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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Monday Open Thread: Mayor Von Münchhausen

"Magical realism" is a literary term. It comes to mind in view of Tony Castro's amazing report, in the Daily News on Sunday, of how our mayor's recollection of his life is, well, in movie terms, you could call it "Big Fish 2." If you haven't already read the article, please do, because it'll scare the heebie-jeebies out of you. Here's that URL: www.dailynews.com/news/ci_4686542 .

And by all means, blog away. Blog in anticipation of Thanksgiving. Blog eloquently, so that Mayor Sam will be proud when he returns triumphantly from his diplomatic mission to Korea, where he successfully negotiated over $3 billion in contracts to benefit L.A. businesses, before teleporting back with his secret penthouse lair in the downtown area. Mayor Sam was able to handle the mission because his mother spoke nine languages, and used to read Chaucer to him when he was young.


Anonymous Anonymous said:


Who is this Tony Castro? Is he from the hood?

November 19, 2006 9:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa placed insiders in key positions.

We have examples of his cover up machine or snitch machine located in NC's, local organizations, city hall, Public Works, MTA, Unions, City Attorneys, and Laura Bitchin Chick.

You have no clue.

November 19, 2006 10:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, Mayor Sam has accomplished almost as much as Mayor Reconquista.

November 19, 2006 10:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its shocking that Daily News allowed Tony Castro to put that story in the SUNDAY paper. The funny quotes are from psychologists analyzing why Antonio lies. One said, "he feels powerless and insecure." One source comes out and says Antonio has been lying about the his mother raising him as a single parent and the hardship she had. She was remarried shortly after his dad left. Its hard to believe Antonio would be so naive as to not know his lies would come back to haunt him.

November 20, 2006 6:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Dynamic Lying Duo: AV & Skelton

November 20, 2006 8:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...Tony Castro!

At last! the truth comes out...at least some of it!!!

First of all, Tony Villar is an ANCHOR BABY! His mother was a housecleaner and I doubt whether she read Shakespeare to him! HAHAHAHA! If she did, he has forgotten everything he ever learned!

The guy can't string two sentences together without looking at his crib sheets...God forbid one of his Mexican henchmen forgets the 3 sets of crib sheets!!!!!

But more importantly, the guy is vacuuous - a complete fabrication of Parke-Skelton!!!!

Tony Villar and his Mexican mafia personifies the evil, corrupt regime of his country - Mexico! Wake up people! Send these people back to the barrios of Mexico where they belong! They are robbing you blind!

November 20, 2006 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All politicians lie and/or embellish. Rocky did it with his Harvard football scholarship and professional football career. There are tons of examples of this.

Get used to it. Everyone thinks they have to be a rags to riches superstar.

November 20, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I can't believe the Daily News hired Tony Castro.

Did he go to work for one of the supermarket tabloids? nd didn't he wind up doing time for selling the tabloid information about celebrities based on fake sources?

November 20, 2006 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, we need help! We can't walk through the Venice canals area after dark for fear of being accosted by raccoons, no less!!! We wonder if those nasty suckers are part of Tony Villar's "mafia"?
We didn't have a problem with them during Hahn's term in office. But now that Villar is in power the critters have become so aggressive that they have attacked dogs, cats and local citizens! What is Mayor Villar trying to tell us? Are we supposed to "bribe" them with kibble and other late night snacks? When will it end???

November 20, 2006 10:34 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING Y'ALL (except for shady/corrupt city council members)...

I was looking forward to showing up for one more council meeting before the break...especially to ask council how they feel about a rouge cop using excessive force and police brutality while enforcing his own "code of conduct" inside council chambers.

But I've kinda started my vacation already, so i'll probably blow off the meeting tomorrow because I'll be with friends in Ventura county, so i guess the mayor and council can let the fraud, waste and abuse steamroll through.

November 20, 2006 10:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1) It began w/ Katz & what else did he embellish? Affordable housing Prop H was a Scam. Pimped as affordable housing and failed. Immediately, it was pimped as middle class working family investment. Mayor NEVER intended this to be affordable housing for needy. Katz was a mere example of AV lies & tip of the iceberg.

2)It's hearsay. Ramon Villar, said this, said that. Same token with Villar Sr.'s Son (AV's stepbrother) he said this, said that. A situation confronts us. We are lied to and to who's benefit would this be? Obviously AV hate for his father glorified his revenge via campaign propaganda? He tarnished a deceased human being, unable to defend himself publicly. He continued to humiliate him, AV is vengeful. Who cares if Ramon Villar backed AV. I don't believe Ramon. He is another liar.

3)Villaraigos was called Tony. Yes, he did exaggerate to make a disturbing and false point. It helped with the votes.

4)Here we go again, AV exaggerated to the point of no return.

Sick man.

BTW, who is AV this morning?
Antoine Villeaux

November 20, 2006 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Daily News Story is disturbing. I am sad to know the mayor agreed to lie and lie and lie and lie.

It disturbs me to find out he thinks voters are stupid. Yea, I went to LAUSD school and graduated. I'm a junior at UCLA and taking advantage of a great education. Why did he throw it all away at UCLA with a 1.8GPA. I don't get that!

He doesn't represent me or anyone in my family. I come from hard working low income. I pay for my school. I work. He doesnt't speak for me.

I read the story and I'm uspset at all those lies. He's a disgrace.

November 20, 2006 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alvin Para just hired Hacopian as his consultant.

November 20, 2006 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If your info is right and hired Hacopian then this whole election is a sham.

Hacopian is in bed with AV.

November 20, 2006 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Eric Hacopian worked AV's race in 2003.

Has long history with Parke Skelton

November 20, 2006 1:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

WELL, I guess this answers the question as to whether or not CD14 staffers are spending their time trying to get get Huizar elected (on the city time and money!)

Pro forma. They spent time in CD14 offices doing NOTHING for the constituents, but work day and night to campaign for Huizar.

Why don't we just cut to the fucking chase and change all those blue signs outside field offices that say "CD14 Council Office" to what they REALLY are...


The "best" team downtown YOUR taxpayer dollars can pay to elect!!!

November 20, 2006 1:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


November 20, 2006 1:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huizar still has the house on 1st street as his campaign office. His field staffers are going over there now to prepare for the election race. Is it legal for them to be collecting signatures for Jose on city time? That's what they're now doing. Everywhere they go they have the boards asking for signatures.

November 20, 2006 2:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A must read in www.downtownnews.com

Battle for the 14th: the Sequel to the Sequel..."I've been very disappointed at the lack of vision, lack of interest or compassion for the district that I've witnessed in Council member Huizar," Parra said..."It's clear his priorities are not the district. He's more interested in the inner workings of the power meetings, the lunches, the political moves, not the basic services, not moving major projects forward."

November 20, 2006 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa campaign manager Parke Skelton is not amused. Here is what he wrote to NWN on the matter:

Well, yes, the Villaraigosa team does reject the insinuations in the Tony Castro piece. In reading it through however, beneath it’s snide psuedo-psychoanalyzing, it really doesn’t make any hard claims. As far as I can tell the claims are these:

1) Herman Katz, the teacher who encouraged Antonio to apply for college and paid the cost of his SAT exam, did not think that what he did was as big a deal as Antonio did. Huh? Wouldn’t that make sense? I’ve heard Antonio tell the story a number of times over the past 14 years and he frequently points out that when he, years later, contacted Mr. Katz, his former teacher didn’t remember what he had done. Teachers touch thousands of lives — and change quite a few, often unknowingly. That is the whole point of the story. Mr Katz has never challenged the accuracy of Villaraigosa’s story.

2) That Antonio’s estranged father denies that he was abusive to Villaraigosa’s mother. He would not be the first abuser to do so. At the same time Castro quotes Villaraigosa’s cousin, Ramon Villar, as fully corroborating the Mayor’s recollections. Others do too.

3) That Villaraigosa’s father did not give the son from his second marriage the same name he had given Villaraigosa. He named him Anthony — which is not only the same name, but Villaraigosa was called Anthony throughout his youth.

4)That Villaraigosa was not a star athlete in high school. He has never said that he was. He said that he played high school football and (according to the article) was “not on the first string.” Where is the contradiction? Surely people who were not star athletes are entitled to employ the occasional sports metaphor.

Other bizarre points in the article include opining that Antonio and his wife combining their names when they married constituted some kind of devious effort to “reinvent” himself. Strange. Maybe it was just a loving gesture. Maybe they don’t like hyphens.

Castro also quotes an Eastside activist, Art Pulido, at length. Without going into the immense wisdom of using Pulido as a source for anything, Pulido seems to be saying that sometime between the age 25, when he worked out with Villaraigosa at a gym, and the age 35 when he encountered him again, Villaraigosa had upgraded his wardrobe and shaved off his mustache. Gee, that happens to a lot of us between those ages.

In short, the Castro article is a smarmy pastiche of inference and insinuation, unbuttressed by a smidgen of factual evidence.

November 20, 2006 3:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

that is just gross. it can't be you really. are you a man? those are awfully fat thighs and butt. are you embarrassed to show your real face?

November 20, 2006 6:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes suree

It's hemaphrodite cyberlady aka shallman.

November 20, 2006 6:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Cest moi.

November 20, 2006 6:43 PM  

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