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Monday, June 18, 2007

"Loss of Enthusiasm" for the Mayor

Privately many of Mayor Villaraigosa's longtime supporters are expressing a "loss of enthusiasm" for the Mayor in light of the recent announcement his wife has filed for divorce and rumors of alleged marital infidelity. Duke Helfand, writing in the LA Times, says that allies of the Mayor are disappointed and angry with him that he "played into a stereotype about macho Latino males and that some of his public comments about his wife, Corina, have appeared disingenuous."

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But it gets worse for the Mayor. Columnist Mona Gable is calling on Presidential candidate, New York Senator Hillary Clinton to "dump Antonio" as one of her national campaign chairs. Gable says:
He's not all that great a mayor. He couldn't get his school reform bill through giving him power over LAUSD, even though he had several buddies in Sacramento carrying his water. The notorious May Day melee where the LAPD was caught beating up immigrants occurred on his watch. He acted like LA had the Olympics in the bag--then when it didn't come through, pouted like a two-year-old.

Hillary is under the illusion that she's getting a rising political star--a future governor of California! But she might want to do some old-fashioned reporting. Antonio isn't much liked even among LA's Latino political elite. He burned a lot of bridges in his relentless quest to become mayor.
Many of our readers have questioned where the Los Angeles Times has been in taking a critical view of the Mayor's divorce announcement. However, it now appears with the Helfand article and a column by Steve Lopez, the paper could be abandoning it's "cheerleader" role it assumed in the past.

Even with the tarnish on the Mayor with his marital woes, he can take solace in that - unless he actually does become Hillary's running mate - its at least two to three years before he stands for election somewhere.

But it's not all bad news for the Mayor - he did get a medal from UCLA Friday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://illustratedpig.blogspot.com/

June 17, 2007 11:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor continues to have one thing going for him and for which he deserves commendation: Fabian Nunez is still slimier.

June 17, 2007 11:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Latin Men in CD14

The Male chauvinist of this culture make the men seem to be superior to women and therefore their beliefs are that man has to be the head of the household, go out and work to provide financial support to the family, and as a household he is in charge of making the final decision concerning of things in the house. ..

Many Mexican women continue to experience domestic violence from a very early age, even as the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of International Women's Day on Thursday.

Cecilia, 40, was beaten by her husband for 18 years, twice a week - always when he had had too much to drink and had been in a motel with his secretary. Only after putting up with such behaviour for so long did she find courage in her desperation to report him and get a divorce.

Her ex husband - an influential man - sought revenge and managed to get Cecilia's monthly income reduced to about 460 dollars.

This happens to many women in Mexico, and most of them do not defend themselves because they are financially dependent.

The fact that they earn less than their male colleagues is hardly the most significant factor. Most have less education, they are beaten, raped, exploited and degraded.

The mistreatment of women and the over-blown importance of men starts very early on in Mexico. Many children see their mothers beaten up by their fathers, and replicate the pattern as adults - boys grow up to hit, girls grow up to be hit. That is how psychiatrists explain it in marriage counselling.

Strong and independent women are particularly vulnerable to being beaten by their boyfriends. A study reported Wednesday in the newspaper El Universal said that 31.5 per cent of girls between age 13 and 18 reported abuse, and noted that self-confident teenage girls were especially singled out for physical, sexual and psychological violence.

According to the study, many teenagers hit their 13-year-old girlfriends because they feel inferior, or simply because they feel entitled to use violence.

'Violence against women is the human rights violation which is most widespread in Latin America,' the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said in its most recent report.

These problems are not new to the public in Mexico, and the fight against them is on the political agenda. Conservative President Felipe Calderon who was inaugurated in December appointed several women to join his government, and four of his 19 ministers are female.

Even the old though debilitated Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI) - which held power continuously for over 70 years until 2000 - has now chosen as its chairman a strong woman, Beatriz Paredes. And the number of women presidents and defence ministers across Latin America has been rising.

But the financial daily El Financiero reported on Wednesday that only around 400,000 women hold posts of leadership in Mexico, a country with 104 million people. The absolute majority of Mexican women continue to live in the shadow and the service of men.

The slogan 'there is no development without equality between women and men' - omnipresent to mark International Women's Day - falls flat on its face in many sectors of Mexican society.

In Mexico and also in Central America, violence against women knows no barriers of wealth or social status. The machos do not hit their women because they are poor or desperate.

In Mexico City - a metropolis with 20 million people - violence against women is evenly spread across rich and poor neighbourhoods. Women can temporarily seek protection and a lawyer through shelters devoted to the cause.

In its posters, the National Women's Institute calls on battered women to change their lives.

'One day I decided ... not one more blow! And I reported him,' the woman pictured in the poster says.

This has had consequences - the percentage of divorced couples is currently at 10 per cent, compared to 3 per cent in the 1970s. The number of divorces have doubled in the past ten years - there were around 36,000 divorces granted by the courts in 1995 and over 70,000 in 2005.

Along with the male's refusal to contribute to the family income, violence is the main cause cited in petitions for divorce, and most sentences favour women.

June 17, 2007 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD14 men suffer from id complex

June 17, 2007 11:28 PM  

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June 17, 2007 11:37 PM  

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June 17, 2007 11:40 PM  

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June 17, 2007 11:48 PM  

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June 17, 2007 11:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 17, 2007 11:50 PM  

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June 17, 2007 11:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this is insane

wtf?

June 17, 2007 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 17, 2007 11:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:03 AM  

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June 18, 2007 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Grocery King George Torres Fingered in Murders (Clinton, Vignali ... While a member of the California state Assembly, Villaraigosa wrote the first letter on Vignali’s behalf on May 24, 1996. In particular, L.A. Sheriff Lee

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June 18, 2007 12:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

vignali When confronted with the question as to whether he wrote a letter on behalf of Vignali, Villaraigosa's first impulsive response was to lie and deny it.


www.mayorno.com/vignali.html

June 18, 2007 12:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Carlos Vignali - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Villaraigosa's petitioning Clinton for Vignali's release was used against him successfully by James K. Hahn as an issue in the 2001 Los Angeles mayoral

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Vignali

June 18, 2007 12:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hispanic brothels move in on Nashville

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June 18, 2007 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Other high placed government officials suspected of having ties to the Mexican Mafia, is president's secretary of communications and transportation and the minister of agriculture, whose son is widely reputed to have ties to the Tijuana drug cartel.

And if you think this is a problem that's only south of the boarder, well, think again. The Mexican Mobs are exploding growth all over the United States as well. From Manhattan to East LA, gangs like the Mexican Boys, Los Vatos Locos, Los Niños, the Crazy Homies and the El Esquadrón, with membership in the hundreds, rule with unquestioned authority and with an estimated 200,000 illegal young Mexican men in the city, there's no shortage of recruits.

June 18, 2007 12:28 AM  

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June 18, 2007 12:30 AM  

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June 18, 2007 12:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe "Pegleg" Morgan, ex-godfather of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. Joe, who was of Croatian-American heritage spent his early years in San Pedro. Moved to East L.A. in his teens. He was the link between the Mexican Mafia and the West Coast Italian crime syndicates criminal activities of the 1970s. Joe Morgan was the character " JD " in Edward James Olmos 1992 movie "American Me" about the Mexican Mafia.

June 18, 2007 12:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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June 18, 2007 12:39 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

11:52pm,

got the whole thing...don't worry!

this was kind interesting:

Afternoon Roundtable, People of Color Running State Government: When will it happen? How would
California change?

Moderator: David Cruz, NBC Universal

I didn't know any specified "people" were to "run" the State? I must have read the wrong books in school.

I mean this was out of a flyer the mayor, reyes nunez were a part of.

June 18, 2007 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Racketeering Arrests
“The greed of these criminals has infiltrated our communities and businesses, bringing violence to our streets”

The owner of the Los Angeles-based Numero Uno supermarket chain, his brother and two associates alleged to be part of a racketeering conspiracy have been taken into custody during a two-day operation that also ... via Federal Bureau of Investigation


#im wondering if they took the uno market big rig the one they take to the big rig show cause that truck look like they put alot of money into it

#

June 18, 2007 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Full Disclosure Network :: DRUG CARTELS TAKE OVER LOCAL POLITICS Valdemar cited the following cities as having been infiltrated by the Mexican drug cartels: Lynwood, Bell Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens, South Gate, ...
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June 18, 2007 12:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WCVI is in partnership with Antonio Gonzalez's Southwest Voter Registration. Another corrupt org. and campaigned for Antonio V.

June 18, 2007 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma B,
Read on baby,

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June 18, 2007 12:58 AM  

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June 18, 2007 1:01 AM  

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June 18, 2007 1:03 AM  

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June 18, 2007 1:04 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Oh no...no wonder Semilla got approved:

from mayor sam comment section (nov 05):
Stern is more disturbed by another kind of lawmakers' trip, bankrolled not by campaign funds but by a nonprofit group, which can legally pick up the tab for any amount or destination.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, for example, recently returned from a nine-day trip to Sweden and France to study universal preschools.

Núñez, D-Los Angeles, was a guest of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan group devoted to Latino voter empowerment.

Besides Núñez and three Assembly colleagues, the trip included Antonio Gonzalez, president of the institute, and Catherine Atkin, president of Preschool California, a group advocating voluntary preschool for the state's 4-year-olds.

Assemblyman John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat who traveled with Núñez, said the European visit provided an opportunity to see the pros, cons and challenges of universal preschool.

Laird said he did not feel lobbied at any point during the nine-day trip.

But Stern said such trips give a nonprofit group exclusive access to key legislators for extended periods of time, without being subject to spending limits.

"They say the best way to lobby legislators is to be on a private jet with them," Stern said. "Even if they want to leave, they can't. ... Like they say in the MasterCard ad: Priceless."

*************
STATE LEGISLATIVE TRAVEL LAW
California requires lawmakers to disclose travel-related expenditures from their campaign accounts. Political contributions are private funds, but state law requires them to be used for a public purpose. Disclosures cover specific periods of time, ranging up to six months. They are available at the secretary of state's office or via the Web at www.ss.ca.gov. Abuse or extravagance can be difficult to identify because disclosure forms do not require politicians to:
* List the legislative, political or governmental purpose served by any trip.

* Identify which cities they visit or tie multiple expenditures to a specific date.

* State the flight destination for payments made to an airline.

* Identify whom a legislator met with or for what purpose when large payments are made to a restaurant, resort or other such venue.

June 18, 2007 1:06 AM  

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June 18, 2007 1:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Video:Mexican Drug Cartels Infiltrate California/L.A. Politics (9 min Internet Video)

Full Disclosure Network (tm)
(WebWire) 11/12/2006 4:19:11 PM

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Los Angeles, CA. According to retired L.A. Sheriff Sgt. Richard Valdemar, a 33 year veteran international gang specialist, Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated city councils and political campaigns in many small cities in Los Angeles County and other areas of the South Western United States. Details of this account are revealed in an Internet preview of a Full Disclosure Network™ four part interview series with Valdemar.


Full Disclosure Network™ presents, on the Internet, a FREE nine minute (9) preview from the series of interviews conducted by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton with Sheriff’s Sgt.Richard Valdemar (ret). He describes the impact of the Mexican Mafia gangs, drug cartels and illegal aliens in American cities. Available FREE on the internet, 24/7, on demand, as a public service available at the URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/478.php



Here is a summary of Sgt. Valdemar’s Internet preview:


* Sgt. Valdemar cited the following cities as having been infiltrated by the Mexican drug cartels: Lynwood, Bell Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens, South Gate, Huntington Park., Vernon, Cudahy.

* Drug cartels set up phony businesses to launder drug money, usually used car lots, used tire shops that serve as a “front” for their operations.

* Sgt. Valdemar says it all starts when a small business, like a restaurant, is purchased by someone with drug money from Mexico, who sets up shop and starts inviting the city fathers to come for complimentary or discounted meals.

* Then invitations are extended to local police and other government officials, until the business operator is well established, with powerful friends.

* Drug money is used to send out smear campaign literature to destroy reputations of incumbent city council members and to finance the campaigns of challengers whose goal is to get a majority voting block on the city council.

* Once the drug cartel controls the city council, they fire the city attorney, city manager and start giving out contracts, like the trash collection contract, to their cronies.


The entire four-part interview series with Sgt. Richard Valdemar has been scheduled to run on 43 cable systems. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net



Since 1992 the Full Disclosure Network™ has been billed as “the news behind the news” and is an independent, educational, public affairs cable program hosted by Leslie Dutton. In 2002 the FDN program was presented with a Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the Southern California area for their spublic affairs eries entitled “L.A.’s War Against Terrorism”, featuring LAPD Chief Bernard Parks, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and other city officials. Previews of the programs are provided on the website as a public service.

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Streaming video preview (9 minutes)
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Photo: Sgt. Richard Valdemar & Leslie Dutton FDN host
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June 18, 2007 1:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Break in Zeta case: Laredo police arrest woman on murder charges ... You'd expect 'em in Boyle Heights, Soto Street, over in the Rampart District; but VIRGINIA? ... They are gang and drug cartel connected, they are violent,

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June 18, 2007 1:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This string of comments is largely irrelevant and idiotic. Why don't you stick to MAV-bashing? Oh, and in case some of you hadn't noticed, hizzoner is, and always has been, a U.S. citizen.

June 18, 2007 5:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

nAll reporters have to do is a little homework and really research some of the people that gave to Antonio's mayoral campaign and it will lead them to an unbelievable trail of corruption that leads inside city hall. Remember Antonio saying he wanted to clean up city hall after blasting Hahn.

June 18, 2007 6:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

c'mon, 6:51...

name a few names!

Get the bat computer off on the right foot!

June 18, 2007 7:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Trujillo and Uli were up late cutting and pasting. DIStraction!

June 18, 2007 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nah, it's Zuma Dogg jealous of the Mayor.

June 18, 2007 8:00 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

the first question is Who was he cheating with for his wife to divorce him?
let's get those names. or name.

I want to know so I can congratulate her for taking him down when we all were trying for months.

the media still chasing rocky too.
how does Paris fit in here? is she the mistress? did Rocky put her in jail to get back at the Mayor?

I remember seeing Baca and Delgadillo on a Ch 35 round table discussion. what's the bet they don't exchange xmas cards this year.

recall Rocky!

June 18, 2007 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What about the war, who is talking about all the young folks that are in harms way??

June 18, 2007 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Myth: Gang killings in Los Angeles County are the result of drug wars.
Fact: Most gang homicides are not random, nor are they only disputes over drugs or some other crime. The vast majority of violent incidents involving gang members continue to result from fights over turf, status, and revenge.

June 18, 2007 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ho exactly did Helflands "backers split" (split meaning 50/50, generally?) become "many" in this blog (implying most, generally).

Do it lose something in the translation from an objective news coverage to a biased blog.

Yup, it did!

June 18, 2007 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In Los Angeles County, law enforcement officials are aware of more than 1300 street gangs with over 150,000 members. In the City of Los Angeles alone, there are approximately 407 gangs and over 56,000 members.

June 18, 2007 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Objective news coverage at LA ANTONIA TIMES or THE OLD GAY HAG ON SPRING STREET???

You have got to be kidding.

If anything Helfand and Lopez have gone out on a limb.

And many means more than a few. It does not mean more than a half. So MS is right. Sounds like a lot of Antonio's friends are pissed at him.

Except for the kool-aid drinkers.

What's worst? A Bush kool-aid drinker like Shawn Hannety or a Villar kool-aid drinker like Miguel Trujillo?

June 18, 2007 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Corina is a hottie. Let me hook up with her and show her what a real man is like.

June 18, 2007 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MR SAM MAYOR...

please STOP your bloggurs talk Mayor Antonio, he good man we work in City Hall with many good people THE COUNCIL and they are not happy with the mean things you say. please leave the Mayor's wife and family alone. this not you are business and we are proud Latin people why you racist SAM? So Sad you so upset and nasty we pray for you.

June 18, 2007 11:02 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

yes, victory
thanks 11.02

the Mayor and Council not happy with the things we say on this blog....

wooo hoooo

thanks for the great testimony

spinner
I mean who else but a fake spinner would spell blogger like that

its a dead give away

more news on the Mayor in my next post:

June 18, 2007 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:02 yes pray we abolish corrupt politicians

MAV
MAV
MAV

June 18, 2007 11:16 AM  

Anonymous matt dowd said:

Well, it is finally happening and Venice is having a party.
Venice Fest is scheduled for Sunday June 24th.
Venice Fest was created to remind our local and neighboring community what Venice is made of. Venice Fest will be held from Noon till 9:00 pm on Sunday June 24th on Windward between Pacific Ave and the famous Venice Boardwalk. The all day event will feature music by great local bands
In addition, there will be a children’s area which will include a big bounce, a petting zoo and face painting.
The new trestle sign will be lit at dusk at a ceremony presided over by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Kendrik Kinney, grandson of Venice founder Abbot Kinney, and other surprise guests.

June 18, 2007 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The L.A. Times have sugar coated Antonio's break up just as they have sugar coated his career. You can thank Park Skelton and his Jewish connections for this exercise in "product protection." I can understand reporters giving Antonio the benefit of the doubt when failing to report the countless stories out there on Antonio indiscretions and outright atrocities. But there is no doubt anymore, just as there was never any doubt with the scores of past friends, colleagues, "brothers", and one nighters that knew the real Antonio. It is time for the L.A. Time's reporters to start letting the L.A. public know just who the real Antonio is- you have all the stories. The Daily News is going to beat you guys again. Why don't you guys start by reporting on his first son he gave up for adoption. That's a nice post father's day intro. Then maybe you can segway into Richard and Martha and their four children, the family that Antonio destroyed - and they were his best friends! Most observers in East L.A. already know these stories, why do you think Parke keeps Antonio away - the public has a right to know. Continuing to shield Antonio calls in to question your integrity as journalilsts.

June 18, 2007 11:17 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

6:51am

Appreciate your clues and all, but if you know names, why don't you post them, or do something about it. i wonder if its the same names i have. no wonder semilla got it's charter approved, after initial plan to reject. the people behind semilla are the people behind a lot of it. I'll give em one thing: At least they agree with Deming on "training and re-education." (Like how and when "people of color" will "run" the government.) If you wanna do that through a democratic process, FINE! I think it's happening through the money laundering and violate the US Constitution process. WHAT DID HILLARY GET HERSELF INTO WITH THESE THUG GANGSTERS???

(but i talk to loud sometimes.)

June 18, 2007 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SVREP
MIRTHALA SALINAS

Masters of Ceremony David Cruz (NBC) and Mirthala Salinas (Telemundo). Masters of Ceremony David Cruz (NBC) and Mirthala Salinas (Telemundo)


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June 18, 2007 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NEWS

THE NETHERLANDS EXPOSED TO NUMERO UNO PRESS RELEASE

OWNER OF NUMERO UNO MARKETS ARRESTED ON FEDERAL RACKETEERING INDICTMENT THAT ALLEGES MURDERS, CORRUPTION AND HARBORING OF ILLEGAL ALIENS
The owner of the Los Angeles-based Numero Uno supermarket chain, his brother and two associates alleged to be part of a racketeering conspiracy have been taken into custody during a two-day operation that also resulted in the seizure of approximately $1.25 million in cash and more than 60 vehicles.

The indictment alleges that Torres was using his business, Numero Uno Markets, as a corrupt organization, and that he used the assistance of public officials—including former Los Angeles Area Planning Commissioner Carmona and current Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Authority Commissioner Luk - to obtain valuable licenses and permits for Torres' businesses in return for monetary kickbacks and lavish gifts.


http://presszoom.com/story_134348.html

June 18, 2007 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LUK ALLOWED DRUG CARTELS TO TRANSPORT THROUGH PORTS.

June 18, 2007 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Damn, she's a dead ringer for at least 2 or 3 of AV's previous mistresses.

Why go out for "some strange" and pick lookalikes all the time. Having a "type" is one thing, but Daaa-am. I'll bet he eats the exact same breakfast 7 days a week, too.

June 18, 2007 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cynthia Ruiz is getting over $100,000 for being commissioner on Public Works. I didn't know another commissioner could be paid the same amount but I guess if you a councilman a favor by hiring his brother you can get paid.

From Steve Hymon column. Then the City Council approved Ernesto Cardenas, brother of Councilman Tony Cardenas, for a $115,000-per-year job as a Board of Public Works commissioner last week, how many council members asked Ernesto if his brother had cut a deal to get him a job?

June 18, 2007 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FBI Investigate these fools

The Mayor with Past and present Board of Public Works Commissioners, from l to r: David Sickler, Steve Carmona, Cynthia Ruiz, Mayor Villaraigosa


www.lacity.org/photogallery/750_photo10946.htm

June 18, 2007 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Steve Lopez:
Mr. Mayor: Shut up, grow up, slow down, June 14, 2007
latimes.com Calif. section

Good for Steve Lopez for not being afraid to really go after mayor. I haven't read anything this scathing and the truth to boot. LA Slimes is going after Rocky cause word is Antonio is mad at him. They're trying to kill the messenger but Rocky has a lot of support because he threw lil rich bitch back in jail. Its so damn easy for the reporters to find out who the other woman is, why are they playing games and not reporting?

June 24th those idiot illegals are marching again in Hollywood. Why aren't any reporters stating how much these marches are costing the legal tax payers of LA?

June 18, 2007 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah yeah viva la raza. But you are not a race. You are not brown. You are not Mexican. You are american. And if you are not American then you belong in Mexico. If you are Mexican-American, as there are Italian-Americans that's great, but just because you love your Italian mom and Italian food doesn't make you any more Italian. If you were born in Mexico and you stole your way into the country for a better life, then that means that life in Mexico is not so grand or you would be there. If your parents came and you were born here to a Mother who stole her way in here than isn't it time that you and your mother become citizens of the counrty that feeds you? Pride is great. But misplaced pride is just ignorant. Stand in line, pay your share and become American,

June 18, 2007 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission - Search Contributions 1267602 - Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005, A - Monetary Contribution Received ...... 11/19/04, George Torres (President, Uno Market) Los Angeles, CA 90011

ethics.lacity.org/efs/public_search_results.cfm?showall=yes&requesttimeout=1000&SCHEDULE=A%2CB%2C...

June 18, 2007 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

VILLARAIGOSA-FRAUD-RICO-MAFIA-NUMERO UNO MARKETS-MURDERS

Keyword Grocery owner indicted in fraud, racketeering case (a la Villaraigosa, Baca, ... George Torres, 50, who owns the Numero Uno grocery stores scattered

www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=FRAUD

June 18, 2007 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Observed: Villaraigosa makes the big call Is it a translation of "Carnal." You know, the EME term for blood brother, made man in the Mexican Mafia. Villaraigosa is a committed Leftist.

www.laobserved.com/archive/2004/08/villaraigosa_ma.php

June 18, 2007 11:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Villaraigosa Truth The truth about mayor Villaraigosa.. La Raza The destruction of the United States by lawless illegal immigrants, mexican mafia, drug trade/human smuggeling

mayorvillaraigosasdemons.blogspot.com/

June 18, 2007 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Antonio Villaraigosa linked to organized crime in Mexico? Mexican Mafia...his background has been a bit shady. Did he pursue office to launder money for the big bosses? It would be an easy way to do it, if in city hall, all of those contracts and transfer of funds. What a way to go Antonio, you have organized crime in your pockets...is this why tattood thugs surround you at certain office functions?

June 18, 2007 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THE SOPRANOS?

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/05/27/features-anderson.php

What about the Alatorre+ Villaraigosa+Vignali+Molina connection:

LA’s Underground Power Broker
The name Vignali receded into L.A. history after the “Pardongate” scandal of 2001, but questions remain about drug-dealing son Carlos and his real estate magnate father, Horacio, who just might be pulling the strings in the remaking of downtown L.A.

Tony Adams and his partner, Gerry Wehr, smelled something fishy when they arrived in Los Angeles back in 1994 to arrest Carlos Vignali, the target of one of Minnesota’s biggest drug cases. The Minneapolis narcotics officers had caught the 22-year-old Vignali on a wiretap conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in the Twin Cities. They checked into the Hilton on Grand Avenue under names known only to their local contacts at the DEA.

Within hours, they say, they received a call from defense lawyer Anthony Brooklier, who represented an alleged associate of Vignali. Strangely aware of how to contact the visiting officers, Brooklier, a high-paid mouthpiece for celebrities and accused gangsters, wanted to know what the officers were up to. Soon they would discover that Brooklier’s client had fingered not just Carlos Vignali but also Vignali’s father, Carlos “Horacio” Vignali, as major drug traffickers.

.....Today Adams and Wehr are back in the grind of smaller investigations in their relatively quiet northern state and are still steaming about their brush with the harsh realities of big-city law enforcement more than a decade ago. And Horacio Vignali — except to downtown insiders who are watching his real estate empire grow — is publicly shunned. He has been relegated to the history books for his effort to gain his son’s early release from prison, which drew support from a cadre of L.A. politicians, including Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa. Splashed on news pages four years ago in what became known as “Pardongate,” the story was reduced to a soundbite in Jim Hahn’s 2001 campaign, when he attacked Villaraigosa for coming to the aid of an unsavory drug dealer.

Now, as Villaraigosa prepares to lead the city, many other officials who supported the clemency effort remain players in the downtown political establishment. And so does father Vignali, one of the most powerful property owners of a nice chunk of downtown real estate primed to be developed in the continuing remake of downtown Los Angeles.

June 18, 2007 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Write a dissertation on sodomy in the Mexican Mafia. Those ultimate "values voters" — the EME — took profound umbrage at homosexual-rape scenes in Edward James Olmos’ 1992 movie, American Me. Two of the film’s Eastside consultants were punctually murdered, and Olmos sweated out several years as the target of angry veteranos. According to Hollywood gossip, the actor-director ultimately mollified his critics with handsome contributions to the cause of traditional values.

June 18, 2007 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. Noir: Irony, Thy Name Is Little Weasel 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

la-noir.blogspot.com/2006/03/irony-thy-name-is-little-weasel.html

June 18, 2007 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Purported anti-gang activist and "No Guns" founder Hector ... Purported anti-gang activist and "No Guns" founder Hector Marroquin pledges allegiance to the 18th Street Gang (laweekly.com)

reddit.com/info/1weal/comments

June 18, 2007 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANOTHER RICO?

RALPH VERDUGO OWNER OF IBIZA
OWNER OF 740 CLUB

CRACK COCAINE TO GO?

June 18, 2007 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHY? RALPH CUT THE CRAP AND LET GO. YOU BOUGHT CITY HALL POCKETS NOW LET EM GO.

3rd Annual Leaders In addition, the Foundation gave an appreciation plaque to Ibiza owner Ralph Verdugo. For this fundraising event, Verdugo donated the use of Ibiza for the

www.lacocdf.org/2003%20LEADERS%20&%20PARTNERS/3RD%20ANNUAL%20LEADERS.PARTNERS%20STORY.htm -

June 18, 2007 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Weekly - News - Taming the Wild 740 Club - Jeffrey Anderson ... The question is, what took him so long to act, and how did the club, whose owner, Ralph Verdugo, was chased out of Whittier two years ago for running a

www.laweekly.com/news/news/taming-the-wild-740-club/16555/

June 18, 2007 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA Weekly - News - Politics Meets Street - Jeffrey Anderson - The ... ... rising politico is his close association with 740 Club impresario Ralph Verdugo, ... obtained by the L.A. Weekly, and says, “I’m friends with Ralph.

www.laweekly.com/news/news/politics-meets-street/16103/

June 18, 2007 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam:

Can you please delete the dozens of off-topic posts in this thread?

Come on guys! Want to talk about illegal immigration? Great, it in a thread about that subject and not one about MAV's breakup.

Geez...........

June 18, 2007 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

740 CLUB FUNDED BY DRUG CARTEL

PROMOTION BOYS
RALPH VERDUGO & LOUIS ROMO

MEXICAN MAFIA MONEY LAUNDERERS

June 18, 2007 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:17 ALL THIS BULLSHIT CAUSED AV'S DIVORCE. CORINA COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. I DON'T BLAME HER! WHO WOULD WANT TO BE AROUND MEXICAN MAFIA ILLEGAL ALIEN & ILLEGAL DRUG SMUGGLERS? SHE LEFT.

June 18, 2007 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH WAIT. RALPH (CANDY SMUGGLER) DONATES TO HUIZZNER?

Los Angeles City Ethics Commission - Search Contributions (Nightclub Owner, Ralph Verdugo) Downey, CA 90241, Jose Huizar Council Member - CD14 1277167 - Huizar for Council, A - Monetary Contribution Received

ethics.lacity.org/efs/public_search_results.cfm?orderby=RPT_LNAME,%20RPT_FNAME&orderbydesc=yes&SC

June 18, 2007 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Downtown Hound: Not our finest moment What is also intriguing is the role of 740 Club Owner, Ralph Verdugo. As the LA Weekly tells us, Mario's drunken rage at the 740 Cluband beyond was far from

downtownhound.blogspot.com/2007/04/not-our-finest-moment.html

June 18, 2007 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZUMA,
HOW QUICKLY DID RALPHIE VERDUGO GET HIS PERMITS FOR IBIZA?

WHO FREQUENTS THE MAFIA HANGOUT?

WHO IS RAPHIE'S PARTNER?

June 18, 2007 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHY WAS VERDUGO THROWN OUT OF WHIITIER AND CLOSED DOWN IBIZA WHITTIER?

June 18, 2007 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did LA Bridges Gives $1.5million to Gangster?

June 18, 2007 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In 2000, L.A. City Controller wanted L.A. Bridges Program shut down?

Why is it still here?

June 18, 2007 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

June 18, 2007 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attn FBI,
Red Flag?

"The LA Times found that 172 political contributions were made to city politicians by executives and employees of 20 of the 26 contractors for LA Bridges"

June 18, 2007 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

some law enforcement officials believed that Marroquin was a front man for the Mexican Mafia prison gang and that NO GUNS was a facade for illegal activity and a channel for public funds.

One was Richard Valdemar, a retired sheriff's sergeant and expert on gangs who led an investigation that resulted in the first federal racketeering trial of Mexican Mafia members; it resulted in the conviction of 13. Valdemar said the Mexican Mafia has a long history of using anti-gang and drug rehabilitation groups as fronts to acquire public funds.

"This is a major part of their operation," said Valdemar, whom Marroquin unsuccessfully sued for defamation of character in 2002.

Valdemar said he and others voiced these concerns to the Sheriff's Department and the city of Los Angeles.

MARROQUIN REPORTED DIRECTLY TO SHERRIFF LEE BACA. WHAT IF BACA IS THE MAFIA MAN IN A CIVIL SERVICE JOB.

June 18, 2007 12:52 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

According to my findings, it appears that the Mayor lovers figure that by flooding a post like this with nonsense it makes it seem as if it didn't happen.

Fellow MS admins feel free to blast away at this crap if you want.

June 18, 2007 12:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It didn't happen.

I've been say'n this all day.

June 18, 2007 1:01 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Good Afternoon Mayor Sam,

Well so much for the "LA ANTONIA TIMES" ending their role as "SPINGANDALIST" for the "POLITICO FORMERLY KNOWN AS ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA", Tony Villar.
In today's Op-Ed Section, They have started the "ROCKY WATCH". Talk about a way to redirect attention away from the Mayor.
I propose that Mayor Sam initiate "SONCHA WATCH". This being "DAY 7" After the "FAILURE OF ME" Press Conference, I propose that "SONCHA WATCH" rrmain in effect until the day that the "OTHER WOMAN" or "WOMENS", plural form, is revealed.

June 18, 2007 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

soncha watch

mirthala salinas
jenny carreon-lacy
AV Aide ?
AV Aide II ?
AV Aide III?

June 18, 2007 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Op-Ed Rocky Watch?

Oh Please pull my donkey tail.

L.A.Times is a joke.

L.A. Times is in bed with MAV.

June 18, 2007 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dumb ass LA Slimes. Instead of doing a little research and investigate who the other woman is they divert attention and want to go after Rocky. It won't work cause at least Rocky has gone after the gang bangers. Antonio hated gang injunctions as a former ACLU crony. Why isn't Laura Chick N Shit going after how the hell DWP could overcharge $225 MILLION?? What will happen to city budget when they can't transfer from DWP? What about all the gang programs that have donated to all the politicial campaigns who has the guts to report the truth. Don't you think its interesting that NOT ONE CLOWNCIL MEMBER SAID ANYTHING about the DWP millions? Then in today's Daily News Chick N Shit passes the buck because $98 million wasn't collected. WHO THE HELL IS KEEPING AN EYE ON OUR MONEY. NOT THE MAYOR, NOT CLOWNCIL AND FOR SURE NOT LAURA CHICK N SHIT.

June 18, 2007 2:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How does DWP divert millions to campaign contributions?

June 18, 2007 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To 1:51 and 2:08: yes, it truly is scandalous: the LAT is going after Rocky for lapses of judgment that directly relate to his job, instead of digging more dirt on the Mayor.
They're leaving that to your little tiny minds.

As for trying to dump the whole gang money scandal thing onto the Mayor as part of some Mexican Mafia: isn't it Janice Hahn who's been the advocate for that L. A. Bridges financial boondoggle, and now wants to raise taxes for gang initiatives (to get her mug behind any P R for it, as though the cops/ Bratton with the Mayor and other CC members, and the DA weren't already trying to do that).

And if these alleged scandals go back to 2000, isn't that when her bro was Mayor?

June 18, 2007 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2000. Villaraigosa was in office. The End.

June 18, 2007 3:18 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

Attention Red Spot...

Congratulations you have been promoted to admin status here on MS.

Feel free to start cleaning up any crap on this post you think should go.

Thank you!

June 18, 2007 3:32 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

I think this is the most informative Mayor Sam thread ever. Once the thread is done, I think it deserves a "cut and paste" highlight thread, under the title:

WASHINGTON DC NEEDS TO TAKE A LOOK AT MAYOR SAM'S THREAD (and post the link) to see what's going on in LA City Hall...but then George Bush would probably just get mad at me, too, for messing it all up...

BUT, hopefully, ONE decent US Attorney will look into this Nucklehead Nunez & Cahoots crew shenannigans.

YOU SHOULD SEE THE STUFF SOMEONE IS SENDING ME VIA EMAIL THAT REALLY PAINTS IT OUT....BUT I'M GONNA HAVE TO FIRE UP MY "BAT RESEARCH TOOLS" on ZumaTimes.com, first.

BUT IF YOU BELIEVE WHAT I READ IN THIS SERIES OF EMAILS...it's a lot worse than posted here.

basically, HELL YEAH, MAV, Nuckhead, Cahoots crew are all puppets in the bigger international picture.

no wonder that semilla charter school got approved after an initial thumbs down.

Cause that's part of the scheme. A small part, but they obviously plan on making it a bigger part of the "training and education" process.

Man, I bet these people couldn't pass a polygraph test on the new hit game show, "Are You A Treasonist?"

June 18, 2007 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only "loss of enthusiasm" the Mayor will care about is when the big developer contributors start bailing out. Until then, its all good.

He raised millions for the school board. Swiller is pumping developers for money - and getting it. Swiller cut a deal to get AV the keynote at the 2008 Democratic convention if AV supported Hillary. The deal got done.

Until the well dries up, why change?

June 18, 2007 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How's this for absurd breaking news: India's "hugging Ama" is staying at the LAX Hilton, and is being picketed by Here Now/Labor Union/terror group, pressured to support them or leave the hotel. Her people say she can't speak English, and anyway, they signed a 3-yr deal before this mess, and she won't take sides in a local dispute -- even tho Here Now admits they called/pressured her all the way in India. Good going, Janice Hahn, sponsor of that illegal, failed bill: that's sure to get more bus to L A, shine a good light on us.
-- Harassing ladies who just hug.
Never mind that she's filling the L A Convention Ctr w/ her followers.

June 18, 2007 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

just out, rocky's "explanation" for his wife crashing a company car with a suspended license: she "didn't know" it was suspended, and he "didn't know" she wasn't supposed to be using a company car. Sound like anyone else, Paris Hilton, maybe? Gotta love it's exactly the same "we were too dumb to know, relied on our handlers to tell us," but he roared after Baca for being easy on Hilton.
Wonder if the media will buy this.

June 18, 2007 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where have we gotten to as a civilization when our leaders are all seemingly corrupt - and we just shake it off and wait for the next story.

Where are we when people care more about "reality TV" politics instead of facts and truth and getting things done?

Where are we when our damn politicians keep SAYING they listen to us but keep making deals for their own benefit?

Where are we when the press ignores stories out of fear of the politicians or fear that the politicians will spurn them? (Thank goodness for Steve Lopez and Dave Z)

Answer: Really deep shit. I bet this is how the Romans felt.

June 18, 2007 5:49 PM  

Anonymous zuma's bat computer said:

Look how you can GIVE without GIVING...this "tech assistant" must get paid a ton...donated $2000 to antonio.

04/06/01 Zachary Gonzalez
(Technical Assistant, William C Velasquez Entertainment)
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor
991904 - Villaraigosa for Mayor A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 04/05/01-05/19/01]
$1,000.00 [Election: 04/10/01]

04/11/01 Zachary Gonzalez
(Technical Assistant, William C Velasquez Entertainment)
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor
991904 - Villaraigosa for Mayor A - Monetary Contribution Received
(IND - Individual)
[Period: 04/05/01-05/19/01]
($1,000.00) [Election: 04/10/01]

June 18, 2007 9:24 PM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

LOL!

This thread of posts are pure comedy.

Zuma, I'd love to tell your bat computer to have at it, but if I did I would be merely advocating you to waste RAM.

June 18, 2007 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup. The truth is funny.
Except for Trujillo.

June 18, 2007 10:16 PM  

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