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Friday, May 15, 2009

Mayor Sam Exclusive: Sudden Changes at RPLAC

I have been mentioning in blogs how the Conservative segment of the Republican Party has been battling the Moderates for control at the City, State, and National levels. The frustration boiled over on Thursday night at the County meeting of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC), which is the largest Republican organization in the largest county in the United States.

An undisclosed member said in a very calm and respectful manner that  "This is not about Glen Forsch. He is a decent and honorable man. The Party just needed to go in a different direction."

Various members and committee chairmen voted on removing the current leadership from their positions.

The newly elected leadership at RPLAC are :

Jane Barnett - Chairman
Gary Aminoff - 1st Vice Chairman
John Cozza - 2nd Vice Chairman
Alex Burrola - Secretary
Davina Keiser - Assistant Secretary
Leonard Lanzi - Treasurer
Gwen Patrick - Assistant  Treasurer

I congratulate them and wish them well. I hope this signals a turn to the right for our party and a return to traditional Republican values of limited government, individual freedom, and lower taxes.


41 Comments:

Blogger Adam Haverstock said:

Hey Phil.

I was at the meeting. The issue wasn't about conservatives versus moderates, it was about newbies versus experience. Glen was a newbie and many of the LA County Party's major donors didn't want to donate to a party led by a guy with no political experience.

The team elected are political veterans who are supposed to lead the party during this tough time.

Let's hope they are successful...

May 15, 2009 1:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ABB.

Anybody But Boyds!!!

Now. try to collect the $35,000 that Jimmy Hahn's campaign paid Doug Boyd for "consulting" fees.

They should give it to the County Party since Hahn paid it for them getting the Lincoln Clubs' endorsements and also each of the then members of the L.A.County Central Committee.

Maybe, just maybe, the Republican Party has a chance to rise again.

But it won't be by supporting slugs like ZD or others featured on this blog, you can bet on that...

May 15, 2009 4:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nobody cares.
And nobody has even heard of these people. Go home Phil. You have a birthday clown gig waiting for you.

May 15, 2009 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have attended every executive meeting of RPLAC. The candidate selection is pathetic and only way those piss poor candidates can win as Republicans...is never. The party is broke, the people don't vote for them, and there is a divide between the "less taxes more genocide" group and the "lets obey The Constitution" group. The old board members would have been the best chance to revive this Whig II party...in the long run. But the neo-con Rush groupies need their genocide fix and fast! (good luck). BTW Jane Barnett is a proven loser to Krekorian by a whoopin.
The tactics they used to accomplish this "coup" were outrageous. For Xmas's sake, they appointed a non-resident non-committee member as temp-chair.
They might as well have just brought the baseball bats and swung their way through it. It was sickening. That's why the party is dead and pennyless!

May 15, 2009 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another example of the Republican Party is dysfunctional in this state. 5 months into the team they replace it!
News flash for the Republicans, you keep losing because you recycle the same leaders and CHOOSE ignore the younger members of the party. 28 years old here and a registered Republican, and I can tell you that the city party, the SFV "club" are a bunch of old people holding on to the slightest bit of power they think they have.
It's not conservitves vs. moderates. Its old vs young. And the Republican party wants to tbe party of the old conservative and not the new and young conservative.

The Republican party in this state and in LA has no leadership apparateus. No chain formula. They follow the national mantra when they should develop a state program and have the local "clubs" fall in line.

And before anyone responds, the CYR and other young republican groups are a joke as well. They've become groups for people wanting to build a resume to get jobs with elected republicans. They don't care about the party, the citizens or the people.

How else can you explain that Republicans in the state are blamed for everything, when democrats have been in control for over a decade?

May 15, 2009 7:37 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Adam,

If it was truly about experience, then why did the County elect all these "newbies" just a few months ago in the first power struggle with the Boyds? It doesn't make any sense to me.

I am with the Conservatives, and from your website, I believe you are in the Moderate camp.

Jane has stated publicly some of her views about getting back to our traditional values as a Party. I know Gary fairly well and I trust him 100%.

I believe this move is a turn to the right for RPLAC. I certainly hope so.

But, maybe it is as you say... I just don't see it like that.

May 15, 2009 8:02 AM  

Blogger Dan said:

Gary Aminoff held the purse strings for the corrupt Boyds and the just ousted RPLAC execs. I wouldn't trust that guy further than I can through him...and he's 6'4". Its one thing to remove the Chairman, but they removed everybody. That means it was ideologically motivated and a power grab by vested interests. Now Gary Aminoff is 1st Vice Chairman! I wonder if he stole any of that RPLAC money? Now go on Republicans...keep working for crooks. That's why I'm an Independent!

May 15, 2009 8:04 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Interesting that Gary Aminoff seems to be part of each wave of leadership changes.

The Republicans are probably doomed. Rather than focusing on proven Goldwater-Reagan Republican values, the Bush-Cheney corpratist crooks in partnership with the butt-sex obsessed wingnuts are destined to drive the GOP into oblivion.

I'm close to re-registering.

May 15, 2009 8:14 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

We all know who 703 is and why the bitch is still mad at the LA GOP. He never can let a grudge go.

May 15, 2009 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, if you are such a leader in the republican party, why aren't YOU in one of these positions?

After all, aren't you the "blah, blah, blah" director of whatever your dopey group is called?

Either you are overstating your qualifications - again - or noone in your party knows who the hell you are!

May 15, 2009 8:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glen Forsch ponied up $30k of his own money to keep the party afloat for the next two years. And they go and assassinate him! It seems like the only way the RPLAC is profitable is if they get consulting fees for supporting liberals and the crooks at the top keep the change! This change in leadership is BAD! Most intelligent people know that the RNC is going to need many years to recover from Bush's Reichstag Fascist cabal! Especially in L.A. To remove the new board so fast is just ridiculous.

May 15, 2009 8:32 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

I think that the Republican Party of L.A. County COULD become a huge positive force in L.A. I wrote a memo to them the other day -- posted on my website -- about how they need to do things differently.

For example, they need to refrain from insulting liberals and Democrats, focus on facts when they argue for policy changes, and stop talking about abortion and gay marriage.

May 15, 2009 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whoa. Walter surfaces from the mudhole he took refuge in.

Hmmmm.


Not a fan of Aminoff.

May 15, 2009 9:01 AM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

Wow. Where to begin?

Adam is correct. It had to do with people who had no political experience and were floundering and needed to be replaced. It was not about conservative vs. moderate ideology. The current board runs a spectrum of social conservatives to social moderates, although all are fiscal conservatives.

736 you seem to be surprised at democracy in action. You are welcome to your opinion about who were the best leaders, but to claim that there was a "coup" and it was as though we used baseball bats. It seems to me that there were floor votes and the majority prevailed. If you don't like democracy, go somewhere else.

737 We do have programs for young people, including some very active Young Republican groups. If you want to know how to find them, contact me.

Dan, I'm 6'7" If you have any evidence that someone on the board is a crook, you should either publish it here or call the police.

832 Your facts are totally wrong. That didn't happen.

Those of you who are pessimistic about the future of the Republican Party have good reason for your pessimism. We intend to change the probable outcome.

For those of you who aren't fans of mine, I want to let you know that it doesn't matter to me. My concern is what will revive the Republican Party and conservative principles. I continue to spend a substantial amount of my time to do what I can to bring that about.

May 15, 2009 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gary,
you are a crook. CROOK! You lied about those financial numbers not being ready...and you probably are lying about exactly how much money was going out on a monthly basis. You sat there and did the dirty work for the boyd's and you smiled. You attend all these liberty minded social clubs but you're in it for the money...fake fake fake...and you facilitate mob tactics...and are probably a zionist shill at that for higher powers...ie. establishment. So who is it? You sir, have proven yourself a failure under boyd and forsch you are *magically* 1st Vice Chairman now ousting a decent group of people. That's not "democracy" that is a hostile takeover using brainwashed pawns! So get over the delusion. Did you write those "Glen Report's?" How many good people have you smeared to get across your wicked agenda of power at all costs? Forsch's smear is on your bloody hands. You steal, you smear good people, you turn an blind eye on corruption, but then you smile like your a good guy. Phoney! Forsch and Davis kept you on and you turncoated on Forsch and strangulated the party for your own personal gain. I don't really need to argue with you...its just obvious you are traitor to the Republic. If more of those brainwashed neo-cons had discernment you'd have your ass in prison stealing from your bedbuddy clients and not your fellow citizens. You intentionally brought a shill from Ventura whose an alien and a non-committee member who didn't show any credentials into a LA meeting to what amounts to the outrage of every single LA County voter! If they knew this, they would stone you! I hope Glen sues you right out of Century City. He would probably be doing some of your clients a favor. That was a mafioso takeover of RPLAC and wrong on so many levels.

May 15, 2009 10:04 AM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

10:04 Well, let me say this. You are impugning my character, which I don't appreciate. If you can find any evidence of my receiving any form of compensation of any kind in the three years I have acted as Treasurer you will be entitled to make the comments you made. I am willing to open my personal books to any accountant you want to hire to review them. I spend 20-30 hours per week on Republican activities for which I receive exactly zero compensation.

If you doubt that the financial statements were not ready to be presented last night, I suggest you call Fred Arjani, our accountant and ask him.

One thing that you can count on is that I tell the truth, as it is, and I am not in this for my personal benefit.

Secondly, Glen Forsch is an honorable man and a wonderful person. The fact is he was over his head and not capable of running a political party.

Thirdly, your comments are slanderous and libelous, but I won't waste my time and energy bringing a lawsuit against you.

May 15, 2009 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Oscar Ruiz said:

@ Walter Moore

I didn't attend the RPLAC meeting yesterday, but I supported the old board. Those people would have supported you without charge because you're a fighter and a principled guy. We need more of your caliber candidates to run for office...because so many suck eggs...except for your maverick penchant for burning political bridges...but hey, that might just be your high IQ. I don't really know any of the new board, but I hope they thumb up people like you who are non-partisan.

May 15, 2009 10:21 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Thanks for your comments -- I think -- but I don't know what you mean by burning bridges.

The Boyds went out of their way to prevent Republicans from knowing they had a Republican alternative to Hahn, Hertzberg, Villaraigosa, et al. (Actually, voters had two Republican alternatives if you count that other guy, t-shirt guy, whose platform was against "consumerism.")

In the run-off, Democrat Hahn "hired" Doug Boyd as a "consultant" for about $35,000, and the Boyds then pulled out all the stops to turn out the Republican vote for Hahn. They could have and should have made the same efforts months and months earlier for a Republican candidate -- any Republican candidate. If they didn't like the one running -- me -- they should have fielded someone else.

That Gary Aminoff is now in a top position is GREAT news for the City of L.A. I am convinced he will use his experience and dedication to bring people together -- Republicans, Independents and yes, even some Democrats who realize this city is out of control -- and improve the quality of life for everyone living here.

I'll probably be living in France by then, but that's beside the point. : )

May 15, 2009 11:40 AM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

OK, I take it back. After looking more closely at the definition of neo-conservative, I am not one. I am a traditional conservative who believes that the Constitution limits the federal government. I strongly stand for limited government, federalism and personal liberty. I don't fit into the definition of a neo-conservative.

May 15, 2009 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well too bad for you Gary Aminoff. Your words (that you are a neo-con) are all over the internet net and every Google search of your name from now until eternity will show you calling yourself that. lol

Now I just find it humorous that any Republican can think that people here will "come to their senses" soon. Actually, as Higby pointed out the other day, Bush kind of screwed up the credibility of your party. I doubt there will be a mad rush to conservatism any time soon.

Most young people are pro-choice, pro-gay and anti-racists. Unless they've been brainwashed by parental units, they're not going to be running to the Republican party any time soon.

But you're funny.

May 15, 2009 2:14 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

2:14 pm FTW!


ALSO!


xoxo

May 15, 2009 3:05 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

8:28 AM

You can question my leadership all you want, but you have clearly never seen me in action or seen my results.

In 2008 I worked as a Precinct Captain for the McCain campaign and helped the Westside headquarters make more phone calls than any other office in California.

And you...?

In March 09 I not only ran for Mayor of Los Angeles, but my attempt helped defeat Measure B and saved voters here in LA over 3.6 BILLION dollars.

And you...???

I'm now the Public Relations Spokesman for Westside Republicans. We are having a big Tea Party Rally in Westwood on Sunday. I will even be giving a speech to the crowd... I will help to defeat Proposition 1A and help save the citizens of this State over 14 BILLION in excessive taxes.

And you..??

And by the way, I would love to be an officer in some of the County Committees and organizations, but I don't have enough seniority. I only joined the party within the last two years, and am still in the process of establishing myself.

It would be easy for me to sit around and criticize others on the internet in anonymity, but I have more courage than that.

Some people actually get out there and do the work that needs to be done.

May 15, 2009 4:20 PM  

Blogger Adam Haverstock said:

2:14

"Most young people are pro-choice, pro-gay and anti-racists. Unless they've been brainwashed by parental units, they're not going to be running to the Republican party any time soon."

I am pro-choice, pro-gay and anti-racist, but I am Republican. The main unifying principle of the GOP is limited government and personal freedom. That is why young people will join the GOP, because they don't like being controlled by their government. It doesn't matter where you stand on social issues.

May 15, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil,
You running for Mayor had nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the defeat of Measure B. You can thank Ron Kaye and Co. for that. How dare you try to take any credit for that?

You worked a phone bank for McCain?
Many of us run banks year round for various causes. That's not leadership, that's what we do when we care about something.

Westside Republicans? I never even heard of these guys.

You live in a fantasy world where you are the center of the universe.

May 15, 2009 6:32 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

6:32 is showing total ignorance of the campaign.

I never said I was the only reason Measure B lost, but I was a MAJOR reason it did. I was one of the strongest critics of it when I appeared on TV programs on Fox and NBC. I called it "organized crime" by the Mayor and the IBEW when interviewed by the LA Times.
You think people don't notice strong language like that?

Measure B only lost by a tiny amount of votes.
1200 or so. 2400 people voted for me.
Do you understand math at all?

I made it clear to my voters...and ALL voters that Measure B had to go down. Some of the other candidates made the mistake of talking glowingly about solar power. I knew that was the wrong idea, as it might confuse voters, and I slammed Measure B every chance I got.

May 15, 2009 7:10 PM  

Anonymous Redku said:

I'm a Hoff no funny hoseybag. Make no crook but bootstrap silly clown. Wookie no man crumble cookie. Right turn no crap have sourdough. Costco.

May 15, 2009 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil,
People voting for you had nothing to do with Measure B. You are claiming credit for something that real people spent a lot of time working on. You are not a real person. You are an unemployed clown.

May 16, 2009 12:48 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Phil, I followed the Measure B campaign pretty closely and I just don't recall your name ever coming up. C'mon man, blaze your own path, don't try to ride on the backs of others.

May 16, 2009 1:43 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Joe B.

It is a shame that you don't know what you are talking about. Here is a link for you.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-questions-mayor-jennerjahn11-2009feb11,0,3915088.story

In my response to LA Times questions, I was able to sneak in a link to YouTube videos by Jack Humphreville and by Ron Kaye. The editing comments by the Times shows that it was supposed to be deleted. Hundreds of thousands of voters who didn't even know Ron or Jack had a chance to view their videos because of me.

I also sent an email to over 60,000 registered voters. If only 2% of them listened to me, then I made all the difference in the world.

You don't remember me being involved?

Ok...but did you ever check this website?

http://votenomeasureb.com/candidates.html

May 16, 2009 6:49 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Wow. I guess one man CAN make a difference.

May 16, 2009 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aminoff, you are the finance guy for the Boyds, so tell us, should they give the $35,000 to the LA County Republican Party? Yes or No?

Should they have been paid to get endorsements from Republicans for a Democrat running in a non-partisan race?

How aobut the endosement of the Lincoln Clubs? Do you think that was right to do?

Tell us, here and now, Gary. Or, STFU...

May 16, 2009 9:57 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Oh brother. Claiming you are MAJOR reason Measure B was defeated because
you mentioned a website is laughable.
You are putting yourself on par with the Solar 8 who went through hell, including being dragged to court, and writing the opposition statement.

As I said before, please do not ride on the backs of others to promote your own "career".

May 16, 2009 10:42 AM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

9:57 That happened before I was on the board or even very involved in any activities of RPLAC. Since I don't know all the facts, I won't comment.

I am just curious as to why you are going back to activities that took place 5 or more years ago rather than looking forward?

May 16, 2009 2:26 PM  

Blogger Gary Aminoff said:

9:57 Also, I am not the finance guy for the Boyd's. I have no idea where you ever got that idea.

May 16, 2009 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sure Adam, that is exactly why all of the socially liberal, younger people will flock to the Republican party. It's because they don't want governmental interference.

Praise Jesus.

May 17, 2009 12:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Adam-

How many pictures of yourself do you have out there to post?

I see you live in Northridge.

Just out of curiosity, how tall are you? Are you shorter than 5'9"?

-Just Curious

May 17, 2009 12:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One more thing Adam - did you attend CSUN and if so, which fraternity did you belong to?

May 17, 2009 12:42 AM  

Anonymous Alex Burrola said:

It's great to see the kind of ridiculous charges and allegations people will throw out when they can hide behind "Anonymous".

Pure cowardice.

May 17, 2009 3:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Certainly, the accusations of chicanery involving Gary Aminoff are spurious...but not impossible. I had a conversation with Vladmir Cymbal recently ( VP of the SFV Republican Club ) and he called this whole sudden change in leadership a "first coup" and it was obviously preplanned. Then we had a wonderful conversation about torturing Sheik Mohammed and "terrorists" in general. The man has a self-assured "I'm never wrong" glazed look in his eyes. Wonderful people leading the Republicans. But does it matter really? Tina Parks is the closest thing to a Republic ( and maybe Trutanich ) winning in this last election...

May 22, 2009 2:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Greetings esteemed RPLAC Members,

My name is Robert W. Vaughn and I am now the legal Chairman of the
Republican Party of Los Angeles County Central Committee.

Many of you have most likely received my letter with the supporting
documents regarding the events which took place during the general
committee meeting on May 14th, 2009. For those of you that did not
receive this mailing, or have questions regarding this announcement, I
would like to simply explain that events which transpired at this
meeting have legally left myself as the current Chairman of RPLAC.

Reasons for this outcome can be further explained in the
Professional Parliamentarian Opinion linked below. This expert
conclusion is due to the resignation of our previous Chairman and First
Vice-Chairman during the meeting, and that according to our Bylaws, have
made me, previously the Second Vice-Chair, as the current Chairman.

I believe in full transparency concerning what transpired in executive
board, executive committee, and all other meetings. Many actions which
transpired during the May 14th meeting were illegal, conducted by a
falsely represented "certified parliamentarian" temporary chair,
resulting in an improper abuse of the RPLAC bylaws and parliamentary
procedure.

In an effort to adhere to my belief in full transparency, I have
provided both audio files of that meeting along with the Professional
Parliamentarian's Opinion including support documents located on our
RPLAC website:

http://www.lagop.us/displayContent.asp.html

- Audio Recording of Meeting
- Professional Parliamentarian Opinion/Ruling
- Letter from American Institute Parliamentarians discrediting the
temporary chairman presiding over the illegal proceedings (Mike Osborn)
- Letter from National Association of Parliamentarians discrediting the
temporary chairman presiding over the illegal proceedings (Mike Osborn)
- RPLAC Bylaws (which outlines the succession procedure between the
Chairman and the Vice-Chairs)

June 18, 2009 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, bombshell! How is this not LA Times front page news?

June 22, 2009 12:42 AM  

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