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Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday Hotsheet

Lord Broad Promenade

Would you pay $1.9 million for 2,500 square feet in the Eastern Columbia building? How about $5 million for 3,500 square feet in the Biscuit building? Okay, but what if I were to throw in a private elevator? Downtown penthouses are difficult to sell, in part, says the L.A. Times, because the downtown luxury market faces “hefty competition” from projects in Century City, Westwood, and Beverly Hills. I submit that when a Century City penthouse sells for $47 million before the buyer has even seen the view, there is no competition. Let’s judge downtown on its own merits.

Mayor Villaraigosa was all set to deliver a political speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner last Saturday in San Francisco, when he bailed out last-minute. Spokesman Matt Szabo claims the speech would've required the mayor to cross a picket line. Joseph Mailander offers spot-on analysis of this latest calculation in Villaraigosa’s quest for higher office:

The Mayor's team typically hears pitches only canines can hear when it comes to identity politics. This latest fiasco-for-a-few is a case-in-point as to how far the Mayor's team is willing to go to troll for handfuls of Governor votes.

Three downtown parks, three critiques. L.A. Weekly savages the proposed design for Civic Park (pictured above), while the Downtown News heaps praise and pity on Vista Hermosa Park and Pershing Square, respectively.

Finally, 2008 and 2009 are shaping up to be Years of the Pig. Mayor Villaraigosa’s phone and trash taxes, Bill Rosendahl’s parking meters, Janice Hahn’s gang tax, and the M.T.A. sales tax. Now, for you unincorporateds, a Measure S redux; a new and improved L.A. County phone tax that includes text messaging and a trigger to tax internet services, if, and when, the federal ban sunsets. The kicker? You guessed it—it’s billed as a tax cut. Yet another, in a growing list of reasons, to support self-determination for East Los.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

The irony is that the same elitist ass who would scold me for not riding public transportation would relish the thought of a private elevator.

July 28, 2008 9:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Add one more to the Year of the Pig.... Another LAUSD bond measure is coming!

July 28, 2008 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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

No, we are not Joseph Mailander for he, if you will, is only him and him alone. And we will not go away for the best is yet to come, savvy?

July 28, 2008 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is Capt Jack Innuendo, saying about Joe Mailhandler?

July 28, 2008 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think they/him are trying to say that they/him are not Mailander.

July 28, 2008 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Captain Jack thing is not only old, it's unnecessarily tough to decipher.

The guy is putting his comment into some online thing that generates pirate-speak.

The guy should take up haiku writing, like the new chick. She goes straight to the point.

July 28, 2008 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why, you ask yourselves, would the dimwitted gang of 15 plus 1 bother to put a tax REDUCTION, i.e. Measure "S", and the latest 'reduction'...on the ballot??? Why spend millions of $$$ to have the dimwitted voters say "Si" to a tax reduction??? It's because the retards realize that half of the city is third world, illiterate, and Mexican!

As far as the "Lord Broad Promenade"...more lipstick on the "Pig"!

Re the million $$$ factory lofts downtown...more lipstick on the "Pig"! Downtown LA will ALWAYS be Skid Row!!!

Get the popcorn ready ...it's going to be GREAT sport watching LA and CA implode!!! Can't wait to see Villar, the gang of 15, Schwarzenegger and his socialist pals...all thrown into the lion's den! It's gonna be a Roman orgy, ala the Coliseum...complete with chariot races! Where's Charlton Heston when you need him???

Get your togas out, folks! Let the games begin!

July 28, 2008 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I believe Captain Jack must deliver his oration in the manner he does because if he were to use his normal writing, we would figure out who it was. Therefore, he wants to get the information out without giving away his identity. One can guess forever who it is, but until he outs himself publicly, they're just guesses.

Good job Captain Jack! If you have information that most of us here would consider vital - I'll take it in any form of speech you want to use.

July 28, 2008 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mainly, Captain Jack is usually wrong.

Remember when he said that Jack Hoff was Uli?

Remember when he said Villaraigosa was getting prosecuted by the Feds followed by Huizar and they would "walk the plank" by November (2006)?

He's just some idiot. Probably is Mailander or Higby or Wacko Moore.

July 28, 2008 3:26 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


Zuma Dogg's "Plan B" for Janice Hahn's "Parcel Tax" on property owners: Since it is basically a given that Janice Hahn has picked the WORST possible time to place a tax on property owners for whatever reason, Zuma Dogg would like to offer a "Plan B" to Hahn/Cardenas since ZD's market research basically confirms that the tax WILL NOT BE APPROVED BY 66% of VOTERS ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT! (Sorry kiddies, in ZD's book the discussion is now over, so now the topic must be moved to "what else can be done?")

SOLUTION: If you want to move ahead with the concept of "gang intervention and youth development" (non-profit funded) programs, how else can they be funded besides the property tax (since it isn't going to pass)?

TAKE THE MONEY SEIZED ON BUSTS and use THAT money to fund the programs (drug money, property, etc) . And I'm sure all the people who are a bit "miffed" that taxpayer money is going into these programs (concerns of fraud, waste and abuse), perhaps it wouldn't piss you off as much if the money wasn't coming from your pocket, but from money seized on busts. THEN, you take the money and put it back into the community.

CITY COUNCIL TO ENACT THIS IMMEDIATELY WITH A "YES" VOTE AS A COUNCIL MOTION! It would not have to go before voters on the ballot. So they can do this right away, and if voters vote "yes" on the property tax in November, too (LOL), they would have that money, too.

JANICE SHOULD HAVE WAITED: I know Janice has been in line for a couple elections now, waiting for the chance to put this property tax on the ballot. Unfortunately, this is an even worse time, with half cents MTA tax; County's New "Son of Prop S"; LAUSD $7 BILLION DOLLAR BOND (yes $7 Billion) that ZD says has a much better chance of passing (ahead in line of property tax in ZD's "focus group"); plus all the other stuff the County and State have in mind for the ballot; AND inflation and hard economic times for all except Richard and Eli -- AND JANICE NEEDED TO TELL THE PEOPLE PUTTING HER UP TO THIS THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE WAITED.

Because now a whole bunch of people inside City Hall are really unhappy about her timing -- and the fact that this one may be the straw that breaks the camel's back -- and forces voters to, "Just Say No To All Of This Insanity" (Aka: avalanche of taxes and bonds) that are being bamboozled onto voters. AND REMEMBER, it never goes to what they say.



RELATED MATTER: Judical Watch files action against LAPD for The Shaw Case/Special Order 40. Former District Attorney (a good one) Attorney Ernie "Sterling" Norris of Judicial Watch's Western Region's Headquarters in California will be handling the matter.

July 28, 2008 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Methinks 12:54 doth not consult the Holy Writ. Mayhap he is most needful of a few "Thou shall's" and "Thou shalt not's."

How doth thou thinketh 'pon this, Captain Sparrow?

July 28, 2008 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What vital information is Captain JackOff sharing with the masses?

Only Joe Malehandler aka The Drunk, is provides even less vital information the JackOff Captain.

The whacky and sometimes paranoid Zuma Mutt, provides more vital information than Joe the alcoholic and Jack Off the pirate combined and multipled by 100.

Read Ron Kaye if you want vital information about Los Angeles.

July 28, 2008 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg is going to jail.

July 28, 2008 5:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Zuma's idea" for how to fund gang intervention programs besides parcel tax, is lifted wholesale from comment on RonKayeLA blog, which he reads.

Posted 7/26 8:27 p.m., under Kaye's thread (actually, a guest's thread) spoofing Zine's paparazzi law: "Paparazzi, Plastic Bags, and -- what about fighting gangs?"
I recall it was announced by Bratton, CM's Weiss and Smith, and the Mayor.

Commenter above said exactly the same thing, to use the money seized from raids on gangbangers of cars, homes, valuables to fund programs -- person wondered, whether program has been implemented yet since being announced, and if so, how much money/ revenue was generated?

Person noted CM Alarcon objected on grounds that this would also affect family members of gangbangers, so he felt it was "unfair" -- Senor, Alarcon, that's exactly the idea: because mothers, girlfriends, wives even grandmas and grandpas and uncles, all benefit from gangbanger money, they "look the other way" or deny reality, insisting gangbanger is "a good kid" except for the little matter of being in a vicious gang and dealing drugs, arms. etc.

So if this idea doesn't totally stink, it's because the Dogg stole it. Not only from the commenter, but also from those who announced it and plan to implement it. Without giving credit, of course.

July 28, 2008 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain Jack is an idiot. But Zuma is going to jail.

July 28, 2008 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You AARP will fight against any taxes. No one is concerned about all the seniors in this city on fixed incomes. You have dumb ass Perry going after fast food places that create JOBS moron in CD9, you have lame brain Hahn going after gang tax and she's in bed with gang bangers watch the fox video, you have Huizar kissing butt to Hazard gang bangers and now there's a program the Mayor gave money to for them, you have Parks taking campaign money from oil drilling company then saying he didnt' know they gave him money, and the list goes on. Shame on LA

July 29, 2008 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Zuma is not going to jail. Stop posting the same thing over and over, loser.

Again, I guess you must be on to something Zuma since someone just won't leave you alone.

Don't you love the fact that you cause so much response? Rest assured, most of us find you hilarious, are glad you're there and the people who hate you can just.. fuck off.

July 29, 2008 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought we got rid of the idiot and his overlong posts.

But, here he is again, boring us and making the blog all about, who else, ZUMA FOOL.

If he is back, I am out of here.

He shouldn't be in jail, he should be in Iowa watching the corn grow and reporting it to the authorities in three minute segments.

July 30, 2008 1:26 AM  

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