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Monday, April 14, 2014

Paul Tanaka and Crew coming in deep into El Sereno for Fundraiser at the Hecho En Mexico Eatery

Live from El Sereno!! Its another money-making fundraiser at the politically-connected Hecho En Mexico Eatery, in support of LA County Sheriff Candidate (and former Lynwood Viking Homie) Paul Tanaka.
If you are connected, both politically and fiscally, then Hecho En Mexico can host a fundraiser for you (at the right percentage of the proceeds).
 For the price of $60, we wonder if that includes an exclusive viewing of the Lynwood Vikings Tattoo of the former LA Sheriff Lee Baca underling? 
** Blogger's Note: As the candidates to replace former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca seek out votes in the lead up to the June Election, Mayor Sam discloses embattle candidate Paul Tanaka's pending Fundraiser at the Hecho En Mexico Eatery this Wednesday, on the eve of Thursday's Sheriff Candidate Debate at the LAPD's Hollenbeck Youth Center. Supporters of Tanaka have been handing out complementary tickets for Wednesday evening's gathering at the politically-connected eatery, but the fact that the owners are playing host to one of the alleged masterminds of jailhouse abuse is bound to raise eyebrows within the working class community. Thus, as a public service, we highlight the past of Tanaka and some of his former "crew", in the spirit of educating the LA-32 NC Community of El Sereno---Scott Johnson.
The photo above features a younger Tanaka and his Lynwood Vikings Guys, channeling their inner-gangsta personal.
An Evening of Inspiration or a needed money grab to counter former LAPD Asst.Chief and current Long Beach Chief Jim McDonnell's Daily News Endorsement
For those who may be near the Hecho En Mexico Eatery Wednesday evening, the gang signs above are not from the likes of local gangsters, but from the former crew of a candidate for Sheriff who merits no support.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Its Bloggin Spring Break Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine!!

Due to work commitments during LAUSD Spring Break Week blog content will still remain daily but light.
While some play, others have to work during Spring Break.
** Quick blogging notes:
Embattled CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar was a no show at two community events this weekend. According to a source, the Princeton Graduate, turned Telepolitico is out of town. Maybe as Daily News Columnist and Talk Radio Host Doug Mcintyre notes, the reigning Bad Boy of the City Clowncil Central Committee will learn what it means to be accountable for his personal and political transgressions.
The First Cousin of former Failure Mayor Antonio Villar, Assembly Speaker John Perez is running third in a statewide poll of likely voters in his quest to feed from the public trough as the next State of California Controller. These poll numbers should surprise no one considering his past lukewarm support at the ballot box.
Our favorite South LA "WMD Columnist" (WMD = Written Missives of Distortion) Betty Pleasant is lobbing another of her weekly Soulvine WMDs in the direction of LA County Board of Supervisor Mark "Home Renovation Thomas". We ponder what has become of this formerly mutualistic union. 
With apologies to Downtown News Editor and reigning "Scribe of Wit" Jon Regardie, there was no wit to discern in the 2020 Commission Final Report.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

Monday, April 07, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

As CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee's reigning Bad Boy Jose Huizar's Attorney Dennis Walsh seeks to keep personal and medical records, along with information regarding "Sexual History" of both his client and former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy, from being made public, Godoy seeks to expand her Sexual Harassment Lawsuit. 
Will making public the Personal, Medical and Sexual History of both Francine Godoy and the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate", prompt CD 14 Constituents to take action at the Polling Place in 2015, to protect themselves from a dreaded Third Term of "Sleazy Huizzy"?  
Will fellow, former CD 14 Staffers stand by Francine Godoy's assertion of a hostile work environment"?
Good Bloggin Monday morning to all as we want to advise all that the following missive is rated PG-17 (ie. anyone under the age of 18 should seek guidance from parents regarding the content of this blog post, that is unless you are above the age of 13 in the area of the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council. Thus, old enough to vote and be exploited by the likes of Vera Padillo for personal gain, but I digress)).
Because of this, don't be surprise if the legal proceedings on April 23 disclose some further inconvenience truths regarding the ugly, inner-personal of "Sleazy Huizzy".
** While the likes of City Clowncil Central Committee Members Joe "Blue Dog Democrat" Buscanio, Mitch "Spring Street RINO" Englander, along with a former "Shock Talk Radio Host", turned paid, Political Operative shill for their proposed "Supplement Our Spending, SOS LA Sale Tax Hike Scheme", KABC 790 AM Morning Drive Host and "Daily Valley Moldy Green Sheet" (aka Daily News) Columnist Doug McIntyre, hits a missive shot over the wall, in noting the following as excerpted below ..........
Worse than Detroit?
Despite the date, April 1st, the prestigious UCLA Anderson Forecast is not known for either pranks or hyperbole. With Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in attendance, the economists charged with crunching the numbers on the L.A. economy dropped a couple of doozies on us last Wednesday.
From December 1993 through December 2013, Los Angeles failed to produce any new jobs. That’s “any.”
Zip. Nada. As in none.
In fact, we lost 3.1 percent of our jobs, ranking Los Angeles dead last in job growth among the top 32 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

........ and what will the insiders of the 2020 Commission propose in their anticipated follow-up report later in the week? More of the same fail policies.

** Doug McIntyre's Newsprint Colleague Rick Orlov's Monday Tipoff Column begins with the ramifications to local elections, pertaining from the recent McCutcheon Supreme Court Case which lifts restrictions on contributions to campaigns. Thus, in the spirit of putting the courts decision in local, political layman terms, we present the following hypothetical situation.

"If DWP/IBEW Strongman Brian D'Arcy Rizzo had stash away a portion of the unaudited Joint IBEW/DWP Job Safety Training Non-Profit for future, nefarious political use, he can now donate the maximum amount to each 2015 City Council Election and continue to fund Working Californians with an unlimited amount of money".

......, makes you wonder if the recent Supreme Court Decision is behind the times when it comes to local politics, allegedly.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Councilman Parks drops "Shock and Awe Missive" on Clowncilman Price's Coliseum Fireworks Show Takeover Attempt

CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks keyboards "Shock and Awa Retort" to CD 9 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Curren Price and political allies (USC, City Clowncil Central Committee Strongman Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson, LA County Board of Supervisor Mark "Home Renovation" Thomas) attempted takeover of Coliseum Fourth of July Fireworks Show 
 The former LAPD Chief has not lost the ability to keyboard a "Shock and Awe Retort" to political backstabbers who want to gain procession of his cherished CD-8 Council District creation.
New CD-9 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Curren Price is losing the PR Battle over his "going Saddam", in invading CD 8 turf and attempting to loot its Fourth of July Fireworks Show.
Nothing like a little "Political Shock and Awe" to start the week.
Happy Sunday evening to all as we search through the "smoke of political retort", in ascertaining how CD 9 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Curren Price weatherered the bruising "Shock and Awe Missive" via termed-out CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks ............, and with no apologies to Clowncilman Price, this verbal barrage is "priceless". 
The former Inglewood State Senator, turned newby CD 9 City Clowncilman (in waiting for the next Ana Cubas Campaign against him), may want to execute a prompt withdraw back behind the redistricted boundaries of his CD-14 looted council district, in the aftermath of these verbal bombs
Although I appeared on "The Bold and the Beautiful" earlier this week, my method acting could not prepare me for the performance at Wednesday’s Coliseum Commission meeting. 
I’m not going to disclose all the meddlesome details but the main fact is that Price did not come to me directly to discuss wanting to produce the Fireworks Extravaganza; I had to hear it from some of our vendors whom we have strong relationships with. The deception on Price’s part is reminiscent of when Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammy for lip-synching. Actually, it’s worse than that. He’s lip-synching and the Mark Ridley-Thomas and USC backup vocals can only hold him for so long, as excerpted below .......... (kaboom!!)

......., and the verbal barrage continues below.

The only defense that Price incessantly kept repeating is that the Coliseum is in his district (** kinda reminds us of Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know Its Fake", like the litigious 2012 Redistricting Commission boundaries, but I digress), therefore, he should put on the event. 1) there’s not enough space in this letter for me to begin to discuss the still-in-litigation redistricting process that removed the Coliseum from my district 2) the Coliseum is a facility not only for the district in which it resides; it’s for the whole city to use. 
Furthermore my district starts literally a few feet from the property line of Exposition Park which houses the Coliseum. Are we really going to draw lines in the sand? 
It’s no secret that I was the only one to object to the giveaway of the Coliseum and Sports Arena to USC. This looks like petty high school payback. I thought as you get older you don’t have to put up such foolishness but it looks like it never ends.

....., as Clowncilman Price digs out of the political rubble of his attempted looting of a CD-8 created community event, he can regroup knowing that  "Baghdad Betty" Pleasant still has his back (with permission of "Mini-Amin" Wesson), ready to unleash "WMD's" of "Written Missives of Distortions", that doubles as weekly "Soulvine Columns".

Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Just Say (and Vote) NO to "Save Our Streets LA" SOS Sale Tax Hike BS

With no apologies to City Clowncil Central Committee Members Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander and Mayor Garcetti-appointed Board of Public Works President Kevin James, the only thing your $4.5 Billion Dollars-plus, "Save Our Streets Scheme" will preserve, is high-paid, union patronage at City Hall, that has been responsible for the current conditions pictured below.  
Will "Save Our Streets LA" only serve to delay the fiscal crumbling of  Los Angeles into "Detroit on the Pacific"?
** Blogger's Note: As a blogging disclaimer, I take no responsibility in accepting a copy of the City of Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee's latest assault on timber reserves, but then when has the Clowncil Central Committee feign accountability for any fiscal transgressions in recent memory? That said, Neighborhood Councils Members at Saturday's Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANNC) Meeting were treated to a copy per NC, of Clowncil Central Committee Blue Dog Democrat Joe Buscaino and RINO Mitch Englander's proposed $4.5 Billion Dollars plus, Sales Tax Hike Scheme to "Save Our Streets and Sidewalks". We should note that the additional weight of this voluminous report in the respective vehicles of LANNC Meeting attendees was bound to have an immediate impact on LA's crumbling streets. Thus, in a moment of civic compassion, we embarked, in the spirit of activism, to find quick, bloggin usage for this latest political production, as noted below---Scott Johnson.
Living in CD 14, you do not have to venture far from home to find examples of civic neglect (especially ethical). The picture above was taken on Indiana Street between Alcazar and Valley Blvd (information for Councilman Huizar's Staffer assigned to monitor this blog).
In the spirit of objectivity, Clowncilman Huizar recently garnered fellow Clowncil Central Committee approval to transfer $250,000 from the balance of the CLARTS Fund to pay for sidewalk repairs. But one does not need to be a Princeton Graduate, to discern how many pot holes like this one, his recent $185,000 Accident could of repaired in CD 14. 
Despite the best effort of Clowncil Members Buscaino, Englander and sadly, former City Hall Watchdog, turned paid Board of Public Works President Kevin James, this report will not stand up to Angelino's ire over irresponsible fiscal priorities, that can't be tax over in correcting.
At this time in civic history, LANNC needs to take a stand in opposing any tax hikes until City Hall undertakes concrete fiscal reforms that combat growing employee obligations against the General Fund. No shadow can hide the fact that "the growing pot hole of pension obligations", will swallow up all proceeds from any short term tax schemes. Thus Angelinos should ask the likes of Clowncilman Buscaino, Englander and former Talk Radio Populist, turned paid Political Opertative Kevin James, to show us the savings in reforms that will pay for this proposed Sale Tax Hike (to paraphrase Collectivist Dependentcrats, in asking Republicans how they would pay for tax cuts).
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Kevin James Made Me Cry. Or Did He Make Me Sick?

Factotum and Factotumer
It's no secret that this blog was a major supporter of Kevin James when he was running for Mayor in 2013. Kevin, after intense study, observation, traveling around the city and spending hours and hours on the air examining city issues and learning how incredibly corrupt, broken and in distress this City is in.

We all know what happened - James performed well in the Mayoral primary but did not make the runoff. He pivoted to support Eric Garcetti over Wendy Greuel in the general election and was summarily issued the role of President of the Board of Public Works, the highest paid appointed position in city government.

During the campaign, James railed against waste, fraud and abuse. He decried the leadership of the City, including Garcetti. He spoke out against things like a sales tax to fix roads and sidewalks.

Well, I guess James is now one of them. The former Mayoral candidate turned Garcetti factotum is supporting a major sales tax to fund these repair projects.

Talk about being clowned.

Well, never again. Let's just say Kevin might as well as register as a Democrat, and jump in with the tax, spend, waste and steal crowd because that's the only place he will have a home. Community leaders and citizens who counted on him to be the one to hopefully TRY to turn things around have been severely let down. It's almost as if the Kevin James we stayed up into the wee hours of the night listening to, whose studio I traveled to myself at 11pm on a school night to discuss issues and who we supported to make a difference doesn't exist anymore. He's been replaced with a Garcetti issued doppelganger who LOOKS like Kevin but does not sound like him.

But then again, maybe all those years of late night radio was only entertainment and he didn't mean any of it.

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A Petulant, Political Episode from Infant Clowncilman Jose "Huevon" Huizar

 Mayor Sam brings you the bloggin background on the latest Petulant, Political Episode from Infant Clowncilman Jose "Huevon" Huizar. 
Being allegedly, excluded from the planning of the proposed Jay-Z-produced, Grand Park Concert, brings out the inner-petulant persona of Infant Clowncilman Huizar. 
 The sad state of political reality at City Hall for Infant Clowncilman Huizar, can be discerned by his recent, petulant political and personal behavior.
Did someone have an infantile, political petulant episode at 200 Spring Street?
We can all agree that these are not the best of times for CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Jose Huizar. From issues beyond his control, such as the illness affecting his youngest daughter, to his own crisis of character as personified by his admitted, occasional affair/Sexual Harassment allegations involving former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy, the culminate stress associated with these life episodes, was bound to bring out the true, inner-persona of the Princeton-educated Boyle Heights politico ........., and yesterday, City Hall observers were treated to an episode of petulant, political behavior (mixed with a dose of hypocrisy), unseen in recent times.
Someone needs to remind the new reigning Infant Clowncilman of the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee that elections have consequences ......, and when you endorse the likes of Ana Cubas, Jose Gardea, John Choi, Dennis Zine, Carmen Trutanich, along with Wendy Greuel for Mayor, then your chances of maintaining political access becomes less of a given.
In fact, the blunt new political reality for the Infant Clowncilman is that with Political Papi, former Failure Mayor Antonio Villar off prancing about with his new thirty-something Gabacha fling of the moment, episodes of petulant, political behavior are not going to be tolerated by the new Third Floor Occupant of the Office of Mayor, who has surely not forgotten some choice comments, via the Infant Clowncilman, regarding his ethnicity from the past Mayoral Campaign. 
We should also advise the Infant Clowncilman that mixing petulant pronouncements, with acts of political hypocrisy, along with "huevon-like" tendencies, is not good for political longevity. Maybe the Infant Clowncilman does not remember (or fail to exert the energy to research) the Los Angeles Street Scene Music Festivals of the mid-1980s, that brought ten of thousands of Angelinos to the Civic Center. Further, we did not hear cries from the Infant Clowncilman regarding the impact of such events as Fiesta Broadway and the yearly celebration of El Grito on Downtown (** but then Event Promoter Larry Gonzalez knows how to pacify an Infant Clowncilman with political contributions and fundraising). 
Thus, if the Infant Clowncilman continues with these episodes of political behavior, its going to leave Mayor Garcetti no choice but to find and support someone, who can return responsible political (and personal) behavior to CD-14, especially if he want to maintain his own image of being a strong politically, reform-minded Mayor.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Mayor Sam Blog Exclusive: Another "Do as I Say, Don't Do as I Do Moment" from Empower LA, with help from Councilman Huizar?

In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we disclose the alleged actions of an Empower LA Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate, acting contrary to established Department Directives regarding the Exhaustive Efforts status of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council.
Was "Disempowerment LA NEA/LA-32 NC Overlord" Lisette Covarrubias acting rouge in contradiction to a Department Directive (sign by her) which limits the LA-32 NC to working towards its next Elections?
**Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we disclose emails that allegedly highlight inappropriate conduct on the part of an Empower LA Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate (NEA), who's supposed actions, as noted in a email by CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar Staffer Julio Torres, should be cause for an investigations whether the integrity of a Empower LA Directive against the LA-32 NC were violated and if a Brown Act violation took in regards NC involvement in the upcoming "Fourth Annual El Sereno Kite Festival". As previously noted in a Mayor Sam Post, Covarrubias was the Empower LA Staffer who oversaw the LA-32 NC's placement on Exhaustive Efforts which limits the elective body to working on its upcoming elections. Yet the email below from CD 14 Staffer Julio Torres is a cause to ponder whether Covarrubias, in concert with the NC President Connie Castro in circumventing her own crafted, Empower LA Memo, as noted below.
Was there any public notice of the coordinating meeting, or meetings involving the LA-32 NC and the Offices of Councilman Huizar, Mayor Garcetti, along with LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina, for the "Fourth Annual El Sereno Kite Festival"?
In response to concerns from current LA-32 NC Treasurer Anthony Manzano, Julio Torres stated the following .........
From: julio.torres@lacity.org
To: rosehillsreview@yahoo.com
Cc: julio.esperias.jr@lacity.org, dominovm@pacbell.net, val@valsdesignstudio.com
Sent: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 2:22 PM PDT
Subject: Re: Kite Festival.
How are we excluding LA-32? They are invited partners per Connie and
Anthony, why are we debating a flyer? This is a community event
that has grown and will be widely attended, it's for families in the
community at the end of the day and not about some flyer.
*Julio Torres*
Field Deputy
Office of Councilmember José Huizar
City of Los Angeles | Council District 14
El Sereno Field Office
4927 Huntington Drive North | Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM, ANTHONY MANZANO
  I am contacting you with an issue that was brought to my attention,
> including a phone call, regarding the name of the event. As most people
> involved are aware, the LA-32 NC created this event. Last year a change was
> made by those who favored El Sereno and removed the NC as it was from
> inception. Now, it appears that the event is exclusive and gives a false
> perception of the true intent.

>    Perhaps calling it the Ascot Hills Kite Festival, or leaving it as the
> LA-32 Kite Festival is what is best for the community. There should be no
> reason to exclude those that inspired this event.......
> Rose Hills Review,
> Anthony Manzano
 ...... thus, judging from Torres email, CD 14 has no inhibitions when its comes to pirating a NC-created community event ......., and outing the role the NC President and Empower LA NEA allegedly played in this. But according to Covarrubias, that is not true, as noted below.
Again, dubious congratulations are merited to Councilman Huizar for another act of hypocrisy in complaining about its exclusion from the planning of the proposed Jay-Z produced Concert at Grand Park this summer, while being a supposed accessory to a possible Brown Act Violation involving the LA-32 NC's in the "Fourth Annual El Sereno Kite Festival"
When Covarrubias was asked about her role in the planning of the Kite Festival, she emailed the following ........
Good Morning Mr. Johson,
I hope this email finds you well.
In response to your questions and as a point of clarification, neither Department Staff nor I have never been involved in coordinating and approving sponsor /support for the kite festival on behalf of the LA 32 NC.
Given that fact, I am unable to answer any of your questions.
(Lisette Covarrubias)
Thus, we now have a classic. political "He said, She said" which merits an investigation into inappropriate conduct by an Empower LA NEA and more seriously, an official probe to ascertain whether a violation of the Brown Act took place, via the inclusion of the LA-32 NC, without public hearing and approval of its General Board.
But, in ending this post in the spirit of a teachable moment, we bring you this paragraph of political hypocrisy from LA-32 NC Kite Festival Thief Councilman Huizar ..........
"When you're talking about a proposed event of this magnitude, with 50,000 (people) expected, multiple-day street closures, beer and for-profit ticket sales at a public park, it is imperative that we have an open, inclusive dialogue in ensuring it's a good fit for the neighborhood and if it is, that concerns are mitigated well in advance,"
....... that is a "Do as I Say, Don't Do as I Do Princeton Graduate" in his best hypocritical form.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
** For the record, I am the LA-32 NC Recording Secretary, but the comments above are solely my own and do not represent a formal LA-32 NC Policy Position. 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mayor Garcetti's "Connected Ladies" seeking new Political Patronage and Community Power

As Eric Garcetti nears the First Anniversary of his ascension to the Office of Mayor, we spotlight some of his "Connected Ladies" and their pursuit of Political Patronage and Community Power, in lieu of their respective campaign support. 
**Blogger's Note: As we near the First Anniversary of now Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign victory over the former Failure Mayor Antonio Villar and DWP/IBEW Strongman Brian "D'Arcy Rizzo's" Mayoral Candidate of Choice, Wendy "The Political Call Greuel", the time is appropriate to gauge whether the new mayor has made positive inroads into changing the culture of political patronage and entitlement originating from the Third Floor at City Hall. In recent weeks, various community sources and documentation have come to light chronicling the alleged, dubious actions of four prominent Garcetti campaign supporters noted below, who's recent dealings are causing longtime political observers to ponder if now Mayor Garcetti is undertaking a cynical "Back to the Basis" approach in dispensing Patronage and allowing his connected supporters to exert their supposed, new found political power, that is not held accountable to protocols of openness and transparency. If Mayor Garcetti is to move beyond the possibility of being the next incarnation of former one term Mayor James Hahn, the multi-cultured Rhodes Scholar needs to keep a tight, ethical rein on his supporters/appointees, who's community actions are a cause to entertain thoughts that the new Mayor Gacetti Administration, is merely another political machine in the making, instead of a broad based, "Back to the Basics Municipal Coalition", acting in unison in bring about needed reforms and civic reinvention at City Hall---Scott Johnson in CD 14.            
Does "Connected Non-Profit, El Central del Pueblo Executive Director (and Police Committee Commissioner) Sandra Figueroa-Villa, have her eyes fixed on expanding her "Connected Non-Profit's" opportunities into CD 1 (with the help of Board of Director and CD 1 City Councilman Gil Cedillo Staffer Conrado Terrazas)?
If anyone is the poster child for Political Patronage in the new Mayor Garcetti Administration, than they need to look no further than longtime Connected Non-Profit, El Centro del Pueblo Executive Director Sandra Figueroa-Villa. Figueroa-Villa's support of Garcetti, was rewarded with a prestigious appointment to the Police Commission, which raised ethical eyebrows, considering that some of her staff have ties to the simmering corruption issues in Southeast LA County. In recent weeks, speculation has been rampant that Figueroa-Villa is seeking to grow her Connected Non Profit reach from Echo Park, into CD 1. This is causing local political observers to ponder whether new CD 1 City Councilman Gil Cedillo Staffer (and El Centro del Pueblo Board of Directors Member) Conrado Terrazaz is using his official capacity in an unethical manner.   
Did "Connected Non-Profit, Barrio Action Executive Director Tammy Membreno have the alleged help of Mayor Garcetti's staff (** more on that below involving Patricia Alarcon) in seeking to place the LA-32 Neighborhood Council on punitive "Exhaustive Measures" (by making false accusations to shield her personal agenda)?
No one in the LA-32 Neighborhood Council Community of El Sereno was a bigger, understated supporter of Mayor Garcetti's mayoral aspirations than longtime former Councilman Art Snyder and Richard Alatorre Staffer, turned Connected Non-Profit, Barrio Action Youth and Family Center Executive Director Tammy Membreno. Upon Mayor Garcetti's election, Membreno wasted no time in showcasing her new access to City Hall by arraigning to have LA's latest Latino Mayor make an appearance in last year's El Sereno Bicentennial Parade (allegedly, despite reservations from the CD 14 City Council Jose Huizar and losing Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel supporters on the Parade Committee). But in recent weeks, Membreno's personal actions in regards to her latest resignation from the LA-32 NC, have prompted community (and blog) scrutiny, whether she initiated contact with Mayor Garcetti's staff in seeking to have punitive sanctions placed upon the NC. The most recent speculation involving Membreno is whether she is seeking to create a Charter School at Barrio Action, with the help of a LA-32 NC Board Member. If the speculation is reality, then this may explain why she and the board member, was against the Charter School proposed in a mixed-use development proposal for a parcel of land near the intersection of Eastern and Lombardy in El Sereno.   
Is Connected Non-Profit, Legacy LA Executive Director Maria Lou Calanche already acting in a dubious, unethical manner by pushing the interest of her organization within the Ramona Gardens Housing Development, as Mayor Garcetti's appointee to the Housing Authority of City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Board of Commissioners?
If anyone among the local Connected Non-Profit Community personifies a political hack in Executive Director's clothing, then that would be Connected Non-Profit, Legacy LA's E.D. Lou Calanche. Seemly desperate to garner public contracts for the Mayor Antonio Villar/Councilman Huizar created community front organization, Calanche mobilize her dwindling ranks of supporters to campaign against the Mayor Villar/Councilman Huizar candidate of choice Wendy Greuel. Her reward for turning her back on Legacy LA's creators was an appointment to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Board of Commissioners and apparently, she and her supporters are wasting no time in flexing their supposed power in attempting to move programs from the Ramona Gardens Housing Development, to its Lead and Asbestos-laden Hazard Park Armory location, as the email below notes.
From Maggie Aguilar   
To Victoria Ortega, Citlalli Chávez, Alma Morales and 9 More...
Mar 19

Victoria, in the first place we don't play politics' I was sad when they came and told me that the classes we're going to by move to Legacy. I was to by Citlalli that if they moved the class to Legacy they would get more people to attend the class. I know Martha for quite some years and the Martha you don't know. First of all you need to understand that we live in this community and we all know what there about.. I'm glad you see them in a different way, but we don't. I hope you come today at 1:00 to put everything on the table and clear the air... there two side of the story and you should hear what we need to say.. Hope to see you soon.
What role did Mayor Eric Garcetti's East Area Director Patricia Alarcon play in having the LA-32 NC placed on "Exhaustive Measures" (** was she misled by former LA-32 NC Vice-President Tammy Membreno and another "Top-ranking NC Board Member)?
Unlike the three Connected Non-Profits Executive Directors supporters of Mayor Garcetti, former USC employee Patricia Alarcon cashed in on her campaigning by being hired as the East Area Director for the Mayor. Alarcon is the East Area Contact Person when constituents have questions, concerns or comments regarding city issues that may merit a response from her boss. That said, its also Alarcon's job to be the designated errant person if one of Mayor Garcetti's Connected Non Profit is in need of Patronage or an act of Political Power to promote their respective personal agendas. Recent emails obtain by Mayor Sam (posted at the bottom), disclose Alarcon's interest in discussing with Empower LA's Employee Lisette Covarrubias the situation involving the placement of the LA-32 NC in "Exhaustive Efforts". Emails from LA-32 NC Board Members (including this blogger) requesting a response regarding concerns outlined, about Empower LA's punitive, subjective actions have gone mostly unanswered. Yet Alarcon, has had contacts over the years with former LA-32 NC Vice-President Tammy Membreno, leading to speculation that her interest in the LA-32 NC situation is at the invitation of her fellow Mayor Garcetti supporter. But whether Alarcon chooses to be open and transparent regarding her discussions with Empower LA, there is no doubt that she is cooperating with "certain members of the LA-32 NC" regarding the upcoming "4th Annual El Sereno Kite Festival", while the rest of the NC is kept in the dark, as the Flyer below illustrates.
Maybe Patricia Alarcon should comment why she is cooperating with certain LA-32 NC Board Members (Edward Santillan and Connie Castro?) in hijacking an NC-created community event while remaining silence about Empower LA's punitive actions?

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Councilman Huizar admits to Drinking on night of the $185,000 Accident in City-owned Vehicle

KCAL/KCBS Reporter Dave Lopez gets CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar on video, admitting to speculation that he had imbibed an alcohol beverage before his costly $185,000 Accident involving the city-owned vehicle ($40,000 plus Toyota Highlander) he was driving.   
Was it only one adult beverage Councilman Huizar?
In lieu of CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's confirmation of speculation that he had indeed, imbibed an adult beverage before his costly $185,000 Accident, we ask the Princeton Graduate to truthfully answer the following Common Core-thematic, political math question.
Councilman Huizar, you admit to imbibing one adult beverage at a dinner (former staffer Erick Martell's Happy Hour Birthday Bash?). Upon leaving the alleged Happy Hour Birthday Event at the Edison on Second Street, you proceed at an unknown rate of speed eastbound on First Street until your rate of travel comes to abrupt stop on the back bumper of former Huntington Police Office David Ceja. How did the taxpayers get stuck with paying a $185,000 Settlement to resolve this latest character issue involving you? Possible, multiple choice answers below ...........
A. Mr. Ceja would not accept the Princeton Graduate's street side settlement offer from an undisclosed cash source (and in violation of city protocols for reporting accidents in city vehicles), allegedly.
B. Maybe you should ask Councilman Huizar's "former Staffer Erick Martell" if you can find him at his new job at the Port of Los Angeles?  
C. What happens in back of a Hollenbeck Police Car, metabolizes in back of a Hollenbeck Police Car, allegedly.
D. Whatever was the alleged, true amount of imbibed adult beverages before rear ending Mr. Ceja did not show up on breathalyzer after two hours in back of Hollenbeck Police Car. 
E. Maybe you should focus on why a late, former White CD 14 City Councilman was never convicted for driving drunk in his city vehicle?
F. The Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate's "Political Soul Brother" City Council President Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson said that it would take six-figures of your tax dollars to buy his way out of this latest character "FUBAR".
G. All of the above, allegedly.
** Meanwhile ............, what is former Councilman Huizar Staffer Erick Martell doing for a public paycheck these days, when not serving on the Executive Committee of the LA County Young Democrats?
We knew Martell loved his time working for Councilman Huizar.
Erick J. Martell currently serves as Legislative Representative for the Port of Los Angeles.The Port of Los Angeles encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 24 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year. The Port also wields tremendous economic impact, generating employment for more than 3 million Americans nationwide. In California alone, nearly 1 million jobs are related to trade though the Port of Los Angeles.
Prior to his current post, Erick J. Martell served as the Legislative & Transportation Director for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 14th District. The District includes Downtown Los Angeles, as well as Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Erick successfully advanced the Councilman’s public policy agenda on a broad range of issues and was the point person on matters relating to Los Angeles World Airports, Port of Los Angeles, Public Safety, Public Works, Budget & Finance, LAUSD, Intergovernmental Affairs and Labor relations.
Erick also managed transportation issues for the Councilman, who served on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency Board of Directors (Metro). In this capacity, Erick was involved with a variety of significant transportation projects, including the Regional Connector, which will greatly improve the connectivity of the transportation network for the region and serve as an important economic development tool for Downtown Los Angeles and LA County.
.........., one can surmise that Erick has learned the fine art of reaping the political spoils by keeping silent and remaining loyal to his bosses.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

MayorSam Tidbits

The Downey Police Officers Association endorsed Downey City Councilman Mario A. Guerra for State
Senate. This is the first time that the Downey Police Officers Association has endorsed any candidate for state office in their 55 year history. Downey Police Officers Association President Michael Pope, stated "This is something we take very serious – not only is Mario one of us, having served as our Chaplain for over a decade, but he has always supported our officers regardless of the political cost to him personally.” Guerra is running to represent the 32nd State Senatorial District. It is a new re-districted seat that has no incumbent.

In a letter to his staff today, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of the Department of Public Health and County Health Officer, announced his retirement. Fielding has been in the position for the last 16 years.

The issue of the homeless and that of aggressive behavior by such has been growing in the community of Sunland-Tujunga, LA's last rural outpost. In recent days, Facebook pages have overflowed with reports of incidents of customers at fast food outlets being accosted by homeless, various indigents trying to get inside cars with motorists and the report that a self-storage location was being lived in by homeless (we understand that situation has now been corrected). Many residents have expressed anger at the City's homeless policy and that local officials are pursuing policies that are drawing new homeless to the area from Downtown Los Angeles and other areas. Stay tuned.

This weekend sees the latest release of the latest book by our friend and former MayorSam blogger, Joseph
Mailander, LA at Intermission: A City Mingling Towards Identity. Mailander says the the book is about "the disintegration of identity in Los Angeles, and the re-emergence of a kind of more neutral, breezing, and shiftless civic identity." Hits Kindle this weekend.

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Mid-Day Musings on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday

Angelinos in South LA are being treated to Spring Political Fireworks as CD 9 City Councilman Curren Price and CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks engage in a verbal skirmish over the control of the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the "University of Scandalous Conduct's Illegally, Backroom-Gifted Memorial Mausoleum". 
We bring you the latest "Joint CD 8/CD 9 Political Firework Show".
Late good morning to all as we return to the bloggin keyboard after a few days away with topics galore to share.
First, it seems that newby CD 9 City Council Member Curren Price has a Pirate Link on his Political DNA Chain as he draws the wrath of neighboring out-going CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks for attempting to hijack the former LAPD Chief's longtime Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the now "University of Scandalous Conduct's Memorial Mausoleum".
With Councilman Parks looming exit from the City Council in 2015, mixed with the litigious 2012 Backroom Redistricting Controversy that placed the Memorial Mausoleum Complex in CD 9, its apparent that the Freshman CD 9 Representative was working the Political Backroom to pirate away a spoil from before the Three Term CD 8 Councilman is termed out next year.
The alleged haste of Councilman Price to pirate away to popular Fourth of July Event set off a war of dueling press releases that have put Councilman Price, an embattled "Mausoleum Commission" and the "University of Scandalous Conduct" on the defensive over the Councilman Park's assertion that the CD 9 Rep's "Pirate Raid" is payback for "Team Parks" outing of the nefarious conduct of the "Mausoleum Commission's" Brown Act-violating giveaway of the historic sport stadium to the "University of Scandalous Conduct" as outline in a press release (posted below).
Despite the LA Weakly's Dennis "the Bloggin Comandante" Romero's channeling of Gene Maddaus off-based, reporting of Councilman Parks alleged link to controversial Rave Promoters, this skirmish has the smell of political payback by City Clowncil Central Committee Strongman Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson, along with his dubious supporters within the "Mausoleum Commission" (Price and Wesson's wife Fabian) and at USC.
** LAPD Chief Charlie Beck must be relieved to have the backup of Mayor Eric Garcetti in his dust up with the Police Commission (and Steve Lopez) over allegations that he exhibited favoritism in overturning the recommendation to terminate a "Connected LAPD Officer" for inappropriate conduct. That said, rumors are flying around the department of an alleged DUI involving a "Captain III" and the Chief's handling of this latest off-duty transgression involving a member of the Command Staff.
** The "Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street" (aka LA Times) ponders what DWP/IBEW Strongman Brian "D'Arcy Rizzo" Joint Safety Training Academy spent $40 Million Dollars.  To think that a whole Editorial was devoted to this question reinforces a certain blogger's perception that times are not good at the Former Fishwrap of Record.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Bad News Brief on a Clowncil Member called Huizzy for Getaway Friday

Its time for another bloggin edition of a Friday Bad News Brief on yet another self-inflicted folly via the reigning "Bad Boy Charro, Princeton Graduate" of the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee Jose Huizar.
 Will CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Reigning Bad Boy Jose Huizar note his latest $185,000 Settlement cost to the taxpayers in his Friday Email Blast? 
Its Official!! Clowncil Central Committee Member Huizar's city-owned $40,000 plus, Toyota Highlander, can go from zero to a $185,000 Settlement, soon after a Happy Hour Birthday Party for former Staffer Erick Martell, allegedly.
Happy Getaway Friday to all as there is no holding back my inner bloggin inhibition from bring you the latest dubious distinction to be bestow on a certain Princeton Graduate, turned Bad Boy Payaso of the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee.
Somewhere in the "Great CD 14 Fiefdom Above", the last great former Irish Politico, east of the LA River, is raising a Friday Toast to his predecessor who has taken Snyder's proclivities for what an elected official can dubiously accomplish in a city vehicle to a higher level of cover up, with a six figure cost to the taxpayers ......., allegedly. 
One can imagine the inner-envy that Snyder must feel above as he checks his "In and Out Box" this A.M., in knowing that his Boyle Heights raised predecessor put his Ivy League education to good use to crafting an immediate settlement deal to the other party, that would of skirted official city protocols for reporting accidents in city vehicles ..........., allegedly. 
As Synder grabs a heavenly Tiki refill, we can only ponder if he ever had during his time on earth as CD 14's Councilman, an opportunity to benefit from the sobering qualities of sitting in the backseat of a LAPD Squad Car for two hours after rear ending another vehicle? Most likely not, but then, like now, what happens in a back of a Hollenbeck Squad Car, metabolizes in back of a Hollenbeck Squad Car ........, allegedly.
With a third Tiki on deck, we wonder if Snyder can share with us if a former staffer's Happy Hour Birthday Party ever cause him any issues with driving after leaving the premises. Further, did he play a role in that staffer getting a permenant gig at the Port of LA ............, allegedly? 
But as a fourth Tiki looms, Snyder can imbibe, with a smile, knowing that taking care of the "In and Outs" of his constituents concerns during his time in office, went a long way in ensuring the continuing support of the electorate, a trait a certain Princeton Graduate has taken for granted ......, allegedly, or not?
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Morning After Mayor Garcetti's "Budget 101" in Boyle Heights

Live from the Puente Learning Center in Boyle Heights!! Its Budget 101 with Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Special Guest CD 1 City Clowncilman Central Committee Member Gil Cedillo (** along with some guy who went to Princeton).
Mayor Eric Garcetti addressing the capacity crowd at the Puente Learning Center in Boyle Heights.
** Blogger's Note: For one night, Boyle Heights was the center of the Los Angeles Political World as Mayor Eric Garcetti's traveling "Back to Basis, Budget 101 Tour" made its one stop east of the LA River. Sensing that there is a new Patronage Sugar Daddy in charge at City Hall, all of the usual "Connected Non-Profits" were in attendance with reps from Inner-City Struggle, East Los Angeles Community Corp (ELACC), Legacy LA, El Centro de Ayudo and El Sereno's Barrio Action working the room (matter of fact, the amount of "Connected CBOs" representative last night, have not been seen since the bloggin, fabled "Huevos with Huizzy Tour", but I digress). Then of course you had the political loyalists who were there on behalf of their respective office holder sponsors. The actual exercise in gathering constituents thoughts regarding the 2014/2015 Budget was inhibited by the large crowd and interrupted further by the Grand Entrance of Mayor Garcetti and Clowncil Central Committee Member Cedillo (which prompted "where's Huizzy?" comments from audience members). With the arrival of Clowncil Central Committee Member Huizar ten minutes after Mayor Garcetti and Clowncilman Cedillo, the event became a gab session among the assembled politico troika, with cameras flashing away. But there was no doubt that this evening was about showcasing a new Mayor's grasps of the basics of community interaction, with a new CD 1 friend as Special Guest and a certain, embattled "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" being the odd politico on the outside, looking at a new political reality of his own making---Scott Johnson in CD 14    
The Troika of Mayor Garcetti, Clowncilman Cedillo and Clowncilman Huizar
Hmmm, LA Budget minus $185,000 Settlement recommendation for auto accident, plus legal costs regarding the alleged Sexual Harassment of former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy.
CD 1 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Gil Cedillo talking up the virtues of his new friend Mayor Eric Garcetti (to the consternation of a certain Princeton Graduate).
Well known activist and Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Member Carlos Montes "bad omen" for proposed Street and Sidewalk Sales Tax Hike.
A certain Princeton Graduate staring at the camera, again.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Hump Day

As members of the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee embrace the report by CAO Miguel Santana that calls for a half cent Sales Tax Hike to repair streets and sidewalks, we await statements from the likes of Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Board of Public Works President Kevin James whether they support (or oppose) burdening Angelinos with an additional tax.  
Will former Mayoral Candidate, now Board of Public Works President Kevin James and Mayor Eric Garcetti, jointly comment regarding the proposed half cent Sale Tax Hike to repair street and sidewalks?
Hey now Board of Public Works President Kevin James and Mayor Eric Garcetti, care to comment in support, or opposing the latest attempt to burden Angelinos with more taxes? 
It seemed like yesterday (it was) that we were commending City of Los Angeles Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana for his comments regarding holding off on new spending and employee pay raises for the next three years, while replenishing the cities fiscal reserves.
But as the sun rises on another Chamber of Commerce Day in Ciudad de Los Angeles, many within the business community and dwindling Middle Class must be pondering what Santana was smoking (or imbibing) as he crafted a report that calls for raising the City of LA's Sale Tax by a half penny to pay for street and sidewalk repairs over fifteen years.
While it should surprise no one that most of the LA City Clowncil Central Committee, especially its General Secretary/President/Dictator Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson, are collectively gleeful at the prospect of lavishing upwards of $4 Billion Dollars of Public Works Contracts to their Brothers and Sisters in Labor (in return for campaign contributions). Angelinos know all too well that past tax/fees hikes proposals (think increase trash fees for more police) originating from 200 Spring Street, end up paying for non-intended budgetary line items (can you say employee pay raises?).
That said, its fair to ask Mayor Garcetti and his former mayoral challenger, now Board of Public Works President Kevin James to state for the record, whether they support this latest "tax copout" to cover up for failed, long term planning and misplace fiscal priorities at City Hall. After all, leaders do take policy positions on occasions.
** If those in our cyber audience ever ponder why we have bestowed the gloss of "City Clowncil Central Committee" upon the fifteen elected officials within a horseshoe at City Hall, this next headline should tell you why, from the Drudge Report ........... 3 LA City Councilmembers Launch Study to Determine If Fracking Caused Earthquake. Maybe "Clowncilmans Moe, Larry and Curly" should be more worry about the price of a gallon of 87 Octane Gas approaching $4.00 again?
** We found this interesting response from a former LAFD Firefighter yesterday of Facebook in regarding the consultant-crafted report on the emergency response to the LAX Shootings as lauded by Mayor Eric Garcetti ............, Let me get this straight: LAX has the Contractor they hired to DEVELOP the emergency plans 15 months prior to the 11/1/13 active shooter to write the after action report on gaps in the plan... while still working on the plan after getting an additional 18 months of contract time? Obviously, I'm doing something wrong... or were the multitude of emergency drills at LAX an exercise in denial?
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

City of Los Angeles Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana calls for holding the line on restoring past spending and implementing new "investments", as replenishing a fiscal reserve becomes paramount.
City of Los Angeles CAO Miguel Santana is bullish on rebuilding fiscal reserves.
Its Tuesday morning at 200 Spring Street and the buzz this A.M. will be all about what Miguel said.
As Mayor Eric Garcetti readies his next "Budget 101 Townhall" tomorrow in Boyle Heights and the City Clowncil Central Committee nears its 10 A.M. Roll Call this morning, all budgetary conversations will surely be predicated by the comments of CAO Miguel Santana in today's Print Edition of the "Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street" (aka LA Times).
Judging from Santana's comments, the "Collectivist Dependentcrats" on the "City Clowncil Central Committee" and their Brothers and Sisters allies in the City Labor Unions are not going to wear a free-spending, fiscal smile anytime in the next three years, if the CAO's recommendation to hold salaries for that time period is adopted. Further, the free-spending "Collectivist Dependentcrats" on the City Clowncil Central Committee will not grin at the suggestion that restoring past budget levels and new "investments" ("Collectivist Dependentcrat's speak" for spending more taxpayers money) in new programs, be put on hold in the interest of restoring fiscal reserves ............., and he is right.
The blunt budgetary reality at City Hall is that backwards policies in regards to employee costs (ie. pension obligations), poor decision-making regarding the Port of LA, an unfriendly business bureaucracy and a unhealthy, ethical political environment, among others, is growing the City of Los Angeles long term drought of its "Fiscal Watershed of Revenue", as obligations against the General Fund grows.  
If Los Angeles is to steer away from becoming "Detroit on the Pacific", a three prong approach in growing revenues (by stimulating business growth and not increasing taxes), reducing future obligations against the General Fund and streamlining efficiency within city departments is a must.
** What comes after CD 1 as Mayor Garcetti tours the fifteen mini-fiefdoms that comprise the City Clowncil Central Committee? CD 2 of course as the Mayor's Facebook Page offers up a photo essay of his day with CD 2 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Paul Krekorian  Were awaiting comment from a certain "Tracy the Studio City Sock Puppet".
** Yesterday was not a gold star day for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA for short) as their eagerly anticipated federal seed money to reinvent the Jordan Downs Housing Project came to naught. Also, a certain new "HACLA Commissioner" is already exhibiting the same nefarious ethical behavior that garnered bloggin coverage here on Mayor Sam, as the poster gal for politico-created "Connected Non-Profits". 
** Leave it to the "Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street" to highlight its prompt actions in regards to its "former" lead reporter on the alleged cover up of numerous sexual assaults by the Occidental College Administration, for "inappropriate behavior". Uber Old Gray Hag Observer Kevin "Westside White Guy" Roderick has the leaked details of course. 
** Lastly, we are glad to report that the four LAPD Officers injured yesterday in a Glassell Park traffic collision have been released from the hospital. Godspeed to all injured in Monday's accident.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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