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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Adat Ari El - CD 2 race coverage

Last night the race for the City Council seat in District 2 took a Jewish turn as the candidates converged on the Adat Ari El Synagogue in North Hollywood. David Saltsburg (Zuma Dogg) was seen greeting people near the entrance and was heard to remark - somewhat sarcastically - towards another candidates entourage, that "It is so nice to see the true community members ! Not just people who are only showing up for an election."

One of the first things that was really very noticeable was the fact that all the candidates had their new fliers near the door. And it seems like everyone has stepped up their game. There were multi-color and multi-page fliers from some of the candidates. Some of the others were still more in the developmental stage. Take a look at the above photo. We are getting down to the end of the campaign -- and you can tell who wants to win.

The forum was moderated by Jeff Kaplan, who I must say, wasn't too good. He mispronounced some of the candidates names. Five minutes of phone calls could have prevented that. He also let a few questions from the crowd degenerate into mini-speeches and political diatribes. He only really cut off one guy, and that was Stuart Miller, who was turning out to be one of the most interesting parts of the evening. (More on this later..)

Mary Benson started the evening off talking about her role in helping with the fire situation in her community. She was upset that the Mayor had not yet activated the Animal Rescue Team (DART) during the Station Fire. She ended by saying that "I want to be a champion for these issues!"

Augusto Bisani is a nice guy who said that "I have no political background", and it showed tonight.
He went into a complicated rant about the 110 volt electricity we have here as compared to the 220 they have in Europe. He also talked about building houses with aluminum frames. I wasn't sure what either thing had to do with City Council...but....hey... it's his microphone for 5 minutes ...let him speak.

Joe Essavi was one of the courageous candidates who actually had the guts to criticize Wendy Gruel for skipping from job to job and leaving CD 2 without a Council Member for months. He talked about the slick, glossy fliers that keep showing up in voters mailboxes. He asked voters to ask themselves "Who paid for this?" He pointed the finger at special interest money flowing to the top candidates.

Chris Essel started by saying she lived in the Valley, and I couldn't help but notice that Mary Benson kind of smirked in questioning disbelief. But Chris Essel was very, very good tonight. Her presentation was very smooth, and she was very charming, and she showed some more humanity and compassion than she had at previous forums. It seemed like she had rehearsed or practiced a bit. If Essel performs this well in her TV commercials, it will have a devastating effect on the other candidates.

Essel talked about starting the Cahuenga Pass Homeowners Association. She added the point that "someone with my background can add value to the City Council." Essel also talked briefly about some of the other candidates "planning and plotting" in their political careers - which was clearly a backhanded slap at Paul and Tamar, without being too mean or too obvious. Essel also surprised with a few other moves tonight....we'll get to that later.

Tamar Galatzan was impressive as usual. Tamar has a natural self-confidence and leadership style that she effortlessly conveys to the audience. I know a few other bloggers have criticized her voice and delivery style, but nonetheless, the end result is always the same....you get the feeling that "She's the boss!" Tamar talked about how proud she was for standing up to Villaraigosa and earning scorn from the SEIU. She also talked about how this could be a 14 year job for the person who gets elected. She also discussed her legal background and work as a prosecutor.

Paul Krekorian was the only one who mentioned the synagogue by name. Smooth move by the career politician. Paul talked about the failures of City Government. His pointed out his wife, Tamar, who was seated in the audience, and gave her praise. He talked about his rise to power, and of his success on the Burbank School Board. Krekorian said "L.A. needs representatives who listen." Paul also talked about his "Government at your doorstep" program where he and his staff had reached out to over 3000 voters in the Valley and simply asked how they could help improve their voters lives.

Michael McCue was again, the most powerful, and most dramatic speaker of the evening. He told a story about watching from a distance as the raging fires of the Station Fire destroyed areas in CD 2. He said he started to cry as he watched the homes of his neighbors go up in flames. "This race is LIFE or DEATH!," he shouted. McCue went on to talk about the Rent stabilization ordinances and the Condo conversion issues CD 2 has faced in the past. There were a lot of heads in the crowd nodding in agreement. "Our seniors have had heart attacks from the stress of being evicted from their homes!" he said, forcefully. He also discussed traffic safety and crosswalk issues.

McCue launched into an angry tirade... "Do we have to bleed in the streets? Do we have to watch our homes burn? Do we have to die? This Mayor is corrupt! This City Council is corrupt!"

I thought maybe McCue was a bit overly dramatic, but it was powerful stuff. You could hear a pin drop.
McCue finished by saying that the Green Party had 10 key values they follow. He also warned the voters that this election..."is not for a 14 year term!".

David Saltsburg (Zuma Dogg) was spotted sharing a laugh with Chris Essel during the introductions. (I'll have to ask him later what they were talking about.) David mentioned his usual campaign mantra of the fact that he has been attending City Council meetings for 3 years. He revealed a funny moment from Tuesdays City Council meeting, where Richard Alarcon had protested in chambers that "I don't want Zuma Dogg dictating policy in Los Angeles!" David found this to be a hilarious, and subtle admission by Alarcon that his advocacy work is having an effect. Saltsburg commented.."That's right everyone... Zuma Dogg is not endorsed by Richard Alarcon!". It was one of the funnier moments of the evening and got the crowd roaring in laughter. Saltsburg also talked about how he felt he has created change "from the public comment podium at City Hall."

Pete Sanchez mentioned how he had been the first President of the Neighborhood Council Valley Village and how he was currently the President of the Valley Village Homeowners Association. He said he didn't like the direction the City was headed. "I see us going towards bankruptcy. There have to be changes in how we do our budgeting," he explained.

Frank Sheftel talked about how he had been first in everything. First to file. First to get his signs out. First, first first... he went down the line. He mentioned how he had attended Hebrew High School at this Temple and reminded voters that the election was during Jewish Holidays. He added that "We need to make sure this seat stays in the community. We have some great grassroots candidates and I think that I am one of the best of them."

The question and answer session degenerated into tirades at points, but was colorful, nonetheless.

A few surprises....

Augusto Bisani said he didn't know who Ed Begley Jr. was. Wow. Begley has been Enviro/Eco activist #1 in this City for a long time. I don't agree with Begley at all, but I certainly know who he is.

Krekorian made a good wisecrack about McCue's tendency to go over stated time limits. "With Michael, you have to wrestle the microphone away from him."

Zuma Dogg laid into Mayor Villaraigosa over the fires.. "The Mayor has the nerve to budget cut the firefighters...HOW DARE HE!! ", he shouted.

A political activist named Mark Herd tore into some of the candidates and went into a lengthy rant about the cost of fliers. He held up one of Chris Essels multiple-page glossy color fliers as an example. Then he also pointed out how the other candidates fliers were much cheaper and how they had a " door-to-door quality" about them. Pete Sanchez replied to the situation with humor... "I'm the guy who is going door to door", he laughed, holding up his inexpensive flier. Bisani got a good laugh when he held up his flier and said "Don't forget about the good-looking guy!"

David Saltsburg got in one of the best comments of the night , when after Bisani was talking about nuclear power, he grabbed the mike and said "The City can't pay it's firefighters...I don't want to hear talk about nuclear power!" Just after him, Essel stunned both Saltsburg and the crowd by saying "I'm with Zuma Dogg!" on the nuclear power issue... It was a true Twilight Zone moment. Neither candidate had ever predicted that one would say that about the other.

An activist named Stuart Miller stood up and really started ripping into Chris Essel. He talked about her carpetbagging, and even called out her street address in CD 5. He started dressing her down about SB 1818...but was cut off by the moderator because his comments ran several minutes before getting to a question.

I talked to Essel about this afterwards. I had been very hard on her on this blog about this issue, but she made an excellent point...that her house in the hills is only one mile from the border of CD 2. I admitted that she was right and it probably should not be such a big issue, but I also told her people get emotional about it. Essel invited me to have coffee with her. My jaw just about hit the floor. She surprised me with that, I'll admit.

I also talked with Tamar after the forum. Tamar made it clear to me how much she wants to win.
She promised not to run for any other offices if she wins. I have to admit, I did like that comment.

A good forum...no clear winner. Krekorian still the biggest threat in this race, though.


Blogger Michael Higby said:

A few thoughts...

Bisani really needs to get his own reality show.

In all of the photos Phil posts in his debate coverage you always see Krekorian looking attentively at the other candidates where they speak while others stare off into space or do their own thing.

They need a hook for McCue.

Was Sheftel implying that this seat remain in Jewish hands? By the way Wendy wasn't Jewish as far as I know.

I do find it impressive all these organizations are sponsoring the debates and give kudos to all the candidates for consistently showing up. I don't think we've seen this before.

Zuma Dogg continues to have an impact.

While I think Phil would rather go out with Galatzan looks like he got a date with Essel. Is she a cougar?

September 02, 2009 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yesterday Phil told us it's not the blog's responsibility to tell us about the candidate forums in advance.

Now you're wasting our time reporting on it.

What IS the policy? Also, your wrap ups of these forums rarely has anything new to say. Why are you going through the motions just to give your biased assessments? And you can't say that you don't have assessment bias patterns.

September 02, 2009 8:33 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

And today 8:33 you continue to look like a sad moron. Do you do anything other than read this blog and post comments 24/7?

September 02, 2009 8:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil you mention something called Animal Rescue Team and then you use the acronym DART.

For someone who claimed that the speaker messed up peoples' names, you didn't do too good a job getting this group's name right yourself.

What is the name of the group? Is it part of city government or a private group?

September 02, 2009 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ooooh, looks like I landed a body blow to you Higby for you to resort to name calling.

See THAT is what I'm talking about when I say that you can dish it out, but you cry like a pussy when the criticism is directed to you or the blog.

Now take your bally and go home, which is what you usually do when you are check-mated.

What are you gonna do now? Cry maybe? Delete the comment? That always makes you look tough.

September 02, 2009 8:40 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Don't get too wet 840. Looks like you proved my point.

Anyway I probably won't approve any of your comments going forward. We'll see.

Stick to the debate folks.

September 02, 2009 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Between Essel's coffee and Tamar's promises, do you ever ask them a tough follow up question like "Of course you want to win. EVERYONE wants to win."

That impressed you?

September 02, 2009 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Then there's Assemblywoman Fiona Ma from San Francisco, the lone Democrat who voted "no" yet not running for higher office.

We called Ma's office inquiring her reasons for opposing the bill and here's a written statement that we received today:

"While reducing costs is important to fix our budget crisis, we have to be responsible when it comes to public safety. If effective services are not in place as inmates re-enter society these cost savings will be pointless. As we make these reforms, our top priority should be to decrease recidivism rates and give individuals the appropriate tools to become productive members of society. We should not play budget politics with public safety and I would prefer a substantive, open process when making reforms of this magnitude."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?blogid=14&entry_id=46680#ixzz0PxrHKTNJ

Only 5 democrats vote no on releasing 17,000 prisioners and Paul Krekorian was not one of them!

More to follow on last nights festivities and I don't mean at Adat Ari El....

Look for Galatzan and Shefel in the run off.

September 02, 2009 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

843 I was thinking the same thing. Based on tamar's history, why would Phil J. believe that?

Hey phil I have some beachfront property to sell ya in el monte.

September 02, 2009 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg walked away with this forum for the following reasons:

1. He made points that the audience and some other candidates agreed with. He didn't ramble off platitudes that ultimately mean nothing like a lot of the other candidates.

2. His focus is on real issues that matter now, not "Maybe we'll show up on your doorstep someday and see what's bugging you."

3. He's an outsider who will bring a breath of fresh air to City Council. I mean, it looks like the Council is starting to adopt some of his long-needed proposals.

Earlier, we were leaning towards Paul Krekorian, but now we're going to vote for Saltsburg.

Keep up the good work, kid. We're moblizing for you.

Saul Goldstein & Family

September 02, 2009 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It sounds like Phil is impressed anytime a female candidate makes small chat. It would be better coverage if he was able to see beyond that.

Your "jaw dropped to the floor" because Essel invited you to coffee?

Sounds like an overreaction.

September 02, 2009 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil how come you don't come to city council any more?

September 02, 2009 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian's vote Monday means THOUSANDS of criminals will be released in our communities. Did anyone ask him about this??? I've never seen such a free pass to a politician!

September 02, 2009 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:51 - You obviously work for Sheftel.
Get a clue. He does not have anything close to the right stuff for this job. I would rather see Essel than Frank (and by the way I think she is the least qualified).

Tamar, Paul, even Chris take this guy out already I am done with him and his gangs shenanigans

September 02, 2009 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The city is in a financial crisis created by $pecial interest providers, councilmembers, and Sacramento career politicians like Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Alarcon, Cardenas, Wesson, and now Koretz.

Angelenos need to pause for several minutes and take into consideration which candidate will best serve Angelenos instead of their masters, $pecial interest groups, that include part time elected candidates and commission appointees.

Do Angelenos need another $pecial interest group provider? Just follow the money prior, during and after the election. Don’t be fooled by the sheep dressed in wool.

David Saltsburg a TRUE REFORMER with no strings attached.

September 02, 2009 10:18 AM  

Blogger Debbie said:



September 02, 2009 10:37 AM  

Blogger Unknown said:

I bet Essel's favorite coffee place in OUTSIDE of CD 2.

September 02, 2009 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for Mary Benson, they best qualified home grown grass roots candidate. No more career politicians.

September 02, 2009 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If zuma dogg reads this string, I'd like him to tell us why he hasn't worn his sombrero to city council?

Is it because you realize that it would have a very negative impact on your candidacy? If that is the reason, then why do you wear your silly costumes when you're not running for something, since it reflects negatively on you?

I would have hoped that phil j. would ask him this question but he is too busy being a push over for tamar and chris, with his jaw dropping when asked to have coffee.

September 02, 2009 11:23 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

To answer the peanut gallery...

1) Yes, I did bungle the acronym for DART. I scribble notes, but don't record these forums. Go ask Mary Benson what it means. She will know.

2)Biased assessment? I try to be fair. I even compliment people I DON'T want to win. I think I'm pretty fair and balanced. (Like Fox News)

3) Yes, the Assembly did vote to release those prisoners, and Chris and Tamar should be bashing Krekorian for it every free minute they have. It is one issue that could outrage enough voters to turn the tide.

4) My jaw hit the floor at Essels invite because my coverage of her gaffes has been harmful to her campaign. I didn't expect her to be so receptive. But I think she just wants to win everyone over.

5) I don't go to City Council anymore, because I'm busy working and also covering CD 2 for Mayor Sam and my own blog - The Jennerjahn Report. I'll be back downtown eventually.

6) Krekorian has to be stopped. He is a budget-destroying socialist who thinks that Government has the right to unlimited expansion and unlimited control. However, I don't live in CD 2. It is up to the voters there to stop him.

September 02, 2009 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This debate "took a Jewish turn."

How did I know that would be Phil?

What the hell does that mean? Which of the debates "took an Armenian turn" for Phil Krack's people?

Did it take a "Latino turn" for Bisani, or just a clueless turn, since he knows nothing from environmentalists? (Bisani's not Hispanic but he is Latino - add a vowel to Spanish and raise your voice at the end, wave your hands around, and you can sound Italian.)

What other ethnic groups we got? Oh yeah, the white trash turn - we've got Zuma Dogg the wanna-be Emimem taking care of that one. And a few more besides.

September 02, 2009 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The great news of the day isn't that shack in the woods not burning down, but that Matt O'Dowd is banned from city council for 30 meetings which brings him back around holiday time when council is in recess.Ha ha ha ha ha no zuma dogg advocacy from matt in downtown.

September 02, 2009 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil is right on point #6. 10:17,are you crazy!?!? Essel is the most unqualified??? Look at the California budget mess! We're the highest taxed in the nation and can't pay for basic services. Paul Krekorian would love for you to believe his fingerprints aren't all over it. Every time the subject comes up he cries like a little child and blames the Gov. Why the hell do you think he's running for Council? Essel is the least qualified??? Pu-leeeese!

September 02, 2009 12:09 PM  

Anonymous tamar fan said:

Looks like Mary Benson set aside the makeover the Sunland Tujunga ladies gave her and butched it up for this event. At least that's what Jendergone's photos seem to show. Did she think the Jews would find favor on her if she looked matronly as opposed to attempting a MILF like approach? I'd like to ask what the Jews think of Mary's association with Walter Moore and the French Legion?

September 02, 2009 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Taking a Jewish turn said:

those Jewish grandmothers at the debate have no time for shiksas Essel and Benson, assumed Pete Sanchez was the gardener, said that McCue was a funny fagila, Krekorian is one of those politician gonnifs, don't like that hippie nudnik Sheftel, think Tamar needs a potch with her mouth and that Zuma Dogg is a good smart mensch who is a bit meshugeneh but listens to his bubbie.

September 02, 2009 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel is agreeing with Zuma Dogg and inviting Phil Jendergone for coffee.

Boy oh boy how they fall, how this city's lost its center, its rudder. Never thought I'd look to Alarcon as the one with guts to say he's not going to let the zuma doggs influence policy for this city, just to avoid negative google searches when these nutts inevitably attack on their blogs. Sad SAD SAAAADDDD

September 02, 2009 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If there is no money to get the message out to the district, the message is unheard by the vast majority of voters.

Money talks and BS walks.

Bet on Chris and Tamar to slam Paul last minute on his vote and the 17,000 new neighbors he is importing.

Do you really think Shallman or Tamar would miss such a unique opportunity??

Paul will be lucky to run ahead of Saltsburg when that crew is done with him.

September 02, 2009 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Best job for Essel yet. She really stepped it up and was really smooth. I was impressed.

September 02, 2009 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You may disparage Mary Benson, but I'd bet she is a wild thing when the lights are out...

September 02, 2009 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, I attended school every day; make me a member of the school board.

See how stupid Saltsburg's argument is?

Who cares that he wasted his life for three years?

Maybe if he had gone to Iraq and fought for my freedom instead of begged for my money, I would have more respect for him and give him my vote.

As it is, he is my last choice.

September 02, 2009 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Jennerjahn, 1:55 and all you dumb shits! It isn't the state Assembly or Senate's fault about reducing the prison population. The state is under court order to have a plan by Sept. 18 to reduce the inmates in state prisons by 40,000 over two years. The Governor has asked for a delay pending an appeal to be filed in the Supreme Court. So cool your heals you Krekorian bashers. Your fear mongering won't work.

September 02, 2009 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Stu Miller said:

It's amusing that so many of the posters on this blog choose to be courageously Anonymous. A better tag for most of them would be Uninformed. That said, since Jeff Kaplan chose to cut me off because he didn't have the patience or courtesy to allow me to establish the context for my intended question to Chris Essel, I've included it in its entirety below, from which you can draw your own conclusions.

But before that, I'd like to give my own biased (and brief) assessment of the candidates.

BENSON: Sincere; can't win
BISANI: Funny guy; actually a joke
ESSAVI: Sincere; can't win
ESSEL: Truly dangerous. See my comments below
GALATZIN: Great qualifications. But she took a lot of people's time and money to get on the School Board, where we really need her to stay
KREKORIAN: I support him
McCUE: Incredibly passionate; can't win
SALTSBURG: Pugnacious, obnoxious; can't win
SANCHEZ: Sincere; can't win
SHEFTEL: Probably makes good candy; can't win

I think it’s fair to say, first and foremost, that voters in this district want our elected officials to be honest and forthright people of unassailable character and integrity.

With that in mind, first, although you recently rented an apartment on Laurel Canyon in Studio City to qualify for candidacy, in fact, according to public records, you do not actually live in CD2. Your real home, for at least the past 13 years, is on Robin Drive in the Sunset/Doheny area of the Hollywood Hills, which is in CD5, and there are no records indicating you have either sold or rented that home to anyone else.

Second, when you were the Chairperson of the Central City Association, a downtown group of politically powerful business people, you were quoted bragging about the influence you personally had on the passage of SB1818 and its implementing legislation in Los Angeles that opened the door to excessive overdevelopment at the cost of affordable housing. Lately, you’ve brushed that fact aside as if you were only a member of the CCA and didn’t really believe in its goals and accomplishments. Here's how you touted your advocacy of capping local communities' ability to block overdevelopment in the CCA's January 2008 newsletter: QUOTE "Through our results-oriented advocacy, CCA was successful in pushing forward Senate Bill 1818, TFAR, and the Downtown Housing Ordinances, all of which enable developers to build more density."

You further gloated "As a result of our efforts, a citywide ban on condominium conversions is off the table, and neighborhood councils will now be required to submit economic disclosure statements before creating a council file. So yes, we have been triumphant in throwing up roadblocks for those pesky local panels."

Third, you recently claimed in a local mailing that there is “plenty of free on-street parking on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City” when everyone who actually lives and works here knows that’s untrue. This demonstrates how completely out of touch with reality you are concerning important issues in CD2.

The more we learn about you the more we see how far out of touch you are with the residents of CD2. So, how are we to believe anything you have to say in support of your candidacy?

September 02, 2009 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennerjahn: Paid for by Eric Hacopian.

September 02, 2009 7:15 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Regarding the nuclear power question, I said, "I'm running for L.A. City Council and I'm not going to talk about building a nuclear reactor in Los Angeles," and mentioned that there were other issues I thought should be covered that were not.

September 02, 2009 7:27 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:58pm, OMG do I wish I knew who you were. That was the most hilarious supportive comment in history. Some of my relatives from my youth must be looking down with HUGE smiles over that analysis.

September 02, 2009 7:35 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"Hey, I attended school every day; make me a member of the school board."

Maybe if you attended school everyday you would know the definition of illogical, non-parallel argument and the fact that you just made one.

And it's not just that I attended the meetings, it's that I seem to have a knack for getting to the bottom of things and am told I am a quick study.

So yeah, some shallow wacko like Walter Moore may show up every day and STILL be at square one, hollering about the dumb, obvious stuff like Lactation Classes or the BIG stuff he gets all worked up over.

But to compare going to school to my attendance at the council meetings is confused logic. (Nothing new on YOUR end there.)

Anywho...all I know is that of all the other candidates and you can throw Walter Moore in there, too, NO ONE has the knowledge or perspective and has shown to create make an impact...AND WHEN YOU HAVE;

a) ALARCON SAYING, "I do not want Zuma Dogg dictating policy in the city of Los Angeles;

b) A Councilmember telling me that they consider me to be a prophet;

c) Another CM told me (and I quote), "Zuma Dogg, you're a genius, you know?";

d) Another CM said, "Zuma Dogg does a lot of good for the people of the city.";

e)A CM told me, "Most of the time I think half the councilmembers are watching you to see what is really going on (on some of these agenda items)...AND I DIDN'T SAY THAT, A COUNCILMEMBER DID.


And I must say, it feels, GOOD!

September 02, 2009 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would be happy with either Paul or Tamar. They are both sincere, capable and devoted public persons. Let's just flip a coin and get this over with.

September 02, 2009 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kekorian makes out like this is a big deal -
"Government at your doorstep" program where he and his staff had reached out to over 3000 voters in the Valley and simply asked how they could help improve their voters lives."
Of course he sends his troopers out there . He needs to find out the issues in this district because he simply isn't aware of them. This is nothing more than a campaign survey and voter registration drive to determine what is on peoples mind so he can add them to his next flyer and to register ethnic voters on the spot.

September 02, 2009 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is good work, Phil. Thank you for your hard work doing this recap.

September 02, 2009 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Phil

Good reporting!
Most of the time I don't read your posts - you sound like such a doofus with your socialist conspiracy stuff. As long as you just stick to the reporting,you do fine.

Props -enjoyed it.

September 02, 2009 10:20 PM  

Anonymous THE THREE WRATHS!!! said:

9/2/09 11:52 A.M.;
"Ha ha ha ha ha",

Hey! Koo-koo your to quick to laugh

You are quick to cancel Matt Dowd
out! JJJust like the retarded L.A.
"CLOWNCIL".... did today! foolishly

Just stop laughing, like a HYENA,
FOR A MINUTE; ok! Now reflect back
to the last time they banned him...
& what came of it!?!?............:)

Ok! you are too RETARDED to; I'll
remind you! A Civil Rights Law Suit
in the works! As we SPEAK; Yeah!
now your starting to come around?
Something to do with, kkk/council
decorum!!! and such!!!(LAW$$$$$$$$)

Stupidly, you are to quick on the
trigger to cancel Matt-OUT!! & SO
is the PATHETIC "CLOWNCIL"; they
refuse to get it!!! We're sure he
has this 8 ball, in his POCKET too!

"CLOUNCIL" VIA Blogs, eeeeveryONE
knows, they read MAYOR SAM'S BLOG!!
We say it is very possible, that
Matt gets the last laugh again!!!

September 03, 2009 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you had paid any attention at all in school, Mr. ADD, you would recognize an "Reducto Ad Absurdum" argument and not try to understand it in the limited terms at your disposal.

When your only tool is a hammer, all the problems become nails.

You are no where near ready for prime time, and you have wasted three years doing nothing while you could have perhaps cpleted your degree and be finishing law school by now.

Poor choices all around; no one will ever elect you to anything. Too risky.

September 03, 2009 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

September 02, 2009 11:52 AM

Councilmember Zine had to BEG to get a councilmember to second his motion. Thereafter, the cowardly council voted on the motion and failed to show how each councilmember voted with one NO vote. The NO vote councilmember should be praised.

September 03, 2009 10:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Sept. 2, 9:11 am - Krekorian did no such thing. Not one single prisoner will be released early by the state. Hearsay and fear mongering does not make fact.
To Sept. 2, 8:37 pm - The Governement at Your Doorstep program was implemented several years ago as a way for Krekorian to reach out to his constiuents and address their individual concerns. It's been effective and it works. When did you last get a visit from your Assemblymember or staff member? In fact, do you even know who your Assemblymember is? You are grasping at straws when you criticize any elected official for reaching out to stakeholders. Krekorian knows CD2 well as his assembly district includes a lot of CD2. Did you also criticize Galatzan for three School Board mailers over the last week?

September 04, 2009 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Governement at Your Doorstep program is a publicity stunt. Paul says the program knocked on 3000 doors. So what? If you are doing your job correctly you don't need gimmicks. Why not just show up to the Neighborhood Council meetings?

September 04, 2009 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:54 - So, let me get this straight. If you are doing your job correctly, you shouldn't knock on doors to talk about issues with your constituents? So 'splain to me what makes that a gimmick? Maybe you should do a little more fact checking and stop knee jerk reacting as if you know what you're talking about. You idiot! For several years now, Paul or his staff attend many NC meetings in his district, in fact one of his staff is on the board of one and lives in Valley Glen.

This guy is in touch with CD2 and has been responsive to its needs. Krekorian's the one to support.

September 04, 2009 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't stand Tamar Galatzan. Just reading about how bad she wants the salary that will go up soon made me want to vomit.

Big 3 - Paul
Grassroots - Zuma

I doubt Essel has a chance. Big deal on the coffee, Phil. She would do that with ANYone right now.

September 05, 2009 2:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sheftel in the runoff with Galatzan? LOL Sure. Or neither of them.

Losers both.

September 05, 2009 2:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am loving the comments about Zuma Dogg. I bet you did listen to your bubbie, too. Just like you honor your mom. Good man.

Your command of the issues astounds me. I want you to kick the shit out of Tamar and Chris. Or at least kick Chris back to Hollywood and Tamar back to the Beaudry building.

I know there aren't really Tamar fans out there. Brendan, is that you? Sunland-Tujunga won't vote on looks. They voted for Wendy after all.

Did anyone get Wendy's email today? Vote for Chris - yay team - go go go. Blech. I didn't even like Wendy, so why on God's green Earth would I like Essel?

Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma.

What a difference a councilman could make. If it were someone like Zuma!

September 05, 2009 2:33 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

2:33am, "What a difference a councilman could make. If it were someone like Zuma!"

Thanks, very much. I already win with a quote like that!

September 05, 2009 2:36 PM  

Anonymous g said:


September 05, 2009 5:34 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

I'm about at the point where I will start rooting for ANYONE against Krekorian.

Dark days ahead of us if he is elected.

September 06, 2009 12:32 AM  

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