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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Stein Time Has Come To An End

Some time ago, we reported that Ellen Stein would be out from her cushy spot on the city's Board of Public Works. Insiders had expected Stein - the wife of connected attorney Ted Stein - to slide off before the end of 2004.

With the landslide loss of James Hahn, without comment or reason, three days later Stein has resigned from the board.

Maybe Cynthia Ruiz - who was allegedly dumped from the board by Mayor Hahn for being a Villaraigosa supporter - might get to come back. The ironic thing is that Ruiz was dumped to have Hahn replace her with longtime Councilman Tony Cardenas aide Yolanda Fuentes - which at the time was thought to be a quid pro quo bone thrown to Cardenas.

Didn't work, Cardenas eventually endorsed Villaraigosa.

54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hit the road jack, don't come back no more, no more, no more, no more... Hit the road jack, don't you come back no more!!!

May 21, 2005 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am surprsied that more people have not resigned their commission appointments. Paid or unpaid. Do they just wait to get replaced?

I have heard that the treatment some of them received from Natalie Reyes and her incompetent staff was so unbelievable , some of them actually voted for Antonio.

May 21, 2005 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tick, tick, tick...

The clock? Nope, the visitor counter to Mayor Spam's Cyster Sissy grinding to a halt.

Tick........

May 21, 2005 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First Sunday after the historic election and ADV is gone from the front page of the A section, Regional, and relegated to the back end of Opinion.

The "invisible mayor" has become the non-existent one.


Read about him on the pages of the MIAMI HERALD!

May 21, 2005 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What if ADV held a "photo op" and nobody came? Any day now. . .

That's what happened with the doggie parke boondoggle. The host community and the organizers BOYCOTTED the campaign photo op.

People will catch on real fast now that he's alone.

Real fast. . .

May 21, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV won, now get over him!

May 21, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe it's time to stop beating up Hahn's people. Can you say "overkill" how about kicking him while he's down.

Your empty suit won.

Shake his sweaty hands, (he's getting very nervouse now!)

May 21, 2005 2:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM NACHO FROM PICO:

Overkill on Hahn? To be honest with all of you, it's overkill on both sides.

All the Hahnistas who just can't seem to let go that Villaraigosa won still continue to trash talk him, when really, nobody cares anymore. Say what you please about the Florida donors, but it's hard to say something about one incident when your guy has a portfolio full of them. All the b.s. talk dragging in his staff is pointless, because he won and nobody cares about the gossip that we all know is untrue. Get over it and move on with your lives.

And for the Villaraigosistas, it's a great time to celebrate, and you should take this weekend to do so. But now the true work begins and it's time to stop all the Hahn-hating and move towards uniting a city that desparately needs it. Talking about the flaws that Hahn has or what he did in his administration is pointless because now your guy runs the city. Use this opportunity to outreach to those who didn't support Villaraigosa so that you can build a movement of progressive ideas in L.A. that will serve as a model for the rest of the big cities in the U.S.

Look, I know that there are going to be some adults on both sides who are a bunch of big kids and can't get the fact that as adults, we need to lead by example and show what type of mature individuals that we are (at least that I hope we are).

L.A. is just too damn important to spend our time on this fucken blog shit talking. Check your egos at the door everybody, we have work to do.

May 21, 2005 3:05 PM  

Blogger Charlie Carnow said:

Amen Nacho from Pico! Amen. We all need to sit down and see what happens - get working and forget all the negative crap that went down during the election and watch and wait rationally to see if change and other good stuff happens rather than rehearse what was an extremely crappy civic dialogue during the mayoral election.

May 21, 2005 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ellen has been a wonderful commissioner and sweet person; Angelenos owe her a debt of gratitude. Even her husband Ted, people in the know say he can be very arrogant and confrontational, but not a crook. He has rubbed many people the wrong way over the years and they are paying him back by perpetuating innuendos and perceived wrongdoings. If not already, he will be exonerated.

May 21, 2005 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM NACHO FROM PICO:

See what I mean people? There will always be people like Anon 8:17 pm. I bet that they are happy nobody knows who they are, because I'm sure that it wouldn't be too hard to get REAL dirt on them. But oh well, let them feel like if they play some role within the political circles of this city. Remember, nobody cares. People will get a quick laugh and then move on and they won't remember tomorrow a word of what you said. It must suck to know that's how society sees you.

May 21, 2005 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mrs. ruiz was appointed to public works with the help of gil cedillo.

please to all blogger on both sides the election is over and antonio is now the mayor come 7/1/2005.

my advice to av people enjoy your victory with style do not become bitter winners.

May 21, 2005 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Nacho, its unbelievable how you ADV lovers crucified Hahn for the last year. You said every and any dirty thing you could. Plus this website helped you guys out a lot. Now that Antonio is the Mayor everyone is suppose to all of a sudden be nice to him. Bullshit! Antonio better get thick skinned and tone down that temper cause this is nothing compared to what he's in for being a Latino mayor.

May 21, 2005 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

attention all latino/a who blog on this site. antonio is the mayor come 7/1/05 we must all stand behind him to ensure he success. if, av wants to be a bitter winner that his problem until them cheer him on.

May 21, 2005 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave Ellen alone. She is a lovely lady who did her job well. Her only blindspot was her husband. She deserves credit for her loyaly and caring of her husband, regardless of his abusive, arrogang and offensive behavior towards most.

If she were not married to Ted, she would still be a commissioner. How disapointing that she would be mesmerized by Ted Stein.........who has cost the City millions of dollars by his mascinations and by his awful behavior in running major departments of the City like a monopoly game.

May 21, 2005 11:10 PM  

Blogger M said:

Overall, I don't see how Villa's personal failings (hey, we all have them, but he has them in numbers not normally seen in typical folks!!!) won't slop over into his job.

You don't show complete bad judgment, disloyalty, and just plain bad behavior in your personal life and somehow turn it off in your professional life.

Unfortunately, he will disappoint and get all the yuck over all of you as constitutents. Just watch it play out. I hope he changes. But so far, he has a pretty bad track record on judgment and faithfulness.

I'm sorry you had such awful choices for mayor. You deserved better.

May 22, 2005 12:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ted Stein is making a deal; he will be indicted, but get off light. He will be turning someone, but who could it be?

Maybe someone married to a Federal Appeals Court Judge?

Sleep well, for you know who you are...

The other shoe wil be dropping soon.

Did you really expect Ted to take the rap alone and serve time? If so, you didn't really know Ted, did you? All for one and one for Ted.

Well, we all did.

Ellen worked hard, but as one other said, she has a real blind spot when it comes to Ted and her little dogs.

The daughter is clueless and innocent and should not be charged with the sins of the father.

Time to move on with this stuff; let the Feds and the DA sort out the old crap...the electorate has spoken and we have a new day in LA.

Move on to better business and a cleaner administration.

LA has a chance to be world class if we pull together...

May 22, 2005 1:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. IS world class... has been for years -- catch up. Everyone wants to come here.

It's little Tony that has no class. And that will rub of on all he rubs up against.

He'll fall it's just a matter of how soon and how bad.

Don't matter if he's got the whole sity pulling for him -- he's a fatally flawed character too thin-skinned to learn from his mistakes.

Get over him, he won, but get over him before he takes you down, too.

May 22, 2005 2:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From Nacho to Anon 8:41 pm:

Yeah, damn straight I criticized Hahn for the last few months, just like you probably did to Villaraigosa. And you want to know why that is??? Because it's a fucken election!!! You go and try to sell your candidate as best as you can, and point out the flaws that their opponent/s have so that your candidate can come out on top. That's the bottom line, and that's why EVERYBODY on this blog did it, including you and I.

Now, the election is over and Villaraigosa is beginning the heavy task of structuring his administration that has 6 weeks to get ready to take over. Go ahead and make statements of what he is doing now and how he is dealing with situation. 3 years from now when he starts to get ready for his re-election campaign, if he hasn't come through with his words, you can count on me being there to throw stones at him with you.

But for people to be bringing up false accusations that have nothing to do with his office, are without merit, or what needs to be done here in L.A. at this point is really pointless and without justification. I say that not only to you, but all the other bloggers, regardless of what side you were on.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. If there was something that Hahn did that worked, bring it up in here for others to read about its effectiveness. If there was something that took place under his watch that wasn't worth the time to promote it, bring it up in here. I'm sure that your traffic problems, environmental concerns, and worries regarding public safety deserve that level of attention.

Can we at least agree on that?

May 22, 2005 2:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most of the greatest leaders in the world were somehow fatally flawed. That is the human condition, we are all fatally flawed.

General PAtton Suffered with manic-depression. Abraham Lincoln suffered with MAjor Depression. Einstein was very slow in areas such as not coming in out of the rain. And of course he was flawed enough to help in the development of the atomic bomb- e=mc squared.

Now from what I have read Antonio Villaraigosa has had back surgery , knows what it is like to be paralyzed , has had throat surgery . ANd from what I have read in the papers suffers from Chronic Pain. THe Chronic pain is probably a remindeer everyday of his mortality and also probably reminds him he is still human. I suffered from Chronic pain , you better beleive I had a problem with moods. But look at him , he has made it , he is the Mayor.

We need to jump on the bandwagon , continue to hold his feet to the fire , like all other politicians and let our greivances be made known. Leadership in my book translates into service , if this COmmunity of Los ANgeles isn't served , well , then we can throw stones like someone else has said on this board.

May 22, 2005 5:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I disagree with both of you. Let's face it Villaraigosa was an incompetent councilman. He missed more city council meetings than any other and didn't have any SINGLE accomplishment to campaign on but things from 4 years ago. I have a problem with that. If he couldn't take care of his own district he can't run a city.

Antonio was protected by the media. Many reporters stated their editors didn't let them print what they wanted about his personal baggage. A lot of people have said those John Kerry e-mails telling them to vote for Antonio helped and the corrupt Southwest Voter Project that was suppose to be non partisan also.

Villaraigosa carries a lot of baggage from all the special interests who gave so generously in expectation the favor would be returned. He kept saying he wanted to clean city hall and he starts off with the same scandal.

May 22, 2005 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Victorious Villar is starting out with payback play. Nicko Patsarous is getting top "advisor" billing. This despite his previous open hatred of rail transit and his push for more and more buses. The 266,000 people a day who ride Metro rail and 41,000 a day who ride Metrolink prove him wrong, again. Besides, Nicko is a developer/lobbyist trying to get his projects approved at the MTA -- now he's got Villar to push them for him.

May 22, 2005 9:57 AM  

Blogger Republican for AV said:

Nick will not be part of the transition for the same reason that you will not see a lot of others close to Antonio. Anyone doing business with the City of lA, or wanting to, need not apply.

I am one as well.

Antonio is determined to have a clean administration; he realizes now that if it is not, he will not only not get reelected Mayor, he will never achieve higher office either.

So look for a squeaky clean administration with Antonio doing the right thing, or at least trying to do the right thing.

Everyone needs to cut him some slack and let's see where this goes.

If he runs a corrupt administration, I will oppose him as strongly, or even more strongly than I opposed Jimmy.

Let's watch the announcments prior to and on July 1.

May 22, 2005 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Republican for AV, did you see Channel 11 today, that show hosted by Tony Valdez. Who was on there as a surrogate for Tony - Richard Alatorre. What a tangle web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Tony may want to be clean - and I sincerely believe that -but when you make deals with as many devils as Tony has sooner or later you're going to get burned - just like Hahn. Watch the slime ooze from the wood work as all those corrupt hacks that will claim they, and only they, were responsible for Tony's victory take turns cashing in their chips.
Art Gastelum
Richard Muruelo
Richard Alatorre
Nick Patsouras
Bernard Parks and wife
Maxine Waters and family
all your Republican valley friends, think any of these will tolerate standing in line? It's just a matter of time.

May 22, 2005 11:17 AM  

Blogger Republican for AV said:

You left out lots more, including the Dragon Lady, herself, the mourning widow, Maria Elena Durazo.

However, I have been in many of the meetings and at his side, and know that people like Alatorre are seeking publicity and some image repair, thus offering themselves up as "advocates".

Those that purport to speak for Antonio had best be on their good behavior, as these are unauthorized and gratuitious appearances that are no wins with Antonio for the persons so engaged.

When staffing is settled, there will be plenty of time for a lot of us to contribute, but little to be taken.

It is a mistake to charge him with folks like Gastlum, Muerelo, Alatorre, etc. as anyone knows they are radioactive.

Antonio knows it as well, so give him a chance before condemning him for something he has not authorized or sanctioned.

In other words, "Chill Out"; come July 1, you can bloviate all you want as to things he does or doesn't do...

May 22, 2005 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Everyone needs to cut him some slack and let's see where this goes."

NOPE, sorry FAKE Republican. Been there got done by that. Heard that for TWO friggin' years while he was on city council. Apologists every day saying he was almost ready to get something done.

Guess where he "goes"... Miami, D.C.

Guess where he does not "goes" committee meetings, council meetings, neighborhood council meetings, contituent forums.

Saw a CSPAN video from a year ago where ADV he was speaking in D.C. last June, MONTHS before he announced he was running and WAY before a lot of the charges against Hahn's cronies came out (supposedly what prompted ADV to run).

The person who announced him as much as SAID he was going to run for mayor this year -- at that point he had been on council only 11 months.

ADV talked there about how universal healthcare was a "right" - tell that to your GOP friends, fraud.

(The scroll also called him "Antonia," pretty funny that) and it's the ONLY thing this person with "national presence" shows up on on CSPAN archives.

NO slack... the countdown started two years ago, not on July 1.

Cut him some rope for a noose instead, to hang himself with, politically.

May 22, 2005 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV won, GOP faker, you can stop pretending now.

May 22, 2005 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PULL Together they keep saying.

Who has caused all the division and dischord?

Antonia Villaraigosa.

Who's made it his favorite sport to diss and knock off other Latinos?

Antonia Villaraigosa.

Who has left the impression that "charismatic" minorities don't HAVE to keep their promises, they get a pass?

Antonia Villaraigosa.

Who has whined and bellyached about being attacked and is to thin skinned to even face up to his own record on issues?

Antonia Villaraigosa.

Pull together with him and we all go off the cliff together.

Sounds like a pretty sinister plot to me -- get a Latino in there after 130 years who can't keep his word or get anything done, and after he's swept out it will be another 50 years before people consider a qualified Latino serioulsy again for that job.

May 22, 2005 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa spoke briefly to his colleagues, thanking them for their understanding for his absences during the campaign and what his election as mayor meant to him. (ANTONIO SHOULD BE APOLOGIZING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS FOR BEING ABSENT)

Villaraigosa began the day visiting longtime Los Angeles Urban League President John Mack, Advisors said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and former Laker star and businessman Magic Johnson, who swung their considerable influence behind Villaraigosa during the campaign, will remain important links to the city's African American community. ...a close relationship with African American Councilman Bernard C. Parks. Among Villaraigosa's closest advisors is Swiller, a young environmental entrepreneur who worked for supermarket magnate and investor Ron Burkle and came to know Villaraigosa in Sacramento.

Hertzberg, who has become a leading voice for reforming the city's public schools could play a key role in any effort by Villaraigosa to increase the mayor's involvement in the public schools.

S. David Freeman, the colorful former general manager of the Department of Water and Power, has been a longtime Villaraigosa supporter and advisor on environmental issues.

Richard Alatorre, who represented Villaraigosa's 14th City Council District from 1985 until 1999 and who pleaded guilty in 2001 to failing to declare income from people seeking his influence, said he would continue to offer advice to Villaraigosa when asked.

But Villaraigosa remains close to many local labor leaders, including Maria Elena Durazo, widow of the late head of the county Federation of Labor, Miguel Contreras. Durazo heads Unite Here Local 11, which represents hotel workers engaged in protracted negotiations with downtown hotels.

May 22, 2005 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't it about time for another ADV photo op?

May 22, 2005 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cut him some slack?... He has had all the slack for the past 11 months by the media that was totally bias toward him

May 22, 2005 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV won the election Tuesday. It was a landslide.

Has anyone mentioned that lately?

He did, he won. Get over him.

Hertzberg's running his transition team - anyone mention that?

"You can fool all of th people some of the time..." But it's a bitch when they finally find out you're a fraud, ADV.

It's tar and feathers time...

TV today did a story on Cristobal Aguilar, Californio alcalde from 1870s. Seems one of the complaints against him was he ran away from an anti-Chinese riot in downtown and did nothing. 12 were killed.

What is it about running away?

Any thoughts Linda Breakstone, or does someone need to use the toilet?

May 22, 2005 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

See Mayor Scam no one is posting to your site anymore, you are finished.

May 22, 2005 12:43 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

May 22, 2005 1:06 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

To the above poster (ANON 12:43) thanks for all of your support and kind words.

Mayor Sam and Chief Parker are an institution now -- we are not going to go anywhere.

I am going to make it my personal mission however to ensure that Nick Pacheco does not get elected to the City Council.

May 22, 2005 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was 52% 48% Hahn
Didn't you see the final results.
You are all a bunch of Pathological Liars.

End of Story

May 22, 2005 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Finally! The Mayor and his incompetent staff will soon vacate the mayor's suite. I simply can't imagine anybody worse and more inept than Shannon Murphy and Julie Wong. Even if the mayor was doing anything, his press operation was too lame to get the message out. Shannon's interactions with reporters was laughable and completly embarassing. So much so that they were often forced to call her "boss" Julie and complain about her. Just about anyone that Antonio hires has got to be more capable than those two lame-brains.

May 22, 2005 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tim McOsker is a decent, but naive guy. Unfortunately, he didn't (or couldn't) protect the mayor from some really sleazy people. Worse, he hired several of them and had others appointed to key commissions. And, he let Doug Dowie tell Troy Edwards what to do--and how to do it--until the mayor's office became a pathetic puppet show. Dowie influenced a lot of key decisions in that office including putting Shannon Murphy in as communications director. Shannon was/is Doug's protegee and he was/is her mentor. Now they are both unemployed. And, together they brought down the entire Hahn administration (with just a tiny bit of help from sleazebag Troy). How about that?

May 22, 2005 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm going to help Antonio out with some sound advice. If he wants to work on crime, education and health all he has to do is go after the illegals in this city. Over 1/4 of criminals in jail are illegals, a public policy study done just last week stated that in the US over 21% of kids going to schools are illegal, and all the hospitals that have been closed down and suffered BILLIONS is because of the illegals.

May 22, 2005 4:18 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

Republican for AV is not "Fake GOP." I know who he is and he is a bona fide Republican and a Lincoln Club member. If he wants to out himself on this blog, that is completely up to him.

And for you Hahn supporters, study Jimmy's term in office- if you ever run for or hold office, don't make the same mistakes he did by chasing away the coalition that got you elected to office in the first place!

May 22, 2005 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone interested in resumes from former Hahn folks?

Just drop by Room 300 tomorrow, but be careful not to get hit by them flying out the door.

Antonio is Mayor; they are not.

May 22, 2005 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For all you people that blasted ADV's staff for being the worst in the world...I imaging you must understand you are the minority. If the staff was so damn bad, why did ADV get so much support in his own district? I'm tired of hearing your baseless accusations. The elections done. His staff will follow him to City Hall. I live in Eagle Rock and could not be any happier with the professionalism of his staff here. If anything I'm worried about whoever is next. Get over it already!!!!

May 22, 2005 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stupid Hahn bloggers. Go play in the freeway. Verrecke. Your shit is tired.

May 22, 2005 11:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You obviously never DEALT with the ADV staffers... oh, that's right, they tried their best NOT to deal with the public.

Eagle Rock is in the worst shape its been in in decades, look around.

His whole staff there doesn't even SHARE one stem cell, between them.

And he's already said most of them are too STUPID to take to city hall -- he's leaving them in CD14 until after a special slection and cutting them loose. Let the district be their "severence" package.

May 23, 2005 5:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CHIEF FAKER ABOVE,

Your LAST personal mission was to PROVE THERE were 80 neighborhood watches in CD14, so people would know ADV was not a shit-faced liar,

(YOU didn't; He is!)

You promised to post that on another site, before the election. I've talked to 3 SLOs since then, they have 5 watches between them, all pre-existing.

YOU are only CHIEF of one thing, B.S.

You had nothing to do with ADV getting elected and you will have even less to do with CD14's council election.

"Digital Divide" A-hole, your boy never addressed it, and his surrogate Huizar is the bag man for guys who steal school property, You think ANYONE in CD14 would vote for a guy on watch when the biggest school debacle since Belmont came down. When word gets out all around how badly LAUSD botched THAT, Huizar will be "Mr. Taylor Yard F-up." He'll not only not do well for city council, he'll wish he hadn't drawn attention to himself. They'll vote him out as president of the school board, too.

PLUS, Parke Skeleton's gonna run HUIZAR's Campaign -- let's talk MELO-ROOS bond in Cd14 (with no Villaraigosa charisma as a shield!)

Then it'll just be Pacheco, former head of the budget commitee for city council when it DID work vs. 2-bill, licenses for illegals Cedillo.

May 23, 2005 5:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Saw Huizar talking to City Council today -- he stutters and stammers and mis-pronounces words worse than ADV.

What a looser.

May 23, 2005 5:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, if it walks and talks like a FAKE GOP, it is.

End of that story. Must be some reason he's posting to an dying blog and not really active somewhere in GOP ranks, when they can hardly get 3 dozen people in a room to plan candidates.

May 23, 2005 5:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't let Parke(r) get you riled up you last few remaining CD14 bloggers, that's just what they want. They're dropping off the blog tarffic radio and becoming more "has been" that the outgoing mayor.

Months from now it'ss just be Sam and Parker in a circle jerk telling each other how "influential" they were in getting the next soon-to-be indicted mayor into office.

May 23, 2005 5:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ALL of the people, (just) SOME of the time...

May 23, 2005 5:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Everyone knows that Southwest Voter Registration was helping Antonio up to the last minute. All those new voter registrations they got and phone calls and outreach. They were suppose to be non partisan. I'm sure you all know also that they had people going into precints to vote for registered voters who didn't show up. Hey, we all know but it doesn't matter. Antonio better show this city in the first couple of months he can do the job or they'll be all over him.

May 23, 2005 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick wrote the book on being charisma challenged. Nick: Stop posting to this site and find a job.

May 23, 2005 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No hits? This goes on forever!

May 23, 2005 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Getting back to the topic...
Congratulations to Mrs. Stein. Your retirement is well deserved with many years of dedication and service to LA. Maybe Cynthia Ruiz will return, maybe she has other plans. Ms. Fuentes entered unguarded territory and has done a terrific job in such a short time, in spite of not knowing the why's of her appointment. Is it possible she stays along with Cynthia Ruiz? Will we see Huggy Bear Hertzberg at the Board of Public Works? What a pleasant addition that would be. Do we say good riddance to Janice Wood? After all, she was the reason Hahn removed Ms. Ruiz. Interesting though how that decision, way back when, might have had an impact on his and her own destiny. Good bye Hahn and his supporters. A big welcome to the new appointees of Mayor Villaraigosa. May your assignment be reflective of all dedicated employees in the City of Angels.

May 23, 2005 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor appointees like Mike Hernandez who was busted by a video camera buying cocaine during lunch time and getting prostitutes. Richard Alatorre who also had a cocaine problem and was caught taking money he shouldn't have. Alvin Parra another El Sereno crook who ruined his wife's position all documented in LA Times. Paul Hernandez (aka Urkel) who is an arrogant moron who acts as if he always wants to be anywhere else except doing his job. Lisa Sarno (aka Cabbage Patch) another ruthless field staffer who hated working with the community. Dora Garcia (aka. Dora the Explorer) a wannabe field staffer. Wouldn't know how to answer a simple question if her life depended on it. Jimmy Blackman (aka Samari) how he got his job is everyone's guess. He should take lessons from Parks Jr. who is respected and an all around nice guy.

May 23, 2005 4:53 PM  

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