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Friday, September 11, 2009

KRLA & Kevin James- The CD 2 Forum (part 2)

Thursday night Kevin James tried to welcome the other candidates for the CD 2 election to the studios, but unfortunately one of them couldn't make it. Paul Krekorian was busy. He was preoccupied up in Sacramento in the State Assembly. The Assembly members were trying to figure out how to give us even uglier, and more history-making deficits. They needed help from Paul , of course.

Kevin James didn't like it, but felt Krekorian was honestly tied up. Speaking about Krekorian, he said that "he has never dodged me..". It seemed like James was taking yet another dig at Chris Essel with that quote.


David Saltburg - Said "I've been calling into the Kevin James show for a long time." He mentioned how he has been attending City Council meetings for 3 years now. He has talked to Council Members. David said he would hire his staff members from the community. "People know I can stand up to the City," he added.

Augusto Bisani - said he was one of " The small 7 ", as he put it. He also said he was not an activist or a politician. He likes his community but has not been involved. We need to create jobs. Bringing jobs to the Valley is what I want to do. The entertainment business is important. I will try to make it happen.

Michael McCue - Thanked Kevin for inviting them, and said the other media have been ignoring this race. Said he was on Studio City Neighborhood Council and an activist all his life. He has been an advocate for issues at City Hall. The Democratic Party and its monopoly on power here in L.A. causes ALL the problems at City Hall.


Michael McCue - Tom LaBonge held a press conference where I held up a sign that said "infrastructure first." I saw the fire truck go into the sinkhole in Studio City. The budget is a big problem -- and Paul Krekorian will not take a pay cut. Augusto Bisani - The water mains are 100 years old. Inspections of these water mains should be made. We need a system to control these things. 50,000 acres were burning the other day and they didn't let anyone to go in to help. David Saltsburg - "Shame on this Mayor!!" Don't cut fire , collect the uncollected debt that is owed the City. Aging infrastructure is crucial. The City is supposed to spend 750 million on construction. Where is it being spent? And how? The DWP oversight committee , we need a paid staffer there.


Augusto Bisani - The firefighters are the first line of support. I'm on their side 100%. I will never cut them. The City recently voted for 5 million dollars for one month of some community celebration. The money should have been used elsewhere. Michael McCue - I agree with the firefighters. Good luck to them because the Mayor and the City Council just don't listen! These issues are life and death! I fought for a crosswalk in the Valley where a young mother and her child were killed. David Saltsburg - We cannot cut fire. Rolling brownouts increase delay times. I will be pressing buttons and raising these issues.


David Saltsburg: I like Augusto Bisani. He might lack experience, but he has character. Augusto Bisani - ZUMA DOGG! He's a different type of guy. Brainy and emotional 100% of the time. Michael McCue - I would use Zuma Dogg on my staff, but not as Chief of Staff. I favor Mary Benson. She has a down-to-earth, get-the-job-done type of attitude. We both come from Neighborhood Councils.


Michael McCue: I am so opposed to moving it! It is a power play by the City. They know the Neighborhood Councils aren't paid. They want us to miss time at work and miss our input. Augusto Bisani - I want to keep it as it is. David Saltsburg - I've been hammering Richard Alarcon about issues for quite some time. Eventually he said at Council "I don't want Zuma Dogg running public policy here in Los Angeles!" Now this. The public will not take it! This is all about Brown Act violations. The "Dog & Pony" show on Fridays...yeah, I coined that phrase.

(At this point I called into the show to ask if they agreed that Krekorian is a budget-destroying Socialist)


Michael McCue: The question is not technically correct. Paul Krekorian is a budget-destroying Democrat! We are going off the cliff financially, and it is the State Legislature that has brought us there. Augusto Bisani - I'm a Conservative Democrat and I don't like to spend on things that are not for the community. David Saltsburg - Thanks, Phil. Good to hear from Phil Jennerjahn and the Mayor Sam blog. He's come such a long way. Paul Krekorian has spent us into oblivion! Spend, spend, spend until the City is dry and bankrupt!


Augusto Bisani - This is typical City reaction. When I asked the City questions, I get no response. Zero. And I pay the taxes here and I vote! David Saltsburg - I know how to deliver constituent services, like getting something done about things like this. Michael McCue - We have discussed this at Neighborhood Council. Machine talk is when they say "Nothing can be done!" . What they are really saying is "I'm being paid to do nothing about the problem."


Michael McCue - You can tell from the serious tone at the forums and from the polls that voters are trying to find the courage to get behind a candidate. Everyone go to McCuefor2.com. Support Michael McCue for City Council. Augusto Bisani - Our neighborhoods need safety. We need a realistic vision for the future. We need to change this machine. Don't vote for the people who have created the problems. Vote Augusto Bisani. David Saltsburg - I'm going to quote Councilman Dennis Zine, who said "Zuma Dogg is a good man." I'll be creative and innovative! Stand up! Create change! Vote Zuma!


Michael McCue was really good, but David Saltsburg was the winner tonight. Several opponents said they wanted him on their staff. That's good for Zuma Dogg's reputation. David has worked in radio before...and tonight he brought his big, booming radio voice and it really worked. His first two minutes were one of the most impressive things I've heard in the whole campaign. Radio is Zuma's forte.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow Phil.

You're not biased at all, are you?

September 11, 2009 8:41 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

the best thing is that Paul Krackorian finally called in to the show, and was kept on hold during all the callers to the show, including Phil.
he was listening to all that.
then he dropped off when he realised that nobody was going to talk to him....

lovely payback by Mr James.

September 11, 2009 8:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:41 Shut the f*** up, who said Phil is expected to be unbiased? He's not a journalist he's a BLOGGER. Get it through your thick skull and stop whining.

September 11, 2009 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wouldn't mind Phil having a biased view IF he didn't say he is "REPORTING" on an issue, which he is not.

That's the difference between journalists and whatever you want to call bloggers.

Blogger's aren't journalists, except if they're journalists with blogs.

Iknow Phil Genderjane, and he ain't no reporter. He is barely a blogger. He is more like a mildly retarded rube who higby uses to generate clickety clicks because Higby has grown...um, I mean grown tired of the blog and is too embarrassed to say he's leaving for fear of ridicule.

September 11, 2009 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd like to know how Higby can endorse this man after such a sneaky move. I mean come on! At least Essel made it clear from the beginning she wasn't going on the show. She took major heat for it here and then Krekorian ducks out at the last minute? That's low.

September 11, 2009 8:56 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil if you call Krekorian a socialist you're going to get him more votes since most of CD2 leans socialist.

September 11, 2009 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hopefully one of them follows through and hires Zuma when alls said and done so he'll stop begging for food/gas money.

September 11, 2009 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a crock from Paul Krek. He knew all along this was the last week of session in Sacramento and that there was NO chance he could make the debate. He was just a puxxy and didn't want to get beaten up for skipping it.

September 11, 2009 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't care what you say I'm still supporting Mary Benson. We need a grassroots community member.

September 11, 2009 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mary is the only one who passes the smell test. I sniffed her.

September 11, 2009 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Fire Department, Police Department, Social Security, The United States Army, The UC and Cal State Systems.

They are socialist institutions. Socialize cost paid for by every one that benefit every one.

Phil: What is your problem with these institutions?

September 11, 2009 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:33 is 110% correct. It was a complete fake out and it was premeditated. Shallman take note- Next time, tell everyone you'll be there. Then at the last minute claim something more important came up. That way you'll avoid being criticized on Mayor Sam's.

September 11, 2009 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Phil,

What about the question from the female caller to Zuma Dogg regarding his campaign finances?

You forgot that one.

September 11, 2009 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes to previous poster's point, the Dogg claimed he's keeping his fundraising to below the $1000 min. where you have to declare and itemize, claims he's working with the Ethics Commission on that. If he had a snowball's chance in hell of winning, one of the others could check on that.

He's getting donations on PayPal for alleged food and bodily needs, so he can claim they're not campaign contributions. In principle how's that different from a mainstream candidate like Fabian "I'm not a Mexican under some Cactus" Nunez getting money to blow on French wine and fancy food? Just a matter of scale.

And Zuma still won't say who let him move into the apt. and kicked him out before dawn on a Sunday morning claiming "repair needs."

September 11, 2009 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is a difference between giving me money that I use for food or any living expenses and using the money for campaign related materials and related expenses. People who have jobs still get paid to do what they do, and my form of payment is food money to carry on as an activtist. None of the money people donate at the small level is being used for my campaign. I still am not sure you see the difference, but maybe you can just call ethics and ask them to clarify.

September 11, 2009 2:29 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

There is a difference between giving me money that I use for food or any living expenses and using the money for campaign related materials and related expenses. People who have jobs still get paid to do what they do, and my form of payment is food money to carry on as an activtist. None of the money people donate at the small level is being used for my campaign. I still am not sure you see the difference, but maybe you can just call ethics and ask them to clarify.

September 11, 2009 4:58 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Anon @ 8:41

No, I'm not biased.

I will openly admit to liking Joe Essavi, David Saltsburg and Frank Sheftel as my top three favorites in this race.

However, I was fair enough to say that Michael McCue had the best performance at one of the forums and Tamar did the best on Day 1 of the KRLA radio forums.

If I was biased, I'd only be promoting the candidates I like. I have invited ALL the candidates to post their own self-written profiles on Mayor Sam. Five have responded so far and I expect several others will also.

Does that sound biased to you?

I have even written that Krekorian is in the lead right now... even though I REALLY don't want him to win.

September 12, 2009 8:57 AM  

Anonymous g said:


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