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Monday, July 27, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes for Monday

"The Albert Robleses of Southeast Los Angeles"
The last time I saw these two "Albert Robleses" was in Downtown LA's United States District Court.
Albert T. Robles (top photo) had been found guilty of multiple counts of corruption in the City of South Gate and was awaiting sentencing, meanwhile his defense attorney was Albert Robles (lower photo), former candidate for District Attorney, was attempting to get his client off with some dubious, verbal legal nonsense that drew a quick retort from the presiding judge.
One would of thought that with the conviction of Albert T. Robles, that the "Robles Machine" would fade away, but to the contrary, the machine has been entrusted to the likes of "Little Albert" and others (Angel Gonzalez, Chacons, Pedroza, and others) in Southeast LA who were taught by the likes of Lou Moret and Richard Alatorre.
The machine shows its face in the form of political mailers that make outlandish charges from fictional campaign committes, with paid street walkers from "Victory Outreach" handing out campaign material and the use of absentee ballots to get out the vote.
Somebody might want to ask Montebello City Councilman Robert Urteaga how he feels about the Chacons and their tactics, at this time ??
Other News:
** Nick Patsaouras and Doug Epplehart are highlighted today in Daily News Rick Orlov "Tipoff Column. Patsaouras wants to create an office of "ratepayer advocate" to oversee the DWP. Epplehart wants to cut in half the salaries of the Mayor, City Attorney, City Controller and City Council.
Thumbs up on both, but let Corina get her half from Tony first.
** Those low rent paying merchants at El Pueblo have responded to the audit from the City Controller Office and lets guess who is patting himself on the back for his leadership on this issue ?? Hint, huevos for you, if invited.
** Rumors are circulating on the streets about fraud in the Mayor's Gang Prevention and Intervention Program, what do you expect when you are paying $6,000 to "Summer Night Lights Advocates" and awarding contracts to those who contribute to re-election campaigns ??
Your thoughts......

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

This post is even more confusing than usual, hard as that is to pull off.

So there are TWO Robleses, one the attorney of the other and the DA candidate?

WHICH ONE is being investigated by Cooley? In what would be an abuse of office UNLESS the Albert Robles doing the robocalls is impersonting the real one. WHQT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

LEARN HOW TO WRITE RED SPOOT, this is clear as mud.

July 27, 2009 11:07 AM  

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July 27, 2009 11:23 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Albert Robles and Albert T.Robles, one can see through the mud.

July 27, 2009 11:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, you got that right about the corrupt gang programs. Why isn't idiot Cardenas looking out for the taxpayer money like he promised? There are gang programs getting money that aren't even in the city. Antonio and his Village Idiot Jeff Carr are said to be scouring everything to find something positive to take credit for and jump on board. Word out of city hall is they're looking at anything that is LAPD since they're the ones looking good in the media. Watch for the Village Idiot and the gang banger Mayor to all of a sudden take credit anything LAPD and intrude. Damn, they have no class. Connie Rice said to be fuming that Antonio is taking credit for HER SUMMER NIGHT LIGHTS PROGRAM FROM YEARS AGO THAT SHE STARTED IN NICKERSON GARDENS. Why isn't David Z and Rick Orlov reporting that????

July 27, 2009 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So "Little Albert Robles" is under investigation again? Maybe this time he will be prosecuted and convicted like his cousin.

Quit crying like your cousin did, and stop whining about Steve Cooley and how he has a vendetta against you. It's getting old.

July 27, 2009 7:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe the D.A.'s office can ask Albert Robles who he used for HIS WRD "Earth Day" robocall?
Did they at the Water Replenishment District report that public service announcement?

July 27, 2009 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That would be Doug Epperhart from the Coastal San Pedro NC. Orlov spelled it wrong.

July 27, 2009 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's scary that people are commenting on Red Spoot's article - that means others can understand him, he's not alone! I still don't get the connection between the two Robleses - if the L was not the candidate what's he got to do with this?

July 27, 2009 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well the first 30 days of the new Villaraigosa administration is nearly over and only 60 more days before the RECALL PETITIONS can begin circulating to remove the Mayor from office. Let's tie them together: Mayor Recall petitions and petitions to put on the ballot a Charter amendment to cut the salaries of the Mayor, Controller, City Attorney, and Council in half. The voter anger over trash fee hikes being highjacked, giveaways to the unions, and Measure B can be now directed at the Mayor and his machine. Let's do it.

July 27, 2009 10:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LA Times quoted a former federal prosecutor last year that Lou Moret could have been indicted in Robles case but was given a pass. Funny, decision was made at the same time his daughter, Monique, was granted immunity in the Fleishman Hillard case by the same office of the US Attorney.

July 28, 2009 6:58 AM  

Anonymous 3H Dragon said:

People get it straight. Red you are so lost and lose credibility when you do this. Keep factual and you will gain more support. There is no connection between these 2 Robles' other the Attorney Robles was hired for the Appeals process. Attorney Rolbes knows election law pretty well and has defended many of Cooley's political targets and has a winning record against the LA DA.. that maybe a reason they don't like him so much. Also the DA filed misdemeanor charges against Attorney Robles during their campaign last year. Embarassing to Cooley and his gang is the Attorney Robles represented himself and the jury came back in just 20 minutes with a unanimous not guilty verdict. This surely shook Cooley and his gang up. Cooley is vindictive another opponent in last years race Steve Ipsen was the president of his Deputy DA Association supposedly the #1 murder proscecutor in the county. This year Ipsen is not only on the outs but about to be fired!!! We need good prosecutors and he is going to dump the best we have over the election?

July 28, 2009 8:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does everyone have on blinders here just because of the name Albert Robles? I have some real concerns with what this article says is going on. Cooley has recused himself from the investigation of his own election in 2008? Do you believe this? Isn't this a conflict to anyone else? Moreover Demirjian says they are using the grand jury to investigate what is best misdemeanors? Why isn't he letting the FPPC investigate. Whose money are they wasting on this. He won with 65% someone did robo calls that said vote for him? The person who did the robo calls is identified in the article. The question being investigated is who paid for them. Since Cooley won by 65% who cares! Stop wasting my money! There are serious budget problems upon us and he wants to do a self serving investigation? Is he investigating robo calls for all the other candidates or just himself? People wake up to what you are condoning here.

July 28, 2009 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Albert Robles-10 years jail time
Lou Moret-0 jail time

July 28, 2009 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:58 anon

The Morets are corrupt. Mafia.

July 28, 2009 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CalPERS board member Louis F. Moret faces suit in South Gate

The newest overseer of America's largest pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, is a political insider with a vast resume.

Louis F. Moret, appointed to the 13-person CalPERS board earlier this year, has served as chief operating officer of Southern California's regional planning agency, a Los Angeles public works commissioner, chief of staff for a former assemblyman and, perhaps most famously, as a boxing referee.

Less well known are his troubles in South Gate.

The city is suing him for allegedly conspiring to fix a $48-million garbage contract. And he was described by federal prosecutors as the "political mentor" of the city's disgraced political boss, Albert Robles.

At Robles' 2005 criminal trial, testimony by Moret and others showed how he helped Robles award political favors. Robles was convicted of running a "pay-to-play scheme" that involved selling city contracts for kickbacks. He is in prison.

Moret was named to the CalPERS board in February by then-Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and confirmed by the state Senate Rules Committee. The board oversees the fund's investments and decides who is hired to manage them.

Nuñez said that appointing Moret, a volunteer board member for Los Angeles' police and fire pension fund for 17 years, represented "an easy way out" of political conflicts. Three union groups had pushed different candidates.

Nuñez said he did not know who suggested that Moret apply, but, when he saw the name, he said to himself, "I know this guy. He's a boxing referee."

Nuñez noted that the South Gate lawsuit, which Moret had disclosed, involves unproven allegations. He said he was not aware of Moret's testimony at Robles' trial.

Moret, 63, is a member of an Eastside political clique led by boyhood friend Richard Alatorre. Alatorre hired him as his chief of staff when he served in the Assembly years ago. He also served as campaign chairman in Alatorre's first L.A. City Council bid.

Moret testified that he met Robles in the mid-1990s. Newly elected to the South Gate City Council, Robles was serving on a transportation committee at the Southern California Assn. of Governments, where Moret was chief operating officer.

Moret testified that he befriended the ambitious young man and discouraged him from running for a state Assembly seat because the labor community and elected officials had already endorsed someone else.

"I had told him I think it's going to be a tough uphill battle," Moret testified. "He suggested that he could probably win the [South Gate] city treasurer because there was an old lady there. . . . It was a career move I thought would be good."

When Robles won the treasurer's post in 1997, he used it to consolidate power in the working-class city, successfully running City Council candidates, including a City Hall receptionist and her cousin, a beautician. Robles wound up with a reliable three-vote majority and a city attorney who was his mother's divorce lawyer.

After Robles asked Moret in 2001 to serve as a city consultant, he assigned Moret to run the committee evaluating trash contract bids. He told him which of the competing firms -- Klistoff & Sons -- was his "horse in the race," Moret testified.

Klistoff was the high bidder among three finalists, but co-owner Michael Klistoff later admitted in a plea bargain that he had promised to pay millions for an inside track.

July 28, 2009 11:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Moret, who said he did not know of any kickbacks, testified that Robles "asked me if I knew anybody who could prep" the Klistoff firm for questioning by the committee.

Moret, who holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne, testified that he recruited his old public administration professor to help Klistoff prepare. He testified that he gave the professor a list of questions he had written for committee members to ask.

Moret's lawyer, his brother, Gilbert Moret, dismissed the significance of the questions, saying in a brief telephone interview that they were innocuous.

Moret also helped Psomas, an engineering firm that Robles wanted to win a sewer repair contract, testimony showed.

Psomas' bid was much higher than its only competitor's. Moret testified that he looked at the bids and told Robles "something to the effect that 'Boy, your friends are pigs' " and that Robles replied, "I'll take care of it."

Moret testified that he proposed giving Psomas and its competitor a chance to resubmit their bids, citing confusion about how much work the city wanted.

Psomas' competitor stood pat. Psomas reduced its bid and was awarded the $2.3-million contract.

Moret has also been accused of trying to fix the selection of a South Gate deputy police chief.

Former Huntington Park Police Chief Patrick Connolly said in a sworn declaration that Moret asked him to serve on the selection committee but told him he would have to agree to "select this certain candidate."

Connolly's declaration was filed in court as part of a failed attempt by the police union to thwart the selection.

Gilbert Moret, the attorney, confirmed that his brother asked Connolly to serve on the selection committee but never asked Connolly to pick a certain candidate. "He didn't even know who the candidates were," the attorney said.

July 28, 2009 11:04 AM  

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July 28, 2009 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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July 28, 2009 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Moret has been taken care of by Alatorre for a long time, well taken care of, along with David Lizarraga and TELACU.

July 28, 2009 11:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




July 28, 2009 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The urine sample provided by Alatorre tested positive for cocaine. Alatorre immediately filed a motion challenging the methodology and results of the lab ...

July 28, 2009 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TELACU also supported Republicans and it was a Republican administration that got them off in 1982 when they were on trial for misappropiation of public funds - it is rumored that Ed Meese got the payoff. So Moret, Alatorre and TELACU's corruption is not only a Democratic Party stain but also a Republican - corruption runs rampant in both parties.

As for the 1984 recall on Snyder - it would have succeeded and Rodriguez probably would have won if not for Moret's entry. Moret split the Latino vote and guess what, Alatorre gets the seat in 1986. Alatorre needed to support his $5k a day cocaine habit and his Assembly job wasn't cutting it. Moret sold out the Latino community - at Snyder's and Alatorre's bidding.

Rodriguez should have won that race and Alatorre would have been nothing more than a Willie Brown after thought in the history books instead of the most influential insider in Villaraigosa's regime.

Al Robles knew which corrupt pond to fish in when he sought out Moret and Moret saw another Alatorre when he decided to help.

Alatorre and his cohorts have brought nothing but shame to the Latino community and what makes their path to power more sinister is that they always used the "Latino Empowerment" mantra to further their personal agendas - just like Villaraigosa. The good thing is that there are other Chicano historians out there besides vendido Fernando Guerra from LMU to bring out the truth - and the truth always surfaces. Just ask Corina.

July 28, 2009 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big hole in the Times story. Wasn't Monique Moret cooperating with govt in the Fleishman Hillard case while her father was being investigated by the FBI in the Robles case?? She gets immunity and the Robles prosecutor is quoted as saying that Lou Moret "probably" was involved in the conspiracy but he's never charged. What's going on on?

July 28, 2009 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angie Alatorre says she and her husband’s longtime confidante Lou Moret didn’t always agree on tactics, but they thought their man should counterpunch. Moret, though, found that Alatorre just wanted out, and didn’t believe blood-smelling reporters with preconceptions about ethnic politicians would listen to him.

“He didn’t think he took money for anything more improper than anyone else had,” says Moret, who ran Alatorre’s 1972 and 1974 Assembly campaigns. “He knew he’d been treated differently, and partly that’s because he’s Mexican and partly because of his reluctance to sell his viewpoint, philosophically. That’s how the cookie crumbles … . Richard wasn’t forced out. He wasn’t defeated. He wasn’t recalled … . But for the L.A. Times, he was an easy target.”

July 28, 2009 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Al Robles knew which corrupt pond to fish in when he sought out Moret and Moret saw another Alatorre when he decided to help.

July 28, 2009 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Snyder and Alatorre were co-hosts to some very wild parties up in those Monterey Hills condos. Both Snyder and Alatorre were good to the local gentry and they hired their maids from nearby El Sereno - and boy did they have some stories to tell. One of them quit because she couldn't get used to the idea of picking up someone else's used condoms.

After Alatorre took over Snyder's seat, he was very well taken care of - Snyder was the top paid lobbyist at City Hall for the following decade. And yes, Snyder did take care of his business - that is his district - in a manner that Alatorre could never approach.

Don't be so naive. Scratch the surface a little - one's character is easily read and a look into Alatorre and Snyder's court records speak volumes on their integrity. The Moret deal to split the Latino vote is testament of such chicanery. Not to be confused with Chicano who are the only people getiing screwed here by the politico's backroom deals. don't kid yourself, Snyder is a full fledged member of these "politicos" - even to this day.

July 28, 2009 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Alatorre's longtime friend and political guru Louis F. Moret

July 28, 2009 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The Oquendo camp plans to launch and intensive attack on the decision made by the judges and the California State Athletic Commission in a formal complaint, which it will file sometime in the next week. We feel not only the decision by 2 of the judges was flat out wrong, the point taken away by referee Lou Moret was wrong. After review of the tape it is apparent that a foul was not committed and with that point taken away it cost Mr. Oquendo a draw.

July 28, 2009 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

• What board structure and organizational make up work best for public pension plans?
• What lessons have we learned from the downfall of corrupt, underfunded, expense heavy plans?
• How can plans work to not be dependent on their state's deficit problems?
• What can knowledge and policies can we borrow from the corporate world?


July 28, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:38 is absolutely right: the REAL story is being missed here, that Cooley is using his office, even empaneling a grand jury investigation costing probably WELL OVER A MILLION WHEN ALL'S DONE, AN ABUSE OF POWER AND HIS OFFICE, TO HARASS A FORMER POLITICAL OPPONENT.

(People are distracted by Spot's stupidly throwing 2 Albert Robles's together, one a top prosecutor and the other a crook.)

Of course Cooley cannot just recuse himself as though his entire office were not aware that he is vindictive and they are All next if anyone dares speak up.

Yes, his opponent Ipsen is a top prosecutor about to be fired as payback for running against him, with the useless Board of Supes standing by. Yes, Ipsen is highly respected enough to have been voted the head of the Asst DA's in Cooley's dept., all of whom hoped in vain that they'd get a fair hearing in the media and court of public opinion, partly BECAUSE the climate of fear and intimidation in Cooley's office is so horrible, they wanted to expose it.

NO THEY DID NOT get a fair hearing by the media then and now, this vendetta of Cooley's is being outrageously glossed over. The Times which worked as PR organ for his protege Trutanich is making light of it, while the Weekly is even worse, going on about the red herring of why it's a misdemeanor to "out" a registered Republican as a Republican in the race, even if just by saying he -- Robles -- was not a Republican.

Shameful, but what we expect from Jill Stewart and her minions: she ran a story during the City Attorney race repeating Cooley's own PR garbage that he was so brave to go up against Antonio's "machine," as though his dept. wasn't the biggest and most well-funded in the country, an Intimidation ARMY -- Ipsen etc. allege that Cooley's collected too much dirt on the Supes for them to make a move. If ANYTHING it was brave of Jack to take on Cooley and Baca with their little inside agreements and arrangements and known obsession with vendettas.

Cooley ran Trutanich to do EXACTLY the same thing: hence we saw him storm out of the barn to threaten feeling the impunity of Cooley behind him. He ALSO is threatening to use the office to persecute political opponents, starting with Jack Weiss: he hired feral Mad Dog Englishman David Berger (whose views are all over the net and media) who ran solely because he hates jack Weiss as his "head of ethics and corruption" with guess who as their first target. Though they'd have to recuse themselves, they claim they can be "objective."

WHAT IS HAPPENING IS DISGUSTING AND AN ENORMOUS WASTE OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES that should be put to a far higher purpose. All while Trutanich is branding Chick as a liar, extortionist and attention hound (using one of the NICER words they use for her) for being brave enough to expose HIM as a liar, fraud and PR "hound" himself. Doug McIntyre also dared question him but the backlash against him has also been feral and intended to intimidate.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IS SHOCKING and the pathetic media won't see it until something really bad happens and they have their Nifong moment.

July 28, 2009 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How stupid some these posters are trying to say there is no connections between the two Robles.
The little one even used his convicted clients website when he ran for D.A. and the W.R.D.
The whole partisan thing is their/ his M.O. He used the same tactics the last time he was being investigated and than prosecuted.

July 28, 2009 7:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You will only scratch the tip of the Lou Moret racket if you merely re-print L.A. Times articles. The real stuff is heard in his community. You should take a drive to Del Mar, CA and start talking to people who live in the area. Ask about his daughter's home and whos name it is really under and why. What about his "pension conventions" that raise so much money for Lou and you're not in the game unless you pony up and attend? Common, you know this stuff, why not post that instead of the same old L.A. Times re-prints.

July 28, 2009 7:28 PM  

Anonymous 3H Dragon said:

7:12 you must be a novice to the internet. I just checked the history of albertrobles.com apparently the criminal robles originally owned it but when he got convicted it appears he let it go into default. Then the Attorney Robles picked it up as his. What's wrong with that? They have the same name he knew the other one couldnt use it so he snatched it up when it became available. Happens everyday. Do you see shadows or hear foot steps of big albert upon you? Now I just checked the prosceution story on Whittier Daily News of Attorney Robles and it was about mailers not robocalls. But like others said here Why are we spending a million dollars on misdemeanor investigations by the grand jury. If you ever went to law school you would know they teach the grand jury should be used to investigate FELONIES!! Im beginning to believe Attorney Robles that Cooley has a vendetta out against him. If that is true, and it sure smells like it now, so be it.. but dont spend my money when doing it!! That is criminal as well...Get it?

July 28, 2009 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:49 is right, Cooley is himself likely about to commit a felony in misusing his office and a huge amount of taxpayer money, that could be a million bucks, to persecute a political opponent who is ALSO a subordinate in his office, doubly at his vindictive mercy. The other candidate Ipsen, who was elected head of the Asst. DA's Assn. to speak for them all, validates everything Robles says, even though they were opponents.

He's right that the only "connection" between the two Robles' is that the attorney picked up the website that was already taken but let go idle by the other one, for his campaign. Buying domain names is a big deal and if one is already registered, even if it's Also your name it's "taken" and that's it.

7:12 and some others likely work for Cooley, trying to make attorney Robles look foolish and swamp the thread with nonsense.

Empaneling a grand jury to persecute someone for making calls that expose someone as "Republican" is an outrageous pretext to persecute an opponent.
Cooley probably waited this long to pursue it because he wanted a certain amount of time to lapse so that Ipsen's candidacy support network and his campaign issues would fade away. Ipsen being head of the Asst. DA's Assn. is probably too high-profile and popular to go after directly, so they're choosing Robles.

Check out Full Disclosure/ leslie Dutton's shows which are online still -- explosive allegations about Cooley from Ipsen, very convincingly put, you'll start to see the real Cooley.

July 28, 2009 11:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:12 is probably one of Cooley's people trying to confuse the issue and this thread to throw people off the trail. previous poster is right that this is a political persecution of a foe -- whose only connection to the criminal Robles is buying the domain name -- and as a misuse of his office and taxpayer funds, Cooley could be committing a felony himself.

Check out Full Disclosure/ leslie dutton's interviews with Ipsen when he was running. Revelations about Cooley that are backed up with facts and personal knowledge that will make your hair stand on end.

Maybe since he's head of the Assn. of Asst. DA's he's too high=profile and respected to be brushed off as a crank or crook so they're making an example of Robles.

July 29, 2009 12:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Talk about fishing. I don't work for Cooley, and you can call me whatever you want. Call me Daddy if you want. I don't care.
Especially if your the one that had the Daddy that got run over and all of E.L.A. cheered.
Yeah, the B.S. goes that far back.

You think taxpayer dollars are being wasted on this investigation?
This is minimal compared what is being used on their pet projects with stimulus money, state bond funds, County taxes and last but not least local city revenue.
Research that.

July 29, 2009 7:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can someone talk to Red Spot and ask him to make his posts less confusing. Or maybe someone can translate his posts in the comment section. I can tell he has good stuff to say, but it's just so confusing and impossible to follow because he has to change everyones name and embellish with all his flourishes and I am completely lost everytime. Sorry Red Spot, you are not being nearly as influential as you could be if you weren't such a little smarty. Too smart for me at least.

July 29, 2009 7:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

s11:38 Cooley and his gang have been committing alot of crimes along with errors and omissions that can cost us tax payers buko bucks! Don't forget the press release and horrible admission by his office right after the June election

"Los Angeles County prosecutors acknowledged today that miscommunications, errors in judgment and office policy violations contributed to the slaying of a West Covina woman killed by her estranged husband two weeks after he was sentenced to jail for threatening her with a stun gun."

Why did Cooley hold this release back until June 4, 2008 one day after the election was over? This error on their part caused this woman her life unecessarily?

Prosecutors' errors led to woman's slaying, D.A. admits


Apparently coming upon the election in June 2008 Cooley wanted to hide 2 things;

1. He wanted to hide the fact that the DA advocated for the release of this killer.

2. He wanted to hide the fact that he was a Republican?

July 29, 2009 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Red Spot I just you need to fix your sub title Attorney Albert Robles is not from Southeast he is a lifelong LA Harbor resident. I know I played against him in little league baseball at Carson Park and he went to Narbonne under the Magnet Program.

Attorney Albert has been in elected office for 5 terms (going on 20 years!) and he has never been charged with any misappropriation or violation of public trust. You can bet Cooley has investigated him to no end and if there was something he would have nailed him already. Most politicians can't survive 1-2 term without being accused of some kind of public mis-trust. 5 terms and not a single issue that is the bottomline we should look at and respect! Unfortunately he was born with a name that somelse ruined this is an injustice also.

July 29, 2009 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Cooley wishes to ashieve any semblance of integrity in his office he should go after all those Board of Supe deals that enrich their spouses and girlfriends. Cooley has plenty of anonymous tips on everyone from Antonovich's dealings with Art Gastelum to Gloria Molina's husband's deals at the airport. But don't hold your breath o any investigations, less prosecutions.

Cooley's wrath is reserved for the ill connected or those who challenge the status quo - typical republican methodology, irregardless of the party of those in power.

July 29, 2009 9:32 AM  

Anonymous 3H Dragon said:

Myths regarding the 2 Albert Robles

1. They are both for Southeast LA

2. They were really close friends

3. Attorney Albert Robles received contracts either as a contractor or sub contractor from South Gate.

4. Attorney Robles was the Attorney for South Gate Robles

5. Attorney Robles paid handsomely for defending South Gate Robles during the Appeals Trial.

6. The 2 Albert's are related.

7. Attorney Albert Robles has taken expensive trips, had the water district pay for Tony Robbins Seminars, etc and WRD paid for his Law School

8. Attorney Robles was arrested and convicted of election law violations

9. Angel Gonzalez is Attorney Robles' political consultant.

The Truth Disclosed-

1. SG Albert was from Southeast Attorney is for the LA Harbor area.

2. Acquaintances would be the closest this gets. SG Robles was a user and never had real friends. Early on when they 1st meet they were chumy at some events but that lasted only months. They were never boys that hung together and so forth.

3. Attorney Robles has never received a penny of South Gate money or any money from a SG Robles source. Yeah he was never even paid for the appeals defense!

4. Truth is SG Robles used many attorneys and Attorney Robles was only brought in after SG Robles was convicted and to exclusively handle the Appeals case.

5. The Appeal was not successful SG went to jail without ever paying Attorney Robles. One of the reason's Attorney took up the appeal was he already see the damaging being done to the name and felt if would distinguish there were 2 differnt Albert's. This hasn't really work.

6. Not true then only meet each other when Attorney Albert decided to run for WRD the 1st time. SG Albert was already and elected official. SG Robles endorsed Attorney Robles after their initial meeting with the warning dont mess up our name? Ironically it was SG Robles that messed up the name.

7. 100% false all the costs, except law school, belong to SG Robles when he sat on the Central Basin Water Board. As a matter a fact an examination of WRD minutes and policies will show at one time WRD reimbursed tuitions etc to its' directors. Because of the shenaigans going on with SG Robles at Central Basin Water District Attorney Robles had the reimbursement policy modified to exempt Directors!!

8. Yes Attorney Robles was arrested and charged just before the 2008 DA Race with Cooley. Attorney Robles' case went to trial just weeks before the June 2008 election. The time required to campaign was lost as he diverted his time and energies to prepare and defend himself of the misdemeanor charges in the court room. After 2 weeks of trial the jury only took 20 minutes to deliberate and the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts!

9. Not true. Angel has always been his mail designer and printer. Attorney Robles' political consultant for the last few years is a former elected official now an international political consultant and also originally from the LA Harbor area.

July 29, 2009 10:14 AM  

Anonymous 3H Dragon said:

Opps please excuse numerous gramatical errors in previous blog. Submitted without proofing cause I dont want to spend all day on this stuff...

July 29, 2009 11:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder if "Little Albert" will support this guy for Assembly ??

Democrat ART CHACON, a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Basin Municipal Water District (elected 2006), has filed a Statement of Intention to run for this assembly seat. Chacon is a member of a politically active family. His brother, Hector Chacon, is a member of the Montebello school board and ran against De La Torre in the 2004 Democratic Primary. He came in a distant second, but received some big name endorsements, including Gloria Romero and Mervyn Dymally along with labor and law enforcement groups. Art Chacon’s half brother is Hugo Argumedo, a member of the Commerce City Council.

Art Chacon is the founder and president of Chacon Water Advisory, a company “dedicated to educating Southern California on the use of water-efficient landscaping.

July 29, 2009 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You forgot to leave out that Hector Chacon's wife is another do nothing staffer for Ed Reyes.

The Chacon's legacy is nothing more than a cartoon version of the Godfather. The put on these tailored suits for thier oversized bodies and think that this will make them repectable. The Chacons have bee in politics for more than a decade and all they to shoe for it is a City of Commerce Council seat (800 votes) and a montebello school board seat - (3000 votes. There is sign of any creative or substantial come out of this camp since they are seriously lacking in the brain department.

July 29, 2009 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That June 4, 08, LA Times article, "Prosecutor Errors Lead to Woman's Slaying," should be must reading as a start about Cooley. Shows not only his lack of integrity but also how his office conspired to cover it up, not releasing the facts of this murder under AFTER the election. As noted in the article he was at home right before the election for days, highly unusual before an election, claiming a bad head cold so no one could question him.

This sort of collusion to commit a misdemeanor is a felony.

But to poster who says Cooley can show his "integrity" by starting with prosecuting the Supervisors for inside deals to family and lovers and friends: having dirt on them he doesn't use is how he keeps them from reigning HIM in. One hand washes the other.

How he gets away with persecuting underlings in his office and those like Robles who are annoying enough to make noise but not powerful enough to be protected.

He needs the feds to look into his dirty dealings but he's got Tom O'Brien wrapped around his finger, on his same Republican gameplan. Oops did I "out" Cooley as a Republican? Since that is an "unpopular" and "minority" label in L A maybe he'll sue me too. What a transparent load of B. S.!

July 29, 2009 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is not the first time that "Little Albert" has been associated with shady robocallers.

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July 29, 2009 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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Art Chacon, Commerce Rudy Bermudez, Norwalk, CA
Mark Patton, Lynwood, CA Jessica Estrada, Chula Vista, CA
Albert Robles, Carson, CA Xavier Hermosillo, San Pedro, CA
Mike, Mitoma, Carson, CA Joe Mendez, Wilmington, CA
Tony Thomas, Carson, CA Fernando Pedroza, Lynwood, CA
Kay Calas, Carson, CA Nick Pacheco, Los Angeles, CA
Jan Perry, Los Angeles, CA Wigs Mendoza, Hemet, CA
Vera Robles DeWitt, Carson, CA Rev Alfreddie Johnson, Lynwood, CA
Keith McDonad, Long Beach, CA Dan McMillan, Santee, CA
Louis Bird, Lynwood, CA Mervyn Dymally, Compton, CA
Azusa Gun Club Chaka Khan, USA
Ronnie Garrie, Imperial, CA Larry Walton, Baldwin Park, CA
George Aguilar, San Bernadino, CA Charles Trevino, South Pasadena, CA
Issac Hays, USA George Gascon, Los Angeles

July 29, 2009 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Tony Inocentes ??

From The San Diego Reader.

Even in a town where every month some major or minor political figure is caught with a conflict or an unreported loan or a few unpaid bills or some back taxes, Tony Inocentes stands alone.

Since his election to the Otay Water District board eight years ago, Inocentes has been accused of kidnapping, spousal abuse, threats against fellow board members, violence, harassment, unpaid bills, loan fraud, bankruptcy fraud, perjury, delinquent taxes, mental instability, and lots of other not-so-good things.

Friends -- now former friends -- of Tony Inocentes still can't figure out how his once-promising career as a director of one of the largest -- and richest -- water districts in California went so wrong so quickly.

Many of them gathered at a May 1 meeting of the Otay Water District in Spring Valley to ask -- plead -- that the now-disgraced Inocentes resign.

"I regret to ask for the resignation of Mr. Inocentes," said Pedro Morena, a former supporter and one of 25 Otay Water ratepayers in attendance to urge Inocentes's resignation. "But for the good of the district, as well as the good of his family and himself, Mr. Inocentes must resign."

Morena was referring to a string of incidents involving Inocentes going back to his first election to the board eight years ago.

The bizarre episodes culminated on May 1, when a Superior Court judge granted a restraining order to all of Inocentes's fellow board members and the head of the Otay Water District, barring Inocentes from harassing or even talking to them or to district staff outside of board meetings.

In documents supporting the restraining order, Inocentes made "physical threats by bringing his adult son" to a March 15 meeting with him, said Bob Griego, general manager of the district. "His son's aggressive remarks left no doubt that I would be subject to physical violence at a later time."

Other board members reported receiving dozens of phone calls throughout last year and the first three months of this year, many with the sound of someone kissing -- the kiss of death, said San Diego police officer and gang expert Felix Aguirre. "This was a very serious and ominous threat."

According to court records, Inocentes threatened fellow board member Jaime Bonilla after an October 2001 meeting, accusing Bonilla of reporting Inocentes's alleged misconduct to state and federal authorities. "You ought to know what happens to snitches," Inocentes allegedly told Bonilla. "Snitches disappear. Don't be surprised if something happens to you. Don't be surprised."

Aguirre was alarmed by the threat. "The term 'snitch' is common in gang culture and would indicate a threat to Mr. Bonilla," said Aguirre. "In gang culture, this is probably the most dangerous term to utter to another."

Inocentes's son Tony Jr. is a known member of the Old Town National City gang, a well-established Mexican street gang with a history of violence, Aguirre said. "And Mr. Tony Inocentes Jr. has a tattoo on his chest that reads 'Old Town National City.' "

Bonilla's office had been vandalized and gang graffiti with the letters OTNC scrawled on the windows. Aguirre called the defacement "gang graffiti."

Bonilla told police he suspected Inocentes and his son were behind the criminal acts. "Inocentes has also bragged that his son is a bodyguard for the Arellano-Felix cartel and that his son can take care of business," Bonilla said in a Chula Vista police report of the incident.

Despite at least five depositions alleging threats and harassment, despite phone records that match dozens of calls from Inocentes's home to the phones of board members at the same time they were reporting obscene and threatening messages, Inocentes and his son deny they ever threatened or harassed anyone. The allegations, Inocentes said, were the work of his "political enemies."


July 29, 2009 1:21 PM  

Anonymous a San Diego Inocentes Client said:

Well if you going to bring Inocentes into this story dont forget to give everyone the final chapter. Inocentes was later found to be probably one of the cleanest politicians in San Diego County ever. The story you print from the reader was part of $200,000 spent by his nemisis Jaime Bonilla to attack his character. Bonilla is the lacky of Xico Leyva Baja California's most corrupt Govenor together they are now some of California's most wealthy immigrants. They own 14 radio stations in CA and more with TV stations in TJ. Xico and Bonilla are the ones that stole 1000's of hectors of land along the baja coast. Bonilla was also kicked out of Baseball forever for bribery and coruption as former owner of TJs Los Potros a team he destroyed. Know your San Diego history before you bring this old trash up. Truth is Inocentes stopped those guys from embezzeling $100 million from the Otay Water District and they got plenty angry at him for ruining their plans. You are going to get embararased if you continue to pursue this old story. After 2 years of and FBI Wire Taps and AG Investations. Inocentes was said to be clean during a joint news conference conducted by the FBI and US AGs office. When is the last time you ever hear of them conducting a news conference to declare a target clean? Not to often? Here's the final chapter enjoy. Funny how people never want to give the final out come to things.

U.S. won't press Otay water board vote-buying case
By Anne Krueger
STAFF WRITER Union Tribune

Federal prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges of vote-buying on the Otay Water District board, a move that a former board member says is vindication of his innocence.

The FBI had been investigating claims by board member Jaime Bonilla that, in April 2001, then-board members Tony Inocentes and Fred Cardenas told him he could receive $1 million if he voted in favor of a power transmission line project.

The investigation became public this March, when it was revealed by Otay attorney Bonifacio Bonny Garcia in a wrongful termination lawsuit. The suit was filed against the water district by its former lawyer, Tom Harron, who lost his job there in January 2001.

FBI spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said federal prosecutors declined to prosecute the case because the evidence did not justify pressing charges.

Inocentes, who did not run for re-election last November, said the investigation was a misguided attempt to direct attention away from other problems on the board.

"I've been scrutinized more than Bill Clinton was," he said. "They were all diversions to hide their own problems."

Cardenas was removed from the board in November 2001, when it was determined that he didn't live in the district. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Attorney Garcia had said previously that board members Cardenas and Inocentes promised Bonilla $1 million for his vote on the power-line project, while they would each receive $500,000.

Bonilla reported the conversation to the FBI, Garcia said, and agents asked that the item be placed on the board agenda to obtain proof of a conspiracy. However, when Cardenas didn't show up for the meeting, the item was pulled from the agenda.

Yesterday, Garcia said he wasn't aware the case wasn't being pursued until he was so informed by a reporter. He said the case probably didn't have the evidence to prove a conspiracy because the item never came up for discussion before the board.

"What we have is evil intent, I think," Garcia said. "They didn't actually do anything because we stopped them. They didn't get any money because the deal never went through."

Attorney Harron's lawsuit, which had been scheduled to begin in April, is now scheduled for a December trial date.

The Otay Water District serves 140,000 customers from Chula Vista to southern El Cajon.

July 29, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



He is misusing his office's power and enormous financial resources to persecute political opponents and internal critics to preserve his power. That can be a felony.

He lied about the June 08 murder of the Asian woman who pleaded with his office not to release her husband but due to "communication problems" they did and the guy immediately killed his wife.

He got his whole office to cover it up in collusion that is felony on the face of it too.

Yet he meddles in city politics and now has a henchman to do his bidding there as well. This is like New Orleans or Chicago in the 30's. This is big. This is bad.

This needs to be investigated by a REAL paper. Maybe one from out of town whose editors and publishers aren't as afraid of him as in L A.

Instead we have on this same thread even more confusing stuff about mistaken identity of two Robleses and now some guy called Inocente who is also Innocent. Red spot are you also paid by Steve Cooley to hide the facts by throwing in red herrings or are you really this naturally confused?

July 29, 2009 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon: "You forgot to leave out that Hector Chacon's wife is another do nothing staffer for Ed Reyes."


July 29, 2009 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The underlying point is that Albert Robles is being found out, which is all that matters.
Either some of his friends are becoming sloppy,unreliable, or both.
Bottomline,he has many more people that now look at him differently as a result of his now known affiliations, and the b.s. he pulls off in campaigns.

July 29, 2009 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/fringe_benefits - [Cached Version]
Published on: 5/29/2008 Last Visited: 5/29/2008
Attorney Albert Robles and prosecutor Steve Ipsen are trying to pull off a virtually impossible political feat on Tuesday.
With almost no money, and one of them facing political corruption charges while the other lives down a California Supreme Court sanction from three years ago, Robles and Ipsen are trying to unseat two-time incumbent LA County District Attorney Steve Cooley.
Robles is backed by an obscure former Democratic Party official, and the California League of Women Voters Web site lists no major endorsements for Ipsen, while Cooley boasts backing from LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, LAPD Chief William Bratton and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Robles, 39, is currently facing three misdemeanor charges of violating campaign law during a 2005 Pico Water District special election.According to the district attorney's office, Robles, who sits on the board of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, sent anonymous mailers to voters and paid for them with cash.If convicted, he could be barred from serving in public office for four years.
To avoid any appearance of impropriety, I have refused to accept campaign contributions from criminal defense attorneys," Robles said.

July 29, 2009 5:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who did Robles serve in Congress?

July 29, 2009 5:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One reason is Albert Robles. A former aide to a Mexican-American state legislator, Robles moved to South Gate when the demographics turned to his favor and was elected to the city council in 1992. At that time the job was part-time, and council members were paid $600 a month. A few years later, while still serving as a councilman, he was elected to the local water board at a compensation of $23,000 a year. In 1997, he won the race for city treasurer and began collecting an annual salary of $69,000. Meanwhile, Robles had seen to it that his friends and business associates were awarded city contracts worth millions. What Robles was getting out of these deals is anybody’s guess, but his political opponents were not faring nearly as well. City councilman Henry Gonzalez was shot in the head but survived the wound. Another political rival had his car firebombed. The crimes remain unsolved.

July 29, 2009 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In the spring of 2002, just when Robles was on the verge of turning South Gate into his personal fiefdom, he was arrested on felony threat charges. Astonishingly, after his arrest his cronies on the city council appointed him deputy city manager at $110,000 a year and ordered the city to pay his legal bills.

At his trial in December, prosecutors argued that Robles threatened to rape state Senator Martha Escutia and kill her husband. Escutia testified that she had hired personal bodyguards and had dared to set foot in South Gate only twice in two years even though she represents the city in the state legislature. A friend of state Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh testified that Robles had threatened to kidnap the assemblyman, throw him in a car trunk, drive him across the border to Tijuana, and “blow his brains out.” Robles’s attorneys acknowledged that he had said such things but argued it was protected speech and nothing more than bombast typical of South Gate politicians.

July 29, 2009 5:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One reason is Albert Robles. A former aide to a Mexican-American state legislator, ... She was prohibited from attending staff meetings, ...

Assistant Finance Director Yimu Chen said he was forced to use the city's ...


July 29, 2009 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much does Cooley/ we the taxpayers pay some of you to sit here and try your hardest to obscure the REAL UNDERLYING STORY OF COOLEY ABUSING HIS OFFICE'S POWER AND MONEY TO PERSECUTE POLITICAL OPPONENTS AND WHISTLE-BLOWERS?

He's committed at least a couple of felonies via this abuse and collusion according to credible reports just touched on here, enough to make the point.

He'd better realize this isn't all about some guy(s) called Robles.

July 29, 2009 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Albert Robles is inolved with Mexican Mafia then Morets and Chacons are Mafia?

July 29, 2009 5:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

South Gate is anathema around municipal water-coolers these days. The small community outside downtown L.A. nearly went bankrupt after its former city manager, Albert Robles, was convicted of bribery in a case that cost taxpayers $12 million.

Alhambra’s old guard was strafed in the weeks leading up to the November 2004 election by a Moreno mailer titled “The Greedy Bunch.” It took swipes at the likes of Williams, Messina and then-Alhambra Education Foundation president Steve Perry. Perry, a former city police officer and school board member, was fired from both jobs after getting caught stealing $30,000 from the city’s police association when he was in charge of it in 1992.

“These,” Moreno said, “are the people running the city.”

The Establishment answered. Rumors floated that Moreno was tied to the Mexican Mafia. He’d lose in a tight race.

Doubts also wrapped around Arguello, an auditor at Pacifica Services, a connected Pasadena-based project-management and consulting firm. A buzz grew that he had steered a towing, golf course, lobbying, and other contracts to associates from “East LA.” This was thinly veiled code for the perceived Latino political mob run by former lawmaker and onetime-Arguello boss Richard Alatorre.

July 29, 2009 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The Trials of Mexican George
For 20 years, the feds have suspected supermarket mogul George Torres is a drug runner and murderer with friends at City Hall. Now they’ll try to make it stick.

Torres’ talk appears to be more than just idle boasting. According to recently unsealed investigative reports, Albert Del Real, a convicted drug dealer, former Numero Uno employee and brother of Raul Del Real, says he saw former L.A. City Councilman Mike Hernandez receive “stacks of money” from Torres in the 1990s. Then-City Councilman Richard Alatorre brought his vehicle to Torres’ warehouse to get serviced, leading Del Real to tell investigators he believed that Torres, who did not provide automotive services, was doing favors for Alatorre.

Alatorre and Hernandez, neither of whom returned calls for this story, have never been charged with wrongdoing in connection with Torres. They remain City Hall fixtures. Alatorre, who pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2001, is an influential lobbyist and board member of L.A.’s Best, a nonprofit that operates out of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. Hernandez is assistant chief of staff for Councilman Bernard Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Such allegations hearken to a highly publicized national scandal involving Horacio Vignali, Torres’ former real estate partner. They also raise questions about how far Torres’ political reach was, and whether that reach helped keep him out of trouble.

Torres and Vignali, formerly two of three principles in a real estate company called Tovicep, Inc., were exposed as longtime targets of federal drug investigations in a 2002 congressional report on Pardongate, the White House scandal arising from President Bill Clinton’s grant of clemency for Vignali’s son, convicted drug trafficker Carlos Vignali Jr. The report examined revelations that, in the 1990s, Vignali was a big financial contributor who enlisted numerous politicians, including L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca, then U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (then a California assemblyman) to lobby Clinton for the clemency. Hernandez and Alatorre were among those who lobbied for Vignali Jr.’s release.

July 29, 2009 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


19733A.-36 inmate murders occured in behind bars in 1972, 30 of wich are attributed to the Mexican mafia.

B.-[LUCHA] Director Eduardo Aguirre flees to Mexico with $146,000 of the groups funds after a federal audit finds $300,000 in federal funds missing from the groups cofers causing the collapse of the program.

C.-Community concern 'an L.A., based community self help organization,' recieves $ 1 million in federal funds. Ex-convict Rafael 'Chispas' Sandoval a man with ties to Italian organized criminals including Jimmy Coppola is the director. Sandoval also expanded Eme's political ties donating several hundred thousand dollars to Richard Alatorre's campaign for the California assembly.

July 29, 2009 6:13 PM  

Anonymous 3H Dragon said:

4:05 It's time to put up or shut up!

"The underlying point is that Albert Robles is being found out, which is all that matters." Found out about what? You're wack! Read the times story again the Robo Caller says he will testify to the Grand Jury Robles was definitely not involved?

"Bottomline,he has many more people that now look at him differently as a result of his now known affiliations, and the b.s. he pulls off in campaigns."

Huh were you in a coma in 2008? A Jury unanimously came back with a not guilty verdict in just 20 minutes! Then the voters re-elected him with 50% of the vote in November over other opponents. He beat his closest opponent 2-1. He had the COPE endorsement. The party backed his opponent because of the S Gate Clan being lied to and influenced by Dela Torre.

The COPE endorsment came by being nominated by the the LA Harbor Unions! Everyone that knows anything knows not to vote against the Harbor delegations nominees. Albert is LA Harbor product that still lives there not the Southeast.

January 2009 Robles was elected by majority vote to another term as President of the WRD board.

A Carson Councilmember who double crossed him in the November election 4 months later lost his re-election bid.

4:05 dont know who you know but bottomline they must not be in the majority. I think the real truth here is you're spouting off your personal feelings without any real facts to back them. If you have "FACTS" put on the table. But one thing I have learned about the people that oppose Attorney Robles is they never have any facts to back up what they say. On his end all the facts are here and they speak for themself.

July 29, 2009 6:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These last posts just confirm that Cooley is having spinners try to deflect the issue from his own misuse of public office and money to persecute political opponents and underlings, and hide facts from the media and public that would have been very pertinent to his election.
Conspiracies that would be felonies.

Still trying to mix up the 2 Robleses, and then throwing in the Vignali Torres thing, linking it to Villaraigosa -- first of all, Torres was just found not guilty, but getting his name linked to Antonio's during the election cycle was Cooley's objective.
AND Baca was just as "tainted" with him as anyone, having written a character reference letter.

THE UNDERLYING ISSUE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE COOLEY'S ABUSE OF OFFICE, and this whole waste of money persecuting him now for "outing" him as a Republican is crazy, a smokescreen. Anyone who served in South Gate is suspect of something, but Robles is small potatoes and only on Cooley's radar because he dared try to expose HIM. As did Ipsen, who was the Pres. of the Assn. of Asst. DA's.

July 29, 2009 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


-Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council, "They're afraid we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They're right. We will take them over. We are here to stay."

-Councilman Richard Alatorre brought his vehicle to Torres’ warehouse to get serviced, leading Del Real to tell investigators he believed that Torres, who did not provide automotive services, was doing favors for Alatorre. Alatorre and Hernandez, neither of whom returned calls for this story, have never been charged with wrongdoing in connection with Torres. They remain City Hall fixtures. Alatorre, who pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion in 2001, is an influential lobbyist and board member of L.A.’s Best, a nonprofit that operates out of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. Hernandez is assistant chief of staff for Councilman Bernard Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry.

-Times story this morning. Wasn't Monique Moret cooperating with govt in the Fleishman Hillard case while her father was being investigated by the FBI in the Robles case?? She gets immunity and the Robles prosecutor is quoted as saying that Lou Moret "probably" was involved in the conspiracy but he's never charged. What's going on on?

-Moret has been taken care of by Alatorre for a long time, well taken care of, along with David Lizarraga and TELACU

-All these reports of corruption surface the same shameful names over and over: Nunez, Alatorre, Reyes, why are people so stupid as to keep re-electing all these self-serving crooks?

-Snyder and Alatorre were co-hosts to some very wild parties up in those Monterey Hills condos. Both Snyder and Alatorre were good to the local gentry and they hired their maids from nearby El Sereno - and boy did they have some stories to tell. One of them quit because she couldn't get used to the idea of picking up someone else's used condoms.

After Alatorre took over Snyder's seat, he was very well taken care of - Snyder was the top paid lobbyist at City Hall for the following decade. And yes, Snyder did take care of his business - that is his district - in a manner that Alatorre could never approach.

Don't be so naive. Scratch the surface a little - one's character is easily read and a look into Alatorre and Snyder's court records speak volumes on their integrity. The Moret deal to split the Latino vote is testament of such chicanery. Not to be confused with Chicano who are the only people getiing screwed here by the politico's backroom deals. don't kid yourself, Snyder is a full fledged member of these "politicos" - even to this day.

July 29, 2009 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ANON 5:52 & 6:00 PLEASE STOP! Im laughing rolling my side is hurting you are so out of touch. You must be some real old delusional person lol. Really you think all these guys work and have ties to the eme. Maybe the SG Robles and that is maybe had a few connections but Arguello, Moreno, Alatorre, Moret lol too funny. First of all the Eme would never ever have anything to do with Arguello he wore a wire for the DA office before. Dude you are straight talking from your hole lol. My God I hope no one believes your bull.. The one with homies from S Gate is the newest water board member. Not that he is one but he knows them for sure. The Chacons grew up in Hazard again they are not with EME but being from the hood some not all of them may have knowledge of who some are. But none of these guys would work for them. Not even the old guy from S Gate. Keep EME out of this because that is a big crock lol.

July 29, 2009 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 29, 2009 7:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:54 You are correct the real topic here is Cooley and what he is doing.

The only one I know with the guts to take him on is the new US AG Eric Holder. Maybe we should start a letter writing campaign bringing this bs to his attention and ask him to investigate and do something to slow Cooley's roll. Holder is a pretty decent guy that understands both sides of prosecution.

Originally a member with the AG Holder left the AG after taking some heat over how he handled the Cuban kid Elian in the Florida deal.

When he left the AG he worked representing some political defendants who were charged by his own former staff. They didn't play straight with holder in many of those trials. That's why he is already cleaning house of some of them that were withholding information. He knew their MO because they had done it to him. Ironically now he is their boss again.

I seriously doubt Holder will turn his head when he finds out what Cooley has been up to.

July 29, 2009 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey anon7:59

How ya doing Albert?

July 29, 2009 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Sandoval (EME Member) also expanded Eme's political ties donating several hundred thousand dollars to Richard Alatorre's campaign for the California assembly.

July 29, 2009 8:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Different Kind Of Drug War Being Waged In S. El Monte (The Los Angeles Times says the tiny San Gabriel Valley community of South El Monte is believed to be the first in California to approve voluntary, random drug tests for its City Council members. Councilwoman Blanca Figueroa sponsored the policy, which was approved 3-2 by the council, after her students - citing the cocaine possession conviction of Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Hernandez and Eastside Councilman Richard Alatorre's testing positive for cocaine - questioned how she could preach against drugs when two potential role models ran afoul of them. "It's voluntary only in name," said ACLU attorney Elizabeth Schroeder.)

July 29, 2009 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, this isn’t another post about mayoral hormones. This week one of downtown’s big-time property owners and heavies was indicted on murder, bribery and extortion charges in a case that resurrects one of President Clinton’s most notorious pardons.
If you haven’t heard the classic American dream story of George Torres, the owner of Numero Uno markets, who turned a food cart on a corner south of downtown into a grocery empire and became one of south L.A.’s biggest landowners, you’ve probably heard of his former business partner, the well-connected Carlos “Horacio” Vignali.
In 2001, President Clinton bowed to appeals from the likes of Roger Mahony, Lee Baca, Gloria Molina, Richard Alatorre, Mike Hernandez, Xavier Becerra, Richard Polanco, Bob Hertzberg, former U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas – and then-Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa—and pardoned Vignali’s drug-dealing son, Carlos. The young man ended up serving six years of a 15-year term.

All of them soon had reason to regret getting involved in what became known as Pardongate and a federal investigation. And, now, they might be wondering what new disclosures are still to come in this six-year probe. The case should shed some needed light on L.A.’s underworld, a place too many people here seem to believe exists only in TV and the movies.

L.A. Weekly’s Jeff Anderson wrote a cover story on the allegations way back in 2005, and explored the relationship between father Vignali and Torres. Anderson also broke the story of Torres’ arrest on the Weekly’s website earlier this week, just ahead of this story and companion piece in the L.A. Times, which continues to follow the unfolding story.

July 29, 2009 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A 1998 DEA report states that the elder Vignali was believed to be a financial partner in the Torres organization, allegedly setting up meetings between Torres and “individuals with extensive criminal backgrounds.” They were moving 100 kilos per month, the report states. In 1996, the report states, Torres’ grocery stores had sales of $50 million. Investigators believed he was laundering drug money through his stores and real estate transactions.

Public records show Torres and Vignali engaged in numerous multimillion-dollar property transactions, either as partners or on opposite sides of a deal. While the elder Vignali was known as the well-heeled businessman who rubbed elbows with politicians, Torres was described in DEA reports as a tattooed heavy who flaunted Mafia connections and liked to intimidate his adversaries…

July 29, 2009 8:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does that fact Robles is well connected make him more or less corrupt? We see well connected politicians get indicted all the time. Only a politician or friends of one,give a F##K that he had the endorsement of the unions. I'm not impressed. Everybody know they are what they used to be anyway.

How many stories can we pull even from this site alone that talk about corrupt union leaders.

You can accuse Cooley or the D.A's office of having spinners etc. You couldnt be farther from the truth.
This is the same kind of sh+t you spinners were doing during the D.A race.

July 29, 2009 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




July 29, 2009 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It seems one or pehaps a few people are trying to divert from the main topic of this story. Nothing in this story is about Big Albert, Moret, Alatorre, Chacons, Inocentes, Arguello etc

July 29, 2009 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 29, 2009 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Father Vignali’s friends in politics — who wrote letters on Carlos Vignali’s behalf — have backed away from him. Pardongate, it seems, left too much of a stigma for its survivors to handle. After all, Congressman Xavier Becerra still holds office. So does Supervisor Gloria Molina. Former Councilman Richard Alatorre, a recovering cocaine addict once banished from City Hall by a graft conviction, has been reborn as a consultant. Former Councilman Mike Hernandez, who also admitted to abusing coke, found new life as a deputy to council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry. Former state Senator Richard Polanco retired from politics amid scandal talk but as a consultant can be expected to exert influence at City Hall. Mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg could play a role in Villaraigosa’s administration. Cardinal Roger Mahony is still cardinal. And while former U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas resigned in shame after lobbying for the younger Vignali’s release from prison, Sheriff Baca is up for re-election next year. With too much to lose, current and former officials avoid questions and act as if the Vignalis are irrelevant.

July 29, 2009 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Alatorre complained the sentence was too harsh

Alatorre was up to his neck in an unrelated criminal probe, after a battle with alcohol and cocaine.

Experienced real estate developers and city officials now say the plan was never taken seriously. It encompassed 345,000 square feet of property bounded by Figueroa and Flower streets and Pico and Venice boulevards — some of which Horacio Vignali still owns. Then-councilmen Mike Hernandez and Richard Alatorre were in favor of the plan. Alatorre told the Times, “Gambling is a fact of life . . . People that want to gamble are going to gamble, so why not benefit from it?”

July 29, 2009 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GANG BANG COUNSELING. A priest who was known for his work with Eastside gang members was accused of child sexual abuse May 2 by a 37-year-old former altar boy at a Boyle Heights Church, according to a May 17-23 LA Weekly story. Lorenzo Najera has alleged that the Rev. John Santillan molested him during the late 1970s, between Najera's twelfth and seventeenth years, at Santa Teresita Church. He alleged the priest abused him during retreats in San Bernardino County and on a trip to Europe. Najera sued in 1998, but the civil case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Before being assigned to a parish in Bolivia that same year, Santillan had made a name for himself in Los Angeles for his counseling of Mexican gang members and the Mexican mafia at the Ramona Gardens projects. He was also a strong supporter of Los Angeles city councilman Mike Hernandez (who was arrested by Los Angeles police on felony cocaine possession charges) and Councilman Richard Alatorre (who has recently been under house detention for evading income tax.) Santillan was also a noted preacher for the Commerce-based Charisma in Missions, the largest Charismatic Renewal ministry in the United States, and Renovación Carismática (Charismatic Renewal), the leading lay Latino Catholic movement in the United States. In a phone interview from Bolivia, Santillan was reported as saying: "I am not a martyr, but my boss was also accused of hanging around with sinners, publicans, prostitutes and thieves. And what a coincidence, this year on July 19 it will be 33 years since my ordination. My boss was also crucified at that age."

July 29, 2009 10:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alatorre Accused Of Using Drugs With City Contractor Officials
('Los Angeles Times' Says Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre
Repeatedly Used Cocaine With A Friend And Convicted Narcotics Offender
While Aggressively Helping Him Obtain Government Business,
According To Allegations Contained In Court Documents
And Supported By Interviews)

LINK-SCROLL DOWN-FIND STORY: http://www.marijuanalibrary.org/980603.html

July 29, 2009 10:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By January 2007, he was representing California Cartage Co., which wants the city to help it acquire land that would probably involve the expansion of a redevelopment zone in the community of Wilmington.

Lobbyist Barna Szabo said in an interview that he recently recommended Alatorre to the company, which repackages goods for shipment at the Los Angeles harbor.

Szabo, who also represents the company, said he suggested Alatorre because the former councilman has a good grasp of redevelopment and eminent domain law and extensive relationships with city officials.

“He’s very familiar with the council members,” Szabo said. “He obviously works closely with the mayor.”

Alatorre also knows S. David Freeman, Villaraigosa’s appointee as Harbor Commission president, Szabo noted. Freeman employed Alatorre at the suggestion of former Mayor Richard Riordan when Freeman was DWP general manager. Freeman announced at Harbor Commission meetings in January and February that Alatorre had lobbied him on California Cartage’s behalf.

July 29, 2009 10:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa-appointed board members of the Community Redevelopment Agency, meanwhile, say Alatorre lobbied at least one of them in August on behalf of Amerland Group, a developer of affordable housing. The board subsequently voted to give Amerland access to $8 million in public grants and loans.

July 29, 2009 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 29, 2009 10:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Alatorre has removed the facade of “CONCERNED CITIZEN” to register as a lobbyist with the City Ethics Commission.

Alatorre has been seen everywhere shilling on the behalf of a diverse group of friends, err, clients. In El Sereno, it is a certain “CHARTER MADRASA”. Alatorre also does Unions. Out of town, Alatorre and friend Victor Griego shill for the City of Vernon on a propose Power Plant.

Yet, when he file his paper work with the city, he listed only a corporation working to build affordable housing. Just maybe “Friends of Antonio” are held to a lower standard ??

Alatorre is a institution in Latino Politics. Yet he has become the symbol of a “OLD BOYS MACHINE” that has reinvented itself under the new generation of latino leaders such as Antonio Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez, and others.

July 29, 2009 10:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alatorre has long had a drug problem: Antonio used to deal drugs and is probably one of Alatorre’s snorting buddies.

Alatorre screwed his best friends wife : Antonio screwed his best friend’s wife while he was at the office raising money for him.

Alatorre lost his daughter due to his lack of discipline : Antonio’s goddaughter ran away from home after he broke up that happy marriage.

Alatorre totally mismanaged MTA as chair, opening the door for multi-million dollar contracts to his buddies: Antonio steered contracts for his contributors and buddies as chair of MTA.

Alatorre surrounded himself with the slimiest characters: Antonio wraps Alatorre around him.

Parke, this is your worst nightmare. Don’t you think the feds are on this case? It’s just a matter of time.

July 29, 2009 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

“There’s been a feeding frenzy to find something that doesn’t exist,” says Alatorre’s longtime friend and political guru Louis F. Moret. “This is a long way from a final conclusion.”
Adds Alatorre confidant George Pla, “Some people have gotten alarmed. Some have gotten hysterical. But the fact of the matter is that Richard is going to work every day. He’s a sitting member of the City Council with an important vote for another year and a half.
“Richard’s not going anywhere.”

July 29, 2009 10:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 29, 2009 11:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TEA TIME--Where to catch some of Los Angeles' most powerful women? Of all things, at a "welcoming tea." Hosting the Feb. 25 event are Kathy Moore Moret, a political adviser to L.A. Councilman Richard Alatorre, and Andrea Van de Kamp (the Mrs. Attorney General and public affairs director at Carter Hawley Hale). Getting welcomed is Sharrell Blakeley Alatorre, the wife of the new councilman

July 29, 2009 11:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

YUCAIPA COMPANIES. RESOLUTION 07113. Commissioner Moret moved that the Board: Accept the gift of food and beverage from Northern Trust for its 2007 Client

July 29, 2009 11:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Liza Moret Lafreniere

July 29, 2009 11:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



July 30, 2009 12:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bottom line...Lou Moret is being highly investigated and has a lot to be nervous about.

July 30, 2009 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:59, you're absolutely right: someone should notify Eric Holder with all this corruption and misuse of the office and incompetence.

Yes, someone is desperately trying to divert from the theme of Cooley's corruption, throwing more and more off-topic and obscure people into it -- shows HOW WORRIED COOLEY IS THAT THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC ARE WAKING UP.

I started paying attn. during the City Attorney Campaign when he threw his weight around so hard to elect his protege Trutanich, and I wondered why. They really played dirty with Jack Weiss, while portraying themselves as the victims of some all-powerful "machine."

When as people have outlined, it's Cooley's DA's ofc. that's the most powerful in the country and has his OWN alleged Supervisors the Supervisors cowed, with potential blackmail, and since HE has the authority to investigate them and prosecute them on everything from alleged deals to friends//family and even the Brown Act. Too easy to "find something."

I'd followed the DA elections for the first time when the murder of the woman by her husband was covered up by Cooley, shocking. Then the allegations from his opponents who dared challenge him started to lead come together.

But it was during the City Attorney's race, when he and Trutanich kept blaming Jack Weiss for the Jamiel Shaw murder and for SO40 as though that caused his death, that made me realize just how opportunistic and devious they were. Trutanich joined the top rightwing talk show hosts on the steps of Weiss's ofc. along with victims of not Shaw's killer, but with a victim from San Francisco.

Blamed it all on the Mayor's "sanctuary city policy" with Weiss as his alleged lapdog. A theme which got nastier and nastier. Putting out there lot of known lies without batting an eye.

When in fact it was DA's Cooley and Baca who had released Shaw's alleged killer Pedro Espinoza from County jail without checking his status. Even though Cooley has hundreds of staff investigators.

So repeatedly blaming it on Weiss for political gain was just low, a deceit to deceive the public on purpose. Real problem: Cooley had plea-bargained Espinoza out despite a long rap sheet of felonies and being a known gangbanger. Plus being illegal. How many more murders could have been prevented by more diligence?

According to an analysis on one of the current threads on this blog, if Cooley had enforced the 3 Strikes law consistently, Samuels would have been in jail now serving his 3rd of 25 years and Lily Burke would be alive.

There are MANY similar cases, how many? Incompetence, misusing his political office, money and influence for personal political power... And NO ONE in a position in the county to even question him. Everyone intimidated. The Sheriff on his side. He talks tough, pretends to be a simple man but talks too much about how self- righteous his side is, how they're fighting "evil," a smokescreen to fool the naive and fearful. Managed to fool the media with talk of some invincible "machine" when the DA's got the real machine.

This is way beyond anything to do with Robles/Ipsen/anyone except as examples. The principle Ipsen risked his whole career for.

ONLY Eric Holder could/would do it. Must do it.

July 30, 2009 12:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:25 yea right moron

who is investigating Lou?

July 30, 2009 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lucky Little Sleazebag
Alatorre faces the music
Marc B. Haefele
Published on September 06, 2001
Photo by Slobodon Dimitrov

The question remains why Alatorre — arguably the most corrupt and corrupting Los Angeles politician of his generation — went down for just one easy count of income-tax evasion. And why the feds passed on their own investigators’ allegations of corruption, bribery, loan fraud, extortion and conspiracy. Under his plea bargain, Alatorre can never be prosecuted for them.

For 28 years, Alatorre has been a far more powerful figure than his stature as councilman or legislator would suggest. He ruled the Eastside, he commanded the City Council and local organized labor, he swayed Sacramento: For officialdom, his smile meant success, his scowl, disaster.

Alatorre’s latest disgrace hasn’t changed this. “So ferocious was Achilles that he was as horrendous retreating as advancing,” Homer writes. Thus also with Alatorre, who has screwed so many enemies so badly for so long that, for those he’s controlled, it must be impossible to believe you are safe as long as Alatorre can pick up a phone.

The courts could have ended Alatorre’s reign. They could have handed him a five-year sentence in an out-of-state federal prison and fined him at least as much money as he was known to have stolen or extorted. This would have been justice. An eight-month house arrest that first permits the criminal half a year on the street to tie up loose ends simply tells his former victims — and would-be emulators on the City Council — that Alatorre has been sidelined. But not that he is out of the game. In fact, according to his attorney, Eric Dobberteen, “He can still work,” and even leave his home to do so if his keepers approve.

Alatorre can even appeal the plea arrangement, though he originally agreed to waive his right of appeal. Without a request from either the defense or the prosecution, U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi decided to waive the waiver in Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Alatorre’s plea bargain was signed in ä early April, just as U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas was due to step down (his Bush administration successor has not yet been picked). The sentencing date, originally in July, was discreetly extended to October 23, and then changed to August 27 at Dobberteen’s request. After he signed the plea bargain, Alatorre was allowed to visit Las Vegas in May and July, purportedly to see “relatives.” There’s no mention, however, of the councilman’s going to Sacramento to earn his $7,500-a-month DWP lobbyist stipend recently mentioned here, though. Nor that the feds knew of this March deal, put together by then Mayor Dick Riordan, on April 1, when they agreed there would be no cash penalties, due to Alatorre’s alleged indigence. April Fool, Uncle Sam.

July 30, 2009 1:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Alatorre won’t be doing more work for the DWP, since that agency has canceled his contract, according to City Controller Laura Chick. Chick says she’s trying to find out whether the city has to pay Alatorre $15,000 still outstanding on the arrangement. “This is a faulty contract,” Chick said. “The DWP should never have entered into it.”

Maybe, had Alatorre wanted, the sentencing could have been postponed until his age of retirement. Or at least until he could get someone to pay his wife Angie’s catering outfit, Eventfully Yours, to feed him in his eight months’ confinement.

You get the idea, reading newly available documents in the case, that Alatorre is one lucky little sleazebag. The FBI and (of all agencies) the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Inspector General’s Office were baying for his blood. Evidence they gathered suggests that Alatorre might have ended up in prison, had the U.S. Attorney’s Office only placed the same priority on political corruption that it gives minor drug trafficking.

The investigators compiled an overwhelming heap of evidence, some of which has already been reported, much of which has not. According to a search-warrant affidavit filed on February 8, 2000, Angie Alatorre, between 1993 and 1998, collected $146,200 from JNED Inc., the Nederlander firm that was storming hell for a city contract to operate the Greek Theater. In return for which, the affidavit alleges, Angie Alatorre distributed some free tickets. Nice work if you can get it. According to the same papers, Alatorre and his hireling Frank Alderete shook down local property magnate Sam Mevorach for $45,000 between ’95 and ’97, threatening otherwise to sic building inspectors or to botch a pending $15 million city loan to the potential buyer of 1,175 units of Mevorach-owned East L.A. housing. According to the documents, the grift was passed off in envelopes on street corners and in coffee shops. The first donation, made before Christmas of 1995, was a seasonal exception. Mevorach, the documents allege, claims he “gave Richard Alatorre a Christmas gift consisting of $2,000, all in one-dollar bills, wrapped in a box with a bow on it.” It’s the spirit that counts.

By now, everyone knows that Alatorre let the Eastside entity known as the East Los Angeles Community Union, or TELACU, pay $13,200 to tile the roof of his house at no cost to the then MTA chair. This was while Alatorre was stabbing the backs of everyone who stood in the way of a $65 million rail contract for a consortium that included TELACU. But the affidavit claims that Mevorach (who testified under his own grant of immunity) told officials he also gave $15,000 “for improvements” to Casa Alatorre. It is said that first Alatorre gave Mevorach a verbal wish list, then Alderete demanded money, apparently to build a new 7-foot-by-11-foot washroom and remodel two extant bathrooms. He also sought money for the “replacement of the roof and the addition of an electrical circuit for a gate opener.” Which raises the question: Did Alatorre get his roof paid for twice?

July 30, 2009 1:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lucky Little Sleazebag
Continued from page 1
Published on September 06, 2001
Needless to say, none of these donations got reported to the City Ethics Commission. And we know that $41,840 of the money Alatorre allegedly extorted in 1996 (as opposed to that 1995 Christmas present, for instance, or any other gifts or donations received in any other year) did not get reported to the IRS. That, and that alone, is what he is being punished for.

But the investigation leaves many questions unanswered. Such as, where did all the other big money that allegedly whizzed through the Alatorres’ hands over the past decade come from and go to? The affidavit quotes the research of Mimi Strauss, the MTA I.G.’s special agent, who gave the Alatorres’ records the most scrutiny (she first encountered the councilman when she worked for the Ethics Commission). Strauss did a good job, but the family finances still seem as mysterious as quantum physics. How — even with the help of Mevorach and TELACU — did the couple pay for five-figure home renovations out of bank accounts with an average balance of under $2,000? Where went the $377,000 the pair borrowed from lenders and the $96,544 withdrawn from Alatorre’s own pension fund in 1998 and ’99? The affidavit suggests “living expenses” and refinancing the Argus Drive home. But this was a $285,000 house for whose mortgage Alatorre had, only the previous year, been compelled to fake a lease on his previous residence and claim his city car as a “liquid asset.”

Alatorre went after money like a shark after chum — with just as much greed, and just as much foresight. This is not the only passage in the Alatorre fiscal saga where money simply can’t be followed. It’s been reported that, to facilitate the new mortgage, the long-suffering Mevorach first helped Alatorre fake a “lessor” and then reimbursed a “purchaser” for the $41,500 paid for Alatorre’s hard-to-move Monterey Hills condo. But it’s still unclear under what pretenses Alatorre originally obtained a bank loan of well over $82,000 to buy this property, which was apparently worth much less. I am guessing “well over” because the condo (located in a problem-plagued, lawsuit-prone development whose prices have been depressed since the mid-’80s) was allegedly assessed at $40,000 before Alatorre unloaded it (also managing to stick the buyer with an overdue $1,544 payment on his mortgage). Even so, the papers state, Alatorre still owed $40,000 after the sale. They don’t say to whom, or how — or if — he paid it.

All of which suggests that, if anything finally destroys Alatorre, it’ll be his own greed. We’ve recently read how bosom ally Richard Riordan got him that $95,000 DWP contract. Alatorre may desperately need this money if he has taken that much out of his pension fund and still owes on those 2-year-old loans. But it would be interesting to know what exactly he has done to earn the $15,000 the DWP’s paid so far.

Perhaps Alatorre will have to cash whatever equity he retains in the Argus Drive home that corruption bought and graft renovated, with its electric gate and its heated pool and fancy tile roof. And live as humbly as most of his old Eastside constituents.

Only with an electronic bracelet on his ankle.

July 30, 2009 1:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey anon 8:34

You're fishing hahaha try again. Once again you reveal how unknowledgeable you are of the local politics. #1 Eric Holder has no association to Robles. If Holder were to get involved it would be over the injustices going on inside the DAs office nothing to do with Robles, EME, Alatorre, Moret or any other fantasy that have come to light beause of your LSD trips. Dude you are a wanna be poltitical insider but the more you blog here the more you prove what a wanna be you are. lol

July 30, 2009 8:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Cooley?

The post is about Albert Robles.

July 30, 2009 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

657, We've seen his campaign filings. He used his Carson address and his Pico Rivera address. This is on the paperwork actually turned in.

If he didn't have any ties beyond the Harbor area he would have never been put on trial in the first place.

You know so much about him,why would he put his neck out and pay cash for and send out flyers for a little water district he doesnt live in and not report it.

The paper said the guys he was supporting barely knew him or why he would of done that for them at all.

July 30, 2009 8:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

822 you have the answer check the filing dates associated with the addresses. Thanks for the question it helps me understand your comprehension of politics.

Also you keep bring up the mailer, obviously you dont get that either. 12 unbiased Jurors took 20 minutes to return a unanimous not guilty verdict after a 2 week trial. They got it very quickly? Put your personal feelings and biases aside and respect the "UNANIMOUS" outcome of 12 unbiased people who listened to all the evidence for 2 weeks.

July 31, 2009 9:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:22 You said

"If he didn't have any ties beyond the Harbor area he would have never been put on trial in the first place."

What? Man oh Man are you kidding me? You think he was put on trial because of his residence?

Have you ever seen the boundaries of his WRD District. Carson to Whittier, Pico is along the way. Geez! That might give you a clue as to why he may have an interest.

Moreover dont forget people support people not only because who they are always, sometimes it is because who is running against them is not is undesireable.

What I remember about this race was there was board memmber who had recently passe name Fred and I believe his son was a candidate. I know alot of people I know adored that guy. So it could have been none of the reasons I stated above other than simply supporting Fred's kid. Although I dont know his son and never met him if someone would have approached me and said Fred's kid was running he would have got my support and not a least bit because of the kid, but out of rememberance and respect for his Dad.

July 31, 2009 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've heard nothing worthy of admiration about the guy your speaking of.

What a stupid reason to throw cash at someone anyway.

August 02, 2009 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's the coke-head?

August 02, 2009 9:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know? Who is the coke head?

All I know if I was, I know I could have gone to guy your claiming all this admiration should have gone too, and asked him. I have heard about what his family has been involved with for all these years.

August 03, 2009 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems like your stuck on yourself. That's why you propabley did not win your election. The person you feel no one admired was re-elected several times to the Pico Water Board that takes admiration. Something you have not earned yet from your voters.

August 05, 2009 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It only takes uneducated voters, empty, or misleading promises, and thats all there is too it.

August 06, 2009 7:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I did a little more research as you asked, and I know that the guy Little Albert Robles sent out flyers for is up for re-election.
I guess it's time to get his ATM card out, to make some more cash payments.

August 06, 2009 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:56 Said
"It only takes uneducated voters, empty, or misleading promises, and thats all there is too it."

That tells the whole story about you and why you fail to get elected. Your outlook on life and the very constituents you desire to represent is rotten!

So what's the theory on his not guilty verdict. Stupid jurors? They sat there unbiased, something you are not, 2 weeks and got to see all the evidence, something you have not, had the applicable laws defined to them, something you seem uninterested in, and exonerated him in just 20 minutes and 5-10 minutes of the deliberation was probably spent on picking a foreman... Seems like they felt it was all a bunch of poppycock from the DA.

Moreover you should know that the law was tested long ago and if the case would have gotten far enough you would have learned 2 times in the US history these kind of laws have been tested by a state supreme court and more importantly the US Supreme Court and they found these laws unconstitutional on free speech arguments. Also FYI this country was founded on the free speech contained in 100s of anonymous flyers by anonymous printers just like Ben Franklin. Check your US History book if you have one. I suspect you must have immigrated here and never had the opportunity to study US History pehaps they why you dont understand how this country was originally formed.

August 07, 2009 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


These are the facts about Printer Angel Gonzalez. Any other account or story is false or exaggerated by people who don't know him or just are wannabe journalists.

The LA Times Newspaper always publishes Steve Cooley's press releases as if they were gospel truth and when innocent people get acquitted, it was because they had a high priced attorney or the jurors are dumb or stupid. The acquittals are NEVER publicized by the DA Office nor by the lazy newspaper reporters of the LA Times and other media. So the records of the arrests remain on the internet, on newspaper archives or in public libraries for readers to mistake as final verdicts or as the irrefutable truth.

Here's my account.
I have known Angel Gonzalez for over 13 years, first as a customer and then as a dear and loyal friend. Mr. Gonzalez is a Los Angeles hard working family man and printer. Angel's only crime was to get SG Albert Robles and friends elected and that angered a lot of wealthy and powerful entities such as Electric Power Corporations, the 2001 Latino Caucus who received "contributions" from the South Gate power plant developer and others.

Some of the Latino Caucus helped Steve Cooley get elected. So naturally, Steve Cooley as a former mediocre deputy D.A. and now grateful new D.A. wanting to show himself as a corruption prosecutor, was brainwashed (and still is) about Mr. Gonzalez needs to be investigated and prosecuted because they after all, were the "good guys" and Mr. Angel Gonzalez was a "bad" guy.

The accusations or implications that Mr. Angel Gonzalez was or is part of the South Gate Robles "machine" are completely false and slanderous. He is a printer for hire to anyone for political or commercial printing. 80% of his work is for commercial printing and about 20% political. In fact about one out of very seven elected officials in L.A. County has hired him to win elections for him or her. You probably would recognize some of them if you were to visit his shop.

The phrase "Robles Machine" was coined in 2001 by the newly elected and trigger-happy Steve Cooley who was blinded by the 2001 Latino Caucus into going after anyone who helped or was hired by SG Albert Robles in obtaining majority and defeating the building of a polluting 550 Megawatt power plant South Gate.

Continues on part 2

December 23, 2010 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Angel Gonzalez is a crook turned snitch for the DA. The above story was at minimum written by Angel but probably actually posted by one of his employes. Angel Gonzalez is the only one directly connected by relatives to the Convicted Robles of South Gate. Angel is the Uncle of Robles's brother in law that is a police officer from South Gate. The same police officer that sued South Gate and won millions. Angel was the Convicted Robles's closest confidant, printer, and consultant!

July 04, 2011 11:21 AM  

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