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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Outtakes from CD 14: "2010 = Year of Repair for Councilman Jose Huizar"

Hola and Happy New Year from the "Cut and Paste Capital" of "Ciudad de Los Angeles".
2010 is five days old and just like the last four years under the reign of Councilman Jose Huizar, political controversy is never rare in this cut and paste barrio.
According to media sources, Councilman Huizar was supposed to announce a $50,000 dollar reward on December 30, in the brutal murder of 15 year old Luis Eduardo Perez, who was shot several times, by a female at about 7:30 AM on December 7, 2009, near the 2100 block of east Cesar E. Chavez Avenue.
Family members of the victim and law enforcement officials were set to announce the reward at a press conference, but the event was cancel due to the lack of availability of Councilman Huizar.
This cancellation was reported upon by several media outlets. Further, one local media writer has opined by stating this, "should a murder be out on the streets of our community any longer because a politician is not available to make the announcement?"
Readers of our "Outtakes from CD 14" posts will remember the controversy over the $75,000 reward that Huizar hastily announced in the double murder near Oscar's Bar in Boyle Heights in 2009. Speculation was rampant that one of the victims had ties to a member of Huizar's family.
As in all things that raise to the level of controversial in CD 14 during the reign of Councilman Huizar, one of the mitigating factors is the stonewalling that comes from Huizar's office when media sources seek information on these issues. Huizar's Communication Person Rick Coca, according to local media sources, is well known for not responding to repeated calls for comments on various issues, including both of the reward issues cited above.
But in the spirit of objectivity, Huizar's office did respond to the Los Angeles Times story regarding the stall work at the Ascot Hills Park in El Sereno. Maybe Huizar is looking forward to bigger things in his political future and has disdain for local media sources that include The Voice, Boulevard Sentinel, and the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspapers, who are doing hands on reporting in CD 14?
In retrospect as CD 14 progresses toward 2011, Councilman Huizar should prioritize repairing ties to local media observers and his constituents in general. Many outstanding issues need resolution in CD 14, whether they are the Southwest Museum, Wyvernwood, Ascot Hills Park, Hazard Park Wetlands, Gentrification and simply constituent interaction.
To be objective, Councilman Huizar has outreach to community leaders who have been outspoken in their comments about Huizar's past actions. But as we near the next election cycle in CD 14, the end game and resolution to these issues stated above and others, should be the paramount concern for Councilman Huizar in 2010.
Your thoughts...................



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Spoot writes that the Times reports on "the stall work" in El Sereno.

Does he mean that there are stalls for horses in this park? Not that it matters, Wet Spoot just wants an excuse to mention Huizar in a post.
"Hola" to all in Republic Catorce!

January 05, 2010 11:58 AM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

There's a simple solution to this, and I don't know WHY Jose's Chief-of-Staff-of-the-week hasn't acted on this yet (I'll have a "chat" with her . . .).

To keep this from happening again, starting in 2010, anyone who wants to murder a CD14 constituent will need to contact the council office's scheduler to verify that Jose will be available to attend the press conference, (because we're sure as HELL not going to miss a photo opp, especially the tearful, hugging, "sorry for your loss" kind . . . even one that takes place 3-4 weeks after the crime when the criminal's trail has gone cold and witnesses have forgotten whatever they might have seen).

They'll also need to fill out a "constituent service" form, available online, here:


(Please select "other" from the pull-down menu, not "public safety" -- although that's a common error).

SO, spread the word. Random acts of violence are one thing. That's expected in a major city. Inconveniently timed ones -- well that's just WRONG.

This will also help with murder investigations. Assuming the potential murderers are honest and use their real names on the scheduling and service request forms, this could provide some important leads to LAPD detectives in actually solving the crime.

And, the interesting "catch-22" will be that no one will ever be able to actually COLLECT the reward -- saving the city money -- because the murderer will have unintentionally identified themself (that's assuming the 1986 state law prohibiting criminals from profiting from their crimes hasn't been overturned).

In any case, it's just damned inconsiderate of these criminals to be so inflexible with the timing of murders.

January 05, 2010 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LMAO. Very very funny Parque but so true. This is outrageous Jose would honor Mexico even though they are killing cops and people for drugs. Look what happened to the guy in El Monte in Mexico who was killed by the drug cartel and Jose and Tom act as if nothing is going on over there and the crime in coming to LA
(December 11, 2009)Councilmembers José Huizar and Tom LaBonge celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Sister Cities relationship Friday between Los Angeles and Mexico City in a ceremony at El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park. The Councilmembers were joined by Juan Marcos Gutierrez, Consul General of Mexico,
and Octavio Pescador, Mexico City Sister City President

January 05, 2010 2:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Unless somebody decides to run against Huizar with the ability to raise around $300,000 and has the field operation needed to cover the heavy precincts within CD14, Huizar will drag his feet because there won't be an urgent need for him to be aggressive in dealing with important issues.

There, I said it. Now lets get back to our regularly scheduled program.

January 05, 2010 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see the point of a council person fronting a press conference for a crime anyway.

Seems like it would be much more appropriate for the senior lead officer or the head of the homicide division to perform that duty.

January 05, 2010 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As much as I don't like it, I have to comment on the slant RS takes in the posting on the "reward." I usually find lots wrong with Jose's actions, but some infomation seems missing here to say that the CM's actions, or inactions here, have the heavy impact portrayed.

First of all, the idea of reporting a crime should be done by the publice as an act of righteous behavior, without the reward offer needed as any payoff. Given the nature of crime, intimidation at a deadly level by gangs and general retribution, maybe that's all that will work to get information on the crime.

Next, the rewards are requested by the police when all leads have run out and the public's help is needed. The request is made by the CM to the Council for approval of a reward fundind, and if the motion is passed as nearly every motion in council is, the money is there. The press conference is the icing on the cake for a CM's self-promotion.

I did not see that the reward here was already approved before the CM's cancellation. If it was, the money IS there. I doubt that Jose's mouthing of that fact would be pivotal as to apprehension of the criminals.

Then, even with a reward, there's not any assurance of things being solved. Maybe some data on rewards and consequence could be presented at some point by CMs. I think that most of the allotted rewards never have to be paid out.

So to say a criminal is out on the street just because a reward is not announced by a CM, Jose Huizar in this case, is really speculation. If rewards were more productive of solving cases, I suspect there would be more requests made for issuance.

As for implying a connection between a victim and the CM was the cause of a reward created, well, what do you expect? I doubt that was the case, but things do happen more quickly where there's somebody trying to help on an interested party behalf, contrasted to being a nobody to the official. Again, it's like that all around, not just with rewards, so this is not all the big news it's played up to be.

I still don't think much of Huizar's performance overall, but this small area is not one of those needing better attention. And if you expect "information" to be readily flowing from Jose's office, you will be disappointed. Again, it's not anything new.

In CD-14

January 05, 2010 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar does not care. he won't care until its re-election time & then he'll only pretend to care long enough to get the votes he needs so he can do nothing for another 4 years and get his kick backs. he did nothing all of December so how was he so busy he couldn't make time for the phot op? oh yea, he is the Laziest Councilmember as voted on in 2009

January 05, 2010 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why do we offer rewards in certain communities anyway? Is that related to the SEIU giving away raffle prizes on Monday so workers will keep showing up for work even after cashing their first paycheck? Why can't they just do the right thing and call the cops with information straight away? Why do we have to bribe them?

January 05, 2010 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are all wrong. I live near Ramona Gardens where Red Spot lives and I work closely with the LAPD. I confirmed that the press conference was moved because the victim's family was unavailable and the LAPD needed to get some additional information before the press conference. Information, which, they say, will correct some bad information that is out there prematurley on the incident. So, like usual, Red Spot, in his eagerness to make Huizar look bad, gets more wrong information out there.

Red Spot, as a the only 'gringo' in our neighborhood, who purported to be our friend and say you want to be down with us, how could you allow for all this Latino bashing on this blog? There's lots of it. you know me, you said you respected me for going to college and you wish you would have done the same.

Also, putting the trash on this Blog aside, we hear from ordinary residents in Boyle Heights that there has been more done here since Huizar's been in office than any other councilmember. New schools, refurbished parks, etc. Huizar is doing a hellava job Red Spot, and when you grew up here in the 'hood, you always talked about having someone like Huizar representing us. What went wrong with you Red Spot?

January 05, 2010 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:39, you say Huizar did nothign in December? didn't he just open a skate park in boyle heights in december and pushed the red tape at city hall to ge it done in a few months as reported in our local paper? and also put on two huge toy giveaways, i know, kids on my street got toys...these are the only things i know about.

again, i live near red spots' home in ramona gardens, and i am getting disgusted by all the lies i read on here. you all should put your names and stand by what you say here hiding behind anonymity...bunch of liars.

January 05, 2010 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Huizar just deliver on Elephant Hill, something no other councilmember could do?

January 05, 2010 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar wouldn't miss apress conference in Eagle Rock!

Plus the district was much cleaner when Pacheco was councilman. Lloy did a hell of a job setting up the community congress to clean up the alleys and mobilizing the 6 donated graffiti trucks. Boyle Heights has never looked worse.

January 05, 2010 5:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pleitez for City Council in 2011.

January 05, 2010 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pleitez is another Villar puppet and he owed too much to Maria Elena Durazo to be an effective leader.

Pleitez cost Latinos a seat iin congress.

January 06, 2010 8:37 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Memo to 4:28 or neighbor,

First, I am down with people who exhibit a quality called character.
Notice that race is an secondary consideration.

Second, what would your response be if I told you that Councilman Huizar took $750,000 that was earmarked for stormdrain repairs at Hazard Park and moved the money to another project in Garvanza?

Third, what would be your response if I told you that an Legacy LA employee, told a young man that unless he join their programs at the Hazard Park Armory,he would be subjective to law enforcement action?

Third, how would you respond to the news that Hazard Park was put in a redevelopment zone?

So maybe you should consider these facts and show some character of action and discard the racist retoric.

Scott Johnson, your neighbor.

January 06, 2010 9:03 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

BTW, second third should be fourth, my bad.

P.S. now you have the real person to match with the moniker, Happy New Year!!

January 06, 2010 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

did this stellar journalist really say "should a murder be out..." or did she say "murderER?" Or was that a typo by the person posting this?

January 06, 2010 12:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you know that Huizar gave Councilwoman Janice Hahn money to open a rec Center in her area instead of using the money for his own district. THere wasn't any uproar over the fact that money earmarked for CD14 was used to help CD 15. Huizar is supporting illegal vendors FArmer Market who will make a profit but are having taxpayers foot the bill for the fees.

January 07, 2010 9:43 AM  

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