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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Board of Referred Powers delays decision on Autry Expansion for four weeks

" Still a Chance for Victory"
In a stunning rebuke to the Autry National Center plans for expansion in Griffith Park, the Board of Referred Powers voted 5-0 to delay a final vote on the proposed project for four weeks.
Board Chairperson Janice Hahn, along with Councilmembers Ed Reyes, Bernard Parks, Tony Cardenas and Bill Rosendahl acted in unison and implored that all the parties in the Autry/Southwest Museum saga have a voice in crafting an solution to protect the Southwest Museum.
Both sides in this contentious battle had their supporters in place. So many in fact that the meeting had to be moved to the main council chambers due to the overflowing crowd.
Both sides were allocated equal time for presentation and public comments.
In addition, Councilman Jose Huizar addressed the masses and in a surprise, ask that the final vote be delayed so that an final agreement, or a "pre-nump", in his words, be crafted to safe guard the Southwest.
Absence from today's proceedings was anyone from the Mayor's Office voicing their support for the Autry.
One cannot underestimate this victory today in delaying the Autry's desires, but all must remain vigilant in protecting Los Angeles Oldest Museum.
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Anonymous Anonymous said:

My thought is that these are relics and dusty saddles. As long as these things are displayed in a museum in LA, what's the difference?

With all of the whining about the subject, I have yet to hear a single person explain why that's so bad.

Whining without explaining is a recipe for failure.

June 30, 2009 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sleazy Wezzy is scared due to staff issues, this is the time to pounce on him and ask for what you want. Autry Museum is just the start, watch how he rolls over for community on past issues. to quote Martha Stewart, "this is a good thing"

June 30, 2009 9:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sleazy Huizy is an idiot... He has some REAL LOSERS working for him. Henry Casas is still on payroll because he has a lot of dirt on SLEAZY HUIZY.

SLEAZY HUIZY in not well-like by a lot of people and many thing he is ONE BIG LAZY ASS.

June 30, 2009 11:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's fantastic news. There is hope that the museum can be saved!
New and change is not necessarily good! The museum is historical and should be saved.

June 30, 2009 11:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hadn't yet reached the bottom of the message before I ran across the term "pre-nump" -- and knew it had to have been Red Snot's illiterate little fingers typing it.

Either that, or a "pre-nump" is some kind of hybrid between a "hump" and a "pre-nup" -- which I think means you get to sleep with the other party, but you can't get married until the contract is signed.

July 01, 2009 12:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's been explained -- endlessly -- you're just too dense to catch on.

How about I just MOVE you somewhere else in the City, away from friends, family, history and heritage -- violating all previous promises not to.

Look into the horrendous mishandling of the Chavez Ravine situation. If you can't read, maybe they have books on CD at LAPL.

July 01, 2009 12:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Charles Lummis WALKED from Ohio to Los Angeles,documenting his travels for the LA Times. He also became one of the first librarians. He dedicated his life to studying and doing anthropological research of native peoples. He built the Southwest Museum as a research institution and a place to educate people.
This museum was the first museum in Los Angeles.

As such , it needs to be cared for. It's integrity needs to be preserved. The people of Los Angeles were given a gift. It should be honored and respected.

By the way, you obviously have never been there. There are no "dusty saddles"

July 01, 2009 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So let me get this straight. You are telling me that i should go ahead and ask The Honorable Councilmember to do his JOB!

Is this the time where he will go out in the community going to meetings, doing surprise visits, promising the community the moon and the stars all in hopes of keeping them at bay for the next Year and Half till they have to re-elect him.

That's unheard of, No Councilmember should be ask to do their JOB! Especially one as talented and well liked as Councilmember Huizar. You know he went Princeton.

July 01, 2009 12:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:36 PM

Who is the real LOSER here? Henry Casas for Cutting some sort of deal with Wezzy? Or Wezzy for falling for whatever Henry was threatening him with?

Now the real question is... What does Mr. Casas have on the Joser... Tan Tan Tan....

Join us next time in the existing episode of "Al Diablo Con Jose Catorcedon"... Tan Tan Tan...

July 01, 2009 12:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 01, 2009 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just in: Huizar seen driving into a undisclosed condo/apt at union station. Is this one of his many money pick up spots or could it be one of his many kept women? only time will tell.

tan, tan, tan..... lol

July 01, 2009 1:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Montebello forgoes July 4th celebration, instead of shooting off fireworks Saturday, the city will provide meals to 5,200 needy families all year long>

WTF! What does the City of Los Angeles do, same as usual trow our money away.

Huizar in fact, is having TWO firework shows!! One in gangsterville Boyle Heights and the other in Forgotten El Sereno. What happen to Eagle Rock, no more money?

What a loser.

July 01, 2009 2:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah. congrats 12:59. and to hell with you for handing Griffth Park to these clowns to rape at will for your southwest museum. victory at any cost! the victims enable the rapists!

July 01, 2009 6:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The victory for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition yesterday was HUGE. Latham & Watkins, PCR Corporation, and Ek & Ek political lobbyists were TOLD in no uncertain terms by Council members that Autry must meet its commitments in the Merger Agreement. Councilmember Huizar, contrary to his actions for the last 2 years, belatedly joined the Coalition's called for protections for the future of the Southwest Museum. And most significantly: No one from the Mayor's office stood up and endorsed the Autry's project. THAT IS HUGE given that the Mayor was previously screwing his own community.

If you saw Autry management, accompanied by scads of Latham & Watkins attorneys, PCR Corporation EIR consultants, lobbyists George Milsten, Steve Sugerman, and John Ek, and a bunch of lily-white docents and college kids, you KNEW that Autry thought it would waltz into City Hall and be handed everything it wanted.

However, all did not go according to plan. Autry's CEO, John Gray, has spent the last four years defaming the Coalition at City Hall by claiming it was "insane" to demand a condition on Autry's use of park land to assure that the Southwest remained in service as a full museum. In just one week, the Council has been JAMMED by letters, faxes, e-mails and calls from supporters of the Coalition. The Coalition had refrained for so long from having to play this very political card, but Autry's absolute arrogant refusal to negotiate forced the all-out effort to get regular people to speak their minds at City Hall.

This is a victory for the people. But vigilance is required because Autry's final speech of the day hinted that it is not in the mood to commit to preserve the Southwest Museum.

Now is the time for activists from Measure B and supporters of Trutanich to DEMAND collective actions from the Mayor, the Council, and yes, Jose Huizar, to simply tell the Autry that its expansion CANNOT GO FORWARD until the Merger Agreement is complied with.

July 01, 2009 7:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"By the way, you obviously have never been there. There are no "dusty saddles""

Thats true. The "dusty saddles' ARE in the Autry. Thats why Autrey wants our museum, with its "musuem quality" artifacts.

Withouth the collection from the Southwest Musuem, Autry will not qualify as a musuem.

Nobody wants "dusty saddles" and old music as a musuem collection.

July 01, 2009 7:53 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Every "Barrio Pimp" needs a crash pad.

July 01, 2009 8:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was not able to speak yesterday but in my notes I was going to mention Griffith Park. I
Joined your cause and I feel is imperative to protect the Griffith Park.
Our focus yesterday was on the Southwest Museum but we must not forget the impact Griffith Park will have with the expansion that Autry is asking for. Every one needs to wake up to the fact that this land is PARKLAND an open space NOT for commercial private use. Colonel Griffith entrusted Griffith Park to the City to keep it as a natural space for the people of Los Angeles. The Board of Referred Powers in 1986 not only FAILED to protect Griffith Park the people’s park but gave it to Autry on a Silver Platter for one dollar a year for 50 years. If the City gives the Autry the permit to triple the size of their museum it will be for PERPETUITY and I repeat PERPETUITY. Where is all the effort that thousands of Angelinos put to turn Griffith Park into a National Monument if for Councilmember Tom Labonge is business as usual. TOM LABONGE SUPPORTS THE TRIPLE EXPANSION OF THE AUTRY. Renee Weisser read his message. TOM LABONGE SUPPORTS THE COMERCIALIZATION OF GRIFFITH PARK can you understand that the most important thing to him is to support his friends. I AM FOR ZERO EXPANSION of the Autry. It would solve both of us problems. The Griffith Park National Monument group needs to activate again.

July 01, 2009 9:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Autry takes good care of the collection because it will bring them money for their museum and clout in the museum world. It is not out of the goodness of their heart but for personal interest. “They came to help and help themselves”

The money that the Autry claims it has invested in the Southwest Museum has come from FEMA, grants and five million dollars the Southwest Museum had in its account at the time of the Merger. All their investments on the Southwest Museum are not as large as they proclaimed. John Gray loves TALL TALES. I want to see their real accounting sheets not the fake ones. That will prove how little money the Autry has invested.

July 01, 2009 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THE COMMUNITY that the artifacts of the Southwest Museum were not cared for. It was the fault of the management and the Board of the Southwest Museum elites that did not have the will to make the museum successful. I believe this was a plan crafted for several years to have the Mrs. Autry come and save the collection and take it out of our neighborhood.

The Board of the SWM in the l989-90 wanted to relocate to a more suitable location. Councilman Mike Hernandez, councilman Alatorre and Mayor Richard Riordan came to the rescue. Alatorre said “Mergers never work”. Mayor Riordan offer to form a Blue Ribbon Committee to raise funds for the museum, but this never solidify. There was a board within the Board of the Southwest Museum who worked internally to defeat the success of the Southwest Museum at the Northeast area. These elites did not want to stay in our neighborhood. Now they are part of the Autry Board. Interesting endeed.

July 01, 2009 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We have been saying the MEMO Councilman Huizar spoke about as a “Great Victory” “after tough negotiations” in his Press Release in September 2007 was not a binding agreement. Yesterday Councilman Huizar confirmed it. If a Merger with Jackie Autry’s signature is meaningless to her a MEMO without her signature is ZERO. Councilman Huizar new this from the beginning but used it along with Autry and the Southwest Society to deceive the community

July 01, 2009 10:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilmember Huizar blinked yesterday when he saw his political career going up in smoke. For two years he has betrayed his own community, turning his back on many community leaders who solidly stand behind the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition.

But there is a hint that he just cannot swallow his pride and admit that it was error to blindly support the Autry's deceit. Huizar claimed that he got "90% of what the community was asking for." This simply is not true.

I represented my community organization at a big meeting he held about the Southwest Museum in the summer of 2007. All of us except people who later were announced to be part of the mysterious "Southwest Society" told Huizar what we wanted was a full museum use that was in the 2004 report of Autry's experts. We also told him we supported the Coalition's suggestion of looking at enhancements to the museum site if possible. He looked us in the eye and said he would work to preserve the museum. He lied to our face.

Then he totally stabbed dozens of community leaders in the back by holding a press conference with the Mayor announcing this "wonderful" deal with the Autry.

The wonderful deal was pretty much the same plan announced by the Autry in September 2006. How Huizar (or the Mayor) think this is such a "win" for the community is beyond me. It really was our elected officials announcing they were prepared to passively back whatever the Autry was willing to do (with no enforceable condition to assure even that would ever happen).

Huizar has never met with all of these community leaders again. He is afraid of us. He should be. Most of us have pulled his knife out of our backs and now, come election time --for whatever office he thinks he is going to run for -- he is facing a political juggernaut of opposition.

How dare he waste our time with a big meeting of leaders when he was going to cowtow to Jackie Autry all along.

The only hope for his political career is to require Autry to implement the full museum use in Autry's 2004 report. And if Autry was smart, it would SERIOUSLY examine not only that, but adding some of the other ideas in the Coalition's visionary Alternative Plan on it's website.

July 01, 2009 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

has henry casas left weezy's office? we ran him out of the valley, we knew it would be time before he was ran out of the eastside...

July 01, 2009 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Political Strategist said:

Time to get rid of SLEEZY HUIZAR!
He is a USELESS piece of political attire that is defined as a "Water Boy," "Lay Down Larry," and a "Bend Over Huizal."

He is not a leader and quite frankly do you like the fact we are paying him $179,000 per year to do nothing except get fat as a cow?

Look at his dumb dumb staff... Jessica Wethington McFat is a SOW!

Henry Casas is still on payroll after beating up his wife in an intoxicated state of mind!

Huizar is an alcohol advocate in Boyle Heights and a domestic violence protector in his own office.

Casas is having an affair with one of Huizar's staffers and Casas knows if Huizar takes him off payroll Casas tongue will be flapping all over City Hall and press.

Send SLEEZY HUIZY back to Zacatecas, Mexico so that he can be a politician there where he belongs.


July 02, 2009 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

political strategist = nadine diaz

July 02, 2009 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Staffers from CD14 got their hands on a very intimate email from Celina Mancia to Henry Casas. The affair is no secret in CD14. Ask any staffer.

July 09, 2009 10:44 AM  

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