Padilla's Love Affair with the City of San Fernando -- PART I
City of San Fernando Councilmembers Jose Hernandez, Julie Ruelas, and Nury Martinez are currently getting sued for actions and votes they took regarding a liquor license permit for Roadhouse Cafe. The San Fernando City Council had previously approved to give Roadhouse Cafe a liquor license (conditional use permit No. 2005-01), but the majority bloc then turned it over shortly after their local elections took place on March 8. An emergency vote was called, two days after they were re-elected, to bring the matter back to council. On March 21, the council followed through and overturned the permit. They probably figured they couldn't do this action pre-election, since the business sector/chamber of commerce would be up in arms and they would be labeled anti-business. Not a good campaign item, clearly.
The Padilla Factor:
Alex Padilla endorsed Jose Hernandez in his re-election effort. This was despite the fact that James Acevedo & Co. (Padilla's trusted campaign guns) tried to oust Hernandez in 2001. Jose Hernandez ran on a campaign to squash the opening of upscale restaurants which would obviously have wine/liquor available. He said he wanted to stop a "Cantina Row" from emerging in the city's redevelopment area.
Two hit pieces went out against Hernandez's opponents. One used the "cantina row" theme and the other was an attack on the 'powerful' sister of one of the candidates. Guess who paid for those independent expenditure mail pieces?
Padilla has his fingerprints all over those hit pieces -- He dumped $8,000 into a race that covers a city of almost 2 square miles. All this money came from developers like Mark Handel who give $500 to his officeholder account, but turned around and gave LARGE donations to other Padilla entities.
The city is now getting sued for $250,000 plus attorney fees, insurance, etc...driving up the price to almost a million.
So, besides not being able to provide CD 7 with basic necessities (i.e. sidewalks), Padilla feels he should interfere in the affairs of a small neighboring city which shines like a gem in comparison to Sylmar & Pacoima. To a small city that's a lot of cheese in comparison to the budget Padilla deals with. Padilla only got involved to increase his visibility in that city for his senate race, so he doesn't care about the outcome. Let them deal with their financial problems, right?
This one comes complete with some interesting screen shots...