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Monday, January 24, 2011

Afternoon Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Monday

"Recipient of $150,000 CRA No-Bid Contract for Outreach. What do Councilman Huizar and the Treasurer of CASA 0101's Board of Directors have in common?

A quick bloggin tutorial for CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar regarding CRA/LA.
Tomorrow is looking to be a crowded day at City Hall as scores of city activists will flock to the pews in front of the Horseshoe. This to remind the city council of their civic duty to do the right thing on the future of CRA/LA.
As a public service to CRA challenged City Councilman Jose Huizar (at least in his Glassell Park Candidate Forum mind set) and readers, we provide links to pertinent posts on the evolution of the scheme to spirit away $1 billion dollars of state CRA tax money and create a City of Los Angeles Non-Profit slush fund.
For our councilman, Ron Kaye's reporting on CRA/LA "Special Meeting" that features links to the actual Action Items, mixed with YouTubes videos of the proceedings, would prep him well for tomorrow's meeting.
Huizar will note a couple of his more upstanding constituents and get to view Mt. Washington Activist Carol Jacquez's "political mija" Dalita Sotelo, as the CRA's front person, presenting the specifics of this scheme.
Councilman Huizar might also want to take note of the CRA Adelante Project Area Committee that is schedule for later in the evening. This would be a great time to discuss how the CASA 0101 Theater Group was awarded a $150,000 No-Bid Contract for "community outreach". This one year deal includes "$5,000 to pay for a table at a CASA 0101 Fundraising event".
In addition, "$5,000 is given to CASA 0101 for the privilege of having a booth at a Christmas Event". Santa indeeds brings good tidings to a "connected non-profit" in Boyle Heights. And lastly, lets not forget the lucky three who will each get 750 x $30 per hour to spread the CASA 0101/CRA message for the course of the contract, for a grand total of $67,500.
Councilman Huizar may not know CRA city business but he sures know how to show monetary love to his favorite "connected non-profits".
** California Controller John Chiang will be out and about looking for dubious dealing from selected CRAs statewide. Included on his list is CRA/LA. Chiang might want to ask why contracts like above are awarded to the connected few?
** Ron Kaye has the latest happenings from today's "Special Budget and Finance Committee Meeting at City Hall. In graphic terms, there will soon be no meat to scrap off the budgetary bones.
** Los Angeles Times "Scribe of Puff" Patt Morrison interviews the parents of Luis Santos who was killed by Esteban Nunez's death pack. The Santos are moving forward with their lawsuit against former California Governor Arnold the "Kennedy Republican".
** The "LA Antonia Times Editorial Board" supports everyone of Mayor Antonio Villar's choices for the upcoming LAUSD School Board Elections. Now if only Louie Pugliese could also run in District Five against School Board Presiden Monica Garcia's "Mini-me" Luis Sanchez.
** Journalistic Cat Fight! The "Old Gray Lady of New York" rags on the "Old Gray Hag on Spring Street in Los Angeles" by calling the ever-thinning fishwrap a "Unifying Force of Complaint". Too inside fishwrap for me, wonder what the "WWG" thinks.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Los Angeles Maids said:

Its about time for some people in the Los Angeles government to account for their actions. Better have some good explanations.

January 24, 2011 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Here is what the above report shows for the $152,000.00 budget.

Sole Source CRA/LA Contract Budget:
Labor: 3 staff members @ $30 per hour for 750 hours each (per person in contract year.) - $67,500.00

CASA 0101 performance programs - $15,000
Distributed every performance, with full page CRA/LA mission statement and logo.

CASA 0101 color fliers with CRA/LA logo - $12,000
Distribution: 3000 per month/36,000 per year, throughout Boyle Heights and Los Angeles.

CASA 0101 annual brochure - $7,500.00
(Glossy and in color) Half page with CRLA mission statement and logo.

Booth at CASA 0101 Christmas event - $5,000.00

Table at CASA 0101 Fundraiser event - $5,000.00

Distribution of fliers and other promotional materials in Boyle Heights and Greater Los Angeles. - $10,000.00

Miscellaneous advertising throughout the year, logo on annual film festival's promotional screening, at annual poetry slam, art exhibits and lectures. - $20,000.00

Grand Total: $152,000.00

Why wasn’t this work put out to bid? Why no competition among the groups that could provide these services?

Seems pretty fishy.

January 24, 2011 7:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

¿se hacen pendejos o son pendejos? Please correct me if I'm wrong in assuming that our local city government has found a way to keep money in the city, away from our State's broom, but rather in the control of a city created non-profit; what's the problem? Would you rather have CRA return the to the State and not have a single cent spent locally? Oh wait, I forgot, no one trust Huizar. Let's blame him for all our problems and put him inane same category as Rizzo.

January 24, 2011 10:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Atencion 10:04

What part of NO BID did you NOT UNDERSTAND!

Typical money laundering via connected individuals. Show me the Board of Director's list.

January 24, 2011 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excuse Me! Excuse Me Higby!

Educate me!

Who the hell is Carol Jacques

January 24, 2011 11:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


¡Somos pendejos en creer en el Concejal Jose Huizar!

We are idiots to believe in Councilman Jose Huizar.

If you had bothered to check the report (Dated 11-18-10) by clicking on the link you would have noticed that this project pre-dates Jerry Brown's announcement in January to kill CRAs.

Nice try in re-writing history.

This is a government give-away to special interest without any open bid process.

Under your view, where is Huizar's plan to protect the other $2.5 million dollars

Page 5 of the report says, "Following the approval of this Project, $2,513,200 of $3,177,400 will remain for Economic Development Opportunities."

What's the problem you ask?

1.) No such plan to protect this money, just favoritism without competition.

2.) If he had a plan, he'd protect all $2.5 million and clearly he doesn't and I hear he stumbled on the CRA question the other night in Glasell Park.

You should read the documents before you purport to represent you know what you are talking about.

For example, on page 9 this report was part of Agenda Review on November 2, 2010 and consequently it was created before the November elections if it was to be reviewed on election day for placement on the CRA Board Agenda on November 18, 2010.

So, no way this is a reaction to Gov. Brown. This is just another example of bad government practices.

Here is the link if you want to actually know what is going on in the CRA.


Blog on!

January 25, 2011 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


10:04: "but rather in the control of a city created non-profit; what's the problem?"

What? Are you deranged? Josefina Lopez and Eddie Padilla are PURO Private $$$$. Josefina uses public money to support her private ventures. Trip to Europe?

January 25, 2011 7:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She's Antonios Bull Dog.

Ruff Ruff

Amigos De Siqueiros Liason

8 million dollars of city money to Amigos De Siqueros. Laundromat is busy.

January 25, 2011 7:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did you know CASA0101 founders & staff are 90% born in Mexico as is Huizar.

Why would CRA or City of LA deny creative Latinos who are born here a chance at open bid process for funds.

January 25, 2011 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, in regards to the transfer to Casa; what's the problem? He supports the arts. What other non profit with an art emphasis, located along first street, and in the community for the last 11 years is there to compete with Casa? Wait a minute, he went to school with a Casa board of director member...something smells fishy! That's right! The fishy smell is coming from between your legs or upper lip :-)

January 25, 2011 7:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baby crabs in a bucket!

January 25, 2011 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But they go – up. Until the next crab tries and then down they fall and start all over again. Crawling, desperate, crowded — and falling.

January 25, 2011 8:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:42 Good Morning Josefina. Didn't take long for the meds to kick in.

What did your psychiatrist perscribe this time?

January 25, 2011 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What do Councilman Huizar and the Treasurer of CASA 0101's Board of Directors have in common?

Embezzlement charges?

Born in Mexico?

Dalila Sotelo?

January 25, 2011 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dalita Sotelo is everywhere.

Dalila Sotelo is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations for CRA/LA's. Ms. Sotelo oversees the development of uniform housing policies

Easy Access to funnel money.

Dalila is a housing developer.

Dalila is fire commissioner.

Dalila is Board President Amigos de Siqeros

Dalila is Villar's Bull Dog

Dalila & Carol Jaques are BFF

Dalila & Huizar are BFF

Dalila & DONE are done

Dalila & CRA/LA are a SHAM

Call FBI

January 25, 2011 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Report Political Corruption

Report Non Profit Corruption

Report Money Laundering

Report Abuse of Power

Steps to Report:
1)US Attorney General
3)State Attorney General


January 25, 2011 10:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Turn this over to a journalist and then find another job, you don't want to be associated with this organization.

January 25, 2011 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Document everything. Sit down every night and write down what you've seen and heard that day. Try to write down numbers and figures from certain situations. Keep track of names, relationships, and the work hierarchy. And, assuming you're in the US, if you live in a state that isn't on this list, you live in a "one-party notification state;" that means that you are legally allowed to record conversations you have with any other party without telling them you're doing so. If you're in a one-party notification state, you may consider discreetly recording your phone calls and even personal conversations you have with other people.

January 25, 2011 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Guidestar.org is another resource you can use to possibly strengthen your case or uncover further fraud--check out the organization's 990 forms and see if what they're filing (IF they're filing) matches the bank account ledgers.

Thanks to my AG's office' advice, I contacted the IRS and got FOIA's on the non-profit(s) I was looking at.

I quietly passed the (damning) info garnered to my city's Dept Of Investigations. A few months into that investigation, the feds took over.

People went to JAIL. No one ever knew it was me that started the ball rolling...

Win! Win!

January 25, 2011 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, so much for the BIG showdown today. CC cancelled for lack of a quorum.

January 25, 2011 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lack of Quorum was planned. Duh!

January 25, 2011 10:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:08 a.m.

Bothe went to Princeton, like about 8-10,000 other people every year.

January 25, 2011 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I would agree with you if the contract was for "the arts" but it is for community outreach for the CRA/LA and there are other groups better at this than CASA 0101.

if Jose wants to support "the arts" he should just write ANOTHER CLARTS motion giving CASA 0101 $50,000.00 like he did before.

Why put forward a scam contract, just be honest & give the arts more money directly through an allocation. Give the true outreach groups the $150,000.00.


January 25, 2011 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Name a few other groups? I'm sure they were given some yen to spend in the past...Huizar is caught between a "Catch 22" and a political discourse campaign...

January 25, 2011 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This "Art Non Profit" CASA0101 is completely over rated.

CRA ordeal is a disgrace to democracy.

Pay to Play active in Los Angeles.

January 25, 2011 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Meet the Ravenous Beast that Devours City Revenue
SOURCE: http://citywatchla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3631

In Criminal Scheme to Skirt California Law, L.A. 'Community
SOURCE: blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/.../cra_la_jerry_brown_billion.php

January 25, 2011 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How do you quantify or qualify outreach? What was the outreach for?

Outreach contracts are code for politcal payback. Victor Griego at Diverse Strategies made a whole career out of this. You get a $100,000 contract and you pay your $8 and hour staffer to put together a half hour "outreach flyer". It's the oldest trick in the political books.

Who else got these "outreach" contracts.

January 25, 2011 12:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You Won!

Correct Answer: Politicial Payback

Victor Griego + Carol Jacques + Alatorre + Huizar + Essel + Villaraigosa + (political mija) Dalita Sotelo + CRA-LA

January 25, 2011 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can I get a job with the city, I'm a gang member.

January 25, 2011 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



January 25, 2011 1:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CASA0101 was in the red for $200,000. You know, the new teatro building in Boyle Heights.

Lavado de dinero.

January 25, 2011 3:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



January 25, 2011 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

where do I sign up at..Jose or Antonio office.

January 26, 2011 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11000 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 477-6565

Be ready to disclose and report what you know.

January 26, 2011 5:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OOOH I know what that number is....

January 26, 2011 7:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

casa del mexicano?

February 04, 2011 12:47 PM  

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