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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tony Butka: "Eastside Adelante PAC-Paying the High Price of Democracy?"

Maybe CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar didn't want the Adelante PAC snooping around his no-bid giveaway of $150,000 of CRA/LA money to the theater group, whoops, meant to say outreach specialists CASA 0101?
Read Tony Butka's piece after the bloggin leap.
  Last month, the CRA/LA’s Adelante Eastside PAC voted unanimously to support Governor Brown’s effort to eliminate all CRA’s. This month, they wound up with no staff support for their monthly meeting, and no quorum. Coincidence, or was this the high price of biting the hand that feeds?

To provide some context, the PAC meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Benjamin Franklin Library at 6pm. Has forever. To set the agenda for these meetings, the Board’s Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday to prepare and finalize the agenda. These Executive Committee meetings are normally scheduled by the PAC’s Chair (Vickie Castro) and/or the CRA/LA Staff assigned to the PAC.

Well, this month the Chair never called for an Executive Committee meeting, and neither did the CRA Staff. By doing this, in a first class bureaucratic maneuver, there would be no February meeting. No Agenda, no meeting, right? However, there was an article in La Opinion which first raised the question of whether this was a coincidence or a deliberate attempt to punish the PAC for voting with the Governor and against the CRA/LA.

Since Ms Castro was not available for comment and the CRA evidently assured La Opinion there was no attempt to punish their renegade PAC, who knows for sure what the deal is.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Faced with the reality of no February meeting, some of the Board members got together and created an agenda based on previously approved Board items and carryovers from prior meetings. That agenda was duly posted and the meeting was on.

Or would have been, except that there was no quorum and there were no CRA/LA staff present, so no business could be conducted. Coincidence again? It is reasonable to assume that at a minimum the Board members and the CRA/LA bureaucrats are aware that with 14 Board members, the PAC must have at least 8 present for a quorum. And it would seem to stretch coincidence that the three CRA staff members who know that the 4th Tuesday is the monthly meeting would suddenly forget.

For the record, as they say, here is a list of the Intrepid (those who attended), and the Absent:

Mary Kristine Kolker (PAC Vice-Chair)
Susana Gonzalez
Jesus Gutierrez
Mike Kolker
Christina Mora

Vickie Castro (Chair)
Eleanor Hernandez (PAC Secretary)
Cesar Armendariz (USC Representative)
Bart Bartolome
Elizabeth Blaney
Eve Del Real
Saquib Hafeez
Tom Haskins
Ricardo Mendoza

The Missing CRA/LA Staff:
David Riccitiello
Angie Garcia
Eliza Fraga (Spanish Translator)

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot,

Since there are no comments, isn't this about the time when you start posting fake, misspelled comments and pretend that it's a coincidence that they all agree with you?

March 02, 2011 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once again, your lying spin betrays your agenda and lack of integrity.

"Former Cd 14 City Council Candidate . . . Tony Butka."

... is a lie.

Tony never came close to completing the work necessary to become an actual candidate.

Like the sign says in the bathroom stall, "you're not done until you complete the 'paperwork'".

This quitter shouldn't be heralded that way.

Unless REED SPIT is also a "former L.A. TIMES Reporter" (because he once sent them a resume).

Hooooooo, ha!

March 02, 2011 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony Butka, once-president of the City's most dysfunctional, and TWICE almost de-certified... Glassel Park NC.

YEAH, he's someone we should "listen" to. He failed in the MINOR leagues. Now want to "commentate" on how the big leaguers behave.

March 02, 2011 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fruits of VICTORY (look than one up).

You get the job, you get to make the appoitments.

If not, you go home to Glendale with your tail between your legs.

March 02, 2011 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You mean Mt. Washington ROBO-call veteran Tony Butka?

Ain't THAT a hoot! (To the limosine libs in MW, Glassel Park is the "slums" of NELA).

March 02, 2011 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WEEDS vs. green space.

The same day the POT Peddlers PAC drops a ratty plain envelope, lightly xeroxed mailing bashing Huizar in the mail (with NO Ethics IE disclosure filed), Huizar sends out a slick trumpeting his endorsement by the Sierra Club.


Buh-bye Rudy Rich. Your toked-up, tuned-out supporters blow more smoke than they inhale.

March 02, 2011 11:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony B. needs a lessen in either the Brown Act (something his NC was accused of abusing repeatedly, during his reign), or Roberts Rules, or both.

His slicing andf dicing of the PAC's meeting dilemnas is virtually incomprehensible. The board voted "unanimously" and then punished ITSELF by having the majority of members boycott the next meeting?


March 02, 2011 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy, Huizar groupies are on the ropes and they behave like little school children attacking. Only in Boyle Heights can your 1st ammendment rights be stopped. Mr. Martinez supporters were asked not to wear anything that had his name on it at the debate last night. That is against the law for anyone to tell Mr. Martinez supporters they can't wear what ever they want. IT goes to show once again the thug mentality of Huizar people. They threaten, intimindate, verbally abuse and all out assault people all over the district especially small businesses. Its beyond outrageous and I hope the media goes after what's been happening during this campaign. Emails are flying about the Bell City ATtorney stating its against STATE LAW to use police officers in mailers. Huizar has a fake cop on his mailer and on his website. Where is Carmen Trutanich on this issue.

March 02, 2011 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So apparently this election is SO in the bag for Huizar, that no media even bothered showing up at Boyle Heights.

And the best "new" news stories the L.A. Times can muster is regurgitations by Zahniser and some intern (last week) about how the CD14 race has been "dirty" and "old friends" are now running against each other.

(When hasn't the CD14 race been "dirty"?) Doesn't anyone recall that Pacheco and Huizar were at least supporters of each other, if not friends, in 2003 when Villaraigosa ran against Nick?

I can't remember it ever not being "dirty" on the Eastside. Hell, people tried to recall Art Snyder twice 35-40 years ago, including calling him a child molester.

These new guys pale in comparison.

March 02, 2011 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Don't sweat it; it'll all be over soon.

Soon, you be able to wear "I voted for Rudy Rich, he lost BAD, and then moved back to Glendale" T-shirts anytime you want.


BUH-bye Rudy. Why'da even bother?

Wouldn't if have been a lot easier to just get back at Huizar for a billing dispute by taking him to small claims court?

(You call THAT a "good" businessman - loses $200K to make a "statement" about being pissed over $9,000 repair billt?)

I call that "transparent"!

Hooooo, ha!

March 02, 2011 2:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:01 p.m.


Sorry, being "on the ropes" implies Rudy Martinez ever had a chance.

He didn't, he doesn't, it's O-VER!

(Even the Huizar haters here have given up on trying to make a "candidate" out of Rudy, and have gone back to simply bashing Huizar for every affiliation he's ever had with anyone who ever jaywalked.

That's what you HAVE to do to an "incumbent" who's UN-challenged, for the 3rd election in a row. . . just "peck" away.

March 02, 2011 2:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


But Rudy did have an ambulance on stand-by at the Forum, right?

Just in case he "collapsed" again?

March 02, 2011 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You know, following up a really dumb statement like whether a PAC is being retaliated against with a ??? question mark, as if to say, I don't know "I'm JUST asking" is petty BS spin.

There ARE such things as stupid questions. You ask them all the damn time here.

And then when you're given logical ANSWERS (usually within MOMENTS), you just skulk on off and ask ANOTHER damn dumb question.

March 02, 2011 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Clearly by example of the thug mentality of the Team Huizar camp is displayed by their responses. Its unfortunate that Latinos embarrass themselves and elections with bad behavior. Everyone should email Carmen Trutanich and ask why he isn't sending a cease and desist letter to Huizar for those fake cops on his mailers which is against STATE LAW. And anyone who is so threatened to NOT exercise their rights to speak out or wear whatever they want is a PROBLEM TO ALL. Word in CD14 is the polls are close. So go ahead Team Huizar post your childish rants

March 02, 2011 5:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You could TELL I'm a Latino, from my postings???

From my ANONYMOUS postings?

You must be a NEW gradeate of the Wacko Walter Moore School of Instantaneous Racial, Ethnic, and Citizenship Recognition (WWMSIRECR).

Their MASCOT is the "Ranting Redneck" - he's a BIG hit at their polo matches and moonshine sampling parties.

Everyone cheer along now:

"W-W-M-S-I-R-E-C-R (11 claps), RANT. RANT, RANT!"

March 02, 2011 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


ROBERT, when you post nearly the same message on 6 blogs, and you're obsessed with the same "fake" cops that everyone uses, you can't pretend to still be anonymous.

File a complaint with the Ethics Commission and just watch how LOUD and fast you laugh at you.

March 02, 2011 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


But Robert YOU'RE a "Lateeeno" (or at least you have a Hispanic surname.

Why the self-loathing? You think you is the onliest "SMARTED" Latino in CD14s?

Huizzy gonna be yo DADDY for another 4 years.

Deal wid it!

March 02, 2011 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL I'm always amazed at the low life immature postings of Team Huizar against anyone who dares exercise their 1st ammendment rights in speaking out. Its the reason why so many who voted for Huizar the last election will not be this time around. Huizar is a dictator just like Gadafi. He needs to go. If a community member can't say or wear what they want, it says a lot about the lack of leadership in the district.

March 03, 2011 6:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today I feel ashamed to call myself Mexican-American. Our people has made us look like the caractures most anglos have of our culture. In protest I'm not voting this election. Para que.

March 03, 2011 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Why are you ashamed? Do you think our people masterminded this charade? Look again. Who is driving the message in this campaign, non-Latino consultants. Huizar and Martinez are just pendejos at the end of a non-Latino puppet master's strings. Martinez paid for it himself and Huizar sold out to afford these high priced consultants that make a mockery out of our community. These consultants prey easily on the pendejo papi chulos that make us all look bad. We end up with damaged elected officials and wealthy white consultants.

March 03, 2011 3:05 PM  

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