President 2012 Obama Jam: Another Fundraising Day and Another Obama Traffic Jam for Los Angeles

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About three plus hours to go but here is the latest about street closures for this afternoon and tomorrow.

President arrives at 4:45pm at LAX
  • Usually he is helicoptered to the VA from where the motorcade departs
  • He will motorcade across the Westside to  sometime between 5pm and 6pm to two seperate events in Hancock Park – Santa Monica, Sunset, Olympic, Pico, Wilshire are all subject to rolling closures
  • He usually stays at the Beverly Hilton.  So sometime around 9-10pm he’ll probably head back from Hancock Park

Metro has not provided bus advisories yet – but they will release as the afternoon continues.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus is alerting riders to delays on routes 1, 2, 3, 8, and 12.

We’re still figuring out the Burbank portion of the trip – but we have received word the actual Tonight Show taping will be at 9am at NBC Studios near Olive and Alameda.  That means Obama will be on the move sometime between 8am and 9am from possibly the Beverly Hilton to Burbank.
Obama is scheduled to leave for San Francisco at noon from LAX.

Good luck out there.

I will be leaving from downtown Los Angeles around 5 PM.

Oh Joy!

President Obama to Paralyze Los Angeles Freeways for Campaign Cash – The Obamajam

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President Barack Obama is hugged by a supporter after speaking at a DNC fundraiser at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday, April 21, 2011. President Obama is making a West Coast trip aimed at building support for his deficit-reduction plans and raising money for his re-election campaign

Good luck West Los Angeles – you will need it.
I suppose there is no way President Obama can lose California in 2012. But he’s giving it a shot tomorrow–attending two fundraisers that, with the usual level of presidential security, promise to immobilize the West Side of Los Angeles during evening rush hour. … P.S.: Some enterprising journalist should tote up the cost of the visit, in terms of lost work hours and productivity, and greenhouse gases emitted by motorists stuck in traffic, and compare it with the amount of money Obama raised. I bet the ratio is more than 100 to 1.

Somehow I think KFI’s John and Ken will be all over Obama this afternoon.

Head on a stick?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Has Mirthala Salinas Moved into Getty House?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Anita Moreno, Antonio Villaraigosa, California, KNBC, LAPD, Los Angeles, Mirthala Salinas, NBC

Getty House is the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles

ERS News reports Mirthala and Mayor Villaraigosa are spending alot of time at Getty House, the Mayor’s official residence.

The Mayor’s wife, Corina, and their children reportedly have moved back to the family Mount Washington residence in East Los Angeles.

The Mayor and Ms. Salinas can do what they like but isn’t this a little quick – especially with the Mayor’s divorce pending?

Shoe shopping is one thing but living at the official City Mansion is well – classless.

Update:

Ana Garcia of KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles has a piece on tonight’s news. She asks the Mayor directly to supply his public records which were requested by Garcia and KNBC News weeks ago and which have been blocked by his attorneys.

The video is here.

Is that Anita Moreno in his security detail attempting to block Ana Garcia from asking the Mayor questions? Or who is it?

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City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is interviewed by reporter Mirthala Salinas of Telemundo at Factor’s Famous Deli on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Water Conservation – Setting an Example

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, takes questions with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster during a news conference at the port of Los Angeles in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. Villaraigosa was to talk about clean-fuel trucks but instead was peppered with questions about the suspension of his girlfriend Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.

The Los Angeles Times has a piece this morning exposing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other City of Los Angeles officials as HEAVY water users.

Why is this a surprise?

Mayor Villar needs to shower often to wash off the “stink” of corruption from his scandalous sexual affairs, including the latest one with Telemundo political reporter Mirthala Salinas.

Enough said.

Update:

Kevin faults the City Attorney, Rocky Delgadillo for NOT paying his water bill.  This is easily explainable:

He delegated it to his wife.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Telemundo Suspends Mirthala Salinas

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Telemundo on their nationally televised newscast tonight announced the results of their three week ethics investigation regarding Mirthala Salinas and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The disciplinary action for Salinas will be a two month unpaid leave.

At the end of 2006, KVEA management and the station’s political reporter mutually agreed that she should be reassigned to a beat that would not involve reporting on the Mayor of Los Angeles or city politics,” Telemundo network president Don Browne wrote in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “This decision, consistent with our guidelines, was made on the basis of a friendship that had developed between the reporter and the mayor. In April 2007, she was given the role of temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on the mayor and politics. This decision conflicted with our guidelines and with management’s prior decision.

“Her reading of copy during newscasts on June 8 and June 11 regarding the mayor’s separation from his wife was a flagrant violation of these guidelines. The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors.”

The complete statement of Don Browne, Telemundo President is here.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells reporters, “I have a relationship with Ms. (Mirthala) Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions.” Salinas is an evening anchor for Telemundo, Channel 52.

Two other Telemundo employees will also be disciplined:
  • Telemundo 52 President and General Manager Manuel Abud has been reassigned from his position.
  • President of the Telemundo Television Stations Division, Ebra Morales, was reprimanded.

Well, the result is pretty much how Flap called it, now isn’t it?

Ok, Flap said a paid leave and/or settlement. So, they slapped Mirthala’s hand a little harder.

And, besides, she can now hang out with the Mayor at Getty House while his divorce proceeds through the courts.

Mirthala keeps her job and dignity, while Mayor Villar is placated that his girl friend is not summarily fired and humiliated.

Sounds like a win-win for the Mayor and Mirthala.

NBC Universal, the parent company of Tlemundo, also keeps on the good side of the Mayor whom they need for their massive Universal City development project.

A win for NBC.

A WIN-WIN-WIN.

Flap continues to believe there will be a Los Angeles County Grand Jury investigation over this entire scandal.

Stay tuned…….

Update #1

Luke Ford has more:

Eric Longabardi is going to report on ERSnews.com that the investigation covered the time from late 2005 to July 5. That’s all. It didn’t cover Salinas and Fabian Nunez. It didn’t cover Salinas and Alex Padilla. It didn’t cover Salinas and other powerful men, including those at Telemundo.

Telemundo has a book of standards and practices. Salinas clearly violated the conflict of interest provision.

The Poynter Institute was used unpaid to advise on the case and therefore won’t comment about it.

As for the comment about this damaging Telemundo credibility, who says Telemundo has credibility in the first place?

Agreed Luke, but NBC had to keep the Mayor and his planning department happy.

Corina will exact her pound of flesh and make life miserable for Villar. In fact, the divorce is the beginning of the end of his political career.

Los Angeles Pols are lining up to take a shot at Vilaraigosa.

Update #2

Check out the commenting at the Los Angeles Times and over at Mayor Sam’s.

Update #3

Mirthala is not doing so well in the LA Times poll:

Telemundo 52 reporter Mirthala Salinas, top left in red, at a news conference by Villaraigosa outside Gov. Schwarzenegger’s office in Sacramento on June 20, 2006, when the mayor was stumping for a bill that would give him more control over the L.A. Unified School District.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: The Source

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Antonio Villaraigosa, Arnold Schwarzenegger, California, Los Angeles, Mirthala Salinas, NBC, Telemundo

Kevin Roderick has the poop on who started the FLAP of the Villaraigosa – Salinas affair scandal.

So, who was the source of Luke Ford’s post about the Mayor no longer wearing his wedding ring and not being seen with his wife, Corina, for months?

Why, it was Daily News reporter Tony Castro, who couldn’t get his piece published in the newspaper.

The role of blogs – to boldly publish, where no one has published before.

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