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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Open Thread for Tuesday

John Raymond Garamendi (born January 24, 1945) is a U.S. politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He has been the California State Insurance Commissioner since 2003, having previously been the first occupant of that office from 1991 to 1995. He was the U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior from 1995 to 1998. He is currently running for Lieutenant Governor .

Born in Mokelumne Hill, California, Garamendi received a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Garamendi won election to the California State Assembly in 1974 and to the State Senate in 1976. Garamendi ran unsuccessfully in the 1982 Democratic gubernatorial primary, but in 1990 was successful in his campaign to become California's first Commissioner of Insurance.

Instead of seeking re-election to the Insurance Commissioner's office in 1994, Garamendi ran for Governor of California but lost the Democratic primary by 15% to State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, who in turn lost the general election by 15% to incumbent Republican Governor Pete Wilson.

Shortly thereafter, President Bill Clinton appointed Garamendi to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Interior, the second-highest post in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

After four years in the private sector, Garamendi won election to a second term as Insurance Commissioner by less than 5%. Seven months into his term as Insurance Commissioner, on August 7, 2003, Garamendi announced his candidacy for Governor in the gubernatorial recall election but dropped out two days later in favor of Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante.

Halfway through his term as Insurance Commissioner, on July 16, 2004, Garamendi announced his candidacy for the 2006 race to replace the term-limited Bustamante as Lieutenant Governor. Bustamante is running to replace Garamendi as Insurance Commissioner. Former Vice President Al Gore has endorsed Garamendi for Lt. Governor in his only 2006 election endorsement.

Garamendi is married and has six children. His wife, Patti, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 1992 against Republican Representative Richard Pombo.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Samuel Jackson

Is it true our politicians (AV Cedilllo, Becerra, recieved heavily underpriced lofts for kickbacks?

How many of these so called latino kind received atcost lofts for tax credit/affordable housing loans to private developers?

May 29, 2006 10:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

jackass bought one for jackass jr

valued $700k
purchase price $200k

Why developer take 500k loss?

May 29, 2006 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Because jackass made it possible for developer to make millions and millions, so what's a little half a mil?

May 30, 2006 12:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bomb just dropped in the 38th:

Move described as a "New low in politics"

In a stunning move the campaign of Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus has distributed a mail piece where she publicly endorses long time Democratic activist Roberta Gillis for County Committee. One problem, not only was Roberta Gillis an arch-enemy of Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus, she also died back on April 14th after suffering a massive stroke.

"This just proves what we have known from the beginning, my opponents campaign has not been about the people, issues in the district or an Assembly seat. For her, it is all about getting as many seats to the Democratic Central Committee as possible," Jim Alger said this morning. "It seems as if there is no level the Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus campaign won't stoop to in their effort to secure power at the expense of voters."

Stephen Winkler, a long time friend of Roberta Gillis, said he was shocked.

"Roberta would be spinning in her grave right now if she knew," he said "She in no way supported Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus or her husband. She actually hated them and worked against them at every chance she could. What Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus is doing is nothing short of fraud and she certainly wouldn't be trying this if Roberta was still alive."

Bruce McFarland, President of the Democratic Alliance for Action and long time friend of Gillis said he was completely insensed by the actions of Shaw-Hilfenhaus.

"Shaw-Hilfenhaus wants voters to support her husband (Jim Hilfenhaus), her mother (Louis Williams), and Roberta Gillis, a dead woman who would never, ever, ever support her for any elected office. It is a well-known fact in local Democratic politics that both Shaw-Hilfenhaus and her husband had an intense dislike for Roberta. It seems like the Hilfenhauses have put aside their differences and are now willing to do anything to get Shaw-Hilfenhaus elected." Mc Farland said in a statement released this afternoon. "Shaw-Hilfenhaus, who apparently uses only her "Shaw" name in her mailer and on the ballot because wants to downplay her association with her husband Jim Hilfenhaus, is asking Democrats to vote for a dead woman, so she can imply a positive association and their mutual support. That action is so egregious and disgusting, I expect Roberta Gillis to rise up from her grave."

"Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus has repeatedly told people she can't win the general election, for her this has always been about the appointments to Central Committee that come with winning the primary," said Alger campaign manager Michael O'Connell. "The people of the 38th district deserve better than that. They deserve a true discussion of the issues. It is clear that that will never happen with Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus."

"Where I come from we respect the dead, not try and capitalize off of their tragic loss and their family's' grief for our own personal gain. Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus should immediately apologize to Robertas' family for the pain she has caused and to the voters of the 38th district for attempting this fraud in the first place. It was an unbelievably stupid stunt" Alger concluded.

May 30, 2006 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

More incoming fire in the 38th:



To Democrats of the 38th Assembly district.

The Democratic Alliance for Action, of which I am president, does not endorse any candidates in contested Democratic Primaries. That being said, I feel I must make a personal statement about a candidate running for the 38th Assembly District because she has acted in a totally self-serving, insensitive, unprofessional and misleading manner.

Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus recently sent out a mass-mailer recommending certain Democrats be elected to the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee. Shaw-Hilfenhaus wants voters to support her husband, her mother, and Roberta Gillis, a dead woman who would never, ever, ever support her for any elected office. It is a well-known fact in local Democratic politics that both Shaw-Hilfenhaus and her husband had an intense dislike for Roberta. It seems like the Hilfenhauses have put aside their differences and are now willing to do anything to get Shaw-Hilfenhaus elected.

Shaw-Hilfenhaus, who apparently uses only her "Shaw" name in her mailer and on the ballot because wants to downplay her association with her union-boss husband Jim Hilfenhaus, is asking Democrats to vote for a dead woman, so she can imply a positive association and their mutual support. That action is so egregious and disgusting, I expect Roberta Gillis to rise up from her grave and spit in Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus' face, but I'm afraid she'll have to leave that for the Democratic voters.

For those of you who don't know, Roberta Gillis passed away on Good Friday of this year. She was a prominent and popular Democrat who lived in the Santa Clarita Valley and served many years on the County Committee and held numerous positions in both the State and County Democratic Party organizations. I was a close personal friend of Roberta.

I ask Democrats in the 38th AD to consider the above information before casting their votes.

Bruce McFarland, President
Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita

May 30, 2006 2:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One day Shaw wants to run a campaign of integrity the next she is endorsing dead people so she can get to appoint the vacant seat.

Wow. Pretty fucking stupid.

May 30, 2006 2:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Endorsing a dead woman? Jesus Lyn, could you get any more obvious than that?

All about cc for those guys.

May 30, 2006 4:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would suggest that only Roberta can speak for Roberta but the only candidates running for County Central Committee are commenting Bruce, who ran on two oppositional slates to get elected to DSCC and Winkler, the person most likely to be abused by Roberta and come back for more.
As for convicted felon Alger. I think you need to learn the difference between expunged and appealed on felony convictions. The DA is interested Jim, as to whether or not you reported the felony on your filing papers or did you choose to commit another felony?

May 30, 2006 7:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Strange but Senator Alarcon, Jim Alger's former boss, has endorsed Lyn and given her $1,000.
Of course every elected official in LA that has endorsed in this race has endorsed Lyn Shaw.
that would include Congressmembers Sherman, Berman, Schiff, Watson and Solis. Assemblymembers Levine, Koretz,Bass,Frommer(donated $3,300.00)among others.
in fact the only elected not to endorse Lyn has been Cindy Montanez whose staff has made it perfectly clear that Cindy will only endorse if Lyn endorses her. Unlike Padilla who endorsed Lyn a long time ago without demanding the quid pro quo.

May 30, 2006 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Lyn thought it was a tribute to Roberta' activism, to try and help her come in first again.
I guess the creeps in Camp Alger can only think in negatives and assume the worst in motives as that is all they seem capable of.

May 30, 2006 7:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey alger gonna return that vioce blast machine to the Neighborhood Council you stole it from after losing re-election to it?
The District and City Attorny's would like to know or if you just want to continue your felonius ways AND DO THE PRISON TIME POST ELECTION!!

May 30, 2006 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The District and City Attorney needs to stop listening to Judie Sanchez. The Neighborhood Council doesn't even own a "voice blast" machine or any other machine for that matter.

However, the Alger campaign did purchase one several months ago as reported on their 460 form.

Of course, the truth and the Ethelyn Lyn Williams Shaw Hilfenhaus campaign don't often collide.

Nice move over there at Camp Alias, accepting a 7,000 loan the day of filing and returning 7,000 to mom 3 days later.

Wasn't it the Shaw-Hilfenhaus camp that was all riled up a while back about Algers finances???

May 30, 2006 10:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Alarcon gave Shaw-Hilfenhaus any money, she forgot to report it cause it doesn't appear anywhere on her filings.

Now, endorsements? She hasnt a single endorsement woth beans in the entire district. As a party insider and a Labor leaders wife getting blind endorsements means nothing at all.

So much for Shaw-Hilfenhaus running a campaign of integrity... trying to get mom, hubby and your dead enemy elected to county committee. And dont hand me this final tribute bs... she hated Gillis and Gillis hated her.

To pull this shit on the eve of Robertas memorial service is shamefull.

May 30, 2006 10:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Senator Alarcon has told more than one person that he endorsed Lyn because of a long time friendship with her family, not because of any other reason so for as much as you guys at camp shaw-hilfenhaus keep trying to throw this one endorsement in Algers face, it is liable to backfire.

May 30, 2006 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I received a slate mailer from Lyn Shaw, encouraging a vote for the late Roberta Gillis to the Los Angeles County Central Committee. If Lyn Shaw wins her party's nomination as their candidate for the 38th Assembly District and if Roberta Gillis is also elected, she will be able to appoint her replacement.

This is one of the worst cases of voter deception. First of all, those of us who knew and loved Roberta Gillis, knew that she would never consent to run on Lyn Shaw's slate or be associated with any of the members on her slate. Every member of her slate hated Roberta Gillis and plotted for her political destruction inside the Democratic Party.

Second of all, the great majority of voters did not know Roberta Gillis. The Lyn Shaw slate will deceive these voters to vote for a dead woman. This is knowingly giving false information to voters. Unless you live in Santa Clarita or are active in the Democratic Party, you would now know that Roberta Gillis has passed away.

Thousands of voters living in the 38th Assembly District and voting in the San Fernando Valley or in Simi Valley, will vote for Roberta Gillis, because of the Lyn Shaw slate. If Roberta Gillis was not cremated, then she would turn over in her grave. For Roberta Gillis hated deception an loved honesty.

Deception feeds on false information and breeds corruption. Deception destroyed democracy in Germany and Italy. A vote for Lyn Shaw and her slate will be a step in the destruction of democracy in America. On election day, let Roberta Gillis rest in peace and vote for the living and for a slate that offers honest, not deceptive leadership.

May 30, 2006 11:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whoever at Camp Hilfenass thought it was a hot idea to endorse a dead woman so she could get the extra appointment ought to be thrown in an alley and shot.

That was some stupid ass advice given how public the Shaw-Hilfenhaus / Gillis feud was.

What did you idiots think was gonna happen?

May 30, 2006 11:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You have to ask?

Shaw-Hefferhaus figured people were to dumb to notice so that she would get to appoint yet another person to central committee should she win next Tuesday.

If Alger pulls this off, it will be a coup... and a good thing for everyone.

If Lyn wins it would just show that campaigns and issues are complete BS. If you kiss enough ass inside the party even you can win a primary.

May 31, 2006 1:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This bio piece doesn't tell me why I should to vote for Garamendi? Jackie Speier's ads have done more to move me towards her. She seems like she's done a lot for the state.

May 31, 2006 11:53 AM  

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