"East Valley Political Bookends:" State Senator Alex Padilla on left, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes on the right.
He once was the leading "Latino Business/Moderate Democrat" on the City Council, serving with the likes of former CD 14 Councilman Nick Pacheco after both being elected in 1999.
But in 2003, with the late Los Angeles County Labor Federation Chief Miguel Contreras leading the way, the Latino Left Political Machine exerted its new found muscle and push aside Nick Pacheco, with its "chosen one" Antonio Villaraigosa taking over in CD 14 and did not look back until becoming Mayor in 2005.
For Padilla, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who was elected to the City Council at the age of 26 and becoming its president two years later, upward was the only direction this political upstart could go. But with the likes of the Los Angeles Times pushing the Villaraigosa agenda, Padilla was relegated to leaving the council in 2006 to run for the 20th State Senate District seat that he was just re-elected to.
Meanwhile the "shining star" that was Villaraigosa political aspirations has disappear into a "political black hole" and with the Latino Labor Left Machine 's excesses causing a backlash at the polling place with investigations pending. Thus, will the 2013 Mayoral Race see a return of moderate Latino candidates?
Maybe sensing this, Padilla recently announce to a luncheon group of the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum that he was looking at a possible run for Mayor in 2013, as reported in the Downtown News.
“I’m definitely looking at it,” Padilla, whose 20th senate district covers much of the San Fernando Valley, said during the event at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. “This is home. I love the city. After seven and a half years I know City Hall fairly well.”
But an early "political albatross around Padilla's neck" that political observers will notice, is his close relationship with Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes. Fuentes was the subject of a LA Weekly expose that tagged him as "The Worst Legislator in California"
and noted Padilla's "close protector status" for the dubious political dealings of Fuentes.
Then he became chief of staff to then–Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, now a state senator and Fuentes' current protector in Sacramento.
One might want to pause for a moment and contemplate what would become of private property rights in Los Angeles under a Mayor Padilla Administration with a City Council President Felipe Fuentes reigning over the Horseshoe? This in light of Fuentes fronting for Mayor Villaraigosa and CRA with AB 2531.
Scary thought indeed.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: AB 2531, alex padilla, felipe fuentes