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Friday Roundup: Roasting Shorty, Killing Wal-Mart, Acting Regionally, and Chatting about Money, Guns and Pets

City Maven Alice Walton provides more than you would ever want to know about the Herb Wesson roast last night at the Beverly Hilton — unless, she says, you ” love jokes about short men, strippers, the Korean community and redistricting.”

It was sort of a “get shorty” affair with all the city’s big shots cracking jokes at the Council’s “Mr. Big” and all the special interests seeking special favors like Westfield, AEG, garbage haulers and Clear Channel Airports (part of the global digital billboard advertising empire) chipping in half a million bucks for the Diabetes Association.

Don’t you just wish with all your might that you were a somebody in this godforsaken town.

Notably absent from the shindig was Wal-Mart which may explain better than anythiing why Wesson’s second in command, little Ed Reyes, and wannabe mayor Eric Garcetti, want to keep the company from opening a badly needed smallish grocery store in Chinatown.

In a case of whatever labor boss Maria Elena Durazo wants your city officials will give, Reyes and Garcetti have proposed a special ordinance stripping Wal-Mart of its right “to build on property that has been vacant for decades, and in accordance with the site’s intended use,” as the LA Times puts it politely in an editorial calling their action “unfair.”

Joe Hicks and David Lehrer take a tougher stance in the Jewish Journal, expressing their disgust with how the Council shows “obvious contempt” for our intelligence and treats us like “fools.”

“We aren’t Muppets and we aren’t idiots and our electeds ought not treat us as such. If they have a problem with Wal-Mart because their union supporters do—admit it. If those concerns trump new jobs and enlivening a neighborhood that needs retail be honest about it. Don’t hide behind a façade of concern that is transparently dishonest.”

Perhaps, the retailing giant should just give in to City Hall’s extortion, pay off the Councilmen and agree to a project labor agreement like everybody else has to in order to do business in LA. Maybe that has something to do with the city’s massive job losses.

Speaking of LA’s rotten economy, sober minds and deep thinkers were on full display Thursday at Global Cities Initiative at the University of Southern California where the focus was on how LA is “a city primed to take advantage of the global economy,” reports Joel Fox at his FoxandHoundsdaily.com website.

“While Los Angeles and California are a dynamic economic areas, no longer an outpost in the Wild West but a gateway to the world, as USC president Max Nikias said, it’s clear the state and Southern California region still have to overcome governance roadblocks and anti-business practices to flex their economic muscle.”

The common thread of the program — speakers included Bob Hertzberg, BNSF Railway CEO Matthew Rose and the Brookings Institution’s Bruce Katz — was think locally, act regionally in the global marketplace.

Katz is interviewed at length in David Abel’s “Planning Report” where he argues convincingly that a “new normal” is evolving in which competition between big cities and their suburbs is as counter-productive as managing the U.S. economy in a changing world from Washington.

What he advocates is the metropolitan regions around big cities working together to develop their assets for everyone’s benefit instead of trying to take jobs from each other as has been so common for so long using redevelopment funds.

“Clearly the rules have changed,” he told Abel. “I would say over the next decade and onwards, being globally fluent and understanding your special position in the world and acting on that position through these sharp networks of trading cities will almost be a prerequisite for city and metropolitan success.

And finally, here’s a clip from NBC’s “The Filter with Fred Roggin” which is being broadcast tonight as usual at 6:30 p.m.Fridays at 6:30 pm on Charter 304, Cox 804, Time Warner 225, Verizon FIOS 460.

The topics that social ethicist Charlotte Laws and I discussed were money, guns and pets.

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13 Responses to Friday Roundup: Roasting Shorty, Killing Wal-Mart, Acting Regionally, and Chatting about Money, Guns and Pets

  1. Teddy says:

    My goodness, those people do know how to run our city – THEIR WAY –
    only they want ordinary people to pay their bills which amount to high-way
    robbery.

  2. LarryS says:

    Is that Herbie Wesson or Edith Ann in that chair?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBO0fr1Ui4

  3. anonymous says:

    Well, if you still consider of any of the current elected officials worthy of election to another office you are a fool.
    Villaraigosa, Cardenas, Garcetti, Zine, Trutanich and the others,
    all of them self-serving, ego-crazed, ethically challenged, underlings….
    Just imagine, your life, your future, in the hands of the following representation:
    Senator Villaraigosa, Congressman Cardenas, Mayor Garcetti, Controller Zine!
    Sends chills down your back…..

  4. fools are easily distracted says:

    The vague talk of metros and urban centers amount to virtually nothing. There are a few specifics, however, which are beneficial.

    Decent neighborhoods where one can have a decent quality of life. Garcetti has been destroying the quality of life for Hollywood in his rush to shovel as much tax dollars into the pockets of his developer buddies. Nothing stands in his way. If he has to push falsified fire response data to cut $200 Million from the fire budget so he can given hundreds of millions to CIM Group, that’s fine with him. What a few extra dead people or someone suffering burns overt 50% of their body as long Eli Broad gets a gold plated parking garage?

    It is just possible that the reason the Calif Supreme Court surprisingly allowed the CRA’s to die was that it realizes that they were destroying not only the cities but also the nation’s ability to compete internationally. The type “manufacturing” to which Ron refers needs decent homes for high tech, high skilled employees, and people prefer R-1 homes, while Garcetti is hell bent on destroying Los Angeles’ residential neighborhoods. Even LaBonge is better at protecting homes than Garcetti.

  5. Teddy says:

    We need to find more candidates, don’t we? It is up to us.

    Or if noone votes for a seat on the City Council, will it count to vote “NO”
    after his/her name and it will be vacant. That would be better than to re-elect
    that person for still another term.

    Ideas?

    • MissAnthrope says:

      The problem is, Teddy, there is no vote NO box or NONE OF THE ABOVE box on a ballot and their should be. That would be the only way to express our opinions.

      We could never get everyone to not vote for these crummy corrupt candidates. And if no one voted, there would still be a 1 – 1 tie because each candidate would vote for himself, or the one with the biggest family would win.

      The only answer is to get some poor soul from the community to go through the rigors of running and trying to compete with the big-moneyed candidates. Not something many people want to do. You can very dirty out there.

  6. Wayne from Encino says:

    I see my earlier comment on this subject got filtered out. I’m in favor of everyone having the right TO CHOOSE to have a gun OR NOT TO. I’m also in favor of Eldery Chinese Americans living in Chinatown getting a new supermarket and anything else that can be done to make life better for them! Problem #1 with everyone is the cowards and stooges we have in L.A. I called Larry’s show on KABC today and found out Mr. Dino got removed (his screener/ass’nt producer) or left and Larry didn’t even mention a farewell or some type of thing like that. It’s all about “duck and run” with these guys, especially since John Schwada got canned on Fox 11. Larry Elder got removed from office at KABC for 2 years and the way he’s avoiding local stories and too frightened to speak up about this stuff, He’ll cause himself to get removed this time. People all over the Nation are beyond fed up with the state of things, they’re LIVID. Most never say a WORD, NOT A SINGLE PEEP! They have to remain totally SILENT or they’ll be fired, demoted, or retaliated against if anyone hears from them. This is the 95% of America—the Pissed Off Supermajority of America. They work, overpay for gas, utilities, property taxes, income taxes, utility taxes, cable, water, home fuel, groceries, and then go home to listen to the parade of liars, stooges, fools, A-holes, and cheats we call the “media” tell them at the end of each day “we’re in a recovery, Obama is ahead in the polls, and the bailouts are showing signs of success…” Today Walmart of all things FOUGHT BACK FOR ALL OF US—HOW IRONIC IS THAT? On late Thurday Night they went into City Hall and PULLED ALL THE PERMITS OUT AT 4:30PM and broke ground on their ChinaTown Store. Then on Friday, the 15 pieces of filth and scum we call the City Council debated their attempt at extortion by trying to kill the project for some type of crap “motion.” THEN CAME THE MOMENT OF CLARITY—THE CITY’S OFFICIALS TOLD DENNIS P. ZINE—-”THE MOTION BEFORE YOU WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON THE CHINATOWN STORE BY WALMART–THEY PULLED THEIR PERMITS OUT LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” YEH BABY!!! Walmart decided AGAINST PAYING OFF THE 15 FILTHY PIGS—they decided TO JUST BUILD THE THING THE COMMUNITY WANTED AND SCREW THE 15 LITTLE PIGS! Boy, you should see the video of the SHOCK of how their scheme got scuttled and how they had to explain for 2 hours how they didn’t MEAN TO HURT ANYONE’S LAWFUL PROJECT TO BUILD IN THE CITY OF L.A.
    A WONDERFUL MOMENT TO WITNESS! Even Mr. Huizar became a free market capitalist and declared HE WANTS MORE SUPERMARKETS TO OPEN SO ANGELINOS CAN GET FRESH PRODUCE AND FOOD!!! He also admitted a dirty secret in East L.A.—that alot of people DRIVE TO OTHER CITIES TO SHOP AND SPEND ALOT OF MONEY BECAUSE L.A. CITY IS A HELLHOLE!! He named ALHAMBRA as a neighboring city where there are NICE STORES AND PLACES TO SHOP—AND HOW THEY GOT ALOT OF SALES TAX BUCKS FROM HIS CONSTITUANTS SHOPPING OVER THERE!!!!
    He of course forgot something—The Westfield Century City shopping complex in L.A. takes ALOT OF SHOPPERS AWAY FROM IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORING BEVERY HILLS. Why? HOW ABOUT 3 HOURS FREE PARKING TO START WITH!
    CHOICE AND FREEDOM—YES MR. HUIZAR HAD TO GIVE IT IT’S DUE. Of Course Huizar will return to his seat QUIETLY and SHUT UP about his possible SECRET BELIEF IN FREE MARKET CAPITALISM!
    BUT A RARE MOMENT OF CLARITY INDEED.

    • MissAnthrope says:

      Caught you on McIntyre. You are the funniest depressed man I’ve ever heard. Hope you call in every week. From the sound of it, Doug enjoys your calls, too.

    • MissAnthrope says:

      P.S., Wayne from Encino
      I don’t listen to that dittohead Elder, so I’ll take your word for it that he’s turned into a wuss and not going after the City Hall scumbags.

      So, where does that leave McIntyre and John Phillips? Mc had Zine on his show on Friday and ripped him three new ones: before, during and after the interview. Phillips is always going after the mayor and the 15 horses petutes that sit around the horseshoe.

      Does that mean that Phillips’ and McIntyre’s days are numbered? I hope not, because I got really tired of listening to sports radio when Tilden was at the helm of morning drive time, and I can only take so much of sports or cartoons as background noise.

  7. kk says:

    It is pretty funny or ironic depending on your point of view that Ed Reyes, who has been leading the charge to have the planning department remove neighborhood protections under the auspices of making the planning code more predictable and business friendly, has now been hoisted by the petard of over the counter approvals that even the city council can’t stop without voting a special ordinance. This is EXACTLY the kind of problem that Cary Brazeman and many other land planning neighborhood people have been saying is the crux of the issue with planning code streamlining.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ed Reyes does not know which end is up. A pathetic fool who stumbled into a councilman’s position which would be ok if he only represented the 5,000 idiots who voted him in rather than having power over LA that he continues to ruin.

  9. Wayne from Encino says:

    Doug and Phillips are willing and ready to pounce on the Downtown scumbags AS NEEDED. They don’t get political about it, they base the arguments on economics and quality of life. Phillips got bumped down to 1 hour of radio from up to 4 hours at one point basically because he’s willing to be independent. Doug I feel tried to tow the line as best as he could, but he’s over 50 and living in a bankrupt city and he’s a homeowner. Thus, when it comes down to it, HE’S PISSED!
    Larry won’t take my calls on the air now since he’s apparantly going to do what I called the ‘P.C. Dance.” This is where people who know better kowtow to the Left and kiss major ass for some reason, like trying to keep a radio job. Kevin James did this “Dance” on KRLA and finally got tricked into running for mayor mainly from Zine and Dumbtanich. NOW HE’S TOTALLY OFF THE AIR AND OUT OF THEIR HAIR! (or in Zine’s case off his back.) Larry’s ratings will decrease and he’ll get booted for someone else, then of course another shuffle at KABC Talk Radio will occur. Now you know why KFI sticks with the same guys. During the weekend, however, they really SUCK now.
    As for the Ed Reyes comments—It doesn’t get any clearer or more accurate! He shaved the gangsta’ moustache off since he doesn’t want to make it too obvious he’s a thug in public. Take a drive from Beadry drive and Cesar Chavez blvd which becomes Sunset blvd going towards Silverlake. See the 3rd world conditions on that stretch of road–It looks like a road in downtown KABUL!!! This is 3 terms of Ed Reyes and his total NEGLECT of DodgerTown, Angelino Heights, Chinatown, and Historic Filipinotown. These parts of L.A. with a little CRA $$$$ and a little EFFORT could look sentational. There are pockets of pre-1900 and pre-1920 mansions that are some of the best historic architecture in the state of California. And we let the whole area around these gems go straight to hell. This is a story that our buddies at the L.A. Communist Times and the Daily Un-News won’t dare take photos of and show the world what is going on over there.

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