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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Maria Elena for CD14?

Maria ElenaOne of our reliable sources is telling us he heard some things that may mean that Maria Elena Durazo - the President of UNITE HERE Local 11 and widow of past County Fed chief Miguel Contreras - is testing the waters of a potential run for the City Council seat being vacated by Mayor Elect Antonio Villaraigsoa.

With LA School Board President Jose Huizar and former Councilman Nick Pacheco lining up for the race, Durazo's entry could add an interesting twist. A sympathy vote could give one of organized labor's biggest stars a seat at the table at a time when many are saying labor is in trouble, even with one of their favorite sons about to become Mayor.

If any of you have any further information, of course, blog away.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Hell NO!

May 29, 2005 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does that mean that Sen. Cedillo is a serious candidate to replace Miguel Contreras???

May 29, 2005 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cedillo said no, but I want to know how much does a State Senator make versus the County Fed?

May 29, 2005 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need a fresh face, fresh ideas, and someone with integrity, ethics, and who cares about CD14. All of these recycled candidates are just that recycled. We need somone new with a business background, not liberal bias. A compassionate conservative. School vouchers/school uniforms is the answer to over populated schools and school violence.

May 29, 2005 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if maria elena durazo is thrown into the race it is just to take votes away from PAcheco.

May 29, 2005 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maria Elena will be a ghost candidate & help Huizar...que mendigos.

May 29, 2005 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can a person with a bad credit history run for political office?

May 29, 2005 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They do all the time.

May 29, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We should get the politicians credit history, this would tell how responsible they have chosen to be.

May 29, 2005 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is Antonio Villaraigosa credit history?


May 29, 2005 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People who have good credit histories go into business and have no time for politics, sadly.

May 29, 2005 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Man you guys are working today?

May 29, 2005 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vamos a trabajar. Blog, Blog, Blog

May 29, 2005 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

dum ausente del dum del blog

May 29, 2005 1:59 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

There is no doubt that Maria Elena can get along with Antonio.

One Bill Gil cannot, so he is out for both CD14 and County Fed.

Gil is yesterday's news.

Elctions have consequences.

May 29, 2005 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just another joke in LA politics. By the way, does everybody who is anybody in politics live in CD14?

May 29, 2005 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No but there are plenty of vacancies there.

May 29, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, by your reasoning we should have voted for Walter Moore for mayor. He would have worked better with a republican governor and a republican president.

For the poster concerned that Maria Elena will take votes away from Pacheco - I beg to differ. It was Maria Elena's late husband who pushed Huizar to run. If she runs, she will take votes away from Jose. In fact, if she runs we may see Jose pull out of the race.

But the reality is: Maria Elena is not running. It will be a race between Pacheco and Huizar, with Alvin Parra providing some comic relief.

May 29, 2005 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And Eliseo.

May 29, 2005 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At a barbecue in Eagle Rock today, I heard Maria Elena is forming a committee.

sent via my blackberry handheld

May 29, 2005 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

that's BS Eli Broad will not allow

May 29, 2005 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is the scoop, Mayor Sam. The people encouraging Jose Huizar to run, Miguel and Antonio, made a huge miscalculation. They thought that Pacheco wouldn't run. They thought that this 2 year term now open would count as one full term. That would mean Pacheco having already served one full term would only be able to serve for two years before being termed out. The thinking was: Nobody would contribute to a Pacheco campaign, if he did run, for just two years on the city council.

Knowing that Pacheco is running and that he will be able to raise money for a possible 6 year term, those pushing Jose are now rethinking their commitment to him. Most, including Antonio, don't believe Jose can beat Pacheco.

Do Jose's original backers now believe they have to get a stronger candidate?

Of course, a stronger candidate for CD14 than Pacheco probably doesn't exist. The only person who could beat him is our mayor-elect.

So, now a strategy is being devised where Maria Elena will get the sympathy vote and the unions will work like hell to get her elected.

Unfortunately, for Maria Elena, it won't work. And all the time it's under discussion it weakens Jose Huizar.

May 29, 2005 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Are You Amateurs? said:

The idea of ANYONE - short of Arnold S. or Antonio V. or Angelina J. (meaning - a celebrity) - the idea of anyone beating Pachecco short of a celebrity is ridiculous.

I'm not saying this is a good thing.

But are these stupid posters amateurs at politics?

Pachecco has run 6 races in CD 14. A primary and general for Charter Commissioner (won both) in 1997. A primary and general (won both) for council in 1999. A primary for council in 2003 (lost) and a primary for DA in 04 (lost).

He is 4-2: six elections in 8 years. His name ID has got to be like 90% among the bloc that will vote in a special election.

And, even though Antonio V. went negative in 2003, Pachecco still got a lot of votes - like 5 figures.

I don't think if Maria Durazo spends $1Million or if Sleazy Huizy tries to illegally spend his LAUSD account monies, those candidates will not catch up to Pachecco in a special election.

So, let's look to celebrities (political or not) for a candidate to beat him. I hear Daryl Gates lives in CD 14. How about Oscar de La Hoya?

May 29, 2005 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How about ABC TV star George Lopez?

May 29, 2005 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angelina Jolie would get my vote. But if she doesn't run, Pacheco does...

May 29, 2005 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are moving to Mt. Washington.

Anybody know why?

May 29, 2005 4:26 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

Maria Elena is a shoo-in if she runs. Why would she run?

She has a great job and makes more than a councilmember. Her time is her own. She is one of the few that can replace Miguel.

She can own a majority of the Council; why settle for one seat?

Having said that, if she wants it, like Hillary for the Democratic nomination for President, it is hers for the asking...

(I don't live in CD 14; I don'st even live. But when I did live, it was in the Valley, and then in CD 5)

May 29, 2005 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I vote for the guy Solomon, the Mexican guy who makes matzo balls at the Rolling Rye restaurant.

May 29, 2005 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliseo is one of the matzo balls, right?

He can't gather five signatures for a recall, how can he run for Councilman?

If he got elected, imagine how the first meeting with the Mayor would go...

May 29, 2005 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now a lot of you post that she had an affair with Antonio? Fitst of all the residents need a person with experience and know the district. She doesn't. That sympathy vote is bs. If she even tries running on her late husband's death it will backfire. People will see her for a coniving woman who is after her own agenda using her poor dead husband and just being a pawn for Antonio. THis rumor has been out for awhile and residents are saying she would be a lowlife if she even dared. Her personal baggage with Antonio would come out not the great legacy of her husband.

May 29, 2005 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Maria Elena is a shoo-in if she runs..." What's that opinion based on, Phil? Did you take another bus ride and look up some more numbers?

There is no shoo-in in CD14. But the most likely winner is Pacheco. Take another bus, Phil, and look up his numbers.

May 29, 2005 5:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio went against Miguel Contreas decision to back Hahn on the $11 Billion LAX expansion. Union members don't forget that easily. Union members see it as mroe jobs for them and Antonio is now going to fight it. I want to know what Maria Elena thinks of that. I want her to state on the record WHO ARE YOU SUPPORTING ON THE LAX PLAN, ANTONIO OR YOUR LATE HUSBAND???

May 29, 2005 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The plan is being hatched right now over a very tasty angus burger and Corona. yum yum. Don't you wish you were here.

sent via my blackberry handheld

May 29, 2005 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Try not to choke on the angus burger. A real CD14 honorary would have celebrated today with a carne asada and family.

May 29, 2005 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, one of the 21% that voted for Hahn.

A REAL CD 14 Honorary.

May 29, 2005 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why don't we run robert urteaga. He seems like a nice fellow , plus people in CD 14 in past posts on this blog have said he is responsive to the constituents.

May 29, 2005 8:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Anybody but Pacheco.

May 29, 2005 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert Urteaga is a wonderful fellow. I met him several times and was always impressed. Pacheco is very lucky to have Robert as his campaign manager. And it speaks good of Pacheco that he could attract somebody like Robert.

May 29, 2005 9:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Robert still work for Hertzberg? I just saw him the other day.

May 29, 2005 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only people who are posting 'wonderful' comments about Robert is Robert U. and Pacheco.

May 30, 2005 1:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert is now playing a role in Pacheco's campaign, since he's been the one sending out press releases. I guess he's got a political campaign losing streak that he wants to continue.

May 30, 2005 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact that Urteaga is joining Pacheco's team tells me he wants to be on the winning side this time.

BTW, I am a Villaraigosa supporter who voted for Antonio in 2001, 2003 and 2005. But I won't be voting for Huizar.

May 30, 2005 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is going to back whoever he thinks will win over Pacheco. He should keep looking cause it isn't going to be Maria Elena. Constituents are still upset with ADV for being an absentee councilman and now with him as mayor the district will be ignored for a couple more months.

Pacheco is the only one with the experience and leadership to do the job NOW. Jose has his hands full with LAUSD and the fact that he hasn't done anything while being president, he hasn't come out for the race fights, he hasn't done anything about 50% drop out rate. These are the questions constituents want answer to. IF Jose is serious about running he better get a clue.

May 30, 2005 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the constituents of CD14 are so upset at Villaraigosa, that they voted almost 74-26 in favor of him to be the new leader of this city??? Yeah, that really makes sense.

May 30, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12.24 Good point. But wrong. Villaraigosa got 14000 votes against Pacheco in 2003. He got 17000 in May. Because approximately 4000 CD14 voters just wanted Antonio out (that's how many signed the recall petition), and probably voted for him to get him out of CD14, Antonio actually dropped votes.

May 30, 2005 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 12:52 pm:

So you're telling us that 4,000 people wanted to get rid of somebody so badly who they felt hadn't been doing his job, instead of blocking his efforts to go up the ranks and holding him accountable in his district, they promoted him to be the Mayor of Los Angeles??? I mean, that doesn't sound right at all. Common sense doesn't seem to factor into your argument.

May 30, 2005 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The "Recall Petition" did not receive any signatures. None were filed with the City, so there are none on record. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

Failure to file any does not give you the license to claim 4,000 or 400 or any other number.

The number on file is ZERO. (0).

Next time, get someone who understands what they are doing to handle the dirty work.

That's why Antonio is a winner and you guys are whiners.

May 30, 2005 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With such a crowded field, dark horse perennial Alvin Parra will jump to the front of the pack.

May 30, 2005 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The more the merrier...bring them all out. Only Pacheco has the name recognition and experience to win in CD14 -- split the remainder 65 ways if you want to.

After two years of wasted efforts as ADV staging ground, peopl in CD14 want someone that actually knows which foot to put in front of the other, epecially for a short term.

They gave the "sympathy" vote to ADV two years ago -- a consolation prize for being punked by Hahn last minute with some old dirt. They won't waste another two years on "sympathy" -- it begins at HOME now, someone please feel sorry for the most neglected and stepped over district in the city.

Sorry, ADV-lovers. You got hom as mayor, ha can't still control the district he neglected for two years from the mayor's office. If he wanted to run this district he already had this job, and dissed people for two years.

And for the people trying to explain why he won the district as mayor even after being a lousy CM, stop ignoring the obvious. He's La-tee-no, and Hahn was not!


May 30, 2005 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Maria can explain where ADV and Chief Faker his the 80 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES that every SLO in Hollenbeck and Northeast are now happy (post-election) to tell anyone who asks "don't exist - never did!"

More ACE and PAARKE lies.

May 30, 2005 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maria who?

I've lived in CD14 for 25 years, been active in council races and neighborhood councils, and have never heard of this person.

Ever. I've barely heard of the dead guy outside of this blog.

You wonks and hacks better stop betting the whole farm on organized labor and its disinterested parties delivering elections.

How did that work for Hahn? Even ADV's union support was embarrassing... those silly ads about Hahn running from school kids.

Pure amateur shit. Didn't deliver a vote that wasn't already in the bag

Maria who? How many labor votes in the who district?

Jose who? LAUSD matter to less people than the unions, and most people who have kids there are pretty pissed about the shambles its in.

Overhead from a rabid ADV supporter over the weekend. "Huizar was at out meeting, and I told him -- DON'T run for COUNCIL stay put and fix things in your own job!"

YUP, that's what he's hearing every damn day now, AND he didn't even have an answer for that.

Anyone who knows who Maria is will be saying "stay there and guard Miguel's work, too!" The rest of us won't care what she does... whoever she is!?

May 30, 2005 5:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Mayor Sam and posters,

I do not post anything about me on this site. I am not a self promoter and do not care to be mentioned. I am not running for office nor plan to in the future.

I do not always pick the winner but I always pick the best candidate. I helped out Councilman Pacheco the first time when he won and everybody and their mothers were against him. Hertzberg did not win but he was definietly the best candidate for Mayor (I decided to work for Hertzberg when nobody gave him a chance to win). Call it whatever streak you want but I am 100% at picking the best candidate.

As for Councilman Pacheco, he will hit the ground running, deliver for the district, complete all the outstanding projects and represent the district, and that is in two years time. It will take anyone elsetwo years just to get to know how to do the job. I have nothing against Huizar. He is a good family man who wants to do good in the district. But wanting to do good and actually delivering are two different things. Pacheco has delivered and will contiue to deliver.

I too am a resident of CD14 and live across the street from Garvanza Park in Highland Park. So I have a personal interest too.

As for the Anybody But Councilman Pacheco person, it is easy to be aginst something anonymously but hard to be for someting in public. Try it in the future, you will be a better person for it. This is the type of devisive politics we do not need in CD14.

I still work for Hertzberg but will be leaving soon.

Just updating you on the facts.

Robert Urteaga

P.S. Thanks for saying nice things about me Councilman Pacheco!!!

May 30, 2005 9:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love you Robert.

May 31, 2005 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Antonio would have had more field staffers like Robert the people wouldn't have been so critical. The problem was Antonio without a dobubt had the worst staff to be working with commnity members. They are arrogant, incompetent, uneducated and plain and simple morons. Pacheco's staff was one of the best. They truly cared and the constituents knew it. Things got done immediately and they had great follow up. They attended community meetings and actually thanked and appreciated the residents for showing up. You never got that from ADV's people. They would leave after 10 mins of being on their cell phones.

May 31, 2005 6:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am a big Huizar supporter but only because Nick is a "has been" and a "never was". I'm still surprised to learn that Nick ran for DA (Ok, that's another story).

However, if Maria Elena runs, I'll drop Jose in a NYC second. It's about time CD 14 was represented by a woman.

June 01, 2005 6:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Robert fishing for some kind of job?

June 01, 2005 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I like Robert's statement. I have seen him out in the community and he truly is a nice guy. Very humble and straightforward, not like most "staffer" types who tend to be arrogant and don't stand for anything.

Also, I think Maria Elena should stay out of this race. Yes, it would be great to see a woman run and win but what CD14 needs and deserves right now is someone who will be devoted to CD14-- not someone like Maria Elena who will certainly come in with a bigger agenda that will have to be carried out on the backs of CD14 residents. We're tired and we want some good old fashioned city services, some pothole fixings, ribbon cuttings, town hall meetings, etc.

June 01, 2005 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our vote FOR AV in the run-off (pun intended) was to get him out of CD14.
If you lived in CD14 you'd understand the logic.

June 02, 2005 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Urteaga's rap is fine if you like disingenuous sanctimony.

June 03, 2005 10:15 AM  

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