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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Current Spin, On-Going Inquiry and Political Fact from CD 14

What has become of the "Anti-Parke" known as Parque?

Current Spin from CD 14 Election Campaign via Parke Skelton regarding DA investigation of Carlos Lira and Juan Carlos Jaramillo contribution issue.

Huizar campaign consultant Parke Skelton said he welcomed a look at "what is potentially a serious violation of the city's ethics law."

Then this on-going inquiry by the DA on Councilman Jose Huizar's past consulting work for the late LA County Labor Federation Chief Miguel Contreras's V.I.P. Non-Profit.

(David) Demerjian said his office still has a separate inquiry into Huizar that centers on consulting work he performed for a union organization while on the Los Angeles Board of Education. That inquiry was initiated in 2007. "We're coming up on the statue of limitations, so we'll have to make a decision pretty soon," Demerjian said.

Then the political fact on an investigation of now Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign for City Council in 2003 via the Los Angeles Times.

The executive director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Tuesday accused Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of 31 violations of campaign finance and disclosure laws stemming from his 2003 campaign for the City Council.

If the Ethics Commission finds after a hearing that city rules were violated, Villaraigosa and his campaign could be fined up to $267,000, though commission officials are believed to be willing to settle the case for about $40,000 in penalties.

Your thoughts ..............

Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

(David) Demerjian said his office still has a separate inquiry into Huizar that centers...

That's what's called a "COLD CASE" Rid Sput, and there's no TV show to breathe any life into it.

(But nice try).

You'd better hope it isn't cleared before the election, because that will point to one more smokescreen, B.S. "scandal" hatches from the futile minds here and on Rudy Rich's tractionless hacks.

February 03, 2011 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Your thoughts .............."

My thots is - you had nuthin' yesterday when you first started banging on Huizar's consultants (vs. the actual candidate).

You got less than nuthin' to work with now.

(OH yeah, and beat up Tony V. all you want. Huizar isn't tied to his apron strings in most people's minds, anymore. He's had 3-times as much time in CD14 council as Villar ever did, when we blinked and he was gone.)


February 03, 2011 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, yeah. Read the non-truth, the twisted partial truth, and nothing like the truth, here, ad nauseum...

(4 common, repeated lies, posted here):

"Huizar's keeping a low profile."

"Huizar does nothing for Boyle Heights.

"He never spends any time in the community."

"Hollenbeck officers HATE Huizar"

PFAAAH. Or, go read some REAL media, peeps:


February 03, 2011 12:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bang away at the councultants. Huizar is a likable guy, especially among the Spanish speaking. So his dirty deeds have to come from someone else. Martinez should just paint Huizar as someone who is being used and abused by non-Latino consultants. Poor, poor Pepe - blame his handlers and you've got a shot.

Especially if one of those handlers, Parke Skelton, has blood on his hands from past campaigns. Or is the correct term blood libel - oops.

February 03, 2011 12:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bash Skelton, bash Turd-jillo, then bash Skelton, again - much of this week. (Then, throw in a little "bash Villaraigosa," just because it's SUCH a golden-oldie CD14 "classic").

Geez, I wonder who Red Scott's NEXT post will aim at?

I'm can't wait for my sample ballot to arrive, because thanks to all this, I'm just SO sure I'm not going to vote for EITHER Parke Skelton OR Michael Trujillo for City Council.

(And I absolutely will never vote for Tony V. for City Council . . . which, by the way, he COULD run for again after terming out as mayor. Right? And, he could sit there for at least 8 more years, thanks to Prop-rrrrrrrr?)

Let's see -- district lines may change (but he probably can't move back in with the ex-wife, but....) Ed P. in CD1 is pretty close to being termed out, right? Could it be???

NAHHHH, Ex-mayor Tony would never quickly move into an empty rental in some nearby district JUST to run for City Council and to gross an easy, almost $200K for most of a decade for doing nothing but smiling, right? And, who could diss him for it... he can just say "Mt. Wash. was my home before I became mayor, and NOW it's my campaign HQ (er, um, I mean) HOME, again."

WHOA, I think I just heard the sounds of Trud-jillo dashing off an urgent e-mail offering his services to Antonio for 2013. Maybe start taking the nominating petitions around this month - and save another trip?

Working campign slogan... "The Choice is . . . PRE-DETERMINED!"

February 03, 2011 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose Huizar not connected to Antonio Villaraigosa?

Just because Huizar is silent on that matter (and who can blame him?) does not mean that there is any break in connections with the Mayor. An ongoing connection is essential to the Council member because it benefits Jose with support in the form of contributions to campaign funds and more endorsements.

Jose Huizar is, above all else, a politician. The Villaraigosa link is still there, continuing on to Monica Garcia, successor to Huizar on the LAUSD board, with more seats being sought in the March 8 elections for the Villaraigosa faction. And maybe you could ask Jose Huizar just whom he supports in the LAUSD elections. It would have to be another Villaraigosa selection.

Jose Huizar has cut off nothing in the way of the past connections to his benefactor, Mayor Villaraigosa. Huizar knows on what side his bread is buttered.

Something you won't see:
A clear statement from Huizar that Huizar largely disfavors the Mayor’s positions as to the leadership of the Mayor in this city and that the Mayor has been a significant part of the problems with city government.

February 03, 2011 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anybody know how many legal defense funds have been started by and for Jose Huizar? And for what?

February 03, 2011 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(This just isn't as much "fun" as it used to be, huh Reed Spit? Back when no one really challenged your conspiratorial bloggin' character assassinations of everyone you held a grudge against.

February 03, 2011 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What has become of the "Anti-Parke" known as Parque?

(Word on the street is "Parque Esqueleto" was one of the "enemies" with negative numbers redacted from the chopped up El Sereno version of the Huizar lists).

Yup, seems Huizar flipped him!

Really, if you think back to the "Old Adventures of New Parke" she/he was mainly anti-Villaraigosa; not so much a Huizar hater.

Soon, it'll just be you, Red Spot, and maybe one stray ranting NC boardmember from Boyle Heights.

The last two unconverted "spots" in CD14. (Like Pacheco before him, in 4 years Rudy M. will be endorsing Huizar for his third full term).

February 03, 2011 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


And why should he?

Tony V. is a lame duck, and there's no downside with most voters to remaining associated with him.

Note for example, that Rudy M's. slime poll from last week apparently didn't even raise the issue of their connections as being a potential "negative". Even they don't seem to think there's any bar PR for Huizar to exploit there.

(I think the point you're trying to refute actually escaped you). Huizar may still be on the same side as AV on many - maybe most issues, but that doesn't mean he's seen as JUST being a Villar clone. He has developed his own identity and following, including many endorsements in this election from people who actually opposed Antonio once, twice, even three times before.

And anyway, the next L.A. mayor will be Villar-like, maybe just a few inches taller, and most likely from the same "team" over all.

Association with our often cartoonish current mayor is only really poisonous in the small and deep dark recesses of contrarianism like this blog.

February 03, 2011 2:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok I was raised on the Eastside and City Terrace is NOT in the City. This story is just wrong. City Terrace is in LA County. It ends at Wabash on one end and Eastern Ave on the other. Shameful Huizar now so desperate for positive press he's using a dead girl to get it.

50,000 reward renewed in 2006 murder of City Terrace girl
in the 2006 murder of a 14-year-old girl from City Terrace was renewed Thursday by L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar.

February 03, 2011 2:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good point, 1:49.

All Huizar has to do is help Rudy M. get the sushi-on-a-stick franchise at the new downtown NFL football stadium, and they'll be BEST buddies all over again.

February 03, 2011 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Huizar is such a likeable guy, why do so many ex-staffers have the FBI on speed-dial.

February 03, 2011 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:13 p.m.

They're job-hunting (and good riddance to them)!

February 03, 2011 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares if Huizar is likeable?

Hell, Antonio as a Councilmember was as warm and squishy as you could ask for -- got nothing done.

Nick Pacheco was even a fairly likeable guy. But he was constantly skating on the edge (to be kind!) of really questionable stuff, and couldn't get himself re-elected, which left many people who counted on him to finish what he started, in the lurch.

Is Huizar a lousy guy to work for? I don't know - I never worked for him. Maybe he's too demanding. Maybe he puts too much faith in chiefs of staff to keep people doing what they're supposed to do. Maybe he micro-manages. Maybe he's too macro-managerial.

Maybe the 14th is just too volatile, spread out, widely diverse for anyone to really keep a lid on it? (When was the last time anyone in that seat really did an incredibly good job, kept most constituents fairly happy, stayed out of trouble, could get reelected, or even cared to try?)

Pacheco? (Booted out, one term, with enemies to spare for his next two tries).

Alatorre? (Barely escaped from office without having to change into a striped suit himself). As far as accomplishments... (ummm, sorry, drawing a blank).

Snyder? (Horribly ethically challenged, faced recall twice, went on to be hit with the largest ethics fine in City history as a paid lobbyist).

That goes back before most voters for March 8 were even born.

Has Huizar had (does he still have) some really LOUSY employees? Oh BOY did/does he.

Right, Alvin? Right, Juanita? (To name just his the most obvious exes).

And, Pacheco and Villar both had some horrendous "field ogres" before that.

...as far as being "likeable" -- to paraphrase Harry Truman, "you want a friend in [L.A. politics], get a DOG!)

February 03, 2011 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:01 You're a little thick aren't you.

Dead girl was FROM City Terrace.

She was found dead/murdered in Boyle Heights.

Scene of crime trumps where you call home, in polic matters. Just logical, right?

What was Huizar supposed to do, wait for LAPD to suggest to County that they offer a reward (because the girl LIVED there?)

PFAAAAh, amateurs.

February 03, 2011 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Nah, what I heard was that Huizar and Villaragosa SPLIT the contract fee to have the Parque poster whacked - mob style.

(Because, as you KNOW by reading the mayor sam's blog, they BOTH have heavy ties to ORGANIZED CRIME).

Hooooo, ha! (FBI's "investigating" that, too... or will be as soon as the get transcripts from the WIRETAPS they have on this VERY INFORMATIVE blog).

February 03, 2011 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Revamp City Council, and have 40 councilmembers total - each making $65K and representing no more than 100K people.

5-6 paid staffers for each, tops. They work more issues through neighborhood councils, (and spend less time fighting them).

Regional councils (8-10 City Councilmembers in each) meet twice weekly with power to address area-specific issues.

Full 40 CMs meet once a week with dockets for only citywide issues.

February 03, 2011 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:01 that's obviously one of the bigger lies posted here (with organized crime).

Anyone who has worked with either Huizar or Villaraigosa's staff knows there's nothing "organized" in the equation at all.

February 03, 2011 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some of Villaraigosa's friends in the news. Drug Dealers/Bell/TELACU

Keep in mind that this story deals with James M.Casso, son-inlaw of Esteban Torres, founder of TELACU.

You still think these guys aren't mafia?

Spin on this Parke!


February 03, 2011 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't get this post. What exactly does the Ethics Commission do everyday? Why years and years later are they still looking into possible issues?

February 03, 2011 4:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Does have a point.

Villaraigosa must be extremely irritating as a mob Boss. He has the attention span of a flea.

February 03, 2011 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa was using the Department of Water and Power as a personal ATM machine...

How come Huizar won't vote for more oversight?

February 03, 2011 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Sleazar want's to have his consituents vote by mail because....

"they may be intimidated by the polling places!"

Yeah I can't believe he said that either.

February 03, 2011 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Name me one big city politician, anywhere in the U.S. (world?) that doesn't have some interaction with people that eventually end up being thrown down as major criminals?

It comes with the job. They work with anyone they think can do the city some good, and rely on whatever intelligence they may about what the others' interests are. Doesn't mean they're crooks themselves or that they even know what the baddies are up to at the time.

On the flipside - those same politicians also rub shoulders regularly with a lot of church leaders, priests, saintly do-gooders...

That don't make the politicians sinless, does it? It goes both ways.

Every U.S. president also has a few dozen tin-horn dictators and socialist thug rebels on their speed dial. Does that mean the presidents are all anti-democratic, too?

February 03, 2011 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2001 investigations, 2003 investigation, 2007 investigations.

This blog is out-Parke-ing Parke Skelton in trying to beat dead horses into cat food.

February 03, 2011 4:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The last time I went to a polling place in L.A. City it looking like the poll workers were the ones intimidated.

Scared rabbits would be a better decription. There was more than on precinct voting there, a couple dozen people "working" and my besy guest is exactly less-than-one understood how the process was supposed to work.

One worker was telling a senior that their ballot - shipped through the reader - showed they had "over-voted" for one position (i.e., voted for 2 people instead of one).

The worker knew the term, maybe even what the clinical definition of it was, but couldn't seem to explain to the voter just "why" that might be a bad thing.

So the voter just shrugged his shoulders and left -- most likely not getting his vote counted for that particular race (or maybe not counted for the one they intended to vote for), and never knowing the difference.

February 03, 2011 6:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is an interesting Huizar contributor.

Donated by:

Mario Beltran For City Council Candidate committees

Bell CA 90201

A SEARCH BY LOS ANGELESPOLICE and the FBI of Bell Gardens Councilman Mario Beltran’s home and City Hall office last Wednesday, seeking information regarding a lucrative city towing contract, could be the beginning of an uncomfortable summer for Beltran — and his political allies.
Police on June 20 also searched United Motor Club, a tow service that Beltran, a field deputy for Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon of Montebello, recommended for a five-year, $5 million contract that the Bell Gardens City Council approved last November.

Detectives are looking for evidence that Beltran steered the deal to a business associate, according to an affidavit filed in court by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities also are trying to figure out who owns United Motor Club. The LAPD believes that a convicted felon and accused drug trafficker named Shahram Shayesteh is the owner, according to the police affidavit.

February 03, 2011 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Another "I hate anything Huizar suggests" howler here, who probably next week will say, "Its pathetic how few people vote" and "turnout is so lousy we could ditch the incumbents if we could just get a few thousand more people voting."

(Loop all that kvetching back around on top of itself and see how silly and self-defeating the responses are).

So, there's the problem in a NUTshell with people who vote "against" -- out of hatred or jealously -- versus "for" someone, after having listened, weighed the options, and considered whether they may actually have a better idea.

February 03, 2011 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You're right. If Sheriff Lee Baca can have 3 fundraisers in a garage owned by big time drug smuggler Horacio Vignali, why should we expect Huizar to be uncorrupted?

He's just doing what he's told anyway.

February 03, 2011 7:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

(YEAH, 7:06 p.m.) YOU should write for Mayor Sam's FULL time. You've got the "style" down, spinning wheels whining in very old mud - still getting no traction).

... because you OH so conveniently failed to mention that that $250 contribution was made in 2005 - not for the current council race, and also several years before Beltran was investigated by the FBI.

Once again, this is what, "guilt by association with asosciates of people associated with other associations once associated?"

That was also "cute" how you snipped the word "Gardens" out of the city name at the top, editing the actual Ethics listing from 6 years ago -- obviously in an effort to make the simplemindded think this might have something to do with (City of) Bell and all the corruption there -- when it doesn't.

City of BELL

BELL Gardens

Not the same city, but I think you may have a career with the LA Weekly, since they're phoning in old stories with retreaded art now, and hoping no one will notice, too.

So, now, go ahead, go back to Ethics and find out perhaps that there's a small contribution this time, also from a Mario Beltran (probably the same guy).

Beltran, convicted for different misdemeanor crimes not related to the old posting you drug out, stepped down from that city council position in BELL GARDENS, and went to work for Gil Cedillo, and this year also gave Huizar $100.

Was it his money? (Not funneled through for someone else?) Is he getting reimbursed? (Nah!) Did he pay the punishment for past crimes and is he now employed elsewhere? Yeah.

So, what's your end point. Huizar should give that $100 back?

(HECK, if RUDY RICH refused to accept contributions from people convicted of crimes in the past, he'd have to return... well, a WHOLE lot of money, right?)

Hmmm, Huizar gets $100 from a convicted criminal; Martinez gets $200,000 dollars from a convicted criminal... HIMSELF!


(The little "earnest" ones are the easiest ones to gut here!)

February 03, 2011 7:47 PM  

Anonymous g said:


February 04, 2011 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Actually I didn't "snip" anything. I cut and paste a campaign contribution from the City Ethics Page.

I assume The Beltran organization actually was headquartered in Bell.

Yeah, you are right though I came really close to tarnishing his reputation.

Maybe I could get a job with Parke? I bet he drive a Mercedes.... good pay in spinning?

February 07, 2011 3:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The fact is Sleazar runs in a pack. A pack of latino power hungry wanna-be godfathers, who eventually give in to drugs, bribes, and prostitues...

Look around... you can see the pattern over and over..

Alatorre, Fabian Nunez, Larry Gonzalez, Villaraigosa, now Huizar is going down the same path.

He's like a political Lindsay Lohan.

February 07, 2011 3:57 AM  

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