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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Tuesday: DA Steve Cooley being investigated by Callifornia FPPC

"Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley addressing the media"
Is San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris Campaign Consultant Ace Smith "going the Parke Skelton route", when it come to filing frivolous complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), against their respective challengers for state office?
Witness when Parke Skelton's previous client Assemblyman Mike Gatto's supporters filed a FPPC complaint against challenger Sunder Ramani, the mere appearance of financial malfeasance, was enough to garner attention from willing allies within the newsprint community and in the bloggersphere. This regardless of the truth behind the accusation of the complaint.
Now Ace Smith is borrowing the FPPC tactic from his consulting soul mate Parke as the San Francisco Chronicle's Megan Lagosi reports,
As the vote counting in the attorney general race continues -- as well as bickering among the campaigns -- we have some real news to report: The state's campaign finance watchdog confirmed today that it has launched an investigation into Steve Cooley's gift-taking in recent years -- a practice detailed in The Chronicle.Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=77108#ixzz15TjUkmnL
Tactic looks familiar here?
Meanwhile, back here in Los Angeles County, both sides are "calling out the goons", in the LA Weekly's words, to observe the vote counting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office in Norwalk.
As of 12:30PM, the California Secretary of State Office shows Harris leading by 30,997 votes.
** Its City Councilwoman Jan Perry vs. DWP IBEW Union Strongman Brian D'Arcy as the fate of the proposed "Elected DWP Rate Payer Advocate" rests with fifteen politicos who's vote on placing the "Advocate Measure" on the March, 2011 Ballot, will soon be known to all. Ron Kaye has his usual salient comments on today's proceeding. Plus, the "Weekly of Record" has its take on today's frantic political maneuverings.
** Is elected Governor Jerry Brown's lawsuit against the City of Bell, as the "California Attorney General last seen in Arizona Jerry Brown", turning out to smell like a "publicity stunt gone wrong"?
** The Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors wants to do away with those perishing plastic bags. By the way, how many years did it take to close the "Killer King Medical Center" in Watts?
** Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his cohorts on the MTA Board, want to charge to drive solo during rush hour. Lets not forget that we pay transportation taxes at the fuel pump, on top of increase sales taxes, to solve our supposed transportation issues in Los Angeles County.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

"on top of increase sales taxes"


November 16, 2010 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot:

Measure R was for Mass Transit options and congestion relief for the next 30 years. But once again, that will take 30 years while our traffic is getting worse in the meantime.

Furthermore, ITS NOT THINKING ABOUT MAKING THEM PAY TO DRIVE DURING RUSH HOUR (but once again, you don't comprehend English). The proposal would be to make Carpool Lanes into Toll Lanes during Rush Hour. People would PAY for the privilege to avoid traffic.

November 16, 2010 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Los Angeles Mayor and Council continue to allocate MILLIONS of dollars for gang intervention/prevention that according to retired L.A. Sheriff’s Sgt. Valdemar will assists gang members in furthering their organized crime, but L.A. politicians elected to cut library hours for law abiding kids. Now LA politicians want Angelenos to increase property taxes with a false pretense of saving our library. Don’t vote for this ballot measure.

Retired L.A. Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Valdemar, a 33-year veteran detective and nationally recognized authority on gangs, said the 18th Street gang's immigrant roots led to ties with drug-trafficking organizations from the beginning.

"They cultivate people, do favors for them, then they leverage those favors by asking for favors of their own," he said. "They spread money around by buying businesses, cars and real estate in other people's names and let those people use the property until they are ready to take it for themselves. Or they finance candidates who they think will be loyal to them.

"Once they have gained acceptance, they can seek city officials' help in obtaining a business permit or liquor license, or police protection for their criminal activities. The money isn't obvious, but it's there."

One notorious 18th Street member in Cudahy, Hector Marroquin, who, according to police reports and law enforcement documents also had ties to the Mexican Mafia, for years operated an unlicensed business, a nightclub called Marrokings, on the city's main commercial stretch.

Marroquin claimed to have reformed. He started the anti-gang program "No Guns" and, after receiving $1.5 million in gang-intervention funding from the city of Los Angeles, he was sentenced in 2006 to seven years in state prison for selling automatic weapons to undercover agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Police officials said that Cudahy City Manager George Perez once intervened on Marroquin's behalf when officers visited Marroquin's nightclub looking for parole violators affiliated with the 18th Street gang. Mr. Perez in a 2007 news story confirmed calling the police chief on Marroquin's behalf, saying he would be concerned any time a business owner felt harassed. He did not return calls for this report.

Cudahy Councilman David M. Silva, the city's longest-serving council member, freely admits he was one of the targets of the 2001 grand jury investigation, and he voted to approve canceling the contract with the sheriff's department, which had been engaged in proactive anti-gang policing.

Linda Guevara, a former City Council member in nearby Huntington Park, said that at one rally she observed three young men in white T-shirts holding a well-made sign saying, "We Support Our City Council." When she approached and asked the young men to explain their support for the Bell council, she said, one of them replied: "Have you ever heard of 18th Street?"

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November 16, 2010 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like UTLA forget to check the voter registration of their annointed LAUSD candidate Heather Kolodny. Being a Republican is going to squash any labor or Dem support. Nice move, Duffy. Go get 'er Tamar!

November 16, 2010 3:11 PM  

Blogger Parque Esqueleto said:

Is . . . Consultant Ace Smith "going the Parke Skelton route", when it come to filing frivolous complaints. . ."

Well, HELL YES, because it works!

It works better than anything else out there.

We led the original Mayor Sammies here, in 2005, around by their noses just that way for months, with all the "Jimmy Hahn is corrupt, and headed for jail" BS. (I forget, what prison is he in now?)

This blog even endorsed "FAILURE" Villar, over "corrupt" Hahn, just because.

It's like wearing your lucky underwear to the bowling alley. You can never lose betting on the gullibility of Angeleno voters!

Remember, after all, this is the city that found O.J. "not guilty".

November 16, 2010 3:29 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

The idea that we would have to pay to drive solo or drive in the car pool lane is asinine.
Red Spot is right, we already pay taxes for them to maintain the roads. It is, I guess, our (by our- I mean the left wingers) fault for electing the same boneheads who talk and don't deliver on alleviating congestion as a result of an expanding population.

On a similar note... remember when they started letting hybrid drivers go solo on the carpool and then it stopped?
Why did it stop? It started because elitist who are defrauding us with this global warming hogwash wanted to be cool and not be on the road with the regular folk.
Remember, hybrids (like the electric Volt & Lead now) were hard to come by and sold at premiums.

Thanks Dems in CA for electing the same failed policies in office again, and again, and again.

November 16, 2010 3:42 PM  

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November 17, 2010 12:58 PM  

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