Hola from the "Cut and Paste Republic" where endorsements in the La Opinion Newspaper have become an mere exercise in "cut and pasting" CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's Campaign Consultant Parke Skelton talking points and presto! We have a endorsement editorial.
Huizar’s leadership has had a positive impact on district residents, especially in Boyle Heights and El Sereno. Not as much progress has been apparent in the city’s Northeast part, which is the reason for opponent businessman Rudy Martinez’s campaign. Despite this, we believe Huizar’s administration has been adequate in northeast area's like Eagle Rock, for example, as to merit a second term.
Base upon that, then most would surmise that Councilman Huizar would have no problem espousing this editorial at candidate forums in El Sereno and Boyle Heights. But then "cut and paste talking points" meet with reality as there is no forum schedule in Boyle Heights (** thanks to Huizar's supporters on the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council who did not want a forum, wonder why?) and some have speculated here whether Huizar shows at the LA 32 Neighborhood Council Forum on Thursday.
More after the bloggin leap.
According to sources in Boyle Heights, Huizar's supporters on the BHNC "walked out" of a recent meeting where a possible Boyle Heights forum was going to be discuss. Meanwhile in El Sereno, many are expected to attend the LA 32 NC/ The Voice Newspaper Candidate Forum that is shaping up as the last chance to see Councilman Huizar and his challenger Rudy Martinez discuss the issues.
Regarding Open Government:Open government is not photo opportunities, it is complying with the spirit as well as the letter of the Ralph M. Brown Act. It is NOT hiding in an elevator so that there will be no quorum of the City Council, and you don’t have to actually vote in public on the CRA/LA’s plan to hide $1 billion dollars in taxpayer revenues from Governor Brown. It is NOT blowing off a public information request for almost a year as to what the CD14 CLARTS fund is and where the $1 to $1.5 million dollars went.
Open government is not mindlessly voting 15-0 on something like 95% of all of the issues that come before the City Council, and it is certainly not Councilman Huizar’s disingenuous explanation of an ‘Open Space’ victory which was really the settlement of a major lawsuit over Elephant Hill that he created by deliberately overriding the advice of the LA City Planning Commission and the City Attorney’s Office.
"Power of Incumbency in Pictures":
Retire Parole Agent and tireless Community Activist Caroline Aguirre happen upon this act of Councilman Huizar using his office holder powers to carry out an blatant act of political pandering, as she reports at NELA Lives
Via Aguirre, "Last Tuesday evening there was a Political Forum held in Eagle Rock between Jose Huizar and Rudy Martinez. Jose Huizar made a point to tell all that he was going to order the installation of bike racks on Avenue 50 and York Blvd". on Thursday, five trucks with 9 city employees show up under direct orders of Councilman Huizar.
How many city vehicles and employees does it take to fulfill a political forum promise? Try five trucks and nine employees (five who look pre-occupy in this photo), so that Councilman Huizar can dedicate his new bike corral on Friday, February 18 at 9AM at the location listed above.
Meanwhile, no signs of Councilman Huizar issuing direct orders to clean up a burn home that has exposed neighbors to toxic fumes. But at least, the city felt compel to post a notice to the decease property owner to clean his property. Something about the city not having the manpower to help clean up the decease man's property.
I guess that promising to clean up burn and toxic emitting properties, does not make for pretty photo ops for Councilman Jose Huizar re-election campaign.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Labels: "COUNCILMAN LAST SEEN AS JOSE HUIZAR", Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Caroline Aguirre, LA 32 Neighborhood Council, Outtakes from CD 14, Rudy Martinez, Tony Butka