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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

CD 14 Candidate Rudy Martinez pledges to use CLARTS Fund to maintain emergency services ..... and Councilman Huizar?

Could Councilman Huizar have used the CLARTS Fund to help mitigate the affects of the LAFD "Brownouts" in CD 14"

January calender of "Brown Out" fire units in El Sereno and Boyle Heights from the December 2010 edition of The Voice Newspaper.

** Morning Update: The Voice Newspaper Editor Carlos Morales reported to the LA 32 Neighborhood Council last night that the brownout days for RA 16 in El Sereno, will increase to twelve days from the ten days noted above.

If anyone needed a prime example how CD 14 Councilman Jose Huizar could of, should of and did not exert leadership on a critical community issue, it is the "Brownouts of Los Angeles Fire Department resources, within the El Sereno and Boyle Heights areas of CD 14.

The February 2010 edition of The Voice Newspaper had an excellent article on the protest at LAFD Station 16 in El Sereno when members of the community picketed in front of the station after learning of the cutbacks of fire services. One of the protest leaders, stated that they were berated by El Sereno Field Office Director Arturo Gonzalez for embarrassing Councilman Huizar. And to follow up, his leadership since, is a embarrassment to the office.
In follow up meetings hosted by the Hillside Village Property Owners Association, Councilman Huizar, his staff and management of LAFD, tried to reassure community members that the brownouts were more about efficient reallocation of resources than cutbacks in services.
During the course of those meetings, Councilman Huizar brushed off questions from community members whether he could use the discretionary funds under his control, to offset the cuts in his district. During one point in a meeting held at Absolute Towing on Valley Blvd in the Hillside Village area, one audience member ask Councilman Huizar if he would consider using funds and query an LAFD official on the cost of maintaining paramedic services at Station 16. But still, no committal on using discretionary funds.
Meanwhile, CD 14 Candidate Rudy Martinez has pledge to use the CLARTS Fund to maintain emergency services. If a council person needed a reminder of the ultimate cost of the cutbacks in emergency services, then link to the emotional video of Luis Gonzalez speaking in front of the City Council about the longest nine-minutes of his life. Then maybe someone should ask Councilman Huizar if he would exert a moment of true leadership?
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmm...

"Meanwhile, CD 14 Candidate Rudy Martinez has pledge to use the CLARTS Fund to maintain emergency services."

Umm, but wait, then wouldn't he have to:

TRANSFER THEM TO THE CITY'S GENERAL FUND?????

(which is what the headbangers here have been SCREAMING about??)

Scottie, you have REALLY lost it down a partisan rabid (sic) hole.

You can no longer see the forest for the screeds.

January 05, 2011 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scott Johnson has to post Rudy M's news blips here (because NO ONE else in media-land it paying any attention to the challenger's wimpy cries of "i can do betta").

January 05, 2011 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red spot, my neighborhood council will give up 3/4 of it's "discretionary" funds to keep emergency services up and running in L.A.

Will yours? (I doubt it).

If every NC in the City did, that would be more than TWICE what runs through CLARTS in any given year.

Do I smell some hypocrisy here?

January 05, 2011 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Exactly, 12:06 PM. That's why noone takes him seriously.

January 05, 2011 12:19 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Was someone wearing Depends when morphing in and out of their various personas?

January 05, 2011 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot,

To respond to your childish comment, how about explaining to us the relevance between the subject and Depends?

If you want to crack jokes, it's not good if you have to explain them.

Meanwhile, I think it IS a relevant question to ask why you're posting essentially the SAME article four times in one day. I'm not close to cd14, but that is highly repetitive, and you're not providing NEW information.

It seems you have a lot of time on your hands. Try to not blame this all on mary cummins. Your the originator.

January 05, 2011 12:42 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

From 11:17 - 12:19, non-stop cybertrolling at its tiresome bemusment.

BTW, maybe the paramedic unit is showing up to some call by now in CD 14 from a 11;10 call out?

January 05, 2011 12:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when are emergency services "amenities"?

I'd bet the provisions of that fund won't even allow that.

More B.S. talk from a know-nothing candidate.

Next he'll be telling us he'll "fix the schools" (which City Council has nothing to do with).

January 05, 2011 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is very entertaining to see all the attacks on RED SPOT, from Retired LAUSD, Cliff and the many others who keep trying to knock him down on how boring the topics are, to no one cares and the corrections on his grammar and typos.

You people are so pathetic, if no one cares, you can’t stand his grammar and typos and no one is reading these posts…..

Why in the world do you keep coming back is the question?
Do all of you have nothing else to do with your lives? To follow a blog that no one cares about?

Well we will assist you in answering the question.

It is because lots of people are reading this and you know that to be true. The information Red Spot is posting is catching the media’s attention including; The Voice, La Opinion, LA Times, LA Weekly, Univision, The LA Eastsider and many other blogs in the city that are catching on and lets not forget the community members who are starting to question him at all of his public appearances, as well as the neighborhood councils are all questioning Huizzy?

How can Huizzy go on giving the ok to write checks from this account without knowing the account balance? Is this is what they taught him at Princeton?

What type of management skills does this man really posses?
As head of LAUSD, 50% of the kids under his watch were failing to graduate from High School.

As Councilman, he has the highest amount of STAFF TURNOVER at LA City Council. His regional offices have never been staffed to capacity. They always misplace files when a staff member leaves.

What type of leader is he? Don’t worry Retired LAUSD, Cliff and the many others; we will answer the question for you. NOT A VERY GOOD ONE!

Who now are the idiots? Retired LAUSD, Cliff and the many others LMAO!

January 05, 2011 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Other than "we hate Huizar" and "we think he's a crook" - can anyone, ANYONE tell me why Rudy Martinez is a better choice?

Based on what experience?

Based on what positions taken?

Because if you're basing it in campaign promises made now, you all need to understand that they ALL make those promises -- and they do so without any understanding of what they actually CAN and CAN'T do once in office.

Campaign promises should all come with warning labels:

"Expiration date: (The first day I'm elected, or as soon and you forget what I promised).

"Void where prohibited by law, City statute, a City attorneys "opinion", general convenience, or my own political ambitions.

"Void when conflicted with promises I'll make tomorrow somewhere else in the district.

"Void when I'm outvoted 14-to-1 (wink, wink), by my peers, as part of a backroom deal I made to make it LOOK like I'm keeping my promises. For reference, see 'Villaraigosa, Elephant Hill'.

"Void for any other reason I see fit."


Mostly just "void".

January 05, 2011 2:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:10pm, and I'll just call you, Mike, for the sake of this post.

Mike, when you ask, "Can anyone, ANYONE tell me why Rudy Martinez is a better choice?" The answer is, "because he isn't Jose Huizar."

And in this election, that's what it's all about. You could go to the L.A. Zoo and walk into any cage, and you would have a more worthy councilman, based on Huizar's proven performance of zero performance.

Sorry, time to change the batter.

January 05, 2011 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think LA policians need to be investigated NOW...Rudy help us..the CLARKS fund..Jose huizar good by...

January 05, 2011 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizars's office is better than a telenovela... I just saw on another blog (latinopoliticsblog.com) that Huizars staffer Eric Martell was seen talking to the Martinez campaign. Another source confirms he has friends working for the Martinez campaign. But with 65+ ex staffers, anything can happen.

January 05, 2011 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:31 p.m.

Thank you. That's EXACTLY the kind of reply I expected, and the ONLY one Martinez supporters can really offer, basically cutting off your own nose to spite your face.

Because then it leads me to this planned reply...

That's EXACTLY the kind of simple-minded uni-dimensional thinking that saddled this poor city with the worst mayor in the last 40 years:

ANTONIO RAMON VILLAR

Intelligent voters for "FOR" someone, only idiots vote "AGAINST".

"nuff said"

January 05, 2011 2:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:09 asks "Why in the world do you keep coming back is the question?"

Then answers: "It is because lots of people are reading this and you know that to be true."

Pretty good question; very bad answer.

Yes, some people do read this, but please don't be so arrogantly clueless as to tell me what I "know to be true."

If "lots of people" are reading this, then why is it so obviously just a few who comment?

And why are almost ALL the comments anti-Red Spot, or pro-Huizar, or Anti-Rudy Martinez?

Even when there are dozens of responses, you don't have to be a handwriting expert to see that some people post multiple times.

So...

WHERE IS RUDY MARTINEZ's support? (there isn't any).

WHY DID HE HAVE TO FUND his own campaign? (see the answer above).

WHY HAVE 80-90 percent of the "doers" in all CD14 communities already endorsed Huizar, and almost NO ONE whose name is known beyond the SSI roles (except discredited former councilmembers) is listed as a Rudy M. supporter.... to quote another poster, because Rudy ISN'T Huizar -- someone qualified for public office.

There is no way Rudy M. can even begin to move the needle in his direction over the next 8 weeks.

The race is over except for the well-deserved humiliation of someone who has no business running for public office.

Got lots of money? OPEN ANOTHER DAMN RESTAURANT... maybe a THAI one, this time. (Stick to what you're capable of).

And THAT's why I post here! To humiliate the losers that support non-starters.

January 05, 2011 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To the FOOL who thinks it's better to go with a CROOK who we KNOW instead of a charistmatic person who doesn't have a history of THEFT from the city, you're an idiot.

We don't stick with the crook we know just because we don't know the other person yet.

I would go with moron Zuma Dogg before I vote for Huizar, who is a known CROOK. At least Zuma Dogg will try.

January 05, 2011 3:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG,

Someone please shut Valley Duh and Mailhandler up! Or get em a real job or something.

January 05, 2011 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

http://street-hassle.blogspot.com/2011/01/little-help-for-helpless-on-clarts.html

January 05, 2011 4:34 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

OMG,

Someone please shut Valley Duh and Mailhandler up! Or get em a real job or something.


Dream on, Furry. We all know it's you.

January 05, 2011 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:23 p.m. "I would go with moron Zuma Dogg..."

Yes, of COURSE you would, dearie.

It's called "birds of a feather"!

And, BTW, if you, or anyone else had any REAL evidence that we had a "crook" in office in CD14, you would have already been busy trying to get charges filed, instead of just repeatedly, obsessively, like some Tourette's patient claiming that is was true -- here.

But, of course, self-descibed 'morons' don't actually need proof in order to believe in their own mythologies.

(Rudy Martinez is "charismatic"?? In what bizarro universe cult universe?)

I saw this clown "flipping" houses on TV, lying to home sellers, telling his subcontractors to hide unpermited work from City inspectors, and generally just cheating people -- and this was just a year or so ago.

There's only one CROOK in this race, and it's the guy who through his own blinded ego actually AGREED to let some cable network FILM him breaking the law and screwing poor people in his own neighborhood. You can probably buy the cox-set CD of that program at a "CROOKS-R-US" video store near you.

Drink more Kool-aid, his spell may be wearing off.

January 05, 2011 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Manfred Ulmann said:

I have no affiliation with either Huizar or Martinez.

All I can tell you is that the poor slobs in CD14 deserve the lousy representation they CHOOSE. And their CHOICES are either an entrenched CITY HALL THIEF of a HGTV THIEF.

Way to go idiots. Don't come 'round to complain later when your CM gets indicted. Whomever he is.

January 05, 2011 5:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Manfred @ 5:50pm,

You are right. It's two shady choices. But one of them has already been shady as an elected official with public dimes. Can't indict the candidate who hasn't done that yet. So you have to vote out the current elected official. Hell, if everyone staff member Huizar drove away and turned over voted for Rudy, Martinez would win based on that alone.

January 05, 2011 7:21 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Easy enough for Mike Trujillo to spin more MEAT and focus on Red Spot.

Problem is Red Spot is not their problem.

When you have the LA Weekly, LA Times, LA Opinion and even the Latino Politics Blog (which probably disagrees with this blog 9.8 times out of 10) all in tune, the it's harder for Mike to grind out more meat.

He can cry Walter Moore all he wants. It reminds me of Dana Carvey as George HW Bush saying "Persian Gulf, Persian Gulf?" but it doesn't change the truth.

These guys are so scared they're accusing Adriana Maestas of starting a "phony scandal" in order to get Huizar to "pay attention to her."

I almost wonder if Team Gatto is advising Huizar. As a matter of fact, after reading some other blogs, it appears that the extended team may just very well be doing that!

January 05, 2011 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gatto and Huizar are two of Parkes' trained pets. Of course they are working together. Gatto needs Huizar when he runs for Garcettis' termed out seat. It's Skeltons' new generation of scumbags - more polished upgrades of Antonio & Fabian - less baggage but the same programmer so the same lies and misinformation.

Alatorre used to keep the voting public dumb by ignoring them which worked in his 6,000 vote total victories (at the same time Zev was racking up 70,000 votes for a council district election). Parke doesn't ignore the voters but spoon feeds distortions and inuendos - something like a barrio version of Karl Rove.

Most opponents don't have the funds to counter these half truths and outright lies. How good is Martinez' credit?

January 06, 2011 6:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you Michael Higby. Yes, the Huizar groupies and Parke Skelton come on this blog to criticize Red Spot because he's pushing buttons and finally getting media attention. Just because less then 100 people comment doesn't mean 1,000's are reading this. This blog is posted on national websites. Here's the issues. Rudy Martine or anyone for that matter don't need experience to run for office. Hell Huizar has a degree from Princeton yet has been the worse Councilmember in the history of CD14 a well known fact all over the city. The story of the birds falling all over Arkansas is similar to Huizar having his fireworks show at Hollenbeck Park and leaving the poor ducks in the water. The next day some of the ducks were walking around the neighborhood really sick and Huizar was told and did nothing. Huizar LIED to his constituents and campaigned for Measure B the Solar bullshit LIE that would have cost millions. HUizar VOTED and has always supported the corrupt DWP. Huizar LIED about the trash fee hike that millions don't go for public safety which would have helped the Fire Dept. Their union rep was in city council pleading with them. All anyone has to do is drive around Boyle Heights and part of downtown Huizar reps. See the destruction and blight Huizar has ignored for years. He has a discretionary fund and where has that money gone? He abuses gang program money giving it to non profits OUTSIDE of his district. I hope the media continues to investigate these stories.

January 06, 2011 7:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

""WHY HAVE 80-90 percent of the "doers" in all CD14 communities already endorsed Huiza"""

This statement is quite funny because its a well known fact citywide that the only people supporting Huizar are his very insecure, uneducated groupies. Huizar doesn't have any of the major organizations endorsing him. There are at least 7 organizations campaigning against him. He's putting them on every community advisory board he can including the new one which will spend $12 million to make the corridor of 1st Street look like Tijuana. If they were DOERS then why does the community looks like a 3rd world country. Huizar's campaign promise to AUDIT all the non profits in CD14 he hasn't done. Could it be because many have given him campaign donations? $1 BILLION in State and Federal tax payer dollars goes to just Boyle Heights non profits. Where is all that money going besides the expensive salaries and cars the directors of these non profits drive.

January 06, 2011 7:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby,

I am not Trujillo, but a longtime Mayor Sam's poster. Trujillo's a steaming turd, and I spent much of 2005 bashing his idiot spin here over Antonio's campaign 6 years ago.

And, I getting pretty damn tired of being told I am Trujillo every damn time I make a pretty decent point here about someone's anti-Huizar's faulty logic (or math).

From what I recall of 2005, Trujillo isn't bright enough to rebut some of the sh*tty spin Walter Moore launched here.

That said, I'm guessing he (and most other posters here) are about 36 times as good with numbers as Moore are.

A 36+ percent margin of victory for Huizar in 2005 was HUGE, by any definition -- and I recall Moore used that same bogus logic (about low turnout) to suggest HE had a a chance against Tony V.

How'd that work out?

36 percent is also quite a bit more than the margin that Villaraigosa had when he handed Moore his shorts 2 years ago.

And, to be clear, we are (trying) to compare apples with apples, right. Obama's 2008 margin of victory was less than 6 percent and it was declared by media to be a "blowout" (isn't 36 percent a BUNCH more than 6 percent?)

Describing a 66 to 30 percent election for Huizar in 2007as "squeeking by" is something too lame for even a Trujillo to try, were the tables turned.

As much as I hate Tony V. myself, I was never convinced by a couple friends to vote for Walter Moore -- and his postings about Huizar "squeeking by" 4 years ago are just the kind of reasons why. He lack the depth to "really" figure out how to fix things, and makes up see-through bogus solutions to get attention.

There is no way an unknown, non-participant in public activities before a few months ago like Rudy Martinez could create a swing of high double-digits away from an incumbent in two months, regardless of how much personal wealth he throws at it. The saturation level for mailers, ads, etc. will be used up before he gets into his second quarter-million dollars. His message will be turned off weeks before the election.

He's already lost.

Spin away, Walter Moore with doctored numbers but it won't change the fact that Huizar is very popular in his district, has been elected twice -- each time by a larger margin, and before that was elected twice to the school board in the same basic area.

"CLARTSgate" is a bomb-thrower's house of cards that too few people will ever care about to matter.

Maybe Huizar's margin of victory this March will only be half that of last time -- 18-20 percent (Still a landslide by any definition).

But then, by Walter Moore's lousy math, that should mean he "technically lost?"

January 06, 2011 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby,

I am not Trujillo, but a longtime Mayor Sam's poster. Trujillo's a steaming turd, and I spent much of 2005 bashing his idiot spin here over Antonio's campaign 6 years ago.

And, I getting pretty damn tired of being told I am Trujillo every damn time I make a pretty decent point here about someone's anti-Huizar's faulty logic (or math).

From what I recall of 2005, Trujillo isn't bright enough to rebut some of the sh*tty spin Walter Moore launched here.

That said, I'm guessing he (and most other posters here) are about 36 times as good with numbers as Moore are.

A 36+ percent margin of victory for Huizar in 2005 was HUGE, by any definition -- and I recall Moore used that same bogus logic (about low turnout) to suggest HE had a a chance against Tony V.

How'd that work out?

36 percent is also quite a bit more than the margin that Villaraigosa had when he handed Moore his shorts 2 years ago.

And, to be clear, we are (trying) to compare apples with apples, right. Obama's 2008 margin of victory was less than 6 percent and it was declared by media to be a "blowout" (isn't 36 percent a BUNCH more than 6 percent?)

Describing a 66 to 30 percent election for Huizar in 2007as "squeeking by" is something too lame for even a Trujillo to try, were the tables turned.

As much as I hate Tony V. myself, I was never convinced by a couple friends to vote for Walter Moore -- and his postings about Huizar "squeeking by" 4 years ago are just the kind of reasons why. He lack the depth to "really" figure out how to fix things, and makes up see-through bogus solutions to get attention.

There is no way an unknown, non-participant in public activities before a few months ago like Rudy Martinez could create a swing of high double-digits away from an incumbent in two months, regardless of how much personal wealth he throws at it. The saturation level for mailers, ads, etc. will be used up before he gets into his second quarter-million dollars. His message will be turned off weeks before the election.

He's already lost.

Spin away, Walter Moore with doctored numbers but it won't change the fact that Huizar is very popular in his district, has been elected twice -- each time by a larger margin, and before that was elected twice to the school board in the same basic area.

"CLARTSgate" is a bomb-thrower's house of cards that too few people will ever care about to matter.

Maybe Huizar's margin of victory this March will only be half that of last time -- 18-20 percent (Still a landslide by any definition).

But then, by Walter Moore's lousy math, that should mean he "technically lost?"

January 06, 2011 9:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:36 a.m.

"the only people supporting Huizar are his very insecure, uneducated groupies."

REALLY? That's funny, because Rudy Martinez's people tried to court a lot of these same people, and they told him to pound sand.

Why would Rudy want them if they were insecure and uneducated?

OH YEAH, that's right, one of Martinez's main "groupies " here is the incredibly illiterate Red Spot.

He needed company.

January 06, 2011 9:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The whole issue of the CLARTS funds has to do with government transparency with funds that could have been used for the public safety.

I went to the LA 32 meeting yesterday and found that Huizar's staff, Ana Cubas, passed out an accounting of the CLARTS funds showing that close to $1.7 million was transferred to the city. That was helpful information to receive that I understand could have been distributed to those who asked for it months previous.

What would be even more helpful would be for the councilman or the staff to identify what those $1.7 million were used for.

It was also presented that the number of days that Fire Station #16 in El Sereno would not have an emergency paramedics vehicle had increased from 3 days to 12 days. Community members had initially protested when they found out there were 3 days out of the month with no paramedics vehicle.

$1.7 million is a lot of money. The lives of people in El Sereno are at stake with what is happening with Fire Station #16. Some of the $1.7 million could have been used to help address the issue I believe. Since the number of "brown out" days have increased, the council staff has a duty to explain and document what the $1.7 million in transfers was used for.

Anyone who wants to avoid this and focus on spelling or commenting about Red Spot Scott Johnson or Rudy Martinez or anyone else is completely in the wrong.

Please focus your attention on our local government's lack of transparency to identify the money went that could have been used for out public safety. Lives have been put at risk.

This is not a joke. This is not something to ignore and instead focus on immature badmouthing of each other. Commentators to this blog should direct their comments to the councilman and staff to get answers. It appears that this has been done repeatedly by the the community and media and direct answers have not been provided. That is a problem - when once again lives are at stake.

January 06, 2011 9:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

El Sereno quit crying. You get more than your fair share of all council amenities funds. It's places like Boyle Heghts and Highland Park that get screwed.

January 06, 2011 9:58 AM  

Blogger luisgsanchez said:

A lot of communities might get screwed out of basic services and seem more like 3rd world countries than industrialized. With the amount of money received from this fund, it is absolutely appropriate to ask what the funds were used to pay for, if not for basic services that we should expect in an industrialized nation.

January 06, 2011 7:26 PM  

Anonymous g said:

GO TO www.laneighbors.org AND READ WHAT YOUR LOCAL POLITIANS HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU. CHECK IT OUT. SPREAD THE WORD. READ WHAT CARY BRAZERMAN HAS TO SAY. RON KAYE HAS FEATURED CARY ON HIS SITE. IF YOU HATE OVER DEVELOPMENT IT'S FOR YOU.

January 06, 2011 7:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar, I hope your packing all your stuff to move out.....Rudy"s moving in but I hope Rudy fumigate the office before moving in,,,to get all the rats out...or all the ''clowns" out..oh AND DON'T FORGET legacy LA

January 08, 2011 7:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've asked the Martinez campaign 4 times int he last 5 months for information about his platform, issues of concern and his background.

They keep saying they'll get back to me. WTF?

Mr. Huizar's staff has been very responsive to me and the community whenever concerns have arisen.

Also, he is one of the more forward leading Enviornmental Council Members. He has my vote, no matter what Tea-Party-Sushi-Wanabee Rudy muckrakes.

January 30, 2011 9:01 PM  

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