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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Sunrise Hotsheet

Pray for Peace in the Barrios, Ramona Gardens mural

Our dear leader, Mayor Sam, is away on a fact-finding mission, so Im on Thursday hotsheet duty. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

The Sister City has learned that the two surviving male accomplices in a botched taxi robbery have confessed to investigators, but that Hollenbeck Detectives have yet to present their case to the District Attorney's office. The bizarre details have reportedly left many in the City Terrace community wondering how the two deceased girls found themselves involved in a violent robbery, and ultimately through a car windshield.

Pedro Espinoza, the alleged killer of Jamiel Shaw Jr., pleaded not guilty in L.A. Superior Court Wednesday. Anita and Jamiel Shaw Sr. were among those in attendance:

"It was hard seeing the alleged killer of my son," Jamiel Shaw Sr. said outside the courtroom, wearing a T-shirt with his son's photograph.

"It felt good to see him behind the bars," he added. "He's entitled to a fair trial. So are we."

We’ve hammered City Hall pretty hard for flouting its legal responsibility to cooperate with federal immigration law. I think it’s also worth pointing out how clearly the facts of this case illustrate the magnitude of the problem we face as a nation, thanks to years of willful neglect by Presidents Bush and Clinton—whose failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border invited Espinoza’s parents to cross with a four year old son. As an adult, with no legal status, Espinoza had little future beyond the cash economy, and no home in Mexico to return to. Today, he’s out of the shadows and hopefully off the streets for good.

Walter Moore tells me that Jamiel’s family is actively seeking a sponsor for Jamiel’s Law on City Council. Obvious starting points would be CDs 8, 9, and 10—although I suppose we can count Herb Wesson out—Zuma Dogg hears that Mayor Villaraigosa is on an arm-twisting campaign to replace Eric Garcetti with Wesson as Council President.

Without your consent, L.A. City Council voted yesterday to raises your taxes—oops, fees... I mean, rates—again. The rate hikes will begin this summer and supposedly be used to upgrade aging infrastructure. No talk of first examining the surpluses DWP currently funnels into the General Fund. I guess that’s what you call “hush money,” y'all.

And finally, Pasadena may ban smoking. Probably a smart move to offset the additional carbon my vehicle now produces waiting on half-empty Gold Line trains and massive road construction projects that never seem to have actual workers on premises.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just read the LA Magazine's The Mayor's Mistress and very shocked. Mirthala comes off like a stupid, bimbo woman who still has feelings for the Mayor. She doesn't say anything bad about him yet, keeps blaming herself for the affair. It seems to be she was paid off to keep her mouth shut.

The Mayor and Mirthala
Despite everything, she says she was happy.
“I trusted him, and I know he trusted me.” They didn’t talk about marriage, she says. But “he was so protective of me once the relationship became public, I know he loved me.”



April 10, 2008 7:08 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

File this under exploitation.

"At a time when we are facing an economic downturn and gang violence at epidemic levels, the federal government should focus its resources on deporting criminal gang members rather than targeting legitimate businesses," said Matt Szabo, the mayor's spokesman.

April 10, 2008 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not to change the subject, just read the fishwrap on the Tony V letter to ICE. He just doesn't get it does he? At the same time as the Shaw family is trying to get the City to enforce laws, Tony V wants immigration raids waived in LA, as he feels the Feds don't respect (gang talk)regional businesses. Someone take him and the Clowncil for a helicoptor ride over the Pacific and drop them.

April 10, 2008 7:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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April 10, 2008 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And what happens after the infrastructure is upgraded? Will our rates be reduced? Of course not!

City Clowncil + DWP = fraud

April 10, 2008 8:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sad thing is, there are people in South La watching closely to see if the Clowncil will protect them, or open the door to gang warfare between the blacks and hipanics. Unlike the 70's in Florida,where Cubans were trying to take over the drug trade, this will be for survival. The Clowncil will then hide behind the churches and ask for peace, when they are the ones thowing LA under the bus.

I believe when this all shakes out, the Neighborhood councils, who were formed to take the steam out of local activism and neuter community action, should rise up and unify to start recall efforts for all of the Clowncil and Mayor. It's time to take the City back, and put in people who are for the people (tax paying citzens). Sordid reality check and view into the future.

April 10, 2008 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

About the DWP - If you click on any of the Daily News stories about DWP, you will see there's is a group of commenters who sound suspiciously like DWP propagandists.

I wouldn't be surprised if DWP is hiring people to sit on the boards to try to stifle dissent.


April 10, 2008 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


L.A. mayor chides ICE for workplace immigration raids

Villaraigosa tells Homeland Security chief that agents should target criminal gang members and not legitimate businesses. Agency spokeswoman says the priorities are proper.

April 10, 2008 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A letter to Mr. Mayor,

You asked ICE to violate the Federal and State laws of this country. Why? Our economy would have been a lot better if we were not required to pay for the anchor babies and their parents, the thousands who work in the "underground" economy, and allowing businesses to exploit immigrants; legal and illegal.

Support the res-establishment of SP 40. Support the implementation of Jamel's Law. Support the Federal and State endeavors to legally allow those who have been here, (without breaking any laws) for many years. Deport all illegal criminals and their entire families.

April 10, 2008 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clinton and Bush?
How about Nixon twice, Ford, Carter, Raygun twice, King George I, then BC powder and Dubya.
Floodgates opened first with Nixon and has continued unabated.

April 10, 2008 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Pasadena bans smoking

What's with Pasadena! I'm outraged!

April 10, 2008 10:25 AM  

Blogger solomon said:

Statistics show that the vast majority of illegal border crossings have occurred on George W's watch--and for purposes of the hotsheet, I stopped with President Clinton because the Espinoza's entered the U.S. on his.

But, point taken, 10:22; I suppose a better way to phrase it would've been:

"...thanks to decades of willful neglect on the parts of more than a half-dozen presidential administrations, including Presidents Bush and Clinton..."

April 10, 2008 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know it is a stretch, but couldn't an elected official asking (in writing no disputing the words or request) for the government to not enforce it's laws be prosecuted for treason?

Treason is...

"...[a]...citizen's actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation]." In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.

The charges would fall under the "seriously injure the parent nation". I know many will laugh at this, but Villar is causing harm to our country by his actions. After all he asked city council to declare a fiscal emergency. He's admitting that the financial health of our country (via one of it's cities) is in jepordy. To ask the government to openly not enforce the laws of the land only furthers this crisis and injury. Just a thought...

Don't worry, I've put the crack pipe down now and rejoined reality.

April 10, 2008 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So get OUT of your damn gas guzzler, Tony Stalk, and get ON the half-empty Goldline (or a bus, or a bike, or a subway). It'll be LESS empty than before.

Better to light a damn candle.

Be a part of the solution.

Yadda, yadda.

April 10, 2008 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mirthala is an on-air personality.

To call her DUMB is redundant.

They don't recruit these airheads out of MIT. They troll the beauty pageants (and so does Antonio).

He needs someone around that makes him feel intelligent.

His policies and action in office sure don't.

April 10, 2008 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What Tony Villar is really saying:

Please don't touch AMERICAN APPAREL
(American in NAME Only) they are
my biggest ILLEGAL ALIEN campaign
$$$$ contributor and financed all
the busses for my favorite Illegal
Alien"La Marcha",so don't go after
my Illegal Alien MECHA brothers,we
just want to take back our land!


April 10, 2008 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine wanted to speak yesterday to voice his willingness to discuss the issues surrounding Jamiel's Law, but was told to sit down by the City Attorney. Zine said he'd ask Kevin James, "Mr. KRLA," to get him on his show, and Garcetti gulped, looked really uncomfortable. Higby, find out if Zine is going on the show or if he's been "arm twisted" out of it.

Lou Dobbs said several Councilmembers privately told him they're opposed to the way the city is enforcing SP40, and might hold a hearing on it -- Rosendahl offered to in Council. Any Councilmemmbers who condone illegal gangbangers on the streets are opposing their own constituents -- that includes most districts except the Hispanic ones.

But the Mayor wants to turn this into a Black AND Brown issue, and if it means marginalized whites and others, so be it. So moron Reyes has been working with Jan Perry ("what kinds of people call other people, your brothers and sisters, dogs and ponies!) on the billboard issue, too blind and stupid to see that ClearChannel has defrauded the city of millions/year, and should be punished not rewarded. Now the Mayor wants Wesson to join the fray and do it down racial/ socio- economic lines, even as he argues that Jamiel's law is "racially divisive."

Good interview with Shaw Sr., Sam: he and his son didn't hate whites or anyone, in fact liberal whites are the ones who've helped them get as far as they have since the 60's, and he's not falling for that.

There's an article in today's Daily Breeze: Mayor tells ICE to stay out of L A, halt immigration raids. Some 600 angry comments in 4 hours.

April 10, 2008 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michele, it's not DWP that hires paid bloggers to post all over the web. It is IBEW itself. Julia Rosen's posts, without her disclosing herself as a paid IBEW shill, are everywhere. She did a real number in promoting IBEW's Crisis video.


April 10, 2008 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:49 Great point!!

While it may not happen, good point to put out there.

And Hillary wants to associate with that.


April 10, 2008 1:59 PM  

Blogger solomon said:

No thanks, 12:03--I choose my losing propositions wisely.

April 10, 2008 2:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't understand how the Mayor can ask the Feds to not follow the law. Isn't this how we got into this huge mess in the first place? If he is feeling that confident to send a letter like that to Chertoff, then we're doomed. He needs to be recalled. And I'm a liberal Democrat.

April 10, 2008 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

American Apparel is a huge campaign donor to lots of electeds. Look it up. Antonio is looking really badly coming across once again like the Illegal supporter that he is. On Monday he is going to have the damn nerve to be at the police academy giving his State of the City and I hope all reporters ask him about this Mirthala interview. No wonder cops can't stand his little butt.

April 10, 2008 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Better than asking him about Mirthala. Ask him in front of the LAPD why he will not allow ICE to remove some of the lawbreakers from the streets so they don't have to deal with them later. Before someone says, "They're not lawbreakers just honest people trying to put food on their tables", remember that their first act upon entering this country was to break the law. I have a couple of friends that immigrated to this country in the past few years and they did it by the book. Sure it was a pain in the butt and cost them a lot of money, but they followed the laws and did it legally. Why should any group of people be exempt from following the laws of our country?

April 10, 2008 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about Ramon Cortines as Assistant Superintendent of LAUSD at $250K/year?

This is the genius who gave us the failed "mini-districts". Now he says that he is going to cut down on the bureaucracy and "decentralize" the "management". He is also going to fix the graduation rate. When I was on the School Based Management Council during his reign as Superintendent, we raised the issue of the graduation rate and they laughed in our faces.

It sure worked great the last time you tried it Ramon.

This would be a great ROTFLMAO moment, except for all of the poor doomed kids.

April 10, 2008 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cops don't have anything against Antonio as the mayor. Why would you say that? Hahn may have had a better rapport, but none of them are voters anyway so who cares what they think? They should listen to Bratton, their boss. He and his boss, Villaraigosa, should work together to do what is right for our city.

Name calling and vague inferences to "cops hating his little butt" are non-productive and worthless.

If the mayor ever considered eliminating that asshole Parks' bandwagon, flex time, then the cops might hate his little butt.

That is just proof that as long as the mayor does what the cops want, they'll like him and on other issues, they couldn't care less so you have no basis to say such a bullshit thing.

April 10, 2008 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YOu are kidding poster or you are really in la la land and not here in LA. Ask any patrol coper and they will tell you they HATE THE GANGSTER MAYOR. Remember last year when he slammed them to the nation over May 1st telling the illegals. "speak out against the gov't." Then he's an old ACLU fool and is against gang injunctions cause they violate the rights of GANG BANGERS. Then his good friend Father Gang Banger Boyle who allows his gangsters to still rob, steal, beat, kill people and pretend to have a "real job" right under his nose. Ask all the Cathedral High students how many times HOmeboy idiots harrass them after school. Wake up...copers can't stand the Mayor and the entire city knows it except YOU.

April 10, 2008 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's not forget it was ANTONIO WHO VOTED NO for the city ballot to hire more cops 3 years ago. All of a sudden he thinks we forgot and will be tooting his own horn saying he is the reason LAPD is reaching its goal. He's a brainless idiot.

April 10, 2008 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The cops don't agree with Bratton on SP40 and he looked a fool supporting it on Lou Dobbs Tonight last night -- Dobbs said he'd lost the respect for him he had after 9/11, and so have most people. By pandering to some illegal-immigrant-pandering Mexicans, Bratton has risked his whole career and reputation.

The beat cops want to repeat SP40, instead of facing the same illegal gangbangers on the streets again and again. Those creatures are what scare others, including other illegals, of talking to the cops.

When Darryl Gates put SP40 into place in 1979, there were some 2 million estimated illegals in the whole country. Now there are twice that in L A County and upto 30 million in the country. Many of them are voting, just by showing a fake drivers' license, for other illegals: Reconquista.

Did you see the applause Gates got at Simmons' funeral, while the Mayor got none and Bratton lukewarm? Bratton usually looks tense, knows he has to say bullshit that he and the cops don't believe in.

Even a decade ago illegals were a much smaller group, now their shameless leaders like Reyes want to openly start "Reconquista" by putting their uneducated, impoverished masses who have over 6-8 kids that they can't support (anyone see a connection there?) into the heart of the westside, hillsides, everywhere. "Where our kids belong."

Hey, Mechista: lots of Americans are getting by in the Inland Empire and anywhere they can afford, after doing everything legally and the old-fashioned American way, but they're not screaming to be "entitled" to live in Bel Air.

No wonder the upper-class Mexicans want to get rid of these peons: they want a Communist redistribution NOW. First they want to put dense, low-income projects into "rich, racist" areas to drive down property values and scare people away, then to actually take over their mansions. Don't you know, every uneducated illegal Mexican family with a billion kids is "entitled" to YOUR house.

It's not enough you've paid YOUR taxes to educate them (2/3 of our school kids in LAUSD, all on food stamps and free lunches) and they're even in YOUR schools, bused in; you have no public clinics or hospitals left in case YOU get sick and uninsured, because the illegals have collapsed them (plus 2/3 of live births in L A County are to Hisanics on MediCal, many illegals); YOUR streets and sidewalks can't get fixed, and your streets are congested, 90% of buses used by illegals (better than driving uninsured, I guess); YOU're paying for the illegals who make up half our gangbanger registry and 35% of the prison population; but that's not enough, your racist "Whitey." Give them YOUR street and YOUR house, and move to Arizona, you gringo racist!

The Mayor's letter was written on 3/27, and by releasing it now, it's clear even the liberal Times is sick of L A being seen nationally as the stupidest electorate, electing this bunch of Hispanics who've intimidated everyone else into hiding their consciences, or being labeled "racist" and harassed.

April 10, 2008 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dennis Zine and Rosendahl either don't agree with the Alarcon/ Reyes/ Huizar/ Cardenas' on opposing Jamiel's Law and SP40. At least want to discuss it. Will they be pressured not to? Zine wants to go on KRLA/ Kevin James -- he seems ashamed to be lumped in with the rest, supporting illegal murdering gangbangers over decent people like the Shaws, "who've done everything the right way."

Alarcon and the other Mexicans are trying to get the black members to unite against the whites who won't be intimidated by them.

April 10, 2008 4:51 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

From Rick Orlov's blog,

No big surprise there.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa went on CNN today to talk about the letter he sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, asking the feds to cool it with the immigration raids on L.A. employers.

In his letter, Villaraigosa argued the crackdown on industries and employers that rely on undocumented workers is bad for business and puts the region at a competitive disadvantage. Instead, he said, Immigration and Customs Enforcement should focus on businesses that exploit undocumented workers, and crackdowns on criminal gang members here illegally.

"We have to enforce our laws but we have to enforce them in a humane way ....and in a way that prioritizes our resources," Villaraigosa said on CNN.

But Dobbs wasn't having it.

"It's just another example of that city's utter contempt for our laws and the city's outright support of ethnocentric special interest groups," Dobb said, after taking aim at the Catholic Church and LAPD Chief William Bratton.

April 10, 2008 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great post, 4:49 p.m.

Yes...there were only around 2M illegals in the entire country when Gates wrote SO 40! And now there must be at least 5M in LA alone!

I live in Bel Air, and I can tell you...Reyes is never going to push those unwashed masses into our neighborhood! Mexico is exporting them because they have a caste system and they don't want them!

But Villar, Reyes, Alarcon, Huizar & Co. have another thought coming if they think they can move this vermin into established upper class neighborhoods!

They are playing the "social justice" card, and it's time for us to play the "vigilante justice" card!

We must demand re-districting immediately! Villar will be thrown out next year...but we have to dump the 15 council members. Only then can we take back this city!

April 10, 2008 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You two bloggers here are crazy at 4:49 and 9:30.

I'm not even going to argue every point with you although I'd like to.

And you, "upper class" anonymous from Bel Air - why don't you just move over to Beverly Hills? It's its own city and you can vote for whoever you want for council and mayor. That's more upper class than Bel Air anyway, so you might feel more.. you know..at home there with people more like you. Know what I mean? More classy. You are more comfortable around Middle Easterners, Chinese and Russian immigrants, whether they are legal or not because they have money. Okay, if that's your thing. It's all good. For you.

Cops DO NOT hate Antonio Villaraigosa or Bratton and you're outrageously stupid to say that. I'd like to see every blogger here ask every cop they see in the next week if they hate the mayor or not. I think you'll be shocked.

April 11, 2008 2:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have asked the cops and they can't stand the Mayor. Accept the fact that he's not liked nor respected in this city. Now that he's supporting illegals the resentment is at an all time high. Antonio is using cops for this state of city as a prop. He's going to say more cops and other lies. Hope media asks him about Special Issue 40 and Mirthala

April 11, 2008 7:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In my community watch group we walk
the arts district every week and ALL
the LAPD we talk to not only
can't stand our Mecha Mayor but
also detest the Illegal Alien
loving Left-wing LAT whose editorial
policy is written in Mexico City!
Here is hoping that Sam Zell wakes
up and fires those responsible,then
Legal Los Angeles might start
reading the fishwrap again before
it goes BK and the ESOP goes
to 0 !

April 11, 2008 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are both full of bullshit.

Cops don't hate Antonio Villaraigosa.

You do and that's your right.

April 11, 2008 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would any cop like a mayor who does not support police until it is politically expedient?

Instead, Villaraigosa has done all he could to protect illegal immigrants from any consequences of their violations of the law- leaving many gangsters here who could have been deported, but free to prey on others, and using higher levels of violence and sparing no targets, including police officers.

I can only imagine what the spin will be if an LAPD officer is killed or seriously injured by a gang member who is in the U.S. illegally when he could have been deported.

Illegal entry with a prior deportation all by itself makes the offender eligible for more federal prison time.

But the Mayor disregards the safety of these officers and the public. Where does he think this is going to get him?

And his cronies who follow his lead will have to bear the consequences, though they otherwise may have a good chance at re-election or election to other offices, unlike Villaraigosa, who continues his downward spiral.

April 11, 2008 7:41 PM  

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