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Monday, June 02, 2008

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

Prediction: Expect NIMBYs - including candidate for Mayor Zev and Clowncilman Tom LeBong - opposed to development at Universal Studios and the Universal City Metro Station to use the fire at the Studios as a further reason to block the development plans that would - among other things - bring the famed NBC Studios from Burbank into the City of Los Angeles.

In light of a ridiculous idea for the City to create business preferential parking districts as a way to raise money, CityWatch takes a look at the whole concept of the districts which allow residents/homeowners in a given area to snatch up street parking from non-residents. I've never been in favor of these districts as I see them as an unconstitutional taking of public streets for a select few. A stakeholder tells CityWatch's Ken Draper that he finds the districts exclusionary sayng “We have to ask: whose street is this anyway?” Our property lines end at the curb. We all pay taxes. The streets belong to all of us. What gives me the right to tell you you can’t use your taxes-paid-for street?"

Zuma Dogg's story on the latest in the court case against Proposition R features a photo essay that makes me think maybe life isn't so easy for some of our City Council members.

Billboard wackos may not like this but cities like Los Angeles have provided public restroom facilities that clean themselves and are partially funded by advertising. The arrangements make available the restrooms and other street furniture at no cost to cities.

Rumor has it that Britney Spears is being considered to appear in the latest Broadway production of Grease portraying Sandy, the part made famous in the film by Olivia Newton-John. However there is no official confirmation of the casting at present.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

"How much justice can you afford?" has been a saying that is used to size up the fairness of the criminal (and maybe civil, too) justice system.

It looks like "Representation to the highest bidder" might fit for the political system. Whatever reaction of revulsion or disdain about any issue or item can be ultimately overcome with enough money changing hands. Calling it "campaign donations" is the most acceptable methond.

Looking behind a lot of the activity of the LA CITY Mayor and Council and the state representatives will connect up a lot of the dots on their operations and points of reference.

The Board of Sup. has a lower visibility level in what it does, often keeping it out of the news, but this idea has its application there, as well, just not as obviously.

Opinion from a CD-14 view.

June 02, 2008 8:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would agree that 8AM-6PM restricted parking is probably an inefficient use of a valuable resource. One size however, does not fit all. There are many areas in Los Angeles that have a little or no parking due to many factors - the biggest is that we simply have too many vehicles per resident. I am in favor of residential only parking in some instances. In my neighborhood, the problem arises from the fact that people park and leave their vehicles for days and weeks on end. I am aware that parking is limited to 72 hrs but enforcement is a minimal or non-existent. A group of scofflaws in our area merely play a game of musical parking spots after one vehicles receives a notice, they just trade places with another. There is no simple solution to this problem.

June 02, 2008 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And what about the hottest race in L.A.?!! Board of Supervisors District 2. Labor's tracking poll from last week shows Ridley-Thomas with a 40-28 lead over Bitter Bernie, with only 5% committed to any of the other candidates. That leaves 27% undecided, and Ridley-Thomas only needs a third of that to avoid a runoff.

In such a low-turnout race, trunout is such a huge factor. And with 1,200 labor volunteers on the streets for GOTV, you can bet the advantage goes to Ridley-Thomas, who year-in and year-out has the dominant field operation in town on his own. Maxine and Magic are high-impact, but they've lost a lot of juice in this Obama era. And Maxine and Magic -- both hardcore Hillary supporters -- have been left behind.

Bratton, labor, and business leaders like McCourt, Roski and the LA COunty Medical Association made the smart move by weighing in big for Ridley-Thomas.

June 02, 2008 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So a Catholic Priest, a protestant minister, and presidential candidate Barak Obama walk up to a podium, and Sen. Obama says, "screw this, I'm outta here!"

June 02, 2008 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

" . . .cities like Los Angeles have provided public restroom facilities that clean themselves and are partially funded by advertising."

Huh, wha?

I thought Mayor Villaraigosa and his friends 'cleaned our toilets' - then what the blank is he doing to earn a quarter million dollars a year from the taxpayers if the toilets now clean themselves?

Damn, pretty soon we'll have to fill our own potholes and stand in for him at every other photo-opp.

June 02, 2008 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There goes that fool Higby, along with Jan Perry and Ed Reyes, the two shining lights of Council, praising the philanthropy of scofflaw billboard company ClearChannel/CBS.

Yeah, they're not paying millions of dollars a day in fines owed for their 4000 plus illegal billboards, plus not even paying for the 800 that 7-story LED ones they put up illegally, cuz they figure paying off Rocky means they don't owe the city nada. And to settle a lawsuit with other companies who want the same illegal rights they've got, the city had to give more concessions... No other city in the US has such a stupid City Attorney, stupid residents, and a blogger like Higby.

Higby-Reyes-Perry-Rocky, yup, that sounds really smart, sort of rolls off the tongue as a Dunce's Corner.

June 02, 2008 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Or how about just, "a priest, a minister, and a presidential candidate walk into a bar . . . followed by CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and the New York Times.

June 02, 2008 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Billboard Don Quixote did not read the story.

The toilets are not from Clear Channel but Cemusa.

I also believe that Clear Channel and CBS are two seperate companies.


June 02, 2008 6:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Could you imagine Don Quixote taking a crap inside one of those outdoor toilets?

June 02, 2008 7:15 PM  

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