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Thursday, May 12, 2005


Today's Los Angeles Times:

In February 2001, Pierce O'Donnell wrote Hahn, urging the city to join in a legal effort to recoup billions of dollars from natural-gas suppliers who had allegedly overcharged Los Angeles and others during the energy crisis.

Within weeks of that Feb. 23, 2001, letter, Hahn's office decided to file a lawsuit and join other plaintiffs in the coordinated legal effort, which eventually generated millions of dollars for the city and for O'Donnell's firm and other firms handling the cases...

On the day O'Donnell said his conversation with Hahn occurred, he wrote $9,000 worth of checks to employees, allegedly to cover donations to Hahn's mayoral campaign, according to a formal accusation filed against O'Donnell by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He is now being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office on misdemeanor charges of making a total of $25,500 in illegal contributions to Hahn's 2001 campaign. O'Donnell, who was one of Hahn's biggest supporters in 2001, has consistently denied any wrongdoing...

At the same time that O'Donnell was talking to Hahn, he was writing checks to his employees to cover their contributions to Hahn's mayoral campaign, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission accusation filed last year...O'Donnell on Feb. 21, 2001, wrote $4,500 worth of checks to employees to cover contributions from them and their spouses, the accusation alleges.The next day, he wrote $9,000 worth of checks to employees, according to the commission's accusation.

Earlier, on May 23, 2000, he allegedly wrote $12,000 worth of checks to cover other contributions to Hahn. All the recipients of checks from O'Donnell later sent their own checks to the Hahn campaign. City campaign finance laws prohibit individuals from contributing more than $1,000 to a candidate in any election period...

How can this guy be our mayor again?

The corruption that Hahn has continually denied has landed on his very mayoral desk.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca is a Vignali sympathizer, so there you have it. It is the same little club, AV-Baca-Molina-Bexerra...

May 12, 2005 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SO ADV's slime-masters slip ANOTHER 4-year-old "white collar" criminal into the (maybe Hahn "helped" them), bogus pay-for-play roster with this Times story.

Hey, you over-paid, under-creative campaign hacks have been saying for a year or more now that Hahn is he equivalent of a mass-murderer, politically, a John Gotti-type. And his numbers are GOING UP. How's that strategy paying off NOW??

What in the Sam Hill makes you think ONE more, PLANTED (see-through slime-tactic), accusation of this kind makes ANY difference in the real world, any more?

One more body under Giants stadium, STILL can't be pinned to Hahn doing anything wrong. Hell, Hahn's non-denial denial came across stronger than the Times attempt to connect the dots back to him. I had to read the thing twice to understand how this will all conencted (after FOUR YEARS), and I practically a genius compared to most voters (sorry to say!)

More piffling innuendo -- keep looking for that last straw that break's the camels back. YEAH, you keep picking up 4-year-old "straws" while Jimmy keeps nailing "child-murderer coddling" Tony's overused pecker to the line-up wall.

You MAY find that last straw weeks from now (you been looking for YEARS) - but PROBABLY not. You WON'T find the antidote to the poison that ADV unleashed on his own career by being SOFT on anti-crime legislation. There IS no cure for that pathology in the minds of people with little kids, no-so-little-kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc., etc., etc.

Little Tony HITS the mat again, another knock-out punch from Hahn, rope-a-doping the pimping (and sometimes "conveniently) "poping" Antonio.

May 12, 2005 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Parker Antonio must have sent you an e-mail pressuring you to post this story. Intersting you failed to post the following...

The letter emerged less than two weeks after Villaraigosa returned $47,000 in donations from employees of two Florida companies and their relatives.

On Sept. 27, 2004, Villaraigosa had dinner with Sean Anderson, the president of Travel Traders, one of the Florida companies, and Art M. Gastelum, a lobbyist who represents Los Angeles International Airport concessionaires. Villaraigosa said they did not talk about the airport.

The day after Anderson dined with Villaraigosa, employees of S.E. Florida Investments, which is affiliated with Anderson's firm, contributed $10,000 to Villaraigosa. Their relatives gave $3,000.

Villaraigosa collected an additional $34,000 for his mayoral campaign from employees of Travel Traders and S.E. Florida Investments and their relatives.

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley opened a preliminary inquiry April 29 into whether the $47,000 had been laundered.

May 12, 2005 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If he "gives the money back" like little caught red-handed casting a council vote the same week Tony V. - can he be mayor again?

Pretty please -- at LEAST he gets a few things done. ADV is MOTION-less (unless its a pay-for-play motion, before the COMMOTION when he gets caught!)

May 12, 2005 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yawn, yawn, yawn, (zzzzzzz). Boy do you people now how to LOSE the voters attention. Who ARE these penny ante campaign contributors from four years ago....how many more people who tried to swindle BOTH the voters AND Hahn are you going to trot out. These aren't LATE hits, people these are LATE misses.

NO BODY CARES that Hahn got a few thousand extra bucks in the LAST election. If you WANT to got back and say he SHOULD not have won then.. just do it. (Ask for a recount!?)

If you want to axe him from office NOW, then put up a candidate who's not a do-nothing, criminal-coddling, ACLU-loving, stutttering, stammering, vague and vapid, incompetent absentee loser.

Tough darts. Write in Hertzberg!

May 12, 2005 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So SUDDENLY, the L.A. Times is WORTHY of blog heading again. (What happened to "pick it up yourself" -- back when they were nailing Tony's little corrupt hide right and leftie?)

SOOO transparent -- just like the ADV hacks planting this one.

We get the picture, ADV Toadies. YOU THINK HAHN IS CORRUPT...

How come in 4 years nobody has proven a thing?

BECAUSE -- it's ALL smoke and mirrors to hide the FACT that ADV is a lousy excuse for a replacement.

May 12, 2005 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today Antonio talked about his transportation plan. Forget that he's CHAIR OF TRANSPORTATION Committe for 2 yrs and hasn't done anything. LA Times has such lazy reporters that they have to get stories from Antonio's camp. BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT

May 12, 2005 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone out there know if the Floridagate investigation can go to the Attorney General since it involves the airports and another state.

I'm asking because I don't know, I am just curious if anyone kind enough can answer, thanks.

May 12, 2005 11:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Los Angeles Times continues their vendetta with the Hahn family. Perhaps they will do a special edition from now until election day, so they will have the space to make extra attacks on Jim Hahn.

There are a lot of questions I could ask about this story, which if you read it carefully says nothing even close to wrong about any action of Jim Hahn's, but instead I will content myself with asking a basic question about how they chose to run the story.

Antonio Villaraigosa was criticized by several good government groups for his fundraising activities as Assembly Speaker.

Specifically, Antonio took several controversial actions as Assembly Speaker that favored Keith Brackpool a major political donor financially.

After leaving the Assembly, Antonio went to work for Brackpool at what was reported to be a very large salary.

Why has the LA Times not written one story on the Brackpool situation or on any other controversies that surrounded Antonio's actions as Assembly Speaker?

Oh, I'm sorry, that's a stupid question. Obviously it could bring down Antonio's vote totals and maybe help Hahn win. You don't want people to think the Times is really a newspaper instead of a partner in major development projects do you.

May 12, 2005 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that tape (damaging ADV conversations) from the volunteer kid is going to be made public on May 16th, the day before the election.

May 12, 2005 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:48 a.m.

Any chance the Times will include STAPLES CENTER ads in that special edition??


May 12, 2005 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did you bring up Staples Center?

Is it due to Meruelo?

May 12, 2005 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Hahn + Pierce O'Donnell = Corruption

End of Story

May 12, 2005 11:59 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Man the Hahn folks have to pedal faster than ever now! Keep cutting and pasting, typing and more. Don't worry about knocking on doors, cause this is more important.

May 12, 2005 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm not a Villaraigosa or Hahn supporter, I am not voting because of lack of a good candidate. I was told to come to this site and read the posts. I have been doing so for a while, I find it amusing and interesting as this is an example of a new era (format) of information that will increase in the future. I plan to research this phenomenon and convince others of it's importance to future elections. Perhaps, next time, we have a better selection of candidates for those that are undecided in the public arena.

May 12, 2005 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SVREP, is it under investigation? Why did Gonzalez write that letter requesting Hahn to reprimand Kuwata? Does that mean its an all fair game and Villaraigosa can be requested to reprimand Meruelo for buying up Taylor Yard, or reprimand himself for fraud and pay for play?

May 12, 2005 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony Villar + Travel Traders = Corruption

End of story (so he gave the money back -- he VOTED they wany they wanted!)

May 12, 2005 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous Anon-Some wrote a letter citing illicit activities to the Attorney General on SVREP and Barrio Planners. My sister works for SVREP and she has witnesses suspicious activities, but if under oath, she will talk. She is not going down alone.

May 12, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Times "special edition" Staples Center "Pay 4 Play" bogus journalism credibility scandals.

Look it up!

May 12, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa + Meruelo= Corruption, No LAUSD highschool, back room deals, and pay for play.

May 12, 2005 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This IS knocking on doors... MEDIA doors.

More people reading the ADV Florida scams that ever.
EVERY story ADV hacks try to pitch to make Hahn look bad from FOUR YEARS ago, includes LARGE notation... "ADV is under investigation for the SAME shit, THIS year!!!"

MAN, are his hacks stupid, or what... KEEP that Florida thing IN the media, by STILL pinging Times with Hahn campaign matters.

Florida had STARTED to die down, but NOT ANYMORE.

BANG, another ADV campaign hack shoots Tony V. in the FOOT... never fails, they ALWAYS flail!

May 12, 2005 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, with Tony V. she would have to be DESCENDING the ladder, yes?

May 12, 2005 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is off topic, but did anyone see Molina shouting at the Burke and vice versa?

May 12, 2005 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glora Molina is fat and ugly. Villaraigosa is short and ugly.

What do we have with these two?

Ugly and Ugly

May 12, 2005 12:19 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Holy Con, Batman. If Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa's political insultants keep seeding old Hahn campaign contribution stories to the local media, I MAY just have to up my predictions another percentage point - for Hahn.

They really are giving the more-recent Florida funny munny story longer legs than their boss has ever displayed in a citywide race.

The rest of the week should be lots of fun, but I'm not sure ADV® has any more "feet" left for his own team to shoot him in, between now and next Tuesday. . .

May 12, 2005 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The press conference for ADV is to "respond" to Hahn's ads about crime-coddling, with women from "all over the city."

The ADV groupies attack Hahn an masse. That should be shrill, and uninviting. This will just reinforce ADV's image as the candidate of the wounded puppy lovesick women voters of the city.

Bang, ANOTHER backfire! Maybe they'll pull out the "Hahn let wife beaters go" tripe.

Bang, bang! DOUBLE backfire.

Domestic violence to trump child killers. Boy are they just TRYING to make ADV lose.

I think so. If he becomes mayor, ADV's campaign hacks don't make any more money off him for another 4 years.
If he LOSES, they get to pump him flaccid career accomplishments up again in another year or two.

GOTTA make the payment on this SoPas-adjacent homes SOMEHOW!

May 12, 2005 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's NO soundbite defense that's going to take the sting out of those grieving mommy ads.

Sorry dudes, you HAD to know this was coming and gambled on the WRONG core issues.

May 12, 2005 12:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio Villaraigosa cancelled his press conference with the women today.

May 12, 2005 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


May 12, 2005 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the end, the decision next week becomes simplified in that...

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

Someone prove me wrong, last chance, only 5 days remaining in this opportunity.

May 12, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous : 12:49 PM

You are absolutely right!

That story from about SVREP and the poll that was taken amongst possible latino voters was a sham.

"SVREP also assisted the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) in conducting a poll to determine the pulse of the Latino electorate on key election issues and preferences. WCVI sponsored a poll of recently registered Latino voters in Los Angeles. Latino voters were asked in sequence (1) whether they would be voting; (2) if they planned to vote by mail; and (3) for whom the registered voter intended to vote in the upcoming election."

Immediately WCVI comes out with their own story:

LOS ANGELES, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent survey of recently registered Latino voters in Los Angeles conducted by the William C. Velasquez Institute from April 23rd to May 4th showed that 50% indicated support for Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa with only 3.6% giving support to the incumbent Mayor James Hahn. An unusually large group of voters indicated being undecided at 46.4%.
The polling sample was drawn from a group of 45,000 Los Angeles Latinos that registered to vote between August 18, 2004 and April 1, 2005. A total of 4,875 voters were interviewed.

WCVI Los Angeles Vote 2005 Survey: Candidate Preference

3.6% 50.0% 46.4%

Source: WCVI Survey from April 23 to May 4, 2005


May 12, 2005 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SVREP sole purpose is to gain latino candidates in office. Regardless of what they say in the media. This poll is a sham and they have manipulated those numbers, go to their website, it promotes latino only, it does not promote African American, Asian, Indian, European, Anglosaxon ethnicites. It only serves as a catalyst to promote Latino public officials and future public officials regardless of their criminal background.

May 12, 2005 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Response to Misleading Hahn Ad (05/12/2005)
On Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 12:00 pm, women from across Los Angeles will meet outside of Mayor James Hahn’s Office to respond to the new television ad that mischaracterizes Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa’s record of fighting crime, punishing criminals, and protecting children.

Mayor's Office
City Hall, Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA

May 12, 2005 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmm, Baca, the top COUNTY cop, vs. Bratton, the top CITY cop. AND, it looks like Bratton sending out feelers, just in case ADV does win.

Guess that means Parks' district gets a special election, too... when ADV re-appoints the Rampart Scandal kind back into LAPD.

Yikes. That would mean lousy mayor AND lousy police chief in the same stroke of an ink-a-dot.

May 12, 2005 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anon you forgot all the corrupt cronies of ADV, Hernandez who should be behind bars but is working for Parks on council, Alatorre the cocaine addict who is always in council, and Muerlo the developer. Now we know he bought that LAUSD land to trade for a parcel piece in downtown LA next to staples. I guarantee Jose Huizar was in cahoots with this land deal. Media should go after that and find out when he knew and that he did absolutely nothing cause Antonio promised Jose the CD14 seat. Word is Jose will never ever get that seat. He's burned himself.

May 12, 2005 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca is a Vignali sympathizer, so there you have it. It is the same little club, AV-Baca-Molina-Bexerra...

May 12, 2005 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a disgrace, with over 50% drop out rate! GET JOSE HUIZAR OUT OF OFFICE! What can we do as parents of LAUSD children to get this man out of LAUSD, he is corrupt and does not care about the future of LAUSD.

May 12, 2005 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i. Sheriff Baca's Relationship with the
Sheriff Baca met Horacio Vignali in 1991 through ``Latinos
for Riordan,'' a group which supported the election of Richard
Riordan as Mayor of Los Angeles.Beginning in 1993, Baca
and Horacio Vignali began having one-on-one contacts, including
lunches and other social meetings. Over the course of the
years that followed, Baca became friends with Horacio Vignali
and his wife, Luz, and even visited the Vignali home on five or
six occasions. Vignali became a major supporter of Baca.
Vignali contributed $11,000 to Baca's campaigns for Sheriff
between 1994 and 2001.Vignali also hosted three
fundraisers for Baca at the C&H Body Shop, each of which
raised, according to Baca, between $60,000 and $70,000 for his

May 12, 2005 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Smartest ADV campaign move in weeks, if they did cancel that press conference.

Someone with "outside" eyes needs to help these "true believers" out with the overall "perception" issues. Given ADV's history and "rep" isn't that the LAST thing he needs, to be seen standing in the middle of a bunch of women (looking like the "sheik" brought his harem out for the day?) No doubt he'd have the nutcase wounded puppy from LA32 exposed here yesterday along, ranting and raving... hopefuly NOT packing heat at City Hall, however.

You got a Million bucks, ADV... cut a response ad. Tell people you LIKE children (with mustard, on lightly toasted bread!)

How hard can that be, there are EMPTY sound studios in your OWN district suffering from lack of business development support on your part.

Put some cameramen to work, besides the news media ones.

May 12, 2005 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca first learned of Carlos Vignali's trouble with the law
through his own deputies. In 1994, detectives from his
narcotics bureau went to the C&H Body Shop to arrest Carlos
Vignali.\155\ Vignali had already been indicted in Minnesota,
and detectives had just been able to identify the person
previously known as ``C-Low'' on surveillance tapes as Carlos
Vignali. When the detectives went to the C&H Body Shop, Horacio
told them that Carlos Vignali was not there.\156\ After the
detectives left, Horacio called Baca to ask why the detectives
had been there and why they were looking for his son.\157\
Baca, who at the time was Chief of Field Operations for Region
II of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office,\158\ told
Horacio that he would look into the matter.\159\ Baca called
the detective who had been by the body shop and asked him why
he was looking for Carlos Vignali.\160\ The detective explained
the matter to Baca, and Baca called Horacio back and explained
that he should have his son meet with detectives at the body
shop. Baca made a point of not informing Horacio Vignali why
investigators were looking for Carlos and simply told Horacio
that he should have his son show up at the body shop to speak
to investigators.\161\ Shortly thereafter, Carlos did show up
at the body shop, and he was arrested.

May 12, 2005 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

HEY, if you can get Blind-sided Huizar out of LAUSD, PLEASE don't send him to the CD14 city council office... ain't we had enough do-nothings there the past two years.

Give us a stinkin' break!

May 12, 2005 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Proving ADV is NOT a pathological liar should be fairly easy - unless it's true. He's been elected to public office 4 times and spent 2 years in each time. He had to have made campaign promises each time, all public record. Anyone who wants to disprove this challenge just has to show -- he made ALL these promises when he ran, he delivered on them on these dates during that term.

We've sure seen LOTS of examplese here of what he has failed to keep promises on -- most notable since 2003 was not running for mayor, and doing something about the high homicide rates in his district (now climbing even higher).

He also promised in '03 to hire more adept, diligent staff members (that's been contested daily), and... what else?

The challenge SHOULD be easy to take on... UNLESS the poster is correct, and he has never kept campaign promises.

In which case, everything on his plate in the current race is pretty much worthless, too. Especially since the new list of promises are MUCH more difficult to deliver than ones for 2 years ago, for example.

May 12, 2005 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, ADV couldn't even keep his (secret) promise to Travel Traders in Miami without getting his "equipment" caught in the nutcracker last month.

May 12, 2005 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did someone really write a letter to the Attorney General about SVREP and Barrio Planners? I'm doing a story on this, if the person who wrote it, tell us a bit about what you wrote.

My current research is on SVREP, the car raffle, Molina, Parra, etc..

Can someone give me a lead on Alvin Parra and previous campaign fund laundering by buying up property under his sisters name in San Bernardino? Who does Alvin Parra work for now? What is the sister's name?

May 12, 2005 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin Parra works for CHARO. I know there's a poster who has a lot more on him. Think he's getting paid by Southwest as well cause he's sent tons of e-mails to people using their name.

Antonio didn't have that press conf. cause then Hahn could have blasted him on all the LIES he has on his tv ads. IT makes me sick to see the outright lies he's telling people. KARMA

May 12, 2005 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin Parra works for CHARO. I know there's a poster who has a lot more on him. Think he's getting paid by Southwest as well cause he's sent tons of e-mails to people using their name.

Antonio didn't have that press conf. cause then Hahn could have blasted him on all the LIES he has on his tv ads. IT makes me sick to see the outright lies he's telling people. KARMA

May 12, 2005 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Times ran this story on the FRONT page (usually reserved for national news), re: MISDEMEANOR charges. . .

How transparently BIASED is that coverage?! What's next, posting speeding tickets given to Hahn staffers.

J,M & J!

This is why that story was batting about a few weeks back about staffers revolting over dishing dirt on Hahn's family. The big guns there have a hard-on to unseat Hahn. They've been backseat observers to every major campaign win in the city, state, and nation for decades, or more, and they've got it into their system they can be kind makers/breakers on this one. Yet the paper continues to be less and less relevant to city life.

May 12, 2005 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know who David Cobb is? He is apparently Jose Huizar's "speical assistant". WTF does that mean?

May 12, 2005 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"king" makers/breakers...

May 12, 2005 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's the stuff on Southwest

Alvin Parra is known to launder money and buy up property under his siblings names. He has property up in San Bernardino with taxpayers dollars under a sister's name

It's 501(c)3 previous poster and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project under Antonio Gonzalez has nevr acted as a non-profit. Gonzlaez uses this project as his personal pigy bank. The main benefactor of SWVREP is Gloria Molina who has sifted hundreds of thousands from her personal "discretionary" fund to SWVREP. And guess why, because Gonzalez is married to Alma Martinez, Gloria's chief of staff. Gonzalez had first dibs on Alma aftr Tony got through with her, just like Miguel and Maria Elena Durazo. This is why Gonzalez is referred to as THE WHORE by CSUN professor, Dr. Rudy Acuna, the father of Chicano Studies.

SWVREP has tried carnivals, bounties, and expensive billboards, all to no avail. $125,000 to get 12,500 registered voters - $10 per regitration, and 90% of these were probably just change of address - pathetic. If such a project were successful, the number would be up in the hundreds of thousands - 550,000 elligible Latinos will still stay home May 17th.

It is surely unethical given the fact that Gloria Molina's "discretionary fund" which she gets $1,000,000 every year that she can do a she pleases - Gloria has been an ineffective Supervisor for 15 years now, do the math - this is taxpayer dollars. But SWVREP will probably get away with it, just as they did for Tony in 2001 and 2003 - because technically they are supposed to be non-partisan. Although we all know that partisan can mean any given side in a campaign, SWVREP interprets this part of the law as a reference to partisan politics - you know, Republican/Democrats/Green. Since the last three Tony opponents have been Democrats - Hahn 2001, Pacheco 2003, Hahn 2005 and they have all been in non-partisan races, as the L.A. elections are conducted - they think they'll get away with it.

BTW, to launch a District Attorney investigation all that is needed is a written complaint detailing suspected illicit activities -it can even be anonymous! This comes directly from the "how to stymie political opposition" room at Gloria Molina's Office at the Kenneth Hahn County Administration Building. The current caretaker of this room is non other than Gerry Hertzberg, Huggy Bear's special little brother.

May 12, 2005 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the guy who is writing the story on SVREP. Well, in regards to Alvin Parra, all I know is that he has siblings, the one about the property is Belinda, she is a drunk, has a temper, and sleeps around or something like that. I don't know her last name, but she is married. Alvin also had his own scandal back in 2003. Here is a piece from a Steve Lopez.

"Homer Simpson of L.A. Politics Seemed to Be After the Doh!
Let's be honest, men. At times, there are things you simply don't want your wife to know about. Problem is, she always finds out,
and you always end up in the doghouse. Am I right, or am I right?

Just take the case of Alvin Parra, a political operative who works for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Parra went behind the back of his wife,Nellie Rios-Parra, and drafted a plan to get her elected to the Los Angeles school board.
Good intentions.Dumb move.

Someone leaked Parra's harebrained scheme to The Times -- a scheme that proposed hitting up the city's biggest powerbrokers for millions of dollars -- and now the thing has blown up in his face.

Rios-Parra wept when she heard what her lesser half had done. The next day, she dismissed his plan as "ridiculous." We never learn, do we? Even when we're trying to do something nice, we manage to
mess it up in ways we never imagined. I rang Parra's office to find out if he's sleeping on
the couch, but he didn't return my calls.

Three-to-one his wife took away his phone privileges.Here's what the poor fool did: On Nov. 1, Parra read a Times story alleging that Eli Broad, with a little help from his friend Dick Riordan, was offering a $10-million-plus package to Occidental College if its president ran against an L.A. Unified school board member who refuses to be their lapdog.

A light bulb went on. If Broad and Riordan were throwing money around, Parra figured, why not get in on the action? I must admit I had the same idea. If these guys want to buy what little they don't already own, I'm still ready to offer my services. The day Parra wrote his memo, I wrote a column telling the Big Boys that if they needed another yes man on the school board, I'd be their dummy for a mere $3 million.

Parra, the rat, undercut me by $1 million. He said Broad and Riordan's political action committee should go ahead and give a few million to Occidental to make it look like they intended to all along, and then give $2 million to his wife's school district, Lennox.

That way, Rios-Parra's superintendent would be happy to pay her full salary -- she's director of the district's preschool program --even after she went part time so she could work on the L.A. school board.

"Nellie gets its [sic] all and there is no loss [sic] $," Parra wrote in a memo to his wife's campaign manager.

Nice to know that Molina hires only the best and the brightest.

Parra also suggested tapping the Big Boys for a cool $400,000 to
finance his wife's campaign, and "we control the expenses."

(Note to hacks everywhere: If you're going to play ball, play
hardball. Start at no less than a you write yourself into the deal as a consultant.)

Parra offered an explanation that Broad and Riordan's Coalition
for Kids might use to say why it suddenly decided to back his

"In any public comment, they need to say something like ... 'Nellie
was not our first choice, but now that she is looking at this race,
she clearly is the best candidate.... ' "

Clever, huh?
And what was he thinking when he wrote:

"Nellie doesn't know about this."

The minute he put those words on paper, Parra was a condemned
man. Rios-Parra was, of course, destined to know about it. She
would see it in his eyes, sniff it out, then let him have it.
They always find out.

"I had no idea that Alvin wrote this memo, and strongly oppose
everything contained in it," Rios-Parra said Tuesday in a prepared
statement that was accompanied by an apology from her husband.

"The demands and conditions contained in it are ridiculous," she went on.
Amen, sister.

Parra says he reconsidered his own scheme and never sent the
memo to anyone; all sides are saying they never saw it.

Doesn't matter. Parra has single-handedly managed to raise suspicions about his
own wife. And it doesn't help that Broad and Riordan's coalition --
which is dying to unseat David Tokofsky -- has shoveled $121,000 into Rios-Parra's campaign.
In the end, Parra couldn't have done Tokofsky a bigger favor. How can we think of Rios-Parra as anything but Broad and Riordan's stooge, thanks to her husband?

He'd be lucky to get the couch at this point.

But the deadliest flaw in Parra's get-rich-quick scheme was that even if it worked, he was going to end up sounding like one of the
Chipmunks when his wife got through with him. If she hasn't already, she'll hit him where it hurts and ask the following question:
Did he think so little of her that he believed she couldn't win without his help?
For men who are wondering, there is only one way to respond to the question.

You hang your head, you cower, you weep. Wet your pants if you have to. But you never, ever, under any circumstances, try to explain.

You'll only make it worse.
Steve Lopez

May 12, 2005 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Steve Lopez Story on Alvin Parra


May 12, 2005 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD "special assistants" are responsible for slowing down the process of acquiring prime real estate for badly needed schools. That ways campaign contributors and cronies can wisk in and buy it to "save" the seller from imminent, uh, um, non-sale?

They also hire people to prepare full-page ads for school board members -- even when they're running UNOPPOSED in their district races -- just in case they have an opportunity to run for some "other" political position, that keeps their name recognition up and their political "options" alive.

Huizar ran several VERY large ads in local papers on the Eastside when he ran for re-election to LAUSD's board. But he had NO opponent and got 100 percent of the vote (of course). BUT, this was all happening as Villaraigosa was looking like a definite to make the runoff and would possibly/probably leave his council seat and create a vacancy.

SO, that means Huizar spent SCHOOL BOARD campaign money, to begin his quest for a CITY COUNCIL seat.

(Is that legal?)

He learned from his mentors, however... ADV put out an off-cycle report on his CD14 "accomplishments" (basically nothing new since the on-cycle 12-month report) just before the primary -- making district budgets pay for a not-very well disguised campaign propaganda piece to help him run for mayor. It was the equivalent of what comgressmen used to do before ethics groups clapped down on them -- sending campaign mailers out in the form of "letters" to constituents, with "franking" privileges JUST before the next election.

May 12, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank's for the "special assistant" definition. However, it still doesn't anwer my question, who is David Cobb? And where did he come from?

May 12, 2005 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mark Googan just blasted Antonio's big lie on the child abuse bill. That's probably the reason Antonio canceled his press conf. Reporters were given documents that showed Antonio's voting record on AB2258 and he's been saying he voted the following week on a better bill. WELL GUESS WHAT???? HE DIDN'T HE LIED AND THE REPORTERS HAD THE DOCUMENTS TO PROVE IT. Shame shame on you. Hahn was telling the truth. Antonio is nothing more than a common criminal off the street wearing a suit.

May 12, 2005 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you want to find out about ADV's affair, you can call

Hi! I’m Jennie Carreon-Lacey, one of the Field Coordinators for the Villaraigosa for Mayor campaign. I just wanted to share with you a brief report on our exciting grassroots mobilization summit from this past weekend.

Eastside Campaign Headquarters 1868 East 1st Street
corner of 1st and State
Call (323) 262-1724

May 13, 2005 12:11 PM  

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