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Friday, July 01, 2011

Friday Free for All

 Happy Fiscal New Year and with the start of the latest year of waste under way, the Los Angeles City Clowncil will vote today on the "Presidential Ringmaster". Will Eric Garcetti retain his title or will Mayor Villar's buddy Herb Wesson make a play for the position? ** Update: Garcetti President once again.
 The reign of Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Presidente Jose Aguilar has come to an premature end as the Councilman Huizar's supporters used revamped By-laws to remove Aguilar from his position. The new BHNC Board is as follow; PRESIDENT;   Rocio Gandara VICE PRESIDENT   Edward Padilla SECRETARY:  Margarita Amador TREASURER; Vera DePozo OUTREACH AND SPECIAL EVENT OFFICER:   Randy Salinas PLANNING AND LAND USE OFFICER:  William Morrison.
 As City of Los Angeles Building and Safety General Manager Bud Ovron continues his "whitewash interviews" with local scribes, insiders whispers are focus on the past doings of an inspector nicknamed "City-Wide Sam", who's work on behalf of "city officials", may weigh hugely on the scope of the corruption probe within the department.
Former CD 2 City Councilwoman and current City Controller Wendy Greuel has political egg on her face, with the disclosure that her former city council press deputy Ben Golombek used the Gold Card Program to fix a parking ticket for his mommy.
Lastly, CD 2 City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who found common ground with Mayor Villar (with Deputy Mayor Jenny Carreon nodding in approval) in voting against the CEQA Appeal by the Friends of the Southwest Museum, may wish to forget this monetary embarrassment.
09/03/09 John Gray (President & CEO, Autry National Center) Los Angeles, CA 90026 Paul Krekorian Council Member - District 2 1318897 - Krekorian For City Council 2009 A - Monetary Contribution Received (IND - Individual) [Period: 08/09/09-09/05/09] $500.00 [Election: 09/22/09]

This in the wake of LA Times Columnist Hector Tobar's salient missive on the need to reopen a viable Southwest Museum, with its artifacts, at its current location on Mt. Washington.

Scott Johnson in the USA

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Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

I listened to all of the hearings on the Autry expansion, and I could not be more disappointed with my councilman, Paul Krekorian, on this issue. His premise, paraphrased: 'this particular grant money is hard to get, so let the Autry do whatever they want (and how dare anyone try to get in the way of that!)'

So 'money talks' without even a false hint of shame with Paul Krekorian. How thoroughly disappointing.

I put it to Paul's staff to get off their collective butts and, at the very least, read ALL of the Autry-SW Museum merger documents in the City Council File. The Autry's level of violation is detailed throughout the council files. Basically, they've now successfully stolen what was Los Angeles's first cultural treasure with the duplicity of LA's elected stewards.

Krekorian of all people should also understand the importance of CEQA as an environmental protection. I think we will find that if the CEQA appeal now goes to court, LA City will likely lose. Krekorian- lawyer, should have been paying attention to that.

So terribly disappointing.

July 01, 2011 10:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot, why do you call Jose Aguilar "Flounder"?

July 01, 2011 12:04 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Kinda like why I call you a cybertroll.

Flounder is a "term of endearment" for my friend Jose.

July 01, 2011 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No one ever heard of Rocio Gandara in Boyle Heights. He came out of nowhere. There are nothing but Huizar groupies on the board now. Poor Jose Aguilar should have not jumped shipped during the election or if he didn't everyone thought he did. They should have decertified that NC. Its nothing but political payback for Huizar to use. Huizar has gotten $1,000's of dollars from the Boyle Heights NC throughout the years even though he has a discretionary fund.

July 01, 2011 4:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you Petra Fried for putting the issues so succinctly. I, too, was shocked that Krekorian voted with the Autry expansion that steals the artifacts from the Southwest Museum and leaves it as a storage facility. I thought Krekorian was a representative of the people. What happened? So depressing.

July 01, 2011 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not Bud OVRON, Red Spot.

It's bad enough when you misspell words. But someone's NAME is not subject to interpretation.

Thanks as always for putting in zero effort to get things down accurately.

July 02, 2011 7:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jesus, WHO CARES if we have TWO museums with south western artifacts?

All it takes is ONE. Choose ONE of the two. I don't give a crap if it's Autry or Southwest.

More than one of the same thing is just WASTEFUL, and I have yet to hear a single argument about why two are needed.

July 02, 2011 7:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

@7:11 AM
Charles Lummis, who spent most of his life collecting these artifacts, also built the Southwest Museum to house this collection. It is the oldest museum in Los Angeles. Its historical significance is reason enough to keep the collection on display there, where it was meant to be. That being said, the collection is so extensive only a part of it can be displayed at a given time. There are plenty of artifacts to display a both locations plus lots more. That's why the Southwest Museum was willing to share its collection.

Problem is, the Autry took over the collection, put its name on the sign, and closed it to public access totally against its original agreement. That's why people are up in arms.

July 02, 2011 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Autry just lived to to it's namesake of the singing cowboy who ripped off the indians. And the tune he was singing "lean on me." The indians bouight it like fire water and the rest is history.

July 02, 2011 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, the singer is in his grave. I'm not so sure he would approve of what his greedy, grasping wife and cronies are doing.

July 02, 2011 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let us not forget what a cheap two-bit drunk Jackie Autry really was and is. She and Gene found a common bond in alcohol. He was 72 and had just lost his first wife to cancer. She was 39 and working at a bank with no more than a high school education.

People in Studio City tell a story that Gene Autry, drunk one day and returning to his Studio City home, struck and killed a pedestrian. Word is the LAPD hushed up the entire thing and no charges were filed.

History has a weird way of repeating itself. Last Thanksgiving, Jackie Autry and some friends were driving in Palm Springs after a holiday dinner. Jackie struck and killed a homeless man.

The story was hushed for four days. During the week after the death, the Palm Springs chief of police announced the accident and that Mrs. Autry was not given a breath-a-lyzer test because "she had obviously not been drinking." Instead, the City of Palm Springs was going to conduct drug and alcohol tests on the body of the homeless man to find out if he was "walking while intoxicated."

Jackie Autry just used her money to BUY Paul Krekorian and now he can give the eulogy over the dead body of the Southwest Museum because his twisted and misleading CEQA "analysis" at the public hearing that ignored the exceptions to the exemption process will force the public to sue over what should have been a no-brainer Council decision.

Paul's constituents should get in his face this Fourth of July weekend about his whoring for Autry.

July 03, 2011 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you, 12:39 PM. Now the picture gets clearer. I was under the impression that Krekorian was most responsive to constituents of the council persons. I guess he's just another of the bought and beholden like the rest of them. Too bad.

July 03, 2011 10:50 PM  

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