Los Angeles City Hall politics revealed from an insider's point of view.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zine Tells Mayor to Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine

Can't do better than link to Los Angeles Dragnet who called Dennis Zine "The People's Hero" for having the guts to say "No" to Mayor Villaraigosa's shameful attempt to solve his fiscal irresponsibility by making the cash-rich DWP raise our rates.

LA Dragnet also had this great pic of Dennis Zine which we hope they don't mind us also using here.  Zine has been the only City Councilman to consistently stand by City Attorney Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich, and as they say, perhaps a little of the City Attorney's "Do the right thing" mantra is finally making sense to some of the other elected officials in our City.

Zine's consistent stance against the Mayor marks a first for Los Angeles, and let' s hope Zine's example inspires the rest of the Council to marginalize and ignore the Mayor for the remainder of his term, and get to grips with the financial ruin Villariagosa has brought on our City.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Villaraigosa's 'Briefing Paper' Fails To Impress

As the LA Times reported, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's threat that the City of Los Angeles will go bankrupt if the City Council fails to approve his DWP rate hike, failed to impress.

Thanks to an anonymous source, City Hall Insider can reveal the 'Briefing Paper' that was sent to the City Council to try to deter them from standing in the way of the Mayor's rate hike.

Seriously, what is interesting about Villaraigosa tying the DWP rate hike to the City's impending bankruptcy is that it totally validates the Measure B opponents who were, just, able to stop the Mayor and the IBEW from raising a ton of our money for nice, 'Green,' solar power. 

It was the Solar 8 who exposed the Measure B lie, that the money would not be spent on installing solar panels by inexpert DWP (IBEW) workers, but would just be sucked into paying off the City's general fund deficit at our expense.

The latest lie from the Mayor of Failure proves the point. The DWP rate hike was supposed to be yet another 'Green' thing, yet the merest notion that the City Council might stop it, and the Mayor is tying the rate hike to the City's impending bankruptcy.

To add to the lunacy of the arrogant and illogical rate hike, the Mayor of Failure managed to pull off a major political gaffe - Villaraigosa managed to drag the former Vice President of Failure into the argument. Yes, non other than Al Gore weighed in on the Mayor's rate hike. Obviously Gore was unaware of the way that Villaraigosa planned to raid the 'Green' rate hike money and stuff it straight into the City's general fund to stave off bankruptcy. I say 'obviously' because I'll give Gore the benefit of the doubt, and let's face it, Gore has never been one for serious research anyway.

Villaraigosa, the 4 time Bar Exam looser, hasn't realized that the magic of "Green" has worn off, and we're not buying it any more.