Outtakes from the "Cut and Paste Barrio" of Los Angeles
"It was a harsh, negative race that had plenty of critics, including Councilman Jose Huizar, an attorney himself, who appeared at Weiss' Tuesday gathering at Canter's.
' The public doesn't deserve this,' Huizar told reporters standing on Fairfax Avenue. ' But that's the nature of the game.' "
So who and whom was the "Barrio Pimp, Jose Huizar" refering to with his comments ?
One e-mailer had this comment.
One wonders: Was Mr. Huizar criticizing the nature of a political campaign or was he saying that the Los Angeles public does not deserve to have Carmen Trutanich as City Attorney?
Or was he reflecting on how the results of the City Attorney Race would impact his political career as noted in these comments to Daniel Hernandez in his classic column on "MAPs, Mexican Ammerican Princes".
We did some research, and I am the first Latino immigrant on the City Council,” says Huizar, who was born in Zacatecas. “It encapsulates the growing Latino population in L.A. that someone like me” — his eyes flutter a bit — “can come to this country (Thanks to the Coyote ??), and because of the educational opportunities, represent the community. It’s huge.”
It’s also “huge,” he says, that he sits on the Princeton Board of Trustees, the first and only Latino to do so. He frequently points this out. He also admits that many of his achievements in L.A. politics have been due to his close relationship with Mayor Villaraigosa ("Papi"). Then, without being asked about the topic, Huizar brings up the possibility that he could one day succeed his mentor. “People say, ‘Oh you want to be mayor,’ but I’m happy doing what I do now. I’m very happy being a City Council member,” Huizar insists. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid. I used to ask myself, why can’t Boyle Heights have the parks, all the infrastructure. Now I can do something about that.”(How about honest government ??)
The whole time, Huizar is fiddling with his cell phone, tearing up a napkin, looking down. Even he seems to hardly believe himself.( A rare moment of truth).
Maybe the "Barrio Pimp, Jose Huizar", should spend more time looking behind, for one may find that some are gathering for a challenge in 2011.
*Adelante and Whiteside Redevelopment Merger Moving Forward.
*Boyle Heights Activists Eyeing Monterey Park Ban on Street Vending.
*State Senator Gil Cedillo Bill on 710 Tunnel Resolution Moving Forward.
*Huizar's Proposal for Broadway Parking Garage Raises Eye Brows.