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Friday, July 29, 2005

Tag Teaming the Commission Appointments

Bad day for recently announced Commission Appointments:

The Daily News: Airport panel pick's conflict of interest questioned

With hearings scheduled soon on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nominees to the Airport Commission, a City Council member is questioning whether one appointee might have a conflict of interest.

Valeria Velasco is president of the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, which has filed suit challenging the $11 billion modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport.

Councilman Tony Cardenas has asked the City Attorney's Office for a legal opinion on any potential conflict of interest. He also wants an opinion on whether Velasco's position on the commission could result in the entire panel being recused from decisions regarding the master plan or settlement of the lawsuit.

The Daily Breeze: Pick for port panel may not reside in Harbor Area

Under the city charter, all of the mayor's nominees to the Board of Harbor Commissioners must reside in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Radisich was selected for a seat earmarked for residents of San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City -- another requirement contained in the charter, the legal document governing City Hall.

Radisich, 42, said Thursday that he lives on Stonewood Court in the section of San Pedro known as The Gardens. But he refused to say whether he has ever lived at the two-story, Spanish-style duplex he owns in Manhattan Beach, which was listed as his residence when he made seven campaign contributions to Villaraigosa and other politicians from November 2000 to October 2004.

Five residents on 42nd Street -- in the El Porto section of Manhattan Beach -- described Radisich as their neighbor when contacted this week by Copley News Service. They said he lives in the upstairs unit of the duplex, which he has owned since 1996.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great way to start his Administration with all the controversey on commission appointments. One on the airport commission is suing LA because of expansion plan. Some are being questioned on the Port commission for not living in LA, Cynthia Ruiz appointed to Public Works and only top paying $108,000 commissioner is godmother to Antonio's kid and was on his campaign committee. Let's see if anyone comes up with anything on John Mack who is to be confirmed to police commission. He was a supporter for Antonio and helped him get black votes.


July 29, 2005 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio's appointments have been first cabin. These are all tried and true, able individuals, and not the Kiddie Korps of Jimmy Hahn, or the scammers that he appointed. As Robin Kramer has said, "We are adults over here"; and, they are behaving as adults as well.

Who do you expect Antonio to appoint, if not people that he knows, respects, and trusts?

You guys from CD 14 who love Pacheco cannot stand it that Antonio is being three times the Mayor that Jimmy Hahn ever was, and he has been in office less than one month.

Get over it; he is THE MAYOR, and at this rate will be for the next four, maybe eight years.

If you don't like it, move to some other city and take Pacheco, Eliseo and Ricardo with you.

July 29, 2005 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


1) Did you give me money when I ran for mayor?

2) How much?

July 29, 2005 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doofus Anon at 8:38 thinks every AV critic is a Pacheco supporter and/or from CD14.

Bad news for the legend of Antonio and his koolaid drinking supporters. AV is now fair game in ALL 15 districts -- soon everyone will learn to distrust him and expect nothing from his time in office. Exposure will be a daily happening.

(You won, doofus, get over your victory and realize it's as empty and hollow as the candidate you supported).

AV will be criticized more and more every day, and unlike some who can accept the challenge, thin-skinned AV and his thinner-skinned fanatical followers will only become more and more insulated, arrogant, and acerbic as a result. He's Dick Nixon without the political acumen.

Get used to that, too.

July 29, 2005 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dont forget that the whole Florida $47000 thing is still out there too! That was pay to play plain and simple from people who want the concessions contracts at LAX. Geez, it's not like it's hard to track this stuff down. Can anyone reading the comments from the port commissioner nominee's neighbors see that as anything other than where he REALLY lives???

So much for avoiding the APPEARANCE of improprierty. Lots of empty rhetoric for public consumption in evening news sound bites followed by doing as he damn well pleases.

July 29, 2005 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Bad news for the legend of Antonio and his koolaid drinking supporters. AV is now fair game in ALL 15 districts -- soon everyone will learn to distrust him and expect nothing from his time in office. Exposure will be a daily happening."

Yes, Especially those who supported Hahn in this election and has a good shot in running for Mayor in 2009. Such as Garcetti or even the idiot LaBonge

July 29, 2005 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the Florida guys linked to AV donors shot himself two days ago. It was in the news.

July 29, 2005 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:38 am It seems no one can critize Antonio unless they are CD14 people. Can YOU possibly be that uneducated? There are 3.8 million residents in LA and not all CD14 residents. Citywide Antonio is getting critized for being a hypocrite. Now if the poster can't take the heat then don't come on this blog and cry. The newspapers are putting it out there for debate. We all have 1st ammendment rights to voice our opinion. If Antonio, his supporters, his family or friends don't like it then he shouldn't be Mayor. GET USE TO IT!!

July 29, 2005 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What would you CD 14ers do without this blog?

Go get a life.

July 29, 2005 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:11 AM

Who was the person tht killed themselves.

July 29, 2005 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How on earth does CD14 have anything to do with our community by the Port or by the airport???

These appointments are outrageous and an affront to those who live here. Like the Daily Breeze just found out he doesn't live here at all. If our Mayor didn't know this then I am not impressed with how well they check people out befor they appoint them.

Politics as usual lives at City Hall. This Mayor is no better and maybe worse than the rest since it took him only a month for his actions to start speaking louder than his words. Too bad the actions are all wrong.

July 29, 2005 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Radisich is not a resident of San Pedro. He should do the honorable thing and save the Mayor further embarrassment by resigning immediately. Then the Mayor should appoint a real resident of the area - preferably one from Wilmington.

July 29, 2005 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tonsich, vouching for Villaraigosa's port nominee, saying residents in the community know that Radisich lives in San Pedro is pretty significant. Of all people, Copley's "Z" man knows Tonsich would not be inclined to be helpful to the new mayor. It is very curious why that piece was not mentioned until near the end of a darn long story.

July 29, 2005 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The facts speak for themselves.

Five residents on 42nd Street -- in the El Porto section of Manhattan Beach -- described Radisich as their neighbor when contacted this week by Copley News Service. They said he lives in the upstairs unit of the duplex, which he has owned since 1996.

Didn't Antonio say he was going to make these commissioners sign an ethics document? When was he going to do that AFTER they were confirmed? Looks bad either way.

July 29, 2005 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does this guy really expect to live a lie for 4 years and maintain any level of credibility at the same time?

July 29, 2005 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like a Tonsich clone. Maybe they are part owners of the same condo.

July 29, 2005 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If a man sleeps in a womans bed every night and she live in San Pedro, does that count?

July 29, 2005 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, he won't get away with living a lie for 4 years - that's why he'll look to move on after two before any accountability starts to set in!

July 29, 2005 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 3:03
You are asking for too much from a second rate fish wrap.

July 29, 2005 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

For a quick property records check put their names in the zabasearch website.

July 29, 2005 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If a man shits in the woods, and a stray dog eats his shit, then roams the streets of San Pedro, does that count?

July 29, 2005 7:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can someone please tell me what area CD14 is.

LA is too damn big.

July 29, 2005 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is where Antonio Villaraigos lives. In the mountain that has a lot of coyotes and people selling stuff on the streets with hippies.

July 29, 2005 8:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Radisich has already been caught lying. We had our fill with lying Commissioners under Hahn. Enough already.
There are plenty of honest people to pick from. Dump this dude and pick someone clean.

July 30, 2005 2:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amen. He hasn't even had his confirmation hearings and he's already lying. What more do we need to know. NOT GOOD ENOUGH should be the response to MAV's BS cover that oh, he'll move there now.

July 30, 2005 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The union keeps saying they all live in Wilmington and San Pedro, so what's the big problem finding a union representative from the port area ?????????????????????

July 30, 2005 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on Antonio. If you stick with that lying Radesich you are a huge loser! Be a man. Show you've got some huevos.

July 31, 2005 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope AV takes this seriously, because all this lying and pretending you live in San Pedro is tiresome and it really is despicable ... and it absolutely sets the wrong tone for an administration that ran on the promise that it was going to do things differently!!!

AV, are you getting this?? Commissioners, are you getting this?? We are TIRED of lies!

July 31, 2005 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agree with above comments. Zahniser nailed this story. We went through this four years ago and we don't need go through this again!

July 31, 2005 9:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear 7:16 PM

I agree with you wholeheartedly, I am also tired of lies. The more promises politicians make, the more they are broken. I am disappointed with Villaraigosa, stop the lies man.

July 31, 2005 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It would go a long way toward demonstrating integrity if Antonio removed him from the commission.

August 01, 2005 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Removing a man so Qualified would be STUPID!

August 02, 2005 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In what way is he qualified? I thought the whole point of this discussion is that he ISN'T qualified for the position, because he isn't a harbor-area resident, or even a city of LA resident.

Is he so qualified in some other way that it makes these points mute?

August 02, 2005 8:27 AM  

Anonymous SP Resident said:

Radisich himself said he was being "noble" by MOVIING BACK to San Pedro to serve on the Commission - obviously he is NOT a resident. Save us your nobility, fool, and drop out as a candidate now. There are plenty of qualified RESIDENTS to serve on the harbor commission.

August 02, 2005 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FYI. Letter to the Editor in today's Daily Breeze:

Radisich is the right man for job

After reading the recent articles about the harbor commission appointments, it is apparent to me that the Daily Breeze is committed to tainting the appointment of my brother, Joe Radisich, to the commission.

What was to be a time of excitement and anticipation for the work ahead has turned quite difficult and painful for my family. What is confounding most to me is that since the announcement by Mayor Villaraigosa, there has been nonstop probing of my brother by the Daily Breeze.

For those of you making accusations about Joe or for those of you who do not know him, I want you to know that he is a hard-working, dedicated member of the Harbor community. First, he was born and raised in San Pedro and has spent more than 20 years working on the docks and, most recently, has worked tirelessly to maintain and improve jobs in the Harbor Area and for all laborers in Los Angeles.

As a single man, without the responsibilities of a family, he has dedicated and focused all his free time on making our port and harbor his priority. The recommended appointment by the mayor was a culmination of the recent work he had done, he is looking forward to the challenges ahead and is committed to making a difference in this area as a representative of the mayor.

To insinuate that my brother's intentions are less than honorable or that he cannot adequately represent the citizens of the Harbor Area is absolutely ludicrous and hurtful.

In addition, my brother has always maintained his San Pedro address at my parents and now his residency in The Gardens because of his lifestyle. He is constantly traveling either for work and/or pleasure; for instance, he gave up his entire summer during the most recent ILWU contract negotiations to stay in San Francisco to represent the port workers and would return periodically to San Pedro to work and he is often asked to travel to Third World countries assisting in improving conditions for laborers abroad.

During off days and weekends, he divides his time between San Pedro and Manhattan Beach; I do not believe Charter requirements make having a second home at the beach or income producing properties a crime.

My brother is a good man and the right person for this job; find more noteworthy news to report.


August 02, 2005 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Typical bullshit!

It doesn't address the issue (no pun intended).

August 02, 2005 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Save me the sob story sister. If he lives in MB, then he can serve on their Library Board. If he gave a shit about Pedro, he would have lived here. Who gives a shit if he was born here, when he obviously preferred to live in MB - closer to his beach volleyball and beach babes. Be a man, Radesich, resign.

August 02, 2005 10:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


August 25, 2005 9:32 PM  

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