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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday

Richard Bloom proclaims himself winner of 50th Assembly District Race.
Can you say Assemblyman-Elect Richard Bloom? 

With no apologies to Assemblywoman Besty Butler Campaign Consultant Parke Skelton, former Santa Monica City Councilman Richard Bloom has declare himself the winner of the closely-watched 50th Assembly District contest.
Via the Sacramento Bee's Capital Alert, Bloom will take the oath of office on Monday as his lead increases with each tally of uncounted votes. Supposed astute political observers are crediting Bloom's pending success to the "Greece on the Pacific's" new Open Primary Formal. Yet observers should not underestimate Assemblywoman Butler's stance, or lack of, on the issue of expediting the termination process of teachers convicted of sex crimes, when assessing the root cause of her defeat.

But if the results stand, rest assure Assemblywoman Butler will fix her "blame stare" on a certain "Weekly of Record".
** "Private Citizen/Political Consultant" John Shallman's and numerous other Democrats former Campaign Treasurer Kinde Durkee, is going away to the Pen for eight years and must pay a $10.5 Million dollar fine. This for her sloppy record keeping/defrauding of democratic candidates and non-profit organization. Just a thought, but is defrauding taxpayers a daily past time of democrats?
** Candidate forums are kicking into high gear as we now focus on the March, 2013 Elections. The candidates seeking to replace CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes, recently were vetted by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance.
** What would Thursday be without another "Soulvine Missive" from Betty Pleasant? From the "Hostess of South LA Journalism".
AND FINALLY — Never mind the Twinkies, I hope the Hostess Co. employees can keep their jobs. My grandfather worked at the Hostess Bakery all my life and we always had plenty of Hostess baked goods in our homes. Heck, we had more Hostess sweets than meat. Which probably accounts for the fact that many of my family members are fat and diabetic

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mid Day 2012 Election Briefs for Monday

The above video expose by CNN's Anderson Cooper is not likely to help Assemblywoman Butler as election day approaches and during last week's Santa Monica Daily Press "Squirm Night" festivities, challenger Richard Bloom asked her again to state her opinion on SB 1530 (link to see video). As the 50th AD contest enters its last week, Butler has spend $1.5 Million dollars on her campaign, but a non-vote in Sacramento may trump those expenditures.

Video from 43rd Assembly District Debate between Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Glendale School Board Member Greg Krikorian
Judging from the crowd reactions during the only debate between Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Glendale School Board Member Greg Krikorian, the current officeholder is in big trouble. In addition, what was up with Little Mikey and the League of Women Democratic Establishment Voters obvious collusion on debate questions? "Little Mikey" cannot even play fair in a simple debate, judging by the numerous cheat sheets he recited from during the hour-long forum.

CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar and newly-elected Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President Michael Nogueira, to host a neighborhood coffee with 51st AD Candidate Jimmy "PAC Laundryman" Gomez.

This get together has major potential as a teachable political moment, when it comes to monetary uses by like-minded members of the same political machine. The "PAC Laundryman" can offer up advise how to wash nurse's due moneys into contributions to self while the Princeton Graduate can filibuster on his years-long white-washing on disclosures of CLARTS Fund expenditures.
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.com

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Friday

...... and the cost in campaign contributions to buy your local 2013 mayoral candidate ....
..... like "Eric Garshady", seen here shilling for the re-election of fellow Wal-Mart money recipient CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar.

The bloggin love of highlighting political hypocrisy!

Before the 2013 Mayoral Election process runs its course sometime in the early summer of 2013, we will have been treated to countless act of political hypocrisy in the name of garnering favor with the voters. But more important, to reap the windfall of campaign cash to finance the facade that will hopefully curry favor with big donors.

For former City Council President and out-going CD 13 representative Eric Garcetti, his campaign facade of being a loyal brother to the labor left progressive faction took a well mark hit in today's David Zahniser piece in the "Old Gray Hag on Spring Street" and the cost? Both small and big.

Small would describe the $100 dollar donation from Wal-Mart's local director of community affairs Javier Angulo. But big is this slapback from Los Angeles County Labor Federation Leader (and friend of Tony V.) Maria Elena Durazo.
"It is one thing if a Wal-Mart cashier or warehouse worker makes a contribution to a candidate," Durazo said in a statement. "It's a different kind of political contribution altogether when a senior-level representative of Wal-Mart who is actively organizing for a Wal-Mart store in Chinatown writes the check. Wal-Mart money is Wal-Mart money." 

 But lets not forget what "close friend" of Durazo helped get city approval for Wal-Mart's proposed Chinatown location. Hypocrisy reigns.

....... and this on CD 14 Councilman Huizar and City Council Wannabee Assemblyman Felipe "Mini Padilla" Fuentes.
Angulo, the Wal-Mart representative, has also donated in the past year to Councilman Jose Huizar and Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar), who is running for the seat being vacated by Councilman Richard Alarcon. Garcetti called last month for L.A. politicians to give back any Wal-Mart money they have received.

Hypocrisy reigns supreme!!

** Other News: 

** In the democratic jihad that is the 30th Congressional District contest between Congressmens Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, Team Sherman has released a poll that shows their candidate leading by 17%. Being the trailing candidate has prompted Team Berman to go negative. Will Sherman unleash the Gatto Truthers in response?

** Various democratic clubs are stepping back from making endorsements in the 50th Assembly District runoff between Besty Butler and Richard Bloom. Why you may ask?  Its in the numbers according to the "Weekly of Record's" Patrick Range McDonald.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bloggin Happy Hour Musing on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

Great Happy Hour Musings on the LA Political Machine for Tuesday. Join us as we tip the glass and enlighten you on these political items that may find their way into someone's decaff morning coffee in the A.M. ; ) --- Scott Johnson.
Latest Ballet Count via the Primary Election as of Tuesday, June 19, 2013.
**38th Assembly District:
 The ex. Cedillo staffer and Mayor Sam blogger can cherish this momentary front-runner status.
** 39th Assembly District:
When will the County certify the results of this latest campaign loss via "MEAT"?
** 46th Assembly District:
JAY L STERNREP 8,17520.13
Memo to John Shallman, look what $2,000 and a good message buys you in the 46th AD, second place!
43rd Assembly District:
MIKE GATTODEM 25,81255.76
The Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto is in trouble!
50th Assembly District:
Its looking like the Bloom and the Butler in November.
51st Assembly District:
JIMMY GOMEZDEM 10,16537.42
LUIS LOPEZDEM 6,68424.61
CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar has endorsed Jimmy  PACman Gomez.
District Attorney:
JACKIE LACEY250,22431.93
ALAN JACKSON185,64023.69
Tru is still holding third.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bloggin Happy Hour Musings on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

Great Happy Hour Musings on the LA Political Machine for Tuesday. Join us as we tip the glass and enlighten you on these political items that may find their way into someone's decaff morning coffee in the A.M. ; ) --- Scott Johnson.
Tuesday Night Election Totals Update via LA County Registrar Voters.
46th Assembly District:

JAY L STERNREP 7,73820.2
** Morning Update: Johnson is now down four votes to Stern.
If this looks familiar, it should because the county has not updated this race yet.
50th Assembly District:
Torie has moved out of the cellar!
51st Assembly District:
LUIS LOPEZDEM 6,28724.62
With Chavez supporting Lopez, the question here is whether Gutierrez and Friedberg will join the "Say No to Carpetbag Campaign"?
District Attorney:
JACKIE LACEY237,86832.13
ALAN JACKSON175,39023.69
...... and the political funeral continues for Nuch.

Now Time For Spin The Election Results!
Adrin Nazarian
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Adrin Nazarian is the top vote getter in the race to represent the 46th Assembly District despite having been outspent by 7 to 1 by Brian Johnson and the outside special interests backing him, who dropped more than $1.7 million in independent expenditures trying to buy this election. 
Despite this massive investment on the part of Wall Street and Sacramento-based special interests, Johnson currently sits in third-place, two votes behind Republican Jay Stern.  Johnson and his supporters spent more than $240 for each vote Brian Johnson received, almost ten times as much as Adrin's grassroots and community-based campaign spent per vote.
In a clear sign that Adrin is strongly poised to claim victory in November regardless of who he faces off against, Adrin was the top vote getter in 107 precincts, compared to 36 for Jay Stern, 27 for Andrew Lachman, and only 25 for Brian Johnson who displayed no electoral base of support in any corner of the district. 
With the vast majority of votes counted, Adrin Nazarian has a commanding lead as the top vote getter.  With just some of the provisional and late absentee ballots still waiting to be counted, Adrin has received 9,689 votes, 2,500 votes more than any other candidate in the 6-way race.
51st AD Candidate Luis Lopez tours new Ramona Gardens Library with HACLA's Sanford Riggs on left.
Former 51st AD Candidate and now Luis Lopez supporter Arturo Chavez gets his tour of RG Library via HACLA's Sanford Riggs.
From the Lopez Campaign: Today Arturo Chavez, a Democratic candidate for the 51st Assembly District, announced his endorsement of Luis Lopez for Assembly. On June 5, Lopez advanced to the general election for the open seat in the state legislature representing Northeast Los Angeles and East L.A., garnering 25 percent of the vote. Chavez finished a close third, capturing 23 percent of the vote and, like Lopez, emphasized community-driven leadership. 

"Our 51st District is my home. Here is where I have grown up, devoted my career in public service, and raised my family," said Chavez. "These are very special neighborhoods, sustained by the hard work and aspirations of people who come from different backgrounds but share a love of our community. Now, at a crucial moment in our city and our state, we need the best possible leadership in Sacramento. I am proud to endorse Luis Lopez to be our Assemblymember. Luis is a homegrown leader of the highest standards, a unifying and effective advocate from and for our communities, for healthcare, education, good jobs and workforce training, for parks and protection of our environment, for immigrant families and full equality under law. 
 "My own push for the legislature formally ends today. But the vision, vigor, and spirit of my effort carry on in the campaign of Luis Lopez. Together we stand, and together we go forward. I urge all of my supporters to devote their energy and financial support, their heart and soul and voice to his campaign. Working as one, we will ensure that Luis Lopez wins November 6th and is our next Assemblymember."
In welcoming the new support, Lopez congratulated Chavez on the strength of his campaign and cited the bonds of kinship between himself, his partner, and Chavez and his family. "Today I remain grateful to the voters of my 51st District and deeply thankful to Arturo Chavez for his generous endorsement. The respect that we all have for one another is matched by our unity of purpose and fervor to see our neighborhoods ably represented in the Assembly. Those who want community-driven leadership responsive to our interests will have one voice in the general election. I am proud to be that voice and, fueled by this added solidarity, on a path to victory."
"The Say No To Carpetbag Campaign" is coming to the 51st AD!
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in the 51st AD

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Updated Election Results via LA County Registrar Recorder Office

Counting those provisional and absentee ballots by hand.
** Blogger's note: Great Sunday morning to all as some 100,000+ absentee and provisional ballots from last week's election await processing. Updated counts were posted Friday afternoon with Tuesday the next date voting totals will be posted. Here are the updated results in the 46th, 50th, 51st and District Attorney Races. Special note to those afflicted with "Brian Johnson Myopia", the results we are about to post may cause confusion with reality---Scott Johnson.
46th Assembly District:  
JAY L STERNREP 7,17320.17
** Reality check! Brian Johnson is in third place by two votes.
50th Assembly District:
 ** 866 votes separates first and last place in this "Westside Liberal Battle".
51st Assembly District: 
LUIS LOPEZDEM 5,82124.59
** So much for the supposed "Campaign Managing" expertise of Mario Beltran.
District Attorney:
JACKIE LACEY219,69032.03
ALAN JACKSON161,83723.6
** Shall(man) we nail the "Nuch Political Coffin" close?
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Notes on the Primary Election Scorecard for June 6, 2012

 Lies do cause political harm Carmen.
Another Big Money Campaign Loss for "Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" John Shallman.
Great morning to all in Los Angeles, California and thee United States of America!
As is customary after each election cycle, this blogger honors one of Los Angeles most beloved sports writer, the late Allan "Mud" Malamud by offer our post election musing "Notes on the Primary Election Scorecard". There are winners, definitely losers and other relevant observations on yesterday's election proceedings. But most important are your thoughts on yesterday's results.
Dare we utter the four letter name of yesterday's biggest political loser? NUCH!
Who once again consulted his way through mega campaign funding only to sink again the political aspirations of his client? We may risk another "cease and desist order", but we must or "shall(man)" name the "swift boated, private citizen/political consultant", or maybe not .
The "kiss of endorsement death" via Mayor Antonio Villar, claimed another political candidate with former Mayor Villar staffer Torie Osborn failing to make the General Election runoff in the 50th Assembly District.
Voters in the newly-drawn 39th Assembly District will hopefully do the greater good and end the "Zorro Marxist Era" of political self-enrichment in November.
Charter School supporters ED Voice spent how much on 46th AD Candidate Brian Johnson only to see him just slip into the second spot in front of Republican Jay Stern by 83 votes?
What is another election cycle without a crying baby moment from the Infant Assemblyman Mike Gatto? Little Mikey will have multiple political tantrum days ahead as only 56% of voters selected him over Republican Greg Kirkorian who spent less than $10,000 on yesterday's vote.
The Calderon Family Machine of Montebello took a major hit yesterday as Tom Calderon fail to advance to the General Election in the 58th Assembly District. But nephew Ian Calderon (son of Chuck) placed second in the 57th Assembly District.
Under the local media radar were big losses for the public employees unions in San Jose and San Diego as voters elected to reform their respective cities retirement/pension systems.
Gotta love when the Health Nazis get defeated at the polling place, especially when the margin is close.
Congressman Howard Berman is on political life support.

** From the 39th AD, a losing streak continues for a "certain ex. blogger" who could not reverse his string of campaign losses, even with the help of some of his CD 15 campaign chums. 
Lastly, President Barack "H" Obama.
Conservative common sense in Wisconsin.
Local Republican Political Consultant John Thomas for his work on behalf of District Attorney Candidate Alan Jackson.
Former Oak Hill Resident and Progressive Political Consultant Parke Skelton for his "Swift Boating" of the Trutanich Campaign.
San Gabriel Valley Republican Assembly Candidates Joe Gardner in the 48th AD and Matthew Lin in the 49th AD, who both bested their top democratic opponants.
Raul Bocanegra in the 39th AD.
Santa Monica's Richard Bloom's outstanding showing in the 50th AD, finishing ahead of Torie Osborn.
Luis Lopez placing ahead of Gil Cedillo's candidate Arturo Chavez and behind "The Machine's" Jimmy "PACman" Gomez. Chavez, who was hurt badly by the Kinde Durkee Scandal can build upon his positive community leagacy by supporting Lopez in the General Election.
Adrin Nazarian will surely face millions more of Ed Voice's IE money after his victory in the 46th. As usual, we must note the excellent consulting work via Eric Hacopian, on behalf of the Nazarian Campaign.
....... lastly, there is winning in losing for these two republican candidates.
Getting 16% of the vote against Assembly Speaker John Perez will not assure Activist Jose Aguilar of taking any oath of office in the near future. But he and his friend Phil Jennerjahn can share a common bond from yesterday's election. 
While not having the same success as fellow cheesehead Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Jennerjahn like Aguilar, placed second in the 28th Congressional District to Congressman Adam Schiff with 17 % of the vote. Thus, both "Flounder" and "Jennerduh" advance to the General Election in November. WHAT A COUNTRY!! (** and great job both of you, especially for former cellar-dweller Phil).
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Will Democratic Voters in the 50th Assembly District Say No to Legally Questionable Backroom Political Dealmaking?

"Unionize, Democratic Carpetbag Hauler overladen with $400,000+ of Special Interest cash for Ricardo Lara"

"Former Boyle Heights resident, now 50th Assembly District Candidate Ricardo Lara"

"Convict felon and former South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles"

Long-time South Gate City Councilman Henry Gonzalez is the point person within the working class city, for any young aspiring politico, who seeks his blessing for any future political endeavors. But leave it to Councilman Gonzalez to be "straight forward" in his assessment of your political attributes as the likes of 50th Assembly District Candidate Ricardo Lara and convicted ex South Gate Treasurer Albert Robles found out in the recent past.
In a extensive article in the LA Weekly, regarding the 50th Assembly Race to replace Gonzalez former City Council colleague and current Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, Gonzalez takes a dim view of the likes of Robles and Lara, who thinks that dubious backroom deal making is the only prerequisite for political office.
Gonzales is well known in the Southeast Los Angeles County Community, for his stance against the political corruption that was the M.O. of the Robles Machine's "reign of political terror" in South Gate during the early part of the 21st Century. For Gonzalez, the price he paid in standing up to the Robles Machine, was almost fatal, in a physical sense, as he nearly lost his life in a unsolved shooting, where he was shot in the head.
But while Robles sits in the federal prison somewhere, the likes of Gonzalez, De La Torre and numerous political activists in the Southeast, are concern about a new machine that seeks to impose its wills upon the small cities that comprise the 50th Assembly District. And if you look closely, you will find the same cast of political insiders, that enable the likes of Albert Robles to loot the city coffers of South Gate.
The 50th Assembly District has become ground zero in a political power play that could have statewide implications, but most important to ethical political observers, are the possible legal ramifications on how Ricardo Lara came to become the "chosen one" of the Latino/ Labor Coalition., that doubles as a potent political machine.
If we go back in recent political time to the 2007 46th Assembly District Race to replace former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, the likes of State Senator Gil Cedillo Staffer Auturo Chavez, Mayor Antonio Parkervillar Cousin John Perez, and Lara, all were ready to compete for the Assembly seat.
But "political divine intervention", in the form of County Labor Federation Leader Maria Elena Durazo and her longtime political soul mate Mayor Parkervillar, gave their blessing to John Perez as the anointed candidate in the 46th. But the "political consolation prize" for Ricardo Lara (Chavez has the misfortune of working for Mayor Parkervillar political nemesis Cedillo, thus no political capital to parley at the Getty House gathering noted in the Weekly article.), is causing some to question whether federal laws were violated, with Lara's appointment to a paid position on the City of Los Angeles Planning Commission.
KRLA 870 AM Talk Show Host Kevin James and other local political observers, have speculated whether Mayor Parkervillar had committed a federal crime under United States Code Title 18 Section 600 and Section 210, by giving Lara the LA City Planning Commission appointment, in return for droping out of the 46th Assembly District Race.
Now in 2010, is Lara asking the voters in the 50th Assembly District, to endorse the "LA Latino/Labor Coalition Way", of selecting the best candidate to represent the interests of Southeast LA County voters? How will the voters of the 50th respond to the looming machine on its borders?
Current Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, has endorsed Downey City Councilman Luis Marquez to him replace in Sacramento. Meanwhile Henry Gonzalez is supporting South Gate City Treasurer Carmen Avalos. This split may make it easier for Lara to divide and conquer his way to Sacramento.
But for the voters in the 50th who fight so hard to reject the Robles Machine, they may want to consider these facts. One of Lara's endorsers is Montebello School Board Member Hector Chacon, who ran against Hector De La Torre in 2004. During that campaign, the LA Times reported that Chacon hired an indicted associate of the Robles Machine Ricardo Hernandez, to help with his campaign. Further, it was a open secret that Chacon half-brother Commerce City Councilman Hugo Argumedo and another council ally Ray "Gordy" Cisneros, wanted to hire Albert Robles as the City Administrator in Commerce. They went as far to promote this at the Grand Opening of the Paseo Shopping Center in South Gate. A story that Henry Gonzalez told to me.
Then lets remember who was the "political mentor" of Albert Robles. That would be none other than former Assemblyman and Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre confidant Lou Moret, who was sued by the City of South Gate, for his dubious dealings with Robles. Alatorre and the usual associates like Richard Polanco, LA City Councilman Jose Huizar, LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia and Alatorre, are all united in supporting Lara for the 5oth.
But in ending, Henry Gonzalez may speak for the majority of the 50th Assembly District voters, when he recounts what he told Lara, in response to his feelers regarding running for office in South Gate as a pit stop, on the way to Sacramento.
Gonzalez, who still serves on the council, says that about four years ago, he was paid a visit from another young man interested in running for South Gate City Council: Lara.
At the time, Lara's goal was to establish himself on the local level before running for the Assembly.
"I said you ought to stay in your own district and run there," Gonzalez says. "He's a carpetbagger. Everything that man's doing reminds me of Albert (Robles)."
Some may agree with Gonzalez on this assessment of Lara, after all if Lara will take money to stay out of a race for office. How much will he take to get elected?
** BTW, where is Ricardo Lara having his "victory celebration"? Try the J Lounge in Downtown LA, ........... within the 46th Assembly District.
Your thoughts..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14.

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