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Monday, May 16, 2005

Thievery!

mapOkay - this is a minor issue, but its par for the course when it comes to James Hahn. Apparently his web designers decided to lift a graphic from the Antonio Villaraigosa web site that directs visitors from both sites to the same county web site that helps voters determine where their polling place is.

To be sure, the Hahnista cutting and pasting crews were out to defend the charges and saying that the Mayor used the same "public domain" image that Villaraigosa had used, but now we hear otherwise.

Chris Williamson is a web designer who has allegedly posted on our site and says he's part of the team that designed the Villaraigosa site, including the graphic in question.
On the stolen Web graphic: I work with the designer who made it specifically for Villaraigosa's site. Notice how the "CLICK HERE" font matches the other small-font labels on Villaraigosa's site. And notice how the graphic is missing a top blue border on Hahn's site; it's because it doesn't need one on Villaraigosa's site. And of course the colors match Villaraigosa's site. We take it as a flattering compliment from Hahn's Web team. =)
-Chris Williamson
Talk about getting your hand caught in the cookie jar!

91 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How petty!

Um.... didn't SISTER CITY just LIFT this same GRAPHIC from the site???

OOOPS!

May 16, 2005 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YEAH, and I believe it's not the first thing Mayor Sam has lifted from each of the campaign sites, but dozens of other sites.

May 16, 2005 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big, BIG Deal! you had to change the topic again, ADV is getting cooked!

May 16, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Grabbing something from someone else's site and giving attribution is one thing -- totally cool.

But just taking something, copying it for yourself, and passing it off as your own is COMPLETELY another thing.

That's what Hahn's campaign did with this graphic -- and that's the problem. They're shameless thieves.

May 16, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey! That's the Pollie Award Winning Website! Which is like putting a bumper sticker on your touting your membership in the Mensa Society.


"Mayor Jim Hahn today announced that his campaign Web site -- www.jimhahn.org - received the Pollie Award for best Web site by a city, municipal, or regional candidate."
- Hahn press release 1/24/05

May 16, 2005 3:21 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Is there a copyright symbol on that somewhere, saying it belongs to them?

Otherwise someone on the ADV® side screwed up, is my thinking... once again, forgot the "paperwork."

This is all pretty wild and wooly, anyway. Someone noted that LAVoice's owner lifted the ADV® acronym from me just a week or so ago, and DIDN'T EVEN use the little symbol.

I'm NOT flattered, either, since they're pro-ADV® over there.

Rat Bastards!

May 16, 2005 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Basic copyright law says if more than 50 percent is original -- unless the Villaraigosa people created the map as well (instead of just sticking text on it), then they're even more guilty in this instance.

Better drop this one, before it explodes like the "pay-for-play" bomb over Miami Vice.

May 16, 2005 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For all the ideas that Tony has ripped off from Hahn, he should have stolen MEAT/Ulysissy Sanchez too and had hime slave away as his webmaster.

May 16, 2005 3:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous poster asked: "So can anyone defend Hahn's theft of the website logo?"

I'm still waiting for a defense of ADV's lies about 80 INVISIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES (I think that's a BIT bigger lie!)

Oh YEAH, Chief Faker was going to post that -- over at Hahnwatch or somewhere else, as a distraction -- weeks ago.

Dog eat your notes from the crank 911 phone calls, Faker?

May 16, 2005 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NAH, ALL the INVISIBLES are dead now... died of old age and embarrassment.

May 16, 2005 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a loser topic for the day before the elections. L.A. Times was right, NO ISSUES, whatsoever. I know preschool kids less petulent than this...

May 16, 2005 3:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHOA, the ADV website person POPPED right into that as soon as it was discussed... they really must be tuned in tight to this sight over there.

Too bad nobody's on their's. They're lucky to get three blog messages a day at Antonio's site.

If Hahn's people did "lift" it, they probably figured more people would see it on THEIR site than on Villaraigosas -- and figured right.

May 16, 2005 3:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Definition of Hypocrisy!

ADV in South-Central - Don't worry about me being Latino. I will be the mayor for ALL THE PEOPLE.

Hahn-haters: "HAHN IS BEING A CHAMELEON"

Must be the media (and cameras) "misquoted" ADV... he must have said/meant:

"I will be the mayor for all the LIBERAL DEMOCRAT people."

That's much more believable anyway.

May 16, 2005 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe how friggin' biased the L.A. media is. The LA Times, LA Weekly, Daily News, Sentinel, City Beat all conspired against Hahn.

We all know who is behind the media, don't we?

May 16, 2005 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't apologize for this being a "minor issue" Mayor Sam -- that's ALL this blog has been posting since ADV's news has been in the crapper.

May 16, 2005 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:44 ANON

Is it the same people running Tony's campaign? Be careful lest you're accused of being an anti-semite.

May 16, 2005 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN, after 18 months of sliming you FINALLY caught Hahn with his hand in the cookie jar...

Now he's REALLY going to jail. Imagine him and ADV in Folsom as cellmates.

Hahn: "What are you in for?"

ADV: "You name it, Vignali, laundering Florida money for council votes, pre-paid for play developer deals, having CD14 staff members post to the Sister City blog on city time. And that's just the SMALLL stuff. You?"

Hahn: "Website copyright infringement (but don't tell Bubba, or I'll be his new girlfriend INSTEAD of you!)"

May 16, 2005 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, where was the "October Surprise" so long promised from the Hahnistas?

I guess when you are scrambling for bucks to pay off your blogging team and spin doctors, it is hard to remember to actually try to win the election. Sorta like "When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is hard to remember that you came to drain the swamp".

Oh, don't worry about Carrick, he gets his paid up front, actually by taking a part of the advertising commissions, since the ads have to be paid, in cash and in advance, he is sure of every penny.

How about you Kam? Little tough raising bucks after a creaming like 20% (your estimate, not mine).

May 16, 2005 3:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's SO funny, 3:51 p.m....

"When you are up to your ass in alligators, it is hard to remember that you came to drain the swamp".

And where do ALLIGATORS live... in FLORIDA!

(Boy are you ONE stupid poster), how about a word picture using "crack pipes" and "convicted drug dealers" too - just for good measure.

May 16, 2005 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There was no October surprise at all. It was Tony's brain taking a leave of absence at the last minute - but that's no surprise at all. Tony has always been lacking in that department.

May 16, 2005 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"We all know who is behind the media, don't we?"

The Latinos?

May 16, 2005 3:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So is this the "high-level indictment" all the ADV-lovers in the know have been promising?? Is Hahn going down for lifting Internet art?

May 16, 2005 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't there a Hahn supporter on this board who can pull their head out of their ass long enough to admit that this was a bonehead move?

We can all debate how major or minor this is, issue wise. But you have to admit it was pretty dumb to just copy something wholesale from Villaraigosa's home page, and put it right on your own -- without changing it one bit.

I mean, c'mon folks, can't we all agree that this was stupid?

May 16, 2005 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:57 ANON

Yeah, Latinos have so much pool. That's why they end up with stellar candidates like Tony, Richard Alatorre, Ricahrd Polanco, Mike Hernandez, Gloria Molina, Joe Montoya, Art Torres - I'd keep going but I have to puke.

May 16, 2005 4:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:02 ANON

It was a graphic that MEAT lifted from somewher else - get over it. The only stupid thing is your post trying to convince other it was stupid. I'd say pretty smart, let Tony pay for the art, he's got the money - so sue Hahn!

May 16, 2005 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Hahnster, chear up! There is another Survey USA / KABC poll coming out at 5 pm today! This one will show Hahn in the lead, I'm sure, what with all the great and effective blogging you guys have been doing!

May 16, 2005 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh no, let's cancel the election. Call out homeland security, get the AG on the line, scramble those fighters - Hahn's people lifted a graphic!

There you have, the reason Tony is going to lose, thievery!

May 16, 2005 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't worry about Kam. He's still being paid by the City of LA for undefined work, no contract, no bid. And he did such a wonderful job for the Hahn Administration over the past two years.

It's kind of fun watching Kam and Carrick twitch whenever the "crack pipe" ad comes up in discussion. That tag, undeserved, will stick with them forever nonetheless.

May 16, 2005 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PERFECT TIMING -- Hahn's people MUST be paying KABC-TV off. All ADV's people REALLY need right now in a low-energy election is another hyperinflated poll showing ADV up by - what, 35 POINTS this time?

HA... you won't even be able to pry his PAID staff out of bed to vote tomorrow AM. EXXXXcellent.

May 16, 2005 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, let those bogus polls build up your confidence. If I'm a lazy ass Tony supporter and I hear he is winning by double digits, why vote? He doesn't need my vote anyway, I can have another forty ouncer or spark up a doobie, it's in the bag!

May 16, 2005 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:18

That crack pipe ad is what won the 2001 election - if it sticks to Kam forever then I guess he will always have a job.

Why do Tony Lovers/Truth Haters keep trying to paint this as sleazy - it was effective because it was the truth. And the truth is they don't come sleazier than Tony.

May 16, 2005 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ha, ha ha ha ha,ha, aha ah, hey toni d v your going to lose, you have been exposed!

May 16, 2005 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:02 p.m. I'll be the first "Hahn Supporter" to admit this was stupid (assuming it was actually lifted), just as soon as an ADV supporter goes on record admitting that taking ALL that obviously laundered Florida money in broad daylight was the most boneheaded thing ANYONE has done in this campaign -- after ADV screamed at Hahn for 6 months about "pay-for-play."

The problem with that is -- I doubt Hahn knew where this little graphic came from - nor should he.

But Tony V. KNEW he was getting bucks from Travel Traders and WALKED into City Council as BIG and stupid as a politician can get within just a FEW days of those "give-me-money" meetings, and tried to clear a path for his OWN pay-for-play down the line with out-of-state interests - in front of TV cameras and god and buddha and the whole damn city.

Then said "absolutely no connection" (but hey, I'll give it back!)

May 16, 2005 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

STOP THE PRESSES... lifted computer graphic, right after our LIVE Doppler weather report and sports highlights.

Phlegm at 11!

May 16, 2005 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Perhaps it did win the race in 2001... but they will never sleep again! They should have just stuck to the facts in that hit, without the imagery. Carrick goes nuts and claims that the grainy image never appeared at the same time. Damn he uses a lot of energy to defend himself.

Se you in hell, Kam and Carrick! You will feel right at home, but you will be miserable for eternity!

May 16, 2005 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I personally saw Jim Hahn browse the web, lift the graphic from ADV2005.com and then post it on his own website.

You know, Jim is quite handy. He's learned all sorts of skills during his absence from City Hall, which starting about July, 2001.

Ho-hum, ho-hum, it's off to see the invisible mayor!

May 16, 2005 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV will beat all of us to hell, by a mile. . . letting people who poison and kill children walk free.

The crack pipe ad did us ALL a favor. Every ambitious pol in Sacramento is looking REAL hard at all their "in context" pro forma votes now, and saying. Do I really want this kind of thug-hugging paperwork in my jacket down the line.

Thanks, Hahn hacks. We ALL owe you a beer!

May 16, 2005 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you losers can volley your rationalizations back and forth all you want, but come 8pm tuesday, jimmy is apologizing to his dad for trashing kenny's legacy AND losing.

May 16, 2005 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here are the Survey USA / KABC numbers:

AV 60 - JH 36.

Remember, in 2001 their last survey (night before election) had the race 53 Hahn to 43 Villaraigosa. Hahn won by 7.

May 16, 2005 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But in the primary in THIS race, which is FAR more pertinent than what happened FOUR YEARS AGO - they were OFF BY DOUBLE DIGITS -- and had Hert_berg in the runoff, NOT Hahn. They obviously are skewed WAY out of touch with Hahn's core groups.

A double digit failing tomorrow means this is a DEAD HEAT

May 16, 2005 5:06 PM  

Anonymous 3rdFloorGuy said:

You guys are such losers. You don't get it. Mayor Sam was being funny - he said Hahn got his hand caught in the "cookie" jar because he stole graphics from Antonio's site. Get it - cookie - as in a web cookie?

Too bad the Mayor is going to lose tomorrow. He was always such a nice man to my grandmother when he visited her church.

May 16, 2005 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Lou Cypher said:

yes, but they weighted to census data in the primary.

this time (and in 2001) they weighted to the primary turnout, which is why it is more accurate...

May 16, 2005 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The internals on the Survey USA poll look pretty good. Hahn leads almost 2 to 1 among Republicans, is even among voters over 65, and splits the Hertzberg primary vote 49/48.

Latinos are only 24% of the sample -- not overweighted.

Antonio leads among whites, African-Americans, Latinos, Democrats, all age groups under 65, and on both sides of Mulholland.

Under any possible weighting scenario Villaraigosa wins. Big.

May 16, 2005 6:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any negative remark from a Mexican politician from Mexico or U.S. (Mexican American) will make further damage to AV.

This morning while driving I was hearing the Spanish radio 107.1, and they made some good points about Mexico. The radio dj's said that if the immigration problem was to be solved, Mexico has to create jobs for the immigrants. That Vicente F. has to stop criticizing the U.S. for it's own faults and shortcomings, Mexico has to create jobs, security, and well being in it's own society. Those that do come here, and make it, is because they want to live a better life. Not a life that you study and go to a University in Mexico, then you graduate, and they end up driving taxis, selling food, etc... The dj's were persistent is saying that there is no other country they know that gives so much to it's people and the Mexican American's that are born here just throw it all away, most of them don't appreciat anything. Also, that the people should stop complaining, and instead stay one week in a poor run down neighborhood in Mexico; When they come back, they will have a different perspective of what they are able to have and do in the U.S. and appreciate what this country has to offer.

May 16, 2005 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(chirp) (chirp) (chirp)

All I can hear are crickets around here.

Where are all the Hahn groupies? They must be frantically dialing voters, hoping for a miracle win... that or getting themselves sauced so they don't have to be sober when tomorrow comes.

May 16, 2005 8:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of "THIEVERY" (but this is nothing new...)

CD14 FIELD OFFICE Ghost Town... (My boss wants to be mayor -- to HELL with the constituents!)

"Uli Sanchez" USanchez@COUNCIL.LACITY.ORG wrote:

I will be out of the office on Monday 5/16 and Tuesday 5/17. If you need immediate assistance, please call (323) 254-5295.

Thank you

May 16, 2005 8:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How desperate can you get? It's too late! All the negative posting won't compare to the top news stories of today. Antonio would have given David Avila probation cause he's soft on criminals.

JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH FOR CHILD KILLE
SANTA ANA, — A jury Monday decided a factory worker should get the death penalty for killing Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old girl who was seized kicking and screaming outside her home in a case that stirred outrage and led to stronger efforts to rescue abducted children. Alejandro Avila, 30, was convicted last month of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the 2002 slaying.

The jury had a choice between the death penalty and life in prison without parole, and took about seven hours over two days to decide.

May 16, 2005 8:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn it, I just got another e-mail from John Kerry telling me to vote for Antonio. What the hell is he doing campaigning this hard for a candidate LAPD officers don't want. Can you imagine Antonio supports the very criminals LAPD want behind bars, gang members, child abusers and drug dealers. He allowed a major US drug dealer off who was caught with 800 lbs of cocaine. The media is forgetting that 30 black men are still doing time for that crime and Antonio forgot about the black guys. Word to South CEntral about that is spreading fast today I hear.

May 16, 2005 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy, here goes another topic, What happen? too much bad news for ADV that your have to change tracks? I just heard the news on KFWB ADV being exposed for what he really a loser!

Another voter for Hahn

May 16, 2005 8:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm gonna have to go visiting the other political blogs... this one is ignoring all the real developments in the campaign, and just rehashing weeks old drivel.

Must be some REAL good news out there for Hahn is they're working so hard to hide out here.

May 16, 2005 8:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV wants to get rid of the elephants at the zoo?? He can't even get rid of the 800-lb gorilla riding on his back -- NO CHARACTER.

May 16, 2005 8:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Viva HAHN, Un Hombre de Su Palabra!

May 16, 2005 8:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Listen,

All of the Villaraigosa staff visit me for witchcraft, voodoo, and magic spells, I have a prediction for Tuesday. If you want to know the results AV staff email me at uwillose@mayoralelection.com

May 16, 2005 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio is going to "roll up his sleeves" and "bring people together" to "build a coalition" of support from "all parts of the city" (except CD 14) to have a "regional" approach to (fill in blank) (i.e., LAX, Gangs, Housing, etc.).

Of course I'm voting for him because he's got such a record of accomplishments as Chair of the Transportation committee and member of the Education committee.

BTW, under what context is it okay to vote against imposing a higher penalty for child abusers who kill the child?

Just tell me the context since the ADV lovers claim Hahn is taking the vote "out of context." The vote speaks for itself and just like the Vignali decision ADV has no real explanation for his actions.

May 16, 2005 9:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"I consider Antonio — and this is said as a compliment — Antonio is a flaming liberal, Hahn is a centrist," said Joe Cerrell, a veteran Democratic political strategist who is not working for either candidate. "The business community that I speak to is a little nervous about" Villaraigosa.

May 16, 2005 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV, when asked how he will fund new police and other matters, keeps adding at the end "I want to have a dialogue with the people about that!"

Start writing the checks, taxpayers... when tax-and-spend liberals say they want to "dialogue" then mean tray and justify a significant tax increase that will make and trash fee increase look like LESS than pocket change -- maybe pocket "lint" in comparison.

May 16, 2005 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A person posted this on another thread.

"""""I want to tell you that before I was not aware of who A. Villaraigosa really was. After reading this Blog site for over 2 months and referring all of my family members to it; the entire candidates have been clarified for us. We blindly followed A. Villaraigosa to his every word, because he is a Latino. If the candidates were both the color BLUE and I would base my decision on what they have each accomplished, said, and kept as promises....well...my decision and that of all my family members is to vote for Mr. Hahn.

I don't know if more of you out there did this, but for the past months since I started reading the blog, I referred my family members. They in turn, referred other family members and friends. Yesterday we had a family wedding, it was over 400 people. The table I was at was discussing all of the topics that came in light in this blog, yes all the good and especially all the dirty stuff from A. Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa has lost almost all of his support from this family, I can only imagine if this has happened to other families."""""

May 16, 2005 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If ADV "can and will do better" why hasn't he?

That was EXACTLY his mantra two years ago...

He COULDN'T and DIDN'T, period. And people have even stopped debating that aspect.

May 16, 2005 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just got a call from Sheriff Baca pleading that Hahn has taken ONE vote out of context. Gee, I guess those anti-Hahn tv ads aren't working.

TIMING TIMING TIMING. DAVID AVILA JUST GOT SENTENCED TO DEATH. You all know him the child killer who raped, tortured little 5 yr Samantha Runnion. Remember its the bill Antonio voted AGAINST

May 16, 2005 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He voted AGAINST a weaker bill so he could vote FOR a stronger bill that would`never pass... why?

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

The voters will prove me right (no one here EVER proved me wrong)!

May 16, 2005 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ALATORRE AGAIN?
L.A. Alternative Weekly
Marc B. Haefele
May 12, 2005

Councilman Richard Alatorre left City Hall in complete disgrace back in 1999 - his reputation bleeding like a stuck pig from disclosures of graft, tax evasion and confessed drug use. He tried to cover his retreat with a mariachi celebration in the council chamber (from which city staff, along with residents of his district, were conspicuously absent) and a worshipful, 100-page bio. It was as though he hadn't resigned under threat of indictment, as though he hadn't been forced into a runoff by an under-financed complete unknown 1995, as though he didn't face massive opposition for his seat in the election to come later that year. Despite the stage-managed hoopla, it then seemed his personal career elevator had stopped for all time on the first floor with its door open and no way for him to go but out.
I didn't want to have to revisit all this. I thought I'd written off Alatorre in 2001, after he got his sentence reduced in federal court to a few months of house arrest with an alarm bracelet. Anyone less masterful at fixing would have done real jail time.
Hut last week in local weekly City Beat, there was a puff cover piece on Alatorre that drew him as a vintage Bruce Springsteen-style hero with just one sympathetic flaw -- his need to protect his sister-in-law's daughter. For this, it was said, he committed his one major crime of shaking down an apartment owner for about $40,000.
In truth, if you look at his voluminous public history (check the LA Weekly online archive, for instance), Alatorre was a bad seed from the moment he took his council seat in 1985. He chaired the MTA, and then sold it out, firing a CEO who tried to block his favorite rigged $65 million contract. Then, later, he fired a whistle-blower who tried to stop the contract down the line. He took two sets of bribes for the same roof on his house in Eagle Rock. He was even lousy on district services for 14 years in office - leaving his single-term successor, Nick Pacheco, to clean up after him. All this and much, much more.
The most interesting thing in the City Beat piece, however, was a claim that Alatorre is now sitting at Antonio Villaraigosa's right hand. If Alatorre is really that big with Antonio, it may explain why Villaraigosa has been showing such Alatorresque traits as mumbling inarticulacy, heavy head gestures and brooding demeanor at his recent appearances -- not excluding that almost, for him, tragic penultimate debate with the incumnbent. A strong Alatorre presence (and I'm not yet certain there truly is that presence; Villaraigosa insiders merely say the two talk) in Villaraigosa's second mayoral campaign could be the first really good reason I've seen to vote for Jim Hahn.

May 16, 2005 9:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What has Hahn accomplished?

Mayor Jim Hahn has a proven record on helping neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Below are highlights of his accomplishments and initiatives in East Los Angeles neighborhoods.

-- Mayor Hahn's efforts to put more police on our streets, restore Los Angeles' community policing program, and bring new leadership to the Los Angeles Police Department have gotten significant results. Compared with just two years ago, violent crime is down in every LAPD area, including the Hollenbeck and Northeast areas, which serve East Los Angeles neighborhoods. Citywide, crime is down 18 percent compared with two years ago.
-- Expanded the city's nationally-recognized LA's BEST after school program to serve over 5,500 additional students at over 45 additional schools. The program now provides free of charge a safe, educational, and fun place for more than 3,900 students at 29 elementary schools in East Los Angeles. Citywide, it serves over 20,000 students at over 125 schools.
-- Successfully advocated to bring the Gang Reduction Program to East Los Angeles to provide millions in grant funds to after school, college preparation and other programs that give young people positive alternatives to gangs.
-- Worked with LAPD to enhanced efforts to reduce gang-related crime in East Los Angeles, including provision of additional resources to areas with high gang-related crime through the LAPD's Community Safety Operations Task Force.
-- Led the effort to reinstate the Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Program, LAPD's community policing program, to provide a direct link between Los Angeles communities and the police department.
-- Created a Joint Park Safety Task Force and directed the LAPD to deploy specialized resources to neighborhood parks that most need additional security. The task force created stop-in centers at over 60 city parks to enhance police presence, including more than a dozen parks in East Los Angeles.
-- Worked with LAPD to ensure the department tracks and monitors pedestrian and traffic stops to help the department identify potential problems with racial profiling. Mayor Hahn included requiring this data collection as part of the consent decree he negotiated when he was City Attorney.
-- Removed more than four million square feet of graffiti from over 86,000 locations in East Los Angeles.
-- Launched a program to increase arrests of those who illegally dispose of items such as couches, televisions, mattresses, or other hazardous waste on city streets or alleys. Since the beginning of the Hahn Administration, more than 46,000 tons of illegally dumped items have been removed from East Los Angeles neighborhoods.
-- Supports more than 80 neighborhood councils across the city, including those that represent East Los Angeles neighborhoods. Mayor Hahn provided up to $50,000 for each neighborhood council to use for operating expenses and neighborhood projects of their choice.
-- Worked with the Los Angeles Public Library to open or renovate branch libraries in East Los Angeles, including the Arroyo Seco, Cypress Park, Edendale, and El Sereno branch libraries.
-- Provided over $1 million to East Los Angeles communities through the Neighborhood Block Grant (NBG) program, which is helping to make streetscape and housing improvements in Lincoln Heights and El Sereno.
-- Advocated for and closely monitored the East Central Interceptor Sewer (ECIS) project to ensure that it was completed on-time and on-budget. The project, which rehabilitated the city's sewer system in East, Central, and South Los Angeles neighborhoods, increased the system's capacity and will greatly reduce the number of sewage spills. Prior to the construction of ECIS, heavy rains would cause sewage to flow into the streets and there were some instances where children were walking through raw sewage to get to school. ECIS was the largest public works project in the city's history.
-- Worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to rehabilitate or open a dozen park facilities in East Los Angeles neighborhoods, including new skate parks in Hollenbeck, El Sereno, and Lincoln Park, the new Dodger Dream Fields at Bishop Canyon and the Montecito Heights Recreation Center, and the new Audubon Center at Debs Park, which is the second urban nature center in the country.
-- Working to develop a park at Taylor Yard in Northeast Los Angeles. A partnership with the State of California, this park will include soccer and baseball fields, nature trails, picnic areas, and habitat restoration.
-- Negotiated an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District to allow greater community use of school facilities and expand recreation and open space for Los Angeles families.
-- Lobbied successfully to secure federal funding for the 6-mile Eastside Light Rail project to extend the Metro Gold Line into East Los Angeles.
-- Created the Street Smart program, which targets for traffic-reducing improvements 35 of Los Angeles' busiest streets and when completed will save Los Angeles drivers an estimated 15 million hours per year. Streets that will be improved in East Los Angeles neighborhoods through this program include Colorado Boulevard, Valley Boulevard, San Fernando Road, and Mission Road.
-- Created the Traffic Safety and Congestion Relief Plan, which identifies and makes improvements to 25 of Los Angeles' worst intersections every year. These improvements make the intersections safer and help reduce traffic congestion for over 1 million drivers every day.
-- Worked with the city's Community Development Department program to hire hundreds of qualified young people in Boyle Heights through the Youth Opportunity Movement, which provides education, job training and employment services.
-- Provided funding that is helping to bring over 600 new housing units to East Los Angeles through the $100 million Housing Trust Fund. Under his leadership, Los Angeles went from having one of the worst records on housing to becoming home to the nation's largest local housing trust fund. In the last three years, Los Angeles has doubled the pace of housing development.
-- Expanded the adaptive reuse ordinance, which is helping to adapt vacant buildings into thousands of quality housing units. Over 1,000 adaptive reuse units are in various stages in East Los Angeles.
-- Worked with local labor organizations to help Homeboy Industries graffiti clean-up team members find jobs with the Painters and Ironworkers.

AND THAT's just Eastside. . . don't MAKE me post every other region. It's AMAZING. . .

May 16, 2005 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(From the HIGHLAND VIEW Newspaper, covering Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington)

April 30, 2005

'GLASSELL HIGH?

Northeast L.A. residents have long been pushing for the best use of the Taylor Yards, a railroad freight yard now vacant for years. The communities of Glassell Park, Cypress Park and Mt. Washington, in particular, have worked very hard to push for a Taylor Yard State Park and lately, a much needed new high school.
Negotiations were underway between A&B Legacy partners and the Los Angeles Unified School District to purchase the property, known as Parcel F. In a move that surprised and shocked many, the property was sold last month to developer Richard Meruelo for
$30 million.
Suddenly, a deluge of accusations started flying. An article in the L.A. Times reported that the developer was spending $62,500 to help elect Antonio Villaraigosa as mayor (Actually, it’s $78,611 according the Los Angeles Ethics Commission filings). E-mails were sailing all around the Northeast repeating those charges, with many wanting to know what the councilman had promised Mr. Meruelo to earn that money.
It was a surprise to me when neither Villaraigosa nor any of the School Board members showed up to a public meeting called by Councilman Ed Reyes and State Assembly person and former L.A. City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg. But, to let the ‘public have their say and to give the community a chance to speak their mind, the 6:30 p.m., April 28 meeting at Glassell Park Elementary School, gave them a chance to do so. The developer, Meruelo was invited, and as a surprise to some, showed up.
Meruelo said, 'We were approached to buy this property, as were many others.' His side of the story describes the seller, A&B Legacy, as getting frustrated with the delays of working with the school district’s plans to purchase the property. He reported that they had lost confidence that L.A.U.S.D was going to move forward with the purchase, so they went looking for other buyers.
The school district, or any government agency, is at a disadvantage when it comes to buying property because they cannot pay more than fair market value, and the required environmental studies and testing for a school site cause considerable delays.
Terence Fennessy, director of acquisitions fot L.A.U.S.D. said that the seller had set certain terms that they couldn’t meet, but that negotiations had not broken off. He claimed it was a surprise to him as well.
The community had plenty to say. Local mothers with school age children took it as an attack on their children and they were angry. One Latina lady said, 'It hurts me to see someone with the name Meruelo connected with spoiling the dreams of school kids.' Others echoed her sentiments.
Joan Lundy spoke out from her seat, 'I’ll never trust another developer again.'
It appeared that all the talk was for nothing when Murelo stated that the property was not for sale. However, he did say that he thought that a win-win situation could happen. He plans to develop much of the property, but it is large enough, he said, to still allow room for the planned High School. He added, 'My family is the only developer investing in inner city urban areas, I’m not here to spoil the dreams of school kids.'
As the scheduled end time for the meeting was getting near, Assemblymember Goldberg put both developer Meruelo and LAUSD on the spot, and asked for their public commitment to working together to make Glassell Park High School a reality.
Layering the pressures of economics on a developer, with the bureaucratic hurdles of a huge un-weildy organization like LAUSD, combined with uncertain developments like environmental impact reports or ground soil pollution findings could easily undermine the most agreeable efforts between all the parties involved. If a new school is to be built there, one thing for sure is that it won’t happen soon.

May 16, 2005 9:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Fellow Republican,

On May 17, 2005, voters in the City of Los Angeles will make a decision that affects everyone in Los Angeles County and beyond. They will either choose four more years of steady leadership with Mayor Jim Hahn or take a risky gamble on a former ACLU President who has opposed the Los Angeles Police Department again and again.

Mayor Hahn has a proven record of increasing the number of police on the streets, resulting in a 18 percent decrease in violent crime and a 20 percent reduction in gang crimes. And he worked with Governor Schwarzenegger to stop the Sacramento politicians from taking local funds needed for your police and fire services.

Mayor Hahn even eliminated the city’s business tax for small businesses which helped to stimulate the city’s economy and
create 40,000 new jobs.

While Jim Hahn was filinq gang injunctions to protect our community, as ACLU Vice President, Antonio Villaraigosa was suing to stop enforcement against gangs. And Villaraigosa was the only Assemblymember to vote no on tougher sentences for child abuse resulting in the child's death.

That’s why Jim Hahn’s endorsed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, United Firefighters of Los Angeles and the Republican Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs.

Please join the overwhelming majority of Los Angeles’ GOP leadership in supporting Mayor Jim Hahn. Our future is too important to risk.

Sincerely,

Mike Antonovich
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Former State Republican Chairman

May 16, 2005 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OTHER Republican endorsements...


Los Angeles County Supervisor and former Republican State Chairman Mike Antonovich
U.S. Congressman Dana Robrabacher
U.S. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
U.S. Congresswoman Bobbi Fiedler (ret.)
State Senator Bob Margett
State Senator Dick Mountjoy (ret.)
State Senator George Runner
Assemblyman Bob Huff
Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy
Assemblywoman Sharon Runner
Assemblywoman Audra Strickland
Tony Strickland, Former Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman
and current President of the California Club for Growth
Assemblywoman Paula Boland (ret.)
Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine
Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson (ret.)
Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svornich (ret.)
Former LA County District Attorney Bob Philibosian
California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian (ret.)
Former California Republican Party Chairman Frank Visco
Shawn Steel, Former California Republican Party Chairman
and current LA County Lincoln Clubs Secretary
California Republican Party and LA County Lincoln Clubs Treasurer Doug Boyd
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Chairman Linda Boyd
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Vice Chairman Al Han
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Secretary Sylvia Granados Southerland
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Treasurer Cesar Castellanos
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Assistant Treasurer Timothy Escobar
LA County Lincoln Clubs Chairman Robert A. Virtue
LA County Lincoln Clubs Chairman Emeritus William T. Huston
LA County Lincoln Clubs Vice-Chairman Dr. Forest Tennant
Downtown Los Angeles Lincoln Club Chairman Richard Reinjohn
Pasadena-Glendale Lincoln Club Chairman Tom Layton
South Bay Lincoln Club Chairman Bob Holmes
Southeast Los Angeles County Lincoln Club Chairman
and former Cerritos Mayor Bruce Barrows
Southwest San Gabriel Valley Lincoln Club Chairman Dr. Sophie Wong
West Los Angeles Lincoln Club Chairman Dr. Phil Kurzner
Long Beach Lincoln Club Chairman Norm Ryan
Nancy Spero, President, San Fernando Valley Chapter, California Republican League
Former California Republican League Official Connie Friedman
United Republican Finance Committee Chairman Richards Barger
Former Republican Jewish Coalition President Bruce Bialosky
San Fernando Valley business and community leader Bert Boeckmann
Entertainer Pat Boone
Chairman of the campaign to Save the Los Angeles County Seal David Hernandez
Former Bush 2000 Campaign State Volunteer Chairman Dr. Joel Strom

May 16, 2005 9:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FROM CHIEF PIKER:

I am for Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa. His time has come, he's been a victim too long. I want to award him the city because I feel guilty he wore clothes with holes in them in his youth, and I got new 501 Levis six times a year.

I want him because he says he's done all kinds of things I can't back up or support and neither can he, but he's clouded his resume so much, people have trouble proving otherwise (that's clever and innovative - we need that kind of deception in a mayor).

I want him especially because he lied, they ALL lie, who cares... as long as they don't lie to me (and sometimes even if they do, if they're "cute" enough when they do it).

I want him because when he ran the state assembly, they took money from cities like L.A., spent part of it for overhead up there and gave an even smaller amount to do things "for us," so we'd applaud them - not the city.

And the main reason I want ADV so bad, is that I hate Hahn. I'd vote for Charles Manson if he was the only one running against Poopy. I'd cut off my nose to spite my face. I'd slice off other parts of my dead body and offer them to ADV as burnt sacrifice, just to see that crinkly, gultiy smile if he should win.

ADV is a wanted man, in my book, and I don't care who knows about it anymore. I've denied myself for too long.

Chief Piker

May 16, 2005 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Past ANON states:

"At every church stop, Villaraigosa closed with an appeal to worshipers: "I ask you for your prayers. I don't ask for prayers for victory. I'm calling God directly on that one. I do ask for your prayers to lead because … this is a city with many, many challenges."

Yeah, that will get my vote. What a crock of shit, and you guys fall for it. Given Tony's character, history and principles - do you think God is listening?

May 16, 2005 9:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He ALWAYS listens, but when you've been doing more work for the "competition" -- the answer is NO!

May 16, 2005 9:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THE VIGNALI PROTECTION PROGRAM GANG
Vignali's supporters provided letters of support that were
false and misleading.

A key element of the campaign by Carlos Vignali and
his father Horacio, was a series of letters on Carlos' behalf
from prominent Los Angeles politicians. A number of these
letters contained misleading statements calculated to create
the impression that Carlos Vignali was innocent. The officials
who submitted letters included Representative Xavier Becerra,
Representative Esteban Torres, State Assembly Speaker Robert
Hertzberg, State Assembly Member Antonio Villaraigosa, State
Senator Richard Polanco, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria
Molina, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Hernandez, and
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca provided critical support
for the Vignali commutation that was inappropriate, given his
position.

May 16, 2005 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

See... that last poster understands!

That's WHY God's answer is NO! (You pull a rabbit out of your hat this time, ADV, it's because you old your sold to old "Lu" years ago.

Thats "pay-for-play-in-hell."

May 16, 2005 9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, why didn't you say so?

You have been hiding this vital information from the authorities and the press. That is a criminal offense.

Or, could it just be because they just don't seem to want to pick it up and print it.

Ever wonder why?

Because it is aqll used up, doofus. History. Over and out.

It worked four years ago; combined with a sinister grainy picture of Antonio and a crack pipe, Jimmy rode to the Mayor's Office. What a travesty and a tragedy for the City of Los Angeles.

Now, Jimmy and you can stick the Vignali letter in the crack pipe and smoke it, because that is just about all it is good for.

But, if you think I'm wrong, go on over to the DA or the US Attorney and ask them to indict Cardinal Mahoney.

When he pleads guilty to a crime, here, I'll follow, and Antonio will join in...

Until then, put it in your smoke and pipe it!

May 16, 2005 9:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Most clever closing of any ADV-lover yet!

Take a bow!

May 16, 2005 11:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is no statute of limitations on limited character, "doofus" -- Vignali was just an earlier symptom of the do-anything to win disease that cripples ADV's effectiveness and credibility.

Florida money is another symptom...

Sliming Hahn with innuendo is another...

Turning away when a "friend" rips off LAUSD school children in Northeast L.A. is yet another

HOW MANY SYMPTOMS will is take before you Tony Groupies catch on that his very soul is diseased with "political expediency." Until the symptom infects your and corrodes you, like it has the communities of CD14.

"...then they came for me!"

May 16, 2005 11:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Earlier poster said: "Didn't you see today's Daily News editorial? It clearly points out that Villaraigosa has the Republican fiscal positions, not Hahn!"

With ADV "positions" mean nothing - because he has no intention of abiding by them. The ONLY
"position" he is ever concerned with is the next political position for HIM.

Do you know what his "positions" were in 2003 running for City Council.

1) I will not run for mayor, I will serve a full term... (enough said).

2) "12 homicides in CD14 in the first part of 2003 is TOO MANY -- it's the fault of the sitting councilmember. CD14 deserves better (me)." Two years late 16 HOMICIDES in the same period of time...

3) "Sitting councilmember (in 2003) has done some good things, but I'LL do MORE." He did FAR less by ANY measuring method...

4) "Budget cuts won't stop me from doing better, I have connections and can add funds from outside sources." Not ONLY not true, he spent $1 million LESS than he was allowed of the CITY budget within his district.

5) "I am committed to Open Space." Six major attempts to save open space by his constituents, totalling nearly 100 acres in heavily congested areas -- he was NO help whatsover; nearly ALL are now being overdeveloped, others are in limbo.

6) "My staff will be head and shoulders above the old CM's staff."
Constituents, including his OWN supporters dread dealing with his staff -- and THEY have alos been far less productive the previous staff by ANY measure.

7) "I will be there, and will ROLL UP MY SLEEVES" (yes, he said it then, too). He has been in his district, in his council seat during sessions, and in his committee assignments LESS than any other current councilmember. His absentee rate if higher the the NEXT THREE CM's in line behind that record.

8) "I will bring people together." He has torn people, communities and neighborhood councils apart. Two NCs in his district were the first to be threatened with decertification. Opposition to him a FAR greater and more poisonous that when he ran to unseat a relatively popular CM in 2003. His staff is abusives and unprofessional. He has rewarded campaign contributors with favors while snubbing others (there are ethics complaints on file -- at least a dozen at last count).

THAT is what becomes of ADV's positions.

It's ALL about his career... HE wants to be on the TOP, while screwing his constituents -- that's the ONLY position that counts in the end.

May 16, 2005 11:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Talk about stealing, what about Playa Vista trying to Steal the CD 11 election for Flora? Flora the liar goes one step further, telling the residents of CD 11 that she wants to protect the environment, meanwhile the primary source of environmental destruction in CD 11 in the past quarter-century tries to steal the election for you. Check out today's LA Times:


Westside Council Candidates Fighting to the End
Independent spending of $45,000 by Playa Vista officials touches off another skirmish.

By Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer


Candidates for the Westside seat on the Los Angeles City Council spent their final day on the stump Monday trading barbs over the massive Playa Vista housing project, which has become symbolic in a campaign largely about development and traffic.

The latest exchange between the camps of Bill Rosendahl and Flora Gil Krisiloff ignited after three men with ties to the sprawling development south of Marina del Rey reported spending a total of $45,000 since Friday in support of Krisiloff, according to the city's Ethics Commission.

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The independent expenditures included $10,000 from Douglas Moreland, a Playa Vista senior vice president; $10,000 from Randy Johnson, the project's chief financial officer; and $25,000 from Robert Maguire, one of the original owners who is now involved with commercial property at Playa Vista.

The Ballona Wetlands Committee to Stop Playa Vista has spent $11,406 in support of Rosendahl.

An independent expenditure is money spent in support of a candidate by individuals or groups. Candidates are not allowed to coordinate such spending with donors.

The City Council last year approved Playa Vista's second phase, which includes 2,600 housing units, 175,000 square feet of office space and 150,000 square feet of retail.

Rosendahl has said he wants to slow down or stop the second phase. Krisiloff has said that she wants to see how litigation involving the phase is resolved before taking a stance.

"Playa Vista is trying to buy the election," said Mike Bonin, Rosendahl's campaign manager. "We've been trying to make clear for months now that there is a huge difference between the candidates on Playa Vista and this clearly underscores that Flora Gil Krisiloff is Playa Vista's choice."

Rick Taylor, Krisiloff's campaign consultant, said:

"This is a woman who developers feared the most in the town when she was on the Planning Commission because she held them up to a very high level. She's been a community activist for 20 years while [Rosendahl] has been representing special interests as a cable television lobbyist. He's trying to reinvent himself."

Playa Vista official Moreland said that he got tired of Rosendahl spreading misinformation about the development.

"I spent several years of my life working on Playa Vista and I believe it's great public policy for Los Angeles," he said. "I'm very proud of my work and I'm proud of this project, and I decided to stand up and defend it."

May 17, 2005 1:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Save Ballona from Flora!!!

Save Ballona from Flora!!!

May 17, 2005 1:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Flora's role models: Joseph Hazelwood, Union Carbide, Edward Teller, the list goes on, but please leave Ballona alone!

May 17, 2005 1:12 AM  

Blogger Westsider said:

The title of this thread is Thievery. It is a very appropriate title considering that the Flora Gil Krisiloff campaign has stolen many of Bill Rosendahl's ideas for dealing with traffic problems.

May 17, 2005 1:56 AM  

Blogger Westsider said:

Mark your ballot:

Mayor- Antonio Villaraigosa
City Council- Bill Rosendahl
NO on A
YES on B

May 17, 2005 2:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TALKING ABOUT STEALING...

The natives are obvioulsy restless on Mount Washington, Antiono Villaraigosa's home community for more than a decade. On the very EVE (coincidence) of a vote to make their "Lackluster" City Councilmember mayor of L.A., the largest homeowners group (the one not controlled by ADV supporters), issues a stern warning re: a local issue that definitely sounds like they are at least a little skeptical about Antonio's ability to "kiss the boo-boo away" if/when he becomes mayor - as he promised at a community meeting about the time of the L.A. primary. Is FAITH in local "chieftan" Villaraigosa crumbling all around his holy hill (and if so, is it any wonder -- these people's children would have attended the high school lost to one of Villaraigosa's camapign supporters under very suspicious circumstances).

Maybe they are coming to understand that when he says he "supports" something, Antonio speaks with "forked tongue?"

For immediate release:

May 16, 2005

MOUNT WASHINGTON HOMEOWNERS’ ALLIANCE REJECTS AUTRY MUSEUM OFFER TO EXPLORE “ALTERNATIVE” USES OF THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM CAMPUS

Alliance Also Calls Upon The Southwest Museum Coalition To Consider An Autry Membership Boycott And An Autry Donor Education Project Until The Autry Makes An Appropriate Commitment To Operate The Southwest Museum

Today the Executive Committee of the Mount Washington Homeowners’; Alliance (“Alliance”), the largest community-based organization in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mount Washington, issued a letter to the Board of Directors of the Autry National Center (“Autry”) communicating the Alliance general membership’s unanimous rejection of the Autry’s recent public declaration that it would move the Southwest Museum to a new $100 million building to be constructed in Griffith Park and commence a public input process to identify “alternative” uses for the Mount Washington campus of the Southwest Museum.

A few years ago, when the Southwest Museum was struggling financially, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage entered into negotiations to assume operations of the Southwest Museum and its priceless treasure trove of Native American artifacts and art. As part of the Merger Agreement eventually approved by the former Board of Directors of the Southwest Museum and the California Attorney General, the Autry agreed to prepare a Master Plan studying the two museums and their operation under the umbrella name of the “Autry National Center.” This study has never been prepared and released to the public yet in early March of 2005 the Autry announced that it had decided to build a new building for the Southwest Museum on taxpayer-owned land in Griffith Park next to the existing Museum of the American West. In its press release, the Autry also publicly announced that:

“The project will physically merge the multiple institutions that have come together in recent years to form the Autry National Center. A large portion of the Autry’s expansion will be dedicated to the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, quintupling the gallery space currently devoted to its world-class collection.”

The Autry’s press release indicated that other uses would be explored for the current campus of the Southwest Museum: “Los Angeles architect Brenda Levin and urban planner Fred Glick are exploring potential future uses of the 12-acre Mt. Washington campus. . . .”

Public response to the Autry’s announcement that it would “physically merge” the Museum of the American West and the Southwest Museum was met with universal condemnation by elected officials and the 75-member community-based Southwest Museum Coalition. A public meeting was held on March 30, 2005, attended by over 250 community residents and organizational representatives where a motion was adopted that until the Autry made a legally binding commitment to continue to operate the Southwest Museum on Mount Washington, it should be denied any further development permits to use taxpayer-owned lands in Griffith Park. In the context of these events, at the Alliance’s General Membership meeting on Monday, May 9, 2005, the organization considered and adopted all but one of four motions unanimously. The first motion was based upon the initial policy position taken on March 30, 2005 by the 75-member Southwest Museum Coalition. This motion called upon the Autry to make a legally binding commitment to operate the Southwest Museum as a condition of being allowed to construct any new facility in Griffith Park. Victoria Tanaka, President of the Alliance, observed: “The Coalition has sought for two years to work with the Autry and seek an amicable resolution of concerns about the Autry’s stewardship of the Southwest Museum and its collection. The current Autry plan to toss aside the nationally significant Southwest Museum campus and the investment of millions of dollars of taxpayer transportation funds to build a rail station at the Southwest Museum, without ever fulfilling its promise to conduct a Master Plan study of the entire Autry National Center, is unconscionable. We reluctantly found it necessary to ask our Coalition partners to take a stronger stand against the Autry’s current course.”

The Alliance put on the table three other strong responses to recent Autry actions. The second motion directed the Board of the Alliance to send a letter to the Autry rejecting any proposal to explore alternative uses for the Mount Washington campus of the Southwest Museum until a public input process on uses complementary to the Southwest Museum were first explored -- a promise made to the Alliance membership by the Autry’s CEO, John Gray, last year and never implemented by the Autry. The motion also called upon the Southwest Museum Coalition to work with elected officials to conduct an immediate public input process (with or without Autry cooperation) to identify uses complementary to the Southwest Museum location in order to enhance possible revenue streams to support the Southwest Museum location.

The third motion adopted by the membership of the Alliance called upon the Southwest Museum Coalition to obtain legal counsel and work with elected officials to ask the California Attorney General to open an investigation of the Autry’s fulfillment of promises made in the Merger Agreement with the former Board of the Southwest Museum. The California Attorney General has jurisdiction and enforcement authority over charitable organizations including museums such as the Autry.

The fourth motion, which passed with one opposed and three abstaining, called upon the Southwest Museum Coalition, in the absence of fulfillment of the Autry’s legal and moral obligations to the Southwest Museum, to commence a wide-spread Internet-based campaign to convince Autry members to boycott renewal of their memberships until the Autry makes proper legally binding commitments to the Southwest Museum. Furthermore, the motion called upon the Coalition to also use the Internet-based campaign to educate Autry donors of the substance of the wide-spread objections to the plan to “physically merge” the two museums and call upon such donors to withhold donations or further pledges to the Griffith Park building until there is a resolution of this dispute.

The Alliance’s letter to the Autry indicated that the Alliance would withhold urging the Southwest Museum Coalition to conduct a boycott and donor education program if the Autry offered some concrete commitment to satisfactorily resolve this controversy within the next 45 days.

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MOTIONS RELATING TO THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM
Adopted May 9, 2005 General Membership Meeting Mount Washington Homeowners’ Alliance

1. Motion Urging The Autry National Center to Commit to Southwest Museum:

Having been entrusted with the Southwest Museum’s assets and priceless collection through a Merger Agreement with the former
Southwest Museum Board of Trustees in which Autry National Center made certain promises to the former Southwest Museum Board members and the California Attorney General, having been entrusted with a nationally historic building in which millions of state and local transportation funds have been expended to establish a Southwest Museum public rail station at its front door, and occupying taxpayer-owned public lands in Griffith Park free of charge for the Museum of the American West, the Autry National Center has both a legal and moral responsibility to maintain and revitalize the Southwest Museum’s Mount Washington home so that it will play as much of an integral role in the future cultural and economic development of Los Angeles as it did in the past.

The Mount Washington Homeowners’ Alliance joins the Southwest Museum Coalition and other organizations in urging that as a condition of being allowed to retain perpetual possession of the Southwest Museum collection and as a condition of a perpetual permit allowing the maintenance of (or new development of) Autry museum facilities in Griffith Park on lands owned by the taxpayers of the City of Los Angeles, the Board of the Autry National Center make a legally binding commitment for the perpetual maintenance and operation of Mount Washington’s Southwest Museum venue as a primary exhibition site of its collection.

Further, in addition to fulfilling all legal commitments contained in the Southwest Museum/Autry Western Heritage Museum Merger Agreement, the Alliance calls upon the Autry National Center to commit to a thorough programmatic study to determine how the Casa de Adobe and Southwest Museum may continue to be operated in a manner consistent with its founders’ vision, as a reflection of the cultural, historical and artistic heritage of the Southwest, of California, and of the City of Los Angeles.

2. Motion To Initiate The Public Input Process For The Museum In The Absence Of Any Process From The Autry National Center:

The Mount Washington Homeowners' Alliance calls upon and will support and assist the Southwest Museum Coalition and offices of elected officials to conduct one or more community meetings to solicit public input on other complementary uses for the Southwest Museum campus that are consistent with the continued operation of the Mount Washington campus as a primary exhibition location of the Southwest collection -- consistent with the vision and tradition of Charles Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum. Furthermore the Alliance directs its Board to send a letter to the Autry National Center objecting to an Autry-sponsored public process that only explores alternative uses for the Mount Washington campus instead of carrying out the representations of Executive Director John Gray, made to the Alliance at a meeting last year, that the Autry would carry out a public input process to explore uses complementary to the Southwest Museum operation on Mount Washington.

3. Motion Calling For Enforcement Of The Southwest Museum - Autry Museum Merger Agreement:

The Mount Washington Homeowners' Alliance urges the Southwest Museum Coalition to retain expert legal counsel in non-profit organizations to investigate whether there has been or will soon be a breach of the Autry/Southwest Museum Merger Agreement. If such a breach has occurred or is imminent, the Southwest Museum Coalition is encouraged to work with elected officials to call upon the California Attorney General to open an investigation of the Autry National Center's compliance with the Merger Agreement and to take all appropriate enforcement actions necessary to obtain a legally binding commitment from the Autry National Center to maintain and operate the Southwest Museum in perpetuity as a condition of perpetual possession of the
Southwest Museum collection.

4. Call Upon The Southwest Museum Coalition To Organize An Autry Membership Boycott And Donor Education Drive:

The Mount Washington Homeowners' Alliance calls upon the Southwest Museum Coalition to organize an Internet-based lobbying campaign to spread across Los Angeles and California messages calling for members and donors of the Autry National Center to withhold renewal of memberships and condition any financial support of the Autry National Center's preservation of the Southwest Museum collection upon the Autry entering into a legally binding agreement with the California Attorney General to maintain and operate the Southwest Museum at the historic and culturally significant Mount Washington campus envisioned and constructed by the founder of the museum, Charles Lummis.

For more information:
Mark Kenyon (323) 227-6491
Daniel Wright (323) 223-4797
Victoria Tanaka (323) 223-0944

May 17, 2005 4:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SPEAKING OF FAILED "SUPPORT" -

ALSO on the eve of the election, a community meeting is annouced to deal with the failed "support" of Antonio Villaraigosa that exhibits his inability to either protect open space, or make use of a ready made small school site in his district - now about to be bulldozed under for more congested overpriced housing in a school-poor area of CD14.

"COMMUNITY MEETING AT HERMON CHURCH

Hermon Community Church will hold an open community meeting at the church’'s fellowship hall on Wheeling Way on Friday, May 20th. We hope to see all of you there who have been watching our progress as we take on the mission of retaining Christian education on the hill following the closure of Pacific Christian School."

May 17, 2005 4:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Much like the letters to the editor at the Daily News, Times letters are singularly without and voices of support for Antonio Villaraigosa following the Times endorsment:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Examining Candidates, Issues and Financing
Four years ago I voted for James K. Hahn for mayor. This election neither candidate looked appealing but I shifted my support to Antonio Villaraigosa. After giving it more thought I came back to Hahn. The reason: He won't be eligible to run again and he'll have more time to tend to city business instead of spending four years preparing to run for another term.

Richard Stalder
Chatsworth


Re "Contracts, Position Flow to Hahn Ally," May 10: It seems a tangled web of malfeasance has weaved its presence through the Port of Los Angeles. The practice of enriching a hand-chosen few with lucrative contracts and special favors has resulted in entrenched mediocrity and pervasive conflicts of interest. The port's $120-billion operation ought to be watched more carefully by the state and its citizens. A big thank you to The Times for shedding a little light on the tip of the iceberg.

Kathleen Woodfield
San Pedro


Re Hahn versus Villaraigosa: It's sickening to listen to the mudslinging! That won't get you elected mayor. In fact, it turns people off! Get to the issues.

Lillian Harrow
Los Angeles


Richard Hasen's idea of providing public campaign financing for city elections in the form of $25 vouchers for citizens to give to candidates (Commentary, May 10) is an interesting way to address L.A.'s campaign financing crisis.

Unfortunately, it would reinforce the negatives of the existing system. Without a mechanism for providing funds to strong but little-known candidates so they can get their message out, it would lock in the popularity contest aspect of private fundraising. It would reward the best-known candidates with the most dollars instead of leveling the playing field.

Conversely, under a Clean Money full public financing system, all candidates who qualify for public grants receive equal amounts of funding to run their campaigns after they've proven their viability by showing a broad base of support, refusing private donations, and agreeing to limit campaign spending.

Aaron D. Cervantes
Latino Outreach Manager
California Clean Money Campaign, Los Angeles

May 17, 2005 5:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to the L.A. Times only about 8 percent of voters have cast their ballots by mail, to date.

Waiting for new charges and allegations?

May 17, 2005 5:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV FUNDRAISER REMOVED FROM COUNTY POSITION!

Campaign "Monkey Business" Moves Closer to Home...


County Removes 7-Year Chief of AIDS Program; The official says he was not given a reason for the decision, which comes after a probe of his fundraising for Villaraigosa.
By Jack Leonard
Times Staff Writer

May 17, 2005

Health officials said Monday that the embattled head of Los Angeles County's AIDS program will no longer run the office, which doles out $82.5 million a year in government funding to community prevention and treatment programs.

Department of Health Services officials declined to explain the removal of Charles L. "Chuck" Henry as director of the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy, a position he held for seven years.

Officials notified Henry's co-workers in a letter Friday that they were searching for a replacement to run the office but did not elaborate. Henry remains a county employee but his new role has yet to be determined, they said. Henry's attorney said his client had not been told why he was no longer director.

John F. Schunhoff, chief of operations at the public health agency and Henry's supervisor, acknowledged that Henry's departure came after a county investigation was completed last week into his role as a fundraiser for Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign.

Schunhoff declined to make the results public, but a preliminary investigation two months ago found that Henry had solicited campaign contributions for Villaraigosa from community groups that receive funds from Henry's office.

County investigators also discovered a fundraising flier for a Villaraigosa event on Henry's office computer, according to a March 7 memo from the top attorney to the county Board of Supervisors. County officials are prohibited from campaigning at work or using county resources to do so.

Henry's attorney, Winston Kevin McKesson, said neither he nor Henry had been given the results of the county's investigation. He said that Henry had done nothing wrong in working for Villaraigosa's campaign.

"Everything he did was open, obvious and above board," McKesson said. "He built a brick wall between his position in the county and his volunteer efforts for Villaraigosa."

Henry was hired in 1998 amid growing accusations of mismanagement at the AIDS office, which county auditors had long criticized for failing to adequately monitor contracts worth millions of dollars.

As director, Henry was a polarizing figure in the county's tight-knit but often fractious world of HIV and AIDS treatment providers. Some lauded his abilities to increase the amount of money the county received in state and federal grants, which rose by nearly 25% under his watch. Others accused him of favoritism in the way his office distributed those funds.

One of Henry's most vocal critics was Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation Inc., itself the subject of a critical county audit released Monday.

Auditors accused the nonprofit organization of overcharging the county $348,000 for services provided to AIDS patients at the group's Carl Bean House hospice in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. Health officials said they intend to ask Weinstein to reimburse the county.

Weinstein sharply disputed the audit's findings, saying that the county had long accepted his agency's billing practices. He accused Henry of prompting the audit in retaliation for Weinstein's outspoken criticism of him and said he would fight any attempt to force him to return the money.

"There's no question that we spent the money we got in caring for those patients," Weinstein said.

May 17, 2005 5:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THIEVERY was to topid... $300,000 in salary (2 years) plus perks for ADV for less than 6 months of any significant level of attention paid to his district.

Elect him mayor, you'll be lucky to get 1 years worth of muddled incompetent "service."

Not a good deal, by any standard. Not a good public servant, by and standard.

Only a candidate - passing through!

May 17, 2005 5:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop the lies Flora!!!

Sellout to Playa Vista!

May 17, 2005 6:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Flora the liar and Playa Vista the thief, knocking off liquor stores on the way to oblivion.

May 17, 2005 6:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SAVE BALLONA FROM FLORA!!!

SAVE BALLONA FROM FLORA!!!

May 17, 2005 6:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MOTHER McCREE, IS THIS THE END OF SISTER CITY??????????????

May 17, 2005 9:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I find the profanity on this site quite juvenile. No wonder it is a blog.

May 17, 2005 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

17TH UNANSWERED HOMICIDE IN HOLLENBECK -- and still no response from the recently converted "law-and-order" councilmember Villatraogsoa.

REPORT

Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a male Iranian approximately 60 years of age.

On Monday, May 16, 2005, at approximately 1630 hours, Hollenbeck Patrol Officers responded to a radio call "Death Investigation" at 5301 Via Marisol Avenue in the City of Los Angeles.

Upon arrival the officers entered apartment No. 310 and discovered the victim in the living room area of his apartment, lying on a bed.

Further investigation revealed that the victim had sustained a single stab wound to the left side of his neck area. No suspect (s) were seen and there was no evidence of force entry into the residence.

Los Angeles City Fire Rescue Ambulance No. 47 responded to the scene and provided the victim with emergency medical treatment. The victim failed to respond and was pronounced dead at 1635 hours on May 16, 2005 by paramedics.

Los Angeles County Coroner's Investigator responded to the crime scene and took charge of the decedent. The Coroner Investigator's preliminary examination revealed the cause of death was attributed to a single stab wound to the left side of his neck. The decedent was transported to the Coroner's Office for further postmortem examination.

The public's assistance is requested in solving this murder. If anyone has information concerning this incident please contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Gutierrez or Caballero at (323) 526-3142 during normal business hours or the Hollenbeck Area Watch Commander at (213) 485-2942.

May 17, 2005 10:05 AM  

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