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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Smell Good Plumbers?

JosephineA few days back, we posted some juicy nuggets about a few plum City Commission appointments Mayor Elect Antonio Villaraigosa plans to make in the next few weeks. However, we didn't expect sharing a little bit of prognostication about the coming administration would set up such a firestorm!

A few of our sources tell us that this "leak" was unexpected and caught some of the MEAV transtion team folks by surprise. And now they all look at each other with suspicious eyes!

Its possible that - like the Watergate Plumbers of old - some folks on the transition team may wish to call in the Mike Diamond Smell Good Plumbers (fragrance free of course as not to offend anyone) to plug up the leaks. We're hearing that the working groups may not continue to meet or change their strategy to keep that damn Mayor Sam from getting any info.

Interestingly, some have pointed the finger at former candidate and transition team chair Bob "Can I have a hug" Hertzberg as the source of the leaks. Mayor Sam can assure all my gentle readers and fellow tinhorns that there was no clandestine meeting at Art's Deli where the Hugster slipped me a file. So perhaps - and I truly hope so - that Hertzberg flack Brian Hay will stop pounding my email box for the details - Hugsaberg was not the source of my information.

What I can say is that Mayor Sam only got a few chunks of info at a time and then the trail went cold. I didn't even get to hook up with someone at 1:00 a.m. at King Taco in Montebello for Christ Sake! As always, I guarantee my sources 100% confidentiality and in this case, I am not exactly entirely sure who my "Deep Throat" is, but its certainly not Mark Felt, Pat Buchanan or even George H.W. Bush. That's good, cause I don't have a balcony to put a plant on.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cuban-born Sergio Pino ran a plumbing company before he founded the precursor to Century Builders in 1987. It is the largest homebuilder in the Miami-Dade area and the centerpiece of his larger Century Partners Group. The Miami Herald featured Pino in a 1999 expose on how local politicians used Miami International Airport “as a billion-dollar piggy bank to enrich their friends and campaign contributors.” Noting that Pino was a top donor to Mayor Alex Penelas and contributed to the campaigns of most local commissioners, the article said recipients of the airport’s dutry-free concessions cut Pino into the deal for his political connections and to meet bid specifications mandating the inclusion of “disadvantaged businessmen.” This particular “disadvantaged” businessman owned a waterfront home and a 54-foot yacht. A 2002 county Inspector General report accused Pino and other minority partners in the airport contracts of doing no work in exchange for their cut.

June 21, 2005 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

King Taco is in East L.A., not Montebello.

June 21, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

King Tacos are everywhere, not just East L.A. prev. anon.

June 21, 2005 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

King Taco is over-rated and romanticized.

June 21, 2005 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are 2 King Tacos in the Eastside (unless you mention the ones at Cal State LA): 1) at Cesar Chavez Ave and Soto St; 2) at 3rd Street and Ford St.

If you have to eat there, just go for the all meat burrito with green chili. Damn, wish they had one in South LA for me to go to during the weekdays.

June 21, 2005 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

King Taco's tacos have gotten small and they weigh the meat on each taco. There is a good taco truck on York/Figueroa (blue truck, near the carwash.

Cheap price and good tacos. My friends and I go there all the time. We are from the barrio.

June 21, 2005 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will Huizar get rid of people like this?

"Mother Ordered To Stand Trial In 10-Year-Old Son's Murder
An El Sereno woman was ordered Monday to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges stemming from the stabbing death of her 10- year-old son last August.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Harold Cherness found sufficient evidence to require Rocio Santoyo, 28, to stand trial on the two felony charges.

Santoyo, who remains jailed on $1 million bail, is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on June 13 for arraignment.

Paramedics were summoned to Santoyo's home last Aug. 20. They found the boy unconscious and bleeding from a wound in the throat area, and Santoyo in another room with a laceration on her arm, according to police.

Investigating detectives said then that they believed Santoyo used one or more knives to kill the boy and then tried to kill herself.

June 21, 2005 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll vote for Huizar if he can get rid of trash like this one:

"Huizar, a 36-year-old El Sereno lawyer who has served on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2001."

June 21, 2005 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Tax overkill

LAUSD pushes its luck with planned November bond measure


June 21, 2005 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good Intentions and Broken Dishwashers


June 21, 2005 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


School hate crimes spike

LAUSD police report that incidents have quadrupled in past decade


June 21, 2005 2:23 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

June 21, 2005 2:27 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

To the tinhorn bashing on Huizar, you're either to lazy to scroll one more post or too dumb to realize you're posting on the wrong thread of topics.

You know those voices in your head telling you to go play on the freeway? Listen to them. It will do us all good!

June 21, 2005 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LAUSD Should Be Held Accountable
Re "New School Built on Tainted Fill," June 5: Cheat me once, shame on you. Cheat me twice, shame on me.

First at Belmont and now at Santee, Los Angeles Unified School District administrators have cheated both students and taxpayers twice.

June 21, 2005 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles mayor-elect seeks LAUSD powers

Many officials worry about Villaraigosa's desire to choose all of the school board's members, which currently are elected. Issue could be especially important in some South Bay cities.

By Alison Shackelford
Copley News Service




June 21, 2005 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa backs LAUSD reform
Candidate says next mayor should have control of schools and be responsible for performances.

By David Zahniser
Copley News Service

Upping the ante in an intensifying debate over education reform, mayoral candidate and Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that the next mayor should have "ultimate control" of the Los Angeles Unified School District -- and responsibility for the performance of its 810 schools.


June 21, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD's home-school program decision on hold

June 21, 2005 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Officials call for LAUSD panel
Daily Breeze, April, 2005 by David Zahniser COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

Two top elected officials in Los Angeles plan to create a commission to look at ways of reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District -- from the number of school board members and the amount they are paid to how much of a role the city should play.

With civic leaders growing increasingly alarmed by dropout rates in the sprawling LAUSD, school board President Jose Huizar and Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla will discuss plans today for a city-school commission focusing on governance of the school board, which is currently dictated by the city charter.

Neither Huizar nor Padilla would discuss their plans. But board member Mike Lansing said he was aware of the initiative and said it should include a look at such issues as the size of the seven school board districts.

Lansing's district stretches from South Los Angeles to Gardena, Carson, Lomita and the Harbor Area -- making it bigger than the district represented by his counterpart at the city, Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

June 21, 2005 2:59 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

You really can't be that stupid, are you?

June 21, 2005 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Frank,

Do not call me stupid.

Call me.

Celine Cordero

Office of Antonio Villaraigosa

200 N. Spring Street, #425

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213.687.7777


June 21, 2005 3:15 PM  

Anonymous 3rdFloorGuy said:

Does anyone know where I can get a job?

June 21, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cordero, Mrs. Amparo — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952. Female. Still living as of 1952.
Cordero, Celine — of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004. Female. Still living as of 2004.

June 21, 2005 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do not worry 3rd floor guy, soon everyone will have income. Los Angeles is on it's way to become a the first metropolitan socialist city, health, benefits, food, shelter, jobs for all...do not worry.

June 21, 2005 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Who gives a shit? Promote yourself all you want, but Antonio and his people don't give a shit about your piss ass blog nor are they up in arms about any of your posts.

Besides, LA Observed had your John Mack-Chip Murray story a good three days before you got off your ass to post it.

Now gargle with that you wannabe! No one but you and your buddies reads your dumbass website!

June 21, 2005 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the mayor f'd up.

June 21, 2005 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We welcome all marxists to Los Angeles after July 1. Especially the one's from New York City. Come all, come happy, come and rejoice in our celebration of our conquered land.

June 21, 2005 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 3:24/3:25 PM commentors-

That's funny. A simple search on (LA)Observed shows he posted about Mack and Chip on June 17 citing Mayor Sam as his source.

Mayor Sam posted on June 16

Good try though. Now go pull your head out of Roderick's ass and get some fresh air. You my friend f'd Up

June 21, 2005 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


That is true, these idiots f'd up big time and are envious of Mayor Sam.

June 21, 2005 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Blackman has to be without a doubt the rudest most arrogant idiot he travels with. Why wasn't Antonio sitting in his seat during council today? Why has he been excused from Friday's April 1st city council meeting for personal business? Hasn't he missed more than enough days in the 2 yrs he's been in office? Antonio can get all the endorsements he wants. This is exactly how it played out in 2001. It's all in timing and thankfully the media is beginning to print the truth about his zero record and his baggage.

June 21, 2005 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jimmy Blackman hasn't taken a leave of absence, though 80% of his time is campaign related. Look for LA Times piece on this and AV's 80 new neighborhood watches soon

June 21, 2005 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Villaraigosa take most of Richard Alarcons staff from his previous office?

It looks like Blackman, Carreon and many others come from the Alarcon Office.

June 21, 2005 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's senior team forms




June 21, 2005 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Villaraigosa, to me he does not deserve to be mayor, I will refer to him as Mr. only.

Did he really think that we would buy into the fact that all of his appointees have his special interest connections intact.

Riordan- Robin Kramer
Laura Chick- Marcus Allen
HIMSELF- The "Yes" man, J. Blackman

these are just a few mentioned.

He will keep his special interest close, they all want play in the new government for the help AV was given in the election

June 21, 2005 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Good Job. Atleast you are doing better journalism than the paid ones.

June 21, 2005 4:22 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Because I have been asked, I need to further clarify I did not get this information from anyone on or connected to MEAV including as I mentioned NOT from Bob Hertzberg, NOT from Laura Chick, NOT from Robin Kramer or NOT even from Melissa Gilbert. Some of you dumbasses keep emailing me and calling me and its getting old.

I will say that one piece of the information I got while eating a taco, or was it a breakfast burrito? I am not quite sure. I always confuse Montebello with Maywood. Which one of those two had the first McDonald's? Oh Christ, that was Downey wasn't it? Did Taco Bell start in Montebello? I just don't remember. By the way, Del Taco has really great fish tacos right now.

On another note, stop slamming Jimmy Blackman. He is a good fellow.

Now, I have to pee.

June 21, 2005 4:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mi hijo con mucho trabajo esta traduciendo lo que le estoy diciendo aqui, y pues, tengo que decir que hay una senorita que me grito en la oficina de El Sereno en Enero. Yo llame por telefono, y contesto varias personas durante el dia y les dije mi problema. No regresaron mis llamadas, fui a la oficina, en una junta el miercoles en el sereno hable con la senorita yeni yo no se su apellido. Ella me dijo que ese no era el momento de decirle mi problema, yo insisti y me grito diciendo que no le hice caso. Yo si le hice caso, pero ellos no me llamaron para atras. Ella me grito enfrente de mis vecinos en la junta. Es una despota y quiero poner una queja, con quien hablo.

Sra. Rodriguez
El Sereno, California

June 21, 2005 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

Fish Tacos from Del Taco are good, you other people that blog here should try them.

June 21, 2005 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pienso que usted debe llamar a rent.com y no a Alcalde Sam.

June 21, 2005 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I told a couple of colleagues at work to read this blog since 4pm, I can tell some of them are blogging with me. Emma, you must have been the prev. blogger, right?

Those on the 17th floor Wilshire, keep blogging, it gets more interesting as we move on.

To the 3rd floor guy, join the military, do your country some good and be productive.

June 21, 2005 4:32 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

There is a taco truck by Van Nuys City Hall that is almost as good as the one on York and Ave 54.

June 21, 2005 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Emma!

Mayor Sam - you always get on people's case about off topic blogging - why are you talking about tacos on your own post about AV's appointments?

June 21, 2005 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi 436


To Sergio:
You must want your name to be mentioned, why did you mention mine? To all others-a bunch of us work on the 17th floor, we are harmless bloggers, I guess I speak for myself. Sergio is the one interested in all of the politics, I am just young, intelligent, single, & furthering my education. Yes, I work for the GOV.

June 21, 2005 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam you mentioned tacos. I will possibly try the places you mentioned in the future. I am not a vegi, however I love MEAT w/ Vegis.

June 21, 2005 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tofu Girl why don't Latinos eat tofu tacos?

Cause, uh, they taste like shit!

June 21, 2005 4:47 PM  

Anonymous 3rdFloorGuy said:

Sergio & Emma, tell us what's going on in your building cause its awful boring in our's.

June 21, 2005 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not telling. I'm paid not to tell about my building.

It is pretty warm today, do you agree?

Hint: How do you track down a whistleblower?

Answer: Keep searching.


June 21, 2005 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Emma is Sergio your boyfriend?

June 21, 2005 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sergio is not my boyfriend!

Blog Serg, tell them what you do for a living.

June 21, 2005 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Emma post your pics on Mayor Sam's dating service!

June 21, 2005 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam my grandma used that smell good plumbing company and she said you are right they do smell good!

June 21, 2005 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dating service? Where?


June 21, 2005 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 21, 2005 5:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The blogger is right, Mayor Sam stole this story from LA Observer.

June 21, 2005 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh wow look Mayor Sam your stupid ass blog has attracted the attention of the interns at the Federal Building!

June 21, 2005 5:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No idiots, Mayor Sam posted the story before LA Observed (not Observer shit for brains!)

June 21, 2005 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Antonio really going to appoint Mike Woo to something?

June 21, 2005 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would tend to doubt that Hertzberg or anyone else on the team leaked anything to Mayor Sam.

I wouldn't be surprised however, if the information came from within CD14. Not City Council, but something else.

June 21, 2005 7:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Back to tacos... theres a new King Taco that opened in Pico Rivera, maybe *thats* where the Mayors meeting was at...

June 21, 2005 7:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pico Rivera is not that close to Montebello. I think it was at the one in Maywood. Isn't "Mayor Sam" from the Valley? He might not know the difference.

June 21, 2005 8:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know who are the contributors so far for the big gala on July 1st? So far there are a couple of entertainment people and one investment firm donating $100,000. Interesting Antonio would pick one of Hahn's biggest accomplishments to be HIS charity LA's Best after school program.

Antonio should be working on getting us more police officers like he promised instead of making more work for himself and wanting to control LAUSD. Someone said its all about the land contracts Jose now has power over.

Sad news....Heard tonight that all CD14 field staffers will be staying until the next councilman is elected.

June 21, 2005 9:18 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 teraforma said:

9:50 Anon,

I heard the same thing about the field staffers staying on. Except I'm glad they are. The staffers I've been in contact with have been great and I was worried that no one would be around to keep service up like in 2003 before AV came in.

June 21, 2005 10:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 10:11

You must be related to one of the staffers, stop the propaganda.

June 21, 2005 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so what happened to the two love birds from the 17th floor Sergio and Emma?

June 22, 2005 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Anonymous "curious" coblogger,

Sergio is not my lovebird partner. He is too political for my taste. There might be one of you that knows him. He does maintain visibility near the 3rd floor weekly. Why he stopped blogging is a mystery. I will be informed shortly of his abrupt departure.

June 22, 2005 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOOK, it boils down to this, Huizar is incompetent, regardless if AV wants him or not in CD14. His record is shameful, he is trying to blame the public for his failures, and now running for office. We have the power to vote for him or not, but there is something much better to do.

Get your kids out of LAUSD, it is still early, apply to private schools. Inquire into religious, non religious, as long as they are private. Many have programs, scholarships. Your kids deserve better than the failure of Huizar and his land investors.

Call around private schools in your area. Each child equals $$$ for the school district. The district receives money each day the child attends school. Take this away and LAUSD will have to compete with other schools.

Call, don't be afraid. Be more afraid that statistics show LAUSD underperforms nationally and dropout rate is unacceptable.

June 22, 2005 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Sergio have the hots for Emma?

June 22, 2005 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Celine Cordero the same woman linked to having an affair with MEAV Jimmy Blackman?

June 22, 2005 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey El Sereno,

Guard your signs! Hurry! A kid tried to take it down and was sent to the office.

Instead of punishing kids for doing nothing wrong, punish Huizar for failing these same kids. Huizar governs as if El Sereno was not worth getting educated.

June 22, 2005 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Continuation of post 3:32,

The school was El Sereno Middle School.

June 22, 2005 3:32 PM  

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