Court Refuses to Drop Political Money Laundering Charges - Patrick McGreevey in the Times
I give this what, 3 comments before you jugheads start ranting on MEAV? Go play on the freeways.
This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm an ex-mayor. Los Angeles is a magnet for people from all over the world. Some of them run for public office. Inevitably some of them stray from the golden rule and rule for those that have the gold. That's when I go to work. My name is Yorty. I'm a dead pol.
Mayor Sam and friends,
It appears that someone got their hands on an autodialer (anyone know where Hal netkin is?) and started placing thousands of calls to CD 12 constituents this weekend. The calls refer to Greig Smiths' "breaking of his campaign promise" by caving in and renewing the contract for Sunshine Canyon and BFI. The calls also draw a "pay to play" link to Smith (who supported Hahn) via his Chief of Staff, Mitchell Englander, Nephew of Sunshine Canyon/BFI lobbyist Harvey Englander. (Waste Management pulled out of the bidding the day before the hearing raising many eyebrows in the
These calls apparently sparked Mr Smiths' rapid exit from the Northridge Greek Festival where he was on display in his LAPD uniform. It also has sparked dozens of phone calls from various Smith minions trying to nail down the source of the calls.
In an interesting twist, the caller id of at least some of the calls indicate that the calls originated from a waste company in the 949 area code. Double-cross? A new contender for the CD 12 seat? Dunno but this should get interesting.
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San Fernando Valley Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
Election Day, May 17, represented a magnificent triumph for not just Antonio Villaraigosa for Mayor of Los Angeles. In the San Fernando Valley campaign, the vast majority of adult, core volunteers came from the ranks of Valley Grassroots For Democracy. Come celebrate our work, Antonio's victory and share in the first great achievement of VGFD!
You’re invited to a celebration to honor the hundreds of volunteers who helped win the San Fernando Valley for Antonio.
Please join Mayor-Elect Antonio Villaraigosa in celebrating the hard work of the campaign’s most dedicated supporters.
Saturday, June 4, 2005
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks Park
Van Nuys Blvd. at Hartsook St. (Baseball Field #6)
Sherman Oaks, 91401
And yes, Mayor-Elect Antonio Villaraigosa will be on hand to personally thank the volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to lead our campaign to victory.
Please RSVP via email to email@example.com.
And they're off....blog away dum-dums.
May 30, 2005
MAYOR-ELECT ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, TRANSITION TEAM TO
HOLD FIRST WORKING MEETING
On Tuesday, May 31, 2005, Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa will hold the first working meeting with his newly formed Transition Team. At the meeting, Villaraigosa will engage members and lay out his vision and priorities as he prepares to take office on July 1, 2005.
Opening remarks by Mayor-elect Villaraigosa and Transition Team Chair Bob Hertzberg will be open to the media. After opening remarks, the media will be ushered out of the room and the remainder of the meeting will be closed to press.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Press Set-up: 7:30 a.m.
Meeting Begins: 8:00 a.m.
PS: To the morons posting directly to Antonio's blog about your desires to join his administration, the idea was to submit your resume online, not post it in the comments section.
"If there is no discipline, there is anarchy. Good citizenship demands attention to responsibilities as well as rights."Clark was known for patrolling the campus with a baseball bat and bullhorn, for padlocking the entrances (to keep the criminals out and the students in) and for in one day expelling 300 students for various trangressions. Joe Clark was later portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the 1989 film Lean On Me.
Welcome to the world of local politics. It is a very exhilitrating place to serve. The LA City Council is one of the most unique bodies in the country. Because we represent close to a quarter million residents, we face many diverse challenges; especially when you are expected to be inclusive to the many different ethnic groups in the District.
You will find that much of your time will be spent speaking directly to your constituents. This time will be the most cherished moments of your day; especially when you have solutions to their problems. The 14th Council District residents have overwhelmingly been very supportive of my work and enjoy the time spent with them at their homes or problem areas.
Enclosed you will find information that should be helpful as you assume your duties and responsibilities. The community members identified in this transition memo look forward to working with you to improve their neighborhoods. I have assured them that you also strongly believe in neighborhood empowerment and your vast network of contacts will assist them in all your joint ventures.
I wish you well and am confident you will find the District has been well taken care of in the past four years. Feel free to contact me at ****** if you have any questions.
Councilmember, 14th District
P.S. If you haven't been told by now, " Yes, you are responsible for everything in the District.":)
Blog away less than intelligent ones.Dear Mayor Sam:
I have learned that visitors to your website have claimed that I am Mayor Sam. But as you must know, I am not you (nor do I even know who you are). Kindly advise your readers of that fact. As you also must know, I have no association whatsoever with the Mayor Sam website. You do not speak for me and nobody should ever mistake your opinions for mine. I also did not write Primary Colors, I have never spoken to Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein, and I was not alive in 1963 and was therefore nowhere near a grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas.
"My position is still clear. I believe we need to develop a regional approach to expanding airport capacity in this region."Though another lame duck politician - termed out Councilwoman Cindy Miscicowski - cheered the feds' actions, it has little impact. Her successor Bill Rosendahl - who trounced Miscicowski's hand picked successor Flora Gil Kristoff in a landslide of his own - plans to also oppose the airport plan.
Mayor-Elect Antonio Villaraigosa
On the stolen Web graphic: I work with the designer who made it specifically for Villaraigosa's site. Notice how the "CLICK HERE" font matches the other small-font labels on Villaraigosa's site. And notice how the graphic is missing a top blue border on Hahn's site; it's because it doesn't need one on Villaraigosa's site. And of course the colors match Villaraigosa's site. We take it as a flattering compliment from Hahn's Web team. =)Talk about getting your hand caught in the cookie jar!
Have you wondered why Republican Party officials -- who did nothing to help elect a Republican as L.A.'s next mayor -- are now campaigning so vigorously to elect Democrat James Hahn? The answer appears to be "money." Learn the details at MooreIsBetter.com by clicking on "For Sale: Los Angeles County Republican Party." If you're still a Republican, you'll want to join me in re-registering as an independent.Moore is charging that Jim Hahn paid local GOP officials $20,000 to campaign for him and deny opportunities to Republicans. You can read Walter's case here. And with that, Walter has left the party to become an independent.
Cordiallly, Walter Moore.
Re "Finally, the Valley will count" (May 9):
The Valley gains in business prestige as a result of our 2002 cityhood attempt. Great - so that means it's time to update another 2002 win: Neighborhood Councils - our "best kept secret." Now, after three years, what has your Neighborhood Council done for you?
From what I hear, it's more likely bogged down by personal power. A member of the Encino Neighborhood Council told me, "We argue too much to get anything done." No surprise. Many council seats were never contested, and members just stay on - qualified or not. Encino will vote on its Neighborhood Council seats on June 9. Mark your calendar now - and vote. It's time for councils to grow up - and represent everyone.
The third effort to set up another "competing" blog to Mayor Sam to get out whatever news about Mayor Hahn and Tony Villar that they think we are supposedly not getting out there "out there" is now underway. The previous two blogs failed to catch attention, so here is another.
I don't know if its really paid for by the Hahn campaign, but who otherwise would have the time to do all the cutting and pasting. Lets see if this one works. Remember, guys - if this blog doesn't work for the Mayor, you only got four days left to set up another one.
We have a new website: www.antoniocheck.com
The site will be stocked with compelling visual evidence of Councilmember Villaraigosa's wrong choices on public safety and education issues. We hope you find the site informative.
Hahn for Mayor 2005
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 pm, followed by a rosary from 7 to 9 pm, this Wednesday May 11 at St. Vincent’s Church, 621 West Adams Blvd on the corner of Figueroa and Adams Streets in Los Angeles.
A memorial service will take place this Thursday May 12, at 2 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple St. between Grand and Hill Streets in Los Angeles. A reception will follow from 3 to 6 pm. Miguel will be buried on Saturday in his hometown of Dinuba.
For more information on the services contact the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, 213-381-5611.
The Sister City expresses our condolences to the Contreras Family.