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Monday, October 29, 2007

Maybe Richard Alatorre Should Run For Mayor...He's Running The City Anyway for Mayor Puppetonio Viagraosa

Here's an insightful comment regarding Mayor Puppetonio's mentor; Robin Kramer's former boss and mentor; affordable housing strategist extrodinare (see ZD's LAANE stories); the man you have to hire if you want a Charter School in a Park; or get 5000 homes built in an area that shouldn't be zoned for 500; and the person who recently triggered an LA Times article detailing all the shadiness -- Richard Alatorre. But sometimes, nothing says it like a Mayor Sam comment:

ZD's Affordable Housing Mentor said...

Facts are facts......

Alatorre's sister has a position in Antonio's staff. Just like before, Alatorre is hiding behind his sister's skirt.

Everyone in politics knows that Antonio won't take a dump without consulting with Alatorre. The after he takes the dump he goes to Parke Skelton to make it smell nice.

Alatorre is so far up Antonio's butt even the L.A. Times had to report on this.

Check your facts or stop drinking the kool-aid, this mayor is a lying sack.

Viagraosa isn't allowed to have a thought without him. And now Alatorre is winnin' 'em over in the Valley at Las Lomas. Recent Alatorre stories on Mayor Sam including LA Times link (The guy hasn't even registered as a lobbiest...LMFAO!!!)

(Hey Loserosa...your blog spinners are doing wonders for you. I was taking the day off...but you kick a sleeping dogg and you know what happens...hope you enjoy this morning appetizer. And Jules would like to aks you to, "Say 'what' again".)

Zuma Times "Non-Profit of the Day" is Esperanza Charities, Inc. Check out their Form 900 here.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

As a CITIZEN of the City, I plan on voting a resounding NO to this tax. I hope Tony Villar learns through this effort that his shine has been dulled once and for all . . .

October 29, 2007 7:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


October 29, 2007 7:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard is barred from holding public office and couldn't get elected dogcatcher besides.

Don't believe the patter that he lays out about how great he is or how close he is with Antonio.

How come you never see him with Antonio? How come Antonio never talks about him or ever does anything with him?

The Mayor knows he's poison and steers clear of him. No reason to create a problem for himself with a guy who is a walking bust, waiting for an arrest and conviction to happen.

Maybe one of the city hall regulars will sum up Alatorre's total lack of traction; read what Murki said about his efforts at Parks & Rec's; he's cooked, put a fork in him.

October 29, 2007 2:22 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

You just pass the meesage through Robin Kramer.

October 29, 2007 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is he doing in for Parks and Rec?

October 29, 2007 7:14 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Academia Semillas del Pueblo wants Park space for a new school.

October 29, 2007 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a perfect example of how little you know.

Alatorre is a loose cannon and Antonio has nothing to do with him.

Show me a recent picture or a recent event where they were chummy, or a meeting where they came together.

It is all about Alatorre tooting his won horn and touting the relationship. Antio says and does nothing to support that.

Alatorre is an old bull who is out snorting and making himself look ferocious, but his horns are dull and he has no pull left in him.

As usual, ZD only knows what he reads in the mags and papers, and they are wrong, dead wrong.

October 29, 2007 8:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:22 and 8:17 must be Skelton spinners.

Antonio made a deal with the devil, RIchard Alatorre, way back in 1994.

Antonio endorsed Victor Griego, at Alatorre's behest in 1999.

Antonio broke a campaign promise to El Sereno and backed the connector road which Alatorre was pushing since all his buddies had multi million dollar contracts for the project.

Antonio will never be seen with Alatorre, hence the term "backroom politics." But you can still smell the stench of all those cigars, maybe that's why Antonio insists on those breath mints at city hall.

October 29, 2007 8:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alatorre has connections to East L. A Housing Corp. Thay want a variance from R1-1 Low Residential to Low Medium II on the adjoing hill to Elephant Hill for low income Housing (Apartments). The Northeast Masterplan By City Ordnance already has taken zoning changes into considerations in 2000.
But with Tony Villar, Huizar, and Alatorre they will rUn more low income housins in El Sereno.
All of a Sudden the hillside street was removed from the Red Flag Parking Restruction list, and their Parcel Profile Report has been updated to reflect No RED FLAG RESTRICTED PARKING.

It is amazing what city hall can do with a total disregard for life.
Those restriction were put in place to protect people in case of a major fire like in Oakland, or as we had more recently in order to evacuate residents, and allow fire personel and equipment to enter the area.

The same hill has not had the weeds removed for two years on approx. 40 acr. Perhaps this is because the Developer has hired Victor Greigo a friend of Mayor Tony Villar and Allatorre.
But The Entire City Council has refused to let Mr. Foot Develope Elephant Hill with single family homes that would inprove the community and perhaps help bring economic revitalization with decient pharmacy, markets, stores ect. I guess the bribs arn't big enough, and the hypocrates really dont care really about open space except Elva Yanez who lives on Harriman and Pulman and has selfish reasons while the other racist fools MECHA DONTS WANT ANY whites TO MOVE INTO THE COMMUNITY.


Why dont you complain about being the dumping groung of low income apartment buildings thanks to Tony Villar and Allatorre and ask for Senior Housing, at least they dont do drive by shotting.

Wake Up and smell the Starbucks, instead of that cheap shit you buy at the corner store thats overpriced.

October 30, 2007 2:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much does it take to remove the Red Flag Restricted Parking from our street?

October 30, 2007 2:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't Huizar on the Board of the East L.A. Housing Corporation? And wasn't Victor Griego Alatorre's former chief of staff?

October 30, 2007 8:04 AM  

Anonymous AntonioVdeLA said:

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

To be called a bunch of stupid names by a guy named Zuma Dogg who looks and acts like a vagrant really hurts me.

I think I'll quit and take up surfing and begging for a living.

October 30, 2007 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MEChA and its Imprint on California Politics

MEChA, which stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Atzlan), is a student organization that was born in 1969 in California and has spread to college campuses all over the nation. One of their main stated aims is to assist young members of the Hispanic community in entering higher education, a worthy goal. Other aspects of its philosophy are more controversial and strike many as divisive in the extreme.

Rather than use my own or others' characterizations of MEChA's philosophy, let me quote from their national webpage (nationalmecha.org):

"MEChA is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura and historia (culture and history) . MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.

Each word in MEChA symbolizes a great concept in terms of la causa (the cause). Movimiento (Movement) means that the organization is dedicated to the movement to gain self determination for our people. Estudiantil (Student as adjective) identifies the organization as a student group for we are part of our Raza's (race's) future. At the heart of the name is the use of the identity: Chicano. At first seen as a negative word, now taken for a badge of honor. In adopting their new identity, the students committed themselves to return to the barrios, colonias (neighborhoods/districts), or campos (fields) and together, struggle against the forces that oppress our gente (people). Lastly, the affirmation that we are indigenous people to this land by placing our movement in Aztlan, the homeland of all peoples from Anahuak.

On campuses across Aztlan. MEChA and Mechistas are often the only groups on campus Raza and non-Raza (Race and non-Race) alike that seek to open the doors of higher education para nuestras comunidades (for our communities) and strive for a society free of imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. An inspirational statement in El Plan Santa Barbara that speaks to these notes:

"MEChA must bring to the mind of every young Chicana and Chicano that the liberation of her/his people from prejudice and oppression is in her/his hands and this responsibility is greater than personal achievement and more meaningful than degrees, especially if they are earned at the expense of her/his identity and cultural integrity. MEChA, then, is more than a name; it is a spirit of unity, of sisterhood and brotherhood, and a resolve to undertake a struggle for liberation in a society where justice is but a word. MEChA is a means to an end" (El Plan de Santa Barbara).

* (Translations of Spanish words in parentheses are added by me).
The motto for MEChA is as follows: Por la Raza todo. Fuera de la Raza nada -For the race everything. (For those) outside of the race-nothing-Not exactly a motto designed to inspire confidence in MEChA's desire to promote harmony.
Aztlan is an Amer-Indian term referring to the present-day southwest area of the US. According to MEChA, this area is illegally occupied by the US. El Plan de Santa Barbara refers to the plan of action that was part of the 1969 beginnings of MEChA at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

As you can see, the language is right out of the 1960s, but still appears on MEChA's website today. Divisive? You make the call. Critics of MEChA claim that the organization still believes that the US southwest should revert back to Mexico and that MEChA is in fact, a racist organization that sets back efforts to assimilate recent Latin immigrants and promote harmony between ethnic groups. MEChA, of course denies the racism charges and stresses its present-day efforts to promote higher education among Hispanic youth. Of course, MEChA supports the cause of illegal aliens in the US.

One interesting sidelight is the prominance in California politics of many of MECha's former members. Many of the state's leading Democratic politicians belonged to the organization during their collegiate years. This has caused many critics to question the commitment of these figures to represent all of their constituents.

California's most visible former Mechista is LA Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who was a MEChA ;eader while attending UCLA. After UCLA, he attended the "People's Law School", which Frontpage Magazine referred to as "a factory for the manufacture of radical leftist lawyers" (See Frontpage 9-10-2003/License to Kill by Lowell Ponte) Prior to becoming mayor, Villaraigosa was speaker of the lower house of the California legislature and later LA city councilman. Until the recent disclosure of the break-up of his marriage and affair with Telemundo reporter, Mirthala Salinas, Villaraigosa had attracted the most attention as mayor by openly supporting the city's massive illegal alien population, appearing at many of their marches and proclaiming on one occasion, "We clean your toilets!". Under Villaraigosa's stewardship, LA is one of several "sanctuary cities" around the US-that is- cities that will not cooperate with immigration authorities and will not allow their police to inquire about immigration status when they come into contact with suspects.

Until the recent love scandal broke, Villaraigosa had been considered a leading candidate to become governor-and then go on to national office.

In statewide politics, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is probably the most prominent former Mechista. Nunez was previously the political director of the LA County Federation of Labor and later the head of government relations for LA Unified School District. As the Democratic Party's top legislator, Nunez has been a vocal supporter for the measure that would have allowed illegal aliens to obtain California drivers licenses. In the 1990s, he led protests against Proposition 187 passed by California voters that would have denied benefits to illegal aliens. In one protest in October 1994, which was organized by Nunez and his colleague, Juan Jose Gutierrez, protesters waved Mexican flags and displayed an American flag with 13 stars. Governor Wilson was called a "pig", and "Anglos" were called upon to go back to Europe. Nunez's opponents, to this day, consider him a "Reconquista" (one who favors the return of the southwest to Mexico.)

Cruz Bustamante, who served as Lt. Governor under the disasterous administration of Grey Davis, was also a MEChA member in the 1970s at Fresno State. When Davis was recalled by voters due to his gross ineptitude, Bustamante unsuccessfully ran to succeed him, losing to current governor, Arnold Schwartzenegger. A career political technocrat, who bounces from one position to another, Bustamante's campaigns have been controversial for campaign finance irregularities, i.e. diverting campaign funds into other causes, such as defeating Ward Connerly's Racial Privacy Initiative. Bustamante, not surprisingly, is a strong supporter of racial preferences. He did have one slip-up a couple of years back when, speaking before a group of African-Americans, he let slip the N-word, immediately offering profuse apologies. Did that end his political career? Hardly. He is, after all, a liberal Democrat. Those stories don't have legs, as they say in the news media.

State Senator Gil Cedillo, who represents East Los Angeles, was a MECha activist at UCLA in the 1970s. Like Villaraigosa, he followed UCLA by attending the aforementioned "People's Law School". Cedillo is derisively referred to by many as "One Bill Gil", a reference to his continuing promulgation of legislation that would give drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

Another former Mechista is Joe Baca, member of the US House of Representatives from the Inland Empire area around Riverside and San Bernadino (Rialto). Previously, he was a California state senator. Not long ago, he made headlines by referring to Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) as a "whore". This all evolved in connection with strife within the Latino Caucus in Congress as well as Sanchez's criticism of Baca's use of campaign funds.

One point I would like to make here is this: MEChA would deny that they are a racist organization. They would state that their main purpose is to facilitate and assist other young Hispanics in obtaining a higher education, as I said, a worthy goal. Yet, they should realize that many are troubled by the fiery rhetoric of their motto and the questionable language on their website. Also troubling is the langauge emenating from their founding in 1969 and the "Santa Barbara Plan". It implies that they are promoting separatism from mainstream American society. Let me quote further from their national website (nationalmecha.org):

"The Mexican-American (Hispanic) is a person who lacks respect for his/her cultural and ethnic heritage. Unsure of her/himself, she/he seeks assimilation as a way out of her/his 'degraded' social status. Consequently, she/he remains politically ineffective. In contrast, Chicanismo reflects self-respect and pride on one's ethnic and cutural background. Thus, the Chicana/o acts with confidence and with a range of alternatives in the political world. She/he is capable of developing an effective ideology through action" (El Plan de Santa Barbara).

Is this what MEChA still thinks today? Or is this just a slogan from the past? I would hope that the latter is the case.

Now for a little personal imput: I am not Mexican-American nor Hispanic. I am a 62 year old, white Anglo who grew up and went to school with Mexican-Americans in West Los Angeles. This term, Chicano, I recall well from my teenage years. It was a street word for Mexican-Americans- a term many Mexican-Americans still reject. Unfortunately, it became trendy in the universities during the 1960s, and today, some universitities still have what they call "Chicano Studies Departments". My wife is a (legal) Mexican immigrant who came to this country with her family about 40 years ago. I myself speak Spanish, and we have done everything we could to raise our children to speak Spanish and, while being Americans, not to ignore their Mexican heritage. But it comes down to this: While the Mexican influence has always been a part of the fabric of southern California and, indeed, the southwest, this is still the United States and the language that everyone needs to know is English. If there are voices in the Mexican-American community that encourage people to reject their American heritage, to not assimilate with other Americans-including other ethnic groups, then they are doing a huge disservice to their community. Whether we are succeeding or not, our goal should be to accept immigrants from wherever and encourage them to assimilate and become Americans. It should not matter whether their skin is white, black, yellow or brown-we are Americans. More than ever, we Americans need to stand together against the forces that wish to destroy all of us. The politics of ethnicity and the so-called community leaders who practice it are wrong. They are only dividing us all.

As to the above-mentioned political leaders, all of whom are Democrats, there is no record of any of them repudiating their past membership in MEChA nor any of the language that MEChA has used or still uses. They insist that in their political lives, they are representing all of their constituents, but none of them (that I am aware of) have publically stated that MEChA's language is intemporate or out of date.

As for MEChA, if your goal is to help other Hispanics obtain higher education, I am with you on that. If, on the other hand, your goal is to drive a wedge between Hispanics and other ethnic groups and further, to achieve some sort of "reconquista" of the southwestern United States back to Mexico, then you are dead wrong. You would not only be hurting our country, but your community even more so because you are creating an impediment to assimilation. Any Mexican-American family that wants to teach their children Spanish and about the Mexican culture is always free to do so, but that is a personal decision. This is the United States, and we are made up of many ethnic groups. Our task is to come together.

by Gary Fouse

October 31, 2007 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

this guy is only the tip of the ice berg of corruption. if you take a look at the claims of the people who live around the devolopment between 4900-4800 of richard you only saw what he put into motion to the people that live around it. many of the family's were harased and told that if they moved to a different area this would not happen. instead of just getting alatorre on corruption take a look at the inspectors for building and safety as well as the fire department inspectors that harased sharon and Ralph Arnold in 2004 as well as all inspector involved in the devolopment. the scare that the city inspectors that harased sharon and Ralph Arnold have a son that will one day make sure that all people that harassed in his mind his parents are convicted to the level of terrorism for the humiliation of watching his own parents have there stuff stolen by illegals that the fire department hired to do simple brush clearance. the scares that it left on him made him at such a pissed off level that are equvalient to Post traumatic stress.

September 14, 2009 9:41 PM  

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