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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Cynthia Ruiz

ruizBefore the previous post gets overun with gushing love for Cynthia Ruiz, let me provide you the forum to carry on your conversation. To get you started, here's the e-mail from Rick Acosta to Bill Christopher laying out his complaints with Cynthia Ruiz.

From: "rick acosta"
To: "BillC"
CC: "BRADLEY"
Subject: Formal Complaint East La/ South Area Representative
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 21:42:19 -0800

Dear Mr. Bill Christopher,
This is a formal request and complaint to remove Cynthia Ruiz as the East LA/ South area representative for the following reasoning.

1. She is a family member of a mayoral candidate Councilmen Antonio Villaraigosa.
2. She is working on his mayoral campaign.
3. She is involved in fund raising for the Villaraigosa mayoral campaign.
4. You have placed Ms. Ruiz in a position that compromises the integrity of the Mayoral debates with her ability to provide insider information to one of the candidates, such as what questions will be asked and to which candidate , which N.C. Representative will be asking the question and to which candidate. This was not the intentions of CBS and the Alliance which would lose all credibility.
5. Ms. Ruiz has set up her own standards as to who will attend the mayoral debate.
6. Ms. Ruiz has not participated in an Alliance meeting.
7. Ms. Ruiz was part of a group of board members of the LA-32 NC that sent a letter to the Alliance criticizing the Alliance on the Mayoral Debates.
8. Ms. Ruiz has shown partiality over candidates, with comments made in reference to Mayor Hahn, (She was glad to leave a sinking ship, after she was dismissed as commissioner.)
9. Ms. Ruiz was not asked to fill in at a meeting by the assigned East LA/South area representative Robert Jimenez as stated by the Alliance.
10. Ms. Ruiz was not asked by the East LA/South area representative to replace him as the current representative.
11. The Current East LA/South area representative Robert Jimenez is supporting me as his replacement.
12. Ms.Ruiz failed to work only with the President of the LA-32 but did notify all other board members via e-mail as to who was on the list. This was not the intention of the alliance in setting up the guest list from each NC.
Sincerely
Richard Acosta
LA-32 NC President
For more commentary, see the comments in this post.

Previous Ruiz comments are here.

39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rather than bash Cynthia Ruiz for the next 100 posts, maybe she should quietly resign - although the blame should be put squarely on the Alliance in my opinion, especially it seems with Noah Modisett. Maybe Noah should resign, too?

February 26, 2005 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noah Modisett should resign. And how comes Bill Christopher is involved?

February 26, 2005 8:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

C'mon. Why won't anyone come out and just say it already. Cynthia R is a Tony V. groupie and has been for a while. Have you ever seen Cynthia when Tovy V's around. The cloudy eyes with the euphoria swagger. She's in love with him and I hear that they have had some serious "policy" discussions in "closed door" meetings.

Maybe Tony V is setting up another one of his baby's mommas'.

Go Tony....

February 26, 2005 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think we have to dwell on Cynthia's private life. But I don't understand why she was selected as an area representative in the first place when she doesn't sit on the board of a neighborhood council? But that is a question Noah Modisett should answer. Cynthia's getting involved to start a political career and there's nothing wrong with that. But she must expect to take the knocks if that is her plan. Finally, is Cynthia the exception or are there any other area representatives who do not sit on neighborhood council boards? Of course, it would be nice if Noah answered questions on Mayor Sam and didn't just issue statements.

February 26, 2005 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cynthia's political career is going to be cut very short if Antonio loses the mayoral race.

February 26, 2005 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This website should be ashamed to drag a fine person's name through the mud. The pathetic characters who attack good people on this blog need therapy.

February 26, 2005 9:07 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/timespoll/?track=mainnav-timespoll

this is the new url for the times poll page.

Or you can find it on teh home page with the listings of the contents on the internet site in times poll.

Sorry to change teh subject. I wonder why they keep changing the url?

February 26, 2005 9:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cynthia has every right to advocate for her candidate anywhere she is allowed.

A good supporter of any candidate should work every angle.

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

February 26, 2005 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And she's not on City payroll campaigning for her candidate unlike some.

February 26, 2005 11:11 PM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

"Don't hate the player, hate the game."

The previous poster needs to understand that "the game" whether you hate it or love it, has a number of rules both written and unwritten that require people to be up front and honest about their intentions and unpublished agendas, otherwise the "game" either becomes "rigged" or people presume it to be. In both cases, the result is the same -- "the game" will be declared by the public to be invalid.

Ms. Ruiz, just like any NC board member and any NC NON-board member has a right to support any candidate, and use any avenue available to her to move her agenda and that of her candidate forward - as a private citizen - so long as it can be done in a way that is transparent and does not jeopardize the impartiality of any process the various candidates agree to be a part of that allows those who have not chosen sides a chance to make up their minds fairly - such as a debate.
Working so-called "angles" (in the words of the original poster) behind the scenes, if that is the case (or if it even appears to be the case), are what turns the game on its head and makes its outcome "biased" and unfair -- hence the "angles." Angles are what create a bias.

Joining the committee in question - after having never been active in the larger group it is a part of, and not even being part of a current NC in any official manner - and then becoming active at a time when these debates were being formed does not appear to be transparent, and would only seem correct and fair to a partisan for the same candidate she supports. The fact that she was asked to do so, is not her fault in any way. The fact that she accepted may well be, if her partisanship was central to it. It is not being unfair to her to assume that, since she was not active before this critical timing.

By the nature of her alliances (Villaraigosa campaign - YES; local NC - NO; previous work with the Alliance - NO), her role on the Alliance committee is at best harmful to the independent image of the Alliance. Without that image, it has no reason to exist.

The Alliance was, based on their own statements, created to be an independent coming together of the city's NC leaders, the key word there is "independent" -- not tied, as NCs are to some extent (via funding, etc.) to the current administration, and by the same rationale, not working in any way towards the removal of that administration by relying on "angles" to give even the slightest unfair advantage to a challenger -- even something as nominal as advance information on the nature of any aspect of a debate.

Bill Christopher, a member of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, has been active with the Alliance, in my understanding all along -- obviously he is a commissioner, but acts only as a private citizen interested in the establishment of some independent voice addressing the needs of the NC system.

Comparing Ms. Ruiz's path to the committee to Mr. Acosta's support of another candidate - if he does - is not comparable since he is a part of a certified NC board and has been involved with the Alliance in the past. His interest in and support of the NC system in L.A. both precedes and extends beyond the debates. His motives cannot be called into question simply because the person he hopes to replace has become the center of a cloud of controversy -- except by an opposing partisan voice attempting to create a new cloud, to cover the old one.

Finally, the word "hate" (haters, etc.) is thrown around constantly here on this blog as a disrespectful and intentionally inflammatory replacement in every way for "failure to support my candidate" and "willing to reveal my candidate's weaknesses." This abuse of a highly charged negative term serves no purpose but to close off honest debate -- it's all too apparent intention. If I cannot criticize and/or question without being told I "hate" then we will all eventually, as activists for our various causes, become guilty of being "haters" of our own critical right to free expression and critical examination.

Paraphasing someone very wise, "the opposite of "love" is not "hate," it is indifference. The poster to which this is in response asks that we exercise indifference to the failings of the "game" and violations of its code of ethics, and simply play that game to win, by any means. I would hate to ever see such a cynical road become the main thoroughfare of our democratic rights.

February 27, 2005 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is not being unfair to AV in any way to suggest that his term in office as a councilmember has been one showing much disrespect for the neighborhood councils in his area. He has seldom met with them, and his staff's presence at their meetings is spotty at best. (In the Northeast, for example, several of the NCs are split between CD 14 and CD 1. At most meetings, a CD1 staff member is present, while a CD14 person is not). It does not go unnoticed that his campaign ads do not mention NCs, even though they have come into their own during his term, and he sits on the Council commission that oversees them. He mentions working with "community groups" and never names them, but they are not the certified NCs. His campaign staff told observers even before he was elected in CD14 that the NCs were a non-issue, and would have no power. His actions as a CM seek to make this a fact, regardless.

He has accused the imcumbent of pandering to NCs by providing new funds, but he has never mentioned how he would make better use of these councils, other than a vague "work with them" -- something he has not started yet in his own district.

He has also pitted them against each other, as explained in other threads on this blog - to achieve his and his staff's own agenda, against NC's stated wishes. This is not exhibiting "hand-ons" leadership, to steal his mayoral campaign slogan. It betrays a "hands-off" my authority, frame-of-mind. This candidate by all accounts does not like to "share" power, in any way, and is threatened by people who know what they want and need before he arrives to "tell them" what he thinks they should want and need.

February 27, 2005 12:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

....Cynthia, like the rest of the Committee members was privy to the discussion of the draft question list......Noah states. Why aren't the other mayoral candidates privy to those same questions? Sadly, Cynthia has made the Alliance appear to be "tainted." The question is why was a mayoral candidate committee campaigner allowed to be on the steering committe? If Noah or any of his group doesn't see anything wrong with this then they should all RESIGN IMMEDIATELY WITH CYNTHIA. Cynthia was a Public Works commissioner for the ENTIRE city. She's entitle like everyone to vounteer and support any candidate. However, she is on AV's campaign committe. Does anyone know if she's getting PAID? Noah is totally wrong in his assement. The Alliance now looks and bias tainted. Wonder if the other candidates know about this?

February 27, 2005 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Antonio did get the questions in advance - maybe he'll give us some answers for a change.
PS. Both Noah Modiset and Cynthia Ruiz should resign - although Noah Modiset is the villain in this piece. Cynthia has to go because of Modiset's political naivete.

February 27, 2005 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I take back what I said before...most of you are way past the point where therapy could help.

February 27, 2005 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is anyone listening to a looser like Rick Acosta. First of all his own NC does not have any faith in him. He is being recalled (300 stakeholders have signed the petition). Yes the petition has been verified and he is going to be voted out very soon. He is mad because he wants to be the Alliance representative. Can we say SOUR GRAPES?

February 27, 2005 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's the good thing about Mayor Sam, we can all post our opinions no matter how crazy they are.

February 27, 2005 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, you're not a psychiatrist, but you "play" one on this blog. Thanks for the pithy diagnosis and analysis, "DOC." It quickly negates all of the previous, legitimate criticism of this poorly handled process.

Unless you're "crazy" too?

February 27, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would anyone listen to "facts" posted above by a loser (Who can't even spell... "looser.") Sour grapes? Acosta is on the NC board, Ruiz is not. Who's "sour?" She has tried to appear as someone legitimate by going AROUND the board process. Who's "sour?" She has worked against the leaders of that council in handling Alliance matters. If anyone is souring the process, it's not the elected president of a certified NC.

February 27, 2005 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In LA32, you can get 300 signatures saying Elvis is still alive...

February 27, 2005 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can anyone gets the facts straight? Yes Ms Ruiz is a elected member of the Neighborhood Council. She has been since the NC was started, I heard she even got more vote that Mr Acosta in the last election.

February 27, 2005 11:35 AM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

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February 27, 2005 12:03 PM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

Cute, intentionally deceptive post there. Yes, Ruiz was elected to the board in the last LA32 NC election (the people referring to "former" NC member were taking that information from Noah M's post for the Alliance. Those were his words, I believe. Again, he was incorrect on something.)

Ruiz received more votes (about twice as many) as Acosta in that NC election lat year -- however, she ran as an AT LARGE candidate. He ran as a REGIONAL, meaning less people were ABLE to vote for him. (LA32 has 4 geographic regions) Your slanted comparison would be similar to saying "I hear Hahn got more votes for MAYOR than ADV received for CITY COUNCIL." Proves nothing, intentionally misleading.

February 27, 2005 12:06 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

MAYOR SAM, subject change? (this one's become a "you're crazy, no YOU're crazy" tit-4-tat and we're obviously ALL crazy to be doing this on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Drumroll, please? How about revealing the official results of the "dumbest city councilmember" poll (you said you'd let this 3rd attempt run for a week, now that no one could "cheat"). It's been up at least that long.

The anticipation is just KILLing me. . . and I think KABC-TV (and maybe some other news outlets) want to run the results on their local news tomorrow a.m.

February 27, 2005 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is what the Alliance coordinator said - "former" (from another posting area):

"From that perspective I approached Cynthia, based on her position as a former LA32 NC Board member and as a former Public Works Commissioner for the Eastside, to see if she would consider taking on that role."

And DONE's list of elected neighborhood council leaders is pretty much useless - some haven't been updated since 2003. But in most of the NCs I know, the president or an executive committee appoints their official liaison's to other groups - so they go there with some NC backing and status, as opposed to people just volunteering or being volunteered willy nilly.

February 27, 2005 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that Rick Acosta, Manny Hernandez, Terry Valdez, and Yolanda Chavez met in El Sereno last week. Hmmm, interesting group of people to be meeting. If that's the case, I can see why Rick Acosta doesn't want Cynthia Ruiz around any table of influence. I mean, he can't even get a hair stylist who can handle his weave.

February 27, 2005 12:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Too many angry people - have you tried massage therapy, psychotherapy or maybe from the smell of things aroma therapy...

February 27, 2005 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The stink you smell is ADV's decaying reputation in the district. . .

February 27, 2005 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I heard that Rick Acosta, Manny Hernandez, Terry Valdez, and Yolanda Chavez met in El Sereno last week."

You have something against playing Bridge?

February 27, 2005 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Four activists from Eastside communities get together over the weekend and it's worth a mention here. That's a twist, it's usually the pro-Villaraigosa groupies saying everyone else is conspiracy-crazy. Was there a black helicopter hovering overhead while they met? Are they withholding the cure for the AIDs virus?

February 27, 2005 4:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It gets worse, I hear they actually talked about the MAYOR's RACE... for SHAME!

February 27, 2005 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We should all be thanking Rick for bringing this unethical practice by the Alliance. Cynthia and Noah are in co-hoots. For those of you who don't think so this is a very big deal. It reeks of sleazy, lowlife politics those of which ADV is use to. Cynthia never attended any of the Citywide Alliance meetings at LA College. Now all of a sudden she's "in." I hope the other mayoral candidates protest that ADV had an insider and was privy to the questions before all of them. I guarantee if anyone else had a campaigner on the steering committee all hell would be breaking loose. Hope the media picks up on this. Someone should call KCAL9

February 27, 2005 4:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course, unless one of those four activists is actually posting here, it's all just stupid gossip - no one knows!

February 28, 2005 5:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ruiz is planning to run for Tony's Council seat, and she's helping him out in order to get his support. How do I know this? I've spoken to her about it.

February 28, 2005 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well that's a waste of effort. Someone who only gets 150 votes for a neighborhood council seat in a community of 50-60 thousand thinks they can run for city council? What a yuck!

February 28, 2005 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My take on all this, the other candidates do know... they just don't care.

Actually, their level of caring probably directly relates to how "prepared" they need to be. Obviously one person felt they needed an advantage...

I have to believe the Alliance has changed the questions by now. Oh well, guess their all going to have to wing it.

February 28, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HEY RICK WHO EVER DOSE YOUR HAIR AT LEASE DOSEN'T HAVE ADV LIKE MS.RUIZ HAIR PERSON JUST LOOK AT THE POOR GIRL'S HAIR 4 INCH BLACK ROOT'S THEN WHAT EVER COLOR DYE WAS ON SALE AT THE 99 CENT STORE..

YOU REALLY SHOULD GET A MEDAL FOR THE FINE JOB YOU DID IN BRING THIS ISSUE OPEN SO WE CAN ALL SEE HOW THE ALLIANCE WORK'S OR IS DOSEN'T WORK. IS THIER SOMETHINK WRONG WITH THE WATER IN YOUR COMMUNITY CAUSE FROM WHAT I SEE ALL YOUR NC HAS ADV....

March 04, 2005 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHO IS YOLANDA CHAVEZ??????AND WHAT ROLE DOSE SHE HAVE IN CITY AND WHAT DID YOU ALL TALK ABOUT? AND WHERE IN THE HELL DID YOU MEET IN YOUR COMMUNITY. CASUE YOU ALL REALLY DON'T HAVE A NICE PLACE TO MEET. NOT EVEN A COFFEE PLACE.OH I FORGOT THE SHELL STATION DOSE HAVE COFFEE. SO IF YOU ALL REALLY DID MEET HOPE YOU DIDN'T DRINK THE WATER...

March 04, 2005 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHO IS YOLANDA CHAVEZ??????AND WHAT ROLE DOSE SHE HAVE IN CITY AND WHAT DID YOU ALL TALK ABOUT? AND WHERE IN THE HELL DID YOU MEET IN YOUR COMMUNITY. CASUE YOU ALL REALLY DON'T HAVE A NICE PLACE TO MEET. NOT EVEN A COFFEE PLACE.OH I FORGOT THE SHELL STATION DOSE HAVE COFFEE. SO IF YOU ALL REALLY DID MEET HOPE YOU DIDN'T DRINK THE WATER...

March 04, 2005 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THIS JUST IN FROM A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE THAT IS WORKING FOR ADV TONY 4 MAYOR IS IT TRUE THAT MS.RUIZ IS A GOD MOTHER TO ONR OF HIS KID'S OR IS IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.AND ALSO IS THIER A FAMILY MEMBER THAT ALSO SIT'S ON THE LA-32 NC. BOY THIS REALLY SMEALL'S LIKE PAY TO PLAY.

March 04, 2005 11:11 PM  

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