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Mayoral Aide Jim Bickhart Admits to Hate Comments Made on Yo! Venice!
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March 16, 2011
6:37 pm
Bret
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It would be nice if all the people that have slung mud at this site for being a “hate site” now apologize. It is no small coincidence that Jim Bickhart appears to be friends with all of the people that have said this is a hate site, including members of the Venice Neighborhood Council and various social service providers in Venice. Looks like this was a “set up” to me. Dirty politics in Venice, Yo!

(For the back story on this, please click here, here, here, here, here and here.)

From the Venice Stakeholders Association:

(Venice, CA/3-16-2011)

Mayor’s Deputy Transportation Director Admits to Dirty Tricks Against Venice Stakeholders

Today, in response to a lawsuit by the Venice Stakeholders Association demanding documents under the Public Records Act, the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a document that proves that mayoral aide Jim Bickhart was the author of inflammatory posts on the Yo Venice! website relating to VSA’s effort to stop vehicle camping on Venice streets.

http://venicenetdata.wpengine.com, on Flickr”>VSA bickhartmemo12-01-10
(Click here to read this memo full size!)

In the confidential memorandum dated December 1, 2010, Deputy Mayor Jaime de la Vega disciplined Mr. Bickhart by placing him on unpaid administrative leave, and directed him to “not be involved in any land use issues or local policy issues related to the Community of Venice in the Office of the Mayor unless specifically directed to do so by the Chief of Staff.” The memorandum was also signed by Mr. Bickhart.

Documents previously disclosed by the Mayor’s office confirmed that Bickhart had used his high-level position in the Mayor’s office and a city email account to wage a personal vendetta against various initiatives favored by VSA, including the City’s adopted ordinance creating overnight parking districts (OPDs) in Venice. In February, the VSA filed suit against the Mayor for withholding documents relating to Mr. Bickhart’s activities. That suit is still pending.

The newly released personnel memorandum confirms that Bickhart, writing under the pseudonym of SnakePliskin, posted the following on the YoVenice! website:

“We got what we wanted on the RVs and campers. Who do we go after next? We can’t stop until this place is all cleansed. Wash away the scum. ALL of it.”

“Who cares? Villa-la-grossa is just as big a coward as Rosendahl. Maybe the Stakeholders are right – if these folks won’t leave, we should get someone to come around with a semi, load the homeless scum into it like stinking sardines and drive them out to the Mojave. Dump ‘em there in the dead of night blindfolded and drive away. Period. End of story.”

“Next time one of those wussies heckles you, just pop ‘em one. No. They protect scum, they should be treated like scum. It doesn’t matter if they make money sucking on the government tit or if there Wolfgang frigging *#!%$!. Time is running short.”

In the second paragraph above, Bickhart clearly linked the Venice Stakeholders Association to these reprehensible comments.

“VSA’s lawsuit claims that, under the Public Records Act, the public has a right to see any evidence that senior members of the Mayor’s Office staff are using City position and resources to oppose the official position of the City, and to find out what the Mayor’s Office is doing about it,” said VSA president Mark Ryavec. “Ultimately, the Mayor, by producing the Bickhart disciplinary memo, agreed.”

March 16, 2011
7:01 pm
Venetian
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Talk about a wee tiny gentle little slap on the hand for an enormous abuse of his position & destroying public confidence in their elected officials. Disgusting!

"I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak now or forever hold your piece." – James Bond
March 16, 2011
7:14 pm
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This is huge. What type of person posts such a hate filled message?

 

I hope those who “monitor” this site see who the REAL enemies of the poor, immobile “travelers” and homeless are. That post has one of two possibilities…

 

1: To stir up some hateful sociopath(s) somewhere to commit an act of violence, thus garnering a sympathy backlash to stop the citizens of Venice from protecting thier community. IF this was the case, he was more than willing to sacrifice a human life on the selfish altar of “getting what I want” to make the majority of the citizens of Venice to look bad in a media spotlight.

2: He really meant it.

 

I'm not sure which of those two are worse.

 

Mark and Bret, I salute you gentlemen for exposing a dangerous and irresponsible individual in City Hall.

March 16, 2011
7:21 pm
Bret
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Personally, I do not think Bickhart was acting “alone”.

Some of the politicians in Venice do not seem to like the opinions of the residents of Venice.

Heck, some of them even discussed trying to take this website offline.

The actions of many of the local politicians that are associated with the Social Service Industry in Venice is appalling. They are the true “haters” of Venice … only interested in furthering their own agenda at the expense of the majority of residents.

March 16, 2011
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Huge thanks to the people that took their time and energy to see this through.  It is always an inspiration to see truth in these matters find its way into the light.  Dirty tricks are sure sign of an ideology that lacks popular support.. and people that use them should be banished from public service because public manipulation is the antithesis of public service.

March 16, 2011
8:17 pm
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Good work guys! That explains a lot.

 

One more point for “We the people of Venice!” 

March 16, 2011
8:29 pm
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Mark and Bret:  Beautiful!

March 16, 2011
8:31 pm
Shane
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Bravo, Bret and Mark.

This animal doesn't deserve to hold public office of any kind.

March 16, 2011
8:33 pm
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Anyone forward it to the LA Weekly, the Daily News, LA Observed or the Times?

 

Good job guys!  

March 16, 2011
9:08 pm
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Sent to all but LA Observed.  I don't know that media outlet.

March 16, 2011
9:09 pm
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Good job Mark and Bret 

March 16, 2011
9:11 pm
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Add John Henning, our attorney, to the list of those who should be thanked.  He did a great job on this for the VSA.

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