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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rodriguez for City Council

In the view of this old, dead, Republican mayor, serving in public office is a privilege granted by the voters who place their trust in the officeholder. Therefore, the officeholder owes the public to give them their very best, to be honest and to complete the task to which they assigned.

Unfortunately, few officeholders live up to even one of these obligations.

One such individual is Richard Alarcon. Alarcon is a man who has dedicated most of his adult life to public service and has brought about some very good things. Despite that, he does not deserve the opportunity to return to the City Council.

Alarcon failed to complete his term as City Councilman to run for the State Senate seat he recently vacated. We'll give him a pass on that one because at least he served five years. And yes, he did complete his two alloted state senate terms.

However, due to the passage of Eric Garcetti's Measure R term limits scam, Alarcon is abandoning an Assembly seat he only assumed about two months ago to reclaim his previous Council seat. Should Alarcon be elected to the City Council, his current constituents will be without an Assembly member for several months and costly special election will be required. This is not serving the community, its just plain and simple greed and ego.

When voters passed term limits - or even modified them if you will under Measure R - it was not their intention for politicians to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. The purpose was to bring in new blood and new leadership.

Given all of this, the voters of the Seventh Council District have a choice - former Mayoral and School Board aide Monica Rodriguez. Rodriguez is currently an executive with the California Association of Realtors.

Monica is a young, dynamic, forceful leader with a passion for the community. Born and raised in the 7th District, Monica has a legacy of leadership leading back to her days as Student Body President at San Fernando High School, the very same position that this old, dead Republican mayor sought but was not succesful at in 1981. Monica's a parent and homeowner with strong roots in the District who understands the issues at hand. If elected, Rodriguez would be only the second Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council and will be only one of four women to currently serve. Her experience in both government and business uniquely qualifies her to serve in this important post. To be sure, based on recent statements at candidate events, Monica will need to come up to speed with some specifics particularly in the area of Neighborhood Councils. But she's an intelligent quick study and her passion and her desire to empower others is a far better alternative to more of the same.

New blood like Monica Rodriguez is exactly what the Council needs. Apparently we're in good company as both the Daily News and Los Angeles Times agree. We don't need term limits schemes to bring us back the ghosts of Clowncils past such as Richard Alarcon or his contemporary Controller Laura Chick who is contemplating a Measure R inspired return to the horseshoe. I am proud to endorse Monica Rodriguez for the Los Angeles City Council, Seventh District.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

Let it be Rodriquez versus Mendoza in May.

We need a human being in that seat that wants to serve to improve the quality of life for the residents of the 7th district, not special interest from a far or king makers.

We have issues in the district that need to be solve like crime, prudent development with an emphasis on quality job creation, much needed infrastructure improvements and education.

Please vote for either Monica or Oscar. If you want to be told who you should vote for, then don't listen to me and be pursuaded by the powers who run this city instead of people who really want to make a change.

Vote Mendoza! or Rodriquez!
The future of the 7th district is in your hands, not the special interest.

February 26, 2007 11:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mendoza is a fucking moron.

February 26, 2007 11:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Former school board aide??? Sammy have you seen the mess that is the LAUSD??? You want to give her her own district all because you don't like Measure R?

The criteria needs to be who is the best candidate for the job. Alarcon has the experience to hit the ground running and the connections to really help his district.

Rodriguez has her "quick study" habits and the Albatros that is the LAUSD.

Sorry Sam, Alarcon is going to pound her into the pavement.

February 26, 2007 11:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your Mother likes MENDOZA, is that what upsets you Mr. Anonymous.

February 26, 2007 11:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And when Monica "educator" Rodriguez runs for School board in two years will people call her Alarcon, Jr.?

February 27, 2007 12:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica is pro-development and that puts her with the rest of the Clowcil in the pockets of the developers. We do not need one more development in this overly developed, under infrastructured, and highly lacking in services city.

February 27, 2007 1:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:00 AM - and Alarcon isn't pro-development. Richard has always sold his ass to the highest bidder.

February 27, 2007 7:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The council needs someone with at least a measure of integrity. Which sure as heck means Alarcon ain't the one....

February 27, 2007 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:57 PM You are precisely the type of supporter Mendoza has... a fucking thug.

Why not join a gang and get over it? That's what you all look like... middle aged gang bangers. Screaming insults at other candidates but having no knowledge of any issues.

February 27, 2007 9:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:57 Based on your idiotic comments about the Mendoza supporters, you obviously don't even live in the 7th District. Most if not all of Mendoza's supporters are voting residents of the district, who obviously care enough about their community so they stand behind a man who holds his integrity intact. Unlike other candidates who gave in to the backroom deals worked out by the mayor and Alarcon. Monica is another Measure R advocate, there for making her just as bad as the rest of council.

February 27, 2007 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny how if you are not a RicHARD AlarCON, supporter you are labeled a thug. Seems to me that Alarcon and his clan are nervous if not affraid, that they have resort to name calling... Guess they have been getting the same response as the rest of us from the residents.


Alarcon MUST SUCK TO BE YOU!!!Maybe now you can move out of that abandoned so called home you claim to live in, and back to your real home in CD6.

February 27, 2007 9:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

leave the gang members alone.... of course annouymous 11:57 is upset, after all he does not understand the difference between a thug (like alarcon) and a gang member who at least is trying to do something for his community and is not doing this for an increase in his salary... idiot

February 27, 2007 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know lots of people hate Alarcon, because he's an egoist who accomplishes nothing.

But Monica is in the very deep pockets of Broad, Riordan and Charter-school Queen Caprice Young. All of them have nothing on their minds but construction contracts, and getting their hands on public monies.

Really sucky choice: A narcissistic asshole on one hand; a public-money sniffing lapdog on the other.


February 27, 2007 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ok you residents of CD7, read this over and you decide which candidate would best go along with this land grab, Richard or Monica.

Who are the folks supporting these two? Venture capitalist and developers, thats who.

So when the name calling is said and done, take a moment and choose the candidate who will best stand up against those who want to take your property. I doubt very much it will be the ones memtioned above.

Redevelopment Looming OverSun Valley Community

Local Residents Fear the Specter of Eminent Domain

by Tina Cameron
North Valley Reporter

Sun Valley has joined a growing fraternity of communities across the country experiencing the phenomena of redevelopment, along with the use of eminent domain. Eminent domain is the government process of seizing private land for public use. The original premise allowed government to seize private property when there was a warranted need for something the entire community would benefit from, such as a freeway or a school. In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that eminent domain should also include developer’s interests to remake over the landscape of American communities.

Many people agree with the idea in principal. Some areas of Sun Valley appear to be afflicted with urban blight and could use some clean up. The Sun Valley Neighborhood Council believes that Sun Valley might actually benefit from a certain degree of redevelopment. As long as there is community input via Neighborhood Council and Chamber of Commerce directives, it could work.

But that’s not what’s happening.
The redevelopment being planned by the Valley Economic Development Center includes tearing down the historically preserved Stonehurst Park and the surrounding neighborhood to put in something they call an “Eco-Village.” This group, which includes architectural students from local colleges, local politicians, real estate agents and economists, has looked at the community from a satellite photo of 30,000 feet and deemed this particular neighborhood is to be replaced.

The area under consideration extends from Hansen Dam to the north, the 5 freeway to the south, Sunland Blvd. to the east and Branford/Montague Streets on the west. The “Eco Village” includes new commercial businesses along Sheldon, San Fernando Road, Glenoaks Blvd, Tuxford Street and Sunland Blvd. Other plans include replacing Stonehurst Elementary School with a Technical Trade High School.

A year ago, Mary Benson, Vice-Chair of the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, sent The Valley Economic Alliance a packet of information discussing the importance of the Stonehurst Park neighborhood and the fact that a large part of that area is heavily zoned for equestrian. Sun Valley has a lifestyle that is unique and attractive to those who live there, and whose families go back generations Currently, the Valley Economic Alliance has ignored all recommendations made by the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council and the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Studies and design plans created by development groups say it serves the need of providing affordable housing—though it has yet to be seen anywhere nationwide that redevelopment actually produces what it professes. What it does provide is jobs to the redevelopment industry. But more importantly, it provides local government with increased property taxes. They build new homes assessed at a higher tax value, which generates more revenue. All across America, developers have never been able to prove with actual numbers that these new communities have created jobs and “affordable-housing.” It does however create high-tech jobs and high-end housing that forces lower-income families and businesses out of their neighborhood.

Though the Takings Clause of eminent domain provides that homeowners receive “just compensation” otherwise called the current market value of their homes, the fact remains, that homeowners and small business are being forcibly removed from their homes and neighborhoods. In Hollywood, 30 small businesses are currently being seized to make way for a $400 million residential-commercial project. In Cypress, a major redevelopment included replacing a local church with a Costco. Any small business is at risk - the local dog groomer, auto repair shop, beauty parlor or a family run grocery store can be replaced by a large impersonal shopping center.

The Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council and the Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce are stepping up their efforts to be heard by the Valley Economic Alliance. Local residents and business owners can call or write to City Councilmembers Tony Cardenas and Wendy Greuel to express their community concerns regarding this issue.

Tina Cameron is a recently elected Board Member of the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, a Sun Valley Business Owner and a contributing writer for the North Valley Reporter.

* Reason Public Policy Institute, Los Angeles
* Justices Affirm Property Seizures, Washington Post 6/24/05
* Kelo V. City of New London, 06/23/05, Cato Institute website, Justice Thomas and
O’Connor dissents
* Eminent domain: A big-box bonanza? 06/24/05 CNN Money.com
* Cities Race to Acquire Land Before U.S. Court Ruling is Undone, 08/15/06,
* Institute for Justice, Arlington Virginia
* National Property Rights.com
* California’s stealth initiative on land use: San Francisco Chronicle 08/20/06 (see Prop 90)
* Protect Our Homes Act, California
* Eminent domain ballot measure could do more harm than good, experts claim, 08/31/06,
The San Diego Daily Transcript
* The California Redevelopment Association
* Help Curb Local Government Abuse of Eminent Domain, 09/05/06, Gilroy Dispatch

So think about it....

February 27, 2007 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually Monica has fought developments that Richard and AV supported.

AV has made a deal with Richard, the first part of which was consummated by Cindy's appointment to the Planning Commission. Next, Antonio will have Fabian find Cindy a high paying state commission post.

Riordan and Young had to split from Antonio on this one out of loyalty as it would make the two of them look really stupid to support the Devil against their loyal girl.

February 27, 2007 1:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

is she republican?

February 27, 2007 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My apologies Mayor Sam; I do not think it is in my best interests to endorse any candidate for any position unless that candidate will be representing my district.

I do not live in even-numbered districts, nor do I live in CD7. No one receives my endorsement this election for any of the council seats.

February 27, 2007 1:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Call Mendoza's people thugs all you want. At the end of the day we do not loose anything we are independent. We do not have to kiss anybodys ass for a job like the rest of you do who follow the herd because you are too stupid to stand on your own feet. Puros Pendejos follow the herd.

February 27, 2007 2:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You call us the Mendoza supporters thugs! What would you call people who steal signs during the night and put up Alarcon signs up in their place without permission. What would you call people who put signs on stores and fences without anybodys permission? If anything Alarcon's people are thugs!Fuck Y'All!!!

February 27, 2007 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:41 AM, You act like you are chingon and smart. You are just a pennyless kiss ass with no future. That is why you are so upset with yourself. Looser and Deadbeat is what your mother raised.

February 27, 2007 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I support monica lewinsky..

She is an educator, and her asparigus sauce is reportedly; not too lite, nor too heavy.

ooooo, MONICA

February 27, 2007 4:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did anyone bother to consider that Philippe Fuentes may suffer an unemployment event, should Alarcon lose. That is unless Fabio can come up with another $ 121,000 a year Speaker aqppointed job like the one Cindy has.
Antonio, Antonio, oh Antonio, you promised you'd take care of me. How about appointing me to Yolanda's #121,000 position on the city building and safety commission?

February 27, 2007 4:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

james Acevedo, February 27, 2007 2:40 PM

Anonymous said...
You call us the Mendoza supporters thugs! What would you call people who steal signs during the night and put up Alarcon signs up in their place without permission. NO, YOU WOULD CALL THAT ZEV Y.

February 27, 2007 3:38 PM

February 27, 2007 5:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is Brendan Huffman behind this deal to tear down Stonehurst Park? If building a new $chool is part of that no wonder he wants his wife on the school board.

February 27, 2007 6:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

UH OH (speaking of ETHICS). . . somebody Steve Hymon at the Times know that MRS. ALVIN (Parra) CHIPMUNK, may have a problem with her payoff for hubby's dirt dishing to benefit Huzar in the CD14 special election, UH OH!

DOH, not again (Alvin's NEVER getting off of that couch!)

Los ANGELES, CA 90012
December 6, 2005

The Council of the City of Los Angeles


Honorable Members:

On November 14,2005, the Mayor transmitted to the City Clerk the appointment of Ms. Nellie
Rios-Parra to the Board of Library Commissioners. The City Ethics Commission received Ms. Rios-Parra's pre-confirmation Statement of Economic Interests on December 2, 2005, and following our review of that Statement, is providing this letter to the Council for your consideration as part ofthe confirmation process. A copy of this letter is also being provided to Ms. Rios-Parra at this time to assist her in avoiding any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in the course of her term as a City official
for the Board of Library Commissioners.

Ms. Rios-Parra reports on her Statement an income interest in the Youth Development Program.
Therefore, should any matter involving this interest come before the Board, Ms. Rios-Parra should seek the advice of the City Attorney before acting regarding whether she will be required to disqualify herself.

We are unable to assess if, or how frequently, Ms. Rios-Parra would be in a position of having to recuse herself. For your information, when a member of a Board or Commission is disqualified from acting on three or more agenda items in a year because of a conflict caused by the same interest, the City Ethics Commission is required by Section 707 of the City Charter to determine if the Commissioner has a significant and continuing conflict. If the City Ethics Commission so determines, it may order divestment of the interest causing conflict.

In addition, please be advised, however, that interests disclosed on CA Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests) are not the only interests that can give rise to a conflict of interest. As an example, in some cases certain business activities of the clients of board or commission members' employers or sources of income may require recusal by that board or commission member. Additionally, recusal may be required on matters under City Charter Section 222. That section provides that the City Attorney, upon request, provides a written opinion concerning the obligation of a City offcial or board to refrain from acting on a matter that may violate State law or where action may otherwise not be in the public
interest for the board or commission member to act in a particular matter, contract, sale or transaction. In the event that any matter comes before the Board that raises potential conflict of interest issues, we encourage the nominee to seek the advice ofthe City Attorney before acting.

If circumstances arise that do require the nominee to recuse herself from acting on any matter, the enclosed Recusal Notification Form should be used by the nominee to notify the City Ethics Commission for purposes of Charter section 707, as well as the Mayor's Office pursuant to Executive Directive 2005- 1.

For your additional information, as a part of its review process, the City Ethics Commission also regularly requests and verifies that nominees to boards and commissions are registered electors within the City of Los Angeles. We have received a completed Residence Verification Form whereby the nominee affirms that she is registered to vote in the City of Los Angeles.

This staff report will be scheduled for formal review by the City Ethics Commission at its next meeting pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 49.5.7. If the Commission's formal review results in a different conclusion at that time, our offce will notify the City Council.

LeeAnn M. Pelham
Executive Director

cc: Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigòsa
Ms. Nellie Rios-Parra

February 27, 2007 7:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Breaking News: I just released my first studio interview with Rocky Delagadillo, the city attorney.
This video may not be up for long, so don't wait if you want to see a Rocky interview, how Matt Dowd sees a Rocky interview.

February 27, 2007 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The 4 Muskateers support each other holding hands to avoid anyone passing them, Villaraigosa, Padilla, Alarcon, Cardenas, even their mailer called "themselves" the 3 Muskateers. Monica ROdriguez is wanting to futurely HOLD LAUSD position and both Monica & Mendoza looking for Political FUture. Alaracon with his Muskateers looking to feather his nest and retire with a "minor 20 year old". Carranza IS or HAS fallen between the cracks because of NO MONEY. I've spoken to all and believed EVERYONE for a while, now I think Carranza with no money just may be the candidate. Afterall, you don't hear ANY ATTACKS from this candidacy. Why can't everyone just run without 'KILLING' the other so drastically, do we not have any American Morals anymore?? Right now, I'll vote for the quiet one.

February 27, 2007 8:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen (removes hat and bows low):

With so much going on over in the CQ, one would think that all the goings on over here were the same goings on over there, savvy? (Rolls eyes) But at the end of the day, one must decide whether over here is over there or over there is over here.

With respect to the sign-stealing; what if I told you that there exists paperwork that would show some of the sign stealers to be in the employ of someone who pays them from a City account? And what if I told you that the person who funds that account is not a person but an entity? What would you say? I do know that none of the Mendoza crew are sign stealers for we know who those people are.

Oh, and sots? The next time you steal a sign and replace it with someone elses. make sure you are not caught on someone's home security video system. And if by chance you are, if you will, then smile nicely for the camera, savvy?

February 27, 2007 8:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Developers are on both sides of Monica Rodriguez and Richard Alarcon. They're BOTH ready to endorse a new Measure to Legally Evict tenants to redevelop and sell the units as Condos. So then what about the tenants? Shall we start a new "skid row type on San Fernando Road and Sepulveda Blvd" with all these tenants moving into the hotels on day to month basis so they can be close to jobs & schools" Monica, you're for LAUSD, take care of this situation DON'T JUMP TO GET 'FEATHERS IN YOUR NEST' FROM THESE DEVELOPERS AS LIKE ALARCON.

February 27, 2007 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon, looks out for himself first. He is a political animal of the lowest kind. He only cares about his future. Public service, my ass, he wants money and power.



February 28, 2007 12:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Monica is definitely a Republican, even if she is a registered Democrat. She has to register that way to win in her district. She is definitely not ready to have the council seat yet. She needs more training. Nobody really likes the chamber endorsements in Democrat neighborhoods. We know it means runaway development with profits taking precedence over the best thing for the environment and community. VICA is a buncha good 'ol white boys in the valley still behaving politically like they run the place, even though we all know we don't have any real businesses in LA, so VICA is made up of all real small business owners who have joined their local chambers because the majority of them are politician wannabes.

And now the head of VICA, has a wife who is running for school board to use that as a holding place for her run for CD 2. That's a lot of ambition. I wonder how much money she'll need from developers and the like to start her City Council run. Oh the poor people in that school disttrict. It would be so wrong if she were elected.

Measure R or not, this seat belongs to Alarcon.

February 28, 2007 2:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oscar mendoza is gorgeous! I would love him to represent my district. He diffently has my vote.

February 28, 2007 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oscar mendoza is definitely gorgeous. Whoever said oscar is a moron must be jealous of him. Oscar has it all! I will difinitley vote for oscar mendoza.

February 28, 2007 12:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

IF Alarconned looses on March 6th, expect Felipe Fat Fuentes to stand on the unemployment line with his wife and kid. Or his aunt Yolanda Fat Fuentes might be able to claim all three of them on her income tax, since she makes a fat descent amount of money of the TAX PAYERS.
We can all thank Indian James Acevedo for that fat cushion.

February 28, 2007 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Word is clown face Alex Padilla will hire Fat Fuentes in the state senate office.

February 28, 2007 2:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon who has a RAT FACE and fake Die Black Hair should be ashame of his miceself. He dumped Corina for a 20 year old huchi then this huchi dumped him because he was not able to please her you know were. Poor Alarcon! He just can't perform anywere.

February 28, 2007 2:53 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Can anyone else see the Puppet strings from Rodriguez's back and notice that Beaneraigosa and Slick Dick Riordan are holding them?

I sure do, boys and girls.

February 28, 2007 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Without Little Dick Riordan, John Shallman and Daddy Ralphy Rodriguez. Monica (Lewinsky) Rodriguez is a lost space case. She mumbles on forums about how great Daddy is. The 7th District will suffer if they elect a moron like Fonica.

February 28, 2007 3:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has anyone been able to find Monica Lewnisky Rodriguez's Answers to the questiond in the first forum... She promised constituents that she would have them posted on her web site... And last I checked they weren't there... Are we starting to hold empty promises already... And she hasn't even been elected, and we all know she wont get elected...

With her track record attending forums, she's never going to speak at City Council Meeting's or she'll show up 10 minuted before they are over....

Monica, if you cant even speak or arrive on time to the forums, what makes you think that the voters should wast their vote on you...

You've already proven your unreliable, and you already put the people of CD 7 after your personal affairs...

Wonder why she was late last night, word is she was laying ground for her potential run for school board... Maribel De La Torre will kick you ASS in that one though... She actually can go out and get votes her self... She doesn't need her sister Former Assembly Member Cindy Montanez, to raise money or garner support. Thats a real leader and vote getter... We some time wonder if its really Monica's dad who is running...

This one's going to MENDOZA ON MARCH 6...

February 28, 2007 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you GUYS really Put Some Time To Think, Monica Is Not Gonna Win, And Richard Is Just Another Career Plitician, Who Only Wants MONEY. Now Oscar Mendoza Is a Different Story, He's Fighting For CD 7, He Doesn't Need A Job Like Moncia, And Richard Do, He Has A Job, And He's Running To Make CD 7 A Better District.


February 28, 2007 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow Oscar, you sure have a bunch of classy supporters...

February 28, 2007 8:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


March 01, 2007 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We are classy supporters, where just tired of Richard Alracon, who's just another CAREER POLITICIAN, and Monica who she claims to be an "EDUCATOR".....and there both ALL TALKS

March 02, 2007 10:33 AM  

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