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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Westside

After reading today's LA Times regarding the 11 point lead that Tony Villar has in Los Angeles.

I started to snoop around CD 11. My spies tell me that Bill Rosendahl is going to beat Flora with a much larger margin than Antonio will beat Hahn in the Westside.

Hahn actually still has a shot at taking the Westside from Antonio.

Bill is a shoo-in.

What is a Westsider to do?

Questions, questions, questions.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Chief,

I heard those same numbers. Bill looks like he's in incredibly good shape (I heard 19 points ahead after those failed Flora attack ads).

I also heard some of the Dem clubs are sending very few troops to help Antonio win the Westside. Have these clubs lost their ability to mobilize?

My grandma brought more poeple to Antonio's last rally than the West LA Dem Club and the Pac Pal Dem CLub combined.

May 10, 2005 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those Westside wacko liberals have lost it. Did you see turnout in Venice and in Pali. It was 10% in some cases. The hippies have lost their nerve, they can't organize anymore. If Antonio wins the Westside it will be in spite of them. I've seen the internal Flora polling and it doesn't look pretty. Bill should win in a walk.

May 10, 2005 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"What is a Westsider to do?"

Secede -- your out-of-touch with the real city, anyway... all "Santa Monica-adjacent".

May 10, 2005 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice, so you can SAY you posted something about the bad new's for ADV Times poll, if anyone presses, but you're not going to make a big deal of it... spent more time on the BOGUS SurveyUSA phony Tony poll when it raised it bogus head.

Times poll was HIGH for ADV in the primary.

The CLOSEST poll of all in the primary was the so-called "REPUBLICAN" poll that all the ADV lovers dissed because it showed Hahn doing better than they expected.

May 10, 2005 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rick Taylor should be sued for malpractice on this one. His sleazy attacks on Rosendahl have collapsed the Krisiloff campaign - a campaign that was quite winnable.

Even Flora's hometown newspaper, a genteel society sheet that mostly covers polo matches, took her head off for slimy campaigning: "Were her mailers nasty? Of course they were. Are voters sick of this technique? You bet."

May 10, 2005 12:19 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

12:16. You are flat out wrong. The Times pre-primary (one week out) poll was AV 24, JH 20. AV got 33.1% on election day, Hahn got 23.6%.

May 10, 2005 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sue me, Parke -- you know where to find me, right?

May 10, 2005 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After ALL the crowing about "nails" in Hahn's coffin, you have to enjoy how the ADV-lovers are now saying our boy's "STILL ahead" in the same hopeful, almost nervous way they used to say "no one in Hahn's administration has been indicted YET!"

As Dr. Phil would say... How's that working for you. Are those much-promised "high-level, internal indictments (no, not some pickpocket flak who works for a St. Louis-based company), due the day before Hahn kicks Tony V's crooked little ass (again)...

...youhope, youhope, youhope!

YOU haven't even seen Hahn's final kick-of-sand into cowardly Tony's face yet... not the Vignali (although it IS sticking, ain't it?), not the "box cutters"... the thing Tony PROMISED you no one else knew about. You KNOW from the last time Hahn HAS to be saving something. And the security on this one is VERY tight, so your moles have NO idea...

YEAH, Tony keeps his promises, don't he... ask around, but you don't have to go too far.


May 10, 2005 12:46 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

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May 10, 2005 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Makes sense, he's obviously been holding back some funds -- not trying to keep up with the tit-for-tat "corruption" slams that aren't adding anything new to ADV's column since the promary.

Ideally, it would break late this week, in time for print media coverage, also (Sun.-Mon.), but not in time for a full-on media buy response from ADV.

But ADV's people apparently have a response ramped up for the wrong assault. They're guarding the Maginot Line from the LAST war... that's what happens when you run a 21st century campaign with burnt out 60s hippies, old timers, nerds, dinosaurs.

May 10, 2005 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh please, you must name names. Who are the 60's hippies, old timers, nerds and dinosaurs??

May 10, 2005 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OH, Villaraigosa's lead has been cut to 11 points. That's the last name in Mayor Poopy's coffin.

Oh, wait -- never mind. Force of habit.

"ACE, what do I say now... we've run more ads and lost more points?"

May 10, 2005 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

TOO bad, looks like ADV's "pothole tour" of the Valley wasn't a hot item with the media... not much to say (SO redundant, a "speedbump" of a councilmember pointing out potholes).

But they DID catch Hahn's "who's stealing the school site" show in Cypress Park, and got a VERY lame response from ADV...

(LAT) "Asked about the donations... Villaraigosa responded Monday: "I've said before that I don't agree that he purchased land that could've gone to building a school. I know how to say no to my friends, and I will."

He WILL, someday, maybe? Is that a "promise" ADV. Because we know from those Viva Hahn signs that it's not YOU who is "un hombre de su palabra."

Show us the WILL, right now, ADV -- BEFORE you get elected, BEFORE you get the benefit from the dirty money.

Now THAT has legs.

May 10, 2005 1:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The mayor gained 7 points in thirty days. At this rate, he will catch his rival by the middle of June. HANSTA LA VISTA, BABY!

May 10, 2005 1:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's a pretty good guess the Times and other media are going to stick to that school site story until the end. That one is SO dirty, and hypocritical re: an education "supporting" mayoral candidate.

If Murelo is ADV's "friend" they he doesn't even need "enemies" like Hahn!

May 10, 2005 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THE LAST WEEK is like the 3-4 weeks before Tony Toady... THIS is when people really decide. THIS is when ADV lost the race LAST time.

Viva la 2001!

Keep warming the bench in CD14, Tony. Maybe a commissioner spot will open up in a couple years.

May 10, 2005 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Because... Antonio Villaraigosa is a pathological liar who can't be trusted to do anything he says.

Yada, yada, you know the rest. We ALL know the rest (because it's true!)

May 10, 2005 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This WHOLE blog begins to make sense, since Mayor Sam is a whiney Valley loser and Chief Faker is a fake Westside conservative.

No wonder the fact that ADV has been a horribly performing, absentee CM on the Eastside never mattered any here.

They're exactly the kind of narrowly focused, narcissistic bellyachers that pandering Tony plays best to -- and Hahn isn't "showy" and entertaining enough for them.

Of course, you know, if ADV wins, it's curtain for this blog. DOA, at swearing in.

Toast, nailed shut coffin of a blog, etc.

May 10, 2005 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is my westsider view.

I have not seen any particular polling of late on the westside but I would predict that Villaraigosa will win the westside in a convincing manner. By the very fact that Villaraigosa is polling well with liberals, Jews, Democrats, and gays and lesbians, I would figure he'll win the westside on that. Plus he has the endorsement of Henry Waxman who is beloved by most of his westside constituents. Boxer endorsement probably helped as well.

On the Flora-Bill race, I don't live in the council district but I've actually shifted in who I want to win. When the race began, I was rooting for Flora. She seemed like she would make a great city councilwoman. But all her attacks have been way off base. And while I'm not sure she is homophobic, she's certainly lacked judgement with some of her actions. I have noticed that almost every endorsement she gets makes a huge reference to her being a married mother. Why should being a married mother qualify one for political office? Does this mean that a gay man like Bill Rosendahl or a straight single woman like Angela Reddock should not get elected to be on the City Council?

So I'm not a huge fan of Bill's, but his supporters seem to be behind Antonio and he has quite a lot of good ideas. I think based upon his prior experience he will make a fine councilman.

May 10, 2005 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Westsiders I've spoken with have stated that sadly in this day and age "racism" still exists. Although they see both candidates with corruption they will vote for Hahn. They are very leary and apprehensive about Antonio's record on gangs and the child abuse bill he voted against. More importantly though, they are afraid that if Antonio wins LA will become an open haven for illegals. He will send a message that's its ok to come and take advantage of all the rights without having to pay for them.

May 10, 2005 2:20 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

You Hahn people crack me up. Just yesterday you were touting new Hahn "polling" that purported to show Hahn tied or even ahead!

Today, the LA Times poll shows him down by 11 -- with 9% undecided. Antonio is 62% favorable, Hahn 46%. Antonio leads by overwhelming margins on every leadership quality. Hahn's job performance rating is awful 38 approval - 56 disaproval) and only 24% want to continue the policies of Hahn vs. 67% who want a new direction.

And more voters even believe Villaraigosa would do more to reduce crime than Hahn.

And you are celebrating this as some kind of victory!

May 10, 2005 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's going to be a very very big surprise for Attention Deficit Villaraigosa in the next couple of days. Someone needs to investigate Southwest Voter. David Z from Daily Breeze seems to be the only really good reporter in the whole city. He broke both big stories that everybody picked up on the Miami money and then the Richard Muerlo story.

Gloria Molina's husband, Ron Martinez, doesn't head SVREP, but he is a crook. That organization is headed by Antonio "The Whore" Gonzalez. The whore reference comes from the Chicano Studies Department at CSUN. Gonzalez is married to Alma Martinez, Gloria's current or former chief of staff, depending on who you listen to. Gloria's discretionay fund, of which she gets $1 million taxpayer dollars every year, has been used extensively to fund SVREP. Ron Martinez has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from MTA contracts and he. along with Tony, have steered millions of dollars to Barrio Planners, Inc.. Ron currently has an arrangement with Frank Villalobos, President of Barrio Planners, and he gets a cut from every contract - shouldn't have confided in Henry Lozano, Ron. Barrio Planners and Frank Villalobos are major SVREP contributors - just another tax loophole.

May 10, 2005 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Athena when Antonio dropped as much as he has with all those negative ads with all his money that should tell you something.

Antonio missed city council again today and as one reporter stated, "had a publicity stunt" to the port in a helicopter. Again trying to take credit for security that Hahn has implemented. Next thing he'll be riding in a Hummer Limo to LAX doing the same thing. There's a reason Antonio is dropping and we've got 7 days to go. That's a very long time

May 10, 2005 2:37 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Since this thread did start as the somewhat obligatory mention of the latest poll -- flawed as always (and WHY did it take so long to come out... rewrites, maybe? I think someone suggested that. . .), but the Times poll does reveal some GOOD things for Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa after a rough couple of weeks riding around town as the "MOST INVESTIGATED MAYORAL CHALLENGER in L.A. History." (As always - no charge for that one, Mayor Hahn)

Good things. . .

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he's raised three times as much money as Hahn, and spent tons more -- or else the numbers in the L.A. Times poll would probably show an even greater decline... they might be neck-and-neck already (instead of by the end of this week);

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that his campaign insultants began tarring Hahn with "Plan A" corruption smears from the beginning (privately, even before ADV® announced he would run), because that way his own dirty deals seem to pale in comparison to the mountain they've made if a molehill of pro forma investigations;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that Hahn's a former prosecutor and knows the danger of painting his commissioners as guilty OR innocent, until there's some proof (too bad for Hahn that ADV®'s not an attorney, I guess);

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he set the standards of constituent service so VERY low in his district for the first 12-plus months that people there hardly know he's been campaigning full time at their expense since last fall. (We HAVE a councilmember now, Oh!?);

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that several of his field staffers are off working full-time for the campaign. It REALLY doesn't take as many people to screw things up procedural with city departments as they usually involve. One clueless staffer muddying the waters of simple city procurement and service distribution is PLENTY in most cases -- much of his useless staff is just overkill and field candy;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he got the endorsement of Parks and Hertzberg, otherwise he wouldn't have anyone to blame for the fact that he's losing ground in both their core support groups;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he's an absentee councilmember, because the homicide rate in his district has been climbing faster than ever before (and he could be just one more anonymous target). He's the father of young children -- he should LOSE, not get hurt or killed doing his part-time CM job;

It's also a GOOD thing for the city council that ADV® is an absentee councilmember, because they get things through SO much faster without all of his "crappy little campaign speeches" during council sessions;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he has a friend who can afford to buy school property out from underneath packed-like-sardines high school students in the Northeast, because now -- if he CAN somehow wrangle the deal, he can look like a hero (for undoing a dirty deed that his campaign is profiting from);

It's also a GOOD thing for ADV® that he has a friend who can afford to buy school property out from underneath LAUSD, because -- if there's a God in heaven and he loses -- he'll need somebody to stake him for his next crap-shoot as pretending to be a public servant;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he gave back that tainted Florida money after only two days of equivocating. He didn't REALLY need it -- and he'll need it a lot more for his state senate run. I'm sure the good people of the Miami hotel concessions industry are JUST as concerned about the state of Sacramento legislation shortages (under 2-bill Gill), as they were about "corruption" in the Hahn administration 3000 miles away. (Wasn't that the LAST attempted dodge before the cave-in and refund?);

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that he has a somewhat (well, "manufactured") Hispanic surname, because his district constituents don't see him enough around the area to remember if he actually is (still?) Latino -- and some of the more guilt-ridden, well-to-do progressives are still voting for him, JUST because "it's high time" for L.A.to have a Latino mayor -- ANY Latino mayor;

It's a GOOD thing for ADV® that John Kerry came out to endorse him in the SFV, and attracted HUNDREDS of campaign workers and mindless groupies, because Kerry deserved a chance to get even with ADV® for his part in helping elect GW;

And, it's a GOOD thing for ADV® that Hahn appears so calm and confident through all this -- the nervousness of wondering WHAT Hahn knows, and if he'll spill it in time to win, seems to have some energizing effect on ADV®.

Good things are supposed to come in small packages, which is another "GOOD thing" for ADV® since his May 17 gift from the voters (a "gift" being something "not earned," and in his case, undeserved), is shrinking almost as fast as Hahn's is growing -- by any poll, count, or measure.

These are all GOOD things -- just please don't call me Martha!

May 10, 2005 3:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sacto 3:27;
You can delude yourself about the Times poll being "flawed". One week before the 2001 general election, the Times had Mr. Hahn up by 7 points, he won by 8.

May 10, 2005 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rosendahl may be aslightly ahead, but stuff coming this week that will change the elcction.

He is dirty, really dirty.

It will set people straight about him and it has not a thing to do with his sexual preferences.

If you want a longshot, get a bet down on Flora and get some odds.

I say you win going away.

May 10, 2005 3:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why won't Krisiloff's campaign listen to the constituents?

Did you read this thread? Or any of your press?

We don't want any more mudslinging from city council candidates. We don't care about your dirty secrets. Get some perspective: we just want you to add a few traffic lights, fix some potholes, and protect our parks--chill.

May 10, 2005 6:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I live on the Westside and I've been watching things and Bill is going to win in a walk. I've been going into the Villaraigosa campaign office because it's the only close race in town. Any smart Westsider would do the same.

May 10, 2005 8:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what's the "dirt" on rosendahl? sounds good...

May 10, 2005 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Exactly! What is the dirt they don't want to come out? If it's such a walk, who cares what's said?

May 10, 2005 10:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Chief, I actually heard something similar about Bill's numbers. He was actually 19 points ahead UNTIL the attack mailers hit. Then he dropped like a rock. I think someone's feeding you bad information.

May 10, 2005 10:25 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

Hey, is that Chief Parker writing my name?

What is a Westsider to do? Walk precincts, make phone calls and raise money for Bill Rosendahl for City Council!

Bill has been running a positive campaign focused on the issues. He has drawn wide support from liberal Democrats like Norman Lear to conservatives such as Bill Simon. More than half of the City Council and the County Board of Supes have endorsed Bill because they know him, they like him and they trust him. The voters also like and trust Bill on the issues of importance to the 11th District and that is why there are more Bill Rosendahl lawn signs on people's lawns than for his opponent, Flora Gil Krisiloff.

Flora has been running an exceedingly nasty campaign filled with attack mailers. Her negative campaigning has been backfiring on her terribly; she is being very successful in turning voters AWAY from her campaign. Yet she persists in using the negative approach because she has been unable to garner key endorsements, she has failed to articulate definite plans on such hot topics as Playa Vista and LAX expansion and her "record of 20 years of community service" upon closer examination is not as grand as she had made it out to be. For example, Flora claims that she prevented two and half Century Cities being built at the VA hospital. I had attended the public hearings at the VA and all that was being proposed was veteran's housing and a mailout facility for prescriptions. Hardly what one would call major commercial development. However, this has been the way Flora has operated throughout the whole campaign- twisting her own image to make herself look better while twisting the truth to make Bill look bad. The voters have caught onto Flora's tricks and they are not falling for it. The only people really supporting Flora don't or should know better, are Hahn supporters or have a vested interest in the 11th District (i.e. developers, land use attorneys and consultants, etc.)

This will be a close election, but Rosendahl is clearly the favorite in this race.

May 11, 2005 1:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Some "dirt" is just vague accusations; other "dirt" is provable and proven skeltons.

Look for serious stuff that can sink any candidacy...

By the way, I live in the district; the signs on the houses are about 2:1 favoring Flora.

The invitations to events are about 2:1 favoring Flora.

She has outraised Bill.

Donations, in council races, often are a clue to votes, as the limits are so low that there is a corollation.

I am not saying that she is far ahead, but I am saying that I seriously doubt a 19 point lead for Bill. It just doesn't compute.

My guess (with no poll to back me) is that it is very close, and she is perhaps a point or so ahead right now, with more coming.

Her campoaign is cresting and his is declining.

And, let us not forget, Rick Taylor is the King of Mud Slinging...

May 11, 2005 1:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Strike that, Rick Taylor is not the king of Mud Slinging; he is the Ruler of the Galaxy of Mud Slinging.

Bill, better put on a hazmat suit...

May 11, 2005 2:15 AM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

Anon at 3:33 p.m. (with the fast watch), said: "Sacto 3:27; You can delude yourself about the Times poll being 'flawed'. . .".

Every poll, like every candidate IS flawed, period. I knew when I threw that in, last minute, that it would be the ONE line (out of dozens of factual representations of one VERY flawed candidate, ADV®) that someone would cling to in despair, as a life preserver -- unable to defend Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa against his OWN mountainous flaws listed everywhere else in the post.

Call it a "gimme" - I'm not without compassion, in fact it was compassion that got me involved in civic affairs in the first place, and compassion that chaps my hide to see CD14 ignored -- unlike the glad-handing, showboating demagogue I have tried to expose here (whose ONLY reasons for running are vindictiveness and terminal egotism).

The LAT primary poll was further off base than the one four years ago -- and it REALLY doesn't matter which way it was OFF. Once a poll is found to be significantly different from the end results, it's scrap. If polling methods are flawed, they are just as likely to err one way at one stage in the race, and the exact opposite way at the very next turn. You can't apply bandages, or "self-correct" by similar numbers, after the errors surface -- because you have NO way of knowing which ways the flaws skewed the results, without reverse engineering them back to the drawing board... not unlike a car with faulty steering. It may go out when you're turhing RIGHT or LEFT, you have no control. Oversteering one way or the other to compensate can just as easily double the flaws.

The current pollsters are the one's performing THIS variation on the scheme -- not the same crew or methods as 4 years ago The Times' polling and the analysis of it four years ago is an entirely different animal, albeit under than same sponorship. It is no more the SAME poll than it was 4 years ago than the two candidates have remained unchanged since 2001 (although ADV® hasn't accomplished anything since).

As far as "delusion" goes, BOY, have I addressed that here before. YOU can delude yourself for the next 4, 8, 40, or 80 years about ADV® having ANY of the necessary qualifications or character traits to be a reasonably successful L.A. mayor -- and it still won't ever be true. He brings no appropriate skills but flim-flammery, promotes himself with no acceptable accomplishments but fairy tales (nothing from this century, anyway), and is unapologetic about the abuse of his current office and its constituents and the broad-daylight theft of his councilmember's salary since July 1, 2003.

Flawed is a very good word to describe his character and performance in office -- but I would probably use stronger terms if there weren't gullible, impressionable "Children of the Con(man)" like you responding to my posts.

(Sorry if I seem a little more gruff there -- I just lost five bucks in the invisible neighborhood watch betting pool in my area. I had ADV® up by only 8 in the Times poll at this point -- but I think the gravity of the ADV®/Murelo schools-for-scam plan is just taking longer to sink in with people than expected.)

May 11, 2005 5:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alejandro Avila, 30, a Lake Elsinore factory worker convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and suffocating the 5-year-old Stanton girl, faces execution or life in prison without parole

Villaraigosa voted AGAINST stiffer penalities for guys like Avila. Poor little Samantha Runnion didn't have a chance and Antonio supports these type of criminals.

May 11, 2005 5:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Strike that, Rick Taylor is the "Darth Vador of Politics" - according to Bill Rosendahl.

May 11, 2005 9:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rick Taylor is about to be The Lord High Executioner of Bill Rosendahl.

Rick, you'll never work in theis town again.

Well, you'll never make it on Bill's Adelphia interview show, anyway.

May 11, 2005 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The "Z" man at the "David Breeze" nails ADV's corrupt little bi-coastal dealings again -- and running DESPARATE and losing ground fast, ADV tells media he "won't respond to Hahn's accusations anymore" (then promptly makes another accusation ABOUT Hahn). But HEY, here's good news, dirty-money-man Muerelo has better "quip" writers than Antonio does!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Villaraigosa's donors in Florida raise eyebrows; L.A. mayoral candidate's fund-raising swings through Miami bring to light shady characters and others who have business interests in Los Angeles.
By David Zahniser
Copley News Service

For Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, it was a whirlwind day of campaigning -- a flight to Miami followed by three back-to-back fund-raisers with members of that city's business elite.

Villaraigosa's Florida allies used the April 13 visit to promote him as a rising political star.

But some of the participants in those fund-raisers have been drawing unwelcome attention in Miami and Los Angeles, both for their private sector transactions and their public political dealings.

With Florida fund raising now serving as a major theme of Mayor James Hahn's campaign against Villaraigosa, the councilman has had to defend his appearance with supporters who include:

•Home builder Sergio Pino, who co-hosted Villaraigosa's first Miami event. Pino faced questions last year after he held a fund-raiser for Miami-Dade's top prosecutor, just as her staffers were reviewing his daughter's case for felony cocaine possession. The case was later dropped.

•Lobbyist Sylvester Lukis, a co-host of Villaraigosa's second event, who was indicted on federal bribery charges and acquitted. While he was found not guilty of all 10 charges in 1997, his wife was convicted of mail fraud in the same case and was serving a 27-month prison sentence until former President Clinton freed her in the final weeks of his presidency.

•Sean Anderson, president of Travel Traders, a hotel gift shop company whose employees and associates gave Villaraigosa at least $47,000. District Attorney Steve Cooley is investigating whether money laundering was involved in the contributions, which Villaraigosa has chosen to return.

•Developer Richard Meruelo, a businessman whose family has given Villaraigosa more than $100,000. Meruelo, who attended two of the Miami events, is battling the Los Angeles Unified School District over the site of a proposed high school.

•Meruelo's brother, Homero Meruelo Jr., who also attended Pino's event but did not make a contribution. He was convicted of insurance fraud more than a decade ago.

Hahn camp questions judgment

Hahn's top campaign adviser argued that the Miami trip raises questions about Villaraigosa's judgment.

"When he went out to Florida, he assembled a rogues' gallery of questionable characters, and it raises more and more doubts about why are these people investing their money in Antonio for mayor," said Hahn spokesman Kam Kuwata.

Villaraigosa spokesman Nathan James said there was nothing unwise about the councilman's fund-raising trip. Any criticism from Hahn over that trip is an attempt to distract voters from his "failed record of leadership, his broken promises and his own multiple federal and state investigations of his administration," James added.

"What was unwise was Jim Hahn appointing his chief fund-raiser as head of the proprietary departments" -- the harbor, airport and Department of Water and Power, James said in a reference to former Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards. "That's an action he took as mayor that he's never fully explained."

Hahn has spent the past week running attack ads on the fund-raisers in Florida, a state whose politics have been the subject of newspaper investigations and federal corruption probes for a decade. One Miami Herald columnist argued last year that lobbyists had turned Miami's airport into a "suck-hole of avarice, favoritism and waste."

Meanwhile, Richard Meruelo and other Villaraigosa backers voiced disgust that Florida fund raising has become a focus of Hahn's campaign.

"Hahn has nothing better to talk about," said one supporter, Miami media consultant Jose Cancela. "Florida's always good for a few political jokes."

One Miami event was co-hosted by Pino, whose company, Century Duty Free, was targeted by Miami-Dade's inspector general in 2002 for its handling of a contract at Miami International Airport. The report concluded that Pino and his three partners received $14.6 million but provided no services.

Backer was involved in Miami inquiry

Pino was also the subject of a Miami New Times article last year that focused on his July 22 fund-raiser for State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the top prosecutor for Miami-Dade. The event occurred a few weeks after his daughter, 24-year-old Jacqueline Pino, was arrested on charges of felony cocaine possession and resisting arrest.

Pino's daughter was apprehended outside a Miami Beach nightclub after her friend, 20-year-old Vanessa Gonzalez, got into an altercation. As Gonzalez was being arrested, Jacqueline Pino removed a Ziploc bag of cocaine from her friend's pocket, and was then arrested herself, according to a police report.

Pino threw a fund-raiser for Rundle weeks later, even as prosecutors were reviewing his daughter's case. Pino confirmed in a New Times interview that the event was at his office and said he went ahead with it because he knew the arrest had been a mistake.

Rundle's office dropped the case on Aug. 6, saying it did so because Miami Beach police officers had failed to show up for meetings on the case. In a memo, a Rundle aide also said the cases were too minor to justify the "considerable time, effort and expense."

However, Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said his agency considered the felony charges serious and wanted to pursue them, but tried without success to coordinate with Rundle's office.

Pino could not be reached for comment Monday and Tuesday. But Cancela, who sits on the board of Pino's company, described the timing of the fund-raiser as "pure coincidence," adding that Pino has held several events for Rundle.

In another case involving a fund-raising co-host for Villaraigosa, Lukis and his wife, Lee County Commissioner Vicki Lopez-Lukis, were indicted on 10 counts of bribery. Prosecutors asserted that Lukis funneled money to Lopez-Lukis -- his girlfriend at the time -- as he persuaded her to award a county contract for his client, according to court documents.

Lukis was found not guilty after the couple argued that they were only trying to cover up their relationship. But a jury found that his wife had "knowingly and willfully devised a scheme to defraud the citizens of Lee County of their intangible right to ... honest services," according to court records.

Asked about the case, Lukis said his legal history is irrelevant to Villaraigosa's campaign and argued that his wife has already paid a major debt to society.

Meruelo argued that his brother's criminal history is unconnected to the campaign.

"(Hahn) is just desperate," he added. "He just wants to mar Villaraigosa in the eleventh-and-a-half hour."

May 11, 2005 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Go to the above link and you won't be censored.

May 11, 2005 12:26 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

The last CD11 debate will be broadcast on Channel 36 at 7:00 p.m. tonight. You can also see it online at www.la36.org

What Flora as she lets the venon out!

May 11, 2005 5:27 PM  

Blogger Westsider said:

You have to hand to Channel 36. They cut off the closing statements by Bill Rosendahl and Flora Gil Krisiloff. And had those statements been broadcast, we would have witnessed Flora's trademark closing statement of touting her 20 years of community service and then a verbal attack on Bill Rosendahl.

Bill is a class act and he never has been phased by Flora's venom and he does not dignify her scurrilous remarks. At one candidate forum, Flora's attack on Bill in her closing statement seemed so odd that it drew boo's and hisses from the audience. Some Flora supporters immediately switched their allegiance to Bill right on the spot!

One has to wonder whether or not Flora’s campaign consultant ever advised her that you win by addition, not subtraction?

May 11, 2005 8:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amateur. You win by both.

Bill shoould get into the bunkers; the deluge is coming...

He knows what it is, why don't you supporters ask him to tell you?

Ugly, ugly, ugly. And, no, it has nothing whatsoever to do with his sexual preferences...of ocurse, that is quite another story...

May 11, 2005 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Negative campaigning just doesn't work the way it used to. It turns off the voters. In the 53rd Assembly race, there were Republicans who voted for Democrat Mike Gordon because the GOP's candidate had gone overkill on negative mailers.

May 11, 2005 9:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio will lose, and it will be because all those westside activists went and volunteered on Bill's campaign.

All those suckers sacrificing the future of the city for a city council race... They deserve what they get (more LAX expansion, more Playa Vista Projects, paving the Ballona Wetlands to build another airport landing strip, etc.)

May 11, 2005 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Concerned Westside Mother,
How many children do you have and what are their ages? Go walk precincts for Antonio. It's good exercise for the whole family!

May 11, 2005 11:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Mama- r u really a lady or some dude working for Han?

May 11, 2005 11:38 PM  

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May 12, 2005 1:00 AM  

Blogger Westsider said:

I don't think that there needs to be any worries about Antonio winning the westside. Even some Flora supporters are walking for Antonio. Of course, Antonio did endorse Bill Rosendahl for City Council.

In terms of the Concerned Westside Mother's comments, I do not know from where she is getting her information, but please be rest assured that even people in Brentwood know that no runways will be built in the Ballona Wetlands. Playa Vista sold the land to the State of California.

I don't know how long she has lived in L.A., but no major development happens in a Council District without that Councilman's approval. Customarily, the other Councilmen and Councilwomen defer to their colleague on these major development issues.

May 12, 2005 1:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If I was handling the Hahn campaign I would make the following commercial with these scenes:
Scene 1: Very hardcore looking, multiple tattooed gang members harassing a family in the park. The police show up to try and do something to protect the family only to be stopped by AV who shows up in time to protect the gang members.
Scene 2: A sleazy, unshaven old man is observing some kids playing on the swings in the park. He pulls out a handful of candy and heads over to the kids. Next you see him walking away holding a little girls hand as she licks a candy sucker. A close up of the man's shirt reveals a button that reads "Vote For Antonio V. for mayor".
Scene 3: Group of L.A.P.D. uniformed officers are with Antonio shooting an endorsement commercial. The director yells, cut! That's a wrap! As the officers walk away the camera zooms in on the back of the officers collars to reveal "Acme Costume Rentals" as these are not real L.A.P.D. officers but non-union actors.
Cut to Mayor Hahn shooting his commercial with the real L.A.P.D. officers endorsing him.
These three commercial scenes will have a tremendous impact. The commercials about Antonio taking Miami money are burnt out and nobody cares anymore. The voters know ALL politicians take questionable campaign contributions and only give it back when they are caught like AV just did. I suggest the Hahn campaign concentrate on getting some new
hard hitting commercials that will resonate with the
undecideds otherwise he and all on his staff are going to be looking for work come next Wednesday morning

May 12, 2005 6:43 PM  

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