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Monday, August 27, 2007

Housing Scandal Brewing?

This might require some feeding into Zuma's bat-computer. Is there a major, major scandal brewing at the Los Angeles Housing Authority? A month ago an authority manager, Victor Taracena was fired after he was alleged to have awarded Authority contracts to family members and politically connected individuals in CD14. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the attorney for the Authority's chief investigator Abel Ruiz says he was fired after Ruiz complained that "people inside the agency interfered with his efforts to get to the bottom of an $800,000 bid-rigging scheme."

Some of our readers have made a possible connection, alleging more specific shadiness within a particular development in CD 14 that involves a non-profit organization. And we know some of the issues Zuma Dogg has brought up regarding non-profits I am sure you all have something more to say.

Is the Times onto a bigger story? Lacking their own version of Woodward and Bernstein if they are, I hope they have done their homework.

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25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow to fire the chief investigator so openly is a clear violation of California whistleblower laws. He must have been getting too close to the truth-to the Mayor and planned real estate deals at HACLA? After 15 years of fraud at HACLA, it is time for HACLA staff to remember who they are suppose to serve and expose the corruption of the Executuve Director and Board. This could have been prevented years ago by HUD and US Attorney --but they refused to prosecute previous administrators and current ones. I heard the Montiel family has real estate development businesses. Has anyone heard that?

August 27, 2007 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope there are not just going to be firings with that Tacarena corruption ... are there going to be prosecutions??

August 27, 2007 6:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Again, interesting none of the players were asked to comment and not a word from Jose who's district this corruption is in. Follow the trail, Alatorre, Abraham Paez, Victor Greigo, Gustavo, Huizar, Pacheco, Antonio. The community is smarter then the damn papers. There's so much corruption with non profits in CD14 its laughable. Yet, not one damn reporter has the balls to go after the stories. Audit Homeboy, Project Amiga, Ayuda Central (Raul Estrada), Operation Yes, Ozzie who runs Royal Youth Center and drives a brand new Mercedes......They all have ties to the politicans and have done all of them "special favors."

August 27, 2007 6:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam I sure hope the Slimes or Daily News are completely into the story. If they keep reading here we will keep giving you tidbits.

August 27, 2007 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You cant prosecute if investigators keep getting fired and DA was kicked off the case by the feds--who was invited by Montiel (LA Times) and the Mayor to quash the local investigation . It is the same feds (OIG) who "chose" not to prosecute millions of dollars of HACLA fraud in 2002.It is up to the media and bloggers to keep this story going until enough pressure is placed on real investigators to step in..

August 27, 2007 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah, so!

The Ace Ventura of blogdom has discovered yet another secret scandal that will rock the adminnistration of poor beleaguered Antonio Villaraigosa to the core!

You are such a loser, Perro, that it is comical.

You really are, as one person put it, a caricature of yourself.

August 27, 2007 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's really sad is everyone knows about all the corruption yet reporters don't have the guts to report the facts.

August 27, 2007 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ERSNews.com has exclusively obtained a photo of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issuing then Telemundo General Manager Manual Abud KVEA-TV52 in Los Angeles an official City proclamation honoring the Telemundo station on November 9th, 2005.
Abud was removed from his position as General Manager just last week. At the same time Mirthala Salinas was suspended for 2 months without pay, along with other Telemundo employees who were “disciplined” for violating the NBC/Universal (owners of the station) Standards and Practices in relation to Salinas’ affair and coverage of Mayor Villariagosa from late 2005 through June of 2006.

Mayor Villaraigosa was on hand in 2005 for the Telemundo proclamation ceremony. According to a published report at the time Mayor Villaraigosa “thanked KVEA for its dedication and accurate reporting of local, national and world news, which is worthy of public appreciation and recognition”.

August 27, 2007 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1251 = Jaime Blackmum

August 27, 2007 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wannbe Latinos who are really white

Jimmy Blacmum
Bill Richaerdsen
Rocky Delgado
ERic Garcetti
Gil Garcetti
El Senor Chinga tu Madre
Zumma Dog
Raquel Welch
Jerry Brown

August 27, 2007 2:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is usually not the biggest scandal that brings down an administration.

It is usually the simplest, the easiest to understand and the easiest to remember scandal that rocks an administration the most. And of course, any attempt to minimize the scandal or cover it up would deliver the fatal blow.

The following is really easy to understand and remember:

*The $2,500 toilet (that usually cost only $300 to $400 including installation) is the easies to remember

*Ghost bidders for the jobs

*Paying contractors for work that was never done

*Contracts going to the relatives of the contract supervisor, or firms with ties to current or former Los Angeles City Council members from the Eastside

*Richard Alatorre

*Now the firing of the internal investigator

August 27, 2007 2:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, the $2,500 each toilet! No wonder we need to recruit specialists to clean those toilets!

“We clean your toilets!” now has special meaning.

We need to keep brushing and flushing, but can we get them “clean“?

Those $2,500 each toilets still stink so bad. We are not sure if we could even pass the smell test.

So we have to fire the toilet inspector now?

August 27, 2007 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg has provided a lot of information about Affordable Housing. At first I was confused. Now I am finally getting it. I think.

There is a lot of money to be made building affordable units.

And there is also money to be made operating these affordable units after they are built.

What we see here about Housing Authority and the contractors is the operation side of it.

Am I seeing the big picture right? (Not really understand too clearly yet.)

I have to reread Zuma's other threads.

August 27, 2007 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

well wa do ya sayy, when the mayor reappoints commissioner Maria del Angel until 2009? she is the only commissioner left from the past administration and has been on the HACLA board for already 10 years or more. She is also a tenant commissioner, where do you think she lives at? Estrada Courts in CD14! click! who do you think has benefited? residents? Please. Shame on all!

August 27, 2007 4:22 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

PLEASE TELL ME YOU DID NOT JUST SAY MARIA DE LA ANGEL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

CAPTAIN JACK...CONTACT ZD IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 27, 2007 4:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our very own Woodward and Bernstein, or Ace Ventura to some, can partner with Rocky to get to the bottom of it. The Daily News Rick Orlov reports that a law firm gives out national awards for worst prosecutors, something like the Sour Apple of the entertainment world, has Rocky on its 10 worst list. Along with Alberto Gonzalez, who just resigned.

They say Rocky's transgessions are not that bad yet, but "they could rise to that level if he were given a chance."

August 27, 2007 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this shite sucks
http://barfinthehat.blogspot.com/

August 27, 2007 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Blogger at 5:11 PM - very astute. Rumors at HUD and in the street have City Atty Rocky's staff being directly involved in covering up the crimes by Estrada and Valdivia. They were at meetings.

August 27, 2007 6:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope they nail Montiel, the current Executive Director of Housing of City of Los Angeles. It very intersting that all the recipients of the bids from Tacarena's alleged corruption beside his family were well-connected eastside Los Angeles players in this city. I doubt this bidding process occur, without Montiel's blessing.

August 27, 2007 9:51 PM  

Anonymous we clean your clock said:

Montiel,(liar cheater)- Sandford Riggs, Eric Johnson (Unqualified "do boys") for Montiel, have destroyed the lives of many employees and residents. Their just dues will only come AD.

And please do not dismiss Del Angel the worst act is to sell your own. I understand the temptation when you are at poverty level means of survival, unemployed etc.

But now you are really poor. You have no integrity, you're dishonest, full of shame can't hold your head up, you no longer own yourself - an embarrasment to your families. To sell yourself into the slavery of greed......

All I can say to each of you is:
"RUN FORREST RUN"

August 27, 2007 11:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

according to Laura Chick, Montiel did not mean what he said "keep opportunistic employees from defrauding the agency. It happens here and it happens...all the time in other city agencies." but a caller to the Larry Mantle air talk show, who used to work at housing said otherwise, this fool reported to Montiel directly!!!!hear it at:
http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/listings/
2007/08/airtalk_20070806.shtml
Don't get me wrong, this does not happen in other places as bad as it did at the agency that Montiel commands. And he is the highest bureocrat paid in california, over 300K a year!!!!!!!!

August 28, 2007 8:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any new developments? Or is Montiel getting his wish? (Sit tight and it will blow over!) The real crime here is the conditions at Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts and the Housing Authority's other "Garden Spots". 800K would make some decent units for some of these folks.

October 03, 2007 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well well well Ms. Garrison at last we have proof that the LA SLIMES help the crooks cover up their crimes. What a fantastic story your wrote today without any proof of the idiotic statements made by rudy the rat from el paso.

A few obvious questions would have been asked by the worst reporter. Example How the hell did employees write theirselves a check, how many cases have been turned over to prosecutors, how much of the 7 mil was investigation and how much lawyers. WHY Would you pay for investigations of lawyers when you have HUD with the authority and the obligation to investigate and prosecute without 7mil being spent.

And what does "appeared to be stealing" "seemed to be missing" mean. What does praying before meals have to do with housing and caring and being fair with others. What are the objectives and duties of a "practicing Chatholic. He is not blessed. With 300k a year to destroy the lives of residents, employees past and present it is grace and mercy not a blessing. This is very poor reporting onesided, untrue, full of foolish unfounded statement. Jessica I 'm not suprised.
a practicing Chatholic

October 21, 2007 7:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This scandal has brewed, it brewed in 1995 and more than 10 years later it continues. Let's go back down memory lane, shall we?
1) George Mirenaux
2) P.W. Constuction
3) Margaret Gardenhire
4) Elke Wolfe
5) Maurice Cane
6) Diana Middleton
7) Dwayne E. Williams

and that's just to name a few. The $2,500 toilet is a remembrance for the Jordan Downs Resident Management Corporation (JDRMC) double billing with Aliso Village.

The OIG had an opportunity in 2001 to prosecute, with assistance for HACLA staff, JDRMC members and former employees, but they didn't. The good old boyz have been replaced with L.A. Four-Fathers, Montiel, Antonio, Rocky, and Maria.

We need to form a Housing Justice League to fight for the underprivileged and unjust.

July 02, 2008 10:41 AM  

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February 16, 2009 1:18 PM  

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