Oh no...Huizar's Planning Deputy, who is NC Boardmember, Is Also on "912 Review Commission" (Forgot to tell me THAT, Joe before you hung up on me.)
***** UPDATE *****
MAYOR SAM BLOGGER WEIGHS IN ON HUIZAR STAFFER CONFLICT WITH GOOD TAKE!
ZUMA DOGG DISCUSSES NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND DELIVERS "RENTER" AND "DENSITY" ALERT ON KTALK 1150 AM (Mark "Mr. K" Germain)
AND REMEMBER --
THE GREAT KEVIN JAMES, Mr. K's former air-mate at KABC is BAAAAACK on-the-air at 9pm on 870 KRLA. TUNE IN TONIGHT, I'm gonna try and call in. Couldn't get through last night, gonna try tonight to talk about this, and catch up with Kevin on all the "fraud, waste and abuse" the past seven weeks, since he has been off-the-air.
AND KEVIN -- Check this out: Today during my public comment I mentioned, "City Council, I would like to inform you that KEVIN JAMES is back on the air on 870 KRLA, and he talks about the mayor and city council a lot, so you should tune in.
Meanwhile, Garcetti was smiling, nodding his head up and down in acknowledgement, as if he knew and was happy about it to. So, I'll try and remember to say hello to Eric on-the-air and re-cap the story for Kevin.
Meanwhile, looks like CM Jose Huizar's Chief of Staff Joe Avila wasn't too happy about Zuma Dogg disclosing that Huizar's Eagle Rock Planning Deputy also sits on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council BOARD -- BUT THIS JUST IN...
ON THE 912 NC REVIEW COMMISSION. JOSE! You make it hard for a pueblo to adore you...you see -- Big ZD, from the 213, has also heard THAT HIGH LEVEL CITY HALL INSIDERS ALONG WITH LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITY EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THIS CONFILCT OF INTEREST -- AND TOLD YOU IF YOU HIRED JESSICA MCLEAN AS YOUR PLANNING DEPUTY -- SHE SHOULD STEP DOWN FROM THE NC REVIEW COMMISSION.
But why would Huizar have her do that? After all, the whole point is to have the system stacked in the houses favor. So Joe A, is that why you were so defensive when I called you today? You see people, someone told ZD that Jessica stepped down from the NC Govt Relations Committee when she went to work for Weezy. (That's cool, right?) So, I wanted to go out of my way to verify to see if this were true, because it would have reflected more positively on the situation, in my opinion.
But Joe wasn't interested in clarifying that, because he was very defensive of the fact that there was nothing illegal about it, so what is my problem with it? And that she recuses herself on issues there is a conflict of interest over.
Then I said, "Yeah, why do we have to go to these measures?" (You lose out on leadership when you do that. Just get someone who doesn't have a conflict of interest because they are not a paid City Council staffer.)
Cause here is another problem, this time as Eagle Rock NC Boardmember:
As Huizar's Planning Deputy, she has priviliged "inside" information, that is not released to the public. As NC Boardmember, she can use the information against the City, if against a City project. Or more likely, help be good PR for the City's position on a project, based on that inside info. And other NC memebers are going to be looking to her for her inside info, and that creates conflict of interest.
City Hall can defend it, and say it's legal all they want. Were talking the "perception" of impropriety. It's gonna:
* piss off the community
* create constant suspicion of all councilmembers
* undermine the credibility of the NC system
* disenfranchise the pueblos
* create outrage
PARTIAL RE-CAP OF ZD'S CONVERSATION WITH HUIZAR CHIEF AVILA:
ZD called Huizar's office, because I heard that McLean may have stepped down from NC, when she was hired by Huizar. And if so, that would seem a lot more ethical, and I think it would look a lot better. And I told him that was why I was calling.
He immediatley went into, "It's legal. What's your problem with it", mode.
I started to explain NC was created as a way for the public to provide input...
He cuts me off and says he knows what NC was created for but, "Why is this on your radar?"
I explained my concern as to the confilct of interest. His response was, "I know, I know, but why is this on your radar now?"
He defended the point as to how it was perfectly o.k., and she recuses herself over conflicts of interest and he couldn't figure out my concern, and kept asking me why it was on my radar.
I asked if he knew if she stepped down, and he told me that he did not know if she had stepped down, or not (as Govt Relations/Boardmember).
So I dug a little deeper, to find out on my own, because I didn't want to be making the claim, if she had stepped down from the Govt Relations Committee. She did indeed step down from that, but is still an Eagle Rock NC Boardmember, and has not stepped down. AND THEN, DURING THIS FOLLOW-UP (BECAUSE JOE AVILA WASN'T WILLING TO TELL ME WHETHER SHE STEPPED DOWN, OR NOT, SO I HAD TO SPEND MORE TIME AND CELL PHONE MINUTES (MONEY) TO FIND OUT SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE MADE HUIZAR LOOK MORE ETHICAL:
I FIND OUT SHE SITS ON THE NC REVIEW COMMISSION, AND YOU WERE WARNED BY CITY HALL PEOPLE SHE NEEDED TO STEP DOWN BEFORE YOU HIRED HER AS PLANNING DEPUTY. HA!
(It's this defensive, mean-spirited, combative, in-flexible nature that is why everyone in your district is doing so much research and hollerin at they Boy, Zuma Dogg.
I felt so bad that it was another CD 14 mess, so I told him, "I'm sorry this fell in YOUR lap. You know people in CD 14 sit there and research this stuff all day, but I'll be looking into this, city wide in all districts. I'm sorry yours was the first one brought to my attention; and now I will be looking at all districts citywide, this is a citywide issue. It's not like I'm targeting you guys.
JOE AVILA: Well you targeted us today, Mr. Dogg, so have a nice day. (click)
AND...THIS JUST IN...ONE OF ZUMA DOGG'S CITY HALL INSIDERS SAYS THEY ARE "CONFIDENT" THIS IS HAPPENING IN OTHER COUNCIL DISTRICTS AS WELL!!! COUNCILMEMBERS: I WILL BE ASSIGNING MY BATCOMPUTER TO THE TASK OF MATCHING YOUR STAFFER'S NAMES TO NC LISTS. (So Avila, I hope you at least apprecitate that I spent my time and cell phone minutes trying to see if this is just a Huizar problem, or a Citywide problem. Again, sorry someone from CD 14 figured it out first...BUT BRO...ON THE REALEST...YOU ARE JUST WAAAAAAAAAAY TOO DEFENSIVE ON THIS. You should at least say, "Yeah, ZD...I can understand your concern. Unfortunatley, for better, or worse, it's legal to do this, so maybe you should see if there is a way to close the loophole.
OR, you could have even said, "It's legal, but yeah, it looks bad, so we are going to have her step down from the 912 NC Review Commission, in an abundance of caution and to avoid the apperance of shadiness, and all that other stuff I mentioned above.
Joe, you're smart as hell, and you know I admire you for your sharpness and legalese...but you're suffering from "Jack Weiss Syndrome". As Sgt. Hulk once said, "Lighten up, Francias." She sits on the review commission, but you accuse me of targeting your office.