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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Villaraigosa vs. Ludlow - Round 1

I haven't come up with the clever "rumble in the jungle" catch phrase yet, but the first spat is about to occur come July 23.

Starting then, all international container terminals in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will start five OffPeak shifts per week on nights and weekends.

In the Mayor's corner we have PierPASS. PierPASS is a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators to reduce congestion and improve air quality in and around the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. PierPASS is responsible for managing the OffPeak program.

In Ludlow's corner we have the Teamsters port division. They are organizing a protest rally tomorrow arguing that PierPass makes truckers work longer hours. Some truckers are calling for a boycott Saturday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union supports PierPASS, but is also trying to call for the truckers rights to be addressed.

The City, residents, and anyone on a freeway needs PierPass. The Mayor needs labor. Labor needs the Mayor. Ludlow needs to look independent and not appear to be the Mayor's puppet, yet back up his truckers. The Mayor needs to stand up for residents in the port.

What to do? What to do? We'll probably learn a lot about both men in the coming days. They are both skilled public speakers. They both know how to negotiate. Watch this one closely and we are sure to see a little dance on the fence from both. Word of advice? Don't get caught speaking out of both sides of your mouths. It never ends well.

Additional information in the Daily Breeze.

**UPDATE** Janice Hahn adds her opinion.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

You mean like getting elected on a platform that you will take control of LAUSD and then immediately doing an about face when the local union says they don't like the idea???

July 21, 2005 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Teamsters are full of shit on this one since the majority of the haulers from the port are independent contractors. In fact, they are so poorly represented that they have become the low lying fruit target for CWA. Yeap, the Communication Workers of America want to organize truckers from the port of Long Beach.

Tell Santangelo to leave his soapbox at home and worry about other major issues facing truckers - like WalMart. PierPass, in the long run, will help truckers since they get paid by the load. Working off peak hours means they can make more trips and make more $$$.

We should expand this program to ALL highways in LA. Imagine what your commute would be like without trucks in the AM or PM rush hours!!!

-Gov. Pico

July 21, 2005 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do you guys remember that Spanish commercial on Television?

"Para mi seria un honor tener tu voto"

Well, he just shit on all of us that believed in that message. He did do an about face on LAUSD. I agree with 3:11PM...it is a shame that he is a puppet for the biggest beauracracy in Los Angeles.

July 21, 2005 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa will not fight LAUSD, you see he needs to pay back in FAVORS...

California Teachers Association gave Antonio Villaraigosa masked off as Independent Expenditures
$500,000 05/03/05
$39,415 05/06/05
$26,488 04/28/05
$2,887 04/28/05
$70,930 04/28/05

Also, who heads the organization called, "Citizens for Dependable and Reliable Leadership" in Burbank, CA 91502

They gave AV 60k for Independent Expenditures

July 21, 2005 5:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When did AV say he was going to take over LAUSD. Romero blind-sided him.

July 21, 2005 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:18, I'd direct you to the Los Angeles Times, 6/18/05. The operative lede graf and comments follow:

"In a controversial proposal that could end voter control over the Los Angeles school board, Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday that the mayor should appoint the board overseeing the nation's second-largest school system.

'I am prepared to say that, ultimately, I think the mayor should be able to appoint all the members of the school board,' Villaraigosa told a state legislative committee during a public hearing on school governance held in downtown Los Angeles.

'I am not looking for more power. I just got elected and have plenty of that... I'm looking for accountability.'"

P.S. I love AV's hedge... "I am prepared to say [but will not say]... ultimately [but maybe not today]... that the mayor [maybe not him] should be able..." blah blah blah.

July 21, 2005 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At AV's swearing in there was 2 1/2 rows that said MEXICO on them, the reminder consulates received one seat. Who are these politicos coming from Mexico, trying to dictate what happens to Los Angeles, since AV and Fabian hate America

July 21, 2005 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Also, who heads the organization called, "Citizens for Dependable and Reliable Leadership" in Burbank, CA"

that's a James Acevedo+ Alex Padilla + Tony Cardenas account. They used it to send a mailer in the 818 to associate themselves with a winner.

July 21, 2005 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the F$^*%, Why in the world does the Media not do research on all this crap that is hidden from us. This is crazy. Why would any ethics commission allow give permission for these three people to head this organization as a mask to money laundering.

July 21, 2005 5:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know who Tony Cardenas and Alex Padilla are, but who is Acevedo?

July 21, 2005 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IRS Relents to School District Clout

Distribution Source : PRWeb

Date : Monday, July 18, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 18, 2005 -- A new 9 minute video blog to be released on Monday, July 18 th , 2005 on the internet website www.fulldisclosure.net reveals the enormous financial clout wielded by the Los Angeles Unified School District and how that clout was used to manipulate the IRS, fending off penalties for violations of Internal Revenue Codes for illegal use of tax-exempt bonds.

The Full Disclosure Network™ discovered a series of letters sent by the Internal Revenue Service to the LAUSD in 2001 and 2002 regarding the illegal use of $92 million in non-voter approved, tax-exempt bonds, known as Certificates of Participation (COPs), issued in 1997 to build the controversial Belmont Learning Center. The school project has cost to date $330 million, has never been occupied and was partially demolished in December 2004. Reconstruction plans are underway.

July 21, 2005 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

James Acevedo is the Hahn appointee to the harbor commission. At one point, Alex Padilla was paying him thousands in 'consulting fees,' he was basically his chief of staff. Acevedo was the mastermind for CRA money to go into Pacoima in 2001, of which Acevedo was lining up to get the contract.

Padilla has been instrumental in getting Acevedo millions of dollars to build affordable housing that has not been built.

July 21, 2005 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Frank,

You missed the point. When it comes to the Port, AV doesn't need union support. HE NEEDS NOEL PARK'S OK! And Noel could give a crap about unions. He couldn't support the grocery clerks for chrissake, you think he's going to support either the Teamsters OR the ILWU? And if Noel doesn't get his way you're going to hear WHINING like you wouldn't believe. Take it from anyone in the harbor area. Noel and his buddies cry with the best of them. And besides, they gave AV cash! What else can he expect?

Check one of your past posts, Gibson wanted you to forward some questions about him not supporting sports parks or maritime memorials. Also something about using air quality money on a park on the freeway.

If Noel keeps spinning over there like he is you may just meet him in person! If you do ask for a drive in the Corvette!

July 21, 2005 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know this is veering off topic, but LAUSD is a joke. I doubt if anyone will ever be able to fix it. Our elected "leaders" won't even discuss the major causes of its massive problems. The taxpayers will just continue to get soaked with more multi-billion dollar bond measures, parcel taxes etc. I have empathy for those hard working teachers and students who try.

July 21, 2005 7:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did LAUSD give all this money to Tony?

Posted Earlier-
Villaraigosa will not fight LAUSD, you see he needs to pay back in FAVORS...

California Teachers Association gave Antonio Villaraigosa masked off as Independent Expenditures
$500,000 05/03/05
$39,415 05/06/05
$26,488 04/28/05
$2,887 04/28/05
$70,930 04/28/05

Also, who heads the organization called, "Citizens for Dependable and Reliable Leadership" in Burbank, CA 91502

They gave AV 60k for Independent Expenditures

July 21, 2005 7:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They gave AV 60k for Independent Expenditures
July 21, 2005 7:21 PM

What's up with the repost?

July 21, 2005 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you post something anonymously on this blog, it is still possible for Mayor Sam and whoever else has access to find out exactly who you are.

Everybody should keep that in mind when they're posting.

I'll post from now on at my mom's house instead of my own computer.

July 21, 2005 8:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

July 21, 2005 8:33 PM:
try a wireless zone, plenty free wireless connections.

July 21, 2005 8:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:33 PM

I am forwarding this post you just made to the FBI as a threat. You sound threatening, freedom of speech pal

July 21, 2005 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have none of you stopped to think why Fabian Nunez and Art Torres are the twins after Republican politicians?

You see, it is not about budget it is about Aztlan, and illegals. Art and Fabian want this land back and will do what ever it takes to win it by overpopulating and bankrupting it until we all cry, Mexico come and save us from the Gringos.

Art and Fabian are not politicos they belong to the "Revolution" and have brainwashed all of you.

July 21, 2005 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Art Torres replaces Bill Press as Chairman of California Democrat Party.

Who is Art Torres? He is a former California State Senator.

He is also the guy who said, in front of 400 cheering Latinos at U.C. Riverside on January 14, 1995:

"[Proposition] 187 was the last gasp of white America in California."

Was anyone aware of this?

July 21, 2005 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian and Torres are just two out of the entire massive collective that has a hidden agenda and a racist one. They preach no tolerance, and do preach revolution.

July 21, 2005 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Proposition 187, passed by a 3-2 margin in 1994, was the last serious effort by Californians to confront a crisis state and federal governments refuse to grapple with. It would have denied social benefits and free schooling to illegal aliens. It may have been too harsh; but, after Californians voted it into law, pro-illegal groups tied it up in court, and Governor Gray Davis refused to pursue it to the Supreme Court. Prop 187, mocks California legislator Art Torres, was "the last gasp of white America."

Why did Californians support it? One reason is that the L.A. school system is in crisis. At a cost of $10,500 per student, more than half the students cannot do grade-level work. Children are promoted automatically, whether failing or not. The new L.A. also has a thriving gang culture, where Hispanic gangs account for far more killings than those by any other group.

Taxpayer services was another reason for Prop 187. Here, I want to repeat a story by Roger McGrath, an historian of the American West who was born in L.A. "Not so long ago," writes McGrath, "my daughter had split her eyebrow open in an accident and my wife and I rushed her to our local hospital. Although our community is not more than 8% Hispanic, a third or more in the emergency room clearly were recent arrivals from south of the border...they were speaking only Spanish. While my wife held an ice pack on my daughter's eyebrow, I filled out a stack of insurance forms for the hospital, and watched illegal alien after illegal alien go ahead of us....Most of them seemed to be there for problems that were not of an emergency nature. Controlling my temper as best I could I asked one of the nurses what was going on. She looked at me sympathetically, nodded in the direction of the illegals and said 'If they don't pay, the county and the state cover our expenses. If you don't pay, we're stuck with it.' Illegal aliens to the front of the line, American citizens to the rear."

No one is supposed to talk about this. Republicans head for the hills and wall themselves off in gated communities, terrified to speak their minds lest they be branded "xenophobic" by the thought police of Political Correctness. Democrats see a new base in illegal immigration. The more poor people, the larger the constituency for social programs. The speaker of California's assembly has called on the state to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens. And Democrats are moving at flank speed to turn illegals into voters.

July 21, 2005 10:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Mexico, Spain struggle to reach guest worker deal

Mexico, struggling to convince the U.S. Congress to grant millions of undocumented workers legal status in the United States, is also having trouble reaching an immigration agreement with Spain.

Spain and Mexico said on Thursday they were still negotiating a treaty that would allow some 40,000 Mexicans a year to take part in a guest worker program there, an idea that was first agreed to in principle in 2003.

Government ministers from the two countries failed to reach a final deal after two days of meetings in the Mexican capital, despite Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez’s announcement this week that an agreement was “about to be reached.” Read the story here.

July 21, 2005 10:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tell me, what happens if the state of California goes into a civil war. Do we fight our family members, we all have different views. Will we take arms against our friends? I say being tolerant is the answer and no to violence, but for this to begin we need to get rid of politicians that encourage racism and mask behind political correctness such as Fabian Nunez, Art Torres, Villaraigosa, Molina, Polanco, juan jose "the nazi"gutierrez.

July 21, 2005 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: L.A. City Council President Alex Padilla
Be aware that I sent and received an email response from LA City Councilman Padilla. He is clearly in favor of illegal aliens being in Los Angeles. He will vote to keep them here. I would forward you his email for your review except that it has a disclaimer threatening anyone with dissemination of it without his permission...

July 21, 2005 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did Floridians give $179,000 to Villaraigosa?

July 21, 2005 11:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Art Torres is an out of the closet homosexual. The vast majority of the Mexican-American community would not support the Democratic Party if they knew the truth.

Things are worst on the national level. We have


July 21, 2005 11:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PierPass is a pay-to-play program from Alex Padilla & James Acevedo, with Jimmy & Janice Hahn's blessing. They implemented it for their buddies, the major shipping companies (& their campaign contributions). It screws the independent truckers, who are backed by Ludlow. Now, MAV is going to need to pick a side. Labor vs. corporate contributions.

July 21, 2005 11:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Our goal is to have an agreement with (the drug companies),'' Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez told the Chronicle editorial board. "We want to be able to provide discounted drugs for seniors and poor people.''


July 21, 2005 11:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isn't this shit supposed to be about Villaraigosa vs. Labor? Why the hell are all you dumb fucks blogging about Fabian, LAUSD, Padilla, etc?

Lets make a constructive discussion of this, please!

Oh, for the lost Minuteman, I've got a good site for you:


July 22, 2005 1:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huh? What Janice Hahn update?

July 22, 2005 7:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go back to the story and when you see the Janice Hahn update, click on the blue link entitled, opinion. You'll read Janice Hahn's opinion.

July 22, 2005 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What Ms Hahn doesn't say in her self-serving editorial, is that by year 5 the so-called congestion relief will have ended, and the freeways will again be getting more congested from the trucks caused by the Port's never ending growth.

July 22, 2005 10:16 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.

Story Continues Below

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.

Gutierrez said his group was irked when Schwarzenegger remarked earlier this year about the need to "close" the U.S. border and praised the Minutemen volunteer border watchers. Arnold later amended "close" to "secure."

"This is not just a matter of we get insulted and hold a little press conference to say we don't like what he said," Gutierrez told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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

July 22, 2005 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA said that capital knows no borders, so we must internationalize the struggle. "Capital creates borders to divide and weaken us," he said, proposing Tijuana as the city where our struggles will be united.

July 22, 2005 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

President Fidel Castro described Cuba’s recent diplomatic moves at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva as an historic battle waged by the Island and by the self-respecting nations of the world.

Other speakers who addressed the crowd of more than one million people gathered in Havana's Revolution Square were Californian immigrant workers union leader Juan Jose Gutierrez

July 22, 2005 2:40 PM  

Anonymous link here said:

Fidel y Raúl presidieron la multitudinaria Tribuna Abierta Internacional

Poco antes hablaron, en la Tribuna Internacional, Juan José Gutiérrez, dirigente sindical mexicano-norteamericano radicado en Estados Unidos, quien dijo que su gobierno votó contra Cuba, pero que el pueblo de su país no traicionará a sus hermanos cubanos. Afirmó que esta Isla caribeña no está sola y alertó al pueblo estadounidense a evitar, con su denuncia, que se consuma la agresión contra nuestra Patria.


July 22, 2005 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



California-Cuba Cultural Exchange
Oakland, CA

International Peace for Cuba Appeal / International Action Center
2489 Mission Street, Room 24
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone: 415.821.6545
Fax: 415.821.5782
Email: Cuba@actionsf.org

L.A. Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba
Los Angeles, CA
Contact people: Beverly Treumann, Paula Solomon
Phone: (310) 419-2983 / (213) 383-9283
Email: CubaSovereignty@aol.com

Latino Movement USA
Los Angeles, CA

Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas
P.O.Box 2481
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Phone/Fax: (415) 923-3227
Email: mitf@igc.org

New College of California
San Francisco, CA

Peace & Freedom Party
Venice, CA

Peace for Cuba Task Force (South Bay)
San Francisco, CA

JoJo White Solidarity Project
San Francisco, CA

San Diego Friends of Cuba
San Diego, CA
Email: GironTrans@aol.com

South Bay Committee in Solidarity with Cuba
San Jose, CA

U.S./Cuba Friendshipment & SF Bay Area Caravan
P.O. Box 2218
San Francisco, CA
Phone: (650) 367-9183
Email: patty@igc.org

July 22, 2005 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mailing list archive

Alberto Valdivia, Treasurer of United Teachers of Los Angeles*
Carlos Ugalde, Latin American Studies Professor, Glendale College*
Jose Estevez, Cuban-American attorney affected by the restrictions
Juan Jose Gutierrez, Latino Movement USA
Robert Farrell, representing State Senator Mervyn M. Dymally
Ian Thompson, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five
*organizations for identification only

July 22, 2005 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 22, 2005 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Janice Hahn complete college?

How could she if she couldn't pass English IA?

Her grammar is worse than my 11 year old child's.

We can do better than this...

July 24, 2005 2:03 AM  

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