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Friday, September 11, 2009

Mayor Sam profile: Michael McCue

by Michael McCue

Michael McCue has been a Valley resident for thirteen years and an elected Board Member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council for three years. He is the Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee and a voting member of the Government Affairs Committee. Through his work on the Neighborhood Council he has introduced or voted to support motions to; create a Rate-Payer Advocate for the DWP...introduce Clean Money Elections for the City of Los Angeles...improve our air quality by enforcing the leaf-blower laws...reform the lax City Vehicle Fleet policies as per the Controller's Audit...amend the Lobbyist Reform Ordinance so that all lobbyists are identified properly when commenting at Council hearings...increase the amount of Relocation Funds for those displaced by Over-Development...oppose Measure B...and restore the L.A. River to its natural state.

A life-long activist for Progressive ideas and social justice, Michael was raised in a military family and brought up with a sense of duty to country and community. He describes his upbringing as a "Kitchen Table Democracy" because his Naval Officer father was an Eisenhower/Goldwater Republican who was hand-selected by Pres. Nixon to be one of the first employees of the EPA, and his mother was a Roosevelt/Kennedy Democrat working as a Congressional Secretary for Rep. John Dingell (D-16th District, MI). Growing up, Michael heard all sides of political issues and was taught to think for himself. A hybrid of his political upbringing, (Key Values of Accountability, Social Justice and Future Focus) Michael is registered Green Party so that he can reflect all of the values (from both the Right and the Left) that his parents instilled in him.

Michael's experience as a community activist, and also leading and serving on NC committees, has kept him up-to-date on all of our city issues in the past few years. He has been outspoken about his opposition to Over-Development in the Valley and his support of an Affordable Housing Policy. His CD-2 campaign has become known for its no-nonsense, direct approach and upbeat attitude. Michael's experience qualifies him for the CD-2 Council Seat because there is no duty expected of him in that capacity that he is not already performing on his Neighborhood Council, albeit on a smaller scale. His work on the SCNC is all volunteer and he was the highest vote-getter of all the SCNC candidates in the 2007 election. Michael McCue is the only candidate in the CD-2 race who is endorsed by The Green Party of Los Angeles County, the LA Greens, and the Green Party of San Fernando Valley. His website is www.McCuefor2.com.

Michael McCue asks for all Progressive & Reform-minded voters who are demanding Accountability from City Hall and who cannot tolerate the mayor's corrupt political machine any longer, to vote for him in the Special Election on Sept. 22nd. LA is on the brink...it's time to...



Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

5 of the 10 candidates have now posted profiles on Mayor Sam.

The other 5 need to start moving quick.

11 days left.

September 11, 2009 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

McCue is one smart,sincere fellow! I hope he makes it to the run-off.

September 11, 2009 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Times endorses Essel.

September 11, 2009 9:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do any of the candidates actually know what the job of a councilmember is?

From ZD wanting to go after corruption with a special investigator to those touting election reform. Most seem to be seeking this position to further their own agendas.

How do we get our streets repaired or the shopping carts removed when they are focused on their own agendas. Whether it is the LA River or the LA Zoo, we need to know they will be there for the basics. They may not be exciting and photo worthy but as we have seen with the broken pipes, there is no excuse to ignore ones duties.

What will they do about the homeless living in the doorways of our local businesses? Get a clue boys and girls, this is about serving the community not having the community serve you.

September 11, 2009 9:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would the other 5 still have not yet posted profiles on Mayor Sam?

It either speaks poorly of this blog ... like it isn't worth the trouble for them to prepare anything.

Or it speaks poorly of the candidates who can hardly be described as "grassroots" candidates if they can't even do this little. There's nothing to lose.

September 11, 2009 10:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No surprise, just another case of insiders endorsing another insider.

September 11, 2009 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


In Flounder's voice from "Animal House".

September 11, 2009 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Darth Vader said:

To the mole who leaked the Times endorsement to this blog yesterday.

Welcome to the dark side. Tell us more.

September 11, 2009 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where have all the quality papers gone?

LA Times, a bunch of tools.

LA Weekly, used to be decent, now just trashy, tabloid journalism full of half truths and pontifications.

As for McCue, who cares? Yeah, he's a nice guy, so what?? Seriously, his big claim to fame is being an elected member of a Neighborhood Council. Big deal, like 12 people vote in those things.

So we know his positions on the issues, garden variety. We know about his parents talked politics, fine. We know that he was on an NC, who cares. So like, what does he do for a living?


September 12, 2009 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Riordan + Greuel + Times = Lose

September 12, 2009 7:04 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

oh yeah... posting the same drivel that we heard at every forum, but on this blog, wow, what are they waiting for?

man, delusion runs deep in this town.

I honestly think everyone already made up their mind...no?

September 12, 2009 7:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

McCue should be running for city council somewhere in Oregon not LA.

Matt Dowd is an idiot

September 12, 2009 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael will be an excellent council member staffer. You know he will work 24/7 for the community and will be great at insuring the departments give the NCs the early warning they have a right to recieve. That is a full time job on its own.

I am supporting one of the other candidates but rest assured Micheal will be an asset to my candidates staff and the community.

September 12, 2009 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see; endorsement from Mayor Sam or endorsement from the LA Times...

Which one would I rather have?

Gosh, I just can't choose. Too touch a choice.

Paul, which would you rather have had?

September 12, 2009 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:04 AM correction.
Riordan + Greuel + Times + $$$ = Lose

September 12, 2009 10:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:16, congrats on the endorsement, Mr. Shallman!

September 12, 2009 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He can't be "a lifelong activist for progressive ideas" and at the same time be as he told James, a big fan of Trutanich and all he stands for. Trutanich of course, like Zine and their benefactor Cooley, is the homie of James and the ultra- rightwing faction he represents. Just like his alter-ego Walter Moore running mate Berger who's blogged here as Rumpole and other names.

McCue, Benson, Esavi all the same so if they call themselves "progressives" they either don't know what that means or they're flat out laying. McCue and Esavi aren't even moderate Democrats. McCue described himself as a "conservative Democrat" according to another blogger covering this. Sounds like a way to fudge. And these days everyone throws in the term "green" without meaning it. Maybe he'd drive a Prius if he got a rebate to look good?

McCue also said something stupid: that one event that got a fee waiver was costing $5 million. In fact the new TOTAL fee waiver budget for the year is that much, with only half that being split up among the 15. About time for that one: a couple like Janice Hahn have abused these fee waivers, to get their names out there as though they were personally giving out money as benefactors, while some have used almost none. The other half goes to big events.

September 12, 2009 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe M, right again. That sleazebag John Shallman controls the pathetic hacks at the Times.

September 12, 2009 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is there anyone else ot there who cannot wait for the election on September 22 so this crap about CD 2 will mostly go away?

The best part is that ZD has promised to disappear from view and go back to Malibu and just bother them there if he loses.

I'd say WHEN he loses.

September 12, 2009 11:28 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"From ZD wanting to go after corruption with a special investigator..."

Ooops, you get it wrong, again. The investigation is not to go after corruption. I would tell you the purpose of the position, but then you will just get THAT wrong.

I'll write more about it later.

September 12, 2009 12:11 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

"Get a clue boys and girls, this is about serving the community not having the community serve you."

And of course, you know what it is really about. The Zoo and LA River.

And if someone wants to see reform, they don't have a clue and that's not what it's about.

YOU ARE DUMB...until you change a few things, first, you are not going to be able to get a light bulb changed in the city successfully.

But YOU'RE so smart. YOU know what it's really all about...and what people's motives are. Keep whining. You sound like an idiot.

September 12, 2009 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone ought to sue this blog just so they can take discovery on all emails to Higby and all of his financial records.

September 12, 2009 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unbelievable verbal contortions from the Times editorial jerk-offs, to be expected. Writing off the experienced candidates as not having done enough or in Tamar's case, turning her independence into a negative - is there anyone left who doesn't think the Times are liars? You can bet that next they'll get Zahniser or Reston to run hit pieces on Tamar and Paul right before the election.

September 12, 2009 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice apartment you got there Matt. Good for you.

September 12, 2009 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you expect to be hired to a job dealing with people if you can't even respond to them decently and with a civil tongue. If you want to be a civil servant, seems like you should work on the art of being civil first.

September 12, 2009 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go Zuma. Kick ass on the 22nd!

September 12, 2009 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought he was Walter Moore. Don't they look alike?

September 13, 2009 10:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go Zuma Dogg!! You are the only one to really shake up city hall once you get there.

September 13, 2009 10:24 AM  

Anonymous g said:


September 17, 2009 3:58 PM  

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