mayor for nothing!

September 13, 2008

I woke up extra early today and–with sleep in my eyes–walked to the local coffee shop for a bagel and coffee because it’s saturday morning and I really don’t want to be awake. During my 15 minute wait for a toasted bagel, I picked up the LA Weekly and even though I don’t particularly like the publication, I blew through one of the most-informative, interesting articles about our shitbag mayor that’s ever been written. The final verdict as to why Los Angeles is in the same–or worse–state it was in when he took office: he doesn’t do anything (except get kinky with Telemundo newscasters).

The gist of the whole thing is that the Weekly obtained public records of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s daily schedule and, after carefully reviewing it and properly filling in the blanks, came up with a breakdown of what our mayor does with his day which, mostly, involves feeding his ego and hanging out with people that give him money:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa logged roughly 900 hours of work during a 10-week period from May 21 to August 1, a time during which he repeatedly touted his 16-to-18-hour, seven-day-a-week workload. L.A. Weekly found that his days actually average about 13 hours, and we sorted the approximately 900 total hours into five categories. (To view a PDF of his schedule obtained by the L.A. Weekly go here.)
TRIPS: 34 percent of his official workload, 310 hours, was spent on out-of-town travel — 10 times in 10 weeks. Most of it was blacked out by Villaraigosa’s office, but the Weekly has independently determined that he made fund-raising jaunts to New York, Chicago and San Francisco, plus traveled to Hawaii, Israel, London, Miami (where he fit in a quick fund-raiser), Oakland and San Diego.
GAP TIME: 24 percent of his official workload, or 220 hours, was only vaguely identified. These areas of his hour-by-hour schedule were dominated by gap-time activities, such as continually moving from one event to another.
BLACKED OUT: 21 percent of his official workload, or 186 hours, was largely blacked-out time the Weekly could not identify but which was said by the mayor’s aides to be spent on fund-raising for his 2009 mayoral race, and personal, family and “security-related” activities.
CEREMONIAL OR PR: 10 percent of his official workload, or 88 hours, was spent on largely ceremonial or public-relations endeavors, including staged press conferences (usually on noncritical or fluffy topics rather than breaking news), prepping for staged press conferences, giving prearranged media interviews and attending ceremonies, receptions, luncheons, banquets and awards.

Then, the most disturbing part:

CITY WORK: 11 percent of his official workload, or 96 hours, was spent in Los Angeles doing direct work on city business. A big chunk of that time involved meeting with special-interest or lobbying groups, while another chunk — 11 hours — went to participating as a voting board member at Metro transit meetings. This category also included policy work, three hours and 45 minutes in discussions with his chief of staff, three hours and 15 minutes signing legislative documents, two hours and 25 minutes spent on “call time/correspondence,” and occasional meetings with city department heads.

THREE HOURS OUT OF 900 WERE SPENT ON LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS?! WTF?! We pay this guy?!?!?! lfholdhflrhgiurhdig!!!!


angry citizen


One Response to “mayor for nothing!”

  1. It won’t be long before an angry mob approaches him…
    Did the LA Times pick up on this story? I know LA Weekly ran it, but once the LA Times finds out, heads will roll.

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