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Monday, December 06, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Monday

Calling into the LiveLA Saturday Night talkradio program, MayorSam blogger Joe B. told David Hernandez, Frank Sheftel and myself that a Christmas tree lot that has opened up on the site of a former K-Mart in Sunland-Tujunga is secretly operated by Home Depot, who most of you remember, were booted out of the community following a successful campaign by residents.  While no one begrudges a legal business (certainly a Christmas tree lot) on land leased or owned by a particular organization the reward for Home Depot in this instance certainly can not be commensurate with the risk.  This blog documented for years the continual stupidity let alone near evil this hardware chain did in that community.  Like a crack addict wanting one more fix; they're back. This really doesn't help them any.  We suggest if you are to buy a Christmas tree you purchase it from lots run by non-profit organization, churches, youth groups, etc.

Also on LiveLA Frank Sheftel announced his withdrawal from the CD4 race to replace Tom LaBonge.  Sheftel cited personal and business concerns including potential pending legislation against the City as likely problematic for his campaign.

In other candidate qualifying news Phil Jennerjahn is beside himself that no one has yet to qualify for the ballot in CD2 to oppose Paul Krekorian.  While most agree that Krekorian is the least likely to lose re-election of all the incumbents (and that is quite an understatement itself) Jennerjahn is determined to replace the proper legislator.  Announced opponent Michael McCue has apparently dropped out and businessman Agosto Bisani has yet to qualify.  However local activist David Hernandez announced on his Facebook page Sunday that Bisani had a full court press for petition signatures in progress.

Fresh off a loss for State Attorney General, LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is not ruling out a run for a fourth term in 2012.  He also disputes that he didn't campaign hard enough for the statewide post.

Once again making a great use of technology the LA Fire Department Blog does it again.  The LAFD has teamed up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to create a widget that gives real time reports of toy safety and recall information this holiday season.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you for posting this MS.
Home Depot is dispicable. I have kept my Pledge to never set foot in any of their warehouses again because of their disgraceful actions against Sunland-Tujunga. We will never forget their wicked behavior and how they tried to manipulate the city and discredit our community in order to by-pass our laws and how they refused to follow the rules. They don't deserve mercy! Regardless of cost, I shop Do-It-Center, local family harware stores and Lowes when required. My tree will come from a local family business in S-T. I hope the S-T community will also do the same. Our motto remains "No Home Depot in Sunland-Tujunga"!

December 06, 2010 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:

"Home Depot is dispicable"

Red Spot, what is your alibi for last night?

December 06, 2010 6:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

how come phil jennerjahn blames all negative comments on "nutty kooks" joe b. and mary cummins?

is he blind AND deaf?

it must be fun to live your life obliviously.

December 06, 2010 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, know that you are born-again (at least according to Debbie Dope), and a strident protector of Phil Jennerjahn, who do you hope wins the Rose Bowl? Texas Christian or Wisconsin?

I assume that those are the teams, since that's what Phil says the match-up will be.

December 06, 2010 7:25 AM  

Anonymous Retired LAUSD said:

WTF is up with your not posting my comments about the Red-Spot-esque spelling errors in 12:40am's comment?

Jesus, Higby, I thought you said the blog was supposed to be rough & ready, or whatever you called it.

I guess that only applies to people who aren't your friends.

December 06, 2010 7:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I shope at Home Depot because their price and deep selection of products is what I want from a merchant. And I seriously doubt that 1240 shops there "regardless" of the cost. Yeah, right.

December 06, 2010 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder if phil jennerjahn regrets spending money on business cards for his campaign a week before quitting. Real smooth, Phil.

December 06, 2010 7:28 AM  

Blogger Phil Genderbong said:

Mayor Sam, what is the policy on commenting about Red Spot?

I tried to post about his misspelling "dispicable" but you don't want it posted????

December 06, 2010 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ST with Home Depot = Jobs & Community Revenue

ST without Home Depot = Hundreds fewer jobs and millions fewer in community revenue

Real smooth, Sunland Tujunga. And while you're at it, pick ONE name. Sunland or Tujunga. No wonder there's economic disarray in your community.

December 06, 2010 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I shope at Home Depot because their price and"


December 06, 2010 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Manfred Ullman said:

Yes, I'm sure that Home Depot is just crapping in their pants (Joe B said the same about the Republicans recently) about not having a full fledged store in dopey ST.

You really showed them, Joe B! All you did was give your residents less choice and higher prices. WAY TO GO! They only have 2,244 stores instead of 2,245.

"Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement retailer, with sales of $66 billion for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010.
At the end of the third quarter, Home Depot had 2,244 stores, about 12% of which are in Canada,
Mexico and China. About 19% of U.S. stores are in Florida and Texas."

December 06, 2010 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Best of Blogs Los Angeles said:

Great blog! I've included it on a site I've created, which is a compilation of some of the best blogs in the city.

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December 06, 2010 8:22 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Response to 6:27AM,

Ask your Mom. ; )

BTW, if you are up late or starting your day, obsessing about my supposed comment at 12:40AM. Then it is safe to say that you are a loser cybertroll.

December 06, 2010 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby is born again?

I guess it's something he says, but doesn't live.

December 06, 2010 8:51 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:


What ever happen to the BUTTHUGGERS R US Franchise?

December 06, 2010 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have not shopped at Home Depot since they attempted to muscle their way into S-T without following any of the proper procedures that even a much smaller merchant would have had to follow. Even more reprehensible were their tactics to paint the community as racist and bussing in hundreds of supporters to meetings that did not even live in the community. A company that uses such tactics to circumvent the laws and ordinances does not deserve our patronage. Our limited dollars to expend should be reserved for merchants that respect the community and residents that live there.

December 06, 2010 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Scott,

Do you know what composes a sentence?

Come clean, you never studied jack shit in school, Mr. Citizen Journalist.


December 06, 2010 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good comeback, Red Spot.

December 06, 2010 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's evident by a few of the posts on this subject that Home Depot is checking out this blog and using it as a marketing tool! It will never work in Sunland-Tujunga, they did too much damage.

December 06, 2010 11:39 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Seriously Home Depot's unwillingness to get over ST is like an obsessive ex-boyfriend stalker or a junkie looking to get a fix.

December 06, 2010 11:45 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I'm trying not to comment on Joseph Mailander's screeds in his post-shark jumping days however this one passed our desk:

"It was one thing to oppose the enormous environmental impact of a Home Depot Shopping Center. Now some folks in Sunland Tujunga need to explain why Home Depot should not lease its lot to a low-impact Christmas Tree retailer. Sunland Tujunga's long tradition of isolated activism has always been susceptible to its flipside: lynchmob-styled frontier justice. The nascent protesting of the new, temporary use of the lot seems to violate the spirit of the former, impact-targeted activism, and even issue an unfair constraint on a landowner with rights to compete in the kind of commerce the business district otherwise deems acceptable."

I had to give Joseph a reality check:

"Joseph I doubt few are of the opinion that Home Depot is not legally entitled to hawk Christmas trees on the property they control. The issue is that after being one of the worst examples of corporate citizenship in ST, engaging in horrible tactics, vilifying individuals and astro-turfing in the most evil way this is much like an abusive ex-husband showing up to the victim's Christmas party to get a free meal.

And from what I understand Home Depot has gone to some lengths to hide the tree lot's identity. If HD feels there is no issue to sell Christmas trees in ST why not be transparent?

I think that there is certainly nothing wrong with the activists in ST educating the populace that their enemy is back in town and that folks can use that information and not patronize the lot, should they choose to."

I'm baffled by Joseph's lack of clarity here in (LA)observing the issue. To be frank (and likely get myself in trouble) I believe his view is colored by his recent displeasure with JoeB.

December 06, 2010 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Memo to 8:22, NOONE CARES about Best of Blogs Los Angeles.

December 06, 2010 12:01 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Ha ha!

December 06, 2010 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 7:39AM,

Home Depot finally (after much grilling and lots of BS sifting) let Sunland Tujunga residents know that the majority of jobs were to be given to existing Home Depot employees that would transfer to the new store. There would eventually be some new job opportunities, but not enough to impact the community in any meaningful way. They even stopped trying to use that "job" carrot after we found out about the employee transfers.

You obviously lacked the correct info before spouting off your opinion. How about some investigation before you write a comment?

7:39AM = Someone who likes to opine on things they know little to nothing about.

December 06, 2010 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ST apparently has an inflated sense of self-worth, thinking that The Home Depot, a publicly held company, still thinks about how "ST got away."

It reminds me of the idiots in high school who thought that when Bon Jovi came to our local amphitheatre, and said "Hello ______" that they didn't also say it to every other city they went.

Get over yourself, and figure out how you got DICK AlarCON as your Councilmember. You're sure smart people, electing him. Of all the awful City Councilmembers, you elected the only one who is under indictment because EVEN HE WOULDN'T LIVE THERE!

Check mate!

Ha ha ha
Good one!

December 06, 2010 2:06 PM  

Anonymous FORMER Obama Fan said:

I'm fucking steaming. Obama is about to announce a massive tax break for everyone INCLUDING the wealthiest 2% of Americans, who have 70% of the country's wealth.
I'm fucking livid.

December 06, 2010 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As someone said earlier about the race in CD14, also applies to the ongoing hate-hate relationship between Home Depot and a handful of self-selected S-T community "leaders..."

NOONE cares. It's ONE SMALL BLOCK in 50 square MILES of housing and commerce. One store among many thousands in L.A. and probably 1,000 in that part of the Valley.

Give it a bleeding rest. You won, the jobs went to Glendale and other non-L.A. Cities.

You WON!?

December 06, 2010 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RIP Jack Keyser

December 06, 2010 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uh, 2:06 PM - Alarcon is NOT our Councilmember. Paul Krekorian is.
Get a grip. Check your facts.

December 06, 2010 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:30pm, Krekorian doesn't represent all of it. Fool. And according to Phil Jennerjahn, he is Lord Voldemort, the worst cm this side of richard alarcon.

December 06, 2010 9:19 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

Krekorian represents all of Sunland-Tujunga, and is well liked by his constituents. When are you going to learn that Phil doesn't have a clue about anything?

December 06, 2010 9:31 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil got 110 birthday greetings on Facebook.

December 06, 2010 11:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oviously there are some very ignorant writers regarding HD in
S-T on this thread, who don't know nor care about the history of our community. Some must resort to dissing our name because they don't have any valid criticisms to make.

Could they be HD employees? What's Joseph Mailenders excuse?

They apparently see no value in a College and a General Store that our community so desperatly needs.

Perhaps they would be of better service looking after their own neighborhood and find a site for HD there since they are so gun ho in supporting that sneaky sleazy company.

December 07, 2010 12:45 AM  

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