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Friday, July 22, 2016

TGIF Briefs on the Los Angeles (and Beyond) Political Machine

The demise of a once productive Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC), is now OFFICIAL, with Sunland-Tujunga's Lydia Grant submitting her resignation, as the Bureaucracy of Empower LA becomes more politically subjective in its unequal implementation and dispensation of Neighborhood Council oversight.
Former Board of Neighborhood Commissioner (BONC) Lydia Grant (in center).
** A once inclusive, intuitive, discerning, productive Commission (with TWO Public Comment periods per meeting) ............, is in dire need of Mayoral resuscitation with the resignation of Sunland-Tujunga's Commissioner Lydia Grant.  
Grant, who was part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's superb appointments to the Commission that formed a bridge with Neighborhood Council Activists, only to be stonewalled by a politically-subjective (and understaffed) Empower LA Bureaucracy .........., with legal guidance from its assigned Deputy City Attorneys that blunted needed policy changes.
Lydia was the spark plug, the instigator on the Board. To say that the City Attorneys probably did a happy dance on Monday night is an understatement. While President Len Shaffer seems to believe that the BONC’s primary duty is to make City Hall happy, Lydia questioned almost everything. She was there to serve her stakeholders and made a point of visiting all of the NCs in her area during the month. She also spent time with other neighborhood councils whose representatives were not so committed. I always wanted to clone Lydia. I may not have agreed with everything she said or proposed, but I saw her as an ideal volunteer -- prepared to give her nights, weekends and hours of phone time trying to make her eighteen NCs function better. I don't blame her for quitting. However, the NC system has lost one of its most powerful supporters. 
Indeed, the Resignation of Commissioner Grant is a major blow for a NC System trending towards an irrelevant, neutered political tomorrow.
Former LA County Assessor John Noguez (in brown shirt) under arrest.
** If you are part of a small, minute few discerning political observers pondering what happen to the Corruption Trial of former Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez ..........., his pending Appointment with Justice, has been delayed again (to October).  

While the excuse for public consumption regarding the FOUR YEAR DELAY in initiating Trial Proceedings, is Noguez's changing Legal Council, speculation is that the LA County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division, has been reigned back from pursuing corrupting probes ......., especially against Democratic Officeholders.
State Senate President Pro Tem "Kevin De Leon the First", with Daughter Lluvia Carrasco, during his Inauguration/Coronation.
** We bring you the latest (and alleged) creative Campaign Financing Tactic from our favorite "Private Citizen/Campaign Consultant" John Shallman. The Husband (and tax-dodging half, allegedly) of the Encino-residing Political Consulting Duo of John and Lani Shallman, has announced the hiring of Lluvia Carrasco, who is the Daughter of longtime Client and current "California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon the First". 
Your Thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mayor Sam Exclusive Prompts District Attorney Office of Public Integrity Review

In a Mayor Sam Blog request for comment regarding our Exclusive on alleged PERJURY committed by City of Commerce Councilman Hugo Argumedo, the Media Relations Office of the LA County District Attorney states ........., "that the MATTER is under review by its Public Integrity Division".  
City of Commerce Councilman Hugo Argumedo.
** Blogger's Note:  In an evening update to our Mayor Sam Exclusive regarding alleged PERJURY committed by City of Commerce Councilman Hugo Argumedo, we have received the following response from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of Media Relations Assistant Chief Jane Robison as posted below----Scott Johnson


As previously noted, Councilman Argumedo was force to vacate his City Council Seat in 2010 when he pleaded guilty to Signing a False Statement under Oath in a Civil Trial.

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

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MAYOR SAM EXCLUSIVE!! Did City of Commerce Councilman Hugo Argumedo Commit Perjury?

In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we present documentation that City of Commerce City Councilman Hugo Argumedo, may have committed PERJURY in falsely disclosing $8,000 in Campaign Consulting Payments to "Leading Edge (Building) Consulting", which merits a Formal District Attorney/FPPC Investigation. 
The recently-elected Commerce City Councilman Hugo Argumedo (left) being sworn into Office in March of 2015.
** Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Blog Exclusive, we present documentation that controversial City of Commerce Councilman (and member of the infamous Southeast LA County Chacon Political Family) Hugo Argumedo, may have committed PERJURY in falsely stating "Billings for Campaign Consulting Services" by a "Leading Edge Consulting".
Councilman Argumedo, who was recently re-elected to the Commerce City Council after his force removal from Office in 2010 ........., for pleading GUILTY TO SIGNING A FALSE STATEMENT in a Civil Lawsuit involving former City Attorney Francisco Leal, submitted the pictured documentation below, regarding alleged Campaign Expenditures for Consulting Services.
From Page 10 of 14 from Councilman Argumedo's 460 Report Forms for the period between January 14-February 14, 2015 
Councilman Argumedo listed two $4,000 payments, totaling $8,000 in Campaign Consulting Services Expenditures as being paid to Leading Edge Consulting, located at 5057 N. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, California, 90017. In reviewing all of Councilman Argumedo's 2015 Campaign Reports Forms, obtained under a California Public Records Act, we were also able to ascertain that the half-brother to Fernando, Art and Hector Chacon, loaned his successful campaign $20,000.
The Mayor Sam Blog, in researching the supposed "Political Consulting Background" of the Washington Blvd (near Baldwin Hills) LLC, made contact with its Managing Partner Andy Rhoades, who provided us with the following Statement on the LLC's Letterhead for this Exclusive ........., and any resulting, "Formal Investigations", as noted below. 
Letter of Response to a Mayor Sam Blog Inquiry from Leading Edge Consulting Managing Partner Andy Rhoades. 
From Rhoade's response to the Mayor Sam Blog;
We have never received any type of payment from Councilman Argumedo or performed any work for him or his campaign. Please feel free to present this information to the City Council of the City of Commerce and to also present this information to the Los Angeles District Attorney on our behalf. We are happy to provide you with any other information.

As Mayor Sam reported in two recent other Exclusives, the City of Commerce received approval from California Attorney General Kamala Harris to initiate "In Quo Warrento Proceedings" against Councilman Argumedo, which is currently moving forward in Superior Court.

We will provide updates, with comments from pertinent Public Officials as we continue presenting further details.

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

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A MAYOR SAM EXCLUSIVE MEDIA ALERT!!

The Mayor Sam Blog will post an Exclusive Story, regarding alleged, documented PERJURY, committed by an ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL at 6:00 PM tonight-----Scott Johnson
Who is the ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL that may have committed PERJURY?

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Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

As the Liberal, Main Stream Media (MSM) fixates its attention on a "Trumped-up Plagiarism Controversy", Jamiel Shaw Sr. states the BLUNT TRUTH regarding the horror of "Illegal Alien Brown on Black Violence", that took the life of his namesake Son, on the Opening Night of the 2016 Republican Party Convention.
Jamiel Shaw Sr. speaking at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
** With no apologies to the Talking Point-repeating cronies of the local Democratic Party Establishment Machine, we interrupt your tired attempt to echo the Main Stream Media's "Trumped-up Plagiarism Controversy", to give Witness, via the emotional testimony of a grieving Father, on the Inconvenient Truth that is the on-going "Brown on Black/Black on Brown Gang Violence" that took the life of Jamiel Shaw Jr.
A city, state and country, that has been fixated on a supposed epidemic of alleged Police-instigated killings of young Black Americans (along with the Terrorist-like attacks , targeting Law Enforcement), would find it wise to review the emotional Testimonial of Jamiel Shaw Sr. 
Blunting, young men of color (along with innocent bystanders) are still dying in South LA, due to an up-string in ethnic-rooted gang violence ......., and NOT because of targeted Police Killings.
The FACT that Jamiel Shaw Jr. at the hands of a Illegal Alien Gang Member, who should of been deported or placed on an "ICE Hold" (a protocol supported by the likes of Gloria Molina), is a Policy Issue that merits a "color-blind discussion", not muted due to Political Correctness ..........., as evident via the silence of Public Officials regarding "Brown and Black/Black on Brown Violence".
CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar a still-smoldering Da Vinci Complex Fire
** The LA Weekly (aka "The Weedleaf of Record") was timely (Sunday before the RNC Convention) in outing controversial Downtown Developer  Geoff Palmer's "Financial Support" of Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign. 
While Scribe Hillel Aron practice due diligence via incorporating pertinent links to Palmer's past controversial developer antics, missing is any mention of his "favorite PLUM Committee Chairperson", who showed more haste in urging a swift investigation of the Palmer-owned Da Vinci Complex Fire ........in comparison to the racially-motivated Fire Bombings of African American Families.  
Former KRLA 870 AM Radio Host Randy Economy with ex. CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine.
** Former KRLA 870 AM Radio Host Randy Economy is currently in Cleveland, Ohio as an official California GOP Delegate. You can view his musings from Ground Zero of the pending Donald Trump Official Nomination as the Republican Party challenger to Hillary Clinton by linking here.
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Monday, July 18, 2016

HOT Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

In the aftermath of the latest Act of Terrorism targeting Law Enforcement Officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck have reversed an earlier Policy Directive, by returning new (and other) METRO Officers to local Divisional Patrol Duties.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
The directive via the embattled Top Cop of the LAPD, includes increased Helicopter Patrols and the enhanced vetting of 911 Calls, in addition to reinforcing Patrol resources. Previously, Chief Beck and Mayor Garcetti's Directive to increase the size of the METRO Unit, in response to the rising, violent crime rate, was met with concerns regarding the redeployment's impact on community policing initiatives and staffing of Divisional Patrol Units.  
** The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued the following Statement regarding yesterday's Act of Terrorism/Ambush, targeting Baton Rough Law Enforcement Officers.

Los Angeles, CA—Our prayers and deepest sympathies go to the families and friends of the Baton Rouge police officers and sheriff’s deputies who were ambushed and murdered this morning. We also pray for the recovery of the surviving officers. To the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office, we mourn with you.To the civic leaders of our nation, the platitudes and “rhetorical support” for law enforcement must end and be replaced with action. Our police officers deserve your strongest support and undivided attention. Now that ten law enforcement officers have been murdered in ten days, what will you do to keep our communities safe? We need your actions, not your words.To the anti-police activists, whose apparent sole focus is to lay blame for all the ills of society on those who wear a law enforcement uniform, save your statement of “condolence” to the families of these slain officers unless it is accompanied by the same level of outrage and contempt exhibited after recent officer involved shootings. Anything less would be hypocritical.In just over one week’s time, this nation has seen its law enforcement officers targeted, hunted and murdered again. We cannot keep our neighborhoods safe if the men and women we ask to protect our communities face ambush around any potential street corner. These officers paid the ultimate sacrifice for simply doing their job. The families of police officers are living in fear each day their loved ones don their uniform and reports for duty. This must end.

**  Excerpt from Mayor Eric Garcetti's Official Statement regarding yesterday's Act of Terrorism/Ambush targeting Baton Rouge Law Enforcement.

"This violence against police officers undermines our democracy. Today, we are adding resources to make sure that our Los Angeles Police Department and other public safety agencies are supported. This includes increasing our air assets, shifting Metropolitan Division officers to a role of force protection to help back up patrol officers responding to calls for service, and adding additional resources to help screen our 911 calls. Please do all you can to support and thank our officers and their families today and every day."Our collective voice must rise up to condemn this latest shooting in what is unfortunately becoming a horrifying trend.

** Lastly, we post the following News Release from the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) with attached Photo of deceased Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson.
We join in solidarity with law enforcement officials and agencies throughout our country in condemning in the strongest possible terms the attack on peace officers in Baton Rouge this morning. While we do not yet know, let alone begin to understand the circumstances surrounding the killing and wounding of these police officers, we know that violence directed at the very men and women sworn to uphold the rule of law undermines our society and threatens our freedom. The time is now for America to pull together to find solutions to these senseless assaults on law enforcement. We end our statement with the Facebook post of Montrell Jackson, one of the three slain Baton Rouge police officers.  He leaves behind a wife and four-month-old son:
 Deceased Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson with Infant Child.

Our Prayers and Thoughts are with ALL within the Greater Law Enforcement Family.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
  

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On Deadline and Assignment ............

Please pardon the momentary bloggin pause as endeavors separate from our cyber duties, take priority during the busy months of summer. ** Time permitting, we are also working on a couple of MAJOR exclusives----Scott Johnson.




Sunday, July 10, 2016

HOT Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

As a Country continues to mourn (and coalesce its support) for those Killed and Wounded in the Dallas, Texas Domestic Terrorist Assault, targeting White Law Enforcement Officers, discerning local observers are questioning why Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Charlie Beck would meet with Rappers "Snoop Dog" and "The Game" ........., who is facing civil and legal sanctions for an assault on a Off-duty LAPD Officer.
From left to right: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, "The Game", Mayor Eric Garcetti and Snoop Dogg,
** As the protests (and Leftist/Anarchists choreographed violence) continues in the wake of last Thursday's Act of Domestic Terrorism, targeting Dallas, Texas Law Enforcement, the efforts of those seeking to commence dialog in the hopes of bridging a widening, segregating  "Moot of Racial Animosity", is creating the stage for "Chance Interactions" in need of background vetting, as exampled by last Friday's spontaneous gathering at LAPD Headquarters. 
With the setting being the Latest LAPD Police Academy Graduating Class Ceremony, Rappers Snoop Dogg and "The Game" led a peaceful procession of Minority-American Males, that sought to reestablish "respect and dialog" which evolved into an after-graduation ceremony meeting with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Public Officials
But as the video below shows, "The Game" has some pending legal and civil issues regarding a 2015 physical assault of an Off-duty LAPD Officer during a basketball game. 
Discerning observers are pondering why Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Brass would involve themselves in a meeting with someone still facing a Felony for assaulting a Police Office ........, but then the need to be a "part of the story" sometimes corrupts the normal protocols of official interactions. 

TMZ Video of Rapper The Game punching Off-duty LAPD Officer Onyebuchi Awaji.
** We should note that the likes of Snoop Dog, The Game, Mayor Garcetti,  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and MOST Public Officials ......................, were SILENT regarding the FBI/Department of Justice Indictment's of seven Latino Gang Members for the racial fire bomb targeting of African American Families, residing in the Ramona Gardens Housing Project. We noted here at Mayor Sam right after the attacks took place, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar and Mayor Garcetti sought to avoided any mention of this "Act of Communal Terrorism" until the likes of Earl Ofari Hutchison and Najee Ali, pressed the Second Term-seeking Mayor to speak out. Why the SILENCE regarding the Indictments? Maybe it has to do with the BLUNT FACTS that Brown on Black Gang Crimes, kill more young men (and innocent children) .........., than the LAPD in South LA.
Immediate Aftermath  of Ramona Gardens Fire Bombing.
** We want to give bloggin witness to PSA Video below created by African-American Country Singer Coffee Anderson .........., that will SAVE LIVES. Please take the time to share Anderson's GREAT TEACHING TOOL, on how to conduct yourself if pulled over by Law Enforcement. We all need to remember that Police ........., and you are Human Beings, that should be accorded respect ..........., and the right to return home every evening.
Country Singer Coffee Anderson Life-saving PSA Video.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Friday, July 08, 2016

In Memory of those Slain in the Line of Duty in Dallas

Our Prayers and Thoughts go out to the Families of the Five Dallas Police Officers slain (and those wounded), in the Line of Duty last evening.

** Statements via the Twitter Account of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti:

 11 hours ago11 hours agoTonight's assassinations undermine our democracy and were an attack on us all. We cannot let hate spread like a disease in our country.

These officers died protecting our collective right to peacefully protest. We cannot let hate spread like a disease in our country. 

My heart goes out to the families of officers who died tonight & our hopes are with those officers and civilian fighting for their lives. 


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Monday, July 04, 2016

HOT Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

On this MORNING AFTER the Fourth of July, the upcoming 2017 Council District (CD) 7 Political Fireworks Campaign Spectacle has added another Candidate, as well-known Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANNC) President (and Budget Advocate) Terrence Gomes pulls papers ....., while the likes of Board of Public Works Member Monica Rodriguez increases her public appearances (and speculation regarding a possible run to replace Councilman Felipe Fuentes).   
LANNC President Terrence Gomes.
** The list of candidates to replace the assumed, out-going CD 7 City Councilman Felipe Fuentes, is nearing the level of an average LAUSD Student Classroom Size (but not quite) as well-known Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition President and NC Budget Advocate Terrence Gomes becomes the 21st potential Candidate to pull papers. Gomes in recent months has established Domicile within CD 7, after serving multiple terms on the South Robertson NC. A Gomes Campaign would benefit from his city-wide network of contacts in both the public and private sector (with his financial background).  Speculation is also (on the level with her increased public profile) that Board of Public Works Member (and Vice President) Monica Rodriguez who was unsuccessful in her 2007 Campaign against Former CD 2/7 City Councilman Richard AlarCON, may be the next high-profile candidate to enter the crowded field.      
53rd Assembly District Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.
** As the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gather manana to certify the county's supposed official June Primary Ballot Count (contrary to the opinion of Bernie Sanders supporters), one surprising result meriting further vetting, is the pathetic ballot box performance of Second Term-seeking 53rd AD Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. As of now, the former Assembly Speaker John Perez Staffer has a 45.1% (22,254 votes) to 41.3% (20,388 vote) margin over Second Place Finisher Sandra Mendoza. Kevin Jung was in Third Place with 13.6% (6,688 votes). Simply, the former Canoga Park-residing LACCD Board of Trustees Member, despite major Special Interests Contributions, is NO LOCK for re-election come November, especially in a campaign against a well-likes Candidate, with local roots in Sandra Mendoza.
LAPD Observer/Commentator Jasmyne Cannick 
** What other way to start another Fiscal Year of Dysfunction within the Command Structure of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's Department? Another Lawsuit as Jasmyne Cannick reports ........

His desperation is showing. Los Angeles Chief Charlie Beck has sunk to a new low—a feat that I didn’t think possible even for him. Today a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of one Commander Patrick Smith. It seems that Beck, along with his cohorts Debbie McCarthy, Michel Moore and Arif Alikhan, somehow came to the conclusion that Smith was one of my sources leaking information on the misconduct and corruption taking place over at LAPDHQ. According to the lawsuit, Beck and McCarthy dislike me because I’ve been writing negative articles about Beck and exposing command staff shenanigans and misconduct. Boo [bleeping] hoo.

........., and the potential cost to the Taxpayers should engender the same response regarding Chief Beck's continuing stay as LA's Top Cop.

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

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Happy Fourth of July from Sunland-Tujunga!!

We want to wish everyone, especially our friends in Sunland Tujunga,  a safe and festive Fourth of July, as they near the start of their 2016 Edition of its Independent Day Parade down Foothill Blvd. Plus you never know what Political News may lurk in the Parade proceedings. 
Current CD 7 City Council Candidate David Barron pictured during the 2015 Edition of S-T's Fourth of July Parade.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vacation Getaway Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

On the Eve of this Blogger's Annual Vacation Getaway to the soothing waters of the Eastern Sierras, we spent the evening at the First Meeting of the LA-32 NC's Land Use & Development Committee ........, now under the able, professional leadership of Hillside Village Resident Miguel Vargas. 
We will be back in the new Fiscal New Year.
** Blogger's Note: We are on the 24 Hour Clock Countdown to our Annual Vacation Getaway to the non-DWP-owned, soothing waters of the Eastern Sierras, to celebrate the end of another Fiscal New Year (and a Fiftieth Year of Being on July 2). But before our bloggin hiatus, we want to take time to COMMEND new LA-32 Neighborhood Council Vice-President and Land Use & Development (LUD) Committee Chairperson Miguel Vargas for his objective, professional handling of the last evening's Special LUD Committee Meeting at the El Sereno Library. Bluntly, under the subjective, vindictive behavior of Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo), Stakeholder who's comments ran contrary to the pre-ordained agenda of her (and CD 14), were the recipient of unprofessional, personal ridicule ......., and other repugnant actions. For the record, this was only the FIRST LU & D Committee Meeting (and surely they may be times that actions voted upon could spark disagreements). That said, if Vargas sets a benchmark, rooted in objective Openness and Transparency, in the dispensation of Committee Duties (especially free of outside influence from Fonseca and CD 14), then the Greater LA-32 Community will be well-served----Scott Johnson.  


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

Monday, June 27, 2016

HOT Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

The Downtown LA's Biltmore Hotel was the location again for the 58th Edition of the Los Angeles Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards which recognized our Bloggin Radio Friend, former KRLA 870 AM Talk Show Host Randy Economy (and a certain ex Motor Cop, turned CD 3 City Councilman Dennis Zine) for their "Behind the Mic Exploits".
** BREAKING NEWS MONDAY!! Green Dot Charter School Founder Steve Barr announces his Mayoral Campaign Challenge against Mayor Eric Gar-SOFT-ee ............., and former LA County Deputy Sheriff Paul Tanaka gets Five Years in Federal Prison.
The former KRLA 870 AM Talk Show tandem Randy Economy (with signature Eye Patch) and an ex CD-3 City Councilman named Dennis.
** The Downtown LA Biltmore Hotel was the location again for this year's 58th Annual LA Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards, with numerous Old School Print/Visual/Radio Scribes and Commentators, plus a new guard of Cyber Media Bloggers on hand, as awards for various categories were dispensed. We are glad to report that our Bloggin Radio Friend Randy Economy, formerly of KRLA 870 AM was a Third Place Recipient in the "Personality Profile/Interview Category", for his comedic interview with Republican US Senate Candidate Duf Sundheim.   
Stonewall Young Democrat Ari Ruiz (on right) to former Failure Mayor Antonio (now) Villargovea: Will you embrace my future campaign for Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees?
Former East Los Angeles College President, now LACCD Board of Trustee Member Ernest Moreno. 
** The latest rumor originating from the Northeast LA Political Chatter Network is that Stonewall Young Democrat President (and El Sereno resident) Ari Ruiz is pondering a campaign against Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustee Member Ernest Moreno .......,LOL ,LOL, ,LOL, LOL!! Please pardon the outburst of cyber laughter, but we recall the last time Ruiz ran for the LA-32 Neighborhood Council in 2014 ........., and the results? Hint. not good.
HACLA's Rose Hill Courts Meeting on Wednesday.
** Simple question, why is HACLA seeking Millions in Public Money to rehabilitate the Rose Hill Courts ......, then turn over the Management of the longtime entity to Related California? To be continued.

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

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Councilman Huizar/University of Scandalous Conduct's (USC) "Hazard Park Preservation Mission Accomplished" ........., Naught!! The Photographic Reaity

As photographs posted below bluntly detail, the CD-14 City Councilman Jose Huizar/"University of Scandalous Conduct's (USC)" supposed Hazard Park Preservation Mission Accomplished Theatrics", was a Political Campaign Facade that has fail to address SERIOUS Public Health and ADA infrastructure concerns at the Historic Eastside Green (currently Brown) Space. 
The infamous President George W. Bush Iraq War "Mission Accomplished Media Event".
No amount of choreographed Photo Ops Theatrics (especially during a Re-election Campaign) cannot mask the reality (as noted below) that Hazard Park ......... is still a Historic Green Space in Peril. 
** Blogger's Note: With no apologies to "University of Scandalous Conduct (USC)" President Max Nikias (along with underlings Martha Escutia, David Galaviz and Zul Surani), plus a certain Princeton Graduate, CD-14 City Councilman, the Bloggin Photographic Essay below, bluntly shows that their combined, choreographed "Hazard Park Preservation Mission Accomplished Moment (timed initially during the 2015 CD 14 City Council Campaign)", in reality have fail to address SERIOUS Public Health and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) infrastructure concerns, meriting IMMEDIATE attention. The argument can be made that the Historic Cultural and Environmental Green Space, is in worst condition after USC-financed work to install exercise equipment ........, rather that upgrading the outdoor restroom, irrigation system and ADA access. Further, activists decades-long efforts to rehabilitate the Hazard Park Wetlands and have formal Historic Designation bestow on the Park, honoring the 1968 Gathering by the late Educator Sal Castro and thousands of Eastside Students, seeking Educational Equality, face a LONG, uncertain resolution. But the photographic documentation below (and above), showcases again the affects of Political Exploitation that leaves the gifted property of Henry T. Hazard, in a continuing State of Blight----Scott Johnson. 
The current shade-lacking and absence of grass has dramatically curtailed park visitation.  
An uninviting parkscape due to failing irrigation infrastructure.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Why No El Sereno Fourth of July Parade in 2016? The Discretionary (Funds) Details.

As the CD-14 El Sereno Community Social Media Dialog heats up over the surprise Cancellation of the annual El Sereno Bicentennial Committee "Fourth of July Parade", we disclose the "Discretionary (Funds) Facts that show the Office of  CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's apparent prudent oversight in allocating funding for various El Sereno community events
No Parade beyond the Barricades in 2016.
"Nellie" is none too happy about Parade Cancellation.
** Blogger's Note: In recent days, the Social Media chatter in the CD-14 El Sereno Community has been ceaseless regarding the SURPRISE cancellation of the 2016 Installment of the Bicentennial Committee's "Fourth of July Parade". Back in recent bloggin time, we have documented issues regarding nefarious fiscal problems (including the supposed SHREDDING of tax documents) ............, and other questionable actions, associated with a certain Bicentennial Committee Board Member. That said, its become apparent in the last couple of weeks that the Office of CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, is the latest to have questions regarding its financing of the Bicentennial Committee Parade Budget. Sources state that the Office of Councilman Huizar would only pledge to fund certain Parade Budget Line Items .........., which is in line with prudent fiscal allocations. Further, in the documents below obtained from the City Clerk, they show that Councilman Huizar WITHDREW a $10,000 allocation to the Bicentennial Committee ............, and $15,000 to the El Sereno Stallions at the end of the last Fiscal Year (2015), due to "time constrains" (red marking denote El Sereno groups that received Discretionary Funding). We should note for the record, that the Bicentennial Committee Letter below, listing the Board of Directors, included Genny Guerrero, Husband John and Mom/President Violeta, Also, Frank Guerrero and his Wife Roxy Melgar, was the Treasurer of the Stallions----Scott Johnson. 

CD-14 General City Purposes Fund Report
CD-14 General City Purposes Fund Report.
CD 14 General City Purposes Fund Report.

Bicentennial Committee Letter listing its Board of Directors.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Evening Update: Did USC/Supervisor Hilda Solis Discriminate in the Expulsion of Stakeholder/Blogger from supposed "PRIVATE" Meeting?

In an Evening Update to a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we present Photographic Evidence of the Deliberate Targeting of a certain "Hazard Park Preservation Committee (HPPC) Member (and Mayor Sam Blogger)" for Expulsion from a PRIVATE USC/Supervisor Hilda Solis Meeting .........., while supposed fellow ........., while supposed fellow HPPC members Ray and Ruth Rios, remained silent.    
Photo Caption: Ray and Ruth Rios of the Hazard Park Preservation Committee, Supervisor Solis, USC President Max Nikias.
Ray Rios wearing Hazard Park Preservation Committee Shirt. 
** Blogger's Note:  In an Evening Update to our today's Mayor Sam Exclusive, we have obtained Photographical Documentation of this Blogger's  (and Hazard Park Preservation Committee Member) EXPULSION from a PRIVATE USC/Supervisor Hilda Solis-Meeting at the old County Hospital, now Wellness Center. In the photo below, it can be CLEARLY visualize that a female staff member of The Wellness Center, is directing this writer to leave the supposed PRIVATE meeting (this blogger is seated, in green Hazard Park Preservation Committee Shirt,  "third from the left in back of the room, facing the female Wellness Center Staffer). Further, Wellness Center Staff Member Nick Moghadassi (in white shirt and badge is on the immediate right, standing in back of the room, left of pillar). Further, we have photographed a copy of the PRIVATE Meeting Agenda, that show Staff Member Mogadassi's contact information which identifies him as the person stating that I vacate the supposed "exclusive gathering". For the Record, the photo above via Supervisor Solis Website, notes that Ray and Ruth Rios were representing, the Hazard Park Preservation Committee ........, and the photo below was taken by ........., supposed Hazard Park Preservation Committee Member Ray Rios----Scott Johnson. 
Photo documenting Wellness Center Staffer requesting that a certain Mayor Sam Blogger (and supposed Hazard Park Preservation Committee Member) vacated a PRIVATE Meeting.
Photo of supposed PRIVATE Meeting Agenda with contact information of Wellness Center Staffer Nick Modhadassi, who requested that Mayor Sam Blogger (and Hazard Park Preservation Committee Member) vacate the proceedings. 
Your thoughts .............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Mayor Sam Exclusive: USC/Supervisor Hilda Solis's PRIVATE Biotech Corridor Outreach Meeting (Only Hand-picked Community Members Invited))

 In a Mayor Sam Exclusive (before being told to leave), we have photos from a PRIVATE USC/LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis Meeting at the old General Hospital (now Wellness Center), with SELECTED community members regarding the proposed Biotech Corridor, that usurp the Spirit of Openness and Transparent Governess/Dialog ......., with ALL Stakeholders. 
Photo Caption: Ray and Ruth Rios of the Hazard Park Preservation Committee, Supervisor Solis, USC President Max Nikias.
** Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we disclose via photos posted below of a PRIVATE meeting orchestrated by public/private tandem of LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis and the University of Southern California (USC) at the former General Hospital (now Wellness Center), regarding USC's ambitious Biotech Corridor plans
For the Record, the Mayor Sam Blog received a tip regarding this meeting and ATTEMPTED to partake in observing the proceedings ........., but was told by a staff member (Nick Moghadassi) of The Wellness Center that this was a PRIVATE EVENT. Thus, this blogger/community stakeholder was politely TOLD to leave.
Beginning of PRIVATE USC/Supervisor Hilda Solis Meeting as Wellness Center Staff Member (on right with electronic gadget) ask Stakeholder/Blogger to vacate the proceedings.
This Act of Excluding Stakeholders (and a discerning Media) runs contrary to a previous pronouncement from Supervisor Solis regarding the need of USC to embrace the Greater Community in Dialog regarding their Biotech Corridor ambitions

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis on February 26 called on the University of Southern California to embrace and support community residents as it moves forward with plans to build a biotech research park at its Health Sciences campus, adjacent to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. To be successful, USC must design its research park to ensure “people are invited to come down the hill, or across the freeway or even from the other side of town” to work or study at the campus, Supervisor Solis said. 
We would like to give the benefit of the doubt that Supervisor Solis is true to her words regarding USC' need "to embrace and support community residents (not just those supportive enablers being offered Trojan largess, allegedly), but in witnessing ysterday's proceedings (before our expulsion), the words above smack of empty, meaningless verbiage, considering the exclusiveness of those invited ........., who included the following;
Former LA-32 Neighborhood Council President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Caudillo): Fonseca (formerly Caudillo), who's ethically/character-challenged proclivities have been well documented, recently attempted to block a successful LA-32 Motion, supporting a $250,000 Grant via former Supervisor Gloria Molina, for Tree Planting/Youth Vocational Training at Hazard Park.
Legacy LA supporters: In attendance were the Ramona Gardens supporters of Legacy LA who had the dubious distinctions of being expose of misusing Public Funds (ie. writing checks to self) and supporting Liquor Licenses for 7 Eleven.
Ray Rios (on the right).
Ray and Ruth Rios of the Hazard Park Preservation Committee: The Husband (when not engaging in physical altercations) and Wife Duo (who are also members of the Hillside Village Property Owners Association), have fail to contact their fellow committee members (including this blogger for the record) about their involvement in these PRIVATE proceedings, while enabling the political agenda of CD-14 City Councilman Jose Huizar (and condoning USC's past actions) .
While we are not surprise that the "University of Scandalous Conduct" would seek out those within the community with past episodes of ethical/character-challenged behavior, we must question whether the supposed environmental and working class advocate Supervisor Solis, is a willing partner in associating with those (including USC), who's past actions have had an adverse impact on the greater community, in supporting a project that will have a potential, profound future impact on ALL stakeholders/neighbors surrounding the proposed, Biotech Corridor Project Area?-----Scott Johnson.

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