Friday, September 11, 2009

KRLA & Kevin James- The CD 2 Forum (part 2)

Thursday night Kevin James tried to welcome the other candidates for the CD 2 election to the studios, but unfortunately one of them couldn't make it. Paul Krekorian was busy. He was preoccupied up in Sacramento in the State Assembly. The Assembly members were trying to figure out how to give us even uglier, and more history-making deficits. They needed help from Paul , of course.

Kevin James didn't like it, but felt Krekorian was honestly tied up. Speaking about Krekorian, he said that "he has never dodged me..". It seemed like James was taking yet another dig at Chris Essel with that quote.


David Saltburg - Said "I've been calling into the Kevin James show for a long time." He mentioned how he has been attending City Council meetings for 3 years now. He has talked to Council Members. David said he would hire his staff members from the community. "People know I can stand up to the City," he added.

Augusto Bisani - said he was one of " The small 7 ", as he put it. He also said he was not an activist or a politician. He likes his community but has not been involved. We need to create jobs. Bringing jobs to the Valley is what I want to do. The entertainment business is important. I will try to make it happen.

Michael McCue - Thanked Kevin for inviting them, and said the other media have been ignoring this race. Said he was on Studio City Neighborhood Council and an activist all his life. He has been an advocate for issues at City Hall. The Democratic Party and its monopoly on power here in L.A. causes ALL the problems at City Hall.


Michael McCue - Tom LaBonge held a press conference where I held up a sign that said "infrastructure first." I saw the fire truck go into the sinkhole in Studio City. The budget is a big problem -- and Paul Krekorian will not take a pay cut. Augusto Bisani - The water mains are 100 years old. Inspections of these water mains should be made. We need a system to control these things. 50,000 acres were burning the other day and they didn't let anyone to go in to help. David Saltsburg - "Shame on this Mayor!!" Don't cut fire , collect the uncollected debt that is owed the City. Aging infrastructure is crucial. The City is supposed to spend 750 million on construction. Where is it being spent? And how? The DWP oversight committee , we need a paid staffer there.


Augusto Bisani - The firefighters are the first line of support. I'm on their side 100%. I will never cut them. The City recently voted for 5 million dollars for one month of some community celebration. The money should have been used elsewhere. Michael McCue - I agree with the firefighters. Good luck to them because the Mayor and the City Council just don't listen! These issues are life and death! I fought for a crosswalk in the Valley where a young mother and her child were killed. David Saltsburg - We cannot cut fire. Rolling brownouts increase delay times. I will be pressing buttons and raising these issues.


David Saltsburg: I like Augusto Bisani. He might lack experience, but he has character. Augusto Bisani - ZUMA DOGG! He's a different type of guy. Brainy and emotional 100% of the time. Michael McCue - I would use Zuma Dogg on my staff, but not as Chief of Staff. I favor Mary Benson. She has a down-to-earth, get-the-job-done type of attitude. We both come from Neighborhood Councils.


Michael McCue: I am so opposed to moving it! It is a power play by the City. They know the Neighborhood Councils aren't paid. They want us to miss time at work and miss our input. Augusto Bisani - I want to keep it as it is. David Saltsburg - I've been hammering Richard Alarcon about issues for quite some time. Eventually he said at Council "I don't want Zuma Dogg running public policy here in Los Angeles!" Now this. The public will not take it! This is all about Brown Act violations. The "Dog & Pony" show on Fridays...yeah, I coined that phrase.

(At this point I called into the show to ask if they agreed that Krekorian is a budget-destroying Socialist)


Michael McCue: The question is not technically correct. Paul Krekorian is a budget-destroying Democrat! We are going off the cliff financially, and it is the State Legislature that has brought us there. Augusto Bisani - I'm a Conservative Democrat and I don't like to spend on things that are not for the community. David Saltsburg - Thanks, Phil. Good to hear from Phil Jennerjahn and the Mayor Sam blog. He's come such a long way. Paul Krekorian has spent us into oblivion! Spend, spend, spend until the City is dry and bankrupt!


Augusto Bisani - This is typical City reaction. When I asked the City questions, I get no response. Zero. And I pay the taxes here and I vote! David Saltsburg - I know how to deliver constituent services, like getting something done about things like this. Michael McCue - We have discussed this at Neighborhood Council.Machine talk is when they say "Nothing can be done!" . What they are really saying is "I'm being paid to do nothing about the problem."


Michael McCue - You can tell from the serious tone at the forums and from the polls that voters are trying to find the courage to get behind a candidate. Everyone go to Support Michael McCue for City Council. Augusto Bisani - Our neighborhoods need safety. We need a realistic vision for the future. We need to change this machine. Don't vote for the people who have created the problems. Vote Augusto Bisani. David Saltsburg - I'm going to quote Councilman Dennis Zine, who said "Zuma Dogg is a good man." I'll be creative and innovative! Stand up! Create change! Vote Zuma!


Michael McCue was really good, but David Saltsburg was the winner tonight. Several opponents said they wanted him on their staff. That's good for Zuma Dogg's reputation. David has worked in radio before...and tonight he brought his big, booming radio voice and it really worked. His first two minutes were one of the most impressive things I've heard in the whole campaign. Radio is Zuma's forte.