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LA’s Man of the Year: Dennis Zine — Symbol of City Hall’s Deceit and Dishonor

It was a tough call with so many people to choose from whose behavior embodied the ethical vacuum of LA’s greed-is-good, public-be-damned civic and political culture.

But in the year’s final days, one man stood out from the crowd.

None other than my own Councilman, Dennis Zine, the self-proclaimed “Super Z,” showed the spirit of all that is wrong with the way our city is run.

A retired motorcycle cop drawing more than $300,000 a year in salary, pension and benefits from the city he’s helping to bankrupt, Zine emerged as a rising star of the political spectrum.

He grew a goatee to balance his bald head, took over as the No. 1 substitute presiding officer of the Council and set his sights on becoming City Controller when Wendy Greuel is promoted to mayor in 2013.

The price of his ambition was to prove himself to be a more willing stooge of the forces that are ruining the city than any of his colleagues.zine-becerra.jpg

He broke promises to protect his constituents from over-sized developments, sought to let the Community Redevelopment Agency seize property and give it to developers anywhere in the city with additional subsidies, shielded the Department of Water and Power from public scrutiny and oversight, backed AEG’s football stadium plan sight unseen..

Indefatigable, the two-faced man of a thousand fiancees never passed up a civic event where he couldn’t force himself onto the stage or saw an elite party he didn’t like.

Here he is in October at the palatial home of  Ron Tutor celebrating the mega-contractor’s 70th birthday with his latest girlfriend, Veronica Becerra, lobbyist for Tutor-Perini, Tutor’s construction firm that has the political clout to giet big chunks of most major public works project in the area..

His romantic relationship with Becerra played the key role in making Zine “LA’s Man of the Year.”

“We date,” Becerra told LA Weekly’s Gene Maddaus. “It’s a dating situation. It’s not like we’re
living together… It’s a well-known fact that Dennis Zine dates quite a
few young ladies in downtown Los Angeles. It’s not like it’s an
exclusive relationship.”

On Dec. 17, in what would normally have been a routine and unanimous approval of a $271 million contract to design and build a new central air-heating system at LAX, Zine led the charge to try to scuttle the award because Tutor-Perini was disqualified for failing to respond properly to the bidding requirements.

Using phrases such as information that “came to my attention,” “I’ve been informed,” and issues “I’m hearing about” — all showing Becerra fed him Tutor’s complaints about losing the lucrative contract — Zine led the assault on LAX officials, impugning their integrity and competence, to buy two weeks for Tutor to arm twist and throw around political money to get his way as usual.

It was an inglorious moment, a blatant conflict of interest that was not disclosed.

It was exposed, however, four days later by Art Marroquin at the Daily Breeze who couldn’t get Zine to talk about it. All he got was an email exchange with Zine’s chief of Staff, Jimmy Blackman, the mayor’s former deputy and campaign cash bag man who has found a new job on the city payroll with the West Valley Councilman.

“Zine is seeking advice from the City Attorney’s Office on whether he should vote when the contract comes back to the council next month for further consideration,” Blackman told the reporter.

Using the old political gambit of claiming “sure I stole but I stole for you,” he issued a statement on the Councilman’s behalf that said: “I joined my colleagues in wanting to be sure that
process was fair and transparent and that the most qualified bidder was
awarded the contract  The decisions that I make as a
councilman are based entirely on what is best for my district and the
taxpayers of Los Angeles.”


Others took a dim view of Zine’s actions.

Kathay Feng of Common Cause found Zine’s lack of transparency about his relationship with Becerra and the influence she and her boss had on him troubling. “That transparency is important for lawmakers and the
public to decide whether any argument being raised is a credible one,”
Feng said.


Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies worried about the “perception of an ethical dilemma
. He shouldn’t be participating in a decision that
involves somebody he’s dating, and he certainly shouldn’t be the one
leading the charge on this.”

It wasn’t until Thursday of this week that Zine announced he was recusing himself from engaging in any further discussions or votes on the LAX contract, saying the City Attorney’s advised him that “the law is not entirely clear on
whether or not a legal conflict of interest exists.”

“My hope is that by voluntarily removing myself from this discussion,
it will not distract from the importance of this multi-million-dollar
contract,” he said.

Here’s a man who goes around dating a lobbyist who influences him — and other women who work for him or in City Hall — deceives the public and his colleagues, deflects all responsibility for his actions and drapes himself in the cloth of nobility.

If only he were the only one and not one of many.

Zine’s misconduct is not even the worst that goes on at City Hall, only the most nakedly contemptible.

For that reason he stands out as a symbol of the daily corruption of the city’s political processes and its policies.

Until such conduct is punished by the Ethics Commission and repudiated by colleagues, nothing will change at City Hall.

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42 Responses to LA’s Man of the Year: Dennis Zine — Symbol of City Hall’s Deceit and Dishonor

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for exposing to the public who Dennis Zine really is Ron! What is really sad is that I am not at all shocked. Our city officials have always operated in this manner, which is why we need LA Cleansweeped!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Ron. It was a tough choice, cause you could throw a dart at any of the qualifying City Council scoundrels who all stink. I guess our Mayor is already a sad failure and was not worth this honor. Do you really expect that impotent Ethics Commission to take action against Zine. Even as the year closes, we are awaiting action on Ticketgate.

  3. James McCuen says:

    1. Zine originally failed to disclose his relationship with Tutor and their lobbyist.
    2. The only way Tutor-Sabrina can have a shot at this future contract is to have the entire RFP process thrown out and a re-bidding take place.
    3. Tutor-Sabrina originally filed a protest, but did not have standing because they were thrown out earlier.
    4. Tutor-Sabrina signed a settlement agreement with the City through the City Attorney’s office in which the City paid them Zero dollars.
    5. So now, Tutor is trying an end run in getting the City Council to throw out the bid.
    I don’t think that will happen.
    PS: What about Janice Hahn? What other Councilmembers voted to continue this? What about Janice Hahn?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t that lobbyist a little old to wear that kind of outfit and shoes? It’s like she is trying to look like a whole group of Council and Mayoral staff.

  5. Anonymous says:

    5:40, that comment’s a little catty and I’d ignore it and say it’s not to the point, but Ron opened the gates to that one by his hilariously noting that Zine “grew a goatee to balance his bald head.” WHY do men do that, as if growing hair on their chin makes up for lack of it on top of their heads?
    And I wouldn’t comment on her except that she’s a lobbyist and not a private citizen, so I’ll suggest that the problem isn’t she’s too old for the outfit, but that she’s not in very fit shape, looks flabby, from her stomach to her arms, and that look isn’t flattering for her. Would you tell the “middle-aged” Madonna, Demi Moore, Halle Barry, Sarah Jessica Parker (never mind some of the others on Sex and the City, who are sometimes inappropriate and over the top) or women like that they’re “too old?” It’s kind of out-dated to assert women are automatically supposed to cover up by “middle age,” but you have to know YOUR assets. And when NOT to show them in public.
    In THIS case, clearly they’re her bosom – facing Zine, for this photo, but inappropriately way too low-cut for a city function. For a lobbyist who has city business and has now weighed in on a multi-million dollar contract for her boss. Zine is said to hang with women who flaunt their bosoms as prime assets even at public functions, which would suggest a lack of good taste but then that’s hardly a surprise when you hear what comes out of his mouth.
    Your point is relevant insofar as he shows no class in general, puts down colleagues even in public like on that infamous Zuma Dogg video, on Kevin James’ show and elsewhere in ways that so lack good taste and class, he’s utterly unfit for the job he holds let alone city-wide office.
    Even the mayor, and enough has been said about him, doesn’t act as tacky and say vulgar things (egotistical and simple-minded things, yes) like that about colleagues. Often in a two-faced way, smiling to their faces, like he’s done with the mayor Tony V. There is a certain level of dignity you’re supposed to maintain and he utterly couldn’t begin to find that if it jumped out at him from his closet. Being two-faced in personal dealings and professional promises certainly does make him “man of the year” in “deceit and dishonor.”
    You’re also supposed to have a sense of your skills sets and abilities, and for him to suggest being Controller is just plain looney-tunes. He just can’t think of anything else vacant to run for. He should just resign from office, stop double-dipping salary and pension and not ruin the city and dignity of his office any more than he already has.

  6. Wayne from Encino says:

    The real story on Zine is Kevin James Show host Kevin James and his complete silence on this turncoat of whom used to show up on his show weekly as “the good guy!” Kevin with Zine was a major cheerleader for Trutanich, who also seems to never be heard from or about on James’ show. James, in fact, talks about College football and football almost the entire time, if he’s not on vacation or playing a replay!
    See, Kevin got into bed with Zine and Nuch, now he’s running scared to confront it and deal with its as vocally as he used to with the rest of City Hall’s Honor Roll of Corruption!
    That picture with the Tutor-Girl, says it all—a old bloated FOOL being used for every last ounce of influence he has at City Hall.
    When the City gets pulled in to Court over it’s bankruptcy and default of it’s bond holders, that photo will be Exhibit#1 for the jury’s consideration.
    Put Kevin James’ right next to Zine. He never covered this! Kevin’s new name: The FUMBLER!
    So many elderly Angelinos are hurting. Go to DWP’s main Hope St. branch some time and see the old people take buses and walk WITH CRUTCHES AND WALKERS and try to get their bills payed or power restored from a shut-off. We treat our eldest citizens with such God Damn DISRESPECT!
    I’m sure SuperZine is thankful to the FUMBLER for Covering his butt on this story and several others, like say Mr. Livesay’s CITY CONTRACT?

  7. Wayne from Encino says:

    The real story on Zine is Kevin James Show host Kevin James and his complete silence on this turncoat of whom used to show up on his show weekly as “the good guy!” Kevin with Zine was a major cheerleader for Trutanich, who also seems to never be heard from or about on James’ show. James, in fact, talks about College football and football almost the entire time, if he’s not on vacation or playing a replay!
    See, Kevin got into bed with Zine and Nuch, now he’s running scared to confront it and deal with its as vocally as he used to with the rest of City Hall’s Honor Roll of Corruption!
    That picture with the Tutor-Girl, says it all—a old bloated FOOL being used for every last ounce of influence he has at City Hall.
    When the City gets pulled in to Court over it’s bankruptcy and default of it’s bond holders, that photo will be Exhibit#1 for the jury’s consideration.
    Put Kevin James’ right next to Zine. He never covered this! Kevin’s new name: The FUMBLER!
    So many elderly Angelinos are hurting. Go to DWP’s main Hope St. branch some time and see the old people take buses and walk WITH CRUTCHES AND WALKERS and try to get their bills payed or power restored from a shut-off. We treat our eldest citizens with such God Damn DISRESPECT!
    I’m sure SuperZine is thankful to the FUMBLER for Covering his butt on this story and several others, like say Mr. Livesay’s CITY CONTRACT?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The two comments at 5:40 and 6:26 are ridiculous in that they are talking about the physical attributes of women engaged in the oldest profession in the world. We now call them lobbyists and the males in the field are no different. I challenge you to talk about the physical features of these disgustingly ugly males found tooling around City Hall. The only thing impressive about them is that big thing in their pants–their wallets.

  9. Bill Gannon says:

    Zine is pretending to be Valentino and Smith is pretending to be Raymond Chandler – http://www.laobserved.com/
    And Englander is still pretending to be Reed or McCoy…

  10. Sylvester says:

    Purrfect pick for the honor Ron. ‘Can’t think of a more worthy man.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wayne, 6:43: Add Doug McIntyre to that, he also used his airwaves as talk show host of the bigger KABC am market to broadcast for Trutanich 24/7 and even admitted it.
    This should have been a violation of FCCC rules of fairness.
    Maybe on tv there’s more balance between rightwing ranters and the left, with Fox and numerous others on the right balanced by the likes of Keith Olberman/ Rachel Maddow (who is too rigid for me), but on a.m. radio especially at the local level it’s ALL rightwing. And that’s what counts most in local elections. Though James was/ is FAR worse in terms of his vitriolic tone, and how he incited guests like Zine and Berger to come out at their lowest. And boy, did they! (I’ve heard James one night by chance apologizing for his vital role, and claiming he didn’t start it, blamed it on the Daily News. Orlov WAS disgustingly biased too, but James was in a league by himself.)
    Some retributive justice that James is now on after midnight instead of late evening, and McIntyre as well and out of L A altogether. BUT not soon enough. James is still ranting but I don’t know if he still has on every week, John Thomas the “campaign strategist” for Cooley and Trutanich, Berger (whose comments so made him ineligible for a job as top aide to Trutanich it sure seems like borderline libel to me, too). pr Zine etc. He does rail against City Hall in general, but maybe as a lawyer he’s realizing he put himself into potential legal hot water.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dating = Sex
    The lobbyist provided the service to Zine. And this service was paid for by Tutor-Perini.
    In one sense Zine received a “cash equivalent” from Tutor-Perini. Something that has economic value. In return, Zine tried to scuttle the contract with Clark/McCarthy.
    That is a quid pro quo – Zine was paid to raise questions and muddy the water for Clark/McCarthy. The ultimate goal would be to cancel and re-advertise this contract. And Ron’s video is correctly titled “Zine’s crime, the evidence.”
    The problem with this situation and that with 1601 N Vine is first a crime is committed, then they try to correct (or cover-up after the fact).
    Legal action still needs to take place in regard to the original crime that was committed…Period.
    And one thing, the price being $30M lower is a fake because Tutor-Perini never submitted a bid for the final round. Talking about a cheaper price after the bid opening is irrelevant since the are sealed bids and bidders can’t change prices after the opening.

  13. Anonymous says:

    “It’s a well-known fact that Dennis Zine dates quite a few young ladies in downtown Los Angeles.”
    And nothing but top-priced gals, at that.

  14. Anonymous says:

    To December 31, 2010 11:02 PM:
    Your point is well taken. This lobbyist would not date Dennis Zine unless she was being paid by Tutor-Perini (and she is).
    Zine may think she is dating him because of his Teddy Bear charm, but from her point of view, she is looking at Uncle Fester when they are intimate – And you don’t do those kind of things for free…even if you have sympathy.
    http://www.justbarkingmad.com/Fester.jpg

  15. Anonymous says:

    crooks and liars city hall they all goin to hell

  16. Anonymous says:

    To December 31, 2010 10:00 PM:
    There is no fairness doctrine for radio commentary shows although at the Federal level, Pelosi and company tried to get that enacted.
    For me, especially at the local level, partisan politics is BS. Both parties are crooks and in bed with the money folks such as developers and real estate companies, etc (CIM Group, AEG, etc).
    In LA, they give lip service to the poor, but reward the rich while the City heads toward bankruptcy.
    I don’t agree with Kevin James on Federal issues since I’m not a conservative and yes he blew it on Zine (which we have known about when Zine voted for the DWP pay raises for managers in 2009).
    Despite that, James is the only radio host covering local issues and exposing corruption. He just needs to throw Smith and Zine into the mix – that’s his only short coming.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What this story points out is there isn’t one Council member that has any class when you look at the whole group. Zine has been known as the biggest sleaze bag in town. Anyone woman who has to show her titties with super low cut blouses speaks volumes that she uses her body and doesn’t have a brain and is insecure.

  18. Anonymous says:

    5:26, for you to claim that “the only shortcoming” of Kevin James is he doesn’t “throw Zine and Smith into the mix” is way, way too forgiving of how he has ENCOURAGED AND USED Zine, Berger etc. to reinforce HIS OWN points as a conservative, openly partisan Republican “commentator.”
    Zine and Berger have said shockingly nasty and vindictive things, Berger especially makes me doubt his mental health when he spouts his vindictiveness – and he should know better more than Zine because he’s a lawyer. James LOVED it and his now saying that he “didn’t start it” (not apologizing for his role just deflecting, mainly onto the Daily News, meaning Orlov – who DID use Zine as gospel when it came to promoting Trutanich, choosing to overlook th fact he was openly campaigning for him).
    The way he treated Essel too, with the clucking “chicken noises” that came on whenever he mentioned her name – even though SHE was the one who had the backing of the Republican cadre, Thomas-Cooley and openly Trutanich and Vice Versa, was just plain nasty. UNTIL she agreed to come onto his show and then he became more of a marshmallow. Seems too much influenced by who goes on his show and is willing to take his barbs than anything resembling fairness, there is NO attempt at “balance” when he puts all blame for everything onto Democrats.
    So you’re right he needs to “throw Zine and Smith is right but not far enough, he needs to TRY at least to cover the city with less partisan bias and downright vitriol. Zine has been his mouthpiece as “the good guy” ha, ha, also making fun of Tony V, Perry, “Lie-wike,” but using the show to openly PROMOTE Republicans. (Though Smith isn’t sleazy, not that he hasn’t used city coffers for his own benefit too, like the summer-long junket to many countries to “study trash” setting himself up as some expert, only to come back and declare that we have been getting too good a deal on trash pickup and our trash fees must be HIKED immediately, after other officials told us that the increase would be used for cops.) And remember that Trutanich, Jane Usher – little heard from HER since her medical pot ordinance fiasco – praised Smith and Rosendahl to the skies for having the “guts” to go against Tony V and other city officials and Bratton on that. Another case of partisan politics, even cutting off the nose to spite the face – which James has always encouraged. As has McIntyre, though he’s been more open about falling out of love with the City Clown he gave millions of dollars in free advertising time to, and hosted him a “pitchforks” election rally, etc.
    What I DO totally agree about, is the lack of any citywide show that covers local politics. To take up the slack blogs like this, Mayor Sam which has been widely discredited as so biased and nasty at times too, have cropped up. The Daily News’ Orlov just sits in City Hall and has used these blogs as his “sources” or alleged “public opinion,” pathetic abdication of duty. The L A Times also fell into steep decline after Zell, Jim Newton-Greene etc. in editorial, even David Zahnizer etc. in “factual news,” becoming flacks and hacks – ALSO quoting Zine as source of “colleague opinion” knowing how biased he is. Allegations they’re too Democrat stem from the “old days,” i.e. pre-Zell, and because of old-timers like Rutten who are NOW the “opposition” as the paper radically shifted RIGHT even of the Daily News in local elections, pandering to loud homeowner groups – who tend to be older and more likely to be subscribers. They have become narrow and parochial locally. (On the national issues they still skew more liberal. Very schizo.)
    Their “coverage” of Weiss-Trutanich was shocking but when they most recently openly used the news pages to promote Cooley over Harris, even Celeste Fremon on Witness L A documented it – now going backwards we can understand how they’ve done this before and with much more bias.
    When THEY are the ones who should have been investigating his ties to “young lady” lobbyists. WHY did this just come out NOW, thanks to the blogs? At least Jill Stewart at the L A Weekly, biased as she’s been against Bratton and Democrats and adoring to Cooley and Trutanich, has come out against Zine almost as much as Huizar on CLARTS and Alarcon and his silly saga.
    And Wayne from Encino, WHAT was that comment about (Curt) Livesay and his “City Contact” about? HE is of course, the long-time top aide to Cooley in the D A’s office who was sent to do the same for Trutanich along with Bill Carter, trying to keep him out of trouble and his foot out of his mouth. An education and baby-sitting service for which WE the taxpayers have paid handsomely, as we have for Berger and his yo-yo-ing between the offices to serve these same two. The Times has done NOTHING about covering the foibles of Trutanich’s office – since Reston wrote the “HIGH FIVE” article and seems to have been sent away from local coverage right after. With Greene etc. mocking her in their “editorial meeting” with Trutanich soon after, where he whined there and on James’ show about how betrayed and misunderstood he felt! There seems to be a “hands off” mandate from the top to protect the guy they did PR for.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Previously that should be Curt Livesay’s “City Contract” not contact, of course, mentioned by Wayne from Encino – bait for a real reporter? It’s not just James who’s the “FUMBLER,” he’s just the nastiest one. But the MSM which should KNOW better and demands access too all kinds of “personal and private” information under the freedom of information act, alleging they perform a vital public service in exchange, with highest moral standards (LAUGH TRACK) has seriously fumbled, bumbled, dissembled, hid, too.

  20. Anonymous says:

    LA Slimes has become nothing more then a pr spin for the Failure of a Mayor and the illegals in LA. They report baseless stories on illegal immigration and how people support the issue when the fact is many Latinos in LA oppose the Dream Act and illegals. Notice on their web site they continue to have the negative videos from early last year still posted. They use their newspaper for their own agenda. They have lost 1,000′s or readers. Instead of Councilman Smith doing a more positive book he writes about the bullshit going on in city hall and now profiting from it. Since when can a councilmember benefit from selling a book about city hall?
    “If City Hall’s Walls Could Talk”
    Strange And Funny Stories From Inside Los Angeles City Hall
    http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/book_excerpt.aspx?bookid=84400

  21. Anonymous says:

    In the interest of full transparency, who are these other City Hall ladies who Zine is “dating,” and do they do business at City Hall?

  22. Anonymous says:

    In the interest of full transparency, who are these other City Hall ladies who Zine is “dating,” and do they do business at City Hall?

  23. Anonymous says:

    In the interest of full transparency, who are these other City Hall ladies who Zine is “dating,” and do they do business at City Hall?

  24. Anonymous says:

    8:49am Yeah, and a Happy New Year to you too!
    Zine and Trutanich (“the Clown”) have a lot in common don’t they? They’ve both virtually disappeared from the talk radio hosts that used to love them. Doug McIntyre was the first to openly condemn Trutanich “the Clown” for flip-flopping on the issue of whether the Controller could audit programs in the City Attorney’s Office. Trutanich “the Clown” did a complete 180 on that one, going back on his campaign promise when he realized that the City Charter did not give that power to the Controller. It was very insightful of McIntyre, because it showed how TRUly ignorant the Clown actually is when it comes what the law is, as opposed to what the Clown thinks it is.
    Kevin James, however, has has been dumped by the Clown. Trutanich was advised not to appear on Kevin’s show because he needed to “make nice” with Mayor Villaraigosa, and there’s no way in hell that Kevin James would ever, ever, back of from calling Villaraigosa a “former gang member” who failed the Bar Exam 8 times. So now you know what Nooooch is really all about – just another lying sack politician who plays the same game as the rest of the Spring Street Gang.
    The Clown is about to renege on another campaign promise, as reported at the http://truisfalse.blogspot.com/ website – he is going to run for DA before the end of his first term as City Attorney.
    Although many in City Hall will be glad to see the back of Carmen “The Clown” Trutanich, the fact is that his plan is NOT a surprise. Expect Nooooch to self-deprecatingly say something like “I did not want to run for DA, but my buddy Steve Cooley called me last week and told me that I had to run as there is nobody else running that he trusts with the job.” LIE.
    It’s a lie because Nooooch has had his greedy power-crazed eyes on the DA’s Office ever since he became City Attorney. In March 2010 he planted his pit bull attack dog Berger at the DA’s Office so that Berger could start planting the seeds of The Clown’s campaign. You can expect “Trutanich for DA” to have all the same ingredients as his City Attorney campaign, with Noooch playing the nice guy and Berger attacking anyone who stands in the way of The Clown.
    What’s really interesting is the Zine-Trutanich partnership here. Zine has already endorsed Alan Jackson for DA. Now watch out for what Zine gets Trutanich to do for him so that Zine can withdraw his endorsement for Jackson, and endorse Trutanich. Does that sound familiar? Didn’t Sheriff Baca withdraw his endorsement of Jackass Weiss for Trutanich? Yes, but only after Noooch’s pit bull attack dog Berger went after Weiss. So watch out Alan Jackson, Noooch will feed his attack dog some half baked lie to run with so that Zine can throw you under the bus.
    New Year? Nah. Nothing’s new, it’s all just a case of history repeating itself.

  25. In Eagle Rock says:

    Zine might try running for mayor but he’s pretty well made lots of trouble for himself in the character department.
    The bigger danger of a candidate who might possibly fast-talk his way through the campaign is Eric Garcetti who has been showing more agility lately at evading tackles on his stated positions. He’s been able to make quick corrective maneuvers when he sees which way the winds are blowing from the public (or blogospheric) perspective.
    Zine’s already been recognized as a phony by Doug M. and Kevin J. although there’s not really a proper way to loudly announce the reversal of confidence in him that they had expressed in earlier times.
    Even John and Ken, once treating Zine as a useful resource when it came to city council commotion (something of a rare vote of confidence towards a politician when it comes to that pair’s choices), have come to see that Zine is not all that available for some of the more meaningful actions in recent months.
    Zine knows all this, too, dodging all the interviews requests of late, when he so frequently gave out his opinions around the time of the last city council elections. (Zine was right when he did warn voters to not vote for Jack Weiss, that he would make a terrible City Attorney- but then everyone already even mildly familiar with the city council already knew that.)
    And something shown here is that most of the comments to any posted item tend towards responding to what other posters have said more so than what the original posting presented.
    I fall into that category here, too. And when you go to the physical attributes or fashion tastes, haven’t you really missed the real issues and crossed a line into what really doesn’t matter as it affects the main issue?
    I see that a lot on Mayor Sam’s blog comments; lot of hostility vented on assorted favorite targets and the actual issues are left by the wayside in terms of comment.

  26. Anonymous says:

    All the heavy wagering was that you’d name David Abel, your pet, or Richard Fine, your hero, as Man of The Year.

  27. Anonymous says:

    How about an update on last year’s man of the year. Was he worth that honor?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it amazing how surprised, outraged and incensed we keep being each and every time a politician is exposed for what they are really are – sell outs? No matter the campaign promises, the close alliances, the trashing of opponents to garner the public’s support, etc. Once they take office, they become corrupted by the system. I am so sick and tired about reading the same old stories, wearing different titles, showing different pictures, etc.
    Come on people, let’s do something about our failed government this year. That’s what the March election should be about.

  29. Anonymous says:

    What is really shocking is the LA Weekly has become one of the more reputable sources in LA. The LA Slimes is toilet paper, Daily News sometimes is ok but does its own spin for the politicians. LA Weekly seems to be breaking a lot of the stories faster then the lame local media. Forget the local TV news channels to actually pretend they are in the business of reporting news. They’ve become so tabloid they’ve lost tons of viewers. I remember attending Zine’s LAPD retirement with many seniors citizens in the crowd. One by one officers got up to the podium and told stories of Zine’s escapades with the low life women. They were beyond raunchy. The seniors left, Zine’s sons in the audience were beyond appalled and embarrassed all the while their dad Zine laughed it off. City council members have become the laughing stock of the Nation and a major embarrassement to Los Angeles. No other City besides BELL has as many corrupt, no ethics, no class bunch of LOSERS

  30. david barron says:

    About that LAX $271 million contract. It seems like a “One-Bill-Gil” strategy. Just re-bid often and hope you eventually win the contract.
    Hmmm, isn’t the Director of the Ethics Commission appointed by the Mayor?
    If I was an elected official I would like to dig into the names of officials that authorize all these routine cost over-budget, taxpayer subsidized projects.
    I’m david barron,
    a City employee,
    SFValley CD6

  31. david barron says:

    About that LAX $271 million contract. It seems like a “One-Bill-Gil” strategy. Just re-bid often and hope you eventually win the contract.
    Hmmm, isn’t the Director of the Ethics Commission appointed by the Mayor?
    If I was an elected official I would like to dig into the names of officials that authorize all these routine cost over-budget, taxpayer subsidized projects.
    I’m david barron,
    a City employee,
    SFValley CD6

  32. Phil McCracken says:

    Last year’s Man of the Year is still the greatest elected official this city has seen in quite some time. He kicks butt and takes names.
    Look forward to him kicking more butt this year.
    I don’t care what Zine or Kevin James say. Kevin James has two listeners on his current schedule.

  33. Anonymous says:

    The individuals who voted for these lack of leadership L.A. politicians are the same people who complain the most. The solution is simple! STOP complaining and VOTE AGAINST these lack of leadership politicians on March 8, 2011.
    Here’s Mr. Ron Kaye in action.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iok4_-GSwNg&feature=email

  34. Anonymous says:

    The individuals who voted for these L.A. politicians are the same people that complain the most. The solution is simple! STOP complaining and VOTE AGAINST these lack of leadership politicians on March 8, 2011.
    Here’s Mr. Ron Kaye in action.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iok4_-GSwNg&feature=email

  35. Steve says:

    Zine is a clown you go to his office and he has pictures of Pope John Paul all over the place, but he has got to be one of those once a year Catholics who only show up to church when the press will report it. He is an oversexed fat, bald, numskull who thinks with his little brain not his big brain. He should recluse himself of all decisions and resign from Council. He is going to ram Costco down our throats and who knows what else. I did not know that the way to lobby him most effectively was to get a busty middle age woman to put out and he turns to putty. I know many people who will pitch in and get him one in return for his vote.

  36. anonymous says:

    My take on Zine (just a guess based on brief encounters here and there) is he should never marry because he appears to be one who is constantly seeking greener pastures and will only give the time of day to those he thinks he has something to gain from.
    What’s sad is I didn’t think that of him before. But, back then, he thought I was worth the time of day. Poor guy. He should have asked. I’d have saved him the trouble.

  37. Anonymous says:

    To the Dumbsh*t that thinks Berger is going to attack Jackson for Nuch, you might be interested to find that Berger left the City Attorney’s office months ago.
    Living in the past must give you great comfort.

  38. Anonymous says:

    New Year’s resolutions should be to do everything in our power to get the incumbents OUT and not re elect ANY of them to higher office. These morons on City Council and ex members are a classic example of the Peter Principle. You keep promoting idiots without experience. Use the internet and your computer to campaign and help each other in the 8 districts to get rid of them. IT doesn’t matter how much money any of them have. Chris Essel and Meg Whitman are examples of having millions and still losing. The people are sick and tired of the bullshit in this City. We have NO LEADERS. The people just like BELL need to start taking over and fixing our CITY. Our City is on the verge of bankruptcy yet the City of Los Angeles had a FLOAT in the Rose Parade. Who paid for that or was it our tax dollars? Anyone know???

  39. Anonymous says:

    8:19 — a good post but you need to consider how pathetic LA voters are. These are the people that keep re-electing the same bunch of clowncils and re-elected Villar. Money does talk. In case of Whitman, she was spending her own money so we know how much but Brown was propped up by the unions and such and who knows how many hundreds of millions were spent by the teachers union, nurses, seiu, etc.
    You go it right — we have no leaders, lazy misinformed, naive & brainwashed voters. A great combination.

  40. Anonymous says:

    If we really want to change City Hall, perhaps we should take the philosophy of a woman I talked to about City Hall:
    “All politicians are jack-asses. But this is the year to change an old jack-ass for a new one.”
    I don’t suppose Clean-Sweep will have that as a campaign slogan: “Vote for the NEW jack-ass, not the OLD one.” Nevertheless, I this woman is on to something. Let’s change the players at City Hall for the sake of making a change.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I think it is appropriate to raise the question of whether Tutor makes dating Dennis Zine a condition of that poor woman’s employment as a “lobbyist”. It seems that there is a good point in the comments about many of the dark-haired City staffers dressing in those high heeled shoes with low cut dresses and then thinking that they got their deputy jobs because they have an impressive resume. Sex sells. Even for a job or lobbyist at City Hall.

  42. Wayne from Encino says:

    All the posts on this issue: VERY INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING. NOW:
    This is why L.A. sucks:
    “LIVESAY GIVAWAY”
    Definition: A 3 YEAR contract for 200,000 grand of taxpayer bucks BUT needing an annual COUNCIL approval!
    Web site to peek at it:
    http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-1982-S1_CA_08-20-10.pdf
    What really makes this so sick is that to get the SECOND $200,000 Carmen the Sellout-Clown wanted to RAID funds for the Workman’s comp or some other fund. Clownman Parks made Nuch take the $$$ for his buddy out of the salaries dept.
    Next year, Livesay if he gets it, will have a whopping $624,000 bucks of YOUR MONEY in his fat pockets at the end of 3 years!!!!!!!!!!
    THE FUMBLER didn’t want to discuss it on his show it appears.
    Why when a City as broke as ours with fireman being layed-off is a City Attorney’s office with HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES ALREADY THERE paying this old retiree this kind of bucks? why?
    I worked on the CLOWN campaign and alot of promises where made and certainly BROKEN, almost from the minute he took the seat of power.
    One of the first things MR. Clown did was take some action on the Convention Center hotel and not allowing the Convention Center to get prime access to the rooms in the soon to open huge hotel at L.A. Live as they would have to book events like 2 years BEFOREHAND to GUARANTEE rooms for it’s events!
    The comments on Doug at KABC are also notable and on point: He DID tout Zine but he also did correct course on Nuch. He also lost his job for a year too, being deported to midnight to 5am radio. The FUMBLER too got cast there.
    Finally, as for John the Lobbyist: Yes, he still is heard on the FUMBLER’s show each week on friday. Ron Kaye is there on Wed night/morning.
    Are you sick yet? I’ll give you a further belly-acher:
    After Essel lost her CD2 race, she got put as HEAD of the CRA, with a BIG FAT 200+ A YEAR SALARY AND A STAFF OF 100!!
    Finally: Since Cooley blew it for AG, he’ll sit out his remaining term. Cooley IF HE WON was going to be succeeded by MR. CLOWN. But, now the CLOWN will have to accrue a further record as City Attorney, and that record alone will prevent him from EVER winning another seat in this century. It is believed from some people that the FUMBLER was all set to join Cooley in his AG’s staff in Sacramento. Jeez, almost makes you wish you’d voted for Camela, doesn’t it?

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