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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Painters Local DC 36 Political Director Robert Smith refutes ACORN Claim in CD 2 Special Election

Last Sunday, we notice this interesting comment.
Anonymous said...
ACORN is working for Chris Essel in CD2. They are apparently being paid by the Painters Union according to one of their walkers.
November 22, 2009 8:32 PM

At the time we reported that this was only speculation, others had commented that "street walkers" for the Chris Essel campaign, in red shirts, were going door to door, in search of votes. Whether they were ACORN members, that was not definitively confirm.

But what was "fact check" was this financial contribution in support of Chris Essel, via the Ethics Commission Website .

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Washington, DC 20006 (Independent Expenditure) Support Christine Essel City Council Member - District 02 Chris Essel for City Council 2009 - General (1321633) [Election: 12/08/09] 11/19/09 11/18/09GOTV Activities to include phone banks and ** door-to-door mobilization TELSC-1 $58,078.00

So the question is this, who is being paid to go "door to door" by the Painters Union? Could it be United Farm Workers? Communist Party Members? Socialist Worker Party? But not ACORN right?

Then on Wednesday, we get this response from one "Robert Smith" of Painters DC 36.

Anonymous said...
Red Spot the PAINTERS UNIONS IE program has not started to walk yet phone calls only We will be walking GOTV 150 200 members no ACORN FOLK will be involved please get the facts right Robert Smith Painters DC 36
November 27, 2009 5:45 PM
Who is Robert Smith? we found this, which may highlight why they are invested with Mayor Villaraigosa's "vessel of choice" in the CD 2 Special Election.
District Council 36 is part of a coalition which includes Building & Construction Trade Unions, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the UCLA Labor Center, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and faith-based community groups with an endorsement from 120 ministers,who have been working for more than two years to create an historic policy in the City of Los Angeles. Under the landmark Construction Careers and Project Stabilization Policy projects, whether public or private, receiving subsidies, tax credits or direct monies from the Community Redevelopment Agency/ LA will be required to comply with the new Project Labor Agreement. Among the components of the PLA is a requirement that developers and contractors hire workers through union-run hiring halls.
Robert Smith, Political Director of DC 36 (one can see picture of Smith shaking hands with an "certain Mayor"), said the two-year process brought labor, business, and community groups together.“The benefits of this policy will be tremendous for all parties involved, especially for the youth in our communities who will have an opportunity for training and a career they can be proud of.”
Then there is the amount of money involve with this deal.
The Project Labor Agreement will cover $15 billion of upcoming work through the Community Redevelopment Agency/LA, with similar agreements expected shortly with the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission.
As we noted last week, one can Google "International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and ACORN" and find numerous examples of collaborations between the two organizations.
So why would Robert Smith post his comment on a thread where there is no mention of ACORN? Maybe because its true and this fact would reinforce the past links of ACORN and Mayor Villaraigosa?
Your thoughts.............
BTW, if anyone can verify ACORN members working for Chris Essel, please send a e-mail to redspotincd14@yahoo.com.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

We saw people in ACORN shirts in Sun Valley.

November 29, 2009 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dum Dums. Krekorian is a Democrat. Antonio is a Democrat. The Democratic Mayor supports the Democratic candidate. Trying to paint Essel as the candidate whom the Mayor supports shows how radioactive the Mayor is.

But, Democrats of a feather, flock together.

November 29, 2009 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Villaraigosa endorsement of Essel is set for Wednesday.

November 29, 2009 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's disgusting to see your website contributing to the racist, right-wing Republican hate campaign against ACORN. But then, racists of a feather, flock together.

November 29, 2009 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


November 29, 2009 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Robert Smith is going to have his behind handed to him on a platter on December 8th.

November 29, 2009 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Painters have had a long relationship with ACORN. They are just back tracking after hiring ACORN has started hurting Essel's campaign.

November 29, 2009 5:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Essel campaign must know they are losing if they are grasping at straws such as a formal endorsement from the Mayor. It is a last desperate effort since they know they have nothing to lose. It won't matter, she's already lost.

November 29, 2009 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

150 painters! Good God, they will just scare every one into voting for Krekorian. They where better off sticking with ACORN walkers.

November 29, 2009 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Easdy to hate ACORN. They cheat, lie and steal.

ACORN is the shame that will bring down the Democratic house of cards.

November 29, 2009 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I saw three squirrels working the houses, door to door.

Do they count as "ACORN workers"??

November 29, 2009 6:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian can get a great deal on a flight back to Sacramento as long as he books it 10 days in advance. Time's running out Paul...

November 29, 2009 7:02 PM  

Blogger mulholland terrace said:

No surprise here. Shallman is tight with the ethnic Labor people. Not so much with the white and pink collars.

November 29, 2009 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 1:44, I can't wait for Villar to endorse Chris. Do you think that will put Chris over the top?

November 29, 2009 7:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The ACORN workers were instructed to wear painters shirts.

November 29, 2009 7:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 5:07PM - Essel's grasping at straws with the Mayor's endorsement? Krekorian would have given his right arm for it - or at least someone else's arm.

You gotta be kidding, right? The AV endorsement is huge in CD2 where there are plenty of Latinos and Democrats who worship him.

Essel's got this election by doing what smart people do, leveraging an advantage and in her case, it's that she's a fresh face in the political spectrum with a business background. She'll be a powerful ally in the Mayor's plan to revitalize LA, while all Krekorian and that other useless Sacramento leech Koretz can do is hide from their voting records.

No more washed-up, termed-out career politicians in LA. We've got enough of them.

November 29, 2009 8:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Heard there was some choice language from Chris Essel when she was presented with the IBEW polling. Not looking good.

November 29, 2009 8:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Its 13 points down according to Don Attore. He is blabbering it every one who will listen.

November 29, 2009 8:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just checked the City Ethics and noticed that Essel has been outmailed by Krekorian three to one. What has happend to all her money?

November 29, 2009 9:05 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

9:05, Essel is not outnumbered by Paul on mailings, she is just not filing here mailings with the Ethics commission. Ask anyone in CD2 who is sending out the most mailers.

November 29, 2009 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's true. My wife is Republican and I used to be a Democrat but we are getting fake Republican and Democratic party mailers for Essel.

November 29, 2009 9:29 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Her entire campaign is fake.

November 29, 2009 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These races have little to do with who's a Republican or Democrat. The Mayor and the unions wants people on the Council who will support as much development as the city can handle. To the unions that means more jobs. To the Mayor that means more rich friends. That means the Mayor and unions support Essel.

It isn't hard to connect the dots here.

November 29, 2009 9:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Check Shallman's pockets.

November 29, 2009 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sadly, the quid pro quo between the construction trade unions (and their front groups like ACORN) and politicians is not uncommon. However, it is easily considered one of the purest forms of corruption.

These union entitities contribute money and boots on the ground to get their politician friends elected. Then the politicians funnel lucrative public works construction contracts back to the union membership via project labor agreements (PLAs). Because PLAs discourage nonunion contractors and their nonunion employees (almost 85% of the U.S. private construction workforce does not belong to a union), unions use PLAs as a price fixing scheme to inflate the cost of construction and make more profit and generate more working hours and dues for their organizations.

Once the unions make more money off of these special interest kickbacks, they send some of that money back to the elected officials. Rinse and repeat.

Of course, the entire process is supported on the back of taxpayers.

November 30, 2009 6:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:44 p.m. Kiss of defeat.

November 30, 2009 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:05p.m.,Tne money is in the liar`s checking account and TV time for Greuel. Now, are we going to elect this dummy Essel, who does not know when and how she is used. Can you imagine an Essel/D`Arcy meeting. Hahahahahahaha

November 30, 2009 9:42 AM  

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