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Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Thursday
Will this solve Walter Moore's Hispanic Problem?
The City of LA is offering a $50,000 reward for information in this past weekend's slaying death of 34 year old bride-to-be Chere Osmanhodzic. Chere's body was found inside her burned out Valley Village home after firefighters extinguished a suspicious blaze that may have been set to destroy evidence of the murder. So much anguish in Valley Village over this one.
Michael LoGrande has been big news all week after being selected as the new Planning Director to replace the departing Gail Goldberg. Ron Kaye has an excerpt from a Planning Report story by Michael's former boss. Ouch!
In case you haven't heard, the US Constitution is safe (for now) after a federal judge halted implementation of many key elements of Arizona's controversial SB1070 law. Pandering AZ Republican Gov Jan Brewer, says she will appeal the ruling that basically shreds the "Show Me Your Papers "law.
The former Sunland-Tujunga resident and Verdugo Hills High School graduate, Governor Jan Brewer, wastes no time after the ruling and tries to turn lemons into lemonade by immediately begging for money.
She may well need that money for legal fees, as Phoenix station KPHO is running a story about ties between Gov. Brewer and a Private Prisons Company;
"In the meantime, a CBS 5 News investigation revealed that there is one business that could profit from the implementation of SB 1070 and similar immigration measures. The private prison industry houses illegal immigrant detainees for the federal government. Those companies could gain contracts with state and local agencies to house illegal immigrants arrested for state violations.Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, holds the federal contract to house detainees in Arizona. The company bills $11 million per month. CBS 5 Investigates learned that two of Brewer’s top advisers have connections to CCA. Paul Senseman is the governor’s deputy chief of staff. He is also a former lobbyist for CCA. His wife is listed as a current lobbyist for the company. Chuck Coughlin is one of the governor’s policy advisers and her campaign chairman. Coughlin’s company, HighGround Public Affairs Consultants, currently lobbies for CCA."
Watch this excellent video to see the governor running away when asked about the shady connections.
As a side note, AZ cops are breathing a sigh of relief that the Judge ruled the way she did.
E-meg is learning about California the hard way. It looks like $100 Million might not buy her the Governorship of California after all!
And finally, I'd like to welcome an old friend, Lanny Clifford, who just read Mayor Sam for the first time yesterday. Lanny is an Ice Road trucker on a year long assignment in North Dakota. He's made us his homepage and threatens to pipe in with his opinions when he's not risking his neck delivering goods for the man.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Breaking: Judge Blocks "Show Me Your Papers" segment of SB1070 law.
A Federal Judge is blocking controversial portions of Arizona immigration law.
- Failing to carry registration papers a crime.
- Requiring law enforcement to check immigration status while enforcing other laws.
- Illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.
-Governor Brewer's statement.
-Read the official ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
-Commentary from The Tucson Citizen.
-The Wingnuts jump up & down.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Michael LoGrande appears to be the odds on favorite to replace Gail "GPS" Goldberg as LA's new head of planning. LoGrande tells bloggers he plans to bring increased transparency and customer service to the Planning Department. The City Hall veteran appears to have the endorsement of Dangerous Enemy of Freedom Lisa Sarkin, grand doyenne of the Studio City Neighborhood Council. However Ron Kaye has a different response saying "They've got to be kidding."
More below the fold...
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Monday, July 26, 2010
When I first saw GPW I didn't get it. Now I do. I don't think there is a more unique blog in the City in that you have taken what is seemingly a very local mission and applied it Citywide in a very pleasurable fashion.
GPW dovetails nicely with Mayor Sam, has had our back on more than one occasion, and provides some equilibrium to our dysfunction. I know that if Mayor Sam ever went away, I would be less worried as long as GPW is here.
Congratulations to Petrafried in the City, Mulholland Terrace and the whole GPW team!
The Modesto Bee asks "What is the cost of civic disengagement?" In light of the controversy in the City of Bell where public officials under the radar raised taxes and grossly increased the compensation of some officials. It wasn't until the issue hit the news cycle did citizens rise up with pitchforks in hand and most of the bums were thrown out. When will people in Los Angeles wake up to find similar things are happening in their town but on an even grander scale?
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Parking is a huge problem in many parts of Los Angeles (including here in the NoHo Arts District where it's nearly impossible to park) and as more and more bodies come here it will become an even bigger challenge. At the same time goofy pols like former Clowncilman Mike Woo want developers to offer less parking thinking that will somehow solve the problem.
"I want to create a parking crisis that will force people out of their cars.”
Perhaps we can look to the Europeans for an answer. Wohr Parking Systems has developed automatic parking systems (video) that shelve many more cars in a space than typical structures can. Such systems are in use around historic buildings where there is no room for parking lots.
Something LA should check out.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Craig X Rubin-Lindsay Lohan Matrix
We welcome you to join members of the Los Angeles Fire Departmentand their families at the nation's premier (and yes, free!) public safety helicopter air show from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, July 24, 2010 in Los Angeles.
The American Heroes Air Show is a family event at the Hansen Dam Recreation and Sports Complex in the northeast San Fernando Valley
And yes, you heard correctly - admission & parking are FREE!
Guests of all ages will get an up-close look at helicopters from local, regional, state and federal public safety and military units with static displays, flight demonstrations and mission briefings. Make sure to bring a camera!
For complete information, including a map with directions to the event site, please visit:
Everyone wants something today.
The Teamsters Union wants the Los Angeles City Council to approve a contract with SuperShuttle at LAX despite the fact it would technically violate the City's goofy boycott against Arizona due to the company's office in the Grand Canyon state.
LA Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants to retire. The 78 year old administrator will likely be replaced next spring by Deputy John Deasy.
Now that it's public the Bell City Council wants three overpaid bureaucrats to resign. The officials include Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, who earns $787,637 a year, Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, who makes $376,288 a year, and Police Chief Randy Adams, whose annual salary of $457,000 is 50 percent more than that of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
Michael Lohan wants to visit his daughter Lindsay in jail but she doesn't want him to. Steve Whitmore, an L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman told the LA Times "Inmates only see people they want to see. If a person doesn't want to see an individual, they are denied access."
Fresh off the Shirley Bebitch Sherrod debacle the NAACP wants to hold it's 2011 convention in Los Angeles. No word if Mayor Villaraigosa wants tickets.
Carson Mayor Mike Dear wants fellow Carson Clowncil members Lula Davis-Holmes and Mike Gipson to switch seats during Council meetings. They don't want to.
The Crenshaw Light Rail Line will run from the Metro Green Line near LAX to the Expo Rail Line at Crenshaw. Residents in Westchester want an extra station on the line.
Phil Jennerjahn wants Zuma Dogg to blog more. So he's bought the noted gadfly and economist a new laptop computer power cord.
Socialists in Los Angeles want to revive their organization and become a program of income redistribution. No word if Phil Jennerjahn plans to smash evil there.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A "Local Journalistic Hero" makes deadline one last time
Dopey Los Angles City Clowncil Members found yet another potential landmine in it's goofy boycott of Arizona's SB1070: They would have to end SuperShuttle service at LAX because the popular airport transport service has an office in Arizona. The Council voted for now to ignore that fact and let the shuttles run. Oh and continue to pay the city over a million dollars in fees.
By way of Griffith Park Wayist we learn that Anthem Blue Cross CEO Leslie Margolin is resigning. Anthem came under fire earlier in the year for allegedly raising rates on cancer patients. Bonus points if you can remember the recent State Assembly candidate who benefited from a nearly $100K independent expenditure from Anthem Blue Cross?
Time for me and JoeB to have the last laugh. It's official Phil Jennerjahn announces that the goofy effort to recall Mayor Villaraigosa has failed. Phil blames the economy saying political fundraisers aren't doing well. That flies in the face of last Saturday's Clean Sweep kick-off turned out 200 locals in the heat and raised several thousand dollars. It's all about organization Phil.
Don't tell Carmen Trutanich but the City of Oakland has approved a plan to allow four industrial pot growing facilities to locate within the East Bay's city's limits. Hundreds of applicants will compete for the license to one of the four spots with the hope of becoming the "Silicon Valley of weed." Speaking of Trutanich looks like Walter Moore, who is currently the target of a jihad by Villaraigosa flunky Mike Trujillo, is on his a jihad of his own against the City Attorney.
Members of one of Mayor Villaraigosa's favorite unions, UNITE HERE, plans to shut down traffic during rush hour Thursday evening on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. The union is pissed off that hotel janitors are not paid the same wage as computer programmers. If that's on your commute, plan an alternate route.
Filmmaker Shawn Nee has produced a short documentary that tells the sad tale of an elderly gay man whose partner died and the man lost his home because Social Security does not recognize domestic partnerships.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
As of July 2010, the United States Social Security Administration does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships as valid relationships.
Consequently, thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender seniors are denied Social Security benefits every year.
Thank You For Your Call from Shawn Nee / discarted on Vimeo.
Poor Matt Szabo! The Deputy Mayor and former Mayoral spokeshole has been doing the bidding of the Mayor for a very long time. In fact we've been told that Szabo doesn't break wind without first checking with the Mayor and then getting an all clear from Mike Trujillo. But we digress. We've been worried about Szabo's condition having worked for Villaraigosa for several years. Now poor Matt got upbraided by Jan Perry in Clowncil Tuesday when he was all tongue tied over his presence at a DWP meeting. More from Mulholland Terrace.
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes is known for carrying the water for lobbyists and special interests in Sacramento having passed some 11 lobbyist written bills. He's also received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from these interests. Now the Daily News asks nicely "Please stop." If anyone is actually working over there, maybe the Daily News might want to look at the independent expenditures some other Assembly members (including a recently elected one) have benefited from and watch what bills they pass.
If you thought Jan Perry giving Matt Szabo a "what for" in chambers Tuesday was fun, our very favorite spokes-hole, Jeremy Oberstein of Paul Krekorian's office tweeted Council Member Dennis Zine and former DWP GM David "The Green Cowboy" Freeman's dialogue from a comical tragedy known "Freeman and the Zine."
The comedy continues on Spring Street. CMs Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz have introduced legislation allowing the number of cats one household may own to be increased from three to five cats. Though I don't believe in such laws to begin with, who the hell needs five cats? I am glad however these esteemed legislators are on top of this pressing issue of such concern to all of Los Angeles.
We all know how the Mayor has managed to solve so many problems in Los Angeles that he has the bandwidth to add one more duty to his job description, that is the ability to perform weddings. Currently California law only allows Mayors to perform weddings if temporarily deputized by the County Clerk. A bill brought by San Francisco Assemblymember Fiona Ma would have given Villaraiogsa such power but alas it was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. His reasoning? The law only extended to charter city mayors and not all of California's mayors and gosh darn it we want any mayor in California to have the right to goof off right?
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As for me lobbing Stephen Box softballs, I did not. I asked him intricate questions about people in the city. I asked him if he had heard of so-and-so and so-and-so, people I believe contribute in a meaningful way to city life (for instance, he told me he didn't know who Bill Delvac was).
If I could figure out what Phil Jennerjahn is running for this week I'd probably interview him again too.
Lohan Booking Photo 7-20-2010
"Parque Esqueleto" seeks Chairmanship of LA Ethics Commission **
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Cut and Paste Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Tuesday
Phil Jennerjahn continues to claim he intends to run for City Council in the 4th District (Tom LaBonge) despite the fact that several other candidates are running or considering running, each of whom already have bases of support across the City. Some of them also bring significant resources to the table.
Phil has no base of support and no resources other than a part time income as a tour guide. A handful of pot activists may be on board but it takes an army to come even close to winning a Council race. Ask Ty Vahedi or Paul Krekorian.
I quizzed Phil on Facebook Monday given his likelihood of not winning and his candidacy only serving as a distraction to someone who can actually beat Tom LaBonge would he be willing to sacrifice his desires for the good of the city.
He did not answer my question and called me a Freedom Hating Liberal.
He later followed this up with more slander of CD4 candidate Stephen Box.
The more I think about it the more I'm convinced Phil has hidden cameramen following him and his whole journey here in LA politics is one strange Borat like attempt to create a mockumentary.
Or, I hate to say, Phil is just stupid.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa does little work as mayor, spending his time bedding female reporters and scamming free Laker tickets. The City of Bell - one of the poorest in LA County - pays it's officials Wall Street salaries. The Governor and State Legislature have driven the state into it's worst fiscal crisis ever. Approval ratings for local officials are in the toilet. Yet, as noted by Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies still "incumbents are getting elected." And who are the dum dums?
Ethics Commissioner Marlene Canter is upset. "I took this seat to be relevant," Canter told the Daily News while accusing Commission staff of keeping the members in the dark on their investigation of Ticketgate. "Ever since I've been here, I feel as if I've been kept in the dark," Canter said.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Some "Cut and Paste Advise" regarding the CLARTS Fund Controversy in CD 14
Does Michael Trujillo's Racial Diatribe create Political Trouble for Councilman Jose Huizar in 2011?
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
BREAKING NEWS!! Mayor Villaraigosa breaks elbow in cycling accident
By 10 p.m. he had been released and was resting comfortably at Getty House, the mayor's official residence.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
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Photos from Clean Sweep LA Event
Sunland-Tujunga Education Activist Lydia Grant.
Why Clean Sweep Must Dump Walter Moore
Respect for Everyone...
Unfortunately, LA Clean Sweep will face some major obstacles in their appeal to the public as long as it allows the intolerance and prejudice of Walter Moore to be associated with this promising grassroots endeavor.
Here's the wisdom of Walter from his Mayoral Campaign;
Inexplicably, Mr. Moore sits on the board of directors for the Clean Sweep Political Action Committee.
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|The Lu Parker Project|
Want yet another way to buy some influence with the Mayor? Now you can donate to his TV anchor girlfriend Lu Parker's "charity" which doesn't seem to be doing anything innovative or different with it's most recent achievement being the painting of the lobby of animal shelter. Kathy Cheng of California Common Cause told the LA Times that "vigilance is needed with such charities to make sure they are not a back channel way for special interests to find special access to electeds that regular constituents don’t have." According to Parker her "The Lu Parker Project" is an "outlet to express love and compassion." I thought that was the Mayor's Lu Parker Project.
As the City Council is considering an elected DWP Ratepayer Advocate Jack Humphreville has a suggestion. Writing in CityWatch the presumptive CD4 challenger suggests the Council hire a consultant who can clearly define the role of the position.
Much has been written about the sweetheart giveaway the City has in store for billionaire Eli Broad to build a memorial to himself downtown (also called an art museum). But now another organization has come forward to lay claim to the Grand Avenue parcel that Broad has been salivating for. The Shen Yun Performing Arts Organization is vying to build a 3000 seat theatre and arts training center. However they can't seem to get a fair shake from the CRA or City Council who has the fix in for the politically connected Broad. Incredibly the CRA staff told the Chinese organization that they would be better off at one of several sites in Chinatown. Hmmm, is this 1953?
Don't forget today is the day. The launch party for the Clean Sweep Movement is happening in North Hollywood. Speakers include former Mayor Richard Riordan, Walter Moore, radio talk show host Kevin James and South Central Farmer Tezozmoc.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Meet the Texas Hippie Coalition
Thursday, July 15, 2010
|Guess who jumped the shark?|
How do LA's politicians such as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sell more influence than the law allows? By creating special committees dedicated to pet causes that special interests who wish to curry favor with the Mayor and other electeds can drop big bucks to. The Center for Governmental Studies released a study that shows Villaraigosa controlled committees and raised and spent millions for various efforts of the Mayor.
Making the case that LA City government is indeed riddled with fraud, waste and abuse is Ron Kaye's "Clean Sweep" campaign which kicks off Saturday in North Hollywood (yay!). Clean Sweep, birthed out of the Saving LA Project seeks to identify, train and support candidates for next year's City Council to boot entrenched incumebents and finally turn around the way LA does business. Kaye, the movement's spiritual leader, says "We need new leaders that will bring us together and work for the common good."
If there is a current incumbent that Clean Sweep might want to consider supporting that would be Council Member Paul Krekorian who received a good six month "report card" from the Daily News. So far Krekorian has impressed his constituents through careful attention to their issues and by doing things like voting to oppose LA's silly lawsuit against Arizona, fighting DWP rate increases, advocating against a truck driving school in Lopez Canyon and significantly reducing his Council office expenses compared to other members. In the meantime blogger/gadfly Phil Jennerjahn finally jumps the shark in seeking to boot Krekorian whom Jennerjahn says - despite everything I just told you - is a "budget destroying socialist (and probably a freedom hating liberal and dangerous enemy of free speech). Jennerjahn seems to think his only hope is to recruit former candidate Augusto Bisani to challenge Krekorian in March. It doesn't get more fun that that folks.
Can you believe it? The Metro Blue Line is now 20 years old. Militant Angeleno has video he shot on opening day, July 14th, 1990 as well as some news clips from the time. Lots of nostalgia! For the 90s!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Outtakes from CD 14 Special Report:CD 14 Chief of Staff Ana Cubas responds to CLARTS Fund request after 90+ Business Days
I would like to respond to your inquiry regarding CLARTS. (after 90+ days?)
I want to make sure the article is accurate and I need this information.
Please provide me a list of expenses for the CLARTS FUNDS for the past 5 YEARS.
I am also requesting all city council motions that has any modifications for the usage of the CLARTS FUNDS.
Please provide the information by FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26th as we are working on a dead line.
Carlos Morales Publisher & Editor THE VOICE NEWSPAPER