both races will be over before they begin.

Controller as well. Wendy wraps it in the primary.

Hertzberg can run for loser of the decade; he's odds-on fave...

February 22, 2008 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:55 used to work for Herzberg and has an addled brain from too many fatty pastrami sandwiches. The kind that gave Huggy Boy Hertzberg the nickname.

February 22, 2008 7:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

nutty sicko mary cummins is posting porno about herself to try to clog up the blog and get comments about her lawsuit removed. go to the antonio second term thread and have a look.

February 23, 2008 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By way of full disclosure, Higby, aka Mayor Sam, once worked for Hugsberg and has a lifelong crush on him.

Higby claims to be a Republican, but Huggy is far from that.

When he ran for Mayor, Hugsberg used every chit he had and it didn't even get him enough votes to finish ahead of Jimmy Hahn.

Jack Weiss has been running for City Attorney for two years now (unofficially). He has lined up all major endorsements and has commitments from all the players. The "recall" never happened. Why not? ZD and others here backed it big time, but the signatures were never even turned in. Similar to the "recall" of Councilman Villaraigosa, that had the same result; no signatures.

If Huggy wants to run for CA, he starts so far behind it isn't funny.

So, don't believe what you read in these pages, becuase it just ain't so. In July of 2009, we will innaugurate Antonio for his second term, Jack for his first and Wendy for her first.

Huggy, Jimmy Hahn and Rocky will go to the Ted Stein convention.

By the way, the trial of Leland Wong begins in April; stay tuned for lots of revelations as he faces serious time in jail and starts to sing the song.

February 23, 2008 1:47 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Sorry, never typed the word, "Hertzberg" before, so interesting that you use that as a reference when complaining about "old news". (Never mentioned Bob in my life.) But that's your example of old ZD news...O.K., you're a strong spinner.

And for the record, although of course I would have liked to have seen Jackass Weiss recalled like anyone who cares about humanity, but I never supported the recall, although I did report about it on the blog. Show me the support posts, beyond reporting please. YOU LOSE AGAIN...you're jealousy is just encompassing your entire emotion bank. Safe to say you have lost your soul in all of this. (Sorry, that was never my intention.)

February 23, 2008 10:36 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


I spoll it right!!!

February 23, 2008 11:08 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:



SPOLLING BEE, here I come!!!

February 23, 2008 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd vote for Zev in a heartbeat. . .and he would never, never cheat on his wife. Zev is too honorable.

February 23, 2008 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

444 states the Mayor is still loved by the city. That's a laugh. The Mayor has lost his loving feeling and that will reflect in the results of his 2nd term election regardless of who runs against him. It's going to be anyone but....

February 23, 2008 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think I can ever forgive Zev for that ban on county funding of subways.

To punish the MTA for incompetence, he wrote a law that doomed all serious transportation progress for ten years. That was insanely short-sighted. That seems to be the deal with Zev. He gets an idea and he goes really hard after it, then he loses interest and doesn't follow up. There's no sound policy reason to ban all subway funding in the second biggest city in the country.

February 23, 2008 11:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zev cheat on his wife? Have you seen his wife?

She'd beat the whoopeee out of him.

February 24, 2008 3:33 PM  

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