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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mayor Villaraigosa on notice: no more firings!

Mayor V. has been warned advised not to fire or accept resignations of any more African American employees, according to an LAT opinion piece co-authored by one of my favorite weekend radio hosts:

The City Council's three black members -- Jan Perry, Bernard C. Parks and Herb Wesson -- met with black pastors to discuss Jeff's termination. The Los Angeles Sentinel, the major African American newspaper in town, raised questions about "what is transpiring with black employees under the mayor's political umbrella." Frederick O. Murph, senior minister of Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, told Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: "We don't want to see any more African Americans get fired. We don't want to see any more African Americans resigning." According to the mayor, about 20% of his appointed department heads are African American. This in a city with a black population of less than 10%.

Did the fall of Rome include this much low comedy and high drama? LAT


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30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It isn't the Blacks at fault here. Antonio promised them the world, like he promised every other community, just to get elected. You can't fault the Blacks for holding Antonio to his word - something no other community has been able to do, except the Jews of course.

This is what happens when you tell people what they want to hear just to get elected. Sooner or later someone's going to call you on it.

October 30, 2007 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, it doesn't matter what the Mayor thinks or the three Councilmembers think.

What matters is what ZD decides.

When he has made his decision, he'll tell the Mayor and he will follow his instructions.

If he doesn't, then ZD will call him a bunch of stupid names and really show him who's boss.

October 30, 2007 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did our Midget Mexican Mayor have anything dealings with Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. Sheriff Mike Carona is under investigation by the feds.

Thanks to Mayor Sam's blog we know how the mayor is a very shady character, and is responsible for every thing shady.

Zuma better get over to Orange County and save them from the corruption.

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ttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-carona30oct30,0,327619.story?


Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from a lengthy investigation into allegations that he had misused his office for financial gain, law enforcement officials said Monday.

The indictment, filed under seal, is expected to be made public soon, perhaps as early as today, officials said.

October 30, 2007 9:14 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

9:03am,

Thanks for the props...whether you meant for it to be or not. DAMN...I MUST HAVE ROCKED YOUR WORLD. Still talking about me -- on an issue i have never discussed. (Got your mind on your zuma, and your zuma on your mind!) looks like i win!

October 30, 2007 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN.......... how can you be only 10% of the city's population and have more than 20% of the city management positions (GM's & AGM's) and STILL cry racism? why is the media letting them get away with it? why are they scared to call it like you see it? Not only do they have large numbers of management positions but when they leave they cost the city millions. Follow the money trail of African Amer. employees that have left the city. Gloria jeff to start you name the rest .

October 30, 2007 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:00 a.m. loser: Only you think the Jews were sitting around waiting for Antonio and the Hispanics to promise them the world. Seems to me, they're the ones with the money and power to have helped him get elected just like they did with Tom Bradley. If they'd wanted to play the Jewish clique game they'd have gone with Hertzberg or someone more popular and electable than him -- they thought they were helping the guy who's best for all the groups of the city. I'm not Jewish, but I'm struck by how broadminded they've been as a group, while most whites were like, yikes, here come the dark people.

Got to work with the best of what we've got put forward. As for the blacks, if they're going to play this game, should just mean hiring fewer of them unless they're really really good. Means not giving them a chance because firing them will be a financial hit, and that is making the general public angry at blacks as a group. Not smart.

Like what they did with MLK for too many years, along with old libs like Janice Hahn. Made it a racial issue, so the inept people and policies weren't fixed in time to save the place. They have to stop their 70's tactics and work with, not against, the rest of the city.

October 30, 2007 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can bet the African Americans are sorry they voted for Antonio after he made major promises to them. They were afraid that Antonio would cater to the illegals who have moved into their neighborhoods and cause blight and more gang violence. Hahn always had the majority of the black vote and because of bitter bernie lost a lot of it. However, you talk to the top leaders in the black community and they will tell you Hahn treated them better, had more on staff and never fired them or treated them as 3rd class citizens like Villaraigosa is doing now.

October 30, 2007 10:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It feels strange to be defending the mayor, but when he's right, he's right. It's real difficult to be wrong all the time.

General Managers should be fired when they aren't doing a good enough job, and shouldn't be protected because of their race.

There were those who argued that Police Chief Bernard Parks shouldn't have been released because of his race, and if Mayor Hahn had listened to them, we wouldn't have Bratton.

How does the quality of government improve if an African American GM knows that he or she can't be fired regardless of what they do?

October 30, 2007 11:16 AM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

11:16, you've got to get with the times -- demanding accountability is so 2004.

October 30, 2007 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
We know the mayor is wrong if he fires Jeff and wrong if he keeps Jeff.

That damn midget mexican mayor can't do anything right!!!

The mayor should have kept Jeff and ignored all the mid-level mangagers who worked under her, and could not get along with the pushy and divisive Jeff.

October 30, 2007 11:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I do sense reverse racism. Why do only blacks, mexicans, asians count? Whites are now the minority here in LA anyway. Why isn't there a white coalition to make sure whites get GM jobs.Maybe we need a White Pride movement or something.

Here's one. The GM of Animal Services is a white guy. Fire him and appoint a black, mexican or asian. Too bad only white people applied for the GM and AGM positions.

If only we could actually hire the best candidate. Hiring someone based on color or because you owe someone a favor or they're your counsin's sister is sad.

October 30, 2007 12:12 PM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

11:59, I disagree.

By all rational accounts, firing Jeff was the right thing to do -- and brave, given the current climate.

By the way, the mayor is an American of Mexican descent and stands well over 147 cm, which disqualifies him as a little person.

October 30, 2007 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm a 5'8" female and I'm taller than the mayor. He's like 5'6" or something. Average for a guy is 5'10". He is short.

October 30, 2007 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Wikipedia said:

5'6" is average for Mexican-Americans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height

October 30, 2007 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello 12:55 , who is 5'8", are you, hot looking and single?

I am a Mayor Sam groupie and midget mayor basher. I think the city council should be called the city clowncil. And I believe everything Zuma, Mayor Sam and Red-Spot write on this blog. I know the mayor and every clowncil member is shady, oh wait the new DWP manger must be shady since he knows the midget mayor.

If I sound like your type of man please write back.

Yea, yea, hoody hooo !!!!

October 30, 2007 1:24 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Villar and "MINI VILLAR" are one in the same.

October 30, 2007 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hellloooo Robin Kramer is considered WHITE and in a very powerful position add to the fact she's a female. I dont' care what color you are whether minority or not. Antonio needs to understand the laws on firing or "letting employees go." He acts like a dictator and thinks its ok to just tell someone they're fired. Not anymore in this day and age and especially if its a FEMALE, MINORITY and oh hell if you're a single mom minority. The EEOC and California State labor laws protect employees from asshole bosses like Antonio who think just because they are in power they could do whatever they like. If they do they'll pay and look how much it cost to get rid of Jeff?

October 30, 2007 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know that of all the employees Huizar let go how many lawsuits were filed? Rumor has it there were a couple they tried to keep shhhhhh!!!

October 30, 2007 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

let's see Antonio's Homeland Security guy who by the way is a complete idiot on homeland security is a Muslim and even the feds couldn't believe AV gave him that job. Then you have another outsider Jeff Carr who people have to point out where the gangs in LA are for him. He doesn't know his way around LA and needs a map to find South LA and East LA. then you have this DWP guy and how many more foreigners is Antonio putting in top positions in our city?

October 30, 2007 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't anyone understand that the Councilmembers are just playing to their constituentcies?

They can't win by taking action, so they bluster, like ZD, about the Mayor better watch out, better not pout, etc.

Question: what can they do about it if he does what they tell him not to do?

Answer: nothing.

Maybe they can call him a Midget Mexican Mechista Mayor. That'll scare him a bunch.

Hell, it allows ZD to control him totally, and have him work his will.

Let's blame ZD for Gloria Jeff being fired; he is the one advising the Mayor, right?

October 30, 2007 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:12

You are so right!
migiot mechista mayor,and
sellouts boxer and feinstein
will all be gone soon all we
have to do is stop the illegal
voting that is putting them in office!
Speak Out and Vote!
Raid,Deport,Repeat!

October 30, 2007 2:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MORE DELETIONS OF ANYTHING INTELLIGENT, which of course rebuts the retards who write on this blog in agreement with zuma, antonio watch and wet spot.

Like to the moron at 1:41 who's calling Nihai a "foreigner" (for the nth time, this fool's patterns are too recognizable and he;s been called on it by many people). Nihai, as is widely reported in the papers, has lived in the hills and owned a Century City lawfirm for many years. Has volunteered in civic organizations and for free, has lots of friends in the community.

The real foreigners are matt dowd, Sam from Ioway, zuma from Ohio, but above all that loser dowd, who comes here from Australia, peddles his crap on the beach using up space meant for beachgoers as his free shop, undercutting the people who rent stores and pay taxes. Now loser dowd, hunt are suing the city, and they and zuma should be given a bill for the amount of time they've wasted at city hall.

They are the real useless pests and foreigners. Like fool at 1:41: where did you crawl here from, anyway?

October 30, 2007 4:31 PM  

Blogger Antonio Watch said:

Who deleted what?

October 30, 2007 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All anyone would have to do to stop the wrongful terminations and payouts in city hall is SUE THE MAYOR. That's right sue the Mayor. I'm surprised of all the sexual harrassement that goes on in city hall by Reyes, Zine and Antonio no one is suing or they're being paid off and the whole thing kept quiet. When you have Latino men who don't know how to behave like mature grown adults and they act like they're in Mexico calling women honey, baby, sugar, baby, telling them they have nice boobs they like their legs or the short skirt, etc. that's called sexual harrassement.

October 30, 2007 5:02 PM  

Anonymous zuma dogg said:

4:31pm,

Did YOU just say anything intelligent? maybe if the thread was about "sour grapes from a defeated loser" you would have been da bomb!

October 30, 2007 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Sam didn't give you the keys to the blog you'd be a non-entity.

No one reads yuor other blogs now, so you hijack other people's posts to get attention, ZD.

You are a classic Attention Whore.

Why don't you take matt and your other two fans and go haunt some other person's place? We're pretty sick of you around here.

October 30, 2007 9:22 PM  

Anonymous phineas banning said:

Hello Ulisses @ 4:31. I thought I smelled your stench emanating from the blog... phew, you stink worse than the odor you accuse Zuma Dogg of having!

Don't look now, but the ghosts of your past will come back to haunt you... and not only for Halloween.

October 30, 2007 9:46 PM  

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
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/search?q=mecha

October 31, 2007 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brava!!! (That's "Euro" for well-done!).

October 31, 2007 1:02 PM  

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1;33 not as many as rudy montiel at the housing auth, count them

November 03, 2007 2:08 AM  

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