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Friday, August 19, 2005

Clearing up some facts


I've taken part of an e-mail that was passed around to many northeast Los Angeles residents in an effort to clear the air.

The truth is posted below on many of the issues folks tend to blog about here.


Specifically, Mr. Pacheco stated that four very important Council District 14 community projects were fully funded when he left office and that he had “no explanation why they are not moving forward at this point.”

These projects include:

1) Garvanza Skateboard Park and Park improvements
2) Hollenbeck Police Station Tenant Relocation Funding
3) Council District 14 Dog Park
4) Moon Canyon Land Acquisition

Since Mr. Pacheco has been out of office for nearly two years, it is understandable that he did not have the up to date information regarding each of these projects. The fact of the matter is that each of these four projects has at least as much funding as there was when we first took office on July 1, 2003. Most of them are moving forward as planned – with the exception of Moon Canyon where there is a funding gap and we still do not have a willing seller.

Here are the details.

1) Garvanza Skateboard Park and general park improvements

When Mr. Pacheco left office on June 30, 2003 there was a balance of $510,000 in secured funding for the Garvanza Skateboard Park and general improvements for Garvanza Park. An additional $193,000 in unsecured Proposition 12 money was pending at that time.

Since Councilmember Villaraigosa took office on July 1, 2003, we worked to successfully secure the aforementioned $193,000 in Proposition 12 money in September of 2003 and added an additional $210,000 in Community Development Block Grant money later that year.

The current secured funding balance for the Garvanza Skateboard Park and general improvements at Garvanza Park is $913,000.

This is $403,000 more than the original secured amount of $510,000 when we first took office.

As to the status of the project, since taking office we have had a number of community meetings regarding the scope of park improvements and design of the Skateboard Park. We also initiated an Environmental Impact Report and Historical Study – both of which were mandated for this project and neither of which had been started before Councilmember Villaraigosa took office.

In June 2003, the cost of constructing a 12,000 square foot modular Skateboard Park with staff office was estimated at $350,000.

In 2004, as part of the public input process, the community overwhelmingly voted in favor of a concrete Skateboard Park as opposed to the modular Skateboard Park that had previously been proposed. Beginning in January of this year we held three consecutive weekly meetings where community members participated in designing the concrete Skateboard Park. Thereafter, plans were posted for public review at several community locations.

Phase One of the Skateboard Park calls for approximately 8,500 square feet of concrete Skateboard Park which includes bowl and street skate features. The current estimated cost of this design is approximately $420,000. The remaining balance of current funding (minus administrative and contingency costs) will go toward other park improvements as requested by members of the surrounding community.

Phase One is scheduled to go out to bid in May 2005, once community comments are reviewed and construction documents are completed.

Phase Two of the Skateboard Park calls for an additional 3,500 square feet which will cost approximately $270,000 in additional funding. Our office is actively working to secure this funding. In the meantime, Phase One will move forward as planned.

To summarize, we are proud of our efforts to secure an additional $403,000 in funding for the Garvanza Skateboard Park and general improvements at Garvanza Park since the time you left office. We are also proud of the fact that Phase One of this project – an 8,500 square foot concrete skateboard park, will become a reality in our community in the very near future.

2) Hollenbeck Police Station Tenant Relocation

Mr. Pacheco stated in his email that “there was not enough money to relocate the tenants” as part of the Hollenbeck Police Station reconstruction.

This claim is simply not true.

The Hollenbeck Station project called for the eminent domain of 57 housing units to rebuild the new and improved replacement Hollenbeck Police Station – a station that is strongly supported by our community.

To date, families from 55 out of the 57 effected housing units have been successfully relocated. The 56th unit was occupied by an elderly renter that caseworkers have just recently located through her daughter and it is anticipated that the city will be able to provide her with assistance. The final family, a family that will remain anonymous, is the last remaining family that has yet to be fully relocated. This family has secured new housing, but some special circumstances apply in this case.

Tenants that are relocated through the eminent domain process are able to obtain relocation assistance in the form of a lump sum payment. Special circumstances apply, however, to tenants that receive Section 8 funding. If these tenants decide to accept the lump sum relocation assistance, per federal guidelines, they forfeit their ability to continue to receive Section 8 assistance. These tenants are able to receive assistance with moving expenses and continue to receive Section 8 assistance, but they cannot receive both lump sum relocation assistance and remain on the Section 8 priority list.

The problem with the final family is that they already received moving expenses, but desire to continue to receive Section 8 assistance AND get one time lump sum relocation assistance. Once again, per federal guidelines, this is not possible. As we understand it, this family has retained private counsel and is exploring their legal options.

Part of the reason why the relocation of tenants has been so successful has been because of the intervention of our office. Within the first few months of our taking office, we worked closely with the Department of General Services and other city departments to make sure that case workers were assigned to each relocated family and required that these case workers be fully bilingual in order to effectively assist this predominantly Spanish speaking community.

The relocation money for these tenants came from Proposition Q funds and, by all accounts, taking into account that eminent domain is never easy, these tenants have been successfully relocated.

We are proud of the work that we have done with the tenant relocation and, quite frankly, have no idea where Mr. Pacheco came up with the claim that there is “not enough money to help relocate the tenants.”

3) Council District 14 Dog Park

When we first took office there was $77,000 set aside for the construction of a Dog Park in Hermon Park in the Arroyo Seco. There were also some initial community meetings, but no actual park designs had been made or environmental studies had been conducted. Thus, any cost estimates were purely preliminary and speculative.

When we took office we worked to initiate a Preliminary Design of the Dog Park and also initiated a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

We also initiated a motion requesting the City Attorney’s Office to draft language allowing for an off-leash ordinance at the designated site of the Dog Park.

We have worked closely with the community to ensure that the final Dog Park is sensitive to the environment and the community’s concerns, with features including a decomposed granite surface to absorb polluted runoff and keep it from entering the nearby Arroyo Seco. We have also worked to ensure that the fencing at the Dog Park has special coating that is environmentally sensitive and works to blend in with the surrounding park – another feature requested by the community.

Through working closely with the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering and the local community, we are proud of the fact that we expect to break ground on the new Dog Park within the next month.

We have seen this project through and our community will enjoy a new Dog Park that is environmentally friendly in the very near future.

4) Moon Canyon Land Acquisition

In December of 2002 the City received an appraisal of the Moon Canyon property at the request of Councilmember Pacheco.

Nearly six months later, in June of 2003, Mr. Pacheco decided to transfer money that was designated for a CD 14 constituent services center to two different projects in the district – one of those transfers included $550,000 for the acquisition of Moon Canyon. Later in June, a mere five days before he left office, Councilmember Pacheco introduced a motion asking for an eminent domain procedure on the property.

We have never had a willing seller at Moon Canyon. Therefore, over the course of the conversations with the property owner and the Department of General Services, and the various steps that needed to be undertaken in order to prepare the eminent domain paperwork for a court filing, the initial appraisal of the property became too old for submittal to the Superior Court according to the court’s own procedures. A new appraisal was then conducted – at the request of our office - and the value of the land had appreciated significantly, as should have been expected.

The key point here is that, according to the City Attorney, the Superior Court will not accept an appraisal that is more than 9 months old as part of an eminent domain filing. By waiting until the 6 month point to introduce a motion calling for eminent domain, Mr. Pacheco essentially guaranteed that the first appraisal would no longer be applicable by the time the City could complete all its internal preparations and submit the court papers (a process that takes no less than 5 months if everything goes perfectly). Since the appraisal subsequently increased by more than 100%, for any practical purpose there had never been enough money set aside to ensure that the acquisition of Moon Canyon via eminent domain could proceed.

Our office continues to seek the additional funding necessary for the purchase of Moon Canyon, even though we still do not have a willing seller.

The goal for this property in this particular community has always been to maintain it as open space for the benefit of local residents. Nearly two years after taking office, the land remains as open space and the developer is no closer today to any sort of development than he was two years ago.

We will continue to work hard on the Moon Canyon project.

We welcome Mr. Pacheco’s efforts to contact the Controller’s office to confirm all of the figures stated in this email.

These are the responses to some specific concerns raised by Mr. Pacheco. Surely we realize that the purpose of his community-wide posted email was merely to inform others that he will be finding out answers to common questions and not to start a campaign of misinformation. He could have merely picked up the phone and asked anyone in our office to address these issues and we would have been happy to do so. He chose to post a community wide email. That was his prerogative.

I hope that this email has helped to address some of his questions and concerns.

Now, let me take the opportunity to clarify a couple of additional issues that have been circulating in the community.

Council District 14 Constituent Services Center

As previously mentioned, it was Mr. Pacheco’s decision to take $550,000 in dedicated funds for a CD 14 Constituent Services Center and transfer this money to the Moon Canyon acquisition. This was an unfortunate case of transferring money from one part of the district to another – but it was a decision that our former councilmember decided to make.

The truly regrettable decision that Mr. Pacheco decided to make came literally in his final days in office on June 24, 2003 when he authored a motion to transfer an additional $3,000,000 in Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles (MICLA) funds designated for a CD 14 Constituent Services Center to build a new library in Silver Lake. For your reference, this was Council File Number 03-1354, authored by Pacheco, seconded by Garcetti.

Seven days before leaving office Mr. Pacheco authored a motion to take $3 million dollars out of Council District 14 and put it in Silver Lake. While we support the efforts of our adjacent Council Districts (in this case, Council District 13), this move was truly inexplicable and we are glad that we worked to stop this motion in our first days in office.

Through the retrieval of this $3,000,000 and the aggressive acquisition of additional funds, our office is proud of the fact that we will soon be going out to bid for a brand new, multi-million dollar Constituent Service Center right in the heart of Council District 14 in the community of El Sereno. This Constituent Service Center will truly be the pride of Council District 14 once completed.

Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station

The Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (also knows as CLARTS) has existed in the southern industrial portion of Council District 14 for decades. This transfer station has been fully permitted, owned and operated by a private company.

When we took office we worked with the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and the Bureau of Sanitation to purchase this transfer station in order to realize a long term cost savings to the city and gain control of the day-to-day operations of the site.

As part of the negotiations related to the city purchase of the CLARTS, our office demanded that a $1 per ton “amenity fee” be established in the terms of the contract. Now, Council District 14 will receive additional funds to benefit community-based projects throughout the life of this transfer station.

The terms of this agreement were adopted on April 23, 2004 and all negotiations, from start to finish, were conducted by Councilmember Villaraigosa’s office.

We are proud of the fact that CD 14 will now benefit from additional revenue to support community based projects in perpetuity – long after Councilmember Villaraigosa leaves office.

An additional point of clarification, the ONLY funds spent from this account thus far amounted to $50,000 for Para Los Ninos, a Council District 14 based CBO that worked with our office to sponsor the following functions with this funding:

1) The distribution of more than 1,100 turkeys for needy families throughout Council District 14 during Thanksgiving of 2004.
2) The distribution of more than 6,500 new toys for needy families at three separate holiday toy distributions throughout CD 14 during the end of 2004.
3) The special 1st Street Bridge lighting ceremony in December of 2004 where hundreds of local residents enjoyed free food, music, snow, and lights on the historic 1st Street Bridge.
4) A special Thanksgiving meal for the families of Para Los Ninos – the primary services provider for the youth and families of Skid Row.

86 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WELL, I guess this answers the question as to whether or not CD14 staffers are spending their time trying to get get Huizar elected (on the city time and money!)

Pro forma. They spent two years in CD14 offices doing NOTHING for the constituents, but worked day and night to pump AV and get him elected mayor.

Why don't we just cut to the fucking chase and change all those blue signs outside field offices that say "CD14 Council Office" to what they REALLY are...

"ELECT TEAM VILLARAIGOSA"

The "best" team downtown YOUR taxpayer dollars can pay to elect!!!

August 19, 2005 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Um... so as I read this propaganda, it says the doggie parke WAS fully funded. Why even include it in this memo.

AV's people didn't come up with any money, apparently, the just did paperwork.

dumb shits!

August 19, 2005 12:13 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Umm yeah, this e-mail was created long before the Mayor's race came to its conclusion.

So anon 12:11 i apologize that your conspiracy theory is wrong.

You are a liar and a fool, sir.

August 19, 2005 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When does the $1 million+ skate park open up?? (A dedicated park to be used by a very small portion or one small age group in the district). When will the headbangers park and the taggers park and the basketball players parks all be opening.

A "good" councilmember (or even a REAL councilmember, AV was neither) would have assessed the priorities of the district once the price kept going up and reached this exorbitant level and said "STOP." This is WAY to much money to be spending for something that less than 1 percent of the people of this district will even be able to use.

Can't complete AND can't prioritize.

Another huge mark against the legacy of Villaraigosa's rape of CD14.

August 19, 2005 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHy is this being postes if its such OLD news, PArker?

August 19, 2005 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Cyberlady said:

Chief,

The intention here from reading the long post is to help Mr. Huizar. Chief, it does not, it only serves to inform us of how the council is using all avenues to pump up their candidate.

Excuses, excuses.

August 19, 2005 12:18 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Investing in a youth program/park that will keep kids off the streets and save potential lives doesn't have a price tag.

But if you need to find fault with Villaraigosa, i suppose being too pro-family and pro-kid is one way to go.

August 19, 2005 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where is the beef?

August 19, 2005 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!

VIDEO SITE:

http://www.americanpatrol.com/04-FEATURES/040809-NUNEZ-BANDITO/Video-Gutierrez-Anthem.html

Watch this video as Fabian Nunez and Juan Jose Gutierrez talk during the playing of the National Anthem (U.S., at a rally protesting the passage of California Prop. 187 in 1994) and raise fists and cross hearts during the playing of the Mexican National Anthem. (Nunez is behind Gutierrez, but it is clear what he is doing.)

August 19, 2005 12:21 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Cyberlady,

I, like you read every post (comical indeeed) so there was a thread going on about initial projects in the district.

Having all things available to me in this city, i merely thought i'd clear up the air in C 14.

Yes the e-mail is dated a bit, but has revelance still.

I don't recall using the words "support huizar" anywhere in my posting.

August 19, 2005 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Faker... no one said it was created AFTER the mayor's race.

Huizar began running for CD14 WELL before the mayor's race was finished.

Villaraigosa TOLD Sleazy he would endorse him MONTHS ago.

Not just a conspiracy, but an OLD conspiracy.

HUIZAR took out full page ads in local newspapers in CD14 for his LAUSD board seat AFTER his only opponent left the race.

He ran ADS when he we UNOPPOSED?

He RAN THEM expensive full-page ads in newspapers published in and distributed PRIMARILY to parts of CD14 that are NOT included in HIS LAUSD district.

He ran ADS where he wanted his face and name to be known for the NEXT race, that AV said he would support him in.

GET IT????

You are a shill and a stupid one at that Parker.

WHERE ARE THE 80 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHES LYING SCUMBAG!

August 19, 2005 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Cyberlady said:

After reading the posts, I need to take a break and figure out why you did this.

I'm off to lunch date and passing the rotunda shortly.

After 12 right?

Have a beautiful day L.A.

August 19, 2005 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many gangbanger you know RIDE SKATEBOARDS, Chief Faker!?

What are they LOW RIDER skate boards.

HOOO, Haa, that's FUNNY!

Parke tell you to say that.

HOW COME WE HAVE NO MONEY TO FIX LAUSD, but we can spend $1 million PLUS for a skatepark that will be used by MAYBE a couple hundred kids in the district out of 250,000 people!?

August 19, 2005 12:25 PM  

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August 19, 2005 12:25 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Anon 12:11 wrote "WELL, I guess this answers the question as to whether or not CD14 staffers are spending their time trying to get get Huizar elected (on the city time and money!)"

Why is something i pasted that was written months ago have to do with the CD 14 staffers working on the city dime to get huizar elected?

The fact of the matter is, this e-mail was written when Villaraigosa was a councilman. And it was in response to ethically challenged Pacheco who was lying to folks. There is no Huizar impied support, just the simple truth.

Sorry folks if the truth is like holy water to you and makes you want to scream.

August 19, 2005 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's the Holy Water you better dodge, Chief Faker...

"There are not 80 neighborhood watches in the entire city of Los Angeles" (Senior LAPD official on condition of anonymity).

August 19, 2005 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's some more holy water, Faker.

People in the Northeast called most of the Villaraigosa council office's explanation for these delays total lies and fabrications.

Buy you didn't print their many responses now, did you? Of course not...

I understand you have a tattoo from when you were in the service, Chief Faker...

But unlike the Marine slogan, it says:

"SEMPER LIE"

August 19, 2005 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian is flipping you fools off. It's plain to see that's what he's really doing in the video.

August 19, 2005 12:41 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

They are free to posts their responses on the blog along with your dumbass.

August 19, 2005 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OKAY, so you were proven TOTALLY wrong when you said Pacheco was "Crooked" and "owed kids money."

Now you libelously state he is "ethically challenged" (any proof, maybe 80 PIECES OF proof?) Lots of us can debunk that for a week.

Coming from a hack blogger who supported AV, a guy who LIED to become a CM, and then LIED again to skip out on his term halfway through, you're REALLY are in denial to call ANY other candidate "ethically challenged"

AND SPEAKING OF ETHICS...

"And my Neighborhood Watch investigation has reached over 100 neighborhood watches..." (Chief "Parker" April 29, 2005)

"To help them (the Hahnwatch blog) -- I plan on releasing my Neighborhood Watch report on their blog -- it's a one time guest spot." (Chief "Parker" April 26, 2005)


(By the way, ALL of Pacheco's "claims" about CD14 projects were backed up by extensive paperwork and motion files; Villaraigosa's Huizar cheerleaders just sort of issued a rambling list of excuses why they hand't finished anything -- no facts, no files, no proof).

August 19, 2005 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A ONE MILLION DOLLAR skate park in a district where HALF the kids are flunking out of school?

Do they NEED another excuse to cut school

Are you people NUTS.

What is PRO-kids about HELPING them start down the path to permanent burger-flipping?

Damn, Parker, Skelton's obviously moved you OFF the weed and onto something MUCH stronger.

Snort, snort. If you need more, check with ADV and Huizar supporters Alatorre and Hernandez.

August 19, 2005 12:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Better question, Parker, why are you pasting something written months ago on the blog.

No new news?

(I saw that posted on NELA lists, too. We all had a good laugh in the district).

Everyone one here knows. If you need to get something done, bypass the council office -- by any means necessary.

August 19, 2005 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The dog park was a 6-month long project took 3 years, under Villaraigosa.

CEQA report has "NO environmental mitigations needed." None.

RAP did the CEQA, not CD14.

It's tear out the grass, lay down some dirt put up two fences, then let AV take pictures the week before the final mayor's election as another photo-op (on council office funds).

Took RAP less than 60 days to finish it once CD14 staffers got off their asses and RE-started the process they'd been sitting on for 2 years. (i.e., write a letter to city attorney asking for a variance).

Every part of that explanation is BS. Dig deeper on ALL these prjects, delays and excuses, and the city departments will tell you -- COUNCIL STAFF held everything up, period.

August 19, 2005 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Moon Canyon explanations an even bigger joke.

NOT ENOUGH MONEY, for when AV's people finally got around to it.

PLENTY of MONEY for it, when they took office, however.

What amazes me is that no community in CD14 got shafter MORE by AV during his "council" term than his home community of Mt. Washington.

He did NOTHING to keep Southwest Museum collections there -- read the LA Weekly this week.

Zip, zero, nada.

Those people must all be total morons to keep funding him and Huizar.

They get worse "perks" from him than other communities.

NICE neighbor!

August 19, 2005 1:00 PM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

The thing that confuses me most about all of this ranting and fuming, is that it seems to be about kinda trivial stuff.

There are rarely smoking guns in politics that point to one candidate truly being a liar and another a pederast (or whatever).

Most of this business about who did what when, and to whom reads like a description of a dog chasing its own tail.

The important questions about what a candidate will do once they are elected do not get answered in these mindless screaming matches.

Can't anybody see that?

That kind of message may work when you're trying to convince a busy working parent, or retiree, to vote in one of our traditional 30% voter turnout elections.

Yet, this blog is not read by the lay-person.

It sems to be me that it is read by gadflys (myself included, at this point) and people who work in the political field.

I bet if you took the fiery rhetoric down a notch you might actually hone your craft, learn some real insider info, and get somewhere in this message forum.

August 19, 2005 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm sorry you feel the obvious misuse of $1 million dollars in public funds in a needy district (tailoring it to something less than 1 percent of the people can actually use), is "trivial."

You obviously come from a wealthy district.

August 19, 2005 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What video 12:41? What did he do?

August 19, 2005 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Athena you can go clean my trash that sits in city hall, do a good job please.

August 19, 2005 1:27 PM  

Anonymous gadfly007 said:

This site is Mission Impossible. Huizachecos unite for the sake of this decent election. Shake hands, promise to be good. Let's have a professional campaign.

gadfly007

August 19, 2005 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nobody but Parker making up blog topics today.

All the adults go away for the weekend?

August 19, 2005 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Huizar4Council14 said:

Shut up Pachueco lover! Come to my hood jerk!

August 19, 2005 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BUT IF HUIZAR becomes councilmember, who's going to continue running LAUSD into the ground, going over budget, and getting scammed out of valuable school property??

Stay where you're most "needed" Sleazy! You've made a "name" for yourself at LAUSD ("sleazy")

August 19, 2005 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Send me evidence & I will forward to important floor. Expose!

Len

ltruread@hotmail.com

August 19, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I found this at a site, interesting stuff.

Out of a city of 4 million, 260,000 votes elected Villaraigosa mayor. In other words, 6.5 % of the population of Los Angeles decided its future.

"The Great Invasion: Mexico Recovers Its Own"

Excelsior (Mexico City) Columnist Carlos Loret de Mola, July 20, 1982

"A peaceful mass of people, hardworking, carries out slowly and patiently an unstoppable invasion, the most important in human history. You cannot give me a similar example of such a large migratory wave by an ant-like multitude, stubborn, unarmed, and carried on in the face of the most powerful and best-armed nation on earth."

(Los Angeles) seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without the firing of a single shot....

August 19, 2005 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

SEPARATIST

MEXICAN NATIONALIST

Go to this site & click on the video, see for yourself:

http://www.mayorno.com/Marcha4.html

August 19, 2005 1:52 PM  

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

August 19, 2005 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parker also didn't bother to post Pacheco's point-by-point in response to the Council Offices excuses and obvious pre-campaigning for Jose Huizar.

It does have specific city council files and exhibits, in contrast to the Villaraigosa staffer's unfounded claims.

Here it is:

To all those concerned:

Before I get into the $1.34 million dollars in CD 14's wallet, I want to clarify a few things Jimmy Blackman raised on behalf of
Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa in his response to my earlier e-
mail.

1. Hollenbeck Police Station Tenant Relocation "This issue was brought to me."

JB: We are proud of the work that we have done with the tenant
relocation and, quite frankly, have no idea where Mr. Pacheco came
up with the claim that there is not "enough money to help
relocate the tenants."

NP: "The claim" was presented TO ME at a BHNC sub-committee
meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2005. William Morrison, Boyle Heights
Neighborhood Council member, requested my presence at one of the
Neighborhood Council's sub-committee meetings on March 13 to
explain my role in the relocation of tenants for the new Hollenbeck
Police Station. (see LA Times article "Evictions Questioned by
Residents" by Times Staff Writer Daniel Hernandez - March 12, 2005 -
about complaints) This invitation was prompted, according to Mr.
Morrison, because at an early BHNC meeting Ms. Adriana Martinez from
Councilman Villaraigosa's office had stated that the problems
surrounding relocation stemmed from my involvement in the project.
At the Sunday meeting it became clear that tenant relocation
occurred after I left office and consequently I had no role in
creating the complaints documented by the LA Times. In this
meeting, the committee members and some residents indicated that the
Council office had stated they did not have any money to help the
tenants in their plight.



2. Council District 14 Constituent Services Center (Silver Lake
Library $3M)

"This was an effort to look beyond my `fiefdom' and have a win-win proposition with a neighboring colleague."

JB: Seven days before leaving office Mr. Pacheco authored a motion to take $3 million dollars out of Council District 14 and put it in Silver Lake. While we support the efforts of our adjacent Council Districts (in this case, Council District 13), this move was truly inexplicable and we are glad that we worked to stop this motion in our first days in office.

NP: No such thing ever occurred, I would never give away $3M
dollars.

The motion, CFI 03-1354 (see below), was an effort to swap OLD MICLA money (02-03 budget) for NEW MICLA money (03-04 budget) and
consequently CD 14 would still have its $3M. Here's what really
happened and not what Mr. Blackman would like you to believe. We
had accumulated $5M dollars for the Constituent Services Center ($3M MICLA and $2M gen. fund) and unfortunately before we could purchase the preferred site a private party purchased it. Everyone in City Hall knew our preferred site was taken and consequently knew the project was going to be delayed. This delay gave some council members the opening to try to "scoop up" this old MICLA money and place it in their district. Councilmember Garcetti approached me for the OLD MICLA money and I told him the only way to get it was for the motion to include NEW MICLA money for Antonio. He agreed and the motion reflected a swap of OLD money for NEW money. The motion was not passed and consequently CD 14 still has the $3M of OLD MICLA money from the 02-03 budget and let's hope that it is spent soon before someone else tries to scoop it up during a future budget crisis.

BTW, the remaining $2M of general fund was placed in two different
places to protect it from council district raiders. I parked
$1.45M in the Boyle Heights Technology Center since that project was moving forward to a ground breaking quickly. I knew that if the project came in under budget Antonio would be able to reprogram those funds in CD 14. Also, I felt confident that the MICLA $3M dollars was more than enough to secure a parcel, even one with a building, on the eastside. The remaining $550,000.00 was allocated
to the purchase of Moon Canyon and this project was scheduled to
move immediately in the summer of 2003. These funds are still
present in that account and let's hope that they are spent soon.


3. Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (Amenities
Fund)
"I created this fund and we were always leveraging for the
district, even with our own departments."

JB: When we took office we worked with the Chief Legislative Analyst
(CLA) and the Bureau of Sanitation to purchase this transfer station
in order to realize a long term cost savings to the city and gain
control of the day-to-day operations of the site. As part of the negotiations related to the city purchase of the CLARTS, our office demanded that a $1 per ton "amenity fee" be established in
the terms of the contract.

NP: The Amenities Fund was demanded in 2001 or 2002 before the
current office took over in 2003 BY ME. The Department of
Sanitation approached me for the purchase of CLARTS from BLT
Enterprises and I demanded that an "amenities fund" be
established, just like the one for Sunshine Canyon. "If it is
good enough for the Valley, it should be good enough for us on the
eastside," I said. This fund generates, according to
Villaraigosa motion (CFI 04-2219), approximately $226,000.00 every
three months (fiscal quarter). The current balance is
$810,612.00. This fund is to "benefit community-based projects throughout the life of this transfer station."

CFI 03-0307 (see below) "Central Los Angeles Recycling and
Transfer Station" from February 20, 2003 corroborates that we had
been working with the Mayor and Board of Public Works (specifically
my former Chief of Staff, Commissioner Adriana Rubalcava) to
purchase CLARTS. The Mayor/Board's request to issue a proposed
Letter of Interest to exercise its purchase option of CLARTS was
approved by the Council on April 23, 2003.

I hope this clears up how CD 14 now has an amenities fund for the
life of the transfer station and for the benefit of the community.


NOW LET'S GET BACK TO MY EARLIER E-MAIL AND IT'S PURPOSE

First, I want to commend Jimmy Blackman for updating everyone
regarding the various projects mentioned in my earlier e-mail (Moon
Canyon, Skateboard Park, Police Station, & Dog Park). The common
thread in each one of these projects, ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUENTS,
was that the Council Office did not have money to move forward and
the "office continues to seek additional funding necessary"
for these projects.

Controller Laura Chick's office provided me with the balance of
all CD 14 discretionary accounts and it seems that Council District
14 has $1,342,973.25 dollars for their use. Discretionary accounts
are in the SOLE CONTROL AND DISCRETION of the Council Member and
sometimes require a council motion. At first I thought maybe I was
misreading the documents because of the million dollar (+) balance,
but today (April 14, 2005) at around 4:00 pm I confirmed the
following UNCOMMITTED balances with Sonny Gonzales (213) 978-7493
from the Controller's Office. Here are all the accounts and
their balances as of March 31, 2005:

Account Balance
General City Purpose (GCP) $ 25,000.00
Real Property Trust Fund $ 263,632.00
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 00 $ 20,190.25
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 01 $ -
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 02 $ -
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 03 $ 3,852.00
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 04 $ 82,000.00
Transit Shelter Revenue Fund FY 05 $ 80,340.00
Cultural Affairs Civic Fund $ 57,347.00
CLARTS Amenities Fund $ 810,612.00

$ 1,342,973.25

According to Jimmy Blackman's response the only project lacking
funds is Moon Canyon. I would recommend that they use a combination
of Real Property Trust Fund and CLARTS Amenities Fund resources to
close the project. Those two accounts have a combined total of over
$1 million dollars and should easily cover the approximate $250,000
–350,000 dollar gap.


ANOTHER MOON CANYON ALTERNATIVE: NEW CD 14 BOND ACCOUNT ($3-5
million)
If there is a concern that Moon Canyon could substantially deplete
the above accounts, there is another alternative. Since CLARTS
generates an identifiable revenue source the City could issue bonds
and get an immediate injection of cash ($3-5 million) for CD 14; and
the Moon Canyon gap could be filled from this account. To service
$3-5 million dollars it would probably take only a FRACTION of the
CLARTS annual revenue source ($800,000.00) and leave plenty for the
annual needs of CD 14.

I've always wanted to seismically upgrade the Bridewell Armory
($2M cost) and this new BOND ACCOUNT would be the best way to
accomplish that goal. After it is retrofitted the Armory could be
host for a YMCA, Charter School for the Arts, or maybe a Youth
Technology Center. This account could also be available to anyone
in the district who has a project that requires a major boost of
support.

I hope the Councilmember's response through Jimmy Blackman,
Controller Laura Chick's information and my follow up have
brought clarity to the current state of financial affairs in CD 14.

If anyone would like faxed copies of the Controller's reports
please feel free to e-mail me directly at nickpacheco14@....


Thank you for your patience.

Nick Pacheco



*********************************************************

File Number
03-1354
Last Changed Date
07/29/2003
Title
SILVERLAKE BRANCH LIBRARY
Initiated by
Pacheco Mover 2003 / Garcetti
Subject
Motion - On May 21, 2003, the Board of Library Commissioners
approved the Silverlake Branch Library as the next project in the
City's library construction program. Currently, it is the last
project scheduled in the City's library construction program that is
not yet funded. As land prices in Silverlake continue to escalate
rapidly, it would be prudent for the City to identify funding for
immediate land acquisition. Sufficient savings are available
immediately in our 02-03 Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los
Angeles (MICLA) program from the delay of the Council District
Fourteen (14) Constituent Services Center.

THEREFORE MOVE that the Council, subject to approval of the Mayor,
authorize the expenditure of $3,000,000 from Fund 294 Municipal
Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles (MICLA) T3 for land
acquisition and design of the Silverlake Branch Library.

(NP: OLD money moving and being spent.)

FURTHER MOVE that the Controller be authorized to establish a new
account under Fund 294 entitled "Silverlake Branch Library" and the
Department of General Services be authorized to expend these funds
for the above purpose.

FURTHER MOVE that the City Administrative Officer (CAO) be directed
to include $3,000,000 in the 03-04 Municipal Improvement Corporation
of Los Angeles (MICLA) program for a Constituent Services Center in
Council District Fourteen.

(NP: NEW money coming into CD 14 - $3M back into account. No loss
to district.)

Council District
14
Date Received
6-24-2003
File History
6-24-03 - This days Council session
6-24-03 - File to Calendar Clerk for placement on next available
Council agenda
7-8-03 - CONTINUED TO July 22, 2003
7-22-03 - Motion RECEIVED and FILED
7-29-03 - File in files



*********************************************

File Number
03-0307
Last Changed Date
05/28/2004
Title
CENTRAL LOS ANGELES RECYCLING AND TRANSFER STATION
Initiated by
Mayor / Board of Public Works
Subject
Transmittal from the Mayor / Board of Public Works relative to
authority to issue the proposed Letter of Interest for the
acquisition of the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer
Station.
REFER TO COUNCIL FILE 95-0859
Council District
14
Date Received
2-20-2003
File History
2-21-03 - For ref
2-21-03 - Ref to Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee
2-21-03 - File to Environmental Quality and Waste Management
Committee Clerk
4-16-03 - This day's Council session - Communication recommendations
from Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee to :
1. AUTHORIZE the Board of Public Works (BPW) to issue the proposed
Letter of Interest, attached to the Council file as Transmittal No.
3 in the Board of Public Works report dated February 3, 2003,
notifying the facility owner and operator, BLT Enterprises, Inc.,
that the City intends to exercise its purchase option in the current
contract for the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station
(C.T.S.).
2. AUTHORIZE the Bureau of Sanitation to proceed jointly with the
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to acquire the Central
Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station pursuant to the Joint
Powers Agreement (JPA) between the City and Sanitation Districts of
Los Angeles County.
4-16-03 - File to Calendar Clerk for placement on next available
Council agenda

4-23-03 - Motion ADOPTED to APPROVE communication recommendations
from Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee.

4-25-03 - File to Environmental Quality and Waste Management
Committee Clerk OK
4-25-03 - File in files
12-1-03 - For ref - Transmittal from Board of Public Works relative
to the authority to issue a Letter of Intent for the acquisition of
the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) at a
fair market value not to exceed $60 million.
12-3-03 - Ref to Environmental Quality and Waste Management Committee
12-3-03 - File to Environmental Quality and Waste Management
Committee Clerk
12-19-03 - Verbal Motion - Parks Mover 2003 / Perry - ADOPTED IN
OPEN SESSION - HEREBY MOVE that Council ADOPT the following
recommendations of the City Administrative Officer and the Chief
Legislative Analyst (Item No. 5, Council File 03-0307) relative to
the acquisition of the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer
Station (CLARTS), SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:
1. FIND that the acquisition of the Central Los Angeles Recycling
and Transfer Station (CLARTS), an existing facility, with no change
or expansion in use is Generally Exempt from the requirements of the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as provided by Article
II, Section 1 of the Los Angeles City California Environmental
Quality Act Guidelines.
2. APPROVE purchase of the Central Los Angeles Recycling and
Transfer Station not to exceed its Fair Market Value of $57 million
by AUTHORIZING the Board of Public Works to issue a Letter of Intent
to BLT Enterprises, Inc. (BLT), the facility owner and operator, as
permitted under the purchase option provisions outlined in Section
6.7 of Contract No. C-87598 for transfer station and transport
services at the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station.
3. AUTHORIZE the issuance of Bonds to be repaid from the Sanitation
Equipment Charge (SEC) for the purchase of the Central Los Angeles
Recycling and Transfer Station and INSTRUCT the City Administrative
Officer (CAO) to report back to the Council in 21 days with the
required legal documents and financing costs for this acquisition.
4. AUTHORIZE an Sanitation Equipment Charge increase of a $1.00 per
month for single family rate payers and $.67 per month for multi-
family/commercial rate payers for a period of five (5) years with an
annual report to the Council and Mayor from the Bureau of Sanitation
(BOS) on the status of debt relative to the Central Los Angeles
Recycling and Transfer Station acquisition.
5. REQUEST the City Attorney to draft an Ordinance amending the
Sanitation Equipment Charge (SEC) to implement the above authorized
Sanitation Equipment Charge rate increase for the specified period,
and related matters.
6. AUTHORIZE the Bureau of Sanitation, in conjunction with the City
Administrative Officer and the Chief Legislative Analyst, to
negotiate an extension of the current contract with BLT Enterprises,
Inc., not to exceed one year, to allow for the continued use and
operation of the facility until the City can undertake full
operation.
7. DIRECT the Bureau of Sanitation to report back to the Council on
their transition plan and a detailed operation and staffing plan for
Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station (CLARTS) in 30
days - Generally Exempt APPROVED.
This matter was approved by the Environmental Quality and Waste
Management Committee (Perry - Garcetti "yes") and Budget and Finance
Committee (Parks - Miscikowski - Smith - Garcetti - Cardenas "yes")
at a joint meeting on December 16, 2003, in Closed Session as
permitted by Government Code Section 54956.8.
12-19-03 - MEMORANDUM TO FILE - The City Council held a Closed
Session on Friday, December 19, 2003, pursuant to authority provided
in California Government Code Section 54956.8 to confer with its
legal counsel relative to the acquisition of the Central Los Angeles
Recycling and Transfer Station.
The purpose of this memorandum is to note for the record that
following discussion of the above matter in Closed Session, the City
Council adopted the Motion (Parks - Perry) in Open Session and
instructed the City Clerk to transmit the file to the Mayor
forthwith.
12-19-03 - File to the Mayor FORTHWITH
12-24-03 - Mayor's message concurred in action of December 19, 2003
12-29-03 - File to Calendar Clerk
1-7-04 - File in files
1-21-04 - This day's Council session - Motion - Perry Mover 2004 /
Miscikowski - WHEREAS, the City has initiated the process to
purchase the Central Los Angeles Recycling and Transfer Station to
be used by the City as an intermediate site for the transloading of
solid waste and other related uses; and
WHEREAS, Section 66.41 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, relating
to the purposes for the imposition of the Santitation Equipment
Charge does not expressly provide for purchasing, leasing and
improving land and/or buildings for use as transfer stations as a
purpose for which this charge is imposed; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to amend Section 66.41 to expressly include
the purchase, lease and improvement of land or building for such use
as a purpose for which the Sanitation Equipment Charge is imposed;
THEREFORE, MOVE that the City Attorney with the assistance of the
Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation, be instructed to
prepare an ordinance amending Section 66.41 to allow this additional
purpose and transmit said amending ordinance directly to Council and
present if for consideration by the City Council at the meeting of
January 30, 2004.
FURTHER MOVE that the City Clerk be instructed to include an item on
the City Council agenda for January 30, 2004, for the Council to
consider and act on said ordinance.
1-21-04 - File to Calendar Clerk for placement on next available
Council agenda
1-28-04 - Motion ADOPTED - Ordinance to be presented January 30, 2004
1-30-04 - Ordinance OVER ONE WEEK TO February 6, 2004
2-3-04 - Ordinance RECONSIDERED and ADOPTED amending Section 66.41
of the Municipal Code to expressly state as a purpose for which the
Sanitation Equipment Charge is imposed the purchasing, leasing and
improving of land or buildings for use as refuse transfer stations.
2-3-04 - File to Mayor for signature FORTHWITH
2-6-04 - File to Calendar Clerk
2-20-04 - File in files
Ordinance
175769 (Adopted 2-3-04; Effective 3-11-04)
175949 (Adopted 4-23-04; Effective 6-14-04)

August 19, 2005 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, that does make Pacheco look productive and Villaraigosa's staffers look pretty inept.

How many of them are going to end up working for Huizar if he wins?

Ouch!

August 19, 2005 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BAM, Chief Faker.

Dead again. You better find a better source of "facts" than the campaign people for a guy who'se lied his way into every office he's ever held, AND lied about every one of his opponents to the point of characer assasination.

That's out "esteamed Manure" AV, in case you missed the connection.

August 19, 2005 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is why I'm voting for Pacheco, he works while the others bend over.

August 19, 2005 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you hear me now?
...
...
...
Can you hear me now?
...
...
...
Can you hear me now? Where is Huizar, can he hear me now? No response from Huizar camp...how unprofessional of his staff to be inadequate to run an office.

August 19, 2005 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Back to the "drooling" board, Parker.

Maybe Pacheco beats up his parents... look into that and maybe you can release the results as the flip side of your "I can prove AV's 80 watches exist" hit broken record from just a few weeks ago.

Did you even realize that Pacheco was called "the boy scout" in CD14 before Villar arrived and Parke Skelton started sliming him with fake stories like the crap you're re-spewing?

He was known as the guy that would help anybody, anyway he could. He had open door, no appointment needed sessions in every field office in the district every month and would address -- personally, face-to-face, any constitutent with a need, and get things solved for them.

What a horrible travesty to slime someone like that, and all for a job AV didn't even really want.

A major crime. . . with horrible political fallout for decent public servants, just so one inattentive ladder-climber could be positoned to avenge a vendetta with James Hahn down the road.

August 19, 2005 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's happening with Chilletas today? Did he cry again? Did he go to Vegas with Ed?

August 19, 2005 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH YEAH, Chief Parker, time for Parke to tell you the bedtime story about how MEAN, bad Pacheco had Villaraigosa re-districted out of CD14 to keep him from running against him in 2003.

I got the facts, Chiefee -- just waiting to bust that STOOOPID, lame repeated fairy tale wide open.

Bring is on, Faker... start a thread with that.

I got FACTS; you got some petty beef with Pacheco to settle, and Skelton's worn out bag of fables.

Let's GO, wimp! I'm calling YOU out.

August 19, 2005 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chief Parker, before you accept that taunting challenge, better do some homework -- check the district maps before and after, and the movements in between during the planning stages, or you could be in some big trouble.

August 19, 2005 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attention bloggers:

It is democracy, if you support Pacheco then go help out at his campaign office; If you support Huizar then go help out at his office.

These are just two of many candidates running for CD14. Be tolerant of others and don't be ignorant to the fact of meeting people who Voted for Antonio and support Pacheco or vice versa. We have our OWN MINDS and do not try intimidation, bringing down yard signs, and name calling. This time we have cameras. No matter who you will vote for, help them out in the race. Heck, you might even learn something in the process. So, don't mind the negative rhetoric, just participate in democracy. To all the Huizar staff do not intimidate others in your neighborhoods if they like Pacheco, it is their choice. I will put a sign on my yard for the candidate of my choice, I will have surveillance to catch any hoodlum trying to take it down, even if you got paid to do it. This happened in the Mayor's race, and it may happen again.

August 19, 2005 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I actually believed a lot of that stuff about Pacheco being unethical at best, from the Villaraigosa mailers a couple years ago. Man, what a nasty campaign.

Well, at least Huizar has promised to run a clean campaign based on the issues, so this obviously incorrect stuff about Nick won't be appearing in his materials. I hope.

August 19, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What do I do to volunteer at Pacheco's office? Who do I call?

What do I do to volunteer at Huizar's office? Who do I call?

and so on...

August 19, 2005 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar told some people he was running this time even though he endorsed Pacheco in 2003 because Pacheco ran such a nasty campaign.

Looks to me like Pacheco got the dirtier end of the stick from AV's people, if anything.

August 19, 2005 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco for City Council
4414 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 259-5354

Huizar for Council
P.O. Box 86385
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone #???? (not on website)

August 19, 2005 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:38 PM

Don't understand your post, clarify if possible.

August 19, 2005 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since this is a site to clear facts. Does nyone know if it is true that Marco Firebaugh is dropping out of the Senate race for "health" reasons?

August 19, 2005 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Time to Panic, Chief Faker... Someone broke the CODE.

Here's a PUBLIC NOTICE naming a neighborhood watch in CD14. They're ALL going to DIE for going public (this one started pre-Villaraigosa)

8/11/2005 This is just a reminder regarding our monthly "Highland Park Neighborhood Watch" which will now be held the second Thursdays of the month. 7:00 pm Historical Police Museum 6045 York Blvd. Everyone is welcome, Hope to see you there, Diana info: email fivecatkeeper@aol.com every second Thursday we have a neighborhood watch meeting at 7:00 pm at the Historical Police Museum 6045 York Bl. We invite you to come and share common concerns and success stories. We do try to have our slo or a officer to help decimate information we look at crime trends stats and we look forward in 2004 to focus on zoning issues and how they impact our neighborhoods and quality of life issues.Grafitti is always a BIG concern and how to address the problem or at least how to report it. We do have the museum for meetings up until June 10th. So please be ProActive and do get involved. Dates are 1/08 2/12 3/11 4/8 5/13 6/10 unless there is fliming we will have the museum otherwise the location to be announced. Numbers to call for info are Museums # 323 344-9445 or the CRO office Community relations office at Northeast 213 485-2548

August 19, 2005 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN, they're LEAKING like the Mayor's office... ANOTHER (pre-Villaraigosa) Neighborhood watch...EXPOSED, with NAMES and Phone numbers and EVERYTHING!

WHEN WILL IT END!

8/18/2005 The Eagle Rock Community Neighborhood Watch Block Captains Meeting w/ Ofc Joe Galindo - 6pm - 7pm . Eagle Rock City Hall - Maywood & Colorado. Info: Marlene Schmidt 323.257;.3333

August 19, 2005 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great story gals and guys

http://www.argonautnewspaper.com/articles/2005/08/18/news_-_features/top_stories/1dj.txt


MAYOR SHOWS UP — Parishioners at the Westchester United Methodist Church were a bit startled to discover a new attendee at their regular Sunday morning worship service last week.


Popping in to attend services Sunday, August 7th, was none other than Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"He stayed for the entire service and then stayed to talk to us," church member Renate Hild told us.

The mayor reportedly told Hild and others that he is sticking by his nominee for the airport commission, Val Velasco.

POLITICS CONTINUE — The buzz about town is that Velasco's nomination to the city airport commission has been caught in an ongoing political and personal feud between the mayor and Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas.

Cardenas heads the Los Angeles City Council committee concerned with airports, the Port of Los Angeles and the city Department of Water and Power.

The committee will review airport commission nominees and offer its recommendations — up or down — to the full City Council.

In addition to Cardenas, Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Bill Rosendahl serve on that committee.

Cardenas raised eyebrows when he asked the city attorney if Velasco's former relationship with ARSAC (the Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion) would create a conflict of interest for Velasco inasmuch as ARSAC has sued the city over its proposed Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) master plan.

Velasco has since resigned her presidency of ARSAC.

Adding to the drama is the fact that Cardenas and the full City Council have 45 days in which to approve or deny Velasco and other nominees to city commission positions. If the City Council takes no action within the 45 days, the nominees are automatically approved.

The clock is running and we hear the 45 days will run out about Wednesday, September 7th. There is also a report this week that the players aren't quite sure when the 45-day clock started running.

Hmmm.

Oh, the political brew that Velasco suddenly finds herself in the middle of!

Expect Velasco to be on the short end of a 1-2 vote on the Cardenas committee.

But if the mayor stands by his word to support Velasco, he should be able to overcome the votes of a couple of councilmembers who are still carrying a grudge over the last mayoral campaign.

August 19, 2005 2:51 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

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August 19, 2005 2:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, Hell, Not ANOTHER ONE??? What if the gangbangers videotape them coming and going???

But how can this be "everyone is welcome???" (And this was in an LAPD newsletter). The COPS are outing the "secret" neighborhood watches.

The Montecito Heights Neighborhood Watch will have their next community meeting on Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Senior Citizen Center located at 4545 Homer Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

(Boy are you one stupid moderator, Chief Parker... AV's 80 neighborhood watches have to "stay secret." You ever hear of the IN-TER-NET?)

August 19, 2005 2:56 PM  

Blogger Chief Parker said:

Anon 2:11

Or Robert U -- whichever you prefer.

As for the other bloggers calling me out.

I'll even give you a headstart on some items i want to post.

produce mart?
non-profit making a profit?

Have a good weekend doing some more research on yourselves.

The problem with robert isn't that he's a bad guy (he's not) and its not that you aren't doing your job (you are)but you've decided to take me on and make my entire life for the next 10 weeks you and your pathetic campaign.

I outted the mayor's wife, told the world where fitzgerald was -- and told Janice where she can park her ass (car). Do you really want me to make a punk out of you and your campaign?

If you were smarter you'd let Mayor Frank carry your water and you'd tell your merry-band of bloggers to make some voter contacts and not be on this site.

August 19, 2005 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Faker,

I'm not "Robert" and you're not man enough, anonymous or not, to continue exposing yourself and Mayor Sam to lawsuits, not to mention tipping Porke Skeleton's hand for the next batch of slime mailers.

I have NO campaign ties, and can slash you from here to kingdom come. And as long as the phrase "80 neighborhood watches" exists in the English language, you will STILL look like the lying sumbag you proved yourself to be in the last city election.

Bring it on WIMP, pansy, lightweight.

AV's your daddy, and you KNOW what a BAD daddy HE is!.

August 19, 2005 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TWO MORE, Faker: ALL pre-AV, all PUBLIC entities...

The Hillside Village Neighborhood Block Captain Meeting will be having their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2005, at 6:00 P.M. The meeting will take place at Absolute Tow, 4760 Valley Blvd.

Operation Y.E.S. will have their monthly Neighbor Watch Meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at 6:30 P.M. The meeting will take place at Operation Y.E.S., located at 2901 Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

August 19, 2005 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Jose Huizar for City Council
Campaign Headquarters
2606 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles 90033
(323) 265-1255

August 19, 2005 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good to know Huizar doesn't have an "unlisted" number.... oops, almost ANOTHER campaign screw-up.

August 19, 2005 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All these Neighborhood groups to choose from, what is it 3 or 4 so far? Can't wait to see all 80+ watches.

August 19, 2005 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parker, I think you should go back to letting Mayor Frank carry YOUR dirty water about the 80 neighborhood watches. His was still an obvious lie, but at least it looked like he was covering for "a friend" and not going down with the ship.

August 19, 2005 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA County Democratic Party endorses Huizar

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party has joined an ever-lengthening list of supporters for L.A. Council District Council District 14 candidate José Huizar.
Late Tuesday evening, August 16, the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to support Huizar, far exceeding the 60% vote required for an endorsement.
“I am tremendously honored and gratified to have the support of the Democratic Party,” said Huizar. “The County Democratic Party is comprised of hundreds of leaders and activists in the forefront of many important issues throughout the region. To have their confidence and official endorsement is critically important to me personally and to my campaign.”

“Being the officially endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party in a district where 70% of the voters are Democrats is, obviously, a tremendous boon to the campaign,” stated Huizar’s consultant Parke Skelton.

The Democratic Party joins Mayor AntonioVillaraigosa, Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Congress members Lucille Roybal-Allard and Hilda Solis, former Mayor Richard Riordan, and a majority of the members of the L.A. City Council in endorsing Huizar.

The special election in CD 14 will be held on November 8, 2005.

August 19, 2005 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:08

NONE of these neighborhood watches were started while Villaraigosa was in office.

HIS are still (shhhhh), SECRET, and non-existent, like CHief Faker's ethics and "connections" (or else his "connectees" wouldn't be letting him roast out here).

August 19, 2005 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of endorsement, I forgot to mention that Pacheco received the endorsement from the Highland Park Taco Trucks Association last night at the meeting held last night at Mr. T's. Good job, Nick!

August 19, 2005 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ALL those endorsements, and Huizar still can't get a list of the "ISSUES" he running on or his "RECORD" for past accomplishments up on his website... hmmmm, how odd.

What exactly are they all "supporting?"

"I support JOSE -- I don't know WHAT he's done, I don't know WHERE he stands on ANYTHING, and I have NO idea what he would do to help CD14, but I support him."

(Because AV told me to, and that's ALL the "issues" this jellyfish needs to bend over backwards and take it).

August 19, 2005 3:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've met Robert U., Chief, he's a nice enough guym and very smart, be no where near this clever.

Keep trying.

August 19, 2005 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

soemone is censoring the site reagrding Firebaugh

August 19, 2005 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I asked if anyone knew if Firebaugh was dropping out due to helath reasons from the Senate race.

August 19, 2005 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hose Juizar

"Candidate 'UNDER CONSTRUCTION'"

August 19, 2005 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is not "has been" Pacheco, and that's the only reason why folks are voting for him. It doesn't matter what he's accomplished because folks don't care, as long as he's not Pacheco.

August 19, 2005 3:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good news for Pacheco fans, with fumbling chief Faker leading the "charge" against Nick, Pacheco is bound to get back in city council (unless he parks illegally, of course).

TURN YOU WHEELS TO THE CURB, Pacheco, your career depends on it!

August 19, 2005 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:10 PM Call this the pandilla (gang)>

Who are they writing pardon letters for this time around?

August 19, 2005 4:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

funny...

Candidate under Construction...funny poster.

August 19, 2005 4:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another nail in Huizar's coffin.

August 19, 2005 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's right 4:54, only in this case, Parker is Villaraigosa's "Deep Throat" -- if you KNOW what I mean (wink wink).

August 19, 2005 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pachueco put the arm on the taco truckers?

August 19, 2005 5:14 PM  

Anonymous hay te watcho, 80 watches! said:

What was that about "as long as '80 watches' is part of the English language..."? I don't get it. Besides, it sounds a lot like hay te watcho.

August 19, 2005 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did ted kacynski write the opening of this blog?

August 19, 2005 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I get it. That's good.

August 19, 2005 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Athena and what does she have to do with trash?

August 19, 2005 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Joseph Mahma said:

WOW!!! Looking back now, this must be the perfect example of why Hacopian left the campaign. I mean look at all these anti Chief Parker and anti Antonio posts. If you read them closely, most are in the same language and style. Pacheka-Kids aren't clever enough to alter their voice. I mean...all afternoon long, blogging and blogging and blogging...

Hey Urteaga! Calling you out bro! You know that you're jealous because Antonio's staff found a way to fund the El Sereno Constituent Center in 2 years and you couldn't do it 4 years. I mean, your boss Nick was so pissed he got his ass handed to him, he just gave that $3 mill to Garcetti!

But Antonio's staff got that $3 mill back and added another $6 mill. And now its constructing.

Irked-te-yaga, you just jealous! And your boss. Get over your blogging selves. Oh yeah...you Pacheka-Kids...grow up.

August 19, 2005 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The 3mil.dollars=gray area. What is the truth?

August 20, 2005 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

are we talking about tax payer dollars...if so what is the big deal...AV just promised somthing in return of the money...i would be more impressed if it was his own money.

August 20, 2005 6:59 PM  

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