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Friday, December 03, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Friday

Martinez, Huizar: Photo by LA Downtown News

The LA Weekly profiles CD 14 candidate Rudy Martinez - who is scaring some of LA's power brokers - and we learn a few interesting things.  Martinez is pissing off diva incumbent Jose Huizar.  Huizar campaign manager - fresh off the Janice Hahn and Measure B victories - Mike Trujillo doesn't know Martinez is Latino.  And apparently Huizar doesn't tip waitresses.  Should be fun!

OMG! WTF? Echo Park is all HaFo SaFo!

LA Planning Director Michael LoGrande is quite excited about a new Downtown NFL stadium on the site of the old LA Convention Center.  But there will be no tailgating.  Yea, that works.

Chablis must be dropping all over the Westside.  PBS' official west coast flagship station will now be Orange County based, following KCET's defection from the public TV network.

On Tuesday, the Parent Revolution will be announcing the first school they are pulling the "parent trigger" on.  Joseph Mailander and AJ Duffy will be crying in their beverages.  Stay tuned.

Speaking of Joseph Mailander it appears the one time "bloggin' godfather" has sadly jumped the shark with a bizarre rant Wednesday against LA Weekly Editor Jill Stewart and our own Joe Barrett.  He continues it again in a Thursday hotsheet (tossing in praise for the WikiLeaks terrorists and riffing on Councilman Bill Rosendahl) before he moves on to calling for News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch to be hunted down.

Several Southern California Democratic members of Congress were among the few in the body who voted no on the censure of Congressman Charlie Rangel on serious ethics issues.  While Reps Howard Berman, Brad Sherman and Henry Waxman joined over 300 Republicans and Democrats in the rebuke to ethically challenged Charlie, Members Judy Chu, Xaiver Becerra and Diane Watson were part of the 79 who voted no on the censure.  I guess taking free apartments from developers isn't a concern to those politicians.  Go figure.

And finally special thanks to Joe B. and Red Spot for doing some fine yeoman work here at the blog.  I appreciate the load lifting!

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Blogger Walter Moore said:

Huizar hired Trujillo?!

Outstanding! Martinez is a shoe-in in that case.

Jesus, Huizar's hiring Trujillo would be like BP hiring Captain Hazelton as captain of a new super-tanker. Thank goodness Huizar is as smart as he is honest!

December 03, 2010 12:07 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

P.S. Contribute to Martinez and other challengers, would you? Even $20 can help, and it lets you say "don't blame me, I contributed!" if things go horribly wrong.

December 03, 2010 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rudy is funding his campaign. Doesn't need the money. Another rich Republican like Meg Whitman. Probably from all the Big Tobacco money he made.

December 03, 2010 1:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Welcome back, Mayor Sam!

December 03, 2010 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby-Joe Mailander is slamming you today FYI

December 03, 2010 8:55 AM  

Anonymous RetiredLAUSD said:


"clynnwo at 11:24 PM December 02, 2010

Sore losers, no one accept lost graciously anymore. Instead, loosers (or their supporters) find a way to defame or cast doubt, or find 'more' dirt to cause the winner to loose legally."

December 03, 2010 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is running scared, he is not acting like a guy who thinks he can win.

An observation from a guy who does not give a shit who wins.

December 03, 2010 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL @9:17 AM

December 03, 2010 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, yes... we know campaign hacks and flacks have been sent out in large numbers to all local media to get "profile" pieces on their boys printed - and each media point will have to do something like this, just to show they "lead" rather than "follow" (as they follow flacks pitches).

We saw them for Alvin Parra; for the (returning) Nick Pacheco before that (and actually for Huizar) even earlier, as Villar's hei apparent. It's how it begins; it means very little. At this point only the highly partisan hangers-on in each camp are paying much attention, and they could mark their few hundred ballots tomorrow.

The trick is getting the repeat visit(s) at these same media points, especially when they're won't be much new to report and once most people are in "election" mode again -- after the holidays.

(There is a dysfunction that could be called campaign "PE"... look it up alongside "DE" and "little blue pills).

Then, the only benefit to the early "exposure" is if someone happens upon a campaign Website, or if the candidates themselves spend tons of money to reprint (only the flattering parts) in their slick mailers.

But if anyone in Rudy Martinez's camp thinks that was a good "puff" piece that'll help him win votes, then they don't understand the District, and they're just listening to the roar of the crowd inside their own little inbred minds.

There was just as much "un"flattering stuff their for Huizar's people to repost as anything else.

Good "PR" on a campaign trail is a bitch to maintain, and most of the second- and third-tier campaign hacks that work the City council races around here can't tell a seductive come-on from a kick in the nuts.

December 03, 2010 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trujillo vs Hacopian

Trujillo loses

December 03, 2010 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:50 a.m.

Maybe you didn't notice that in one other blog's posting that Parke Skelton was quoted on behalf of the Huizar camp, not Trujillo.

My guess is little boy "he hates everyone" Mikie is sitting second chair on this one.

Also, didn't Hacopian run one off Nick Pacheco's miserably embarrassing re-entry campaigns a few years back?

I seem to recall that.

December 03, 2010 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter "the racist" Moore, if you are supporting Rudy, then I know he will lose!

December 03, 2010 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby why are you promoting people like Walter Moore and Joseph Mailander?

December 03, 2010 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why isn't Huizar responding to this????? Didn't Ron Kaye do an big piece on his blog about this guy at Housing.

A group of public housing residents in Boyle Heights who say they live in fear of being retaliated against by housing officials, sent an anonymous letter late last month to the local housing authority, councilman and Los Angeles’ mayor, alleging that a housing commissioner has unfairly received special perks and privileges.

The letter, signed simply from “The Residents of Pico Gardens,” alleges the commissioner received expensive housing unit upgrades, caused the resignation of several members of a committee elected to represent tenants of Pico Gardens, a low-income public housing development overseen by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).

December 05, 2010 11:09 AM  

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