Gloria Molina Screws Girls School?
You missed a good article this weekend on Ramona High School in East L.A. and the fight against MTA. The story in the LA Times highlights the plight of this girls only continuation school against the powerful MTA.
The real story behind this is Gloria Molina's vindictiveness. The original plans for the East L.A. Light Rail extension called for a stop at Lorena and 1st, the location of the El Mercadito, an East L.A. landmark with over 50,000 weekend visitors. The owner of this Mexican Mall supposedly is not an ally of Gloria, although the owner insists he never has had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Molina. But he got some help from Alatorre and Pacheco and in Gloria's eyes he is now the enemy.
She moved the MTA stop from this location, two blocks up to the Ramona School site. Her buddy Frank Villalobos of Barrio Planners got paid twice for drafting the plans for this line - first with the Mercado stop and then the $23 million dollar Ramona Stop addendum. Not bad for a simple trip to Kinko's. Oh and Ron Martinez, Gloria's husband, is on Villalobos' payroll.
Gloria had Sachi Hamai of the Health Department raid El Mercadito 40 times in 2003. Gloria has turned the L.A. County health inspectors into her own little gestapo. This while Community Health Foundation - a $40 million a year community/county clinic operation - was filing for bankruptcy protection. Oh yeah, Ron Martinez was also on this organization's payroll. El Mercado businesses had been able to organize serious opposition to the Ramona Plan - but the MTA board didn't care.
It's all there Mayor Sam, the original plans for this Light Rail extension, the contractors, the donors, Gloria's recent purchase of beach front property in Ventura County and the El Monte apartments, the list goes on and on.
This school needs help, where is Huizar?