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Friday, March 03, 2006

Masters of the Chris domain

The Times and the Daily News played it cool on Chris Arellano yesterday; that was responsible journalism in the wake of the La Opinion hatchet job.

And now we hope that they'll spend a few more resources getting to the bottom of the Master Degrees claim.

Campaign Chris has been claiming for some time that the candidate has two master degrees. Here's but one example, from a press release of January 11:
In my work as a representative for the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), as a counselor to at-risk youth at El Proyecto del Barrio, and as a former drop-out who has earned two Master’s Degrees, I have developed a unique understanding of the needs of our students.

Never mind the administrators at USC and elsewhere, who often err when pressed by a barking journo to produce such records tout de suite. Never mind whether local print scribes "missed" Guzman Lopez and the KPCC report. What is needed most of all is a clarifying statement from the Chris Arellano campaign.

The Chris Campaign has had nearly 24 hours to respond to these allegations; for the sake of clarification, it should issue a comprehensive statement on the true education history of Chris Arellano as soon as possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have you been to a forum? I attended 4, so far Chris has my vote. In light of all this information disclosed couple days before vote day, I still cast my vote for Chris.

Adults have been manipulated, take students to forums and ask those present who they support, why, and if they could vote, who would it be for?

There is your clarification.

What do the students want.

This position cannot afford to be staffed by political ties or favors. Students are too important to waste it on political favors.

My vote 4 Chris
We need a strong person who has overcome challenges so severe and empathetic to diverse scenarios. Teachers are taken for granted by the Villaraigosa-Huizar-Garcia team. Teachers deserve our respect, higher pay, and help. Villaraigosa wants power and Huizar is in place, Garcia is his next move in this Chess Game.

March 03, 2006 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I really don't care what the students want. They don't know what they want.

What I object to is the Garcia camp putting this out and discrediting this guy because her campaign was in trouble.

Many people have said it before: Jose had the weakest staff at the District which includes Monica.

If you want more of the same failures, go with Monica.

I'm still either voting for Chris or Ana.

March 03, 2006 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"What I object to is the Garcia camp putting this out and discrediting this guy because her campaign was in trouble."

Don't understimate students, some make more sense than adults. How did you find out it was in trouble. I don't care about name, too many people read this blog and interested in how you found out.

I have not heard it's in trouble.
My vote is still for chris

March 03, 2006 10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I will be very disappointed if some of the people whining about how unfair it is to dicuss Arellano's two criminal convictions are the same people who are still railing about Villaraigosa non-conviction on a misdemeanor 30 years ago.

March 03, 2006 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 03, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 03, 2006 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello, Hello, Hello, any 17th floor wilshire bloggers today?

March 03, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what does that mean CAPS?

March 03, 2006 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CAPS-scratching his bald head replies "dunno"

Note: Politicians must respect ethical standards placed before them.

March 03, 2006 11:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now I know Arrellano's answer to addressing the dropout rate:

Just say they graducated.

March 03, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is what Huizar used to save his ass at lausd board

March 03, 2006 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:11 Tu mucho funny

March 03, 2006 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

why is it everytime a gay Latino runs for office they get smeared right before election day?

has Antonio ever supported a gay Latino running in this area?

why was Antonio not willing to support his cousing John Perez for CD14 seat several years ago-- because he was gay?

we have seen this before and we know where this is coming from. we will not forget.

March 03, 2006 11:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Politicians and Unions Target Charitable Organizations
Written by Fernando Oaxaca


"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."

" 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.

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."

March 03, 2006 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Knucklehead: AV supported Jackie Goldberg.

I think everyone should look at Monica's actions in this race (smearing Chris) and vote for anyone but her.

March 03, 2006 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

jackie what she have to do wit this?

one of many knuckleheads

March 03, 2006 11:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bueno Article
Best Part was is this

""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."

March 03, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lying about his education.Very bad. No wonder he refused the algebra pop quiz.

March 03, 2006 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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.

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!)

March 03, 2006 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jackie is not Latina. has Antonio ever supported a gay Latino or Latina?

March 03, 2006 12:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

he put the kibosh on his cousin and trusted ally John Perez's campaign for CD14. AV said John you can't run because you are gay

March 03, 2006 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So does this guy have two master's degrees? If not, and he claims or claimed he does, he has serious credibility problems.

March 03, 2006 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, AV didn't support his cousin John because he was gay. He didn't support him because Victor Griego jumped in the race. Get the facts straight! Ha, ha.

March 03, 2006 12:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris Arellano. Two degrees of separation.

March 03, 2006 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris better take some of that $200 grand and start printing up some legit looking diplomas muy quick. Anybody in UTLA a notary?

March 03, 2006 1:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:45---1:07 is same poster

jb change your initials to BS

Full of shit con poster

March 03, 2006 1:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

nice work, Joe Ramallo. you have really smeared Chris good. pat yourself on the back and I hope you sleep sound tonight. you are the man.

March 03, 2006 1:29 PM  

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March 03, 2006 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alright, this isnt like proving the origins of the big bang, or the existence of angels. If it was me, and somebody said I was lying about my degrees, I'd whup out the documentation with one hand and get on the phone with a good libel lawyer with the other.
I guess Chris is too busy to take the simple steps...

March 03, 2006 1:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Merry Chris-math!!

If x=(1)Master's Degree, what is 2X?

(scratch scratch...)

2X = 0.

March 03, 2006 1:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since when does Mayor Sam do Antonio's dirty work for him? Why ARE YOU so interested? I think its unfair of you to use this forum so blatantly to tarnish Chris who has the support of many many community members in District 2. They're sick and tired of Antonio's puppets all over the place and want an independent thinker. SHAME ON YOU MAYOR SAM

March 03, 2006 2:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has AV ever supported a left-handed gay Latina/o candidate, especially one who can tap dance? I think not -- and we know why not!

March 03, 2006 2:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am not involved in the school board race though I am familiar with the players. AV misdemeanor, as I recall was because he was defending his mom. There is a difference with Chris' charges and that is he will be responsible for his own discretionary funds and those of the district...BIG$$$
He was charged for theft both times.Why put him in a position where there is temptation????

March 03, 2006 2:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Defending his mom is the biggest bullshit story that came out of the Antonio camp. Ask anyone in ELA that knows AV well and they will tell you he was a hell raiser and loved to get into fights, take pills, drink a lot, abuse women both physically and mentally and the list goes on. So save the poor victim BS for AV. He's nothing more than a gang banger who wears a suit.

Post this thread: LA Times
Ex-Union Chief Sues Witnesses
Janett Humphries, expected to face charges of conspiring to provide SEIU funds to a council race, alleges others were behind the scheme.
By Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
March 3, 2006
The day before she was to face criminal charges, former union President Janett Humphries filed a civil lawsuit Thursday alleging that key prosecution witnesses against her were the actual agents of an alleged plot to make secret campaign contributions to former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow.

March 03, 2006 2:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


At that incident where Tony was defending his mom, a box cutter was recovered. Tony escaped prosecution only because the guy he slashed did not return to court. Anyone who grew up with Tony knows that this was his weapon of choice. In fact, in that Venice Room incident, the woman who claimed Tony assualted her was also slashed with a box cutter. Did Tony give these tips to Al Qaeda?

March 03, 2006 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arellano is a convicted thief, he does not have 2 masters as he claims and on his web site, his English bio contains his work on gay issues, but his Spanish bio does not.

This guy has no integrity whatsoever. And this is what you want on the Board.

My vote goes to Ana.

March 03, 2006 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

chris & antonio
both high school drop-out.
both hate their fathers.
both have had problem with law.
both changed their names.
both work for UTLA as organizers.
both are short.
both love jackie goldberg.

March 03, 2006 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

UTLA and many of the teachers are the problem in LAUSD. If you examine today's findings in The Chronicle of Higher Education article on student preparedness for university education, the teachers resort to blaming the students and their families for bad educational outcomes. Maybe the teachers and their training is the real problem...

March 06, 2006 3:04 PM  

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