Squid Fry for Apr 08, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
BANK SHOT… Squid can’t keep up with the Kardashians. It’s hard enough to just follow the life of model and actress Kim Kardashian, between her sexy sunbathing in Miami – where her sisters Kourtney and Khloé are shooting the second season of yet another reality show – and Lakers game outings. Although her breakup with Reggie Bush has taken a steady man out of her oh-so-busy schedule, Squid didn’t buy for a minute that Ms. Kardashian would grace the VIP Lounge of Salinas’ Bankers Casino on April 30. “Dolls, I am NOT going to be at the event at Bankers Casino on April 30,” Kim posted on her website. “It’s totally fake. Just wanted to let you know. Ridiculous.” Kim’s booking agent Brian Dow added in an e-mail: “Absolutely false they’re lying.” Club owner Sal Jimenez says an entertainment agency dispute caused the mix-up and that Bankers and clubs in Sacramento and Modesto have a signed contract with Kim through booking agency Logantown Entertainment. At press time, Jimenez says he called off the event after requesting that Kim do a video blog confirming her appearance. “She was going to host a party for the event with a couple other celebrities,” he says. “Now with all this negative publicity, there would have to be validation.” Squid’s guessing that Kim won’t cancel her weekend plans for the L.A. celebrity club circuit to visit the Salad Bowl’s card room.
LOST YEARS… In the recovered memory department, Squid learns that City Councilman Gerard Rose seems to have dredged up recollections of City Hall labor troubles circa 1990 that never happened – at least according to former city administrators who ran the shop then. At a March 28 budget meeting, Rose said 20 years ago, the city floated the idea of trimming the benefits of newly hired workers, while maintaining those paid to existing employees. “There was huge disaffection,” Rose says. “It created a horrible morass of problems.” Never happened, says former City Administrator Jere Kersnar in an e-mail to a Squid informant. “I am as certain as I can be that there was no discussion at the bargaining table about a two-tiered system, for PERS or anything else,” he writes. Well, maybe Rose is fuzzy on the dates, so what say the guy who succeeded Kersnar? Doug Schmitz writes, “This is incumbent hogwash and a LIE.” When Squid’s comrades at the Weekly tried to get Rose’s version of the story, Squid hears that the veteran city councilman was so irate about the Weekly’s calling him a a “rubber-stamp’’ for Mayor Sue McCloud that he hung up on Squid’s colleague before the reporter could ask the question. But not before offering said reporter this: “Don’t you know Sue… votes last?’’ Squid still awaits further response.