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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Jose Huizar for Councilman

Today I Chief Parker officially endorse Jose Huizar for City Council.

When Huizar was first running for elected office he was the only school board candidate to get the endorsement of the UTLA and (then) Mayor Richard Riordan. He has shown a willingness to listen to both sides and that's why both sides support him. As a republican junkie, i've always had a soft spot for Dick Riordan, while he is a RINO, his heart was always in the right place. And his heart is with Jose, as is mine.

Working as President of LAUSD Mr Huizar has pushed and prodded the district into measurable reform initiatives to strengthen the classroom and the students experience in school.

While he did support Mr Pacheco during his council reelection I think a fresh start is needed for council District 14 -- Pacheco represents the divisive past.

To Mr Huizar -- while i don't know the direction Mayor Sam will go -- this law and order chief is with you -- and i don't even know if you've declared yet.

I wanted to be the first blogger to let my feelings known.

Now to all your CD 14 tinhorns -

Blog Away!


Anonymous Anonymous said:



Councilmember Nick Pacheco (Ret.) to Announce Decision Whether to Return and Serve in His Council District

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2005) -- With the Election of Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa to the Office of Mayor, many are speculating whether Councilmember Nick Pacheco will return to serve in his council district. Join Nick on Thursday, May 19th at 12:00 pm (noon), when he will announce his decision whether to return and serve as Councilmember of the Fourteenth District.

The announcement will take place at the site of the future Boyle heights Youth & Technology Center, located on the southeast corner of 4th and Gless. When in office, Councilmember Pacheco secured $9 million for the new Center, which will house the Youth Opportunity Movement, provide high-tech training and computer skill development
to local youth.

Pacheco represented the Fourteenth Council District for six years (1997-2003), two as an elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commissioner and four as a Councilmember.

Aside from a brief stint away from college, Pacheco has never left the Fourteenth Council District. He was born in Boyle Heights, the son of hard-working immigrant parents.

Nick attended Loyola High School after the Principal noticed his intellectual ability and gave him a scholarship. He went on to graduate from the University of Berkeley 1988 and Loyola Law School 1994.

After passing the Bar, he practiced as a Criminal Prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for close to five years. He was then elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1999.

Nick has lived his entire life in the Fourteenth Council District -- thirty seven years in Boyle Heights and the last four years Eagle Rock has been his home.

# # #

Contact: Robert Urteaga

(323) 243-8387


May 19, 2005 12:48 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Mayor Sam has no dog in this fight. Therefore, no endorsement coming for now, if at all.

However, I do encourage Eliseo to run. All that money the bar owners saved on no recall could be put to his campaign!

May 19, 2005 1:00 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

I really need to stop gloating. :)

May 19, 2005 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose does not have Riordan's endorsement. But, I hope he wins. Don't count Gil Cedillo out.

May 19, 2005 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tell Jose Huizar to save his money. Nick has the endorsements of the strongest organizations already in CD14. He had a ton of people at his press conf. today.

Jose Huizar's alignment to ADV got him burned. He's implicated in the Richard Muerlo land deal, and he hasn't done shit about the over crowding at Roosevelt High or any of the schools in the district where he lives. He won't have a chance in hell against Nick. He HAS NO EXPERIENCE WHAT SO EVER and CD14 can't wait to potty train Jose.

Heard the people he's been calling for an endorsement are already supporting NICK.

May 19, 2005 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the previous blogger:

Regarding those supporters or "strong organizations" that you mention - who are they?

May 19, 2005 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose is a nice guy, but so is his $300,000 toilet. He has a bright future, unlike those students that account for the 65% Latino dropout rate. As president of the LAUSD, he is the point man for all the bad currently going on with the district, if there had been some improvement during his tenure, then by all means, throw your hat in the ring - but this is not the case, things have gotten worse. He aligned himself with Tony and will hire his underlings - they will be only cannon fodder for Pacheco's team that have proven they can win and have been waiting in the sidelines for two years - some for six.

And Jose will be left trying to defend Tony's record for the last two years - still no sign of those 80 neighborhood watch groups but plenty of proof on those 17 homicides.

Jose is a nice guy, but Nick won't forget he is swimming with sharks this time. And for the ANON who said that Nick is part of the divisive past, remember, he was the incumbent being challenged by Tony - who was the divisive one?

May 19, 2005 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come clean Mayor Sam! We know you are Dan Shallman, the brother of John Shallman whom is the current campaige Consultant to Jose Huizar, your support is understandable (but is there a conflict of interest?)
With Gil Cedillo running for city council, its going to be fun to watch you AV people fight cedillo's camp.

Gil is going to clean Jose's clock, as well as to show him how to win an election

May 19, 2005 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh man, this is race is going to be a fun one to watch!

May 19, 2005 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who are those endorsements?

Let's see, Nick got Riordan to endorse him three times. Lucille Roybal-Allard needs to re-connect with her base after she went with Tony. Xavier Becerra has always been a friend. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez has maintained her loyalty. Ed Reyes wouldn't be a councilman if not for Nick. Tokosky lost to Nick once but he has made friends with Nick since, and his Eagle Rock base. And Edward Roybal, the dean of Latino politics, has always endorsed Nick.

The community leaders are too many to list here, but they have become more solid Nick supporters after Tony led the district into the ground. What has Jose accomplished?

May 19, 2005 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gil Cedillo lives in the 9th District and he was gearing up to take Perry's seat after she is termed out - there is some significance to this seat, it is Edward Roybal's old East L.A. seat. But Gil wouldn't hesitate for a second if he has a chance to take Miguel Contreras position - if Gil is in this race, he's backing Nick.

May 19, 2005 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nicky Pachuco for LA City Council?

I don't think so. Nick will probably run his GOTV call center out of La Colectiva. I am sure his announcement was well attended. Good luck amigo.

BTW, Jose Huizar for LA City Council!!!There will be no better representatives for the children and families of CD 14

May 19, 2005 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is running Nick Pacheco's campaign this time around? Anybody know who his key advisors will be?

May 19, 2005 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco's DA's race was run by Erick Hacopian. That's a good guess for the CD race.

May 19, 2005 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:20 ANON

That call center was owned by CAL, Inc. and leased by La Colectiva. Neither exist anymore. Fighting off four D.A. investigations at a cost of nearly $75,000 broke La Colectiva. But none of those investigations even led to even the most trivial indictment, those guys were smart.

But in politics, perception is everything and who is going to hire an operation that underwent three successive years of bogus investigations. Of course, all these investigation were spearheaded by Tony and pushed by Gloria Molina. The only thing left from La Colectiva is a bone to pick. Too bad it is Jose Huizar who will be standing in the line of fire. But to support Tony is to take a bullet for him, right Pepe?

May 19, 2005 2:27 PM  

Anonymous meat said:


Gil will not be the county fed leader. Nick will not raise any money for his election.

good-bye to all the losers. I think all the bloggers in this world know that all the crap you CD 14 haters put out there was lies and well - wrong.

have fun being idiots again.

Jose all the way!

May 19, 2005 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok, here we go again,

So having overseen the biggest public works bond in local CA history $14.6 billion to build 160 new schools is not worth mentioning? Please - Nick can yell and rant all he wants but the fact of the matter is that although he was a councilman - it's all about what have you done for me lately.

In Huizar's corner you can count on the endorsement of UTLA, the LAUSD school police, SEIU 99 from the start. They can't afford to piss off the sitting Board President and risk bad negotiations for the next 2 years. With SEIU 99 already committed, so too will go 347 and the other SEIU's which make up more than 25% of the Fed’s total membership vote. You only need 60% for the Fed’s support. Add to that the building trades who are all involved with the construction of all the new schools and you can tie up the Fed's endorsement. Besides, Nick was an ass to deal with and didn't come around until late in his tenure. He always had the biggest chip on his shoulders because he couldn't forgive the Fed for endorsing Griego.

If Gil jumps in, the more the merrier. CD 14 can count on about 15K -20K votes MAX to come out for the special election. In this currently 3-way race, 7k votes is a done deal for the runoff. I know at least 5K votes in Eagle Rock that would go against one-bill Gil and another 6K that would vote for anyone except Nick.

To all this you add the fact that Jose is sitting on 200K - more than Gil and Nick combined and we can just call this over right now. Voters will support a family man with a stellar background over a two-time loser who has not done anything in the community since 2003 or a loser State Senator who betrayed his friend over a another loser who lost by a whooping.

May 19, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In 1999, without any lobbyist support, Nick raised over $400,000, just from community folks, and won. In 2003 Nick raised nearly $900,000, mostly from lobbyist, lost his focus and got punked. Think Nick will make that mistake again.

Grass Roots all the way!

May 19, 2005 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick is tainted goods. Can you say, La Collectiva, Cal, Inc. and Gloria Marina? When can we expect a scathing and factually inaccurate mailer from Ricardo Torres?

I will say this. Nick will fight dirty because he is desperate and needs a job. Nick tried to be the city attorney for Lynwood and that didn't work. Inglewood, nope again. DA, sorry. Attorney with a private law firm, not a chance. Councilman, unlikely.

Unemployed former councilman: you bet.

May 19, 2005 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar is a bad choice, he is responsible for the over 50 % drop out rate and seems to be proud of it.

Nick Pacheco was a hard working individual that can and has done a good job.

Gil Cedillo is also a good candidate.

Alvin Parra should open a cafe for all the crooks now that he is at CHARO. All that business money coming in from the government should be making him want more, more and more.

Antonio Villaraigosa, oh yea, he tried, but did not do anything, but got elected blindly to the mayors office. This city is extremely liberal for many of us. Let's take all of our high earnings and pay tax dollars to another city, not Los Angeles.

May 19, 2005 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the previous poster: Nick does have a job. He posts to this blog reguarly.

May 19, 2005 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 2:41

You can leave right now. Don't let the door hit you in the ass.

May 19, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:36 ANON stated:

"So having overseen the biggest public works bond in local CA history $14.6 billion to build 160 new schools is not worth mentioning?"

That's Roy Romer's accomplishment. And Nick never did need the County Fed - if you look at history, the first race Miguel lost was the 1999 CD 14 race. This led to seven County Fed defeats in 2001 before they got their bearings straight. But Nick has still received his share of labor support, the Carpenters, the Laborers, the operating engineers.

It's not about what have you done for me lately. It's about what were you doing before Tony's mayoral amibitions got in the way. Take a look at Nick's exit memo to Tony - that's the campaign right there.

Eagle Rock and Boyle Heights will go with Nick, his base still exists, especially in Boyle Heights - and as loyal Latinos, they couldn't bring themselves to vote for a white guy over a Latino on Tuesday - that's loyalty.

May 19, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If he blogs here, ok, that is fine. I wouldn't pass the thought that he might not be the only ex politico, or current politico blogging here. This site can be a way to follow on all of Los Angeles politics, Mayor Sam should continue this site as a source of information and input. What do you think?

May 19, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:40 ANON

refer to the 2:27 post.

May 19, 2005 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:45 if he or she leaves right now and they are the high earners, this will indeed be a welfare city. Don't leave just try to get along...ok?

May 19, 2005 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

we CD14 residents have been through a lot in the past few years with a nasty election two years ago followed by AV's broken promise and chronic absence from our communities. it's really annoying that we now have to go through what will surely be yet another nasty election in order to get some representation around here.
cd14 is one of the poorest districts in the city. we need someone who is going to work hard for us and stick around for awhile.
although i did not agree with everything that pacheco did, it's not fair to suggest that he represents the "divisive past" when in reality he was a hardworking servant who was unlucky enough to be targetted by a hungry and vengeful pol who needed to keep his name in the paper for two years so he could make another run for mayor.
is huizar ready to do the hard work that cd14 deserves and needs? hard to tell at this point. we haven't seen enough of him around our district to know what he really stands for. other than himself, that is.
my guess is cedillo won't run, although i hope he does because he really has integrity. but i would think the local climate would not support him after his big defeat tuesday with hahn.
i also heard community gadfly nadine diaz is planning to run. i am sure that she will get pretty nasty with huizar-- she has some bone to pick with him related to east la high schools and she has a very loud mouth.
anyway, i am glad we have something new to talk about other than that disgusting mayor's race. let's hope the cd14 race isn't equally depressing.

May 19, 2005 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick eked out a victory in 99 because he had a terrible opponent. I mean, Victor Griego may be a nice guy, but he's a lobbyist -- who lives in South Pasadena. And he didn't even make a pretense of moving into the district in order to run.

And Nick was clobbered in 03 because he was a terrible councilman. Paranoid and vengeful.

May 19, 2005 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Nadine live in Alhambra? I hear she left that house that her grandfather supposedly left to her next El Mercadito because she couldn't stand all the Mexicans.

If she does decide to run, her Japanese and Mexican ancestry will be quite fitting for Boyle Heights.

May 19, 2005 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick was clobbered in 2003 because he ran up against a $5 million PR buzz saw. And he was a terrible councilman, are you judging him by the bar Tony set?

In 1999 with no name ID and half the money of his opponent who was endorsed by virtually the entire Latino establishment, yes he did squeeze out a victory, a true Grass roots, community victory!

May 19, 2005 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 2:45

Rommer's bond??? He had just been there - what about a year or so when it passed? He had not even met with all the principals yet.

Boyle Heights has about a 25% transient rate. So you can forget about all the people that voted for Nick in 1999.

If you honestly think that Bill Luddy, Sergio Rascon, or Bob Waggoner are going to choose a 2x loser over the guy who is ensuring that only union contractors are getting awarded bids - you must still be recovering from Tuesday’s ass whooping.

You are at least going to have 3 Latinos running - the Latino vote is split to say the least. Eagle Rock at best would go 50/50 with Nick. That leaves you with El Sereno where Jose lives and where 3 major construction projects are underway. Added to that is that El Sereno is also where AV has the longest coattails – this race is over even before it got started.

May 19, 2005 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prediction: Nick will do marginally better than he did in the DA's race.

This may come as a surprise, I know. I only recently found out he ran for DA too!

May 19, 2005 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:57 ANON

Obviously you don't know Rascon and you haven't spoken to Luddy lately. Ask Sergio what favors Nick did for him and the Laborers when he was a councilman.

And the transient rate in Boyle Heights is much higher than 25% - the average tenancy in those apartment buildings is only 7 months. But Nick grew up in Boyle Heights surrounded by a solid gorup of families - you know, the families that started UNO and Las Madres del Este and those families still live there - they are homeowners and very loyal. They know what one of their own has accomplished.

With regard to the bond, what do you think people will pay attention to more $14.6 billion tax dollars being flushed into a failed district or 50% dropout rates. Have you been to Roosevelt or Wilson, it's as if they are stuck in a time warp - what has Huizar done? That will be the recurring question.

May 19, 2005 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:02 ANON

To win in a 3 person race, that's all he needs to do, marginally better than 9,000 votes.

May 19, 2005 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

unfortunately the only thing jose really had a victory on at the school district-- moving belmont learning center forward-- is in cd1. he really hasn't done anything concrete-- other than attend fancy conferences-- to address the drop out rate. he also has not made an effort (until recently) to build a base and be out in the community.

and i heard the $300 K he raised in his unopposed run for school board can't be used for his city council campaign. anyone know if this is true?

May 19, 2005 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I meant in terms of percentage of the total vote, genius.

It seems Jose's staffers are posting here. I hope not on the District's dime though.

May 19, 2005 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need someone who can serve the full 10 year term (2 years for AV's remaining, and 8 for the following two terms).

Nick is not that person. He could only serve 6 years given his previous 4 year tenure.

May 19, 2005 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose will go the way of other eastside school board members making a run for city office: Julian Nava, nope; Larry Gonzalez, nope - and Nick was helping Molina defeat him; Vickie Castro, well it wasn't city office but the State Assembly, but Vickie had Griego as her consultant so you really can't blame her. Tokofsky, nope, lost to Nick in 97.

0 for 4, Huizar, what have you done to suddenly change this pattern?

May 19, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:16 ANON

Maybe in six years Huizar can bring down that 50% drop out rate.

May 19, 2005 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


My comment was serious. One of the problems with term limits is that councilmembers don't have the time to focus on long-term intractable policy problems. With 10 years, Jose, or anyone else who hasn't served on the council can focus on those problems.

May 19, 2005 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i heard that patt morrison is going to run. it would be great to have a woman candidate in the race.

May 19, 2005 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Patt Morrison? That's great. I hope that rumor is true.

Time to put an end to the tyranny of the Latino Big Bad Boys Club.

May 19, 2005 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Run Patt Run!!!

May 19, 2005 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:29 ANON

My comment was serious too.

You stated
"councilmembers don't have the time to focus on long-term intractable policy problems"

Most of Nick's projects that he started between 1999 and 2003 were put on hold by one "night stand Tony." There is the Youth Technology Center - where the press conference was held today; there was the Homeboy Graffiti Removal project, which dissolved under Tony; there was the housing projects funded by the East L.A. Development Corp. - a non-profit; there was the libraries in Highland Park and El Sereno; there was the community councils started by Lloyd Montserrat. The list goes on and on. Huizar will be a rookie and the district will have to wait until he comes up to speed, Nick will hit the ground running, just what this neglected district needs.

May 19, 2005 3:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Nick had his chance and he failed. We don't need another do nothing like AV.

I haven't decided who I would vote for, but it isn't Slick Nick.

May 19, 2005 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know, Huizar needs a nickname. We got "slick nick/nick pachuco," one bill Gil. And Huizar is . . .

May 19, 2005 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Senor Dimples?

May 19, 2005 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wheezy. Like in The Jeffersons.

May 19, 2005 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Weiner?

May 19, 2005 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought that Nick's nickname was either "Nick PaCHUECO" or "Chueco Pacheco". Yup, crooked as can be...

May 19, 2005 4:23 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Right now Mayor Sam would like to see Eliseo run.

May 19, 2005 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gil will take Jose to the woodshed.

May 19, 2005 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliseo Villaneuva will be interviewing candidates, I hear. Who ya rooting for, Eliseo?

May 19, 2005 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:





May 19, 2005 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar is still a baby in diapers. He can't do anything without consulting someone a little older. The majority of residents who backed ADV in 2003 hate him so much they realized what a great job Nick did. CD14 can't afford to train anyone and Jose has no experience. Jose is the outsider. Sure in lives in the district but he never thought enough to attend any meetings unless it was his personal agenda. He is a flip flopper just like ADV. That association alone with hurt him and the fact that word around CD14 is Jose tippped Richard Muerlo to the land LAUSD was holding for a school. Jose in no way can play with the big boys. He needs about 10 yrs to mature.

May 19, 2005 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Jose enters the race there are some VERY interesting campaign expenditures from his uncontested school board race that need to be looked at by Ethics. Someone hinted at it here some weeks back when his name first came up, but it goes deeper.

Here we go again. Who's the dirtiest and who's got the dirt.

May 19, 2005 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So they it Huizar wins for CD14, they get to have a special election for school board to fill the last 3.75 years of his term.

Then whoever replaces him THERE will probably create a vacancy somewhere else.

We could just go on having elections every 6 months... FOREVER.

May 19, 2005 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A B P !!!

Anybody but Pacheco.

He is not only incompetent, he has a history with the Mayor that is not good for CD 14.

The Mayor can give and the Mayor can take away. He can give parks but Councilmembers have to beg for them. He can increase police, but Councilmembers have to beg for it. And on and on, and on.

Considering the fact that Pacheco slimed The Mayor four years ago with the Indians' money and just had an ugly election with the Mayor in which every dirty thing in the book went down, why do you morons think it would help CD 14 to have Pacheco there?

Much better to have someone, anyone, who can get along with the Mayor.

You may not like it, but for the next four years and most likely eight, Antonio Villaraigosa is the Mayor of Los Angeles. Last time I looked, CD 14 was still in the City of LA, so get over it and grow up.

It is a quality of life issue, so don't cut off your nose to spite your face; stay away from Pacheco if you know what's good for CD 14.

If Huizar can't do the job, then find someone who can, but no Nick Pacheco, no Ricardo Torres, III or any of the other sleazebags in that outfit.

Or, eat dirt.

I report, you decide.

May 20, 2005 6:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another who cannot get along with The Mayor is former best friend, but double-crosser "One Bill" Gil Cedillo.

He has been a bustout as a Senator and has not even bothered to move to the district. Put him in the same category as Pacheco.

Both have had their 15 minutes and not measured up.

Get a new leader who can HELP CD 14.

Patt Morrison would spend all the funds on hats.

There must be someone who can lead everyone, not develop even more intercine rivalries.

Can't you guys all just get along?

May 20, 2005 6:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:14 ANON

Why don't you go and read the City Charter before you spill your filth. The Mayor isn't as powerful as he used to be. Councilman have more discretion over their own districtst. This is why Nick was succesful between 1999 and 2003. Tony the Liar ignored his district for two years now, what woul dbe different as Mayor.

Regarding your slime ball accusations - I'll give the Ricardo Torres one, but when has Nick been indicted, or for that matter, anybody else from his team? Where is your proof or are you just mouthing off like Tony did in 2003 and again in 2005 against Hahn. Put up or shut up - there's plenty of investigation to draw from, where's your proof?

May 20, 2005 7:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was Pacheco's propaganda machine that put out all the slime, including the idea that somehow Antonoio was still gangbanger, the crack pipe, the grainy photo, the whole shebang.

Pacheco and Cardenas went to the Indians and got the funding and everyone knows that the phone banks were run by the Pacheco shop, La Colectiva.

He is dirty, dirty, dirty, and no matter what you think, Antonio thinks so and that will cost the CD 14 big time.

Yes, the Councilman can get nine of his colleagues to join him to overrule the Mayor, but how will Pacheco ever do that, with so many supporters of Antonio sitting there now?

Sorry, it is a weak argument to say that a Councilmember can fight with the Mayor and succeed.

The best evidence of that is the way in which Jimmy Hahn systematically trashed every request from Antonio, which is one of the reasons he ended up running against him.

That is the very reason all you CD 14ers are angry with Antonio and you gave Jimmy a pass. You shouldn't have done that, because he caused the problem.

Put Pacheco back in the seat and you'll see more of the same; find someone that gets along with Antonio and you will then understand how good it can be.

Payback is a bitch. But it is a reality.

May 20, 2005 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar wins - end of story.

May 20, 2005 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can hardly wait for Little Jose to show up to community meetings. Those meetings are attended by the most active residents and they will blast his little butt. They are the ones who didn't vote for Antonio. Your dirt on Pacheco is 2 yrs old and nothing was ever found to be illegal or wrong. They ruined a good organization that helped kids in the community get scholarships. Let's talk recent DIRT like Huizar helping Muerlo buy the land that was going to be a school.

Does anyone know how the court thing with Richard Muerlo and LAUSD went Wed. It was a fight for a piece of prime land in downtown LA where Muerlo wants to build his stadium?

May 20, 2005 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DURING THE MAYOR'S RACE, many if not most of the posters here kept saying "we don't care about CD14 - just go away!"

Now sudeenly,left without anything inflammatory to get the visitors count up here is cyster city, EVERYONE want to butt into CD14 business, including CHief Faker.

No, now YOU go away!

May 20, 2005 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...find someone that gets along with Antonio and you will then understand how good it can be."

Say what you really mean, 8:36 a.m. -- put an ADV puppet into CD14 so the last few checks and balances left in this city will go out the window.

There was nothing coming for ADV for Hahn to block or ignore. That's documented everywhere in city materials. The only actions coming through with his name on them during the past two years were photo-ops.

You can't fool us all, we can get the city council motions lists daily... ADV was more absent on paper in council activities than he was in person.

Nothing, 3X per week... ceremonial feel-good proclaimations, ribbon cuttings (for things created during Pacheco's term), and parish fiestas, etc. He had more cops guarding his photo ops (at city cost) than he had hunting down gangbangers.

His mantra for two years was "city to absorb $XXX costs of holding XX event in CD14." This is why Times called him "lackluster" and La Weekly called the "progressive" clique in council "do-nothing."

There was nothing for Hahn to contest unless he wanted to block another block party.

People dying, no projects moving, but he's at undisguised campaign events every week pressing flesh and pretending to have his staff take noted of community needs that never did get addressed.

The lovers are really the ones that need to "get over" something, and soon, before the rest of the city that just wanted "change" realizes just how "short-changed" they now are.

May 20, 2005 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a lame defense of Pacheco: he wasn't found guilty. The perception is that Nick is dirty. The reality is that Nick is dirty. He and Ricardo Torres slimed Antonio in the CD14 right out of the box.

Finally, how do you explain CEC Case Nos. 2002-28 and 200-06 in which Nick admitted that he violated the City's contribution limitations?

May 20, 2005 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:36 ANON

La Colectiva was never a Pacheco shop. La Colectiva was incorporated in 1994, while Nick was finishing up law school. Although La Colectiva started as a food cooperative, based out of the same church, Santa Isabel, that launched UNO and Las Madres del Este, the sheer membership of these cooperatives propelled it into political activism.

La Colectiva worked over 30 victorious campaigns, as verified by the Times, and was the first bilingual-bicultural phone bank in operation in the country. In 2000, La Colectiva made over 3 million calls for Democratic candidates under a contract with the DCCC facilitated by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard. Want to know why Gore had a late surge in Florida that year, 75,000 calls to Latinos in the last day and a half of that race.

La Colectiva also made calls to mobilize Latino pockets for Adam Schiff, Jane Harman, Honda, and Davis - all were in tight races that year and La Colectiva was able to pull out the Latino vote. The La Colectiva phone bank was the brain child of Lloyd Montserrat and was up and running way before Miguel Contreras had his up for the County Fed.

The Marina message that most try to pin on Nick was orchestrated by Paige Richardson, Xavier Becerra's out of state campaign manager - this is verified by a DA report. In addition, La Colectiva had four judges rule in our favor against the county when Gloria Molina started the rumors that La Colectiva was using county funds. This was all investigated by the DA - two more investigations - and nothing was found.

If La Colectiva was found to be doing anything illegal, I would be paying the price or in jail right now. When all these allegations against La Colectiva started, I removed myself from political activities, against Nick's wishes. This I did because my daughter had just been diagnosed with autism and I needed to be home. For too long now I have let any and all accusations against La Colectiva go unchallenged - I had other priorities and they didn't concern me.

But for those that know me, including Jose Huizar, Enrique Gasca, Alvin Parra, and Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife Corina, know that I have always operated with the highest integrity and with my community's best interest in mind. Well my daughter is much better now and I am back.

I quickly learned that a good legal team is more valuable than a good organizing team in the Villaraigosa age of slime politics. I will not let any accusation go unchallenged any longer. So if you have anything to say against La Colectiva, please have proof or you will be served with a lawsuit. It's funny how I never intended to be a lawyer but have become quite an expert at defamation law.

Mayor Sam, any such lawsuits will first go through your website and subpoenas can get nasty, but as you mentioned before, thank God for IP addresses.

I will make any and all information pertaining to La Colectiva available to anyone requesting it. That is the Marina Message DA investigation, the lawsuit against the County, past history, etc.,. Just e-mail me at martingutieruiz@socal.rr.com or send me a letter at 2148 Fremont Street #19, Alhambra, CA 91803.

Chief Parker, you talk about divisive politics, the 14th District, my home district, was well on it's way to becoming a safe, organized, clean area with plenty of youth opportunities - before Antonio's spite and ambition split this community. For any one doubting this, look at all the coverage of the 1999 CD 14 race. If I read this correctly, this was the biggest community movement and victory since Edward Roybal in 1948. There is only one solution against well connected, and yes - corrupt Latino politicians - and that is Grass Root activism. Antonio turned away from this method of political participation - we still believe in it in the barrio because it tranlates into voter education. Something our Latino community desperately needs and Antonio Villaraigosa and Antonio Gonzales from SVREP only causually address during political campaigns.

In conclusion, I like Jose Huizar. He is from the same state that my mother is from, Zacatecas, Mexico. He has a lot to offer our community. But your character became suspect when you aligned yourself with Antonio - you know this. All this Grass Root activism could have been yours, but true colors come through when you are under pressure - and you caved to Antonio, not the kind of leader we need. But lots of luck to you and your team, strong aggressive campaigns only make our community that much stronger.


Martin GutieRuiz
former CEO La Colectiva Inc.

May 20, 2005 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You sound like a public figure and thus I'm quite sure you could not prevail on a defamation cause of action.

We need a councilman who can serve 10 years, not 6.

May 20, 2005 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let me begin by sharing with you I am a proud Pacheco supporter in Eagle Rock and let me tell you why.

When he lost his election to Antonio he got up the next day and did his job until the very last moment. He worked hard as Chair of the Budget committee and kept the City out of fiscal problems.

He reached out to Antonio and his family by changing CD 14's boundary lines to have Antonio's Mt. Washington house in the district and they didn't have to move into a new one. (P.S. I know, some of you believe the lie that he redistricted Antonio out, he didn't and I can prove it.)

I don't believe any of you when you say he is dirty. What exactly did he do that was dirty? Did he get a free roof for his house from developers, did he get kick backs, what??

Even if I believe you guys about campaign tactics, slimy mailings, what is that? It is cheap but it is not dirty.

You guys are desperate because you know he has the best shot of winning this seat and you guys are already attacking him.

Huizar already started the negative campaigning in today's La Opinion and Huizar's gonna see that people are tired of the attacks. He must be scared already.

There were some pretty negative things on here about Antonio and he won. Looks like Nick is going to win.

Jorge Perez

May 20, 2005 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for you, Martin.

May 20, 2005 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is Huizar's rationale for running. Let Jose (and Gil Cedillo, if he is running) resign from their current elected positions. Show the people of CD14 that you are serious about representing their interests rather than looking for a comfortable seat. CD14 has been neglected for two years. Cedillo, like Villaraigosa, has no idea or interest in fixing pot holes, or any of the other mundane work of a councilmember. Jose Huizar presides over one of the worst school systems in America. Let him be held responsible for that before he thinks about running for CD14.

May 20, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'd rather have a good councilman for 6 years than a so so one for 10. Give a really good reason why people should vote for Huizar or Cedillo. If you know any, of course.

May 20, 2005 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know how HUIZARAIGOSA mangaged to get Maribel Medina hired as Special Counsel to the Board? Read December 2004 LATIMES. The District had more than 10 qualified candidates with REAL ED Law experience not real estate? Hmm interesting link here..Huizaraigosa and Meurelo? I guess there is no difference between Huizaraigosa and the rest of the crocks at that infest LAUSD.
And WTF is he doing getting involved in LAUSD contract awards?

May 20, 2005 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Nick was as good as he and people on this blog say he is, why did he lose to a do nothing candidate like Villaraigosa? Nick was not producing. The people of CD 14 FIRED him. He had his chance, move on.

May 20, 2005 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He lost to the MYTH of Villaraigosa. A myth about to be revealed citywide... when nothing moves except the crime rate - higher, and the texes - higher, and his ambitions - much higher. (But certainly not traffic or school test scores).

In 2003 no one in CD14 knew he was incapable of sitting still long enough to get anything done. But the evidence is in every newspaper now, stated many ways. The more generous ones say "he did very little" in City Council.. They even hide the fact that the one committee he did spend some time on Transportation, lost $20 million in city revenue -- his only committee chairmanship.

Others make it even clearer -- he did nothing in two years for CD14.

They believed then, as you still do, but now every step he takes will be examined very carefully.

He ran, he won, be he can no longer hide.

May 20, 2005 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Finally, how do you explain CEC Case Nos. 2002-28 and 200-06 in which Nick admitted that he violated the City's contribution limitations?

May 20, 2005 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First of all, you have at least one of the case file numbers wrong.

Secondly, it that's true -- you ever make a mistake (other than typing the second case No. wrong - of course).

Cast that first stone every time, they will...

May 20, 2005 3:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Update, won! He did. Get over him... he won. It was in all the papers.

Now he's officially dodging reporters questions as a mayor-elect, not just as a candidate.

Good to know he's at least consistent in that.

Did I mention he won (Hahn lost).

Enjoy the malaise setting it. It will be thicker than L.A. smog in August, by about... August.

May 20, 2005 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for you Martin and welcome back to the scheme of things to come in cd14. I will be supporting Nick to get back to complete the work that he has started several years ago.

May 20, 2005 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Martin, this is not directed at you. It is directed to Pacheco. Pacheco, I find it interesting that you would list endless accomplishments taking full credit, and then put the La Colectiva issue on the table and attempt to link Lloyd to it. Why would you do that? Yes, La Colectiva was founded before you became a City Councilman but anyone who was within the city limits knew that YOU took care of La Colectiva. That is common knowledge.

It saddens me to hear what has happened to Las Madres and its scholarship program. The Gutierrez family are good people who have dedicated years of their lives to our community. They didn’t deserve this and neither did Lloyd. It amazes me that you have no problem listing endless accomplishments while taking full credit for them….not linking Lloyd to any of them. Yet, you have the nerve to once again attempt to link Lloyd to your scandal. Anything that was POSITIVE related to your time with the City of LA is courtesy of Lloyd and you know that and more importantly the community knows that. Lloyd’s good work benefited the youth, seniors, and all community members.

This message is not directed to you Martin. We don’t have an issue with you. We will always admire the dedication to community that the Gutierrez family stands for. It is directed to Pacheco. Pacheco, don’t mention Lloyd Monserratt’s name again.

Signed by those of us who will always honor Lloyd's memory

May 20, 2005 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hell yes, Jorge. I watched. Pacheco got more done for the district after he lost to Villaraigosa than Antonio did the whole two-year period he was supposed to be the councilmember.

Not I say "supposed to be."

Where can we get a refund on the last, lost two years.

Will there be someone working in the new mayor's office in charge or paying out refunds for. I figure every person in the district get's a dollar back from Antonio, there are about the same number of people living in CD14 and the dollars he collected to do the job of councilmember, then didn't do.

Maybe the refund person could have a sign on their desk, says 'The bucks start here, line up.'

Everyone gets a buck back, Tony V. Start digging deep.

Don't spend your mayor's salary either, this could catch on refunds for non-performance (I didn't want John Kerry to be president, so that don't count).

May 20, 2005 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Libel Lawyer said:

Boy, you give people a little knowledge and its scary.

Yes, Martin Gutierrez is likely a public figure. Yes, it is difficult to prove libel against them.


The standard for such figures is "malice." Most courts define malice as knowing the truth, but going ahead and telling a lie anyway.

Mr. Gutierrez is no dummy. By posting the truth on this site, he has put everyone here on notice. Those who continue to repeat lies about him easily meet the malice standard.

The reason public figures so rarely sue over libel is because the way it would make them look. (Big guy picking on little guy). Alternatively, it just repeats the charges. Or, usually the libelor has no dough.

But don't think for one minute if a major newspaper (deep pockets) PURPOSEFULLY printed a lie on someone, that someone (public official) COULD sue them for libel and win easy. Such lawsuits are common in Great Britain (with the tabloids), and several public figures here (mostly stars) have won them against other newspapers.

Martin is in a good position. He is not wealthy. He will not be seen as a big guy attacking a little guy. I'd venture most of the posters here have more money than he. He also likely doesnt care if the charges get repeated - they have trashed the poor guy anyway.

So, in a nutshell, I wouldn't be so cocky. Heck, even Dan Schallman, the chicken owner of this blog (what kind of guy trashes people publicly and won't even publish his name and/or family connections), can be sued for libel, under the CA Court of Appeals recent Barrett holding.

But, that's a story for another day.

May 21, 2005 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar and Cedillo don't represent a large and vital portion of CD 14. Lots of people in the district have never seen their names on a ballot, and probably don't know who they are. As opposed to Pacheco.

May 21, 2005 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The know Nick as a two time loser: CD 14 and District Attorney. He did run for DA didn't he? It's tough to say goodbye to Nick when we've already say goodbye once. But, at the sake of sounding redundant, I'll say it: Goodbye Nick.

May 21, 2005 6:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know Nick as a two time loser: CD 14 and District Attorney. He did run for DA didn't he? It's tough to say goodbye to Nick when we've already say goodbye once. But, at the sake of sounding redundant, I'll say it: Goodbye Nick.

May 21, 2005 6:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone tell Jose Huizar to stop making those calls for support. Most people he's called are already supporting PACHECO. Pacheco was the fill in for Antonio while he was out campaigning. More residents called Nick to help and got advice because they got fed up with C14 field staffers.

Where's Waldo Antonio? Still doing photo-ops. Jose is still in diapers and has no clue how to run a district. Nick has the experience and since Antonio has been gone for 2 yrs he can jump in and do it. Jose would still be on a bicycle with training wheels. CD14 can't afford to wait for him.

May 21, 2005 8:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose's candidacy would be a joke if it weren't for Antonio's support. But now Antonio is telling people that Jose can't beat Nick Pacheco. Watch for the new mayor to stay neutral.

May 22, 2005 2:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone told me yesterday that read in a newspaper article that Antonio stated, "he was going to select the CD14 interim council person." I don't think he can do that. Anyone out there know if that's true? I thought either city council approves someone in the interim until the special election

May 22, 2005 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not an interim councilperson, it is referred to as a "district caretaker." And the whole council approves this person, usually the choice of the outgoing councilman. The person is usually a career staffer - just like there was in cd 10 before Parks got elected. Usually someone with no political ambition who can run a skeleton staff to answer constituent calls. This should have no bearing on the upcoming race.

May 22, 2005 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, Cheap Parke(r) is going to run little stammering infant Jose's race for city council? Get out the baby wipes - the poo is going to start hing the fan very soon.

May 22, 2005 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The people of CD14 will vote for their next councilmember. And, two weeks before the election, Mayor Villaraigosa will endorse the person he believes will win - Nick Pacheco.

May 22, 2005 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your arguments re Huizar are silly. They are the same arguments Corrine Sanchez made against Alex Padilla (i.e., too young and inexperienced). Such baseless arguments no longer wash. Youth, energy, and intergrity are more important than the empty suit better known as Nick Pacheco.

The undisputed fact is that Nick is not talented in any of his chosen fields (politics and law). Nick has more enemies than friends because he did not deliver for the District. According, to some bloggers, he was even soundly beaten by the myth of Antonio Villaraigosa. What ever way you want to spin it, Nick was beaten because he was not popular. And, he was not popular because he did nothing for the District. Nick was supposed to be the anti-Alatorre. He turned out to be a minor league Alatorre (Ethics fines, Cal, Inc., "Gloria Marina" phone calls, Ricardo Torres mailers). The list is long and the accomplishments are short.

So, I say the 14th District mantra ought to be: anybody but Pacheco.

May 22, 2005 9:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Martin and Jorge and all the rest of you who feel how these two losers feel: Pacheco is a slimy piece of sh*t and must have a serious bdsm thing because he must love public humiliation. The 1st incumbent to ever be spanked in a primary? He ran for DA and only got 15 points? Jesus...this guy should just put on the leather and ask constituents to randomly whip him up in Eagle Rock where he lives. It might make great theater and get more people to that crappy flea market they call a "farmers market".

May 22, 2005 10:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Martin and Jorge and all the rest of you who feel how these two losers feel: Pacheco is a slimy piece of sh*t and must have a serious bdsm thing because he must love public humiliation. The 1st incumbent to ever be spanked in a primary? He ran for DA and only got 15 points? Jesus...this guy should just put on the leather and ask constituents to randomly whip him up in Eagle Rock where he lives. It might make great theater and get more people to that crappy flea market they call a "farmers market".

May 22, 2005 10:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Nick pull the plug on the filing of the recall signatures because Antonio promised to stay neutral in the CD14 race?

May 23, 2005 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick wishes he had that much influence. It's a totally false rumor started by Nick (at least that's my guess).

May 23, 2005 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, Your site is literally trash now. It used to be interesting to browse, but not anymore...sayonara...

May 24, 2005 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For some one who cannot figure out if he is a struts or a flutters, at least he went high and low looking for ways to cover up his involvement in the corruption at LAUSD.

If he can only use some of that aggressiveness in cleaning up his own act maybe this Blogger would not have been written.

But to no avail, Huizar plans to run for CD 14? PA...Lease....Louise!
Spare us all.. with four more years of nothing getting done.

For the past 50 years CD 14 has been a pissing pot for the entire city and the constituents that have to put up with no leadership.

We do not need anymore losers representing CD 14!!!

June 23, 2005 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Diana said:

Huizar for Dog Catcher is more like it.

June 24, 2005 1:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr.O. said

Villaragosa looked good because he
was able to follow up on Nick's work in the 14th. Nick needs to present himself as more personal in large group settings. I know of one Neighoborhood Association that wants to have Nick return. Tony left us high and dry, lots of smiles and lots of talk about dreams, but not a whole lot was done. Remember this, our Councilmember is only as good as his staff. When the Field Deputies do a good job the Councilmember looks good...

July 02, 2005 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nadine Diaz is an excellent community organizer.

June 13, 2006 12:46 AM  

Anonymous Westside Activist said:

Yes, Nadine Diaz is an excellent community organizer, who you do not want to cross. Nadine Diaz speaks out for the poor and will never sell out to the establishment. She can run circles around a lot of politicans.

August 12, 2006 12:40 PM  

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