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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Victory Proclamation that Councilman Huizar wants you to forget

Driving and lamenting on the Southwest Museum Controversy don't mix as Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Scribe Jim Newton found out first hand.
And, without prompting, he raised the controversy over the Southwest Museum, a sore point in the district. Huizar said he attempted to get a guarantee from the Autry National Center of the American West to reopen the museum building (which the Autry owns), only to have the project fall apart. It was, I suggested, a "lose-lose," a phrase that unnerved Huizar so much that he missed the green light turning red and wound up stranded in the intersection. Recovering, he responded: "It was a lose-lose, but I think we're in a good position now."
We hate to pile on, but what could've been the life-changing consenquences if Journalist Jim had brought up Counxcilman Huizar's 2007 "Victory Letter" regarding the city's oldest museum?
Read the whole letter after the bloggin leap.

The following is text of Councilmember Huizar's letter to the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition:


September 27, 2007

Dear Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition Member:
I am excited to share an update on the future of the Southwest Museum and Casa de Adobe, two of the cultural cornerstones in our community.

As I wrote to you last month, I am committed to ensuring that the Museum's historic buildings and priceless collection are protected and restored at the current Mount Washington site. Further, the Museum must reopen at the Mount Washington site as a stronger, more vital institution than ever before, with expanded educational and cultural experiences for all Angelinos. In my previous letter, I also outlined a list of specific requests concerns I planned to communicate, on behalf of the community, to the Autry National Center.

I am delighted to report that my conversations with the Autry have been very fruitful. The Autry has made a number of written commitments to the community and to me as your elected representative. (Please see attached memorandum.)

Among other commitments, the Autry has agreed to:
• Save the Southwest Collection by cleaning,repairing, and cataloging more than 250,000 artifacts and storing them in museum-standard conditions;
• Preserve, rehabilitate, and maintain the original historic Southwest Museum building and the Casa de Adobe, with more than $5 million already allocated and a commitment to finish the job;
• Create and publicly disseminate a phased plan to systematically maintain and improve the Mt. Washington campus over the next decade;
• Commit to keeping the Southwest Collection on view, on a rotating basis, at the Mt. Washington Campus;
• Commit to reopening four out of five Museum galleries for public display of the collection, rotating art exhibits, and other educational, cultural, community, and museum activities;
• Commit to storing a portion of the Southwest Collection at the Mt. Washington Campus;
• Make available for public review at the Southwest Museum and on-line a photographic inventory of the Southwest collection;
• Continue public activities for weekend programming, beginning now and expanding with the reopening of the Museum;
• Beginning with the reopening of the Mt. Washington campus, establish regular public hours for the Museum's public spaces;
• Reestablish educational programs for elementary school students, including fourth graders;
• Maintain American association of Museums accreditation for the Southwest Museum;
• Include in the Autry's published materials—such as What's Next and Convergence Magazine—all programming at the Mt. Washington campus.
• Keep community members and stakeholders well-informed on plans and programming at the Mt. Washington site by attending community meetings and providing monthly email updates through the SWMFuture.org site.

I can't thank you enough for your continued dedication to these community treasures. This victory truly is your victory.

With thanks and congratulations,

Councilmember, 14th District

...... and three plus years later the Southwest Museum remain shuttered.

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

Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Red Spot is having another Light Day.

February 24, 2011 10:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"could of been"

Dude, are you serious??????

February 24, 2011 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look, Red Spot, I hate to pile one, but. . .

"...the Southwest Museum remain shuttered..."

. . .is bad grammar.

February 24, 2011 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know what's most interesting about this post -- it reminds me of another VERY telling aspect of this election.

Which candidate in CD14's current race are the PRINCIPAL and even secondary leaders of both the "SOUTHWEST SOCIETY" and the "FRIENDS OF THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM COALITION" (warring factions in this story for years now), on record as supporting?

ANYONE, anyone, anyone?

That's right, they've ENDORSED Jose Huizar, for another term.

The players in BOTH sides of that dispute are supporting Jose? ON RECORD, listed among his HUNDREDS of community leader endorsements?

WOW, now that's impressive, considering ALL the bad blood and considering how Scott Johnson would like you to think Huizar somehow FAILED in that touchy situation. (Mind you, one side in that issue is STILL very pissed at Mayor and former CD14 CM Villaraigosa for HIS botching of it, but Huizar's successfully separated himself from Tony V. on this issue).

But, NO leaders of either group are on record for Rudy? Really?

How sad., but hmmmm, I guess that makes sense...

after all, RUDY RICH 's campaign Website says the AUTRY MUSEUM IN GRIFFITH PARK is IN CD14.

Hoooooo, hah!

Buh-bye Rudy... stop off and see Gene Autry's rotting saddles at the CD14 AUTRY MUSEUM on your way BACK to Glendale, March 9. Tuck your tail in between your legs, while you're at it.

February 24, 2011 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Factually incorrected, as well.

There are no "shutters".

February 24, 2011 11:55 AM  

Blogger NO-my-name-is-not-MICHAEL! said:


Damn, no wonder Scott Johnson capped his own post.

He should think through the damage he's doing to what's left of the Rudy M. campaign before posting this stuff that can so easily show Huizar to be popular.

Rid Spurt seems to be the de fecto M. Trujillo of the Martinez campaign.

February 24, 2011 12:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Latest financials for the CD14 campaigns show Rudy, the grave-robbing carpetbagger has stepped up his game a bit since the last reporting period, and raised more than $12,000 from contributors other than his own wallet (up from a few hundred bucks the last report).

Unfortunately, the same stats once again betray his lack of REAL support within CD14.

Of the $12K collected, less than one-third comes from INSIDE CD-14, and even more comes from OUTSIDE L.A. City, let alone this district. (He seems to have ALMOST as many financial supporters from GLENDALE as he does from Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights, and Mt. Washington combined).

Makes sense, since he's a GLENDALE REPUBLICAN.

February 24, 2011 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"An" Victory...

Will the bad grammar never cease?

February 24, 2011 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, why are the people who were clearly betrayed by Huizar on the Southwest Museum issue endorsing him?

Huizar did a deal with John Grey against the community interests (if the community interest was keeping exhibits and a museum in CD14) and I won't forgive him. But it seems other are.

February 24, 2011 2:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Because they weren't; because you're confused.

Vote for Rudy.

Vote against Huizar in 2015, as well, if it'll soothe your soul.

And, enjoy your cold fish.

February 24, 2011 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Endorsing Huizar:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Former Mayor Richard Riordan
City Controller Wendy Greuel
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn
City Councilwoman Jan Perry
City Councilman Paul Krekorian
City Councilman Ed Reyes
City Councilman Dennis Zine
City Councilman Tom Labonge
State Senator Kevin Deleon
State Senator Carol Liu
California State Assembly Speaker John Perez
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino
Assemblyman Ricardo Lara

(EVEN Paul - the-best-thing-since-sliced-bread - Krekorian)?

Paul, the hero of the Mayor Sam's blog (since "grass roots" Trutanich faltered, anyway?)


For a guy that the L.A. Weakly says is considered "lazy" by his (not-quoted, not-for-attribution) peers on council, he seems to have gained the endorsements of the majority of those who will remain in office for at least part of his next term. And, especially, by all those he works most closely with on regional issues... Reyes, Perry, Garcetti!

Apparently they consider Rudy Rich even LAZIER!? Ya think?

Hoooooo, hah!

February 24, 2011 3:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

[So NOW, Huizar attacks Rudy Rich’s far north GOP base, where it’ll hurt the most…].


"Why are the illegal medical marijuana dispensaries working to elect RUDY MARTINEZ?

JOSE HUIZAR led the fight to shut down the illegal marijuana dispensaries in Eagle Rock.

When scores of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries opened up in Eagle Rock, José Huizar worked with the community to shut them down. He helped to author the ordinance (L.A. Daily News, June 9, 2009) to slam shut the loophole that had allowed more than 500 dispensaries to open in the city. His ordinance limited them to no more than 70 in the city, and no more than 2 in any community

The dispensaries sued, and the ordinance is being fought out in the courts. José Huizar is making sure the city defends their law and protects the community.

But RUDY MARTINEZ fought to keep the dispensaries open!

Council candidate Rudy Martinez spoke before a meeting of the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce in September 2010 to urge the Chamber to oppose an effort by the Los Angeles City Attorney to shut down these illegal businesses. (Boulevard Sentinel, October 2010)

Martinez has also taken $1000 in contributions from an illegal marijuana dispensary that had been ordered to shut down by the City Attorney. (Contributions from Paul and Leno Sislin, owners Sunset Discount Dispensaries)

Now the illegal marijuana dispensaries are campaigning to elect RUDY MARTINEZ, and defeat JOSE HUIZAR.

The dispensaries have opened and are funding a political action committee called “California Dispensaries, The Green Alliance of Providers and Patients” (FPPC ID# 1335398) to campaign for Rudy Martinez and defeat José Huizar.

They know that Rudy Martinez is on their side. And José Huizar is on the side of the community.

Rudy Martinez sold out Eagle Rock and fought to keep illegal marijuana dispensaries open.

Now the illegal pot shops are paying him back.

OUCH, damn, Jose. That’s COLD (but effective).

February 24, 2011 3:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Newton jumps to conclusions and has not bothered to interview players in the Autry/SW Museum issue. It is in no way a lose-lose proposition, but the LA Times prefers to stay in its Ivory Tower.

The Southwest Society announced by the Mayor and Huizar at a September 2007 press conference is dead. The political ass kissers on the Southwest Society were there for the press conference, and listed in one newspaper article, but then went AWOL. The Southwest Society did not raise a any money for restoring the Southwest Museum -- it was just an illusion created by Autry for the public hearings.

In summer 2009, the Friends of the SW Museum hit City Hall with so many emails, faxes, phone calls and people to completely fill City Council's chambers that Huizar distanced himself from Autry by asking Autry to make all the "commitments" in that 2007 letter a legally binding condition of the Autry expansion in Griffith Park. When faced with a demand to deliver on its fake Southwest Society promises, Autry crumbled and dropped the whole expansion project.

Huizar is getting endorsements from the ass kissers of the Southwest Society because that is what they do so well. Those genuinely concerned about the Southwest Museum have been given no compelling reason to defect to Martinez. And Huizar is working with a number of organizations to put together a new group to run the Southwest Museum with the cooperation of Autry. And the Autry has every reason to cooperate because it has seen the depth and power of the community support behind bringing the Southwest Museum back for our children and future generations.

February 24, 2011 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


So basically what you're saying is Huizar, once in office long enough to really see the whole picture, did the right thing.

...and Martinez still has no clue.

BUH-bye Rudy Rich!

(When you can't even get ONE side of a historically warring community on your team, you should never have entered the game!)

February 24, 2011 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:11 pm :

Not so fast dumb ass blogging from the Parke Skelton residence.....

I remember some more history on Huizar and the Southwest Museum. When Huizar was first running for office, he riled people up about Autry's walking away from its merger promises. He declared that if elected, he would fight for the SW Museum (and in the same election, the Mayor made promises to "pull Autry's chain" if he was elected Mayor).

But after they were elected, both Villaraigosa and Huizar sold out to the monied interests of the Autry Board of Directors. Then, in 2007, Villaraigosa and Huizar stood shoulder to shoulder with Jackie Autry announcing the Southwest Society.

Then the community put the fear in Huizar of near unanimous condemnation of the actions of the Autry. This made it clear Huizar would step into a political buzzsaw if he supported Autry. So Huizar flipped ... twice.

That is not the hallmark of a true leader.

February 25, 2011 12:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


It's not really what happened, either.

But you can "say" anything you want here.

February 25, 2011 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice that 3:20 pm denies that Huizar double flipped on the Southwest Museum issue but strangely offers no facts to back up the denial. Parke Skelton in the house! Never let the facts get in the way of a good denial.

February 25, 2011 5:52 PM  

Anonymous g said:


February 26, 2011 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rudy Rich??? Trujillo, I though you were fired? Your facts are wrong, Huizar voted 3 out of 4 times in favor of the Autry when he had a chance to bring them to the table. Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition has not endorsed Jose. They cannot, they are a 501(c) (3) non-profit and are not allowed to endorse anyone. But, most of the members of the coalition do like Rudy's independent stand and ability to fight. Unlike Jose he is not bucking for his next political job and can really negotiate with the Autry's Board. If they get mad, he won't care, he did not take their money, and won't. He is largely self funded.
The one time Jose voted against the Autry, a moment the Coalition call his "Jesus Moment", was on the same week Rudy told him at the Coffee Table he would run against him.

Oh, and the $1000 Rudy took for his campaign was from the man that kicked out a dispensary once he learned they lied to him about the lease. He is also the same man who owns the Coffee Table building and has contributed millions of dollars to Eagle Rock and Eastern Blvd. Please lets not forget who was asleep in office when all of these pot dispersers and 35 massage parlors slipped into my neighborhood.

That list with the "leaders"... I recall the big letters FAIL on the first guy. It is time to move on, The Choice is Clear.

VOTE Rudy...

February 27, 2011 7:55 PM  

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