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Monday, August 29, 2011

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's twitter was the first to announced the death of Iranian-American Developer, Philanthropist and owner/ savior of historic Broadway theaters Ezat Delijani (lower right of Councilman Huizar at "Deligani Square" dedication) this Saturday. Deligani who fled Iran after the fall of the Shah quickly establish himself as a developer, but more important as a philanthropist who as "an act of appreciation", purchase the historic Los Angeles Theater at the request of then Mayor Tom Bradley in 1983. Deligani's monetary donations also benefited those in the political community such as Councilman Huizar who raised eyebrows with his proposal to use CRA money to build a parking garage that would of benefited Deligani's properties.
 Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto is growing up quick in Sacramento and his personal needs are amassing with him. According to the legislated financial spending records released last Friday, Gatto had the second largest "car rental and staff cost" after Assemblyman Gil Cedillo. 
 "LA Antonio Times" PR Columnist Jim Newton interviews himself as Mayor Antonio Villar listens intently regarding the City Terrace native "dash to formulate a legacy of substance" as he nears his next political incarnation as "Politico without Designation Antonio Ramon Villar" in 2013.
 A Daily Breeze editorial take note on the LA County, City and LAUSD upcoming efforts to redraw district boundaries. They note that the appointment of  Councilman Tony Cardenas former staffer Jose Cornejo and "successful campaign consultant" Michael Trujillo (in camo gear above) raise particular concerns for their insider connections. please take note that Michael Trujillo becomes more of an insider when he is asked to get behind the wheel and drive Mayor Villar to his destination of choice.
Nice to note the profile in the Eastern Group Publications on the "connected-non profit theater group" CASA 0101. CASA is moving to a larger location on First Street but its financial state is still percarious as quoted below. While CASA 0101’s new theater may be structurally solid, its financial state is still on shaky ground. CASA 0101 currently only has two paid staff members, and Lopez and her husband, Emmanuel Deleage, put up their home as a collateral for a loan to finance the conversion of the new location to a theater.
The non-profit has received financial support from the offices of LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Los Angeles Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD-14), but it has also been rejected by numerous grant funders, according to Lopez . But one must question what happen to the $150,000 outreach grant from CRA given to CASA 0101?
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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