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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Breaking News? Cindy Montanez first Prop R Casualty?

Prior to Prop R passing, those opposed to it said loudly that the measure "tricked" people into voting for two separate things (so-called ethics reform and a term limit extension for City Council) while wrapping the entire measure in an "ethical reform" package. They filed suit against the measure and we were expecting the appeals court ruling on that suit after the election,

It appears we were duped. Those that felt so strongly before the election that Prop R was "Not Proper" have changed their tune. "The voters have spoken" Jason Lyon wrote on his blog, "am I glad this is over."

We were counting on you Jason to have the same feelings about Prop R after the election as you did before, and not cut and run at the first sign of defeat.

The first casualty of Prop R may be Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez who is running for Alex Padilla's vacating seat in CD 7. Why does this affect Cindy? Because with the term limit extension formerly termed out and moved on Council Members may now run for office again.

Enter Richard Alarcon.

Alarcon, who won Cindy's vacated Assembly seat just over a week ago is rumored to be considering running for City Council. The nearly $180,000 a year salary may be too tempting for Alarcon to stay in the Assembly for 6 years. Besides, he would get to serve 6 years instead of 4 and get a free run at Mayor in the process.

If he doesn't mind throwing Cindy under the bus. Don't feel bad Cindy, there is a lot of that going around these days.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ruchard's attemt at returning to the Los Angeles City Council, after havig been elected to the Assembly just a few days ago, clearly indicates where his interest, his passion and his committement's are at. And they are not in the people or the community he has been elected to serve. If he decides to run, and takes his seat in the assembly, and for some reason is able to defeat Cindy Montanez, or even if he loses the city council race, then it is right for the people to Begine to pay him back with a recall election as soon as the March 07 elections are over...

We must not continue to allow self serving carreer politicians to run around running for office, winning and running for another one simply because it pays better. If pay is what is important to these people, then, let them go into the private sector and start their own consulting firms, or get a real job... But stop exploiting our political system...

November 16, 2006 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And this is a problem, because??

Why is one bumped off assemblymember running back to Point (L)"A" any better or worse than any other another?

Don't we have one of "those" already running the city (as a result of the FIRST "term limits" scam). You know the nationwide SCAM that promised that these limits would bring "new faces" into politics. (How "new" is Antonio?). Plus Wesson, plus ?? any day now?

Pfaaahhh. "Term limits" was the original BIG lie that NEEDED to be bumped off, and the "special interests" that threw US under the bus with it in the first place are called CAMPAIGN CLOWN-SULTANTS, getting richer and slimier by the day!

Jason Lyons is just a 2-time loser (Council files, and Prop R), who finally wised up and is not looking to be banished into that fold forever.

"If at first you don't succeed, quit. No use making a damned fool of yourself." -- W.C. Fields

November 16, 2006 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So Jason Lyon goes off half cocked and gets NC's to support no on prop R, screws the nc's on the council file issue because of his opposition to prop R then bails out the instant get rough?

and this guy wants to run for office?

November 16, 2006 3:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shocking Jason would say he's glad Eric Garcetti and Janice Hahn get to stay. Is he crazy? Its ok with him that the clowncil members LIED, WERE DECEITFUL, mislead voters, used special interest money for their campaign that Jason said on tv was hypocritical and now he changes his tune. Didn't something like over 200,000 people vote NO and that was with the truth? What kind of character do you have when you can blow like the wind so easily? Jason is going to get attacked for not standing his ground and being swayed so easily. You gotta wonder if Garcetti told him to do so.

November 16, 2006 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one likes Cindy anyways.

November 16, 2006 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



November 16, 2006 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, David Hernandez has picked up the reins. Let Jason and Jacobs go fly. David will end this travesty. And I am the first to encourage him. I personally will do anything I can to help him. How about the rest of you?

November 16, 2006 10:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jason Lyon is by far one of the most active, progressive neighborhood council members around. By all rights, he should run for office.

Excuse the hell out of him for knowing when and how to choose his battles. Should he ruin his excellent reputation amongst city officials by trying to carry on something that the voters passed? (regardless of how stupid the average voter was)

Jason, you didn't sell out. You knew when to fold. Big IMPORTANT difference.

Please run someday.

November 17, 2006 4:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the poster who wimply states that nobody likes Cindy Montanez. I'd like to see some proof of that Mr./Mrs. "I worked on Padilla's campaign".

I hope Felipe Fuentes doesn't start posting here. Nobody knows who he is right now. Ha Ha Ha Loser.

November 17, 2006 4:06 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

I think the read on Jason Lyon is a little bit off. He's not a politician and he doesn't want to run for office.

He found himself on the other side of the fence on a particular issue. Most people are completely relieved when elections are over, especially when they've been beaten by an opponent with exhausting organization and exhausting money and at-will media access.

Actually, immediately after an election loss is a pretty good time to disengage, because you feel exhausted. If there is actual political momentum against R, it will will be there in a month, in two.

Someday somebody with resources is going to look at all this LA political nitro that Council is carelessly leaving laying around and say, "Hey! we've got ourselves a really explosive situation here!"

November 17, 2006 6:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, a lot of us like Cindy and if Alarcon does this "money grab," then she can always go back and run for her own Assembly seat again and do a final term there.

She and Alarcon have been allies thus far, so running against each other would not seem like their first choice.

November 17, 2006 8:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"BOO, BOO, BOO"!!!!

I want to cry so bad for Mechista Cindy, If Cindy can't get a cushy Clowncil job, then maybe she can call up her old conrades Marcos and Minnie at the El Sereno Madrasa for a propaganda position.

November 17, 2006 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry - I'm not buying that Jason Lyon doesn't want to run for elected office beyond Neighborhood Council.

3:19 is right - Seems pretty obvious to me that he's trying to mend fences so he isn't snubbed by the political elites.

I guess "speaking truth to power" goes only so far if you have political ambitions of your own.

November 17, 2006 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Exploiting our political system??

Pleeease, you've got to be kidding me!

November 17, 2006 7:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jason Lyon may not be the only candidate to come out of the NC system for the 13th. Others are gearing up.

November 17, 2006 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Yawn, yawn, yawn.

November 18, 2006 3:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




November 18, 2006 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the hell do you mean nobody likes Cindy? She may have dropped out of college but she still comes across as a stronger leader than most of our pathetic city council. Some of us in Van Nuys would like to see her taking over in our town.

November 18, 2006 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some of us in the rest of Los Angeles would like to see Cindy on city council since we know she'll be on the right side of every issue before her.

Cindy is loved and I don't think you should ignore that. Some reader on this blog might hate her, but you ain't speaking for the rest of the city.

November 20, 2006 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm speaking for the rest of us that do not agree with her so called "leadership skills."

Some of us in the rest of Los Angeles would like to see Cindy on city council since we know she'll be on the right side of every issue before her.

Cindy is not loved and I don't think you should ignore that. Some reader on this blog might love her, but you ain't speaking for the rest of the city.

November 20, 2006 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Felipe, or Yolanda, how would you know what the residents of the city want? You've never paid attention before.

November 20, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why, oh why, do I subject myself to this cr-p? Does anyone really think Alarcon has a chance? He hasn't lived anywhere close to the San Fernando Valley since he divorced Corina 8 years ago. He's been in Sacramento and when he did come down he lived with Laura (his now-x). Who's the new girlfriend?

He wouldn't know the first thing about the needs of the district. I wonder if he plans to keep the mayor of San Fernando as his staffer? Would they both have to refrain on contracts between the two cities, like the one with LA City Fire contract?

If he get's elected which would be a miracle, can anyone answer the following:

How long will San Fernando and CD 7 be left without representation in the Assembly? (sucks, since the voters just approved infrastructure money and God only knows both cities desperately need it. I guess no one to lobby for us even though we just thought we elected someone to do that job for us)

How will AD 39 seat be replaced?

How much money will it cost tax payers to fill the seat?

Can Nunez just re-appoint Montanez?

I don't know much about politics except what I read or find out from my neighbor who happens to be related to all of you and turned me on to this blog, but Montanez seems to have it in the bag. Everybody out here loves her and there's yet to be a Latina elected to the Los Angeles city council. San Fernando has 3 right?

Her campaign should sell her on that simple fact. Go Cindy!

November 22, 2006 12:28 PM  

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