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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Cedillo Won't Throw His Hat In

State Senator Gil Cedillo is to release a statement today annoucing he will not be running for the 14th Council District Seat to be vacated by Antonio Villaraigosa when he becomes Mayor.

Cedillo will say that though he would love to have a job that will keep him local - and have the opportunity to work directly with Mayor Villaraigosa - he feels a committment to serve out his term as State Senator, run for re-election to the State Senate and to continue his fight for driver licenses for illegals.

Just the other day, Boi from Troy endorsed Cedillo, so perhaps now Chief Parker can persuade the Boi to switch to Jose Huizar. But of course, that will have to wait until Boi returns from vacation or maybe one of his guest bloggers can handle it.

Looks like Hal Netkin will still have One Bill Gil to kick around for a while.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, who else is in the race beside Huizar and Pacheco?

May 26, 2005 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I see Antonio's hands all over this. This is going to be a big fight between Rocky and Antonio.

Olvera Street leases in question
Below-market deal's legality challenged.....
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has raised serious legal and public safety concerns pending master lease agreement that gives Olvera Street merchants below-market rents, warning it might be an illegal gift of public funds.

Villaraigosa, who worked with merchants and city officials toward the master lease agreement, said he was surprised by Delgadillo's concerns because a representative of the city attorney was involved. Villaraigosa pledged to address the issues

May 26, 2005 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vignali senior
Jeffrey Anderson in the LA Weekly checks in on the father whose family name has figured prominently in two mayoral elections, and finds more questions looming about Horacio Vignali than about the son who was famously (or notoriously) pardoned at the request of Antonio Villaraigosa, Gloria Molina, Sheriff Lee Baca and Cardinal Roger Mahony, among others. Up in Minnesota, where young Carlos Vignali was tried and sent to federal prison, the cops on the case still talk about the Vignali family cocaine ring. The U.S. Attorney (now local judge) who prosecuted Carlos tells Anderson:

"We all felt the kid was a sacrificial lamb who was told to lie down and do his time, and that the family would take care of him when he got out. That punk kid was not the mastermind for kilos from South America. Our sense was that the father was well connected. But we could never tell who in Los Angeles was protecting him."
A senior federal judge there says prosecutors here, politicians and the media all gave Vignali a pass: "The whole thing stunk...It had money and corruption and fraud written all over it." Anderson's peg for the story is that, years after it was first reported that "the DEA long suspected Horacio Vignali was a major drug trafficker with ties to organized crime," he is still a big player in downtown L.A. real estate.

May 26, 2005 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

An asian american political activist Shiling Chiang is considering running, but she has not confirmed.

May 26, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rocky Delgadillo should have run for Mayor, he would have won and Antonio would have lost.

May 26, 2005 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone have any information as to who will remain in the CD 14 staff for ex councilman AV's offices and who are getting new jobs at city hall? Curious reporter wants to know.

May 26, 2005 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know that there has to be a person from the city blogging here or private sector in the know. So here is my question: There is a family in CD14, a single mom with 3 kids and a disabled father. She is the sole breadwinner of the family (min. wage) and was paying $800 a month rent at a low income housing, but her rent increased $80 due to maintenance. From what I understand, the company that owns the building receives grants to subsidize for the low income units and to make them affordable for the community. The rent increased and she already works but has no food. I came across her path by chance and gave her some cans of food from my home, but is there any help for her and her family. Food programs and also legal help to look into the rent increase to see if it is legal? If anyone here can open their heart and give me some information, please do so, this family is in dire need of food. Keep in mind, she is not on welfare (not that it is bad) but she is a single mom that works to support her school aged kids and disabled father.

May 26, 2005 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reporter...I heard that the entire Hahn staff have been notified that they will no longer have jobs as of June 30th. Also, the only CD14 field staffer is a black staffer who use to work with Antonio at city hall. Don't know his name.
We're all interested to see who is appoints as the Eastside Area Director. We're praying its not Paul Hernandez, Lisa Sarno, Dora Garcia or any of the other incompetent staffers who didn't care about the community

May 26, 2005 9:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

to Anon: 9:55 AM, May 26, 2005.
You said her father is disabled right. Well there is 2 things you can do one is her father can easily qualify for SSI and to she can work as a homecare worker taking care of her father and be making more than the minimun wage to sustain her family. Of course there is more to it than that, but i hope this helps.

May 26, 2005 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hear Antonio is making all his staff apply for positions for the new mayors office. No one is getting a free pass in. Very smart, that way he can weed out all the lazy idiots.

May 26, 2005 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some updates for the blind leading the bland (maybe you folks should stick to City Hall??)

9:26 am -- ADV is taking less than 10 of his CD14 people to city hall, so he can continue to leech off the district and have the other 20+ staffers keep working for him (in district) on his own agendas while getting paid out of someone else's budget. Then when his replacement comes in, he'll ease the rest into city hall positions.

9:36 p.m. Carreon is not currently on the council staff. She left to work for the campaign and was never replaced. As did a half-dozen others. The district staffhas been short 5-6 hands (if you can call them that), for most of the past year.

Funy thing, no one can tell the difference. The never did anything, anyway...

And what, exactly does "she is married" have to do with proving someone is not having an affair?

Isn't that what an "affair" is? Married people stepping out...


10:02 a.m. If this is the next Eastside director, prepare for fireworks... Carreon was disliked by BOTH sides in the El Sereno office - ADV supporters and opponents, with equal venom. That would be the worst choice possible (which means ADV will probably do exactly that).

No character, no judgement, not even the "vision" thing.

Did I mention, ADV won? He did!

May 26, 2005 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With Pacheco and Huizar in the race no one else of any stature will step in -- and risk being the odd person out in primary, left behind for the runoff looking like a has-been before they ever-was.

They'll wait 12 months and try for the full term. Any 3rd players would embarrass themselves terribly.

Get used to this, chilluns, Pacheco was NOT disliked in CD14... He just didn't have Villaraigosa's "charisma" (and Huizar has even less).

But ask yourself why Antonio is pretending he hasn't already "endorsed" Huizar - who supported him for mayor?

8000 recall signatures -- that's why. Not anywhere near enough to get a recall going, but enough to harm anyone seen as his hand-picked flunkie, in a lazy, (possibly) summer special election race where only 15,000 to 20,000 votes are likely to be cast.

May 26, 2005 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Recall???? I thought Eliseo went back to his bar.

May 26, 2005 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poster said, "...Carreon was disliked by BOTH sides in the El Sereno office..."

I don't think so...she was very well liked with many people in El Sereno, she would make a good director and it does not matter to me if she is having an affair, that does not matter for the job. She should get an important job next that mirrors Villaraigosas.

May 26, 2005 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good move for Cedillo to stay out of what would have been a bloody race in the 14th.

Anyone have any insight on his chances for replacing Miguel?

May 26, 2005 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's taken himself out of the mix for Miguel's positon too. I saw his statement and it's pretty clear that he's running for re-election.

May 26, 2005 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Natalie Reyes must be upset.

May 26, 2005 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Gil is really taking himself out of the mix, who do we think are the top contenders for Miguel's job?

May 26, 2005 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tyrone Freeman, Charles Lester, Mike Garcia come to mind.

May 26, 2005 12:02 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

This is quite amusing. Apparently Pacheco has sent threatening letters to a bunch of reporters threatening them with libel suits if they sully his pristene reputation. (including, apparently, repeating the "myth" that Pacheco "ignored too many consitutent's requests" when he was a Councilman.)

This campaign is going to be fun, I can already tell.

From Betty Pleasant's column in the WAVE:

PACHECO TO THE PUNCH — We received an infuriating package Monday from attorney Harold Greenberg that contained a compilation of five “myths, misconceptions and misinformation about Nick Pacheco,” the one-term wonder of a city councilman for the 14th District who was defeated by Villaraigosa in a bruising campaign in 2003. The package details five specific publicized charges, allegations and accusations (”myths”) made against Pacheco by various sources during that campaign, and Greenberg’s presentation of what he calls the “facts” refuting each charge or “myth.”

In his cover letter, Greenberg reminds us of the state Supreme Court’s decision in Troy Publishing v. Norton, which we construed as a blatant threat to sue the media if we published anything unfavorable about Pacheco. We were insulted and angered by the whole package, which is obviously a preemptive strike on the part of Pacheco to try to dump his nasty baggage from his last losing campaign because he plans to run for City Council again if Villaraigosa is elected mayor. (The election has not occurred as of this writing.)

We called Robert Urteaga of Greenberg’s office, who delivered this putrid package to us, and demanded an explanation for it and gave him an angry earful about it. He said it wasn’t personal and had gone out to all political writers. Well, the Greenberg package related only five “myths,” two of which we’d never heard before. So, we learned something else about Pacheco, thank you very much. But the package failed to mention this “myth”: Pacheco and his staff ignored too many of his constituents’ complaints, concerns and requests for services and information when he was their councilman. We heard that that, more than any of those five messy “myths,” is why Villaraigosa beat his butt.

We political writers who received this Greenberg thing should meet and agree upon a media-wide response. We, for one, wholeheartedly support a blackout. Let’s not write a word about Pacheco until, of course, he’s lost another election.

May 26, 2005 12:08 PM  

Blogger Mayor Aguilar said:


Sacramento. The loss of Los Angeles County Federation of
Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Miguel Contreras, was a
blow to many Californians and especially those from the
Labor movement. His passing has led to speculation as to
who would fill the position. The upcoming vacancy in the
14th Council District brought about by Antonio
Villaraigosa’s ascension to the Mayor’s Office has also led
to speculation as to who would fill his council seat. In
recent days, the media and political observers have
speculated on Senator Cedillo’s intentions. Will he run for
re-election next year? Will he run in the special election
in the CD 14? Will he consider the County Fed?

Below is his statement:

“I am deeply honored and profoundly flattered by the
outpouring of support in the last few days to consider both
these positions but I’m definitely running for re-election
to the state Senate next year,” said Senator Cedillo, D-Los
Angeles, from Sacramento. “I would have been able to spend
more time with my family and continue the work by two men I
have long considered friends, brothers and kindred spirits.
In the end, however, I made a commitment to my constituents
to pass driver’s license reform legislation and I have every
intention of honoring it. I am also going to build upon the
successes I have had in expanding access to health care and
the continued economic revitalization of Downtown Los
Angeles. Let me express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who
contacted me and offer my best wishes to the people of
Council District 14. You have a big decision to make in the
coming weeks and I look forward to working with whoever you
vote for as your new councilmember.”

May 26, 2005 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANON 11:50 AM:

You are obviously a moron who does not even know Nathalie Rayes, seeing as you cannot spell her name correctly.

May 26, 2005 1:11 PM  

Blogger Mayor Aguilar said:

For your amusement (up top).

May 26, 2005 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It could be all bullshit but from what Cristobal posted, Cedillo seems a decent guy.

May 26, 2005 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We're still talking about Natalie? Why? She's been scum ever since her little stunt at Valley College. Don't let the mahogany doors hit you in the ass on the way out, honey. I'll put a good word in for you with Heidi Fleiss. She needs some whitinas for her political clients.

May 26, 2005 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Jose Huizar came out and announced he's running. He has the endorsements of some of the same people who endorsed ADV. Again, Jose is still in diapers and he can have tons of endorsements but with NO EXPERIENCE, an arrogant attitude, not knowing the community, his hands full with LAUSD he doesn't have a chance against Pacheco. Pacheco has a great grass root momentum going with community people.

LAUSD got slammed in city council yesterday. The Human Relations Commission wants to get an MOU from them to allow commission persons to go into the schools with the violence ongoing to help out. All paid for with CITY money and those clowns are being uncooperative. If Little Jose can't even fix this situation he's showing his lack of leadership.

May 26, 2005 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for Gil Cedillo, He is a man of his word, and great integrity, not like ADV and Huizar breaking their word to the community for personal gain. Huizar should stay with Lausd, as promised to serve his full term.


May 26, 2005 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, there's something you don't see everyday, a Latino politician keeping his word. Keep up the good fight Gilberto, hasta la victoria, siempre!

May 26, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That post on the Olvera Street leases is very interesting. For years the Olvera Street Merchants, led by long time Gloria Molina friend Vivian Bonzo, has been a gold mine for Molina fundraising. Isn't this the place that Gloria intends to place her $75 million dollar Latino museum, paid through her discretionary fund? How about a thread on this Mayor Sam.

May 26, 2005 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 1:11 PM, I do know how to spell ehr name correctly-what makes you so sure I am not THE FLY???

And what stunt at Valley College? DISH

May 26, 2005 3:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for Pacheco, getting hot with the sloppy media. They printed SO much illegitimate crap handed to them as pure inventions from ADV's same campaign people two years ago, and he kept saying... "well it's not true, isn't that good enough?"

Nope, you got to kick those deadheaded media in the teeth with it. Don't just threaten Nick. Sue one of the bastards for sloppy journalism - people will respect that... why do you think print media is DYING in this town? Because people know the reporters are lazy, stupid, and biased to the gills.

Hit them again, Nick. harder, harder.

Nothing to lose. There isn't a one will give you a fair shot or hearing, they'll just KEEP taking outdated handouts from Parke and company (so they can go home earlier) -- and NEVER bother to check and see that NONE OF IT IS TRUE.

But then, when did TRUTH matter to ADV, his campaigners, and their flunkies like little Jose.

If I wasn't already on your side, I'd jump ship just for pushing back with the brain-dead media hacks.

Look at this BLOG, $5K from a guy who laundered money with a bunch of media and now you're "CONNECTED" to criminals.

Meanwhile ADV Takes 10 times that AND votes for something to help his Florida cronies and all they can say is "HE GAVE BACK THE MONEY!"

BS, who gives a shit what he did with the money HE GAVE THE FAVOR, first. THAT's the crime! I don't care if he fed the homeless with the MONEY, he DID the DIRTY DEED!!

Don't you people get it???

What Pacheco DO for the $5K from Abrams? Nothing... you can WASH away a blatant crim by ADV just weeks ago, but you want to bury Pacheco for a crime done TO him 2 years ago.

SUE this blog, while you're at it Nick!

May 26, 2005 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope the East Side Director is Dora Garcia, all you have to do is give her a couple of drinks and then she is all over community members :)

May 26, 2005 9:54 PM  

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