Update on the Pacheco Front
1) Yes, Eric Hacopian has left. However, they have Steve Afrait in his place. To quote Robert Urteaga's comment, "Steve Afriat brings a wealth of experience that will benefit Councilman Nick Pacheco and the campaign."
2) Rumors of a poll are bounding throughout the district. If true, why aren't the reults out there? Probably because someone isn't seeing the bounce they expected to see with a bunch of endorsements lately. Here's an e-mail from an anony-source regarding the poll:
-----Original Message-----3) In response to this post, we have received the following request from Team Pacheco asking that we post the complete thread on the e-mail conversation. Here goes...
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 7:43 PM
Subject: I just rec'd a survey call from McGuire Research re the CD14 Debate
I just received a survey call from McGuire Research re the CD14 Debate. At first the questions were innocuous. Mid-way through it became apparent that it was probably paid for by Huizar et, al. All questions related to Nick & Jose and/or AV. I continued responding because it was already apparent by my responses that I was unhappy with AV & supported NP over JH. If you want more details on the questions….please feel free to give me a call.
The caller sounded like he was black & didn’t know how to pronounce Villaraigosa, Huizar, etc. At the conclusion of what I thought was an anonymous survey, I was asked to confirm my ethnicity, age & name. So much for anonymity. Are you familiar with this survey company?
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Date: Aug 19, 2005 1:22 PM
Subject: FW: $1.34 Million Dollars in CD14's Wallet
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mayor Frank
It would be appropriate to correct Chief Parker. He seems to deal in half truths and lies. This is typical of his kind.
He doesn't live in CD14 and does not understand the issues or problems.
I know he does not care for Pacheco but at least be honorable and put the entire story out. He is supporting Huizar so I guess I am asking too much from him. He can't get over the past and is not ready to move forward.
This was all a public exchange over the NELA list.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 1:33 PM
Subject: Fwd: $1.34 Million Dollars in CD14's Wallet
--- In email@example.com, "Nick Pacheco"
(Warning: This is a long e-mail because of the included text of the
motions and Blackman's Text.)
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-
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
"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
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
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
"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:
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
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
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
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@y...
Thank you for your patience.
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SILVERLAKE BRANCH LIBRARY
Pacheco Mover 2003 / Garcetti
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
6-24-03 - This days Council session
6-24-03 - File to Calendar Clerk for placement on next available
7-8-03 - CONTINUED TO July 22, 2003
7-22-03 - Motion RECEIVED and FILED
7-29-03 - File in files
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CENTRAL LOS ANGELES RECYCLING AND TRANSFER STATION
Mayor / Board of Public Works
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
REFER TO COUNCIL FILE 95-0859
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
175769 (Adopted 2-3-04; Effective 3-11-04)
175949 (Adopted 4-23-04; Effective 6-14-04)
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> Response to Former Councilmember Pacheco's E-mail
[please click on the link below for Jimmy Blackman's original
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