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Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Padilla Problem


Just received this e-mail -- i've hidden the names for privacy reasons.



All:

We need some major community support on Monday at
the Braude Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., @ Sylvan
St., 2:30 p.m to block this. Several years ago, the staff of the
Councilmember was asleep at the wheel and let this slum
project go through without getting the community involved.

The Applicant leases property from MTA, 46,400 sq. feet at
12 cents per sq. foot. According to Real Estate Professional
X. xxx xxx, nearby industrial properties lease for
up to $1.25 per sq. foot. This applicant re-leases a majority
of his property for close to 90 cents per sq. foot.

Besides MTA not collecting fair market value for it's property,
the applicant makes a killing, plus he doesn't offer legal
amenities such as water, power and other utilities. In case
you don't know what I am referring, look at the photos in
the attachment. Radtke Construction is a "poster child" for
committing Urban and Visual Blight at the corner of S.F.
Road and Bledsoe. Travel down little San Fernando Road
and see the trash and debris and abandoned vehicles. This
is also a prime location for prostitutes serving adjacent workers.

Of course the businesses that lease from Radtke don't pay taxes
or business licenses, and cheat the commerical real estate owners.
Now, again the Council office has failed to notify the community.
Besides not employing competient staff to watch over this type
of neighborhood blight, the Councilmember is too busy running
for State Senate. The attached planning department document
was created on Thursday, June 30, plenty of time for the Council
office to let the community know and be prepared.

If we don't win on the Zoning, at least we can get MTA to charge
the real fair market value to Radtke that Radtke Construction
charges (12¢ versus 90¢) to it's tenants.

Please help.

41 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is there a connection with Esteban Magallanes and Padilla on this matter?

July 24, 2005 2:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A bridge over troubled legislators

By Jill Stewart

"With so much time and credibility blown by California's Legislature and governor on Vitamin-Gate, Speaker-Gate, Shelley-Gate and other ethical dustups, it's hardly shocking that the biggest thing Sacramento has achieved in 2005 is a deal to build a bridge...

...We've had Shelley-Gate, prompting the resignation of Democratic Secretary of State Kevin Shelley; Speaker-Gate, in which Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) got outed for his lucrative side job with a group controlled by a Los Angeles labor union boss; and Vitamin-Gate, with Arnold getting nailed for inking a deal to earn more than $5 million from two muscle magazines. All three big dogs insisted they hadn't broken the law — apparently our new leadership standard. It's been depressing. But the Capitol has been so busy dealing with all that turmoil that I'm hoping we'll see a corresponding drop in its odiferous annual output...

...Don't misunderstand. I'm not promoting scandal as a way to keep their little hands busy. On the other hand, look how much good the scandals have done so far: We've already seen the hubris-blinded Schwarzenegger get a badly needed dose of humility; Nunez's smart-aleck personality moderated (slightly) and Shelley, the most abusive boss in Sacramento, pushed to resign...."

July 24, 2005 2:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez WANTS YOUR $$$

-----------------------------------Reply to: anon-78069392@craigslist.org
Date: 2005-06-10, 7:32AM PDT

NOTE AS YOU READ THIS ARTCLE, THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE WON'T TAX HIMSELF AND HIS PALS... THEY'VE WRITTEN THE PROPOSAL INTENTIONALLY TO AVOID THEMSELVES. JOIN THE H.J.T.A. TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FRIENDS, AND YOUR RELATIVES.

"Speaker Nunez, whose pay will go to
$127,512 this year, plus a daily TAX - FREE allowance of $138, will not
see his taxes go up."

C A L I F O R N I A C O M M E N T A R Y

A weekly opinion column from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
The Evil Rich

By Jon Coupal

They live among us.

They make every attempt to live anonymously. So as not to attract
attention, they drive two- or three-year-old cars. Chances are, they
live in homes valued at about a half-million dollars, the current
state average. Some send their children to private schools, yet many
more send their children to public schools because the cost of a
private education is just out of reach.

However, their days of posturing as ordinary hardworking people that
have had some modest success have come to an end. The Democrats in the
Legislature have just ripped the masks from -- "The Evil Rich!"

Under a plan announced by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, those "rich"
people making more than $142,582 will see their taxes go up by 7
percent to a marginal tax rate of 10 percent. While the "super rich,"
those making more than $285,164, will see their tax rate go up by 17
percent.

If the Democrats are successful in placing this "tax the rich" scheme
on the ballot, some voters may be tempted to approve it because it
will not affect them. It was the late Senator Russell Long of Georgia
who summed up the approach this way, "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax
that fellow behind the tree." After all, it's no great sacrifice to
vote to tax other people, and the "rich" are always a tempting target.
And it is interesting to note that Speaker Nunez, whose pay will go to
$127,512 this year, plus a daily tax-free allowance of $138, will not
see his taxes go up.

However, before anyone is tempted to support the Democrats' proposal,
they may want to look at how fast the definition of "rich" for tax
purposes has declined

Just last November, voters approved another soak-the-rich measure,
Proposition 63, the mental health tax that increased the levy on those
making a million dollars or more by 10 percent. In just seven months,
the political definition of rich has declined by 85 percent to just
over $142,000! If we were to continue at this rate, by the beginning
of July, those making minimum wage could expect to be classified as
rich.

Regardless of one's income, all Californians should be concerned about
tax increases. The state is already in the top 10 in per capita taxes.
Although there are some in the Legislature who would like to be able
to shout, "We're number one," most taxpayers are already painfully
aware of the substantial burden they carry and they believe that what
they provide should be sufficient to fund essential services.

However, those lawmakers who seek to perpetuate an over-priced public
service sector are unlikely to be dissuaded. After all, many
politicians owe their election to the state's public employees, who,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are the highest paid in the
nation.

While politicians will continue to try to make it tempting to consider
increasing taxes on those who are more financially successful, there
is a major flaw in this thinking. It is that those making the most
already pay most of the taxes. If the state continues to pound above
average earners with new taxes, the more likely it is that we will see
taxpayers, jobs and businesses leave the state for a more tax-friendly
climate. As noted by economist Art Laffer, there is nothing so mobile
as the wealthy and their capital. However, when the "wealthy" include
tradesmen and nurses headed to Las Vegas for a lower cost of living --
including taxes -- the rest of California ought to be worried.

If those making more and paying more in taxes flee the state, those
left behind may discover that it is they who will inherit a higher tax
burden.


Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers
Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices
in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

The URL of this column on the HJTA website is:
http://www.HJTA.org/CalCommentaryV3-23.htm

A PDF version suitable for printing is available at:
http://www.HJTA.org/HJTACalCommentaryV3-23.pdf

July 24, 2005 2:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous Anon,

I'm reading the mess. you posted just right now, but I am annoyed at the cut and paste. Dont misunderstand me, I like the information, just don't cut and paste the entire article.

Next time, can you just summarize, paraphrase, just make it shorter and get to the point.

Good Luck.

July 24, 2005 2:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This past spring, Speaker Fabian Nunez came under fire for previous work with the Voter Improvement Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout, and a group which has often been linked with labor unions. Nunez was reportedly being paid some $35,000 a year.

July 24, 2005 2:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Prescription Drug Negotiations
The halls of government are familiar territory for Billy Tauzin... but not the halls of state government in Sacramento.

Tauzin, a longtime and well-known GOP congressman from Louisiana, is now president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA). And on Wednesday, Tauzin made his way to the state Capitol for a private meeting with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

July 24, 2005 2:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

so is huizee going to have the same commie staff for his support group on 1st street?

Are any of these candidates communists?

Gruel? Huizar?

Villaraigosa staff is swimming in communism.

"An important step forward"
Author: Rosalio Muñoz

agree with the assessment that the most important differences in the Communist Party’s preconvention discussion center on the proposed adoption of the main strategic line of defeating the ultra-right section of transnationals and the Bush administration by building the broadest possible all people’s coalition led by labor allied with racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women and youth and others...

... As the re-assembling of the anti-Bush coalition has accelerated in recent weeks, more and more opportunities to participate meaningfully are opening up. During the lunch break at the East L.A. Villaraigosa for Mayor headquarters on Election Day, May 17, scores of volunteers were reading the PWW edition I had handed out. We all celebrated together at the victory party that night...

Rosalio Muñoz (rosalio_munoz@sbcglobal.net) is an organizer for the Southern California district of the Communist Party USA.

http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/7301/1/275

July 24, 2005 2:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nunez, Californian assembly speaker, is worse than Judas.

To:
Sen. Hillary Clinton

July 6, 2005

At least, after betraying Jesus Christ, Judas felt guilty and committed suicide, while, being a Catholic as most Mexicans are, Fabian Nunez, like other extreme socialists who feel sympathized and closer to communism cause, which has proved impractical and a disaster through the collapse of Soviet Union, than capitalism, has admired, praised, and defended the communist regime in Vietnam, which has arrested, tortured, and murdered thousands of Catholic priests and practitioners for their strong beliefs in God and religious freedom. For instance, just a few months ago, Fabian Nunez eagerly welcomed and was posed for pictures with Nguyen van An, the head of Vietnamese national assembly, which is nothing but a tool to say yes to any law or decision made by the communist party, during his visit to Sacramento last May. Moreover, he unsuccessfully tried to prevent Assemblyman Van Tran to criticize communist Vietnam for its poor records on human rights. While loudly demanding more human rights and protection for illegal immigrants, most of them from Mexico, Fabian Nunez has intentionally ignored and denied the same human rights for poor Vietnamese, especially the Catholics who are usually harassed by Vietnamese communists, who are atheists and have condemned religions as a dangerous type of drugs, which wrongly leads the mass away from class struggles against the rich. In their eyes, all Catholics are spies for Vatican, which still has no normal diplomatic relations with communist Vietnam, like all Protestants are working for the CIA. For instance, Father Nguyen van Ly spent more than 20 years in jail and is now under house arrest for his demanding more religious freedom in Vietnam and asking for the church’s property illegally confiscated by the authority returned. In fact, in 2000, Vietnam communist regime banned the late Pope John Paul II from visiting Vietnam, a country with 8 millions Catholics, for fears that the Pope would spread freedom and human rights values to Vietnam as he did to his homeland Poland, which is a decisive factor leading to the collapse of Soviet Union and the communist system. That is also why the new religious laws issued by the communist regime in 2004 limited all religious activities inside the church and outlawed all of religious activities at home. Another victim of communist oppression is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat, Catholic, and Mexican American like Fabian Nunez, but unlike him, she has showed sympathized for the sufferings of Vietnamese people and criticized the Vietnam authority for its very poor records on human rights, and thereby has been repeatedly denied visa to Vietnam. It is quite a terrible shame for California to have Fabian Nunez as the House Speaker since he is really a hypocrite and a big liar who does not represent and work for the interests of California and America but for his motherland Mexico and his extreme socialist cause.


garden grove , CA

July 24, 2005 2:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Democrats Honor Communist Leader in Sacramento

April 21, 2005

Honorable Fabian Nunez, Speaker
California State Assembly
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814



Dear Mr. Speaker:

I write to express my profound and genuine outrage at the occasion by which the Assembly earlier today honored Phung Huu Phu, Chairman of the Hanoi Peoples Parliament. I further wish to understand how -- on the day the Assembly in which I am so honored to serve saw fit to recognize both the Armenian Genocide and a delegation from a democratic Hungary that succeeded in freeing itself from the oppression of totalitarian communism -- I, a refugee from communist tyranny perpetrated against my family and my former countrymen in Vietnam, was denied by both you and the Speaker Pro Tem an opportunity to speak of this outrage on the Assembly Floor absent specific intervention by the Assembly Republican Leader.

Mr. Speaker, you have never lived in a land devastated by war. You have never been forced to leave the home of your birth, possibly never to return, because to remain would mean your certain death. My family and I have. Yet today you, Speaker Pro Tem Yee, and your Democratic majority honored a representative of the very communist regime that sought my death, my torture, my imprisonment -- even as a young boy -- simply because my family and I wished to be free. Free to pray as we chose; free to vote as we chose; free to allow our conscience to be heard.

Today you honored -- you personally applauded -- a representative of a regime that enslaved and murdered countless thousands of my former countrymen. A regime which to this very day denies in a vicious and systematic manner so many of the basic freedoms which you, I and every American are so privileged to possess. A regime which condemns priests, monks, healthcare and human rights workers to prison simply for daring to speak of the very rights which so many Americans take for granted.

To add further insult to this profound injury -- an injury afforded to all Vietnamese-Americans who have sought safety, security and a new life in this truly blessed land --Speaker Pro Tem Yee told me I would not be allowed to speak at all on the Assembly Floor. Only after the direct intervention of Assembly Republican Leader McCarthy, Rules Committee Vice Chair Cogdill and others was I afforded two minutes to speak. A mere two minutes to relate to the Members of the Assembly and to all Californians the profound shock, indignity, and shame of such a recognition, let alone the pride I possess in being a Vietnamese-American who is so blessed to have come to this nation, and been elected to serve in this honorable body.

Mr. Speaker, the lesson of today's Armenian Genocide ceremony may be summed up in two words: Never forget. Today you chose to forget the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese-Americans who first braved death in their homeland, then braved it again to start life anew in America . You forgot the 58,000 Americans who gave their lives, and the more than 500,000 who endured combat injuries, fighting in the uniform of this nation in the effort to ensure the freedom of my native land. And you forgot the most basic principle of the Pledge of Allegiance which each of us recited at the beginning of today's session: that freedom, like our nation, is indivisible.

You forgot all of this by affording honors to the chairman of the Hanoi communist parliament. But I will not forget.

Respectfully,

VAN TRAN

Assemblyman, 68th District

July 24, 2005 2:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaker Fabian Nunez

Council President Alex Padilla, Speaker of the State Assembly Fabian Nunez-46th District, Councilmembers Tony Cardenas and Dennis P. Zine

Are any of these others into communism crap too?

July 24, 2005 2:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nunez's 'Attack of the Rich'

When you hear Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez offer his rhetoric toward the "rich", just remember this from Towhall's Larry Kudlow today:

Nations engaged in punishing the rich and leveling income and wealth through high taxes and resource redistribution have always failed. These were the goals of the socialist and communist regimes following WWII, in particular old Russia and its satellites. The size and scope of these failures, and the related deprivation of democracy and human rights, ultimately led to the downfall of communism and the rise of free-market capitalism, with its attendant privileges of free-election democracy and sweeping new human rights. This very transition is now occurring in the once darkest corners of the Middle East.

The economic failure of income-and wealth-leveling is more and more apparent today. The stagnant economies of socialist Old Europe are falling further and further behind the free-market capitalist models of the U.S. and Britain. Milton Friedman's great 1962 book, "Capitalism and Freedom," should be read by all inhabitants of Old Europe. He offered a way out. Twenty-odd years later, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher put Friedman's ideas into political and economic action. The startlingly positive results are being copied by India and China, if not inevitably by France, Germany, and Italy.

So, we have the Socialists Party inside of the Democrat Controlled Legislative Body in Sacramento - again, trying to repeat history by attacking the "high income earners", the 'rich', in an attempt to 'make things fair for all in society'.

July 24, 2005 3:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gray Davis fights back like a cornered animal -- desperate, and doomed. Schwarzenegger waits in the wings to swoop on in. I wonder if he'll exploit a political bombshell like this one, where California Dems show their true feelings about using the budget as a political whip. LA Assemb Jackie Goldberg, in the transcript: "Since this is going to be a crisis, the crisis could be this year. No one's running [for reelection]. And maybe you end up better off than you would have, and maybe you don't. But what you do is you show people that you can't get to this without a 55% vote." Assemb. Fabian Nunez: "If you don't have a budget, it helps Democrats." Apparently after about 90 minutes, a staffer interrupted to say: "Excuse me, guys, you can be heard outside." Goldberg's reply is transcribed as: "Oh [expletive], [expletive]." Indeed.

July 24, 2005 3:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

POLITICS
Voter-outreach work had a partisan tilt: Contractors used public funds, aided Democratic causes.

Federally funded consultants hired by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley spent time registering voters for largely Democratic constituency groups and at partisan rallies, including one to "take back the White House," according to staff activity reports released Thursday.

Other contractors, paid thousands of dollars through federal funds from the 2002 Help America Vote Act, described outreach efforts at, among other things, the NBA All-Star week festivities, a reggae festival, a Janet Jackson "salute" and a community event on behalf of Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, D-Los Angeles.

In several cases, consultants delivered "letters of commendation" from the Democratic secretary of state to business leaders at community events, including one to billionaire Los Angeles businessman Eli Broad, a longtime contributor to Democratic candidates. At other events, consultants distributed "My Vote Counts" buttons bearing Shelley's name.

July 24, 2005 3:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“We don’t want a special election,” said Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who has emerged as one of the governor’s most frequent critics."

July 24, 2005 3:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nunez not only honored that communist human killer bastard called Phung Huu Phu, Nunez(Speaker) also hugged the guy on the floor

July 24, 2005 3:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mexifornia's socialist hacks recently elevated a Sombrero Stomper hack, Fabian Nunez, to the coveted Speakership for the state Assembly. A no shit immigrant, he sings two different tunes, depending on which language he's spewing.

In Spanish, to La Cronica (Mexico City):

"I have already personally declared political war on Schwarzenegger," he was quoted as saying, "that is the reason I was elected by my supporters. This is only the beginning of the confrontations with Governor Schwarzenegger. In a meeting I had with him, I advised him that the Democrats will not allow him to step on our principles, which are to defend the rights of immigrants and the Californios." (WND)

In Gringo, to the Sacramento Bee:

"I look forward to working with him. I think we're going to find so much common ground that we're going to make (Republican legislative leaders) nervous." (WND)

If anyone is shocked by this Mexifornia hack's duplicity, they're not paying attention. Nunez's loyalty is to the 'old country', first, last and always. He's not an immigrant, he's a god damn invader determined to colonize the no longer 'Golden' state for Mexico. That's why this pagan calls asshats like Nunez 'Colonistas'.

July 24, 2005 3:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is the San Francisco Chronicle article on this.

Members of the Assembly Democrats' progressive caucus were heard making candid, if not intemperate, statements such as one by Los Angeles Assemblyman Fabian Nunez that they may want to "precipitate a crisis" over the budget this year. That might persuade voters to lower the two-thirds vote threshold needed to pass a spending plan, he reasoned.
Then there is this bit too.

Legislators have been unable to reach agreement on how to pay for a bond to cover $10.7 billion of the shortfall. Democrats want to see a temporary half- cent sales tax increase, but the GOP has refused to consider any tax increase.
Nice, the compassionate Democrats want to increase one of the more regressive taxes. What happened to the compassion these Democrats are always blathering about and excoriating the Republicans for not having any?

July 24, 2005 3:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Governor Schwarzenegger May Get Cold Shoulder in Mexico

Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to Mexico to attend a conference of governors, but he can expect a chilly reception south of the border.

The California governor’s comments about border security and his effort to repeal a law allowing illegal aliens to get driver's licenses have angered some Mexican officials.

July 24, 2005 3:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And a California Latino activist group says Schwarzenegger will be met by protesters when he shows up on Thursday for the Border Governors Conference in Torreon, Mexico.

"There is no doubt in my mind there will be plenty of individuals in Torreon to make sure no one in the U.S., and certainly in California, gets a free pass when they use the issue of Mexico and immigration to win votes," said Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA.

According to Gutierrez, a coalition of Latino groups in the U.S. asked the Mexican government to declare Schwarzenegger persona non grata.

SHIT IF WE WOULD DO THIS HERE, IT WOULD DEEM TO BE UNDEMOCRATIC. LET'S GET A BILL ON THE BALLOT TO GET RID OF COMMUNIST EXTREMISTS LIKE JUAN JOSE GUTIERREZ AND FABIAN TO THEIR ORIGINAL COUNTRY WHICH THEY STILL DEFEND AND ACCEPT AS THEIR COUNTRY AND DENOUNCING THE U.S BY MOCKING IT.

July 24, 2005 3:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"The best thing for Schwarzenegger to do at this point is try to come up with some sort of compromise with the legislature and put that on the ballot," Schnur said.

"If Democrats walk away from the negotiating table now, all they'll be doing is giving Schwarzenegger back his strongest rhetorical weapon," the image of them as "obstacles to reform."

But leading Democrats are showing little inclination to deal with the governor, though they still profess a willingness to negotiate.

Senate President Don Perata, D-Oakland, says the governor should cancel the special election. His Assembly counterpart, Speaker Fabian Nunez, says any deal would have to include compromises on the governor's spending limit and his pledge not to campaign for a measure on the special election ballot known as "paycheck protection." The measure would limit the political activities of public employee unions, which are the Democrats' major donors.

"There will be conditions on canceling the special election," said Nunez, D-Los Angeles. "It isn't my job to get the governor off the hook, but I'm certainly willing to entertain a discussion with him about how to cancel it."

July 24, 2005 3:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AVWatch: Villaraigosa's under-reported associations
The last post ("The Trojan Horses of Sacramento") mentioned one Juan Jose Guiterrez ("JJG"), who has some association with America's favorite new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa. A closer look at JJG might prove fruitful for those who think that AV's apologists and supporters have any credibility left.

From this:
Villaraigosa was the only California politician who dared to join in the 1996 March on Washington that demanded amnesty for illegal aliens... The March was organized by Juan Jose Guiterrez of One Stop Immigration (now with SEIU) and led by a band from the Mexican Army...
What's a self-described patriot doing at a march featuring the Mexican Army band? There's a few pictures of AV from the march here. One picture includes AV and JJG together with someone who said on another occasion, "You old white people, it is your duty to die."

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/003235.html

July 24, 2005 4:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What do ANY of these posts have to do with Padilla and what is going on in CD 7 with this serious land use issue?

July 24, 2005 4:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well the word from many activists is that Padilla has made a backroom deal with BFI to keep the Sunshine Canyon Landfill open for a very long time.

Just follow the money on Alex. On Tuesday, Ed Reyes is bringing the PLUM (Planning and Land Use) Committee out to Mission College.

The purpose is to ask the public for input on a new planning director. This is absolutely clear from the City Hall posting.

Alex has put out a flier (with typographical errors) with his name in SUPER LARGE / BOLD type telling his constituents that he is putting on this event to discuss the Sylmar Community Plan.

I don't quite understand the ethics of this approach. Is it bait and switch because Alex will introduce and make a frame "on the importance of a planning director on the impacts to Sylmar" or is it because his office can't read the city notices?

Well, from the original post, we know they aren't too sharp about reading the city notices.

Guys, gals, STAY on this topic.

.

July 24, 2005 6:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't this the same Alex Padilla who has been helping Southern California Edison put up storage units on rural land next to horse property and open space?

Interesting that Padilla changed his tune when 200 angry and upset residents turned up for a public meeting to express outrage on his position.

The general position from Padilla has been cluelessness towards open space and the environment. Luckilly the Sierra Club figured this out and Padilla received what amounts to a slap in the face when he was the sole democrat not to get the club's sought after endorsement.

While the residents of Sylmar really deserve better, Padilla owes it to the community to serve out his full last four years and then run for something else.

Right now community sentiment is that Alex is not deserving of higher office.

July 24, 2005 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

COULD YOU BE ANY MORE OBVIOUS THAT ONE PERSON POSTED 90% OF WHAT IS HERE????

As if MayprSam gets that much posting traffic at 3 in the morning.

One person who is obsessed with transportation issues and Alex Padilla... I WONDER who that could be????

July 24, 2005 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, police those annoying posts or just delete all that off-topic crap. Luv ya.

Now on topic: Padilla is trying to have his cake and eat it too, getting enough votes to approve Sunshine while also being able to vote against it. Folks can see right through it.

July 24, 2005 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Esteban Magallanes?

July 24, 2005 11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This will grow and build steam until good people step up and demand that our Government do something about it. If it is reported to the FBI they have to build a file on it. And the more it is reported the further up the Priority list it goes.

Visit www.fbi.gov

Report anything you know about the insurgency, and the intent to overthrow this Government.

July 24, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"We call things racism just to get attention. We reduce complicated problems to racism, not because it is racism, but because it works." Alfredo Gutierrez, political consultant, as quoted by Richard de Uriarte, The Phoenix Gazette, March 14, 1992 (quoted in The ProEnglish Advocate, 1st quarter, 2002).
Hostile statements "We don't need no stinking green cards." Benicio Silva of UC Berkeley declared that having to show them at the border was a "violation of our human rights" because "Aztlan is ours and the white man is the invader." "They say we're 'Latinizing' Los Angeles! Don't you love it?" boomed fiery orator Jose Angel Gutierrez, long-time University of Texas faculty member. "We are fighting to build a new Mestizo nation." What would the ordinary, everyday "Suzy soccor-mom" say if she knew the truth first hand? What would she say if she heard the evidence for herself?

July 24, 2005 12:50 PM  

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July 24, 2005 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Interesting that Padilla changed his tune when 200 angry and upset residents turned up for a public meeting to express outrage on his position"

More interesting is that Alex has had it easy during his tenure, since nobody has ever made him accountable to anything. I love how he quoted the LA Weekly (2001) in one of his March 05' campaign pieces.."This guy knows what he is doing," yet the LA Weekly in 2005 commented something along the lines of..."CD 7 is being done a diservice by not having anybody run against him." ouch.

If these types of things happened every time Padilla cut some deal or 'fucked over' the community, the quality of life in CD 7 would be very different. its sad.

July 24, 2005 1:21 PM  

Anonymous North Valley Coalition members said:

Everybody knows that Alex Padilla told BFI that they would get the contract. The entire council and all of their staff know also.

We were told that while we were sitting in the 2 hour long meeting. You learn a lot by watching the various staffers and chief of staffs interacting with Arnie Berghoff during the meeting. My favorite was watching Arnie write notes to give to the councilmembers to read aloud.

The community knows that the city council will vote for it even if there were extremely viable and cheap alternatives sitting in front of them.

This is no different than the Sunshine Canyon vote in 99 when the vote was 8-7. How stupid do they think we are?

I heard over and over that if the council that is around the horseshoe today were there in 99, the dump wouldn't have been expanded. That's kind of a joke since of the 8 who voted FOR the expansion, at least two of them that I can think of offhand had chief of staffs who are now councilmembers. Not including Smith, Reyes worked for Hernandez and LaBonge worked for Ferraro.

So they were around and they still plan on voting FOR the contract.

July 24, 2005 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

North Valley Coalition members,
interestingly mr. padilla is trying to paint himself as a 'green' candidate. From what I hear he hired a consulting firm to 'green' him up--the nerve of the guy.

July 24, 2005 3:54 PM  

Anonymous north valley coalition members said:

Yes, we had heard that. Unfortunately, we have not been able to verify the name of the company. We are working on it though, and if it turns out to be true, we'll decide what to step to take. If any.

An interesting book review in the Life Section of the Daily News on page 16 today entitled, "Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash" by Elizabeth Royte.

We think we should contact Ms. Royte. She hasn't seen secret trash trails unless she's been to Los Angeles to hike on ours. What a shock she would be in for!

July 24, 2005 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is becoming well known that Councilman Smith and Padilla are selling us up the river. WHY THE HELL WON'T THE MEDIA PICK THIS UP???

They paint these two BOZOZ as gods fucking gift when they SUCK ASS!!!!!

July 24, 2005 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:31, 1:21, 3:54:

Bite me. If you want open space, leave the City and go to Montana!

July 24, 2005 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This would be extremely dissapointing if it turns out to be true. I would hate to find out that it is true, if so, my group will no longer support Padilla.

July 24, 2005 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"July 24, 2005 9:59 PM"

Is that you James Acevedo????

July 24, 2005 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To: "..Alex has put out a flier..putting on this event to discuss the Sylmar Community Plan..."

There is another flyer being distributed by local residents in the area. This one isn't so kind. Look for fireworks at the PLUM meeting.

The revolution will not be televised.

July 25, 2005 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People Lameboy Padilla can't even run a city council meeting. He has no leadership skills. He's too young. Council members are out of control and he is yet to put them in place. They disrespect him by not being in their seats on time, don't pay attention to the discussions, ignore public comment etc. If Lameboy had any respect or leadership he would hit that gavel once in awhile and tell them all to behave like mature adults. He doesn't cause he doesn't want them to be mad at him. He's a joke as prez

July 25, 2005 9:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I pulled this from the internet: RE: Estaban Magallanes M.C.S. Rehabilitation is a vocational rehabilitation company, founded in 1987, by Esteban Magallanes, Psy.D., C.R.C., A.B.V.E., and also Philip Starr, Psy.D., C.R.C, A.B.V.E. It is is affiliated with Hollywood Work Source. The corporate offices are located at 3333 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 405
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Dr. Esteban R. Magallanes has testified as a Vocational Expert in matters of age discrimination, loss of earning capacity, and personal injury in Federal Court, as well as Superior Court.

August 31, 2005 11:30 AM  

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