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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Saturday Update

1. Quotation Du Jour:

"In 2002, then-Mayor James K. Hahn traveled to China with hopes of securing pandas for the zoo. Instead, the city was later given the right to lease golden monkeys."

--Steve Hymon, L.A. Times reporter, in his story about the next item.

2. Boondoggle Du Ju Jour:

How much do you think it should cost to tear down -- not build, mind you, but just tear down -- the elephant pen at the L.A. Zoo? Let's see, you'll need a backhoe or a bulldozer, and a truck to haul away debris, and a couple of guys with shovels and brooms.... Twenty grand? Thirty? Try $2.1 million!!! Steve Hymon reports that the City's Board of Public Works approved spending $2.1 million to tear it down.

Has anyone heard of competitive bidding? Better yet, I bet you could charge people for the right to tear it down. Animal rights activists would pay good money to blow up an elephant pen, I'm guessing.

3. Statistic Du Jour:

Glass-half-full version: 86% of LAUSD's seniors passed the exit exam. Glass-half-empty / Daily News version: 14% failed. The state-wide figures were 91% and 9%.

Hey, if a kid passes it in the 10th grade -- which is the first time you can take it -- shouldn't he get to graduate early or something? Let's provide some incentives here. Imagine how hard kids might study if they could get out of a year or three of high school. Plus, it might help with the crowding problem. Maybe "free tuition" at the City College for each year you finish early?

4. Speaking of Elephants and Monkeys:
The circus is coming to town. The real circus. Protests to follow.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

This just goes to show what a bunch of fucking idiots this city has. Isn't Cynthia Ruiz responsible for Public Works? It doesn't surprise me they would be this dumb because she doesn't have any brains. Why don't they go to the local Home Depot and hire 20 illegals and get it done for $500?

July 22, 2006 8:50 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Yeah, if we're going to have the burdens of illegal immigration, we should at least enjoy the benefits, as well.

July 22, 2006 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just read that the Miss Universe Pageant is coming to LA. OH NOOOOOOO That means our clown of a Mayor will be there embarrassing this city and himself drueling all over these women. He doesn't know how to behave like a grown mature man when it comes to women.

July 22, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe so but I bet he knows how to correctly spell drool.

July 22, 2006 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With his GPA I doubt it

July 22, 2006 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gotta love Steve Lopez's columns in LA Times.
And standing up to people is what I like about Bratton. We all know by now that Broadway Bill likes to run his mouth, which isn't a bad thing around here. Los Angeles is corrupt and content, and one reason for it is the unwritten code that calls for polite and cordial relations among local leaders. It's an old boys' network, you might say, with one guy covering for the next and expecting the same in return.
That's why I defended Bratton two years ago when, after a community uproar over the flashlight beating of a car thief, he called community activist Najee Ali "one of the biggest nitwits in Los Angeles." I didn't happen to agree, because I can name at least 100 bigger nitwits in Los Angeles. Actually, make that 200.
But I defend Bratton's right to speak up for himself and his department, whether the subject is nitwits, botched flashlight beatings or one-time drug users.
What's really offensive, by the way, is that five council members called for the Police Commission to investigate Bratton's "unprofessional" comments about people who don't know what the hell they're talking about. If anyone out there can think of a bigger waste of the commission's time, please let me know.

Police Commission should investigate John Mack on the committee to raise money for twice convicted felon Ludlow.

July 22, 2006 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

they already had a july 11 reception for miss universe. greuel and padilla were both at the ceremony.


July 22, 2006 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which five councilmembers asked for the Police Commission to review the conduct?

July 22, 2006 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much of 2.1 million will AV get
Cynthia Ruiz get
and down below the hell ho

July 22, 2006 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Feds will have a field day investigating 5 council whiners

July 22, 2006 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Although 2.1 million sounds incredible, I think you should at least look at the RFP before you blather.

There will be tons of concrete to knock out which will take a lot of workers, there will be a lot of stuff to haul away and that will cost a lot.

I like Cynthia. It's not her fault our city has STUPID policies, such as you must take the lowest bid. Who doesn't know that is a bad idea? Any consumer with half a brain. You'd think we would learn from ... oh I don't know.... say Tutor-Saliba.

July 22, 2006 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You're brilliant. I love that.

July 22, 2006 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 22, 2006 1:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 22, 2006 1:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Obviously China didn't trust the Los Angeles Zoo with the pandas. After all, look what they did with the elephants.

July 22, 2006 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Re Miss Universe. I thought the city council had a problem with hooters.

July 22, 2006 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Golden Monkey was Hahn; they promised him the Pandas, but when they sucked him into coming, they reneged, making a monkey out of him.

He should have packed up and left, but he pleaded with them and they LEASED him a couple of other monkeys.

Is it any wonder that Antonio trounced him?

I wonder how long it will take John Lewis to kill the monkeys, that is, IF we ever get them.

July 22, 2006 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on now.... Miss Universe contestants wear ONE piece bathing suits, not bikinis!! Besides, men watch it for the questions. Women watch it for the prom dresses.

We have skewed values in this city. I believe that for the second largest city in the US, we are one of the least progressive. In every area.

Miss Universe has been around longer than the Hooters chain, therefore it makes the safe council members feel it's more acceptable. And they weren't doing a fundraiser. So the council members were merely .. you know.. welcoming them to the city. (after all, there could be some revenue with all those pushy parents from around the world).

July 22, 2006 6:47 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Who needs Miss Universe? I am watching, at this very moment, "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance," a beauty pageant of plus-sized women. It is truly amazing. This follows the news story about a woman in a wheel chair trying out to be an L.A. Lakers cheerleader. Thank God I've had two margueritas.

July 22, 2006 7:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Derka Derka Walter

One margarita coming up.

July 22, 2006 8:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Hans Blix--Liar or Just REALLY Forgetful?

As Saddam's own Government documents are reviewed, we find that Iraq was working like little beavers on WMD's--including ricin.

From CMPC-2003-003766-HT.pdf

Ricin toxin is found in the bean of the castor plant. UNMOVIC inspections since December 2002 have verified that the bombed caster oil extraction plant at Fallujah III has been reconstructed on a larger scale.

Undeclared BW agents, there are a number of microorganisms and toxins that have been developed as BW agents by several countries, including Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Clostridium bottalinum toxin, Yersinia pestis (plague), Francisella tularensis (tularemia), Brucella species (Brucellosis) Coxiella burnetti (Q fever) and Variola major (smallpox). Drying of BW Agents, BW agents are produced by a process that usually results in a liquid product, for example bacteria in an aqueous suspension, or toxins in an aquesous or organic solution.

Note the portion in red above. Then note THIS:

Hans Blix never mentioned ricin or castor beans in his UN presentation on March 7, 2003. In fact, it never even mentions the word "violation" once.

Next time you hear that supercilious bloated gasbag Blix yapping about "no violations," and how he is on the side of the angels and ...and...and...it's all a Bushitler/Cheney conspiracy, throw something at the jackass.

HT: Captain'sQuarters

By the way, it seems that the CIA's observations of "trailers" dedicated to WMD production were also accurate, as mentioned in the linked post from CQ.

July 22, 2006 9:52 PM  

Anonymous Westchesterkids.org said:

>>Glass-half-full version: 86% of LAUSD's seniors passed the exit exam. Glass-half-empty / Daily News version: 14% failed. The state-wide figures were 91% and 9%.

Uhhh.. that's 86% of the Seniors that are LEFT to graduate.

Take a look at most of the HS's in Los Angeles and you will see a HUGE decline in enrollment from the Freshman class to the Senior class.

Westchester High School has a 9th grade enrollment with 1143 students. The Senior class..? only 331.

86% of 331? You do the math.

July 22, 2006 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope the East Side Director is Dora Garcia, all you have to do is give her a couple of drinks and then she is all over community members

July 22, 2006 9:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I see Antonio's hands all over this. This is going to be a big fight between Rocky and Antonio.

Olvera Street leases in question
Below-market deal's legality challenged.....
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo has raised serious legal and public safety concerns pending master lease agreement that gives Olvera Street merchants below-market rents, warning it might be an illegal gift of public funds.

Villaraigosa, who worked with merchants and city officials toward the master lease agreement, said he was surprised by Delgadillo's concerns because a representative of the city attorney was involved. Villaraigosa pledged to address the issues

July 22, 2006 10:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vignali senior
Jeffrey Anderson in the LA Weekly checks in on the father whose family name has figured prominently in two mayoral elections, and finds more questions looming about Horacio Vignali than about the son who was famously (or notoriously) pardoned at the request of Antonio Villaraigosa, Gloria Molina, Sheriff Lee Baca and Cardinal Roger Mahony, among others. Up in Minnesota, where young Carlos Vignali was tried and sent to federal prison, the cops on the case still talk about the Vignali family cocaine ring. The U.S. Attorney (now local judge) who prosecuted Carlos tells Anderson:

"We all felt the kid was a sacrificial lamb who was told to lie down and do his time, and that the family would take care of him when he got out. That punk kid was not the mastermind for kilos from South America. Our sense was that the father was well connected. But we could never tell who in Los Angeles was protecting him."
A senior federal judge there says prosecutors here, politicians and the media all gave Vignali a pass: "The whole thing stunk...It had money and corruption and fraud written all over it." Anderson's peg for the story is that, years after it was first reported that "the DEA long suspected Horacio Vignali was a major drug trafficker with ties to organized crime," he is still a big player in downtown L.A. real estate.

July 22, 2006 10:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That post on the Olvera Street leases is very interesting. For years the Olvera Street Merchants, led by long time Gloria Molina friend Vivian Bonzo, has been a gold mine for Molina fundraising. Isn't this the place that Gloria intends to place her $75 million dollar Latino museum, paid through her discretionary fund? How about a thread on this Mayor Sam.

July 22, 2006 10:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does Celine Cordero & Jimmy Blackman have to do with this thread?

All I know is this, Celine & Jennie partied hard with the guys and it is known in the privy circle.

July 22, 2006 10:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Celine Corder brainless pig had affair with Jimmy Blackman

July 22, 2006 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for doing what you do. Any window into the guts of city hall is a good idea.

As one who voted for succession, my worst fears are coming true. City "fathers" lobby for increased taxes, bond issues and spending other monies that we don't have while doing nothing to cut unnecesessary (eyes of the beholder, I guess) spending. We can't afford police but can afford $11 billion for a goofy airport plan? 80 years to fix a broken sidewalk?
Blowhard Bratton's publicity hack getting $150k per year and a city gun(?) to pretend to be a cop? The mayor is looking more like Alfred E Neuman every day. Gimmie a break!


July 22, 2006 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oldtimer is right. Tony Villar wishes he could be HUD Secretary, but he would never make it pass the vetting process.

July 22, 2006 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey SMITH, get your facts straight:
1. It's SECESSION...how many times do I have to tell you people who brag to me that you voted for the "succession"...it's "SECEDE" folks, NOT "SUCCEED" (hmmm..that's a bit of a pun, kinda sorta).
2. WE aren't paying the $11 billion, the AIRLINES are. (Although I'll admit that the passengers will ultimately pay the bill, but I presume you are complaining that the CITY is going to spend the $11 billion and that's where you're wrong)
3. Bratton, a HACK? If the mayor didn't have the stones to fire Parks, we wouldn't have the dramatic DROP in crime (don't give me the homicide stat, i already know about it and I'm talkin' about OVERALL DROP IN CRIME), not to mention the INCREASE IN POLICE MORALE. BRATTON is the one of the best thing's Hahn has done since he's been mayor.
4. Alfred E. Neuman? Not quite..Hahn's spent most of his administration focused on NEIGHBORHOODS and CUSTOMER SERVICE...I only wish his office would tell more people like you about it, 'cuz he clearly isn't getting the word out, but I can say that his office and the City has been more responsive to our communities then they have ever been in the more than two decades that my family and I have lived (AND WORKED) here.
5. Suffice to say, I'm one of the MANY lifelong residents (AND CITY EMPLOYEES) who is putting their support behind Mayor Hahn, a mayor who actually gives a damn about ALL of our neighborhoods and not just the whiney spoiled rich folks in the Valley, or San Pedro, or Hollywood or wherever you and your selfish, close-minded friends and neighbors live.

July 22, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

i love this, everytime someone thinks they have some dirt on villaraigosa they say something dumb like what was mentioned above. Well i don't know Antonio, so let's hear everything you have to tell me that the vetting process or the Reps would bring to him. In my opinion, AV would make for a wonderful HUD secretary, thank god however that he is going to be our next Mayor. And if anyone thinks they have their facts straight better becareful, Deputy Dog knows i know what i am talking about.

July 22, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEAT's serious folks, he served me up a nice portion of humble pie not too long ago and I had to eat every last bite...mmmmm MEATY!

July 22, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who are the Top 10 hottest City employees?

We just lost one: Mike Carey.

Do interns count as City employees?

Antonio Villaragosa and Tony Cardenas... Are they City employees?? Purrrrrrr......

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo...no question about it. And i dont think interns count.

Male: Brian Williams (by far!)
Female: Janelle Erickson

I concur, Janelle's a hottie!

Sylvia Saucedo.

Definitely Mike Carey and I'll have to go with Dwayne Healy as well.....

Jimmy Blackman and Alex Padilla...by far....Wow

Neighborhood Prosecutor Arturo Martinez (when he smiles)!!

July 22, 2006 10:19 PM  

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July 22, 2006 10:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oops...Is that Huggie fundraiser sort of like a floating craps game...Maybe, it's in the same vain as some Sacramento electeds have done...Since by the end of the session, many lobbyists are up to their eyeballs with fundraisers...A number of the members call it a no-show fundraiser, where instead of having to show up to another wine, cheese and crackers stand-up...They send each "attendee" a nice basket of wine, and all the fixings, so they can have their own event whenever and wherever they want to...
I guess this was really, just a goof 'cause knowing "Huggie Hertzberg" there's no way he'd miss the opportunity to pass around his famous "abrasos"!

July 22, 2006 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The way the council treats the public is incredibly disrespectful. The members rarely, if ever, pay attention to speakers during public comment.

The one exception I can remember is Jackie Goldberg. She ALWAYS listened, paid rapt attention, and would shoo away people who tried to talk to her during public comment.

chamber denizen

July 22, 2006 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As long time Council watcher, and former player...I always got the feeling that the only reason there was a Public Comment period at all, was because it was required by law! While much of the time was taken up by the gadflyes and other assorted noodniks, from time to time, John Q. Angelino really did show up to voice an opinion...
If the public really wanted make sure that the Council was spending more time listening, maybe as someone else suggested that the meetings be moved to the evening hours...and require that one out of every three Council meetings be held out in the community on a rotating basis...If Council members knew that the public was really watching, maybe they'd exhibit a bit more respect...Of course if they showed up for meetings on time, they wouldn't feel that they had to use the Public Comment period to catch up with staff, other Councilmembers, assorted players, on paperwork etc.


July 22, 2006 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Board of Supervisors isn't much better, although city councilmen in every other city can pretend to listen to complaints, or at least they're rifling through papers or skimming documents, which is slightly more understandable. Every other city seems to restrict staffers from coming over to talk. Of course, most city councillors in other cities don't even have their own staffers.


July 22, 2006 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It isn always like this in council chambers.

I know that ED Reyes And Eric Garcetti listen when I speak on an issue. But others have to be called to get their attention especially those in the districts the problems being addressed are actually occurring in.

I think one imprtant thing should be said to those coming to council chambers. Dont address the counci as a whole address your councilmember of which you are in and if they aren't listening , get thier attention. Usually they comply with listening ears.

Sometimes I wonder if they truly are listening or shining us on.


July 22, 2006 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What difference does it make when someone listens but their minds are already made up on an issue before they even walk into council chambers? If staff does their job right, the votes are counted before the item comes up for the official vote. Waiting until the council meeting to speak up is like hitting the breaks after you rear-end a car - too late.

July 22, 2006 10:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Council presents the appearance of not giving a hoot about speakers' concerns. Always has. Always will. Why? Because their minds are made up and don't wish to become confused by facts.

July 22, 2006 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a disgrace witnessing the behavior of adults who are paid with my tax dollars. Shameful! City council sure listens to us when they want our support on an issue. I say they should be fined for not paying attention.

How did their parents raise them to be so disrespectful and rude with absolutely no manners what so ever? I cringe especially when I see senior citizens in chambers because they are totally ignored when they go to the podium.

July 22, 2006 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I remember when some of the old guard on council like Gil Lindsay, Dave Cunningham and afew others walked around during public comment jiving around with each other and openly scratching themselves, or searching for gold in their nostrils. Incidently, on another matter - check on the deal on Mirta Ocana, formerly a staffer for Jackie Goldberg, who was broughtin on an exempt item in the Housing Department last year.

Subsequent to her appointment, her domestic partner Mercedes Marquez, formerly a Clinton appointee at HUD was appointed a General Manager of the controversy plagued LA Housing Department. As luck would have it Mirta's appointment is up on or about the 12th of October and Hahn's staff (on behalf of Marquez), are pushing through an emergency exempt Senior MA II slot for Mirta in the Personnel Committee tomorrow. The job which tops out at $105K a year comes at a time that the LAHD can't fill over a 100 vacancies of critically needed positions. To avoid any improprieties or potential conflict of interests - the slight of hand deal will be set up so that Mirta reports to the Mayor's Housing Deputy Mayor, but Mirta will actually have management and oversight for the beleaguered Rent Stabilization and Code Enforcement Sections. The openly gay latina sisters (Marquez and Ocana), will be combining a pretty hefty combined salaries to feather the nest in Silverlake. One would think that two supposedly progressive sisters would have avoided the potential appearance of impropriety.,..its stupid moves like these that denegrate the progress that minorities and especially the GLBT Community have struggled to overcome. Things don't change much when it comes to power and money. This will really cast a dark shadow over all of us.

July 22, 2006 10:32 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Good point, Westchester: attrition.
I wonder how the state figures compare, though. Do you know? I don't.

July 22, 2006 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5 City Council members who whined and signed letter to police commission Parks, Zine, Huizar, Perry and Cardenas. Garcetti wrote his own letter. I've never seen such bad publicity on city council members and all blogs blasting them time and again for their stupidity.

Hey, speaking of stupidity City Council WAIVED THE SPECIAL EVENT WAIVER for the Miss Universe Pagenant. With all the corporate sponsors we tax payers are footing that bill. This is why we need to get them out of office. DON'T RE-ELECT THE INCUMBENTS

July 23, 2006 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We need to get rid of these clowns. Will someone please tell that fat slob Patrick McGreevy of LA Times to get a life. He has nothing better to do but stir up shit. IF Bratton doesn't get reappointment all hell will break loose.

Twists in Bratton-Parks spat alter alliances and might affect the chief's bid for a second term.

July 23, 2006 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whoever keeps re-posting three year old crap from old blogs, quit wasting our time.

As for Dora Garcia, whether she's eastside coordinator or not, there are a bunch of guys drooling ("drueling" for you geniuses out there, like 9:13 a.m.) every time she walks by...

July 23, 2006 9:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love the Daily News
4 more years: PRICELESS
It could be called Los Angeles City Council members' "$1 million term."
...city council members with the boosts, they will be paid $163,373 a year - up 80 percent from just 13 years ago and far outpacing the region's cost of living.
...the perks that include a car of choice, free gas, a free cell phone and excellent health benefits....council members also have vast sums of public money to spend at their discretion - funds that allow them to look after key constituencies and fend off re-election challenges.
Key to that is the $1 million or so that each council member has for his or her staff and office expenses. Under the fiscal 2007 city budget, the council's overall allocation rose 8.6 percent to $22.7 million - or $1.5 million each....council members also have pots of money worth millions of dollars reserved for them scattered throughout the budget.
This year, members will see their individual slices of the "general city purposes" fund double to $100,000 for discretionary spending on constituent services and pet projects.
A trash recycling and transfer station in Huizar's district, for example, has accumulated $768,752 that Huizar can use - with council approval - for community services.
We probably work harder than any other council in the country," said Zine


July 23, 2006 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't figure out Huizar, Cardenas and Perry's motive for signing on that crazy letter. We all know Zine and Parks' of course.

What am I missing?

July 23, 2006 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:15 AM

What is the correlation between whether Dora Garcia turns the heads of men when she walks by and whether she does a good job?

I think that ugly woman who works for the CLA's office turns heads when she walks by although that could be those skin tight outfits she wears. Some men like those bulges under the bra straps look.

July 23, 2006 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Quick picking on Dora Garcia. Gossip on the floor is she's one of Antonio's women. How do you think she got that promotion?

Yup I went to a meeting in Northeast area and people were asking why the hell Jose Huizar signed that letter. What was he thinking? He obviously didn't know that 70% of his district voted for more cops and they love Bratton. Dumb dumb dumb move. Parks and Zine now labeled 'DUMB & DUMBER

July 23, 2006 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcetti sent his Bratton letter because he can count.

July 23, 2006 5:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A previous blogger wrote:

Councilmember Villaraigosa has done a great job according to a majority of his constituents. He has brought visibility to the challenges in his district.

Could you please respond to this post from a previous topic, it seems pretty harsh (and well documented).

Villaraigosa entered the council and told everyone he didn’t have money to support community projects because Pacheco took it all. He lied; he had around $800,000.00 in his political account -- “Friends of Villaraigosa 2006” -- and could have used it to support community groups.

State Fund Account Link:

Villaraigosa fails to move on the eminent domain of Moon Canyon and thus causes the Spring 2003 appraisal to be obsolete. His failure causes a requirement for a new appraisal and a higher price comes in for the property. Villaraigosa staffers lie to community members and he tries to blame Pacheco for not leaving any money or not enough money to complete project. The original allotment of $550,000.00 is well over the original appraised value of $400,000.00 for land. If he really cared he could use some of the amenities money he used for Para Los Ninos already.

Moon Canyon (adopted June 12, 2003) Item 40
CFI: 02-0600-S72: 2002-2003 YEAR-END BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS : City Administrative Officer 0116-00001-0000

It can’t be said enough about how Villaraigosa is simply using his seat for his own political ambition.

Boulevard Sentinel Article from Villaraigosa supporter disgusted with his broken promise:

Villaraigosa has been known to take credit for the work of others. It is rumored that he has told people that he got the traffic signal in front of the El Sereno Senior Center for the late Paul Salaz, past Honorary Mayor of El Sereno. DOT records indicate that this traffic signal was paid for and scheduled for placement 3 years before he entered into office.

Motion authorizing MOU between Cal Trans and DOT (adopted 4/19/00):
CFI: 00-0532 : EL SERENO-INTERIM TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS : Pacheco Mover 2000 / Svorinich, Jr.

Villaraigosa runs around telling people he opposes a local tax for cops, but when he had a chance to vote on it in Council he supported a local tax for cops.

Parks “Local Tax for Cops” Motion (Adopted 11/16/04) with Villaraigosa Vote.


Field Deputy Dora Garcia recently attended the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council claiming poverty on the part of the Council Office and requesting a $1,000.00 from the Neighborhood Council’s $50,000.00 annual allotment. Dora failed at the executive board but succeeded at the general membership meeting. The entire time this was transpiring the Councilmember was sitting on at least $226,000.00 dollars in an amenities fund for CD 14.

Board of public works letter of intent to purchase (BPW report dated 2/3/2003)
CFI: 03-0307 : 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 Station

Para los Ninos $50,000.00 (adopted 11/02/04)

This motion outlines the how the amenities trust fund came to exist.

July 23, 2006 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anybody find it somewhat disturbing that Mayor Villaraigosa has just appointed his "comadre", Cynthia Ruiz, back onto the Board of Public Works - but not only as a member, now as the President?

I will admit that her removal of Hahn was just a straight-out political move because of her ties to Villaraigosa, but this is completely hypocritical of what Villaraigsoa said he would do.

He criticized Hahn for appointing close friends and fundraisers to powerful positions. And now that he has the chance to clear up City Hall, he appoints someone who: 1) is related to him as his comadre, 2)was a campaign staff member from his Boyle Heights Campaign Office and 3) openly raised money for his campaign, to lead one of the most powerful commissions in the City???

This completely sends the wrong message that he really intends to clean up City Hall of special favors. Sure, she should have never been removed in the first place. But after the roll that she played in his campaign, it's questionable what role she should play within City Hall.

July 23, 2006 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's put the facts out there. Cynthia Ruiz is related to Villaraigosa's family. As a commissioner she used her position to attend community meetings and openly campaign for Villaraigosa on city time. She should have been removed. And if any of you think that Villaraigosa, Herztberg or Parks wouldn't put their own people around them if they were Mayor, you don't know politics. Why hasn't anyone said anything about Parks son being his Chief of Staff and has absolutely no experience? About his family being on the board of directors with the DARE program? Look it up!

July 23, 2006 10:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Out of all the requests that had been made to the Board of Public Works since Cynthia Ruiz(aka:cry baby)started, more than half have been accomplished by the New and Lovely Commissioner Yolanda Fuentes. I have to disagree that Cynthia Ruiz just rode in parades. I never had the chance to see her ride in the parades, but rather found that her lunch spot was at the Plum Tree in China town. I did however hear that Ms. Ruiz is now organizing for Antonio as she was spotted at the Democratic Club meeting.
Great Job Commissioner Fuentes!

July 23, 2006 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 23, 2006 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ADV was 21 and had known the mother of his first daughter for just six weeks before she became pregnant. He was 25 when his second daughter was born to another woman. "

You forgot about the girl that Tony got pregnant at 16. She was a naive, innocent Catholic School girl from Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tony got her to fall in love with him and then got her pregnant. This led to Tony's first stint as an organizer. He got all his friends together and they all claimed that they took turns on the girl - some organizing. The father went to court, the baby was given up for adoption and the family sold their business on Olvera Street and moved to Fresno. Just another in a long line of women's lives Tony has ruined. This could be chalked up to youthful indiscretioin if such activity stopped during his youth. But Tony is still behaving the same way, after nearly 35 years, nothing has changed.

July 23, 2006 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony political operative is sent by Parke Skelton to disrupt a Hahn press conference, and you ask for an apology? How stupid can you get?

But let's see who else wants an apology, this time from Tony:

-That girl from Sacred Heart that Tony got pregnant, she wants an apology for ruining her life and setting her family on the run to Fresno - you know one day that kid, must be about 33 now, will come looking for you.

-Maria Elena Durazo for not marrying her and passing her off to Miguel Contreras.

-June from the Venice Room, she still has that scar you gave her.

-Father John Morretta of Resurrection Parish, for flat out lying to him, maybe you can go to him for confession, you are, after all, a reformed Catholic!

-The Mothers of East L.A. for lying about them and destroying their scholarship program, have you given any schoalrships away?

-The residents of the 14th District not for lying to them but for your insistance that they released you from your promise.

-Your daughter Priscilla, for leaving that bruise that prompted a child abuse case to be filed against you.

-That guy from La Fonda, I'm sure he still has a scar from when you stabbed him.

-Your wife for, well, just being you.

-Martha Reyna for, well, just being you.

-Your son, Tonito, for all the times that you abandoned him at those South Pasadena baseball fields, how many times did he have to walk over to Jesus Quinonez' house waiting for you to pick him up while you were out there being a man!

-Bob Hertzberg, for either making a pass at him or setting him up with one of your sluts, and you wonder why Cynthia doesn't want him to endorse you.

-El Sereno residents for reviving the dead Long Beach Fwy extension and supporting the connector road.

-Parke Skelton and Steve Barkan, for not being honest with them and telling them about all those skeletons in your closet, you know more are coming - timing, timing, timing.

This list goes on and on.....

July 23, 2006 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nick, Eliseo and Rick, III:

Your constant Antonio bashing is really getting annoying.

Since you guys can't win an election to save your souls, is this what you are reduced to doing?

Have you ever thought of getting an honest job?

You guys need to get over it and go somewhere else where they don't know you and see if you can win an election there.

No one cares about all the shit you dish on Antonio.

Get a life.

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