(JULY 21, 2014) Over the weekend Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed the National Council of La Raza’s Annual Conference to Los Angeles. He proclaimed, “We like to think of ourselves as the Northern Capital of Latin America.” Garcetti’s full remarks to NCLR can be seen here.
(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.
— VaLecia Adams Kellum (@VaLeciaAdams)July 20, 2014
— Marta Evry (@venice4change)July 20, 2014
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.
(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.
— Frank Stoltze (@StoltzeFrankly)July 19, 2014
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.
(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.
(JULY 15, 2014) After striking for five days last week, truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach decided to return to work. The picketers had the support of the Teamsters, LAANE, Maria Elena Durazo and her LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO, the revered Tom Morello and almost every other leftist in town.
— Justice4PortDrivers! (@PortDriverUnion)July 12, 2014
The decision came after the companies promised to allow all drivers back to work without retaliation and a request from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for a “cooling-off period,” organizers said.
— rickjacobs (@rickjacobs)July 13, 2014
(JULY 13, 2014) One of the best ways to keep up with the Garcetti administration is to follow Deputy Mayor Rick Jacobs’s Twitter account. Be warned. Sometimes, it seems like he’s just rubbing a subversive agenda in your face.
On Saturday night City officials joined big labor at a going away bash for retiring SEIU-USWW President Mike Garcia. Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by City Council President Herb Wesson in honoring the longtime union boss.
(JULY 12, 2014) Roxana Tynan, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), has joined Twitter! She received a warm welcome on Friday from union boss Maria Elena Durazo, who co-founded LAANE back in the 1990s.
— Maria Elena Durazo (@MariaEDurazo)July 11, 2014
LAANE, a union front that posts job openings on the LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO website, has been one of many local “progressive” groups supporting the port strike. No one likes to bring up Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ties to LAANE, even though his wife Amy Wakeland is on LAANE’s board, along with AFL-CIO boss Durazo.
(JULY 3, 2014) It was a good week for Southern California SEIU locals, which means it was a bad week for Los Angeles taxpayers.
The madness erupted on Tuesday, July 1st, when the “Fix LA” coalition, led by SEIU Local 721, disrupted commerce downtown while putting on a façade of “intimidating” City Hall. I call it a façade because the “coalition” already has many key city officials in its back pocket.
Trash trucks honking around City Hall, part of protests against bank deals that labor wants city to renegotiate pic.twitter.com/moVsuO2Nx7— Emily Alpert Reyes (@LATimesemily)July 1, 2014
The Fix LA Coalition, which includes labor unions, clergy and community groups, argued that the city must renegotiate two deals signed with banks in order to restore funding for tree trimming, sidewalk repairs and other badly needed services. After a morning rally outside a downtown bank, dozens of city trash trucks slowly ringed City Hall, blaring their horns, as workers clanked cowbells and chanted, “Fix LA!”
(June 27, 2014) On the final day of UNITE HERE’s national convention in Boston, organizers declared it “International Stop the Sultan Day.” The labor union handed out masks of Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian in an effort to get their members fired up about an old feud.
— Bethany Khan (@BethanyKhan)June 27, 2014
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION FALSELY CLAIMS KIM KARDASHIAN STILL SUPPORTS “STOP THE SULTAN” BOYCOTT
The “Stop the Sultan” campaign focuses on the non-union Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air and its owner’s anti-gay policies in Brunei. UNITE HERE wants you to think this is all about human rights, but really the union seeks revenge for a labor dispute that dates back to the 1990s.
Leno, DeGeneres and Kardashian all jumped on board UNITE HERE’s boycott a few months ago. But Monday, Ms. Kardashian renounced her support because “the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now. … We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!”
Still, that didn’t stop UNITE HERE from handing out the Kimmie masks to their unionites five days later. Most of these pawns do as they’re told. And if they are directed to act as though Kardashian supports UNITE HERE’s boycott, that’s exactly what they will do.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new best friend, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti are becoming quite a pair.
Less than a week ago both won points from clueless common folk by appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Caped Crusader de Blasio sang the most annoying song ever, “I Love LA”, while Boy Wonder Garcetti continued his ‘tough guy’ act just hours after intentionally dropping the “F-bomb” on live TV while holding a bottle of beer. This weekend they both attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas, and appeared to be the power-couple of the event.
— rickjacobs (@rickjacobs)June 22, 2014
This image courtesy of Garcetti’s Deputy Mayor/unofficial photographer, Rick Jacobs. I can’t wait to see what the “Big Two” progressives have in store for Gotham City and La La Land.
(JUNE 18, 2014-LOS ANGELES)
CITY HALL = Romper Room
MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI = the “cool” kid
TEAM GARCETTI / GARCETTI CHEERLEADERS = not so cool, but feel cool when they are allowed to sit next to Eric at lunch.
In a sane world, city officials would be embarrassed by Garcetti’s low-rent, scripted publicity stunt from Monday. But in Los Angeles, Garcetti sympathizers gleefully tweet links of the Mayor intentionally saying "fuck" on live television.
(JUNE 16, 2014-LOS ANGELES) Mayor Eric Garcetti has shown he can relate to immigrants, unions, gays, “hipsters” and developers. Today, he instantly scored points with the highly coveted NHL-types by “dropping the F-bomb”.
“There are two rules in politics: they say never ever be pictured with a drink in your hand and never swear, but this is a big f—in’ day; way to go guys!” Mayor Garcetti said, on live television, while holding what appeared to be an aluminum Bud Light bottle.
From the neck down, Garcetti looked like he should be hanging out on the porch, smoking a cigarette, at Barney’s Beanery. The Italian, Latino, feminist Jew knew his audience.
(JUNE 16, 2014)
1) The United States Men’s World Cup team just beat Ghana, but Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of Budget & Innovation Rick Cole still has a Mexico logo as his Twitter avi.
(MAY 29, 2014) A year after Wendy Greuel earned the nickname “Greuella De Vil" for her unethical behavior during the Los Angeles Mayor race, her alter-ego has returned just in time for next Tuesday’s CA33 Primary Election.
This mailer, paid for by “Wendy Greuel for Congress”, hit mailboxes in District 33 earlier this week:
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I dislike Ted Lieu’s “progressive” fiscal politics, but I believe him to be a good, ethical man of high character.
(MAY 20, 2014) California Assemblyman Richard Bloom (Democrat, District 50) tweeted, then deleted, pro-gay propaganda that appears to have been designed to manipulate gay people. Here is the screen-cap:
The propaganda reads “On our side.”
On whose side?
Assemblyman Bloom ignored me when I asked which gay group endorsed the “on our side” proclamation. Hours later, the tweet disappeared.