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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Walter Moore asks who said "Members of violent transnational gangs often prey on our immigrant communities here in the United States, only to return to their home countries to commit more violent crime there." No, it wasn't Doug McIntyre, Mayor Sam or Kevin James. It was none other than Mayor Villaraigosa. All the more reason to support Jamiel's Law since a tool is needed to fight illegal gangs who almost exclusively prey on the poor, including law-abiding illegal aliens.

Illegals Kill Freely, While Good Kids Die is the title of a blog post at Yahoo. The poster, Thundercat, makes a good point. Some Clowncilmembers are more concerned with paparazzi than gangs. A bit extreme but when you examine the priorities of the Council by looking at their actions, how can you come to a different conclusion?

The news for fishwraps continues to get worse. Newspaper Death Watch reports that the number of newsroom journalists employed has sunk to a near 25 year low. The LA BLOOMBERG TIMES will likely report quarterly revenue losses of up to 5%. And Ron Kaye quit the Daily News.

The DWP plans to dump hundreds of thousands of ping pong type balls in the Silver Lake Reservoir. The idea is to trick birds into thinking it's not a lake. But one blogger wonders if soaking the reservoir in plastic is any better than letting the birds shit in it. As well as hiding the lake from people as well.

Street-Hassle has put up a gate and gone the moderated route too. Pretty soon a wacko group of commenters will have nowhere to go.

We told you it was coming up. David Markland covers the going ons at a Barack Obama delegate caucus here in North Hollywood Sunday (David how come you didn't call me up after to meet up for a glass of wine at HOWS?)

The former Doogie Howser, MD star Neil Patrick Harris clarifies his comments about the notion of Britney Spears joining his current television series, How I Met Your Mother as a regular or recurring character. He's all for her joining the cast, he just wants to make it real clear it's a quality show. Proving genetics is a real science, Britney's 16 year old embarazada sister Jamie Lynn, who is definitely showing at seven months, decided to take a ride on an all terrain vehicle. Nice.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby...I'm just curious...

What is your criteria for refusing to publish certain posts??? I have had several posts over the last week or so that have never made it to the comment section....

April 15, 2008 5:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can answer the question posted by person ay 5:52.

If you are part of wacko group of commenters led by Sr. Don Quackers you will be squashed like a cockroach under Mike Higby's big foot. Any mention of "menudo", "enemas", "anonymousa"and endless comments about anyone supporting a modification of SP-40 be a "racist" will also get you squashed, but only because Don Quacker has posted the same comments at Joe M blog and here.

Higby is probably working on a wacko detector as we speak. The first thing to be aware of is anyone who immediately starts ass-kissing and tries to make friends on the Internet. And then goes on to post long boring stories about their childhood and personal life. This is a political blog NOT Dr, Phil’s couch.

Otherwise keep your comments clean no profanity and comment away, any intelligent debate is welcome and will be posted.

April 15, 2008 7:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

matt dowd is on the warpath now. anything prior to today was actually the nice guy.
why? after 12 months of negotiating a new ordinance for Venice, in the wake of a federal judge indicating an injunction would issue for Hunt and Dowd, the City of Los Angeles has renegged on these plaintiffs only, and wants to continue the litigation????.
at $550 an hour for our former ACLU president attorney from century City, start the depositions, we're calling Antonio, and all council etc etc.
let the depositions begin and the costs soar.
especially after Janice Hahn declared last December that she just wanted to see Michael Hunt return to the beach.
we didn't drag our asses through all those status conferences and ordinance redrafts just to be screwed over and go to trial anyway.
so I'm going for the throat now, the judge told us we'll win the legal side of it, so bring it, loser attorneys. its just the poor taxpayers of this financially broken City that will have to cough up again for this councils' and their attorneys' folly.

April 15, 2008 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks...7:21 a.m.

I'm glad that the wackos are gone, believe me...this blog was unreadable for a while. However, I've always considered my posts to be reflective of the views of the conservative populus of this city, and issue-oriented ONLY.

I'm still scratching my head as to why my posts have been deemed unprintable...oh well...win some and lose some! I just call it as I see it!

April 15, 2008 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

go back to New Zealand or wherever they got rid of you from. Maybe you shouldn't have boasted abusively at city hall how you're the smartest legal mind around, outsmarted them all. Neither you nor that idiot zuma know when to shut up and go away. As a taxpayer I hope you don't get a dime. And it doesn't look like your fellow Venice clowns are thanking you -- you've called attention to the noise and nuisance you make so you'll be banned from some areas people used to perform in as long as they weren't obnoxious about it.

April 15, 2008 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did anyone notice Huizar wasn't at the State of City? Where did he go? Everyone on blogs across the nation are blasting Antonio's speech. IT was a repeat of last year yet nothing accomplished. All he wants to do is stick it to taxpayers cause he and clowncil don't know how to spend our tax dollars wisely. Then we have a controller Laura Chick who hasn't done anything worth a damn in helping save taxpayer dollars until AFTER the fact.

April 15, 2008 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, that's what I come here for: Neil Patrick Harris' clarifications on Britney Spears.

April 15, 2008 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Every municipality ultimately ends up with the politicians it deserves. I truly believe that. The average registered voter in LA can tell you about Barack, Hillary, or McCain and why they like or dislike them.
However, when it comes to the politicos in their own city they have no idea about who/what they stand for. They don't realize that in many ways their quality of life is affected more by the local yocals than the president. Ask them who their County Supervisor is and they don't even know. I'm talking about the average voter, not the ones on this blog. So, in the end, it is no wonder we end up with a bunch of clowns on the clowncil.
We get what we deserve.

April 15, 2008 10:31 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Can't La Bong keep his dumb mouth shut when other people are talking? No wonder he never knows what's going on unless it involves talking about how to get DWP money.

April 15, 2008 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to say that I'm shocked, Higby:

1. You run a blog called "The HOME of LA Politics"

2. You don't watch the Mayor's state of the city, REGARDLESS of your apathy.

3. You pay more attention to Neil Patrick Harris comments about Britney Spears.

Talk about someone needing to be fired! Look in the mirror, bro.

April 15, 2008 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love the moderating. But if you are going to moderate and you see the same post twice, like the one at 10:31 and 10:32, can't you just let one of them get through? You might have a reason, but I can't figure out what it is.

I have figured out that if for some reason, I have just typed out a long post and then when I hit enter to send it and I get an "error" message, it is because one of you are putting up a new story. That has happened to me 4 times.

But I am bothered by those repeated posts.

And I had no idea that Higby or anyone else had criteria for publishing certain posts. Perhaps the moderation is not allowing you to see it and you think it's not there, but it is. Go back and check.

I agree that it's great to be able to read posts with no mention of menudo, enema, anonymousa, or any of those animal wackos fighting with each other.

But since when do we have to rein in our profanity? I like profanity and it's better than the name calling I read here. If you don't want to hear "bad" words - stay away from a political blog.

April 15, 2008 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt, I wish you and Mike the best of luck. I hope you win your Venice case and I, as a taxpayer, would rather pay for your case than one like the Tennie Pierce case.

Keep coming to Council!

April 15, 2008 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I watched the City Council meeting this morning. Zuma Dogg was the only person commenting on some of the agenda items. Despite his delivery sometimes, Zuma's comments are always on-point and intelligent. But the council members have deemed that they are above listening to public comment. Thank you Zuma for holding their feet to the fire. Don't let up. I hope you have more video to post of them ignoring the public in the public comment time.

April 15, 2008 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I didn't watch the State of the City either.

So hang me. Or you can just call me names. Apathetic is one of them, but I don't want to be.

I'm actually just pissed off that I didn't get to go. I've been to every one for 6-7 years and this year I wasn't invited. So I boycotted like a little whiner, I admit.

I should be fired.

April 15, 2008 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dude, not that I enjoy defending the literacy terrorists at Mayor Sam's, but it's "L.A." politics.

What part of "this is La La Land" don't you understand?

L.A. is just a suburb of Hollywood and everything revolves around what's on the tube or in the flickers. We give actors and other artists top billing and we even elect grossly underachiving "rock star" mayors, who fail the bar 4 times, cheat on their wives as well as any screen idol while running for office as "family" men, and earn a 1.4 GPA at a state university -- simply because they look good on camera and can smile and wave prettier than their opponents.

Our biggest news stories of the year are about screen writers strikes, why we have no pro football team, and which euro-celeb with the pop-star wife will be playing for the soccer team 3/4 of the city didn't even know we had.

L.A. politics is as much about celebrities as it is about city services - probably more so.

April 15, 2008 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone who thinks Zuma Dogg's comments at City Council are "on point" needs to attend the same Civics 101 class he was apparently to stoned to stay awak through.

The Dogg reads agenda postings, understands nothing of their background, and rants about what he "thinks" they're about, which is usually 180 degrees off base.

If city council wasn't precluded from having discussions with him, they'd let him know in 10 seconds just how bass-ackwards his take is on nearly everything, and how he misinforms the already uninformed at home.

In this case, the Brown Act disserves viewers from getting intelligent feedback to his really shallow (DUMB) questions.

The founding fathers knew that only an educated, well-read electorate could keep democracy on track. They never planned on barking "Doggs" voting or consuming public discourse.

April 15, 2008 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, if you spend ONE HOUR listening to AV last night, you'd have found out that he was VERY unnerved.

You could have done any number of things with that, if not his content.

I know you're trying to make this blog better than it has been in recent months, but you've got a long way to go to get it to where it used to be.

That Neal Patrick Harris thing really does need explaining. And something more than, well, the show is filmed in L.A., so it's relevant.

April 15, 2008 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

oh no, they put a Parental Advisory for Explicit Content on our new song.
Bernie Parks must have heard it, and been offended.

April 15, 2008 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12.48 said: " Matt, I wish you and Mike the best of luck. I hope you win your Venice case and I, as a taxpayer, would rather pay for your case than one like the Tennie Pierce case.

Keep coming to Council!"

hell yeah. see, it only takes ONE comment like that to supercede and relegate a hundred negative posts.
I see another 6 months coming. You ready Ch. 35?

April 15, 2008 3:02 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

1:10 pm,

Once again, a lot of hot air, bitter, jibber-jabber -- but unlike ZD...nothing substantive.

It's easy to throw out a lot of comments about me...but I didn't see any actual points as to what I have wrong and how I am misleading those poor people at home who I have under my spell.

But you don't have a problem with the way council bamboozles the city on a daily basis at those meetings.

Keep spinning loser. I just saw KCBS reporter Mark Coogin on the street in front of City Hall...he told me he heard me on the radio and gave me thumbs up and had some encouraging words.

So please feel free to list all the things I misrepresented and had wrong.

And remember...it's all on lacity.org for the record.

AND, HELL YEAH...Council couldn't keep their pie hole shut during my general public comment and look what happened! Kinda backfired. I was all calm and chill and nice...
You should have seen Alarcon trying to have Garcetti cut me off when I started ranting about the non-profit and affordable housing scams. So keep spinning loser...

April 15, 2008 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: 3:02

You see, doubters! If that isn't just more proof that it's all about the "exposure" and nothing's about content or outcome.

Even the council's public comments yammerers are just in it for their 2 minutes of mini-fame every session.

And they dissed Mayor Sam for talking about "celebrities" here. But in this town, they all either ARE, or they wanna be!

It's like that car ad from a few months ago about "overcompensating" -- "BECAUSE ME MUM DIDN'T LOVE ME ENOUGH!

April 15, 2008 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh no the 3 Stooges are at it again. Plllleeeeaaassseeee tell them they're full of shit. There is no way this tax will pass. Let's see all the gang banger families Perry will drum up to speak out on this. Most of the people she gets are from gang banger families yet she pretends they are innocent. KFI says Janice Hahn is an imbicile and they're RIGHT.

April 15, 2008 5:12 PM  

Blogger Gary Fouse said:

In his State of the City message this week, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlined his "anti-gang" plan-even while making a preposterous declaration that "LA is the safest it has been since the 1950s"!!??!

Has the mayor been smoking his socks?

Even more incredible than that whopper is Villaraigosa's plan for combating gangs in the city. (The mayor was, himself, a gang member in his youth, when he was known by his birth name-Tony Villar.)

Now the city is devoting more money into their old tried and failed programs of "prevention and intervention". Yes, more police will be assigned to the high-risk areas and that designation will be expanded from 8 to 12 parts of the city. But the main thrust involves more feel good programs and grants to non-government agencies. People will be assigned to go into the gang-infested neighborhoods to try and convince young kids not to join gangs. To pay for it, the city is preparing to raise taxes and/or fees to its citizens.

But what about revoking Special Rule 40-or at least modify it to allow LAPD officers to grab known illegal aliens who are known gang members? Nothing about that. In fact, LAPD Chief William Bratton defiantly reiterated today in an interview with the LA Daily News that Rule 40 will remain long after he and everyone else is gone. To do anything else would amount to "Racial Profiling".

So it appears that the leadership of the city will fight to protect Rule 40 as is. Strangely silent remain LA's black activist community even in the wake of the murder of Jamiel Shaw by an illegal alien gang member. They apparently don't care if innocent black youths are being killed in the streets by illegal Hispanic gangs. Hate crimes? Apparently not in their view.

What needs to be done in Los Angeles is very simple. LAPD, LASO and ICE need to work together-on the streets, in the jails and in the file rooms. Their files need to be open to each other so that each agency can identify who is a gang member and who is illegal.

When I was working with DEA in the late 1970s in Los Angeles, I had just returned from a three year tour in Thailand. In LA, I was assigned to the Southeast Asian Heroin Task Force. In those days, there was a major problem with SE Asian heroin being trafficked into the LA area by Thai traffickers living in the LA area. Many of them were illegal aliens having come to the US on a visa and overstaying.

In our group, we had two LAPD officers and an Immigration Agent. We had access to each others' data banks. When we encountered a Thai illegal alien whom we suspected or knew was involved in criminal activity, INS got involved and started processing them for deportation. We also did this proactively-sometimes in an effort to recruit informants.

It can be done, and it can be done legally. It is also much cheaper than the prevention and intervention programs the mayor is instituting or increasing. What is wrong with a cop and ICE agent grabbing an illegal gang member and at the very least deporting him? Chief Bratton doesn't want to do this since he wants to look out for the witnesses and victims of crime within the illegal alien community. Hey Chief! Let's remember that these victims and witnesses are the biggest victims of Hispanic gangs. Think how many lives could be saved within the illegal alien community by removing the gang members among them. No. The real reason Bratton is against revocation of Rule 40 is because the mayor is against it. Bratton serves under Villaraigosa. Therefore, he is the mayor's hack and will do his bidding.

The sad fact is that Los Angeles has no interest in eliminating this problem. It is more about race-based far-left politics. The result? Many more will die.

gary fouse

April 15, 2008 5:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want Matt to bring back that bag of buttons and start reading from them.

I never laughed so hard in my life!

If nothing else, bring them back and just THREATEN to read from them!

April 15, 2008 7:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:10 pm

But if the council had their way, there would be no feedback at all. So in that sense Zumma does a public service by at least bringing the issues to light. So your choice would be to have council run rough-shod over the process (and public) without any comment?

In addition it sounds like you would require some type of I.Q test to eliminate the less educated from the process. Your world doesn't sound like much of a Democracy to me.

April 15, 2008 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gary Fouse is right, there is no good reason that LAPD, ICE, the Sheriff's office and neighboring city don't and can't share databases of known gangbangers. If they had, Culver City could have ID'd Espinoza during this last jail time, the Sheriff's office (in charge of his jail time) and ICE would have known he was illegal instead of just asking him upon release, Espinoza claiming he was born in L A, and there being no way to prove him a liar.

So the Sheriffs and ICE let Espinoza out to kill again, on a "shot call" hit from jail. (Known gang members should be separated to avoid this "networking to kill.")

Border Patrol also has no national database on gangbangers -- it's criminal negligence all around, and shows more a lack of political will than ability. PLUS Bratton is proud of being an "expert" on devising a database to list terrorists -- it should be a lot easier to add local gangbangers.

SP40 was put in place 30 years ago when there were few illegals, and as Fouse says, mamy weren't Mexican but now they're half the city's population, 2/3 the kids and births and 1/3 the jails, the list goes on and on.

They're also 80% of the most vicious gang members -- getting rid of them would not only save billions and be a lot more effective than trying to save them (many come from families where they're not supervised and they join gangs by 10), and the illegals are NOT our problem. Mexico and Salvador pleaded with Bratton and the Mayor NOT to send back their own monsters because it's too expensive for them. Tough s-t!

Meanwhile a commenter from CD14/ Lincoln Heights keep showing up at Council like today, to point out how stupid and short-sighted it is to charge kids like his to use the schools and parks for sports, but we're being hit with more taxes to "fix" illegal gangbangers at risk!

Like he keeps saying, they won't do REAL cost=effective prevention, like let kids with caring parents use city facilities for sports and activities, but once they're in gangs or on the verge, they spend millions of our money courting them.

That's the kind of commenter who makes sense -- Zuma, you went crazy 2-3 times today then stormed out or were thrown out screaming. If you can't see what a psycho you are you are in worse shape than you look. The message isn't heard when the messenger acts rude and nutso. (Yeah, LaBonge talked during your rant but you claim Alarcon looked worried -- you undermine yourself.) And make the city look buffoonish. Wonder what the Korean and Kenyan delegations thought of our democratic process, seeing you!

April 15, 2008 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the wake of the release of Pedro Espinoza, the illegal alien gang member who killed Jamiel Shaw I found this.


Although ICE has made considerable progress over the past several years in identifying and removing criminal aliens through its Criminal Alien Program (CAP), a fundamental change in ICE's current approach is required to reach the goal of identifying and removing all aliens convicted of a crime. ICE currently screens 100 percent of all federal and state prisons, but has full coverage of only about 10 percent of the approximately 3,100 local jails throughout the United States.

April 15, 2008 11:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gary has it right. Bratton better be careful cause he's almost crossing the wrong line. He needs to remember just like our gang banger cholo Mayor that they represent ALL PEOPLE not just illegals. Damn illegals don't get involved in their commuities and live like pigs but these idiot politicans want to cater to them and not the LEGAL residents of our city.

April 16, 2008 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here you go kiddies. THank you Sam Quinones who reported this story first. This is the llegal mom with 13 gang banger kids.

...has a criminal history, and her son was killed in a shootout with police in February. Maria "Chata" Leon, an illegal immigrant whose former Glassell Park home police said was for years the center of neighborhood drug activity, was arrested by federal agents Tuesday, authorities said. Leon, 44, was charged in federal court with illegally reentering the country, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, said Lori Haley, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Leon, who was arrested in front of her former Drew Street home, has been convicted on felony drug, firearms and child endangerment charges in three cases dating to 1992, according to court records. She has also been deported to Mexico twice, Haley said. On April 9, after an ICE investigation, a federal magistrate issued a warrant for Leon's arrest.

April 16, 2008 6:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:10 p.m.

You missed the point (check your own IQ).

It wasn't about "only smarties can speak" it was about PLEASE "stop applauding the dummies" just because they DO speak (and say STUPID things), and DON'T for gawd's sake let their idiocy pass as civic activism.

Just because the Dogg's lack of intellect leads him to scream that THESE ARE THE REAL ISSUES, don't make it so. In fact, I usually take it as proof that they're not. ANd whatever time and energy people have to chasing down real issues is probably being wasted as a result.

Maybe in LAUSD you get blue ribbons for just showing up and sounding stupid. Hopefully that's not true everywhere.

There are bag ladies on each corner mumbling about being bombarded by death rays from outer space - but that doesn't mean we're ACTUALLY under attack, either.

April 16, 2008 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:10 p.m. wrote:

You missed the point (check your own IQ).

(Even if I missed the point, you hurt your position with a personal attack.)

It wasn't about "only smarties can speak" it was about PLEASE "stop applauding the dummies" just because they DO speak (and say STUPID things), and DON'T for gawd's sake let their idiocy pass as civic activism.

(I got your point I was just exaggerating it to make my point.)

Just because the Dogg's lack of intellect leads him to scream that THESE ARE THE REAL ISSUES, don't make it so. In fact, I usually take it as proof that they're not. ANd whatever time and energy people have to chasing down real issues is probably being wasted as a result.

(So what you are saying is that you are letting Dogg's "lack of intellect" influence your decision as to whether an issue is real or not instead of using your own intellect to make informed decisions?

Maybe in LAUSD you get blue ribbons for just showing up and sounding stupid. Hopefully that's not true everywhere.

(Huh? I was educated out of state so I'm not sure what you are getting at. Maybe you just have an issue with LAUSD.)

There are bag ladies on each corner mumbling about being bombarded by death rays from outer space - but that doesn't mean we're ACTUALLY under attack, either.

(But then again, The belief was strongly held up until the 4th and 5th centuries that the earth was flat. Maybe those bag ladies know something we don't!)

April 16, 2008 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:00, so did Zuma bust you on something or what?

April 16, 2008 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're like the craziest country in the world. When I visited Italy, I went in to the Consulate to ask a question and the guy behind the counter stamped my passport "Seen in Milan" (in Italian) so that if I overstayed my visa, they would know. When I went to Australia, I knew I had to high tail it out of there in 3 months or I would be there illegally. Why on earth in America can anyone come here and just stay forever, with absolutely no consequence? I am a liberal Democrat and I think it's heinous that those we elect simply do not advocate enforcing the law to GET VOTES. It makes you wonder if we need to have ID to vote after all. I'm all for freedom, but it seems to me that they're now pandering for the illegal vote. How is this possible?

April 16, 2008 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

501- yes they are pandering for the illegal vote. they know illegals can and will vote because theres no enforcement- especially in this town.

April 16, 2008 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:01: ICE does contact those who overstay their visas, but if you come in illegally of course you have no visa. Dennis Zine just lied when he said this is how most people become illegal in this country.

If you do overstay your visa and try to rectify it legally, you get into trouble and are almost always deported with no sympathy.

An aunt of mine came from Philippines to marry a man she met there, but after a short while it became clear he wanted a maid and treated her badly. After a year she left him to stay with someone else, but he reported her to ICE, because you have to stay married for 2 years to a citizen before you can apply for a green card. IF he'd married her in the Philippines she oculd have come as wife of a citizen, would have given her rights to fight his abuse.

After spending a lot of money to lawyers she finally left, worn out. These people are in a tough bing: they're not allowed to work while they fight deportation, but they have to show they've supported themseslves and aren't a burden on the state.

IF she'd come in illegally as a Mexican, you can bet her husband would have gotten sued by the ACLU and a bunch of Mexican activists, with Janice Hahn, Rosendahl and all the Mexican councilmen weighing in, on how horrible this "abuse" was and making sure she got a green card.

As for whether or not illegals vote, some poll workers have said yes, and they've been asked to fill out absentee ballots for illegals, who got signed up through a driving license. Which may not be legal. But someone should check that out, and prove it if they can. A little while back there was a movemment for them to demand voting "rights" in local elections, since that would give them even more clout to demand money diverted to them, but that's not going to fly right now.

April 16, 2008 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor is poaching intelligent people to serve time in his anti-gang office (from other city departments), with the threat of firing them being hung over their head (i.e. either come work in my anti-gang office or your position will be cut due to the "budget"). Mayor Sam can you look into this? It seems like blackmail to me. Either you fire someone because of the budget or not.

April 19, 2008 3:38 PM  

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