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Monday, November 30, 2009

Evening Briefs and Outtakes on Mayor Villaraigosa's Travels "South of the Border" and News from CD 2, Sacramento and 710 Tunnel Stuff

" The cliches never change when it comes to Mexico, for Mayor Villaraigosa"
In case you didn't notice, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is out of country again, expousing the virtues of "Ciudad de Los Angeles".
This time, his travels (paid by us of course) take him south of the U.S. border to Mexico as the LA Times Phil Willon reports.
While traveling in Mexico today, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took a swipe at efforts to build a massive fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying U.S. politicians should spend their time building bridges instead of walls, the Associated Press reported.
“We should focus on what we have in common instead of focusing on our differences,” Villaraigosa said after a meeting with Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. On Sunday, Villaraigosa met with Mexican President Felipe Calderón at the National Palace. Before the mayor was given a tour, the two discussed immigration and public safety issues, according to a representative of the mayor’s office.
Villaraigosa’s trip to Mexico started Thursday, when he led a delegation of authors, artists, filmmakers and musicians to the 2009 Guadalajara International Book Fair, where Los Angeles had been declared the guest of honor.
A $2.1-million grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs paid for the delegation’s trip to Guadalajara, including travel expenses for four staff members from the mayor’s office and a dozen from Cultural Affairs. Councilman Jose Huizar and City Librarian Martin Gomez also were part of the delegation.
The mayor’s trip to Mexico City cost an estimated $8,600 and was paid for by Villaraigosa’s office and Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that oversees Los Angeles International Airport.
It's unclear what source of funds will be used to pay the travel expenses of the mayor's LAPD security detail.

Also nice to note that since since the start of his second term as Mayor, Villaraigosa has been out of country on an average of one in six days. Talk about hands on leadership.

** The latest rounds of numbers are out from the Ethics Commission, regarding financial contributions to the CD 2 Special Election Candidates Paul Krekorian and Chris Essel. As they debate this evening in their supposed last debate in Valley Village. Krekorian holds a slight edge in 'hands on cash" while Essel is reaping the latest financial windfall from the Police Protective League.

Los Angeles Police Protective League PAC Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Independent Expenditure) Support Christine Essel City Council Member - District 02 Chris Essel for City Council 2009 - General (1321633)[Election: 12/08/09] 11/30/09 11/30/09 Radio Buy #3 RADSC-6 $60,000.00

Los Angeles Police Protective League PAC Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Independent Expenditure) Support Christine Essel City Council Member - District 02 Chris Essel for City Council 2009 -General (1321633)[Election: 12/08/09] 11/30/09 11/30/09 Cable buy #3 TVSC-4 $44,099.00

Meamwhile Krekorian is seing some independent money come his way.

Service Employees International Union Local 721 CTW, CLC State & LocalLos Angeles, CA 90020 (Independent Expenditure) Support Paul Krekorian City Council Member - District 02 Krekorian for City Council 2009 - General (1321819)[Election: 12/08/09] 11/28/09
11/27/09 Printing, Production, and Postage MAIL-1 $4,435.00

Service Employees International Union Local 721 CTW, CLC State & LocalLos Angeles, CA 90020 (Independent Expenditure) Support Paul Krekorian City Council Member - District 02 Krekorian for City Council 2009 - General (1321819)[Election: 12/08/09] 11/28/09
11/28/09 Phone banking (estimate) $3,600.00

United Firefighters Of Los Angeles City Local Union #112 Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Independent Expenditure) Support Paul Krekorian City Council Member - District 02 Krekorian for City Council 2009 - General (1321819)[Election: 12/08/09] 11/24/09 11/25/09 Literature/Postage MAIL-2 $7,772.25

** From today's Daily News City Hall Scribe Rick Orlov "Tipoff Column",

The biggest insider game being played in Sacramento these days is over who will succeed Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.

Bass wants to follow the procedure she agreed with in taking over from former Speaker Fabian Nunez, with a lengthy transition period, beginning in January when she hopes the Democratic caucus will agree with her.

But, two members, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes of Van Nuys and Kevin De Leon of Hollywood, are aggressively trying to get commitments to back them as the next speaker.

Then there is this wildcard candidate.

Democratic caucus members have been looking at a third choice, Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles.

Perez, who is a cousin of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, would be the first openly gay member to serve as speaker. This state is doomed.

** From the "Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno" regarding the "710 Tunnel Proposal".

Dear Neighbors,

As you may have heard, a Resolution on the 710 Tunnel Portal in El Sereno is being reviewed by the Information Technology & Government Affairs Committee; after which LA City Council will take their recommendation for their vote. If this Resolution fails to pass, the location of the portal will remain in the residential community of El Sereno, over 200 Caltrans homes will be destroyed, and at least 100 more residents will be displaced between Alhambra Ave. & Huntington Dr. Not to mentioned, the noise, vibration, lighting, air & odor pollution, dirt, soil & muck,neighborhood & traffic disruption, hundreds of thousands of truck-trips/year, and elevated risks and impacts for up to12 years of construction.

We NEED SUPPORT at the following 2 meetings to show the ITGA Committee and LA City Council that we NEED this Resolution PASSED.

ITGA Committee meeting - Tuesday, December 1, City Hall, 1st & 3rd street, Room 1010, at 2:00

LA City Council - will consider this Resolution on Friday, December 4th mtg, Location: (Live) San Fernando, (via telecon) City Hall, Time 10:00 AM

Hope to see you all there,
Val Marquez

Your thoughts.................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Always remember.
Never forget.
Higby endorsed Villaraigosa for Mayor TWICE.

November 30, 2009 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As an impartial outsider watching this CD-2 race, I must say that Essel is wiping the floor with Kerkorian in the money race.

IEBW is backing her because they've seen all the various polls that have her up significantly.

November 30, 2009 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Our state is in deeeeeeep trouble.

Kevin de Leon. A man widely known for his Air Conditioner IQ. A man who only got elected because Fabian Nunez raised and spent $1m for him. No wonder the caucus cannot coalesce around him.

Felipe Fuentes. A man who only got elected because Alex Padilla raised and spent a ton of money on him. A man who only got elected because the North Valley machine anointed him as their candidate. A man who only cares about getting Alex Padilla to rise up so that he can rise up. No wonder the caucus hasn't coalesced around him.

John Perez. A man who got elected, no I am sorry, who "won" a race only after the machine cleared the field. A man whose claim to fame is that he is Antonio Villaraigosa's cousin. A man who wants society to forget sexual orientation yet has no problem running on it if it suits him.

Yes, these three are pretty out of touch. The caucus knows it. None of them won an election the traditional way, you know, pulling yourself up by the bootstraps without the help of a machine. None of them have shown one ounce of care for good policy or good members, but instead want to just push the agendas of their respective groups.

Is there a None of the Above button?

November 30, 2009 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Felipe Fuentes as Speaker would be the BIGGEST disaster. He's the one who pushed through AB1818, "The Fuentes Bill."

I don't know much about Perez, except a cousin of Tony V raises red flats. That leaves de Leon - are there NO non-Mexicans eligible? Just for the sake of appearing open.

December 01, 2009 12:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:18, we needed a change from Hahn, and Antonio sounded good. This is why I prefer incumbents with a track record in many cases, vote on what they've done, not what they say they'll do, especially if their past is the opposite - almost always better bet.

December 01, 2009 12:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:12, nice try. IBEW is backing her because they want her to do their bidding, have from the start. Their polls have her down 12 points. All her money and support like her fundraiser this week is outside her district.

December 01, 2009 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Val Marquez - "what are we chopped liver?"

December 01, 2009 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Val Marquez and the "Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno" are negotiating from a position of weakness.
"Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno" are compromising on a project that demands no compromise. The compromise should be; no Portal, no Valley Connector Road and no 710 Fwy extension. The environmental damage to the health and welfare of a community is too great. And the reality is that El Sereno will suffer the greatest because El Sereno has no representation that truly cares about the community. These are the same politicians that laugh and promise the world to Val and his group in an effort to stall and make time for a project they support. They only negotiations "Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno" should have is how to approach a recall of these L.A City politicians who have their own Special interest in supporting these projects. Special interests are the only concern for them.

December 02, 2009 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:03 = councilmember from south pasadena. S. pasadena purports to have el sereno's interest in mind, but they are patronistic and have their own agenda. the community of el sereno shouldn't continue to be at the mercy of s pasadena. hey, councilmember (mt), stay out of el sereno, let us decide and stop harrassing our community.

December 02, 2009 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ACTS V:3-4

December 02, 2009 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know what your problem is with Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno. We have them to thank for stopping the connector road. Because of them, I just found out they are now trying to stop a tunnel portal in our neighborhood, when they came to my door on a holiday weekend. Yes, I signed their petition, and thanked them for informimg me about it - no one else is! They may not be fighting the bigger 710 fight, but they are the only ones fighting for us at all. They are trying to keep our neighborhood safe, 1 battle at a time. What did you do with your time this holiday weekend?

December 02, 2009 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A message to my neighbors: Accept the Tunnel and Road; but never accept "ACCOUNTABILITY".

December 03, 2009 5:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank You Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno. Because of your petition, the City of Los Angeles and Huizar have now made sure that a Fwy project will happen in El Sereno. The City passed a resolution that approves the 710 Fwy in El Sereno .My child and grandfather will now have to live in an environment that is harmful to their health according to all health reports dealing with pollution. Thank you Val and to all my neighbors that failed to read the petition that Val and the Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno asked them to sign.

December 03, 2009 6:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


December 03, 2009 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was not aware that things were happening behind closed doors. This is the first time I heard about the valley connector road and Fwy. Sounds to me like the City is not doing a proper community outreach per CEQA. If Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno are representing El Sereno they need to bring things out in the open and refuse to bargain away everyone's health and property. Recall Huizar and the Mayor.

December 03, 2009 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did u bother to read the petition that the Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno circulated before you signed it.
because the city approved a resolution that approves the 710 fwy in area 3 (El Sereno) . I wish I had a South Pasadena or Alhambra politician representing El Sereno. our politician as others are stressing should be recalled. Tom Hayden, run for CD 14 Counci Office and save El Sereno.

December 03, 2009 6:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I will never vote for another hispanic politician unless its Ed Roybal himself! Molina, Villa Huizar, Romero De Leon work for themselves not their communities.
The 710 fwy going through El Sereno is like Chavez Ravine, the city promised the Chavez Ravine Residents the world and gave them the dodgers . I dont want to move again. Recall them all.

December 03, 2009 6:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seems to me that South Pasadena , Alhambra and EL Sereno should fight the 710 fwy together and help each other stop projects that impact their respective Cities. It also appears that the Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno are using the wrong battle techniques.

Fight for justice for all!

December 03, 2009 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

U are blind, South Pasadena cares nothing about El Sereno and is willing to dump everything on El Sereno just to preserve what they think is their better richer city. Let us not forget how they blocked access from El Sereno to South Pasadena. No my friend, let us not depend on South Pasadena to help us. That is why they keep on pushing the Valley Connector Road as a solution to the Fwy.

December 03, 2009 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What this City/County needs is a true rail system and not more Freeways that pollute and contaminate communities.

December 03, 2009 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This State is in trouble because of special interest. When unions like SEIU and Developers can contribute to political campaigns, it's no wonder that our state is lost. Ken Starr is right, this generation is unwilling to sacrifice for the future.

December 03, 2009 8:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know what the Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno petition says or intends to accomplish?

December 03, 2009 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree about the special interest. I was at Valley Connector Road Meeting several years ago and asked what were the amounts of contribution that the consultants working on the Valley Connector had made to the Mayor's campaign then Councilman. And about six had indicated amounts of about $2,000 each . Its no wonder that the concerns of the communities are not addressed.

December 03, 2009 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey ! I am losing my job because of SEIU and the Mayor, a former union leader of SEIU. And now I will probably loose my house because of them and their support of the 710.

December 03, 2009 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

g r e e n s


December 03, 2009 9:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey all you G o O n I e S !

December 04, 2009 5:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You’re right, South Pasadena doesn’t give a crap about El Sereno, neither does Alhambra, Huizar, the Mayor, and our LA32 Neighborhood Council. Cedillo and Kevin De Leon sold us out when they tried to push SB545 - which was vetoed by the Governator - and he only did it for special interest - not for El Sereno. Haven’t you heard, they all consider El Sereno Chopped Liver?

So while Caltrans and Metro are trying to ram this freeway down our throats, it looks like Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno are the only ones trying to protect and inform us from the immediate threats to our community, the Connector Road and the Tunnel Portal.

So put your big boy chonies on and put your anger where it belongs - on Cantrans, Metro and our politicians. If they were truly interested in protecting our interests, we wouldn’t need organizations like CNES.


December 04, 2009 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is that a Bob's Big Boy size? It sure helps keeping all the flaunted B.S. from running amuck...

December 04, 2009 8:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the Mayor,
It has been a long and hard ROAD. We have seen many brave citizens unselfishly give their precious lives to their beloved city. I cannot recall such courageous exploits as the ones we have had the honor to see and participate in. It is true many have sacrificed, but not in vain...For today's actions shall be dedicated to humanity's historical triumphs.

-Until the Victory...the Governorship...the Vice... Which ever comes first...

December 04, 2009 9:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any one that continues to support the Mayor or Huizar, is not aware of how bad these politicians are and how they have no interest in Hispanic issues or anyone's else's issues. They are only concerned with their careers to detriment of the communities they represent. Both have failed records. And both support the the Valley Connector Road. Stop the Valley Connector Road.

December 06, 2009 11:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where does the Mayor and Huizar stand on the Valley Connector Road , Portal and 710 Fwy and why are they not supporting El Sereno like Reys and Garrcetti are supporting their Council District constituents.

December 06, 2009 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the 710 Freeway connection and associated projects are all part of the overall transportation master-plan pushed by Caltran, SCAG and MTA. And the politicians like the Mayor and Board Members are the ones that are responsible for overseeing the soundness and feasibility of these projects.Unfortunately , these projects are just seen as Vote getters for politicians at the expense of the communities heavily and directly impacted by them.

December 06, 2009 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has the Mayor kept any of his promises or completed any of his goal. The answer is no! The mayor is a failure just like the Press has said. And his side kick ,Huizar who is present at every presentation throughout the City with Mayor is even a greater failure. In the City it is widely know that there is no ground breaking ceremony that Huizar will not be present at, even though its not his district. And as for the Mayor, I guess he is running for President of Mexico.

December 06, 2009 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno (CNES) have lost sight of the Goal; Stopping the Valley Connector Road.
Having worked with them and knowing that they are now trying to negotiate a portal entrance that is too close to El Sereno shows that they have lost sight of the Goal. Huizar promises them that he is working with them and claims that he is limited in the support he can give, but the reality is that he is in favor of the Valley Connector Road and Freeway. CNES is not aware that Huizar has already decided to continue the Valley Connector Road and Freeway. Wake up CNES.

December 06, 2009 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why doesn't anyone write about the Mayor's connection with SEIU and his plans to destroy Civil Service outsource all City functions to the private sector where there is no accountability?

December 06, 2009 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I like your name for the Mayor "Villa Villain".
An elderly grandma asked the Mayor, then Counciman to help her cross the street by putting back the crosswalk at Huntington Dr near the Community Garden and he refused by telling her he could do nothing because a study was done and that was best thing for him to approve. Funny how after he left, that cross walk is back after two elections and thousands of people complaining about there being no crosswalk. No thanks to the Mayor or current councilman.

December 06, 2009 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I support the Mayor and Huizar. They should build the connector road.

December 06, 2009 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It sounds inviting, perhaps you would like to be my neighbor. Maybe the Los Angeles Housing Dept. would be able to accommodate you by building new units upon the existing vacant lots around the proposed projects. Then all the proponents of the Tunnel/Valley Connector Road project can rotate and live within these dwellings. Finally, the media can create a reality show demonstrating natural human activities near tunnel exhaust portals.

December 06, 2009 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Santa Claus,
Be sure to watch out for those two or three SCRUBBER TOWERS in El Sereno. They say we will have cleaner air to breathe....don't forget to leave an inhaler for my asthma.
From: To Young to Vote.

December 06, 2009 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now that we have "consent by the governed" the city can finally build a connector and tunnel that will benefit So. Kali...Peace Out

December 06, 2009 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you support the Mayor and Huizar u probably support Arnold, good job. Now we know why this city has a budget problem.

December 06, 2009 7:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A connector road or tunnel will not help congestion. By the time those projects are completed , they will be obsolete. Read SCAG ,MTA and Caltrans' own estimates. The only thing they will do is bring 200,000 trucks into South Pasadena , La Canada, San Marino , Eagle Rock, Glendale and Burbank. Ventilation Tower technology does not currently exist where it will prevent the concentrated pollution that will drift downward over a mile distance in dangerous amounts. Read the AQMD health analysis on Particulate Matter or the Ca Air Resources Board.http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/diesel/diesel-health.htm

December 06, 2009 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Incredible to read how the City of Los Angeles has a budget problem, and yet the Mayor still wants to hire more cops. More cops does not equal less crime. The Mayor and SEIU, are the reasons why we have budget problems.

December 06, 2009 9:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why doesn't the Federal Govt. investigate the Budget/Corruption in L.A. City.

December 06, 2009 9:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was at a 710 and Valley Connector Road/Alhambra realignment project and the only political representative that spoke up for the people was the Mayor, South Pasadena. There was no City of L.A representative. Guess they must have been at a SEIU meeting collecting campaign funds.

December 06, 2009 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

who is Val Marquez and the CNES, and how are the Mayor and SEIU connected?

December 06, 2009 9:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I support Tom Hayden, and not the Mayor or Huizar. Vote for Tom Hayden in the next election. Even Art Snyder would be better. As a former resident of CD one I can see how a terrible politician can destroy community, just look at the legacy that Gloria Molina left at CD 1 . Why not for someone that really cares for people like Tom Hayden. He knows more about gangs than the mayor does.

December 06, 2009 9:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does CNES know if SCAG’s SCREEN-LINE Traffic Final Report 2004 or LADOT’s, include home interviews as the principle methodology? The specific location would be on Mission Rd. at Alhambra boundary where the Valley Connector will be installed. The home interviews would have been small cohorts, but detailed to estimate the number of vehicle trips per day within an allotted time period and specific region. Please post the number of homes chosen, and their general geographic regions on this blog. I am unable to verify this kind of domiciliary participation at the website below. Please advise. Thank you.

December 07, 2009 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why can’t El Sereno’s elected officials emulate the City of La Canada Flintridge’s opposition toward a tunnel/portal/connector road? La C.F. has many legitimate grievances expressed at this site: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:BLkkoOma-hEJ:www.lacanadaflintridge.com/docfiles/city/cc_na_mis_090721_092848.pdf+freeway+interchanges+and+tunnel&hl=en&gl=us&sig=AHIEtbQKG7TMdGS4o3LIcKI0MZNwiAbbJw

December 12, 2009 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

December 17, 2009 6:47 PM  

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