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Monday, March 06, 2006

Special Election Drive-By

While the Ana Teresa Fernandez campaign gains momentum with her big LA Weekly endorsement to place next to her Times endorsement, the Mayor himself has played a new card in the race.

Tomorrow, the Mayor's Office is now going to suspend the City's parking regulations at polling places for the day, to make sure that anyone inclined to do so can get out to the polls and vote.

Antonio Villaraigosa says that you'll be able to park at your polling place tomorrow in perfect impunity. No meters or posted street parking times will be enforced within a block of polling places.

The whole of District 2 conveniently resides within City of LA limits; some other parts of the LAUSD do not.

Will the surprise move ironically create opportunity for scofflaws taking advantage of the zones to park all day in a spot they ordinarily couldn't?

It used to be you only had to watch the polls---now you'll have to watch the whole damn block for dirty tricksters...

The Mayor's office also says that if the move is "successful," it may be used again. Next time, in fact, the office may even define what "successful" might mean.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Still picking egg out of your nose, Joe.

March 06, 2006 8:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let's hope no voter going to the polls parks next to a fire hydrant that the fire department needs to use at that moment.

And what about handicapped parking? Is that waived, too? Janice Hahn's taxpayer funded car, where are you?

March 06, 2006 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ana Fernandez is a breath of fresh air but she is not independent. She is part of Caprice Young and Mayor Riordan Charter School Movement.

Enrique Gasca moved into the district to run and very close to the Calderon machine.

Monica G. to MAV.

and Chris........oh well.

Regarding Mayor waiver....whatever works to get people to vote.

March 06, 2006 9:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"He sought out an education at Los Angeles City College and has since completed a B.A. from UCLA and two Masters Degrees from USC-- one in Social Work and the second in Policy and Planning."

And he can lie in two languages
"Christopher es un residente del distrito que ha luchado por estudiar y conseguir una Maestría de Trabajador Social y Planeamiento Público de la Universidad del Sur de California (USC)."

Is this even legal??

March 06, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, an that shifty queena still has the endorsements up from Dems & Sheriffs...

Whata scam!


March 06, 2006 9:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Antonio going to do this for the other elections as well? Can you imagine doing this for June 6th???? Will it be done for County supervisor vote??? He really opened a can of worms.

March 06, 2006 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

L.A. must get 'lean'
Mayor vows to cut city budget deficit
By Beth Barrett, Staff Writer

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will launch a sweeping restructuring of city government in an effort to streamline a bureaucracy that has swollen to more than 34,000 staffers and whose salaries and benefits have ballooned to nearly 70 percent of the city's annual $4 billion operating budget, the Daily News has learned.
Vowing to wipe out a nearly $300 million structural budget deficit that jeopardizes Los Angeles' future, Villaraigosa has issued a dire warning on the potential for cuts in services, more hikes in fees to the public and even staff layoffs...

...The Mayor's Office, working with Controller Laura Chick, has begun meeting with general managers who will be responsible for finding efficiencies and reducing costs - without resorting to the "shotgun way" of freezing positions.

"We will hold them accountable," Villaraigosa said, adding that if managers don't respond, "We'll do it for them."'

daily news . com

March 06, 2006 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:10 Gasca and Calderon, plz explain.

Exactly! Number one reason not to vote for Ana Fernandez. She is in cahoots with the RIORDAN club.

March 06, 2006 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:11 Did you forget your PROZAC today?

March 06, 2006 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

INS should be at polling places. I'm sure you will see illegals coherced to vote by MAV team.

It happened before, it will happen again.


March 06, 2006 10:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AV is also offering a coupon for a free lunch at Sizzler for any Monica voter.

March 06, 2006 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is the coupon mailed or we get it at the door?

MAV the ultimate pimp

March 06, 2006 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In his session with reporters, the governor also praised the decision of Rob Reiner, a Democrat and film director whom he has long known, to take a leave from his position as chairman of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. The commission has faced criticism that it may have improperly spent public funds to promote a universal preschool ballot measure Reiner is pushing.

At issue is $23 million that First 5 spent on television and other ads promoting the value of preschool and parent education between November and January, when the initiative qualified for the ballot.

"I just can only say it definitely gave the appearance that it was the taxpayers' money used in order to set up the circumstances in such a way that when the signature gathering begins, everyone is favorable to his idea," Schwarzenegger said. "There is no two ways about that, that it has the appearance of that. As I have said before, I believe in preschool. It's just I think you have to watch the way you go about it and the way you use taxpayer money."

March 06, 2006 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Previous post from SFGATE.COM

March 06, 2006 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:37, nice way to start your day. Did you bring Monica her scone before or after you started your slander.

March 06, 2006 11:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ludlow Says He'll Cooperate With Prosecutors In Union Fund Case

POSTED: 10:37 am PST March 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles City Councilman Martin Ludlow said Monday that he made "judgment errors" in his 2003 election race and wants to take responsibility through his expected plea bargains with state and federal prosecutors.

Ludlow made a brief statement to reporters shortly after his scheduled arraignment on state charges was delayed until Wednesday because of a congested Los Angeles Superior Court calendar.


March 06, 2006 11:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

:) Big Scone for Monica with double shot of ? on her cafe.

Fill in the ? Blank with your best suggestions.


March 06, 2006 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Weird. Ludlow got a plea bargain in exchange for information and testimony against Humphries.

Humphries the scapegoat, followed Ludlow's orders. Something wrong here? Ludlow avoiding jail time and accusing others for his crimes?

Who is ludlow protecting. There is more here. Ludlow is leading the blind into dead end. King with one eye laughs on the throne. He will be caught one day, will be caught.

March 06, 2006 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This embezzlement fraud case is in dire need of a Republican Judge who is not friends with Riordan. A judge who is not connected to any of these fools and can actually make a sound judgement without compromised situation.

March 06, 2006 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eric Bauman, Chair of the Democratic Party CANNOT pull the endorsement of the party without a vote of voting body. I'm a voting member and haven't received the call for an emergency meeting to discuss this issue.

Eric Bauman is spreading lies to get his candidate, Enrique, in even though he doesn't have a chance.


March 06, 2006 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Off the subject for a minute...what are your opinions of Eric Garcetti joining the Navy/or Army Reserves???? A progressive in the armed forces...interesting!

March 06, 2006 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The leading figure cited in rumor-mill rumblings about a bid to topple Downtown-based California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez has flatly denied harboring any such ambitions.

Word that San Fernando Valley-based California State Senator Richard Alarcon has been gauging support for a run for the Speaker’s post––he is expected to win an Assembly seat this November––has moved quietly through political circles in Los Angeles and Sacramento in recent weeks. The rumors have led political professionals and observers to speculate on a range of possible causes and effects, wondering whether a move against Nuñez is part of a game plan of well–known political consultant Richie Ross––and how such a maneuver could affect the power equation in City Hall.

Alarcon Just Says No to Rumors of Nuñez Challenge - News

Villaraigosa has also seen another ally––former Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO boss Martin Ludlow––run into trouble. Ludlow is a former staffer and close personal friend of Villaraigosa’s. He enjoyed Villaraigosa’s support for the top day-to-day job at the county federation in the wake of the unexpected death of Miguel Contreras last year.

Ludlow is currently the target of two separate investigations into his dealings as the 10th District representative on the Los Angeles City Councilmember––a post he held before taking the job at the county federation.

One of the investigations centers on Ludlow’s tenure as a member of the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where he allegedly attempted to influence the award of a public relations contract despite a conflict of interest (see related story on MTA, page 8).

A more recent investigation charges that Ludlow received funds for his 2003 campaign for the 10th District seat on the City Council through illegal contributions from the Service Employees International Union Local 99.

March 06, 2006 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If so about Garcetti,,,,ploy for higher office.

Hone in on conservative voters

March 06, 2006 11:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Villaraigosa,

Read this and answer the public, will you continue to support corrupt gov officials Nunez and Ludlow?

"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 06, 2006 11:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nunez Hopes the Third Time's the Charm
Contact: Sarah Pompei
February 9, 2006

"You might say that this sounds a lot like last year's vision, but you got to give us some credit." (Fabian Nunez, Assembly Democrat Press Conference, February 9, 2006)

Nunez is right, Assembly Democrats deserve credit for accomplishing what most people would think to be impossible. Even though Democrats have held a significant majority in the Assembly since Nunez took over as Speaker, they haven't been able to produce any significant legislation on their "legislative priorities" for the last two years.

Recycling the same ideas for a third year in a row is not likely to magically produce legislation that will benefit Californians. It's time for Assembly Democrats to follow through and work with their Republican colleagues to produce legislation that will make California a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

March 06, 2006 12:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Cal Grants for Illegal Immigrants?

Senator Cedillo must have decided it was time to go for a new nickname, because today his legislation to give Cal Grants to illegal immigrants, SB 160, passed in the Senate 23-12.

March 06, 2006 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


That's right, while Ms. Montanez was busy lecturing everyone on the virtues of elective office.

"We, as elected officials, hold office for one primary reason - to represent the interests of the people," said Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez, D-Los Angeles. "It's a sacred trust ... that has to be protected from abuse and even the perception of abuse." (Sacramento Bee, August 30, 2005)

March 06, 2006 12:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Fox Outsmarts Nunez

March 06, 2006 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nunez's $1 Billion Tax Trick
Contact: Karen Hanretty @ 916.448.9496

Speaker Fabian Nunez has a trick up his sleeve that he's waiting to unveil in August when the legislature returns from session.

Don't expect Nunez to pull a rabbit out of his hat or saw his assistant in half. There are no cards in his sleight of hand magic trick, but there are plenty of coins - a billion dollars worth of coins, to be exact.

"Nunez said Tuesday in a breakfast meeting with the [Contra Costa] Times Sacramento Bureau that legislative Democrats will try again in August to pass a bill raising income taxes on the wealthiest Californians to raise $1 billion or more for education, money schools say Schwarzenegger shorted them. If that fails, as expected, Nunez said Democrats may put the matter before voters, possibly through a June 2006 ballot initiative." (Contra Costa Times, July 20, 2005)

Nunez by himself is living, walking, breathing proof of the need for reform in California

March 06, 2006 12:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No runoff...a winner will come out of this race.

March 06, 2006 12:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rob Reiner left his First 5 Positions. Is he involved in this investigation with Ludlow and Unions?

I'm wondering.

March 06, 2006 12:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Read this on other thread...

"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"

What is your take?

March 06, 2006 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

California Screamin'
Michael Ackley

Last Dec. 26, yours truly called for an investigation of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission and its use of tobacco tax money to finance a "Preschool for All" TV ad campaign.

The TV spots appeared at the same time that First Five's chairman, Rob Reiner, was touting his "Preschool for All" election initiative, now Proposition 82 on California's June ballot.

March 06, 2006 12:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


The Times revealed that First Five – among other things:

Spent $23 million on its "Preschool for All" television ad campaign, which the newspaper called "one of the largest state-funded advertising campaigns ever in California." It seems the commission would have us believe that the congruence of the title with that of Reiner's initiative was mere coincidence.

Channeled $230 million in advertising and public-relations contracts to firms that helped Reiner's earlier drive to create the Children and Families Commission.

Shelled out more than $200,000 – without a contract – to three political consultants, who later slid over to work on Prop. 82, one of them as the measure's campaign manager.

March 06, 2006 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 06, 2006 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To help defendant run a more effective campaign against his six opponents, Humphries and defendant agreed to use union funds to pay defendant's campaign workers by arranging to have certain of defendant's campaign workers placed on the union's payroll," Ludlow's federal plea agreement states. "The union would then pay the campaign workers even though they worked for the campaign and not the union."

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday he was saddened by the actions taken by his close friend and political ally but "proud that Martin Ludlow has taken responsibility" for what he did.

March 06, 2006 12:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Double standard in Sacramento
By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary

Do you remember former insurance commissioner Chuck Quackenbush? He lost his job because he used fines that he collected from insurance companies to buy television commercials to promote his political career.

It was a huge scandal at the time, and Quackenbush, who was a colleague of mine in the Assembly, left his job in disgrace, having been run out of office by Legislative Democrats for abusing state money.

Another boondoggle is brewing, only this time Legislative Democrats are strangely silent.

A few years ago, actor Rob Reiner sponsored an initiative to create a children's health commission, funded by a 50 cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes. This commission, called "First 5 California Children and Family Commission," was intended to administer the money collected from this tax, and spend it on local health initiatives and early childhood development programs for children. The initiative has generated more than $4 billion since it went into effect.

This year, Reiner is sponsoring an initiative to create mandatory preschool for all children, and proposes a 1 percent tax increase on rich people to pay for this program. Reiner is also the chairman of the First 5 Commission.

Now, the commission is spending the money it collects through taxes on cigarettes to promote the Reiner preschool initiative. The commission has spent $23 million of your tax dollars on commercials for "Preschool for All" ---- which also happens to be the name of his initiative ---- in one of the largest state-funded advertising programs ever.
It has also spent $230 million on advertising and public relations firms that helped Reiner create the First 5 Commission, and it paid $206,000 of that tax money to three political consultants who had no contract with the state, but who became the campaign consultants for the preschool initiative. Reiner's lawyer said the ads were "entirely legal and proper" because they do not expressly urge people to vote for or against the initiative.

You and I are paying for political consultants, television ads, and public relations operations that all promote a preschool program.

They argue that since they don't really say you should vote for such a program, this tax money was spent legally. That is dangerous. As further evidence of this commission's intent to aid the initiative, the public relations firm that did the proposal for the ads said that "while the (commission) should not advocate on behalf of the initiative" the goals of the "Preschool for All" program would have to be achieved through legislative or electoral action.

This is political spin for "We want to spend the tax money on our political operation; we just want to fool people into thinking it is legal." So where are the cries of outrage?

Quackenbush was wrong. Reiner is wrong. Reiner, as chair of the commission, has specifically pushed the state to pay for his political campaign. He should lose his job, and reimburse the state for the $253 million he spent to push his boondoggle on the people of the state of California.
If this were a Republican initiative, the howls of protest would echo throughout the state. However, since this is a tax increase, and an attempt to create a whole bunch of new government jobs ---- with the forced union dues that come along with those jobs ---- the lefties in Sacramento have fallen silent.

The only way to stop this kind of boondoggle is to register your displeasure at the ballot box. I hope you will show up at the polls, and tell Reiner exactly what you think of his attempt to deceive you with your tax dollars. And since I didn't expressly advocate a vote for or against the initiative, this commentary is legal.

So there, Mr. Reiner.

Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes portions of Western Riverside County and northern San Diego County.

March 06, 2006 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"You and I are paying for political consultants, television ads, and public relations operations that all promote a preschool program."

Hell No!!!! My tax dollars will be spent on this.

Why the deceit? Who are the consultants, public relations company and staff?

March 06, 2006 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As We See It: Preschool proposal in trouble
Proposition 82 is in trouble. And it should be.

The measure, authored by actor-director-activist Rob Reiner, is a feel-good proposal to make preschool available to any 4-year-old in the state.

First, the good. Nearly every study demonstrates that sending children to preschool leads to success in later years. And that's the lofty goal of the measure, to make our children more successful.

But, there's plenty of bad. And Reiner has made some bad choices in pushing the measure.

In short, the measure should be scrapped. And voters should rise up to defeat it.

Here are some of the problems. The major one is that a tax to fund it will only worsen California's financial picture.


March 06, 2006 12:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Trujillo, a spokesman for Rob Reiner's school initiative

March 06, 2006 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Worked for Rob Reiners first cinco inititative, blogger for Mayor Sam and Villaraigosa operative, oops volunteer.

March 06, 2006 12:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Bob Hertzberg and his lackey Brian Hay have any skeletons in the closet?

Any embezzlement
money laundering

Rob Reiner trujilllo made a good team conned the public and paid for consultants.

Don't tell me Skelton was one of the consultants?

March 06, 2006 12:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mike Trujillo, 26, a spokesman for a preschool ballot initiative headed by Rob Reiner, said he was "Chief Parker" for several months during the mayoral race.

March 06, 2006 12:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So to Ace Smith, Parke Skelton, Ulysses Sanchez, Michael Trujillo, Jaime Sanchez, Jimmy Blackman and Nathan James I apologize

March 06, 2006 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

what gets me is how can politicians give stuff to illegals? If we (American Citizens) were to go to Mexico, we will not be afforded the same benefits. Hell, I can't even buy a vacation home in Mexico because I am not a citizen there.
California is fucked up. Might as well give California back to Mexico and let the catering trucks run wild.
It's a shame.

March 06, 2006 12:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to Gil Cedillo and nunez we are in a f'd up mess.

March 06, 2006 12:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ben Austin and Michael Trujillo, Initiative Consultants


March 06, 2006 12:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:






March 06, 2006 12:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



Individuals Who Gave To This Committee

Party: Democratic Party

BURBANK, California 91502

25980212930 $250
25970746731 $200
25970746731 $200


March 06, 2006 1:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

M Trujillo, Jr
Political Consultant
Rob Reiner

March 06, 2006 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

E.J. Dionne Covers for Reiner
by Hugh Hewitt
March 3, 2006 06:30 AM PST
The Washington left has always fallen hard for the Hollywood left, and the latest exhibit in that long line of swoons is E.J. Dionne's column on Rob Reiner in today's Washington Post, which fairly trmebles with admiration for Reiner, and which addresses the wrongful diversion of $23 million in taxpayer funds in this fashion:

Reiner ran into a flap last week because a state commission he heads recently spent $23 million on ads touting the importance of early education. He took a leave as chairman of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission last Friday to try to tamp down the controversy over whether state money had been indirectly used to support a future ballot proposition.

Nevermind is the bottom line: Lefties can loot the treasury if they mean well.

This isn't a debate about preschool, though Prop 82 is a crazy scheme.

It is a debate about the legality of using public funds to support a private political agenda.

If a Republican had done what Reiner's state commission had done, the investigations would be in full swing, and Reiner would have been obliged to do more than take a face-saving leave of absence from a Commission to which he hasn't even been reappointed.

Dionne missed that. Starts got in his eyes.

March 06, 2006 1:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How Rob Reiner Picks Taxpayers' Pockets


Public funds used to back the wealthy's pet causes


Double standard in Sacramento

March 06, 2006 1:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The First 5 LA Board of Commissioners
Corina Villaraigosa

March 06, 2006 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


He STILL has the bullshit claim of "completed a B.A. from UCLA and two Masters Degrees from USC-- one in Social Work and the second in Policy and Planning."


and...still has the rescinded endorsements from the LA Democratic Party and da Sheriff!!!

Is Chris trying to commit POLITICAL SUICIDE by WEBSITE??

Even when caught redhanded lying, Chris' answer is "EF YOU!"

THIS is someone to trust with the future of District 2's kids??

His lying has become pathological....

March 06, 2006 1:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Corina Villaraigosa, the wife of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has been nominated to sit on the First 5 LA commission, which oversees $209 million in annual

March 06, 2006 1:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:





March 06, 2006 1:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, Never heard or seen him say "EF You" as you claim.

Try again.

March 06, 2006 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What was United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta doing in Venezuela.

Do the Unions and Democrats accept campaign contributions from dictators to fund future campaigns. This local stuff with Ludlow is just the tip of the iceberg. Corruption is up and down the ladder.

March 06, 2006 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Don't you get it? This IS Antonio's baggage. Ludlow is a born and bred Villaraigosa operative - from the moment he landed in L.A.. You don't think Fabian Nunez - the other politcal director at the County Fed - did the same thing? You don't think Cindy Montanez is benefitting from the same illegal contributions right now? Or for that matter Huizar and Monica Garcia. There is a pattern here - just investigate anybody who's received the combined endorsements of Villaraigosa, Nunez and Ludlow and who have Skelton as thier consultant. Pretty easy formula to follow. For any fed prosecutor, this is a career maker.

Sooner or later one of these "ghost workers" or "ghost voters" was going to get popped for domestic abuse, drunk driving, drug possession or some other calamity that tends to afflict labor folk in disproportianate numbers. And right when the prosecutor says I've got you for 5 years the "ghost" will say, "hey, I've got a story for you if you can knock that sentence down to five months." What amateurs!

March 06, 2006 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow! Monica and SEIU again, union money, how much and why?

Last Monday, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was all set to endorse Monica Garcia for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board. Garcia is supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is trying to engineer a mayoral takeover of the board. She also won the support, by a two-thirds margin, of the CLC's endorsement board, and individual union endorsements from the local SEIU and IBEW.

March 06, 2006 1:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Sorry, Never heard or seen him say "EF You" as you claim."

When you get caught lying like Arellano did to the people whose votes you seek, the decent thing to do is apologize and CORRECT you errors.
By leaving the LIES--which misrepresent his educational qualifications and his endorsers, and constitute FRAUD--Arellano is telling the community EF YOU, SUCKAS!!
Stop defending this fucking FRAUD

March 06, 2006 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Alice Trujillo from first 5?

March 06, 2006 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

according to a recent poll, Monica was losing badly in the School Board race. soon all this garbage came out about Christopher.
nice work, Joe Ramallo.

March 06, 2006 1:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only one that told me "EF YOU SUCKAS" was Villaraigosa.

He screwed us over BIG TIME.

Animal Rights
Sunshine Dump
First 5 Commission
Martin Ludlow
Scavanged hard earned union money
Allows illegals to vote at local elections

March 06, 2006 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Ramallo is a snake. Investigate his history in Florida. He worked for a Corrupt Politician, left Florida to work for another Corrupt Politician.

He is slime.

Why no stories on Florida Scandal, any updates?

FBI do you have any updates on FloridaGate?

March 06, 2006 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rob Reiner paid Trujillo to blog on Mayor Sam...

Hertzberg paid Brian

Mayor Sam...are you the lone ranger in this mess?

March 06, 2006 1:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica, why did you never release the results of your poll?

March 06, 2006 2:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just received an email from Monica's campaign about an election night celebration.

I guess they will celebrate how she had her minions leak the Arellano story. You got nothing to be proud of Monica.

March 06, 2006 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Monica Garcia party will be at Puente Learning Center. Aren't they a 501c3 in Boyle Heights? I think unless they are renting out their space to the campaign at market rate, no event like that can take place there. Damn, this is so Pacheco-ish that it's not even funny.

March 06, 2006 2:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least Pacheco kept us all entertained for a while....

March 06, 2006 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, Monica's event is being held at:


March 06, 2006 3:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"soon all this garbage came out about Christopher."

uhhh, "garbage" that wouldnt have come out if Chris wasnt proven to be a liar. Which he STILL is--still has the BOGUS information abouthis "DEGREES"and "ENDORSEMENT on his website. Once a sleaze....

March 06, 2006 3:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened to Eric Hacopian?

March 06, 2006 3:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Puente Learning Center is a 501 (3) non profit and a sham just like a lot of the non profits. Chick should do an audit of all the millions poured into this city and no one actually does the right thing with the money and that is help the kids. sister Jenny at Puente is an Antonio groupie. Only community meetings can be held at the center.


March 06, 2006 3:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok Patrick McGreevy, Steve Hymon, Joel Rubin, Rick Orlov, David "Z" Man, do some research and nail these clowns.
...First 5 commission has spent $23 million of your tax dollars on commercials for "Preschool for All" ---- which also happens to be the name of his initiative ---- in one of the largest state-funded advertising programs ever.
It has also spent $230 million on advertising and public relations firms that helped Reiner create the First 5 Commission, and it paid $206,000 of that tax money to three political consultants who had no contract with the state,

March 06, 2006 4:00 PM  

Blogger dgarzila said:

I have drunk the kool-aid.

MOnica GArcia for LAUSD

March 06, 2006 4:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


OH NO!!!!


San Bernardino

By Chris Levister

“It’s a new day,” First 5 executive director, Richard Jarvis told a packed meeting of the Inland Empire Black Community Coalition’s Social Policy Committee.
The last 2 years have been bewildering times for the Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino County. In April members of the African-American community accused the agency of diverting state tobacco-tax revenues to less needy communities while turning a deaf ear to the needs of the county’s Black children and families. The contentious relationship came to a head in June when coalition and community members demanded a state investigation and audit of First 5 funds’ use and allocation.

Jarvis who took over First 5 in June 2005 admits the agency made a lot of mistakes in the past. “We are committed to regaining the community’s trust.”

March 06, 2006 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check out the members


March 06, 2006 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

County Supervisor Gloria Molina
Mayor's Wife Corina Villaraiogsa

Do I need say more? FBI can't turn a blind eye on this level of corruption.

March 06, 2006 4:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you name non profits in cahoots with Villaraigosa. Questionable organizations which are in need Federal Investigators to audit COOKED BOOKS.

First 5 LA
Para Los Ninos
Barrio Action
Puente Learning Center
Farmdale Elementary
Roosevelt High School

Public Policy Institute of California

March 06, 2006 5:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Feel free to contact

Joe Ramallo
Communications Director
A native of Southern California, Joe recently returned to Los Angeles after spending most of his professional career in Florida where he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Miami-Dade County and was responsible for the state and federal relations on behalf of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. For four years he served as Asst. Director of Policy for Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas and as Senior Assistant Director of State Legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Joe is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Communications and has over 10 years experience in policy advocacy and media relations. Joe serves as my Communications director and handles City budget issues for my office.

March 06, 2006 5:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe Ramallo, Villaraigosa's staff person worked with Alex Penelas during this turmoil. Sounds very similiar to what Villaraigosa did with Travel Traders.


Deutsch's calls for a public airing of the probe into Penelas' fundraising is based on contributions to Penelas' campaign from associates and employees of CarePlus Medical Centers, whose owner told employees in March that they were each ''expected'' to give Penelas $1,000.

Such contributions are considered coerced and are illegal, and Penelas' campaign has said the mayor would not accept the contributions.

A Herald analysis of campaign finance data, though, found that Penelas took at least $68,000 from the company's employees, their relatives and business associates. The campaign has said the donations came not through the e-mail solicitation but from a fundraising reception held at the home of the firm's owner in May.

March 06, 2006 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

AP reports:

U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Democratic rival Alex Penelas illegally coerced donations from a South Florida health care company in their U.S. Senate race.
The complaint by Deutsch, D-Pembroke Pines, accuses the Miami-Dade County mayor of receiving at least $49,000 in illegal contributions from 41 employees and their spouses of CarePlus Medical Centers Inc. Both are competing for the seat of Sen. Bob Graham, who is running for president.

The Miami Herald has more details:

Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, whose campaign pledged to reject contributions for his U.S. Senate campaign resulting from a controversial e-mail appeal sent to employees of a South Florida healthcare firm, took tens of thousands of dollars from people associated with the company.
A Herald analysis of campaign finance records shows that employees, relatives and business associates of Michael Fernandez, owner and chief executive officer of CarePlus Medical Centers Inc., donated at least $68,000 to Penelas' campaign -- all connected to the same day in May that Fernandez hosted a fundraiser at his home.

March 06, 2006 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

June 07, 2004
Quote of the Day
"The single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with."

-- Al Gore on Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas(D), quoted by the Miami Herald.

Villaraigos wants us to trust him when he hires (Joe Ramallo) individuals that worked during illegal fundraisers and for this Alex Penelas?

March 06, 2006 5:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A Ulisses Sanchez is listed as webmaster for the Mexican American Political Association and has served as a Villaraigosa spokesman in the past

March 06, 2006 5:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want to talk about my vision for Los Angeles; I don't want to respond every single day to Jim Hahn," Villaraigosa said.

He said there was nothing "questionable," as a reporter had suggested, about the $47,000 in Florida donations that Villaraigosa pledged last week to return.

"I gave it back because I wanted to absolutely establish that there was no issue there," he said. "It was not questionable. I decided I'm going to separate myself from Jim Hahn, accept responsibility. If someone has a question, or an issue, then so be it."

March 06, 2006 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa+Travel Traders+S.E. Florida Investments=Coerced & Illegal Money Laundering.

Alex Penelas+CarePlus Medical Centers=Coerced & Illegal Money Laundering.

What do these two have in Common?

They are 3,000 miles apart a bond keeps them glued and it's called Joe Ramallo. The communications director for Villaraigosa and previous Asst. Director of Policy for Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas (during his illegal fundraising probes identical to Villaraigosa's scheme

March 06, 2006 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rob Reiner + Alex Penelas=Antonio Villaraigosa
Fundraising Corruption

"Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas...A Herald analysis of campaign finance records shows that employees, relatives and business associates of Michael Fernandez, owner and chief executive officer of CarePlus Medical Centers Inc., donated at least $68,000 to Penelas' campaign -- all connected to the same day in May that Fernandez hosted a fundraiser at his home...The e-mail cited potential reforms by Penelas ''that could represent opportunities for companies like ours to increase revenue.'' The e-mail asked that each person donate $1,000 to the mayor's Senate campaign..."

March 06, 2006 5:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

FYI, Richard Meruelo's favorite tenant Dov Charney of American Apparel.

Since 2003 American Apparel owner Dov Charney has openly threatened employees and interfered the their attempts to form a union with UNITE!

American Apparel has been sited by the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), but policies toward the workers have not changed.

Why do we continue to tolerate so called "progressive" corporations who use left-wing politics as a marketing scheme? Why accept advertisement from them?

March 06, 2006 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dov Charney hosted a voter registration drive for Antonio Villaraigosa.

March 06, 2006 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Three Rampart Scandal Officers Get $15 Million

Did dirty work for politicians. Claro, they recieve big compensation instead of jail time.

Vignali anyone?

March 06, 2006 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

with the rain, turnout is going to be even more depressed than it would have been already for this Eastside special election. absentee ballots are going to matter alot.

March 06, 2006 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

you hit the nail on the coffin.

absentee voter important

March 06, 2006 6:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are figures avail. for absentee voters for this election?

March 06, 2006 6:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Mr. Mayor," the ad says, "we heard that you are going to try to hit up the public for more money, like raising garbage collection fees, claiming a so-called 'structural deficit,' even though the city controller's latest report says the city's reserve cash fund will have a surplus in excess of one-half billion dollars.

"Please, Mayor Villaraigosa, don't raise taxes, fees or the debt of our children and grandchildren, when you already have the money to keep the city running," the ad concludes.

March 06, 2006 6:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

County tightens up lobbyingMiami-Dade, once spending more than $1 million a year to lobby the federal government, shed some of the largess and sent a staffer up to Washington full time.
The commission has been criticized in the past for a propensity to give out lucrative deals to politically connected friends and campaign donors, but Heyman said the vote to prune the lobbying contracts was unanimous.
''Paying this much for this many people was simply unacceptable,'' she said.
Heyman and Martinez said the lobbying ranks -- then under the control of the mayor's office -- grew bloated over the years as firms were added and few were removed. Former county Mayor Alex Penelas declined to comment, referring calls to Univision, where he works as a political commentator.

March 06, 2006 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In a nationally televised Spanish-language speech carried on the Univision network, Villaraigosa faulted the White House for policies

March 06, 2006 6:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daniel Villanueva: Chairman and President, Bastion Capital, Co-founder of the media giant known today as Univision and a senior partner of the Los Angeles-based Bastion Capital

ADV's other AMIGOS:

Homero Meruelo contribution of $7,000


They are real estate developers and PRIOR CONVICTION OF INSURANCE FRAUD in Florida.


Dov Cherney (American Apparel) is the prized tenant of Richard Meruelo. Richard Meruelo owns the building that Dov Cherney's uses as American Apparel

The Southern California Institute of Architecture's students, faculty and staff have been using a parcel of land adjacent to the school campus to park their cars free ever since the school moved to a gritty area of downtown Los Angeles from a nearby city along the coast about four years ago.

But earlier this year, that property sold -- along with two nearby parcels-- to Merco Group LLC, a firm set up by developer Richard Meruelo and Daniel Villanueva, according to Ken Jackson, director of sales at Dynamic Builders Inc., which sold the properties. Mr. Villanueva is chairman of a private-equity investment firm, Bastion Capital Fund L.P. Now, "No Trespassing" signs have been posted at the site.
"This is typically the way things work," Ms. Specht says. Developers "seek support from constituents in the community." Messrs. Meruelo and Villanueva couldn't be reached for comment.

March 06, 2006 6:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daniel D. Villanueva (is chairman of a private-equity investment firm, Bastion Capital Fund L.P.)
gave $4000 to ADV.
******Daniel D. Villanueva set up a firm with developer Richard Meruelo called Merco Group LLC.***

Merco Group is a leading developer in Florida and is headed by Homero Meruelo.

Richard Meruelo just bought the land that was designated for the LAUSD high school. He is used to taking away property from under educational institutions.

March 06, 2006 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey dum dums... Park didn't work for Fabian OR Ludlow. Gail Kaufman did Fabian, and Jon Shallman did Ludlow, and now Shallman will do 24-36 months at the FCI in Lompoc.

March 06, 2006 6:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It doesn't matter if he worked for Ludlow or Fabian, what matters most is the information that the FBI has. Parke worked WITH Tom Newberry. Enough said.

March 06, 2006 6:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



"Parke Skelton, who’s been Villaraigosa’s consultant since his first race for the State Assembly in 1994, confessed he’d had a nightmare the previous night: that late absentees had finally come in, and Hahn had actually won. But the new reality was in some way stranger than Skelton’s subconscious."

March 06, 2006 6:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Wildman (http://www.wildman2006.com/) has brought on Richie Ross as his consultant, and is receiving help within Latino Caucus circles from Senator Alarcon, who has his own leadership aspirations when he gets to the Assembly. Quintero (http://quintero2006.com/) has hired Phil Giarrizzo, who is just coming off of a successful effort as the Field director for the Alliance for a Better California. Krekorian (http://www.paulkrekorian.com/) is sticking with local political consultant, Eric Hacopian, who has the most experience within the district and a long history with Parke Skelton’s SG&A firm.

March 06, 2006 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa picked Fairchild to be on his mayoral transition team.

Fairchild bid could spur a debate. Her campaign is being handled by Parke Skelton and Steve Barkan, the consultants who piloted Villaraigosa to victory in the mayor race. They generally pick the more progressive candidates to represent, and could help Fairchild stake out ground that
competes with Wesson labor ties.

March 06, 2006 7:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:52 You just don't get it. Too much Kool Aid don't let you think straight. Ahum.

Villaraigosa, Ludlow, Hertzberg, Reiner are more than friends. Business partners. More to mention, but let us concentrate on these four.

Shallman was Hertzberg's consultant, enough said here too.


March 06, 2006 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 06, 2006 7:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 23:00:43 GMTFrom: "Parke Skelton, Villaraigosa for Mayorcampaign" Subject: Become one of Antonio's Friendraisers today!Dear Friend,The caps are off. And so are the gloves.Due to more than $200,000 in planned "independentexpenditures" by groups supporting Jim Hahn, the$2.251 million spending cap for each candidate in themayor's race has been lifted. That means that ourcampaign is going to have to raise even more money.Antonio can raise enough money to compete. But he'snot going to do it from just a handful of large donors-- he's going to do it in $10, $25, and $50 donationsfrom friends and supporters all across Los Angeles.That's where you come in. Today we're pleased toannounce the launch of our new "Friendraisers" program.Sign up just 10 new supporters and raise just $200from your friends & family for Antonio's campaign, andyou'll be invited to a special reception for oursuccessful Friendraisers.

March 06, 2006 7:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

John Shallman, who managed Hertzberg's campaign and nearly pulled off an upset of Hahn, cautions that the 30 days remaining are a lifetime in politics.

"I've seen bigger leads disappear in shorter amounts of time," Shallman said. "Just look at Howard Dean in last year's presidential race. Having all the momentum doesn't mean anything if it doesn't peak at the right time.

"Politics is like a basketball game. Everyone has their hot streaks. The question is, what is the score at the end of the game."

Shallman said there also is a difference in a race for a chief executive's job where people end up looking more favorably at an incumbent.

March 06, 2006 7:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hell, I know who John Shallman IS!

He's the guy that took all that money for doing an I.E. for Flora Krisiloff and blew the mailing and delivery , so that everyone received the stuff the day AFTER the election.

Another genius...

March 06, 2006 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


AV-Hey Bob, I have an idea.

BH-What is it Tony(antonio Villaraigosa)


BH-How's that Tony?

AV-You run for Mayor, I run for Mayor, we take donations from people, business, heck even senior folks...Pretend you run, and you make money and take votes away from Hahn...What do ya think?

BH-When do we start

Enter Shallman & Skelton
Let the Games Begin!!!!

March 06, 2006 7:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor sam, you are a front for the real mayor sam...wait till FBI looks into how deep this got.

Get out while you can and tell them you want nada from them.

March 06, 2006 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This site, is a subsidiary of Shallman & Skelton.

March 06, 2006 7:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 06, 2006 7:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Skelton ends up owning a formerly public street after Villaraigosa is elected. He now has his mountain top resort capped by a private cul de sac, all because he didn't want those pesky Mexicans driving through his street when the new development in his neighborhood was finished. Isn't this the height of hypocrisy. Really shows what kind of character Parke has. Damn those Mexican kids and their scholarships, I WANT MY PRIVATE STREET. Well Parke, you got it. Let's see how Huizar defends this.

March 06, 2006 7:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I just looked up the 6300 block of Pine Crest on Google Earth. And there it is, a cul de sac. However, my 2001 Thomas Guide does not have a cul de sac at the of this block.

What gives?

March 06, 2006 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Remember when Huizar so called fired Shallman and hired Skelton. These guys are so smart, they played the fiddle to the right tune. They are friends, business partners and make the public believe otherwise. This was a cover up. Make it look like a firing, in reality, it was a business plan in the process. Premeditated

March 06, 2006 7:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The plan was perfect for Hertzberg & Villaraigosa, what the fiddler didn't know is Hertzberg's popularity and in sync with what people wanted. This worried AV. Why do they like Bob more than me? Wha, WHA WHA WHA...pinchi whiner.

March 06, 2006 7:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Daniel Lowenthal recently hired Parke Skelton

March 06, 2006 7:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is Ron Dellum who has hired Parke Skelton raking in the dough.

Who is donating money...unions...is it legal...investigation...or what?

March 06, 2006 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is it that Parke Skelton always says, "We don't do white people, just minorities, gays and lesbians."

March 06, 2006 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Touchy, touchy! I guess I struck a nerve with all that race victim fantasy talk. And you're right. The quote didn't come from you, but it did come from your office. I just verified the quote from Wayne Bannister, a candidate for county assessor in 2000. He went to your office to try and hire you but he was turned away by Allison Morgan and the direct quote is "We don't do straight white guys, just minorities, gays and lesbians." Why don't you call Wayne at the county assessors office, he'll tell you the same.

March 06, 2006 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christopher did not lie about his name. He legally changed it more than 10 years ago! Lying would mean that he is still legally C.R. Bruce but running as Christopher Arellano. But he has legally changed it not to avoid Identity as so many liars have accused, he did it legally. There were deeper reasons for a name change, nobody changes their name becuase of some minor charges!

March 06, 2006 7:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Didn't Monica live in Montebello up until a couple of months ago before she decided to run for board?

March 06, 2006 8:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Deeper reasons... I hate to be the one to break it to you but he has some integrity issues.

He should not be elected to office.

March 06, 2006 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh yeah, no doubt shifty Chrissy changed his name for "deeper reasons"...which will all become public knowledge if he lies his way into a runoff.
By the way, whatever his name is, the person calling himself Chris arellano still has a shitload of LIES on his website regarding his educational credentials and endorsements. Can you spell F-R-A-U-D??

March 06, 2006 8:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm still voting for Chris. This smear campaign from X candidate and consultant weighted strongly and one more vote for Chris Arellano.

Monica had my vote...reading who she is involved with and how she lied about where she lives, no way.

Asked her neighbor, nope, uses address as smoke screen. She still lives in Montebello. Most of her fundraisers where held in Montebello...

March 06, 2006 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm still voting for Chris. This smear campaign from X candidate and consultant weighted strongly and one more vote for Chris Arellano.

Monica had my vote...reading who she is involved with and how she lied about where she lives, no way.

Asked her neighbor, nope, uses address as smoke screen. She still lives in Montebello. Most of her fundraisers where held in Montebello...

March 06, 2006 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Service Employees International Union has agreed to pay the AFL-CIO $3.9 million it owed when the SEIU split with the labor federation last year, union officials said Monday

March 06, 2006 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today, Eden Medical Center notified 300 caregivers represented by SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West that they will be indefinitely locked out of the hospital after their planned seven-day Unfair Labor Practices strike ends tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.

March 06, 2006 9:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2 misdemeanors in plain view and owing a class on a dual Masters do not add up to fraud. Damn, I wish I was a class away from having 2 MAs.

Just because someone leaked the story late doesn't mean shit was hidden, just that polls said Monica was running a DISTANT second.

Obviously CA learned a nasty lesson about spinning his resume in a race where the mayor's hacks are out to bust his ass, and there's no other election for the rags to cover.

Without the La Opinion takeddown and the mistranslation passed around by KPCC like a fucking crack-pipe it would have been a non-issue. Notice they had nothing to say about Montebello Monica, or AV's much more troubling personal history.

March 06, 2006 9:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2 misdemeanors in plain view and owing a class on a dual Masters do not add up to fraud. Damn, I wish I was a class away from having 2 MAs.

Just because someone leaked the story late doesn't mean shit was hidden, just that polls said Monica was running a DISTANT second.

Obviously CA learned a nasty lesson about spinning his resume in a race where the mayor's hacks are out to bust his ass, and there's no other election for the rags to cover.

Without the La Opinion takeddown and the mistranslation passed around by KPCC like a fucking crack-pipe it would have been a non-issue. Notice they had nothing to say about Montebello Monica, or AV's much more troubling personal history.

March 06, 2006 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Endorsed Huizar
*Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina
*Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
*Los Angeles County Democratic Party

March 06, 2006 9:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:05 Ulysses, tired of blogging? Some of us are not but you sure are frustrated. Are you jealous of Chris. Did you want to run Monica's campaign? Put you down in BH. what gives my brother.

Too good for the little leagues?

March 06, 2006 9:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

MTA strike was staged. Best Oscar goes to Antonio Villaraigosa and Miguel Contreras. How to dupe the unions into fake strike.

Part Two
How much money did we get?

March 06, 2006 9:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Enter Antonio to the rescue.

Negotiate MTA contracts. Por supuesto, he planned the con game in the first place, he knew.

March 06, 2006 9:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I like that.
Montebello Monica!

March 06, 2006 9:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL Montebello Monica

March 06, 2006 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Falcon Heights
Land o' Lakes n' Liberals

March 06, 2006 9:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ace Smith
Parke Skelton
Nathan James
Anthony Thigpen
David Doak
Monica Gil
Louis Vizcaino

March 06, 2006 9:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke Skelton

Owner, SG&A Campaigns, a Los Angeles-based Democratic consulting firm

Career Background

"I was a community organizer who learned how to run campaigns to assist progressive grassroots movements engaged in electoral battle. Eventually, accidentally, I transmogrified into a full-fledged campaign consultant."


"Married to California's best Democratic fundraiser, Alison Morgan. We have one fantastic little boy, Jasper."

Claim to Fame

"Popular power at popular prices."

Best Day

"June 5, 1999, the day my little boy entered the world."

Worst Day

"June 4, 1991, when I lost three (out of three) campaigns by a combined total of 674 votes."

Ten Years From Now

"Less. Maybe just two or three races a year instead of 10."

Immediate Goals

"Currently we're working to create a statewide organization to provide substantial tactical support to progressive state legislative candidates in Democratic primaries.

Political Heroes

Aneurin Bevan, Thurgood Marshall, Phillip Burton.

Secrets of Success

"For most, campaign consulting is a lousy way to make a living. If you don't care passionately about changing the world, find something else to do."

Biggest Gripe

"The gratuitous use of 'quotation marks.'"


"My prediction is that virtually all predictions will be proven wrong."

Favorite Books

Paradise Lost by John Milton; The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mafouz.

Favorite Movies

"Wings of Desire," "Red," "Choochoo Trains, Up Close and Personal" (Don't get out much these days)

Best Moment in a Campaign

"Winning my first campaign, the Santa Monica rent-control initiative in 1979. I haven't been as ecstatic on election night since."

Worst Moment in a Campaign

"The day after an upset primary election victory, reading on the front page of the LA Times that my candidate was contemplating withdrawing from the race."

If I Were President for a Day

"National health care. A national energy policy based on conservation. Dismantle obstacles to voter registration and participation."

March 06, 2006 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Any Parke Skelton previous clients benefit from illegal phone banking?

March 06, 2006 9:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Such noble thoughts and ideals. Yet, such sordid clients. A man of high integrity wouldn't stand for such hypcrisy. Is this what keeps you up at night?

March 06, 2006 9:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa said what?????

"Not a very different analysis from the one that Villaraigosa himself offers. "Did I want that County Fed endorsement? Darn right I did," he says. " But look, I'm a big kid and I know people do things out of self-interest and opportunism. But when elected I'm going to have to work with everyone, even those who weren't with me. Of course I'm going to work with labor."

March 06, 2006 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Popular power at popular prices."

Hey Parke,
I want Power
I want Greed
How much will it cost ME!

March 06, 2006 9:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

James Madison Warned You About Guys Like This...

A profile (Matea Gold, LAT) of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor leader Miguel Contreras and an investigative report (Matea Gold, LAT) on the non-profit organization Contreras set up to help funnel money to union causes—is this the org's "website"?—reveal both the principles of local government in general and the current status of California local government.

Due to Contreras’ success, Los Angeles is often held up as a shining example for labor everywhere. Gray Davis' wife once said (Aurelio Rojas, Sac Bee) "You don't win elections in Los Angeles without Miguel Contreras."

There is no way to eliminate the causes of special interests—these causes are "sown in the nature of man." But The Federalist does argue that republican, representative government can control the effects of faction. Representatives elected from the people are picked to look after the common good. Of these representatives, few will be truly good, few will be truly bad, and most will be somewhere in between. While they will likely have many groups trying to sway them, the more groups the better, as these will roughly cancel each other out. When one special interest is significantly more powerful than all the rest, the government is in peril.

In California, several structural factors have led to the overwhelming power of the unions, and almost every one of these factors can be traced back to some kind of straying from the principles of the Founders.

March 06, 2006 9:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Helen Chavez misuse of campaign funds for personal use. Who helped her fundraise?

Was it AV staff?

March 06, 2006 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parke and noble thoughts. It is improper to put those words together in one sentence.

March 06, 2006 10:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I can't stand Antonio and eagerly await his demise. But he had nothing to do with Miguel's death. At one time Miguel and Antonio were enenmies. Antonio, Marco Palma, Victor Griego, and the rest of the 70's Chicano stoners who couldn't take down Snyder, did have one electoral victory - they won the HERE Local 11 election for Maria Elena Durazo. It was quite a victory. Scotty O'Brian, the longtime head of Local 11 had been selling out the maids and waiters of the union once the membership became overwhelmingly Latino, instead of the traditional Black and poverty stricken whites. Maria Elena, Antonio's former girlfriend, did have a historic victory on her hands.

But then the International HERE does what any white union has done when threatened by Latino rule (remember Locl 399?), they trustee the local and send in Miguel Contreras, who had been failing miserably in San Francisco. Where Miguel had succeeded was in being a "little Mexican for Big White Labor." He would do his master's bidding, by any means necessary - as he proved in this campaign.

While Villar, Palma, Griego and a rabid Local 11 membership were ready to tar and feather this vendido sent in by the international, Miguel made the move that would secure his future in Los Angeles. He seduced the opposing candidate. All was lost.

Miguel and Maria Elena would take their relationship public and later serve as President and Secretary of Local 11, in violation of International HERE by-laws prohibiting the joint leadership of locals by married couples.

Miguel would later use similar charms to seduce Gloria Romero, Ruth Castro, some say Hilda Solis, to satisfy his political agenda, among other satisfactions. The only way Antonio would have anything to do with Miguel's death would be if he had paid for the services rendered to Miguel when he died.

March 06, 2006 10:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm definitely NOT in the KNOW. What services?

March 06, 2006 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam would delete the post if I told you. Use your imagination.

March 06, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

As long as it wasnn't Monica Garcia, Glora Molina or his wife.

Three ugly...

March 06, 2006 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She used to be fine. Just like Gloria Molina used to be hot. And so was Lucille Roybal. And Yvone Brathwaite was good for a chocolate fantasy. But not Gloria Romero - sorry.

March 06, 2006 10:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have you seen these candidates speak?

No clue as to how they have a degree. They can brag on degrees, but speaking skills are grossly inept.

March 06, 2006 10:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Questions over Travel Traders were raised Wednesday in a Copley News Service story, which found that employees of Miami-based Travel Traders refused to explain or had difficulty saying why they gave to a mayoral candidate 3,000 miles away. One did not recognize Villaraigosa’s name, while another had not heard the name of the company that was identified as her employer in the councilman’s contribution records.

Hahn spent part of this week calling for an Ethics Commission investigation into Travel Traders to determine whether money laundering or other improper behavior occurred. The city prohibits campaign money laundering, the practice of allowing political donors to be reimbursed by their employers or other third parties for contributions.

March 06, 2006 10:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Top Democrats Question Dean's DNC Spending
Democratic congressional leaders reportedly gave an earful to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean in a private meeting last month. Their problem: Dean’s free-spending ways.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., complained to the 2004 presidential candidate that his spending priorities at the DNC were misplaced.

March 06, 2006 10:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa announced this week he was returning $47,000 in donations from at least 20 workers of two Florida-based companies with possible interests in gaining concession contracts at Los Angeles International Airport.

The county district attorney said Friday he was launching a preliminary investigation of the donations, following reports that several of the workers appeared confused when asked about their $1,000 checks.

It is not illegal for multiple employees from a company to donate to a campaign; it is illegal, however, for anyone to reimburse employees for their contributions.

"The key thing for all of us is it appears that from these news reports, people didn't seem to know they had made a contribution to somebody running for mayor, or didn't know when they'd made it," said Hahn, who has long faced ethics questions and investigations regarding so-called pay-to-play contributions in his administration

March 06, 2006 10:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:12 PM Poster: Who is Ruth Castro?

March 07, 2006 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A previous poster asked: Didn't Monica live in Montebello up until a couple of months ago before she decided to run for board?

The answer is yes. Although, being a carpet bagger is not a crime.

March 07, 2006 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Someone finally mentioned another name of significance: Anthony Thigpenn and his organization - Agenda.

March 07, 2006 8:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To counter Hahn's advantages, Villaraigosa's campaign has brought on board some of the most talented organizers in South Central, including seasoned coalition-builder Anthony Thigpen. Villaraigosa organizer Thigpen acknowledges that "no doubt there is a racial element in play here. But either way, we will still have to wage the battle

March 07, 2006 8:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ruth Castro, president of the Alhambra School Board

not sure might been lausd teacher long ago

March 07, 2006 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You guys want a good story on Christine's husband, Oscar Gonzalez. His public life is right out of a "Shield's" screeen writers fantasy - Shields is that FX show with Michael Chikles.

Oscar's former girlfriend, Ruth Castro - a former Alhambra Unified school board member who was also boning Miguel Contreras - was a teacher at Ramona High School - that same high school threatened by Gloria Molina's vindictive light rail plans in East L.A.. One day while Oscar was going to visit Ruth at school, he stopped by to get something at a local liquor store. There he met some teeny boppers and he gave them his business card from when he worked for the Governor - Gray Davis, not Arnold. It so happens that these teen girls - who had already been expelled from other schools to end up at Ramona, where Ruth's students. The story goes that these girls starting asking Ruth all these questions about her boyfriend. Ruth was bragging on how he worked for the governor and how he was going to be the next "Cesar Chavez" (kind of ironic, isn't it). The students let Ruth go on and then at the end they sprung his business card on her saying, we just picked up on your boyfirend down the street.

Not that Ruth didn't deserve this treatment. Nobody knows the father of her baby and the birth certificate doesn't state one - eastside politics is full on immaculate births. When asked why she was doing Contreras Ruth responded by saying, "I ain't stupid, it worked for Gloria (Romero) I'm going to do it to." Incidentally, Ruth was Romero's Chief of staff and all this took place while Gloria R. was head over heels for Contreras.

More to come on the Oscar Chronicles....

March 07, 2006 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


So to Ace Smith, Parke Skelton, Ulysses Sanchez, Michael Trujillo, Jaime Sanchez, Jimmy Blackman and Nathan James I apologize


March 07, 2006 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 07, 2006 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Absentee ballots are going to make this election.

For Ludlow, that temptation was power. Facing a tough race for the City Council in 2003, he tapped into his labor connections to help skirt campaign-finance laws. And so SEIU LOCAL 99 provided "free" employees to his campaign, paying them out of workers' dues.

In other words, he corrupted the democratic process and wanted to win so badly he was willing to steal the election

March 07, 2006 8:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nunez Hopes the Third Time's the Charm
Contact: Sarah Pompei

February 9, 2006
Assembly Democrats held their annual press conference today to present their priorities for the upcoming legislative year to the people of California. They could have saved themselves the trouble and run a tape of the press conferences they held in either 2004 or 2005.

"You might say that this sounds a lot like last year's vision, but you got to give us some credit." (Fabian Nunez, Assembly Democrat Press Conference, February 9, 2006)
Nunez is right, Assembly Democrats deserve credit for accomplishing what most people would think to be impossible. Even though Democrats have held a significant majority in the Assembly since Nunez took over as Speaker, they haven't been able to produce any significant legislation on their "legislative priorities" for the last two years.

Recycling the same ideas for a third year in a row is not likely to magically produce legislation that will benefit Californians. It's time for Assembly Democrats to follow through and work with their Republican colleagues to produce legislation that will make California a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

March 07, 2006 8:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Deleted my post. Might be same Michael Trujillo son, I went to school with his father. Is his mamas name Mona? If it's mona then I have some good information on this family.

March 07, 2006 9:00 AM  

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