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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Padilla's Love Affair with the City of San Fernando -- PART II

Back to the issue of these posts. Remember the suit is all about the liquor licenses. Remember who the high and mighty players were when the council took it's action. (Julie Ruelas and Jose Hernandez)

I've already touched base on Hernandez in Part I. How about Ruelas?

Alex Padilla paid for phonebanks for the campaign of Elvira Orozco, the mother of Julie Ruelas, who was trying to unseat Mayor Maribel De La Torre - —sister of Assemblymember Cindy Montanez. Julie Ruelas and co. stripped Maribel De La Torre of her mayorship immediately after the March elections despite De La Torre being the highest vote getter. If you can't defeat them, you strip them of power.

The new administration's first move under the the leadership of new Mayor Ruelas, was to deny citizens the autonomy to enjoy a drink, despite her very own daughter being a drunk! Here's some screen captures, which are all in the public domain (put their by the subject herself), Camielle Ruelas, Mayor Julie Ruelas' daughter.

We have also been shown over 20 photos of the Ruela's daughter drunk. They depict her posing with beers, chugging bottles, and laid out drunk in bed. We have additional blogs and postings where she talks about being drunk in front of her mom. There's no point in posting all of it. I think you get our point.

All of this happening in the very home of the people responsible for causing the city of San Fernando untold dollars for listening to Padilla's advice and screwing with the liquor license permits.

These councilmembers have no credibility what so ever. Here they are making a stand against drunk drivers and liquor licenses, and one of their own daughters is one!!!!!!

Stay tuned for Part III, the Acevedo/Padilla connection...
This one even involves other councilmembers...


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Going after someones kid? Have you no shame Mayor Frank? Oh wait, of course you don't. Your some anonablogger sitting in your plush council office, blogging away.

August 24, 2005 7:23 AM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

I admit I'm a drunk. I'm also not running around trying to ban you from drinking it! Big difference.

August 24, 2005 7:36 AM  

Anonymous another drunk said:

7:23 - I had the same first thought, but then I read the post and thought about it. The stuff here was posted by the kid herself on a MySpace-type 'community.' I've told our kid that this sort of thing is out in the open and can be used in any number of ways. Now I'll be able to show her -- especially since her friends do this exact same thing.

Tough as this is, I think the Mayor (who I'm not a fan of personally) is doing a lot of people a needed favor with this. Take it as a wake-up call, if you have teenage kids or relatives.

- another drunk

August 24, 2005 7:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well I can see why Julie Ruelas does not want more liquor establishments in SF because of the little drinker she has in her own house. Even so we aren't talking about Jose's liquor shop; we are talking about fine food restaurants in San Fernando that's gonna cost a little bit more than a 40oz and a brown bag. So Julie your all wrong on this one.

August 24, 2005 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Frank thanks for taking the time to look into this. I can't wait to hear about my friend (cough) James Acevedo in Part III

August 24, 2005 7:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is disgusting. There are plenty of things to go after Alex Padilla on that don't involve publicizing the immature rantings of an obviously troubled teenager. Shame on you.

I not sure who is worse, the people who administer this site or the people who blog on it.

August 24, 2005 8:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys are going to take some heat over this but please don't take it down.

August 24, 2005 8:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jeesh! This kid should really know better. She knows both politics and about the press. Several of her high school paper's articles are still online at my.highschooljournalism.org -- she wrote some serious stuff.

And she obviously knows about the blogosphere!

August 24, 2005 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Uh, last time I checked the daughter is a young adult, not a child.

Do gooder hypocrites like Ruelas deserve to be ridiculed as much as possible, even if it means pointing out their kid publicly blogs about being a drunk.

The Mayor did nothing wrong, in fact, he performed a service for the voters.

August 24, 2005 8:26 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

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August 24, 2005 8:50 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Oh Alex, what have you gotten yourself into? This is going to drag on.

August 24, 2005 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This story is bush-league and you know it, Mayor Frank. I support you most of the time, but this story stinks! No need to bring the daughter into this political conversation.

August 24, 2005 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dude, this is like the film "Traffic." Isn't that how it always is? The hypocrisy in policy and politics, way to go Alex!!

August 24, 2005 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The assessment of Padilla's love affair with the City of San Fernando merits discussion. His support for Hernandez comes at a time when he is trying to appeal to the hearts and minds of the residents in San Fernando for next year's senate race.

The connection among Padilla, Hernandez, and Ruelas appears to be somewhat skewed. Ruelas and Hernandez are the council's two most independent thinkers. They don't answer to Alarcon, Montanez, or Padilla, but to the residents of San Fernando.

I doubt any of you bloggers have been to the San Fernando city council meetings within the past few months, if not years. De la Torre (Cindy's sister) and Veres (Cindy's district director) aren't the most pleasant people to work with on the council. Their comments towards the majority council members are offensive and they have a habit of trying to discredit even the most respectable members of San Fernando community, particularly those who don't agree with them.

While I must agree that the council majority needs to reassess their liquor license policy to bring in quality restaurants to the city, Ruelas, Hernandez, and Martinez have worked arduously to provide their consistuents high-level services.

Maribel, Steve, and perhaps Montanez are simply angry that they don't have the power and influence they used to have.

And by the way, your segment on Part II has nothing to do with Padilla; it seems your intention is to discredit Ruelas, a community activist and educator who has devoted her life to quality of life issues in San Fernando.

August 24, 2005 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Cantina Row" mail? Paid by Alex? In part 1 they mention Alex paying for an independent expenditure that was anti-liquor/business, so it appears to the blog.

You're right i see NO CONNECTION.

August 24, 2005 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since the people can't drink in public, the next party is at Ruelas'!!!

August 24, 2005 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Cyberlady said:

Mayor Frank,

Didn't you guys put rules on posting last night? This entire blog is becoming an assault on personal vendettas. I don't know this person, but this was an all time low for you guys to do this. Regardless of what her mother is for or against. Remember leave family members out, one of you did say this before. If you begin a thread in this manner, you are welcoming an abundance of other personal attacks on sitting politicians son's, daughters, siblings, parents, marital affairs, and fabrications. I don't know what to think anymore about you guys.

August 24, 2005 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is reulas appointed to that education commission padilla and huizat created?

i heard she teaches "child development" LA Mission College?

obviously she's too busy to take care of her kids!

August 24, 2005 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Who Cares?! said:

Okay, okay, okay, so Alex Padilla paid for this lady Ruelas' mom to have some phone-banking. And Ruelas' daughter drinks alcohol and blogs about it.

Padilla and Ruelas both lobby to oppose the granting of liquor licenses.

But where is the big connection to Padilla? How do Ruelas and Padilla work together, and how does this story hurt Padilla?

This story is just, well, dirty laundry whose airing serves no one - and probably makes one young woman's life that much worse for, basically, doing nothing out of the ordinary (not to excuse underage drinking).

This girl is a real person, not a political junkie. Most of us in this field live an apparently buttoned down life, where we hide our indescretions zealously. Politics is a very conservative-image game, but this girl is not involved in that game. I think Mayor Frank has had one too many.

August 24, 2005 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Woah. Ace Smith can't even touch that kinda myspace research! Somebody hit a sore spot.

August 24, 2005 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This biggest homophobes are sometimes...gay. The biggest racists...sometimes have a fetish for people of color. This is very similar.

August 24, 2005 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ace Smith produces real research. You just receive it by email as gossip. There is a big difference!

August 24, 2005 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What? Mayor Frank is a drunk? He already told us that...no big news. I think he is gay too.

August 24, 2005 9:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a normal average 18 year old girl. What's the problem?

Wait-we have a staffer who was busted for cocaine use WHILE WORKING AT CITY HALL and we actually care about the 18 year old daughter of the mayor of San Fernando?

August 24, 2005 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the girl is blogging, then her words are no longer private and she is free to scrutinize.

August 24, 2005 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well if Mayor Frank is drunk maybe he wants to talk some more about the race in CD 14.

How about it Frank ????rip away.

Bombs away here comes Mayor Frank.

August 24, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah thats pretty bad, but it would be more unethical if that person was trying to eradicate the DRUG program? Don't you think.

August 24, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where are those 80 neighborhood watches?!???!?!?!??!

August 24, 2005 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To quote one of Mayor Sam's OWN posts just a few stories down:

"Attacking people who choose to participate in publicly run campaigns is fine -- as long as their participation is as the donor, candidate, or staff.

Anyone else who just volunteers or is an innocent family member - OFF LIMITS"

Looks like he broke his own rule. Dirty and despicable to attack someone's child.

August 24, 2005 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

August 24, 2005 10:59 AM:

This seems more like poor policy and hypocrisy, not an active campaign. If I was a citizen and I knew my city was getting sued for such hypocratic stances..I would want to know.

But I do aggree, It is kinda vicious.

August 24, 2005 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily post public information to MYSPACE.COM Journals, WebLogs, Message Boards, Classifieds or any other Public Forums that that information can be accessed by the public and can in turn be used by those people to send you unsolicited communications

- Tom @ myspace.com

August 24, 2005 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess this if for that Padilla knife sticking out of Pacheco's back. Can't say Alex doesn't deserve this, and there is much more. I told you CD14 knows much more about San Fernando than what Alex thinks.

August 24, 2005 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


August 24, 2005 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Even "Tom" from MYSPACE weighed in! (11:19). You guys are pretty hot this AM.

August 24, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MySpace sells for $580 million
Go Tom!

-folks at E-Bay.

August 24, 2005 11:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor has a problem with http://realperspective.blogspot.com . Blogsters have a right to censor but I am curious to hear the reasoning. Are links not allowed? Please inform.

August 24, 2005 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re: Message above - Real Perspective. Nevermind. Thanks.

August 24, 2005 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think this is a pretty irresponsible post.

First of all, one has to ask what reasonable expectation a 20 year-old posting on a myspace account has that her drunken rantings will be posted on a political site, even if she's the daughter of the mayor of a small city. Probably not much expectation, considering that her personal activities have essentially nothing to do with how the City in question is being run. And I think that there is a substantive difference between larger cities like LA and smaller ones like SF.

Secondly, I take real issue with the actual substantive argument of your post. Basically, you're saying that someone who writes instant messages and takes pictures when they're drunk are "drunks". I, for one, have a hard time drawing that inference. It sounds to me like she's someone who has a good time when she goes out and drinks, and then chooses to post those pictures on the internet, for their humor value, memory value, whatever. I think if she were a "drunk," i.e., a true alcoholic, she might not be so quick to post her drunken escapades. But in any event--I don't think there's enough evidence that you present to make the case that she's a "drunk." It's enough to say that she goes out to drink.

Third, you seem to be making the argument that if a public official has dependents who do something that runs counter to the principles behind actions that those public officials have taken in their official capacities, that public official has no authority to proscribe those actions because they can't control their dependents. This seems to me an utterly ridiculous statement. I think the world is full of parents who can't properly control their kids, especially young adults/late teens, and that it's crazy for us to say, "well, you can't stop your 20-year old from underage drinking, you have no authority to prohibit liquor licenses." I see only a very tenuous between the two, and a much clearer distinction. One is a person acting in a private capacity in their own private interest, and the other is a person acting in a public capacity for the public interest.

In the end, Mayor Frank, I think you've made a bad argument and unnecessarily hurt the family life of a couple people who didn't deserve it. Focus on what Padilla has done and Ruelas has done in her official capacity. This is one of the worst posts I've ever seen on this site.

August 24, 2005 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any news of Huizar ridding himself of his inept staff?

This Day Three calling on him to rid himself of the 4 stooges so that he can bring in folks who will help him, because he is the best candidate, but might have the crappiest staff.

August 24, 2005 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Julie Ruelas and Nathalie Rayes should hang out or join AA.

August 24, 2005 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Julie is funny. Naughty Nathalie is a MAV bashing whore. Don't confuse the two ... even if they both like the bottle.

August 24, 2005 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we lay off the personal attacks people?

August 24, 2005 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The kid is a blogger, its fair game.

Its like when GW Bush's kids get tanked in public and its all over the news.

Or Billy Carter.

August 24, 2005 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As a Hispanic businessowner for 24 years in San Fernando, I applaud Mayor Sam. We're tired of the ethnic politics and anti-business stance of the council. And there are many of us.

August 24, 2005 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is a pending lawsuit against the mother that involves of all things a vendetta.....and alcohol.

No litigation, no connection to drunken' actions.

August 24, 2005 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dr. H an 'independent' voice on the Council? I've heard San Fernando doesn't have taped council meetings because Dr. H falls asleep during them! (Can't blame him-if the chairs are anything like those they have in the LA City Council I couldn't understand not falling asleep)

August 24, 2005 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Using someone's kid by the way is disgusting. I also think if her kid is a alcoholic would that be a compelling story to tell the voters as to why she fears loosening San Fernando's in my view unwise alcohol restrictions?

August 24, 2005 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The whole council are jackasses.

August 24, 2005 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't wait for part III

August 24, 2005 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems like a decent council to me. It's better than all those corrupt Acevedo candidates. Julie needs to realize that San Fernando needs more restaurants, but not liquor stores. San Fernando is coming together real nice. Is someone to blame for that?

August 24, 2005 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IA Nathalie Rayes Latina?

August 24, 2005 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did anyone see the anti-Semitic hit pieces that Hernandez put out against Maribel de la Torre? I did. It called Sev Aszkenazy a "mongrel". (Sev is a big-ish San Fer developer who has done a lot to take the city away from its auto body shop look. He's suing the city now for the antics of the troika- Hernandez, Ruelas and Martinez). And I'm a real mongrel mutt, so I should know. Sev is no mutt. But Hernandez is a contra-dick-tory prick.

Meanwhile in those windy days of the city campaign, Hernandez was heard going off about Jews on his door-to-door walks canvassing (which lasted only a few minutes). So Hernandez is stoking an already existing anti-Semitism in San Fer.

Even the police chief in San Fer asked a Jewish woman to remove her menorah during the holidays when neighbors complained. Da chief had not thought about it enough or suspected the motives of the "neighbors." The troika did zilch.

Alex P thinks he can hang with scumballs and stay clean? As they say down south, "dime con quien vas, y te digo quien eres" which translates as "you are who you hang with".

re: drunk teens. All these sanctimonious pricks have the same double standard when it comes to their own demon spawn. Bush twins come to mind.

August 24, 2005 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hernandez, as well as Ruelas and Martinez, are not anti-Semetic. If you have any knowledge of San Fernando politics you would be aware that Hernandez, Martinez, and Ruelas are not opposed to quality restaurants selling alcohol. They are opposed to the location, which is located near the city's skatepark. The majority made it clear that if the restaurant was in the downtown area they would support the venue.

August 24, 2005 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

August 24, 2005 5:19 PM:

Somebody should post a pic. of that "park" you're talking about. Empty lot=Empty arguments.

August 24, 2005 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

that's heavy stuff there!!!!

August 24, 2005 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:19 sounds like a councilwoman or her husband...temporary skate park...big difference...but I won't expect you to know about land use laws...maybe you should let your city's attorneys guide you on this one...wait if they say the right thing (which you'll think is the wrong thing since it's not your viewpoint) you might fire them... forget it...sorry San Fernando looks like the city clown-cil just screwed you. What did your local paper call them the three stooges? no I think it was the gang of three...hahahaha

August 25, 2005 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You know this girl is an actual true blue friend of mine and I was disgusted and shocked that someone would go so low as to try to tarnish a girls reputation. And George Bush did cocaine, but no one seems to care about that.

I don't know when having a drink or two at a friends house considers you a drunk. Also, handing out liquor licenses is a bit more different than being in a friends house.

You are pathetic. You should be ashamed of yourself


August 26, 2005 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh yes, I am the "Haley" in that post. Thank you very much for taking the time to spy on me too you bastard. I can see why you're no longer the "mayor"

August 26, 2005 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

even the presidents daughter got drunk leave the children alone. Dont involve them with the nasty adult issues!!!!!

August 26, 2005 2:07 PM  

Anonymous JDG said:

You people act as if this is all this girl does. Just party and drink. You're only using this to your advantage. You don't really care who gets hurt as long as you get what you want. Yea, sure that's just an opinion of mine but is it really that far from the truth?
If it were true that this girl was a drunk, would she be attending a well known and acclaimed university? There's a big difference between a drunk and a drinker. I am a drinker. I drink occasionaly, usually at social gatherings. You know what I think though? If the mayor was my father/mother and you had pictures of me holding a drink, i'd suddenly be called a drunk. All for the pursuit of polical gain.
This is what's wrong with the political ring today. Alot of you just don't care who you step on, as long as they provide you with a step closer to your goal.

August 26, 2005 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys should get lifes! There's more important things to talk about! Geeez. Did you're parents raise you to be idiots or did they just single you out? Oh and by the way, you guys should get your facts straight, SHE'S NOT A DRUNK! I repeat SHE'S NOT A DRUNK! Grow up already! There's more to life than trying to bring a 18 year-old down who's actually doing something productive with her life! Karmas a bitch and sooner or later you'll be sorry.

August 26, 2005 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Frank, you are no respectable man. May this blog stand as testiment of the dirty, shamefull, and ruthless tactics of politics. Pointing fingers at someone you have never met, is reminescent of good old days of elementry school. Mayor Frank you are an asshole. Assholes feel like they need to shit on everything cause that's what assholes do. There's an old saying Southwest expression "Be careful of where you shit, cause there just maybe a rattle snack waiting for a piece of your ass.''

August 26, 2005 11:53 PM  

Blogger Mayor Frank said:

I love a fresh roasted "rattle snack" over an open camp fire.

August 27, 2005 7:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

no one gives a rat's ass about some 20-year old chick getting drunk and then posting about it on her myspace!

get back to the REAL politics.


August 30, 2005 7:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That bitch is a drunk. It's gonna get worse. Watch.

- Real Rock-A-Billy

PS: rumor has it her sister still a stripper?

August 31, 2005 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know that I'm FINALLY finding this blog a bit late, but there are some clarifications that need to be brought to light here.

There is an organization by the name of Pueblo y Salud in the city. If you happen to come across the website (http://www.pys.com) and look at the board of directors, lo and behold you will find Dr. Hernandez listed as a board member.

If you attend City Council meetings where new developments or licenses are being discussed, you will usually see a video camera set up by a member of PYS and a designated speaker with a pre-written speech in hand to either oppose or as permission to further review the effects of the proposal on the residents of San Fernando.

PYS has a tendency to put the blame for there being such a high rate of drunks in the Latino community on the individual themself, not on other varying factors such as the easy, cheap bars or liquor stores that irresponsibly sell alcohol, the over abundance of liquor advertisments around elementary schools, or the lack of drug prevention and alcohol education.

So ... put one and one together ... when the liquor license issue came up where do you think Dr. Hernandez stood on it? He doesn't trust Latinos around alcohol. Nevermind favoring a great, quality, upscale restaurant coming into the city limits for all residents to enjoy. He ASSUMES that we can't control ourselves and we will go bizzurk and get drunk. He was quoted saying that his family could not picture another liquor license coming into the city, and if it was to be approved, they would move to Studio City where there are less drunks (more liquor licenses, but less drunks).

Anyways, like it was already pointed out, there is a trio on the City Council. So obviously where ever one goes, the others shall follow.

I do agree that the Council member's personal lives should not be brought into city matters because it is neither the time nor the place. However, I do feel that they were elected to put the resident's best interests before anything else. PERSONAL AGENDAS HAVE NO PURPOSE IN CITY DEALINGS. With the same members sitting on the council for a second time, and two liquor licenses (one approved and one approved, revoked, and finally court ordered) granted for quality restaurants in the city, I can only hope that they can see that this IS what the city really needs.

-21 year old, responsible Mexican

March 19, 2007 6:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DRAMA! Who cares we are all tax payers. Anyone know about Maribel De la Torre having a sexual affair while still married! Yes with an ex- city co-worked much younger than her (public works) ...... and she was perhaps drunk? Right.....need-to-say more. should we post picture and tex -comments ......

November 21, 2007 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maribel de la torre NEWSFLASH!

Who the f'ing cares? Especially when you have your facts wrong.

Everyone knows she dated some ex-management type from public works 2 years AFTER she left her husband because he was physically abusive to her and her sons (there are police reports and he was arrested for stalking her after violating a restraining order).

Get me some real dirt on this woman.

Please don't come back and tell me she dated a sargeant from the police departmnet because everyone knows that too

..or that she went on a date with an LAFD Captain

..or a VP at a cable comglomerate

not news guy, she was already separted from her husband.

If someone has some good dirt let us know. We understand she is not running for city council in San Fernando and may launch a bid for LAUSD Korenstein's seat in March 2009.

January 05, 2008 7:21 AM  

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