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A Vote for Zine Is a Vote for Bankruptcy — Elect Brazeman or Galperin as City Controller and Financial Watchdog

“He’s not a politician and the politicians got him. They blamed him for use of excessive force, then  blamed him when he held back in the riots.” — Dennis Zine in tribute to former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates.

Those are the words that reveal all you need to know about Dennis Zine, traffic cop, police union leader, $300,000 a year city pensioner and Councilman — a man so shameless that he is running for controller of this nearly banktupt city’s finances and audits without the slightest qualification.

He probably can’t even balance his checkbook, he certainly never sounded the alarm about wrongdoing at City Hall except to blow hot smoky air to conceal is go-along, get-along version of public, something to virtually all his colleagues mean nothing more the self service and service to special interests.

Zine’s tribute to Gates came on the occasion of the death in April 2010 of a man usually described as “the polarizing former police chief whose 14-year tenure ended amid widespread criticism over his department’s response to the city’s deadly 1992 riots” as well as the Rodney King beating and the systematic covering up of widespread use of excessive force against minorities and police spying on prominent civilians.

I suppose some people would say it’s alright to color the truth when someone dies — current Chief Charlie Beck called Gates “inspiring … one in a million” while former Chief Bill Bratton had the decency to offer faint but honest praise: “He was a man of deep convictions  He was very happy to stand up for them, whether you liked them or not. And he enjoyed being in the middle of the bull’s-eye.”

When chief-for-life Gates, a man above the law was on the run and had become the beleagued Daryl Gates, Dennis Zine, the union leader, was standing on street corners weeping for the cameras about the injustice the poor chief was suffering at the hands jkof — heaven forbid! — “politicians.”

And when the politicians and the police union ganged up on Gates’ successor, Willie Williams who was so over his head he was drowning from day one, and he gave the cops the three-day work week without knowing the costs and problems that would ensue.

Did union official Zine care?

“We need to stop attrition and take care of our officers now,” said Zine, noting LA was the first city to implement the three-day week. “We’re trying to make them happy and make this an attractive position despite the stress and hazards.”

Did the public care enough to keep him from infiltrating the Charter Reform Commission where he helped make sure that the new Charter was an incoherent hodgepodge filled with so many meaningless provisions as to guarantee the public will never make the slightest difference in the way City Hall does business?

Did the relatively affluent and well-educated voters of the Southwest Valley couldn’t bother to get informed enough to avoid electing Dennis Zine three times to the Council, where his $180,000 salary and perks like an SUV and massive staff help augment his $100,000 pension as a cop?

No. No. No. But yet you will probably elect him to be the controller of your tax dollars, the watchdog on the fraud, waste and mismanagement that goes on every day at City Hall.

There are two highly qualified candidates with extensive experience in the private sector in business and demonstrated commitments to public service as community leaders.

Cary Brazeman and Ron Galperin would both be better at the job of controller than Zine or Wendy Greuel has been. It’s in your interest to have an intelligent person who knows what he’s doing watching your money.

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34 Responses to A Vote for Zine Is a Vote for Bankruptcy — Elect Brazeman or Galperin as City Controller and Financial Watchdog

  1. Anonymous says:

    Along with the three insider Mayoral union pimps add Zine’s name to the category. He is worse. Loves to get his name in the news to show how upset he is with fraud, waste, theft, thuggery, drunkness and AWOL city employees and never follows up on anything after the cameras have left. His big ass with a bigger brainless head needs to leave the portals of City Hall. The best way he could serve the public is to retire with his quarter million pension and feed the homeless on skid row.

  2. teddy says:

    We need new people with an interest of changing affairs to
    a better, more economical and essential government. What
    has transpired shows the current city council and officials
    with a definite lust for power and greed for our taxes. The new
    names are worth your votes because they are citizens, not
    entrenched politicians.

  3. Sierra says:

    Let’s learn from the defeat of Measure B from the success of the Solar 8 including Noel Weiss who contributed his time in court to get the ballot description right:

    Controller: Cary Brazeman or “Anybody but Zine”

    Mayor: Kevin James or “Anybody but Garcetti” (or Anybody but Greuel, or Anybody but Perry)

    City Attorney: Noel Weiss

  4. Sierra says:

    If Zine makes it, especially on the first ballot, there is no hope for any of the other races and no hope for the City of the Angels.

  5. anonymous says:

    Can you imagine Greuel as Mayor and Zine as Controller? D`Arcy will be running the City , bankrupting the ratepayers.

  6. anonymous says:

    we have listened to Zine’s mindless prattle for twelve years…
    our pinion of the man: a talented BS artist…
    Zine…incompetent, reckless, unprincipled…
    would not entrust him with our lunch money…
    but foolish voters would give Zine oversight responsibility and
    controller power of LA’s $7.3 Billion budget…can you imagine?
    you want Zine to “follow the money”…can you imagine?

  7. Wayne the economic hostage of City Hall whose comment awaits moderation says:

    Very correctly stated article. Zine is an unqualified CLOWN and FOOL that is being installed in this seat for the use of the union clowns and other crooks at City Hall that see the need for it.
    As for the Stupid SuperBowl outtage–Consider Vegas was losing BOTH the game spread (4 points) and the OVER AND UNDER (was under 42.5 points of combined offense.) After the power outtage–The Game came within 3 points AND the scoring went WAY OVER the over-and-under. Power was cut to change the momentum of what was turning to be a record LOSS for the bet line. It worked (or perhaps Baltimore GOT THE HINT and LET THE SCORE GET CLOSE so as to discount the possibility of horseheads in beds?) It’ll never be investigated with all the crooks involved…

  8. anonymous says:

    “would not entrust him with our lunch money…”
    Good one.

    Question: Is that basic lunch money or DWP pole dancing lunch money?

  9. Sierra says:

    Don’t forget the LAX contract in which Dennis Zine was dating the lobbyist of Tutor-Saliba was dating Dennis Zine and even though Tutor was thrown out of the bidding because they were caught lying about weather data which falsely (and fraudulently) made their equipment appear to make efficiency requirements, Zine brought the Contract award back to the City Council before recusing himself because of accusations of conflicts of interest.

    It was covered in Ron’s blog in 2010.

  10. ex valley says:

    Ron writes: “Did the relatively affluent and well-educated voters of the Southwest Valley couldn’t bother to get informed enough to avoid electing Dennis Zine three times to the Council, where his $180,000 salary and perks like an SUV and massive staff help augment his $100,000 pension as a cop?”
    Ha? Which planet are you from? La voters (including the valley) are the least informed and the most brainwashed. Not sure about the education. Most are either grifters looking to scam somebody or clueless idiots.

  11. Observer says:

    If I had to chose one person to vote for in the March primary, it is Cary Brazeman.

    I know of no other truly involved citizen candidate for public office. Brazeman has rallied an impressive array of financial resources to shine a light on the disastrous and deadly false emergency response times of our public safety forces, our broken City infrastructure, and the inept negotiations over the Farmers Field Farce. Brazeman has been fearless to call the City Planning Department’s overhaul of the Zoning Code the piecemeal shell game of deceit that it is. Brazeman would bring intelligent and strategic deployment of the Controller’s resources to help highlight where the City can change itself to avoid the looming bankruptcy that Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti/Wendy Greuel/Jan Perry have brought to the City.

    Galperin has been hauling some Westside campaign money — especially in the Jewish community — but can anyone donating to him point to examples of real courage on his part? His fundraisers in pricey offices of real estate interests bode poorly for a clear-eyed review of the problems of the City. Even his work on the City’s efficiency commission garnered little attention or positive change. Is Galperin too tied in with the City Hall crooks to police them? I fear this about him, although of course I would prefer even him over Zine.

    So, given these choices (need I say anything more about Zine? No.), I will be urging every person I know of the importance of casting a vote for Brazeman in the March election.

  12. anonymous says:

    Liar Hypocrite Greuel(D`Arcy`s lap dog) confirmed again that she talks out of both sides of her mouth. LA Weekly ” Greuel walks back debate remarks about moving LAX Runway” Let`s retire this unprincipled politician on March 5.

  13. Josh says:

    How can Brazeman and Galperin be equated in the same sentence? Galperin has real ideas and substance. All I’ve seen from Brazeman are attack ads and empty promises.

  14. another anonymous because there is retribution from powerful entrenched incumbents says:

    remember that Zine’s nickname as the police union representative was Dennis In-Your-Face Zine. Does he also receive a salary as a security copy for movie productions around the city, did he receive his lumpsum DROP 500K?
    THE DROP PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE DISCONTINUED FOR LAPD AND LAFD! see links below:
    http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/lapd_drop_salaries_pensions.php

    Now the drop program “bounces back”. The police union has hired a marketing firm.
    Can’t the people of Los Angeles vote in a controller with a financial background? Some real business experience.
    Besides a 7.5 % increase last contract negotiation , they get to work 3-4 days a week and have 800 hours of OT on books to use as time off with pay. Doesn’t anyone say no more perks, retire if you wish, especially now when ex military are lined up applying for jobs – 90% of PD don’t even live in the city – if it’s too dangerous for them, and too dangerous for the other 85% of city employees who don’t live in the city, why are we living here and paying their salaries, along with the highest paid councilmembers in the country?

    • anonymous says:

      No education, experience or expertise in finance + a conflict of interest=
      Zine is incapable of performing the fiduciary responsibilities of controller.

  15. anonymous says:

    Now, they are not my observations , but laobserved.com
    “Bad day for(Liar Hypocrite D`Arcy`s lap dog) Greuel. Latest miscue focuses on simple arithmetic” and ” More shameless pandering from Greuel” . Disgusting .A clueless puppet of unions, special interests, lobbyists and city hall hacks.

  16. Josh says:

    I have trouble equating Brazeman and Galperin. The former tends to attack but has no real plan. The latter has a real plan and has no need to attack.

    • ann elsner says:

      ABOUT “CHARACTER” RON GALPERIN:
      1) HE TOOK LAUNDERED MONEY AND DECLINED TO GIVE IT BACK.
      2) HE SUPPORTED CUTS TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET THAT HAVE RESULTED IN FURTHER DECLINES I EMERGENCY-RESPONSE TIMES.
      3) HE WAS THE 4TH PLACE LOSER IN HIS BID FOR LOWER OFFICE.
      4) HE SUPPORTS PROPOSITION 13 TO RAISE TAXES ON PROPERTY OWNERS.
      5) HE BACKED MEASURE B, THE ILL-CONCEIVED ROOFTOP SOLAR ENERGY SCAM.

  17. anonymous says:

    Zine will win because the “anyone but Zine” votes-even if they miraculously represent a majority at the voting booths- will be diluted between Brazeman and Galperin.

    • anonymous says:

      we pray Zine fails to get a majority in March..
      make the low-life suffer through a runoff in May…
      and then be defeated…but if he wins…
      we are prepared for the worst case scenario…

  18. anonymous says:

    Can someone please tell me why the City felt compelled to change their website?
    It sucks. Letters overlap each other.

  19. anonymous says:

    allow us to refocus upon Zine…the most questionable and unqualified candidate…
    people, Ron is correct…
    Zine was one lucky s.o.b. to have been elected 3 times as councilman…and
    just because he was an ex-motorcycle-cop then politician-social-climber
    does not qualify him to be the controller of the second largest city in America…
    as we have pointed out, we have listened to Zine for some 12 years…
    the man cannot form three declarative sentences to express a cogent thought…
    but above all, do you really want Zine to to be the watchdog-guardian
    with oversight responsibility and controller power to “follow the money”…
    that’s $7.3 Billion of your tax money…hmmm? you should be very worried…

  20. anonymous says:

    Liar Hypocrite Greuel`s latest pronouncement proves how stupid she is and how manipulated she can be. Hertzberg should be embarrassed for giving her his Police/Fire plan of 2005. Those were different times. Booming economy. Now we have $250mm eificit. If AV could not get the LAPD to 10,000 in those healthy economic times, how this incompetent fool wll accomplish it? I know by now, LIE. As they say if you repeat a lie many times there are many fools who will gobble it up.

  21. Wayne the economic hostage of City Hall whose comment awaits moderation says:

    What’s fat, useless, lazy, gets 2 unearned City pensions, and couldn’t add a bill for a stick of gum correctly? YOUR NEXT CORRUPT CITY CONTROLLER!!

  22. anonymous says:

    We pay for the Controller’s staff and audits to enable that elected individual to use this office as a campaign tool and not as a watch dog for the city’s money. With Zine it will be more of the same. It’s become a means to campaign and win endorsements at tax payers’ expense. Now, wouldn’t that be an interesting audit?

  23. anonymous says:

    look at Zine’s website and see who supports dysfunction and corruption…
    foremost, the unions…police, fire, construction, teamsters etc etc…then…
    social-climber-career-politicians Villaraigosa-Brad Sherman-Tony Cardenas…
    Wesson-LaBonge-Garcetti etc etc…are you beginning to understand….hmmm?
    will Zine expose waste-fraud-corruption within this alignment of power…hmmm?
    will Zine protect the interests/objectives of his benefactors or
    protect the interests/expectations of the people who must carry the burden…hmmm?
    will Zine suddenly transform into an intelligent, ethical, principled mensch…hmmm?
    well…?

  24. Anybody but Zine says:

    Okay, so no vote for ZIne. I have read about Galperin and Brazeman. What about Jeff Bornstein, Ankur Patel and Analillia Joya, who are also running. I noticed Bornstein ran against Zine for city council in 2005 and 2009, and he has a lot of signs, anyone know anything about this Bornstein fellow?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Ron, I would like to point out that D ZINE basically ran unopposed in one of those Council elections. There are a few candidates for CD 3 that will represent that community (hopefully) better than he has. At least a couple of them listen to the people.

    I agree that Brazeman and Galperin would be a better choice for Controller.

    For those of you who support Noel Weiss for City Attorney – why aren’t you contributing to his campaign?

  26. frank barton says:

    I have tried for 25 years to have my 61 year old in my neighborhood repaved without success. The other streets in Woodland Hills and Reseda seem to be paved and relatives in Sepulveda have been repaved several times. I assume it is because Dennis Zine is incompetent! Let us hope he will not be City Controller PLEASE.

    • anonymous says:

      Thank you for reminding us: Zine is incompetent and unqualified.
      No education, experience or expertise in finance + a conflict of interest =
      Zine is incapable of performing the fiduciary responsibilities of controller.

  27. ann elsner says:

    ABOUT “CHARACTER” RON GALPERIN:
    1) HE TOOK LAUNDERED MONEY AND DECLINED TO GIVE IT BACK.
    2) HE SUPPORTED CUTS TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET THAT HAVE RESULTED IN FURTHER DECLINES IN EMERGENCY-RESPONSE TIMES.
    3) HE WAS THE 4TH PLACE LOSER IN HIS BID FOR LOWER OFFICE.
    4) HE SUPPORTS PROPOSITION 13 TO RAISE TAXES ON PROPERTY OWNERS.
    5) HE BACKED MEASURE B, THE ILL-CONCEIVED ROOFTOP SOLAR ENERGY SCAM.

    • anonymous says:

      Please, at least substantiate your statements, especially (1);
      and clarify item (4) where you misrepresent Proposition 13:
      Proposition 13 places limitations on increase of property taxes.

  28. anonymous says:

    Apropos Zine and this election, our question is this:
    Why, in the second largest “world class” city in USA, supposedly with
    an abundance of intellect, brilliance, wealth, privilege, ability, talent, etc. etc.
    why…is our city ruled by dullards, unethical and unworthy, the dregs…why?

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