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Friday, May 22, 2015

Remembering ........, and dearly missing, Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby

Thank you Edna for this special creation in memory of Michael.
Safe Holiday Weekend to All
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Hey Dennis Que Paso, Are You Boss D'Arcy Rizzo's Shilling Bato?

Who did KCAL/KCBS Investigative Reporter David Goldstein find with IBEW/DWP/City Hall Strongman Brian "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo" as his irascible persona minces few words in calling the audit of the Joint DWP/IBEW Safety-Job Training Non-Profits politically motivated?    
Who that in front of "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo" and KCAL/KCBS David Goldstein? Hint, think alter ego "Denise"?
 Hmm. Is that ex CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine doing some undisclosed work for his former City Controller Campaign Supporter?
** Blogger's Note: Never underestimate KCAL/KCBS Investigative Reporter David Goldstein's ability to find a sub plot within an exclusive report, as witness with his exclusive chit chat with IBEW/DWP/City Hall Strongman Brian "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo". The fact that Goldstein was able to get the uber irascible City Hall Strongman to comment on camera regarding the recent audit of the Joint DWP/IBEW Job and Safety Training Non-Profits was an exclusive feat. But Goldstein also scored a bonus scoop in finding a certain former CD 3 City Councilman and a failed City Controller Candidate Dennis Zine, in the company of "The Boss", as they exited an apparent "working lunch" at Taylor's Steak House. Zine's outing in the company of "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo" is bound to raise discerning eyebrows as he retains a visible profile with his recent appearances on the KRLA 870 AM Randy Economy Show and in keyboarding opinion missives for City Watch ........, which includes his latest "City Controller’s Grandstanding DWP Audit is the Real Waste of Ratepayer Dollars". Since perception can be accepted political reality in Ciudad de Los Angeles, especially when caught on camera, with binder in hand, leaving a "filling power lunch (judging from the respective girths of Zine and Boss D'Arcy Rizzo)", then followed by a perceived bitter, former Controller Candidate's hit piece against his victorious challenger, now City Controller Ron Galperin, we have this simple question for Dennis (to the tune of the Texas Tornado's great song "Hey Baby Que Paso") ........, hey Dennis que paso, are you (or still) "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo's" (now consulting/shilling) Bato? Maybe that can be the topic for a future Randy Economy Show?---Scott Johnson. 
"Hey Dennis Que Paso, Are You Boss D'Arcy Rizzo's Shilling Bato?"
Your thoughts .............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Message from your City Clowncil Central Committee General Secretary/Strongman Herb(man) "Mini Amin" Wesson

 We bring you this Official Message from Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee General Secretary/Strongman Herb(man) "Mini Amin" Wesson, on the unauthorized (by me) CD 4 Election Victory by non-endorsed outsider David Ryu.  
Appetite for Backroom Redistricting creates Trouble for the Political Machine in CD 4.
 An Official, Bloggin General Secretary/Strongman Directive!!
Let me (more like ....., I shall) be the first to say congratulations (with ring hand extended for affirmation/kiss of loyalty) to the newly elected (who allowed this blatant Act of Democracy on my Central Committee??) Council District 4 Councilmember-elect David E. Ryu (it was supposed to be Andrew Wastall before he made a mess of my Redistricting/Partitioning of the Spoils Scheme). Councilman-elect Ryu won a hard fought (what happens in Backrooms, stays in Backrooms) and historic victory (this is the first time Koreatown defied its "Dear Leader") that will enhance the diverse (haha!!) make up of the City Council (its Central Committee damn it!!). I am looking forward to working (ie. you work for me) with the Councilman-elect (F&%#!! This repugnant Act of Democracy shall not stand!!)  and putting his energy and can-do (as I decree) spirit to use serving the residents of the fourth council district (whoops!! Meant to say "campaign contributing developers of CD 4, but "Mini Amin" digress) and our great city (as I see fit).

Your Dear Leader ..............
Herb(man) "Mini Amin" Wesson of CD 10

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Wednesday

Justice (at the Ballot Box) for the Korean-American Community as David Ryu becomes its first member elected to the Los Angeles City Council, representing CD 4.
What a backroom, litigious Redistricting scheme denied, a will of a community seeking representation, won at the Ballot Box. 
A message of Community Justice and reigning in Development "Ryu" CD 4 voters.
With no apologies to former Redistricting Commission Executive Director Andrew Westall, Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee General Secretary/Strongman Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson, US District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall and the rest of the LA Political Machine ........, justice won out in CD 4.
As the LA Times note, the Koreatown segment of CD 4 saw a major turnout in voters as the candidacy of Ryu became the vessel for its members, plus supporters from the San Fernando Valley (especially Sherman Oaks), in sending a massage to The Establishment regarding ethnic representation and signaling a growing pushback against City Hall regarding runaway Development.
Former LA County Board of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who was in attendance at Ryu's Victory Celebration had these thoughts on the implications of the surprising results ........, "I've been warning for years that there's going to be a quality-of-life uprising," Yaroslavsky said. "I think we've seen the first manifestation of that uprising here in the 4th council district."
** Memo to soon-to-be "Ex LAUSD School Board Member" Bennett Kayser ........., has your staff notify you of last evening's Election Results? In hindsight, many will agree with this post election premise that your staff's lack of follow through in executing the basis of community relations, is what open the door (lubricated by $$$$$$$ of Charter Schools Advocate's money) for last night's Charter Education Machine Surrogate Ref Rodriguez's "ruthless victory". 
** Please pardon the pause as I finalize a deal with a former Roosevelt High School student, to secure a LAUSD iPad, in the spirit of educating myself how Tamar Galatzan will join Bennett Kayser as an "Ex School Board Member", come July 1. Lucky for the rabid Indoctrinators/Educators of UTLA, that they found a former Spanish-speaking administrator ......, and Republican (in good health) to support, in maintaining their collectivist majority on the Board of Education.
** BTW, we have to report on the sad demise of a Political Consulting Losing Streak as our ex bloggin colleague Michael "MEAT" Trujillo, engineered victory for LAUSD School Board District Seven Incumbent Richard "Dr. Death" Vladovic. Of course, MEAT was, naught, at a loss for words as he reacquainted himself with the feel of "victory" ........, “Dr. Vladovic’s educational career has always been about putting students, parents and teachers first, Trujillo saids. “His political career is much like that of Goldilocks where the porridge is never too hot, never too cold, always just right.”
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 City of LA Runoff Elections Results

With the Absentee Ballots counted (as of 9 PM) David Ryu is holding a 895 vote advantage over former Councilman Tom LaBonge's Chief of Staff Carolyn Ramsey.  
Ryu is Korean Hope for City Council Representation.
** Blogger's Note: Something called "Elected Democracy" was played out in the CD 4, along with LAUSD School Board District 3,5,7 today, as a fleeting number of responsible civic members called "voters", went to mostly lonely polling places (or voted by mail), to determine their respective future representation. As of 9 PM, its looking possible that an Asian-American will represent CD-4 with David Ryu holding a 895 vote lead over The Establishment Choice Carolyn Ramsey. Meanwhile in the LAUSD races, UTLA may be in for tough times ahead as District Five School Board Member Bennett Kayser is getting trounced by Ref Rodriguez 57-42%. More later---Scott Johnson.
 
MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL, DISTRICT NO. 4
DAVID RYU 
6,623 
53.62
 
CAROLYN RAMSAY 
5,728 
46.37
 
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ED, DIST NO. 3
SCOTT MARK SCHMERELSON 
11,908 
52.34
 
TAMAR GALATZAN 
10,840 
47.65
 
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ED, DIST NO. 5
REF RODRIGUEZ 
6,815 
57.14
 
BENNETT KAYSER 
5,111 
42.85
 
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ED, DIST NO. 7
LYDIA GUTIERREZ 
5,990 
46.10
 
RICHARD A. VLADOVIC 
7,003 
53.89
 


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday

Surprise, surprise (or naught) as former LA County undersheriff Paul Tanaka is indicted by a Federal Grand Jury regarding his alleged role in the use of excessive force and corruption in county jails.
We ponder whether former undersheriff Paul Tanaka and now fellow indicted LA County Jailhouse crew members, have crafted a new, shackled hand sign?

It seems like yesterday that a candidate (and crew) to replace now ex. Sheriff Lee Baca was coming deep into the local LA-32 NC Hood, seeking monetary and community support for a forlorn and unsuccessful campaign against now Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Getting trounced at the polls was bad enough for the moonlighting City of Gardena Mayor but this Thursday A.M. saw the results of another vote gone bad for Tanaka, as he surrender himself to federal law enforcement officials after a Federal Grand Jury agreed to indict him in regards to its investigation of excessive force and corruption with the LA County Jail System.
With a bunch of lower level underlings already facing their "day of legal reckoning" for jailhouse abuses and corrupting conduct, its apparent with the indictment of Tanaka, along with Captain William "Tom" Casey, that federal investigators have their sights set on the higher ranking officials in the department.

** After hours of public comments from fiscal redistribution advocates and counter commentary from business leaders, a committee of the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee voted to support raising the Minimum Wage to $15 per hour. If the full Clowncil Central Committee agree to follow the directives from their Big Labor sponsors and support the committee recommendation, the likes of Stuart Waldman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) and Ruben Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce would find it app to share the words of CD 1 City Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo", who called it like it is regarding the motive for raising the Minimum Wage, "This is perhaps the greatest shift of wealth in the history of this city," ......, and the sun rose the next morning on "Detroit on the Pacific".
Connected Non-Profit El Centro del Pueblo's Fernando Chacon (in black coat) trying to convince noted Councilman Huizar supporter Art Pulido, to run his Montebello City Council Ground Campaign. 

** Los Angeles Police Commission Member and Connected Non-Profit El Centro del Pueblo Executive Director Sandra Figueroa-Villa, may have another employee with politico moonlighting ambitions. Fernando Chacon of the infamous Ramona Gardens-raised, turned Southeast LA Chacon Political Family, is allegedly being positioned to run for the Montebello City Council. With the demise of the Calderon Political Family a summertime Federal Corruption Trial away, the good citizens of Montebello may want to ponder a forthcoming "RG East Era (with help from Victory Outreach and Athens Disposal)", as the brief "CD 14 East Era (featuring Robert Urteaga, Nick Pacheco and John Edwards)" was not bad enough.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Deadline ......................

Bloggin light Wednesday due to Medical Appointment. We will be back later today.
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

We have a former CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine sighting as the KRLA 870 AM "Randy Economy Show" broadcasts LIVE from his hometown Cerritos.
 Former CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine and Blogger/Political Consultant Jasmyme Cannick, on air discussing current LAPD-related issues.
** Blogger's Note: This blogger want to extend his heartfelt appreciation to KRLA 870 AM Saturday Talk Show Host Randy Economy for the opportunity to share in some On-Air Witnessing, regarding the Memorial Service for Mayor Sam Blog Founder Michael Higby. It was fitting end to a long, emotional day that had its genesis in mourning the untimely departure of a local bloggin visionary, yet ended in a positive resolve to continue on with the mission of Mayor Sam, as Michael would have wanted. I would be remised, if I did not share my thanks to the likes of former Councilman Zine, Jasmyne Cannick, Republican Political Consultant Luis Alvarado, Randy Economy's staff and others, who took time to offer their respective condolences. Former Councilman Zine in particular, who is enjoying life after politics, was most gracious in recently keyboarding his thoughts on Michael and is remaining engage in the local political discourse, as evident with his recent missive at City Watch. Meanwhile, Jasmyne Cannick has become the "bloggin go to person" on all things related to the current dysfunctional state of leadership at LAPD under embattled Chief Charlie Beck. We should also add that Randy's numerous other guests from the surrounding Southeast LA County municipalities, were engaging .........., and good sources for some future "bloggin chisme". More on that later and again, thank you Randy for the opportunity to share in witnessing on a Dear Friend---Scott Johnson.   


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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Morning Brief on the Future Bloggin State of Mayor Sam

Good Bloggin Morning to Los Angeles (and especially to the occupants at 200 N. Spring Street) as we continue on in the Spirit of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
The Spirit of Michael will always rise to guide us in our future blogging endeavors.
** Blogger's Note: Moving on ........, while the pain of loss is still fresh. On this Monday after so many of Michael's friends came together in celebration of a life ended too young, its time to move bloggin forward in continuing on with the mission of Michael's cyber creation. In full disclosure, the impact of Michael's passing has not run its full course of grieving (as the tears continue to flow) and will continue as his influence on my life has been so profound. For many of us who's lives were blessed in crossing paths with Michael and came together Saturday in celebration of his character of being, we would be remised if we did not offer our profound gratitude's to the Higby Family (his Sister Jodie and Father James) , plus Erin Farrell, Jack Witt and Elizabeth Espinoza for organizing a blessed ceremony of faith, song and spoken testimonial. The many spokes radiating from Michael's "Center of Being", were represented (SADA, JayCees, Family, Neighbors and longtime friends). In addition, many who befriended Michael through his Mayor Sam persona were present including David Hernandez, Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, KRLA 870 AM Talk Show Host Mark Isler, Lydia Grant, Kevin James, Bart Reed, David Barron, Nina Royal, Wally, David Berger and especially Frank "Shifty" Sheftel, who's spoken testimonial brought about a healing dose of laughter ....... Further, I want to extend a heartfelt appreciation to KRLA's Talk Show Host Randy Economy for the opportunity to speak on air Saturday evening regarding the bloggin impact of Michael's cyber creation on the Los Angeles Body Politics ....... and its continuance. Somewhere in a better place called Heaven, Michael (with his beloved Mother Judie) is smiling upon us and somewhere in my soul, is reminding me to harness the liberating power of "Spollcheck" as we move bloggin forward in the cyber pursuit of espousing a better open and transparent governess at 200 N. Spring Street (and future locations of interest) ......., but lastly in closing, I want to say simply ......, Thank You Michael---Your Friend Scott Johnson in CD 14. 
 
** In the interim, you can reach this blogger with comments (please note that I cannot moderate comments currently) , tips, scoops, rants, and more via email at redspotincd14@yahoo.com. We will have more specifics about the blog in the near future---Scott Johnson
 From the Cover Page of Michael's Memorial Program.
 A Beautiful Collage on Michael.
The infamous "Infant Assemblyman" Mike Gatto "Cease and Desist (Naught!!) Letter".
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Evening Brief on an Infantile Politico's latest Clensing of 43rd Assembly District Delegat(ians) for this Seventh Day

As many disenfranchise 43rd Assembly District Democratic Activists deal with the latest disempowering actions of an insecure politico, we ask our Blue Friends whether they want an "Infant Assemblyman", turned "Slobo Mikey", to be their next State Senator? 
The iconic, timeless portrait of a certain 43rd AD Infant Assemblyman
** Blogger's Note: Some 150 years and a day after the declared end to an American Blue and Gray Bloodletting, a modern day political brawl between "Blue Brothers and Sisters" in the California 25th State Senate District, has commenced ......, and the disenfranchisement of a ethnic group is the foundation for this latest  "Intra-Blue Political Schism". 
In a ideal 21st Century American Political World (especially within the confines of the Democrat Party), racial identity politics would be a far forgotten afterthought. Gone should be the day when Democrats (before the Republican-supported Civil Rights Act) took the lead in attempting to suppress voter empowerment based upon skin color.
But bluntly, for those who are register Democrats in the 43rd Assembly District, with a last name ending with "ian", the political cleansing of empowerment is becoming the norm under the reign of  infamous "Infant Assemblyman", turned potential 25th State Senate Candidate "Slobo Mikey" Gatto.
With the State Democratic Party Convention forthcoming later in the month in Red Orange County, this local "Blue on Blue Bloodletting" is creating a Fort Sumter-like volley of charges and counter-charges which we excerpt below---Scott Johnson.  
Why does "Slobo Mikey" have issues with his "ian constituents" (allegedly)?

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Friday, May 08, 2015

The Formal Obituary on the Amazing Life of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby

On this eve of the "Celebration of the Life of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, we share with you the Formal Obituary, as crafted by as Sister Jodie Lea Ranzinger, on an amazing Man of Character.
Michael Higby, with his Father James (to the right), during his 50th Birthday Party.
**Blogger's Note: On this Friday before many of us gather to celebrate the life ......, and say goodbye to our friend Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, Let me briefly note that on Sunday, I will be posting the many kind thoughts and testimonials made in regards to Michael's untimely passing. The family, friends and myself, have greatly appreciated the witnessing to the Man of Character that was ....., and will always be, the friend we all shared. Below, we share the Formal (and loving testimonial) Obituary, authored by his Sister Jodie.  Lastly, for those who have inquired about the future of Michael's brilliant, bloggin creation? Simply .........., click back in on Monday (wink, wink)---Scott Johnson.
 

Michael Edward Higby, was born on September 29th 1964 in Burbank, California and lived his entire life in his beloved San Fernando Valley.
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He spent tremendous effort in giving his time and talent to make it a better place for all. Michael spent his school years at Pacoima Jr. High and graduated San Fernando High School in 1982. He then went to Los Angeles Valley College where he studied broadcasting, was a part of the student government and was a disc jockey at the college radio station.
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He went back and earned his Associates Degree there in Theatre and Film in 1994. His career spanned several companies, beginning with a fun design job at Walt Disney Imagineering, a manager job at AVR Services, a communication manager at IMT Residential and then he found his calling at SADA in 2007 where he became their Senior Business Development Manager.
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Michael had a rich life outside of his career. He joined the Jaycees in 1998, eventually becoming state president in 2004 as well as being honored as a JCI Senator, the highest international honor for the Jaycees. He founded a famous political blog in 2004, Mayor Sam's Sister City, in which he gave residents a voice on important LA City issues. He also served on the Universal City North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 2008-2010 and worked with the Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council as well as the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council to enact change in his community.
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Michael co-hosted several radio shows including Live LA Saturday Night and the Randy Economy Show. He has received numerous awards for outstanding business leadership and community service. He was instrumental in growing the Operation Santa program in North Hollywood and consistently donated his money, time and effort to many charities and community projects.
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Michael passed away on April 15th, 2015 too soon, at the age of 50. Mike is mourned by his surviving family; father James E. Higby, sister Jodie Lea Ranzinger, Grandmother Beatrice Nissen May, Aunt Donna Nichols and countless cousins and amazing friends, and was preceded in death by his Mother Judie Higby Segal and step-father Howard Segal.
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Services will be held this Saturday, May 9th 2015 at 1pm at New Hope Community Church 10438 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland California. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Michael to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles under the Helping Hands Fund and Michael’s name.

Your thoughts on the amazing life of a Dear Friend.
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A Celebration of the Life that was Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby

We invite you all to attend "A Celebration of Life" that was our beloved friend Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby this Saturday. 
Join us in Celebrating the Character of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
New Hope Community Church
10438 Oro Vista Avenue
Sunland, California 91042
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Mayor Sam Blogger Scott Johnson will be sharing his thoughts regarding the Michael Higby Services as one of many invited guests on the Special Live Broadcast of the KRLA 870 AM "Randy Economy Radio Show"
Thanks to Randy for the invitation.
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Silence of Congressman Cardenas .........., especially when the FBI comes Calling

As a Los Angeles Federal Grand Jury/FBI Investigation continues regarding the "work place activities" of Northeast San Fernando Valley Congressman Tony Cardenas's District Director Gabriela Marquez, her boss remains "silent".
Will Congressman Cardenas speak on the record regarding his District Director's "paid workplace activities"?
The Sound of Silence ......., from a member of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine.
As the LA Times follows the lead of Mayor Sam in reporting on Congressman Tony Cardenas's District Director Gabriela Marquez's multiple days, 39th Assembly District Ballot Count Observations, her boss is adopting the tire tactic of stonewalling.
From the Times ..........., (Congressman Tony Cardenas)                                        declined to answer questions from The Times this week after a top aide in his district, Gabriela Marquez, received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. 
Its not surprising that Congressman Cardenas would remain mum, considering his last direct experience with a Capital Hill Reporter.
More later .........
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Remembering the Armenian Genocide ....., 100 Years Later

On this 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we stand with the Armenian Community in remembering a crime against humanity.
The Montebello Armenian Genocide Memorial.
Thousands are expected to March for Justice in Los Angeles.
May the flame of remembrance always burn.
Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mayor Sam Exclusive: Documenting Congressman Cardenas District Director's Involvement in 2014 39th AD Ballot Count

As a Federal Grand Jury subpoenas Northeast San Fernando Valley Congressman Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez regarding her "congressional duties", Mayor Sam discloses documentation on her "role" as an observer during the November, 2014 "Count of the Ballots" in the 39th Assembly District Campaign. 
 
Click above to hear Congressman Cardenas response to the FBI Investigation.
** Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we have obtain documentation that discloses Congressmen Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez's multi-day role as an observer for the former Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Campaign, during the November, 2014 Final Count of Outstanding Ballots in the 39th Assembly District Election won by now Assemblywoman Patty Lopez. Copies of Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder "Observer Sign In Sheets" (posted below for review) disclose that Marquez visited the Norwalk Ballot Counting Facility for five day straight between November 6-10, 2014 and returned again on November 15. On average, Marquez was on hand, observing the counting of ballots, for an average of two to six hours per day documented. As this blog noted during the recent CD 6 Campaign, Marquez was join by staff from both CD 6 City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and CD 7 City Councilman Felipe Fuentes as the members of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine attempted unsuccessfully to intimidate the counting process---Scott Johnson. 
From The Politico ......., A source familiar with the investigation told POLITICO that the focus of the probe is not Cárdenas but rather work Marquez did for other campaigns while still being paid from the lawmaker’s congressional account.

November 6, 2014 Ballot Count Observer Sign In Sheet.

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Mid-day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Hump Day

Its time to fluff up the Mitch Englander Portfolio as the lone "Spring Street RINO" announces his intentions to seek the LA County Board of Supervisor Fifth District Seat being vacated by Michael Antonovich. 
Fluffing the Mitch.
Is the "Spring Street RINO" seeking a higher calling (and opportunities for connected family members)?
Just over a month remove from winning another (elongated) term as the lone, supposed Republican City Councilman from CD 12, Mitch Englander is using the safety net of re-election to seek the District Five Seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors being vacated by termed out Michael Antonovich.
The noted prolific, cross party lines fundraiser, should instantly become a frontrunner in the seemly lone Republican safe seat on the Board of Supervisors.
But its those crossover tendencies that a more strident Republican candidate may exploit in attempting to counter the Englander Political Machine.
** Talking a puff from the pipe of wishful, future fiscal expectations, the LAUSD Board of Education voted to approve a 10.36% Pay Raise for its teachers, pending UTLA approval. District Officials are predicating the allocation toward the future salary increases on a spike in state revenue. If for some reasons the wishful revenue does not materialize, expect some very lean times ahead at LAUSD.
** In a major setback for the CIM Group, all five members of the Department of Building and Safety Oversight Commission voted to order the owners of the "Sunset and Gordon Highrise" to remove dozens of its tenants from the controversial property. This whole FUBAR has its origin in a lawsuit by a community group who sued the CIM Group for destroying an historic building to make way for the current development.
Your thoughts ..................
Scott Johnson in CD 14


Ooops!! The Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine in Trouble........., Again

The "Father Figure" of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine Congressman Tony Cardenas, is facing FBI scrutiny for his District Director Gabriela Marquez's "assigned work duties" on the Congressional Payroll. 
Smile and say FBI on three!!
** Blogger's Note: Its official and part of the Congressional Record ........., Congressman Tony Cardenas (and the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine) is being investigated by the FBI. With the formal confirmation that Congressman Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez was subpoenaed by a Federal Grand Jury operating out of the United States District Court on Spring Street in Downtown LA, further scrutiny will surely center on the campaign-related activities of the paid underlings of Congressman Cardenas and his allies. As Mayor Sam reported during the recent CD 6 Campaign, paid staffers from the offices of Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilman Felipe Fuentes and as we note below, Congressman Cardenas Staffer Gabriela Marquez, spent multiple days observing the vote count, that saw the upset of fellow machine member Raul Bocanegra by now Assemblywoman Patty Lopez. Roll Call Online reports that the FBI spent a few hours interviewing Marquez in her home roughly three weeks ago. According to a source, the FBI asked questions about whether staffers in Cárdenas’ office worked on campaign-related activities while being paid for official office time. What is not clear is whether the FBI was questioning Marquez about campaign work related to her boss ......., or campaign work related to other associates of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine---Scott Johnson. 
As evident on Line 6, Congressman Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez's duties include observing vote counts in a local Assembly Race.
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

Its never to early to start speculating on those who would like to succeed CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar in 2020 (or earlier).
Former East Los Angeles Community Corp (ELACC) President, now LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis Chief of Staff Maria Cabildo ......, with an Indicted Politico. 
The Power of Political Ambition.
Only in Council District 14, can we start speculating on who will replace the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate", even before he is sworn in for his last "Downtown Bought", extended last term.
One person who is already garnering attention is former ELACC President and noted anti-gentrification figure Maria Cabildo, who recently was named Chief of Staff to new LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Cabildo, who resides in Eagle Rock, was an ardent Councilman Huizar supporter during the last election proceedings and with the self-noting Princeton Graduate, now secure in a final term, the career change for Cabildo, is being seen as a political resume enhancer for a possible 2020 CD 14 Campaign.
** Its been awhile since Southwest Voter Education Voter Registration Project's Antonio Gonzalez merited bloggin interest. In the early days of this blog, the voting registration exploits of the husband of ex LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina's Chief of Staff Alma Martinez, were all the rage among the supporters of then Mayor James "Poopy" Hahn. Now in 2015, Gonzalez is reaching back into his voter outreach bag of tricks, by offering a $25,000 Prize to a lucky LAUSD District Five voter, in an attempt to foster higher Election Day turnout ........, for Charter Schools-supported candidate Ref Rodriguez.
** When was the last time we checked in on the cyber astro-turf outpost of the political fanatics known as "Gatto Truthers"? With the "Infant Assemblyman", turned "Slobo Mikey", busy mulling over his pending 2016 State Senate Campaign defeat, by planning a possible 2018 Lt. Governor quest, his devoted cyber trolls found time to opine on the recent CD 4 Elections, which we are so glad to share .........., The big surprise in CD 4 was the showing of Steve Veres who many local Dems including these humble bloggers were pulling for since he got the Democratic Party endorsement with an impressive showing and lots of grassroots support.  Veres underperformed and we are not sure why since he had strong support from Senate Speaker Kevin Deleon; maybe he did not have the right validators in other parts of the district but of course that is just conjecture
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14



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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Monday Story on the Remarkable Life of Michael Higby

From the LA Daily News by Brenda Gazzer: Political Blogger Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby remembered for his influence, wit.
The Bloggin Talk Show Host Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
** Blogger's Note: In today's Edition of the LA Daily News, writer Brenda Gazzer keyboards an appreciative obituary on the "Remarkable Life" of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby. This coming after an intimate gathering of Michael's friends, with his Father and Sister in attendance, at Joselitos in Tujunga last night. A formal Memorial Service for Michael will take place on May 9, 2015 at the New Hope Community Church (10438 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland, California 91040), beginning promptly at 12:30 PM. Below, I have cut and pasted the Obit in its entirely---Scott Johnson

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Sunday Witnessing to the Character of Michael Higby

On this "Seventh Day", we give Witness to the Man of Character that was Michael Higby.
 The Sunday Sun rises to give light to a "Seventh Day Witnessing" on the Character of Michael.
** Blogger's Note: Please forgive me for the lateness of this post as I have spent the last 24 hours dealing with a bout of food poisoning/intestinal issues. My temporary weaken state of body, has been partially alleviated by the large numbers of testimonials on the Bigger-than-Life Persona of Michael Higby. In fact, so many of you have given of your time to share testimonials on Michael, that my plan to highlight your comments today, deserve the justice of a better focus mind (free from the ravages of intestinal issues). Yet on this Seventh Day, I want to share with all, the witnessing of Edna Liza Cerritos below, on the mentoring impact Michael had on her young life. Many who have follow this blog since its inception, will remember that Michael was never beyond giving a young person an opportunity to contribute to the content, as exampled by Belmont High School Graduate Jennifer Solis. Those who knew Michael will also remember his work with the United States Junior Chamber Organization (Jaycees) and its endeavors of community service. For those who only knew Michael for his contribution to the local political bloggin discourse, there was so much more that made up his complete "Body of Character" than what may of been keyboard on a "Mayor Sam Hotsheet" on any given day. Thus, as we continue to share our thoughts on the life and impact of Michael Higby, lets honor the legacy of our friend, by witnessing his mentoring impact, as given by a "Future Mayor Sam Contributor" (** The LA Daily News will have a story on the Passing of Michael Higby in Monday's Edition)---Scott Johnson.
 
Hello everyone, A few minutes ago I wrote on Mayors page. Thank you for sharing all the awesome stories of "Mayor" Michael Higby . I am deeply saddened. I called him "Mayor and he called me "Mini or Mini Mayor" I would like to share here with you what I wrote to him on his page. I am not the best writer but I try my best.
Mayor had added me to this page so I can meet all of you one day.

Hi "Mayor" Michael Higby I am deeply saddened. Words can not express how I feel .The last... message was at 4:30 on Wednesday April 15th.I wondered why you were not tweeting or sending messages. I remember you saying you were going to the dentist. So, I did not want to bother you. On April 16th I was no feeling well was feeling down. I was worried I did not get the daily "Wake Up Mini Go to school " message!...I was thinking all day you might have gotten your tooth pulled and maybe resting. By 6:30 yesterday I checked a message from Elizabeth. I had no idea of what had happend. I showed it to my mom and she said to check twitter. I went into shock and can not believe as of yet. Every time my phone bloopz(rings) I think it's you sending me something to read or saying something funny. Tears roll down my eyes each time this happens. But I know you wouldn't like for me to be sad. I want to Thank you for being a cool friend to me, mom and grandma. For encouraging me to be strong and speaking up when something is not right. Thank you for the hundreds of messages about Politics and how you made me open my eyes and made me aware of many issues. Thank you for being my friend and mentor. I know we were suppose to blog and maybe write a book one day. I was to be the mini photographer for Mayorsam. Thank you for encouraging me that women can learn and do anything when they put their mind to it. I think I might learn to code like you said and maybe blog. Thank you for encouraging me to do good in school and the importance of an education. I also wanted to share I just received another College acceptance and I just got this cool Internship a few minutes ago. You would have been so happy for Mini.
I know you would have said "Good Job Mini" Well Mayor I believe that people never really die. I know you are still here in spirit. Everyone is saying awesome things about you in the Foothills page, twitter, Fb.
You, did Awesome things in this Life "Mayor"
Your BFF friend Mini Mayor
 
Political Consultant John Thomas holding this blogger's 50th B-day Gift to Michael.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Sunday Joselitos Gathering in Remembrance of Michael Higby

Join the Sunland-Tujunga Friends of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby in remembrance tomorrow evening (Sunday) at Joselito's. 
Michael Higby with his Father (on right), celebrating his 50th Birthday this past Fall.
** Blogger's Note: When Michael Higby moved to Sunland-Tujunga some years back, there was no doubt what dining establishment would top the list of favorites, Joselitos on Foothill Blvd. The picture above shows Michael basking in the positive aura of his 50th (and sadly last) Birthday, with family and friends (of course, the potent, yet refreshing margarita of choice was surely kicking in). Now sadly, with Michael no longer with us in the flesh (but in spirit), his neighbors and friends are coming together in remembrance, tomorrow (Sunday), from 6-9 PM. Lets all come together in honoring Michael with a Margarita (or two)---Scott Johnson. 
 
A Sunday Joselitos Gathering in Remembrance of Michael Higby
6-9 PM.
7308 Foothill Blvd. Tugunga Calif. 91042
(818) 951-2275


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Remembering Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby ..............

There are so many of you to thank as we remember the Life, Spirit and Heart of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
The American Political Power Couple that could of been.
** Blogger's Note: Its been a little over 24 hours since (and its still hurts to keyboard my thoughts through the upward and deep downward swells of grieving) we who were so fortunate to know Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, were shocked to learn of his sudden death Tuesday evening. The pain of losing a "Larger than Life Man of Character" of Michael's stature, has been offset by the like size show of support from legions of his friends and colleagues. Many have taken the time to honor Michael by giving witness to the man, friend, co-worker, mentor and caring human being that Michael was in his Oh-so-brief time with us. I personally want to thank each one of you who have taken the time to honor my late (those last four letters were heartbreaking and tear-flowing to key) blogging colleague, who took a chance on a "spoll-challenged commentator" ......., and for that, I will be infinitely grateful. In the days ahead, I plan on revisiting and honoring, not only "The Bloggin Mayor Sam Persona of Michael", but the complete person that was Michael Higby. That said, this endeavor to honor our dear friend needs YOU. Please help by contributing whatever testimonials, pictures, mementos you can (you can email me at redspotincd14@yahoo.com) so that this cyber-creation of Michael, can also act as an infinite cyber-memorial to our beloved friend---Scott Johnson.
** Please note that I will be posting a special "Sunday Bloggin Tributes to Mayor Sam" later this weekend. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
 
Our Sincere Thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti @ericgarcetti 21 hours ago
Sad to learn of the passing of Michael Higby - an important voice for our city. RIP - from one mayor to another.
 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Passing of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby at 50

Its with profound hurt and sadness to announce the passing of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby. 
 ** Blogger's Note: This hurts ............., Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby passed away yesterday after a sudden illness at the age of 50. Michael was found unresponsive in his vehicle after a visit to his dentist yesterday evening. Most regular readers will know that Michael had just lost his beloved Mother Judith recently .........., and now, he is with her again in a better place. In keyboarding my thoughts in this moment of shock and numbness that does not dull the pain of profound loss, ......., I shed tears in not being able now to tell Michael how much gratitude I had for the opportunity to empower myself (with the help of "Spollcheck") via my work on the blog. For now, our prayers go out to Michael's Father and family in the time of great loss (For those who would like to comment, please post your thoughts on our Facebook Page and I will cut & paste them here)---Scott Johnson.

** Our former blogging colleague Joseph Mailander shares his thoughts about Michael.
** Thank you to our friend Ed Padgett for these kind words on Michael.
**  Valley Village Blogger Paul Hatfield shares his thoughts on the bloggin proclivities of Michael.
** LA Observed Lead Blogger Kevin Roderick notes the passing of Michael Higby:
Michael Higby, for many years the lead blogger at Mayor Sam's Sister City, died Wednesday at the age of 50. Scott Johnson announced his passing on the site today.
Michael was found unresponsive in his vehicle after a visit to his dentist yesterday evening. Most regular readers will know that Michael had just lost his beloved Mother Judith recently, and now, he is with her again in a better place.
** From Political/Campaign Consultant Eric Hocopian:
"First and foremost Michael Higby was a good and decent man, whose passing is a loss to our Los Angeles community. Michael brought life and flair to the staid world of Los Angeles politics, while comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable in Southern California politics. He will certainly be missed, my thoughts go out to his family."
** From Downtown News Editor Jon Regardie:
Scott,
I can't begin to express my condolences for the loss of your friend. I'm sure this is an incredibly tough time for you, and of course even tougher for the family. My thoughts are with you all. Michael will be missed,
Jon

** From "Papa Bo" Patatian:
Heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of my longtime friend and political ally Michael Higby who has passed away of a heart attack. Mike was deeply devoted, caring, loving, gifted, intelligent, kind, sensitive, sincere, knowledgable and civically engaged gentleman who was unique and brilliant in every regard and had a gift for citizen journalism that was unmatched. As t...he founder, editor and frequent contributor of the Mayor Sam Political Blog, he put his love for and interest in civic engagement out there for all of us to read and enjoy. He gave this blog, which everyone in the business and out followed, his all. Even when Mike was threatened with a myriad of lawsuits and was personally attacked, harassed and bullied by his political rivals and opponents, who wished to silence and prevent Micheal from speaking, sharing and spreading the truth, Mike remained steadfast, undeterred and courageous! Refusing to be silenced, gagged or intimidated. Mike knew when to give ground and when to fight, because he understood that success comes through picking your battles but staying focused all the while on ultimately winning the war so that the good fight could be fought and so that truth and justice can prevail. Along with loyal contributors such as Scott Johnson, Mike kept the Mayor Sam Blog alive and allowed it to constantly, grow and thrive. Mike leaves this life as great son, brother, friend and an exemplary man of Faith and model American. Mike was revered, respected and adored by all. His loss is immense and he will be missed terribly! May you rest in peace Michael and may the Good Lord Illuminate your soul. My deepest respects, sympathies and condolences to entire Higby Family. Farewell Old Friend! 2 Timothy 4:7-8
** Frank Sheftel writes:
Michael Higby is my friend. We met when I ran for City Council and he wrote about me on Mayor Sam. We would later become co-hosts on a radio show along with David Hernandez. We chatted all the time and found a shared sense of humor. He had depicted he and I as these cartoon figures and would put us in funny situations. I was flattered he took the time to design me even down to my hats. He was set to host my radio show this Sunday while I am away. We had just talked about it on Tuesday. I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear that he passed away suddenly last night. My heart goes out to his family. He's with his Mom now. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed by many. ‪#‎gonetoosoon‬


Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, 1964-2015

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Morning Brief on the State of City Political Machine for Hump Day

Will anyone remember the "2015 Safe State of the City Address" come 2017?
Back to the Basic Telepromptive Messaging?
Safe ............
Come 2017 when a certain "Tepid Latinanglo Mayor" faces the dwindling voting masses in his bid for a Second Term, "safe" is how Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to be seen as the basic choice to continue as the elected leader of the nation's second largest city.
Just how Mayor Garcetti stakes his claim to being the "Safe Choice" for another term in 2017, is raising eyebrows on the morning after his mid-First Term "State of the City Address" at Cal State Northridge, considering the following pronouncements/policy initiatives relayed via the assembled teleprompters.
Garnering the most attention this AM, is Mayor's goal to grow the "Metropolitan Division" of the LAPD to a level of 200 officers in response to a spike in violent crimes city wide.
Seeking to "own the spike", Mayor Garcetti's proposal to double the size of Metro's force is creating its own spike of basic questioning on the possible ramifications to the thinly-stretched patrol staffs in areas such as the Northeast and Hollenbeck Divisions, where Metro Division reassignments are leaving unfilled vacancies ......., and empty squad cars.
In addition to pledging the doubling of Metro, the Rhodes Scholar turned Mayor, announced the creation of a new LAPD Unit to focus on "Relationship Policing".
Please pardon the momentary pause .........., but just what is "Relationship Policing Mayor Garcetti?"
In my life experience in CD 14, the examples I can recollect that could suffice include neighborhood foot patrols where residents can build a rapport with the assigned officers ........., or the CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar conceived "Political Relationship Policing", where assigned officers are given numerical grading for "Loyalty Building" and "Enforcing the Influence" of the local Officeholder on the populace (allegedly).
The Mayor's (Re-election) Relationship Building also blessed the Gang Reduction, Youth Development (GRYD) Program with a proposed $5.5 Million dollars increase in funding, which surely brought smiles to the likes of Legacy LA's Lou Calanche, El Centro del Pueblo's Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Soledad Enrichment Action's (SEA) Sister Elisa Martinez and Barrio Action's Tammy Membreno.
With new GRYD RFPs for new contracts currently be made public, the competition among the noted "Connected Non-Profits", may get politically-heated and require its own specialize policing detail, but we digress.
But on a more seriously note, discerning Angelinos should take umbrage at the absence of comment from the current Mayor regarding the growing surge of communal endangerment from the "Correctional Tsunami" created via AB-109 Prison Realignment and Prop 47 (which lower penalties on many crimes).
From upswings in new property crimes in areas such as El Sereno, to an all-out Gang War in Highland Park, Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilpersons such as Gil Cedillo, may find the bumps on the road to re-election in 2017, becoming more pronounce as the repercussions from a failed attempt at Correctional Reform and Dummy Down Criminal Penalties, will cause many to ask a basic question come 2017 ........., are we safe(er) now than compare to 2013?
Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Working on Deadline ............, regarding "State of Neighborhood Missive"

Please pardon our Morning Briefs absence as we are sequester in preparation for our First Annual "State of the Neighborhood Missive" coming this afternoon.
Gentrification in Mi Barrio? 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

As SEIU 721-represented city employees vote to affirm a strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti nears his mid-term State of the City Address on Tuesday which may garner a larger than expected gathering of discerning observers. 
Will announced, Second Term-seeking Mayor Eric Garcetti elaborate further on his "sustainable vision" that comprises his futuristic "pLAn" for Los Angeles? 
Kevin, remember something called Pension Reform?
Its rise and shine time on a tepid, overcast Monday in Ciudad de Los Angeles.
Please pardon the cyber-melancholy mindset, but since the March Elections, the political environment has become sooooo vanilla at 200 Spring Street and the lack of bloggin content  has brought on a case of keyboard doldrums. 
Normally a Mayoral State of the City Address (especially during the Failure Mayor Antonio Villar reign), would be enough to arouse keyboard stimulation, which would translate into bloggin content on various story lines of speculation about the latest self-serving pronouncements (or choice of Telebimbo, but I digress).
But instead, Angelinos will be treated to a vanilla-flavored dissertation on a sustainable vision for a LA tomorrow, tinted in a green vision of a thriving metropolis, with equality for all.
Yet, the reality tomorrow evening will include a city on edge as a "Corrections Tsunami (cause by AB 109 and Prop 47)" spikes the crime rates, city employees talking strike if not granted a pay increase and a electorate who has tuned out the Downtown Machine-driven Establishment (and those who dare speak against it, are labeled "negative" or "trouble makers").
Thus, pardon my current bloggin mindset, that when presented with the choice of indulging in a mid-term speech via a "Tepid Latinanglo Mayor" .........., or anything else, guess which choice wins?
** With no apologies to AB 109 Co-author and now City Attorney Mike Feuer, plus those who voted for Prop 47, the byproduct of these twin "Correctional Tsunamis", prompted dozens of Northeast Los Angeles Stakeholders to attend a Special Meeting of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, to seek resolution to a gang war that has resulted in thirteen shootings and nine people being shot in the last two months. Sadly, neither CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar or his CD 1 colleague Gil Cedillo were in attendance.
** "The Office Downtown Establishment Fishwrap of Record" (aka The Downtown News), states that (another) former CD-14 Staffer Miguel Vargas, has found gainful employment as the new Executive Director of the Arts District Business Improvement District. The ADLA BID surely wanted to avoid antagonizing the recently re-elected CD-14 City Councilman, unlike the Historic Downtown BID a few years back, when it attempted to hire a supporter of 2011 City Council Candidate Rudy Martinez.
** CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar silenced??
Councilman Huizar showing support for The No H8 Campaign.
As a bloggin Public Service, we endeavor to bring you the latest news regarding the actions (or lack of) of your local Elected Officials.
That said, the photo above of the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" via his Facebook Page, merits a quick noting.
In the caption, the self-noting Princeton Graduates states .........., "#‎TBT‬ Here's a photo taken during the Night on Broadway NoH8 photo shoot. We must remind ourselves to always stand together against discrimination and bullying of all kinds".
We sincerely hope that the recent recipient of 14,000 votes (out of a district population 250,000), will back his talk, with the walk in his next extended term, by insuring equality in constituent services and condemning those who would attempt to denigrate, discriminate and (cyber) bully those in the majority (of the register voters), who chose not to support his re-election.
Your thoughts ...................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

  



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