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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Morning Briefs and Outtakes on the Day After CD 2's Last Candidate Forum

"Can Tamar make a clean break from the Villaraigosa Machine??"
In reading Phil Jennerjahn's latest in his excellent coverage of the CD 2 candidate forums, one gets the impression that LAUSD School Board Member/CD 2 Candidate Tamar Galatzan has the "political winds" blowing her into the front position, leading up to the final weekend before next Tuesday vote.
Galatzan was endorsed by the Daily News. She picked up the support of prominent community members in Sunland-Tujunga including Joe Barrett and Abby Diamond of the potent "No Home Depot" coalition. And in the latest from the LA "Weekly of Record" Weekly, writer Paul Teetor keenly pens his observation that a Tamar victory would not be received favorably on Spring Street, a development that should help to reinforce Galatzan's "Valley Political Cred".
But as Tamar seeks to distance herself further away from the "Carpetbagging Two" of the "Big Three", one can't help to think, "can Tamar make a clean break from the Villaraigosa Machine??" I say this in reference to the above photo that accomplices Tamar's "This Election is About Us" post on her campaign website. Tamar is right to say that this election is about the future direction and preservation of the identity of CD 2. But the voters in CD 2 need to look beyond the symbolic verbiage and see the true intentions and political linkage of their future councilperson.
Galatzan, as she forges ahead in her quest to become the "temp" CD 2 Councilperson would be wise to study the past of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Tamar will find that Villar/Villaraigosa does not value those who are loose with their loyalty to him (think Gil Cedillo) and Tamar should not think that the Mayor will welcome her with open arms if she were to win the CD 2 race.
The best advise for Tamar in these final days would be this, make a clean break from your past linkage with the Villaraigosa Machine and forge a political path forward, for there is no looking back in the eyes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, upon used up political goods. The informed masses in CD 2 deserved this from their future leader.
** KABC 790 AM Morning Host Doug McIntyre has the subject of "Mayor Villaraigosa's True Love" as the topic of his weekly column for the Daily News. Note to Doug, Villaraigosa would seek a divorce from the divorce process if it would advance his personal agenda.
** The Daily News editorialize on those "Political Punters on Spring Street" that keep kicking a solution to the budget problems at City Hall to the Unions for runbacks.
** Incarcerated Community Organizer Najee Ali favorite Congresswoman Maxine Waters, is the subject of a Congressional Ethics Investigation into her husband ties to a bank receiving federal bailout funds.
** The "Coalition of Unions" might want to contact "Deputy Chief of Staff" Matt Szabo and schedule a meeting with new City Hall enforcer "Mayor Vetovillar". No surprise here as once again the former Antonio Ramon Vilar/Tony Villar/Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa/Latino Tony Blair/ changes his persona and becomes "Mayor Antonio Vetovillar" the protector of the city's monetary integrity.
** Memo to LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, LA Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald has some salient observations about your track record on political endorsements. Hmm, with County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas under "federal" investigation for his ties to the Tyrone Freemon SEIU Scandal. Can you pledge your support of Councilman Jose Huizar in 2011, before leaving in October ??
** And lastly, what is in the DNA Chain of the Villar Family Clan that one must bend over backwards for the Anschutz Entertainment Group when they seek exemptions from public laws ?? We present this from LA Weekly's Tibby Rothman and Jill Stewart, "Mushroom Season in Poisonous Sacramento"
This year, one “mushroom” attracting headlines is by Assemblyman John Perez, who represents the Eastside of Los Angeles and is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s first cousin. His Assembly Bill 813 would benefit just one Colorado billionaire, Philip Anschutz. First reported by the Los Angeles Times, AB 813 would waive a law that currently prohibits Club Nokia and other entertainment venues from slathering the interior of their spaces with ads that promote the alcohol companies whose products they sell at a steep profit.
Anschutz wants to sell big ad spaces inside the unattractive, boxlike Club Nokia, near Staples Center, to squeeze out more profit. The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control this year ruled such liquor-ad peddling to be illegal.
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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I be like to be knowledge becuz when the Tamari was in Breakaway, can she be seperate of the MeCha Mayor for realz?? Pleese tells me Ret Spod becuz the day in voting is soon.

September 17, 2009 11:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar was elected to be on the school board and now she is jumping to run for City Council and I read that she is using her school board funds to run. That's wrong and unfair when other candidates are working really hard to run and what does she do? Lie it us again? I do like her but I do not trust her move to City Council leaving my kids behind. I can't get behind her. Essel or Sanchez, maybe, but don't take Tamar out off the board. We can't do that to our kids. It's not fair. Tamar, why did you run? I am truly disappointed.

September 17, 2009 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only way for her to get away from the Mayor is to backstab him like she has everyone else!

September 17, 2009 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While I appreciate Phil's effort in going, the quality of his reporting is spotty, as he JUMPS JUMPS JUMPS from recounting the evening, to lacing it with his OPINION.

There's a big difference between reporting and offering a commentary and Phil has proven incapable of sticking to one or the other.

Good effort, but needs improvement.

September 17, 2009 11:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco Named To Montebello City Post

By EGP News Service

The Montebello City Council hired attorney and former Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco as Interim Assistant City Administrator with a 3-1 vote in closed session at the Sept. 9 City Council meeting. Councilwoman Mary Ann Saucedo-Rodriguez was absent from the meeting.

Pacheco is filling a position vacated in April by Diane Albert. He recently represented the city in handling a claim filed by thirteen police officers against Police Chief Dan Weast.

Councilman Bill Molinari, who cast the dissenting vote in hiring Pacheco, said he hopes the city would pursue a more formal recruitment process than the one that was taken prior to this decision.

“There was one name put forth. I saw no resume, no contract, just simply a decision to bring an individual with nothing and no one to compare his qualifications to and I just don’t think this is in the best interest of the city,” he said at the council meeting.

The hiring of an interim assistant city administrator is the first of several actions the city is taking to fill vacant seats. A recruitment process has been started to fill the city administrator and finance director positions.

Finance Director Michael Tam retired earlier this year, and City Administrator Richard Torres announced to council and staff this summer that he would retire in November.

These positions, along with the assistant city administrator’s position were discussed in closed session at the Sept. 9 meeting.

There are no plans at the moment to recruit a permanent person to fill the assistant city administrator position.

Councilman Robert Urteaga explained that cities don’t normally recruit for interim positions, and as an example, Montebello did not formally recruit Randy Narramore when he was appointed Interim City Administrator in 2007.

Urteaga said the city should have a copy of Pacheco’s resume. Even though he knows Pacheco from having worked in his Los Angeles city council administration, he said he did not suggest him for the interim position.

Pacheco said he submitted a resume to Torres when he expressed his interest in being the assistant city administrator.

Molinari declined a request by EGP for further comment on the city’s recruitment process.

Pacheco said he approached the city about the position. “I was working with council on the claim that the officers had filed and I had shared an interest with the city administrator awhile back that I was interested in being a part of the city family,” he said.

“Other than growing up in the Eastside and playing sports in Montebello,” Pacheco said his first introduction to Montebello was working with Xavier Becerra’s campaign for State Assembly in 1990. The “main person” he worked with in Montebello at that time was Molinari, who was on the Montebello council and a supporter of Becerra.

“He talked to me months ago about his interest in public administration,” Torres told EGP on Tuesday, adding, “One of the toughest parts of the job is everybody has an opinion. You’re working for a public agency so you have to be able to filter all these opinions without taking anything personally… the Nick that I met is very calm and thoughtful, so he definitely has the temperament.”

Pacheco was a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles from 1995-1999 and served as the Los Angeles councilman for the 14th District, which includes Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Downtown Los Angeles, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Hermon, Rose Hills, Highland Park and Mount Washington, from 1999 to 2003.

Mayor Rosemarie Vasquez said Pacheco comes with valuable experience from his time serving in Los Angeles. . . .

Posted by admin: September 17 2009 Issue

September 17, 2009 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul just wanted to prove that he can be as sleazy as Tamar in skirting the law.

Why isn't the LA City Ethics Commission's staff investigating this crap instead of thinking up ways to put lobbysists out of business?

I'll tell you why.

Because they are L A Z Y!!!!

September 17, 2009 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get it right...a very small handfull of people who consider themselves to the Leaders of S-T...are not. HD was saved by everyone in the community. The only thing to call them is Political Pawns because they are being used and they are not knowledgable enough to know it.

September 17, 2009 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Patrick Mcdonald is an idiot!!! He and the Weekly tabloid paper have lost so many readers they see the interest in CD2 race and have been posting stories just to get readers. Mark Ridley Thomas has done a lot for public safety here in Los Angeles on many bills in Washington. Damn, the Chief has higher approval ratings then all politicans put together and McDonald sounds jealous. They've had so many hit pieces on the Chief they're desperate for something to stick. Where's the bullshit corruption of the crap inside city hall Patrick? Why aren't you writing about the corruption of all the non profits in LA and Antonio and Huizar, Reyes, Alarcon's connection to them?

September 17, 2009 1:59 PM  

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