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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Morning Briefs on Appeasing the Boss D'Arcy Rizzo Political Machine for Wednesday

Appeasement in Our Time at 200 Spring Street as the Los Angeles City Clowncil Central Committee, with help from City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron "Neville" Galperin sent a proposed settlement of the litigious Boss D"Arcy Rizzo's IBEW/ DWP Joint Safety and Job Training Non-Profits Audits, to the DWP Commission for approval.
From City Controller Ron "Neville" Galperin's Facebook Page: "The agreement protects ratepayer money by requiring the trusts to cooperate fully with my office’s audit before any money is released to them. I believe these actions will make the operations of the trusts transparent and guarantee that the trustees are accountable to DWP ratepayers".
But the discerning observers are musing about the lack of details as noted below .........
Paul Hatfield: The IBEW should not have a say in who represents the city on the trusts' boards. That is a conflict of interest. This settlement should be killed on that basis alone.
Jack Humphreville: Ron Galperin has done a very good job. But why can't we see the agreement? After all, we are the slobs paying the bill. Do you trust City Hall?

Jose G. Castillo Mba: Why doesn't the IRS revoke their nonprofit status??? This is tax payer monies we are talking about!! There should be a criminal investigation if fraud has been committed.
Comments aside, Galperin gives its his best Neville Chamberlin (sans a transparent document to wave at the discerning masses) as reported by Rick Orlov in the Daily News.
 “(We) crafted an agreement that finally brings transparency to the two ... trusts jointly managed by the Department of Water and Power and its largest union,” he said, adding that he looks forward to being able to finally audit the trusts.
Yet, with the details lacking for the public to ascertain, ratepayers, like Winston Churchill in 1939, can't be faulted for questioning the true facts behind the City Clowncil Central Committee Strongman Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson's led efforts to appease, whoops settle with "Boss D'Arcy Rizzo" as exemplified below.
Leonard H Horowitz: Ratepayers will not trust DWP, mayor and unethical city council until the two DWP safety non-profits are audited from 2003. No new rate increases until Brian D'Arcy is removed from union, working Californian's & safety non-profits. In the old days they would have been tarred and feathered and then thrown out of town. 
......, but in 2014, the City Clowncil Central Committee, along with Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller "Neville" Galperin, disclose no documentation on the latest act of appeasing a City Hall Bully.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

Today is the Official Release Day of the long-awaited book collaboration between LA Weekly Scribe Patrick Range McDonald and former two-term Mayor Richard Riordan. A cover to cover viewing is bound to cause an episode of longing for the not-forgotten era of civic rebirth and growth after the 1992 Riots.  
Too bad this must read will never grace the old SEIU 347 "Richard Riordan Reading Room".
With no apologies to former "Mayor Poopy", Failure Mayor Tony Villar, along with current F-ing Mayor Eric Garcetti, its time to flashback to an eight year era of civic rebirth, growth and renewal via the long-awaited book collaboration of former two term Mayor Richard Riordan and LA Weekly Writer Patrick Range McDonald
Concise, and to the point, Richard Riordan was the right choice for Mayor after the 1992 Riots. Two terms, eight years, at a cost of a dollar every 365 days later, Los Angeles was bring in $1 Billion dollars more in revenue per year than when he was first sworn in, with thousands of additional police securing a foundation for a crime reduction future. 
Foot in mouth episodes withstanding, the former Toy Company Executive was able to forge cross-party coalitions that enable LA to recover from the Northridge Earthquake and replace the forgotten LAPD Chief Willie Williams with now CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks.
Yet, since leaving office, Riordan was never able to capitalize politically on his successful era via the Third Floor, as evident with his failed attempt to replace Pete Wilson as Governor and the inability to get Steve "Mini Riordan I" Soboroff, along Austin "Mini Riordan II" Beutner elected Mayor.
But in the sunset of his political being, discerning Angelinos who care about the civic future of the City of Angels, would find it prudent to read the musings of a historic figure, in the hope of creating a better tomorrow.
** From the blunt talk (mixed with foot on occasions) of former Mayor Riordan, LA Weekly's Gene Maddaus regales us from the musing front end, with the latest "wonkish pronouncements" of a Rhodes Scholar, now tepid (white) Mayor Eric Garcetti via his appearance at the "Atlantic Magazine, Citylab Conference" ..........., (Walter) Isaacson (of the Aspen Institute) asked about encouraging an innovative culture within City Hall. Garcetti said that when dealing with his general managers, "You have to be able to follow from the front." He went on say that low-level employees should be able to "lead from the line." There's nothing necessarily wrong with encouraging front-line workers to solve problems. But "following from the front" is an unfortunate phrase. So much for performance-based utterances.
**  Just wondering if some official government agency will be waving an investigation notice in the direction of Assemblyman Isadore Hall anytime soon, this after a report by the "Weekly of Record" that Hall (or someone from his campaign team) mis-used some dollar bills at a Strip Club?

** Memo to the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition, you may be still wondering why CD City Clowncil Central Committee Member Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo" is blowing smoke in regards to your ambitious plans to reopen LA's Oldest Museum? Maybe it has to do with this "Pay to Play Contribution" via someone with "El Plan".?
Remember, all agreements with "Broken Deal Cedillo", are naught unless you "Pay to Play.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Bloggin 50th Birthday to Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby!!

Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby is fifty years young today as we send bloggin B-day wishes to the man behind Los Angeles premiere political blog.
Mayor Sam with B-day Cake and wearing the Official B-day of Sunland-Tujunga's Joselito's Restaurant Saturday.
** Blogger's Note: We are sure that the likes of Jim Alger, "MEAT", Zuma Dogg, Betty Pleasant, "Mayor Frank", Ex "Mayor Poopy", Mary Cummins and Gatto Truthers will join in wishing Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby a most bloggin sincere 50th Year of Being. A great crowd (including Joseph Mailander and wife Lynn, Ed Padgett and lovely daughter Kristin, David Hernandez and lovel spouse) was on hand Saturday evening at Sunland-Tujunga's Joselito's Restaurant to celebrate, with chocolate party treats via Frank Sheftel's Chocolate Factory, great food and of course, Mayor Sam. As can be seen below, Political Consultant John Thomas was on hand, taking a brief break from the Elon Carr for Congress Campaign, as he takes a moment to display a CD 14-centric B-day Gift from a certain "Spoll-checking Blogger"---Scott Johnson.
Who needs a City of LA Certificate of Appreciation when you can have a framed, autographed (by a certain CD 14 Blogger) copy of the 2011 Rudy Martinez for City Council Campaign's "Councilman Huizar (still?) under FBI Investigation Mailer" as modeled by Political Campaign Consultant John Thomas?

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Afternoon Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

Will terminated LAPD Civilian Employee Marleen Caudillo, now LA-32 President Marleen Fonseca, be a willing enabler of CD 14 City Clowncilman Jose Huizar's bid to increase the number of liquor outlets along the Huntington Drive Corridor?
Now LA-32 NC President Marleen Fonseca enjoying some peaceful libation with friend.
Behold how the blogging art of "Cut and Pasting", negates the need for supplemental verbiage in showcasing an example of political folly/ hypocrisy.
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Another DONE-approved Act of Disempowerment in LA-32?

Would DONE/Empower LA NEA Lisette Covarrubias approve of the below method of posting the "Disempowerment LA-occupied" LA-32 Neighborhood Council Agenda at the Rose Hills Recreation Center?
DONE/Empower LA NEA Lisette Covarrubias.
** Blogger's Note: From the "Disempowerment LA-occupied LA-32 NC Underground", we bring you this latest attempt via the CD-14 Clowncilman Jose Huizar/ Disempowerment LA-controlled LA-32 NC, to discourage (via a possible ADA violation?) community turnout for the upcoming October 1, 2014 LA-32 NC General Board Meeting. The photo below was taken at the Rose Hills Recreation Center which is an approved posting location for LA-32 NC agendas. As can be easily seen, the agenda and attachments are posted, taped in a way that prevents further review beyond the exposed pages. While agendas and attachments are also posted via the NC's website, those (especially seniors citizens) without computer access, would be unable to ascertain the full extent of agenda items (without ripping the tape and attached paper)..Thus, being disenfranchised from informing themselves on the planned discussion of community issues. We plan on sending a link to "Disempowerment LA" NEA Lisette Covarrubias for comment/clarification whether the posting technique below is appropriate---Scott Johnson  
Photo of "Disempowerment LA-occupied LA-32 NC October 1, 2014 General Board Meeting Agenda (along with Attachment A) posting at the Rose Hills Recreation Center (Photo by Anthony Manzano).

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morning Briefs on the "Detroit on the Pacific" Political Machine

The Los Angeles Political Machine's Progressive/Hard Left Brothers and Sisters led by LA County Labor Federation Leader Maria Elena Durazo, are all smiles as a majority of the City Clowncil Central Committee vote 12-3 to raise the Minimum Wage for Large Hotel Workers, to $15.37 per hour.
When the late Mrs. Miguel Contreras smiles, the dwindling Los Angeles Business Class cringes.
The Los Angeles War on Poverty is over ......., at least for a day.
Judging by the reaction of the assembled Progressive/Hard Left Brothers and Sisters under the John Ferraro City Clowncil Big Top, the mere act of twelve City Clowncil Central Committee Members in voting to outsource jobs, whoops, raise the Minimum Wage for Large (300 rooms or more) to $15.37 per hour, is the collectivist turning point in the War on Poverty within Ciudad de Los Angeles.
After five decades and TRILLIONS of dollars spent on a endless quest to fund government expansion/dependency, darn I meant abolishing poverty, a collectivist MISSION ACCOMPLISH was achieved by simply mandating that businesses pay a base wage. That deserves a Dolores Huerta-led SI SE PUEDE rendition.
But while the media and bloggin community are fixated on the reactions of the likes Durazo, Mayor Garcetti, and those who will benefit (before their jobs are outsource across the city boundaries), Angelinos should beware of the glee of "Mr. CPI" as in Consumer Price Index, as he looks forward to another height (and increase costs to consumers) in importance.
That glee is shared by the leaders within Organize Labor which will use the new benchmark wage and increase in the CPI to demand private and public entities to increase wages, which will result in the likes of Mayor Garcetti in abandoning his fiscal austerity pledges and speed LA on the path to a fiscal rechristening as "Detroit on the Pacific".  
** With apologies to the "Daily Valley Moldy Green Sheet" (aka LA Daily News) longtime City Hall Beat Writer Rick Orlov, we belatedly take notice on the speculation that Assemblyman Adrin "Mini Paul Krekorian" Nazarian, is mulling a run for CD 4, while protecting his Assembly Seat. Can you "Two Face Bob" revisited?  
** Continuing with a possible "Two Face Mini Krekorian CD 4 Campaign", Jack Humphreville has the following observation on this backroom-originating scheme ........,
But some of the power elite that occupy City Hall are not comfortable with the present line up of  (CD 4) candidates and are plotting the entry of State Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian into the race. Nazarian, the former Chief of Staff for his mentor, Paul Krekorian, has been planning his entre into the race to replace Tom LaBonge ever since he was elected to the Assembly in 2012, despite his comments to the contrary.  At the same time, Nazarian is running for reelection in November to the State Assembly against an underfunded and unknown opponent. But this is all part of the scheme as Nazarian will be able to funnel surplus money from his Assembly reelection effort - extracted from the unions, corporations, and special interests who need to curry favor with the State Legislature - to his City Council campaign coffers. These donors include the Los Angeles Police Protective League, SEIU 721, and the American Federation of Federal, State, County, and Municipal Employees, all of whom are currently negotiating contracts with our cash strapped City.
 
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mayor Sam Exclusive: "Broken Deal Cedillo" continues to ignore Cypress Park Stakeholders while Dining with Sandra Figueroa-Villa

CD 1 City Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo" continues to stonewall requests from the Cypress Park Residents to discuss the staffing at its Historic Community Center while the most recent CD 1 Quarterly Officeholder Account Report discloses an One on One Meeting with El Centro del Pueblo Executive Director (and Police Commissioner) Sandra Figueroa-Villa. 
No Promise is Sacred for "Broken Deal Cedillo". 
 
** Blogger's Note: As CD 1 City Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo", along with the Cypress Park Neighborhood Council President Alejandra Cortez, continue to stonewall Stakeholders requests for a meeting regarding the Historic Cypress Park Firehouse, now Community Center, Mayor Sam has discover documentation which shows the former "One Bill Gil" meeting with El Centro del Pueblo Executive Director (and Police Commissioner) Sandra Figueroa-Villa. Cypress Park Stakeholders, including longtime Political Activist Art Pulido, packed the last meeting of the CPNC to express their concerns about the choice of agencies that would provide services out of the old Firehouse and demand that "Broken Deal Cedillo" set up a meeting to hear them out. Stakeholders have reservations whether Figueroa-Villa's Echo Park-based Youth, Adult and Family Agency, can provide quality services to their community. According to sources, "Broken Deal Cedillo" pledge to listen to the community regarding the selection of an agency to provide services, but his recent behavior, reinforced by his meeting (or was it multiple meetings?) with Figueroa-Villa, gives the perception that "Broken Deal Cedillo" (along with CPNC President Cortez) has turned his back on Stakeholders and has chosen to reward a "Connected Non-Profit" with close (and possible Conflict of Interest) ties to his staff---Scott Johnson.   
 Cypress Park Neighborhood Council President Alejandra Cortez.
From her Campaign Bio: As a Cypress park native, I believe in engaging and empowering our community by listening to and working alongside my neighbors to make positive change. I am passionate about helping others and served a year as City Year mentor and tutor. That experience, my undergraduate, and now working on my Masters of Social Work at USC make me a unique candidate who is committed and dedicated about being an advocate for the people of Cypress Park. 
Will the Historic Cypress Park Firehouse become a Political Payoff for LAPD Police Commissioner and El Centro del Pueblo Executive Director Sandra Figueroa-Villa?
Did "Broken Deal Cedillo" discuss El Centro del Pueblo's usage of the Cypress Park Community Center with Police Commissioner (and El Centro's Executive Director) Sandra Figueroa-Villa via a meal paid for by his Officeholder Account? 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

An Anonymous Commentary on the Dysfunctional State of the LA-32 NC

We replicate this Anonymous Commentary (without editing) from a LA-32 NC Stakeholder on the Dysfunctional State of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council.  
No Peace from LA-32 NC Stakeholders for Marleen Fonseca.
**Blogger's Note: We received this anonymous comment regarding the current state of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council. Please note that we do not endorse the viewpoint of the commentator as true and the viewpoint espouse by the anonymous commentator are solely their own. All rebuttals are welcome and will be accorded the same unedited treatment---Scott Johnson.
It’s about time someone set the record straight Scott, everybody thinks that you are the one who has found out all these things about the puppet LA-32 NC Board Members, but we know it’s not true.
You have had a lot of help from a lot of people that can see that these reverse racist sell-out vendidos, who live compromised lives, are actually a part of a larger conspiracy to continue keeping the people of the East Side Down, all the while keeping you and other outspoken stakeholders off the LA-32 Neighborhood Council.
For instance it wasn’t you who found out that the current President of LA-32 NC is a 2 time arrested DUI offender, a divorced fired LAPD employee because she withheld information about her arrest records as well as her inability to stay sober.  That the reason she moved back to El Sereno is not because she really cares about it, but because she had nowhere else to go.
From the City of LA Civil Service Commission Hearing on the Termination Appeal of Marleen Caudillo (now LA-32 NC President Fonseca).
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Dispatches from the Mystical Los Angeles Political Wilderness for Monday

As the Los Angeles Times takes note of CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Park's supposed exiling to the "Political Wilderness", we undertake a bloggin journey within its common sense refuge, in seeking out the beauty of ethical, open and transparent governess.   
All smiles from CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks within the LA Political Wilderness.
Memo to the editors at the "Old Gray Collectivist Hag on Spring Street" (aka LA Times), why for once do you allocate story budgeting on a missive regarding a supposed wilderness (a political one at that) that does not have a Eco Scribe Louie Sahagun Byline?
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Its Sunday Bloggin Comments to Mayor Sam: "The Principal Heidi Acosta-Monteo (3 and 3), Michelle & Joshua PJ Corzantes and Councilman Huizar Cyber Bullying Edition for 9-21-14"

 Its time to highlight those "Anonymous Maverick Commentators", who take the time to offer their respective insight/spin/chisme on our bloggin musings, (of course, we do not take responsibility, or endorse the comments noted here as true, but heck, sometimes they provide a tipoff worth further investigating ......., especially if the "Trio of Interest" are seeking to nefariously-usurp fiscal oversight).
Former Maverick Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty R.I.P.
"For continuing Loyalty to (as exhibited by her top score of 3), and exerting Influence (as noted by the score of 3) on the behalf of City Clowncilman Jose Huizar, we present now Cesar Chavez Elementary School Principal this Certificate of Loyal Support".
** Blogger's Note: Great overcast Sunday A.M. as the current conditions provide the appropriate setting for this special "Seventh Day Edition" of Blogggin Comments to Mayor Sam. Pause with us as we revisit briefly the 2011 "Listgate Scandal" and take note of some of the names associated with the then Councilman Jose Huizar's Nixonian Scheme to grade CD 14 Constituents on their respective Loyalty (from -3 for disloyal, to 3 for loyal Huizzynista) and Influence (From 0 for no influence, to 5 for high influence). From the El Sereno List, Eddie Santillon, Honorary Mayor of El Sereno (3 and 2). LAPD Officer Steve Morales, Senior Lead Officer (3 and 4). Arturo Durado, Principal of El Sereno Middle School (2 and 4). Heidi Acosta, Principal of Sierra Vista Elementary (3 and 3). Anthony Manzano, LA 32 NC (3 and 1). LAPD Officer Oscar Cassini, Senior Lead Officer (2 and 3). Angie De La Torre, LA 32 NC/ El Sereno Farmers Market (3 and 2). Julio Torres, Our Town Magazine (** 3 and 5). ** Only perfect score from all the lists. Now back to the present, it would seem from the photo above, now current Cesar Chavez Elementary Schoo Principal Heidi Acosta-Monteo's "Loyalty to Councilman Huizar", has not been forgotten by the Princeton Graduate and that continuing support may result in some fiscal love for the newest "Connected Non-Profit (or For Profit Corporation?), Friends of Cesar Chavez Elementary School" as we disclose below, but not without concerns from our anonymous commentators---Scott Johnson.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dispatches from the "Disempowerment LA-occupied" LA-32 Neighborhood Council Underground

From the "Disempowerment LA-occupied" LA-32 Neighborhood Council Underground, we present a bloggin Dispatch how a "Youthful Huizzynista's" enabling, mixed with an arrogant disregard of perceived opponents of the current CD 14 Officeholder, can bring Brown Act-violating shame, to the latest incarnation of the supposed Community Elective Body.    
 LA-32 Neighborhood Council Recording Secretary Raymond "We're Done With The Public" Diaz.
** Blogger's Note: Great evening from an undisclosed location within the "Disempowerment LA-occupied" LA-32 Neighborhood Council where we bring you our latest Dispatch. To paraphrase the fictional "Dean Worner of Faber College", via the Movie Classic Animal House, "Fat (more like, obese-sized ego), Drunk (in support of all things Jose Huizar) and Stupid (in dismissing possible Brown Act violations) is not the way to run a NC Bylaws Committee", that applies to current LA-32 NC Recording Secretary and Bylaws Committee Chairperson Raymond "We're Done With The Public" Diaz. The alleged Youth Non-Profit Employee, is sadly the latest enabling Role Model, of a youthful "Huizzynista", recruited by the likes of CD 14 Staffer Julio Torres, to further the agenda of the embattled Princeton Graduate, with serious implications for the integrity of the LA-32 NC. Appointed by terminated, former LAPD employee Marleen Caudillo, now LA-32 NC President Marleen Fonseca, "We're Done With The Public Raymond" has been a useful tool in Councilman Huizar/ "Disempowerment LA's" scheme to downsize the number of Board Members from 21 to 15. But as we disclose below, disdain for the rules can have ramifications---Scott Johnson.    
Can you find the specifics (or lack of) in the Bylaws Committee Agenda above?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ridley-Thomas: $75,000 Prop 46 Pay to Play?

No, we didn't get rid of pay to play when James Hahn left office.

Proposition 46 is a measure to, among other things, increase the state's cap on medical malpractice awards. Backed by consumer groups, large attorney firms, some unions, politicians such as Senator Barbara Boxer and activists such as Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Erin "They're boobs, Ed" Brockovich, the proposal seeks to address a number of issues and allegedly outdated laws and regulations around medical malpractice.

Not surprisingly, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, the Republican party, the California Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Waldman's Valley Industry and Commerce Association and several other unions are opposed to the measure.

However, the latest kerfuffle around the measure concerns our old friend, County Supervisor, Mark Ridley- Thomas. The Sacramento Bee is reporting that proponents of the measure say that following a $75,000 donation by the No on 46 committee to Ridley-Thomas' PAC, the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation Project, the Supervisor scheduled a vote for the County Board of Supervisors to vote to oppose 46.

Pay to play at work again? What would Betty Pleasant say?



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CD 14 Coffee Smackdown!! John Perez "wasn't convinced" to endorse Jose Huizar

As former Failure Mayor Tony Villar's First Cousin John (Perez) announces that he will not challenge CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Bad Boy Jose Huizar, a coffee meeting of the two does not go well for the Princeton Graduate.
Even First Cousins can agree to disagree on political occasions.
** Blogger's Note: If anyone was still in denial about the waning political capital of CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Bad Boy Jose Huizar, then let these attributed comments from former California Assembly Speaker John Perez, shake you back to reality (Disclaimer: the following comments from former Failure Mayor Tony Villar's First Cousin John, may result in a petulant, vindictive episode of reality-based recrimination via the Princeton Graduate).
“He wasn’t able to convince me to endorse him. He didn’t make a persuasive case,”
 Being a Petulant, Vindictive Political Huevon can be a negative.
Ouch!!
Memo to Gloria Molina Campaign Consultant Fred Register, First Cousin John's utterance needs to end up on a campaign mailer in the near future, as it showcases the current political reality in CD 14.
No amount of new Clean Community Initiatives, mixed with payoffs to Connected Non-Profits, will be able to power wash the ethical stain, that has defined the political (and personal) behavior of a once promising Princeton Graduate, turned City Hall Bad Boy.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bloggin Personal Note ............

Time for the annual visit to the Optometrist today, will resume bloggin productivity this evening.
I can see Sleazy Huizzy even more clearly after my annual visit to the Eye Doctor.
How many "Es" in "Broken Deal Cedillo"?

Friday, September 12, 2014

T. Gloria I.F. Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine

Its all about Gloria as the Political Musing Class keyboards analysis on the upcoming battle between the termed-out Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor and the embattled CD 14 incumbent Jose Huizar. 
CD 14 City Council Candidate and LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina, with some potential CD 14 Campaign endorsers?
With apologies to Van Morrison and Patty Smith, there is a new G-L-O-R-I-A climbing the Political Musing Class Charts in Ciudad de Los Angeles.
At 66 years of age and not ready to slow down, CD 14 City Council Candidate and out-going LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, has been a musing God-send as the likes of Jill Stewart, Doug McIntyre and others, have taken to keyboard as we excerpt below.

** Late Morning Update: Councilman Huizar's Sexual Harassment Trial postpone to March 2, 2015. One day before the CD 14 Election.
Molina’s decision to take on the ethically challenged incumbent, City Councilman Jose Huizar, raised eyebrows among City Hall watchers since professional politicians in L.A. tend to stay out of each other’s way. Of course, Huizar is a special case; his personal indiscretions have made him particularly vulnerable. In 2012 Huizar, driving a city-owned vehicle, plowed into a motorist stopped at a traffic light. Despite the late hour, no Breathalyzer was given until several hours after the accident, and when the victim finally agreed to a taxpayer-funded $185,000 settlement, Huizar had the chutzpah to declare, “I take full responsibility.”The second shoe will drop in November when a sexual harassment suit filed by former Huizar aide and paramour Francine Godoy goes to trial.
Godoy alleges Huizar, a married father of four, retaliated against her for refusing to carry on a sexual relationship. Godoy’s salary jumped from $47,000 in 2006 to $132,000 in 2013, during which time she moved into an office next to Huizar’s with a “specially constructed connecting door,” according to City Watch LA columnist Jack Humphreville.

From Jill Stewart in the LA Weekly:
Former city controller Laura Chick had harsh words for both Huizar and Molina: "I was surprised and a little aghast" about Molina's announcement, she says, "because I happen to believe in something called the art of leaving. Gloria Molina has served this city long and well, but it's time to pass the baton. I was very surprised that in this long time of public service that she hasn't found someone to mentor. Men — or especially women. And it's disappointing to me."
But, Chick adds, "That said, I hope to heck someone puts Jose Huizar out of office."
Grace Yoo, a Koreatown activist involved in a federal lawsuit that claims the 2012 Wesson-led redistricting chopped apart legally protected communities, has not taken a side in the Molina-Huizar war.
But if Molina can persuade voters that the City Council is emerging as a new version of the old boys' club — 14 males who vote in lockstep on 99 percent of council matters — she may pose a threat to Huizar.
Yoo says, "I think the fact that Gloria Molina stepped into the CD14 race means that this very quiet race has, all of a sudden, become a very major race. ... She's been the first Latina on so many occasions. She certainly wouldn't be the first Latina City Council member — but the fact is that we currently only have one" woman on the council: Nury Martinez, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley.

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


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

9-11-01: A Day Forever to be Remember .........

Our thoughts on this Thirteenth Anniversary of 9-11-01 are with the families of those who's losses are still profound and with the heroes who's selfless deeds, were and still are, an inspiration that personified the American Spirit. 

May the Flag of Freedom forever Wave.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another "Broken Deal Cedillo Moment" as Clowncilman Gil announces himself the 2014 El Grito MC

Inquiring minds want to know why embattled CD 14 City Clowncilman Jose Huizar is not the Lead Host of the 2014 Edition of El Grito??
 CD 14 City Clowncilman Jose Huizar can only frown as his diluted Political Capital at City Hall enables CD 1 City Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo" to happily usurp him as this year's MC of El Grito.
Blogger's Note: Political Choices in life have consenquences, just ask CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Bad Boy Jose Huizar. As a judge was hearing arguments yesterday in Federal Court pertaining to the backroom-crafted, racially-motivated, now litigious 2012 Redistricting Controversy, another backroom-crafted move was made public that undercuts the supposed "Princeton Graduate's" gains from the 2012 process. Judging from the Media Advisory below, Mayor Eric Garcetti, with the help of CD City Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo", have made a end around in usurping the embattled Clowncilman's control of Downtown turf, by bumping him from lead host of this year's El Grito Festivities. Can we call this political payback for mouthing off on the successful Jay-Z Concert at Grand Park? Si Senor---Scott Johnson. 
 Media Advisory!! "Broken Deal Cedillo" brokers backroom agreement to host El Grito 2014 on CD 14 turf.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Morning Brief on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

There is no minimum amount of critical musing when it comes to panning a pirating of a Campaign Gimmick for political gain.
The pirating of a "Campaign Gimmick" stimulates creative use of Photoshop.
WHO WE ARE-It was the closing days of the dreariest mayoral campaign imaginable and the unions that so heavily backed the indecisive Wendy Greuel flooded the city’s poor neighborhoods with mailings and sound trucks blaring with the good news: $15 an hour minimum wage if she wins. 
Eric Garcetti was beside himself, denouncing Greuel for taking the millions of dollars in union money he wished he’d gotten and calling the ploy to nearly double the minimum wage a "cynical attempt to buy votes." It gives, he told reporters, “false hope to people who are struggling to make ends meet … a $15 minimum wage, that sets up a false expectation." You can’t call Garcetti a total hypocrite for coming out on Labor Day in support of raising the minimum wage 22 percent every year to bring it to $13.25 an hour by 2017 when he will be seeking re-election. Maybe he’s only a three-quarters hypocrite though you can bet all you’ve got it will get to $15 an hour soon enough.

** A blogging flashback moment via Jack Humphreville as he muses on the upcoming CD 14 Campaign between Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina (and John Perez?) ........,
Huizar is also embroiled in a couple of scandals, including a 2012 car accident which the City settled for $185,000 in March of 2014. The major scandal involves a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Francine Godoy, his former aide, alleging that married Huizar retaliated against her for refusing to continue their sexual relationship.  During her tenure in his office, the very attractive Godoy’s salary increased from $47,000 in 2006 to $132,000 in 2013, during which time she moved into an adjoining office to Huizar that had a specially constructed connecting door.

** LA Downtown News Editor and reigning "Scribe of Wit" Jon Regardie is no one's fool in musing his cynical thoughts (mixed with facetious word play) about a proposed voter lottery to stimulate turnout at the polls ........,
OK, I’m being facetious, but as mentioned above, how about looking at cash payouts only after trying other steps? Those steps, by the way, include having city politicians acknowledge that their attempts at career longevity are part of the problem. Actually, they’re about 88% of the problem. Get-out-the-vote efforts by politicians who target their own constituencies are much more effective for them when the voting pool is miniscule. That and other machinations mean many local elections are highly, if legally, manipulated. Said another way, local balloting is increasingly more a coronation than an election. While theoretically anyone can run for any office, the power of entrenched office holders and political machines, including big-money labor and business groups, means that choice is quashed long before election day.

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


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Monday, September 08, 2014

Morning Brief on a Fraudulent (now litigious) 2012 Redistricting Scheme for Monday

For those with short-term political memories, the fraudulent (now litigious) 2012 City of Los Angeles Redistricting Controversy, is still alive and well for the African and Korean American Communities on the eve of a major hearing in Federal Court. 
The Korean American Community continues its fight for Justice against the backroom dealings that denied fair representation for 15% of the City of Los Angeles Population.
The backroom,, political, self-enriching actions of Jose "Thelma Huizar" and Herman "Louise Wesson" nears its judicial plunge off the ethical cliff.
** Blogger's Note: The quest for "Redistricting Justice" continues as we are on the eve of a major hearing tomorrow at 10 A.M. in the Spring Street US Courthouse. Plaintiffs for the African and Korean American Communities, continue their quest for legal redress in seeking to overturn the injustice that was the backroom-conceived 2012 Redistricting Commission process, that in part, brought Downtown LA and Koreatown (nefarious?) political riches for City Clowncil Central Committee Soulmates Jose "Thelma Huizar" and Herman "Louise Wesson" respectively. For those with short term political memories, the highlights of the now litigious 2012 Redistricting Façade included; a Redistricting Commission Member allegedly consulting a campaign during the process, a Commission Member who (was force to) resigned, allegations of bribery disclosed in a Commission Hearing, council district boundaries redrawn so that the Commission Executive Director could domicile for a future run in CD 4 ........, and the defining classic (especially in litigiously outing one self), City Clowncil Central Committee General Secretary Herman "Louise Wesson", bearing his tortured, redistricting soul in front of African-American Clergy. Below, we post in full the Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Adjudication for your review. We will be in court tomorrow for this important hearing---Scott Johnson. 
Page 1 of Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Adjudication 
Page 2 of Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Adjudication
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Dispatches from the "Disempowerment LA-occupied" LA-32 Neighborhood Council Underground for 9-6-14

LIVE from the LA-32 NC Underground, its our "First Annual Community Connected Non-Profits Gone Wild Video Festival", as dubious 501-C3s join together in protecting their alleged, fraudulent, secretive sense of fiscal entitlement, from those who value Openness and Transparency when allocating public funds.   
 Would Alta Med take Exception to sponsoring the El Sereno Bicentennial Committee, who has allegedly practice Quality Care in SHREDDING past tax documents and endorses Cyber Bullying to intimidate its critics?
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Friday, September 05, 2014

LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina to challenge Huizar for CD 14 in 2015

LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina announces her intention to challenge CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar in 2015.
The former CD 1 City Councilwomen lays out her intentions to defeat the Princeton Graduate.
Being an arrogant, abusive huevon, apparently does not insure re-election.
In a CD-14 Political Earthquake, LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina announced her intentions this afternoon to challenge embattled CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, in the upcoming 2015 Municipal Elections.
Many political observers have been speculating since the Spring of 2013 whether the termed-out Supervisor was seeking to continue her political career, with a return to 200 Spring Street. That speculation was partly fueled with her sponsorship of programs and events, such as the LA-32 Neighborhood Council-created Ascot Hills Kite Festival.
 In recent weeks, word of mouth had Molina associates looking for a place to establish domicile within the district. Informally, contacts within the Mayor Garcetti inner-circle have stated that any potentially big name candidates would wait until after Labor Day to disclose their intentions which Supervisor Molina did today as the LA Times notes. 
"I am concerned that there is only one woman on the [15-member] City Council," said Molina, who had served on the council from 1987 to 1991. "When I left, that wasn't the case at all."
Molina, who spent nearly three decades living in Mt. Washington, said she moved into Huizar's district -- a requirement for candidates seeking the seat -- a few weeks ago. She has separated from her husband, business consultant Ron Martinez, and purchased a three-bedroom home in El Sereno. She also has hired political consultant Fred Register for her campaign.

Councilman Huizar's "Director of Spin" crafted the following "Coca Puff" for his boss.

Huizar spokesman Rick Coca responded with a statement from the councilman touting his work in the district, which includes El Sereno, part of Highland Park and most of downtown. “From revitalizing Broadway and helping create thousands of jobs downtown, to building new parks, to championing groundbreaking pedestrian, bike and business friendly policies that are the model for the entire city, the service to Council District 14 constituents has never been higher and I look forward to continuing to serve as their councilmember for  the next four years," Huizar said

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

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Morning Briefs on Women (Nadine Diaz and Sandra Mendoza) taking on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Friday

As CD 14 City Clowncil Central Committee Member Jose  Huizar nears his November's Sexual Harassment Trial (with no Settlement pending), challenger Nadine Diaz presents her reasons for replacing the Princeton Graduate in 2015.
CD 14 City Council Candidate Nadine Diaz from her Campaign Website.
Nadine is a third generation Boyle Heights resident who is Japanese and Mexican American.  Born in 1962, she has two degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) and years of experience working within the Council District 14 community.  Nadine knows about the daily lives of these hard working people and has the necessary skills, experience, and education to be the first successful and worthy councilwoman to represent Los Angeles City Council District 14. She is from a local family that is the embodiment of the American Dream. She is a leader within the community, and with your support and vote, will be the first woman to represent L.A. City Council District 14
Anybody but Huevon Huizzy for City Council in 2015! 
Support Sandra Mendoza for Assembly against Tony Villar's First Cousin John (Perez) anointed, carpetbag candidate Miguel Santiago.
Support the home grown Sandra Mendoza over Canoga Park's Miguel Santiago.
Sandra Mendoza is a committed and experience community leader. Sandra has helped improve local schools, increase public safety and has helped improve the lives of working people.  Sandra knows what our community needs because she is a long time resident of the community she seeks to represent. Sandra has been part of the district for over 30 years. Sandra has been active on many issues that have made our lives better and safer. From mentoring young women, to working to improve public education, to reducing crime and helping working people.
Miguel Santiago longing for his Canoga Park home.

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

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beeber to Seek CD4 Seat

Los Angeles parking/traffic activist, Jay Beeber, who was the force behind ending the city's red light cameras and is now part of the team spearheading the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, has announced his candidacy for the Los Angeles City Council, to the District 4 seat to be vacated by the term limited Tom LaBonge in 2015.

Beeber joins a crowded field including former Assemblyman Wally Knox.

In a statement released to press, Beeber said “Year after year, the same problems continue to plague our city while our elected officials maintain the status quo”, said Beeber. “I believe it doesn't have to be this way and we can do better. We must demand that City Council Members concentrate on the issues that most affect us in our daily lives and listen more closely to the people they represent. Los Angeles' best days are ahead, but only if we begin now to fix what's wrong.”

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When a former Campaign Gimmick becomes a new Policy Initiative for Mayor Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti embraces former Mayoral Challenger Wendy Greuel's "Gimmick" of raising the Minimum Wage. 
From a Wendy Greuel Campaign Gimmick to new Mayor Garcetti Policy Initiative.
Wendy Greuel to Eric Garcetti: "You want to lick my campaign gimmick of forcing businesses to pay out a higher Minimum Wage"?
The Mayor who turned a former Populist Radio Host into a City Hall Insider, is seeking to put lipstick on the campaign gimmick piglet that was former Mayoral Challenger Wendy "Maria Elena Durazo Greuel's" plan for a $15 dollar an hour Minimum Wage, and sell it as "Raise The Wage LA".
While it was a no-brainer that now Mayor Garcetti was the "lessor of two leftie evils" in the last elections, no one should be surprise that the Rhodes Scholar's inner-Fabian Progressive proclivities, would be the foundation for pirating a "gimmick" and re-sailing it as policy. 
That said, the local business community, who is already placing surcharges into its cost to cover Obamacare, may want to remind Mayor Garcetti of these comments when the "Maria Elena Durazo Greuel Campaign" proposed the same Minimum Wage Hike Scheme/
Greuel's opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, called the efforts a "cynical attempt to buy votes" and "give false hope to people who are struggling to make ends meet." Garcetti told reporters at a news conference at his Studio City office that Greuel should disavow the message, which was included in mailers sent out by an independent group sponsored by the L.A. County Federation of Labor.
What else did Mayor Garcetti say? .........,
Garcetti said he supports asking businesses for higher wages when they receive city assistance, but he does not back an increase of L.A.'s minimum wage to $15. "We can't head our economy off of a cliff because suddenly we would become absolutely uncompetitive with other places," he said.
Then there was this in the Daily News ........,
Appearing at a taping for Monday's mayoral debate in Studio City, Garcetti called the mailers a gimmick. "A $15 minimum wage, that sets up a false expectation," Garcetti said.
He also stated that the mailers are taking advantage of voters at the end of the race.

Flashbacking to the comments above, is it fair to keyboard that Mayor Garcetti was giving false hopes to the LA Business Community, that he would take a "Back to the Basis" approach in renewing the economic environment? Thus, we can only hope that Angelinos see through this latest "get out the base campaign gimmick" and prepare for additional costs that are the byproduct of increases in the Minimum Wage.
 
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

 Former CD 2/7 City Clowncilman Richard AlarCON Chief of Staff (and rumored "Lady Friend" of CD 1 Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo") Becca Doten, apparently needs to take a campaign solicitation refresher course, as her work on behalf of the Jim McDonnell for Sheriff Campaign, comes under scrutiny.  
Has Becca Doten (to right of Richard AlarCON) gone from being the convicted CD 2/7 Clowncil Member's Chief of Staff to campaign solicitation rules-challenged Campaign Manager for the Jim McDonnell for Sheriff Campaign (while being the new rumored "Lady Friend" of CD 1 Clowncilman Gil "Broken Deal Cedillo")?
Oh the Political Visuals here!
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Monday, September 01, 2014

"The Cyber Bullying Cowards of El Sereno 90032" are "Unlike" by Facebook

As many complaints from irate Community Stakeholders prompt Facebook to shut down the Cyber Bullying Page "Stop the Bullies from El Sereno 90032" what actions will LA-32 Neighborhood Council President Marleen Fonseca take against her Committee Appointees (Jorge "El Nopal" Garcia and Genny Guerrero), who endorsed (or "Like") the Cyber Bullying Website from its inception?   
No Justice, No LA-32 NC Peace for President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo) until she sends a clear message to the community by removing those from NC Committees who endorse Cyber Bullying.
** Blogger's Note: After many emails, phone calls and complaints, Facebook has removed the cowardly Act of Cyber Bullying, now deposited in the "Cyber Circular File", known as the "Stop the Bullies from El Sereno 90032". But while Facebook did the right thing in shutting down the assemblage of cyber cowards,  LA-32 Neighborhood Council Stakeholders need to demand that its current President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo), act swiftly to remove anyone associated with the NC, who has endorsed, or "Like", the former Cyber Bullying Page. Those "endorsee" include Business & Economic Committee Member Genny Guerrero, Land Use & Development Committee Member (and El Sereno Historical Society President) Jorge "El Nopal" Garcia (husband of Budget & Finance Committee Member Yolie Garcia, along with the husband of Treasurer Michelle Corzantes, Joshua "PJ" Corzantes (BTW, does PJ stand for Profane Joshua?). While the former Ms. Caudillo stated her confidence that no board members were directly involve with the Cyber Attacks (while claiming to be a victim of such), LA-32 Stakeholders should express their "No Confidence" in her, if she fails to take action---Scott Johnson/ 
 A couple of the Facebook messages sent to LA-32 NC Stakeholders regarding the removal of the "Stop the Bullies from El Sereno 90032" Cyber Bullying Page.
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