Outtakes from CD 14 Special Report: "Where is Councilman Jose Huizar??"
Why is this important? Because the plan will encompass what mass transit projects get funded from the Transportation Measure R "pot of gold", paid for by you in Los Angeles County.
And guess what? Councilman Huizar will not be in attendance, this according to a "local public official" who send us this e-mail.
Tomorrow the MTA Board will finally approve the Long Range Transportation Plan or LRTP
CM Huizar is scheduled out of town for the next three days wed to fri.... Unbenknownst to his staff and the CM till I informed them yesterday,,, that the language in the title of a recommended project had been changed without notice
I know that your readers and LA followers thought that Cedillo's bill SB545 was controversial but the governor vetoed it and to the new found freeway/tunnel fighters in the Mt Washington and Highland park area who talked Garcetti Reyes and Huziar into opposing tunneling under zones 1 and 2 and recommended zone 3 ..
They caused the MTA to make slight wording changes in the backrooms on Vignes St and now have put the 500 El Sereno home in the original surface path back on the bulldozer target list.
The change was suttle... Measure R passed by the voters listed the Tunnel project as
"I-710 North Gap Closure - Tunnel" on all documents and advertisments to the voters and as of July 2009 at a Measure R Workshop..
But last week in a Policy and Planning Meeting of the MTA the NEW LRTP listed the 710 as
"I-710 North Extension" no reference to a tunnel...
This puts the surface freeway back in as an option, which the governor mentioned in his veto message and not to "eliminate all possible options for completing the freeway system"...or something like that
The CD 14 cut and pasters need to know that tomorrows MTA meeting could decide if their homes are the first to get mowed down...
and their CM won't be there to speak up for them. (edited for format reasons)
When the likes of Councilman Art Snyder and Richard Alatorre were reaping the 'windfalls" of business dealings in CD 14, you can bet your place on the Lompoc license plate assembly line that the past "Dons", errr, public servants of the "cut and paste barrio", would of been on hand to bring home the carnitas for CD 14. After all, the likes of TELACU and Tutor-Saliba are always in a giving mood when public contracts come their way.
But then maybe Huizar is sequester somewhere and that means the staffers and associates have free reign, considering this in the latest Los Angeles Garment and Citizen.
BIG BROTHER FOR BLOGGERS?: Some of the keyboardists who weigh in with political postings on local blogs could be getting more attention than they’ve bargained for. Word on the street says that a local political pro with sufficient technical training to have hacker skills regularly plumbs cyberspace for clues on who’s posting what on which blogs…SATURDAYS IN CD 14: There seems to be more than one way to hunt a blogger. Reliable sources say that Ana Cubas, chief of staff for City Councilmember Jose Huizar, spent a recent Saturday morning calling around the 14th District to accuse constituents of posting items from this column in the blogosphere. Memo to Cubas: Feel free to give a call if you have anything to say about reports in this space—you’ll find contact information at the end of column. Meanwhile, it’s been several weeks and still no word back on calls seeking comment about the item that started this whole go-round—a report from reliable sources that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) investigators are looking into Huizar’s spending habits…
So in the insular barrio of CD 14, its not the constituents who should expect an phone call from the revolving staffers of their absent elected official, regarding their concerns, but they should not be shocked when the Councilperson's "Chief of Staff" calls them on a Saturday accusing them of blogging their concerns. Sounds like something that would happen in Cuba, but then this was done by someone with the last name of "Cubas", allegedly.