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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Return of Zorro!

Councilman Richard Alarcon has probably been termed out of more offices than anyone in local politics  After eight years on the City Council Alarcon was elected to the State Senate after a bruising primary battle.  When he termed out there his City Council successor Alex Padilla was elected to his Senate seat and Alarcon got himself elected to the Assembly seat given up by Cindy Montanez who lost the primary battle to Padilla.  When LA voters approved the shady term limits extension Measure R, Alarcon got a bonus term on the City Council so he gave up his Assembly seat after one month to return to the City Council.  Then Felipe Fuentes won Alarcon's seat in a special election.

Now with Alarcon facing terming out again in 2011 Fuentes has his eye on Alarcon's seat.  Fuentes would be termed out himself in 2012 so he better get a jump on the next job move.  With his election to the Council in 2011 surely a special election will be called, Alarcon can serve out the rest of Fuentes' term and then be entitled to another three terms in the Assembly serving through 2019 when at the age of 65 he can find his next job or go on Social Security.

But back to the present. Alarcon can't count yet on Felipe winning his Clowncil seat but he can plan his 2012 Assembly Campaign and by golly he's done it! And to give him a big boost Beverly Hills developer Arturo Sneider has donated nearly $4K.  Sneider, who heads up Primestor Development is in the process of developing a major commercial property in Alarcon's Council District, Pacoima Commercial Center, which needs lot of City help and CRA work before Alarcon leaves the Clowncil in two years.

Of course the way you can put the kibosh on all of this is not to elect Fuentes to Clowncil, making him an Assembly lame duck and forcing Richard Alarcon to find another job.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

There is going to be a special election for Alarcon's seat before 2012. Possibly as soon as 2009, 2010. And Alarcon won't be running for office again.

September 01, 2009 2:24 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't that contribution violate the "spirit" of the city's ethics law? Everyone should call the whistleblower hotline.

To anonymously report suspected violations of governmental ethics, campaign finance or lobbying laws call 213-978-1999

September 01, 2009 6:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam, how come you failed to mention that the OC Register filed for bankruptcy yesterday?

Phil is quoting them in his story today, but failed to mention that fairly relevant part. So did you.

Slipping a bit?

September 01, 2009 6:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You seem determined to ignore the fact that the Feds cleared Jose Huizar of any wrongdoing, after the illiterate Rote Pack here made hay with it for days when it was first announced. Now that the Times has even reported it, you're safe to be a day late, like always.

Fair is fair, Higby. (Look that up).


Meanwhile, the darling of the anti-AV LAUSD people -- David Tokofsky, is still under the microscope.

September 01, 2009 7:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


That's like announcing he retirement of Barbara Streisand.

You forgot to mention his miserable showing (was it 6th?) running for mayor in 2005.

September 01, 2009 7:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CD 7 is up for grabs. The last thing the North Valley Cartel will want is a three-way race with two Latino candidates splitting the ticket, but that's almost certain to happen. Nury Martinez will be one of them.

September 01, 2009 7:46 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Anon@ 6:37

Yes, the OC Registers parent company is filing for bankruptcy. So...?

Most newspapers are doomed. Famous investor Warren Buffet owns a few of them, but says he wouldn't buy a newspaper right now "at any price". That tells you a lot.

Liberal rags like the L.A. Times are afraid to take a stand anymore. They don't want to offend anyone, and as a result, end up pleasing nobody.

Their revenue stream has been destroyed by the internet and Craigslist, where people can advertise for free. They will not recover. Most newspapers will have to stop publishing a print version and go online to survive. And that still might not be enough.

The Mayor Sam blog gives you better stories most days than the L.A. Times.

September 01, 2009 7:57 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

If you get a woody over newspapers (or girly photos) LA Observed is your place. We're talking here LA politics not Orange County media. They have great blogs in the OC.

September 01, 2009 8:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OUTRAGEOUS ASSHOLES!!! THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE CELEBRATING ANYTHING. Only the assholes in city hall would not cancel an event for photo ops for all of them. This is beyone absurb and bad judgement but then we're talking about the incompetence of morons in city hall. How can they even think of still having this celebration when so many families have lost so much and don't have a home to go to? Leave it to the Mecha, Mexican Mafia assholes to not care. HOW MUCH IS THIS COSTING TAX PAYERS IN THIS FINANCIAL CRISIS. BASTARDS!!! You know all the illegals go to any event where things are FREE

..You are invited to the 2009 Latino Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, Friday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the City Council Chambers and South Lawn at City Hall.The event is open to the public and will include food and a wonderful array of entertainment. This year will feature a special performance by Sheila E. who will also be honored by the City.
Please feel free to invite others.
2009 Latino Heritage Month Celebration
"Embracing Our Roots & Cultures: the Tapestry that Built Los Angeles "
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles City Council, City Controller, and City Attorney
Cordially Invite You to the Opening Ceremony

September 01, 2009 9:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the hell has Trutanich and Garcetti done to receive an honor?? The Political Union ooppss!! I mean the PPL police union is honoring them at their Eagle & Badge dinner. What the hell did they do for officers to deserve this bullshit award? The PPL or Political Union now referred to as should be busting their asses to get the Mayor not to furlough the rank and file. They will be releasing thousands of prisoners real soon. But all the PPl cares about is awards dinner. They can't even get a fucking contract yet. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich and Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti will be honored at this year's Eagle & Badge Gala

September 01, 2009 10:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

September 01, 2009 8:41 AM

That Walter Moore sure is a bitter a-hole. I have never seen him do anything except campaign for himself.

September 01, 2009 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael again Congrats on the scoope. How do you find this stuff out and thanks for alerting the Valley. These guys are so damn corrupt its scary how long they get away with shit. You read the papers and other politicans in other cities are getting arrested left and right because of corrupt pay to play stuff like this but where are the FEDS in LA?

September 01, 2009 11:56 AM  

Blogger Unknown said:

Batman's parents were killed after watching Zorro. Alarcon should get credit for reducing crime in Gotham City. He can put it in a mailer.

September 01, 2009 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Zorro even have a job skills outside of being a second rate legislator? What would he be qualified to do in the private sector? And where could he make this much money with those skils? Does anyone know if Jack Weiss has been appointed to those cushy state posts like Shiela Kuele? Where you get a big salary inconsistant with your ability to do the job.

September 01, 2009 1:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richard Alarcon is a teacher and taught elemenary school in Pacoima.

September 01, 2009 2:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael, Im wondering why you never mentioned yesterday that Huizee was out of the woods with the Feds.

And also, why was there no mention days ago that Rocky and his wife were no longer under the scrutiny of the Feds.

What's up with that - you sure made a big deal of the investigations.

September 01, 2009 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's kind of silly of you people to refer to the "shady term limits extension" and then in the same thread slam the merry-go-round, musical chairs culture that the wholly en-democratic practice of term limits created in the first place.

If only there were a "logic checker" that people could use, like they use spellcheckers, then maybe you wouldn't make mistakes like that in print.

(BTW, it was "Prop" R, not "Measure" R -- didn't you guys catch the tacky "Not PropR" play-on-words/letters slogan the critics created back then.)

September 01, 2009 3:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who says he is a scond rate legislator?

I don't rate him that high.

September 01, 2009 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:17pm The only people who like Huizy are fat, insecure ugly women or men with no balls and no hair. This is for sure a kiss ass Sleazy Huizy insecure staffer or lap dog gofer in the community. If they knew anything about this blog they would know Huizy is the most hated and lazy council members on this blog. He may have skipped getting caught with the Feds on this one but word is there's a couple more investigations thanks to his ex staffers which are about 16 count so far. Henry Casas isn't too happy with Huizy right now either.

September 01, 2009 5:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"CD 7 is up for grabs. The last thing the North Valley Cartel will want is a three-way race with two Latino candidates splitting the ticket, but that's almost certain to happen. Nury Martinez will be one of them."

Clearly not an insider

"There is going to be a special election for Alarcon's seat before 2012. Possibly as soon as 2009, 2010. And Alarcon won't be running for office again."

Closer to reality.

The deal was this is Alarcon's swan song, mostly because he wants a city pension...remember all the years he logged as Bradley's boy in the valley...

felipe goes to City Council, Nury goes to Sactown with Alex.

The real question is how long until someone (perhaps one of the above mentioned) takes on Brad Sherman!

Deal was Howard gets left alone (aka protection) and Brad is the sacrificial lamb (just look at what howards brother did to Brad's district!)

aaahhh, the art of the deal...good times.

Stay classy North Valley!

September 02, 2009 10:11 AM  

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