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Monday, July 28, 2008

Guess which L.A. City Council Member..........?

Guess which Los Angeles City Council Member was perusing Mayor Sam late on Friday afternoon to see what was on the blogosphere's collective mind?

Jack Weiss? Yeah right.

Tom LaBonge? Are you kidding?

But if you guessed Zman, Dennis Zine, you'd be correct.

ZMan responded to our haiku of frustration about the lack of synchronized traffic lights. They don't seem to exist. And if they do, the city is doing nothing to promote them. Isn't that SO Antonio Villaraigosa?

After a long day of meetings and B.S. Friday presentations in City Council, Zine was actually in touch with real L.A. citizens and their serious concerns. ZMan says that if you're crossing the Valley, "Victory Blvd from Topanga Cyn Blvd to North Hollywood" is where you'll find a great strip of synchronized traffic lights.

SO, we're calling on all L.A. City Council Members! Please drop us a note at BlueStereo@GMail.com and let us know where the synchronized lights are in your Council District.

Thanks again, ZMan!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg is going to jail.

July 28, 2008 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the lights are sycronized,,,,I havent seen it.

July 28, 2008 6:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this the same ZMan who decided that he didn't have to conserve water with the rest of us because people expect Councilmembers to have nice lawns, and who said he has to drive a gas-guzzling SUV in order to carry all of his guns?

July 28, 2008 6:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma, focus on your bermuda shorts... where are they? You have been neglectful - never wearing them. If you go to jail you can not wear them there, you know? It's never too late to go looking for them.

July 28, 2008 7:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine's SUV and/or lawn matters (are you thinking of H. David Nahai, the Iranian waterwaster?) are not the issue.

The issue is that this guy is looking thru MayorSam long after his fellow CMs have gone home, and responded with info that we should put to the test.

You diminish what might be a good point you're trying to make by making up other things.

July 28, 2008 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:32: You're just not up with the news. Zine was busted by the Times last year for his water-guzzling lawn to "set a good example," and over his car by Beth Barrett at DN this week. You're the one who thinks Nahai is the only water waster around -- at least, he didn't come up with endless stupid "excuses."

Of course, Zine wasn't the only one: Cardenas' gophers and huge extended family were responsible for his water bill, Rocky forgot to pay his bill and turn off sprinklers, and as for cars, Cardenas, Alarcon and Huizar all drive a new 08 hybrid that only gets 26 MPG but has leather seats and all the trimmings, because they pick up street cleaning supplies and go on cleanup jobs. Plus, Alarcon is afraid that if he (and his wife and baby) get stuck sleeping in their car during the next earthquake like he did last time, he wants to make sure it's a more comfortable ride.

Despite all this -- it's too easy to make fun of these excuses, and Zine with his Z-man signed modeled after Superman is a walking cartoon by himself -- the REAL problem is the 1400 OTHER cars assigned to city staffers OUTSIDE City Council, NOT even counting DWP and LAWA and the ports which have hundreds more.

July 28, 2008 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low with flourish):

All of you who wish to sail with His Nibbs, signify by saying “Aye!” loudly whenever any Clowncil person, staffer, hanger-on and/or supporter of all things establishment asks you a question that requires a positive response. All of you who wish to sail with Captain Moore, signify by saying “Arrgh” to your colleagues in passing so that you know who sails with you and who does not. And all of you who wish to sail synchronized ‘pon the Pearl with the Bald Plated Pirate, signify by saying “savvy?” at the end of a paragraph, savvy?

(Hears woman yelling and turns around quickly; looks shocked) Oh bugger, it’s Mrs. Keffelbaum shouting "saavy."

(Rolls eyes and whispers to crew) Bloody hell, we’ll have a real mess on our hands if the Bald Plated Pirate wants to come drinking with us, for he’s likely to cry over spilt milk.

July 28, 2008 9:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear 9:15

We were simply reporting the fact that the man responded with some good information.

Don't make more of it than it's supposed to be.

It makes you sound bitter.

July 28, 2008 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 28, 2008 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where did the writer say this:

"You're the one who thinks Nahai is the only water waster around"

I didn't see that anywhere in the post. And so what if the guy uses his ZMan shield. Do you want monolithic people who only conform to your views of the way things should be?

No good deed goes unpunished. The man was just trying to help, it seems.

Should someone cut his balls off because he probably spanked his kids when they were young, too?

July 28, 2008 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Going to Council tomorrow Dave? If you show up they will arrest you.

July 28, 2008 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wouldn't mind Captain Jack as much if it weren't so difficult to understand him.

That's why I just skip over him.

July 28, 2008 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1014, what for? c'mon and share!

Or are you just trying to scare him away, which would make YOU the scumbag.

I think Dave shows becuz he's got nothing to hide. You can't be arrested for being a public commenter.

Details, please.

July 28, 2008 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't this more of a call to the other council members?

I think you're missing that point. You should be making the same call to action.

July 28, 2008 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:05: You are clueless and defensive in defense of Zine.

But everyone has his defenders so you can be Zine's. It doesn't make him any less ridiculous.

July 28, 2008 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The proof in the pudding will be whether any of the other council members provide any other routes by this time tomorrow.

I bet that none of them even respond in a week.

July 28, 2008 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:29 makes a good point. Zuma dogg names himself after a famous beach, hangs out hassling and haranguing in Venice by the beach, and yet is never seen in Bermuda shorts. He has lately acquired a cheap sombrero which he could use to serenade passersby in Spanish by pretending to be a mariachi, but he has not done so. He devotes his talents to insulting elected officials and wasting our dime. In a sombrero or whatever castoff attire he can find.

When he goes to jail, he will be colorful. Do you think the other inmates will appreciate colorful bermuda shorts and a frayed sombrero? Maybe he can sing to the Latino gangbangers in Spanish. But he thinks he's a white trash black rapper, so there is ethnic identity crisis written all over him. Which gang will claim him as their fool?

July 28, 2008 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. Why do you think zuma dogg is going to jail?

2. Why is it so bad that dennis zine made a recommendation?

Bueller? Anyone?

July 28, 2008 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1400 cars? This is too much temptation for waste and abuse. We should have a separate statement of the need for EACH and EVERY city car to be assigned for use. Is there a written declaration signed by the users to establish NOTICE of responsibility for misuse?

The track record of the city for accountability already makes me think this is an area ripe for an audit.

One other thought: Comparing levels of waste may show the various amounts committed by assorted individuals, but it still doesn't EXCUSE anyone who is doing it. Finding an example of a HIGH degree of waste doesn't mean that another's case of LESS wastefulness if OK.

BTW, as a comparative matter, ZD does lots more than most people to bring out things that certain people ("politicians") would rather you not hear. I doubt that his critics have done the same or would even try.

in LA.

July 28, 2008 11:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Southern California Association of Governments (SGAG) State of the Region 2007 Report grades the region, which includes Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, and Los Angeles counties.

Here are the MOBILITY grades:

2002: D-
2003: D-
2004: FAIL
2005: FAIL
2006: D-

The report states the region, mainly LOS ANGELES and ORANGE counties, continued to experience the HIGHEST level of CONGESTION among the largest metropolitan areas in the NATION.

Traffic Lights Synchronization is a tool and NOT the solution. Los Angeles County, which the city of Los Angeles falls within this jurisdiction, has been synchronizing lights for TWO DECADES. Since that time, more than 2,300 major intersections throughout the county have been synchronized.

Let’s stop all lip service and implement a BEST PRACTICE that will benefit stakeholders (quality of life) and not the developers.

July 29, 2008 1:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Zuma ask your pal in CD14 who is the Violence Intervention Program getting gang money. No one has heard of them and no one knows who runs it.
Gang Money given to:
....The mayor's office recommended Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for the gang-prevention program in the Cypress Park area; Community Build for the Baldwin Village area; Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches for the Florence-Graham area; People Coordinated Services for the Newton area; El Nido Family Centers for the Pacoima and Foothill area; and Violence Intervention Program for the Ramona Gardens and Hollenbeck area.

July 29, 2008 6:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning 9:34am (tips hat):

That was, if you will, rather well played and in passable form. However you tipped your hand when you endorsed the Lawyer Walter and that, dear sot, is something that this pirate crew has never done, savvy?

Other than that, carry on.

July 29, 2008 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good morning Captain Jack (tips hat to Sparrow):

It appears that this bald pated pirate wishes to go drinking with you and your crew. If this is the same bald pated fop that came drinking with DeMarisco and his crew a week or so ago, then I say let him go drink with you and yours for once juiced up has an amusing habit of dropping "things." Oh, and our regards to your man at the Games and may he aspire to more than bronze this time.

July 29, 2008 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Methinks me dear friend, Captain Sparrow, shalt not goeth to the place thou saith he shall goeth with thee. Methinks the false Captain Sparrow mayest go to the Gehenna thou hath described with thee, mayhap?

July 29, 2008 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These lights are syncronized

Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica Blvd
Olympic Blvd
Pico Blvd
Venice Blvd
Beverly Blvd
Melrose Blvd

If you go 35 mph (if you can go 35 mph), you can sail from one end to the other. Late at night they are green all the way.

August 01, 2008 10:21 AM  

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