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Thursday, June 24, 2010

A & E Channel's "Flip This House" Team Member and CD 14 Businessman Rudy Martinez running for City Council in CD 14

A & E's "Flip This House" Los Angeles Team Member Rudy Martinez

Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspaper Editor Jerry Sullivan is reporting in his newspaper's latest edition, that CD 14 Businessman and A & E Channel's "Flip This House" Team Member Rudy Martinez, will challenge City Councilman Jose Huizar for the CD 14 Council seat in 2011.
FLIP THIS DISTRICT: That’s what Rudy Martinez—star of the L.A. edition of Flip This House on the A&E cable channel—is setting out to do with a run against Jose Huizar in next year’s race for the City Council seat representing the 14th District, which takes in a portion of Downtown along with much of the Eastside. Martinez comes to the contest from Eagle Rock, where he owns a real estate firm and Mia Sushi, a popular restaurant. He’s familiar with Downtown, too—he owned a restaurant in the city’s center for several years, and has no shortage of personal connections in the area. Martinez is a local guy from modest circumstances who served in the U.S. Army Reserve before working his way into real estate, expanding into restaurants, and then landing the gig with A&E. He says he’s done well and wants to see the 14th District do just as well. “The 14th District needs a worker on the City Council—someone who will focus on solving immediate problems and bring the energy to pursue the full potential of the long term,” Martinez says. “What other district has so many hardworking and talented residents and business owners who create tens of thousands of jobs in the industries and trades of Downtown? I’m willing to lead by working just as hard as residents and business owners do every day. It’s not a matter of business versus neighborhoods, or vice versa. It’s a matter of realizing how much potential comes from having strengths in both areas.” Huizar could not be reached for comment…
The rumor of a "prominent business person" running against the incumbent Huizar, has been speculated for weeks within CD 14. But with Sullivan's report, speculation is reality and has been verify by this blog.
The first challenge for the Martinez Campaign will be fundraising, which should be a good gauge on how serious of a threat the Martinez Campaign, will be to a second full term for Councilman Huizar.
But while money will be important for the Martinez Campaign, there is a ready source of disenchanted constituents within the district, who are willing to support "anybody but Huizar".
Your thoughts................
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Joe B. said:

Based on how Huizar voted at Plum on the Lopez Canyon issue, Rudy just might get my support!

June 24, 2010 9:38 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

That someone from the real world is willing to take on the Spring Street Gang is terrific news.

Any idea of his platform yet?

June 24, 2010 11:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

consultant?

June 24, 2010 11:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If his platform does not resemble Walter Moore's failed Mayoral platform, he could do well.

June 24, 2010 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Rudy still have a Sushi Roll named after his favorite Councilmember on his menu?

June 25, 2010 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe B., you must be kidding. Rudy MARTINEZ would vote with the Mexican Mafia.

Get a clue.

June 25, 2010 9:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can't CD 14 do better than another self-serving loser like Martinez? Isn't there someone with noble intentions out there?

June 25, 2010 9:40 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Huizar spinners in the house

June 25, 2010 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sold a house to Henry Casas--on TV no less...

June 25, 2010 6:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This may not be the last surprise. Rumor has it that Mitch Englander may have pushed so hard to run unoppossed that he may have attracted a well known and well liked former news reporter candidate into his race.

A poll is being conducted next week, but this possible candidate has said regardless what the poll shows, he is running and will put in as much money as it takes.

June 25, 2010 9:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did not sell a house to Henry Casas.

June 26, 2010 12:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose has certainly gored the ox of plenty of his constituents. Has anyone ever seen this guy passionate about anything? He just seems to wander aimlessly.

June 26, 2010 12:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Martinez is the right nationality so he does have a shot at being a city councilmember.

And, anyone who is a businessman has more brains than someone who is not.

June 26, 2010 8:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG!!!!! Finally a decent candidate running against Huizar. Rudy Martinez needs to not be cocky or arrogant and understand the frustration of CD14 residents, the disrespect Huizar has shown and all the corruption with the CLARKS fund. Huizar doesn't have name recognition and too many people want him OUT. All Huizar supports are illegals who have ruined communities and anything Zacateras. He gives money to the wrong people and aren't the FEDS still investigating him?

June 26, 2010 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I forgot HELL NO for Mitch Englander. He has the backing of most of the city council morons and he's SMith's Chief of STaffer idiot. Mitch is a short little man who has issues. He thinks he's all that. Hell no vote for him. If that reporter comes out he will have a ton of CD2 campaigning for him. The grass roots effort is for anyone not associated with any of the current politicians

June 26, 2010 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Red Spot check this out. Ramona Gardens is getting $1 mil from the Mayor's gang program and they don't even have a proper name. Could it be the money is going to Huizar's lapdogs there?

http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2008/08-0178-S18_rpt_mayor_6-14-10.pdf

June 27, 2010 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You seriously want a reality TV character to be your elected representative for City Council? I'll stick with Huizar. It took him a while to get his sea legs, but he's doing a good job now and he wants to stick around which is more than this district got from others in recent years.

The last thing this district needs is Martinez who only wants the job so he can get cast on a bigger reality TV show. We already have a leap-frogging media hog as Mayor who used our district to get to something better. Haven't we learned not to fall for that again?

June 27, 2010 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look at all the haters.....they just can't let the campaign move forward on the issues....they have to go with the name calling...how pathetic things are in CD 14

June 28, 2010 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rudy might want to reach out to Pastor K.W. Tulloss. He pastors Weller Street MBC in Boyle Hights. He's a new mover and shaker in the city. This church has been in this community for over 66 years. He's a young Pastor thats a big time activist in South LA and does a lot of other stuff. You can contact him at www.wsmbc.org

June 28, 2010 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is definitely a breeze of fresh air to hear that a hard working person has decided to take a shot at reviving the district which is in desperate need of change. Not much can or should be said about our current councilmember; his arrogance and inactivity speak enough for him!!! I’m sure that for the first time he will attempt to do some work before he needs to pack up and leave city hall, it’s just a matter of time... it doesn’t matter if its Martinez or someone else; he needs to be sent out into the real world.

June 29, 2010 10:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar is the city hall c lown. He’s just as useful to the constituents in this district as a monkey in a suit! All he ever does is pose for pictures and call it a day, when will he do some actual work? It’s so obvious that all the money and “effort” goes into Boyle Heights, coincidentally the area in the district where he lives.

June 29, 2010 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anyone know the latest count on how many staffers Huizar has lost over the past 5 years?

June 29, 2010 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

comments here are a bunch of amateurs that don't know anything about the East Side.

July 01, 2010 12:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

huizar had 64 employes over the past 5 years, what a joke! its time for him to leave, rudy has my vote, love his sushi restaurant.

July 17, 2010 7:20 PM  

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