Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Mayor Sam Halloween Costume Contest Winner Jimmy "The Educator" Gomez
Even though he is being paid very little, this is what allows him to list “Educator/Nurses Advocate” as his ballot designation.
His campaign bio says that he is “an adjunct faculty member.”
Jimmy is a mentor with the Puente Mentorship Program and an adjunct faculty member of the Los Angeles Community College.
In particular, Gomez teaches / has taught at the L.A. Trade Tech campus, where he is in the “Labor Center” department — as is his wife Mary.
Jimmy Gomez, Political Director, UNAC/UHCP, M.A. Public Policy....
Mary Hodge, Poltical Campaign Consultant, B.A., Political Science.
Note though that Gomez’s SEI lists only himself as receiving a salary from the Los Angeles Community College District; if his wife received at least $500 during the reporting period (and after their April 2011 wedding), then her income should also have been reported.
Neither Gomez nor Hodge appear on the ratemyprofessors.com website.
We can only speculate on some of Educator Gomez's course titles, maybe they included "101 Ways of Carpetbagging", "The Science of PAC Money :Laundry", "The Political Makeover of a Riverside PACman", "The Use of GPS in establishing Political Residency", "The Exploitation of Burrocrats", "There is No Such Thing as Dirty Political Money" and "101 Mailers to Cover Up My Carpetbagging Truth". But most important in vetting the background of supposed "Educator Jimmy", is asking a simple question. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A EDUCATOR? We leave that to Jimmy to answer, as noted on his Facebook Page. And judging from the date, Jimmy's "educational background" ranks along the same level as another S G & A client who goes by the consultant-crafted moniker "Professor Mike Gatto"---Scott Johnson
The New Soncha?
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Halloween 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Jimmy "PAC Laundryman" Gomez takes money from alleged Woman Beater Assemblyman Roger Hernandez
What Costume will Ana Cubas pick for Halloween Fundraiser?
What is so Independent about Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto?
Monday, October 29, 2012
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday
Zombies From the North
...... and what political incarnation will a certain City Terrace Native assume in 2013?
You’re What?: There’s a sharp smack from a nearby room. You open the door and see a diminutive figure with the whitest teeth in the history of the world. He’s opposite a brunette TV news reader. She slaps him across the face, hard. “I’m the mayor!” he says. Is this some strange sexual thing? Before you can figure it out she slaps him again. “I’m the next governor!” Huh? She slaps him one more time. “I’m the future president!” he exclaims. She slaps him three more times, his head veering side to side, and at each sound of palm to flesh he repeats one of the lines. Smack! “I’m the mayor!” Smack! “I’m the next governor!” Smack! “I’m the future president!” Holy Chinatown, you realize, he believes everything he is saying. Smack! Smack! Smack! You want to watch but someone takes your elbow and guides you away. “Forget it,” the guiding figure says, “it’s City Hall.”
that satire must of hurt the soon to be former Mayor Antonio Villar.
** CD 5 City Councilman Paul Koretz is not masking the reality that Mayor Antonio Villar's dream of a 10,000 person police force (or in the words of Councilman Koretz, a magical illusion), may face a day of fiscal reckoning in the near future.
** City Attorney Carmen Trutanich went before the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee and rightfully stated that the proposed layoffs of fifty attorneys, would lead to adverse rulings in court against the City of Los Angeles.
.......... more updated news in the A.M.
** Eastern San Gabriel Valley Assemblyman Roger Hernandez was on the receiving end of an "emergency protective order" after an altercation between him and a "lady friend" Sunday evening. Hernandez you may remember, had these issues in Northern California.
Hernandez, a former West Covina City Councilman, was arrested by Concord police on suspicion of drunken driving just after 2 a.m. March 27.After a seven-day trial, a 12-person jury in August found Hernandez not guilty of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.Last month, a Contra Costa judge dismissed a second misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher that the jury was hung on.
Lets not forget that all the above took place while Hernandez was "entertaining" a lovely, female lobbyist in a state vehicle.
** The Old Gray Hag on Spring Street allocates a generous amount of story budget, to chronicle the democratic congressional battle between Congresswoman Laura Richardson and Congresswoman Janice Hahn. These two ladies can teach fellow Congressional colleagues Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, a thing or two about dignified campaigning.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Mid Day 2012 Election Briefs for Monday
Neighborhood Coffee with Councilman Jose HuizarOctober 29, 20126:00 pm - 7:00 pmJoin Jimmy Gomez and Councilman Jose Huizar for a neighborhood coffee at the home of Michael & Eugenie Nogueira.Come meet Jimmy, find out why he is running for State Assembly and ask him questions about issues that are important to you.To RSVP please call Aaron at 213.375.8010 or email rsvp@jimmygomezforassembly
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
When ballots are mailed to registered voters on Nov. 13, however, they will be asked to approve a much higher amount. In fact, $62.5 million does not appear on the ballot that must be returned to the City Clerk by Dec. 3.Instead, the ballot says area residents will be voting to tax local landowners up to $85 million. That is $22.5 million, or 36% more than what has been the focus of the campaign for the project. The higher figure is surprising some Downtown stakeholders who will be asked to pay for the streetcar.They include Greg Martin, vice president of Downtown Management, a company led by Australian businessman Joseph Hellen. “So they’re cheating again. It’s just more deception,” he said.Martin and Hellen, who have a history of tangling with Huizar, have previously criticized the project’s approval process, in which only renters or condo owners who live within approximately three blocks of the tracks will be able to vote. Property owners — including those who control large buildings — who don’t reside in the area are not allowed to vote, even though they will be responsible for paying the tax over 30 years. Martin said he wasn’t aware that the special election would call for a tax assessment of up to $85 million. Instead, he thought it was the $62.5 million that has been the focus of the campaign.“I’m actually not that surprised because I think the whole thing has been fraught with subterfuge, misleading promises, and this is par for the course,” he said.Huizar strongly rejects the notion that the campaign to woo voters has been in any way deceptive or misleading. He and other project supporters instead point out that the proposed assessments have been calculated based on assumptions of $85 million. That amount is what he says would be needed in a “worst-case scenario.” Huizar and others maintain that if less public money is needed, the assessments for Downtowners will decrease. “I don’t think it’s that big of an issue,” he said.
Hmmmm, and not disclosing if you were at a "Happy Hour Birthday Party", is not that big of an issue when involve in an auto accident while driving a city-owned vehicle.
** Surprise, surprise, thanks to LA Times David Zahniser, we learn that the likes of CD 1 City Councilman Ed "Billboard Density" Reyes and his CD 2 colleague Councilman Paul "Digital Pandering" Krekorian, have gone the, soon to be Horseshoe colleague and current Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes route, in allowing a Clear Channel Lobbyist to write pending council legislation, to preserve hundreds of electronic billboards city-wide.
** We hope that California Governor "Moonbeam the II" took time this weekend to admonish his "Inner Bitter Jerry" for the borderline "assault and battery" on Channel 2/9 Investigated Reporter David Goldstein. This after Goldstein exposed the misuse of rented vehicle by CalTrans staff. Gov. Moonbeam II outburst is surprising considering that Mayor Antonio Villar has been confronted by Goldstein on numerous occasions and has yet exhibited his alleged "Inner Venice Room Temperament".
** You must give some credit to the government-financed consultants behind the efforts to extend the half cent sale tax for Los Angeles County transit projects, when they realize that T.V. ads featuring a certain "City Terrace Native", might not be in the best interest in garnering voter support.
** We chanced upon this accidental bit of objective journalism from the Daily News regarding Callifornia Governor Moonbeam the II's Prop 30.
This newspaper's review of state budget figures found:
The estimated $6 billion in extra revenue annually from Proposition 30 quickly would put the state on track to return to peak spending levels before the Great Recession. The inflation-adjusted tax burden of Californians is now about the same as the average over the past two decades -- and will remain so even if Proposition 30 passes. But that tax burden is still among the highest in the nation.
Thus a tax to sustain the free-spending ways of the big governmental beast.
Maria Nieto has managed to write a charming story that tackles huge cultural issues such as the assassination of Ruben Salazar. Part LA noir mystery, part family drama, part magic realism, Nieto takes us on a ride through Los Angeles touching the cultural milestones and heart of Chicano/LA history past and present. Herbert Siguenza, founding member of Culture Clash
For the record, Nieto is the daughter of Northeast LA Activist and retire Parole Officer Caroline Aguirre.
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14
Friday, October 26, 2012
Mayor Sam Exclusive: Did Councilman Huizar attend Happy Hour Birthday Party for his Staffer before Accident?
From: rebecca liu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM
Subject: Council Staff Happy Hour
To: Michael Bai <email@example.com>, Justin Wesson <firstname.lastname@example.org> (** should this guy be invited to any happy Hour Party after his DUI?), Andrew Westall <email@example.com>, Edward Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Adrian.Garcia@lacity.org, Alan Alietti <Alan.Alietti@lacity.org>, Alexis Marin <email@example.com>, Ana Guerrero <Ana.Guerrero@lacity.org>, Andrea Sotelo <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Andrew Palacios <email@example.com>, Asad Baig <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Benjamin Flores <email@example.com>, Bernard Dory <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Betsy Annas <email@example.com>, Brian Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Brian Walters <email@example.com>, Candy Barreda <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Carleen Gonzalez <email@example.com>, Daniel Lopez <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Daniel Tarica <Daniel.Tarica@lacity.org>, David Cano <David.Cano@lacity.org>, David Hersch <email@example.com>, Dion O'Connell <Dion.OConnell@lacity.org>, Doug Tripp <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Doane Liu <email@example.com>, Ed Santacruz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eduardo Soriano-Hewitt <email@example.com>, Emily Mayeda <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eric Garcetti <email@example.com>, Eric Robles <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Erika Pulst <email@example.com>, Erick Martell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Franco Viteri <email@example.com>, Gabriela Marquez <firstname.lastname@example.org>, George Esparza <email@example.com>, Gerry Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Guy Lipa <Guy.Lipa@lacity.org>, Heather Repenning <Heather.Repenning@lacity.org>, Heleen Ramirez <Heleen.Ramirez@lacity.org>, james lee <email@example.com>, Jeffrey Ebenstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jenny Chavez <email@example.com>, Jenny Portillo <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jimmy Blackman <email@example.com>, John Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Judith Reel <Judith.Reel@lacity.org>, Justin Brimmer <email@example.com>, Lidia Soto <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Karen Kalfayan <email@example.com>, Ken Moody <Ken.Moody@lacity.org>, Kevin Montgomery <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kian Kaeni <Kian.Kaeni@lacity.org>, Lisa Flores <email@example.com>, Lisa Schechter <Lisa.Schechter@lacity.org>, Lorenzo Briceno <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Lynnette Amerian <Lynnette.Amerian@lacity.org>, Maria Aguiniga <email@example.com>,Marcel.firstname.lastname@example.org, Marie Rumsey <email@example.com>, Marisa Alcaraz <Marisa.Alcaraz@lacity.org>, Matt Hale <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matt Myerhoff <email@example.com>, "Michael D. Garcia" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Miguel Franco <email@example.com>, Monica Valencia <firstname.lastname@example.org>, myriam lopez <email@example.com>, Nicole Bernson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "paloma.perez" <email@example.com>, Patrice Lattimore <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Paul Michael Neuman <email@example.com>, Pierre Riotoc <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Raymond Kwan <email@example.com>, Richard Llewellyn <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Richard Musquiz <email@example.com>, Robert Payan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Russ Bellenot <email@example.com>, Sally Castro <Sally.Castro@lacity.org>, Sarah Brennan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sara Ter-Minasyan <email@example.com>, Shannon Hoppes <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sheri Mandel <email@example.com>, Stephanie Magnien <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Susan Jack <email@example.com>, Susan Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tam Vuong <email@example.com>, Ted Lin <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tony Arranaga <email@example.com>, Tony Ighani <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tony Perez <email@example.com>, Tracey Chavira <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Trudie Abraham <email@example.com>, Yolanda Ramos <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Patricia Whelan <Patricia.Whelan@lacity.org>, Ryan Norwall <email@example.com>, Ryan Ferguson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kevin Bingham <email@example.com>, teresa duran <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Leana Scott <email@example.com>, Christina Oh <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Sharon Tso <email@example.com>
Summer is over and we know how hard everyone has been working! We would like to invite you to a Happy Hour tomorrow, October 25, to enjoy each other's company outside of City Hall and celebrate the birthday of our fellow council staffer, Erick Martell.
When: Thursday, October 255:30 pmWhere: The Edison
108 West 2nd Street #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
See you there,Forward to other staff!
** Should Councilman Huizar state for the record whether he was at this party before his Boyle Heights accident?
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14