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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Councilman Kaye?

Rumors are abuzz that recently retired Daily News editor Ron Kaye could be eying a run for the Los Angeles City Council, that is to replace Sleeping Greig Smith when the 12 District Councilman retires in 2009.

Kaye tells the LA Weekly he's not ruling it in but he doesn't appear to be ruling it out. Were the popular Kaye, a Valley fixture for decades, to seek the Council seat that would be a serious problem for Zuma Dogg's favorite Council staffer, Mitchell Englander, Chief of Staff to Smith.

"I'm open to anything," the Weekly reports Kaye as saying.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your constant referral to your ex-bloggger is bait to invite his posts; most of us cheered when you bumped his sorry ass.

Why do you want him back?

April 13, 2008 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That would be interesting. I hear that our old friend Jim Alger has been putting together a run there as well, which in my humble opinion is where he should be running in the first place. Englander? Jesus H Christ would that be a disaster. A lobbyist turning Council member.. eeeks.

April 13, 2008 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For those of us who want openness and transparency in government, having Kaye on the Council is a no-brainer.

Go Ron! Where do I send my campaign contribution?

April 13, 2008 8:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kaye is probably one of the very few people who would ask the tough questions and keep asking them until he got a sensible answer. There was hope that Rosendahl would have been that kind of person but he quickly found greater comfort in just going along with his buddies on the City Council and being liked by them.

April 13, 2008 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I already emailed Ron Kaye when I heard this rumor two weeks ago and BEGGED him to run.

I will work night and day. Can you imagine him on Council? Oh my GOD! Things would change in this Valley, I'll tell you that right now. He would be able to raise money, but most likely, he would get the votes if he didn't run a campaign, especially in that part of the Valley.

He's a great mixture of both constituent and business. He's logical enough to please both. It's like a dream come true. That's why it's a dream.

However it is one that I'll have over and over.

Ron Kaye could beat anyone running. I bet he could even beat the current councilman if he ran against him.

Run Ron Run!

April 13, 2008 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:59 - go elsewhere, but STOP complaining about him. The more you bash Zuma Dogg, the more I'm going to praise him.

Go get your own blog if you don't want to read about Zuma. He is now an established part of L.A. politics. Get used to it.

April 13, 2008 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want Mitch to run. He would be an awesome Councilman.

April 13, 2008 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 11:12

A "thinking out loud" post Mitch?

April 13, 2008 11:33 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Though Ron is presumably preferable to anyone else being mentioned, Kaye as a Councilman needs to be thought through a bit.

Prior to Bill Rosendahl becoming a Councilman, he was viewed as a very respected local media figure and political expert who would be a great addition to the Council.

A few years into his term I am not sure all his constituents believe that.

Not to say that Kaye is the same as Rosendahl; I don't know. But before we jump up and down, lets hear what his ideas are.

April 13, 2008 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you're really an idiot. Given the fact that Kaye signed off on just about every editorial the DN has published in the last few years, there never would be a candidate whose views, for better or worse, were so well documented. Rosendahl was an obscure, pandering talking head.

April 13, 2008 12:07 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Clown, I said let's hear what his ideas i.e. plans are.

I agree and said Kaye is not Rosendahl.

But Rosendahl and others are good examples of folks who excel in one arena and later out are viewed as a disappointment once they get into elected office.

You could even say many folks who were thrilled to have Arnold run for Governor are surely disappointed now.

Again, Kaye would be vastly superior and preferable to - and I'll say it - Jim Alger or Mitch Englander. Lets just think it through before you get too wet.

April 13, 2008 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The problem isn't Arnold, but that the voters shot down his proposals in 05 that, in retrospect, would have helped Calif.: like limiting power of unions, and their stranglehold on the Assembly (and local pols), like getting raises no matter the economy: sounds good NOW, huh?

He wanted more power to pre-approve budgets, so it wouldn't continue to escalate year after year, driven by special interest groups, regardless of the economy -- fact is, the state AND city have been in the red for over a decade (link: when the illegals overwhelmed us), but it's been masked by real estate taxes.

Our state, county and city healthcare costs went bust long ago as Karen Sisson confirms -- YOU and I, especially new homeowners paying current rate taxes, have paid for the illegals' services. While they're "so grateful," they're now demanding to move into our hills and dales, from Silver Lake to the Palisades. ("TJ in the HIlls" Reyes leading the masses.)

They've taken over and sunk the schools, healthcare clinics and all ER's -- even elderly on MediCare can't get in to a doctor, without crazy waits and denials now -- and it's all OUT OF OUR BENEFITS AS TAXPAYING CITIZENS.

At the time, the liberals and unions concinved the voters he was too reactionary, so since then he's gone with the majority and it's only since then, he's about as bad as the Democrats and Mexicans.

Thank the voters, who wouldn't see that hard financial times were coming and were, in fact here over a decade ago. Now, there are more of them than us, so it's "racist" to even want to deport illegal criminals, let alone get a grip on the sucking noise of spending on them.

April 13, 2008 12:33 PM  

Blogger LA Daily Blogger said:

Zuma Dogg would like to state for the record that even though Bitch Dicklander is a douchebag...

Councilmember Greig Smith has been impressing Zuma Dogg with his leadership the past couple of months over DWP, Las Lomas and the only one who would second Zine's S.O. 40 revision motion.

We've come a long way, baby! Thanks for waking up!

April 13, 2008 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The reason that Kaye would make a good councilmember is that he wouldn't give a rat's ass what his colleagues thought about him. He would drive them out of their malise that causing them to unanimously approve everything with questioning anything.

Someone needs to get to the truth.

Also, it's nice to see Jim Alger back on the boards touting himself again as the world's most beloved person.

April 13, 2008 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Our schools have been going in the shitter ever since Prop. 13.

April 13, 2008 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, "our schools have been going in the shitter" since you pro-illegals have turned this city into a third- world hellhole where any illiterate peasant can come here, breed like rabbits and not pay anywhere near their fair share for the schools that are full of their anchor babies, and others not even anchor babies, just plain illegals and often gangbangers.

Like your beloved Pedro Espinoza, the illegal who's been a gangbanger since age 12, officially at least, and many more like him.

LAUSD is 2/3 kids of immigrants, many illegals. 2/3 the "youth" are kids of immigrants, many illegals. 2/3 the births are to immigrants, many illegals, almost all on Medi Cal or uninsured. Then these cholo parents demand that the schools dump the "anglo" curriculum that's the standard for our country, because it "isn't relevant to our (Mexican) culture. So the middle and upper middle class have had our schools stolen from us by illegals, and you cholo apologsts blame US for not paying more in property taxes for your ignorant Mexicans, who've taken away OUR schools, OUR hospitals and clinics, OUR city.

Even Steve Lopez in his article today admits that illegal immigration has a huge financial and social cost, and that middle and upper middle class areas (what's left of them, since the naively liberal Jews on the westside have turned theirs over to the Mexicans without complaining) are going to get even FEWER resources than the cholos because LAUSD knows they'll reach into their own pocketbooks and pay to educate their own children.

Takofsky says there's a "revolution brewing" over this, over being stiffed twice to pay for the cholos. He's not kidding.

Between the Mexicans wanting to build their projects/ soon t0-be-slums on the westside (starting with that fool Reyes), and double-stiffing us for schools etc., what you're seeing is a rebellion on MULTIPLE levels. And the Jamiel's Law unanimous support is just the tip of the iceberg.

So get rid of your fellow cholos, you asshole who wants to raise more taxes and heap more blame on those Americans who are paying taxes for your masses of cholos to live here illegally. Then our society would be thriving, like it is again in Phoenix and even Costa Mesa.

April 13, 2008 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People are very disappointed with Rosendahl's performance. You would think he was representing Reyes district with his liberal bull crap. He supports illegals and sometimes just doesn't have a clue about what's going on in the city. He's getting criticized at many events and meetings because of his stance on illegal immigration plus he's a big kiss butt to the Mayor. He needs to be a MAN and stand up for a change.

April 13, 2008 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, Reyes wouldn't be as bold as he is if it weren't for the fools like Rosendahl pandering to illegals to move into his district (which his people are furious abuot, they've got enough gang problems in Venice and Mar Vista he's done nothing about), Tom LaBonge who is as easily swayed as a twig in a hurricane to vote with Janice Hahn or Smith or anyone, and Janice Hahn the bimbo-tax-and-spend lib herself (she and Rosendahl the brains behind the anti-business "living wage" for illegals working near LAX)...

Then there's Mike Woo and others in Planning who support the idea of high-density, affordable housing units, with no parking, even if it means a whole family of Mexicans cramming into a tiny one-bedroom -- then parking on the street.

Those who support their constituents are always attacked for being "elitist" and "uncaring" and "being concerned with property values" (yeah!) -- good for Zev, who is able to get out there and say what he wants, without concern, safe in his job. He'd be nuts to run for Mayor -- he's got the bully pulpit now and no one can touch him.

April 13, 2008 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's what we love about Sister City's gaggle of "anonymous sages": a bunch of know-nothings complaining about elected officials they accuse of, for example, "having gang problems...they've done nothing about" as if the writers have a clue as to what should be done.

Please tell us, oh wise ones, what Rosendahl (or anyone else, for that matter) should do about gangs so that we can all live in peace without having to read your yammering.

And, no, repealing Special Order 40 is not the only answer, if it's any kind of answer at all.

April 14, 2008 6:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For starters they can have town hall meetings and educate the damn parents. Rocky needs to go after the parents of this violent kids. Landlords need to evict their sorry asses and the schools need to kick them out. After all of that the family will get the message that if they can't control their violent kids then it will be hard living in this city. BUT not one damn council member has the guts to say or do anything cause they're all puppets to Antonio.

April 14, 2008 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The answer is a whole lot of corrections going on simultaneously. Nobody can be scared of gang bangers. The schools need to rat them out. The community needs to paint over their graffiti the day it appears. The parents need to pay for what their kids do. The City Attorney needs more injunctions. The locals who are part of the community watch groups need to get them busted in action. If any gang banger is caught doing something wrong, AND they are found to be here illegally, they need to be deported.

There is no one solution so your bitching is nonsensical. If we could mandate parenting classes, that would help 75%. If we could outlaw unwed mothers, that would take care of 75%. If the gang members were scared of getting caught, that would eliminate 75% of the problem. So it's a huge problem with tons of solutions all needing to be implemented by various people who are at fault.

So elect Ron Kaye for CD 12 and he will do the job for you!

April 14, 2008 2:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We love Ron Kaye. The only guy in this huge city who had the balls to write opinions slamming those losers on city council. He called them out many times and he was right. Ron should do it. Run for an office Ron the people in this city need you. YOU can make an impact and stand out with this group of losers in office now.

April 14, 2008 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ron Kaye would transform city government - for the better. He is smarter and just as cunning and ruthless as the old timey pols, but honest, real and passionate about the public interest as he perceives it. First, councilmember, then ...?

April 15, 2008 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dare we say councilmember, then straight to mayor.. Life would be good.

April 16, 2008 1:57 AM  

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