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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Open Thread for Wednesday

The city is eliminating palm trees in Los Angeles. What other items would you like to eliminate from LA?

97 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Take Mr. Dogg, please!

December 19, 2006 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get rid of the illegals!

December 20, 2006 6:09 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Me!

December 20, 2006 6:50 AM  

Blogger breakfastjack said:

Taco Bell! Carl's Jr.! McDonalds! Burger King!

December 20, 2006 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam, the martinis had the story on the palms trees three weeks ago:

http://www.martinirepublic.com/item/lapalmsbad/

But read the Nerd whenever you need to mop up some sloppy seconds.

December 20, 2006 6:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:58, read the Nerd story: he's FOR getting rid of palm trees.

Nerd = Josh Kamensky.

Has the La Antonia Times had the story on the phasing out of palsm yet? That link at martini goes to the NYTimes.

December 20, 2006 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg
Matt Dowd
Michael Hunt
Walter Moore

This blog

December 20, 2006 7:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio
Clowncil members

December 20, 2006 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Special Order 40

December 20, 2006 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gail Goldberg. Get rid of the whole planning department too.

Whoops. My mistake. We don't have one.

December 20, 2006 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's the buyer of the Los Angeles trees?

December 20, 2006 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hugo NCPresidente

December 20, 2006 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wendy Gruel, she's nasty!

December 20, 2006 8:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin Parra (Homer Simpson)
Jose Huizar (Gaylord "Mexican" Faulker)

December 20, 2006 8:47 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Good morning dum dums,

This story isn't about Martini Republic, CityNerd or even palm trees so who cares about that story.

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to mention Zuma or this blog. Not too long so that's good.

And Joe - thanks for volunteering its so gentlemanly of you but no thanks. We need you here to keep (LA)observing LA.

December 20, 2006 8:52 AM  

Anonymous Rickard Alaporky said:

CD 14

December 20, 2006 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok..Geesh, Golly, Shazam,

Get rid of Mayor ? Frank, Chief Parker. Still blog anonymously.

December 20, 2006 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Take Back AV and his Historic Terminal Fee Increase at LAX. AV couldn't get his Florida friends in LAX, so he get's revenge.

December 20, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joel Kotkin

""It's almost that Villaraigosa is more exciting as an idea......"

December 20, 2006 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"HIS POLLONESS" and the "CLOWNCIL"

December 20, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What????? Pathetic!!!!!!
"I guess Parke and Jose aren't taking Alvin too seriously. He's still listed as a Huizar supporter"
http://www.huizar4la.com/supporters.htm

December 20, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Scamandavian Skelton

December 20, 2006 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is pathetic

December 20, 2006 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cut & Paste Crew

December 20, 2006 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate the trash fee hike

December 20, 2006 9:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I second 9:18. Trash Fee Hike Gotta Go.

December 20, 2006 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boot Villaraigosa

"It is lamentable that there is a body of opinion in this chamber that the earnings of the people belong to the state, and people should be grateful for what we let them keep. I’ll never forget Mr. Villaraigosa’s comment last year when a radio interviewer asked him, will you give back some of the state’s surplus to the people? He said, “we do give it back to them when they spend it for them.”

December 20, 2006 9:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate any newly implemented tax increases by Mayor.

December 20, 2006 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

eliminate homophobics, hypocrites, yuppies, republicans, villaraigosa, parks, zine, zine, zine, zine, villaraigosa

December 20, 2006 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

#eliminate the exact source of the evil

# eliminate city council jobs

#eliminate LAUSD school board

#eliminate building the subway

#eliminate the use of sweatshop labor

#eliminate Villaraigosa culture

#eliminate the city's $245 million budget deficit

#eliminate blight and provide desperately needed jobs

# eliminate Soto and Cesar Chavez site

#eliminate Villaraigosa's lies

December 20, 2006 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate Prop R pronto. Thanks guys for fighting for us.

Eliminate the 5 incumbents who are running unopposed. Only in LA.

Eliminate Buidling & Safety
Channel 4...GREG NELSON: There was a tremendous rush to get that arena opened for the beginning of the Lakers and Kings season. So when we heard that the fire system wasn’t completely operable we understood how that could be possible.
PAUL MOYER: Remarkably, the Council findings got little attention. And now, six years later, we can report, based on the city’s own records, that a critical component of the fire protection system at Staples -- the smoke evacuation system -- has never been fully tested or proven.

Eliminate the illegals in this city. They treat police officers in certain areas as horribly as in Mexico.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Authorities say the alleged kingpin of one of Mexico's oldest and most notorious drug cartels ordered the murder of Tijuana's deputy police chief and the recent beheadings of three police officers.

December 20, 2006 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Elected officials, extension of term limits and elephants.

December 20, 2006 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:38 yes, eliminate Proposition R !

(and the $171,000+ city council salaries)

December 20, 2006 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate City Council Reps

Overpaid Incompetent rightous greedy m'fers. Especiall Day Care Gruel

December 20, 2006 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate the Special Waiver Wagon at City Hall. Heck it's not their private money, it's special favor money.

December 20, 2006 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get rid of Republicans with no balls or courage to fight for party.

RHINO Riordan
DHINO Villaraigosa

December 20, 2006 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ELIMINATE ALL GANG PROGRAMS. Where's the outrage over this article in laweekly.com Go after them Zuma like you did yesterday.


Marroquin a 18th Street gang member making a salary of $90,000 per year and director of LA Bridges' No Guns was shot by other gang members in November...L.A. Bridges director John Chavez extended No Guns’ contract an additional month, while he obsessed over whether the No Guns debacle would hurt the image of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

City Controller Laura Chick says she never investigated No Guns,
According to city officials, Marroquin and his wife and two kids were taking down taxpayer-funded salaries totaling more than $200,000 per year — almost half the L.A. Bridges grant.

2000 City Controller Rick Tuttle urged that the entire program be scrapped. It was little more than another after-school activities program, Tuttle said, that kept poor spending records and didn’t even bother counting the number of kids supposedly averted from gangs

By 2006, long after most of those council members were termed out of office, L.A. Bridges was reaping $14 million in taxpayer funds per year.

December 20, 2006 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate wasteful LAUSD school bond measures

December 20, 2006 10:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the smog
phony tony, nunez, cedillo, et al
the shitty clowncil
maywood

December 20, 2006 10:43 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

--Annual Mayor's Housing "Summit"
--Afforable Housing Boondoggles
--Plug Numbers on Skid Row
--Cafe Pinot

December 20, 2006 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tabloid, lazy LA Reporters
Lisa Sarno and DONE
Melrose Larry Green
Clowncil members and City staffers

December 20, 2006 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:17

L.A. Bridges is nothing more than a cash cow for politically connected individuals. Has gang violence decreased? Laura Chick would never investigate this because this program is run by associates of her politcal allies. She never investigates anyone that will embarrass her friends, but she sure will investigate anyone who challenges them - Jim Hahn, Nick Pacheco. Not too long ago, when Laura Chick was a councilMAN, Ron Martinez (Gloria Molina's husband) got a lucrative contract for Bridges - despite placing third among three in the bidding process. Mike Hernandez was able to get him this contract and the person that placed first - Dr. Moya from CSUN - was so discouraged that she folded up her company and vowed never to do business with the city again. And since were on the topic of slush funds - the city is building a brand spanking new building for L.A. Bridges in El Sereno - how million s of these dollars went into the hands of Huizaer/Villaraigosa supporters. Where are you Laura Chick?

December 20, 2006 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why hasn't Antonio said one word about LA Bridges or the wasted money on the gang programs?

Gotta love Ted Hayes and David Hernandez who slammed city council today going after freedom of speech and the idiotic Declaration of Los Angeles. They made strong points about illegals. You gotta watch tonight on Channel 35 that is if they don't edit the meeting.

December 20, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By 2006, long after most of those council members were termed out of office, L.A. Bridges was reaping $14 million in taxpayer funds per year.

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 20, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

huizar's building in boyle heights

December 20, 2006 11:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Broken Bridges
LA WEEKLY

http://www.laweekly.com/general/features/broken-bridges/15210/

December 20, 2006 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (waves and walks forward):

Today I greet you with apron on and feather duster in hand. The crew and I are in the throes of cleaning the Black Pearl from bow to stern. Well, all but for the bard who makes the follwoing observations of what do-away-with consequences we received this year:

On the 1st day of Xmas, the City gave to me, an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 2nd day of Xmas, the City gave to me, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 3rd day of Xmas, the City gave to me, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 4th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 5th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 6th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 7th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, Seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 8th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, eight evicted south Los Angeles farmers, seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 9th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, nine bogus reasons why the Mayor should take over the school district, eight evicted south Los Angeles farmers, seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 10th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, 10 special fee waivers, nine bogus reasons why the Mayor should take over the school district, eight evicted south Los Angeles farmers, seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 11th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, 11 lobbyists who aren't supposed to be in City Hall, 10 special fee waivers, nine bogus reasons why the Mayor should take over the school district, eight evicted south Los Angeles farmers, seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 12th day of Xmas, the City gave to me, 12 Clowncil and State Legislature living wage supporters who got arrested, 11 lobbyists who aren't supposed to be in City Hall, 10 special fee waivers, nine bogus reasons why the Mayor should take over the school district, eight evicted south Los Angeles farmers, seven clowncilmembers pondering, six striking EAA-ers, five cut and pasters! Four sexual harrassers, three stupid lawsuits, two nasty council races and an increase of the trash removal fee.

On the 13th day of Xmas, I had an epiphany. Take all of the above morons and let them deal with the D-O-G-G Z!!.

December 20, 2006 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Public thugs give guns to Marroquin's business. What do Marroquin & familia do with guns?

December 20, 2006 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Graffitti, there crews and the moms that drive them around.....

Those "Tattoo Expo" and "Disco Fever at the Florentine Gardens" signs and those outfits that put them up in the middle of the night...

The other 1 million pothole the Mayor hasn't got to yet.......

December 20, 2006 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get rid of Marroquin and his family

"But perhaps the most unsettling case, for a bunch calling themselves No Guns, involves Charleeda Marroquin, an admitted member of the Hawthorne Lil Watts gang who was appointed treasurer of No Guns by her father. Police arrested Charleeda in 2001 after she and fellow gang members admitted dumping the badly mutilated body of a young man — shot at close range in the head at No Guns’ offices — near her dad’s property in San Bernardino. The victim was found with his hands and genitals badly burned. Local authorities ruled the grisly incident an accidental suicide while the coroner ruled it a homicide. Charleeda was arrested for arson for the postdeath mutilation, but troubled Hawthorne police, pointing to Marroquin’s City Hall connections, say the San Bernardino District Attorney refused to prosecute her because it was “too political.”

December 20, 2006 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Patrick Smith?
Villaraigosa?

December 20, 2006 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Say What?

Marroquin,
In 2001, he ran a training program involved in the hiring of 900 gang members and felons to work construction jobs on the massive Playa Vista project.

CONTROVERSIAL PLAY VISTA? SAME PLAYA VISTA?

December 20, 2006 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Marroquin, Art. Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa Join To Support Feinstein's Stem Cell Bill

December 20, 2006 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma,
Art Marroquin related to other thug Marroquin?

December 20, 2006 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Marroquin duplicated no guns center in San Francisco. National vision.

December 20, 2006 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eliminate following -

11:53 PM
6:50 AM
6:52 AM
7:46 AM
8:58 AM

December 20, 2006 12:37 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Only 1998, but why does this look so very Stanford 1980?

Foundation Francisco Marroquin

December 20, 2006 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander,
wtf is Francisco Marroquin?

December 20, 2006 1:14 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Mailander, wtf is Francisco Marroquin?

A good subject change!

December 20, 2006 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get rid of Democrat stranglehold on city hall.

Get rid of unions.

Get rid of illegals.

Get rid of historical revisionists.

Set feral cats loose and get rid of the rats in downtown (four-footed ones).

Get rid of unlicensed vendors.

Get rid of panhandlers.

Get rid of drivers in cars playing their music in excess of legal decibel limits as described in L.A.M.C. (noise abatement), and start enforcing the same.

Get rid of the ability of council to vote themselves pay increases.

December 20, 2006 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:34 good luck! Au revoir! Move to Wisconsin or Kentucky.

December 20, 2006 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a fitting comment on Marroquin:

“These politicians are so desperate to find a former bad guy turned good guy,” Valdemar says, that the system was doomed to absurdity.

and on Antonio Villaraigosa:

These "white consultants" are so desperate to find a "Latino" former bad guy turned good guy that the system was doomed to absurdity.

December 20, 2006 2:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph Mailander

Don't bother with subject changes. Marroquin is a dangerous thread on it's own.

December 20, 2006 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lane Kiffin, Offensive Coordinator for USC.

December 20, 2006 3:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mai Inlglesh Tietcher.

December 20, 2006 4:08 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

2:38, thanks for the input. Unlike some other scribes around here, who are talking some profound shit about Marroquin when they wouldn't about Affordable Housing, I would love to interview Marroquin, and I would bring some respect to the interview. I would bring as much as I would, say, to interviewing Jose Huizar.

So, do you think the Jill Stewart Weakly doesn't have it's own agenda?

Funny, a few of us in town are self-proclaimed "tax-averse liberals" and proud of it. To us, trash like the Affordable Housing Bond needs far more scrutiny that Antonio and his boys are willing to extend to it. And yet the Weakly doesn't give a shit about the Affordable Housing Bond billion dollar boondoggle, but gives a big cover story to a guy walking bridges in the toughest part of town, where mere millions are exchanged. You think that's heroic journalism? Get. A. Clue.

December 20, 2006 4:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Captain, just thought you might want to know there were several people walking around the halls down here on the 4th floor (and other places) today singing about council members pondering and stupid lawsuits. Was that you guys?

Just curious.

December 20, 2006 4:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup. Yup. Yup. That was Good Ol' Captain Kirk.

December 20, 2006 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Certainly would be a pleasant relief if Zuma Dogg were to just disappear, to take his outsized ego and go back to wherever, anywhere....

December 20, 2006 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAFD deputy chief Andy Fox should have been fired years ago. Now it looks like he's accused of forging names and altering discipline reports without the authorization of staff who wrote the initial reports!

MAYOR - your not finished cleaning up your fire department! Get rid of Bamattre's cronies! NOW!

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-fire20dec20,1,5147813,full.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california

December 20, 2006 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Laura Chick N Shit on the LA Bridges corruption? Does she only come out when there's a lawsuit pending? She should do her job.

Eliminate Laura Chick N Shit
Eliminate Rocky Delgadillo

December 20, 2006 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chick is waiting for that meeting with Parke and Antonio before she does anything. Just like that meeting where she leaked the Hahn memos to Skelton. Once again Parke, power corrupts and absoltue power corrupts absolutely.

December 20, 2006 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:38, I've no patience for latecomers!

Signed, 1:34

December 20, 2006 6:00 PM  

Anonymous wildcat said:

GET RID OF USC

December 20, 2006 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get Rid of Ed sissyboy Reyes!

December 20, 2006 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get Rid of Dinos Hamburgers in Lincoln Heights!The food stinks like medicine!

December 20, 2006 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

political correctness and the LA Times

December 20, 2006 8:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton and Steve Barkin

December 20, 2006 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Matt Dowd said:

sylvia lynn hawkins lol

December 20, 2006 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Capt. Jack

SIMPLY A CLASSIC POST!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

"RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14"

December 20, 2006 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GET RID OF THE WHOLE FRICKEN LA TIMES NEWSTAFF,IF YOU CAN CALL THOSE AV CHEERLEADERS A NEWSTAFF.

GET RID OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS THEY ARE JUST A BUNCH OF WANABEES ANYWAY. THEY REPRESENT THE AVERAGE CITIZEN ABOUT AS WELL AS THE CLOWNCIL DOES. MOST NCS PROBALBY DO A WORSE JOB.

HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY BEEN TO THESE MEETINGS? TALK ABOUT DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. THEY ARE AS BAD AS THE CLOWNCIL.

SOME OF THESE BOZOS ACTUALLY REFER TO THEMSELVES AS HONORARY MAYORS OF WOODLAND HILLS, EAST HOLLYWOOD, ETC.

WHO DIED AND MADE THEM KING OR QUEEN?

I HOPE THEY ARE AUDITED AND FOUND TO BE OBSOLETE.

IF WE WANT A BETTER IDEA, WE NEED TO LOOK AT A BOROUGH SYSTEM THAT DILUTES THE CLOWNCILS FIEFDOMS AND ACTUALLY WILL REPRESENT THE AVERAGE CITIZEN.

December 20, 2006 11:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt Dowd. Deport that limey illegal alien.

December 20, 2006 11:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilman John deleting posts. I'll post in open thread. How long will it take CJ to shake in his pants and pee while pressing delet button.



NEW FACES, SAME OLD STORY.
The recent stories here and elsewhere about Hector Marroquin are a classic example of history repeating itself and our political leaders' inability, or maybe refusal, to learn from previous mistakes.

Let's take the wayback machine to the year 1977. Then, as now, politicians were flush with cash and were looking for "novel" and "innovative" ways to curb gangsterism and drug addiction. And there was no shortage of groups lining up for government money.

Then, as now, politicians were making alliances with people with very dubious histories. Los Angeles had groups like LUCHA (League of United Citizens to Help Addicts), SPAN (Special Program for Alcholism and Narcotics), CCC (Community Concern Corporation) and the Get Going Project. All these programs had one thing in common. They were all being run by "reformed" criminals. The most notorious of these was Get Going located on 127 South Utah Street in Boyle Heights, just a few blocks from Hollenbeck station. Get Going was founded by Michael Delia, a convicted bank robber and associate of Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno and Jimmy Coppola, both Cosa Nostra operators. Delia was also an associate of several high ranking brothers. Get Going's most visible and vocal supporter was State Senator Alex P. Garcia. Garcia ran interference for Delia and greased the rails to get Delia government funding.

Michael Delia had another ally, Ellen Levitt who would eventually marry him and change her name to Delia. Ellen Delia was a brilliant writer of grant proposals. One person who hired her said that when, "she walked in the door, the money would follow."

Get Going was nothing more than a front to rob the government. And the house on Utah Street was nothing more than a heroin distribution center for the Mexican Mafia. When people in the neighborhood complained to the police and Garcia that the "patients" at Get Going we shooting up right on the sidewalk, breaking into apartments and threatening anybody that complained, Garcia told the citizens of Boyle Heights that Get Going was there to stay "whether you like it or not."

When Ellen Delia eventually realized that the project she helped fund was thoroughly corrupted and infiltrated by the Eme, her husband conspired to have Alfie Sosa kill her. Ironically, the car that drove her to that drainage ditch on Elkhorn Boulevard in Sacramento was bought and paid for by a government grant. She helped finance her own killing with the help of idiot politicians. Her killing, and a number of other murders connected to Michael Delia and his associates, eventually prompted City Councilman Art Snyder to pull the funding on Get Going and every other program that had questionable directors and missing funds. Of course, Snyder got the usual death threats and the usual invectives about not caring for poor and drug addicted people. According to the estimates at the time, Los Angeles wasted roughly $48 million on these programs. Most of that money just vaporized.

Then, as now, the politicians had ample warnings from law enforcement that all these programs had been infiltrated. Then, as now, the politicians ignored the warnings. Then, as now, the programs ran with almost no supervision or oversight. Then, as now, the program directors put family members on the payroll which is contrary to the directives of the program charter. Then, as now, the politicians looked the other way. Then, as now, the programs never needed to show verifiable proof that the programs were working.

Has the current crop of bonehead pols ever read any of this? Is there no corporate memory?

The concept of turning over drug programs, or gang intervention programs to ex offenders without the slightest level of supervision is criminally negligent. This is worse than pounding money down rat holes. This is handing your tax money to criminal enterprises. And even worse, or course, is that the people who genuinely need and want help get nothing.

Source: http://www.inthehat.blogspot.com/

December 21, 2006 2:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened?

In 1996, Villaraigosa made the mistake of seeking a presidential pardon from President Clinton for convicted cocaine dealer Carlos Vignali. Villaraigosa wrote that Vignali had "no prior record" -- which wasn't true. He argued that Vignali, whose family had contributed some $6,000 to his campaigns -- was the victim of guilt by association.

Villaraigosa's letter became news. Villaraigosa made it worse when he denied writing Clinton -- until a copy of the letter surfaced.

December 21, 2006 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Questions arise over LMU professor's roles
Mayor's race leaves Westchester resident fielding challenges centering on the high-profile clients of his lobbying firm.
By David Zahniser
Copley News Service

Loyola Marymount University associate professor Fernando Guerra just finished a frenetic season as a Los Angeles political pundit, offering his views on television, on radio and in print on the historic election that swept Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa into office.

But the mayor's race also left the Westchester resident fielding a new set of questions, many of them centering on the high-profile clients of his lobbying firm.

Guerra & Associates represents Richard Meruelo, a real estate developer whose family poured more than $220,000 into Villaraigosa's candidacy. Meruelo hired Guerra to lobby the council -- and Villaraigosa's office in particular -- on land-use issues before and during the campaign, according to reports filed with the Ethics Commission.

December 21, 2006 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Questions Arise Over LMU Professor's Roles
Loyola Marymount University associate professor Fernando Guerra just finished a season as an L.A. political pundit, offering views on the election that put Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa in office – but the mayor's race also left him fielding questions about the clients of his lobbying firm, Copley News Service reported. Guerra & Associates represents Richard Meruelo, whose family poured $220,000 into Villaraigosa's candidacy. While Guerra the political science professor analyzed the mayoral candidates, Guerra the lobbyist earned $71,500 in the first three months of 2005 by lobbying Villaraigosa, his council colleagues and city agencies overseen by Mayor James Hahn. Those dual roles have spurred questions at City Hall about where his loyalties lie

December 21, 2006 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANTONIOS MIAMI FRIEND?

For three years a task force of police and federal agents investigated whether the prime contractor of the airport's food and beverage concession used minority-owned front companies to channel money to political friends of then-Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas and county commissioners.

December 21, 2006 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hailing from the Boyle Heights Big Hazard Gang, Robot Salas is another legend of the criminal fraternity with a long history of violence and mayhem behind bars.

Salas served as the ostensible head of La Eme within the California correctional system during the mid 70s after Joe Morgan was paroled and for a short time moved to Utah. During his time calling the shots for the carnales, Salas garnered mainstream media attention when his name was mentioned in connection with the brutal murder of 4 associates of the Mexican mafia including the wife of fellow Eme member Michael Delia who was found shot to death outside of Sacarmento California where she was going to provide information on the expansion of La Eme beyond prison walls. Mrs. Delia was going to tell how the Mexican mafia was infiltrating community based organizations with paroled soldiers and laundering money from drugs and robberies

December 21, 2006 2:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

January 15, 1977
Robert Lewis special assistant to Senator Alex P. Garcia (D-Los Angeles) is gunned down by Eme members. Lewis was tied in with Michael Delia's Project Get Going.

February 1, 1977
Eme member Gibert Roybal is shot to death in his Fresno home by Alfred "Alfie" Sosa, Daniel "Choco" Montellano and Manuel Torres after announcing his plans to defect from the gang. The hit was ordered by Robert "Robot" Salas.

February 20, 1977
Eme godfather Robert "Robot" Salas, Alfred "Alfie" Sosa and Armando Varela are arrested in Monterey Park and charged with possession of a concealed weapon. Sosa and Salas are released on bail but Varela remains in custody and begins co-operating in the investigation of the murder of Ellen Delia resulting in the re-arrest and filing of murder charges against Salas for the murders of Gilbert Roybal and Delia. Eddie "The Sailor" Gonzales has also provided information in 9 Eme murders

March 26, 1977
Alfred "Alfie" Sosa is arrested and charged with the murders of Ellen Delia and Gilbert Roybal. Sosa was apprehended in Tiajuana, Mexico.

October 14,1984
Alfred Arthur Sandoval [Arizona Maravilla] shoots and kills Gilbert Martinez and Anthony Aceves [Mariana Maravilla] a third victm "Manuel Torres survives the attack.

October 31,1984
Ray and Marlene Wells are shot excecution style in their home in Belvedere Park. Alfred Arthur Sandoval [Arizona Maravilla] is charged in these murders

December 21, 2006 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1992
Deputy Edward Roman is stabbed in the Los Angeles county jail by a suspected Eme member armed with the sharpened end of a broom handle. Deputies find a 4-inch metal shank hidden in the rectum of Eme associate Eulalio Martinez. Martinez is later killed for failing to carry out attacks against deputies at the county jail.

February 1992
American Me a film about Mexican Mafia icons Joe Morgan and Rudy Cadena is released starring and directed by Edward James Olmos. The film offends Morgan and a contract is issued to eliminate Olmos and Eme members who served as advisors on the project.
March 1992
Charles "Charlie Brown" Manriquez a 53 year old Eme veterano is gunned down while walking through Ramona Gardens. Manriquez had served as an advisor to Olmos during the filming of American Me, authorities recovered an American Me business card from one of his pockets.

May 13, 1992
Ana Lizarraga a Ramona Gardens gang counselor and consultant on the film American Me is gunned down by Jose "Joker" Gilbert Gonzales [Big Hazard] a 29 year old parolee "out less than a month," was apprehended fleeing the scene of the crime.

April 1995
A.-Eme Godfather Benjamin "Topo" Peters ends the conflict between Gallardo and Big Hazard arranging a peace agreement which led to Gallardo's removal of the Green light on Big Hazard in appreciation for Joker Gonzalez's murder of Anna Lizarraga. Rascal Gonzalez was Joker's brother.

B.-Assisted by Ernest "Chuco" Castro, 12 Eme members are arrested at the La Mirada Holiday Inn.

September 21, 1995
Vincent Castro Caldera an Eme associate [anserwing to Alex "Pee Wee" Aguirre] and leader of the Avenue's gang is arrested in the murder of 3 year Stephanie Kuhen. Her family had taken a wrong turn down a Los Angeles street and was caught in a barage of gang gunfire. Avenue's gang members Anthony Rodriquez, Manuel Rosales and Hugo Gomez are also held

December 21, 2006 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Broken Bridges

Your gangsta Hector Marroquin at work.

http://www.laweekly.com/general/features/broken-bridges/15210/

December 21, 2006 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Irony, Thy Name Is Little Weasel
Downey, CA

As usual, I'm going to go with my gut, here. I don't have all the facts. I don't know the people involved. That in mind, this story pisses me off.


A former gang leader who founded an anti-gang center in Hawthorne called No Guns was arrested Thursday when police found him with a handgun.

Hector Marroquin Sr., 49, of Downey was taken into custody when police raided his home looking for his son, Hector Marroquin Jr., a reputed gang member nicknamed "Little Weasel," Hawthorne police Lt. Tom Jester said.

Back in 1998, Hector Marroquin, opened an anti-gang center called No Guns in Hawthorne. From what little I can see, it looks like he was really trying to turn things around.

Yes, he is an ex-felon. He has been convicted and has done time. He was grabbed and acquitted in '98 for gun possession. Last year he was arrested "on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and false imprisonment". The charges were dropped.

In looking for his son, who is suspected of taking part in a home invasion robbery in December, the police also arrested Hector Sr. and his daughter Charleeda. A handgun was found in Hector Sr.'s bedroom along with a small quantity of marijuana. Charleeda was grabbed on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

December 21, 2006 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, a former California gang leader who went on to start an anti-gun youth center has been arrested as an ex-felon in possession of a... gun. When guns are outlawed, only Big Weasel and Little Weasel will have guns.

December 21, 2006 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Hector Marroquin, touted peacemaker? Local police got another glimpse just last year, in April 2005, when he was arrested on suspicion of robbery, false imprisonment and making criminal threats after allegedly terrorizing a Cudahy youth overdue in paying $4,000 for luxury tires and 22-inch rims Marroquin had sold him. According to the Maywood-Cudahy Police Department report, Marroquin assaulted the youth at a bar Marroquin owns in Cudahy, stole his truck and threatened to kill him and his family. "You're messing with the Mexican Mafia!" the report quotes Marroquin as shouting. "I run all of Cudahy! I want my money!"

Hector "Clumsy" Romero (Hawthorne Police Department) When Los Angeles City Hall finally woke up last May, Marroquin was into his fifth straight year of L.A. Bridges funding, getting about $500,000 per year aE" a big jump from 2001, when, on a motion by city councilmen Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes, No Guns got its first $45,000 to operate in the Southeast, Southwest and 77th police bureaus as a subcontractor to the Central Recovery Development Project.

December 21, 2006 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Weekly News - Don't Get Fooled Again
"One of our favorite parlor games here at L.A. Sniper headquarters is imagining, in a perfect world, which one of the 15 Mighty Egos, a.k.a. L.A. City Council members, might be first to be indicted. Our newest nominee: Tony Cardenas for blatant violation of public trust. Over the strenuous objections of City Admin. Officer Bill Fujioka, who pointed out the obvious - that competitive bidding saves money - Cardenas got his unindicted co-conspirators to go along with his plan for a no-bid sale of some $500 million worth of bonds needed for the new LAPD headquarters. Thirty percent of the booty from this stinks-to-high heaven deal goes to E,J, De La Rosa & Co., a firm where high-profile City Hall lobbyist Fernando Guerra is a senior vice president.

If the Mighty Egos want to do business like this, they better install some portable showers outside City Hall so the public exposed to such sleazeball spectacle can wash up before returning to work."

December 21, 2006 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Fernando Guerra is a pimp! He could never have outsmarted Santino. But I didn't know it until this day that it was Tony Bazzini Cardenas."

December 21, 2006 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

get rid of Divaraigosa, all the shoddy construction & developments, & unethical businesses like Home Depot!

December 22, 2006 3:15 PM  

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