Rogers publicly excoriated these critics as non-attorney know-nothings. But he secretly agreed with them


Remember when Will made such a big public deal a few months ago about how guys like Spell and Sousa were amateurish dumbos with mental problems?

Well lookie here.

From: Rogers, Will
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 11:52 PM
To: Prescott, Patrick; Davis, Ron
Subject: Re: BHA

Thanks for the info.

I have to tell you, I am really not happy about the $50k to the “Yes on B” committee. I know you weren’t there, and that Lucy recused herself. I personally believe in Measure B – to the point that I signed off on the arguments in favor of it, and have a “Yes on B” sign in my yard. And I certainly get the BHA’s interest in the matter.

But for an agency that we’ve essentially empowered to “tax” others, I think the amount here is really ludicrous and way out of bounds. I seriously doubt the private contributions to the effort will approach anything near that amount, and I can’t help but look at it from the average citizen’s POV. And from that perspective, I think his stunt really stinks. (It doesn’t help that some of that cash is being spent on a sign service that has in its contract that it will deliver signs to those who request them – a complete departure from the norms of Ballot Measure or Candidate campaigning in Burbank. VOLUNTEERS and passionate citizens deliver signs, not paid contractors!) Add to it that the BHA is virtually unknown, and that even a council member had no clue where to find the agendas – or that there were even agendas to review… Well, it just stinks to high heaven.

Then, to see that Sunder went before old pals like Tom Flavin and the other familiar hoteliers — for FIFTY THOUSAND clams!

And again, I support B. I know from the agenda that you were not present, and so forth. I’m not sure what there is to do about it, or situations like it, in the future. But this is the kind of stunt that demagogues and knee-jerk haters successfully use to really elevate and promote themselves among the average residents.


PS: Pardon me if it seems I’m yelling at YOU. I’m not. This is just my obnoxious self, overusing caps and exclamation marks.


Maybe it proves that the “demagogues and knee-jerk haters” are right.

It does prove that Rogers knew about this illegal donation way ahead of most people, and thus helped to conceal it.


Funny video. One of the first times we’ve seen speaker-POV candids of the dais during a statement.

That’s consciousness of something, eh Rogers? You just won’t give the people you hate anything, will you? Even when you agree with them you’ll still try to fuck with them.





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39 responses to “Rogers publicly excoriated these critics as non-attorney know-nothings. But he secretly agreed with them

  1. Anonymous

    Spell and Sousa are hare brained lunatics. Whatever you say.

  2. Politics make strange bedfellows indeed. How illuminating it is to see proof Mayor Rogers was in total agreement with Save Burbank Neighborhoods et al. at one point but kept silent. I wonder how that silence was assured?

  3. Incognito

    It’s Not whatever they say, they obviously had their facts in order to the point that the DA investigating agreed with them. Mr. Spell, maybe you should post the letter you received and shut these people up…
    Oh by the way, how did the new council work for everyone, another project from a big developer passed with flying colors and oh yeah the 350+ sq ft low income units, who is going to really live in those??? I think their standard “shoe closet” is bigger than that how can they expect a couple to live in that, for what they are going to charge… WOW keep drinking the Koolaide.

    • Anonymous

      Regarding the size of the micro apartments, you should take that up with Jimmy Carlisle. He says that they are totally unremarkable and that Burbank has lots of efficiency and 1 bedroom apartments about that size.

      The fact is that hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in apartments of that size, and are happy to have them.

      • semichorus

        Yup, they’re not true micro apartments, which range from about 75 to 275 sq ft., often with communal kitchens.

        These are just big singles, which many developers are building anyway these days because they’re in demand and quite lucrative. And his preferential “working income” rents are about average in Burbank for similar-sized apts.

        He didn’t give the council any deals. But they gave him one in exchange.

    • I will post the letter from the DA by Tuesday and other emails most likely but the Brown Act finding was not our biggest grievance. We are hopeful the more serious charges will be prosecuted by the DA or perhaps the State Atty. It’s not out of the realm of possibility.

      • semichorus

        The bigger issues are the illegal donation, and any proof of conspiracy to violate the law.

        Rogers for instance. After revealing knowledge of the donation, which we now have proof of, what did he do proactively to thwart it. Even afterwards. Did he demand return of the money? Did he report it to a third party?
        The FPPC? Why not?

        Much of the FBI’s concern with Burbank’s civilian higher-ups was whether or not they had helped to conceal evidence or knowledge of illegal activities. This isn’t on the same level of course, but still.

        • Anonymous

          Who told you that the donation was illegal?

          • semichorus

            Government entities can’t donate money to political campaigns.

            So if the FBI had donated money to the Hillary campaign, that would have been OK with you guys.

          • Anonymous

            Who told you that the BHA was a govt entity? Is the Chamber of Commerce a govt entity?

            • semichorus

              It’s part of the city government. That’s why it has to abide by the Brown Act.

              The Chamber is not.

              • Anonymous

                We’ll see about that.

                • Local Hotelier

                  WOW and WOW.

                  Even the dismissive Miss Brown Act has acknowledged the Burbank Hospitality Assoc. is subject to the Brown Act.

                  She even recommended Brown Act Training for them.

                  They have an Agenda, published BEFORE each meeting.

                  Shoveling money to the Measure B Campaign was NOT on the Agenda.

                  The runt FAILED to act locally, but instead recommended referral to outside Agencies????
                  A B D I C A T I O N. Runtstyle.

                  • semichorus

                    Yeah, there’s no question about it. She tried to get ahead of the issue but it didn’t work.

                  • Anonymous

                    Runt? Misogynist much?

                  • The Illuminator

                    To the dumb dumb who needs to learn what runt means—

                    “Pay Attention.”
                    “If the shoe fits, wear it,”
                    Cast your gaze beyond the rail at CC meets.
                    Can you tell us who meets the descriptive use of the word runt?

  4. Anonymous

    Fantastic stuff, Semi.

    Meantime, per “Will,” “Let’s all agree not to fart.”

  5. 50k Shades of Corruption

    One of my “50K” favs:

  6. chad

    Semi, how was this email released to the public? Comey?

    • semichorus

      Yes, that damn Comey can’t help but leak everything.

      No, the complainants got it through a public records request.

  7. Robert

    and then we have this myth called climate change, a mere scheme of the democratic party. Just one more reason to tax us and waste the money

  8. Carlos

    James Comey has clearly stated that President Trump never was under investigation lol So much for the Trump collusion with Russia

    • semichorus

      Three months ago. Direct investigation as a subject.

      The worm can turn. New evidence maybe?

    • Anonymous

      Comey never said that Trump could not be investigated in the future if evidence lead that way.
      Trump is a crook.

      • semichorus

        And remember, that was three months ago. Who knows what Mueller’s doing now.

        All Comey said too was that Trump was not the direct subject of an investigation.

        (Mueller BTW appears to be NOW investigating Trump for possible obstruction.)

        • Eselda

          I love it “appears”. No evidence just speculation Welcome to the new sicialist Democratic Republic of the Democrats where you are racist if they disagree with you. Your sexist if you ever disagree with a female and of course your guilty of anything they can imagine with no evidence. Oh I forgot with Democrats “appear” is good enough for execution. Think I see who the nazi’s are.

      • Jeff

        Comey was not there to play the role of fortune teller he was there to answer questions about what actually has been going on. The facts are that Trump has not been under investogation so the fake news and leading liberals have been spreading lies.

  9. Art

    This whole President Trump is under investigation thing is a big NOTHING BURGER. Now stop wasting time with your fantasies and get down to business serving the American people.

    • Anonymous

      The Russians undeniably interfered with the election, and Putin clearly preferred that Trump win.
      Very consequential. The American people will be well served when all the facts come out.

  10. Eileen

    Top 10 things we learned from Comey::
    1. Trump was never under investigation.
    2. Trump did not obstruct justice.
    3. Trump did not collude with Russia.
    4. Russia did not alter the election outcome.
    5. Comey leaked his own memo.
    6. Loretta Lynch pressured Comey to cover for Hillary Clinton.
    7. There was ample evidence to put Hillary in jail but Comey chose not to pursue it.
    8. CNN and other fake news outlets have been lying / making things up this entire time.
    9. The Democratic Party no longer has the ability to scream “RUSSIA” every time Trump tries to do something.
    10. The Russia story is dead – any democrat who continue to push it will look foolish and insane to the American people.

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