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Monday, July 30, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Monday

The LA Times reports that Victor Tacarena, a high level manager for the City's Housing Authority has been fired for allegedly directing nearly a million dollars in city contracts to family members. The Times store also details nearly $300,000 in other projects were awarded to firms that did not have any demonstrated experience in the work they were paid for, but were politically connected to Eastside based members of the City Council. In a related note, Walter Moore catches that the Housing Authority was paying $2500 for toilets that normally retail at around $100 each.

An oversight committee has voted to increase Los Angeles Unified School Board members salaries to $46,000 per year - the same amount offered to starting teachers within the district. The one caveat however is that board members who opt to accept other employment will be limited to the current salary of $26,000 a year. Newly elected board members Tamar Galtatzan (who earns $128,000 a year as a city attorney) and Yolie Flores-Aguilar will keep their current positions and not receive the raise.

And finally, Random Buttercup has her take on the aerial media assault on Santa Monica that happened when Lindsay Lohan decided to have some more drinks.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is more. You wait and see. I have a feeling a certain Councilmember from the SFV is going to also get caught up on this one.

July 29, 2007 11:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wanna see something really cool?

Go to: www.RichardAlarcon.com

July 29, 2007 11:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wanna see something really cool?

Go to: www.Villaraigosa.Blogspot.com

July 30, 2007 12:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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July 30, 2007 1:09 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Funny how LAUSD School Board Presidente "ROSIE O'GARCIA" was quoted as saying that it would be hard for her to maintain her "CURVES" on the new salary structure.

July 30, 2007 8:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alright, it's Monday now - WHERE is the Mirthala announcement? Where is the "Mayor"?

July 30, 2007 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

9:29 am




July 30, 2007 9:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Term Limits:


July 30, 2007 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 30, 2007 9:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There was a strange twist to the Mirthala story on how she may have used Antonio all along to get ahead at the network level putting him in a position where he has to support the huge development at Universal back lot.

Alot more in the Estrada Courts connections. Huizar and company are all guilty add to that Pacheco, Antonio, Alatorre, Victor Greigo, all the Latino crooks

July 30, 2007 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

^ you forgot Reyes.

July 30, 2007 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:10 AM

Wouldn't be the first time some crooked, egomaniacal, self-consumed politician completely devoid of any ethics whatsoever who couldn't keep it in his pants was set up...

July 30, 2007 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gustavo will be protected because he is Huizar's best friend. Gustavo has been covering Huizar's affair with Francine Godoy for over 1 year.

July 30, 2007 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Francine, Huizar's secretary?

July 30, 2007 11:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does anyone know about the connection between Huizar, Gustavo and those developers that want to build condos at Wyvenwood? Someone has to know who gave the $95,000 job to Gustavo, was it Huizar? Why didn't Laura Chick know about this corruption since she is suppose to be watching out for our tax dollars.

July 30, 2007 11:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


No surprise here. Valdivia is just following the moral compass of his bosses, inlcuding Antonio and Alatorre. Afterall, didn't Valdivia offer up his own wife to Tony Cardenas? No college degree, barely speaks English and she has a high paying city job with Cardenas - I guess the only qulaification needed was that she wore a skirt well and short.

What is Victor Griego's role in in the Housing Authority scandal. Victor is also involved in the Vernon Power Plany community deception that is going on and Victor already has his hands in virtually every MTA contract out there, thanks to Antonio.

Valdivia is going to rat everyone out. Remember he was Pacheco's lap dog, then he turned his allegiance to Antonio and now Huizar is holding his leash. No loyalty whatsoever, he is going to rat everyone out and then he will be deported with a huge amount of cash. That is why he came to this country. Incidentally, he happens to be from the same home state as Huizar, Zacatecas.

July 30, 2007 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You might want to be a bit more careful with your spelling of names. It is Taracena, not Tacarena; also, Galatzan, not Galatzlan...

July 30, 2007 12:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That Vernon power plant thing is really interesting. So much for "environmental justice" when the folks who used to stand up for this concept are now instead being paid to "stick it" to low-income and minority communities.

Believe this is to be taken up again at AQMD this week.

July 30, 2007 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 30, 2007 12:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco may have made some mistakes but he wasn't corrupt - although Villaraigosa got The Times to believe that for a long time. Valdivia is Huizar's bagman, everybody in CD 14 knows that.

July 30, 2007 12:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

la voz de gaztlan?

July 30, 2007 12:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a story that someone just pulled from my archives that some folks may be interested in these days. It's ZD's Mayor Sam coverage of the Daily News story on the $300 million Universal development project that is now in the news.

Mayor Sam archive story on $300 million Universal/City of LA Development Project

July 30, 2007 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK - so - earlier post from the weekend was about Playa Vista, Laura Chick, Bill Rosendahl, safety cover-ups and city corruption.

What about the MAYOR?

Doesn't he have building and safety department under his purview?

WHY did NBC not interview mayor villar?

Is it because NBC/Universal has problems with villar on other matters? Or...is NBC protecting the mayor?

It would be good to ask this question. Instead of focusing on NBC's Laurel Erickson asking when the Mayor will wed Mirthala! Come on, LA Times!

Is villar backing the fire department - inspector saying PV is unsafe and methane alarms don't work and fire department would be placed in harm's way????? or is he backing building and safety?

If the times really is trying to be investigative and gain back readers, these are the questions that need to be asked. has anyone else read the lengthy tome on the nbc website? i didn't know television news did such reports these days.

there's enough there to wipe out the entire bunch at city hall, especially jack weiss, who has championed playa vista so they would help him become city attorney.

July 30, 2007 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pacheco is involved in the housing corruption because he is the attorney for Abraham Paez the executive director of Estrada Courts and that's mentioned in the Times story. They are a non profit and got tons of money from Pacheco when he was in office and others. LA Times needs to do an investigation and find out how much money Estrada Courts got from Pacheco then Huizar. Alatorre is a consultant to both Estrada courts and Antonio. They are all corrupt Latinos and I hope Times does a follow up.

FYI Paul Moyer 1st investigation did speak with Antonio and of course as always he played DUMB "I didn't know any of this."

July 30, 2007 2:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Being the attorney for a person or organization implicates you in their crimes??? I guess Shapiro killed Clarkson and Chochran killed Nicole and Gerakos stole those dress and so on and so on.

What I want to know is who will take Valdivia's case.

July 30, 2007 2:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio has his staffer sending out flyer about their Gang Reduction Program Open House. LA Times refusing to investigate the so called non profits that say they're in intevention/prevention game. The flyer has Homeboy Industries, biggest crooks on Eastside and Project Amiga. Homeboy doesn't even have intervention guys on staff. They have dontated to political campaigns but pussy reporters are afraid to do a story about Homeboy. Project Amiga who campaigned for Antonio and just got into the gang business to get money. They have no staff for gang intervention/prevention yet Huizar has given them over $200,000 and Antonio has given them money. They are based in El Monte and have a little office in Huizar's building. Why isn't anyone outraged by the corruption with these gang programs??? Where the hell is Laura Chick?

July 30, 2007 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Does anyone know about the connection between Huizar, Gustavo and those developers that want to build condos at Wyvenwood?"

The whole neighborhood knew! Huizar tried to shut it up until after the election. He said he would take care of everyone and he lied.

"Someone has to know who gave the $95,000 job to Gustavo, was it Huizar?"

Huizar is Villariagosa's bag man.

"Why didn't Laura Chick know about this corruption since she is suppose to be watching out for our tax dollars. "

She is getting some thing or she is afraid of CD14, CD1 and Garcetti. Remeber CD14 goes back through five administrations of shady CM's AND THE MAYOR

July 30, 2007 11:54 AM

July 30, 2007 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"The flyer has Homeboy Industries, biggest crooks on Eastside and Project Amiga. Homeboy doesn't even have intervention guys on staff. They have dontated to political campaigns but pussy reporters are afraid to do a story about Homeboy. Project Amiga who campaigned for Antonio and just got into the gang business to get money. They have no staff for gang intervention/prevention yet Huizar has given them over $200,000 and Antonio has given them money. They are based in El Monte and have a little office in Huizar's building. Why isn't anyone outraged by the corruption with these gang programs??? Where the hell is Laura Chick? ""

WHERE ARE THE FEDS? This RICO. We all know about Homeboys, Project Amiga,the multiple millions run in "non-profits" through CD14;if there is too much graft in this City and the State wont help; how do we get the Feds?

July 30, 2007 2:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

West l a online has a couple of recent threads about a billboard controversy in WLA, some good comments too. Reminder that Rocky got a huge $450,000 contribution in 01 to defeat Feuer for the C A job (Feuer promised his constituents he'd curb billboard blight like they wanted), from CBS Outdoors/ Clear Channel. Now they're putting up any billboard, any size and content, anywhere they want, and suing the City any time the Council or any CM objects. When directed to go back to negotiate openness as to where they put their billboards, especially in response to outcries about their Captivity campaign (which showed in graphic detail a woman being caged, tortured and murdered in four parts), Rocky came back with an even more lenient deal for them. Outraged a number of CMs but after Rocky's brilliant agreement with them, they're pretty stuck. Guess CBS/Clear Channel feel the 450K they paid (bribed) Rocky with should last as long as Rocky is in office. They're his ONLY supporters, that I can see.

Good thing the most ethical candidate won the job back in 2001.

July 30, 2007 3:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's another connection to NBC

Government Technology magazine
article on appointment of new City
of L.A. CTO and ITA General Manager

July 30, 2007 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's even more corruption with our politicans. Damn, its never ending yet, where the hell are are the local media??? I thought dumb Steve Lopez was going to do story on Antonio's 26 city cars for his staff.

Matt Littman

Politicians Get Free Cars & Drivers, We Get the Shaft
Here in Los Angeles, the life of a City Council member is pretty cushy. Our Council members are the highest paid in the nation 0- they make around $150,000 a year. That's a good living for a public official. By comparison, New York's City Council members make
The City Controller, City Attorney (for whom I used to work), and Mayor in L.A. all get over $150k -- L.A.'s government is doing pretty well. But apparently, that high pay is not enough -- the electeds also get free cars. And guess what, even that's not enough -- taxpayers also pay for their repairs. You think that's enough? It's not. They can use staffers to drive them. The trifecta! Free cars, free repairs, free drivers.

July 30, 2007 4:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Daily News has an article on how the State Legislature lets spouses, novice teenage kids, as well as staffers drive their cars any time, for personal uses, too: and repairs are always unquestioned. Article suggests that Rocky move up to the State level, if his wife is going to keep having intimate contact with poles and walls and such -- she can bang up anything she wants if he's up in Sacramento.

As for the comp between our City Councilmembers and those in NYC, it's apples and oranges, literally.
In the Big Apple they have a lot less responsibility relative to the Mayor's office, and there are a lot more of them covering less territory, not one per borough.

What we should question is why that total educational novice, Brewer, had to be given a salary of around $400 thou a year, with his mortgage AND car paid for by us, when he's done nothing since to merit it, except cutting a lot of other people's jobs and salaries (since the teachers are untouchable and have historically run his and Marlene Kanter's agenda, such as it was). So to those who gripe about the board given a raise to about $45K IF they don't work elsewhere, keep this in mind: they're doing the job he should have done.

July 30, 2007 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:10: Why does he "have to" back Universal now? You suggesting they're blackmailing him with more secrets? That wouldn't seem smart.

Since she told Telemundo about the affair well over a year ago, they made her read the divorce announcement so if she's guilty, so are they. What were they thinking?

Wish we knew if he and Salinas were really still an item as he said, or is it this darker scenario where they were/art using him? Or did he just decide that her past is too much for them to live down as a couple? But he knew that all along, so does he not care and really like her? IS he in love?

Rudy had a rough time, but people eventually got over it.

(He's not in a position to fool around with anyone else right now, so it's her or no one for a while.)

People could get past the thing more easily if we knew one way or another.

July 30, 2007 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LAPD officers can't stand the midget mayor cause he supports gang bangers and illegals. Cops can't even do their jobs anymore without getting criticized by the gang banging, sleazy cholo mayor but here he goes again taking advantage of an unfortunate incident. Two LAPD officers were killed and Chief Brattton lost his mother yesterday. And this little asshole uses it for the limelight. Don't go to the funerals Antonio cause they can't stand you anywhere near LAPD officers.

""""As a community, we grieve the tragic loss of these two fine officers," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. TWO FACED SNAKE

July 30, 2007 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Mirthala is found guilty by her network, the Mayor would probably have to recuse himself from input on the Universal City deal, and they've been counting on his support. So he doesn't have to actually pressure them to make them want to pardon her.

So I don't see how Telemundo/ NBC has the Mayor by the shorthairs at all.

July 30, 2007 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay - I get home from work and see NOTHING about the Mirthala announcement - WHY??

All I see is someone intimating that the Mirthala thing was possibly a set up engineered by Universal/NBC to corner Villar on the big development deal...

And WHAT 26 cars for Villar's staff??

Does any of this shit EVER stop??

July 30, 2007 5:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Now why would channel 9 and 2 both give a report on Friday saying the Telemundo investigation has been completed then nothing. Telemundo had to put out a press release so why haven't they said what the decision is?

Zuma I hope you get on your friend Garcetti on this one. Why are tax payers paying for illegals in Hollywood????
HOUSING, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE REPORT relative to reprogramming Fiscal Year (FY) 2005-06 savings to the current FY for additional program costs incurred at the Hollywood Day Laborer Program site.

July 30, 2007 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

These assholes just don't give up. Perry should be helping her staffer who allowed relative to total city car pay it back instead of sticking her nose in LAPD business. Bitter Bernie is relentless with his jealousy and bitterness. There will be a mass exodus if he tries to take away the 3-12 schedule knowing every big law enforcement agency in the nation has it. What a jerk! Didn't he read the Daily News opinion on himself. It was embarrassing.

Motion (Perry - Parks) relative to a request for financial analysis by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) of City funds allocated to each Police Department
division taking into account the varying staffing levels resulting from the 3-day workweek schedule

July 30, 2007 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is a general lack of understanding on the CC about funding cops in specialized units for safety and terrorism: as Bratton says, it's not something you can pull a cop off the street for and say, "here, deal with this high-tech terror stuff."

The four-person public safety Comm. did recently approve funding the 44 cops Bratton needs, because we have an expensive/state-of-the art anti- terror central command building, but no staff to run it right now -- but Zine and Smith, two former cops, later complained about having to choose between that and Tasers.

This is so messed up: we are so NOT prepared to prevent, let alone properly respond to, a serious terror attack. (Just as Bush adm. even admits that Al Qaeda has been sneaking up towards L A through our unsecured borders.) Not to mention that all the hospitals are closing; in the event of a chemical attack or even something like bird flu or sars, we'd have no facilities or stock of antibiotics. (Remember how we were supposed to have tape and plastic wrap on hand to cover the windows? Yeah, right...)

There are a few CM's talking about this, but others are out to lunch.

And the public, like Mirthala obsessive-compulsive who keeps chiming in to ask when, when? is more concerned with who the Mayor is shtooping and how his perfectly capable wife is coping...Enough!

July 30, 2007 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And the public, like Mirthala obsessive-compulsive who keeps chiming in to ask when, when? is more concerned with who the Mayor is shtooping and how his perfectly capable wife is coping...Enough!

July 30, 2007 6:12 PM

Or perhaps there are people out there who want to see the corruption stopped and if the Mayor's schtupping habits happen to be the tool to drag the corrupt ones down, fine. There also may be people out there who are not willing to cooperate with the corrupt ones and simply fade off into dreamland and "forget" ... "forget" ... "forget" ...

You are very paranoid about all the threats your government keeps telling you are coming and you bemoan the fact that nothing adequate is being done to prepare for all these "terrors and diseases" about to descend, well just who do you think is not addressing those issues? The corrupt ones who have more important self-serving agendas to attend to.

Maybe you need to get a little more obsessive-compulsive about following through on any opportunity presented to oust these creatures from their positions and influence.

July 30, 2007 6:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

to 6:48: I hope that when it's L A's inevitable turn for our own 9/11 or London or Madrid, YOU'LL be the one in the tower or on the bus, still obsessing about the Mayor's schtupping habits. Then at least one self-admittedly bitter and sick creature who labels as "creatures" those who do more than sit around and worry every minute about your (no doubt pathetic) schtupping habits, will hit the dust heap and our city will be that little bit better.

As long as you're whining here amongst us, why don't YOU try to do something useful for the community or city? Clearly, you're too ignorant and uninformed about the world to do much, but maybe you can help sweep the streets or clear up litter from the highways or beach.

July 30, 2007 7:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post " A Speech To Parents Regarding A New Season at LAUSD":

This blog is a crock, because our drop-out mayor couldn't even pass the Bar exam.

100-to-1 that this was written by a pricey public relations firm with an Ivy Leaguer doing the mayor's thinking for him.


July 30, 2007 7:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:08 PM

Well,thank God, none of need to with such an obviously "superior" one in our midst as yourself ... try not to have a nervous breakdown obsessing over bird flu before it actually arrives and has an opportunity to take you out for real ... in the meantime, we will all be looking forward to the miracles your advanced intellect and existence will yield for us all!

July 30, 2007 7:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you and Mailander are th eonly sane ones left here since Walter cut down.

This guy ZD is ruining the place; why give him space?

He has seeral other "blogs" but never a commentor there.

All he does is distract us as we have to scroll for minutes to get through his keyboard poop and read your posts.

Read the comments then dump the fool.

July 30, 2007 9:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


July 30, 2007 11:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. How ethical can you be if you willingly have an affair with a married man? If Mirthala Salinas will steal a married man, what else will she steal? Unlike some women who can claim they did not know he was married, this clearly was not the case.
2. She is a liar. All people who have affairs are liars. She may have told Telemundo that she did not want to cover the mayor anymore, but did she tell them she was having sex with him. Did she tell his wife that he was screwing her on the evenings he was late coming home?

. She has power issues. This is at minimum the third political relationship she has entered. A. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who has a wife and three children. B. Senator Alex Padilla, when he was a councilman.She is the Monica Lewinsky of the Hispanic world. She is bound to stardom by getting down on her knees and opening her mouth.

4. She has daddy issues. Mayor Villaraigosa is 15 years her senior. Exactly what does she have in common with him?

5. She is a control freak. By the Mayor’s own words she is indicted. He said, “She said” that the relationship was going elsewhere.
Let’s face it Mayor Villaraigosa is lead around by his penis. He has the morals of an alley cat, and the integrity of a life long criminal. This affair is a bad attempt of trying to recapture his youth.
Mirthala Salinas is an opportunist. She will be with the mayor as long as he is going up the political chain. The problem is that she might be his dead weight. The other problem is that Mayor Villaraigosa will probably go on to fresh meat if she loses her job.

July 30, 2007 11:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:13: That illustrious post, and zuma's entire groundbreaking speech, have unfortunately been removed for "violation of terms of service" on WordPress, so I guess we'll have to live without seeing either his rant or the apparently far more eloquent repudiation of it.

July 30, 2007 11:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:31 PM

Well, actually, now that her "history" is out there and common knowledge, coupled with the fact that she isn't getting any younger, her prospects on the "power fu**er" horizon may be diminishing - any of these slugs seen "dallying" with her at this point would be rather a large joke and a laughing stock. And if Villar feels squeezed into a corner to make this sordid thing come out looking like a great "romance" I doubt that a lot of people are really going to buy that ... but it would be a kind of poetic justice if those two found it expedient to marry - they would deserve each other and the undoubtedly lovely life they would have together.

July 31, 2007 7:59 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

violation of wordpress terms of service? Where? go to http://zumadogg.wordpress.com.

maybe entering the proper address into the web browser was too complicated a process for you?

July 31, 2007 9:14 AM  

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