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Friday, August 01, 2008

TROLLING FOR DOUGH by current and wantabee City Hall office holders

The Daily News Rick Orlov has the details on the "Money Trolling" by current and would-be City Hall office holders.
Other city officials also reported fundraising tallies Thursday, with Villaraigosa ($1.6 million) closely followed by Councilman Jack Weiss, who reported raising $1.1 million in his race for city attorney.
Attorney Carmen Tutranich has reported raising $439,000 for the city attorney race and Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian reported having more than $100,000.

Greuel alone in race
In the race for the controller seat - being left by Controller Laura Chick, who is termed-out - Councilwoman Wendy Greuel reported raising $300,000 as of last December. There are no other announced challengers.

Donations to the mayoral, city attorney and controller races are limited to $1,000 per person for each election. City Council donations are $500 per person.

In City Council races, Councilman Ed Reyes reported having $62,000. His three opponents, William M. Morrison, Jesus Rosas and Ernest Sanchez, did not report any donations.

In the 5th District council seat being vacated by Weiss, businesswoman Robyn Ritter-Simon was the leading fundraiser with $111,000.

She was followed by former Assemblyman Paul Koretz with $72,310, and Neighborhood Council leader Ron Galperin with $61,000. Three other candidates - Adenna Bleich, Robert Schwartz and David Vahedi - each reported having raised $50,000.

Councilman Dennis Zine reported raising $50,000 in his 3rd District while 9th District Councilwoman Jan Perry had $104,000.

Eleventh District Councilman Bill Rosendahl reported $129,000, 13th District Councilman Eric Garcetti had no contributions, while 15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn reported $68,000 in donations.

Also some thoughts on "AnVil".

But since last summer Villaraigosa has become bogged down in the routine politics of the city as he tries to steer through various coalitions, grapple with shortfalls in city finances amid a faltering economy, and avoid making any unnecessary enemies.

Some city officials, speaking on condition they not be named, said there is a growing frustration over what is increasingly seen as a cautious approach by the mayor.

"He could be doing so much more than he is," said one city official. "But it seems like he has been second-guessing himself and doesn't want to take chances. A lot of us thought he would use his fame to be a spokesman for all cities - and it hasn't happened."

Villaraigosa also has been stretched thin this fall. In addition to campaigning for presidential candidates, he has led the charge on a half-percent sales tax measure for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a $36-a-year parcel tax to fund anti-gang programs and is pushing a $7 billion bond for the LAUSD.

But if there is any disenchantment with Villaraigosa, Democratic political consultant Rick Taylor argues that it is more among City Hall denizens than the general public.

"I do think that whenever you're in tough economic times like we are now, there is more anger and frustration among the general public," Taylor said.
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Blogger Shelby York said:

Some player-hater got un-nerved when my post this morning referred to the Mayor as "Cholotonio."

Hits close to the boner, doesn't it SUCKA?

Post a little bit here, SUCKA! You're just putting cash in Higby's rice bowl!

August 01, 2008 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are SO immature, HaikuLA, you make Valley Ditz -- who like you, admits to being drawn to this blog only for the dirt on Antonio last summer -- look downright cosmopolitan.

And I don't mean the drink Cosmo that those other sex-obsessed aging ditzes drink.

Can you two please at least not say you're "from LA," since you're hicks from the sticks? At least Valley Ditz has truth in advertising.

August 01, 2008 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey you forgot the greatest quote of all

Rick Caruso is SERIOUSLY THINKING OF RUNNING FOR MAYOR. Will decide by fall.


August 01, 2008 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Times did a clever editorial on what LA would be like in "Carusoland," endless Muzak, recycled Celine Dion, phony fountains and "old fashioned" trams that go round and round to nowhere but to keep you captive in the shopping malls, when they're not derailing and running people over. Nice.

If he wants to blow a wad it might make for an amusing spectacle, but this is Tinseltown where they don't need a phony Republican Carusotown. But I can just see the other fat dull REpublicans being egged on by Cooley thinking they have a chance, because RonKaye's "revolutionaries" think so.

August 01, 2008 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Forget about Ron Kaye's revolutionaries. They would only make a difference if they convinced Kaye to run, which would require you guys to start briefing Antonio for the debates right now. He has a lot to defend - his lousy seven schools and no subway to anywhere, just for starters. And if Caruso jumped in too, with let's say with $10 million, which is pocket change to him, it forces your boy into a runoff while the budget's collapsing next spring. Not to mention, you have have him spread all over the place this fall raising money for a bunch of bonds that only have a slim chance of winning with some people losing their homes to foreclosure and all of us getting nauseous every time we pull into a gas station. You want $7 billion for those lousy schools? Give me a break. And of course, you never know when your boy's going to caught with his pants around his ankles - again! Shit, all this makes living at The Grove sound pretty good.

August 01, 2008 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hey spot, the last two paragraphs of your post don't make any sense. either taylor's a moron, or you can't write.

August 01, 2008 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rick Caruso? HA HA.

Bratton has files on him if he runs.

August 01, 2008 5:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you're a billionaire, no one cares if the homophobic police chief has a file on you.

Go Rick Go!

August 01, 2008 8:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What about the files on Jackie boy Weiss?

August 01, 2008 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only the three or four Republicans left in L.A. will be excited if Mr. Mall Developer Caruso runs for mayor. Everyone else is complaining about too much development, so do ya think they're going to want a...let's see...mega-DEVELOPER as mayor?! Gimme a damn break! How much rampant stupidity from Antonio-haters do we really have to put up with here?

August 01, 2008 11:59 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

4:56 PM

Taylor is your moron.

August 02, 2008 5:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many know nothings actually post on this blog?

"Bratton has files on Caruso"???

Bratton is his biggest supporter; after all, Caruso chaired the Commission that hired Bratton.

But, Caruso won't run because he doesn't need it and he doesn't want to have has family under the microscope or have know nothings posting about him and his family on places like this.

By the way, the financial information posted omitted a major candidate, David Elliot, who has raised $1.6 which bought him a regular latte at Starbucks in Malibu.

August 02, 2008 5:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its amazing how many meetings people are speaking about supporting Rick Caruso's run. They've had it with the horrible way this city has deteroriated since Villaraigosa. Again, a Villar-idiot poster Caruso hosted a beautiful dinner for Bratton at his home when he was reappointed. Rick had the balls to go against South LA Nation of Islam criminals who wanted Bitter Bernie. We all say GO CARUSO GO

August 02, 2008 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ok, spot, that's believable.

August 02, 2008 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re Caruso. Not only is he close to Bratton and the governor, by the way, but he's also advised by Matt Middlebrook, who was Hahn's point guy on hiring the chief. I'm sure neither Caruso nor Bratton, for that matter, are satisified with the mayor's leadership, but 5:38 is correct in saying that Caruso probably has no interest in subjecting himself and his family to the Ace Smith slime machine, which is already clearly present on this blog criticizing his occupation and his projects.

August 02, 2008 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ace Slime machine at work HERE against Caruso? What a joke- nothing close that I can see. Compared to every idiot from posters to ignorant ditzes Valley

Ditz and HaikuLA-da-da on the Mayor and everyone on Council.

All I've seen here on Caruso is about his phony, shallow, stupidly insular malls for his personal profit -- only those who want to turn all of LA into a phony world where you pay Curuso for everything from parking to food to the movies and hand-picked shops, complete with Celine Diond 24/7, could think it's a remote possibility for most.

IF he turned parts of East and South LA into that, hiring his OWN cops to patrol the thing, it might be worth a nod. But he's turned an already congested area like Fairfax into gridlock, leaving it to the local councilmembers to deal with the overflow into the real hoods. He's never contributed an actual benefit to LA, it's all into his pocket.

He's a big huckster, like his papa -- who was thrown into the slammer for defrauding the public with his used car "salesmanship," after turning himself into a public name.

And the public was GLAD, having been sick of watching him make $$ off ripping off the public too long. IF Caruso's afraid of his "family's name" getting out there, it's for good reason. His pedigree is that of a huckster felon. None of this requires a "special file."

August 02, 2008 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While browsing the FreeRepublic.com website, I came across this fabulous post today! i could not have said it any better!!!

In the 1980s I was part of a wave of brave and idealist young people who sought to revitalize downtown LA by renovating old buildings into art lofts. Apparently 20 years later the project is almost working.

Anyway, on a recent trip there I decided to show my teenage daughter when I used to live. In the process we walked from our hotel to the old loft and then to Little Japan for lunch.

My loft was on Main street, 5 blocks from city hall. This is not some weird ghetto outpost, but the very center of the “vibrant” city these fools are celebrating.

The walk to Little Japan was unbearable. The stench was overpowering, and there was human feces in the streets in several places. There stench of urine was omni-present. There were all sorts of homeless drug addicts about, intermixed with a huge number of Mexican shoppers. There was one angry-crazy black man who accousted my family at an intersection where we were waiting for the walk signal.

“Look at all these m*th*rf*ck*n Mexicans! Why you let em in here??? Huh??? It wasn’t us n*gg*s who let them in !!!!”

He looked crazy, I offered a sincere apology and quickly crossed the street.

So much for a multicultural mecca. They have to be joking. There are an estimate 500,000 active gang members in LA. There are many areas where I would not consdier walking, much less walking with my wife and daughter. Because they are full of angry ethnics who would do far worse then rant profanity at us.

These people are either stupid or in denial, celebrating the diversity of LA. LA used to be a pretty reasonable place. It no longer is.

I’m sure some of the worst Obama riots will be in LA.

August 02, 2008 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For anybody interested in seeing just how Ace's slime machine works, see 11:46 am. They've got $1.6 million to spend and they're always lurking. But they're not very subtle or smart, so they make themselves obvious. Who else would feel that strongly about a guy like Caruso and his 100-year-old father, or Ron Kaye's blue hairs?

August 02, 2008 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All things considered, the continued ills generating from Mayor Tony being re-elected would continue to worsen.

Consider that Mayor Tony's DONE things that we see are wrong and mishandled, in other words, we KNOW it's getting worse from actual performance.

All the Caruso material is projection and speculation for possible results if he became mayor.

If Caruso, as mayor, could benefit from development as believed to be the case, why would he want to grant carte blanche to the OTHER developers the freedom to move ahead with their projects? Wouldn't he want to keep the field limited as much as possible for his own profit?

O.K., in that case, maybe he could be bought off by developers for the privilege of encroaching on city turf for development. But if Caruso has so much money already, how much would it take to get his attention to be bought off like the current city hall crew?

Still so many possibilities. Mayor Tony HAS to win in order to run for governor. THEN how much more USELESS as mayor could he be than now, with all his trips and fundraising for the mayor run?

L.A. would have a campaign-obsessed, absentee-Mayor all over again.

In CD-14, FORMER AV supporter.

August 02, 2008 12:46 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

David Zahniser finds more "Pots of Fraud" at City Hall.

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission is investigating whether laws were violated by a former city department head who took a job with a Los Angeles-based investment company less than three months after his agency acted to benefit the firm, according to sources familiar with the probe.

Although ethics officials declined to confirm or deny the inquiry, several sources say investigators have asked about Robert Aguallo Jr., who retired as general manager of the $11-billion Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System in May.

With Aguallo at the helm, the pension fund board voted on Feb. 12 to reaffirm a year-old decision to invest up to $10 million with Cardinal Americas, a company that invests in firms that build public works, even though that company had failed to meet certain requirements.

On April 30, Cardinal Americas announced it had hired Aguallo as managing partner.

The city ethics law bars department heads and other officials from negotiating future employment with any person or company that has a matter before his or her agency.

Over the past two months, employees at the pension fund, frequently known as LACERS, have been interviewed by Ethics Commission investigators about Aguallo's handling of the Cardinal Americas agreement, according to three city workers, all of whom spoke on the condition that they not be identified for fear of retaliation.

Sally Choi, who replaced Aguallo as general manager, referred all questions to the Ethics Commission.

Aguallo declined to be interviewed.

But a spokesman for Cardinal Americas said Aguallo negotiated his new job in April, weeks after the seven-member pension board vote. Aguallo "was never directly involved" in his former agency's handling of Cardinal Americas, leaving such matters to the Pension Consulting Alliance, which helps to identify companies worthy of investment, said Cardinal Americas spokesman Mark Vargas.

Vargas said Aguallo also left such decisions to the board's three-member investment committee, two of whom were appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"Robert has not been contacted by the Ethics Commission at all, so there's really nothing to respond to there," Vargas added.

With offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, Cardinal Americas invests in companies that build massive public works projects, such as roads, bridges, airports, ports and public schools. To hammer home that point, the company's website features an image of the $232-million performing arts high school being built by the Los Angeles Unified School District in downtown Los Angeles.

The pension board first voted on Cardinal Americas in March 2007, tentatively agreeing to invest up to $10 million in the firm's projects. The board cast that vote despite a caution from its investment committee that Cardinal Americas lacked experience in pursuing its investment strategy, records show.

Because of Cardinal Americas' relative inexperience, the board agreed to provide the money only after the company showed it had raised $50 million from other investors.

For nearly a year, Cardinal Americas failed to do so. Then in February, the pension board provided a six-month extension to give the company more time to find the additional money.

With Aguallo sitting nearby, the retirement agency's chief investment officer, Dan Gallagher, made the presentation on Cardinal Americas. Gallagher reported directly to Aguallo.

Gallagher and LACERS' assistant general manager Tom Moutes said they did not know about Aguallo's job plans until after Cardinal Americas announced his hiring.

"He never said anything to me," Moutes said. "The press release is the first time I knew."

Aguallo is not the first public official to come under scrutiny for taking a job with a city contractor.

Last year, the Ethics Commission fined a top official at the Port of Los Angeles $5,000 for recommending the award of a contract to a company that had interviewed her for a possible job.

Stacey Jones, the harbor department's assistant general manager, secured a position with the engineering firm Moffat & Nichol in early 2007, just as she was recommending that Moffat & Nichol receive a $7-million contract. The contract was canceled on the advice of the city's lawyers and Jones did not end up working for the company.

When Aguallo left the city's pension agency, he praised Cardinal Americas -- and its investment strategy -- in a press release issued by the company about his new job.

"After surveying my options, I quickly realized that infrastructure development represents the best new market opportunity for future investment growth," Aguallo said in the release.

Cardinal Americas' board chairman is George Pla, an entrepreneur who runs Cordoba Corp., a Los Angeles-based firm that provides engineering, construction management and transportation planning services. Cordoba and Cardinal Americas share an office just north of Chinatown.

In an interview last month with the magazine Hispanic Business, Aguallo said he expected Cardinal Americas to raise $50 million by August and $150 million in 2009.

Aguallo also told the magazine that he thought that a high-speed rail network in California would be a prime investment target for the company.


August 02, 2008 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 – 6:00PM
El Sereno Community Garden
5466 Huntington Drive South (Huntington Dr. & Shelley St.)
Los Angeles, California 90032


1. Call to order/welcome to community: H.Garcia

2. Roll call: A.Miguel

3. Minutes: Vote to approve minutes of General Board meetings held May 7th and June 4th, 2008: A.Miguel

4. Welcome to elected officials, staff and guests
A.) CD 14 - Marcella Cortez, Area Director
B.) D.O.N.E. – Sarai Molina, Project Coordinator

5. President’s report: H.Garcia (10 min)
A.) CRA/LA PAC Eastside Adelante update
B.) Economic Development Committee update
C.) LA-32 NC regional vacancies & elections
D.) Parks and Recreation letter
E.) Brown Act amendments affecting agendas and distribution of writings to members of the public
F.) GTA update
G.) “Latinas en Control de Nuestra Salud”

6. Treasurer’s report: S. Larsen (5 min)
A.) Monthly budget report
B.) Status and expenditures of petty cash
C.) Funding requests paid
D.) Funding requests pending & unpaid
E.) Status and expenditures on LA-32 NC credit card
F.) Status on quarterly audits
G.) Clarification on policies and procedures from DONE regarding petty cash, charge card and authorized purchases.
H.) Draft for public review: Proposed changes in the funding program

7. Public comment – Comments from the public on non-agenda items within the Board’s subject matter jurisdiction. Public comments are limited to two (2) minutes per speaker and 20 minutes total.

8. Committee reports

Ad-Hoc Committee reports

A.) Budget Committee: S. Larsen (5 min.)

1. Action Item: “Motion that the LA-32 Neighborhood Council support funding in an
amount not to exceed, four-thousand seven-hundred and seventy four dollars with thirty cents ($4774.30) for Rose Hills Summer Festival.”
 Budget Committee does not support this motion.

2. City of LA Draft for public review: changes in funding program.

B.) Education Committee: C. Mendiola (5 min.)

C.) Arts & Culture Committee: L. Vega (5 min.)

D.) By-Laws Review Committee: H. Garcia (5 min.)

E.) Land Use & Development Committee: R. Gutierrez (5 min.)

F.) Public Safety Committee: M. Castillo (5.min.)

G.) Environmental & Beautification Committee: E. Aguilera (5 min.)

Standing Committee reports

H.) Membership & Outreach Committee: A. Miguel (10 min.)

1. Action Item: “Motion that the LA-32 Neighborhood Council support funding in the amount of one-hundred and fifty dollars ($150) for the printing of an LA-32 neighborhood council banner.”

2. Action Item: “Motion that the LA-32 Neighborhood Council support funding in the amount of three-hundred dollars ($300) for the printing of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council informational flyer.”

3. Action Item: “Motion that the LA-32 Neighborhood Council support funding in the amount of three-hundred dollars ($300) for the printing of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council stakeholder survey.”

Liaison reports

1. DWP Liaison: Don Jones (5 min)
2. Ascot Hills Park Advisory Board: Michael Lopez (5 min)
3. 710 Advisory Task Force Liaison: Don Jones (5 min)
4. Neighborhood Council Congress: M. Castillo (5 min)
5. Website Development: Jimmy Dichirico (5 min)

Action Item: “Motion that the LA-32 Neighborhood Council support the search for an alternative website developer.”

9. Old business

10. New business
1. Funding request presentation: “Who Will Save Earth” – Green Neighborhoods Campaign –M. Castillo (5 min)

2. Funding request presentation: Mural Project at Sierra Vista Elementary School – Narrissa Smith (5 min)

3. Presentation: “LA High Speed Rail Project” – Leticia Hernandez (10 min)

4. Presentation: “National Night Out” – T. Membreno (5 min)

5. Funding request presentation: Our Lady of Guadalupe School – (5 min)

11. Future agenda items

12. Adjournment

August 02, 2008 1:15 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Does anyone know why Janice Hahn's brand new communications director left already? (I think he has only been there less than six months.)

And good one about my campaign raising $1.6 (single dollars, not million dollars) enough for a starbucks. but don't say that cause i have not filed with ethics yet, and may not. Who knows. I don't need to raise or spend money. I'm already a known entitey with voters. As long as I get the words "Zuma" and "Dogg" on the ballot -- the mayor can cut as many deals with as many developers and unions...but when people walk into the private voting booth...people may poke a chad for Big ZD!

PLUS, everyone else who would vote for me if they see "Zuma Dogg" on the ballot, even if they haven't heard I was running (which they WILL, of course). But I'm saying if they don't see an illegal Clear Channel billboard promoting me.

DO YOUR RESEARCH! As in Market Research!

(Do you know how much money companies like radio and tv spend promoting their djs, reporters, projects, etc to try and reach the level of recognition and favorability that ZD currently pulls down in market research? (And I did it without spending $1.6 dollars, or $1.6 million dollars.)


August 02, 2008 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We can read the Times for ourselves; why do a ZD long cut and paste of it?

Go learn to write.

August 02, 2008 2:01 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

Something that pisses me off from the council agendas. a lot of Rent Escrows are flying onto the agenda.

What happens is business owners are being forced to pick up the tab for graffitti removal and broken windows needing to be fixed.

Problem is, the stuff is being done by people on the street at night that the owners have no control over.

But the City makes them pay for the damages and if not a lien is slapped on they ass. And if you can't pay the lien you can lose your business.

HOW ABOUT THIS: Since the city is soft on crime and refuses to do more to enforce crime -- how about you stop taking money out of the general fund to pay for all your shady "special event fees" and all the non-profit money that is going to all the wrong places -- and spend it on removing graffitti and fixing any broken windows you feel the property owner needs to fix.


THEN, as business owners can barely afford to keep their doors open in this foreclosure/inflation economy -- you take away any profits they may be able to squeeze out because of the crime you refuse continue to enable through the Hellen Keller treatment.

Otherwise, I guess the City of Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaragiosa just has to admit and conceed that they have lost control of the streets and it is now up to the businesses serving the communities in these hard times that will be forced to pay for all of it.


August 02, 2008 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:44 = delusional idiot. Just pointing out what's public info about your one-note mall developer and his felon father WITHOUT having to go into any "secret files," you nitwit.

Caruso would have no public support from a public fed up with his kind of neighborhood-clogging development for his personal profit, nor does he have any from Hollywood or anyone who's anyone. Not even the other developers who aren't interested in lining HIS pockets with monotonous megamalls.

Check out his "warm" welcome in Santa Barbara, even trying to renovate an old resort deserted for 5 years. Fact it, you reactionary misanthropes who've been miserable about everything and everyone since 1959 have NO viable alternative, and if anyone ran, they sure as hell wouldn't support YOUR agenda -- do you honestly think Caruso would? HA HA. Take her heart meds and lie down.

August 02, 2008 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma mutt, what's with the one-way ticket out of town you got? A piece of scum like you expects thanks for dragging your stinky bod into council every day to harass the people we're paying to work for us, the taxpayers? A group which doesn't include YOU.

And leave Tom LaBonge alone, you low- life piece of sh-t. Scream, yell, rant and waste all our money you want you'll never be anything but the scum of the earth and the bane of your poor mother's existence.

I'm glad Tom has the old-fashioned, simple decency to do what's right and tell you to shut up and try to comport yourself in a civil fashion but I hope he doesn't get a coronary. Eric is such a PC wuss, and Dion is too when he finally utters a few overly- cautious words. (And Matt and that Jabba the Hut woman even chew him out for that -- what dregs you've dragged into City Hall!) It would be great to see Bratton in there to kick your smelly mutt butt, send it flying clear out of there -- and when the city saw the tape of it, he'd be a hero!

In fact, the whole nation would cheer, that L A has finally decided to put aside the PC inertia which has led us to where we are: "accepting" illegals who abuse Freedom and vile scumbags who abuse Freedom of Speech stem from the same source.

August 02, 2008 6:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

August 1, 2008

Public Comment – Non Agenda Item

I thought the Brown Act did not allow the councilmembers to speak on non agenda items. If councilmembers choose to speak they can respond and keep it under 20 words?

After Zuma Dogg spoke during public comment, Councilmember Zine stated Garcetti was serving his country and not on vacation, a non agenda item. Council President Garcetti then proceeded to thank Zine. Councilmember Alarcon rambled on, over 20 words, on a non agenda item.

After Ms. Rowe spoke during public comment, Councilmember Smith spoke on a non agenda item until Garcettii made “a point of reference” and provided an active council file number regarding the subject. Councilmember Zine then rambled on, over 20 words, on a non agenda item.

During public comment, Mr. Marez individually praised “not kissing ass” Councilmembers Greuel, Zine, Smith, Weiss, and Hahn until the last 3 or 5 second remaining of the two minutes allotted that the deputy city attorney asked Marez to address the council as a whole.

Not once, did I hear the deputy city attorney interrupt these councilmembers as he has become an expert in interrupting constituents while constituents are exercising their constitutional rights. The deputy city attorney needs to be reminded that Angelenos are paying his salary. The deputy city attorney also needs to regulate the city council during public comment, specifically on non agenda items.

August 02, 2008 9:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Spend your $1.60 wisely, fool. There's no more from where that came from.

To all you other whiners:

Man up!!

What do you expect when you act like a bunch of whiney bitches?

Go get a real job, make some money and come back looking like you ought to; people might actually listen to you.

Ever notice how the council members listen carefully when a decently dressed lobbyist addresses them?

August 03, 2008 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I saw zuma mutt in Malibu this weekend, wearing that stupid sombrero and ordering San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to move his SUV out of a red firelane. What a sleaze, that Newsom, coming to our city and parking in a firelane, in a high0fire area! Zuma, use that one-way ticket you got to go to San Francisco and harass that idiot Newsom -- for once in your life, you might do something actually useful with your psychotic, obnoxious egomaniacal personality disorder that knows no boundaries.

But zuma-- never mind the $1.60 for a latte. Looks like you're lying about not having enough gas to get to the beach on weekends (ALL over, from Malibu to Venice to Agoura and the Cantina where I saw you "sing" karaoke!).

You are promoting yourself all over the county, eating where Gavin Newsom does, working as a stealth paparazzi, and using your PayPal money raised under false pretenses to buy photo equipment, computers, phones and other gadgets to BOTH work as a paparazzi and as "Candidate for Mayor."

As self-described Candidate who's raising money, you MUST file under the Ethics Commission statutes -- you have already broken the law by not declaring what you raised through last fiscal year/ 6/30.

Someone should file an ethics violation against you for that and operating a business without a city business license -- you have a fake P.O. address in Malibu and income.

August 03, 2008 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Investigate David Elliott aka Zuma Dogg.

Call in the Feds for mail violations and internet solicitation violations.

Get the County to investigate as well by starting a political integrity investigation.

This is a scam that can result in a prosecution for unlawful solicitation.

Follow him night and day with a camera.

Let the fool know what it islike to be stalked.

August 03, 2008 7:33 PM  

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