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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mid-Day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Scene for Wednesday: "CRA Adelante Advisory Committee supports Governor Brown"

CRA Adelante Advisory Committee takes unified stance for Governor Jerry Brown's proposed abolishment of California's CRA agencies.

Somewhere on the heights of University Hills last evening, Kevin Roderick's "Pop Star Mayor" found its bloggin equivalence in Street Hassle's "Jose Adelante". Thus, my bloggin life is complete with bloggers "WWG" and Joseph Mailander being joined for bloggin eternity, as "musing scribes of puff" on the political clients of Parke Skelton, but shall we focus on real news via Ron Kaye and others?
Real discerning reporters, bloggers and columnists would of been well served in attending last night's CRA Adelante Advisory Committee Meeting in Councilman Jose Huizar's own Boyle Heights neighborhood, where the full board voted to support California Governor Jerry Brown's proposed abolishment of CRA/LA and CRA's statewide.
As NELA Lives Blog's Tony Butka muses on Tuesday proceedings, being that he was an active participant at Tuesday evening gathering, Governor Jerry Brown and State Controller John Chiang, need to focus on the selfless actions of this diverse board who's message should resonate loud and clear throughout the city and state political community. BTW, considering the importance of last night's meeting, not one member of Councilman Huizar's staff attended, which was noted by those from the community.
** Late afternoon update: Governor Brown tells Mayor Villar and other city mayors that "redevelopement money is not there".
** Care to know what your friendly CRA staffer is being paid? Link here. Then there are the pension costs.
But then there are more important "comedic affairs" that Councilman Charro Huizzy Corleone must attend to .............
** What happens when the staffers of various politico make front page news for their after hours dubious exploits? Its called paid leave of absence pending resolution of their respective legal proceedings. La Opinion reports on the payout to the "at-will staffers", citing GRYD official Blanca "fightin" Martinez-Navarro, City Administrative Office Miguel "DUI" Santana and our old CD 14 Deputy Chief of Staff Henry "Domestic Abuser" Casas, as shining examples of those who are financially compensated to stay at home.
In Casas case, he was paid upwards of $50,000 to sit at home, by the phone for six months by Councilman Huizar, until he was formally added to the growing ranks of "ex. CD 14 staffers". Question here is whether Councilman Huizar used the CLARTS Fund to offset the salary of Henry Casas during his six months "home confinement"?
** Twelve City Council members were in chamber today and voted away $52 million dollars of the CRA Slush Fund for Eli Broad's "Museum to Self". And who made his way northeast from Venice to rail against this giveaway?
** LAUSD School Board District 3 Candidate Louie Pugliese was a guest on KRLA's Kevin James early in the AM, taking time to discuss his campaign and what a "School Board Member Louie Pugliese" would hopefully bring to Beaudry Street.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did City Council approve millions to Eli Broad?




Who do I contact to report damaging information of a local politician and his/her corruption and fraud? With Evidence.

January 26, 2011 3:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, Reed Spit, I say the VERY SECOND a council staff employee is ACCUSED of any crime, no matter how minor, you give them the boot.

They should immediately have their staff badges taken away, their salaries cancelled, their face posted with a "NOT WANTED" sign at LACITY.org, their pension fund raided, and their children held hostage until they return their mini-City hybrid vehicle.

(Text-only being a bitch to schow sarcasm in, I hope you caught that...)

Only a fascist, un-American nitwit of the first degree would even suggest that something other than "paid admin. leave" makes any sense, or worse - try to make a news story, or scandal of it.

And, since when did the bloggers at the hyper-leftie liberal LA Weekly become such "shoot-em now and ask questions later" types? Jeepers, I think Armageddon must be right around the corner.

And, can you IMAGINE the massive liability L.A. City would take if it either fired people who were ONLY so-far accused, or even put them on UNpaid leave?

(I can hear the 2,000 lips of 1,000 "wrongful termination" lawyers smacking at the tasty tons of dough they'd make off L.A. taxpayers with any other policy).


A) Pay them $50K or, until you know for sure, or B) whack them at the knees, boot them out, and shut off their pay -- then sit back and WAIT for the $50 MILLION (per person) lawsuits that will follow.

(Plus, can you imagine the HOWLS of the gadfleas here if even a criminally ACCUSED staffer was left active in a job of critical importance to the City, pending trial -- still exercising authority and showing up at district meetings???)

Anyone who can't do a "no DUH!" on that one or thinks that "B" "just MIGHT be worth considering" is so blinded by Huizar-hate they'd penalize the City to the tune of millions just to keep poking at him.

THAT's the dividing line, children. See where your fearful, angry, paranoid, or conspiracy theory-bogged mind makes you take your stand.

If you can make a case for someone, like Huizar, being "sinister" for potentially saving the city multi-millions in personal lawsuits (e.g., Scott Johnson-esque) you're probably too consumed to even realize there is an "A" option.

Justice is supposed to be "blind" not just plain "STOOPID"!

January 26, 2011 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well put, Red Spot is too feverishly obsessed with Jose to make sense anymore.

January 26, 2011 4:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was Henry Casas actually found guilty of domestic abuse, or is the blogger here putting his own opinion above that of a judge or jury?

Just wondering.

Seems there was some outrage excercised on Mayor Sam's some weeks back over similar accusations about one of the March 8 candidates, and that being used inappropriately for political gain.

I just wanted to see if the same yardstick is being applied to all.

January 26, 2011 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe those 1000 lawyers can make use of the time in between to do some work for the accused staffers for defamation v. Red spot, considering he seems to be pronoucing them guilty already here.

He can't pony up 50-million dollars like L.A. City might have to, but they might get lunch money out of the deal for the next few months.

January 26, 2011 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




January 26, 2011 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I like that - just like he keeps adding disrespectful nicknames to Huizar, I think I start referring to him as "Fascist-nitwit RedSpot." But if he's now judge and jury, I guess that would have to be "His Honor, fascist nitwit Red Spot."

Keep 'em coming.

January 26, 2011 4:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I think old honest Abe would agree that that's called "elections" and we have 'em around here, a lot. The people who win them then get to govern.

Subscribe to a newspaper, they usually print the results the next day.

January 26, 2011 4:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe this makes me a nitwit, but I wouldn't mind if the City let people go when they're accused of crimes, etc.

I mean, they wouldn't have been arrested if they hadn't done something wrong, right? And that makes them a bad employee, and a risk of embarrassment to their employer.

But I also think people who get served with legal papers at work, or are threatened with suits (you know maybe "cease and desist kind of stuff) should be fired as well.

No one would be serving papers on them unless they did something illegal, right? And that would make them a bad employee - a risk of embarrassment to their employer, too.

One follows the other.

January 26, 2011 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I'm not sure everyone reads Mayor Sam's with as much detail as you do. They may not get the joke.

Maybe that's too "inside".

January 26, 2011 4:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In Glassell Park, Rudy Martinez was opposed to what Guv. Moonbeam wants to do. Not sure he really knew what he was talking about then, but if you clipped all the instances of that being the case out of the audio of that debate, it'd be like Rudy was doing a mime act.

January 26, 2011 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fascist-nitwit no-due-process Rud Spit?

January 26, 2011 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Henry Casas pled guilty to "loitering" like Rudy Martinez.

Hooooo, ha! "loitering" - now THAT's a crime you can be "transparent" about.

January 26, 2011 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to the City's Ethics database there were some VERY LARGE transfers of money into Henry Casa's account.

Misc Huizar office expenses I think...

January 26, 2011 5:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:38 Correct! In our district undocumented, deceased, unregistered and fraudulent ballots determine our fate.

FBI may want to cross reference why undocumented and deceased persons somehow vote in Los Angeles.

January 26, 2011 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Adelante took a position on something? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA That is funny !! They are the biggest losers anywhere.

January 26, 2011 5:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:16 p.m.


The City Ethics database tracks election campaign costs and expenses, not council.

In 2007, Casas was Huizar's re-election campaign manager (much like Michael Turd-jillo is now), later becoming a district staff member.

Those (ooooh, ooooh,) mysterious "very large"... "transfers" were his pay for that job.

(Another CLARTS-head tinfoil wearer lurking here).

Considering Huizar got 66 percent of the vote to Alvin (Homer Simpson) Parra's 29 percent, I'd guess Mr. Cases wasn't paid nearly enough. (Just like MT is being paid TOO much).

Campaign managers should get DOUBLE the going rate when their candidate gets MORE THAT DOUBLE the closest loser to follow.

January 26, 2011 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know I think $18,000 at a time is a pretty large amount....

January 26, 2011 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


this entire CD14 office seems to run on insider deals and money laundering, you play with fire you are going to get burned...

Why don't we just call it what it is, THE HOUSE OF ALATORRE....

I know exactly what the ethics office tracks and I still think your hands are dirty.

January 26, 2011 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

**For Entertainment Purposes Only**

Gov. Brown meets Mayor Villaraigosa


AV: Yea, so.

JV: CRA. Again?

AV: Yea, so what!

JB: Are you involved in bribery, political corruption, murder and romance?

AV: Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.

JB: When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.

AV: Hey Jerry, In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a 'politician,' because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

JB: Are you drunk? My advice to you, if you can't convince them, confuse them.

AV: Do you want to know why I decided to use CRA? You see, taxpayers give money and power to government and it is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

JB: (fill in the blanks)

AV: (fill in the blanks)

January 26, 2011 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Who else goes wayyyy backkkk with Alatorre?


January 26, 2011 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:47 p.m.

LIAR, liar, liar.

You think people won't look? SO, let's post it here - every line, so it's not YOUR personal rumor mill.

Other than expense reimbursement for a few $1,000 dollars - just like every other employee gets for out-of-pocket:

- 04/24/07 Henry Casas
1291807 - RE-ELECT JOSE HUIZAR E - Payment (CNS - Campaign Consultant)
[Period: 03/01/07-06/30/07]

- 03/12/07 Henry Casas
1291807 - RE-ELECT JOSE HUIZAR E - Payment (CNS - Campaign Consultant)
[Period: 03/01/07-06/30/07]

- 07/18/07 Henry Casas
1291807 - RE-ELECT JOSE HUIZAR E - Payment (CNS - Campaign Consultant)
[Period: 07/01/07-12/31/07]

That's $18K (total) for about SIX MONTHS WORK on the campaign. That's a pro-rated salary of only $36K per year. More than YOU are worth, anonymous LIAR at 5:47 p.m., no doubt, but @18,000 is LESS than most household incomes in CD14 over 6 months time.

SEE, people SEE, MORE and MORE proof the Huizar-haters are 100 percent LIARS!!

Over 6 months is not $18K "AT A TIME".


January 26, 2011 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And they should double jail time when they assist an organized crime organization take over a Council District.

January 26, 2011 6:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:54 p.m.

Call me "Hank" It's not my name, but I'll just call you "*ss-wipe". Trying to prove someone's "dirty" by lying about the money they received, for what and where?

Better yet, let's call you Joe McCarthy. Lies were his ammunition of choice, too.

I'm no friend of Henry Casas. I was pissed when Huizar moved him onto staff afterwards - he was bad enough on campaign staff. (And I had to shake his hand once at a community function, and wouldn't eat food with my bare hands for months afterwards).

But my American red blood boils when idiot posters make up lies, repost bad stats for the ignorant who never bother to check for themselves, and tarnish reputations beyond what they deserve.

You KNOW some CLARTS-head idiot is going to a neighborhood council this week and tell his equally clueless fellow board members that "I READ THAT there's proof on "Ethics" that Huizar paid off an ex-employee to keep silent with $18 MILLION dollars of taxpayer money" -- ALL just because you're gonna someday rot in hell for posting something vaguely close to that here.


This, listeners and readers, is how malcontents who can't WIN an election outright poison the system. This is how they drive down turnout. This is how they make life hell for anyone who bothers to put themselves into public service, with the best of intentions.

January 26, 2011 6:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


January 26, 2011 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All of Huizar's campaign managers have been snakes, but considering the kind of warfare that takes place in Eastside elections, maybe nobody else will take the job.

I sure as hell wouldn't jump in that cellpool. And the pay does seem pretty crappy, anyway.

Then you have soul-less anonymous posters here accusing you of everything but mass murder, because their boy has nothing really worth voting "for".

January 26, 2011 6:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like 5:54 bid on the campaign management job four years ago and lost.

Is that you, Hacopian?

Get back to work, your candidate still doesn't know what the initials "CRA" stand for... work on that, will ya?

January 26, 2011 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Rudy Martinez sit on the board of the "industrial" version of the CRA some years ago -- same kind of racket, but just focused on industry, not residential housing?

January 26, 2011 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of "ETHICS" or lack of them, Rudy Martinez STILL hasn't submitted the infamous "LISTS" to ethics as part of his campaign material filings.

He's submitted many things since, but not the purloined "lists" themselves - that he snail-mailed to hundreds, thousands??

Is there some reason he doesn't want those posted on the City ethics site?

Maybe how he received them is too questionable?

Maybe his "informant" family member violated her City employment rules?

Hmmm, when will "Mr. Transparent" fulfill his campaign disclosure obligations?

(After he loses, maybe . . .??)

January 26, 2011 6:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The next round of financing reports are due in tomorrow.

What will Rudy Rich report - that he had to pay BACK more than he received this time.

Who would contribute to that sinking ship, anyway?

I'm betting "friends and family" are tapped out by now, too. Probably screening calls from him with caller ID.

"NO, no, tell him I went to Orlando on vacation!"

(Guess he'll just have to keep "special interesting" himself.)

January 26, 2011 6:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

sorry henry,

you are right, the three transfers only added to $18,000.

It has been a long time since I started the file on you.

and Huizar and Alatorre and Larry Gonzalez and All Access Entertainment, and Monica, and Francine, (rudest council staff I ever encountered), and Moret, and TELACU/Cordoba, the DWP, LAUSD construction program, downtown CRA, Fabian Nunez, AT&T bribes, at least a 1/2 dozen nonprofits in the Boyle Heights area.

I think I've got around 200 pages now.

So here's to the end of an era for CD14.

I hope any of you people working there with good intentions have other jobs lined up. 13% unemployment ...might be tough.

With any luck, the Mayor will accept a nice safe office job someplace to avoid prosecution.

January 26, 2011 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


1. Close your eyes, and sit up straight in your chair (office) or lie flat on your back (bed)

2. Place one or both hands on your stomach right above your belly button

3. Breath in through your nose slowly and deeply so you can feel your stomach rising with your hand

4. Hold for a split second, then slowly exhale through your nose and feel your stomach go back down

5. Repeat for about 3-5 minutes or as much time as you can spare

January 26, 2011 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Jerry Brown to big-city mayors: Redevelopment 'money is not there'

January 26, 2011 6:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I hate to say it, but at this point I'd like to see the entire 14th council district dissolved away just like what is going to happen to the City of Vernon. Your constituents have proven that they can't be trusted with the democratic process.

Let's do mail-in ballots! Really??

Redistricting is coming. Maybe we should just merge CD14 into CD1... Give the 14th to the new downtown community......

Sound impossible?

Not really.

Alatorre took CD1 from the valley in 1986 when Councilman Finn conveniently dropped dead. That district was moved downtown where Larry Gonzalez was waiting to take it... What happened there??? I bet Richard was upset!!

Council District 6 was stolen from the Westside and moved to Cardenas in Van Nuys with the Councilwoman still sitting in the seat. Alatorre again???? I think so.

So here's to the end of era in CD14.

Who wants to sit on the redistricting committee?

January 26, 2011 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar = Bell City Councilman

Francine= Monica Lewinsky

Gustavo= Robert Rizzo

CD 14 residents= Screwed by all three.

January 26, 2011 8:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:











January 26, 2011 8:41 PM  

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January 26, 2011 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Obviously you have no substantive response to anything said, so you made a joke of the other person's passion for justice.

Why bother posting here... just to feel like you're someone with an actual intellect? Sorry, no visible signs of that.

Or do you just miss being the class clown?

January 27, 2011 1:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:36 p.m.

If you weren't just full of B.S. you'd have done something with that impeccable "information" by now, instead of blogging on a 3rd rate venue like this anonymously.

Since you're only intention with the ethics figures was to post 100 percent lies here and deceive as many little gossipy minds as possible, you can only be viewed as a 100 percent, completely bogus, lying nobody.

Hell, I doubt YOU even have a job now.

Peddle "I'm somebody important who knows something" to someone who can't add 2+2 and get a single digit answer.

January 27, 2011 1:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You are responding to not one, but several different people who don't even know each other...

And guess what?

Many people have already gone to the authorities.

Posting on this site only helps pass on some truth that needs to get out before the election. Justice may be late BUT IT IS COMING.

Even if a few of the bloggers get carried away with "facts"... make no mistake, THOUSANDS of people already know what's been going on in that Council Office.

Everyday the facade gets chipped away a little more....

An honest Council Candidate would ELIMINATE slush funds in the Council office all together. Nothing should be OFF THE BOOKS.

And please, we are on to "Consulting and outreach contracts."

Do the people know that this City already has 40,000 people on payroll. Most of this stuff the Council Office is trying to justify can be done by legitimate City employees.

Unless it is not legal in the first place. Think about that.....

An enough with overpaying for real estate to pass on huge windfalls to your friends.....

We can see you....

January 27, 2011 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


3 PM



January 27, 2011 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


More lies... How many $18,000 bribes was it Huizar paid to Casas, documented on Ethics?

How many?? "several" (LIE!) and "all at once" (LIE)

B.S. to the max. Believe nothing.

January 27, 2011 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Do they hand out tin foil hats to the crazies at Adelante Eastside?

The collective IQ of a trash can:
- Jose Aguilar
- Felicitas Acosta
- Rosalee Guarolla

Who would go there and listen to them try to put together a complete sentence.

I would rather watch trees grow than listen to their filth.

January 27, 2011 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Given the Huge political baggage that the Alatorre name brings to a council district office, why would several CD14 councilmen still keep an Alatorre on staff? Even after Richard Alatorre was CONVICTED of a Felony, and his sister was accused of illegal campaign fund manipulation, Richard Alatorre is not only our Mayor's 'MENTOR", but his sister seems to have permanant position at the CD14 office. Does anybody wonder what she might be doing there?

Perhaps, the blogger calling everybody liars would like to handle this one.

January 27, 2011 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:03 B.S. to the max. Believe nothing.

You sound desperate in your marketing campaign.

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible.

Money and Corruption Are ruining the land Crooked politicians Betray the working man Pocketing the profits And treating us like sheep And we're tired of hearing promises That we know they'll never keep

January 27, 2011 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:16 - Put your tin foil hat on correctly, it's tilting to the side a little too much.

In other words, you are a loon!

January 27, 2011 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What that last guy said... but also learn to punctuate, if you want your pointy-headed screeds to be understood.

January 27, 2011 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:00 PM

The Godfather assigns one person to each individual

January 27, 2011 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:40 I think it was a spin that was not acceptable. They put exclamation marks where there had been question marks and I think that is hyping, a spin, that leads the public to the wrong conclusions

January 27, 2011 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Political corruption undermines political and economic development in many communities, and raises difficult challenges for state aid.

Political corruption in the form of accumulation or extraction occurs when government officials use and abuse their hold on power to extract from the private sector, from government revenues, and from the economy at large. These processes of accumulation have been called extraction, embezzlement, rent-seeking, plunder and even kleptocracy ("rule by thieves"), depending on the extent and context. Extraction takes place mainly in the form of soliciting bribes in procurement and government projects, in privatisation processes and in taxation.

January 27, 2011 2:29 PM  

Anonymous g said:


January 27, 2011 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

See, I told youse haters that the simple-minded come here and believe EVET lie you post.

Fortunately there's only a handful of them left.

January 27, 2011 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


If the Godfather has Cecilia in Huizar's office to monitor, are there others on Council staff?

What about LAPD? The City Attorney's Office?

January 27, 2011 8:53 PM  

Anonymous 3RD FLOOR FLY said:


January 27, 2011 9:13 PM  

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