Notes from the "Flea Party Bug Out" via the LAPD
Mayor Sam "clickety clicks".
SEIU's Mike Garcia.
"Porta Potty usage" according to sanitation official.
Mayor (Pollo) Villar/LAPD media transparency.
This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm an ex-mayor. Los Angeles is a magnet for people from all over the world. Some of them run for public office. Inevitably some of them stray from the golden rule and rule for those that have the gold. That's when I go to work. My name is Yorty. I'm a dead pol.
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The March 14, 2011 AB 1290 fund status report reported a $15,000 commitment and $15,000 expenditure for the Adelante Eastside RPA for the El Sereno Farmer’s Market. Both transactions reference the same Council authorization (CF10-1881). However, the Council only authorized $15,000 to be transferred to the City to help fund the El Sereno Farmer’s Market. The transfer was made in February 2011 and is appropriately reported as an expenditure for the RPA. However, there is no other Council authorization to commit an additional $15,000 for the Farmer’s Market. While the commitment did not impact the cash transfer from the CRA to the City on March 15, 2011, the additional commitment overstates what the Council approved as a designated use of the AB 1290 funds.
In the smaller sessions, some said they would lock arms to resist police and others said they would sit on the ground and refuse orders to move. The so-called Raid Committee discussed plans for all those who avoid getting arrested to gather less than a mile away at Union Station. Not everyone camped at at City Hall plans to get arrested. "We're going to challenge them. We have the right to assemble. At the very minimum we deserve a 30-day eviction notice," Chris Legal Sr., 55-year-old from Detroit told Neon Tommy. "If the police chief says leave, I will obey the law. But I will also ask a judge as soon as possible to invalidate his actions."
Many others among the 500 or so protesters camped out in the chilly downtown site were more adamant about staying. An artist who called himself Sirblu said he'll refuse to leave: "We're going to stand in solidarity. This is our First Amendment right.".
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(San Pedro) -- LAPD officer and L.A. City Council District 15 candidate Joe Buscaino was endorsed today by the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), IAFF Local 112, and by the organization’s current president, and former primary opponent, Pat McOsker. “I am honored to be endorsed by Pat and his fellow firefighters,” said Buscaino. “As a police officer, it means a great deal to me to have the support of the men and women who serve and protect the people of Los Angeles.” Buscaino continued, "The McOsker family has deep ties to and is well respected throughout Council District 15. I am proud to have earned this important endorsement." “Joe Buscaino is a proven public servant and an excellent candidate for the working men and women of Council District 15,” said McOsker, President of UFLAC. “We are proud to support Joe for the run-off election.” Following the UFLAC endorsement, McOsker chose to personally endorse Buscaino as well. Buscaino has also been endorsed by former opponents Gordon Teuber and Jayme Wilson.
Joe Barrett, co-director of the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance, a group that fought the Home Depot proposal, said he would be unhappy to see Dakota representing the redistricting process. "Dakota has a horrible reputation with our community," he said.
Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, an advocacy group that represents tenants, voiced dismay that one of Cerrell's clients is the L.A. chapter of the California Apartment Assn., which has opposed new limits on rent hikes by landlords.
"A firm that represents landlords and has been fighting against rent control…is going to have difficulty winning the trust of renters, who make up more than 60% of L.A. residents," he said.
We have increased accountability at the Department of Water and Power by forcing the department to be more transparent about its finances with an Office of Public Accountability and a Ratepayer Advocate established by a voter-approved baLLot measure. (nice typo)........ and,
We have worked to make city government more transparent and we have expanded ways in which AngeLenos can participate, including making it possibLe for the public to testify from Van Nuys and San Pedro Locations and archiving city counciL meetings online. (what is wrong with the "L" key?)
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Beck, however, said in a brief interview Tuesday morning that the tent city surrounding City Hall is not sustainable. The ongoing talks between the sides are focused on finding some compromise that would see the protesters voluntarily break down the camp.“That’s a piece of dirt, it’s not sustainable ecologically and it’s only going to get worse and worse,” Beck said, referring to the lawn that largely has been destroyed. “We need to find either a different location or a different medium for them to use.”.... this is going to take time as the damage costs rises on the South Lawn.
In Wesson’s corner is Andrew Westall, his senior deputy and a man considered to be an expert on the subject, having participated in the 2002 redistricting process.“I do think that having Andrew Westall will be an asset,” Wesson. “What I want to see is once (commissioners) get started and then they begin to get feedback from the people, because I have to see what the folks want and then try to deliver.”
While the City Council has not had time to draft and enact the necessary ordinances for the Ratepayers Advocate, they certainly have had time to devote to back room politics regarding the desire of Herb Wesson (of Harold & Belle’s fame) to be the next President of the City Council and the inappropriate, strong arm tactics of his staffer, Andrew Westall, who, as the Executive Director of the City’s Redistricting Commission, is trading redistricting favors for votes for Herb from other Members of the City Council.
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November 9, 2011
Esteemed members of the Redistricting Commission:
Two weeks ago, you unanimously appointed Mr. Andrew Westall as your Executive Director, which will be your top post, as you engage in the challenge to redraw the district lines for our city.
During your evaluation of Mr. Westall, I’m told you all explored the possibility of a conflict of interest between Mr. Westall’s role as an aide to Councilmember Herb Wesson and his role as your Executive Director, if he was selected.
In addition to the discussions that took place on this issue at the commission level, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, informed his appointee Ms. Tunua Thrash previous to the appointment, that city employees would not be desirable candidates because of the real or perceived advantages it could create for their favored districts.
Councilmember Parks has been consistent in this belief. He supported Commissioner Helen Kim’s motion that would not allow City Hall staffers to be considered for the commission.
But, despite those concerns expressed by Councilmember Parks and others, you voted to appoint Mr. Westall to the position of Executive Director. It was Councilmember Parks’ highest of hopes that you would view the very obvious conflict of interest as a non-starter and choose someone else for this crucial position.
As it turns out, Mr. Westall’s affiliation with CD 10 is not the only conflict in question. Just today, news surfaced that Councilmember Parks is involved in litigation in which Mr. Westall is a key witness for the competing side. Furthermore, a witness has come forward and raised questions about Mr. Westall’s testimony in the matter.
Those circumstances alone would call for a recusal in any similar matter concerning a City Council Meeting or Committee Meeting. And, it should certainly be the same for this process as well. After all, it would be unfair to the residents of the Eighth District to have their new boundary lines affected by someone who is in the middle of a legal dispute with the person they recently re-elected to represent them.
Additionally, there is some question as to whether or not the details of this litigation were disclosed to you as you prepared to make your decision. Commissioner Thrash informed our office that she had not been made aware of the litigation during the selection process. And after further investigation, your Commission President Arturo Vargas and the Ethics Commission also say they had no knowledge.
With the world hitting seven billion in population in the last week and unemployment atan all-time high, certainlywe can find someone who isn’t involved in litigation with the Councilmember.
Councilmember Parks is asking this commission to consider this latest conflict before making a final decision.
Bernard C. Parks, Jr.Chief of Staff
BERNARD C. PARKSCouncilmember
For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
Romans 12: 3