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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mayor Sam Turned Four

If you missed Mayor Sam’s fourth anniversary party last night, you missed an inspiring blend of activism and entertainment. Attendees included the No Home Depot crew, folks from Ron Kaye’s SLAP organization, advocates for the Southwest Museum, José Aguilar, David Hernandez, Louis Pugliese, Mayor Sam bloggers, and many others.

Host Zuma Dogg directed the rotation of artists and speakers with finesse—even delighting the crowd with his signature rendition of Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees. Other performances included Matt Dowd absolutely killing it on his 1962 strat, and Michael Higby’s stunning delivery of the pop standard, Fly Me to the Moon. Who knew Mayor Sam could sing?

The biggest highlight of the evening, however, was David Hernandez’ announcement that he is entering the race for mayor of Los Angeles. That’s right— things just got three-dimensional, y’all. Stay tuned, and blog away, Dum Dums.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: Hernandez. It is an absolute slam dunk certainty that anyone with no money, no ability to raise money, no grassroots organization, can enter a citywide race at this late date and any impact at all.

It also puts a cloud over his motivation in continuing the losing battle to overturn the City Council's term limits law.

October 18, 2008 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

darnit, i thought this was tonight.

October 18, 2008 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what was the headcount? the place only has ten tables, but zd makes it sound like there was hundreds in attendance.

October 18, 2008 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You just knew someone had to do it. My best guess is that it would have been Higby.

Club Paradise in Vegas, is inviting stippers from all over the nation to enter its Sarah Palin lookalike, or perhaps stripalike, contest. $10,000 to the winner.

October 18, 2008 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to early voting we don't have to wait until Election Day to find the kind of things that feed conspiracy freaks.

Three early voters in Jackson County, West Virginia said that when they voted early using the computer, their vote for Obama switched over to McCain.

One guy brought his daughter to the county clerk's office, and the same thing happened.

The Sec. of State's office said that sometime the machines need to be recalibrated after shipment. The County Clerk blamed the voters, and then went in and recalibrated the machines.

Is it just me, or doesn't it make sense for someone to test the machines before people start using them?


October 18, 2008 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:58 what did you expect? They are going to tell you the head count was 10 or less? Of course not. Zuma dog gets crowds that rival Barack Obama didn't you know?

The self-agrandizing that goes on around here is laughable. Now we'll be hearing how David Hernandez and Walter Moore are legitimate candidates who are going to dethrone Antonio. It will be a pathetic show of "support" but if you look at their candidate filings names that won't show up include Higby, Elliot or anyone else on this blog.

As they say in Texas, all hat no cattle.

October 18, 2008 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time lists McCain's 4 worst campaign mistakes:

1. Saying he would suspend his campaign and skip the first debate after the economic crisis hit. His support among House Republicans is limited. He took credit for the first draft. House Republicans rejected it. Not only did he fail, but he looked impulsive and erratic.

2. After two weeks of Palin interviews, the campaign suffered. She simply didn't understand the issues.

3. His plan for last-minute attacks on Obama's character seemed like distractions from the larger issues. He looked desperate.

4. McCain stopped having fun. He isolated himself from the media, left the maverick in him behind, lost his natural audience, and got frustrated.


October 18, 2008 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:56 am, you are clueless and 11:58 am, why do you care? The place was packed and everyone had a great time!!!

Both Zuma and the Mayor provided great entertainment and it was a chance for everyone to let their hair down and be among people who had fun and enjoyed each others company.

You both sound like sour grapes to me. Maybe you're one and the same person?

October 18, 2008 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:56 the term limits battle is over. David said so in his speech last night. (I was there.)
David said he can either leave or stay and fight. He chose to stay and fight by challenging Villar for Mayor.

October 18, 2008 12:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

here's the story behind that incredible "swamp thing" photo of McCain at the end of the last debate, as told by the photographer who took it.


October 18, 2008 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My point is that the term limits battle was over before Hernandez got into it. Hernandez changed nothing and got the same decision from the court of appeal that it had issued earlier.

So maybe he just did it in a failed attempt to get exposure for his mayoral camapaign.

October 18, 2008 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN. I take back everything I ever said about supporting Prop R.

If David Hernandez ia running for mayor (or any other elected office), and assuming everyone else who has now or will ever file for that office is killed in a freak accident, leaving DH as the only candidate (the only way he could even place, let alone win), then we WOULD need term limits.


How is it that so many ignorant, self-important blowhards like this can be on the same blog let alone in the same room celebrating and get along?

OH, I know that answer already. It's because NONE of them has, or ever will have any real power or influence over anything that happens in L.A.

The first time any one of them accidentally ran into his 15 minutes of "fame" -- the rest of these same arrogant pricks would eat him alive.

Losers like Hernandez, Zuma mutt, Moore, Red Snot, etc, will always be welcome here at Mayor Sam's, home to all L.A. losers.

October 18, 2008 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obama says meet me in St Louis -and a record 100,000 turn up


Barack Obama made history again today after drawing the highest American crowd of this year's presidential campaign.
The senator who became the first black man to become a candidate was cheered on by more than 100,000people in St Louis, Missouri

October 18, 2008 2:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did the Obama rally attract 100,000 in St. Louis? There are no official estimates, but just take a look at the photo.

How many do think would have showed up for the president?


October 18, 2008 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is a video of Higby and Haikula supporters, and they are also the Joe SixPacks voting for Palin/McCain.


October 18, 2008 3:01 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

Happy birthday Mayor Sam!

October 18, 2008 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's hard to think of greater challenge than picking the 10 worst members of Congress, but Esquire tried. For the full explanations, use the link below.

And the winners are:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Has the vacant, wild eyes of a Manson girl.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Gay basher.

Sen. Joe Lieberman ((I-Connecticut). A small man who lost his mind.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA).

Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA).

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Toes the fine line between bigotry and idiocy.

Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA).Heads Congressional Hispanic Caucus, steered money to campaigns of his 2 sons, and called Loretta Sanchez "a whore" when she complained.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).


October 18, 2008 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If David Hernandez could not deliver on measure R, why would anyone vote for him for Mayor?


October 18, 2008 4:01 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Yes 1156, 1158, 1233 and 209 -

You are absolutely correct. No matter what Walter Moore, David Hernandez, Zuma Dogg, Jose Aguilar, No2HomeDepot, SLAP, the Neighborhood Councils, Ron Kaye, et al do they will have zero impact on the discourse and results here in the City.

You are accurate that no one (or is it noone?) is listening to them, they have no influence.

The marching Tony Villar / Wendy Greuel / Tom Le Bong / Jan Perry and Jack Weiss minions with broad smiles on their faces, potholders and sample ballots in hand to dutifully march to the polls to ink-a-dot for the status quo.

So you have nothing to worry about. No need to pay attention to Walter Moore's campaign, SLAP's activities or read the Mayor Sam blog.

Sweet! Now you have more time to read Newsweek, eat arugula with Barack and share some pollo and vino with Antonio. I mean no need for you guys to pay attention here cause these folks are just spinning their wheels.

October 18, 2008 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is David Hernandez perhaps in some kind of deal with Antonio to divert votes from Walter Moore?

October 18, 2008 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Aguilar?!?!?!

The same guy who sits on two neighborhood councils, and is trying to take over a third?

The same guy who was tossed off the CRA board, and writes for "The Voice?"


He is a joke (and tell him it's time for a new tent, I mean shirt).

No one on the Eastside listens to that blowhard. He just jumps on everyone else's issues.

October 18, 2008 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was Robert Vega there? He needs an award for being the first three time QUITTER of a neighborhood council.

Three times elected, three times quitter.

Talks a great game, then stays on the sidelines and complains.

October 18, 2008 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you get more un-American than encouraging, as governor, efforts to have your state break away from the United States?

October 18, 2008 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Scott Johnson has done nothing!!
Jose Aguilar has done nothing!!
Juanita Dellhomes has done nothing!!

Time for new people.When is the next meeting, so we can go tell them that they do not represent anyone, especially not the Sierra Club

October 18, 2008 5:03 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

AW: Thanks for the props and great synopsis! And thanks for stopping by, of course.

October 18, 2008 5:11 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

you won't believe who i bumped into this afternoon at Galco's in Highland Park on York...

KEVIN RODERICK! I thought it was him, and said hello. Being it was his first time there, and only my second time there...pretty coincidental.

October 18, 2008 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma - Did you give you any spare change?

October 18, 2008 5:54 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

2:09 I agree and disagree. There is a kind of "eat their young" mentality that goes on with people scratching their way to the top of the bottom barrel - I have witnessed that first-hand. As soon as you run for office, all the good goes out the window and people immediately begin questioning your motivation which is always a loosing proposition.

That being said, it is a good thing that David and Walter are running. More people should, nothing will change if they don't.

Same goes for this blog. Maybe it is just "spinning their wheels" but at a bare minimum blogs like these can expose the truth. You just need to filter through the noise.

October 18, 2008 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

October 18, 2008 2:09 PM said... "Losers... will always be welcome here at Mayor Sam's, home to all L.A. losers."

It seems to me that anon stated his case too well, identifying him or her self as a loser.

What say the rest of us?

October 19, 2008 4:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:58, I agree with 12:35 - the place was so packed, there was a spillover effect - people were actually standing in the parking lot.

One of the many bloggers in attendance (who shall remain nameless, you know who you are) brought in a cake from the westside for the occasion. The slices that were distributed were thin, but judging from how rich that cake was, I understand why.

Nobody did a head count, but with all those in attendance (including those who left early or showed up late), my best guess would be around 100-150.

Seeing how many showed up for the fourth anniversary of this blog, I can't imagine how many more will show up for the fifth anniversary... the owner of the Cafe Princessa will need to create more parking.

October 19, 2008 5:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am the real One Who Knows and I wonder why any idiot would want to write a post under my by line.

Besides the fact that the thought was insipid, I am mostly offended by the fact that anyone would think for a second that I would weaste my time, money or atteniton on a party run by a vagrant fool who stinks to high heaven.

So, if imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, I guess I ought to be flattered, but please folks, don't think for a second that i would give a moment's thought to a couple of losers thinking they can beat an incumbent with a huge war chest and a fairly popular polling position.

That kind of stuff only happens in Alaska.

October 19, 2008 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unbeliveable lazy ass people who do NOTHING for their community have the audacity to critize people like Michael, DAvid, Zuma, Jose, Michael Moore, Ron etc. There's always idiots in the crowd who love to sit and personally attack people yet ask those losers what they've done or how many meetings they attend and they will NONE. So shut the FUCK UP AND go back to watching tv in your trailer and stop personally attacking people who actually have the guts to at least try and speak on issues. This is a supporter of those people who actually give a shit about our city.

October 19, 2008 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:54, you said, "...a couple of losers thinking they can beat an incumbent with a huge war chest and a fairly popular polling position."

"That kind of stuff only happens in Alaska."

Sorry, Charlie... you have a short memory. it also happened in the 1992 Presidential election when your guy Clinton beat an incumbent President George H. W. Bush. Don't tell me that the Presidential election was decided in Alaska!

As for the idiot who posted under your byline, the same idiot probably posted under mine! We may be at opposite ends of the political spectrum, 7:54, but I believe neither one of us will tolerate anyone stealing someone's byline.

October 19, 2008 11:16 AM  

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