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AEG Gets Signs, Cop Hiring Gets Stopped, ‘Nuch’ Gets Slapped, Billboard Ban Gets Jeopardized

.Editor’s Note: Please observe how the two-minute warning clock doesn’t run when Tim Leiweke is speaking but it does when John Walsh is mocking him and the the City Council.

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Unable to get on with the job of fixing the city they have broken, the LA City Council kowtowed Friday to AEG’s Tim Leiweke’s bullying, repudiated the elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich for his efforts to clean up the billboard mess they created over seven years, and then repudiated him for being a bully.

What a day it was! Only regular viewers can fully appreciate the ironies and absurdities:

* Leiweke who’s made billions off of the city subsidies of Staples Center and LA Live threatening to sue LA for hundreds of millions of dollars if he had to wait a week for a judge to rule on whether giving him six more giant billboards at the new Regal Cinema complex on top of the 16 already up would make the 2-month-old billboard ban illegal;

* The Central City Assn. and Chamber of Commerce lined up with ironworkers and IBEW electricians to demand the Council live up to their commitments to make AEG even richer because nobody else is creating jobs, union and living wage, and Leiweke gives generously to politicians and their favorite charities;

* One Council member after another, even best pal Dennis Zine, taking off the kid gloves and punching Trutanich’s chief deputy Bill Carter, accusing Nuch of violating their bond of trust by fighting for what’s right and legal;

* After spending most of three hours crucifying Trutanich before voting unanimously — a foregone conclusion — to reject Carter’s entreaties to let the federal court decide whether giving AEG all those billboards would make the ban unconstitutional, the council needed 10 minutes to agree to stop hiring cops, temporaily unless it becomes permanent;

* And finally for something entirely different, the agreed to throw a crumb to the populace by letting a couple of Westside farmer’s markets off the hook for newly imposed fees for two more weeks because the Chief Legislative Analyst couldn’t get around to sorting out the details of how the onerous new system is supposed to work before the law takes effect Monday.

There’s a lot of ways to look at this but the one of my choice is Trutanich is a dangerous man and must be stopped.

At least that’s the view of the City Hall power structure which is not used to anybody having power not being owned by those who have power and money.

They accused him of threatening them with prosecution if they committed crimes, of failing to tell them the total ban on new billboards might queer their endless commitments to AEG, of engaging unprotected legal advice, of contradicting theadvice of his predecessor in the City Attorney’s office who went along with anything they wanted.

It was a feeding frenzy and many of the Council members were foaming at the mouth.

But no one rose to the occasion more than Leiweke himself  who strode to the public comment lectern without being called like ordinary citizens as if he owned not just the Council Chamber but the whole of City Hall and laid down the law as if God, him or herself, was speaking through him

You made commitments, you will honor those commitments, you will cost me hundreds of millions of dollars and ruin my financing based on all the corporations paying fortunes to advertise on LA Live’s digital billboard, you will pay dearly.

There was no doubt who was boss in this town.

Yet, Leiweke didn’t merit a mention in the LA Times online story headlined “L.A. Council ignores Trutanich warning, backs signs for theater at L.A. Live.”

Instead, the focuse was on Building and Safety interim general manager Raymond Chan saying he plans to issue the permits despite Trutanich’s warning in great part because he believes the ban passed in August does not
cover projects already approved and substantially underway, including
the AEG’s theater at L.A. Live.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also supports issuing the permits, said Jeff Carr, the mayor’s chief of staff.

The Times said that once it receives the permits, AEG will put up four giant movie posters, including at least one for the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It,” which premieres Tuesday, which Carter repeatedly said already were legal as onsite signs, and signs for two of L.A. Live’s sponsors, Coca-Cola and Toyota. Even the Coke ad would be legal since it’s sold on premises.

Christine Pelisek at the LA Weekly’s blog picked up on Councilwoman Jan Perry saying had  been threatened
with criminal charges by Trutanich and arguing that AEG has had exclusive developments
agreements with members of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment
District, including AEG, since 2001.

“I am not comfortable about being represented by a guy who might get
me turfed over to the District Attorney’s Office. I am doing my job.”

She also quoted Trutanich’s interview in the Daily News where he said:

“I’m just enforcing the laws. Right now there is a ban on digital off-site billboards. Where I grew up (San Pedro), when you said ‘no more,’ it means ‘no more.’ Up here in the central city, I guess it means something else.”






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55 Responses to AEG Gets Signs, Cop Hiring Gets Stopped, ‘Nuch’ Gets Slapped, Billboard Ban Gets Jeopardized

  1. Anonymous says:

    Have never been more ashamed of having this Council represent this great city. Have never been more disgusted to see this Council represent the citizens of LA. This three-hour show of a corrupt body that has bankrupted this city should be turned into a movie for everyone to see. Don’t forget the Mayor, missing, but cheering AEG. When do the Feds come in to put the final end to this movie?

  2. LA Moderator says:

    Our source missed the final blows, but sent us some notes of the proceedings:
    “Confusion: Some of the Council members didn’t understand the Definitions of off-site and on-site signage – (after all this time, That was startling).”
    Well, the writing was on the wall earlier in the week when the Times conveniently drudged up Leiweke’s whining in the Times about being bullied by Nuch…L.A.’s latest Joe Jackson?
    Sadly, it also bespeaks the sad fate of the Times…last night Bob Hillburn kicked off his book tour (Corn Flakes with John Lennon…) with a handful of Time’s alumni lamenting afterward the latest layoffs. My wife, a former intern and pop-listing staffer, meant to ask about Bob’s latest thoughts of poor Michael Jackson…and I’d have love to hear his impressions about AEG.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why is the warped, biased fishwrap even worth the news. They ceased to mean anything long time back. I just buy them for the coupons now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The LA City Council doesn’t even try to hide their corruption. Why not call AEG bluff and go to court?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why, because if the City loses it could owe AEG millions. I’m generally in favor of the billboard ban, but it has some holes. Putting that aside, it’s totally inappropriate for the City Attorney to threaten to put a council member in jail.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why, because if the City loses it could owe AEG millions. I’m generally in favor of the billboard ban, but it has some holes. Putting that aside, it’s totally inappropriate for the City Attorney to threaten to put a council member in jail.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Since you guys don’t “get” that this was about a lot more than this one billboard issue and AEG (though it’s Carmen who didn’t “get” that the Council tells the CA what their intent is and he enforces it, not vv), you sure won’t like the very funny article today from Jon Regardie of the L A Downtown News. About City Hall, early Halloween Haunted House of Horrors, with Trutanich double-featured as the “two-faced demon” with a Pedro accent and as the zombie who shouts “Arrest! Arrest!” at the mere mention of billboards. Come on guys, chill, it’s funny.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It must be funny to people who make a living by writing. To take advise from AEG & not your own City Attorney shows in whose interests these Council folks work. The City Attorney is an elected office by the whole city not the small areas they are elected from.
    While not a consiparist, I think the whole bunch can be ensnared for corruption in one swoop based on today.

  9. Anonymous says:

    L.A. style CORRUPTION. AEG has bought the City. Your beef should not be with AEG, it should be with the corrupt politicians. Just check campaign contributions and you will see who has the tids and who is sucking.

  10. Anonymous says:

    L.A.Times is the special interests fishwrap. They are also bought and paid. Remember the L.A. Magazine editor who was fired because she did AEG`s bidding under the guise of “news”, paid by AEG. They are on a survival mode, so they cater to the establishment, status quo. Guys, chill off. We are doomed.

  11. Anonymous says:

    And I thought D`Arcy was running the city………..

  12. Anonymous says:

    The grandstanding and behavior of these council members was beyond shameful. They all behaved like a bunch of uneducated thugs. Ed Reyes standing and saying we need to trust our city attorney was beyond laughable coming from a guy who is responsible for the 1,000 medical marijuana shops. Alarcon talking like the Mexican Mafia thug he is. He speaks as if he’s talking to gang bangers. Smith doesn’t know how to speak to anyone without sounding like a thug himself and Illiterate. Smith has major issues with his temper. Perry was the most embarrassing sounding like a ghetto bitch. She has no professional decorum at all and showed a complete lack of CLASS. The stupid questions they asked showed their lack of intelligence. We need to show City Attorney Trutanich our support for this fiasco of a meeting. Its about time we had a real leader in this city that has the balls to go after corporate corruption and money people like AEG. Thanks Nuch

  13. Anonymous says:

    What the self-appointed “activists” of Los Angeles are propagating is utter chaos.
    Ron, think about what you are saying here: Contracts with the City should be rendered invalid at the whim of any citizen who doesn’t like the terms.
    If you extend this logic to its clear end you can see where it’s leading. Either there will be a mass exodus of private investment in this City or what we’ll get is a regime of bully titans duking it out for an audience of competing angry mobs, while the City Council and Mayor see their campaign coffers swell to bursting.
    No matter what bully you back, your presence downtown is required to show support. Your bully of choice has only to send out an e-blast alert and all his or her “supporters” will dutifully rearrange their schedules to drive downtown to express their “outrage”.
    According to you, Mr. Leiweke is a bully. According to others, Mr. Trutanich is a bully.
    Everyone is getting in on the bullying game. It’s like steroids in baseball. If enough guys use steroids, the only way to compete is for everyone to use steroids.
    Someday soon, citizens will have to give up their day jobs just so they can schlep downtown for public comment time on every agenda item at every City Council meeting (to say nothing of countless Council Committee meetings).
    Wait–what am I saying? Someday? That day is here.
    These days, social status is measured by how many troops you can muster to your cause.
    Maybe we should wake up to the fact that we’re all just pawns in someone else’s egotistical wet dream.
    There’s a story in the LA Times today about a group that is gathering signatures for a proposition to outlaw divorce in the state of California.
    What we’re witnessing isn’t government. What we’re witnessing is anarchy.

  14. Angelenos Held Hostage says:

    Ron wrote: “The Central City Assn. and Chamber of Commerce lined up with ironworkers and IBEW electricians to demand the Council live up to their commitments to make AEG even richer because nobody else is creating jobs, union and living wage, and Leiweke gives generously to politicians and their favorite charities”
    Unions, “big business,” and “Corporate America” are one in the same. Leiweke knows how to play both sides of this tarnished coin.
    What I don’t understand is how unions can be “non profit.” What 501 C 4 tax exempt status presently allows seems to be a contradiction with what it disallows. Because of the benefits union bosses and their “shareholders” get from their earnings, their tax status (or definition of this status) should change. Since many public officials (attorney generals, some judges, etc) should not render a legal opinion on this concept, given their conflicts of interest (union support), it has to go to the voters.
    If my information is off, then there must be a way to make it “on.” For every desired result, there’s a way to get there. The tax payers should no longer be held hostage by unions and politicians.
    Heck, imagine the tax revenue we’d get if unions’ non profit status was removed or redefined to disallow political maneuvering with our tax dollars under the existing tax exempt status as presently defined.

  15. Angelenos Held Hostage says:

    Ron wrote: “The Central City Assn. and Chamber of Commerce lined up with ironworkers and IBEW electricians to demand the Council live up to their commitments to make AEG even richer because nobody else is creating jobs, union and living wage, and Leiweke gives generously to politicians and their favorite charities”
    Unions, “big business,” and “Corporate America” are one in the same. Leiweke knows how to play both sides of this tarnished coin.
    What I don’t understand is how unions can be “non profit.” What 501 C 4 tax exempt status presently allows seems to be a contradiction with what it disallows. Because of the benefits union bosses and their “shareholders” get from their earnings, their tax status (or definition of this status) should change. Since many public officials (attorney generals, some judges, etc) should not render a legal opinion on this concept, given their conflicts of interest (union support), it has to go to the voters.
    If my information is off, then there must be a way to make it “on.” For every desired result, there’s a way to get there. The tax payers should no longer be held hostage by unions and politicians.
    Heck, imagine the tax revenue we’d get if unions’ non profit status was removed or redefined to disallow political maneuvering with our tax dollars under the existing tax exempt status as presently defined.

  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s a sad day for LA when the City Council can openly and unashamedly demonstrate just how behooved they are to special interests.
    I admire Carmen Trutanich for being the only Los Angeles elected official who has the moral fortitude to remain loyal to his oath of office and his pledge to the people of Los Angeles.
    Nuch you are a hero and with 8 more like you in City Hall, we might just start to turn this great City of Los Angeles around. I hope Nuch endorses every single candidate who runs against the incumbents in 2012. It is your job, Nuch, to ensure that the voters do not forget they way they were betrayed today.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is the connection of AEG and politicans in our city that no reporter is putting out to the people. This is the corruption we are happy to see Trutanich finally go after. From past stories
    …..Special interests, including companies run by Staples Center owner Philip Anschutz Philip, (AEG)are bankrolling a campaign that’s raised $144,500 so far in support of a November ballot measure that would give City Council members an extra term in office. AEG have been among the largest contributors with their $25,000 total donations in support of Proposition R, according to according to prep.
    ….Today Vignali (remember him the drug lord pardoned by Clinton and Villaraigosa and others wrote letters for) is where he has been for 30 years, in area of downtown, where he owns parking lots and warehouses in the shadows of the Convention Center and Staples Center. With real estate hotter than ever in that part of town, his longstanding ownership of parcels in key locations gives him an important role in mapping the future of Los Angeles. ….media mogul and reclusive billionaire Philip Anschutz is building a sports-and-entertainment district in South Park that his company, Anschutz Entertainment Group AEG), is touting as the next Times Square…Vignali’s still has a few alliances with some who have access to City Hall. Vignali, a man who might have stayed below the radar forever if it weren’t for his drug-dealing son, has already brokered one land deal with Anschutz
    ….Since Villaraigosa took office, AEG has given $485,000 in contributions to various mayoral initiatives, from a telephone tax measure on February’s ballot to Villaraigosa’s ill-fated effort to gain control of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
    AEG has given thousands of dollars in campaign money to Jan Perry and 8 other city council members.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Ron, can you confirm why Trutancich wasn’t in the Council Chamber to advise the Council of the illegality of their actions? Did he already know the ‘fix’ was in? Was he testifying at the Grand Jury about Jan Perry’s role in this disgrace and her actions in support of AEG getting “favored corporation status” in the Michael Jackson memorial?

  19. David in Tarzana says:

    Why did the clock not run during Leiweke’s comments? To me that says it all. How dare the the clock run on HIS bully pulpit! I hope that the ACLU makes note of the unequal treatment that members of the “public” get depending on who they happen to be.
    Also, I saw the same lame excuse from some council members. We don’t understand the contract. They didn’t understand Prop S. They didn’t understand Billy’s new house. They didn’t understand the DWP’s rate structure for water rationing. Do they understand anything? Yes, they do. Tim Leiweke owns them and they do as he tells them. You better believe the understand that!

  20. Walter Moore says:

    Outstanding reporting, Ron. Terrible news, but outstanding reporting. Thank you for the public service.

  21. Anonymous says:

    In fairness to Mr. Leiweke, the clock was not running during the clip that Ron is showing because his comment was not part of the Public Comment “segment” of the circus – he had been asked by Rosendahl a specific question, and he was testifying, much like the City Attorney was. Later, during Public Comment, Leiweke did get his two minutes with the clock running.
    That said, City Council was a public embarrassment. They had not even read the scripts that AEG must have prepared for them, and were babbling incoherently at times.
    Carter kept asking the council to postpone this decision for a week, so the City could get a ruling from the judge on whether these permits make the whole billboard ordinance unconstitutional. I wonder what will happen if (when?) the judge eventually rules that yesterday’s decision invalidates the new ordinance – will the council have the fortitude to tell AEG that the permits were invalid and to take the signs down? Is there a Santa Claus?

  22. meterman says:

    The new name of the Los Angeles City Council is now called “The Rat Pack”.

  23. Charlie Baker says:

    To: Anonymous on October 24, 2009 6:11 AM
    You have it completely wrong. The City Council intervened before a court decision. Normally that would be done ON the advice of the City Attorney, not against him. In this case, the subject matter expert on legal issues facing the City, the City Attorney, was overruled by the City Council.
    Can’t you see the irony of that?
    You have know idea how corrupt things are in this City.

  24. Wake Up! says:

    This is a huge story. Typically the the Council is very careful when warned by the City Attorney to go into closed session. For Agenda Item 10 on the City Council Agenda for October 23, 2009, Jan Perry without any objection from her colleagues, overrules the City Attorney’s advise.
    She didn’t even want to have the City attorney be heard when Rosendahl asked for his opinon. Garcetti correctly explained the rules that any staff member can be called up.
    The City Council should have exercised its responsiblity to the Citizens and asked for an outside Council’s opinion if it didn’t trust the City Attorney’s office. There are many avenues to go around Trutanich if he was the problem. But if their action was going to present a risk to the City vis-a-vis their position on future signage controls, then they should have postponed it.
    Now I realize that this has become personal between Jan Perry and the City Attorney, Trutanich.
    But clearly, the City, and ultimately the taxpayers have been put at risk. And so had the ability of the City to control the profileration of billboards within its boundaries.
    I agree with previous comments about corruption. There is no doubt that the Council as a body and Department with their Mayoral appointees are corrupt and run by Corporate interests. And this out in the open today with Agenda Item 10, 10/23/09.
    You can watch the entire debate going to the link and click on Agenda Item 10, just following public comments.
    http://lacity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=130&clip_id=6942

  25. Anonymous says:

    Im surprised that two points havent been raised here.
    Why wasnt Nuch more prepared? Again, he comes off as a guy who has no background in the law.I agree the council is way too beholden to economic interests, but the city did make a deal. What possible reason did Nuch have for thinking the city could get out of that deal? Its why the vote was unanimous. Nuch is looking increasingly like an ineffective amatuer.
    Since posters here, dont like all the campaign contributions showered on the council members and the mayor from both corporate interests ( AEG, CIM) as well as labor, would people agree we need publicly financed campaigns? How else to stem the influence of corporate interests or big labor?

  26. Wake Up says:

    Dear Anonymous on October 24, 2009 12:25 PM,
    Maybe you are right that Trutanich wasn’t prepared. But at the very basic, whether its a public or private entity, you always exercise caution when warned by the City Attorney who was present and advised the City Council to go into closed session.
    Again, as an elected official, if there was any doubt, you always exercise caution and don’t take action. Also since you represent the City, your comments may prejudice the City’s position in a legal battle with AEG or any other applicants for signage.
    The simplest thing to do since Jan Perry pointed out that all action was already done the City Council in the past was to:
    1. Not even agendize this item.
    2. Once agendized, realize your mistake and follow the cautious approach and take this to closed session.
    3. Defer any action and wait until the court rules.
    This behavior sets a precedent now that other can ride against the City and the taxpayers.
    Wake Up!

  27. Do-as-you-say says:

    The irony of those officials calling for public financing is similar to the reporter who was a gun control advocate but found with an unregistered handgun that he used to shoot someone-the hypocrisy.
    Garcetti is a good example. He supported the “clean money” campaign, but refused to participate in the rules limiting expenditures and requiring a debate with his opponent who didn’t have any money.
    This is very typical, like those proponents of high-rise endless growth “transit oriented” development who drive alone back to their single family 1-story home in an automobile. Even if it is an electric car, their constituents are being asked to do the opposite. Why don’t you practice what you preach?

  28. submeter maid says:

    I do want to know why Tim Leiweke was allowed to speak without the timer. I guess I’ll have to watch the whole council meeting over the weekend. I don’t think I can comment from that short clip and I couldn’t hear the guy you refer to as John Walsh and I’m not sure I want to. That behavior was a tad too bizarre for me, and I have done some protesting in the past. My protesting was much more dignified for lack of a better word. I bet I was more effective than Mr. Walsh.

  29. I’ll disagree with the comments about Walsh. When combined by intelligent arguments made by others, Walsh is the political cartoonist who illustrates graphically what the City Council is doing, worshiping and kissing the asses of a Wealthy Corporation.
    He may not be pretty, but Walsh is right on target with his political skit embedded into free spreach where decorum is irrelevant within the context of the First Amendment. Journalists especially should appreciate this

  30. submeter maid says:

    Okay then.
    I will definitely go TIVO the council meeting so that I can judge for myself.
    The audio was bad or actually I guess he was on the ground and not speaking into the microphone, so I’ll give him a second chance based on Transparency’s comments. Perhaps I was put off by the non-pretty part although if that is true, it was subconscious. Pretty or not isn’t usually part of my judging criteria. So maybe not pretty was perceived on my part as bizarre.

  31. Another One Bites the Dust says:

    Those who are in a lather that the Council ignored Carter’s advice to go into closed session (and it’s always him, not Nuch anymore – Nuch opens his big mouth to threaten and bully even when he KNOWS cameras are rolling, then Carter has to mop up) conveniently forget or ignore that this council ALWAYS debates in open session as much as possible — it was counter to their intent of transparency (which you SHOULD celebrate) for Carter to keep wanting to hide the discussions.
    Sure Perry and the Building & Safety head had reason to be opposed and concerned for their safety, after being threatened with jail for doing their jobs, so of course they wanted everyone to see what was going on.
    You also “forget” this was the same when the Wendy Greuel- Contrller issue was discussed a few weeks ago, and again, Carter acting for Nuch failed to persuade them to go into closed session. Good thing: we could see Carter state that Nuch wouldn’t pay the Controllers’ lawyer Woocher a dime in principle because “he lost,” and we saw Smith and many of them try to explain to Nuch that paying off the fee would NOT prejudice who “won,” so his ego should stay out of it. To no avail, so the bills keep mounting. As of this summer, Woocher would have settled for a mere $100,000, by that meeting it was double, and it’s mounting yet with damages.
    We also got to see in open session Carter’s sly trick of trying to use a casual error Chick made in an interview (calling Woocher’s fee “pro bono” instead of “deferred” when in many, many, many other cases including in former Council session she and Woocher made clear what was meant) being used against her to try to claim that she “waived” the fees. What a low trick.
    When they DID go into Closed Session with Greuel, Carter for Nuch persuaded Council to force Greuel to fire her outside Counsel – those who say Perry should have used Outside C0unsel must remember that this egomaniac non-brainiac insists ONLY HE can represent Council or Controller even when he’s suing them or threatening to jail them – so she was forced to go into the NEXT court session representing HERSELF, all alone. The presiding judge said and is quoted even in the pro-Nuch Times saying that “defied logic,” no way does he believe that anyone in Nuch’s office can be impartial and fairly represent anyone AGAINST THEIR BOSS.
    So remember the big picture here, people.
    And glad to say, your Nooch has threatened and bullied too many people and got slapped down — you just DON’T threaten to jail the lawyer and top AEG executive because you feel like abusing your office.
    This is all more absurd when you keep in mind that it was NEVER HIS JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE to bellow and bluster and bully about trying to force AEG to pay ANYTHING RETROACTIVELY; that’s just illegal extortion, and if AEG had wanted to they could have sued already and gotten damages. It’s the Controller’s and Mayor’s and Council’s job to set policy: if he has objections about HOW they’re running the city, and he clearly has on every issue, he needs to state those and take his grievances to the appropriate dept. In case of reimbursement of fees from AEG, the Controller/ Greuel WAS on top of the issue already, demanding an accounting; and it’s the Mayor’s and Council’s job to revise policy that would demand future reimbursements OR to negotiate with AEG in good faith to get recovery after the fact. But AEG was RIGHT to say “we don’t negotiate with bullies…who threaten to jail my lawyer and executive.”
    You people (most of you) on this blog, may think it’s just wonderful that Nooch is pursuing a series of policy agendas of his OWN with Cooley and Zine, to bolster his own political ambitions by catering to the “get the crooks and cockroaches at city hall” people in the W valley/ south Bay etc., by making an enemy of City Hall and big business interests that pay the taxes. BUT that makes him negligent at his job of providing sound legal advice and acting in a civil manner appropriate for getting the job done: pompously boorish buffoonery and bullying DON’T cut it. There may be plenty wrong with City Hall to fix, but he’s unfit for the job. Not only will your vindictive egomaniac clown not achieve higher office, he’s out, he’s history, lots of forces are planning his recall. OK, toss those pitchforks at me!

  32. Wake Up! says:

    To: Another One Bites the Dust on October 24, 2009 2:06 PM
    First your statement about Carter in play verses Trutanich. As you well know the City Attorney is represented by his staff at Commission and Council meetings.
    Second, you criticize Carter for trying to take this discussion into closed session by fail to recognize the City Council (Jan Perry and her colleagues) for their comments that jeopardize the City and taxpayers.
    Read my 12:37 PM post.
    It is very obvious that this has become personal between Perry and Trutanich. And I disagree with him threatening to put a Councilwoman in jail publicly. That is grandstanding and bullying.
    But what you miss in your outrage over Trutanich, is the corruption of our City Council in its actions with Wealthy Corporate giants like AEG. Their action is tantamount to a gift of public funds to a wealthy corporation. And Perry and her colleagues only compound that by their continued actions which weakens the position of the City.
    The City council, if it is not confident in the City Attorney, should have sought outside council. And more importantly they shouldn’t say things that jeopardizes the City in terms of its legal position.
    You need to,
    Wake Up!

  33. Anonymous says:

    “By another one bites the dust”. We know who you are and your agenda to discredit Trutanich. You seem to be, however, out of touch with the mood in the city, the corruption from the Mayor and City Council that have sold the city to special interests. Its not for City Attorney to give the taxpayer’s money to Chick’s attorney. We did not hire him.
    We are also happy that Perry forced this issue in the open. We now have a record for the citizens and the Feds to see corruption in play. We also understood the Billboard regulations, and that AEG did not have the permits by the cutoff date in December 2008, unlike the reporting from the local rag otherwise. What a spectacle to behold, the dumbest Council ever, ignore City Attorney’s advice to help their benefactor.
    Although, do agree with you that Trutanich should not be making threats to put some folks in jail. He should put them there.

  34. Anonymous says:

    To: By submeter man:
    Using Tivo for the City Council is the best for quality. If you’re in a bind, you can also see a smaller video on line by going to the City’s website and going to City Council live. Then you can scroll the agenda and click on Agenda Item 10.
    Keep on cranking those submeters.

  35. Anonymous says:

    To Anonymous at 12:25PM: You wonder “What possible reason did Nuch have for thinking the city could get out of that deal?”
    Take a look at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-2559_misc_10-23-09.pdf
    The brief summary is that there is Supreme Court precedent that enacting of the Ordinance voided conflicting prior commitments.
    This information was in the Council File before yesterday’s meeting. At the very least, it should have alerted councilmembers that a case could be made for not granting the permits, and that it was reasonable to get an opinion from the judge.

  36. anonymous says:

    October 24, 2009 12:25 PM wrote: “Since posters here, dont like all the campaign contributions showered on the council members and the mayor from both corporate interests ( AEG, CIM) as well as labor, would people agree we need publicly financed campaigns? How else to stem the influence of corporate interests or big labor?”
    Hi-I like your comment. How can we make this happen?
    To “Wake Up,” how does one address this gift of public funds? Is it illegal? If so, does it require legal action on the part of a taxpayer to fight this? Maybe we need to start a legal action fund to pick away at the corrupt actions. I don’t think it will be corrected any other way. We can scream and have meetings ’til the cows come home. I don’t think much will come of that unless we actually put our energies into some sort of action that tells these people we mean business. The City only seems to budge when lawsuits are filed. They need to be bombarded with lawsuits-from illegal DWP taxes (rate hikes and penalties) to gifts of public funds.

  37. submeter maid says:

    Thank you meterman and I’ll give that a shot. I’m always one to give an activist a second shot.
    Thanks and you keep working on those submeters too.

  38. Anonymous says:

    In Downtown, we have this latest incident with AEG and Jan Perry. She also put herself in the position of a serious conflict of interest as described in this LA Weekly Article: http://www.laweekly.com/2009-04-16/news/jan-perry-39-s-grand-avenue-conflict/
    Back in the Hollywood area, we just had a $30 million dollar HUD loan to the owners of the Hollywood Highland complex by Garcetti. These owners also have “Billboard Issues” in the past.
    But you ask why can’t we do anything about this? Trutanich tried but his hands are tied by the City Council who he also serves the Council itself as they have attorney-client privilege.
    Outside the City of LA is the County of LA. Of course the papers will run with that one with the friendship between Cooley and Trutanich.
    At the Federal level, we had a good US Attorney leave office for a private job. A Bush appointee, Thomas O’Brien reportedly was looking into deals affecting the LA Mayor.
    I may be naive, but it is sad that things got so political. Corruption, no matter whose party, should be fought.

  39. Anonymous says:

    What we have here is a leaderless and corrupt City with Corporate interests moving in for control. This isn’t new, but now the old days of backroom deals are done out in the open with a brazen attitude.
    In the name of a “Green Economy,” the city is pushing sky-high development. When the City grants zoning variances, they increase the value of the property owned by the developer even if the developer doesn’t build anything. By doing that, they enrich the developer.
    Trutanich was a breath of fresh air despite coming from what appears to be the pro-corporate side. Trutanich did the right thing on the Jackson Memorial, Laura Chick legal fees, and now AEG and the billboards. He has the morale high ground no matter what side of the political spectrum that you come from.

  40. Anonymous says:

    7:23, you are right-Nuch has the morale high ground. Thats why he should be more careful about what he says. He needs to be on firm legal ground, otherwise he looks like a bully or buffoon. He will have powerful allies, from Zine/Smith and others on the council-Cooley at the county.
    There are so many avenues and areas he needs to investigate-the council and others are well aware of him so he doesnt need to shoot arrows across their bows.
    Go after the crimes and shady deals. If the suspiscions of this blog are correct, he will find plenty to occupy his time.
    Dont blow it Nuch!

  41. KK says:

    What I find interesting is that no one is commenting on the the chamber of commerce and city central and the unions lining up togther. Those ARE the stakeholders that count int he city of LA, not the rest of us.

  42. anonymous says:

    To KK on October 24, 2009 11:34 PM -That’s what I meant when I wrote: “Unions, “big business,” and “Corporate America” are one in the same. Leiweke knows how to play both sides of this tarnished coin.”
    My point being that both sides of the tarnished coin (our elected officials) caters to one big entity or the other. Leiweke knew how to play it-get unions and commerce to bat for him. That may also be how AnsaldoBreda was awarded the MTA contract, even after exhibiting a poor track record in LA and globally-the promise of union jobs. All the large corporations have to do is promise jobs to the unions and they (and the unions)get what they want.
    The only suckers in this are us. We need to find a way to fight back. Perhaps legal action (can’t always count on Nuch to do our fighting) and campaign finance reform is a start.

  43. Anonymous says:

    NO one has commented that Carter stated AEG NEVER filed a permit for the signs. Hello people a building permit does not cover that area. I thought it was very insightful to watch AEG, their lawyers from Latham and Watkins, their pr guy Michael Roth, their planning guy, and all the rest of the union guys they brought in basically take over and control city council. The most ridiculous part was listening to an idiot like Ed Reyes state we need trust. He has a low life barrio brain. Thanks to him and Huizar Trutanich has to go after the 1,000 marijuan shops. No one mentioned during this city council meeting the flip flopper DENNIS ZINE hypocritically gave KFI news guys a certificate. Go figure!!! Talk about a man with no class Zine showed he blows like the wind.

  44. Anonymous says:

    “We also understood the Billboard regulations, and that AEG did not have the permits by the cutoff date in December 2008, unlike the reporting from the local rag otherwise”. Did mention this about the signs yesterday.
    Even more idiotic was Ed Reyes saying that “we are the City Attorney’s boss, and we make policy”. This issue was not about policy, which had already been made in the moratorium, which as usual they all now claimed did not include what they really meant etc. The less ED and Jan Perry say, the better it is for them, both being intellectually challenged. The frightening thing is that Reyes is head of PLUM, where they continue to screw the city.

  45. david r2b says:

    TO: Anonymous on October 24, 2009 6:29 AM
    In your posting you stated:
    “…..Special interests, including companies run by Staples Center owner Philip Anschutz Philip, (AEG)are bankrolling a campaign that’s raised $144,500 so far in support of a November ballot measure that would give City Council members an extra term in office. AEG have been among the largest contributors with their $25,000 total donations in support of Proposition R, according to according to prep.”
    Question: are you referring to Prop R that increased term limits from two four year terms (8 years) to three four terms (12 years total) OR is there another proposition in the works to increase it AGAIN.
    Please explain.
    Thank you.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Nuch should sue the citizens of the City of LA for a court decision about the billboard ordinance just like Delgadilo did about the DWP transfers.
    Then some responsible group or organization could file a response to the suit just like was done over the DWP transfers.
    I will bet the citizens would prevail again over these corrupt yahoos.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Having witnessed this incredible show, I’d not completely read your take on it till now. “But no one rose to the occasion more than Leiweke himself who strode to the public comment lectern without being called like ordinary citizens as if he owned not just the Council Chamber but the whole of City Hall and laid down the law as if God, him or herself, was speaking through him”.
    Ron, you are a magnificent writer, and completely captured the spirit of that moment. Thank you for your writing, and specially for people who can’t find the time to watch the daily show in the Grand Opera.

  48. Shouldn't Be-Suprised says:

    I’ve never seen such blatant public display of corruption before. And the City Council’s total disregard for protecting the taxpayers by giving overt protection to AEG and ignoring the advise of their legal counsel. This isn’t their money to give away. And the City Council is jeopardizing the legal tactics of the new City Attorney to rein in the proliferation of billboards. It is important to remember how disingenuous those Councilmembers are who claim to support a reduction and control of billboards.

  49. KK says:

    anonymous 1:07 am. You are absolutely right….lesson about reading quickly and commenting. Thanks for correcting me.

  50. anonymous says:

    To KK on October 25, 2009 7:48 PM-No biggie. I’m glad you saw it too. Great minds :)
    Could someone explain what happens next? Does this still go to 9th Circuit Court? If so, who’s filing against whom? Is the next move from a billboard company now, challenging the constitutionality of the ban given Council’s actions?

  51. Anonymous says:

    To David 42B
    I posted that AEG gave money for the city council term limit extension from an old press clipping. So, to answer your question NO its not a new measure. At the hostility these thugs called city council members have created amongst their neighborhoods for not representing the people they would be idiots to try and place a NEW ballot measure to extend their terms. As it is they have lied and been deceitful on many ballots measures they sneakingly place without the people’s voice.

  52. david r2b says:

    To: Anonymous on October 26, 2009 5:43 AM
    Thank you so much for your clarification.
    I literally couldn’t sleep thinking about the possibility of them trying it again. Only one will become the Mayor (probably Garcetti) so that means the others, that are finishing their third term, will be out of office with no place to go. True that they will probably be appointed to commissions or boards (i.e. Cindy), but we can’t let these people stay in office any more than possible.
    On a side note: the courtesy you showed by answering me is wonderful. So many times questions are asked of precious posters and no answer is ever given. I hope everyone pays attention to the respect you showed, Aretha would be proud.
    Thank you again.

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  54. Schedule says:

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