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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Mayor Villaraigosa in Sacramento seeking some financial "trim"

When last seen, our esteem Mayor was speeding away from the manic homeless activists who upstage his photo-op at Gladys Park in Skid Row.
Today Mayor Villaraigosa stepped off Keith Brackpool's, errr city plane to spend the day in "Cow Town", as described by Laker's coach Phil Jackson.

He will spend the day meeting with the likes of new Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and new Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg. Maybe he will wander by the "Doghouse" that South Gate Assemblyman Hector De La Torre has been relegated to for having the audacity to expouse something called "ETHICS", refering to his refusal to back Nunez's "GOLDEN HANDSHAKES" for departing staffers.

But one dosen't journey to the "financial busom" of California Politics without coming back with something to show for it.

That comes tonight with a fund raiser for his re election campaign. The likes of Nunez will be in attendence so count on ample supplies of fine wine and maybe some after hours "chulitas".
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Sacramento today, where he will gather campaign funds for his reelection effort in 2009.
His evening fundraiser is at Ella Dining Room & Bar in downtown Sacramento, with an influential list of hosts, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, lobbyists like Soyla Fernandez and Darius Anderson, members of the Tsakopoulos clan and Bob White, the former chief of staff to Gov. Pete Wilson.
The $1,000 per person event begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clear Channel Messed with LA Weekly and Lost!
by Jill Stewart
April 2, 2008 10:22 AM
Recently, reporter Christine Pelisek asked the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety for a list of all legal and illegal billboards in L.A. - an embarrassing document that will show the public all 11,000 "points of blight" allowed on local streets by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council - in an era when other cities are removing and banning billboards.

Maybe we shouldn't have been so shocked, given Villaraigosa's view of what constitutes quality of life, when Building and Safety officials, instead of giving Pelisek this public information, instead alerted Clear Channel and its lawyers that the Weekly had asked City Hall for its billboards list.

That's right, Villaraigosa's bureaucrats in Building and Safety actually informed on us to a very big, very aggressive, very rich billboard company. Tattled. Squealed.

This morning, Clear Channel took the city to Superior Court to stop the cowed bureaucrats over at Building and Safety from even thinking about giving the Weekly the list of existing illegal and legal billboards in L.A.

Clear Channel lost in court today.

When our lawyer, Walt Sadler, and the city's lawyer, Steve Blau, appeared in court this morning to protest Clear Channel's effort to squelch this information, Judge James Chalfant quickly made clear that the location and ownership of billboards in L.A. - no matter the endless excuses given in the past by Delgadillo, Villaraigosa and the City Council - is public information gleaned from a public permitting process.

It is not proprietary information, as stratospherically expensive lawyers like Laura Brill from Irell & Manella, representing Clear Channel, like to claim when trying to keep this information from Los Angeles residents. Now, Building and Safety must release the list of 11,000 billboards, their owners and locations. By April 4. Including the thousands of billboards put up illegally by many billboard companies.

This is information that Los Angeles' dozens of Neighborhood Councils and anti-blight activists have long been waiting for. But Clear Channel has a history of suing to interminably delay fearful City Hall officials from doing the right thing. So stay tuned.

April 02, 2008 11:28 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

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April 02, 2008 11:31 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

(oops, double posted so I deleted the duplicate. Nevertheless...)

A no-power crybaby accused me of promoting myself on the thread where J. Mailander resigned from the Mayor Sam blog. I say it wasn't promotion, but as long as I am going to be accused of promotion, I may as well do it. So HERE is what it looks like when Zuma Dogg promotes his new blog:

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW TODAY ON ZUMA DOGG'S LA DAILY BLOG: (A Laurel and Hardy cartoon free zone)

DWP Rate Hike on Today's Council Agenda: What to expect from DWP GM Nahai (Desperate times (for Nahai) requires desperate measures, so don't be surprised if you hear Nahai blame the recent tragic death of an L.A. fire figher on aging infrastructure -- even though the Mayor of Los Angeles already declared publicly it was a "freak accident". I SURE HOPE NOT!)

AUDIO: Massive DWP Thread! Public Comment & Councilmember Discussion of DWP Rate Hikes (Including David Nahai) (In case you missed it, in preparation of today's Council meeting.)

Best Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Video EVER: Mayor Interrupts Hecklers on Street - Plus, Hear Mayor Say, "We Gotta Join Mccain!"

Tennie Pierce Outside Council Cost L.A. City $1.4 Million (Initially Approved for only $750,000)

Wyvernwood Releases Proposed Plan "Facts" As Protected Oak Trees Are Already Cut Down (Before The Communities Eyes)

DWP Rate Increases Up For Vote In LA City Council

Why Pierce case was settled

Zuma Dogg's First Political Endorsement: Jackie Speier for U.S. Congress!

CM Jose Huizar Says "No" To Mural on Boyle Heights Police Station

Mayor Harassed During Skid Row Lighting Speech

That deadly gang in City Hall

Hybrid-car drivers may lose parking perks

City students less likely to graduate than suburban kids

Paulson: 'More bumps' loom

LA Council Members Support State Resolution On Medical Pot

Is L.A. City Councimember Jose Huizar Already Raising Money To Run For Another Office

L.A. County drivers could pay an extra 9 cents per gallon at the gas pump, or additional $90 vehicle registration to help fight global warming


Learn the difference and keep your weak ass trap shut. I know why this is, you would be humiliated for life if I revealed that info, so don't worry I won't. But now you are going to be VERY AWARE of all my postings. Starting NOW:

April 02, 2008 11:33 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


Feel free to post here or anywhere at will. F$%# the whinners.

April 02, 2008 11:33 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

And to the boo-hoo-hoo cryababy...you are about to realize, I was keeping things pretty low-key over here, with an occasional update. NOW, I'm gonna give you what you are accusing me of to teach you the difference.

What do I CARE? Why was I being low-key and polite about being too overpowering here in the comment section.

NOW I DON'T CARE! You'll see what it's like when I post what the fuck I want like everyone else.

April 02, 2008 11:35 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Thanks Red Spot! Sorry you are going to have to endure ZD's constant updates here, too. Hope you at least get an idea or two out of it for your own follow-ups. ZD & MS is a great one-two punch to corruption.

LA Daily Blog

April 02, 2008 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, there goes Jill Stewart covering the important issues in Los Angeles, again. Top on her list of City issues to cover: Billboards. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

And speaking of Z...sure miss him there, now.)

April 02, 2008 11:40 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:



April 02, 2008 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How touching...

April 02, 2008 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma could come up with the scoop of the century and noone would notice because his blogs are endless unreadable rants. Everything is "MASSIVE" and IN ALL CAPS and laced with profanity. Mayor Sam may have it's problems but at least it is readable.

April 02, 2008 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This calls for a poem.

April 02, 2008 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

now we have to scroll through z.d. self promotions and all the other b.s. onn this site.zuma you don't feel like your helping ruin this site.

April 02, 2008 12:10 PM  

Blogger Barf in the Hat said:

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April 02, 2008 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:28: If you're going to blather on at least read the basic info available to anyone in the papers. As the recent Daily News story about billboards (Orlov's column) noted, it was Rocky Delgadillo who tipped off Clear Channel to the Weekly request, against the wishes of the entire City Council which had ordered him to make a deal with Clear Channel in Jan. 07 to make placement of their billboards totally transparent to the community.

The DN/Orlov column spells this out and that Greuel and Weiss expressed this to the City Attorney's office, and directed him to follow the Council's original directives. Weiss, Greuel and Rosendahl have been totally supportive of their communities on the billboard issue, it's Reyes and Jan Perry who have attacked them for this. Read the David Zahniser article in L A Now/ local section of Times on this, "Two More Billboads -- for a Park?" and Dennis Hathaway in CityWatch.

You should know "the city" is not some monolithic structure, while everyone also knows that Rocky got a half million in free advertising from Clear Channel/CBS and they threw him a lavish party in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago.

April 02, 2008 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Villar is using his money to go to Sacramento to have a fundraiser for him to be re-elected (or whatever else he has in mind). Why isnt he here at the Council, or while someone else is being killed today. Guess he gets better press in Sacraments. Murder in LA is no longer a good photo op unless the victim is a little kid.

April 02, 2008 1:12 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"Everything is "MASSIVE" and IN ALL CAPS and laced with profanity."

Um, excuse me? What the hell are you talking about? Everyone can see you are full of shit and a lying crybaby without a leg to spin on:

Hey everyone reading this...here is my blog...does it match up with this weak losers description/spin?

LA Daily Blog.com

Now everyone will see how tight the blog is!

April 02, 2008 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If 11:28 is verbatim Stewart, she's so clueless as to who to blame, she's got no right to call herself a reporter, it's like 1:10 said. Jill Stewart is either clueless then, or the one who's afraid of Rocky Delgadillo and won't say what's what, so goes after Villaraigosa? That would be overt political bias and intentionally misleading readers. No wonder the average Joe in this city doesn't know what's going on. (Joe M did get it more than others writing on the blog, like a certain ZD whose rude rants turned away insiders.)

April 02, 2008 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zuma i went and saw your blog that shit is weak, give it up no one cares.

April 02, 2008 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma no comments at your blog,no one is reading, your over here all the time trying to get people to go see it,they have and they like it here better

April 02, 2008 1:31 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

If no one is reading my blog, I better promote it:

LA Daily Blog.com.

You see a lot of things posted that end up coming true later (news before it happens). It's all thanks to the people in the community and inside sources who provide me with the info.

LA Daily Blog

April 02, 2008 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A haiku for you:

Like bump on log
Zuma Dogg blog
is all fog in the bog.

So it isn't a haiku?
Where's the justice..

April 02, 2008 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(clapping with excitement)

Bravo 1:49!

April 02, 2008 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma i went and commented at your blog and you deleted it whats the matter does the truth hurt?

April 02, 2008 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Z.D. you should invite don peyote and his friends to your site so they can crap in your shithole instead of over here.

April 02, 2008 2:12 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Yeah, I tend to delete comments that use the words "sucks c*ck". Sorry you have a problem with that. How about you don't read my blog and you won't have to suck c*ck anymore. (At least not on my behalf.) But that's not to say you have to stop sucking.

Meanwhile read the DWP update and councils "joint referral" to ask Bush and Congress to stop busting state weed clinics. Plus, a lot of other new stories.

LA Daily Blog

And don't forget ZumaTimes.com

April 02, 2008 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you must have to delete alot of comments than, maybe thats why there is none.

April 02, 2008 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jill Stewart is the bomb. I love her and she has every right to point out when/if Building & Safety tells on her.

That is like when Alarcon's chief of staff took a motion and ran it over to the fax machine to fax it to Las Lomas lobbyists.

I read your blog, Zuma. I love it and I wish you were still posting here so comment away.

April 02, 2008 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's SO unfortunate Joseph Mailander isn't writing on this blog anymore.

Joseph CONSISTENTLY wrote articulate pieces on INTERESTING and RELEVANT topics. He didn't bring up the other blogger's farts, or any of the other crap that is inundating this blog.

And on top of it, Joseph even added consistently interesting photos of his part of town.

Keeping content flowing on a blog is difficult, no doubt. But I think that this blog lost is singularly best writer.

April 02, 2008 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree. Please don't leave, Joe.

April 02, 2008 3:46 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Concur 100% with your thoughts.

April 02, 2008 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anybody know the web-site address for Zuma's blog?

Does anybody know what happened to Zuma?

I wish Zuma would at least post 1 comment onn Mayor Sam, so we know what Zuma is doing. I wish Zuma would post a few comments here, I am surprised he is not looking for more attention on this blog.

April 02, 2008 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's www.ladailyblog.com.

April 02, 2008 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's Antonio going to campaign on that he's filled 800,000 potholes? What a fool!!!! We all know he's the biggest loser Mayor in the country and so do all the national media. Antonio has become a joke. Wasn't he going out of town to help Hillary to?

April 02, 2008 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is hands down the most hilarious Mayor Sam thread ever. Laughing out loud

April 02, 2008 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I turned away the insiders, how come the insiders have been feeding me info all along including today which is how i knew the electric would pass and the water wouldn't? (Hmmmm?)

And for the record, the DWP rate increase has not officially/actually passed. It has to come back next week. Some CMs were absent today as they were riding Antonio's jock strap in Sacramento.

And after Nahai used Rosendoh to used the tragic fire fighter incident to try and squeeze a buck out of people...who knows what could happen between now and then.

Not that I am saying it ain't gonna pass...I'm just saying it HAS NOT passed yet.

April 02, 2008 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

somebody pick zuma up off the floor he just got knocked out!

April 03, 2008 10:28 AM  

Blogger Gary Fouse said:

I periodically write about the on-going fiasco that is California suffering under misrule in Sacramento and its two major cities, LA and SF. Since my last posting, things have only gotten worse.

Currently, the state has a 14 billion dollar shortfall, not surprisingly considering the out of control spending that goes on, added to all the services for illegal aliens. As Tom McClintock, the only sane politician in the state, has repeatedly pointed out, though inflation has risen during the past decade, revenue to the state has risen at a faster rate. The problem is that spending has outpaced both inflation and revenue. Therefore, we have a budget deficit of some 14 billion. Nevertheless, our state government always has the same solution: raise taxes, which is exactly what they want to do now. Thus, they now seek to overturn Proposition 13, which saved many people from losing their homes through rising property taxes, and they also want to revisit the car tax. LA County even wants to access a 3% "Global Warming Tax" on gasoline.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the erstwhile Republican governor, who originally tried to fight the left-wing Democrats and lost, has now given up and merely swims with the tide. The only positive development was a few months back when voters rejected a ballot measure cleverly labeled as a term limits measure that was really designed to allow corrupt politicians like Don Perata and Fabian Nunez to hold onto office. Now they will have to leave public office after this year. No worries. They will just land in some high-paying consulting job-or even better be appointed to some commission that only has to meet once a month but gets paid big bucks.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Tony Villar (the real name of Antonio Villaraigosa)continues his mismanagement of Los Angeles. The city is swamped with illegal aliens, which is just fine with Villaraigosa and his lackey police chief, William Bratton. The schools are collapsing, and less than 50% of the students are graduating from high school. Now Villaraigosa is trying to squeeze more tax money from Angelenos to make up for LA's own budget shortfall.

But it gets better; It has now been revealed that for the past several years, the Department of Water and Power (DWP)has been blessed with millions of dollars of surplus that they have contributed to the city's general fund. This year, the contribution was 175 million dollars. Yet, the LA City Council has just approved a rate hike for water and electricity that will amount to 270 million dollars to DWP coffers. This leads one to ask why DWP didn't just hold on to the surplus instead of giving it to the city's general fund-or why government agencies have these surpluses surpluses to begin with.

DWP is apparently quite a well-off enterprise in LA. In addition to generous salaries and benefits, DWP even offers free lactation classes to its employess and dependents.

Let me repeat that: DWP offers free lactation classes to its employees and dependents-courtesy naturally of the local taxpayers. Yet they need a rate hike.

Then there is the Great City of San Francisco under Mayor Gavin Newsome and countless other quacks. This is the same city that attracted hoards of homeless people with the offer of $400 a month. Just show up in San Francisco, register with the city, and collect your $400 a month-courtesy of the good taxpayers of the city.

Of course, San Francisco is a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Now it is publicly proclaiming this fact in a series of multi-lingual ads designed to attract more illegal aliens. So illegal aliens are welcome, but the US military, its recruiters and retired battleships are not.

If you are wondering about the hard-working, tax-paying people in California who are being asked to pay for all this, here is the answer. Many are leaving. Those who are fed up with the high taxes and the business owners who are fed up with the regulations and taxes are leaving to friendlier places like Nevada and Arizona. They are taking their wealth and their jobs with them. As the ratio of taxpayers declines in relation to the tax-beneficiaries, those left behind will face higher and higher taxes. How long before we reach the point where those who depend on government largesses outnumber those who have to pay? When that happens, ballot measures that are required to raise certain taxes will start to pass based on pure self-interest.

Those of you in the other 49 states who think bigger government is the answer to our problems should examine the case of California.

gary fouse

April 03, 2008 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It would be nice if Villalaraza could trim himself and go to Mexico to support his brother there
We need a new line of people. Villalaraza, Greuel, etc all these people are fake useless traitors who let our city sink further into a s***thole, nuff said

February 28, 2009 12:18 AM  

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