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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Los Angeles Political Hotsheet for Tuesday

Is HACLA Commissioner Maria del Angel, the person of interest in Eastern Group Publications story?
More controversy this morning from the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority (HACLA), the city housing agency that has brought you $2,500 tidy bowls, a paranoid department head Rudy "the $400,000+ Man' Montiel and tales of corruption that are on par with the latest dubious dealings at the DWP. The Eastern Group Publications is reporting that residents of the Pico Gardens are alleging that a "housing commissioner has unfairly received special perks and privileges".
While EGP does not name the commissioner in question, the fact that the person was living in Estrada Courts before moving to Pico Gardens, leaves us to believe that the person is Maria del Angel, who according to her bio at HACLA's website is or was, a Estrada Courts resident.
Among the allegations made in the story are "claims that unusually expensive upgrades were made to the commissioner’s apartment, air conditions were installed in violation of housing rules, and that housing staff were paid with public funds to do special favors for the commissioner, like installing flat screen TVs".
The tenants who's letter was the basis for story, also contacted CD 14 Councilman Jose Huizar which led to this response.
In a written statement to EGP, Councilman Jose Huizar said, “We are aware of the letter and have been in contact with those who reported the various concerns. Our office takes any allegations of improprieties seriously. We are asking the Housing Authority to investigate and reply in writing to questions in the letter that come under their jurisdiction,” he said in a written statement.
As a side note, Councilman Huizar's Campaign Counsultant Parke Skelton released a list of community leaders who are endorsing Huizar for re-election. One of them is ............. , Maria del Angel, Variety Boys and Girls Club, Housing Commissioner*.

Lets see where that investigation ends up.


** LA Weekly's Snarky Blogger Simone Wilson, posts on the looming deadline for those who want to comment pro or con on the ballot measures in the March, 2011 Elections. In the opening paragraph, Wilson manage to get this whack on one of our former bloggers here at Mayor Sam.

Are you one of those rare municipal geeks who always seems to know what the F is going on at City Hall? Have you always dreamed of seeing your street savvy in mass print? Are you woefully unemployed and have nothing better to do for the next 24 hours than perfect an argument about a jargony fiscal matter no one cares about? (No, we're not talking to you, Phil Jennerjahn. Please restrain yourself.)

Wonder if Mary will practice restraint after that whack on her blogging flav?

** Barrowing from the LA Weekly headline with additional wording in ( ), "Jack Kyser, Every L.A. Reporter's (except for blogger Walter Moore) Favorite Economist, Dies".

** Daily News Rick Orlov reported yesterday that Assemblyman Mike Gatto was pursuing various policy initatives. What about reporting on the DA investigation regarding his residency? Makes you want to puke.

** Wonder if Councilman Jose Huizar will continue his string of yes votes on proposed DWP rate increases?

Your thoughts..............

Scott johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maria Del Angle committed perjury and jury tampering when she sat in on a jury claiming to be a "babysitter" with no conflicts. She said she did not work for the city. And was paid by Rocky Delgadillio, the city attorney at the time. And just LOOK at her. UGH? What a mess. You should hear her try to speak. Her FACE gets in the way.

December 07, 2010 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So where's this supposed list of community leaders supporting Huizar?

I'd like to make fun of some of them, too.

Post the link, dude.

December 07, 2010 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is laughable is many of the community members ARES USING ORGANIZATIONS they don't belong to. Not only that but the community members such as the radical, brown beret LA32 neighborhood council and other neighborhood councils should not be using the org. listed. Its against the charter and someone needs to file an Ethics complaint against all the NC reps listed. A lot of these so called community leaders legally can't be using their org. especially if they're non profits. Huizar can list all he wants but the fact is major organizations in CD14 OPPOSE HIM AND THE MAJORITY OF ITS MEMBERS on THEIR BOARDS.

December 07, 2010 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

David Galviz the corrupt USC Gov't guy that wants all the land in Ramona Gardens>>>???????

December 07, 2010 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Rudy M's list of supporters is here:


(most seem to be retirement home residents), but leading off with the one he apparently prizes the most -- the one-time councilmember (three-time loser candidate for other political offices), "TRICKY Nicky" Pacheco -- Nixon's philosophical grandchild.

If, as you say "Huizar can list all he wants but the fact is major organizations in CD14 OPPOSE HIM AND THE MAJORITY OF ITS MEMBERS on THEIR BOARDS" -- then it's unfortunate for his challenger, too... because they also DON'T seem to SUPPORT Rudy M.

So, end result, no change in CD14 Council next year. Just a lot of wasted ballyhooing and rich guys' money down the drain.

At least Huizar's people knew who to CONTACT in CD14, to get endorsements. Rudy Martinez has yet to figure out whether the community he lives in - Eagle Rock even has community orgnaiozations, because he's never been a part of any of them.

Yet another "Meg Whitman" politician -- not interested until the last bell rings, no experience, no pedigree, no track record.

December 07, 2010 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's obvious Red Spot is posting all these names of Huizar supporters here, anonymously, since the list isn't readily available anywhere to the rest of the world.

Tough way to make your posts "controversial" RS, all by yourself.

Pretty sad, actually. Makes one think Huizar's support is pretty universal, and you just don't want anyone to know it.

December 07, 2010 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

GEEZ, Rudy Martinex's list of "supporters" must have an average age of 87. How many of these are in old folks' homes? (Heck, how many will live until the election?)

I hope he plans on "supporting" them, and their walkers and wheelchairs, so they can get to the polls.

December 07, 2010 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot only wants to hand-pick the names of Huizar supporters he can more easily malign and pick apart.

It's something like targeting the sickest animal in the herd to hunt down (what hyena's and other cowardly predators do), especially when the "herd" greatly outnumbers you.

December 07, 2010 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well at least Scott Johnson can't say these post are coming from CD14 staffers or campaign hired guns, they sould know who's on Huizar's list of supporters released and would have already tried to post them here.

(Unless Mayor Sam is "censoring" them?).

December 07, 2010 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:42pm Rudy Martinez supporters aren't slimy, sneaky, lying, corrupt, radical, groupie losers. Rudy has well respected seniors who are the voters in the district. Just goes to show you have no idea the power of the seniors in CD14. Huizar is the Incumbent and he's behaving like the horse from behind. Pretty damn sad this early on. Rudy has more grass roots support but unlike Huizar its not a number game of made up people who don't belong to the organizations he's listing. Everyone knows the truth.

December 07, 2010 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


L.A. voters set to decide March 8 if council should get more control over DWP...When the matter was reconsidered Tuesday, the proposal sailed onto the ballot by a 10 to 1 vote, with only COUNCILMAN JOSE HUIZAR OPPOSED.

December 07, 2010 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Snot (posting anonymous at 2:14 p.m.)

Well, I guess the readers will never know, because only the link to Rudy's AASP brunch buddies has been posted here.

BTW, it's politics... it IS a "number game" and that's all it EVER is. And, it looks like Ruddy's "grass roots" are all pretty brown and nearly dead.

December 07, 2010 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I take no offense, since my name won't be on Huizar's list, but I'd bet this month's lunch money that Hacopian and Rudy's other paid hacks tried to contact and get support letters from most of Huizar's list of... "slimy, sneaky, lying, corrupt, radical, groupie loser" community leaders, now being maligned in abstentia here.

But they just truck out, in most cases. They probably didn't even return his calls. Probably though his handlers were selling magazine subscriptions.

Which is exactly the "disconnect" this unknown mini-celebrity will ride to hunbling defeat in less than three months.

Rudy who?

BUH-bye. Thanks for playing. Sorry you bet the kids college fund on it. But, when teh economy improves again, you can probably "flip" some more houses out from under destitute poor people in the district and repackage them to sell overpriced to gentrifying hipsters.

December 07, 2010 2:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:14 p.m.

Judging from the humiliating results of the last three elections he ran in, the vast majority of people in CD14 and the City apparently don't agree with you re: Nick Pacheco, Rudy's #1 supporter, who was defeated easily twice to return to City Council and once for DA, because his opponent were able to say without much rebuttle that he was... "slimy, sneaky, lying, corrupt, etc. etc.

Seems like if he's going to lead with that particular endorsement, you and Rudy's other "groupies" in the glass house will probably want to stop throwig stones.

December 07, 2010 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You're wrong, and we go through this every time there's an election because some people like you are so poorly informed.

Neighborhood council board members and people who run non-profits, etc. have every right to endorse people as individuals, and the candidates have every right to list the organizations they belong to, for "ID" purposes only. Each list always includes the same "disclaimer" saying those ORGANIZATIONS don't endorse the candidate, JUST the people listed.

If you suddenly told every organizational leader in the district they had to completely, politically "neuter" themselves, and stay out of political contests you'd never again be able to fill up any of their boards. Just because you join an NC, etc. can't mean you have to ignore local races.

That would be tragic, because these are often the people that have worked with the local politicians and know their records best -- good and bad.

December 07, 2010 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wouldn't be so quick to diss Nick Pacheco here, at least relatively speaking. The last time he ran for City Council, as I recall he had about 10 times as many recognizeable names of communty leaders on his roster of supporters. compared to Huizar's latest challenger.

Even then, he lost pretty bad.

What does that say for Rudy Martinez' actual support -- especially when coupled with the fact that 3/4 of the money he's running on is out of his own pocket -- not from campaign contributions from actual supporters?

Pacheco's last defeat may look pretty good in comparison come March.

December 07, 2010 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rudy's team needs to investigate that list cause the rumors are already flying that many of those people listed with organizations haven't been to a meeting in over 4 years and some are just out right lies. All it will take to win this election is bad publicity and the fact Huizar was the only one today who voted in support of DWP shows he's out of touch with his constituents and the rest of the city and its payback and he's still Antonio's bitch.

December 07, 2010 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"slimy, sneaky, lying, corrupt, radical, groupie loser" community leaders = The Southwest Society

That was the do-nothing group announced by the Mayor and Huizy at a Press Conference bought and paid for by the Jackie "Killer" Autry. Southwest Society was to raise government money for the restoration of the Southwest Museum building. They met a few times and raised no money.

December 07, 2010 7:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"All it will take to win this election is bad publicity..."

Must be someone who attended the Phil Jennerjahn School of Political Strategery.

I believe the school motto (in Latin) is that time honored: "we have met the enemy and he is us."

(Either that, or Michael Trujillo has a twin.)

December 07, 2010 11:47 PM  

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