The Deep State In Los Angeles — How Dennis Zine Wanted To Take $30,000 Out Of His Salary In 2013 And Give It To The LAPD’s Mounted Platoon — To Buy A Tractor, Of All Things — Possibly For Anti-Terrorism Purposes — Or Maybe Just For Moving Horseshit From One Place To Another — But Holly Wolcott — At That Time Executive Officer In The Clerk’s Office — Did Some Weird Back-Channel Voodoo On The Council File — Put It Into “Continuation Pergatory [sic] Never To Be Agendized Again” — Which Certainly Raises A Question As To Who’s In Charge Over At 200 N. Spring Street

I recently obtained a huge batch of emails between former City Clerk June Lagmay and present City Clerk Holly Wolcott back when she had Shannon Hoppes’s job as Executive Officer. I haven’t managed to prep them all for publication yet, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there. See e.g. this recent post about lawsuits against the Downtown Center BID and how the City propped them up for five years by refunding a half million dollars in assessments to an angry plaintiff.

Today’s topic, also based on selections from this material, is a vignette about an attempt by former Councilmember Dennis Zine to donate $30,000 from his salary to the LAPD’s Mounted Platoon to buy a replacement tractor, maybe to move horseshit around?1 The Council File is 13-0064-S4, and you can read the LAPD’s report on the donation as well. On February 11, 2013 Holly Wolcott emailed Karen Kalfayan, possibly with the office of the Chief Legislative Analyst,2 to ask if the money was coming out of Zine’s salary as Councilmember.3

Subsequently Lagmay emailed Wolcott to alert her that the item would be heard in committee on February 22. After the meeting Lagmay emailed Wolcott under the subject line “interesting” to tell her that the item was continued to an unspecified future date, and then Wolcott replied, taking credit for the whole thing: “Yes, that was due entirely to my intervention…….since I couldn’t keep it off the agenda that is what we all decided to do with it. … It will die in continuation pergatory, [sic] never to be agendized again hell now. [sic] Lagmay’s reply expresses pure admiration: “You one powerful woman.” And who is “we all” in Wolcott’s narrative? Some anti-tractor cabal? Isn’t the Committee in charge? Very weird.

That’s the story! And I don’t know if it’s good or bad for Dennis Zine to give a tractor to the LAPD. It’s probably bad, because what good are the cops gonna get up to with heavy equipment?4 But good or bad, ideally the City is run by elected officials exercising their lawful powers lawfully granted to them by the people rather than by appointed functionaries using scheduling jujitsu to kill off properly introduced motions by leaving them to “die in continuation pergatory, [sic] never to be agendized again hell now. [sic] And turn the page for transcriptions of everything!


From: Holly Wolcott <holly.wolcott@lacity.org>
To: “Kalfayan, Karen” <karen.kalfayan@lacity.org>
Subject: C.F. 13-0064-S4
Bcc: June Lagmay <june.lagmay@lacity.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:14:41 -0800

Hi Karen,

Laura Luna (Filatoff) called from the Police Department relative to this donation from Zine to the Police Department. It’s $30,000 for the purchase of equipment. The source of funds is not clear from the documents submitted by the Police Commission but Laura is stating that the funds are coming from Zine’s salary account. If that is the case, we would need some instruction to transfer the funds. I am not sure it would need to be part of the Council action as the dollar amount in under the transfer threshold but in the event that this is a salary transfer, we would need the confirmation.

Does your office have any knowledge of this? I am approaching you first but am also willing to contact Zine’s Office directly, if you think that best. Let me know what your thoughts are.

http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=13-0064-S4

Thanks,


Holly L. Wolcott
Executive Officer
Office of the City Clerk
213-978-1023


From: June Lagmay <june.lagmay@lacity.org>
To: Holly Wolcott <holly.wolcott@lacity.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:21:50 -0800
Subject: Re: C.F. 13-0064-S4

FYI, Zine’s mot is in Item 10 in Public Safety Committee next Fri Feb 22.


From: June Lagmay <june.lagmay@lacity.org>
To: Holly Wolcott <Holly.Wolcott@lacity.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:34:19 -0800
Subject: interesting

Today Public Safety continued to a future date (not specified), the Zine mot to donate $30,000 (from his salary account according to LAPD) to buy a tractor for LAPD’s Metro Div Mounted Platoon.


From: Holly Wolcott <holly.wolcott@lacity.org>
To: June Lagmay <june.lagmay@lacity.org>
Subject: Re: interesting
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:38:49 -0800

Yes, that was due entirely to my intervention…….since I couldn’t keep it off the agenda that is what we all decided to do with it.

Laura Luna thinks I should follow up with Peter DiCarlo to get a retraction letter. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. It will die in continuation pergatory, never to be agendized again hell now.


From: June Lagmay <june.lagmay@lacity.org>
To: Holly Wolcott <holly.wolcott@lacity.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:42:21 -0800
Subject: Re: interesting

You one powerful woman.



Image of Dennis Zine whining about some nonsense is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and then there’s this.

  1. Knowing the LAPD, though, it’s hard to see how just one tractor would suffice.
  2. It’s hard to tell what Kalfayan’s position was at that time.
  3. I don’t have a copy of Kalfayan’s answer, if there was one.
  4. Or any equipment, for that matter.
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