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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Crime is down in the Valley but still up overall citywide. Despite a "moratorium" on murder called for by members of the City Council, a significant wave of murder and violence swept across LA this weekend. One thing city leaders could to make a big dent in gang violence is to support Jamiel's Law and at least give the Police the opportunity to thin out criminal illegal aliens from Los Angeles. The parents of Jamiel Shaw II - a young, innocent high school student allegedly shot by an illegal alien who had been released from jail hours before - are going to City Hall Tuesday morning to support the overturning of Special Order 40 for criminal illegal alien gangs.

I guess folks who work for doctors, hospitals, lawyers and accounts that have celebrity clients think it's an employee benefit to search through stars' personal records. Previously, over a dozen workers at UCLA Medical Center were busted for snooping through the medical files of Britney Spears. A new report says that months before that several others at UCLA browsed records for actress Farrah Fawcett, who has been battling cancer. Particularly troubling for Fawcett was that news of her illness was covered by tabloids before she could inform her family. UPDATE: The KENNEDY REPUBLICAN's medical records were also snooped in!

A few years back, editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez was dropped by the Fishwrap of Record and moved onto Investors Business Daily. Now he gets the last laugh - he's won a Pulitzer Prize. And yes unlike some others who claim the journalism award, Mike has his name on the trophy.

I'm not sure if anyone even is paying attention, but the Mayor's State of the City speech is coming up next Monday. Rick Orlov is saying its going to be nothing more than a repeat of last year's speech. So I suggest you tune in instead to the latest episode of "Big Bang Theory," when Leonard and Sheldon meet a 15-year-old physics prodigy, Sheldon is distraught that this boy genius is younger and smarter, so in an attempt to restore his sense of purpose, the boys come up with a solution to derail Dennis ' research.

Zero tolerance and political correctness have rum amok at a Colorado elementary school. An eight year old boy was suspended for coloring a part of his sleeve with a Sharpie and then apparently smelling the ink. However, you can't get high from sniffing a Sharpie.

Foothill Cities Blog snared an interview with California State Senate Candidate Carol Liu. If you read the interview you'll walk away with gems like one of Liu's qualities of an effective legislator: "the rise to a position (or positions) of power within the institution." Yea, that's exactly what we want is legislators spending their time jockeying for personal power instead of solving problems, or even better, get out of the way.

Last week we were treated to a David Markland April Fools' joke that he was really - as Zuma Dogg refers to him - my new friend Eric Garcetti. But the real CityNerd is apparently back online at his invitation only blog. So who is CityNerd? I don't know for sure but my money is on this guy.

Big battle between charter schools, regular schools and the LAUSD over classroom space. A recent court order forced the District to offer up the most amount space ever. Still many charter schools may have to split between multiple campuses and some traditional campuses feel squeezed by sharing facilities with the semi-autonomous schools.

We missed it, but Monday was Jerry Brown's 70th birthday. How did the former and possibly once again Governor Moonbeam spend his special day? With his wife at a trappist monastery. Ah, some things never change! Should we have bought him a Plymouth?

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is crime down in the valley? Was it more money being spent on gang intervention programs?

Or is the extra cops and parole officers to arrest and keep gang members in line?

Mayor Sam,
If you want to get a good laugh, your former friend Don Quackers is bad-mouthing you over at Joe Mailander's new blog. It's pretty damn funny watching the gas-bag passing gas.

April 07, 2008 11:19 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

The funny thing is that since moderation was turned on - at least in my moderating duties - the whole damn lot of the nutbars haven't even tried to post. I guess Don Quackers and friends figure why bother.

April 07, 2008 11:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Everyone, not just celebrities, have their privacy routinely violated by employees at hospitals. Despite the privacy act in place by the Assoc. for Accreditation of Hospitals, this law is not known to the general public and they don't question all the repeat requests for their info.

Electronic records are widely used, and Cedars-Sinai has recently switched to the system, claiming it will "protect your privacy" by not having your info on paper files all over the place (although those probably still exist, too) -- but ANY employee from low-level temp can access the electronic records and find your whole data in one spot. If you're a snoop, this is heaven: quick and easy, just takes a minute to know everything.

Have you ever been ticked off how any receptionist, nurse assistant, etc. screams out your date of birth in waiting rooms as "your ID," when they shouldn't, since you've got it on record/file -- on all those forms you have to fill out -- it's just a symptom, of lack of respect for patients.

So keep in mind that when hospitals say only "authorized pesonnel" are allowed to see your files, that includes low-level receptionists who book your appt., take your pulse -- no doubt elevated by how rudely they've treated you in the waiting room -- anyone but the janitor.

Everyone should demand privacy and refuse to give info unnecessarily.

ALSO: 1 of 15 kids are more harmed than hurt by medication and hospital treatments, news just out, but that's LOW -- "medication errors" are way more common.

I know this stuff because I do software for hospitals -- the more you know what goes on there, the faster you want to get out.

April 07, 2008 11:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At UCLA they are firing the individuals that looked at the medical information.

They should fire CEO David Feinberg for not firing the IT Director after the first incident!!

After the first explosive went off, you don't leave the door open for another one and then another one to come in. 61 breaches that we know of!! No Excuse!! Feinberg your fired!!!

Governor needs to talk to UC Regents.

April 08, 2008 12:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for Rick Orlov for stating the truth. Our dumb ass Cholo Mayor will give his State of City at the police academy and that has cops really pissed off. This is the same loser clown Mayor who voted NO 3 years ago as a councilman to place a city ballot measure to hire more cops. He has the nerve to try and take credit for hiring more cops. BASTARD. He is against gang injunctions, supports the corrupt Father Gang Banger Boyle and his gangsters still terrorizing the community and getting arrested but dumb media is afraid to report that story.

April 08, 2008 7:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well Well Well....our idiot Mayor did not make the Top 100 list of TIME magazine. Guess the truth is out about his lack of leadership and the crisis he has created in this city. Its been years since LA has been in this big a crisis and the idiot Mayor doesn't know how to fix it.

April 08, 2008 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam said...
The funny thing is that since moderation was turned on - at least in my moderating duties - the whole damn lot of the nutbars haven't even tried to post. I guess Don Quackers and friends figure why bother.

Thats because its was mostly just him posting to himself.

April 08, 2008 8:10 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Also interesting - since we turned on moderation I have not found one comment that warranted rejection. I don't know about the other moderators though. But it looks like the dum dums know not to bother. It's nice to have a gate!

April 08, 2008 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a joke. Lincoln Heights NC said the hell with the community and supported another liquor license even after churches and schools protested. Also, what the hell has Lincoln Heights done for their community but engage in corrupt politics?

From: David Galaviz
To: dgalaviz@usc.edu
Sent: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 11:00 pm
Subject: Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council to Receive President's Volunteer Service Award - April 27th

Generally, I don't like to call attention to myself or others, but in this case, I would like to inform you all of a honor/award that the Lincoln Heights
Neighborhood Council will receive on April 27th. I don't know who nominated the
Council, but this is a very nice recognition that should be shared by all.

The Volunteer Center of Los Angeles-Assistance League of Southern California has
informed me that the Lincoln Heights NC was nominated and selected to receive
the Presidents' Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is an award given by the
President of the United States to recognize the valuable contributions made by
volunteers across the nation.

I will have more information on the event soon.



April 08, 2008 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What has Lincoln Heights NC done be a bunch of corrupt motions. Not one of them ever volunteers for their community. In fact aren't they not legal cause they haven't had elections in 3 years.I bet Alice Corona nominated them because they supported liquor license. Everyone call and tell them Lincoln Heights does not support the community but drunks.

Volunteer Center of Los Angeles — ALSC is a service of Assistance League® of Southern California
If you’d like more information, call at 310.341.3201 or send us an email at Handsonpr@aol.com.

April 08, 2008 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How come no one is making fun of Jerry Brown for turning 70, when McCain's age, at 71, is such a big joke?

Is it because Brown doesn't "seem so old," although his face may look it, but we still think of him as "Jerry Moonbeam," not someone's conservative Grandpa?

Does image matter, when it comes to age? Or is it how "someone looks" as they get older, or both?

April 08, 2008 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish. Puts hat back on head and looks around at sots; peers at several of them closely):

For those of you who work in the Great Ivory Tower, take a look around you and see if any of your fellow sots are “away on business”….in Maryland. (Winks) What business is there in Maryland? (Whispers) DC Madam business. (Smiles) Rumour has it that several of you sots were served with subpoenas and asked to come to Maryland to testify as to your knowledge of the DC Madam. One of you even went so far as to declare that he would not go willingly because to do so, if you will, might cast dispersion upon and cause someone to fall out of the public’s good graces. (Mutters) As if they are in good graces, savvy?

So sots, the hunt is on for the transcripts of the proceedings. The question is, who shall get them first?

April 08, 2008 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who was missing from council today????? C'mon people post.

April 08, 2008 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How come no one is making fun of Jerry Brown for turning 70, when McCain's age, at 71, is such a big joke?

Listen if John McCain would give Linda Ronstadt a good roll in the hay like Gov Moonbeam did, or even spin the rumor he did, you'd see Bill Maher and the rest of the "ageists" pipe down,, It's all about virility, not credibility..

April 08, 2008 4:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain I hate when you tease and not give up the info.

citizens for a legimate...


April 08, 2008 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All of the neighborhood councils in the entire city are getting this "prestigious" President's award.

Nobody nominated you silly. They chose each NC to honor trying to pump up their event. That's all.

April 09, 2008 12:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The other NC's haven't been notified.

April 09, 2008 9:25 AM  

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