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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes on the Local Political News

Meet the familia that doubles as the local political machine in Los Angeles.
And when the mijos or mijas of machine members get in trouble like "Lil Fabian", Esteban Nunez and his "Hazard Crew Homies", what actions do the elders of the "familia" undertake in protecting their own ??
Letters and more letters, as LA Weekly Christine Pelisek reports in her extensive article, "Esteban Nunez Case: Bad Little Suburban Boys". , and their results ??
Lawyering up with top firepower worked well. A week later, on December 9, though it shocked Santos’ friends and family, Judge Szumowski reduced bail from $2 million to $1 million for all the men — after dozens of character letters seeking leniency arrived at the court.
While not uncommon in murder cases, these particular letters really stood out. They came from union honchos, California politicos and high-powered friends of Fabian Núñez, including Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, former and current California Assembly members Dario Frommer and Kevin De Leon, and many others.
“In my heart, I know Esteban Núñez as a young man of good and upright character,” wrote Villaraigosa. Assemblyman De Leon described Núñez as “considerate, gentle and well-mannered.” Labor honcho Durazo wrote that young Núñez “took responsibility by working” at a grocery store. “Going to college showed me that he was preparing for his future. He didn’t take anything for granted.”
Núñez “is a nonviolent, sweet young man” who “has stayed in school and perseveres on,” wrote Tracy Campbell of the California Hospital Association — a close associate of Esteban Núñez’ high-powered mom.
Even Corina Villaraigosa, the mayor’s publicity-shy ex-wife, weighed in. “I know that Esteban is in school and working toward a bachelor’s degree.”
One can grasp the power of written spin, errrr, written testimonials.
City O.K.'s 7 Billion Dollar Budget, for now.
City Council members unanimously approved a $7.01 billion budget on Wednesday but warned that spending could be cut if city unions fail to make concessions and if the state takes local money to fix its own financial mess.
The budget calls for some 2,000 layoffs, scales back many city programs and essentially slices about 15 percent, on average, from every city department.
As Rick Orlov reports, this not a done deal, but the unions should ask the mayor why non-profits are being given city money to undertake tasks that the likes of Recreation and Parks have done in the past..., see Legacy LA.
Councilman Parks and Zine, Mayor shouldn't control Pension Boards.
Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bernard C. Parks said no single politician should be able to control a board majority at both the Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System and Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions -- agencies that invest billions of dollars on behalf of retired public employees.
Note to Zine and Parks, This is yours and the other 12 clowns, (minus Mayor Papi's "Lil Mijo" in CD-14), time to reassert control over the Mayor's politicalization of various city departments.
Teacher starts hunger strike to protest.
A group of teachers and community activists started a hunger strike Wednesday in protest of the Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to lay off thousands of teachers.
At least nine teachers and two activists are participating in the action, said Sean Leys, a Lincoln High School teacher.
What you know!! a rare teachable moment in LAUSD on dieting, advocating and not teaching at the same time.
"Landslide Koretz" still not "Councilman Koretz".
As of Tuesday, Koretz led challenger David "Ty" Vahedi by 702 votes, winning 18,286 in last week's election compared to Vahedi's 17,584 in the 5th Council District race.
Koretz, a former state assemblyman, sent an e-mail to supporters shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, saying that 100 votes were left to count and that he could safely call himself the winner.
However, Los Angeles County election officials said his declaration of victory was premature. The Registrar's Office estimates that 500 to 1,000 ballots remain uncounted. Those include 100 damaged ballots, with the remainder being uncounted mail-in or provisional ballots.
Wow, no comment or mutterings from the "Progressive Viking of Spin" ??
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Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're shitting me. Antonio wrote a character reference letter for Nunez's scum-murderer brat?

Now this is a rallying cry for RECALL. "Antonio sides with murderer."

May 28, 2009 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard Santos's dad interviewed. He was scared shittless of that dirty thug Fabian Nunez. didn't want to say anything bad about precious little Estaban, etc. Disgusting mobsters they are, including the Gangbanger Mayor Tony Villar

May 28, 2009 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Red Squat know the definition of "Outtakes"?

May 28, 2009 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio also wrote a letter for Horatio Vignali's sonwho was convicted of trafficking hundreds of pounds of cocaine. His Black co-defendants are still in jail.

In that same letter (i guess it is a form letter now) he also wrote:
“In my heart, I know (fill in the blank) as a young man of good and upright character,” wrote Villaraigosa

"In my heart!!!??" Is this the same heart that sold "reds" in the barrio before they were known as date rape drugs? Is this the same heart that abandoned four families and broke up several others - including that of his best friend? Is this the same heart that used a box cutter at the La Fonda incident - long before the 9-11 hijackers forever ingrained this weapon in our memories?

But it doesn't matter what kind of "heart" you have so long as you have Parke Skelton there to fool the masses.

May 28, 2009 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio will not be recalled. he just got re elected and that is the end of the story. unless you are some one like phil genderjane who does things just for the self serving of the ego.

what is really funny is that phil said he was surprised at the outcome during the city hall meeting the day after the election that is funny phil really thought he was going to win and did not forsee his last place finish to a homeless man, antonio and unknowns like gordon turner or walter for that matter

May 28, 2009 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD5. Let's say there are 1000 ballots outstanding. At most 1000 ballots produce 900 votes (because of drop off) Vahedi is 702 votes behind. To make up a 702 vote deficit he would have to win the 900 votes 800 to 100 -- 89% to 11%. The race is over. It's Councilman Koretz.

May 28, 2009 9:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, AV wrote a letter 'defending a murderer,' how about that, considering Jack Weiss has condemned those who defend criminals. F'ing Jackass!

Of course, the media didn't do a hit piece on Weiss about that did they?

May 28, 2009 9:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD5 - what about the ballots that did not have either Koretz or Vahedi's name on them? I've heard that at least 5 polling stations had these incorrect ballots. That must amount to more than 1000?

As a CD5 resident, I hope Vahedi makes it. Koretz is a hack who will just be a Weiss clone.

May 28, 2009 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just so people know who is doing all of this sour grapes loser spinning regarding the new city attorney, then names James Unger and David Jacobsen of the Weiss campaign should be noted. ELECTION OVER GUYS! Capishe! Expect the mayor's office to be Capishing it for you!

May 28, 2009 10:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice the girl on the left is throwing a gang sign.

May 28, 2009 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

then you should have elected someone else, like Zuma Dogg, who higby endorsed, or phil genderjane, who higby lets mess up this blog.

Or walter.

otherwise, you didn't do enuf to get out villar.

May 28, 2009 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1055 AM = Wacko Walter who won't go away.

May 28, 2009 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:50- If I aren't mistaken that's the sign for the notorious Keystone Crips.

May 28, 2009 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot please GET OVER MIRTHALA! She is a MARRIED WOMAN you creep!

May 28, 2009 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anything that those letter writers say about "He's not a violent kid," doesn't matter since he apparently was violent at least ONCE, and "allegedly" was the one who killed the victim ( and I don't say "allegedly killed" since that sounds like you're not sure if he's been killed).

All the influence-wielding just shows you that this group really is goal oriented, and that justifies the means.

THe kid could be found "not guilty" of some charge, but he is by no means "innocent" if you heard any of his loudmouth bragging about getting off because of his father's influence.

All these guys are sure not role models for parents, and even less for honest politicians- but they could be poster boys for corrupt politicians easily, just a matter of who you want to pick.

May 28, 2009 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:31, I'm sick of hearing how Weiss "condemned defense attorneys." What he objected to and made it very clear was that Trutanich lied about what he's been doing, saying he's a public prosecutor fighting gangs and getting shot at and all that stuff that he hasn't done in decades. Just like he's not an environmental attorney like he ran on to fool people but has been doing the opposite. The people who he trotted out to support his contentions are those he worked with back in the early 80's.

If Trutanich was so proud of waht he's been doing in the LAST 25 YEARS he should say so not hide it and his clients, running on the ancient past. He didn't because the public wouldn't have voted for him if they knew the truth, other than the core right.

I heard Weiss say this in the KPCC interview. He sounded surprised anyone would think he equated attorneys with their clients. There was one ad which didn't make this clear and I think it really hurt him. I think the unions paid for that one but his campaign should have paid closer attention.

Like him or not, Weiss himself is far too smart to ever equate the two things and is far more brilliant than Trutanich could ever be. I'm a democrat and many of us think his campaign manager did a terrible job.

May 28, 2009 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if jerk weiss is so smart, how come he lost as an incumbent elected official to a virtual unknown?

if jerk weiss is so smart, how come he didn't take that recall effort as a wake up call to get his act together?

if jerk weiss is so smart, how come he is more reviled in this city than antonio villaraigosa or robin kramer?

May 28, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is going to write a letter for Antonio when the Feds come after him for the pension scam?

What the jury is going to see are the Facebook gang pictures these kids put up. Typical parents in denial about their kids. Were these letters written on city letterhead? All these Latino politicos are nothing then thugs themselves with no class so what do you expect their kids to be like. I hope San Diego throws away the keys to these arrogant little rich kids.

May 28, 2009 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:31 aka Jacobsen/Unger - do you really think lying about Jack Weiss's attack ads works here?

The ad did not say "Trutanch is not a prosecutor he's defense attorney," it condemned him for the clients he represented and everyone knows that.

Your weaselly ads turned off voters alright - to your candidate! Total backfire that drew the condemnation of all informed voters. Even that liberal hack Erwin Chemerinsky's hit piece couldn't help you.

Your strategy sucked almost as much as your candidate. Trying to defend it now is like trying to explain that there were enough life rafts on the Titanic, but the passengers didn't use them. It's pathetic.

Weiss's hypocrisy is fair game here. His campaign will stand as one of the most expensive in LA for the least amount of votes for a long time.

As for Weiss being 'so smart,' he (and you) fucked up royally with the Kelly Candaele illegal fundraiser, and then the felon fundraiser. To make matters worse, the 'smart' Jack Weiss then lied about it on tv! He's not smart, he's a fucking genius!

I don't think there's ever been a less popular, more hated, despicable candidate since [insert name of any asshole], and the more you try to defend him, the worse it gets.

I really don't know what you think you're achieving with the continued attacks on Trutanich, the election is over, Jack Weiss is over, and so are you.

May 28, 2009 3:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:31PM Defending Jackass Weiss:

"I'm a democrat" No kidding? " and many of us think his campaign manager did a terrible job."You talkin' about Averil 'Ace' Smith? Ya know, ya just can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear. Bit like Ace's Hillary campaign really, only at least she wasn't totally trashed the way Weiss was.

Ace got paid a lot of money to try to make Weiss look halfway electable, and he did get 44.5% of the vote - yellow dog democrats, mostly of course.

But yes, there could have been a better strategy - like maybe, I dunno, not running at all?

I mean, it's not as if Weiss was termed out of CD5 is it? Oh, but then if you look at the figures for votes cast in CD5, Jack Weiss would have lost by an even bigger margin there.

Whoever it was that said Weiss should have listened to the Recall effort was right. Thankfully, Weiss was, how did you put it? Oh yes, "far more brilliant than Trutanich could ever be... to listen to his constituents.

The term 'arrogant' has been used by those inside city hall to describe Jack Weiss, and the shoe really fits well.

May 28, 2009 3:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:19/36: Berger/Fuentes/Rumpole, the tired venon just DRIPS off your computer. And no you don't represent the majority or anyone I'd ever want to know. No one bothers to "reply to you" because you're not operating out of logic or intent to reason but illogical hate and spite.

Of course no one has the right to offer an opinion or tell the truth if it doesn't confirm your vitriol. We had enough of YOU in your campaign with Walter Moore, go away. Attempts to silence opponents through harassment and, if need be, intimidation and threats is all I see from you, zuma dogg and other acolytes.

May 28, 2009 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


THESE TWO POSTS OF YOURS ARE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG- you troll sites all day looking to spew your venom.

As if the repetitive comments and "style" weren't enough, that link is something you're obsessed with.

But what about the Ch. 7 interview where Trutanich is shown to be ignorant about legal code as well as incompetent and unethical in their dealings with Chemerinsky? Usher who was announced as future chief of staff at a fundraiser you attended, Berger, but then the didn't disclose it publicly until JUST NOW so she could write hit pieces (like the one for the Weekly on Jane Goldberg) without disclosing her relationship to Trutanich.

That's my final even sideways "reply" to you. I don't engage punks and bullies whose only aim is to pick a fight.

May 28, 2009 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Bitter Berger, a lightbulb moment for you from Dr. Freud!

Although there is no apparent treatment for your condition since you people are resistant to therapy, sure the world owes you and it's not your fault, HERE's SOME FREE ANALYSIS. (Goes double for zuma dogg and quite a few of those most passionate behind you and Trutanich's campaigns.)

The L A Slimes itself, 5/25/09:

"People who feel they've been wronged by someone and are so bitter they can barely function other than to ruminate on their circumstances."

YOU at home and "taking time off with your family," here, there, everywhere, zuma who's so obsessed he can't even get a job. All dating to that t-shirt incident.

"Embittered people are typically good people who have worked hard at something important, a job, relationship or activity." But when they suffer a setback or loss, "instead of dealing with the loss with the help of family and friends, they cannot let go of the feeling of being victimized...THEY BECOME ANGRY, PESSIMISTIC, AGGRESSIVE, HOPELESS HATERS."

Bitter Berger and fellow haters, see thyselves in the mirror of truth!!! Repent, save yourselves.

May 28, 2009 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:11, 4:18, 4:45

Losing really sucks doesn't it!

Of course, losers can't let go, become obsessive, nasty, and boring.

You lost. Have a nice day.

May 29, 2009 12:30 AM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

Wrong, 10:50AM. That's no gang sign she be throwin'-- Senorita Thang say, like: "Me homeboy Estaban's chorizo ees dees beeeeg!"

May 29, 2009 4:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On CD 5, there were a few (less than a hundred) absentee voters who received ballots without the council race listed. Not enough to make a difference given the margin.

May 29, 2009 5:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

as of Friday afternoon Councilmember elect Paul Koretz had 725 votes with just a few hundred left to count

May 29, 2009 9:21 PM  

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