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Monday, November 28, 2005

Weekend News Wrap Up

While you were off eating turkey, here are some of the stories we covered:
Skid Row Dumping Ground
Pacheco on LAUSD Takeover
LAUSD Prepares for War with Villaraigosa
Pat Morita, 73


Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a WEAK showing of protesters at LAX from EAA yesterday. Out of 8,000 members only 100 showed up. They didn't do any damage at all and their message got lost.

They need to do something really big to get the attention of the city and fight Antonio. Very disappointed in their so called protest.

November 28, 2005 7:53 AM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Can we expect a statement from Alex Padilla on his political ally being sued for anti-semitic actions in council?
San Fernando Lawsuit

November 28, 2005 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


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?

November 28, 2005 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


He's in the AV council-mode now.

All activity INSIDE the district ceases once you're elected.

November 28, 2005 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:07 am get a grip. Jose hasn't even started and you're already condeming him. You want to stay in negative mode go right ahead.

November 28, 2005 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for permission!

November 28, 2005 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's not that Jose Huizar hasn't started yet - it's what he didn't finish. Ruth Castro, a former Alhambra School Board member and Antonio and Huizar ally teaches at this school - do you think Tony, Jose or Gloria give a damn.

This is how policy is decided in East L.A. - all guided by brutal vindictiveness. Ever wonder why these people never advance.

November 28, 2005 10:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Two quick takes:

First, Nick Pacheco needs to review basic rules of grammar, especially the part about proper use of the comma, as in his improper use of the comma before and after Parke Skelton's name in the second sentence of his memo to Marlene Kantor. It's more than ironic that he sends a poorly written memo to the Board of Education on the subject of school reform...in fact it's quite telling!
Second, why does Ramona High School even exist? Why are taxpayers expected to pay for such non-academic training as cosmetology school when the private sector does a perfectly fine job providing the same training?

November 28, 2005 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this the best you can offer?

Your idea of addressing the points of the letter is to criticize a couple of out-of-place commas (so you say, there are a dozen schools of English grammar - pick one) in a letter about schools where high school graduates during Huizar's reign can't write a complete a sentence. And those are just the minority that do graduate.

Maybe Pacheco wasn't an English major when he completed work at top-notch universities? Maybe Antonio barely made it through as an undergrad? Maybe Huizar could barely complete a thought at CD14 debates without repeating the same catch-phrase twice and butchering the correct pronunciation of basic words.

Pacheco nailed some basic truths of recent campaigns. Slime is how AV will work. It's never failed him yet.

Does he have a better plan? No. Is he equipped in any way to fix anything? No. He's just pointing to the same problems that his boy Jose failed to address (now that Huizar is clear of the fire).

What's all that mean. I can go drag out LAUSD memos with typos.

Weak, weak, weak (and yes, that's not a complete sentence). Send me to LAUSD for a refresher, if you can find a teacher who does better.


November 28, 2005 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Dionne Blue said:

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November 28, 2005 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


And you've put your neck and reputation on the line for what elected position lately?

Mayor Sam's "Anonymous Poster of the Day"?

Sorry you lose! I've seen better on LAObserved (and Roderick doesn't even allow comments).

Bunch of gimpy little no-name, never-were's hanging out online trying to decide who the "has-beens" of local politics are. Sad and pitiful. "Losers" like Hahn and Pacheco earn more respect by trying to do the job than all you wannabes combined.

November 28, 2005 11:46 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Laborthug, I appreciate you talking about about anti-semitic charges against Hernandez and San Fernando. Have you read the filing?

In the same spirit, I hope you'll can the swastika icon. It doesn't do your online persona any good service.

November 28, 2005 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




November 28, 2005 1:25 PM  

Anonymous andre stasse said:

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November 28, 2005 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


That isn't an anonymous posting.

I nominate you for Moronymous Poster of the Day!

November 28, 2005 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 11:17

I guess you do not know what it is like living in the 14th with out a Councilman. Now more of the same!

November 28, 2005 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correction-- that was for 10:15 and 11:17 you are right on.

November 28, 2005 2:49 PM  

Blogger Laborthug said:

Your points are well-noted. I"ll see how it goes with the image, I'm not gonna pull the plug (yet).This is an issue that needs to be examined. This website broke the story of Alex Padilla's ardent support for Hernandez, perhaps it is time to revisit it as he prepares for his senate race? Padilla throws in thousands and thousands into a race to fund a certain candidate's agenda, and he expects a free pass?

At the time of the mayorsam story, this seemed insignificant...perhaps even petty. The Daily News story today briefly hinted at the parameters of the SF City lawsuit. I do know there is some serious allegations of vicious statements made by Hernandez.

If the city loses the lawsuit...Padilla pretty much funded a guy that dragged the city into budget crisis over anti-semitic behavior. Nice going Alex...what a way to winover the West Valley.

But hey, History has shown that Padilla & Acevedo (as consultants) will use race baiting whenever possible, even at the expense of their 'own people.'
(i.e. AV 2001). What would you expect from them.

November 28, 2005 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did any other valley neighborhood council members get the hit mailer against Padilla showing money he took from IBEW Local 18 Water & Power Def.?

It was quite a little package.

November 29, 2005 9:57 AM  

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