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Friday, April 29, 2005

Jim Hahn - Return Your Fleishman-Hillard Money

Just received this e-mail from the Villaraigosa campaign.

Jim Hahn – Return Your Fleishman-Hillard Money
LOS ANGELES – It’s time for Jim Hahn to take responsibility for the campaign contributions he accepted from Fleishman-Hillard. The PR-company recently agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with the city for over-billing. Hahn’s administration awarded $15 million in contracts to the firm.

Hahn needs to return the $32,700 that he received from Fleishman-Hillard. He should reveal how much money was raised at a July 2003 fundraiser hosted by Doug Dowie and return every contribution.

Jim Hahn – Return the $32,700 You Took from Fleishman-Hillard

In July 2003, Doug Dowie sent out an invite that read: “Thanks to the Los Angeles Times’ intrepid reporting, the secret is out: I am a fan of Mayor James Hahn.” The letter called on minority-owned businesses that receive a cut of the DWP contract and other city jobs to join Dowie at yet another City Club fund-raiser for Hahn. "Tickets are $1,000 per person and your check should be made out to 'Hahn for Mayor 2005.' Please bring it with you to the reception. Cheers, Doug." (“Money Player,” Kevin Roderick, 1/04)

In fact, records of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission show that Fleishman-Hillard and one of their employees paid for the cost of this fundraiser:

07/22/03
Cristy Edwardes
Hermosa Beach , CA 90254
Individual
Public Relations SpecialistFleishman-Hillard
Breakfast Costs
$500.00(P)
$500.00
$500.00
07/22/03
Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
Los Angeles , CA 90071
Other

Breakfast Costs
$1,000.00(P)
$1,000.00
$1,000.00

We call on Jim Hahn to immediately return the $32,700 that his campaign has taken from Fleishman-Hillard.

Jim Hahn should immediately reveal how much money was raised at the July 2003 Doug Dowie fundraiser and return this money. We call on Jim Hahn to tell us why this Dowie fundraising invitation was never filed with the Ethics Commission.


Jim Hahn’s Fleishman-Hillard Contributions

Date
Amount
First
Last
Occupation
Employer
5/16/2001
$100
Linda
Loe
Public Relations
Fleishman Hillard
5/17/2001
$500
Steven
Smith
Senior Account Executive
Fleishman Hillard
5/17/2001
$1000
Douglas
Dowie
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
5/18/2001
$500
Jeffrey
Monical
Account Exec
Fleishman Hillard
5/18/2001
$500
Marvin
Suomi
Acct. Executive
Fleishman, Hillard
5/18/2001
$1000
Mark
Barnhill
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
6/1/2001
$1000
Cary
Walker
Sr VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/20/2000
$500
Marylou
Ferry
VP
Public Affairs Fleishman Hillard
6/20/2000
$1000
Douglas
Dowie
Sr VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/20/2000
$1000
Mark
Barnhill
Sr VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/20/2000
$1000
Sheree
Aronson
Sr VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/21/2000
$250
Christina
Simon
Account Supervisor
Fleishman Hillard
6/21/2000
$250
Joshua
Gertler
VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/21/2000
$1000
Jamie
Ludowitz
Sr VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/21/2000
$1000
Samantha
Sackin
Senior VP
Fleishman Hillard
6/21/2000
$1000
Steven
Sugerman
Sr VP / Partner
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$250
Steve
Getzug
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$500
Sheree
Aronson
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
Douglas
Dowie
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
Jamie
Ludowitz
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
Mark
Barnhill
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
R
Michelman
Regional President and
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
Samantha
Sackin
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
3/27/2001
$1000
Steven
Sugerman
Senior VP/ Partner
Fleishman Hillard
9/21/2001
$250
Steven P. R.
Smith
Senior Account Executive
Fleishman Hillard
9/24/2001
$500
Steve
Getzug
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
07/22/03
$1000 (in-kind)

Fleishman-Hillard

Fleishman-Hillard
7/22/2003
$500 (in-kind)
Cristy
Edwardes
Public Relations Specialist
Fleishman-Hillard
8/4/2003
$100
Steven P. R.
Smith
Senior Account Executive
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$250
Daniel F.
Whelan
Vice-President
Fleishman & Hillard
8/4/2003
$250
Ellen M.
Clayborne
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$250
Jennifer
Laird-Manfre
Managing Supervisor
Fleishman & Hillard
8/4/2003
$500
Anita Dolores
Alban
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$500
Jan
Wayne
Specialist, Admin. Services
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$500
Jennifer L.
Langan
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$500
John
Stodder, Jr.
Senior V.P./Partner
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Douglas R.
Dowie
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Fredrick Macadam
MuirIII
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Hilary
Norton Orozco
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Jamie
Ludowitz
Senior Vice President/Partner
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Monique
Moret-Stevens
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Shannon M.
Murphy
Managing Supervisor
Fleishman Hillard
8/4/2003
$1000
Steve
Getzug
Sr. V.P./ Partner
Fleishman Hillard
9/3/2003
$250
Cristiano
Manfre
Managing Supervisor
Fleishman Hillard
9/3/2003
$500
Daniel
Gugler
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard
9/3/2003
$500
John
Stodder, Jr.
Senior V.P./Partner
Fleishman Hillard
11/7/2003
$1000
Matt
Middlebrook
Senior Vice President
Fleishman Hillard

Total $32,700

75 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are desperado...

----Villaraigosa why don't you return the lives of the families of gang violence affected from your opposition to gang injuctions. Return them their loved ones, return them their life, the way it used to be, return them their happiness. You robbed them of all of this. Your opposition caused deaths of innocent victims and shattered dreams!

April 29, 2005 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yahn

Please mend all the broken bones and scarred lives of the victims of all the wife beaters you let free.

Please return the lives that were lost to violence during your watch as City Attorney because your lack of courage to prosecute repeat offenders.

Please return dignity to the Mayor's office by putting an end to all the pay for play antics you continue to condone.

-Mustang

April 29, 2005 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what have Yahn's commissioner's been up to on the public's dime?

ITEM 17. RESOLUTION NO. - APPROVE TRAVEL EXPENSE STATEMENT FOR
COMMISSIONER MIGUEL CONTRERAS FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN TRAVEL
TO CHINA, FEBRUARY 25 THROUGH MARCH 3, 2005


RECOMMENDATION: Adoption of the Travel Expense Statement for
Commissioner Miguel Contreras covering a trip to China, February 25 through March
3, 2005, with an expense in the amount of $1,128.68 and airfare in the amount of
$5,734.05. (Carmen Sipple, 310-417-6429)

April 29, 2005 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What, the $6 million (600 percent profit on 850K overbilling), Delgadillo isn't enough for you ungrateful ADV-lovers.

You want $30K from Hahn, as well?

April 29, 2005 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Shimpock is it boring at ADV's blog that you show up here. Are you not suppose to do damage control at ADV's site. I will help you carry the communist sign tomorrow at the communist gathering at LAVC...

April 29, 2005 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RUNNING SCARED....OBVIOUS TO ALL THAT ANTONIO IS LOOKING REALLY BAD NO MATTER HOW HE TRYS TO DISTRACT BACK TO HAHN. EVERY MEDIA REPORTER IS RUNNING AFTER THE MIAMI CONNECTION. WORD IS NOW THAT LARRY GONZALES IS INVOLVED AND HE'S A MAJOR DRUG RUNNER. REPORTERS ARE CALLING ANY AND EVERYONE TO BE THE FIRST TO GET THE NEXT SCOOP. ADV DOWN A COUPLE OF MAJOR POINTS ON THIS ONE. CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR SUNDAY'S PAPERS EDITORIALS..THANKS STEVE LOPEZ

April 29, 2005 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What city council bill did Hahn scuttle to benefit F-H after that.

Distract, distract, distract. The people see through all this.

ADV is sin-sick dirty! Can't be "clean" again before May 17 by bringing up old Hahn news (they DID that already).

That hands played out.

If they'd shut up, the Fla. item might have died down in a couple days. But they prefer mutual destruction which makes CERTAIN Fla. stays in the news.

Every damn day, the Times will say "Villaraigosa raised the issue in response to charges to accepted money from out of state to influence contracts awards for his contributors there."

EVERy damn day.

Boy as his hacks media-stupid, or what!

April 29, 2005 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does Larry have to do with Miami?

April 29, 2005 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another Villaraigosa Miami fundraiser friend- Sergio Pino.

Report: Airport partners unduly earned $14.6 million-- MIAMI - Four partners of a venture that runs airport duty-free shops have earned more than $14.6 million despite having performed no work, according to a report by the Miami-Dade County inspector general.
The joint venture won a contract at Miami International Airport, and the four partners were brought in to satisfy a requirement for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program....
Under the program, these partners were picked: Sergio Pino, a major political fund-raiser and tract-home builder; Carole Ann Taylor, a former aide to ex-Commissioner Maurice Ferre; Jorge de Cardenas, a longtime lobbyist who later served time in federal prison for his involvement in a Miami kickback scandal; and Maria Argudin, an assistant city clerk in Miami...."
But despite the partners' repeated promises to do work, they did none, said the report released Tuesday. They simply showed up at quarterly meetings and collected their checks, the report said.

The report shows wholesale contract violations and numerous misrepresentations to the Federal Aviation Administration and the county, which it says "discredit the program at Miami International Airport."

It also finds that the airport staff members failed to monitor the contract as they were required to do and ignored evidence of noncompliance brought to their attention.

The four minority partners acknowledge some errors in complying with program requirements, but deny that they have done no work, according to their attorney, Andres Rivero.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/061202/D7K3GNLO2.html

COLLECTING CHECKS FOR NOT DOING ANY WORK? DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR CD14?

April 29, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That F-H stuff is penny-ante shit... I want the REAL big money returned, NOW!

ADV-- RETURN YOUR CITY COUNCIL PAYCHECKS for 2003-2005. You didn't earn them. Neither did your staff.

What's ADV's wasted salary worth, 5X the $37,000 or more?

The campaign money doesn't come out of MY pocket. ADV's stolen paycheck DOES!

April 29, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mustang, Hahn is trying to end the pay-for-play antics. He's gonna whoop ADV's corrupt little ass next month!

April 29, 2005 1:37 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

It's the sequel.

The Return of Antonio "Rainman" Villaraigosa. . .

"Corruption, c'rruption, DEFINITELY c'rruption -- what? MY corruption? WOPNER, Uh, oh!"

April 29, 2005 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HA HA, to paraphrase Chief Parker on the first thread today (who ADV just made look like an ass).

"VILLARAIGOSA using this is not smart.

Obviously the CONTRIBUTORS like it -- but their intelligence was never a factor. . . THEY look like idiots.

Also it is unfortunate that the VILLARAIGOSA campaign has a staffer whose primary function is to blog on the site (named Parker?).

Go call voters -- leave this site alone!"

April 29, 2005 1:44 PM  

Blogger hahnwatch said:

New Post at HahnWatch!

http://hahnwatch.blogspot.com/

April 29, 2005 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Call voters and tell them why Villaraigosa is as someone always posts here "A Pathological Liar" and sorry can't prove the blogger to be wrong, because he is right, ADV is a Pathological Liar...get ADV on the phone and he will not be able to answer simple questions from voters, he will throw the phone away at one of you damage control spinsters.

April 29, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Mr. Padilla, how do you feel about your risky endorsement of Villaraigosa being overshadowed by charges of campaign fund laundering?"


"Mr. Kerry, what are your thoughts on coming 3,000 miles to endorse a candidate who's going to be 'investigated' for pay-for-play?"

April 29, 2005 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is more on Villaraigosa's Miami "friends"

Do you know what type of friends Villaraigosa has in Miami?

Sylvester Lukis a Miami lobbyist, who hosted a reception for Villaraigosa in Florida

"...Sylvester Lukis, a Miami lobbyist, and his wife, former Lee County commissioner Vicki Lopez-Wolfe, stood accused of bribery, extortion, influence peddling, and mail fraud. According to government investigators, the couple had begun an illicit love affair in the spring of 1991 and soon after embarked on a complicated criminal conspiracy. Prosecutors claimed that Lukis, a married family man at the time, had seduced Lopez-Wolfe with the promise of higher office and bribed her with money and gifts; Lopez-Wolfe, then a controversial young political starlet, had allegedly sold her vote on multimillion dollar bond deals and construction contracts, and so deprived the citizens of Lee County of her "honest services" as an elected official. Along the way, the couple had lied to the press, deceived each other, and Lukis hired a Miami private eye to shadow their enemies. At one point they had used a surveillance videotape to try to blackmail a candidate into dropping out of a county commission race.
If convicted on all eleven charges in this public corruption trial, Sylvester Lukis and Vicki Lopez-Lukis, as she was now known, would each face a maximum penalty of 60 years in federal prison and $2.7 million in fines..."


http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/1997-05-15/news/feature_print.html

April 29, 2005 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yet, another Florida friend who held fundraisers for Villaraigosa!

Florida AV fundraiser friend:

Alex Penelas:

Important human rights organizations from across the political spectrum are applauding Florida Democratic voters' overwhelming rejection of Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas' predatory anti-Life and anti-Family agenda.

After eight (8) divisive and scandal-ridden years as mayor of Miami-Dade, Penelas' devastating legacy includes a budget deficit of $500 million, a discriminatory ordinance creating special legal protections based on alleged
sexual behavior, rampant county hall corruption, an increase in violent crime,
increased in Aids, and the denial of public funds to one of the most respected
youth organization in the world - the Boy Scouts of America.

Penelas' shameless betrayal of the public trust resulted in the stinging
defeat of his U.S. Senatorial campaign in the Statewide Democratic Primary of
August 31st, 2004. Nearly ninety-percent (90%) of Democrats voted for a candidate other than Penelas, state voting records show. Human rights organizations issued the following statement:

"Decent and fair-minded citizens and their families are much safer now that a bigoted and spineless politician who has discredited, embarrassed and dishonored our community, was resoundingly rejected at the polls and will no longer be a menace to our community."

April 29, 2005 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HUGH RODHAM'S ROLE IN LOBBYING FOR GRANTS OF EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY

FINDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE


HUGH RODHAM'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE VIGNALI COMMUTATION

Vignali's clemency petition was false and misleading.

Carlos Vignali lied in his clemency petition. First,
he continued to maintain his innocence, despite overwhelming
evidence of his involvement in selling a substantial amount of
cocaine across state lines and a specific finding by the
sentencing judge that he lied at trial about his involvement in
a large drug distribution network. Second, Vignali claimed that
he was a first-time offender, despite the fact that he had a
prior criminal record. By not accepting responsibility for his
crime and lying about his background, he should not have been
eligible for executive clemency.

Vignali's supporters provided letters of support that were
false and misleading.

A key element of the campaign by Carlos Vignali and
his father Horacio, was a series of letters on Carlos' behalf
from prominent Los Angeles politicians. A number of these
letters contained misleading statements calculated to create
the impression that Carlos Vignali was innocent. The officials
who submitted letters included Representative Xavier Becerra,
Representative Esteban Torres, State Assembly Speaker Robert
Hertzberg, State Assembly Member Antonio Villaraigosa, State
Senator Richard Polanco, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria
Molina, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Hernandez, and
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/master/minerva/107/senate/www.house.gov/reform/pdf/gpo.docs/107-454-2.htm

April 29, 2005 1:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...WILLIAM BENNETT, CO-DIRECTOR, EMPOWER AMERICA: Those guys were very polite, Larry. Mr. Vignali went to jail because he was involved in distributing 800 pounds of cocaine. His lawyer said, no, it wasn't that bad, just a thousand kilos of cocaine.

Do you have any idea of how much damage 1,000 kilos of cocaine can do? Well, 800 pounds of cocaine could effectively provide one rock of crack for every kid in Los Angeles. It's 1,000 kilos less, but still, a substantial amount of cocaine.

There are black co-defendants who are still in jail and will be for a long time. But Carlos Vignali is now out. He is a white man. KING: Because he had influence..."

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0102/26/lkl.00.html

April 29, 2005 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...Racial profiling? While many blacks have denounced this police technique, Clinton never proposed legislation to Congress to curb it.

Blacks in prison? If Abraham Lincoln is the Great Emancipator, Bill Clinton is the Great Jailer. As a Justice Policy Institute study outlined last month, the number of prisoners in state and federal institutions grew by 478,800 during President Ronald Reagan's two terms. Through both of Clinton's terms, 673,000 Americans were sent behind bars. Even worse, the rate of incarceration for black men — which stood at 2,800 per 100,000 as Reagan left office — mushroomed under Clinton to 3,620 per 100,000.

Equal justice? Dozens of Clinton's wealthy, well-connected friends and supporters sprang from jail, thanks to his prolific pardon pen, even as thousands of poor, anonymous blacks remain locked up. Carlos Vignali — the California-based cocaine distributor whose drug ring shipped 800 pounds of coke from Los Angeles to Minneapolis — won a commutation from Clinton after his Argentine-born father made $160,000 in political contributions, mainly to Democrats, and paid Hugh Rodham $200,000 to steer the matter onto Clinton's desk. Vignali now walks free as his 30 mostly black co-defendants either languish in their jail cells or survive in the shadows of their rap sheets..."

http://www.nationalreview.com/murdock/murdock030701.shtml

April 29, 2005 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...For now, the Vignali case is a curious tale of how an inmate buried deep in the federal penal system won presidential help while others in more desperate straits remained behind.

"Go figure," said an exasperated Craig Cascarano, the lawyer for one of Vignali's 30 co-defendants, many of them poor and black. "How is it that Carlos Vignali is out eating a nice dinner while my client is still in prison eating bologna sandwiches..."

http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2001/cyb20010213.asp

April 29, 2005 2:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa (TONY VILLAR) is corrupt along with his corrupt minded crew. Crew? what are you speaking of, crew? Is it the VIGNALI, MERUELO crew?

"Take full responsiblity of it's actions."

The answer is: FALSE

Out of mere pressure from the people he is returning and he is praying the ethics commission does not look into this any further, he's hoping that with the return of the money it will just GO AWAY!

There is another that won't GO AWAY- THE VIGNALI CASE is going to do further damage by exposing the REAL ADV. ADV hides behind a fake candidacy and his corruption will only get worse.

VIGNALI case implicates Villaraigosa, Clinton's & Hugh Rodham, Roger Clinton (Vignali client), and many other local politicians from Gloria Molina, Becerra. Kerry is just here to make sure this all better GO AWAY! He is going to try and distract the voters away from VIGNALI, he is doing his own damage control for the sake of the Clintons. ADV+VIGNALI local corrupt individuals and don't underestimate Richard Meruelo, that is an entire different mess all together.

What were LAUSD officials doing, asleep on the job, why couldn't they see this coming? Or are they in cahoots with ADV-Huizar, just look into Huizar...it's CORRUPTION.

REMEMBER: ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA WILL BE WHATEVER YOU WANT HIM TO BE FOR THE RIGHT PRICE!

April 29, 2005 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So NOW, because ADV was caught red-handed, Tony's Toadies are going to smear half the unemployed (because Hahn cancelled the F-H contract), PR flacks in the city in order to distract L.A. from his personal corruption.

NICE, ADV, throw THEM under the bus now, too!

It's not bad enough they got investigators asking them about overbilling every OTHER government entity the worked for besides L.A. City, looking into what's now become very obvious was a corporate pattern for F-H (hence the quick settlement)

NOW they're all going to be painted dirty, too -- to save Tony's face.

Bit of a difference... the Florida people were pawns in the payola, secretaries and customer service reps pulling in $30K at best who didn't have a clue their boss was using their name to scam, or figured they'd lose their jobs if they didn't go along.

The F-H mid- to high-level PR execs, most of them making $80 - 100K at the time, made legitmate campaign contributions from their own well-paid pockets to attend fundraisers. Yeah, maybe they thought it was part of their "job" to schmooze with clients, but that's not even close to illegal.

No laundering, no funnelling, like ADV conspired to do -- just "schmoozing" the way PR people are trained to do it.

Won't work, Tony, these people will say waht happened and make your attempt as MASS character assassination backfire, BIG time.

April 29, 2005 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daniel, Cristiano, Jennifer, Anita... ONLY $500 for Jim Hahn.

Cheapskates, you guys were (WERE) making 6 figures each. You could have done better than that?

April 29, 2005 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Antonio have 6 field staffers that took paid leave of absences to work on his campaign. Paul Hernandez and Dora Garcia are two whose names keep coming up. Media should look into that

April 29, 2005 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paid leave of absence is also a way to describe a vacation leave. The other types of paid leaves are disciplinary or sick. City can't disseminate what they are on leave for. All they can say is whether they are being paid or not.

But if you want to bring up paid leaves, I would be more concerned about that fact that Natalie Reyes is using all those city phones, copiers, city cell phones, and computers to keep the campaign going. Reading one email or sending one fax is a violation. Not to mention all the staff that her beau Cedillo has working the campaign from the Senate office.

April 29, 2005 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NOT to mention that this leaves ADV's district staff very short-handed... they haven't added people. They could barely walk and pretend to be doing their OWN jobs at the same time as it WAS. Now they have to pretend to be doing half of another person's job, sleepwalking because they've spent all night working for the campaign (on their "own" time) -- like a moonlighter works another job on their "own" time and sleeps at their desk on the City's dollar.

CD14 screwed by ADV's flim flam, doubly screwed when his staff is even LESS attentive, and now facing a FOURTH trainee CM coming in the time most districts's have one.

April 29, 2005 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Mike Shimpock said:

Hey 1:25 PM:

Everything is fine over at AV's blog.

I've just been a little busy talking to my Soviet masters and haven't had time to post anonymously over here like you.

You people crack me up.

April 29, 2005 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FINE, if you like ghost-blogs.

Wassamatta, CD14 staffer can't BLOG and chew gum at the same time, either?

April 29, 2005 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Parker since when did you become Antonio's lap boy to do his dirty work? The fact that Antonio sent out that press release just proves to reporters he has something to hide. You can bet they will uncover it.

April 29, 2005 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Mike S. -- Since you're killing time here on Mayor Sam's blog while waiting for those one-every-8-hour blogger visits at AV's (2 today, WOW). Can you ask the folks over there on AV's site why the Eastside's best known councilmember has NO community leaders listed on his site from his OWN district -- as endorsing him (No neighborhood council presidents from CD14, no "big" pastors -- like the ones from South L.A., no heads of civic organizations in CD14, no homeowners association officers, nuthin'!).

Now WHY is that. Some "cynics" keep saying it's because they know him MUCH better than those other people he lists, and know he's been a lousy CM and would be an even lousier mayor. But that's just come cynics...

We've been chatting about this here since before the primary (when Hertzberg had most of the NC president from CD14 on HIS list - not on Tony's).

Why don't they love him?? Why won't they say they do, on his site?

How come is dat?

April 29, 2005 3:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a waste of electrons Chief Parke Skelton, are you really that desperate. Be careful, Tony has been known to cannibalize his friends. This Florida thing is just a jab, wait until the real knock out blow comes. By the way Shrimpcock, how's Corina doing? Has she been around the campaign office lately? Will she be there on stage tonorrow with Kerry? Remember, what goes around, comes around. Ha Ha Ha Ha!

April 29, 2005 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Mustang, Enrique Gasca, look into your claims on Hahn and the wife beaters. Last I checked, it is up to the County District Attorney, Steve Cooley, to prosecute these cases. You know, Steve Cooley, the guy who wouldn't prosecute Art Gastelum and Ron Martinez. The guy in bed with Laura Chick and Tony. I bet you were in there in that bed also. But being the kiss ass go-fer that you are, you're just probably waiting at the side of the bed with the towel in your hand. With people like you helping out Tony, no wonder he's getting in deeper shit by the minute. Is your buddy Jose Huizar ready for the next round - it's going to get nasty.

April 29, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't surprise me like this, Enrique Gasca from LA-32 NC Member us Mustang?

Now I can personally bring up my complaints to him at the meetings.

April 29, 2005 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin Parra, LA-32 NC Interim President

April 29, 2005 5:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Democratic Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 45 Voter Information

Alvin D. Parra 6,377 votes 11.17%
Party: Democratic
Occupation: Member County Central Committee
Email: alvinparra@aol.com

Enrique Gasca 6,122 votes 10.72%
Party: Democratic
Occupation: Assembly District Director
Email: enriquegasca@excite.com

April 29, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, CHIEF PARKER, MAYOR SAM, none of the other Tony-lovers around to help you defend the attention deficient candidate.

Except for a quick jab from Mustang, it was rats off a sinking ship. . . MEAT, Harriman-THENA, Lou Cypher, Repubican (not a typo) for AV, etc.

All bailed on this one -- hiding out for better news (like ADV), I'd say they were all on damage control somewhere PROTECTING ANTONIO FROM ATTACKS, or just updating their resumes (again), but I'm pretty sure they're all shut-in curmudegeon's who thought ADV was the second coming.

You're on your own!

I'm sure they'll be back to crow some after the Kerry endorsement... UNLESS, the First-Loser FLIP-FLOPS and takes the first plane out of here!

At least when it's bad news for Hahn, the anti-ADV's slug it out.

Wimps!

April 29, 2005 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just saw the doggy park photo op, did not see any massive public attendance at all, or the media just focused on the shovels. I hope there are no dead bodies from VIgnali and sons. How many people showed up? Just asking.

April 29, 2005 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SPEAKING of "wimps" - when is ADV going on KABC radio, like you asked Mayor Sam?

Think there's much chance NOW?

Looks like J. Hahn gets a free uncontested 30-60 minute ride on drivetime radio every other day or so on 4-5 major stations for the rest of the election.

This one's going down in the textbooks... the mayor's race that talk radio turned upside down!

(Doctoral students are already working up their dissertation proposals on it, as we "speak"!)

THE REVERSAL IMPACT OF CONSERVATIVE TO MODERATE DRIVE-TIME TALK RADIO BROADCASTS ON A MODERN DAY MAJOR CITY MAYORAL RACE AS CONTRASTED TO TRADITIONAL MEDIA BUYS AND SUPPLEMENTED BY NEW MEDIA INTERPOLATIONS WHEN ONE CANDIDATE RAISES SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER CAMPAIGN FUNDING BUT IS UNABLE TO JUSTIFY HIS/HER CANDIDACY BASED ON PRIOR EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

LOS ANGELES 2005: A CASE STUDY

Dissertation by
Timmy Redondo
Doctoral Candidate
Political Science Department
Minnetonka Eastern Reserve University and Skeet Shooting Range
Affluff, Minnesota

April 29, 2005 5:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Moderate attendance at Illegal Dog Parke ground-breaking -- no dead bodies found YET (again, that key word, yet!)

Discounting the crowd for ADV staff (he pulled in pretty much everyone from all three offices) and a number of RAP staffers... only a couple dozen actually attended from the nearby communities*.

Several expressed disappointment however. "The invitation had James Hahn's name on it -- I thought that meant he was going to be there. That's why I came, I wanted to meet the mayor," said several (not realizing its a courtesy/formality to list the mayor's name above the CM's on the invites).

Plus the address was published wrong (bozos announced it as being held at an address 2-3 miles away in another community!) Typical!

Good media turnout, however, but they REALLY weren't there to see ADV break GROUND -- they wanted breaking soundbites on the dirty Florida money scandal. Local TV barely mentioned where they were (and most would NOT have been there for normal shovel-turning, even though this has only happened 1-2 other times in the WHOLE DISTRICT on ANY PROJECT in TWO FULL YEARS).

Considering the last CM left 40-50 projects in the near complete or well into the works, that's sickeningly amazing.

*BUT, some KEY players were missing... and it's a mini-scandal of it's OWN -- SHHHH . . . story to follow (VERY interesting!!)

April 29, 2005 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good post. I'm waiting!!

April 29, 2005 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good post. I'm waiting!!

April 29, 2005 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(a little hint! "blue flue?")

April 29, 2005 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(Errr, make that "flu")

Another hint, on account... "Useless" (or Ulises?) on ADV's staff may not be MEAT, as has been rumored, but he should learn to keep his mouth shut outside the office, regardless.

The district "has ears."

April 29, 2005 6:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Meruelo the LAUSD land crook is an NC board member for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. If he is in the middle of the community news, I am sure he knew that property was for a school.

213-627-5054 RICMERUELO@AOL.COM

All the high school kids should call contact him and ask, "Why would you just steal this piece of land from us?

April 29, 2005 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

D.A. Opens Inquiry Into Villaraigosa Contributions

http://www.nbc4.tv/politics/4433206/detail.html

April 29, 2005 6:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Term limits were passed to break the lock career politicians held on the state Legislature -- and now termed-out legislators scrambling for a place to land can wreak havoc when they go back home to seek local elected office.

In Los Angeles, mayoral front-runner City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is a termed-out Assembly speaker.

April 29, 2005 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cooley won't pursue Tony. Cooley investigated Pacheco (3 times) at Parke's request, nothing found. Cooley investigated La Colectiva (twice), at Molina's request, nothing found. Cooley refused to investigate Art Gastelum and Ron Martinez, Gloria's husband, guess on what, airport contracts.

######################
How D.A.'s Office Failed to Follow Up on Graft Allegations
An influential L.A. lobbyist's name surfaced in accounts of bribery and other illegality, but leads were dismissed. He denies any wrongdoing.
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2003
Author: Ralph Frammolino, Nicholas Riccardi and Ted Rohrlich;

Asked for comment, Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley acknowledged that his subordinates might have mishandled the leads on Gastelum. "I think your scenario indicates maybe a ball was dropped, but I would never suggest, I would have no sense, it was done for the wrong reasons," he said.

"If you're asking why we don't run out and try to interview the husband of a member of the Board of Supervisors (Ron Martinez), or an airport commissioner ... well, maybe that's part of the answer right there," said Scott Goodwin, another prosecutor on the case.

################################

There's is much more to this Florida story than meets the eye. Wait and see how reporters will savage Tony tomorrow in front of Kerry. Because of Cooley's selective investigation, perhaps a Federal Attorney General needs to get involved - a good chunk of airport is federal.

April 29, 2005 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anon 7:18 PM

A Federal Attorney General should look into the case if this is a conflict of interest with Cooley. If he has show to sides and be biased this has to be investigated by outside his office..this way it will have all credibility intact.

Someone at the ADV blog posted:

"As far as I’m concerned, the Florida donations are a non starter as Antonio had them returned immediately.

Comment by Max from West LA — 4/29/2005 @ 3:15 pm"

What a laugh!!!!!

Max, is so blind it is probably medically induced.

April 29, 2005 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FLORIDA NEWS!

SERGIO PINO HELD A FUNDRAISER FOR VILLARAIGOSA, HE IS ONE OF ADV'S MAIN FLORIDA CONTACTS.

********************************

Cuban-born Sergio Pino ran a plumbing company before he founded the precursor to Century Builders in 1987. It is the largest homebuilder in the Miami-Dade area and the centerpiece of his larger Century Partners Group. The Miami Herald featured Pino in a 1999 expose on how local politicians used Miami International Airport “as a billion-dollar piggy bank to enrich their friends and campaign contributors.” Noting that Pino was a top donor to Mayor Alex Penelas and contributed to the campaigns of most local commissioners, the article said recipients of the airport’s dutry-free concessions cut Pino into the deal for his political connections and to meet bid specifications mandating the inclusion of “disadvantaged businessmen.” This particular “disadvantaged” businessman owned a waterfront home and a 54-foot yacht. A 2002 county Inspector General report accused Pino and other minority partners in the airport contracts of doing no work in exchange for their cut.

April 29, 2005 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio made it worst giving the money back so quickly. If he had nothing to hide or didn't do anything improper then why give it back? Every media outlet is reporting this and then some. Channel 4 Laurel Erickson brought in the Richard Muerlo story and downtown development. What timing! Couldn't have come at a better time. Kerry is going to get embarrassed by all of this.

April 29, 2005 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bad move Kerry...good luck tomorrow when the Journalists start their bombardment.

I wonder if ADV is going to hide quickly after the reporters ask questions? Will he say, "Kerry help me, look their calling me things and they are being baaad..."

GROW UP ADV AND TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH, SAVE YOUR SOUL.

April 29, 2005 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio goes to Miami and there he can say he's Hispanic but has yet to do that here in LA.
Miami Herald.....Hispanic candidates turn to Miami...
A Democrat running for mayor of Los Angeles is coming to town today to tap into Miami's high-rolling network of Hispanic fundraisers, many of whom are Republican.

Antonio Villaraigosa, who is competing to become the first Hispanic mayor in Los Angeles in more than 100 years, plans to tap into Miami's booming Hispanic fundraising circuit today.

And his allies in Miami expect to give him a big boost: about $100,000.

Villaraigosa is just the latest candidate making the rounds in a national fundraising circuit that has become a tremendous cash machine for Hispanic candidates around the country, often pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into their campaigns. Villaraigosa, a high-profile Democrat who co-chaired John Kerry's presidential campaign, will likely draw donations from high-rolling Republican fundraisers, including developer Sergio Pino, media mogul Raul Alarcon Sr. and lobbyist Sylvester Lukis.

''He's a Hispanic. I'm a Hispanic. I want to help a fellow Hispanic,'' said Pino, who has raised large sums of money for Gov. Jeb Bush and President Bush. ``Los Angeles is a big city, and the Hispanics there are booming, so it's time they had a Hispanic mayor.''

April 29, 2005 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

villaraigosa will be whatever you want him to be for the right price.

April 29, 2005 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jorge De Cardenas is Sergio Pino's business partner, so he is in cahoots with the big boys and Villaraigosa....


Federal immigration agents have arrested a Cuban man in Miami on suspicion he may have supervised a team of torturers who targeted dissidents opposed to Fidel Castro -- a charge strongly denied by his attorney.

Jorge Felipe de Cárdenas Agostini, 46, was picked up June 8 at his home in Miami and taken to the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade, where he is in deportation proceedings, according to officials familiar with the case. Cubans, however, are rarely deported because the Cuban government generally refuses to take exiles back.

De Cárdenas Agostini is the second Cuban arrested under a program begun in 2000 to track down foreign torture suspects living in the United States. The first was Eriberto Mederos, who was accused of having tortured anti-Castro political prisoners held at a psychiatric hospital in Cuba in the 1970s. He died in 2002, not long after a jury convicted him of lying on his citizenship application.

De Cárdenas Agostini is the nephew of Jorge de Cárdenas, a longtime lobbyist and political strategist charged with embezzlement, witness tampering and bribery during a Miami corruption scandal in the 1990s.

Jorge de Cárdenas pleaded guilty in 1997 to one count of obstructing justice, and was sentenced to one year in federal prison. After his release, he was sent to Krome to face possible deportation, but was released in 1999.

During deportation proceedings for Jorge de Cárdenas, the lobbyist, de Cárdenas Agostini testified about political conditions in Cuba in a bid to preempt his uncle's possible deportation.

Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami, said de Cárdenas Agostini was detained because he was ''suspected of engaging in persecution on behalf of the Cuban government.'' Gonzalez, however, said she could not release details.

Full Story here:

http://www.lanuevacuba.com/nuevacuba/notic-04-06-2011.htm

April 29, 2005 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Something that has been lost in all these money laundering schemes by Tony is the SAMANTHA RUNYAN case. Today, a jury convicted Avila of killing 5 year old SAMANTHA RUNYAN. Let us not forget that Tony was the lone vote against a bill to increase the penalty for those convicted of child abuse resulting in death. This means Avila would be elligible for a lighter sentence.

It's easy to lose track with all these accusations flying back and forth. But this vote is black and white, and on the public record. This is the true measure of the man. Just wanting to be a little bit more radical under the guise of being a civil libertarian. Yeah, my daughters would want me to vote for him!

April 29, 2005 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lets do the math!

Antonio Villarigosa

Richard Muruello, who stole Talyor Yard from the kids gave AV:

62,000 still AV has not return any $$.

Carlos VVVVVVVVVVVV. gave AV $13,000 to hi Assembly Camp. AV has not return any $$$$$$$$$

Sean Andersen Pay to play tony style $41,000. "he returned the money once he got caufht.

13,000
41,000
62,000
_____________
$106,000 of funny money
-41,000
_________
65,000 dollar tony has not return.

Get the picture Tony real friend are Drug Dealer, Property Bandits, Funny Money Gangers.

April 29, 2005 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa traveled 3,000 miles to meet with his fundraiser hosts.

The first event was hosted by the corrupt Sergio Pino and Jose Cancela at Century Home Builders.


SERGIO PINO- "...Cuban-born Sergio Pino ran a plumbing company before he founded the precursor to Century Builders in 1987. It is the largest homebuilder in the Miami-Dade area and the centerpiece of his larger Century Partners Group. The Miami Herald featured Pino in a 1999 expose on how local politicians used Miami International Airport “as a billion-dollar piggy bank to enrich their friends and campaign contributors.” Noting that Pino was a top donor to Mayor Alex Penelas..."

ALEX PENELAS WAS ALSO ANOTHER FUNDRAISING HOST FOR VILLARAIGOSA IN FLORIDA.

"...Alex Penelas has a problem. An image problem. After rising to power as a reformer, Penelas is now seeing his reputation challenged. Ironically (some might say fittingly), this attack comes not from the mayor's enemies but from some of his oldest allies, the very people who helped put him in power.
The public phase of this struggle began earlier this month, after Penelas fired County Manager Armando Vidal. The mayor said the manager -- the man he handpicked to be the county's top administrator -- was wildly incompetent. Vidal countered by claiming he was fired because he wasn't willing to do favors for the mayor's supporters, including a small cadre of lobbyists. The squabble offered the public a rare, insider's view of how business is conducted on the 29th floor of county hall. The State Attorney's Office is now investigating Vidal's allegations..."

FAVORS?

JOSE CANCELA- He has repeatedly said during one of his candidacy's "I am an advocate for an airport authority." He does business with PINO and PENELAS. Also, as Radio Unica president he:
Meanwhile Cancela's presumed platform -- running the county with the same professional business skills he uses to helm Radio Unica's nationwide network of Spanish-language AM stations -- is looking increasingly suspect. Radio Unica has lost nearly $13 million in just the last six months, and risks defaulting on an outstanding loan. Indeed investor confidence is so low that the company's stock -- which traded at $16 a share upon its initial public offering in 1999 -- had fallen to 80 cents as of Monday. Last September Nasdaq delisted the company. On top of that embarrassment, Cancela has agreed to settle a 2001 class-action lawsuit that charged Radio Unica's executives with intentionally omitting key financial information from its 1999 IPO prospectus. There may be a business model worth citing here, but invoking Enron or WorldCom is hardly going to reassure Miami's voters.




http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/1998-03-26/news/columns2.html

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/2003-08-28/news/kulchur_print.html

April 29, 2005 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RESCUE CALIFORNIA ... RECALL GRAY DAVIS
Amount: $650
Amount: $650 Richard Meruelo
Self-Employed
Investor
Whittier
CA
90605

Type: Monetary Contribution

Date: May 13, 2003





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


BUSTAMANTE, YES FOR
Amount: $20,000
Amount: $10,000 Richard Meruelo
Alameda Produce Market, Inc.
President
Los Angeles
CA
90021

Type: Monetary Contribution

Date: Sep 25, 2003





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Amount: $10,000 Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles
CA
90021

Type: Late Contribution

Date: Sep 25, 2003



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 29, 2005 10:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alex Penelas U.S. Senate Campaign Account

Total Contributor Amount for all Committees: $2,000

BUSTAMANTE, YES FOR
Amount: $2,000
Amount: $1,000 Alex Penelas U.S. Senate Campaign Account
Miami
FL
33172
Type: Monetary Contribution
Date: Oct 1, 2003
---------------------------------
Amount: $1,000 Alex Penelas U.S. Senate Campaign Account
Miami
FL
33172
Type: Late Contribution
Date: Oct 1, 2003

April 29, 2005 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa and friends want their hands on the airport:

FRED BALSERA & SYLVESTER LUKIS hosted the second fundraiser party for Villaraigosa at a Coral Gables Restaurant in Florida.

***************************
ARTICLE

In Miami, some things seem unchangeable: sticky weather in August.
Nightmarish traffic on the Dolphin. Lousy stores at Miami International
Airport.

In 1995, the staff and consultants at MIA rolled out a sleek new vision:
replace outdated, drab newsstands and sundry stores with high-class,
brand-name retail at competitive prices.

But seven years later, nothing's changed. Airport managers, County Hall
politicos and even airlines have come and gone, but the same humdrum
stores remain in place -- most of them run by the same family that has
controlled retail at MIA since 1959.
Today, a new airport manager is once again trying to bring in remodeled,
name-brand outlets, something that resembles the offerings in nearly
every other major airport. The idea, virtually the same as it was in
1995, is a mixture of familiar chains such as the Gap and Sharper Image
with local offerings like a high-end gift shop with a Miami theme.

And, same as ever, current operators are still fighting to keep their
hands on the stores, assisted by lobbyists with strong ties to
Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas and commissioners.

After hearing their protests -- over dinner with two lobbyists and their
airport clients at an Italian trattoria in Coral Gables -- County
Manager Steve Shiver stepped in to derail a bid for six airport stores,raising suspicions of a looming insider deal to stave off competition at
MIA..."


In the newsstand deal, their partner is Sergio Pino, a home builder who
has long been a major fundraiser for Penelas and other politicians.
Lawyer/lobbyist Christopher Korge, another mega-fundraiser and Penelas
ally, worked as a teenager in the Sirgany warehouse and has long been a
family friend and advisor.

Korge no longer is the company's lobbyist. The company now is
represented at County Hall by Miguel DeGrandy and by partners Sylvester
Lukis and Fred Balsera, a former Penelas aide.

In 1992, the Sirgany/Pino partnership was ranked second on a newsstand
bid, but won the deal after Korge argued to county commissioners that
Sirgany would provide the best return. Penelas, then a commissioner,
made the motion.

http://archives.californiaaviation.org/airport/msg22917.html

April 29, 2005 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ari Swiller, an Advisor to Villaraigosa. Who has Ari given access to before while in political power?

At this same September 21, 1995, Los Angeles fund-raiser, Ari Swiller
and Richard Sullivan pressured Chung to contribute $70,000 to the
DNC. Sullivan and Swiller indicated that Chung had promised to raise
the additional funds, and it would cost Chung the additional $70,000 in
order for his friends to have their photographs taken with the President.
Sullivan told Chung that "a promise is a promise."

A DNC Finance call sheet indicates that Chung "[p]ledged to write 70k
for Re-elect event in LA last week. Did not show up to event with
check even though he had promised Ari and Richard that he would.
Tell him that you are extremely disappointed that he has sen [sic] in
70k." See Exhibit 45. An additional call sheet dated November 10,
1995, prepared by Ari Swiller indicates that if Chung does not give the
contribution, "bad things will happen."

Chung met Lynn Cutler at the December 1995 White House Christmas
party. Cutler later solicited and on February 2, 1996, received a
$25,000 contribution to the Back to Business Committee. David
Mercer later told Chung that Sullivan was upset by Cutler’s solicitation
of Chung.

http://www.philvalentine.com/chinamoney.htm

April 29, 2005 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA TIMES……African Americans still uneasy over a Mexican American as mayor could weaken the trend.
Interviews with about three dozen black voters in South Los Angeles found ambivalence about a Latino mayor among both supporters and opponents of Villaraigosa.

Some blacks "think that because it's a Latino candidate, he'll only take care of Latinos, and therefore African Americans will somehow be left out of the picture and diminished," said Anthony Thigpenn, director of campaign field operations for Villaraigosa.

These Mexicans are taking over everything," she said. "Villaraigosa ain't going to do nothing for us." For Villaraigosa, a key question is whether tension between blacks and Latinos — underscored this month by what police called racially driven brawls at Jefferson High School — could hamper his quest to beat Hahn.

April 30, 2005 6:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blacks will like a more humble Latino leader, just like the rest of L.A.. Tony doesn't need Kerry's endorsement, but his huge ego is pushing hime to have this rally. This is where candidate ego stumps campaign strategy. Kerry will only galvanize Hahn's moderate to conservative support, votes that Tony desperately needs. But Tony's ego has always been his downfall. Blacks recognize this and they don't like it. Remember how Bradley got the Latino vote, he was about the humblest politician out there.

April 30, 2005 6:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony doesn't know how to be humble. That's his biggest character flaw. The way his campaign has handled this whole Florida issue is hurting him. Ace stuck his foot in his mouth and made the matter worst. Who's advising Tony? Kerry will regret coming to LA during this mess. Kerry has no business getting involved in LA politics. Why take him to the valley where all the Republicans live? Bad move! Why not bring him to part of the city where there's a lot of democrats?

April 30, 2005 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa supporter Murelo ($70+K IE contributor who ripped off the high school property from LAUSD in Northeast L.A. goes to community meeting on the edge of CD14 last week.

Villaraigosa is a no-show.

Huizar is a no-show.

Entire LAUSD board is a no-show.

So, "good news" for ADV is, his buddy Murelo says he isn't "speculating" to rip off LAUSD for multi-millions in profits, as suspected.

He's keeping the property. Not 4 SALE ... no school there, period. And there's not another suitable site in the area.

Nice move Parochial Tony -- good to see your buddies "support" public schools the same way you do.

F-ck the schools, just make money!

April 30, 2005 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony didn't need Kerry. A double digit lead and he's risking it all for some little ego stroking. Too bad Kerry isn't that big of a deal. The 65% that he got in the City of L.A. was a vote against Bush, not a vote for Kerry. Those same votes feel betrayed because Kerry blew it, and there votes were wasted. How can a president with Bush's record get re-elected?

Remember Tony's rallying cry in 2001, "Dime con quien andas y te digo quien eres." For you culturally deprived, "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." Well Tony, I guess your a loser because that's the only image Kerry brings to town.

Take note Tony:
hu·bris : ('hyü-br&s)
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek hybris
: exaggerated pride or self-confidence
- hu·bris·tic /hyü-'bris-tik/ adjective

What a hubristic loss!

April 30, 2005 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You call THAT and endorsement... from Kerry...

"I'm not telling you what to do..."

...just telling you what a great guy I've found ADV to be.

Weakest payback "endorsement" I've ever heard. Might as well have said, "I'm not taking sides."

I think Tony's supporters were just the victim of a MAJOR fake-out!

TV news interviews an air-headed ADV supporter on ABC. "The (dirty) contributions don't bother me, because ADV has SO many accomplishments."

(But they NEVER name any...)

April 30, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TV news is also starting to focus on the Latino groups protesting Villaraigosa's lack of integrity and ignoring his district.

Hahn doesn't have to say a word.

April 30, 2005 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting thing is the media broke the Miami story so ADV can't blame Hahn. Can his people and ADV be this stupid? Why tell everyone you're going to Miami and then screw it up so easy? Heard the numbers are falling little by little. The media isn't finished and now the Richard Muerlo story is being chased. Can the timing be any worse for ADV?

April 30, 2005 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I said I'd work on how Tony's groupies were going to explain this away -- and now it makes sense.

(You'll be hearing this spin ANY minute now...)

This Anderson dude supported Hahn 4 years ago (and is SECRETLY) still a Hahnista. SO, he and Kam hatched a nefarious plot to entrap greedy ADV with easily traced dirty contributions, so ADV's people would HAVE to stop pointing his finger at Hahn.

He's SO much in Hahn's camp, he's willing to risk heavy fines, just to make it so ADV can trip on his own rhetoric.

SEE, it is Hahn's fault.

April 30, 2005 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a weak ass endorsement. "I'm not telling you what to do...." Did you see Kerry almost choke on his tongue when he said that Tony was a man of integrity. And where was Corina? This endorsement was just like Teresa giving her gardener a bottle of Thunderbird for Christmas.

This was nothing more than a SWIFT pat on the ass because Kerry knows the rats are leaving Tony's BOAT - and Kerry displayed all the caution of a seasoned political VETERAN. When the convictions - not indictments - come idown, Kerry can always say, "I never told you what to do." Weak, weak, weak.

April 30, 2005 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, Corina was there -- BOY was she there. And she got the funniest, almost embarrassed, look on her face when Kerry said something about Tony Villar's INTEGRITY!

No wonder why. . . watch the news (someone should coach her on keeping a poker face!)

April 30, 2005 6:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was that Corina or Hilda Solis?

April 30, 2005 7:04 PM  

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