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Monday, April 26, 2010

Past Questionable Ethical Behavior of the Lincoln Heights "Action Slate"

"One can see the ties to the LHNC in the email"
This person is running with the "Action Slate" for Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council.
Maria "Lou" Calanche is the Executive Director of the "connected non-profit" Legacy LA, a creation of Mayor Antonio Parkervillar and Councilman Jose Huizar, to funnel GRYD money to their political cronies and give a public facility over to the likes of USC and other connected non-profits.
This meeting was a blatant exercise to cover up the attempted allocation of $2,500 for a community event, that former LHNC members David Galaviz and Eileen Sanchez had a vested interest in, via their employer USC, as the email above notes.
One can see here how Galaviz, Calanche, then LegacyLA employee Jenny Krusoe, and former LHNC Treasurer Vera Padilla, who was at the meeting, attempted to smear the veracity of myself.
From: "Loucalanche@aol.com" Loucalanche@aol.com
Sent: Fri, April 18, 2008 8:14:38 AM
Subject: Emergency Legacy Committee Meeting 4-22-08
Hello Legacy Planning Committee,At our April 1st planning committee meeting it was suggested that Legacy L.A. approach the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council for support of the Cinco de Mayo Community Open House scheduled for May 4th (By former LHNC President and USC Lobbyist David Galaviz). We made a presentation to the Lincoln Heights NC and submitted a request to the budget committee on April 7th. Last night the neighborhood council was set to vote but I was informed that our request was met with opposition and inquiries not only about our request for financial support of the event but also inquiries about Legacy's status as an organization, where and how funds will be spent, and also questions about community support for the Legacy L.A. planning for the Hazard Armory.

I was extremely disappointed that our budget request was not voted on since the funds were to be used to provide a fun-filled day for the community. But what was more disheartening for me as a member of Legacy L.A. and former resident of the Ramona Gardens Community (did you? Look at comment by Sandra Torres) is that it was our own planning committee members that opposed and questioned our request!! It is my understanding that Scott Johnson and Pete Galindo, Sr. both Legacy L.A. planning committee members, were in attendance at the meeting last night (We were). Scott Johnson specifically spoke against our request and questioned the validity of Legacy L.A. as an organization. This was a public meeting that will have minutes and records made available to the public. ( Link here to see those documents. Hmmm, who's name is missing?) When we have Legacy L.A. planning committee members speak against Legacy L.A. we will jeopardize the future of Legacy L.A. and its ability to raise funds to bring needed programs to the community youth. (Lu's assertions are baseless at this point)
The reason I bring this to your attention is because for about a year now Legacy L.A. has been hammered about issues of transparency (Has anyone seen any Legacy LA financial documents at this point in time?). We have made every effort to create an inclusive and open community process and have taken steps to ensure that the community is directly involved in planning for the future of this organization. When an issue such as this comes up it needs to be addressed immediately by the entire community planning committee because we are all invested in making Legacy L.A. an organization that can successfully bring services to the community. To ensure transparency we also need to understand why planning committee members would oppose Legacy in a public forum.
There will be a Legacy L.A. Planning Committee Emergency Meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Armory. We will discuss role of planning committee members as well as how to proceed and ensure that the Cinco de Mayo Community Open House is a success.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks! -Lou
Simple fact is this, Calanche was an willing partner in attempting to usurp "Conflicts of Interest" issues, pertaining to the allocation of Neighborhood Council funds for projects, that benefited the persons and employees of current board members.
Does the LHNC need someone like Lou Calanche who will lie about a fellow community member, for the the simple, nefarious reason of pushing the political agenda of her supporters in government?
........ and one last thing, about your supposed ties to the Ramona Gardens Community?
Sandra Torres on June 3rd, 2009 9:01 am
I’m a 39 year old mother of two, who grew up in the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects. Lou Calanche NEVER lived in the projects and needs to stop claiming that she lived & gre up there! It’s really upsetting that she continues to say this in order to get ahead. Pathetic! She & he family lived on Murchison which is several blocks away from the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects.
Who is telling the truth here? Makes you wonder if someone was slander? Just wondering.
Your thoughts.............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you please wait until a few hours after other people post before you shove down their content?

The scroll feature is very slow and it's a pain to have to go through every post that pushes down content.

Have you ever considered writing about mayor villaraigosa instead? He's got a lot of trouble going on right now and there would be a bigger audience for that stuff rather than stupid Lincoln Heights. I think most people dont even know where Lincoln Heights is (I dont) and even fewer care. Nothing against them. But ther's more to life than Lincoln Heights which you write about a lot. This is all ancient news.

April 26, 2010 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Will someone please post a comment and tell us what this is about? It makes no sense!! What is this about??!

April 26, 2010 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The tragedy of Red Spot is that if he ever does stumble upon an important scoop the world will never know. It's like the old "if a tree falls in the forest" philosophical question. If Red Spot breaks the biggest political scandal in Los Angeles history and no one can decipher it. . .

Did it ever really happen?

April 26, 2010 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:21, I think Red Spot writes this stuff for one or two people on the East Side and that's it. Someone should show him how to use email.

April 26, 2010 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Frustrated Near the Freeway said:

Sorry 1:27pm,

I have no idea what this is about either. Not a fucking clue.

Frustrated near the Freeway

April 26, 2010 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I'm with you on all of them. NIXON wished that Red Spot had uncovered Liddy, since "NOONE" would be reading about it when he blogged it on a string about CD14.

Scott, you really need to take these comments to heart. You need to run spellcheck before you post. You need to think about the 98% of the readers who don't live in cd14 or lincoln heights. You need to think about whether what you're pounding out on your keyboard is CORRECT, RELEVANT or INTERESTING to the readers.

Otherwise, it seems like you're writing for yourself or those two people the other commenter mentioned.

Please, just grow up and start writing things that are of interest to the REST of us, which is the MAJORITY of us! Limit yourself to ONE POST PER MONTH about that cd14 or Lincoln Heights. Most of the people in those communities don't even have computers in their homes (it's true, you can look it up), so you're writing to an audience that is forced to scroll down. And for the love of Jesus, please stop bottlecapping the REAL contributors to this blog!

April 26, 2010 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More people dislike or are confused by this post, than dentists who recommend Trident Sugarless Gum.

April 26, 2010 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 2:42 PM

All the people I know have computers. All the people who are active in any way in the community have computers. I live in CD 14 and there are a lot of blogs in the northeast area. You should check them out!

Now whether the details of Lincoln Heights NC are of general relevance, that's a whole other issue.

But if you just check out the blogs from Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Mount. Washington you'll be surprised to find dozens upon dozens.

April 26, 2010 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmm. Seems to me that some damage was done by the amount of spin in the first seven comments.

April 26, 2010 8:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A little birdy tweeted that Treasurer Frank Wada, was budgeted $10,000 for getting out the vote for this election? Where is the final product of that monetary outreach?

April 26, 2010 8:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Hugo Pacheco? But no Scott Johnson.

D. MOTION: Approve $2500 for Cinco de Mayo Open House at the National Guard Armory. Discussion: Hugo Pacheco questioned whether the nc can pay a private company. Vera explained the procedure: the organization (Legacy) finds vendors for food and outreach and the vendors submit an invoice and are paid directly by the Treasurer. MOTION: Table the issue in the interest of time. Moved: Wadsworth/2nd Villareal VOTE: 8 ayes, 3 nays, 2 abstentions. Motion passed.

April 26, 2010 8:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh dear God, Michael, make it stop! It hurts my head.

April 27, 2010 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has LAFD ordered LAYAC and other tenants of building to vacate?

April 28, 2010 1:35 AM  

Anonymous Resident of L.H said:

LHNC is *uck, If that old lady is running as president.
Take a good look at your own home first, before you attack the community...Clean your trash,

April 28, 2010 9:09 AM  

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