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The Ultimate Last-Minute Political Hit Piece: They Are All Bums, Vote Them All Out of Office

Once upon a time, Congressman Brad Sherman called on the telephone and screamed at me for editorially suggesting he was a labor union stooge for voting against free trade deals that benefited businesses in his community.

He kept screaming, “You motherf—er! You motherf–ker!”

In most of the 30 years he represented the interests of the people of the San Fernando Valley, Howard Berman never even called.

That is the No. 1 reason I’m voting Tuesday for Sherman over Berman. The No. 2 reason is that  I want to see them one and two in our first open primary, a result that would mean in a Berman-Sherman runoff in November that will waste umpteen millions of special interest money in a safe Democratic seat being sought by two long-time Congressman who vote 99 percent the same and no longer care about anything in the world as much as keeping their perks and positions.

Of course, the No. 1 reason I might change my mind and vote for Berman is that Sherman has so much money he outmailed Congressman Foghorn 19-6, not counting the two mailers Berman split with Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield.

For the record, Blumenfield is as shameless as they come. He sent one mailer at taxpayer expense during the campaign and a costly one from his campaign with a photo of the D-Day landing at Normandy 68 years ago come Wednesday promising that “when I vote next Tuesday June 5, I will dedicate my ballot to those, living and dead, who fought in that noble cause” as “five of my great uncles did.”

Blumenfield’s website biography makes no mention that he actually served in any of the nearly continuous wars since he turned 18 in 1986, only that he served as an aide to Howard Berman whose claim to fame include getting us in the Iraq war among others.  Nor does Blumenfield – who is the committee chairman in charge of the budget fiascoes in the Assembly — mention that he has no intention of serving very long if re-elected since he fully intends to simultaneously run for the City Council in the March LA election.

Personally, I will vote against every single candidate who now holds  public office because they have individually and collectively made a mess of things. It is called accountability, a concept alien to elected officials everywhere.

Not one in 1,000 elected officials can still remember after even two years in office that they were elected to serve the public — not their party and the special interests who keep them in office.

It’s what I call it the Nepenthe Effect. I assume they are given a drug upon taking the oath of office makes them quell all guilt and forget who they are — or maybe it’s simply the narcotic of power and money and sex that makes them sell their souls to the devil so quickly and cheaply.

I have saved every piece of campaign literature I’ve gotten in the last month — 30 pieces in all, not counting the hundreds of campaign emails filling my spam basket — and not a single one of the slate mailers or individual candidate mailings shows even the slightest indication that any of the candidates have any proposals to solve the enormity of local, state and federal problems we face.

It’s all about how their opponents are self-serving uncaring incompetent pigs who don’t do a damn thing for honest working people like you and me, rob us of our hard-earned money and kill our jobs and hopes and dreams while they boast about how they alone saved the planet, ended or started the unending war, looked after the elderly blah blah blah.

Nobody mentions how they contributed to the budget calamities in Washington and Sacramento or how they managed to create the housing and economic catastrophes or whether they have ever regretted anything they did in an officials capacity.

They brag about who endorsed them (Bill Clinton and Dennis Zine for Brad Sherman, while Howard Berman deserves to win because the governor, two California U.S. senators and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who somewhat ambiguously refers to him as being “in a league of his own … has few equals).

They talk in symbolic language that has no content or meaning beyond playing on our biases and in Berman’s case come in personal letters that begin “Dear Mr. Kaye” and end with a “P.S.” like it’s an afterthought that he is a “true champion for human rights, equal rights and a healthy environment … fights for the San Fernando Valley … will be effective for years to come.”

Frankly, I don’t have a single mailer from any of the non-incumbent local, legislative or congressional candidates who want to “serve” me because they don’t have the money  from special interests to afford mail.

All they can afford is to buy a place one who are not already holding public office except for the small mentions they paid for to be on slate cards from phony groups.

The most audacious and lucrative of the slate mailers that cashes in on public fondness for the President who was assassinated 49 years ago and never knew a single one of the 25 candidates endorsed by the fictitious “John F. Kennedy Alliance” in a glossy four-color brochure which also seeks support for taxing smokers for knowingly killing themselves.

No less despicable are the phony slate mailers from other fictitious groups run by campaign specialists like “Valley Leaders for Israel,” “Coalition for Senior Citizen Security,” “Yes on 29,” “Democratic Voters Choice,” and “Your Ballot Guide.” All of them contain the standard disclaimer stating that these mailers are paid for by the candidates and the claimed endorsements are utterly meaningless.

Undoubtedly, the worst of these slate mailers are produced by the “Coalition for Literacy,” the creation of former Valley Assemblyman Lloyd Levine — a man who wanted to stop euthanizing unwanted dogs and cats but was totally in support of killing mom and dad because they were old and feeble, a position only Councilman Paul Koretz understands.

Levine’s dad (I assume he has not euthanized him as yet) is a low rent political and like father and son, Lloyd seems to have gotten into the family business.

The two slate mailers from Levine offer his words of wisdom about how important literacy is because “when you people learn to read and write early in life they have the tools to be productive members of society” and how that will keep them from a life of crime, prison and unemployment.

The mailers are almost identical except District Attorney candidate Danette Meyers paid for the pseudo endorsement on one while District Attorney candidate Jackie Lacey paid for the pseudo endorsement on the other.

Here’s my advice: Trash all the mailers and just say no to all incumbents. It won’t make a difference since they all will win but you’ll sleep better at night knowing it’s not your fault things are going to hell.


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18 Responses to The Ultimate Last-Minute Political Hit Piece: They Are All Bums, Vote Them All Out of Office

  1. Vote 'Em All Out says:

    My motto for years has been…
    if they’re in office vote for someone else and…
    if the measure or prop. has a dollar sign in it, vote NO!

    Therefore, all the crappy measures and propositions that passed and elected officials who won (despite what Wayne from Encino says) ARE someone else’s fault!

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the brain dead LA residents can elect idiots like Labonge, Ed Reyes, Koretz, Alarcon, Cardenas and Villar, who cares about Sherman or Berman. Vote for anyone but these guys.

  3. Teddy says:

    I agree – out with the old and in with the new.


  4. Richard says:

    Please reread your article. Which position will you take? You said you are voting for Sherman over Berman and would like to see them one and two in the primary so they will be together in the runoff. Then you state, “Personally, I will vote against every single candidate who now holds public office …”, and your ,”advice,… “just say no to all incumbents”.
    There are other candidates on the ballot, like Mark Reed, who got 38% of the vote running against Sherman in the last congressional election.
    You are usually very clear on your opinion, but this one is a little baffling.

  5. Wayne back in Corruptopia says:

    Ron is right about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As for Sherman, he’d trade his job even up for a perfect head of Romney hair!!!!
    Berman is an invisible hack. Not a single elected official REPRESENTS the INTERESTS OF HOMEOWNERS (although on Sunday Antonovich’s hack seemed to give a damn about them.) These sleezy STAFFERS read all these posts! They repeat stuff first stated on this Blog rather frequently.
    I want the City of Los Angeles TO PAY ME TO LEAVE L.A! (they did it for the Molly’s Hambuger Stand Lady at 1601 N, Vine St (1.2 MILLION BUCKS!!!!!)
    I went to GALPIN FORD today to give back my PIECE OF SHIT F150 THAT keeps failing to keep a charge in the cheap Ford Battery they put in there, and the Ford emblem FELL OFF THE TAILGATE BECAUSE IT WAS GLUED ON!!!!
    The Folks paid about $29 grand. It’s 2 years old with 2,000 miles, in perfect non-used condition. THE OFFER? $17,000! WTF??? Then the mechanics got grease inside on the mats, the floor pedals, the hood latch inside, and even by the hood closure.
    I’ll stick with TOYOTA, used DODGE CARAVANS, and used MINIS. These cars I’ve driven and I’m pleased with what goes with it.
    REMEMBER—TRUTANICH SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  6. JOHN WALSH says:


  7. In Eagle Rock says:

    Good thoughts, Ron. I spoke with Scott St. James a few years ago to explain some of the L.A. Clean Sweep ideas and afterwards, he gave me this short advice, “Re-elect No One.”

    In the end, the notion that this short phrase embodies is something that bears heeding for a better government. Your observations fill in a lot, all of which brings us to that same action.

  8. Transparency says:

    Ron, is time to stop playing their game. Voting is just a game to give us the illusion that our input matters. The game is rigged it is there to keep us busy fighting against each other, divided and distracted. Republicans and Democrats are ruled by corporate agendas they are not “public servants“. Expose their lies openly, everywhere, do not play their game.

  9. Meterman says:

    Voter apathy is the ruination of our city of angels. Voting for professional political incumbents is an act of lunacy!

  10. Burkey says:

    What I’m curious about is whether those InkaVote optical scanning machines work.
    I was trying to research it and found plenty of information about when Sec. State Debra Bowen decertified them. Now I believe the plan was to get them recertified, but I don’t see any articles anywhere about that ever having happened. Perusing the Registar’s website got me nowhere in a hurry. Black Box Voting, ditto. Bradblog…ditto. Searching for a citizen’s group or a watchdog group has gotten me nowhere. Either Google isn’t working, or those groups aren’t out there.

    All I want to know is, did the secretary of State ever recertify the InkaVote machines by ES&S which is a company infamous for making voting equipment that doesn’t count votes properly?
    And if these machines were never recertified, why is LA using them?
    And should they even have been recertified? Are they tabulating votes correctly?


    • MissAnthrope says:

      Interesting question. I thought they were recertified.

      You might try the Sec. of State’s Office or your state senator or assemblyman.

      Or you could write/email any of the political reporters at the L.A. Times like George Skelton who has a Sacramento column.

  11. CF Altman says:

    I am wondering what good it will do to throw out anyone who has served his/her constituents. Berman is a reasoned experienced legislator who has done many many wonderful things for the valley. Kept Kaiser hospital open after the Northridge earthquake, cleaned up and revitalized the Hansen Dam area so people could use it for recreational purposes. He led the fight to finance the Santa Monica Conservancy. He can work with anyone and even across the aisle. His legislation was written by him and he got funding to widen the 405 freeway and got it fast tracked. Howard Berman works hard for is constituents. He is in Washington but lives in his district. Sherman’s permenent home is in Washington DC and he spends his weekends in the Valley. Ask yourself who has gotten the most done for the San Fernando Valley? Look at his web site and you will see the difference. I am for Howard and I ask you not to throw the baby out with the bath water!

  12. Wayne back in Corruptopia says:

    KFI, KRLA, KABC NOT COVERING THE ELECTIONS? KFI plays spaceship shows, KRLA plays reruns, and KABC has Peter Tilden interviewing B list movie star hacks!
    Yet on 760 am San Diego I can hear WALL TO WALL COVERAGE OF THE LOCAL RACES! Reformers have won office in San Diego City and a local measure to reign in Public employees/scumbags of some kind has passed.
    Thus, L.A. is just like living in HAVANA, and San Diego is like living, well, living in San Diego! I HAVE TO LISTEN TO A RADIO STATION 110 MILES AWAY TO LEARN ABOUT SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ELECTION DAY RESULTS! I’m living in a modern day Soviet Zone!

  13. Wayne back in Corruptopia says:

    HE’S IN 3RD PLACE BY 2,000 VOTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. ex valley says:

    So what happened? Were you the good boys and girls and voted as your party directed you to? I bet you were

    I’m not going to waste electrons to check the results of CA primaries.
    Just don’t ask for any bailouts as sooner or later (actually sooner) your city and state will be bk

  15. Teddy says:

    “Here’s my advice: Trash all the mailers and just say no to all incumbents. It won’t make a difference since they all will win but you’ll sleep better at night knowing it’s not your fault things are going to hell. ”


  16. S. Smith says:

    You hit the nail on the head. Sherman & Berman are a bad joke.

  17. Are LA voters angry enough to change the current administration at Los Angeles City Hall???

    LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents – People do not care, why???

    Why do we think LA city election on March 5, 2013 will be any different???

    I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.
    4 of the current LA Mayoral candidates are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have proven themselves unworthy by their repeated failure to solve the City’s problems and Council staff members who have demonstrated their loyalty and obedience to their pockets, like well-trained dogs.
    The corruption in LA government must be stopped. Public corruption in LA City Hall “pay-to-play”.

    The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
    In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
    The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA’s employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, “follow me”.

    The main question is, why LA voters don’t care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.

    Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?

    City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
    It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
    The peoples brigade for honest government

    YJ Draiman

    “The choice we face in Los Angeles and as a nation is simple: Do we want the clean energy and conservation technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world, or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors?” Asks Energy Specialist YJ Draiman. “We can and must compete for those jobs.” In Los Angeles, we have the technology, the climate, the resources and the manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.

    YJ Draiman

    If you want to bring LA back to economic prosperity
    Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

    Current elected officials in Los Angeles have sold their souls for special interest money

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