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Sunday, May 31, 2009

USC = "University of Scandalous Conduct" in Sports and City Politics ??

For us in Los Angeles who cheer for the great "Institute of Higher Learning in Westwood" (while wanting to forget that a certain Mecha activist who graduated as "Tony Villar"), whenever they meet the "spoil, pompous children" from the "Four Year Community College on Fig.", on the field of play, today's expose in the Los Angeles Times, "USC, SILENCE IS THE CARDINAL RULE" is an exercise in "better late than never".

And for many who look to sports as a useful and needed diversion from the realities of life. Jokes (will USC be able to play under the salary cap ??) and more jokes (O.J. slash and cuts across the field and into Brentwood!!), mixed in with possible NCAA Sanctions and a possible revocation of a National Championship, will be the by product of the on-going investigation into USC athletics.

But with the Los Angeles Times decision to assign investigated reporter Paul Pringle (who's investigated reporting exposed the corruption by Tyrone Freeman at SEIU 6434), to the growing controversy in Heritage Hall, the "OLD GRAY HAG ON SPRING STREET" may want to expand their investigated coverage beyond the "field of play" and into the "halls of local government".

With USC expansion plans underway near its main campus, mixed in with their ambitious plans for the area around the Health Science Campus in Lincoln Heights, this is the right moment to thoroughly investigate how the "USC WAY" is forced upon the surrounding communities.

Recently, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed USC Vice President of government and community relations Thomas S. Sayles to the Department of Water and Power Commission.

And who would be the front person for USC in the 'halls of government" ?? None other than USC's registered lobbyist at City Hall, David Galaviz (pictured above with cake).

This is the same David Galaviz who is well known to the populace in Lincoln Heights, where he recently served USC and other Special Interests well, as President of the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council.

Whether it was getting the "youth vote", shilling for the "Las Villas Project", steering gang contracts to USC affiliated groups such as V.I.P., giving away public property to bogus non-profits such as Legacy LA, and now fronting USC attempt to subsidizes their Capital Building Program with CRA money, Galaviz is the mouth piece and shill that speaks over community concerns.

These were some of Galaviz past actions as LHNC President.

Earlier in the year, this body voted to support the controversial "Las Villas Project" on the corner of Broadway and Thomas (old Rose Eye Center location). Later on the same night that Councilman Ed Reyes announced the end of the "Las Villas Project", NC members proposed giving money to support a community event for Jenny Krusoe's "Legacy LA Project". Yet at no time did any of the USC employees or Violence Intervention Program staff member Eileen Sanchez recuse themselves from voting, and not cite that their respective employers have a vested interest in the successful completion of the "Legacy LA Project".

Rumor has Galaviz comtemplating some future run for political office (CD-14 ??) with his recent move from Lincoln Heights into El Sereno.

But while Galaviz's political aspirations may take years or never play out, the desires of his employer and ramifications on local communities are playing out now on the "field of play", in the catacombs of the NCAA, and most important, the "halls of governments".

Conquest at any cost ??

Your thoughts.....................................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

You decide this is a story NOW that "the Nooch" who's been the go-to guy for USC jocks accused of beatings and rapes is in charge of the chicken coop with his other USC drinking buddy Cooley? Give me a friggin' break. The Slimes MIGHT investigate this now that their endorsee is out of private practice. But not TOO deep, don't want to dig up anything.

Honestly this city is fu*ed, a city council full or morons who are fighting like dogs over bones now that they sense weakness in the mayor, no real papers just opinionated slime posing as reporting, a mayor who's suddenly realizing he's the only one in love with himself, and a city attorney who's a lying, double-dealing yahoo. Sit back and buckle your seatbelts as the next four years is the E ticket to hell.

May 31, 2009 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another sad day in our Democracy
“pay to play.”

May 31, 2009 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Galaviz with Michael Amerian at one of Nuch's campaign events. Gee isn't that just a funny coincidence?

May 31, 2009 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Michael Amerian?

May 31, 2009 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:39 "...and a city attorney who's a lying, double-dealing yahoo."

Man are you out of touch. Don't you follow the news? Delgadillo is out on July 1, and Weiss fucked up so badly that he's not going to be city attorney either.

There was an election on May 19, 2009, and Trutanich won by 11.5%. So relax, at least there's one good guy in city hall.

Weiss and all his losers just couldn't deliver for Villar and are blaming the Slimes, talk radio and Ace Smith for Jack's downfall. All the lies about the NRA, seal killers, polluters, and USC jocks didn't work then, and don't worry, it won't work now.

May 31, 2009 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:55, trying to deflect and talk nonsense isn't going to work. Your guy's been front and center of the USC "culture" for years and everyone knows it. If the Times had done its job this story would have come out long ago -- this stuff has been brewing and all over the sports pages and blogs since early this decade, become a scandal by '05. With "the fixer" at the center right on the Carroll's speed dial. Even had some clients on retainer which is which first alerted the NCAA.

May 31, 2009 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"First Call: If you're a Trojan in Trouble, see Nooch," by Jeffery Anderson, 11/10/05, L A Weekly

"So you're a USC football star and you've been arrested. Who do you call? A well-connected veteran attorney would be nice, preferably a former prosecutor A former Trojan, one who has guided your teammates safely through criminal matters would be even better. How about an ex-Trojan, ex-prosecutor on USC's speed dial who just left the City Attorney's office as special assistant to Rocky Delgadillo? Perfect...Odds are Long Beach attorney Carmen Trutanich will make a potential misdemeanor assault charge against linebacker Rey Maualuga go away without lifting a finger.

"Trutanich, a defense lawyer known to Delgadillo's office as 'Nooch,' rotated in and out of his staff job on the 8th floor of City Hall so fast recently, it's hard to tell if he was coming or going.

"His ability to work both sides of the street is so seamless, he's humbled...Trutanich, USC class of 1973-4, is as much the go-to guy for Trojans in trouble as he is for Delgadillo, whose office will decide in the coming days whether to charge Maualuga...If charged, Maualuga is scheduled to appear in court November 22. That's a big if. To say that Trutanich has juice with Delgadillo's office is an understatement.

"In 4 months, as special assistant city attorney, from July 1 to November 1, bu his own account, he has handled sensitive negotiations... he also allegedly blurred the lines in his 'monitoring' of a lawsuit filed against Delgadillo and former Chief Deputy Terree Bowers, despite the city's conflict of interest that led to the city's hiring of Baker & Hostetler. The suit has so many L A judges as witnsses it was moved to Orange County.

"Then Maualuga called...(because regarding his defense of cornerback Eric Wright) in April, after Trutanich put together a defense team consisting of himself, a Torrance-based attorney and an investigative firm, the DA's office found 'insufficient evidence' to file sexual-abuse or drug charges." (Same story with running back Hershel Davis.)

"In June, Trutanich took a leave of absence from his lucrative practice to serve Delgadillo... But first, Trutanich wrapped up a criminal case he was defending, which was prosecuted by the City Attorney's office.

"Within less than a week, he went from criminal defense attorney to Delgadillo campaign contributor to special assistant to Delgadillo.

"On June 26, the Daily Breeze reported that Trutanich client, Joseph Zacher, pleaded no contest to illegal storage of hazardous waste, after initially facing 5 counts of illegal disposal, which threatened jail time and a $500,000 fine. Zacher avoided both, agreeing to clean up the site...

"Five days later, on June 30, according to the secretary of state, Trutanich gave $5,600 to Delgadillo's campaign for city attorney...The next day, on July 1, he became a special assistant city attorney, reporting to Delgadillo.

"Trutanich tendered his resignation on Sept. 6 and returned to private practice on November 1, he said. The City Attorney's Office said the resignation was effective September 30. Either way, it was convenient for Maualuga, who was arrested on Halloween.

When contacted by the Weekly for comment, "Trutanich cited Government Code Section 41805 as authority for him to move in and out of Delgadillo's office like a turnstyle on game day, defending criminal matters under the office's jurisdiction at the beginning and end of his brief tenure..."

May 31, 2009 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Trutanich gave the $5,600 on June 30, 2005 (4 days after the City Attorney's office dropped a criminal prosecution against his client and one day before taking up his job as special assistant city attorney to Rocky Delgadillo) to Delgadillo's campaign for Attorney General, not campaign for City Attorney as stated.

May 31, 2009 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Somebody should start asking why "Deputy Mayor Bud" is always asking everyone to make exceptions to the rules for USC. It's been happening for a long time and nobody says a word. I know he went there & loves his school & all, but playing the fight songs during City meetings?

May 31, 2009 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can't be any clearer pay to play and conflict of interest than that. And just plain shady as shit.

Why didn't this come out before the election?

May 31, 2009 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I see Red Spot Hugo Pacheco still has his man crush on Gala-loser. Hey Pac-chueco, I thought you were against gay marriage?

May 31, 2009 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot - you forgot some other connections:
- Mary Leos Pacheco (Hugo's wife also works for USC)
- Frank Serrano's daughters all attended Bravo, which is. . . you guessed it. . . A USC school.
- Ray Covarubias and Davis Blueprint have been bought and sold by USC many, many times.

May 31, 2009 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Attention: Abramson/Unger and other stranded shipwreck victims from the SS Weiss-tanic.

The USC jock story was covered by the media before the election. Heaven knows, it and the NRA, defender of Seal-Shooters/Polluters and the Jeri Elster stories all failed to interest anyone then, even though you guys did all the CPR you could to breathe life into these non-stories. It hasn't changed, and they all fail now.

The really interesting stuff was the Weiss/Casden, Weiss/Candaele, and Weiss/Ex-Felon stuff. Ya see it's one thing defending criminals, it's another on being one.

USS vs. UCLA culture doesn't really cut it with vox populi, most of whom do not identify with the privileged pampered pathetic life experiences of a Westside limo-liberal like Weiss.

We hadn't been hearing much from the 11.5% losers for the past couple of days 'cause y'all been too busy spendin' de dead presidents y'all thought you'd be getting when Weiss gets the LAX gig. Not happening for you, is it? Try bitterly clinging to your bibles and rifles, it might work for you.

See you at Canters for Weiss's farewell dinner. Will he be able to speak by then?

May 31, 2009 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:54 & 7:36, err, rape is a felony, not a misdemeanor. Delgadillo cannot prosecute rapists - even alleged rapists.

May 31, 2009 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:07/14: Only a total POS of an excuse for a human being could write something like the first post but that's par for the course for the Trutanich supporters like Berger/ Fuentes.

And no this has NOT been covered at all, certainly not the pay to plays, certainly not the clear direct connection between dropping the criminal charges with prison time and large fines due in the Zacher case (among others).

This clear pay to play.

Transparent spin to cover up intentional misuse of the City Attorney's office, the phony "Legal code" as excuse (like he used with Chemerinsky to try to excuse stonewalling on client list but got busted on that) disqualify him from the job. Period.

There can't be any other view on that -- they just prayed no one would uncover it.

I don't give a damn if you believe it or not but I have nothing to do with any campaign (if I were I'd have brought this out long ago) and think it's disgusting that you think this sort of behavior could possibly get a pass just because it's your guy. Typical USC mentality.

(But you're linking WEISS to this culture? Throwing in some stupid cliched westside "limo lib" lifestyle "no one can relate to" class envy garbage again Berger, while it's your guy who's committing outrageous behavior for benefit of his pockets and spoiled brat clients who think getting away with felonies is their right as long as they can kick a ball?)

As for the felony vs. misdemeanour it's a direct quote, clearly, and yes the reference includes the reference to D A's office dropping the charges for the aggravated assault/ rape of beloved USC jock. The fact that he's been peddling influence on BOTH D A's and C A's offices only makes it worse, exactly how he misused his "juice" with both depts.

The writer just didn't focus hard enough on Trutanich's clear misuse of the D A's office juice as well as to the C A's office, this being focused just on the latter.

This is just the beginning of a proper investigation and as far as it goes enough to disqualify him.

Other than you, Berger/Rumpole/ Berger, NO ONE would even try to spin this as other than what it is. And there's more.

June 01, 2009 8:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Galviz for CD-14, anyone over Huizar
Please anyone?

June 01, 2009 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on, Huizar isn't that bad is he? What do the really people that live in his district think?

June 01, 2009 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gal-loser might actually be pretty good.

June 01, 2009 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:08PM Only a total POS of an excuse for a human being could write something like this post but that's par for the course for the Abramson/Unger Weiss sore loser campaign.

Equally pathetic is the claim that "I have nothing to do with any campaign." You spill the same bilge they do, and nobody else with brains buys it. At least you've given up on pretending to have "just got up to feed your baby."

Your claim, your so-called "smoking gun" is firing blanks. A decent blast would be illegal fundraising - Jack's forte, but you have mere conjecture.

You've got to get over it, get some therapy or something. Hating the people beat Weiss in the election is very unhealthy for you, and frankly, more than a little disrespectful to decent law abiding people who do not have your bitterness.

And your laughable accusations of envy are so flawed. Who, but you people, could envy a corrupt failed politician.

Weiss's hopes for you and himself to be installed at LAX are going nowhere. That plan will lead to a recall against the Mayor, and he doesn't need Weiss that much.

By the way, the leaks from the survivors of the SS Weiss-tanic are saying that on election night, His Weissness hid away in the back room at Canter's and never emerged to thank all his loyal coolaide drinkers for their support.

As others have commented, it really must suck to be a Weiss campaign supporter.

June 02, 2009 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Berger/Rumpole/Berger, go to sleep. You and Walter are too well-known and peas in a pod to matter.

June 02, 2009 1:43 AM  

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