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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday

Despite it's general left leaning and pro-open borders stand, the Latino Politics Blog has never been afraid to take on establishment politicians who happen to be Latino, usually when it's pretty clear said elected is screwing the rank and file.  Ergo, it's recent look at Councilman Jose Huizar.  Weezy, as documented by this blog as well as the LA Weekly, is getting all kinds of questions about his management of a fund set up to mitigate the effects of a recycling center on the community.  It seems as if Huizar needs to provide an accounting soon as he faces a tough re-election campaign against popular opponent Rudy Martinez.

Outside kissing babies or getting free tix to exclusive events, politicians like to do nothing more than be photographed filling potholes.  Council President Eric Garcetti is the latest to do so.  There is something about filling potholes that says "City Hall is working for you." Despite the obvious disconnect from reality here, however, Mediabistro cocktail party knee-jerked when it dissed one of the only journos actually working in LA, KTTV's John Schwada, for displaying some rare for the local media skepticism of City government.

So apparently, the idiots who run our City went after a woman who dared to grow organic flowers in her backyard and sell them at Farmers' Markets.  Yet they can't seem how to figure out how to not jail innocent children.

Speaking of Jeremy Marks, who thankfully is now out of prison, a prominent engineer from Google has donated $50,000 to the lad's cause.  Neil Fraser posted on his blog, normally reserved for sharing his engineering and coding acument with the world, what happened and why he did it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is such a jerk.

December 29, 2010 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A WILDLY anti-Islamic statement is posted by Phil Jennerjahn on his blog.

It's odd that Higby won't comment on his "friend" even as he makes racist, inflammatory comments.

Something not quite right with Phil Jennerjahn. Too bad that Mr. Higby gives him a free pass, in favor of silly and petulant nods.

December 29, 2010 2:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once again -- unwilling to look at its own past failures at becoming a "factor" in any race, Mayor Sam's attacks an incumbent councilmember in an area he has limited vulnerability, thinking it could be some masssive smoking gun.

Bloggers here will continue to bear down on the "CLARTS" fund re: Huizar as if it could ever matter or even be known and understood by the vast majority of voters in time for March's election.

Much like finding out that Janice Hahn parked in handicapped spots, or buying into a disgruntled ex-employee's claims that Huizar took too many vacation days, this is a wild goose chase of monumental insignificance -- because in the end, ALL of the money in the CLARTS fund, was in fact, spent for City purposes and to benefit Angelenos.

No one has even tried to suggest otherwise; only that perhaps, it wasn't specifically for CD14 community "extras" like beautification, as a sour-grapes previous loser for that spot interprets its purpose.

Perhaps winning a small "battle" in front of a tiny audience -- the "war" will be lost, and Huizar will be elected, and a few years from now "CLARTS fund" will be another running gag -- like:


...was with then Councilmember Villaraigosa -- a fun and funny jab that did nothing whatsoever to affect the outcome of the race.

December 29, 2010 2:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, let me get this straight...

Huizar -- according to chronic critics here (whose last 'killer' charges included the crimes of wearing a Mexican cowboy suit in an Eastside parade, having a single LAPD car present at a community event, and allowing a non-profit to serve alcohol at a fundraiser held at a City facility where alcohol IS allowed when served by a vendor with a liquor license) -- NOW allegedly diverted money intended for parades, kiddie soccer uniforms, and planting trees in CD14 to the City's general fund where it could be used for legitimate stakeholder services that would benefit ALL of L.A., during one of the City's worst fiscal periods when many essential services were facing severe budget cuts?


(that's called 'sarcasm' for...)


December 29, 2010 9:10 AM  

Anonymous adriana said:

Hey there,

Thanks for the link back and for reminding everyone about CD 14's own Lone Ranger on the horse with the charro costume. However, I would just like to clarify that I don't think any particular blog on my site has advocated "open borders". I believe that we need to have regulated ports of entry where people use passports, identification, etc. What I would like to see is a more equitable and efficient immigration system.


December 29, 2010 9:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Councilman Huizar OWNS CD-14 every day with that costume. I love how it just gets under the skin of powerless, chronic losers like Scott Johnson. I LOVE IT!


December 29, 2010 9:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton in pr crisis mode trying to desperately spin a negative hit piece on his guy. Mayor Sam gets hundreds of thousands of hits but I think Parke is counting the posts instead. LA Weekly also gets hundreds of thousands of hits so this story will have legs into the election. If Huizar has nothing to HIDE then why doesn't he simply show the transactions of where $1.5 million went. Huizar has given money (taxpayer) to his croonies and his office needs to be audited. Why hasn't Huizar kept his campaign promise to AUDIT all the corrupt Non Profits in CD14. Do you know over $1 BILLION dollars State and Federal go into Boyle Heights and it has more non profits then any area in the Nation. Where is that money being spent because if you look at the area its falling apart and looks like Tijuana.

December 29, 2010 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Forgot to post these articles

That’s Not Permitted...José Huizar ignored the law, expanded his house, then used insiders to make things okay

Los Angeles on $300,000 a year...Why next week's City Council "coronation" will cost you far more than money

December 29, 2010 9:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm with 9:35.

The problem is, when local illegals see electeds in such childish costumes, THEY end up getting the short end of the stick, since their vote would be better off going to people who have a handle on economic success. I'm not commenting one way or the other about Huizar, who is a do-nothing, but a guy with a reality show may have some pizzazz, but ultimately, how does that help their economic fortunes?

I say people in this community are seen as simpletons by people who think that a costume or pizzazz is what it takes to get the job.

December 29, 2010 9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"childish costumes"??

hmmm, that's just a BIT culturally insensitive don't you think?

Isn't it just possible that a native Mexicano, now an American elected official is celebrating his heritage and that of what are now the majority of Angelenos? . . . the same way politicos in Chicago drown their bratwurst with German beer at community festivals and Milwaukee Poles in office dance the Polka with their supporters?

This goes back to Cal Coolidge donning Indian headdresses on the reservation, and beyond.

It's a sign of respect for the "e pluribus" that's led to us being "unum".

Where does it say anywhere we have to forget our heritage -- any of us?

Tread lightly, or I may just bop you on the head with me shelale, and sic the leprechauns on ye!

December 29, 2010 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yet another job of stellar reporting. The Weekly has been a right-wing Libertarian since it was taken over by the Phoenix-based New Times in a dirty deal that led to the demise of the Los Angeles version of that publication, which is where Jill Stewart came from. Saying that the Weekly is a left-wing publication is laughable in 2010. Maybe back in the '70 through the '90s...

December 29, 2010 2:53 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Adriana - thanks for the clarification and my apologies - I read many posts through Google Reader. Even when I didn't agree with your blog, I've always enjoyed it.

Excellent points by the way - I cannot say I disagree!

Keep up the good work.

December 29, 2010 4:38 PM  

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