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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hey, there's an election coming up...

Election day is March 7, you know, and precinct-walking this beautiful weekend is wearing the soles of many pairs of Stacy Adams and Mary Janes mighty thin.

Here's an emerging sideshow to note: the DailyNews, not letting up, prints a congratulatory editorial this morning on BEST, the private/nonprofit funded after school program that over the past 16 years has reduced dropout rates at LAUSD schools by as much as 20%.

What's more, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's name is all over the editorial.

Earlier this week, I found the timing of the BEST report release curious. But the story has legs, and the DN is still running with it.


A few kids that maybe haven't had the program raised a ruckus at John Marshall High last night. Police helicopter, three squad cars and firetruck all at the scene to shut down the disturbance and send the 300 revellers home. The Vice Principal calls it the worst incident he's seen at the school in four years.


In the school board race, who's really got mo, tho? Christopher Arellano puts out a press release this morning, noting momentum coming his way with a little over a week left:

"Our Campaign continues to build momentum and support," the release says.

"Christopher Arellano has pledged to re-direct more resources to schools and classrooms, lower class sizes, support local decision-making at the school site, and work together with educators, parents, and other agencies to keep our kids in school."

"That’s why UTLA, Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, and a coalition of community leaders are supporting Christopher for School Board in District 2."

Win, lose, or push (push is possible March 7, even likely, as someone needs 50% in this race, otherwise there's a runoff), Arellano has run a street-smart campaign fueled by high profile endorsements, and credit goes to his own relentless energy but also to the unlikely-paired brain trust of Heather Repenning and Rafael Pizarro. Repenning, who was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic Natonal Convention, has the master consultant's special talents for listening to everything, saying precious little, and keeping the opposition guessing; Pizarro is her avuncular and jovial complement, ready for banter with everyone even as he's cleaning your clock. After this campaign, I would expect that the unassuming Ms. Repenning will be a highly-sought commodity, likely for future Cal legislature races.


Elsewhere, your moral leader Eric Garcetti delivered on something worthwhile again, his office taking a lead role in the rebuilding of the Palomar, the apartment building near Santa Monica and Western torched by its owner-arsonist in August 2001. Here's the excerpt from the press release:
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti joined Assemblymembers
Jackie Goldberg and Dario Frommer and representatives of Hollywood
Community Housing Corporation, the state Tax Credit Allocation Committee
(TCAC) and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA/LA) to open the
brand-new Palomar Apartments just east of the corner of Santa Monica
Boulevard and Western Avenue on the scene of a tragic 2001 fire that
claimed two lives and injured two firefighters.

You may recall the tragic story of the Palomar, whose owner set the complex ablaze to defraud an insurance company, killing two people in the process, including his own brother. The phoenix that rises from the ashes now includes 27 apartments for low-income and physically challenged residents.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is my prediction: Monica and Chris make it to the run-off. Monica loses big. Here is why:

Have you ever talked to Monica about serving? She waited until the eleveth hour to decide and did so because Huizar wanted her to. She doesn't want this job and doesn't want the attention. It shows.

Chris does want this job (or any elected job he can get). He simply wants to be an elected official for somone unknow reason. Although it don't respect his singular vision at jumping around just to get elected, I think he will win because he and those around him want to win.

February 25, 2006 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHy did Chris Arellano change is name?

February 25, 2006 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica will win. (Thats a period behind the statement.....)

February 25, 2006 2:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jeez thanks for the insight previous poster. I guess you've probably never met here. It appears there are at least a few district staffers that believes she is less than stellar. I'd have to agree. He claim that she is an educator is lame. And, teachers aren't supporting her. A corrupt non-teacher union is supporting her. And, I guess you've never gone to any of the candidate forums. Her results there speak for themselves (and the results show an incredible lack of comprehension about the school district even though she's been there 4 years).

I'm trying to decide between Chris and Enrique.

February 25, 2006 4:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened to the Martin watch? Did Parke or Antonio get to you mayors? Where's Mayor Frank on this? This thing is about to blow up. Subpoenas are being prepared for virtually every consultant with a labor backed candidate. Hacopian, Shallman, Griego, Taylor and last but certainly not least, Parke Skelton himself. Have you ever been deposed Parke? Have you ever been deposed by Ricardo Torres? There are stiff penalties for perjury - much worse than Martin's 1/4 million dollar fine and 10 year banishment. You better have every pay stub, e-mail, deposit slip and cell phone records at the ready. You wouldn't want the Feds tearing down your door at 4:00 in the morning. Just one mistatement or proven lie and you belong to Schwarzeneggar's Department of Corrections. See what you get for sticking with Labor dumb fucks - over and over they've proven that they are certainly not the sharpest tools in the shed. Don't drop the soap, there are plenty of gay candidates in prison - work it!

February 25, 2006 6:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:09pm, sounds like Arellano is making someone a tad nervous.

February 25, 2006 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Mailander - you moron! Anyone who knows anything knows that Repenning and Pizarro aren't the consultants on that campaign. They're idiots.

February 25, 2006 7:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah...when the Democratic Party, Jackie Goldberg and the rest of this town's political dimwits endorse a SOCIOPATH with a criminal record as long as John Holmes' ding-a-ling, it MAKES ME NERVOUS!!!! What the f****k is going on with this CITY??????

February 25, 2006 7:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's my prediction, CHRISTOPHER ARELLANO goes to Jail!!!!

February 25, 2006 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wouldn't rule out Ana Fernandez. She is keeping up with all the rest. Look at her fundraising totals.

Heather and Chris are over rated.

February 25, 2006 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Repenning rocks. And Fernandez is who Garcia should be really worried about. Christopher will be an elected official sometime and will make a good showing, but Ana can knock Monica out.

February 25, 2006 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Anonymous said...
Here's my prediction, CHRISTOPHER ARELLANO goes to Jail!!!!

February 25, 2006 7:53 PM "

Under which name?

February 26, 2006 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey, if all anyone has to worry about is being deposed by the team of Torres, III and Pacheco, they should relax and plan on a long life of laughter and joy.

Those two have not enjoyed overwhelming success in either campaigns or legal victories of late.

(I love it when "thieves fall out"...the union movement in Los Angeles is in such disarry, they may never win another local election here again, thanks to the arrogance and greed of those in charge)

Keep it up guys, Republicans and moderate Democrats will take their rightful place again and we'll all come to visit you.

February 26, 2006 1:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Is that you Parke not able to sleep again? You must have your head in the sand. Just ask Alatorre about Torres' victories in court. Court ordered drug tests doomed Alatorre's career - his daughter was taken away from him and he did a stint in house arrest. I would call that a victory.

Plus it's not only Torres or Pacheco, you will also have the DA and the Feds at these depositions. Keep saying to yourself that there is nothing to worry about, maybe that wil calm your nerves. But here's something that will keep you up even later than usual - Martin is talking. I'm sure he doesn't mean and that he thinks he's being a nice guy by cooperating, but this dumb fuck is bringing the whole labor/politcal establishment down. Martin doesn't even have a clue as to the pandora's box he just opened.

February 26, 2006 7:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam delete 8:27pm

Chris Arellano will win because he won't be a puppet to Jose or Antonio. The person who's posting the negative crap on Chris is an Antonio operative trying desperately to post negative crap because they are running scared. You ask anyone in the district and they will tell you Monica is toooooo close to Antonio and we all know there are many who can't stand Antonio is District 2. Chris will be his own man.

So to the anon poster slamming Chris stick to the issues. Monica Garcia isn't as intelligent and doesn't have a vision Chris does.

February 26, 2006 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From today's Times:

Your editorial about the damage Ludlow's resignation from the Federation of Labor may do to the labor movement and the mayor's political base ignores the more egregious result of Ludlow's activities. By all the available evidence, including his own words, Ludlow corrupted a free election. Ludlow lost in the preliminary round of his campaign for the 10th District City Council seat by a margin of about 13% points. He won the subsequent runoff by a margin smaller than that.

Had Ludlow played by the rules, there might never have been a runoff. Labor's substantial and deliberately concealed illegal resources provided to Ludlow may well have been the difference in both races. Labor may suffer a setback, but the voters of the 10th District were robbed of a fair election.


Los Angeles

February 26, 2006 10:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the trash-talk about Christopher's not going to be fruitful. It's just not that type of race, and his story is much more compelling than the Monica's anyway. I would think it's in her best interest to not talk about Arellano at all and just focus on waving pictures of the mayor.

I also think Fernandez is fairly articulate, but she's an also-ran.

February 26, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when is ****CORRUPTION*** and **FRAUD*** (HE-LLO) not a political issue? Chris Arellano is misleading ALL of you.

Plus, I declare him pittiful for having the nerve to run for a school board position when he can't EVEN DO SIMPLE ALGEBRA!!!!!


February 27, 2006 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 2:44pm --

How pitiful is it to not be able to spell the word 'pitiful'?!?

February 27, 2006 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've read both threads here: A) will Chris win or won't he; and B) And what about that Martin scandal and its effects on labor's clout. Here's an answer to both: Chris will win because the teachers, and most of the labor movement, win elections honestly and will the sweat of workers and staffers winning them on the ground as well in the media. The County Fed made no endorsement in the campaign today, meaning that the Fed will sit it out while Local 99 and UTLA dukes it out -- a smart move at this moment.

The labor "dumb-fucks" (perhaps you think all locals, like all corporations, are corrupt?) that one of you speak of are not well represented by Local 99's Humphries and her sidekick Nicky P.

Chris is earnest, and I can't believe that confused kid has become a astute and endearing candidate. Don't the majority of you party hacks out there have a fling with a frat brother, a drug bust, or klepto rap in your past?

Give it a rest.

February 27, 2006 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christopher Arellano aka convicted felon Robert Christopher Bruce is toast. This hack has been exposed - and more revelations will probably be forthcoming.

UTLA will reconsider its endorsement - and, he will probably lose the endorsement and their money and foot soldiers.

Jackie Goldberg and Eric Garcetti have been embarrassed by this slime ball. Not to mention poor Heather!

It's now a race between Monica and Ana.

March 02, 2006 12:23 PM  

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