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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 6 of Councilman Huizar's "Listgate" Controversy: From Downtown News Scribe of Wit Jon Regardie, "The Sharks, the Lists(gate) and the Candidate"

Via Jon Regardie, "Parke Skelton, Huizar's assassin de campaign".
He showed (to the Glassell Park Candidate Forum), he noted (with trusted note pad) and this beautiful Saturday morning, Downtown News Editor and "Scribe of Wit" Jon Regardie muses on the latest events in the CD 14 City Council Campaign.
As a bloggin disclaimer, one must be prepare for mental multi-tasking as Regardie uses his fine grasps of theater (in this case the movie Jaws), to wordsmith grammatical analogies between Jaws and the latest campaign theatrics now showing in CD 14.
Regardie took notice how the Glassell Park "crowd visibily and audibly bristled when the topic (Listgate) came up", then veers briefly into a Soylent Green analogy in musing that Huizar "pulls a Soylent Green equivalent and ranks people. And he thinks that alot of people in his district are zeros". Plus to paraphrase the Charlton Heston character famous line in the movie, These Jose Aguilar and Johnny Jay Jimenez are -3 people!, but I digress.
Then there is the subject of the speculative "Downtown Roster".
If this list ever see the light of day, or screen of this blog, would we find that the likes of the Delijani Family all scored "3 and 5", whiles scribes like Regardie and former Los Angeles Garment and Citizen Newspaper Editor Jerry Sullivan would rate a "-3 and 0" on Huizzy's list?
But in conclusion, as Regardie summerises and is reinforce by this blogger's Saturday morning posting, Listgate has hurt the creditbility of Councilman Charro Huizzy Corleone and get your CD 14 political fallout shelters ready for the campaign nuke exchanges ahead.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Regardie's article is too funny. Deserves to go viral in CD 14.

January 22, 2011 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sort of like the movie "Social Network" where people are "ranked" and compared to animals on a face page website. It was kind of demeaning to the people whose images were used.

January 22, 2011 10:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's supporters keep the silence, do not want to discuss the lists or the CLARTS funds. Huizar ran out of Glassell Park at the end, like someone was chasing him

January 22, 2011 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is almost time for Council Redistricting!

Plan A:
Remove Huizar from Council District 14.

If that doesn't work....

Plan B:
Remove CD 14 from downtown.

Then we can look for a Council District that understands Community Planning. Apparently this is not one of Princeton's strong points...

We are taking applications if anyone is interested. Rudy, feel free to apply!

January 22, 2011 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whether or not you like Rudy or think his lack of degrees is relevant to being a good councilmember, one thing is true, anything would be better than a councilmember who has a "Rizzo-like" sense of entitlement, creates enemies lists to track who gets his attention, and who uses public funds as his personal piggy bank to pad the salaries of his over priced staff. The City Attorney and Controller may or may not fulfil their obligation to look into these egregious misappropriations of public funds but the people of CD 14 have an obligation to vote for someone who really wants the job and cares about someone other than himself. If they don't, they deserve what they get which for the past 5 years has been nothing but an arrogant, thin-skinned, jackass.

January 22, 2011 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are several reasons why Huizar has not been investigated by the City....

1. He came from the City Attorney's Office.

2. The Mayor and Huizar control the Police Department.

3.The City Controller (sorry Wendy) works for the Mayor's friend's....

4. The rest of the City council will not turn in another Councilperson. They have there own "off the books activity" to keep underwraps.

Your only hope is to separate the politician from his machine.

Then you can reclaim the district...

Get the clean sweep started by throwing out Huizar! He is the worst offender by far....

Then the other districts will be inspired to ditch the likes of Cardenas and Alarcon....who knows? Maybe even the School District can be freed....say bye bye Monica...

LA is creating so many good jobs you should be able to find something...maybe at Target or Super Vallarta..

January 22, 2011 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Glad to see the 2-3 Rudy Rich supporters here aren't wasting their time knocking on doors for him.

Just a waste of time, but maybe he'd give you free drink at the bar he'll still own after July 1.

January 22, 2011 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to Huizar's people they have all the goods proving Regardie is on Hacopian's payroll.

January 22, 2011 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yeah ok.

January 22, 2011 8:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar is an idiot!!! Giving millions to Mexico but forgets his own constituents. Time to VOTE OUT HUIZAR and send him back to Mexico. His mother is really low class!

January 23, 2011 12:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Rudy will be the first challenger since Ruth Galanter to kick out of office an incumbent.

January 23, 2011 8:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar has a groupie Capt. at Hollenbeck who is a dumb female who is afraid of him. You don't have that at other divisions because those Capts. stay out of the politics. Cops hate the gangster Mayor and especially Huizar who criticized them harshly more times in the mediaw without knowing facts. How do we get State Controller John Chiang to audit Los Angeles like he did Bell? Huizar supporters are downplaying the "Lists" but its pissed off so many that weren't even mentioned they're phone banking for Mr. Martinez now. When the facts come out about where $$$$ Huizar gave all hell will break loose. And to the idiot who keeps stating bullshit about Hacopian shut the hell up. NO one believes YOU.

January 23, 2011 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think another post here put it best, - there is no passion with Huizar. Why go into public service if you haven't got the passion to change things, make things better? And worse still, he seems aloof, unwilling to mix with residents unless they are community leaders. I suppose that's why Huizar created those infamous lists. I didn't see them as "enemies" lists - although they could have been - I saw them as attempt to list the absolute minimum of people Huizar needed to meet to carry out (minimal) work on behalf of the district.

January 23, 2011 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't even know who Hacopian is. This gives the impression that this blog is populated by a small group of people who read everything that everyone posts and then post their insider snipes at each other.

January 23, 2011 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Central Division has been Very "Helpful" to Huizar also..Pay particular attention to Captains passing through Central (on probation while performing for politicians) ...ie Blake Chow

and professional spin doctors/consultants....
ie Lt Paul Vernon....

This man can send out fictional statements to the press like a real pro. He'll teach you how to do it too if you contact him through Linkedin!

January 23, 2011 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's see how influential the mayor's office is with LAPD.
In a display that hardly qualifies a person for gang reduction work in the mayor's office, read this LATimes link:


January 23, 2011 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar said he did not like being called "lazy"- that he's done lots of work in the district.

Maybe he did lots of work but it was for himself, like the "Lists" to help his job security. Why do this if he was not treating all equally? With the "List" he can see the influencial ones that he must keep happy and the others that can be put on the back burner for attention.

When Jose said he would not walk any precincts, maybe that's lazy. Maybe it's that the money special interests can muster up make up enough money for the glossy mailers to do the job and save Jose the effort.

Last time around, his smug attitude, still present, was shown by refusal to even meet in any forums. He said he was going to win anyway, so why do that.

Now the times have changed- the city finance is in shambles, thanks to City Council's overall incompetence. They, including Jose, looked first to keeping voter block faithful, bending over (backwards or otherwise) to cater to interests unnecessarily costly to the city as with DWP and the 4 more years of raises APPROVED by the CITY COUNCIL- by the usual "unanimous vote."

There is no indepedent thought present in council actions, all just repeating interest of lobbyists, regardless of city or CD needs.

The change in power may be gradual but there is no reason the same people will improve from the track record of spending tax dollars generously with little to show for it outside of keeping their business friends with work.

Well, to change his ways would be too much work for Huizar; he'd need to end a lot of connections that have been made and work with the public, maybe even openly and not use any Lists that should not have even existed. There's a lot that's happened due to being lazy in doing things differently.

I doubt that the Council Meeting Agendas are even completely read by most CMs for each meeting- and why bother if they will all vote "YES" in the end?

January 23, 2011 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The list appears to be a snap shot of active residents in cd 14; perhaps their " scores" were used as indicators to direct Huizar where he needed to improve, and identified those who shared his political ideology and or vision of the district...it is safe to say this list, was developed in the beginnig of his administration...much like any new administration....

January 23, 2011 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jon Regardie's clever snipes at whoever happens to be in power at the time are always entertaining, but not terribly influential in the end. They're what you expect of political columnists - Marx Bros.-style slapstick irreverence for anyone above their station in political life.

Nevertheless read the ACTUAL article, and not the cut & splice, one-sided view here (as always). It lays out the actual terrain pretty well.

One thing that both he, and RED SPOT, fail to mention in their JAWS comparison is that the "captain" (Rudy Martinez, in this little analogy), is eaten alive by the shark - never to be seen again (and out of luck for making any money off the several sequels).

So, probably the real message about the outcome of the election is there, even though writer Jon didn't know he was including it.

Huizar's challengers - all much better know than the latest - have always ended up being "chum" in CD14 elections regardless of turnout, getting 26 percent (Pacheco) and 29 percent (Parra), while Huizar more than doubles that. Each time there have been spurious, last-minute, unfounded charges that Huizar has done something "wrong" or "corrupt" in office, and each time they're just smoke-screens. Usually never really "investigated" because on their face there's no actual misdeeds involved, but if investigated, cleared quickly for what they are - political fishing expeditions by opponents who have no accomplishments of their own to hang their campaigns on.

If you're over 30 you should recognize them on sight by now. Unless you're rabidly partisan or just happen to hold some petty grudge against the incumbent because he slighted you - you should be able to predict them by now, and certainly not get swept up in them.

For the others, well, enjoy the "captain's" leadership while he's still with us.

January 23, 2011 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yeah, I've tried that rational approach here, too.

Sorry, the Huizar haters just can't get beyond their blind rage - some since day 1 of Huizar's time in office, some from being identified on lists for what they are: non-supportive of anything Huizar has tried to do, even what it was good for the district, and even a few new ones who thought they were all "5s" in influence, and just have no real self-awareness.

Some egos bruise very easily, and repair slowly if ever.

Huizar's weakest point in office has always been some of his field staffers, and hopefully the ones that either suggested these lists be kept or didn't face up to him and tell him it was a bad idea in the beginning are no longer with him. A good employee owes their boss the truth; often that's how they gain his respect.

Ironically, it seems one of those who didn't try to advise him of the error in making lists - and kept them up to date, is the same person who removed them from his government offices to give to the challenger in this race.

January 23, 2011 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it that the Huizar supporters always wrap their views in some intellectual bullshit that's almost incomprehensible?

They forget how they bashed Pacheco with unfounded allegations. They did the same with Parra. But, my goodness, say anything negative about their boy Huizar and they cry foul.

And blaming staff members for the lists! Anybody who knows Huizar knows that's how measures people, issues and problems, on a numerical scale.

You guys are the ones to worry about - the enablers, the ones who follow Huizar blindly.

January 23, 2011 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Interesting comparison. In both cases, Huizar's hacks used L.A. Times stories what were mostly just embarrassing, but not really criminal in the end against Pacheco and Parra.

Now Rudy's hacks want to do the same thing to Huizar - reprint "suggested" unproven things in their mailings, to some advantage.

So, don't go getting all high-and-mighty. Unfounded allegations, taken as fact, screw all of us out of a fair comparison of our options.

That doesn't mean the blowback will be any less ferocious, either. Rudy Rich has already admitted to a number of transgressions that will make even people not happy with Huizar to scratch their heads and say "hmmm, is THAT any better than sticking with Huizar for another 4 years - until there's maybe a better option?"

And that's just about what he's copped to - and we pretty much all know that when a politician (new or experienced), up and "admits" doing something wrong, that means what they did was probably a lot worse.

I for one would be very interested in knowing what his admitted "loitering" conviction (one of four) was really about.

No one gets arrested for simply "loitering" in L.A., except the homeless during a sweep or something. They get arrested for something much, much worse and then plea it down.

So what is that really all about?

Rudy Rich's supporters are just as blindly following their new Pied Piper, saying foolishly naive things like "oh, he was just a youth, he's 'learned' from his mistakes."

Yeah, right, do he says. "Learned what" is my question; learned how to weasle out of things and not really have to face the music?

January 23, 2011 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar by himself, couldn't tie his shoelaces.

If you want to give credit for absolute political domination over CD14, give it to the people who are REALLY in charge.

The same people that put the Mayor in office are controlling several political districts both inside and outside Los Angeles.

Given the hundreds of millions of dollars they have reaped from rigged government contracts, they should be able to dominate a simple Council District where almost nobody can vote, and those that can, don't.

Why do you think Huizar was pushing for vote by mail?...can we say BELL.

Rudy, let's put an end to slush funds with NO public oversight.....

As someone who has watched the City Council for years. THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT.

It is extremely easy to slide money out the backdoor....

The City needs transparency, not friendly criticism from a politically motivated Controller's Office.

Take away the rocks and there will be no place for them to hide.

January 23, 2011 3:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ask "Mr. Transparent" Rudy Rich about the police badge thing again, and see just how transparent and accountable he really intends to be.

Probably the most telling point of this campaign. . .

January 23, 2011 3:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, Huizar is not totally lazy. Yesterday he was phone banking and left me a message to please vote for him. Woo Hoo !

January 23, 2011 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

303 p.m.: "There are several reasons why Huizar has not been investigated by the City...."


Even rigged-up, spin-out, make-believe conspiracy by someone who WANTS THE OTHER GUYS JOB, is not grounds to launch an investigation.

If it were, the City would have to triple the staff of people that handle such investigations every four years, just to play pattycake with political opponents.

(And, really, people like Rudy don't want the City or anyone else to investigate Huizar, because they already know they'd find no wrongdoing - and that would spoil their tactic. As long as these fake, politically motivated "charges" lay out there and they're sopped up by bored journalists and haters in the blogosphere, they have some political value. Once those ballons are justifiably popped, they're pretty much useless.

Look at the timing, peeps, look when all this malarky is thrown out there.

It's not a coincidence. And, they'll be forgotten entirely in 6 weeks.

January 23, 2011 3:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:57, what's your problem, then? They all do it.

January 23, 2011 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No problem, just pointing out the previous poster's intellectual dishonesty.

If it's done to YOUR guy(s), it's "bashing" and "unfounded allegations". If done to MY guy, it's just "saying something negative."

That's true "enabling" - when you legitimize the tactics that make a mockery of dealing with the districts true issues.

But note that the latest issue of the Eastside's EGP newspaper chain calls Rudy Martinez's CLARTS and constituent lists attacks "mudslinging" in the headline.

Pretty clear to observers that are trying to remain neutral where the slime is seeping up from.

January 23, 2011 5:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No intellectual dishonestly - just differing views. The EGN says one thing, the LA Times says something else and the Downtown News something else again and you say one thing and I say something else.

I have some serious concerns about Rudy Martinez. And I am very disappointed in Jose Huizar. What a choice! But it's politics with everybody fighting their corner. You included.

January 23, 2011 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rudy wins in March.

They have way too much shit on Huizar. I doubt they have used a quarter of what they have on him.

January 23, 2011 8:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone care that Rudy Martinez does not have a college education? Does anyone care that he has FOUR criminal encounters? Does anyone care that he misused an LAPD police badge?

Wow -- the folks who write on this blog are truly turning a blind eye, and propping up and individual (Rudy M.) who should be in jail, not in Council Chambers.

As a long-time voter in CD 14, I will NOT cast my vote for Rudy Martinez.

January 23, 2011 10:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:03 PM

Does anyone care that Rudy Martinez does not have a college education? NO, neither does Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Does anyone care that he has FOUR criminal encounters? NO, Mayor Villaraigosa had criminal encounters.

Does anyone care that he misused an LAPD police badge? NO, because nobody has shown that "he misused an LAPD police badge"; good try in spreading a lie.

Wow -- the folks who write on this blog are truly turning a blind eye, and propping up an individual (Rudy M.) who should be in jail, not in Council Chambers. Really, in jail? For what?

All your innuendo is useless at this point.

As a longtime CD 14 voter, I am not voting for Huizar because, he IS lazy, he doesn't have community meetings where HE answers questions, he doesn't have office hours for constituents and finally he doesn't spend money in the district but instead on his office salaries.

He is a phony.

January 23, 2011 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10.03, Maybe not so for you, but can you imagine how some people feel towards Jose Huizar if they are supporting Rudy Martinez.

That Martinez doesn't have a college degree doesn't bother me in the slightest. I wonder if you worried about Villaraigosa's background and education when you voted for him. (My apologies in advance if you voted for Pacheco.)

January 23, 2011 10:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

NO, 10:03, I don't give two hoots that Rudy doesn't have a college degree. Our mayor has at least a couple of them, so do the other council members. How's that been working for you?

And people DO learn from their mistakes. (what, you've never made any? ) The future is more important than the past.

January 23, 2011 10:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

$1.56 Million in Salaries*

Ana E. Cubas, Chief of Staff $142,735.68
Jessica Wethington McLean, Executive Director $121,939.20
Francine Godoy, Deputy Chief of Staff $109,411.20
Paul Habib, Public Projects & Transportation Director $91,065.77
Erik Sanjurjo, Director of Policy $89,099.40
Tara Devine, Director, Planning & Economic Development $86,714.64
Rick Coca, Director of Communications $75,460.72
Arturo Gonzalez , Downtown Area Director $71,451.36
Zenay Loera, Northeast Area Director $60,656.40
Jesse Leon, Boyle Heights Area Director $60,656.40
Jennifer Martinez, Field Deputy & Event Director $52,970.47
Liberty Mesa, Field Deputy $51,552.72
Daniel Andalon, Field Deputy $51,552.72
Cecelia Alatorre, Field Deputy $51,552.72
Erick Martell, Field Deputy $43,868.88
David Miranda, Field Deputy $43,868.88
Andrea Sotelo, Executive Assistant & Scheduler $38,295.75
Tricia Robbins, Field Deputy $36,059.76
Rocio Hernandez, Field Deputy $36,059.76
Pauline Medina, Adminstrative Assistant $36,059.76
George Esparza, Field Deputy $32,364.00

Staff $1,383,396.19

Jose Huizar, Councilmember $178,789.18

Council Office $1,562,185.37

*Assuming Huizar's Website is correct, he has $1.56 million dollars in salaries (including his).

No wonder he needs to shift CLARTS money secretly to cover salaries.


January 24, 2011 4:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like five deputies are getting burned or Huizar doesn't value their hard work 365 days, 11 a-12 hour days at $8.00 - &12.00 an hour... Public Servants or slaves?

January 24, 2011 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar doesn't care about the city of Los Angeles, if he did our community and streets wouldn't look the way they do, When was the last time Jose walk the street of LA? oh my bad he hasn't. All Jose cares about is the two girls fighting over him in his office and a pay check.

January 24, 2011 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:58 a.m.

Get some sleep.

BTW, would you like to compare this to the salaries of people that work for any similarly sized CITY of 250-300K people.

Yes hundreds of the nation's mid-large sized entire CITIES represent less people than CD14 does, including here in SoCal that have whole city councils of their own, each with full staffs (making collectively several times what Huizar and his staff do).

If any fool could do the job, the people would have elected Alvin DOH Parra.

January 24, 2011 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

its unfortunate the only person that works really hard and shows he wants to do the right thing in Huizar's office is Jesse Leon. Many who aren't voting for Huizar and agree he's lazy, hasn't done anything, takes credit for others accomplishments, Jesse is the only staffer that actually tries to do what he can for Huizar's constituents. He's in the middle and gets slammed by people just because he's the messenger. I heard he's left the council office to work on the campaign. Can they do that?

January 24, 2011 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Pacheco cared about CD14 and got things done. His only fault was not supporting a corrupt latino candidate for mayor which got him black listed from the latino politicos when he supported Hahn.

January 25, 2011 11:17 AM  

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January 25, 2011 2:32 PM  

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