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Thursday, January 26, 2006

What's up in District 1?

Ed P. Reyes has served on the Los Angeles City Council since April 2001. A native of Northeast Los Angeles, Reyes represents many of the neighborhoods he grew up in including Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park. Reyes was recently re-elected to serve a second Council term, capturing 75 percent of the votes.

Councilmember Reyes is vice-chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee and Chair of the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management committee. He also served as chair of the Metro Gold Line Authority.

Councilmember Reyes attended UCLA where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree from UCLA's Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Councilmember Ed P. Reyes lives in the northeast Los Angeles community of Mount Washington with his wife of nineteen years, Martha, and his four children Natalie, Eddie Jr., Adan and Angel.

So what's up in District 1?

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed is just keeping the seat warm. He's probably the most intellectually weak and non-visible councilperson in the city.

CD 1 (particularly Cypress Park) deserves someone more responsive.

January 26, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's probably the most intellectually weak... councilperson in the city.

NO FAIR, you waited until AV was mayor to say that!

January 26, 2006 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"He's probably the most intellectually weak..." Give me a break! Reyes has been a highly competent PLUM chair, agressive in terms of land use, IZ ordinance, LA River and outspoken in terms of reforming the City Planning Dept. Non-visible does not equate to intellectually weak.

January 26, 2006 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'll tell you what's up in CD1. Some knucklehead delinquent spray painted my cinderblock wall and it took five phone calls to 311 and a month to get it removed.

January 26, 2006 12:48 PM  

Anonymous noel park said:

Rubber dams in the River. I love it.

Do it!

January 26, 2006 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:48

Get off your ass a buy a gallon of paint. You could have covered it up three times in the time it took you to call 311, five times (and you waited a month?)

Moron.

January 26, 2006 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought it was dental dams?

Dam!

January 26, 2006 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey moron, I said cinderblock wall, i.e., NOT PAINTED. Refund my property tax money and I'll buy my stupid ass a sandblaster.

January 26, 2006 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Poor Ed he is the least respested CM. I don't know anyone who likes him. Name one thing he's done in his district that's been good? He doesn't get the turn outs at meetings in the community like others do and that's because people think Ed's boring.

Don't trust him. After Pacheco helped get him elected he turned on him. Another backstabbing idiot.

January 26, 2006 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 2:06

Get your STUPID ASS out of the way and I'LL paint out the damn grafitti.

You want the CITY to come and SANDBLAST tags on YOUR property, just because you pay some taxes.

Call 311 and ask someone to come fold your laundry, too.

January 26, 2006 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anonymous 9:11 AM said, "He's probably the most intellectually weak and non-visible councilperson in the city."

Hear, hear! I wonder if he bothered to research the history of the L.A. River (particularly prior to county voters approving a bond measure in the 1930's to dredge and pave the same) before throwing his support behind the L.A. River Revitalization movement? I think not.

The county voters got fed up with the river flooding the downtown area, as well as other locations within the county, causing major property damage as well as changing course (the river mouth used to be in Santa Monica Bay). I doubt he's thought of the financial impact of a disaster caused by taking out the concrete lining the river banks and riverbed... or maybe he has. After all, he won't have to pay for the resulting from property damage, the City will!

January 26, 2006 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

he's a very smart guy and he has a great vision for the district. he's just too nice a guy to make it happen.

January 26, 2006 8:16 PM  

Anonymous Who Cares?! said:

If Ed Reyes hadn't hooked up with Nick Pacheco, and the damned CCPOA, to take out former State Senator Richard Polanco - he'd still be a back bencher on someone's staff.

His term in office is a perfect example of what a nobody can do for a district - not much.

I don't agree with everything Polanco did, but he was (and is) the real deal. CD1 lost out big time.

January 26, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Who Cares?! said:

Here are two LA WEEKLY stories re: Ed Reyes.

First, what happened to Richard Polanco or "How Reyes Slimed His Way Into City Hall".

Second, an article to measure his achievements from, or "How Reyes Hasn't Really Done SH*T" or "How Completely F**ked The Planning Department Still Is".

January 26, 2006 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:34

Doesn't matter. LaBonge won that survey on this blog.

January 27, 2006 1:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Reyes is weak... it is his staff that staff carries him and makes him look good. Sure, the river is nice- part of it is CD 13 (Garcetti Territory) And who in their right mind would plant inedible corn as an art project or story-telling field, when that money could have been used for the homeless in the district... priorities??

January 27, 2006 6:38 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

1:46

Oh good, that means He'll be our next mayor after Villaraigosa goes for the Governor's seat.

January 27, 2006 8:07 AM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

I thought the Not A Cornfield project got its money from a private foundation. The project provided grading, water, an electrical hook-ups that were going to be installed anyway. In fact, I talked with the woman responsoble for the project, and what she said made it sound like a good deal that would only adda few months time onto the park's construction schedule.

I visited that place regularly for the past few months, and I ride by it on my bike on my way to downtown at least once a week.

It was a good idea, and a unique moment in this city's history. We meed more things like that : things that legitimatey blend art and public good.

How is Ed Reyes responsible for it? He had it fall in his lap!

January 27, 2006 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Heard he's running for Fabian's Assembly seat...

January 27, 2006 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard he's being re-called!

January 27, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He can run all he wants, but the rare circumstances that got him elected will likely not be around. He ought to count himself lucky he made it to the CC.

January 27, 2006 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard this.....
He's made a deal with Cedillo to succeed him in 2010 in the Senate, and good ol' One Bill Gil will run for City Council in CD1....

January 27, 2006 11:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This blog and most of the comments simply seem like a place for people people to bitch and take cheap shots. That being said, I do think that Ed has been a huge disappointment. Not only is he not visible nor a powerhouse on the Council, he's has no major accomplishments. Just look at his CD 1 newsletter vs. Garcetti's. Ed's reads more like a calendar of events while Garcetti's reads as projects that have been completed or will be completed.

Ed, please earn your money.

Highland Park Resident

January 28, 2006 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The biggest pussy in Latino politics. Then he hires the second biggest pussy to be his chief of staff. Ed wouldn't be anywhere if not for Nick Pacheco. Nick's campaign strategy for Ed, throw his ass in the closet and don't let him out until the victory party! Huizar should do the same with Monica. Remember, Ed was Mike Hernnadez' chief of staff when Mike got busted buying cocaine and with all that porno in his city hall office. Ed covered for him then Mike fired him when Ed announced he had Nick's support to run - I guess this is were he learned his backstabbing. Will Ed move from Mt Washington to Boyle Heights to run for Fabian's seat? Don't count on it - even his backers can't deny his serious limitations. He got in with only 7,000 votes! Fumio could have done a better job.

January 28, 2006 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree about Ed. The only redeeming quality about him is that he's married with kids (which is a rarity in politics) and may have an understanding about the intersection of public policy and families. Still, with Ed you never know because he's either stupid or not engaged.

January 28, 2006 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

he is an indiot.

January 28, 2006 7:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're an indiot too then. Or maybe you're just moroinic.

January 29, 2006 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You just don't like what you don't understand. Reyes has been responsible for a lot of completed projects in his district. Check out his website. Speak to his satisfied constituency who re-elected him with a 70% approval rating. Who else have you seen get that much support? He is very honest, modest and grounded by his family. That is what distinguishes him from the no-good losers he calls colleagues. And if you think he is intellectually challenged, you should try having a conversation with the man (human being) who does not speak to you like he is trying to sell you something or kiss your ass like the others. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the man and I think he has a very good chance of winning the assembly seat if he chooses to run.

AS FOR THE GRAFFITI JERK: If your property has been tagged, why don't you remove it yourself? After all, isn't it YOUR property?

January 29, 2006 10:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah the LA River-- I remember growing up in the West Valley (West of Mason/Sherman Way) where feeder sections to the LA river were behind the houses across the street from where I lived. Every summer, swarms of knats and misquitos took over the neighborhood, as well as frogs, which climbed the embankment, would end up all over the place. Cars would run over the frogs, and we used the dried, flattened ones as baseball bases when we played in the street. And the smell of algae in the summer, mmmm. Finally, it was paved in 1969, along with the old wood plank bridges being replaced. Great timing to bring all this back, with new viral deseases waiting to take over the city. Will we get the old rickety plank bridges over LA river segments when the knuckleheads rip up the concrete?

January 30, 2006 11:29 AM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

Random Replies to the above:

(1)It's funny how people moving into a wildlife area blame the animals for doing what they do.

Check out Coucil File 03-0850 on the City Clerk's web-page for more wildlife based fun.

(2)Do you think Ed Reyes, or anyone in their right mind, would want the L.A. River to to come back as the abused dump it was from the late 1800's on?

Trying to turn what the river is now, into something that does more than shunt poop, trash, and stormwater to the beach is as just and noble a cause as you can find.


(3)People who've read history books of the region take note that Los Angeles used to have a river that (though it flooded the city, and killed lots of people) was beautiful, and that served to support many different types of local wildlife. Biodiversity may just be a baseball base to you, but if you're trying to make money in the drug and materials research industry - those little critters can be a gold mine of information.

There are more uses for a body of water than a suburban playground or a toxic chute. Brute force has given us this one-use pipe. There is money to be made in working with the natural world rather than fighting against it. On the river, Reyes is right. Perhaps what needs to be done is too grand for one councilman, but the idea is sound.

January 30, 2006 6:49 PM  

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