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Fishin’ with Wesson: Forget Good Government, Next Council President Knows How to Have Fun

Herb Wesson is a charming guy with a great sense of humor who loves kids and trout fishing — why he even did a show on propaganda Channel 35 for kids called “Fishin’ with Wesson.”

But when it comes to political debate, Wesson — unlike the likable babbling buffoon Tom LaBonge — rarely speaks up and when he does, he doesn’t say much of anything worth remembering.

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For his colleagues on the City Council, those are more than enough to make him the popular choice to succeed Eric Garcetti as President when he gears up his mayoral campaign.
Wesson has lined up a majority of votes despite the best efforts of rival Paul Krekorian to do intellectual cartwheels to justify much of the nonsense that goes on in the Council chambers.
Krekorian was no match for Wesson in that regard. The mid-city Councilman didn’t need to be a political gymnast to get the votes; he just needed to know where the votes were and what they wanted for them. 
That’s what helped him to become Speaker of the state Assembly at a time when the Legislature ran so wild that they left Gov. Grey Davis standing naked and defenseless in the face of a humiliating recall election.
White the choir boy Garcetti succeeded in his goal of attaining unanimity 99.93 percent of the time no matter what the cost to the public or the honor of the handful of his colleagues who still prize their honor, Wesson can be counted to let go of the reins of control and spend his days making sure the dog of the week gets adopted.
Search the LA Times or even the LA Sentinel and almost all the links to stories mentioning Wesson are ribbon cuttings, cheer leading events without policy or political significance. Aggressive African-American community leaders include Wesson among those guilty of a “culture of silence…of accommodation” on issues of importance in the black community.
A month ago, he told the City Maven Alice Walton of his ambition in these terms: “There’s one president at a time and that president is Eric Garcetti,
and that is all I’m going to say on that subject …We have so many important pressing things and I’m focused on that,
and I don’t know what happens in the future – that’s not until July.”
Garcetti needs to go full bore to stand a chance in the mayoral election or even if he changes course as runs for Congress if Henry Waxman retires so do other Council elected leaders Jan Perry, herself a mayoral candidate, and Dennis Zine, the traffic cop who thinks he can become Controller.
All in all, it doesn’t exactly excite the dormant hopes of those crying out for real reform of a corrupt and broken system. But the chaos Wesson can bring to the process of mock democracy at least offers hope for better theater — and a lot more laughs.
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11 Responses to Fishin’ with Wesson: Forget Good Government, Next Council President Knows How to Have Fun

  1. Anonymous says:

    Do you really think the bafoons and incompetent council morons would want someone like Krekorian who has a brain and doesn’t always side with them? OF course not. They want a “clown” like WEsson who wastes more council time on dogs for adoption then actually doing anything for his constituents. But if I were Krekorian I would be ok not being voted in as PResident. Who would want to be associated with the biggest joke of the nation like these Council members are? Please, they are the laughing stock of our City and everyone knows it

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just when you think, it can’t get any worse—an empty, corrupt suit who represents neither his suffering constituents or understands one iota of city hall government other than what can be manipulated for his longevity.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wesson’s got a great Gomer Pyle impression.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wonder why anyone would even consider Herb
    Wesson for the City Council let alone as president.
    I plan to vote for Kevin James. He is a knowledgeable man who will not plan to make his fortune off the people of the city of Los Angeles.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The next Mayor is Zev.
    Garcetti, Padilla, Caruso , Gruel are not going to be in the race by September.

  6. Herbie has not been a friend of the Ratepayers. Rather he is in the hip pocket of Union Bo$$ d’Arcy.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Ron, one of these days, the people will wake up, get angry and say “Not going to take it anymore”! Right now the legislature, the city councils, the smug ones feel comfortable playing mousical chairs. I remembrer what we did to Grey Davis. I was at the polls and we had
    voters constantly from opening to closing – hours and hours later. They are asking for it and it is going to happen.

  8. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous on June 24, 2011 12:38 AM
    Your thinking about voters waking up and getting angry won’t ever materialize.
    Look at all the money that Rudy Martinez spent and all the attention he got in the LA Times and other media sources.
    Everyone thought that the race would be very close or even see Martinez win because with his money and press coverage, he was considered a contender.
    But Martinez got trounced.
    And on another note, even though they were advertised in a very deceptive manner, the voters extended the maximum term of the LA City Council from 2 terms (8 years) to 3 terms (12 years). And the voters also approved the phone tax.
    So anyone who thinks that voters will save LA are sadly mistaken.

  9. Anonymous says:

    As long as the FBI continues to investigate inside City Hall then one by one the dominos will fall. I can see the Mayor being investigated as well for accepting money and bribes. Already 4 building inspectors have been fired and investigated by FBI. Don’t tell me the council members and Mayor are clean of this mess. Herb Wesson I don’t think plays on our team if you know what I mean. He’s such a clown just like the rest of them. Its going to be embarrassing when Prince William and Kate come to LA. Our politicians have no class, no style, can’t speak intelligently, no ethics, they look like gangsters from the hood, and behave as if they came from a cave. Just look how horribly they behave in council. They can’t even take a simple vote without looking like the 3 Stooges or Dumb and Dumber. The gangster Mayor will be at the forefront and OMG what a total embarrassment and failure he is

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Meanwhile, in Windsor Square, the deadline for appeals to the Mayor’s variance request was yesterday, resulting in a chorus of tepid “What are we going to do, he’s the Mayor!” objections and then silence”, as reported by Stephen Box in City Watch. No, the people will do nothing. Meanwhile, the poor residents in Hollywood will be made to pay their entire paychecks in fines for their over height fences.

  11. Anonymous says:

    5:50 a.m, 4 inspectors is a drop in the ocean of corruption in City Hall. I doubt, FBI will ever go higher or deeper.

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