CLARTS Fund proceeds going to the Turkeys, that is the $27,200 "Turkey Giveaway Consultant"
|Councilman Huizar living the political high life|
|$27,200 can buy you alot of turkeys|
If anyone is in need of expertise in the area of organizing a community turkey giveaway, Esmeralda Velasco, President of EV Events, is your person. That is based upon her past work for Councilman Jose Huizar in the fall of 2008.
More after the bloggin leap............
It seems that Councilman Huizar was so concerned in making sure that his CD 14 constituents had the best organize Turkey Giveaway in the hsitory, that he searched far and wide to find that right person to consult him. Thus, when Councilman Huizar, for whatever reason, decided on retaining the "expertise" of Velasco, they signed a contract, paid for with a CLARTS Fund allocation for $27,200.
That same year, in my capacity as the Chairperson of the Hazard Park Advisory Board, we were in our third year of providing turkeys to needy families within the Hazard Park/Ramona Gardens area. We would submit letters requesting turkeys to the likes of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Assemblyman Kevin De Leon, County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Councilman Huizar. Each one of them responded positively and with great organization. I can single out for credit David Miranda of Councilman Huizar's Boyle Heights office, who drove over to the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center with 25 vouchures for a giveaway the next morning at the Covention Center.
Two plus years later, was the hard work of David Miranda and other CD 14 staffers, the end result of Esmeralda Velasco consulting? I had worked with Councilman Huizar's staffers on the past two years and had no complaints.
But if one takes a moment to view the EV Events Linkedin link, it notes that the "event & wedding planner company", first started doing business in January of 2009. So much for previous background and try to connect with EV Events via the net? Better have your second selection ready.
Thus, it would seem that $27,200 of extra turkeys for needy families went the way of some supposed consulting endeavors and causes one to wonder how much more of Councilman Huizar's Slush Fund, correction, the CLARTS Fund was diverted to "consulting friends" of Councilman Charro Huizzy Corleone?
Scott Johnson in CD 14