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Friday, July 29, 2005

Delgadillo Names New Chief Deputy and Criminal Branch Chief

Here's yet another announcement of turnover appointments from the AG CA:

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo today announced he has drawn from the upper ranks of Federal law enforcement and city government in making two important high-level appointments to begin the second term of his administration.

Delgadillo named Richard I. Llewellyn Jr. as Chief Deputy City Attorney. Llewellyn, a former litigator at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., moved to Los Angeles to join the firm Riordan & McKinzie. His career in public service began when he joined the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman, where he was instrumental in the formulation of the Kolts Commission. That work resulted in a comprehensive review of the "use of force" procedures at the Sheriff's Department. Llewellyn served for six years as Special Counsel to former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, restructuring the office to drastically improve crime prevention efforts and at the same time expanding outreach to the community. He has continued this innovative work in his most recent position as Chief of Staff to 13th District Councilman Eric Garcetti. With this experience, Llewellyn will be able to bring a new vision to the position of Chief Deputy that draws from years of legislative and legal experience.

Grabbing the reins of the Criminal Branch of the City Attorney's Office will be Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Isaacs, the deputy chief of the Major Frauds Section in Los Angeles. Isaacs has been involved in many of the major white-collar prosecutions in Los Angeles
during the past decade. Among his significant cases are prosecutions of former MGM Chairman Giancarlo Parretti, former Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington and the French bank Credit Lyonnais, which resulted in a record $775 million settlement and solidified his reputation as a
tenacious and dedicated prosecutor.

"Our ability to draw talent of the caliber of the Rich and Jeff is a testament to the innovative legal work being done by the lawyers on our staff," Delgadillo said. "I'm counting on both of them to help push the already high bar to a whole new level as we endeavor to make Los Angeles
a safer, better place to live and dream."



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rockard is as dirty as they come.

For example, his campaign chair is Jerold Bernard Neuman - #130574, the
head of Allen Matkins et al LLP.

This is the law firm for developer Dan Palmer, Jr. who is pushing the Las Lomas project in the Newhall Pass near the 5 and 14.

The Water Assessment for Las Lomas has not been on the agenda over at DWP. In fact, this Assessment was pulled from the DWP Board last September. Without this Assessment, Dan Palmer can't move his EIR for Las Lomas forward. It is just stuck.

Well, just after Jim Hahn lost, a lot of phone calls started hitting Rockard's office asking that he do something to get that Water Assessment back on the DWP Agenda, perhaps under the radar screen, as a Consent Calendar Agenda Item, so it could quietly move the project forward.

Well, there were lots of lobbyist type calls over to Rockard. Finally, he got Peter John Gutierrez-#156129, son of Gabriel A Gutierrez-#36856, a retired Judge, to do the dirty work.

Peter wrote a letter on behalf of Rockard warning DWP that "Heaven Forbid, the City might get sued" if the DWP did not release the Water Assessment. Mayor Sam, I've got that letter, so if you want to link it and start another post, let me know.

Well, I guess that Dominick William Rubalcava - #56057 got real scared. Imagine, the DWP could get sued by "Lawsuit Happy" Dan Palmer, Jr., so Dominick used his authority to place the Water Assessment back on the DWP agenda on Tuesday, June 21, 2005.

Maybe nobody would notice. Dan paid Hilary Norton Orozco and Carlyle W. Hall Jr - #45287 to go over to DWP and baby sit this Consent Calendar item through. Not hard, right?

Carlyle clocks up $4,000 in fees and Hilary makes her day rate.

No big deal, it's found money in the life of a lobbyist and one of the nation's formost Environmental Attorney's who has crossed the line.

So, in walk Sandra Cattell and Bart Reed. They fill out speaker cards and this means "Dan's Slam Dunk" pushed by Rockard's "Threat to Sue" letter gets pulled from the Consent Calendar and will be considered on it's own merits.

Watching Cattell and Reed on the City Cable TV Channel was amusement enough for the day as they tore apart the reasons that the DWP should approve this item.

They pointed out that should the Water Assessment be approved, it would move Dan's Las Lomas land closer to entitlement. That's 555 acres that Dan is buying for about $2 million.

With entitlements Dan could hit a major jackpot: either sell it to the State or Feds for the Rim of the Valley Wildlife Corridor or develop it. Dan could profit up to $1 billion, so why shouldn't he push?

Well, Hilary and Carlyle do their appeal. Didn't Hilary used to work for Fleishman Hillard and wasn't she actually known as the "Go To" person over there? She claims she didn't work on the DWP account. But didn't she work for Douglas R. Dowie, Steve Sugerman and John Stodder? I suppose its possible that only DWP got overbilled, so she just was a lowly grunt over there. And I doubt there was any fingerprints there.

I found this: As for the accusations involving Pacheco, Fleishman regional President Richard Kline said he didn't believe that the fund-raiser -- which he acknowledged was organized for Pacheco by Hillary Norton Orozco -- was ever charged to the DWP. Orozco is a one-time aide to former Councilmen Richard Alatorre and Mark Ridley-Thomas. She has declined comment.

Well, the item moves and interestingly, Silvia Saucedo - #199866 of Allen Matkins et al LLP does the right thing and recuses herself. She works for Jerold Bernard Neuman and Dan Palmer.

Well, strangely Dominick William Rubalcava didn't recuse himself. Why? His wife is the BFI and Dan Palmer attorney: Sharon Fesler Rubalcava - #67363. What's a little insider dealing and conflict of interest anyways?

Well, it's now time to move this little sucker and Dominick asks his three fellow Commissioners to make a motion. No commissioner moves or says anything. So Dominick makes a second request. Again nothing. You should have seen his face. (You can on the City Hall tape.) So, he makes the third and final request. Nothing. So, Dominick announces that the item fails for lack of a motion.

How often does that happen? It's pretty rare. So, the paper's interview everybody and that's it. What the papers didn't write about is that just two people came and knocked Dan out of the box.

Word from the lobbyists is that Dan was screaming and busting up the office. Dan has never resolved his temper as many in Santa Clarita are so well aware.

So, now, Antonio will be announcing the DWP Commissioners the week of August 1. Dan and Hilary have already reached out and are setting up one-on-one meetings with those unannounced commissioners.

And you can best believe Rockard is getting a meaner "threat to sue" letter ready to present to the new DWP Commissioners.

Rockard doesn't have my vote. Nor should he have yours.

July 29, 2005 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello Previous Anon,

Your comment was well thought, although after looking into our many local politicians in the City of Los Angeles, you would find yourself that this is a typical day at work for the political angeleno.

There is not one political candidate and office holder that is not mixed in a fishy situation, the more you look into their friends, associates, business partners, relatives and compare this with positions, money contribution, IE; you will be upset and feel that our system is a failure.

Piece of advice: try to work together, with everyone, regardless of any bad PR.

July 29, 2005 7:48 PM  

Blogger Phil Krakover said:

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."

Winston S. Churchill

July 30, 2005 2:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Large upgrade here; LLewellyn knows his business and is light years better than Bowers.

July 30, 2005 6:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What about Hilary's relationship with Neuman? I am surprised that our first blogger didn't mention it.

July 31, 2005 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK Anonymous July 31, 2005 5:12 PM,
what are those relationships between Hilary and Jerold Neuman?.

And also, what about Peter Gutierrez and Rockard? Peter is still listed as County Counsel, not City of L.A. What got him his job with Rockard?

Also, did Peter's dad Gabriel have anything to do with Peter getting his job with Rockard?

Anything else that I overlooked?

One thing I left out from before is the shift in the number of homes that Dan Palmer is proposing to build. Originally it was 5,800. Now with the latest Water Assessment report, the number jumped to 9,600.

This is all on about 200 acres in mountain terrain with grades up to and over 50%. Hilary claimed that planning ordered this change.

From what we understand, there is a remote chance that 2,500,000 feet of retail / office would NOT work on the top of a mountain and Palmer got the change through Planning and now claims that Planning ordered it.

Any thoughts?

July 31, 2005 6:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pete's a good guy, focus on Rock ...

August 01, 2005 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Hilary has constantly tried to distance herself from Flieshman. It won't wash.

What do all the numbers mean (e.g., Neuman #130574)?

August 01, 2005 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this is an old post but its allegations about peter gutierrez are untrue. neither is the fact that his fater isgabriel gutierrez.

vent about something you know

November 10, 2006 2:16 PM  

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