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Supervisor debate to be held on March 27; Will be livestreamed by NBC LA

LA Press Club Hosts Free Supervisor Debate 3/27 @ 7 pm, Live-Streamed by NBC LA

With Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky termed out, the race to represent Los Angeles County’s 3rd District is wide open for the first time in 20 years. Former state lawmaker Shiela Kuehl and former mayors Bobby Shriver, John Duran and Pamela Ulich are competing to become the elected representative of the 2 million people who live in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, and along the coast from Malibu to Santa Monica.

Los Angeles Press Club has teamed up with NBC Los Angeles to bring this important debate to you live. The event is free to all, but R.S.V.P. is a must. Plenty of free parking behind the building. Refreshments will be served.

What are their ideas for preventing abuses by the Sheriff’s Department? How would they reform the troubled foster care system? Can they patch the holes in the social safety net? These and other questions will be answered on March 27, as the Los Angeles Press Club hosts a public debate among the candidates, with Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times / KPCC) moderating. Questions will come from members of the LA press club, professional journalists working in Los Angeles in every platform. To submit a question email it to Diana-AT-lapressclub.org and put “Debate Question” in the subject line.

Date & Time: March 27, 2014. 7pm (doors open at 6pm). The debate starts at 7 pm sharp, so be sure to be seated by then.
Venue: The Los Angeles Press Club, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking.
Metro: Red line Sunset/Vermont.
RSVP Required

The Importance of, and Incentives to, Vote (Read: Freebies!)

The gray represents countries without electoral democracy, according to think tank Freedom House.

So.  Did you vote yet?  Are you parading your “I Voted” sticker arrogantly the way people at Coachella breathed, lived, and slept in their wristbands?  No?  Well then.  Get on it.  Where’s My Fucking Polling Place is self-explanatory.  Use it if you need it.

If you don’t know what on earth is going on because you were the type of person who partied the night before the big final exam, studied a little bit in the morning, and went on to set the curve (no, I’m not bitter at all), there are a few last minute study materials readily available: reliable ol’ Smart Voter has the full text of the measures and candidate statements; the LA Times’ Voter Guide (with their endorsements) is available here; and GOOD Magazine put together a 51-page behemoth of a guide here.  Red pill, blue pill: make your choices wisely.

Too apathetic to vote?  Yes, me too, almost: because nothing gets you out of bed faster than the promise of a free meal and/or drink,  the powers that be will bestow a heap of free things upon you if you vote.  Flashing your “I Voted” sticker at the following establishments will earn you:

[I’m updating the above list as the day goes along.]

Oh, and I guess you can get an “I Voted” badge on FourSquare, if you’re into that sort of thing, but  I might officially check out of the app after seeing the number of people check into the San Francisco riot last night.  What, pray tell, exactly is the thought process behind checking into your local riot?  Anyway, whether you’re voting because it’s your civic duty or because the carrot is too appetizing and too free to pass up, just get on out to the polls.  That will be the one productive thing you’ll do today.

* The research and data behind the map can be found on Freedom House’s website.

What’s a California Voter to Do?

In the run-up to the June 8 California Statewide Direct Primary Election, I have been getting bombarded with printed material in the mail, probably three pieces per day on average.  And it’s damned confusing.  A bunch of candidates vying for the same position (such as Assembly Member), often with very similar-sounding positions.  Tit-for-tat attack pieces sent on alternate days by candidates and the special interest groups who oppose them.  What’s a voter to do?

For starters, do a little research.  Check out the websites of the candidates for their stated positions and their records.  See who endorses and opposes them.  Enlighten us here through your comments.  Check out your Voter Guides if you have been sent them.  Then read the fine print on some of those special interest group pieces.  Often, the groups with the loftiest-sounding names (Citizens For a Fair Economy, Moms For Health Care Justice, Girl Scouts for Puppies) are primarily backed by big corporations which may not have your interests in mind.

Continue reading What’s a California Voter to Do?

Did you go and vote yet?

As I’ve been saying, voter turnout is expected to be AROUND TEN PERCENT today –


Please take a moment to go and vote – I voted for Moore (yeah bring on the attacks; I can take it) and against all the Props, especially B which gives a monopoly to the unions and does pretty much the opposite of what it claims (another shock).

Lastly, if you don’t vote, I don’t want to hear any of your bellyaching about what goes on around here. I’m disgusted that our motto has gone from “E Pluribus Unum” to “Can’t Somebody ELSE do it?”

Bums to throw out first: Reyes, Alarcon and Villaraigosa

My approach to politics has always been, “If you don’t like what’s going on in your government, THROW THE BUMS OUT.”

Sure, it’s simplistic and may not be ultra-effective, but a big part of why our entire government is FUBAR is because these jerks get in there, get comfy, get corrupted, get busy SCREWING US, and NEVER LEAVE.

Even without weeks of time to research the individual scumbags (face it, who else wants to get into government?), one very effective tool is still THROW THE BUMS OUT. And if we do it for every election, we’re bound to get a good one. Or a less horrible one. Or at least a different one. (Yes, term limits are the lazy man’s method, but they sometimes take too long to go into effect.)

Don’t care much for those electronic billboards? I did a post about the one in Silver Lake and got lots of complaints about a lot of other ones.

Wanna know who just voted AGAINST banning them?

Richard Alarcon
Tony Cardenas
Bernard Parks
Ed Reyes

Up for re-election: Reyes and Alarcon.

VOTE AGAINST THEM and while you’re at it call their offices and tell them why. This really makes them crazy.

Oh and PLEASE don’t forget the biggest bum of them all: Antonio Villaraigosa – on the job a full ELEVEN PERCENT of the time he’s been in office, and really that was just to get his picture taken.


Little-known fact: Voter turnout for these elections is so alarmingly low that even a few hundred votes can swing an entire election. Let’s keep the momentum from last November – VOTE!

Bratton’s pre-election terrorism prediction = FAIL


So – it’s a new day in America. The majority of us decided it was time for a change from the ugly, grasping, lying, bloodthirsty stance our federal government has spent eight years building. And we put a better man in office.

The campaign horrors – all the lies, character assassination and bald-faced bullshit – it’s all been washed away in a red-white-and-blue tsunami of hope and progressive momentum.

McCain actually could be a decent guy instead of a libelous demagogue? So what.

Palin really was nothing but an undereducated prop? Meh.

But the fact that LAPD Chief William Bratton poured gas on that hellacious political wildfire by predicting a terrorist attack and now he’s been proven wrong?

Nope. I’m not willing to forgive that.

Hope the hollow shield-thumping and irresponsible (and rankly political) scaremongering was worth whatever little bureaucratic post the Obama administration gives you, Chief.