Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday
I have lived and been an activist in LA for decades and with a few exceptions, my grass roots home base has been the Heights. I first began to get acquainted with Huizar at La Serenata de Garibaldi Restaurant which my family co founded back in 1985 and where the councilman is a regular customer. But it’s not until late 20I0 when I began to get somewhat closer to him and it was due to two personal developments. The first took place at a Latino Piano Bar Restaurant where I sing as a hobby with live music and one evening, Jose arrived with a group of people, so I introduced him to the packed crowd and he received a loud ovation. I also sang a highly popular ranchero love song which, coincidentally, was his late father’s favorite song and he was touched.
The second is the story of two late night murders in an unsavory neighborhood bar on East 1st Street called “Oscar’s” (** Link here to review our Mayor Sam Post of Clowncilman Huizar's $75,000 Reward involving this case). The incident hit the news and soon after through the barrio grapevine, the word was out that Jose’s mother was a regular client there and she may have been inside the “cantina” when the shooting ensued. I had met her about two months prior when I was invited to an afterhours house party located a half of mile from the bar. When I arrived with some friends, I was introduced to the hostess and owner of the home and she claimed to be Huizar’s mother. I was there for approximately an hour and while there and I observed the ambience was racy and very liberal. Before leaving, I was also introduced to the owner of the mentioned bar, who minutes before had exited a bedroom with a female companion.
A few weeks after the killings, as a member of a board of directors for a planned charter school to be housed at La Casa del Mexicano, also in Boyle Heights, I attended an early morning meeting at Philippe’s Restaurant to meet with the Councilman and his staff to request his support for the school venture. When the school business was over, I pulled Jose to the side and in full confidence I conveyed to him the information I had about the bar tragedy and the afterhours house party at his mother’s. He seemed clearly touched and impressed and looking directly at my eyes, he thanked me and said “I won’t forget this Javier.” He then called Ana Cubas, his Chief of Staff and a recent candidate for City Council, over and told her, “let’s stay very close to this man. He has his ears to the ground.” If you’re reading this, you logically could deduce, like I did, the story leads to the beginning of a bond.
If Rodriguez and Clowncilman Huizar had a bond, its safe to say that after these twin essays, that bond was broken like a certain pledge of fidelity to a wife. Tomorrow, we will post excerpts from Part Two.
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Scott Johnson in CD 14