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Monday, February 27, 2006

Young Democrats Endorse Montanez

The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats have met to endorse candidates in the coming June primaries. While most of their endorsements are predictable, most notable is the club's endorsement of 20th Senate district candidate Cindy Montanez over club founder Alex Padilla.

As well, unless there is a typo, it looks as if the club has not taken a stand in that ever controversial 38th Assembly race.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend our general membership meeting last night, where SFVYD made endorsements for the June '06 Primary race. Over 80 people attended the event, packed tight into Millikan Middle School's library. It was exciting to see so many young voters engaged in local politics. I want to extend a special thanks to the many candidates who took the time to come and address YD's, including Congressman Brad Sherman, Assemblymember Cindy Montañez, Mayor Abbe Land, Councilman Alex Padilla, Jonathan Levey, Jim Alger, and LACDP Chair Eric Bauman (representing Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi.)

Candidates recommended by the Executive Board needed a majority of voting members to win endorsement. After balloting, the list of candidates endorsed by SFVYD is...
Federal Office

* US Senate - Dianne Feinstein
* 24th Congressional District - Mary Pallant
* 27th Congressional District - Brad Sherman
* 28th Congressional District - Howard Berman
* 29th Congressional District - Adam Schiff

Statewide Office

* Lt. Gov: John Garamendi
* Controller: John Chiang
* State Superintendent: Jack O'Connell
* Secretary of State: Debra Bowen

Local Senate/Assembly/Senate Races:

* 20th SD: Cindy Montañez
* 37th AD: Ferial Masry
* 39th AD: Richard Alarcón
* 40th AD: Lloyd Levine
* 41st AD: Jonathan Levey
* 43rd AD: Paul Krekorian
* Sierra Madre City Council: Joe Mosca

Once again, thank you to all of the SFVYD members who came to cast their votes. Now let's translate these endorsements into feet on the ground! SFVYD will be holding two campaign events every month from now until June. Check back on the weblog and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.

--Posted by Damian Carroll, SFVYD President


Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are correct about the 38th Sam. The vote was as follows:

Jim Alger 50%

Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus 23%

No endorsement 17%

This was a blow to Shaw who had the Vice President of the club endorse her at the last minute and Alger still took 50%, (but needed 60% to get the endorsement).

Speaking of which, that makes Cindy's win HUGE as Alex was not even able to make the 21% threshold to stave off the endorsement.

February 26, 2006 11:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I wonder which endorsements are more "powerful"...Feinstein, Boxer, Berman or the SFVYD?

February 27, 2006 7:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Truthfully, endorsements usually don't mean shit except the Young Dems will canvass for you. Doubt that Feinstein is knocking on any doors any time soon.

February 27, 2006 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There's a bigger name out there than that :)

February 27, 2006 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the beautiful thing about this endorsement is that PADILLA FOUNDED THIS CLUB.

the boy is so far out into the weeds that he can't even manage an endorsement from a club he helped create.

add that to the fact that he is paying yet ANOTHER CONSULTANT to do his dem endorsements (coby king), and he now has FIVE consultant mouths to feed: kapulchinski (who's never even done a senate race before), leo briones (who will bleed him dry on mail costs), acevedo for field, king for losing dem endorsements, and charley dobbs (who is getting 15% of every dollar that comes into the race, whether she raised it or not).

that overhead will be what loses him the race. never mind that the race is being run into the ground anyway, but those consultants will take out at least 40% of his money in fees, and probably more.

he's toast.

February 27, 2006 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hello, 9:45? Rose Kapolczynski? Yeah, she's done a little Senate race for the past 14 years called BARBARA BOXER. I guess if it didn't happen in the brief moment in time that you've been involved in politics, it doesn't count, huh?

February 27, 2006 10:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think that Rose and her team are the lead consultants. Make no mistake, Rose is excellent. But...they are stretched a little thin. But Padilla does have too many consultants and is probably spending too much money.
Montanez will pull this out because people intrinsically trust her more. Padilla, although he tries to be humble, comes across as overly ambitious, smug and a little arrogant.
Its too bad, becuase both are good candidates, but I think Padilla would be a more effective senator.

February 27, 2006 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dumb ass, State senate. which tend to be more about local endorsements, grassroots field campaign, and not about congressional endorsements.

I guess those 14 years with Boxer were a waste, because it looks like she is getting schooled by Team Montanez

February 27, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leo will serve him well.

February 27, 2006 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


State Senate is a little different than US Senate. The down ballot races are more about field, direct mail and local endorsements, where US Senate is all about free media and TV, neither of which will be a factor in the 20th.

Different game. Different result.

February 27, 2006 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If my memory serves me well, Rose was not only a lobbyist but the political Director for the Sierra Club. I guess it didnt help her because Cindy got their endorsement.

As for the rest of the crack team of Progressive Startegy Partners.

wasn't Yvette Martinez the District Chief of Staff for US Congresswoman Hilda Solis? I guess that didnt help her either because Cindy got her endorsement too.

Word has it that Boxer will follow sit and dual endorse.

Way to go APad, just keep adding those hacks to your team.

who's next Gerry Guzman....ooops, he's already on the team.

February 27, 2006 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jerry Guzman??????? what a joke, is APad going after the very powerful Pubelo Y salud endorsement?

February 27, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alex needed more than FORTY PERCENT to stop the endorsement. I don't know the percentage, but I am sure it was not 21%.

That being said, Alex has not exactly been out there the way a propspective candidate should be. He has no literature, no field operation yet.

City Hall tends to isolate you from your constituents if you are not careful.

SFVYD has sent out a slate mailer in the past, so their endorsement is more than just a name, just like DP/SFV sends out slate mailers.

February 27, 2006 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hey 12:43

alex got something like 10 votes to cindy's 50+.

pathetic if he counts getting to 40% a VICTORY.

a win for alex is STOPPING cindy from stomping him at HIS OWN club. wow, that's some serious desperation spin.

February 27, 2006 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How bad of a day is Alex Padilla having when Jim freaking Alger gets more votes then he does?

Not sure if that speaks well for Alger but Christ Alex, you need to rethink your campaign quickly.

February 27, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Of course it speaks well for Alger... it also speaks very well for Cindy and says all that needs to be said for Alex.

I was sure looking forward to kicking him out of City Hall but looks like Alex is going to get the stuffing kicked out of him.

February 27, 2006 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Notice also there's no endorsement in the Guvs race!

From what I understand, the Valley YD's intentionally broke off from the State YS's because they felt that the big YD convo in Tahoe was rigged, or something!

The vote ended up 25-20 Phil with 6 people choosing "No Endorsement."

Maybe it's a sign of people getting tired of the institutional powers that be telling them what to do?

Maybe it's shows that Angelides has been foolish to not have an LA operation?

I don't know - and it is only one group - but maybe Phil's mojo is running a little low.

It went a little like the Alger/Shaw thing too; Phil didn't send anyone so one of the officers got up and spoke about him. It still wasn't enough.

February 27, 2006 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I got to give Cindy and her staff credit. They've been planning the move to state senate since mid-2004. Her people infiltrated DPSFV and the SFVYD. She played her cards right.

I think she would make an excellent State Senator. Too bad she wasn't born and raised in the City of Los Angeles.

February 27, 2006 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I forgot, APad co-founder of SFVYD and it didnt help him, Cindy got that endorsement too.

February 27, 2006 7:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leo Briones was the consultant who got the UFW to agree to place a Cesar Chavez picture on a brochure promoting a toxic waste incinerator in South Gate. Leo, Senator Martha Escutia's husband, was on the payroll of the company looking to build this incerator smack in the middle of one of the most densely populated cities in California. The community ralllied together and defeated this incinerator - all the while the UFW was crying about toxic pesticides. What hypocrisy - but then this is the mindset of Latino politics in L.A. . Cesar must be turning in his million dollar, tax payer funded grave.

Oh, and who put together this community opposition - Al Robles. Ever wonder how this bozo got his start, Leo opened the door for him. Hang it up Alex - too much, too soon for too little brain and balls.

February 27, 2006 7:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't Martha Escutia the one who took down Robles? How do you figure that Leo Briones was the one who helped Robles get his start?

February 27, 2006 8:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

was stewar there?

February 27, 2006 9:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Martha didn't take down Robles. Her only contribution was that Robles threatened her and her attorney overhead Robles. If it wasn't for Martha and Briones shameless abuse of Cesar Chavez' legacy in their defeated effort to get that incinerator built, Al Robles wouldn't even be a memory. Martha and Leo created the scenario that allowed Robles to take over South Gate politics. How else do you think he got the votes in the first place. They weren't votes for Robles, they were votes against Briones and Escutia.

February 27, 2006 10:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

isn't Cobly King running for city council?

February 27, 2006 11:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cindy "may" have done a number of getting so called key endorsemets, but ultimately its the voters that have the last say so. Sadly enough, Cindy does not represent the traditional latina of the Latino/a community of San Fernando Valley. The "comadre" network is going to come out for Alex just because Cindy represents to the traditional latina in the valley, the woman that you dont bring home to meet your mother. You dont bring putas to meet mom, you only use them. Que no Fabian?

February 28, 2006 10:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sounds like a hater to me. No worries, the "compadre" network will be working also (against APad).

Let the games begin!

February 28, 2006 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with 10:12. Alex does have a base in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. The average person might not be aware of the collusion that goes on in city hall, but nevertheless people like him given the fact that they can point to an MIT-graduate turned politician. Had he appeared more concerned with what goes on his district than simply planning his next move, I suspect he'd be a little more popular.

I can see that you, Mayor Sam, do not care much about Padilla. But for all the hype and gripe you have about city politics and specific politicians, why don't you run for office. Perhaps you don't make a very good candidate, or lack charisma.

February 28, 2006 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Too bad Alex's bases...is also the mayor's base


February 28, 2006 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

does the 4/5 of his base even know if MIT is any different than ITT tech, or what it even is?

February 28, 2006 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have to agree, Alex's base doesn't know what MIT is maybe FIDM. They just know that Alex is an elected official and is Mex-American. They Hold Antonio V. in much higher reguard.

So who does Antonio Support? ................Cindy!!!!!

Can you say goodbye to Alex's base. even a 10%, 20%, 30% shift is going to kill him.

Better get to work Alex, oops thats right your office has "NO ONE" in there day in day out. except for Jerry and city council staff. Good.....it looks like alex and staff will be losing more than just the race........some of that extra fat they carry on them.

February 28, 2006 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Isnt Jerry that flamer CM fired?
Pissed off flamers don't think rationally.

February 28, 2006 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, Cindy's staff calling people flamers on blogs. Pa-fucking-thetic.

Grow up children, daddy's here *Bitchslap*.

February 28, 2006 8:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You meant to say disgruntled ex-employees don't think rationally. Match made in heaven!

- Postal Worker

February 28, 2006 11:44 PM  

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