Monday, June 25, 2007

HIDING ANTONIO: WHY HASN'T MEDIA BEEN COVERING "CONFERENCE OF MAYORS"? (I Mean Antonio Will Jump In Front of A Camera For A "Peanut Shell" Opening)

NO LOCAL COVERAGE OF THIS!!!!. Wow! Villaraigosa, once eager for all PR opportunities, imposes a media blackout on a HUGE PR opportunity like “CONFERNCE OF MAYORS”? I mean, the guy is Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Co-Chair (with Nucklehead Nunez) – and he has all these Mayors in his City for National press opportunities and it’s not even being mentioned in the media?
WOW! If the strategy is, “keep him and his name out of the press” – well there goes one of this main strengths out the window. Like not letting Britney Spears dance, and all you are left with is the bad singing.
Why take a, “Who’s Antonio, What Conference” PR strategy? Well, you may have heard Antonio’s wife has filed for divorce, and there have been added heat turned up on rumors of his studliness. According to some Zuma Times sources, Antonio would have to become a Mormon to marry them all. (That’s a ZD paraphrase.)
That doesn’t play to well to the religious, conservative, swing-Republicans that Clinton is trying to sway her way, this time, by doing the whole, “Faith, Family Values, Conservative Religious” talk, to get the Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart crowd, who are looking for a faith-based alternative to the Republican’s War. (See Sojourner’s, who are helping her with the talk, and they’ll help rally their base with the walk (to the polls, for Hillary) So all this Antonio soap opera stuff is a real shot in the foot, which undermines it all, and highlights the hypocracy. (That’s how ZD spells it!) BOTTOM LINE: KEEP THE CONFERENCE QUITE…CAUSE ANY TALK OF LOS ANGELES AND MAYORS IS A THREAT THE THE SOJOURNERS-FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN STRATEGY.
Interesting one topic is "Home Depot Excellence in the Community"


Invited speakers include: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (CA), as well as Republican and Democratic Presidential hopefuls. U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH), New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison are confirmed participants.

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Robert Casey, FBI Section Chief and Greg Scarbro, FBI Unit Chief on Crime Data -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence -- Key Resolutions on Illegal Guns, Prisoner Re-Entry, Homeland Security, Immigration, D.C. Voting Rights, Mayors Water Council Meeting (Palisades) -- The Honorable Grace Napolitano, U.S. House of Representatives (CA) (Invited) Tom Cochran, USCM Executive Director -- Jonathan Tisch, Travel Business Roundtable Chairman and CEO Honorable Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) Mayors High School Dropout Crisis Workshop Bob Wise, Former Governor of WV and President of Alliance for Excellent Education -- Roy Romer, Former Governor of CO and Chairman of Strong American Schools 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Homeland Security Task Force Meeting - R. David Paulison, FEMA Administrator -- Anne Petera, The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Hunger and Homelessness Task Force Meeting (Pacific) -- Chris Gardner, Inspiration for The Pursuit of Happyness Movie (Invited) -- Alice Waters, Founder of Edible Schoolyard and Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, -- Philip Mangano, Executive Director U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Saturday, June 23 Mayors and Business Leaders Breakfast -- Home Depot Excellence in Community--- Trees Award (Two cities will receive $75,000 and $25,000 for innovative programs to help build urban forests) -- Ed Mazria, Mazria, Inc. Odems Dzurec, Remarks re. Climate Change & cities 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Opening Plenary Session,--- The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California -- Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund, Community Development and Housing Committee Meeting CDBG 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Jobs, Education and the Workforce Committee Meeting (Pacific) -- Key Resolutions on The No Child Left Behind Act, Summer Youth Employment Funding 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM Energy Committee Meeting (Palisades) -- Morry B. Markowitz, Edison Electric Institute -- Michael Zatz, Energy Star Commercial Buildings Program -- Key Resolutions on The Mayors' Energy & Environment Block Grant, Energy Independence 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Mayors' Climate Protection Awards Luncheon (Los Angeles Ballroom) Sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. -- City Climate Protection Awards (Two cities -- one large, one small -- will be recognized for implementing innovative projects to make their communities greener, healthier and more sustainable) 2:30 AM - 4:00 PM Children, Health and Human Services Committee (Palisades) Meeting -- Key Resolutions on Children's Health Insurance, Universal Health Care, Head Start 2:30 AM - 4:00 PM Urban Economics Policy Committee Meeting (Constellation Ballroom II) -- Key Resolutions on Minimum Wage and Funding for the 2010 Census 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Environment Committee Meeting (Constellation Ballroom I) -- John Hofmeister, President, The Shell Oil Company -- Key Resolutions on Municipal Water, The Mayors' Climate Policy Framework Sunday, June 24: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Census 2010 Workshop (Constellation Ballroom I) -- Renee Jefferson-Copeland, Customer Liaison Office, U.S. Census Bureau -- Linda Franz, Asst. Division Chief, U.S. Census Bureau, Geographic Partnerships 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Plenary Session (Constellation Ballroom I) -- Address: The Honorable Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico -- Public Leadership in the Arts Awards: Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, AZ Governor Janet Napolitano, Producer Randy Jackson (American Idol), Actor Jimmy Smits (West Wing, NYPD Blue), and The Actors Fund will be honored for their leadership and advocacy of the arts -- The Honorable Dennis J. Kucinich, U.S. House of Representatives (OH) MEDIA AVAILABILITY re. Governor Richardson and Rep. Kucinich Monday, June 25: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Business Plenary Session (Los Angeles Ballroom) -- 2007 Water Taste Test Award (During the meeting, all mayors will conduct a blind taste test of the tap water from five finalist cities to select a winner) -- Release of Metro Economies Report (The state of unemployment and labor markets across the 300+ metro areas and what it means for the future of the U.S. economy) -- Address: HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson 12:30

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