L.A. DEPUTY MAYOR DISSES JOAN RIVERS

(SEPTEMBER 5, 2014) On Thursday, pop culture icon Joan Rivers passed away at age 81.  Friday morning, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rick Cole felt the need to marginalize her comedic skills as “vulgar” and “vapid”.

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You can call Joan Rivers a lot of things, but one thing you can’t call her is “vapid”. 

Words mean things. 

Having said that, no one can deny Cole’s “vulgarity” accusation.  A rather pompous claim, considering the tacky tweet the Deputy Mayor sent less than three months ago.

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At least when Joan Rivers was “vulgar” it was expected, entertaining and appropriate. She wasn’t just trying to score points with her boss.

I like Rick Cole because he’s not afraid to use Twitter to speak his mind.  But his comments about Joan Rivers were inopportune.

Sleep well, Joan.  Thanks for the good times!

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LA COUNCIL TO REFORM BUSINESS TAX FOR MIN WAGE HIKE?

(SEPTEMBER 2, 2014) On Monday, Los Angeles Councilmember Nury Martinez spoke at Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Raise the Wage LA” Labor Day rally.  She suggested that L.A. Council will reform the City’s business tax in exchange for support of a minimum wage hike.

Nury Martinez, Sept 1, 2014:

"We have to make Los Angeles the most progressive, livable city in the country, and we have to do that together.  And I don’t want to leave big business behind, or small business owners in our communities…"

"The Council President (Herb Wesson) and I will be introducing the Business Tax Reform proposal in the next couple of weeks because we get it. We get that we have to do this (raise the minimum wage) in a balanced approach."

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CEDILLO: RAISE MIN WAGE SO POOR CAN BUY STARBUCKS

(SEPTEMBER 1, 2014) Today Mayor Eric Garcetti officially announced his plans to raise the minimum wage for all of Los Angeles.

Union boss Maria Elena Durazo, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass and seven L.A. Councilmembers bored a crowd at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park that was forced into attendance by mostly unions and nonprofits. 

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THE SMOKING GUN: Councilman Gil Cedillo said the minimum wage should be raised so poor people in his district can buy coffee at Starbucks.

This video goes out to anyone in Pico-Union unable to splurge on a pumpkin spice latte this fall.  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

IIn addition to Cedillo, Council members Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz, Curren Price, Herb Wesson, Joe Buscaino and Nury Martinez also spoke in favor of Garcetti’s plan.

L.A.’S NEIGHBORHOOD “JUSTICE” PROGRAM

(SEPTEMBER 1, 2014) Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Freuer is looking for volunteers for the new Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP).

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That means different standards for different neighborhoods. 

What is acceptable in posh Hancock Park may or may not be acceptable in a Boyle Heights barrio.

Of course, that is probably the NJP’s intent.

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LAPD CHIEF BECK PANDERS TO AFL-CIO’S DURAZO

(AUGUST 28, 2014) A group called “Relief for Workers” held an immigration march and town hall yesterday featuring LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  He spoke to a full house at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.

The event was publicized on the LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO website, which should tell you everything you need to know. 

Predictably, Chief Beck paid homage to local union boss Maria Elena Durazo.

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Beck knows which side his bread is buttered.

You may recall, just two weeks ago Durazo gushed over the Chief minutes before the Police Commission voted to give Beck a second term.  Durazo had just declared that Beck “carries out the values of Cesar Chavez”, a quality that apparently overshadows all of the recent problems within the LAPD. 

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CA (LATINO CAUCUS) KNOWS HOW TO PARTY!

(AUGUST 23, 2014-SACRAMENTO) Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present the "California Latino Legislative Caucus" All-Stars:

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(LEFT TO RIGHT: Assemblyman Luis Alejo, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, Senator Ben Hueso, Senator Ricardo Lara and an unidentified person getting plastered at the Capitol Thursday night. Good times!)

It looked like a scene from “The Godfather”. On Thursday night, Assembly Member Laurena Gonzalez tweeted, then deleted, the above picture that appears to show California Senators and Assembly Members getting blitzed in the Capitol. 

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L.A. COUNCIL HONORS DRUG LORD GLORIFIER

(AUGUST 15, 2014) Today Los Angeles City Council honored Mexican actress/drug lord glorifier Kate del Castillo. Councilman Jose Huizar from District 14 led the ceremony.

You may recall, back in 2012 del Castillo praised Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, top dog for Sinaloa drug cartel who was arrested in Mexico earlier this year.

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CHIEF BECK “CARRIES OUT THE VALUES OF CESAR CHAVEZ”

(AUGUST 13, 2014) Yesterday, four of the five members of the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to reappoint LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to a second term. 

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Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times:

It’s worth noting that all four of those commissioners were appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been a vocal supporter of Beck. And so you are left wondering precisely how independent Garcetti’s appointees really are, no matter their claims or his.”

The four commissioners who voted in support of Beck — Steve Soboroff, Paula Madison, Sandra Figueroa-Villa and Kathleen Kim — touched on areas where improvement is needed, but spent most of their time praising the chief for declining crime rates and the building of community ties and trust.

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BEN ALLEN’S SOCIAL (MEDIA) DISTORTION

(AUGUST 9, 2014)  I started looking into the California Senate District 26 race to replace Ted Lieu earlier this week. My initial reaction was to oppose provocateur Sandra Fluke. Then I checked out her opponent’s Twitter feed.

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Quite impressive. 

  • School District Board Member Ben Allen
  • 164 Tweets - 11.6K followers
  • 71 new followers per tweet

I had no idea Ben Allen, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member, was so huge.  Especially when compared to other local, prominent politicians. (All screen caps taken August 4, 2014)

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BONIN’S “HAD IT WITH THIS BULLSH*T”

(AUGUST 2, 2014-VENICE, CA) Councilman Mike Bonin got his hands dirty late Friday night/early Saturday morning after announcing he’s had it with the “BS” in his district.

It all started after boardwalk troublemakers set a mattress ablaze near Ocean Front Walk.  According to Venice311 blog, this was the second mattress bonfire this week.

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MAYOR GARCETTI OFFICIATES BONIN’S WEDDING

(JULY 20, 2014) Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin got hitched to partner Sean Arian yesterday afternoon. Mayor Eric Garcetti officiated the ceremony at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

In Los Angeles “progressive” circles, this is along the lines of Connie Corleone’s wedding in 'The Godfather'.  AFL-CIO boss/LAANE co-founder Maria Elena Durazo, provocateur Sandra Fluke and U.S. Congressional wannabe Ted Lieu were all in attendance.

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COP UNION FEARS GARCETTI’S OBAMA-LIKE CHARM

(JULY 19, 2014) The union representing Los Angeles police officers will file a complaint with the city’s employee relations board. It’s an effort to stop Mayor Eric Garcetti from using his charm to win over cops.

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Last week, police officers rejected Garcetti’s new contract offer.  Police Protective League (LAPPL) union president Tyler Izen called it “a slap in the face” because the vast majority of the 9,900 cops represented would not get raises. 

Big labor knows if the police get raises, every other public employee union will demand them too.  So it’s important for the LAPPL to keep Mayor Garcetti from schmoozing with police officers. Everyone in town knows Eric can sell ice to Eskimos.

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GARCETTI GOT (OBAMA’S) BACK

(JULY 17, 2014) Earlier this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles will happily house some of the 52,000+ detained immigrant children (and counting).

If you lure them, they will come.

The Garcetti-created Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has already met with at least 50 local “nonprofits” to get the process started (as requested by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services). You may recall, just last week the Office of Immigrant Affairs held a seminar titled “How to Obtain a Driver’s License.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomes unlawfully present Central American migrants to settle in Los Angeles at a Politico forum on Tuesday, July 15.

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