Whistleblower hotline: (213) 785-6098

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Tuesday


HotSheet is after the jump...

Jerry Brown ran on the notion reflected in the old Vulcan proverb that "Only Nixon can go to China" that as a septuagenarian old school tax and spend liberal he had the luxury of not worrying about a future political career and had the street cred to go after fraud, waste and abuse in state government.  My CPA, Mark Neuman, via a report by Bruce Bialosky, Bialosky details how the State failed to cash a $20 corporate filing fee check Neuman submitted for a client.  Because the state waited past the 90 day period the bank dishonored the check.  So the state asked Neuman for a $10 dishonored check.  Apparently bureaucrats are so inefficient they can't collect the revenue the state is already receiving at a time budgets are tight and politicians are asking for more taxes.

In most Council races the challengers are reform minded, more practical candidates, with entrenched interests sitting in the incumbency.  In the 10th District however the special interests are pulling out the big guns to go after someone who is brave enough (sometimes) to tell them know.  Betty Pleasant will certainly be happy to know the unions are putting money into the campaign of serial candidate Forescee Hogan-Rowles to best Bernard Parks.  You may remember Hogan-Rowles was introduced to MayorSam readers (Betty Pleasant and Her Shady Friends, 8/9/10) when we detailed her past run ins with the ethics commission.

The Jose Huizar campaign must be in full panic mode.  Spinning away at MayorSam, they find out that FBI investigators are nosing around their man.  Apparently, this has to do with a roof, which strangely enough was the same thing that once sank another CD14 Clowncilman.

Labels: , , , , , ,


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar will be indicted by the end of this week.

February 01, 2011 12:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh boy, gotten 6 e-mail about this tonight. Rudy has Huizar by the balls after this one.

February 01, 2011 12:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So who are the two former staffers being interviewed by the FBI? The most likely suspects are Peter Hidalgo and Henry Casas.

February 01, 2011 12:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ahh shit, and Huizar's people thought the list story was bad. At this point they will pay the LA Times to go back to writing about their idiotic lists.

February 01, 2011 12:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

some one is going to have a bad morning.

February 01, 2011 12:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good thing the children aren't up, or else they might believe that this foto of feds actually has something to do with Huizar, which it doesn't. Just another piece of art stolen by Mayor Sam's to incite and mislead.

Reputable people post things like "file foto" above this type of art. Disreputable Spot.

(When Jose's re-elected - BOTH of the next two times, I for one am going to enjoy watching your dishonest scowling face always staring IN from the cold outside, while the district continues it positive progress - despite your gutless badgering).

February 01, 2011 3:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess now we know why Parek is so nervous. And what a great defense,Parke - "Rudy just makes things up." Gee, isn't that how you made your fortune, by making things up?

Even if he wins - which he will - Huizar is forever tainted. Say goodbye to the City Attorney job, just like Villar had to say goodbye to the governorship.

This doesn't bode well for Huizar - or Skelton. Some track record, Villar, Gatto and Huizar. How many investigations (DA & FBI) is that?

Don't cash the check Rudy - it will still be a crime. Huizar and Skelton are making Pacheco look like a saint by comparison - that's some accomplishment.

February 01, 2011 5:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Some of the repairs at that home were needed so an employee of then-newly elected school board member Monica Garcia could move in, Martinez said. Garcia herself showed up at one point to see how the house looked, he added."

Just the presence of fat ass Garcia and the house would need repairs. Old house can't take that weight - bring Molina along and the hosue would have to be red tagged.

February 01, 2011 5:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcia showed up at the house? Can you believe how disgusting these people are? When are we Latinos going to wake up and realize these "leader" care nothing about us.

February 01, 2011 7:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LA’s CRA: Turning Gold to Dust … I Don’t Mean Gold Dust
Stephen Box


February 01, 2011 8:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Redevelopment Defenders Ignore Budget Realities
by Randy Shaw‚ Jan. 31‚ 2011


February 01, 2011 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Other than the repairs to the house, what else is the FBI investigating?

February 01, 2011 8:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shareholders: Meruelo Maddux CEO Using Mother as Pawn

By Eric Morath

Disgruntled shareholders are accusing the chief executive of one of Los Angeles’s largest landowners of using his mother to shield himself from financial losses.
A group of Meruelo Maddux Properties Inc. stockholders said in court papers this week that CEO Richard Meruelo’s own mother stepped in to purchase a bank loan that was secured by the executive’s shares in company stock.
“The equity committee believes that Mr. Meruelo’s mother purchased this loan from the financial institution that made the loan in order to address the risk that such institution could exercise its remedies as a secured creditor against those shares,” the shareholders said in papers filed this week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills, Calif.
The motherly love accusation came as part of a laundry list of charges from minority shareholders intending to show that Meruelo Maddux’s bankruptcy and the company’s reorganization plan is really a ploy to protect the wealth and position of Richard Meruelo, the company’s largest shareholder.
Among other charges made in court papers against Meruelo are that his wages are being garnished as a result of $10 million in “unsatisfied judgments” and that Meruelo owes the company some $200,000 for services provided to him and his family.
A Meruelo Maddux spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The equity committee’s charges come as Meruelo Maddux headed to court Thursday to seek approval of its Chapter 11 plan, which would leave the company’s stock untouched and keep Richard Meruelo at the helm of the company. Creditors would be repaid through debt refinancing or the sale of the land that secures their loans.
The company and its leaders are “doing everything in their power to address Meruelo’s personal financial condition — which should not even be a concern for the debtors as fiduciaries — and to keep him in power,” the shareholders said

February 01, 2011 8:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:07 Call Huizar and find out.

February 01, 2011 8:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Just another piece of art stolen by Mayor Sam's to incite and mislead."

Isn't that Parke Skelton's credo. Lie, spread inuendo and mislead - rigth out of Parke's rule book. And he has the record t prove this.

It's still a ways to election day, what is coming next?

February 01, 2011 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"The most bizarre occurrence of the CD 14 race is the new unholy alliance between Mike Trujillo and the pseudo-anoybloggers at Los Feliz based 'Street Hassle.'"

Not bizarre when one considers their relationship to Mike Gatto and Parke Skelton.

February 01, 2011 8:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose, turn off the lights the party is over. The only question is which of the better Federal Facilities his attorney can negotiate for him.

February 01, 2011 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander in his Street Hassle blog (conveniently) forgets that two Huizar former staff members were interviewed by the FBI.

And I can't imagine this is solely about Huizar's home on La Calandria. However, now that Huizar's home on La Calandria is back in the news, maybe we can finally find out why records showed that a Mr. and Mrs. Attalah owned the house at the same time Jose Huizar owned the house.

At the time, Mr. Attalah said he didn't own the house and couldn't understand why his name was on any document connected to the house. But Mr. Attalah confirmed that his son was a friend of Jose Huizar.

On planning documents, Huizar was named as the owner/builder.

So, why would documents show that Attalah and Huizar owned the same house, at the same time? Especially when Mr. Attalah said he has never owned any property in Los Angeles.

February 01, 2011 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Brings to mind Art Gastelum's mansion in Pasadena. It was owned by Andy Camacho and handed over to Art - rigth about the time Andy got the contract for city walk and the airport - when Gastelum was deputy mayor for Bradley.

February 01, 2011 9:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Frog march time for Huizar and Franicine.

February 01, 2011 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:17 a.m.

Yeah, and the flying saucers you see at night will take him to the pokey.


Any who would continue to believe Rudy's amateur spinning deserves to be in the mini-minority that gets left out in the cold after Huizar's (THIRD) City Council Victory Party.

I won't be invited either, but that's okay. CD14 will continue to have skilled and effective representation instead of the rogue's gallery of losers that have preyed on us from when Art Snyder was first elected, until Mayor Sam helped Tony Villar find a new "mansion" to live in.

February 01, 2011 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


One from EVERY one of your family members???

Oh, Hell, that's really turn the election.

(How many of them were already Huizar haters... 100%)? SORRY, no net gain.

People in the district haven't ALL just been born since Sept., like the Rudy-the-rate spinners here. They've seen these tricks played EVERY 4 years, and have grown somewhat immune. (The one's you'll say you keep "hearing from" were in the "other" camp already, anyway).

Huizar's still sitting on twice the campaign dough Rudy can even afford to spend on Mini-Meg Whitmanning himself for the next six weeks. (Remember how well original Meg did?)

This is gonna look like some child splashed his galoshes in a puddle by comparison when the real sh*tstorm hits.

And by then the media - who've bit on most of Rudy's "rumors" so far, mostly because it's the only game in town right now, will be more than willing to give Huizar equal time and mre - when it's needed most.

What Rudy hasn't yet figured out is that so far, it's obvious to people watching that every one of these "scandals" he knows so much about also indict him and/or his mother in some aspect of them - tarring them both as well.

Memo to Rudy's "Krew"... you're "supposed" to SLING the mud at the other guy from a distance so as to keep yourself looking neat and spiffy. Rudy's gone wading knee deep in the mud, trying to pull Huizar down on top of him.

Once again - that's NO NET GAIN for Rudy Rich. Most likely outcome of a really nasty race is less people go to the polls, and that always favors the incumbent.

February 01, 2011 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yeah, must be another CONSPIRACY... because we know no paper-pushing bureacrats ever make mistakes on documents.

NAH,has be something "evil" and "sinister."

February 01, 2011 10:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, Huizar's supporters didn't think the "lists" story was "bad" at all, except perhaps that it showed that Huizar hired some really bad egg employees his first couple years (Alvin Parra, Rudy's mom). Most commoen question asked...

Is it illegal to do that?


Okay, so what, thanks.

February 01, 2011 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:44, unless 12:17 has information not available to you and me, I don't know why he is so sure of Huizar's indictment "...by the end of this week."

Having said that, it seems indisputable that Huizar is being investigated by the FBI, not only because Rudy Martinez says so but because two former Huizar staffers confirmed to the Times that they had been questioned by the FBI.

I don't see it a case of "spinning" but more of leaking. And probably that means more leaks to come.

February 01, 2011 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is race is over, Huizar top staffers and closest supporters have been getting subpoenad the last two days.

He will be out of this race in a week to 10 days.

February 01, 2011 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's inevitable when you deal with a group of issue-less koolaid drinkers marching after the latest Pied Piper "I'm one of you" (only with a criminal record and a ton more money) challengers that it very quickly deteriorates here to such relevant political discourse, as...

"She's fat"

"She's ugly too"

"I hate him"

"he's gonna go to jail"

"Yeah, and so is she"

"She sleeps with him"

"He cheats"

"He steals"

"Yeah, well I HEARD....."

These are the ever present roadblocks to continuing good government here. It's high school all over again, and SOMEONE is miffed that they don't get to sit at the same lunch table with the cool kids who actually run the city.

I live in the district, but frankly, going to many of the community meetings (like that useless Glassell Park forum with the handful of heckling nitwits who wouldn't even listen to answers), makes me wanna cry for what could be and never will be as long as the dim bulbs like this keep turning it into foodfights and pity parties over "I'm more INFLUENTIAL" than that" whining

February 01, 2011 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It just amazing how many seers and mindreaders there are posting here anonymously, pretending their "connected" to anything more than there sticky keyboards -- even to the point of being able to SEE inside the local FBI offices.

Rank (reeking) amateurs.

February 01, 2011 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gustavo Valdivia

February 01, 2011 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:12 a.m.

LOL and then ROFL! Please come back and post in 10 days with an update on how the election is still going on...and please, please, come back on March 9 when the incumbent is reelected.

This is perhaps my 3rd post on this site, and I find it very amusing to read through the posts from time to time. Sometimes, they sicken me, anger me, and in this case, tickle my funny bone.

I agree with the previous posters that this is purely desperation on "I-gotta-a-LAPD-badge-in-my-pocket" Martinez. Is this the best that they can do? Really? Amateurs.

February 01, 2011 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:58 a.m.

I don't buy your premise, not one bit, especially since the person who stands the most to gain from any of this being true could very well have -- and probably did -- drop the dime on Huizar... enough to get the FBI to talk to him, out of routine follow-up to a complaint.

And, he most likely pointed any agents to a couple of disgruntled ex-staffers. (Hell, one of them is most likely Alvin "DOH" Parra - who made up sh*t out of whole cloth last year for the very same reason. The other could EASILY by Rudy's own mama). How's that for two not-disinterested former employees.

There's no investigation. Rudy-the-rat tried to get one started. Feds did their due diligence and followed his leads to people he thought would also like to burn their ex-employer, and the routine "questions" (not the same as and ONGOING INVESTIGATION), ended there with a closed file.

Back to the drawing board Rudy Rich. You probably paid Hacopian one whole house-flips $$ for that little scheme, and you got you one-day headline.

(Taking out full page ads in the Times would be cheaper - and you'd get more space in the paper).

Plus, they could REALLY use the money...

What's for encore? Huizar has dead bodies buried under the Calandria House (you know because YOU buried them for him), and he forget to hand you over their gold teeth as payment?

WHoooo, ha! Most SELF-incrimating mud slinging in the history of L.A. politics.

Rudy Rich, the Glendale Republican, makes Homer Simpson Parra look like he might still have a more promising career.

February 01, 2011 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know they're breakin' the banks (and their own hearts) to come up with something new that could actually stick to Huizar when you start seeing blog posts here with names like "Vignali" and "Meruelo" (that guy that was basically Rudy Rich, only more successful?)

They're playing the guilt by association-w/-association-w/-association-w/-used to live on the same street as.

16-degrees of separation is close enough to the tinfoil hat wearing Huizar haters who post here.

If he ever stood in the same ballroom at a political event, and you could get them in the same picture with a yard-long telefoto lens... when then, HELL he's GUILTY to!

"They even once had the same middle school teacher for History (14 years apart...), but IT'S A CONNECTION."

YOU CAN'T DENY they've walked some of the same streets and parked their cars in the same lots, at SOME point in their lives.


February 01, 2011 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hear there's ANOTHER barn-burner coming out of the Martinez camp... any minute.

Apparently, Jose Huizar was recently INVESTIGATED... (wait for it, it's an election breaker)...


(Yes, he eventually got the new credit card., but not BEFORE they called several of his family members and asked about a late payment to J.C. Penney's in 2003).

Parke Skelton, spokesman for the Huizar campaign confirmed that Huizar still owns the credit card, and once bought Rudy Martinez coffee with it, but denied that the fact he didn't offer to also buy Rudy a Danish to go with it led to the challenger's deciding to run for an elected position he has absolutely zero qualifications for.

Both campaigns stipulated to the fact that Juanita Martinez loves Rudy very much, and would do anything for him.

She was, however, unsuccessful in attempts to make copies of the credit card receipt from their ill-fated trip to The Coffee Table, but is fairly certain the sitting councilmember reimbursed himself with CLARKS funds, and that Controller Greuel is covering for the $6.13 (plus $1 tip) misappropriation of funds.

February 01, 2011 11:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke would never say that... he'd say something like.

"You'll have to ask that loser Rudy Martinez if he was loitering outside the coffee house, after maybe recklessly driving there from his home, in car that has at least one 'battery" (if you get my drift), while he waited for Huizar to show up. We of course would have no comment on that, but it would be 'criminal' if you didn't ask him directly. Make sure you BADGE-r him for an answer, too. Pretty POLICE?"

February 01, 2011 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It isn't a crime to be investigated by the feds. But is might be to furnish them with false leads for political gain.

You know, once a convicted criminal (and used to telling lies to get over on the charges)... recidivism and all that.

February 01, 2011 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Huizar top staffers and closest supporters have been getting subpoenaed the last two days???"

KINDA HUGE! Wish I could confirm that, myself. Guess we'll just have to wait.

That's quite a large comment for such small amount of space.

February 01, 2011 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Quick lies from braindead wannabe insiders (who couldn't "Google" the City Hall address, let alone tell you what's happening there), keep things SIMPLE.

If they knew anything, there would be actual verifiable details.

February 01, 2011 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Ha, funny, I FLIPPED over your innocent quote!

February 01, 2011 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Americans area fair people, by and large.

Actual "convictions" at any level of crime trump any number of unfounded allegations, no matter how huge they're blown up to appear, especially at election time.

Explains why Rudy's people are banging so hard in the innuendo, and still so relatively early in the voting cycle. They had no idea going in that his 15+ year old crimes (when he was "distraught" over a death in the family?? Yeah, that's how most people deal with grief), would still loom so large.

No one in local politics has been so poorly advised about their chances since Zuma Dogg signed on as his own campaign manager.

February 01, 2011 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



I just got that, 12:02.... took me a few minutes.

(I'm a Rudy Martinez campaign staffer).

February 01, 2011 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WORD ON THE STREET is that Rudy Rich is planning on firing his campaign staff because they're getting no traction from what they told him would be killer "revelations."

They just keep getting e-mails from the same 6 supporters saying "Good job, Rudy, Jose's going to JAIL!" He had to put spam filters on four of them.

Rudy's going to go down to Home Depot and pick up a truckload of new guys for his HQ.

"Hey you, yeah, in the 'Hello Kitty' T-shirt. Can you work a jackhammer AND a computerized phone bank?"

"Anybody ever do any push-polling?"

"Bilingual, anyone? No? (Sh*t)."

"Okay, you six in the truck. $15 an hour, and free lunch next door (sushi, take it or leave it). But you get it TAKE OUT."

February 01, 2011 12:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, Red Spot. Your "MTA" campaign allegations sure fizzled quick.

Not you best researched slime, was it.

Even most of the Huizar haters sorta bagged away from that train wreck of mis-matched facts and dates.

The Times ain't calling you for a job interview anytime soon. Not even the "Campus Times".

February 01, 2011 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Day-campaign laborers.


I can imagine when the media calls...

"May I speak to the campaign manager?"


Okay, are you him?


Do you have a comment on the latest claims from Huizar's camp?


Okay... so, what's your comment?


Hmmm, is there anyone else there I can speak to.

$15 hour.

Okay, so I'll just say, the Martinez campaign had no comment?

Yes, no commen. Bye!

February 01, 2011 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam's remains one of the least reliable blogs in L.A. in terms of actual facts transmitted - but still one of the most entertaining... in a sort of slapstick, clowns falling over their own feet kind of way.

February 01, 2011 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's on Ch. 35 and he looks HORRIBLY worried and pre-occupied.

(Nah, but made you look). He's going about business as usual, just like he will for the next four years.

February 01, 2011 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This one's fizzling, too.

More trumped up "charges" please, Reed Sput?

May we have some MO-AH pleeze? Oh, Oliver of the TWISTED facts.

Hoooo, ha!

February 01, 2011 1:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The FBI interviewed others besides those two staffers. Those are the only ones the LA Times new to call.

It seems they have been working for some time.

I hope they do us all a favor and make a public announcement BEFORE the election.

February 01, 2011 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Further on in the saga of "Rudy say what?"

(Can't they hand this guy some cue cards? I mean I'm voting for Huizar, again, and again in 4 years, but it's getting a LITTLE embarrassing that he's still the only person to run for this office in the last 3 elections that doesn't step on his own tongue through a campaign. He CAN'T be the only guy in CD14??)

But I digress... very ODD choice of words to "City Maven" in response to the FBI questions story...

RUDY RICH: "My campaign will continue . . ."

(Yeah, yeah, he goes on with more retread words, but it's the VERY telling lead-in that raises eyebrows...)

What candidate, still with some bucks, no indie poll out saying he's toast (and not with some thoughts in the back of his head that he should bail and save that last $50K for old age), starts with... "MY CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE...?"

Who said it wouldn't - was that part of the question (not likely)?

Those are the kind of words you lead in with when you make your CONCESSION speech (hold that thought Rudy, 5 weeks from tonight - if not sooner).

Did Rudy finally beat it out of his campaign hacks that they lied big time, and he never did stand a chance - it's just all filler from here out?

Or, did Rudy get the word that same day that his SLIME poll reported by Jon Regardie in LA Downtown, STILL has Huizar eating his lunch, despite all the libelously loaded questions asked by bored pollsters?


February 01, 2011 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar's camp seem pretty confident. Not even any hedge words, or back doors left open to save face later.

"There is no FBI investigation."

Unless Rudy's people can find someone believable willing to go on record, to corroborate (like the kid that ratted out Pacheco's contribution scam on Rudy), people are going into the booth thinking this challenger is too punch drunk to be believed.

February 01, 2011 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So here's the question (a variation on the old "change a lightbulb" joke).

How many false allegations against Huizar does it take for Rudy's campaign hacks to earn the $50K - 100K they're gonna remove from his bank account by early next month?

Or do THEY just prop him up, and he SPINS all by himself?

I've heard better stuff from Hacopian in the past, so I'm guessing they're also buying Rudy's fantasies about who screwed him in the past, and when, and just trying to make them work.

February 01, 2011 1:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Several FBI interviews have no connection to Rudy or the election at all.

It is very arrogant for Huizar's staff to assume that only an insider could have done this kind of damage to Huizar's campaign.

First of all, he did this himself.

It's the price you pay when you sell your soul to organized crime.

Secondly, there are people all over CD14 and Los Angeles, that know what he has been up to.

It just takes one person to pick up the phone, and several people have.

If you have something credible to say, do us all a favor, and tell somebody!...before the election.

February 01, 2011 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


WELL, since you KNOW so much about the INSIDE dope on this, anonymous poster, do the district a HUGE favor and complete the picture.

Drop a phone calling cards to David Z. at the Times. It's okay, you can still sit there in your jammies in mama's rent-free basement.

He won't know you're as big a nobody as the rest of us posting here, and that you have no idea what you're talking about. Just keep giving him names of people you've seen disappear from the CD14 staff page.

Identify the OTHERS he didn't know about but YOU did.

I'm sure he'd be happy to do a follow-up with one of the "others" you identify.

"It seeeeems... you're an absolute know-nothing fraud (if you can't -- because ya just MADE that up)!

February 01, 2011 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:59 p.m.

I think TURD-jillo has the perfect answer to your unfounded slime, too.

“Jose Huizar faked the shuttle landing on the moon and Elvis lives in his garage and Princess Diana babysits his kids. There is no FBI investigation.”

(You can cry "wolf" only so many time, before you're devoured yourself... Rudy Rich).

February 01, 2011 2:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

His campaign will continue?

That is a very strange response.

Like the neighbor who comes out of his house after you've heard him arguing with wife and says.

'Oh, just in case you're wondering, my wife is still alive.'

'But, just curious - what have you heard?'

February 01, 2011 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"...when you sell your soul to organized crime."

Wow, that's conversation ender.

If we were standing in the same room, I'd be looking for the exit, or a security guard.

Someone's off their meds, big time. Not even Huizar's angriest, most petty opponents have ever charged anything like that.


(Walking wounded here - clear an aisle, check for sharp objects along the path).

February 01, 2011 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Odd how all of the blogs around seem to take Huizar's explanations as more plausible than Rudy's charges.

Except this one.

If Mayor Sam's had a track record of any kind at actually predicting what would happen in CD14 politics and races, that might make it interesting.

But it doesn't.

Always wrong. And, never even interesting in explaining what that is?

Just ON to the next set of false charges.... day in/day out.

February 01, 2011 2:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're right it does just take one person to pick up the phone.

And it can just as easily be one person with a grudge, something to gain, or someone who only knows part of the story or relies on gossip rather than facts.

Feds still have to check it out. And the haters and the twisted nitwits wast a ton of their time.

If we could get back every dollar spent by federal investigators in checking out wild goose chases every year, we could probably take a chunk out of the federal deficit.

Just like whenever there's a manhunt or a missing child, wackos call up from all over the country, "sightings" from here to the moon, and confessions from every state of the union... "I did it."

Attention seekers and malcontents.

February 01, 2011 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke has lied before.

Text of the memo sent by The City Ethic Commission follows:

July 24, 2003

Mothers of East Los Angeles – Santa Isabel
2130 E. 1st. Street, Suite 303
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Re: Whistleblower Complaint #03-292

This letter is to inform you of the final disposition of the
above-referenced complaint received by this office on February 21, 2003,
regarding a potential misuse of funds received by MELASI. Our inquiry found
insufficient evidence of a violation of laws within City Ethics Commission’s
jurisdiction to warrant further action. Accordingly, the complaint has been
placed in a closed status.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



Kirsten M. Pickenpaugh, Esq.

Senior Investigator

February 01, 2011 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


YEAH, yeah, Nick. We know you're still smarting and trying to get back in the game, but you're an attorney, so you also know that "insufficient evidence of a violation" - just like
"not guilty" in court - is NOT the same thing a "innocent" and "some else lied about us."

It's okay if you want to keep saying that to people. No one can prove YOU lied. Just like you can't prove anyone lied ABOUT you.

Sometimes it just means the skeletons were buried too deep.

February 01, 2011 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Francine and Monica Garcia where served subpeona's today.

February 01, 2011 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You mean like someone blurting out "I was accused of beating my wife" at a community forum, when no one asked anything about that, and no one on the opposing side had ever raised this issue.

Yeah, those are some very telling words uttered - apparently for no good reason, but perhaps burned into someone's mind as if everyone in the room "knew" and was staring at them waiting for an explanation?

February 01, 2011 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Geez, Pacheco. Do you keep that letter from Ethics in your wallet, like picture of grandkids?

Is it the screen saver on your computer?

February 01, 2011 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar has been in his attorneys office all day.

February 01, 2011 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So it seems to me that the Mayor's machine is actually supporting the CRA shutdown to shift the balance of power before the next election.

If you believe that, and you understand that Richard Meruelo and the Villaraigosa machine have had a falling out, it sure looks like the posts about the CRA and Meruelo are planted here by a professional Huzair Spin doctor.

Take the focus off Huizar.

February 01, 2011 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OKAY, you've been patient. Now here's the REAL, honest-to-god, can't be denied INVESTIGATION.

(Huizar-haters, it's not what you think - sorry.) And it's not some imaginary fed inquiry, like Rudy's butting his head against with wall with...

It's COOLEY'S office looking into MARTINEZ and PACHECO (the runt who once campaigned against Cooley and called his office a "yapping little dog" in the one poorly made TV ad he could afford).

Well, guess what Tricky Nicky, that YAPPING dog is peeing in YOUR lap now.

WHooooo, ha!

L.A. Times sez...

D.A. looking into campaign money laundering allegations involving donations to Huizar opponent


Now ain't THAT a yappy little four-legged BITCH!

The moral of the story is, if you're gonna skirt the law throughout your public life, don't make an enemy of the guy who's paid to investigate that kind of crap.

February 01, 2011 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Volley, serve, point Huizar.

REAL investigation, versus "rumored" one.

February 01, 2011 3:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anna Cubas was just served with a subpeona.

February 01, 2011 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And now Ladies and Gentle, from the great Musical "Chicago", I give you a song performed by Parke Skelton as Billy...


Jose, you got nothing to worry about.

It's all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.
These trials- the wholeworld- all show business.
But kid, you're working with a star, the biggest!

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they;ll never catch wise!

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle

Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous

Row after row will crow vociferous

Give 'em the old flim flam flummox
Fool and fracture 'em

How can they hear the truth above the roar?

Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel,

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll beg you for more!

Give 'em the old double whammy
Daze and dizzy 'em
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bambooz-a-ler

Give 'em the old three ring circus
Stun and stagger 'em
When you're in trouble, go into your dance

Though you are stiffer than a girder
They'll let you get away with murder
Razzle dazzle 'em
And you've got a romance

COMPANY(The same time as BILLY's)
Give 'em the old
Razzle Dazzle

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorceror you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talent
Razzle Dazzle 'em

Razzle Dazzle 'em
Razzle Dazzle 'em

And they'll make you a star!

February 01, 2011 3:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mothers had to cancel their annual scholarship dinner, held in August - and the organization soon ceased to exist. Thank you Parke.

February 01, 2011 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If they couldn't Nick on any of those other things that Parke put out - (4 DA investigation) do you think Cooley would get him on this lame accusation? Nick is a lawyer, and seems to me a much smarter attorney than Huizar - you guys are pissing in the wind if you guys think this will stick.

February 01, 2011 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3 p.m.

You can keep making stuff up, ALL day long, but the LA Times report about Rudy's wingman, Nick Pacheco being REALLY investigated, and Martinez's gonna have try and distance himself from his mentor -- all the while their names are showing up side-by-side in real news reports...

Well, REAL beats imaginary, in any election.

(And if you're gonna make things up, do a little light reading?)

An FBI investigation, if there was one, wouldn't be anywhere near the issuing subpoenas stage without pretty much teh whole world knowing about it.

They're not for investigations when the feds are trying to figure out if anything actually rises to the level of taking the next steps.

You can fool the little hopeful Rudy-runts who bang at their keyboards here. But no one else.

February 01, 2011 3:30 PM  

Anonymous g said:


February 01, 2011 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The DA should investigate that City of L.A. public land grant to Skelton - there's no hiding when land is involved, just ask Alarcon, and also Gatto.

February 01, 2011 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:25 p.m.

Gee, doesn't sound like much of an organization if the folded that easily.

Especially if they were "exonerated".

February 01, 2011 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FINE BY Me, beat Skelton to a pulp. He can certainly afford it.

I'm STILL voting for Huizar. The fact that both he and Martinez use scumbags to run their campaigns is inevitable in CD14.

February 01, 2011 3:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yeah, yeah, "you'll never take me alive copper...!"

Hooooo, ha!

Who cares if they actually, finally nail Nick? The DAMAGE is done. Trying to stay in the background because so many of the actual voters in CD14 still have a bad taste in their mouth over Pacheco... but THERE he is vaulted into a two-shot close-up with the challenger. Like they were JOINED at the hip. Like this was a masked attempt to get Pacheco back into office, vicariously.

It's Tricky Nicky and Rudy the Rat, two peas in a pod, being served up to the DA like so much slung hash in a prison mess hall.

The election is now more over that it was the last time I said...

"Buh-bye, Rudy Rich."

Thanks for playing. As your consolation prize, you'll go home one-quarter million dollars poorer, and get to play the home version of "I coulda been a contenda, if I'd have JUST stayed away from the poisoned tree that is Pacheco!"

February 01, 2011 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FBI just doesn't waste it's time unless there is a potential pattern of abuse.

February 01, 2011 3:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What day does Pacheco do the perp walk?

Will Rudy visit him in jail, or will Nick serve as his own defense attorney and end up ON DEATH ROW.

(That guy just can't catch a break).

February 01, 2011 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't believe it will make any difference- the machine that Huizar's part of has the election polls all wrapped up anyway- he'd have to be polled with a double digit negative to lose.

February 01, 2011 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, orange jump suits have been ordered, but not for anyone in Huizar's camp.

February 01, 2011 3:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It will be hard to prove Rudy Rich knew the contributions were tainted.

But I'd place a serious bet that he did.

You know even if you did have a whole staff full of people from one law firm just chompin' at the bit to contribute to someone like Martinez, even though many didn't even live in L.A. (huh?), you would think Pacheco would have thought back just a few years and warned Rudy about the appearance.

Especially after seeing his boy Jimmy Hahn taken apart because of Fleishman-Hillard mass contributions of the max limit just 5-6 years ago.

Rudy obviously wasn't paying attention back then. He was a bar owning Republican who barely gave a dime to political campaigns, but Nick had to know that would look bad. Yet, he charged in, didn't warn Rudy that the stink would stick to him, too.

Ask him about that Rudy Rich. You obviously didn't need $6K, especially when it came with that kind of risk of embarrassment.

But Nick just always thinks he's the smartest cat in the City, and he can explain away every dark smudge as just being "more" off-white than the rest -- until he's buried under a pile of dirty laundry, and washed up ALL over again.

February 01, 2011 4:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Saw that on old "Untouchables" reruns on TV-Land, did you?

And just how is it they determine a "pattern of abuse" unless they investigate each one that someone rats out?

It can't be part of a "pattern" if it isn't true and you can't determine if it's "true" unless you INVESTIGATE them all.

Enough with the phony home-schooled lawyers and TV-educated crime experts here, PLEASE.

So many frauds, so LITTLE time to debunk them.

And they ALL seem to hate Huizar 0 the REAL attorney.

Jealous??? Ya, I think so.

February 01, 2011 4:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



February 01, 2011 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Supposing Huizar wins the election and he is taken away by the FBI afterwards, who would run the district?

Would the taxpayers have to pay for another special election?

Anyone? Anyone?

February 01, 2011 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The DA is going to town on Nicky! Karma is a bitch! Get'em Cooley!

February 01, 2011 4:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


and your mother...

February 01, 2011 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Huizar wants to add some credibility to his campaign, maybe he should stop trying to push "vote by mail" in the wake of the Bell scandal.

Better yet, maybe he should go public with a plan to assure that only legal voters participate in the election.

What kind of protection does the public have from voter fraud?

Don't let this happen again...

Alarcon's Lead Over Katz Falls to 7 Votes

Just when it seemed the state Senate race in the San Fernando Valley couldn't get tighter, election officials announced Friday that City Councilman Richard Alarcon's lead over former Assemblyman Richard Katz had shrunk to seven votes.

After a final batch of 350 absentee and provisional ballots was counted, Alarcon had 38,489 votes, or 40.90%, compared with 38,482 votes, or 40.89%, for Katz, a difference of only .01%.

How many more election are going to be rigged?

February 01, 2011 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Three hard-core "news" stories this afternoon in reputable media about a very real inquiry into the Pacheco-Martinez campaign ethics, and Mayor Sam's is silent as a newly frocked Franciscan monk.

One candidate-planted "rumor" late yesterday that Huizar is being looked at by law enforcement- with no proof, and complete denials, and this blog goes apeshit getting it up - not once but twice.

If you ever wondered what blind-hatred will do to your ability to think rationally and fairly, look no further than this. RED marks the SPOT.

February 01, 2011 4:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


FBI interviewed several different people about several issues. And no, those people can not "come forward" because there is an investigation going on...nice try.

Some of this has been going on for a LONG time.

How arrogant, to think that this is all about ME, the Great Skelton... "they haven't had time to do this to ME!"

Noooo... Huizar and company didn't cover their tracks very well...

They left casualties/enemies all over the city.....

February 01, 2011 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A written complaint was sent to the D.A.’s Public Integrity Division on Jan. 27, regarding an accusation of campaign money laundering involving Juan Carlos Jaramillo, which prompted prosecutors to open an inquiry, according to a spokeswoman for the office.

The City Maven, http://www.thecitymaven.com/2011/02/01/d-a-opens-inquiry-into-money-laundering-accusation-in-cd14-race/

Lira said he and his wife were pressured by a business associate of Pacheco to make $500 contributions, then were reimbursed for half the amount weeks later.

LA Times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/02/da-looking-into-campaign-money-laundering-allegations-involving-donations-to-huizar-opponent.html

Lira named Juan Carlos Jaramillo as the firm "partner" who encouraged the check writing. Alleged reimbursement -- a few checks were forwarded to the Weekly -- were drawn on in the name of a company linked to Jaramillo. It's called Financial Success. (We seen images of copies of Financial Success checks written to Lira and others).
Pacheco says Jaramillo was nothing more than a consultant to his firm. He said he and his law firm have nothing to do with the situation.

LA Weekly, http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/02/rudy_martinez_contributions_1.php

I don’t think Pacheco or Martinez are going to have any problems.

Especially if you believe Mr. Lira’s allegations against Mr. Jaramillo.

So, all you Pacheco haters can just chill and enjoy the show.

February 01, 2011 4:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


REAL investigations are a BITCH, compared to the make believe ones.

CD14 isn't a political ocean that amateurs in inner tubes should try sailing in.

Run for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council next year, Mr. Martinez. Maybe they have a "Business" seat where you could talk every month about how the city needs to either streamline the processes, or make it easier to hide your permit violations from inspectors just trying to do their jobs.

The NC could VOTE and you could send a LETTER about the issue, on council STATIONERY, to downtown.

You could be "advisory" to city government.

February 01, 2011 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:56 is another example of the arrogant, ignorant Martinez bashers.

Yes, bureaucrats make mistakes with paperwork. All too frequently. But why would a Los Angeles city planning document be in the name of somebody who has never owned a property in Los Angeles? Was it plucked out of the air?

It didn't bother the "real" owner of the property,Jose Huizar, when he signed the document?

But, wait, what a coincidence, the name of the owner on the document, the man who says he has never owned a property in Los Angeles, (put there by the hapless bureaucrat) is actually the father of a friend of Jose Huizar.

What will they try to convince of next? That Huizar isn't really under investigation?

February 01, 2011 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


yeah, you're right - a group of Latina women who fought to keep a prison away from our neighborhoods, who set up anti-graffitti programs, who fought envrinomental racism, who set up a college scholarship fund - despite not having one college graduate in their ranks - yeah that wasn't much of an organization.

Huizar also thought this, that's why he proudly displayed his MELASI award.

February 01, 2011 5:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Thank you for clearing things up.

I especially like the part where the LA Weekly has copies of the reimbursement checks.

"Alleged reimbursement -- a few checks were forwarded to the Weekly -- were drawn on in the name of a company linked to Jaramillo. It's called Financial Success. (We seen images of copies of Financial Success checks written to Lira and others)."

According to them, and I assume Lira provided these copies, a company named Financial Success reimbursed him --- NOT PACHECO.

Now we can go back to Huizar and Martinez being the candidates, not Pacheco nor Villaraigosa.

Thanks, again.

February 01, 2011 5:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't see anywhere that Nick Pacheco is under investigation.

I know that's what Parke Skelton wants everybody to believe but it's simply not the case from what I read. It's just a diversionary tactic to take the focus off Jose Huizar being investigated by the FBI.

I should imagine there is more to come out about CM Huizar in the coming days and weeks and it's noticeable that many Huizar supporters are remaining silent on the issue, unsure of when the next shoe is going to drop. That is very wise.

February 01, 2011 5:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Typical Parke Skelton - grasping for unfounded stories to try and make his bad ones go away. Hit him with a lawsuit, Nick. Parke already got fair warning, sue his ass.

February 01, 2011 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

RUDY SPINNERS going nuts. Trying to spin away a REAL investigation.

Now THAT's HIGH-larious. The stink is through and through our boys campaign.

Thank Nick, hard. Thank him for all the Huizar supporters.


February 01, 2011 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Play your games, enjoy.

Rather than get thrown under the bus, you KNOW this Jaramilo guy will roll Tricky Nicky into the DA's hands, without even being asked.

Investigation is just starting, but it'll be quick and easy.

February 01, 2011 5:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ROLL, Jaramillo, ROLL.

We know Pacheco told you to do that. HE's Rudy's budy, not you?

Don't go down just because Nick is always "sure" he can explain it away (and gets burned every time).

Sounds like something someone could even get disbarred for, huh "Tricky One"?

Just too damn tricky for your own damned good.

Well, this is one "trick" you'll get caught holding the soiled condom for, because all those poor peasants you hoodwinked into running your dirty money for you will squeal like stuck pigs once Cooley's hounds get a hold of them.

Shred, shred. Burn, burn. Bury, bury (Hurry, hurry, Nicky).

But know that they've got someone watching your EVERY move now.

February 01, 2011 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, you just can't blame Parke for Nick Pacheco, once again, playing fast an loose with what is probably the best known ethics rule for L.A. campaigns.

OH, he'll have made up stories to tell later about how he was framed, but not before he sinks Rudy Rich's floundering dingy to the bottom.

February 01, 2011 5:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are an awful lot of "ifs" in your post 11.28. As much as you don't agree with my "premise", your argument is, well....pretty "iffy".

A "could well be" and a "most likely" and then another "most likely" and, then a "could easily be" and finally. hey presto, it's all fact (in your mind, of course.)

"There is no investigation," you say. And the proof is?
"Rudy the Rat tried to start one," you say. And the proof is?

There are few better examples of MUD slinging than that what you post this morning!

February 01, 2011 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton

For Antonio Villaraigosa

Record in post-Bradley mayoral races: 0-2

Nicknames: Passion Player, Mailman

Great Victories: Union and community coalition defeats Wal-Mart referendum in Inglewood, 2004; Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill wins reelection as write-in candidate, 2002; challenger Hilda Solis unseats fellow Democrat and House member Mel Martinez, 2000.

Lamentable Losses: Villaraigosa for mayor, 2001.

Quotable: "No one runs smarter campaigns for liberal candidates. I've never known [Skelton] to represent a candidate [on] the right wing of the Democratic Party." -- columnist Harold Meyerson in 2005 interview.

Strange but True: He runs the winning Assembly campaign of Curtis Tucker, who dies before election day 1988. The posthumous win helps Democrats keep control of the Legislature.

The Book on Skelton: Consultant most likely to lose sleep over going negative. Known for left-wing politics and for picking candidate he wants to win. Skilled at direct mail campaigning.


February 01, 2011 6:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The name Henry keeps coming up

February 02, 2011 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Henry Casas?

they say he's the mole.

February 02, 2011 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I vote for Jose Huizar.

February 02, 2011 1:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jose do you know who I am when I say I vote for Jose Huizar?

February 02, 2011 1:06 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home