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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I'm Ready For My Close-Up Mr. DeMille!

Norma DesmondOur friends at the American Civil Liberties Union - or as talkradio host Dennis Prager calls them - "the left wing Taliban" - are at it again.

Councilmember Wendy Greuel is spearheading a plan to consolidate the city's various security officers under a new Office of Public Safety. This is a good idea to make the city more efficient and provide more safety to our residents at parks, libraries, the Zoo and Convention Center.

But wouldn't you know, the ACLU and its "Grand Dame," Executive Director Ramona Ripston (pictured above) (who by the way is looking more and more like Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd.) has to oppose this move because they are worried a few of these guards might actually do their job and whoop upside the head of a few thugs.

It amazes me how leftist organizations such as the ACLU have no practical, common sense. Its a good thing to have security guards who are armed and trained to patrol parks or libraries where innocent kids (mostly minority ones too but the ACLU doesn't care) be roughed up by local hooligans. Or have property damaged. Or have children molested. The ACLU doesn't give a damn about any of these kids until one of them does commit a crime and then they love them.

There are for sure a few bad apples in any public safety organization. We have procedures in place to screen those out and deal with them when they go bad. The ACLU on the other hand wants to coddle criminals and spend their time outlawing religion.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bad news for those CD14 haters. Heard tonight that all CD14 field staffers will be staying until probably next January when the next council person is elected. Here we go again with the morons!!@!

June 21, 2005 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kudos for you Mayor Sam. Interesting and best topic on this site. I am in agreement, ACLU is the extreme leftwing of what we do not want in a future productive and safe society.

ACLU defeats the purpose of good programs for the people.

June 21, 2005 9:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



"My educational journey began in 1972 at Euclid Avenue Elementary School in East Los Angeles and led me across the country to Princeton," says Jose Huizar *94, an attorney who finds himself back in Los Angeles as President of the Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "I went to the Woodrow Wilson School with a desire to make the world a better place," he says. "Upon graduation, I knew I had become a member of a larger community committed to that same value."

Huizar was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and later moved to Los Angeles. His father was a migrant farm worker who became a machine operator, and his mother worked in the meat packaging industry. Huizar earned his BA at U.C. Berkeley in 1991. After graduating from Princeton with his MA in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning, he returned to California where he earned his JD at UCLA Law School in 1997.

Huizar then spent several years as an associate in the environmental divisions of several Los Angeles law firms, working on land and water use issues. In 2001 he accepted a position as Deputy City Attorney at the LA City's Attorney Office, advising city departments and the City Council on real property matters. Since 2003 he has practiced land use and real estate law part-time with Ecovar, Avila, Christopher and Ruiz, LLP, a Pasadena-based law firm.

June 21, 2005 9:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Escovar, Avila, Christopher & Ruiz, LLP
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q42004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q42004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q32004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q32004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q22004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q22004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q12004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q12004
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q42003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q42003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q32003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q32003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q22003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q22003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Lobbying Firm Quarterly Report Q12003
ESCOVAR, AVILA, CHRISTOPHER & RUIZ, LLP Ruiz, Rodolfo F Lobbyist Quarterly Report Q12003

June 21, 2005 10:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
(L.A.M.C. 48.01 et seq., as amended)


Escobar, Avila, Christopher & Ruiz, LLP (626) 577-7700 (626) 577-7749

BUSINESS ADDRESS: (Number and Street) (City) (State) (Zip Code) E-MAIL:
221 East Walnut Street
Suite 106 Pasadena CA 91101 dgalarraga@eacrlaw.com

Diana Galarraga (626) 577-7700


June 21, 2005 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Menanno, Mario 1999 Grad
Company/Firm: Escovar, Avila, Christopher & Ruiz, LLP Business Ph: 626-577-7700
221 East Walnut Street Fax: 626-577-7749
Suite 106 E-Mail: menannolaw@hotmail.com
Pasadena, CA 91101
Title: Mario M. Menanno, Esq.

June 21, 2005 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizee is part of the Escobar, Avila, Christopher & Ruiz, LLP law firm.

Mr. Rodolfo F. Ruiz is a lobbyist of the above firm. He is also part of the "INDEPENDENT CITIZEN’S ADVISORY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE"


June 21, 2005 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2005 Lobbying Registrations
Sorted by Lobbyist

Ruiz, Rodolfo F Jan 01, 2005 Escovar, Avila, Christopher & Ruiz, LLP

June 21, 2005 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

De Pinto Morales Communications, Inc Jan 01, 2005 Waste Management/Bradley Landfill and Recycling Center

June 21, 2005 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Art M Gastelum Jan 01, 2005 Hudson Group
Parking Company of America

June 21, 2005 10:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lobbying firm:
Guerra & Assoc Jan 01, 2005

EDS Corp
EJ De LA Rosa & Co
Home Depot
Interactive Corporation
Meruelo Group
Microsoft Corp
Sonnenbuck-Del Rio LLC

June 21, 2005 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Guerra & Assoc.

Name is Fernando Guerra

June 21, 2005 10:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

gloria michel
fernando guerra

represent Meruelo Group
The crook who is in partnership with Huizar & Villaraigosa that stole the land deals underneath LAUSD's nose.

Huizar is a lawyer in Real Estate Land deals, why would we not think he is not interested in making any money...he is all about money.

Watch your back in the neighborhood Huizar. We do not like con artists and liars!

June 21, 2005 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fernando Guerra's business
Copley's David Zahniser details in today's Daily Breeze the different hats worn by Fernando Guerra, the Loyola Marymount professor and commentator on local politics who also has made $71,509 so far this year as a registered City Hall lobbyist. From offices above The Palm restaurant, near Staples Center, Guerra lobbies Antonio Villaraigosa, other council members and city agencies for a client list that includes Home Depot, Microsoft and developers in the Valley Sonnenblick-Del Rio. The most eye-catching client, though, is major Villaraigosa backer and developer Richard Meruelo, who Zahniser says "hired Guerra to lobby the council - and Villaraigosa's office in particular - on land-use issues." At Loyola, Guerra runs the Center for the Study of Los Angeles and was in demand as a media analyst on the race for mayor. Guerra sees no conflicts between his roles, but Zahniser says, "Those dual roles - outside academic expert and inside influence peddler - have spurred questions at City Hall about where his loyalties lie. Is Guerra an impartial observer of the political scene, or an entrenched part of the system?" Others are critical, but Bob Stern of the Center for Governmental Studies says Guerra hasn't been hiding anything.


June 21, 2005 10:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have been lied to over and over.

By Villaraigosa
Meruelo & his entire family
Vignali and his family

Wake up people, these are business people trying to get rich off the backs of decent human beings. Do not let them get away with it any longer. Rise up and protest against the Capitalist clothed underneath the Democrat. Some hide as democrats but are extreme capitalist worse than Republicans.

June 21, 2005 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The ACLU makes mistakes and may have here (it's hard to get any facts from your blog, just smears), but this post is just a diversion from the real issue: Republicans don't give enough of a crap about the violence ravaging American cities to do something besides lock people up. Even though violent crime is down nationally in the past decade, it still haunts our national psyche (as it should). The Repub solution to violence is their solution to Iraq: force alone and nothing else. Yes we need strong law enforcement, and yes we need to lock up criminals, nobody disagrees with that, but that will not solve the problem by itself.

June 21, 2005 11:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Snizzore, this blog makes me. No more the public restroom for the Mayoral staffs' potty mouths, so now we pick on the ACLU.

June 21, 2005 11:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love it how Republicans get offended when Bush is compared to Hitler, yet can so easily call the ACLU the left wing of the Taliban. But, if we're going down that road, if the ACLU truly is the left wing of the Taliban, then what is Bush? Avoid the obvious cliches please. Maybe Franco? Crushing the idealists? Or maybe Franco and, as crazy as it sounds, Castro? Locking down their countries in a timewarp for 40 years? What about Arnold, who's he like then? Or Prager? Or Mayor Sam? Get crazy, let 'em rip...

June 21, 2005 11:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not about policy, it's about raising money. Ramona needs an issue to get some PR now that Tony the Liar is gong to open up their fundraising floodgates. They aren't going to miss out on this party. Isn't Gruel also a card carrying member of the ACLU?

June 22, 2005 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 8:14 - that's probably true that Ramona is looking for dough. They probably ran out of religous icons to go after and they were probably told to stay away from going after Catholics and Jews. So this proposal is something scary enough for some limousine liberal chump change.

June 22, 2005 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony the Liar and Huizy's sugar daddy Meruelo, just punked some more students. From today's L.A. Times:

"After a protracted legal battle, the Southern California Institute of Architecture lost its bid Tuesday to buy the historic Santa Fe freight depot that houses the cutting-edge school.

Bendix's ruling clears the way for developer Richard Meruelo to buy the building and the 2.5-acre property on Santa Fe Avenue just west of the Los Angeles River."

June 22, 2005 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is a lawyer first, realtor negotiator immediately after this, and education advocate way down his list. In the next year, check on his real estate assets, check his portfolio of acquisitions, it is all about mula.

For a person to hold this LAUSD position and do absolutely nothing is not rational. He is after Land deals----silent broker.

His new name:


June 22, 2005 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok Mayor Sam it states in LA Times today that Herb Wesson is thinking of running for supervisor seat in 2008. That means that he won't be able to fulfill his city council seat CD 10 if he wins and will leave with a year to serve council. These assholes!! That needs to get out to the people. These idiots are screwing around with their constituents, costing taxpayers more money with special elections all because of their greed for more power and money.

June 22, 2005 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well said 8:43. I could not have said it better than you did. The priority in passing a law where it prevents any councilmember from leaving elected position before full term is satisfied. I tell you, it is all about positioning the eggs for the next Democratic election. Do they care about constituents--HELL NO!

June 22, 2005 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you should start a Draft Leo Terrell for CD 10 movement.

June 22, 2005 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parents, kids, and community members, RISE UP and take down the hypocrasy of our school system. Take down all of the old HUIZAR BOOK FAIR BANNERS that hang at our tax paid schools. We pay the schools, we should have a say as to what is hung on school property. Take down the hypocracy of Huizar promoting his name by leaving the OLD, OLD, VERY OLD signs on school fences.

Take them down, rip them up and throw them in the trash.

June 22, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, please do us a favor and use some of the FACTS. But your hyperbole is amusing.

This has nothing to do with protecting perpetrators. The ACLU opposes the move because the new "Office of Public Safety" would NOT have the civilian oversight that these officers currently have. One of the main reasons LAPD garnered its poor reputation was due to poor civilian oversight which led to the consent decree and consequently MILLIONS of dollars spent to improve the system, not to mention the millions of dollars spent on lawsuits.

There's a simple solution - put the new Office of Public Safety under commission oversight!

June 22, 2005 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

commission oversight!=Special Interest public entities.

No way! A commission are just buddies of the mayor, city council, ACLU--I was with the ACLU for 5 years. Today, I am a reformed individual that is no longer brainwashed.

June 22, 2005 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we sell hot dogs and beer at the schools too? Since we are talking about business, let us open up shops to support the failures educators/administration) of LAUSD.

What happened to the bullying situation at the three schools an anon blogger mentioned in another thread? Advice: If you want to rat LAUSD bullying problem cover up at Multnomah Elementary, Belvedere Jr. High, & El Sereno Middle School, just contact the Daily Breeze (c/o David), he will research and do an honest and ethical job.

Let us know the extent of the cover up blogger. I may be able to help you expose this problem.

June 22, 2005 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

City Council just approved the security officer motion today. Who is the girl in Antonio's seat in council today?

PARKS COST THE CITY MILLIONS because he tried to cover up Rampart and cost millions in lawsuits.

June 22, 2005 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Nermal the cute cat said:

Um, if you actually READ THE LINKED ARTICLE you will see that there is no problem. ACLU says "there should be civilian oversight of people who carry guns." NO ONE DISAGREES. Wendy Greuel says, "Let's have Police Comish do it." NO ONE DISAGREES. Ramona says "Great, get it in writing."

ACLU could say that we should have elections for councilmembers instead of picking them in a raffle at Bingo Night and you twits would call it a communist takeover.

June 22, 2005 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:20 - Get real. The LAPD developed its abuse reputation and culture well before Parks. Remember the Rodney King beating? That's when the feds jumped in. And the lawsuit payouts were going on for decades.

June 22, 2005 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 22, 2005 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They are armed security guards. Some of them are fully trained police officers.

September 03, 2005 9:38 AM  

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