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Friday, August 26, 2005

The Mob, El Pueblo, and Jose Huizar - UPDATE

Steve Hymon checks in on his previous story in the LA Times to give us this update.
A nominee to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority withdrew his candidacy after sending a controversial e-mail in which he joked about contributors to a City Council candidate, a spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday.

On Tuesday, Tony Scudellari sent an e-mail making fun of 19 supporters of Nick Pacheco, who is running for City Council. In the e-mail, which was forwarded to The Times, Scudellari implied that one contributor who is married is gay. He also joked that another, Michael Gatto, had ties to the Mafia.
Kudos to Steve for his fine reporting. Amazing what happens when shady dealings meet the light of day!

56 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Really was great reporting by Steve Hymon. He seems like a great writer and a guy covering City Hall who GETS IT.

August 26, 2005 7:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well the past story did not make it so clear how dumb Scudellari's original e-mail did. I'm glad this one did, because there were actually like two people (friends of his) who tried to defend him on a newsgroup. They were like, "c'mon, we all make racist jokes."

Man, do they not get it!

August 26, 2005 7:27 AM  

Anonymous che said:

Yep, olvera street of all places needs someone who is culturally tolerant! they've all worked real hard lately to drag it back to respectibility.

August 26, 2005 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Pueblo has been a nightmare for years. Remember that scathing audit by Chick back in June 2004? Most of the board members serving now were there when all the problems occured. Tony S. should count his lucky stars he's not serving. The merchants get sweet-heart leases far below market.

And, yes, Huizar used to serve on El Pueblo. But, I'm not sure what his connection is to all this. Can someone explain?

August 26, 2005 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's connection is that the guy sending the offensive, bigoted email was one of Huizar's supporters. Huizar did the classy thing and removed his name from his web site as an endorser.

This was never about Huizar or Pacheco though, just a stupid e-mail.

BTW I'm pretty sure the current board has been going at it with the merchants - the merchants hate them! No sweetheart deals there!

August 26, 2005 7:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for Steve Hymon. His stories the last couple of weeks have been very good investigative reporting. Seems LA Times isn't afraid to print the truths a far cry from when Antonio was running for mayor and all we got were puff pieces on him.

August 26, 2005 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are lost. There have been sweet-heart and/or below market deals going on for years and many on the current board were there when these deals were handed out. Indeed, the guy who wrote the letter to the Council regarding Tony S. was there as well as a few others.

August 26, 2005 8:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scudellari is the worst type of political groupie. His "outing" of a Pacheco contributor was to suck up to the new mayor by doing this dirty deed to help Huizar.

The name Scudellari should always go hand in hand with political dirty tricks from now on!

August 26, 2005 8:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scudellari better hope none of these contributors have ties to the mafia, or else he will have a difficult time in his little PUEBLO>

August 26, 2005 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stop drooling

August 26, 2005 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Rocky stop some of the leases from going forward because he told Antonio that they would amount to a gift of public funds? And isn't Olvera Street Merchants a main source of funds for Antonio and Gloria Molina? From what I understand about the process, the commission has nothing to do with the leases, it is now in the hands of the mayor and city attorney. In defense of the merchants, who wouldn't want to have a multi- million dollar income restaurant while only paying several dollars per square foot?

August 26, 2005 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, only some of the leases.

August 26, 2005 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, the leases are handled by the Chief Leg. Analyst, City Clerk, City Attorney and Council.

August 26, 2005 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Olvera Stree recently had a 75th Anniversary "parade" that was funded by Gloria Molina's "discretionary" funds. It was in April - right before the Mayoral election. Featured prominently in this parade was Gloria and Antonio. Yet only half the merchants bothered to show up, why?

The "consultant" on this "parade" was Maria Ochoa Veloz, a long time Molina operative. Although county funds were used, does the city ethics commission have a right to investigate?

August 26, 2005 9:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And, the leases go to the El Pueblo Authority (i.e., board) first for approval and then those leases and the recommendation for approval are passed on to the Council.

August 26, 2005 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's website is painful to look at. And his "record" is still under construction....does he have a record?

August 26, 2005 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, but the LA Times sucks. Steve Hymon is a nice guy but he ain't no political reporter.

August 26, 2005 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's one of my favorite CDs, "Mob Hits" that you used for the opening. Check out Louis Prima's version of "Angelina" -- it's GREAT!

August 26, 2005 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the appropriate abbreviation for Scudellari IS actually, "SCUD" as in the outdated missile that often misfires and typically does as much harm to the user as the target?

August 26, 2005 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People seem very upset at what they believe is someone in Pacheco's camp for engaging in "character assasination" of one of AV's commission nominees who DID engage in "character assassination" of Pacheco and people who contributed to him.

See where I'm going with this, people?? It starts with a capital "H".

As far as it being "private" e-mail. There's no such thing in "politics" buddy boy, the moment that name went on the list of commission nominees, "private" went to hell. Dude should have known that.

August 26, 2005 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scud, you fizzled like the original scuds. A $750 donation to Antonio, just enough to get you access to humiliate him. Antonio, you should stick to your thousand dollar donors. At least if they embarrass you, Parke can still laugh all the way to the bank.

August 26, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm very happy Scudellari got what he had coming. I hope that's the last of the fool.

People who care enough about their community to contribute to candidates they believe in don't deserve such treatment.

I know Michael Gatto and the other fellow of note in this mess. Both of them are quality guys. You should all be so lucky to count guys like them among your friends.

Anyone who considers Scudellari a friend ought to seriously reconsider. One is judged by the company he keeps.

August 26, 2005 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:09

Is that caitpal "H" for Hypocrisy or Huizar?

August 26, 2005 11:14 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

I told Tony not to name that little scud-sucker to a commission, not even one of the artsy-fartsy throwaway commissions like El Pueblo. That's the kind of powerless commission L.A. mayors always stick their buddies with no real qualifications.

"Tony," I sez, "how do you expect to up the ante to get the bucks for the big "G" election if you give it away like this. This guy don't make enough to keep you in new neckties."

Besides, AV can shrug off the Eastside. Those lemmings would follow Antonio off a steep cliff if we told them there was a "meet 'n greet" with him at the bottom. Hell, they DID follow him off a cliff -- it was called "Antonio, the LOST COUNCIL YEARS" or, how to parlay a lie about starting new neighborhood watches and pushing brooms for TV cameras a couple Saturdays into a two year "job" running for mayor.

Nah, it's the big Westside money we really need. Keep naming those "beachfront" wannabees to the commissions -- they'll pay us back in diamonds, next race.

August 26, 2005 11:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Right on parque. Eastside Commissioner Sotelo gets promoted from El Pueblo to the Fire Commission for bringing in big bucks from her development company. The scud-sucking wanna-be hasn't got those connections. Sorry, Tony.

August 26, 2005 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DEVELOPMENT, did someone say DEVELOPMENT? I thought AV's supporters were all ANTI-development? That's what the "progressives" in the Northeast are ranting about in defense of Tony S. He was nailed "supposedly" because he was so "Anti" development!

What gives?

August 26, 2005 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This parque esqueleto has a lot of free time. It's easy to look like a big shot on a blog.

August 26, 2005 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scud-Sucker Tony wanted to make a point of developers backing Pacheco. Just like a scud, the email missed its target. Mayor Frank, how about posting the names of contributors to Jose Huizar's campaign (without the racial slurs and innuendos, of course) and see who the builders are really supporting?

August 26, 2005 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: Recent Attacks on Alex "Chilletas" Padilla

Villaraigosa camp. Don't be shocked...the Democratic Party is looking for the next Latino National Candidate for Hillary and Villaraigosa is eliminating competition. It gets tough, in politics there are really no friends or people you can trust.
And Yes I am in the KNOW!

August 26, 2005 12:39 PM  

Blogger NO_JUE_JOSE said:

LOTS of "developers" and DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES on Jose's contribution list, geez. Not the mention, 4 trillion attorneys. How many make their money off land use issues.

OH, and what's this "Eminent Domain" law firm specialists about. Coming right on top of that new decision by the SUPREMES, that really ought to be scaring some homeowners in CD14 to death.

Looks like everybody's concentrating on the wrong list, to find pay for play (or pay for pave?)

Remember, the Times reported Huizar got big bucks from school builders when he faked like he wanted another 4 years at LAUSD a few months ago.

August 26, 2005 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What did Huizar do with all of the Unopposed dinero in his last campaign for LAUSD position?

Bought property
Bought new car
Invested with AV in Downtown Developement
Got in with Mereuelo as silent partner..

Pretty good for someone who went to LAUSD don't you think?

August 26, 2005 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:26 -- you must be another one of those "challenged" LAUSD dropouts.

Sorry you can't multi-task, but don't begrudge those who can.

(Hey, I'm even typing this AND chewing gum!)

August 26, 2005 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony Mohammed, leader of Nation of Islam is one of Antonio's buddies who got arrested last nigh. John Mack new prez of police commission is now under fire.

L.A.'s New Police Commissioner Can't Be Trusted; Black Minister Calls for the Removal of John Mack as L.A. Police Commissioner

About 200 mostly Black and Hispanic activists led by members of the Nation of Islam interrupted the meeting, shouting "No justice, no peace." Rev. Peterson said: "Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a grave mistake by appointing John Mack as president of the L.A. Police Commission. Mack cares more about the rights of criminals than that of law-abiding citizens and police officers. The criminal element in this city now has a voice in setting LAPD policy."

Activists threatened civil unrest if Stephen Garcia—the officer who fired the shots that killed Devin Brown is not relieved of his duties. Mayor Villaraigosa sat and listened in the audience and reportedly did nothing to stop the chaos.

August 26, 2005 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The latest on the Hacopian exit from the Pacheco campaign.

The word is that it was Huizar's pollster John Fairbanks that negotiated Hacopians exit.

Fairbanks offered Hacopian an easy money gig on a future LAUSD bond race.

August 26, 2005 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAUSD needs bonds, because?? They now have to pay 2-3 times the original price for a High School in the Northeast, thanks for AV's mayoral campaign contributor, Murelo!

August 26, 2005 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:56 PM Can you prove this?

August 26, 2005 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since WHEN do posters on this blog ever PROVE anything... especially the moderators... especially Parker?

(PLEASE, not tell me about the damn handicapped parking -- like 4 million gridlocked, cranky, skeptical Angelenos CARE about one parking spot!)

August 26, 2005 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course 2:56 can prove it. He's just busy watching porn in his mother's basement right now.

August 26, 2005 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ditto 11:05

Mike's a stand up guy. One of the few political operatives that has been successful in the Eastside and Westside. I hear he is one of those L.A. Italians, with a little bit of Mexican in him, just like Garcetti. Since Mike lives in the 13th District he would be an excellent bridge builder in this city. What other city district better exemplifies a brdige between the east and west side of L.A. than the 13th. Brad Sherman was very lucky to have him as his district chief.

August 26, 2005 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Quote from MAV today from the education council meeting,

"I will take over the LAUSD school district very soon, but it's not going to be a top-down approach."

He also mentioned that he knew Romero's proposal was unconstitutional almost two months ago.

Lastly, he mentioned when school starts, he will be building consensus around the governance issue with parents and teachers, which current polls he was privy to show NO support for the mayor taking over. He will be visiting 16 schools on Sept. 6 and 16 more the next day. He's building consenus that the status quo will no longer be accepted. He also mentioned that he will not make his case for LAUSD takeover in the media, but rather in his meetings with parents and teachers. (Note, 3 UTLA folks were at the meeting and MAV clearly stated that "union folks [UTLA] are not going to be happy, but that's ok because even my wife disagrees with the idea that the mayor should be in charge of the school district."

August 26, 2005 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Something tells me Anon 4:17 pm was trying to spread a rumour. Gatto don't live in that Council District. Plus he's been approached by people who want to run post-Garcetti, but tells everyone that he thinks the best guy for the job is a fellow former DD (I think a guy who worked for Firebaw).

August 26, 2005 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No truth to what 2:56 posts.

August 26, 2005 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, well hell, since the "7:50" ANONYMOUS poster assures us that what the "2:56" ANONYMOUS poster says is all wrong -- it MUST be all wrong.

This has to have something to do with the higher number. 750 is higher than 256, so THAT's who be believe.

What was I thinking. . .

August 26, 2005 8:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, well this "anon" at whatever time pops in below my post here (8:52?) knows who slipped the mickey to Tony S.'s EL PUEBLO commission career -- something even The Scud Man has no idea about.

It's good to be anonymous sometimes. Now I'll just get to sit back and see is she/he/it behaves, or if the truth will actually, suddenly appear on this blog someday soon. You know who you are - because you played the OTHER side not too many months ago with the tricky little forwarded inside e-mails, and upset lots of folks on those Northeast hillsides with the leaks.

August 26, 2005 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You want to talk about the Mob and Olvera Street, you need to take a look at Vivien Bonzo. ANy reporteres on this blog who want to win a pulitzer in discovering corruption should take a close look at the relationship between Vivien, Antonio, sweetheart deals, the former general manager and the leases.

Olvera street is place full of mob like activity.

Does anyone question why only a few people get stands and only can pass to family members. the airport and other areas don't get treated this way.

you reporters dig and you will find gold.

August 26, 2005 11:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vivian Bonzo, another Mexican with an Italian name. Her restuarant is housed in L.A.'s oldest brick building, the Pelanconi House, yet another Italian name. For this gold mine the city only charges her a pittance of what other restuarants on city owned property pay. She's always threatened any opposition with the wrath of Gloria Molina. I wonder how much money she gave to Antonio?

August 27, 2005 12:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

a lot in front and behind the scenes. she uses her family's connection to the founder as her life long contract. if AV wants to reduce the defecit, he should open up to bid the stands on olvera street.

Merchants think they have it good, while the taxpayer in LA gets screwed.

August 27, 2005 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the scuds attack on contributers of pacheco was prompted by his hate for small homebuilders or as he calls them developers. I am one of those and next year i will build
3 homes in northeast. Gee thats a big developer . scud supports the interim control ordinance that his
Friend Ed Reyes created and Mayor Av endorsed and added many for properties .this Ico will stop progress and make it even more difficult for new homes to be built. More red tape and less taxes for the city . Less jobs for our poor minority community, less school fees for the lausd. less housing stock.. Who is really being screwd here ,this is what the ICO is really about . CD 14 and CD 1 have been having meetings with the local tree hugging wackos and have laid out plans to stop us
the small lot owners from being able to build on our land. if you want to see backroom deals check out our research on these sleazy
politions and thier hillside groups who are trying to kill the american dream with thier actions. to to www.wethepeoplespeak.com or
proh-la.com

August 27, 2005 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But it WASN'T PROH-LA that ratted The Scud-man out, and it WASN't Camp Pacheco.

It was one of the nearby "tree-huggers" -- ain't that sweet justice.

August 27, 2005 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hacopian Update.

I just heard the latest info on the Hacopian payoff for stabbing Nick Pacheco in the back. He was promised either a gig in AV's administartion, of if Jose wins to be hired as Huizar's Chief of Staff.

August 27, 2005 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It was one of scud-suckers friends who tipped off the LAT. There are those that think the scud sucking, kiss assing Tony is getting too big for his boots. And this "friend" came to scud-suckers defense on the northeast list.

August 27, 2005 8:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nope, you're wrong. The Scud-leaker didn't defend Tony on the Northeast list but I know who did!

They have a track record as a mole dating back to a previous NE blowup (that's not too much information -- they happen every six months).

August 28, 2005 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mr. scudsucker has offended and embarrassed the mayor in his first
50 days in office . Great going scudsucker tony. this man does not
deserve to be in any position of power especially in the glassel park land use committee . His judgements are already made and he is anti builder. how can anyone get a fair shake in glassel park with tony the dirty trickster on the committee. i say no to the ico and Tony must leave. I wonder if his employers Sony Television really know what kind of jerk he is. the cruelty and dirty tricks of outing a gay man for political gain. suck this tony scud.

August 28, 2005 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mr. scudsucker has offended and embarrassed the mayor in his first
50 days in office . Great going scudsucker tony. this man does not
deserve to be in any position of power especially in the glassel park land use committee . His judgements are already made and he is anti builder. how can anyone get a fair shake in glassel park with tony the dirty trickster on the committee. i say no to the ico and Tony must leave. I wonder if his employers Sony Television really know what kind of jerk he is. the cruelty and dirty tricks of outing a gay man for political gain. suck this tony scud.

August 28, 2005 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mole came to Tony's defense in a way. His initials are C.H.

August 28, 2005 6:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

whom ever this mole is ,thank god
he stepped forward and did the right thing and exposed this racist ,gay bigot Tony scudsucker
and his partner doug dawson from the glassel park nieborhood council. How dare he out a gay man for his political gain , being a gay man himself, He know the damage he can cause. But he wanted brownie points by bashing supporters of nick pacheco. , I dont give a dam who wins this elections . we just need to get rid of folks like Tony scudsucker and doug dawson in our nierborhood councils. He should resign from the council now.

August 28, 2005 10:14 PM  

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