Outtakes from CD-14: "The Cut and Paste Capital of Los Angeles"
We start today with a special edition of the "rich and connected" in CD 14, which usually means that you ride a Harley, motor around Boyle Heights in a Mercedes, or is blessed with an "Legacy" of public money.
Today we profile no other than the chief purveyor of the "CD 14 connected jet set", Councilman Jose Huizar. When not seen sharing huevos with the connected few across CD 14, his lavish spending and trips to the likes of Florida, Oscar's bar, Mt. Washington, Barrio Action, Zacatecas and the 740 Club, has been fodder for comments aplenty and invites scrutiny from reporters, US attorneys, and the IRS??
Consider this from the latest "Downtown Garment and Citizen.
ARE FEDS STILL ON HUIZAR?: The U.S. Attorney might have dropped an investigation into 14th District City Councilmember Jose Huizar, but reliable sources say that agents of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are asking some questions of their own. The U.S. Attorney recently cleared Huizar after considering the propriety of payments he received from a labor-backed outfit for consulting services during his tenure on the Los Angeles Unified School District board. The IRS now appears to be backtracking Huizar’s spending habits, which could be an investigative method to check his claims on deductions or to determine whether he properly reported all of his income. Spend more than you could possibly afford on whatever income you claim and it’s liable to become a red flag for the feds. Huizar’s office had not returned calls seeking comment as of presstime…
So what type of excessive spending has drawn the attention of the IRS?? What has Huizar fail to report as gifts?? Who is providing the "scratch" to help Huizar with his growing girth?? Were the huevos that fed the "connected few" during the "Huevos with Huizzy Tour", courtesy of a campaign contributor?? Maybe Huizar was living "high on the carnitas" after writing some consulting missive on how to regulate illegal street vending in Boyle Heights, who knows??
But one can bet the next GRYD contract for Legacy LA, that the numerous ex. employees of Huizar, may have some comments.......
OTHER CD 14 NEWS:
** Meet "CD 14 East", I meant, Montebello City Councilman Robert "Snyder" Urteaga. Urteaga joins "CD 14 West" former Councilman Arthur Snyder as being subject of an recall election, with the Montebello City Clerk certifying the Recall petitions of Kathy Salazar and Urteaga.
** Can you say "State Senator John Perez"?? The buzz is that the cousin of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is strongly considering running for the state senate seat that will be vacated by Gil Cedillo in 2010.
DOWNTOWN ROUND ROBIN? Word on the street says that 46th District California State Assemblymember John Perez will make a run for the State Senate when 22nd District incumbent and fellow Democrat Gil Cedillo hits term limits next year. That opens the possibility of Cedillo and Perez replacing one another in a Sacramento Shuffle. Cedillo is still eligible to serve one more term in the Assembly as the 46th District rep, and word has it that he’ll seek to regain the seat if Perez goes ahead with a Senate campaign.
** Meanwhile former Assmbly Speaker Fabian Nunez staffer and City of Los Angeles Planning Commission member Ricardo Lara, has hitched his "carpetbag to the democractic burro" and set up shop in the 50th Assembly District, where he is the front runner to replace current Assemblyman Hector De La Torre.