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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Grad Man Walking

Who would have thought that Sheriff Lee Baca would play a pivotal role in determining whether the Los Angeles Unified School District gets handed over to Antonio Villaraigosa or not? Yet that appears to be the case.

(And please, please don't draw parallels, Samistas, between the systemic troubles of the LAUSD and Sheriff Baca's gulagette, which he proudly touts at his website as "the Nation’s largest local jail system housing over 20,000 prisoners.")

In that black and white way that a lawman likes to look at things, Baca withdrew his support for Chris Arellano yesterday, and even called on him to pull out of the race, saying:
"To me there's no margin of error in this sort of thing. It's wrong to claim you've achieved a college degree when you have not. Puffing up your resume unnecessarily is a character issue."

And of course, the Sheriff knows all about character issues. He's shocked, shocked I tell you, to find that politicians split hairs on resumes!

BTW, in a quote that's so buried by the Times it might as well be six feet under, Jackie Goldberg said:
"Do I think he has screwed up by doing this? Yes," she said. "He is a streetwise kid who needs to make the transition to the big leagues. I think he can make that transition, and I think he'll be very good for the discussions that [school] board is having about kids just like the one he used to be."

No word yet from Garcetti's office.


Meanwhile, the Anyone But Monica movement extended earlier this week to the Los Angeles Times.

Maybe you missed it, maybe you didn't, but the Times on March 1, after interviewing all candidates, endorsed Ana Teresa Fernandez.
Antonio Villaraigosa left the City Council in June to become mayor; Jose Huizar left the Los Angeles Unified School District board in November to fill Villaraigosa's vacancy on the council; and this Tuesday, four candidates are vying for Huizar's now-vacant seat on the school board. None of the top three would-be replacements is particularly impressive. The best choice is the fourth, 23-year-old Ana Teresa Fernandez.

Agreed, Ana is a fresh face, and though young and impressionable she doesn't figure to be a perfect rubber stamp for the Mayor the way Monica Garcia does. Clicking over to Ana's vision for the District, we find that her vision is...

uh, coming soon...

Well, you can't accomplish everything by the Saturday before the election. But man oh man---don't your kids deserve better than all this? The Saturday before the election, the ratcheting up of the slime machine, lots of indignant posing---and nobody talking issues, or even offering a vision.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander, I always like your posts, but this guy is FRAUD, and you are dissapointing me!

I think all of this is very telling about the integrity of Mr. Arellano or whatever his name is.

1. He lied about the degrees he has. (Which says something about USC if they let him in without verifing his BA... but that's another story.)

2. He lied about his IDENTITY.

3. He lied about a criminal past.


This is his own doing not MAV or anyone from the Garcia camp. This guy is a disgrace, and certainly not worthy of the public trust that comes with public office.

March 04, 2006 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, please - you Arellano Apologists and hacks: if this were one of the other candidates, you would be raking them over the coals.

Arellano is running for the Los Angeles Unified SCHOOL BOARD and he's lying about his education! Doesn't that register with you? First, he was four credits short, now it's a whole semester.

Of course, that doesn't include that he lied (worst case) / didn't disclose (Arellano Apologist spin) his two convictions nor ever mention his name change.

Those are the facts. And, Arellano Apologists, you can put as many Rove-like smoke screens as you want, but it is an issue of integrity.

At least Baca and the LA County Democratic Party saw what an embarrassment that is and withdrew their support. Funny how you don't mention that Arellano lied to Eric Bauman to his face about any other skeletons in his closet.

Shame on Jackie Goldberg - between this and her support of carpetbagger Elena Popp, it shows that she's just as bad as any Republican she rails against.

And, boy, does UTLA's vote of support look really bad.

Christopher: congratulations on the hell thou hath wrought....

March 04, 2006 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't belive this idiot actually wanted to go to the assembly. Then again...

March 04, 2006 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris screwed up. But, I must tell you that if Monica gets elected you will see even less action that you saw with Huizar.



March 04, 2006 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1992-1995 - Christopher Arellano, troubled youth.
2006 - Christopher Arellano, troubled adult.

March 04, 2006 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What Huizar accomplished was because of Monica. Monica is not aspiring to higher office. At least not the last time I checked.

But not every candidate appeals to everyone, so go out and vote on Tuesday.

March 04, 2006 9:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just goes to show: Heather Repulsive is no Amy Wakeland.

March 04, 2006 9:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mailander got conned bad, and he can't screw up the stuff to admit it. He's still puffing clouds of blue smoke to hide behind while he tries to get the remaining Arellano egg out of his hair. He let it dry, and it's a bitch. Time to shave it all off, Joe!

March 04, 2006 9:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sherriff Baca, one of many AV peons who wrote a letter for Vignali. Drug Dealers friend? Geeez, you are so pathetic to think our Sherriff doesn't sleep with the big guns after work.

Baca, Villaraigosa, this information on Chris was in a little bag of tricks. Pulled out the ammo and bang!

March 04, 2006 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4 credits? You measely scavangers are mad about 4 credits?

Attn: Skelton
I'm mad about AV mereulo and you stealing LAUSD Taylor Yard from LAUSD and kids

March 04, 2006 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Not four credits, you moron. That's the Christopher version of events. USC's records show he's a full semester short.

Christopher is a lying sack of sh*t and a con man.

March 04, 2006 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wasn't Huizar the lying sack of caca?

March 04, 2006 10:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, Nick.

March 04, 2006 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, Mailander is right. I though the whole point of his piece was at the end: don't our children deserve better than this?

We have a guy (Arellano) who changed his name mysteriously, perhaps to con the voters about his ethnicity, and then lied about a criminal record and his degrees. In sum, a moron.

We have a woman (Garcia) who clearly cannot exercise self-control, as evidenced by her weight. Her biggest selling point appears to be "more of the same" and will likely me the "Mindless Mouthpiece of the Mayor" (Spiro Agnew, where are you?)

We have a 23-year-old (Fernandez) who is so unprofessional, she cannot follow-through on her campaign web site.

Race to the bottom, indeed.

March 04, 2006 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you're mad about Mureulo and Taylor Yard, give Robert Garcia at CLIPI a call. Talk to him.

March 04, 2006 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the most worhhless endorsements must be that of Sheriff Baca.

Does this man PURPOSEFULLY endorse someone only to later WITHDRAW?

Does he not check out someone's bona fides BEFORE he endorses?

If you want an unstable endorsement that will likely be pulled before election day, seek Chief Baca's.

March 04, 2006 10:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're against Monica because of her weight?!?!

Issues dealing with education, I understand, but because she's fat?

Lamest. Argument. Ever.

March 04, 2006 10:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good try at diversion, folks. The subject here is not Baca's endorsement, not AV, not Huizar, not Pacheco, but of candidate Arellano (or whatever his name may be).

Christopher Arellano aka Robert Christopher Bruce is literally a thief and a liar. And, he's lied about his academic record while running for a position on the school board.

This con man should not be serving on the board.

March 04, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Skelton you get an "F" in Pimping News!

Let me "edumacate" you my friend.

We latinos come from society who has "low expectations for us" to enroll & attend college.

In our homes, Chris is viewed a bright beacon of hope for our youth. Recent actions from your team cause many Latino families reminders. Reminders of society targets & hampers other Latino success.

It won't matter he missed a 2nd degree by x amount of credits. What matters is he overcame challenges in life, graduated high school and went to college.

If he can duplicate what he did with our children, we will be gratified.

2nd degree? Who cares. I'm happy he recieved a HS Diploma and went to college with one degree completed! Most of our Latino youth won't even make it past 9th grade. Huizar was in his position for years and drop out rate increased, and this under Monica's help. These people didn't sing the Drop Out rate problem song until parents began to complain after Harvard STudy came out to light. So you see, the only one that cares are those in the field who work with kids. Don't bring me a degree but no backbone in experience to back it up. Monica has experience and that is to create higher drop out rates!

March 04, 2006 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The LA Times, a failing newspaper with a diminishing circulation and less and less advertising, once again proves itself politically tone deaf.

How irrelevant can a paper be in this decade?

Stay tuned to the decline and fall of the Times, a once great newspaper, reduced to trivia and wild hare endorsements, trying to remain relevant in a society that has passed it by...

Monica will kick her butt; probably run away with this one in the primary, thanks to Felony Chris and his deceitful ways.

Good going guy; you have made a difference, that is for sure!!!

(Monica couldn't have done it without you)

March 04, 2006 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

California Teachers Association is withdrawing its endorsement of felon and con man Christopher Arellano.

March 04, 2006 10:50 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Re Goldberg's comments:
"Big league" = committing felonies, rather than mere misdemeanors, and getting away with it

March 04, 2006 10:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Arellano story has almost nothing to do with being Latino -- which was just another movida on his part -- and a whole lot to do with being gay and an associated culture of deceit. Straight society's bias may be the cause of that, but there it is.

March 04, 2006 11:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All politicains with arrest records ought to come clean and fully disclose their wayward pasts. This is the first step in building trust with the public.

Those who do not deserve the kind of hits Arellano is currently taking and do not deserve the public's trust.

March 04, 2006 11:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which brings up something I would love for Christopher or the Arellano Apologists to answer:

On his web site, Christopher's English bio talks about his work related to gay and lesbian issues (Stonewall, PRIDE @ UTLA, etc.). But, if you read his Spanish language bio, it has none of his activities related to the gay and lesbian community.

How come?

Just one more little attempt at deceit by movida Arellano. He's gay when it serves him with the liberal white crowd, but he's not so forthcoming with the Latino community about his being gay. Says a lot about how "proud" he truly is. I wonder where he learned that from....

March 04, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 04, 2006 11:14 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:10 Here, Here!!!
Let the games begin!!!

For 500
What politician has a criminal past? Put Name, Title & crime Plus comments on how this was swept under LA TABLE

March 04, 2006 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

African American Politician
Money Laundering

Best Friends with Mayor and currently used by Mayor and Hispanic team to smear him. African American Politician used as scapegoat by Mayor and Compadres

March 04, 2006 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is the African American Community going to allow ludlow to become scapegoat for Mayor?

What happened to the strong AA community?

Villaraigosa is laughing at all of you and see you as the new PEONS of society

March 04, 2006 11:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian Nunez

Nunez Fibs About Nonprofits Political Activity

For reporters who attended Speaker Fabian Nunezs press conference today and were told by the Speaker that Voter Improvement Program (VIP) - which pays Nunez about $35,000 a year for providing strategic advice to VIP about voter trends and demographic patterns (Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2005) does not participate in political activity like phone banking, here are the facts.

Voter Improvement Program will not expend funds to influence or attempt to influence the action of voters, or expressly advocate for or against the nomination or election of a candidate or candidates for public office. (ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF VOTER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, Filed in the office of the Secretary of State Oct. 16, 2002)

Form 990, filed with IRS, indicates VIP is a 501(c) (4) and is related through common membership, governing bodies, trustees, officers to Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor paid VIP for phone banking services for the following candidates: (California Form 460, Schedule E, 10/01/00 10/21/00)

Dario Frommer
Barry Gordon
Scott Wildman
Jackie Goldberg Jerome Horton

MEMBERSHIP COMMUNICATION NOTIFICATIONS FILED WITH THE CITY ETHICS COMMISSION FOR CANDIDATES FOR CITY ELECTIVE OFFICE, Primary Election, March 4, 2003 indicates that VIP did quite a bit of phone banking on behalf of local candidates in Los Angeles.

Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Bank 2/25/2003 Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Banks to Union Members 2/13 & 2/20
Support, Martin Ludlow, Voice Blast message to Union Members 2/17& 2/18
Support, Martin Ludlow, Phone Bank Usage Calls made 2/11/03
Support, Antonio Villaraigosa, Phone banks to Union Members 2/18 & 2/20 Support, Antonio Villaraigosa, Voice Blast message to Union Members 2/17 & 2/18

The Speaker has a growing credibility problem. He is taking money from an organization that does not disclose its financial contributors, though we know from a Los Angeles Times article that at least three major oil companies are contributing to the nonprofit. How many other big corporations with business before the Speaker are contributing to VIP and directly or indirectly putting money into Nunezs pocket? And what will Nunez do about it? Here are a couple of unsuccessful approaches to dealing with scandal that Nunez may want to avoid.

A) Claim ignorance: "I didn't ask, I didn't want to know, it didn't seem appropriate," he said when asked why he did not inquire further. (Kevin Shelley speaking the to San Francisco Editorial Board, August 26, 2004)

B) Pretend youre sick: Embattled Secretary of State Kevin Shelley said Thursday his recurring problems with anger are due in part to the chronic neck pain he suffers as the result of a 1986 diving accident in the Russian River. (Sacramento Bee, August 27, 2004)

C) Be a martyr: "While I have made errors that I deeply regret, I have never, ever done so with the intent of subverting the law or of benefiting myself,'' he said. (Kevin Shelleys resignation speech, San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2005) ** In Nunezs case, of course, he is directly and personally benefiting from VIPs political activity.

March 04, 2006 11:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maria Elena Durazo

Durazo said she is taking the job because she views unions as the solution to many of the region's problems.

She plans to follow the federation's established game plan: help elect union-friendly candidates who will pass laws that support labor and clear the way for businesses and new developments that agree to welcome unionized workers. Last fall, for example, her union dumped $82,000 into the campaign to get Jose Huizar elected to the City Council.

The first of her family to attend college, Durazo set her sights on becoming an attorney. She eventually attended the People's College of Law — which Villaraigosa also attended — but, inspired by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement, dropped out to dive into the world of labor. She began as an organizer in the sweatshops of L.A.


March 04, 2006 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Alger, Candidate for State Assembly of 38th District, perjury or false statements. He has refused to fully disclose.

March 04, 2006 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




March 04, 2006 11:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:10 Here, Here!!!
Let the games begin!!!

For 500
What politician has a criminal past? Put Name, Title & crime Plus comments on how this was swept under LA TABLE

March 04, 2006 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Another crooked Hacopian client.

March 04, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One more for the Arellano apoligists...

He is no role model, and nothing to look up to for youngsters. Get over it. He is not worthy of public trust.

He's one baboso latino. He is a disgrace to this latino.

March 04, 2006 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love how the Arellano Apologistas have to start pointing fingers at others and not deal with the issue (or, candidate) at hand.

Christopher Arellano is a convicted thief (2 times) and a liar about his academic record. A person running for the school board who lies about his academic record, no less. No wonder he declined to take the simple math test - he probably didn't understand it!

The Arellano Apologista argument we are now hearing is "well, these other politicians are bad, so this convicted felon and liar is just like them."

Sorry, Arellano Apologistas, perhaps your parents did not teach you this, but there's an old saying: "Two wrongs don't make a right."

Christopher Arellano is not fit to be elected to the school board no matter how much you like to point at your political foes.

March 04, 2006 12:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Please post the arrest history of our local politicians. To be fair adult arrest histories only.

Indicate if they have fully disclosed the details.

The public has the right to know even if the media declines to tell us.

Mayor Sam, This would be a great subject to post.

March 04, 2006 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:52 you are wrong. Bounce Arellano and the rest of the criminal bums. I would rather have a young and inexperience board member than Arellano but I would also like honestly from all of our politicians.

March 04, 2006 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love how the Christopher Camp first blames the media when they expose that he's a criminal and a liar. La Opinion is a rag! Adolfo Guzman Lopez at KPCC has become a shill!

And, funny how Lee Baca was OK when he endorsed Christopher but because he's withdrawn his endorsement, Baca is a bad guy!

Camp Christopher is run and suppported by a bunch of self-serving, sanctimonious hypocrites.

Arellano is a liar, a convicted criminal and a fraud. He should not be elected to the school board or anything else for that matter.

March 04, 2006 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

maria elena durazo dropped out of college and she is leader of unions?

How ironic

I would imagine she graduated from college, news to me AHHHHHHH

March 04, 2006 1:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:52 Do I hear Gasca blogging again? Yup

March 04, 2006 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Arellano Apologistas - we read you out there. Can you answer a question from one of the previous posts:

On Arellano's web site, his English bio talks about his work on gay and lesbian issues. But his Spanish language bio has none of his gay & lesbian community activities.

How come?

It is just one more ploy by movida Arellano? I guess it's OK for him to be gay when he wants the votes of the white liberal crowd, but not so much with the Latino community? Why can't he be honest with the Latino community about his being an openly gay man doing work on behalf of the gay community?

For Christopher, he is "out and proud" but only with certain people - but not with Latinos.

One more piece of Arellano hypocrisy.

March 04, 2006 1:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Garcia Team

What do you have against gays? I'm offended 4 the actions team Garcia. What's going on in here gay bashing.

March 04, 2006 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait un minuto

Villaraigosa didn't pass bar after 4 times Had a 1.6 GPA in college

Maria Elena Durazo dropped out of college

gloria Molina attended one semester in college & dropped out

What else is hidden from the public

March 04, 2006 1:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica Harmony posting again?

March 04, 2006 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Daniel Lowenthal yesterday took out nominating papers for the seat of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Burke.

Lowenthal said he does not expect the incumbent, one of a handful of judges who have not already taken out candidacy papers, to run. Burke, who had been sitting in Pasadena and has been a judge since 1981 and was a court commissioner for three years before that, has been on sick leave for more than a year, and the MetNews learned yesterday that she has filed for disability retirement.

Lowenthal said he has put together a “formidable” campaign, raising $300,000, retaining two political consultants with a long history of judicial campaign successes, and gaining the endorsements of more than 75 elected officials, including Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

While his fundraising is continuing, he said he hopes not to have to spend the entire amount. “I... do not intend for this election to go past June,” he said, expressing a desire to be able to contribute to candidates in runoffs for open seats.

He has hired Cerrell Associates, Inc. to run the campaign, while Parke Skelton will oversee a direct mail campaign targeting areas where he has prominent endorsers, he says.

March 04, 2006 1:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PASADENA - Former mayor Bill Paparian announced Tuesday that he will run against Rep. Adam Schiff, charging that the Pasadena Democrat is a "collaborator" with the Bush administration.

Schiff was traveling with a Congressional delegation in Indonesia on Tuesday and was unavailable for comment. Parke Skelton, his campaign consultant, said Schiff would be re-elected "overwhelmingly."

"He's extraordinarily popular in his district and is in tune with the people," Skelton said. As to Paparian's allegations, Skelton said "I don't think we have a response to any of that."

Schiff is also expected to face an anti-war candidate in the June Democratic primary. Bob McCloskey, a retired union representative from Monterey Park, said he will file papers by the Thursday deadline.

"We're running to have an impact," said McCloskey, a regular at the Friday night anti-war vigil in Alhambra. "It's very difficult to beat an entrenched incumbent. I'm just a neighborhood guy, but I plan to have an impact. We want to let the Democratic Party know there are a great number of Democrats

March 04, 2006 1:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rep. Adam Schiff

"Where is Adam on this issue?" he asked. "Conspicuously absent."

March 04, 2006 1:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:





OAKLAND – Former Rep. Ron Dellums has raised more money in recent months than his leading opponent in the race for Oakland mayor, and backers said the veteran liberal politician is gaining momentum despite his late entry into the hotly contested race.

Dellums, 69, has raised $140,500 since entering the campaign in October, compared to the $54,255 that City Council President De La Fuente raised in the last six months of the year, according to state campaign finance records.

“I think it's indicative of his explosion of support,” Parke Skelton, Dellums' campaign consultant said. Since his entry into the race, people from all over have called to help any way they can.”

March 04, 2006 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Baca pull his endorsement form Pacheco in 2003 after those two mailers. Baca is nothing more than a Skelton lackey. It is now wonder the jail system is in disarray. Baca can't do it on his own and he has to have Parke pull his strings for him. Latinos, how do you like a Jew calling all the shots for your community?

March 04, 2006 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SG&A (Skelton, Grover and Associates)

March 04, 2006 1:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:









March 04, 2006 1:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Baca is a Vignali sympathizer, so there you have it. It is the same little club, AV-Baca-Molina-...

March 04, 2006 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Vignali's supporters provided letters of support that were
false and misleading.

A key element of the campaign by Carlos Vignali and
his father Horacio, was a series of letters on Carlos' behalf
from prominent Los Angeles politicians. A number of these
letters contained misleading statements calculated to create
the impression that Carlos Vignali was innocent. The officials
who submitted letters included Representative Xavier Becerra,
Representative Esteban Torres, State Assembly Speaker Robert
Hertzberg, State Assembly Member Antonio Villaraigosa, State
Senator Richard Polanco, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria
Molina, Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Hernandez, and
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca provided critical support
for the Vignali commutation that was inappropriate, given his

March 04, 2006 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


AV helped get Vignali out of jail*****************************

Mr. Vignali went to jail because he was involved in distributing 800 pounds of cocaine. His lawyer said, no, it wasn't that bad, just a thousand kilos of cocaine.

Do you have any idea of how much damage 1,000 kilos of cocaine can do? Well, 800 pounds of cocaine could effectively provide one rock of crack for every kid in Los Angeles. It's 1,000 kilos less, but still, a substantial amount of cocaine.

There are black co-defendants who are still in jail and will be for a long time. But Carlos Vignali is now out. He is a white man. KING: Because he had influence...

March 04, 2006 1:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christopher Arellano is only openly gay only when it serves him to be openly gay.

He and his operatives know that if he were open in the Latino community, it would require guts - something he does not have.

Another question of his integrity, which he has none.

March 04, 2006 2:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Carlos Vignali is a lucky man to have so many close, personal, influential friends in Los Angeles working on his behalf.

Mayoral candidates Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, and former Assembly Speaker
Antonio Villaraigosa, along with Sheriff Lee Baca and even Cardinal Roger Mahony, all interceded on Vignali's behalf.

And they didn't even know him, only his father, Horace.

Their campaign to free or obtain favors for the convicted Encino drug trafficker raises serious questions about how business is conducted behind the scenes in Los Angeles for "influential" people who just happen to contribute thousands of dollars to politicians.

Carlos Vignali was convicted in 1994 for his role in a drug ring that delivered more than 800 pounds of cocaine from Los Angeles to Minneapolis. After serving six years, his 15-year prison sentence was commuted by President Clinton on Jan. 20, his last day in office.

Becerra, Villaraigosa and Mahony wrote letters seeking to free Vignali, or at the least, have his sentence commuted.

Vignali's father and other family members donated at least $11,000 to Baca's campaigns since July 1994, $3,500 to Becerra and $2,795 to Villaraigosa.

March 04, 2006 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WHAT HAPPENED HERE? Are you saying Democratic Party (LATINO PIMPS) are pimpin the candidates in key places.

Then use TAX paying facilities for campaign events.

So, in 2008 key players are placed and each key player distributes, promotes, pushes propaganda for specific candidate using our union and tax dollars

March 04, 2006 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How many LAUSD schools used tax paying supplies for candidates in 2001-present?

What LAUSD facilities were used by SG&A backed candidates?

Who in SG&A has positions @ city hall?

What field directors are peons of SG&A?

Is SG&A involved in Martin Ludlows investigation?

March 04, 2006 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

fbi investigating wrong entity

fbi @^@ on ? instead

March 04, 2006 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Julia Brownley Secures Major Endorsements
in the 41st Assembly District Race
CLCV, SEIU, UNITE-HERE, Goldberg, Bass, & Chu Support Brownley

I heard Julia Brownly candidate for 41st assembly Dist. race has SEIU ans endorsement, Unite here, and CHU. Has Parke Skelton as political consultant

March 04, 2006 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


When confronted with the question as to whether he wrote a letter on behalf of Vignali, Villaraigosa's first impulsive response was to lie and deny it. Makes you wonder what other skeletons Villaraigosa has hidden in his closet. Also makes you wonder: if he lied then, why wouldn't he lie again? But when he was shown the letter with his signature on it, he fessed up and said that he did it out of of compassion. HUH!!!?

March 04, 2006 2:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 04, 2006 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did Peter Allen's name show up in the investigation?


March 04, 2006 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politicians and Unions Target Charitable Organizations
Written by Fernando Oaxaca
Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Third in a Series.

"Follow the money" is a cliché but a good rule to observe when checking out a politician's behavior. Yet, sometimes our elected representatives do strange things that make constituents feel hard-pressed to believe that the persons they helped elect would engage in such tacky behavior. Here is a good object story based on my presence on the board of a California non-profit, charitable foundation. All of the described behavior is probably legal.

When welfare reform hit California, poor, mostly immigrant Latinos, who have never been widespread recipients of such government largesse, preferring even menial and low-paying work, were able to benefit from one new feature: state funded highly-subsidized child care. Over the last few years, a non-profit community organization, the over 35 year-old Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), based in Los Angeles, began to expand its child-care operations by becoming a contract provider of such government financed child-care. The foundation had previously created and run programs for pre-school Latino children for many years, focusing on the educational needs of pre-school children, rather than merely "caring" for them to allow their mothers to work.

The State of California, in concert with the federal government, began its child care program with support of working mothers in mind and quickly expanded its program statewide, spending tens of millions of dollars annually in the process. MAOF, along with other community-based non-profit organizations serving poor minority families, in just a few years became a multi-million dollar child care provider by contracting to the State Department of Education.

The aroma of significant taxpayer money going out of Sacramento, State and Federal, to MAOF and similar groups just could not help wafting into the alert nostrils of Union organizers and their political buddies, elected officials‹and subservient bureaucrats. Not exactly King Solomon's mines, nevertheless it seemed to be virgin territory, an unprecedented opportunity to tap union dues from community non-profit groups not well-versed in union-lawyer negotiations. Such groups would also likely be cooperative and afraid to rock anybody's political boat, thereby endangering their ability to serve the poor and even less sophisticated people in their neighborhoods.

March 04, 2006 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Without warning or previous rumors, in the spring of 2002, the board of directors of this charitable foundation was notified by staff that the child care centers in Los Angeles had been targeted for unionization by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 99 of Los Angeles. Union demands flowed into MAOF: demands for names, home addresses, home telephone numbers of employees. Union organizers wanted the right to visit the child care centers during working hours; employees were accosted on the way to or as they left their young charges.

Enter the politicians. Assemblywoman Judy Chu, (D) Monterey Park, while this disruptive activity at MAOF was ongoing, telephoned the director of the Foundation, delivering what was, in effect, a thinly veiled "encouragement" to cooperate with union access and organizing requests (veiled by such rhetoric as "the need for fair treatment of workers" and an honest concern for "the well-being of the community.")

How Ms. Chu, a Chinese-American from heavily Asian-American Monterey Park, developed such a passionate concern for Mexican children under five years of age and their preponderantly single Mexican mothers far from her city was not made clear. Her 49th Assembly District is 40% Asian, 46% Latino, and about equal in Asian vs. Latino voter registration. As a Democrat, though, she is in a relatively safe seat; and being nice to Latinos, as she may have analyzed the case, just can't hurt!

The next unexpected request to cave to union demands was in the form of an agressive full page letter on U.S. Congressional stationery from Congresswoman Hilda Solis (D) southeastern Los Angeles, essentially parroting the message already received from State Assemblywoman Chu, this time, though, leaving a paper trail. Ms. Solis, it is widely acknowledged, knocked out old-time Democrat Marty Martinez from his 32nd Congressional District only with the generous and effective aid of union money and precinct workers in 2000. She can retire in that seat if ambition does not otherwise move her!

Why all the fuss from these elected officials? One can only surmise that beyond possible union "payback for past favors," it involves $110,000 in annual union dues. The union must have asked for their "enforcement" assistance.

March 04, 2006 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The SEIU targeted for a "bargaining unit" the 220 MAOF employees that are instructor/child-care specialists working in teams daily, with around 80-100 kids in each MAOF children's center. These "teachers", mostly Latinas, earn around $19,000 to $20,000 a year (for 12 months work, not 9 months, like school district teachers!). The SEIU dues are $41/ month for any "covered" employee making over $16,000. ($41x220x12---do the math!)

The SEIU eventually eked out a victory in an employee "election." The next months were to be devoted to reaching agreement on a union contract with the foundation.

That $110,000 from MAOF Latina child care instructors going into union coffers will help with the donations of hundreds of thousands of union dollars given to elected officials, all Democrats, each California election cycle. Per union reports to the U.S. Department of Labor, the SEIU, its state council, its local branches and its affilliates took in $32,430,213 in dues in the Los Angeles area alone, in the year 2001. In the rest of California, including the San Francisco zone, they collected $88,476,325 making for a grand total of over $120,900,000 in one year¹s California union-member dues!

Putting aside why, with this annual income, they need the measly $110K from a charitable foundation¹s low income employees, the path of the money begins with the trip from the taxpayer's pocket to Sacramento and Washington. Then from the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board bureaucrats it goes to Gray Davis' bureaucrats; then from Gray Davis & Co. it goes to MAOF. From MAOF it converts to a paycheck for the child care instructors (with income tax, FICA, the SEIU union dues and SDI taken out); then to SEIU from collector MAOF. MAOF's $9,100 per month is added to the tens of millions of dollars sent by employer dues collectors to the various offices or bank accounts of the SEIU. Finally, part of it is then disbursed as political donations to people like Assemblywoman Chu, Congresswoman Solis and, to two new players in our drama, State Assemblyman Fabian Nuñez, (D) Los Angeles and Senator Martha Escutia (D) from eastern Los Angeles.

March 04, 2006 2:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christopher Arellano is a convicted criminal and a liar. He does not deserve to be elected to the School Board.

March 04, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"Just days ago, on May 22nd of 2003, at 11:55 AM a FAX came to MAOF from Assemblyman Fabian Nuñez (D) 46th Assembly District, exhorting MAOF to get off the stick and settle the legal issues delaying the signing of a final contract with the SEIU 99 union representatives.

Only 38 minutes later, at 12:33 PM on the 22nd of May, 2003, a FAX came to MAOF from State Senator Martha Escutia (D) 30th Senatorial District, exhorting MAOF to get off the stick and settle the legal issues delaying the signing of a final contract with the SEIU 99 union representatives!

The offices of Mr. Nuñez and Ms. Escutia are separated by three floors in the Capitol Building in Sacramento. Possibly by chance, both letters reflected accurately most of the points of disagreement between SEIU and MAOF on the contract, down to the fine points and technical terms that came up repeatedly in negotiations."

March 04, 2006 2:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:29 Gasca stop it, it's getting old.

You're entire entourage are a herd of liars.

Begin with AV ---- go down the list

Who's behind all this chaos and corruption in Los Angeles?

March 04, 2006 2:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is peter allen poster?

March 04, 2006 2:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Politicians and Unions Target Charitable Organizations


March 04, 2006 2:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Riordan endorsed Fernandez yesterday

March 04, 2006 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

democratic candidates screw the poor!!!!

Looking further into the money trail, California Secretary of State records for the 2001-2002 election cycle show SEIU contributions to Ms. Chu of about $20,000 and $25,000 from other California unions. MAOF only got a phone call last spring from her, on the union¹s behalf. Senator Escutia, who wrote a chiding letter to MAOF this May, received $23,500 from the SEIU but reported $ 62,000 from other California unions.

Fabian Nuñez, another MAOF-scolding correspondent, though new to Sacramento, learned the money business fast. He received in 2001-2002, through the "Friends of Fabian Nuñez" committee, a total of about $38,000 from the SEIU but a total of over $150,000 from a variety of other California unions! This may explain why, perhaps in a burst of reciprocal generosity, Mr. Nuñez donated $75,000 to the California Democratic Party in two parts, on 15 August 2002 and on 4 October 2002, only weeks before the November 5 election. From his embarrassment of contribution riches, Mr. Nuñez also gave $50,000 ($25K on July 11 and September 9) to the "Assembly Voter Registration" fund. PS: He won 86% to 14% against his almost penniless but energetic Latino Republican opponent, Manny Aldaña (a union shop steward for UPS, no less!)

So will those $19,000 a year Latinas taking care of MAOF immigrant children in East Los Angeles and nearby, be picking up part of the tab for these kinds of shenanigans? Is this a sample of "justice and the American way?"

March 04, 2006 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All you AV haters/Arellano supporters crack me up. When Baca endorsed Christopher, you were all silent.

Now he withdraws his endorsement and Christopher is bad. Ohhh, bad Baca, bad!

You can blow all the smoke (or, whatever else) you want. It doesn't change the fact that Arellano is still a con man, a liar and a criminal and should not be elected to the school board.

March 04, 2006 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:57 PM Nope Compadre. The red flag came when it was apparent Baca has a consistent way of backing out of initial support to specific candidates. He backs them up and leaves them cold. This red flag was his stupid mistake.

Skelton pimp, he is.


March 04, 2006 3:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

SG&A aka skelton sweat shop

placed Gasca Garcia in the race. Figured Ana is too young and inexperienced. Only true opponent is Arellano which triggered the secret smear and attack campaign.

March 04, 2006 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way, didn't know Molina dropped out of college, no degree?

who else anon?

March 04, 2006 3:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a wonderful opportunity for the powers that be; from Contreras, executive secretary-treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and controller of what unions do for Democrats in Southern California, to the African-American president of SEIU Local 99 to do a good thing--to let our people go! It's also a great opportunity for the politicians that benefit from labor union money to do a good turn for the people they represent. Latino immigrants. For a healthy change--tell your union buddies to lay off charitable foundations; is that really too much to ask?

And think about this, collectively. Unions, when thwarted, often go on strike. If the SEIU prevails and MAOF can't get money from Gray Davis to give pay raises or more holidays or the other unaffordable goodies they are asking for, what will the SEIU then do? Go on strike, forcing closure of the child care centers, forcing working Mexican mothers to stay home with their babies if there is no Grandma around? The final losers will then be those mostly single Latino mothers and thousands of two to five year-old immigrant tots whom these elected officials purportedly represent!

Come on guys, call it off! Mr. Contreras can do it with one telephone call

March 04, 2006 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

mailander, you rat faced motherfucker I see my work here is done.....

Stop trying to take the credit

pk- out

March 04, 2006 3:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How is it that David Tokofsky works for Green Dot and also votes on matters cocerning Greed Dot that come before the Board?

If you know the answer, please let the FPPC know.

March 04, 2006 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey check this out! Every last one of you Chris haters check me out....pk is blowin up...If you have a good story on that wild queena bianco lets here it!


March 04, 2006 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You Skelton operatives bloggers are a joke.

Bite hard and hold on for Tuesday.

March 04, 2006 3:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is bianco?

March 04, 2006 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, anyone who speaks the truth about con man/convicted criminal Christopher Arellano is a Skelton operative - that's very funny.

I guess it was a Skelton operative that made him steal in 1992 and 1995. I guess it was a Skelton operative that made him lie about his education (or, lack thereof)during his run for school board. I guess it was a Skelton operative that made him look Eric Bauman in the face and bold-faced lie to him and say "no" when Bauman asked if he had any more skeletons in his closet.

Boy, those Skelton operatives are good! I guess you AV haters need to get yourself one!

March 04, 2006 4:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

say what you want but christopher arellano has the same degree of charisma as antonio. people who like him really like him and are very loyal. it's a strange phenomenon, i agree-- why do people love antonio MORE because of his torrid past? why do people love bill clinton MORE because of his shenanigans? who knows. maybe because people like drama and they like politicians who seems imperfect and thus human.

March 04, 2006 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Eric Hacopian really exist, or is he just another lie created by Parke.

I dont know of any one who has met the guy.

March 04, 2006 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Enrique, it doesn't matter how much you blog or how many dirty tricks you and your team of fat clowns play in this race: Antonio will never support you. just ask Alvin Parra, who finally got thrown a bone being paid maybe $50K as Huizar's field director/

March 04, 2006 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People like to forgive when asked to do so appropriately. If possible, they'd rather forgive than say no, fuck off.

March 04, 2006 4:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So, let's add it up:

Arellano is:

1) Twice convicted felon; and
2) Openly Gay; and
3) Lied about his degrees; and
4) Changed his name to avoid I.D.

Anything else? That's it? Are you sure?

OK, so where's the problem? He seems crooked enough to elect to office in LA, but wouldn't he do better running for permanent head of the County Federation against Maria Elena?

Now, this is a perfect candidate for the LA Times and UTLA.

March 04, 2006 5:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Correction: Arellano is only openly gay with the white liberal crowd. In his Spanish language bio on his own web site, he conveniently leaves out his work on gay & lesbian issues or that he is gay.

Don't believe it? Then check it out:

English bio:

Spanish bio:

I guess he believes in "don't ask, don't tell" when it comes to the Latino community.

Oh, and on his bio, the liar/criminal still has two masters from USC.

March 04, 2006 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

However you feel about Arellano, you have to admit he is the most exciting and controversial candidate we have seen in a long time, even by Eastside standards.

Just look at how much media coverage he is getting. Everyone has an opinion on the guy, he came out of nowhere to steal all the major endorsements in this race, including Dem Party and blocked County Fed.

94 Mayor Sam comments on a Saturday? I say, go Chris! tear it up.

March 04, 2006 7:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What does the Arellano case show?

Mainly, that there are those who are either so opposed to MAV (UTLA and assorted NELA/BH losers), or who just want to see him taken down a notch (some in MSM, LA Weekly and the blogs), that they are careless and complacent in picking their horses.

The LAT, the LAW and the blogs were asleep at the switch and failed in their roles. LO, KPCC and JJ moved into a vacuum. This is a case of uneven judgment, induced as much by feelings about MAV as by the skills of the scam artist.

One additional factor -- Gay support gave the conman cover. But the hustler himself isn't so much the story. There are lots of them around. This is more about the people he duped and why they fell for his con.

March 04, 2006 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just in case you wanted to follow Duffy's continued support of a liar and thief.....

Phone Bank for Christopher

Phone Banks

In District 2

UTLA Building
3303 Wilshire Blvd.
9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Contact: Ted Weber (323) 309-3573

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-9:00p.m.

San Fernando Valley

California Federation of Teachers
2550 North Hollywood Way (across from Burbank Airport, next to Burbank Hilton)
Suite 400
Burbank, CA 91505
Contact: Paul Huebner (323) 541-6005

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Law Offices of Trygstad, Schwab and Trygstad
1880 Century Park East, Suite 1104
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Contact: George George (310) 260-8522, (310) 488-3597

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


Toberman House
630 West First Street (at Grand)
San Pedro, CA 90731
Patrick McAuley (310) 831-8296, (310) 831-2360

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:00p.m.-9:00 p.m.

South LA

African American Voter Registration Education Project
2092 West Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Contact: Jimmy Valentine (323) 733-2002

March 05, 2006 1:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris Tucker said it best in Rush Hour. "Follow the rich white man". That will lead you to find out who is behind all of the bullshit politics in L.A.

March 05, 2006 6:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's really sad is how LA is now being torn apart because of these politicans. Ludlow embarrassed and shamed his black supporters, Chris should have been open been forth coming from the get go. The LA Times is reporting Ludlow will be arraigned tomorrow.

In the end we all lose because we get dishonest people to represent us and who's to blame. WE ARE. The limelight will be on all the subpoenas of the politicans that dealt with SEIU. This is not what this city needs.

March 05, 2006 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IN today's LA Times Monica Garcia still refusing to take stand on mayoral takeover. Although paper reports when she wanted the UTLA endorsement she opposed it.

Antonio is going to have his hands full in the next couple of months. He's canceled two trips and now will have the unions up his butt.

....Villaraigosa said unequivocably that he won't renegotiate existing employee contracts. If so, then he's going to have to be extra aggressive as the next round of contracts come up for negotiation this year, taking note of his own charge that city payroll costs have been rising at twice the rate of inflation in recent years.

March 05, 2006 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In case you want to support a worthless candidate for School Board:

Contact Monica Garcia Camapaign

March 05, 2006 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe that the UTLA would invest over $200,000 and who knows how much phone and shoeleather resources without vetting their endorsement, even if he is one of their gofers. When you employ someone, you can always fire him if he doesn't produce; but how do you fire your candidate less than a week before the election. If Christopher somehow makes the run-off, Mr. Duffy et al will have to think hard before writing another check.

March 05, 2006 8:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Coalition for Kids and the former Mayor Riordan made this same mistake with another candidate thanks to Amy Wakeland. In the last minute, the switched and went with Alvin Parra's wife (and we all know what happened with that).

March 06, 2006 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer, Where was your so called intelligence when our Mayor ran.

We could have used your advice then, now look at what has happend to our city. It's in ruins.

March 06, 2006 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why couldn't Maria Elena Durazo secure Monica's Fed endorsement?

Also, I'm just curious, how many of you are voting tomorrow in the School Board elections?

March 06, 2006 11:47 AM  

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