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Friday, April 22, 2005

Like Candy From A Baby

Sounds like the LA Young Democrats got scammed by a legion of
Poopeteers. Not only did they stack the deck to get an YD endorsement
for the "Mayor" but took some of their dough on the way out too.

Very sad.

Here is is the story from our friends at the San Fernando Valley Young
Democrats blog:

Tomorrow I'll post the remainder of my CDP Convention re-cap.
(Trust me, there ain't much left to tell.) But today I feel it
necessary to call attention to a grave injustice done last night to our
sister organization, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats.

LACYD is a terrific club -- many of you may know them best by

their bitchin' debate-watching parties last year at Cinespace in
Hollywood, or by their co-organization of our Mayoral debate in
January. And truth be told, they would probably rather I didn't
highlight the episode I'm about to recount. But what happened last
night is an illustrative example of political hardball and a warning to
every club that makes candidate endorsements, including ours.

Last night was LACYD's mayoral endorsement meeting. It took

place at Acapulco in Hollywood, and like our own was jam packed.
LACYD's Executive Board had recommended Antonio Villaraigosa, and he
needed 50% of the membership to secure the club's endorsement. But in
an incredible upset, Mayor Hahn was endorsed by the membership by a
60%+ vote.

The reason this happened is simple, and owes to LACYD's

endorsement rules. Under their by-laws, anybody who fits the club's age
range can show up on the day of an endorsement, sign up to be a club
member, and vote. This leaves the club vulnerable to vote stacking, and
I contend this is exactly what transpired. At last night's meeting, a
large portion of the room consisted of Hahn staffers and/or campaign
workers who had signed up for membership either last night or at the
Mayoral primary endorsement in February. They came, they registered,
they voted. But LACYD may never hear from them again.

Let me first say there is nothing terribly surprising about

this. Democratic club elections have fallen prey to this device for
years. In fact, one of the reasons clubs don't fix this loophole is
that it is a decent way to attract new membership. I myself signed up
for SFVYD originally because the Howard Dean campaign had urged
volunteers to pick a Democratic Club that would eventually endorse. Of
course, I signed up well ahead of the actual endorsement and as you can
see, I stuck around. But regardless, there is nothing inherently wrong
with signing up for a Dem club to help out a candidate. And one could
make the argument that at this endorsement, Hahn put in the effort to
bring out his peeps and thus deserves the spoils. Or something like

But in this case, the Hahn contingent took the game one step

further. Twisting the shiv, they called for a vote on LACYD donating
the maximum amount allowable ($1,000) to the Hahn campaign, and of
course the vote passed. This was not the good faith action of a
campaign playing political hardball -- but rather the work of parasites
with no respect for the organization they acted to influence.

I have nothing but respect and sympathy for LACYD in this

situation. Their Executive board acted with the utmost professionalism
and decorum. For that reason alone, it is possible that some of these
one-night stand voters may come back. But most of all, this story could
easily have been about SFVYD, because WE HAVE THE SAME ENDORSEMENT
RULE. It's true: SFVYD allows folks to register and vote the same
night. After witnessing last night's infamy at Acapulco, I will be
pushing for a by-law change for SFVYD that would require voters to be
club members for at least a month. I urge our sister organization to
consider the same.

And to those who swung last night's election at LACYD: I hope

you have the courtesy to continue supporting LACYD when the Mayor's
race is over. The respect of your peers will ultimately be of far
greater importance than your allegiance to any one political candidate.

-- Posted by Damian Carroll, SFVYD President

Visit SFVYD on the web at www.sfvyd.org
for the latest on club happenings and catch up on the most recent BLOG


Anonymous Anonymous said:

LACYD is quite possibly the least legitimate organization in California. Their endorsement is absolutely irrelevant - it is simply sold to the highest bidder.

It is fitting that in a race where pay to play is such a big issue that Hahn and Krisiloff bought the club's endorsement. It is very telling of how they view the political process - for sale to the highest bidder.

April 22, 2005 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How does them SOUR GRAPES taste, ADV-lusters???

Textbook definition, right there...

sour grapes (pl.n.)

Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired: "The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes."

April 22, 2005 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


April 22, 2005 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn got it, get over it, take your medicine, get a life, sit on it an spin (sock-puppets).

April 22, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, but something new - in the NICK of time, they were getting bad on the last thread about ADV taking not "candy" but school property away from LAUSD through his own corrupt IE connections and hand-picked huckster Huizar!

That would have been the school (at Talor Yard) his NEXT trophy family would have been able to attend (assuming they weren't also "Catolicos" and HE got the house.)

April 22, 2005 4:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, they changed out of that "goldmine" of outdated Hahn "corruption" innuendo pretty quick once it turned out ADV's political career was buried in slime at the bottom of it.

Speaking of Highest Bidder, how HIGH is LAUSD going to have to go to get that previoulsy useless abandoned parcel back from the Villaraigosa-contributing, pay-for-playground, 20 Million dollar Man, Murelo?

April 22, 2005 4:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pay for playground?


April 22, 2005 4:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Crybabies it RIGHT. When ADV gets a nod it's "great organization" -- but when Hahn does, suddenly it's "vote stacking."

Get over it!

Grow up!

Take your meds!

April 22, 2005 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Make that TWO more nails in Antonio's coffin.

April 22, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stick a fork in ADV, he's done!

April 22, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kudos to Kristen Montet for keeping the meeting flowing without incident. For all of you who think that politics is showbiz for ugly people, go to the next LACYD meeting (or the endorsement meeting at least). There were some hotties on both sides.

April 22, 2005 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ha ha ha ha, hey ADV Lovers/Truth Haters, ever hear, what's good for the goose........, well you know the rest.

The house of cards is coming down, as predicted.

April 22, 2005 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So let me get this straight, nothing remotely linking Hahn to any illegalities has surfaced. Parke and Ace have spun themselves into a frenzy. And now it surfaces that Huizar and Tony are conspiring to rip off the LAUSD through unethical land grabs. And then this guy that will be profiting puts $60K into a Tony IE. Is this why Vignali surfaced so early? I can't wait, 1 1/2 more weeks and Hahn goes on the attack, just like in 2001.

April 22, 2005 6:04 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

Why would anyone bother taking over the LACYDs? The Hahn folks must have really needed the thousand bucks.

April 22, 2005 6:27 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

So, one day after he calls Hahn's suggestion that the mayor have some control over schools "a gimmick" -- Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa tries to trump that gimmick with a BIGGER gimmick of his own (but, conveniently, one MUCH less likely to ever go anywhere but into ADV®'s huge list of broken promises and vague plans).

Meanwhile, he's winking an aside to his supporters like the teacher's unions that says "don't worry, I'm just playing this up for the yokels. I don't mean a word of it!"

The good thing about it is, you can tell that EVEN the ADV®-puffing L.A. Times is starting to "get it." Their coverage of this, follows immediately with the line that ALWAYS follows ADV® proposals in the newspaper now (and I mean EVERY time... they all know it by heart): "Hahn's rival DID NOT OFFER ANY SPECIFICS of his proposal."

What specifics? He hasn't spent 60 seconds thinking about it. Why bother - he has no plans to ever DO anything about it (DOing is too time-consuming, and gets in the way of "promising" -- which is much more profitable politically. And so, even the Times' now understands - it's just "sweet talk" for the ADV® groupies!

They should come up with shorthand, to save space -- Villaraigosa did not offer specifics = (VDNOS), and just add that into every story. ADV® said "I promise you dis, dat, and the udder ting" (VDNOS).

So when IS that GREAT new state-of-the-art Eastside high school opening up on the Taylor Yard parcel, just a stone's throw down the southwestern slope of Mt. Washington from ADV® manor?

Because. . . "INDICTING minds want to know?"

April 22, 2005 7:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can someone explain what the connection is with Villaraigosa and the Taylor yard? Much appreciated...

April 22, 2005 7:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NOT a problem anymore, boys and girls... ADV's (um) "tax deductions?" (being careful, don;t want to upset Chief Parker), will now be able to attend public school's in L.A.

Thanks to Boi from Troy, who reprinted portions of the new Pope's stands, we now know that:

"Catholics may never support abortion or euthanasia."

SO, pretty much all liberal democrats have to stop being Catholics now, and since the school at Taylor Yard is now shelved until "details" can be worked out with ADV's campaign contributors (pay for playground!!), looks like its Franklin High School in Highland Park, right?

April 22, 2005 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe ADV can have his transplanted field staffers work on the paperwork to get the transcripts forwarded and enrollment started.

That should take FIVE OR SIX YEARS!

April 22, 2005 7:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:07 p.m. asked: "Can someone explain what the connection is with Villaraigosa and the Taylor yard?"

Better check with the local office of the FBI, or maybe it's the County DA?"

What is it those Hahn-haters have been saying non-stop for 6 months. . . "high-level indictments, coming down soon..."

April 22, 2005 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scott Folsom, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Councilmember-at-
large for Education and Youth reports:

Earlier this month the LAUSD Board of Education voted to name Taylor
Yards Parcel F2 (23 acres opposite the intersection of San Fernando
Road and Division Street in Glassell Park) as the preferred site for
New Central Region High School #13 â€" and authorized the LAUSD Real
Estate Branch to close negotiations for the friendly purchase of the
property. Preliminary negotiations with the owners had been ongoing
and LAUSD staff had no reason to believe that terms couldn't be
agreed to in good faith. An offer was made and the seller's
representative took it to his principals.

Last Wednesday March 23rd the sellers' agent informed LAUSD staff
that they had accepted a previously undisclosed offer from one
Robert Morales, escrow had closed and Mr. Morales was now the owner
of the property.

There are unsubstantiated allegations that Mr. Morales has a
reputation for stepping in and purchasing land subject to eminent
domain proceedings as a profit-making/arbitrage venture.

Senior LAUSD Facilities Staff assured me today that the LAUSD still
intends to purchase the subject property â€" though apparently they
will be forced into eminent domain proceedings against Mr. Morales.
This will undoubtedly add to the purchase price and legal costs and
will probably delay the eventual construction of the school at least
six months.

April 22, 2005 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FOLLOW THE MONEY, Anon at 7:07 p.m. -- not dotted line this time; right into an ADV IE campaign fund!

April 22, 2005 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't worry Athena-Harriman. You wouldn't have made the cut. It's 35 and under, old timer. No room for old fogies like you.

April 22, 2005 8:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks Scott Folsom. Is that the same Robert Morales that used to be the Chief of Staff to then Assemblyman and State Senator Art Torres? The same Robert Morales, who along with Ricahrd Alatorre, went to lobby the Alhambra City Council for the 710 Extension Road? The same Robert Morales who set up that Minority Business Scam that cost taxpayers millions?

Indicting minds want to know! That's a good one, 7:10 ANON>

April 22, 2005 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


DePinto Morales was retained by the Authority to provide legislative advocacy services on behalf of the Authority. The firm's principal, Robert A. Morales, had worked in the same capacity for the Authority at Stoorza Communications since 1999.

2002 Lobbying Registrations
Bradley Landfill and Recycling Center
May 04, 2002 De Pinto Morales Communications Inc

LAEP Board of Directors
David De Pinto
DePinto/Morales Communications

April 22, 2005 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this the Robert Morales you are talking about?


Legislative Aides' Campaign Role Growing, Critics Say
Political Troops Often on State Payrolls
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 1987

Most Visible ExampleAs a legislative employee, Robert Morales, 31, is the $65,000-a-year, Los Angeles-based principal consultant for the Senate Toxics Committee. Last year he took six months of unpaid leave in addition to his vacation time to run a statewide Democratic voter registration drive. Later in the year, he began working on an unsuccessful campaign to put school board member Larry Gonzalez on the Los Angeles City Council. Records show that Morales received close to $30,000 from political campaign committees for his election work last year.

Morales estimated that he has been involved in as many as 25 campaigns since he first went to work for Sen. Art Torres (D-Los Angeles), now the toxics committee chairman. "My interest is in Art Torres," Morales said in a recent interview. "I like him, I respect him. I'd like to see him be governor."


Is it any wonder Tony's staff is working the campaign?

April 22, 2005 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Meh, Antonio can't get every endorsement. It sucks but that's life and that's politics. If Hahn did pay for the endorsement, it shows two things. One, he is so unethical that he pays for an endorsement. Two, why paying for this endorsement is silly. But anyway, I don't think it's that big a blow to the Villaraigosa campaign. I don't like to predict things or even trash talk but if things stay the way they're going, on May 17th we'll see

Villaraigosa: 59.5%
Hahn: 40.5%

April 22, 2005 8:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see, someone help me with this, AV is in cahoots with the same people that are lobbying for the Bradley Landfill? Same people that now own the land on Taylor yard? This water is getting merky.


During another candidate forum in Pacoima on Tuesday night, about 700 Northeast Valley residents heard from Villaraigosa and Alarcon, who committed themselves to fighting the proposed expansion and trash transfer station at Bradley Landfill in Sun Valley.

April 22, 2005 8:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Villaraigosa got a good copy of "Dostoyevsky" from one of his socialist buddies, he is going to need it right about now.

April 22, 2005 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The voters who go to the poll on May 17th will not be heeding endorers, they will be the more serious voters.

The real lesson about endorsements was learned, when Alacon and Huggy endorsed Villaraigosa.Parks was no surprise.
Few politicans respect the voters.
They are about money, staying in the field of influence ,jobs,careers and the next election opp. For that, they kiss up,fuck up,and pay$ up.

That is what this ciy race is about. Good Luck Los Angeles, we are moving to Arizona. We will vote for Hanh before we leave in July.

April 22, 2005 9:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Read this:
Found at Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Independent Expenditure) Support Antonio Villaraigosa
Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - General (1275257)
[Election: 05/17/05] 04/08/05 04/08/05 Mailer $56,875.00

Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Independent Expenditure) Support Antonio Villaraigosa
Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - General (1275257)
[Election: 05/17/05] 04/08/05 04/07/05 Pre-recorded telephone message $5,718.00

Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Independent Expenditure) Support Antonio Villaraigosa
Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - General (1275257)
[Election: 05/17/05] 04/14/05 04/13/05 Pre-recorded telephone message $5,718.00

Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Independent Expenditure) Support Antonio Villaraigosa
Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - General (1275257)
[Election: 05/17/05] 04/22/05 04/21/05 Mailer $5,500.00

Richard Meruelo
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Independent Expenditure) Support Antonio Villaraigosa
Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - General (1275257)
[Election: 05/17/05] 04/22/05 04/21/05 Pre-recorded telephone message $4,800.00

Found at:

The Southern California Institute of Architecture's students, faculty and staff have been using a parcel of land adjacent to the school campus to park their cars free ever since the school moved to a gritty area of downtown Los Angeles from a nearby city along the coast about four years ago.

But earlier this year, that property sold -- along with two nearby parcels -- to Merco Group LLC, a firm set up by developer Richard Meruelo and Daniel Villanueva, according to Ken Jackson, director of sales at Dynamic Builders Inc., which sold the properties. Mr. Villanueva is chairman of a private-equity investment firm, Bastion Capital Fund L.P.
Meanwhile, developer Richard Meruelo is in a battle with the Southern California Institute of Architecture, known as Sci-Arc, to build a mixed-use residential project on an 11-acre parcel behind the school.

Found at:

“We want to build a mixed-use, primarily residential, project but the school has some growing pains and they would like to further develop their campus,” Meruelo said. “We’re trying to work through a lawsuit filed by them right now.”

Found at:

Richard Meruelo did not return calls seeking information about plans for a 15-acre Arts District plot he and developer Daniel Villanueva purchased for more than $12.5 million. The developers, operating under the name Merco Group LLC, are said to be considering building two towers of up to 50 stories each, with more than 300 units. They have not been granted building permits from the city. The property, which sits west of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, has become a battleground. SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss said that discussions about the property are being held, and he is hopeful a solution can be worked out.

April 22, 2005 9:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Villaraigosa is leaving on a three-day fundraising trip today to Washington, D.C., New York City and Miami. He is scheduled to return on Thursday. The campaign also is receiving help from Riordan and businessman Richard Meruelo.

Meruelo filed documents with the city Ethics Commission that he is spending more than $63,000 for a mailing to Republican voters featuring Riordan as well as a recorded telephone message urging support for Villaraigosa. Both are aimed at absentee voters.

April 22, 2005 9:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, I am a non-member of LACYD and I did not participate in the recent election endorsement.

I support Antonio, but I see nothing wrong in what happened. If Jimmy can organize the turnout and the rules permit late registration, then it was a legitimate, fair and square win. Period.

May I suggest that I belong to a group that has similar rules, however, it costs $100 a person a year to belong to it. You may not vote in its endorsement meeting unless you are paid in full.

This group is called "The Breakfast Club". Each year, it endorses candidates for the State Bar Board of Governors.

What does this have to do with last night?

We have a treasury of between $20,000 and $30,000 at all times, and we use it to help elect the candidates that we endorse.

Our endorsement is valuable for that reason.

So, I propose that you charge dues and require them to be paid BEFORE voting.

And, to my fellow AV supporters, shame on you for being asleep.

You snooze, you lose.

April 22, 2005 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


CHANGES TACT: On April 24th the ERNC was informed that the owner of
Taylor Yard Parcel F --the site selected by the LAUSD for a new high
school to relieve overcrowding in the Northeast, including at Eagle
Rock High School-- had sold Parcel F to another party. Considering
the LAUSD and Taylor Yard land owners had reached an "agreement in
principal" for LAUSD to purchase Parcel F, the unexpected sale was a
surprise. LAUSD officials have stated they plan to go forward with
obtaining Parcel F through eminent domain proceedings. There is no
way to speculate at this time how much more or if these proceedings
will cost the LAUSD and the City's taxpayers than would have the
friendly acquisition of land into the land bank. For now the LAUSD
will proceed as planned with environmental studies of the parcel as
planned. We will keep you up to date as information becomes

Robert "Bob" Morales?

Registered From
Registered To

Bob Morales
Po Box 662108
Arcadia, CA 91066 De Pinto Morales Communications, Inc 01/01/05 12/31/05
De Pinto Morales Communications, Inc 01/01/04 12/31/04
De Pinto Morales Communications, Inc 04/30/03 12/31/03
De Pinto Morales Communications, Inc 05/04/02 12/31/02

April 22, 2005 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So what is it with De Pinto and Morales (Villaraigosa's buddies), they want to milk the LAUSD funds, but the pretend to care about the kids and hide in these other organizations, what is it?

AV, what is going on?


De Pinto’s Hands-On Style Aids Partnership’s Marketing EffortsIt could be said that longtime Urban Education Partnership board member David DePinto is a hands-on type of person. In fact, nothing illustrated that more than this pastfall when the experienced public relations and marketing executive took the lead inhelping the then Los Angeles Educational Partnership develop its new identity as UrbanEducation Partnership. With more than 20 years experience in the strategic communica-tions field, De Pinto lead a group of Partnership board members and staff in conductingmarket research and analysis and ultimately the development of the Urban EducationPartnership brand and identity. “Dave has never been shy about getting involved,” saidUrban Education Partnership President and CEO Susan Way-Smith. “He has broughtgreat experience and insight to the Partnership’s board and has earned the reputationwith both the board and staff as a terrific resource.” Currently a partner in De PintoMorales Communications, a firm which specializes in lobbying, government relations andpublic affairs, De Pinto has served on the Partnership’s board since 1997 and chairs theboard’s Communications and Outreach Committee

April 22, 2005 10:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Richard Muruelo related to Homero? Talk about a homerun fro Tony:

Villaraigosa Is Set for a Well-Funded Race
The councilman reports more than $600,000 on hand, behind the mayor and Bob Hertzberg.
Los Angeles Times (CA)
October 7, 2004
Author: Noam N. Levey and Patrick McGreevy;

Villaraigosa's biggest donors -- who were able to give more than the usual $1,000 because donation limits were partially suspended when Parks loaned himself $50,000 earlier this year -- were developer Ramon Bonin, American Apparel Chief Executive Dov Charney, New York-based HL Capital Chairman Leo Hindery Jr. and retiree Homero Meruelo. Each gave $7,000.

April 22, 2005 10:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this the reason Tony took on Pacheco? And now Tony, and jack Weis, are goin gto bat for Muruelo again?

Sale of Mart to Vendors Approved
L.A. City Council OKs deal with produce businesses at downtown facility, angering those who sought bids.
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2003
Author: Matea Gold;

More than $7 million from the sale would be used to build a youth center in Boyle Heights, among other items. Councilman Nick Pacheco, who pushed the sale, has also proposed spending $1.5 million of the proceeds to hire 30 more firefighters next year.

The direct sale is "in the best interest not only of the city, but of the working families at the produce market," Pacheco said.

Richard Meruelo, the owner of an adjacent produce market who wanted to buy the property, said he is considering taking legal action to delay the sale.

"There is always the courts to rely on to remedy things if things don't turn out the way they should," Meruelo said.

During the council discussion, Councilman Jack Weiss raised questions about the process of the sale, noting that Meruelo said he would be willing to pay an additional $2 million for the property.

"The issue for me is ensuring that when the city takes an action here it gets every last nickel it can from the purchaser so we can do everything we can for our firefighters ... and our city," said Weiss, who tried unsuccessfully to delay the vote for a week and then voted against the sale.

April 22, 2005 10:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What else is there AV?


Municipal Lobbying Payments from Clients to Lobbying Firms
Second Quarter 2003
(April 1 through June 30, 2003)
De Pinto Morales Communications Inc
Waste Management/Bradley Landfill and Recycling Center $28,200.00

April 22, 2005 10:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey guys and gals, now you know what it feels to be raped by Hahn.

You guys got done by his people, just like the rest of us have been getting done by his A-hole staffers for four years.

Hope you turn your anger into something productive and go out and work against the Mo-fo.

April 22, 2005 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Meruelo a Villaraigosa supporter and participant, plus a long time supporter of Riordan...they are all in cahoots, atleast businesswise...


"I expected Riordan to be a landslide," said Richard Meruelo, a supporter attending Riordan's victory party. "The real casualty is the low voter turnout. Nobody seems to be interested."

April 22, 2005 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV, Meruelo+Villanueva again, pissing off the schools...when will they stop?


There’s perhaps nothing worse than depriving Angelenos of their parking spaces. Especially when a big bad developer is to blame, and the victims are a bunch of architecture students who don’t seem to like what said developer wants to build. Indeed, things are getting ugly between the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and developers Richard Meruelo and Daniel Villanueva. As first reported two weeks ago in the Los Angeles Downtown News, Meruelo and Villanueva plan to build two residential highrises on a 15-acre parking lot adjacent to the school, currently used by SCI-Arc students and staff. They’re also reportedly trying to buy the land on which the school itself sits (which it currently leases). Needless to say, SCI-Arc doesn’t like either proposal—one faculty member we contacted disparagingly describes the towers as “Miami-style”—and filed suit to block the latter. The developers’ response? In a classic tit-for-tat, they erected a fence around the parking lot, which locals have since dubbed the “Berlin Wall.” “They built it right against the building,” the outraged instructor says, “so we not only lost our parking, but we couldn’t even exit the building on that side.” We’re told the fence has since been moved a few feet, but the battle rages on.

April 22, 2005 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Villaraigosa,

"Small Schools Campaign" and you want to be mayor so you can rip off the schools and the residents from overpriced land along with Jose Huizar, Richard Meruelo, Robert Morales from De Pinto/Morales Communications?

The small schools campaign is a front for raping the city schools of their funds and the children. How could you do this? What other land deals do you have in the works with Huizar, this is why YOU want control of the LAUSD, your crazy Villaraigosa, we will not let you get away with this!

April 22, 2005 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bottom line remains the same. . .

Antonio Villaraigosa is a pathological liar who can't be trusted to do anything he promises.

Someone prove me wrong - otherwise, nothing else in the race matters.

I rest my case!

April 22, 2005 11:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 11:37,

I agree with you completely. Villaraigosa is a pathological Liar. Our signs on April 30th are going to be much more interesting now. "Stop raping our schools Villaraigosa!"

April 22, 2005 11:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, don't rest your case!

Keep on blogging; running your mouth and your typewriter.

You'll have plenty of time to rest once Antonio kicks Hahn's ass in the election and you are home trying to shake off the next eight years.

But wait a minute, what if Antonio actually sends some cops to CD 14 (something YOUR candy-ass Mayor hasn't done for four years), then what?

Will you eat your words and campaign for him for re-election?

I only ask, because it is Hahn that has disappointed us all with his broken promises of cops, potholes, development and jobs and fixing the traffic. Instead, he has rolled over for Miguel and Julie and given the unions all the money he could have spent on keeping HIS promises.

So, here's your problem, disgruntled CD 14ers; there are more of US than there are of YOU.

May 17, about 11:00 P.M., you will get the message.

Get ready for it...

April 23, 2005 3:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There goes Parke Skelton again, posting at 3:00 in the morning. Must be hard to sleep when you've got a candidate like Tony. What's keeping you up this time Parke? Tony's debate performances? Hahn's "teflon" image? Or maybe it's that Tony bombshell just around the corner?

April 23, 2005 5:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is not all about CD 14. it is all about Los Angeles.

How unfortunate that the CD 14 Naysayers have found this blog; some of the other stuff is actually intelligent, thoughtful, insightful and reasonable, I'd say, even enlightening.

I've tuned in occassionally and read some stuff that makes a lot of sense.

Then, of course, are the Vatos from CD 14. Villaraigosa is a pathological liar, a fraud, is hated in his district by everyone (a 3 to 1 vote in the primary belies this, of course), bad things about his spouse, bad things about his kids, is associated with drug dealers and hoods, and every other vile thing a man can be.

Sorry Vatos, this is just not believable. The people in this election will not believe it, even if it is true.

So, get some sleep, take a sedative, and try to wake up in a New Los Angeles on May 18, 2005.

Comes July 1, the pilferers and theives that run this City will be gone and a day day will dawn, with or without you.

April 23, 2005 6:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


But, remember, children what I said before? He didn't do it earlier because he didn't want people to know how late he got to work and how early he left!!!

So, read the operative exerpt from the LA Times article below:

"Hahn spokeswoman Shannon Murphy said Friday that the mayor's office chose to eliminate the times he leaves and returns home. Murphy said the mayor did not decide to take that step until City Council members asked the city attorney whether to comply with requests from The Times to release their schedules."

The laziest man in Los Angeles (or should I say, San Pedro?)

April 23, 2005 6:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa's Spanish Is One of L.A.'s Languages
Many Latinos share the candidate's skill level. It can be a mixed blessing on the campaign trail.

Villaraigosa's Spanish could alienate others. If he's perceived as a bilingual- bicultural candidate, that will turn off Republicans or more traditionally conservative Democrats," he added.

April 23, 2005 7:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hahn's Spanish is wonderful; Villaraigosa is a pathogicalliar who drives by and shoots innocent chilren.

April 23, 2005 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Comments about whether Hahn is better or Villaraigosa is better still don't dispute the fact that LACYD is worthless and their endorsement is meaningless b/c it is sold to the highest bidder

April 23, 2005 10:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LACYD are the only ones to blame for this taking place. Any organization that has their bylaws structured in such a manner that allows anybody to show up who has had no prior stake in the organization be able to participate in choosing how an organization should vote. Some organizations have it in their bylaws that one has to be a member of the organization in good standing (fees are paid) and that they attend at least 4 meetings before their voting priviliges are activated.

LACYD, along with all other organizations that have a political stake in their endorsements, need to take a good look at their bylaws and make it so that when they endorse a candidate, it actually means something. For now, LACYD's doesn't mean a thing.

April 23, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"How unfortunate the CD14 naysayers have found this blog"

The man challenging the incumbent mayor is the councilman for the 14th council district? What do you expect? That we in CD14 remain silent when it is our councilman in the race. And if we are against Villaraigosa we mustn't voice that? Who do you think you are?

Do I agree with all the negative stuff about Villaraigosa? No, I don't. But I don't see the Villaraigosa supporters acting any better.

But I believe the people of CD14, for and against Hahn or Villaraigosa, have just as much right, if not more so, to blog on Mayor Sam.

If you want a blog about CD5 or wherever, I doubt if too many bloggers from CD14 will follow you.

April 23, 2005 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree; everyone has a right to post, but the CD 14 Naysayers to whom I refer, are not reasonable or logical or, as are you, brief and to the point.

It is not the point of view I mind, it is the constant rants and name calling that turn me and lots of others off and destroy the discussion of the points, especially when they are far afield from the thread of discussion.

Do you see the distinction?

April 23, 2005 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, you're a f$#ckin' hypocrit on this one. Democrats have been pushin' for same day registration for years. Shouldn't their organizations implement the same voting rules they want all Americans to have?

You joined an organization because Howard Dean asked you to for endorsement purposes. Well our new DNC Chair also wants same day registration for voters all across this country. Republicans say no for exactly the same reasons you present here.

If you ask anyone, this is damn good politics and organizing. And I think Hahn stinks as a Mayor. But c'mon, don't slam the guy 'cause he did what he's supposed to do.

April 23, 2005 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To answer you again. What are CD14 "anti-Villaraigosa" bloggers to do if all the threads are basically anti-Hahn. If we only followed the threads determined by a pro-Villaraigosa Chief Paker, we would never be able to raise any Villaraigosa issues.

See the distinction?

April 24, 2005 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lots of venom and "you'll sees" from hurt Tony-lovers, but the bottom line STILL remains the same. . .

Antonio Villaraigosa is a pathological liar who can't be trusted to do anything he promises.

Someone prove me wrong - otherwise, nothing else in the race matters.

I rest my case!

April 24, 2005 9:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This kind of scam is terrible. Imagine if voters chose to register with the democratic party and only voted during an election instead of participating with the party's events.

Oh wait . . . . that's exactly what voters do. Nevermind.

April 24, 2005 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The day they require proof of citizenship is the day I will support same day registration to vote.

The polls will be overwhelmed with people registering for the first time and worse, the possiblility of true voter fraud is magnified as it allows people to go from poll to poll to register and vote.

We need passports or the equivalent, plus the purple finger, as requirements.

Then, and only then, would this ever happen.

The Democrats would never agree to do this on these terms, for obvious reasons.

April 25, 2005 7:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No same day registration. This will have negative consequences, fraud.

April 25, 2005 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is a clear distinction between allowing every member of a society to have a voice in an election and using an endorsement meeting as a fundraising tool.

Hahn's supporters are right: he showed good organizing. But Villaraigosa's supporters are also right: the endorsement is meaningless because it came from a whore of an organization.

April 25, 2005 1:35 PM  

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