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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Outtakes from CD 14: "The Great White Ghost of CD 14 Speaks"

The "Great White Ghost" of CD 14 politics has spoken.
He was the enabler who gave special meaning to the "ins and outs" of constituent services, in a time when "cut and pasting" involved exacta knives, rulers, cardboard, and rubber cement.
His driving exploits, would of loaded the barrels of Top Gun DUI Attorney Miles L. Berman with gainful employment during those days of driving, weaving and dealing through the barrios and exclusive domains within CD 14.
Investigators, whether local, state, or feds, never fear of running out of shady dealings to investigate during his reign. Red Devil Fireworks, TELACU, and Enterprise Zones, brought an constant source of monetary deals that benefited the district, but invited investigated scrutiny, that in the end was the cause of one, Councilman Arthur K. Snyder's political demise.
Arthur K. Snyder in recent years has kept close to political controversy. His role in outing Steve Lampson as the President of the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce and his cooperation with Lincoln Heights Real Estate Broker Steve Kasten, was an flashback to the ways things where done.......and still are under the "Reign of Huizar".
But unlike Huizar, who goes through staffers like Snyder went through "fifths and city own cars", Snyder valued his rapid "ins and outs" when responding to constituent concerns.
One of those responsible for that prompt response was the late Boyle Heights resident Ross Valencia, or simply, "Mr. Boyle Heights".
Valencia, was an civic institution in Boyle Heights for decades, his work on behalf of the Boyle Heights Community, prompted civic leaders to rededicate the former Lani Park on First and Chicago, as the Ross Valencia Community Park yesterday.
Valencia's former boss Councilman Arthur K. Snyder, made this rare public statement in the comment section of the Eastern Group Publication story on the dedication of Ross Valencia Community Park.
Ross was a good man. He served the community because he loved it, and he felt called to help it. That is why I hired him to represent me in Boyle Heights and to assist me in the creation and completion of the projects that raised the quality of life for its people and brought the community back into the mainstream of Los Angeles life. He spent the hours, days, years that are the currency of a life for the community that he and I loved. May the people not soon forget him, and may that memory continue to lift the community as did his life.
Art Snyder Member of the City Council, 14rh District, Retired
Indeed, Ross Valencia served his community with distinction and honor and is befitting of the honors accorded him.
And in closing, it would be wise for our current crop of political staffers in CD 14 to emulate Valencia in their role as public servants and remember the "ins and outs" of constituent services.
Your thoughts.................

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

That reprobate is lucky not to be in jail.

November 12, 2009 7:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

" . . .it would be wise for our current crop of political staffers in CD 14 to emulate Valencia in their role as public servants. . ."

First of all, none of them are around long enough to emulate anything but one of Siegfried & Roy's vanishing acts. Which is often a GOOD thing, considering their lack of Eastside savvy.

Second, Valencia was local product; most of Huizar's staffers are imported - they get lost driving home from City Hall. (And sometimes THAT's a good thing, too. They do less damage.)

Finally, the purpose of council "staff" has changed dramatically over the decades. Used to be they were there to keep the peasants away from the boss so he could work his deals in private. Now they're just there to polish the boss's (um, er...) "shall we say "image".

November 12, 2009 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ross Valencia was a good man but his insight was not appreciated by current cd14 staff (Huizzy included). They wouldn't know how to carry themselves even with a shred of the integrity Ross did. They often didn't listen to his advice on how to treat constituents but thankfully he never stopped being an advocate and the community appreciated & honored him accordingly.

November 13, 2009 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funniest damn thing I read from Huizar's newsletter was his praising himself for drop in crime. Then he gives himself credit for the Avenues Gang sweep that isn't even in his district. Its in Ed Reyes district but dumb idiot Huizar keeps telling people about it. I can hardly wait til that smoking gun video of Huizar criticizing officers for shooting a gang banger and calling for an FBI investigation into the cops before knowing what the hell went on. Yeah, let's show the people how much cops hate Huizar and how he hates cops but takes credit for their work in dropping crime.

November 13, 2009 10:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

red spit, you're dislike for huizar is laughable. every little thing he does you jump on. he saves elephant hill, you criticize, he helps southwest, you criticize....

actually, he's the one that recommended the naming of park after ross valencia. i am insulted and ross would be too to know that you brought up his name in one of your idiotic nonsense bla bla.

like all else, you don't know what is going on and make up lies to pretend to be "in the know".

get over it, and by the way, i knew ross very well, and he would be disgusted at you and the things you write here. you are the type of person that he fought hard against all his life at community meetings. people who dont want results but all you do is create lies and problems.

please, don't mention ross' name on this blog again.

November 13, 2009 5:04 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Memo to 5:04 PM

Name a lie that originated with me.

Otherwise you are allowed to play dodge car on the I-5 at Cesar Chavez.

BTW, can you share with us Huizar's "end game" for the likes of the Southwest Museum, Elephant Hill, Ascot Park, and the Hazard Park Wetlands??

November 13, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar has no "end-game." No plan. No game. No brain. Everyone with a brain knows that the SW Museum will be closed. Jose and his friends and his society saw to that. Jose's stupidity and pride will be the closing of the LA's first museum. I hope that he and his society of friends are happy. Artists and people with brains are in despair. Does Jose see the big picture? NO!

November 13, 2009 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

response to red spot:

Elephant Hill, done and delivered, what else do you want? it's open space!

Ascot Park, dollars are frozen from state to continue, dollars will be unfrozen soon (i know, i work for the state).

There are no hazard park wetlands (i know, i work for the state). if you want some, register them with feds.

finally, red spot, please do not utter ross' name again. whoever wrote previously, i agree, he worked against numbnuts like you and he woudln't appreciate you bringing his name up the way you did.

-- in cd 14

November 14, 2009 8:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When are you going tostop using "an" where a simple "a" is appropiate. Learn how to write then your posts may be afforded a little more credibility.

November 14, 2009 9:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Don't forget Alatorre and Moret.

November 15, 2009 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Elephant Hill item may have "saved" open land, but it was done in a clumsy fashion and the economics of the outcome still was very expensive for the taxpayers of the city.

That one could be considered a plus or a minus for the CM, depending on how you look at the entire chronology and actions.

Also in cd-14- it's a big district- and observing the assorted Huizar operations.

November 16, 2009 1:35 AM  

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