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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday

When will "The Valley Greuel" demand her former City Council colleague to account for $544,000+ in Discretionary Fund Money?
The media -attracting sirens of City Controller and Mayoral Candidate Wendy "The Valley Greuel", sounded yesterday with the announcement of the arrest of a Recreation and Parks Facility Director for embezzling close to $10,000 in kid's lunch money from Montecito Heights Recreation Center. For the benefit of "The Valley Greuel", the RAP Department does a 99.9% excellent job of self-auditing (without seeking media attention), but cash transactions can cause unethical temptations, as in this case. But as The Valley Greuel works the media to gain the maximum exposure from this case of alleged embezzlement, we turn your attention to another case of fiscal unaccountability.  
In the Fall in 2010  the City Controller's office provided this document to the Rudy Martinez for City Council Campaign.after a California Public Records Act request. Since then, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar or the City Controller's office, has not updated the community on the status of the CLARTS Fund. In Councilman Huizar's own words recently, he stated that he only would make more -detailed CLARTS Fund information, available to reputable journalistic organizations. We wonder if The Valley Greuel would care to comment on Councilman Huizar's statement?
But while The Valley Greuel garners media attention for this isolated, alleged act of employee misconduct in RAP, she will surely be the recipient of much bloggin coverage in the weeks ahead,  if she remains silent and does not act in accounting for expenditures from her former colleague's discretionary funds.

** We bring your attention to KABC 790 AM Morning Drive Host Doug McIntyre's two last Daily News articles pertaining to the City Clowncil Central Committee's continuing pandering to the undocumented/illegal alien community and former Mayor Richard Riordan's proposed ballot box pension reform respectively. 
** Nice to see the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, continue to push for business tax reforms at City Hall. But the chamber would also be served by championing roll backs in strangling regulations locally and in Sacramento. Think AB 32. 
** The LA Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald reports on the possible political repercussions for 50th Assembly District Candidate Besty Butler, in not voting on a bill to make it easier to fire sexual predatory teachers. 
** The great young writer Hillel Aron has two stories of notice in this week's "Weekly of Record". First, is one on the dreaded possible garbage monopoly coming the the City of Los Angeles, if the labor/green/left is able  to set up exclusive waste franchises. Second, is Aron's piece on Richard Riordan's proposed ballot box pension reform which includes this dire passage from the former mayor.

"We're at the tipping point right now," Riordan says. "If the city does not change its pension system quickly — and I mean this year — we will be doomed to bankruptcy within three years. And probably sooner."

Prophetic words indeed!

Your thoughts ..................
Scott Johnson in CD 14


Anonymous Anonymous said:

I honestly think that having the city give Wall Street the middle finger and declaring bankruptcy is the way to go. Fuggin bond holders want their ounce of flesh. Tough!

October 18, 2012 9:31 PM  

Anonymous Dennis A. Smith said:

Another classic case of "Do as I say, not as I did" from Mayor Dick. This is the same guy who gave huge pay and benefit increases to both leadership and rank and file members of the LAPD, which were very popular in the years after the 1992 riot. Now, twenty years later those decisions have to be paid on and all Mayor Dick can tell folks is "that was then and this is now". Such pompous hypocrisy from the man who proposed giving up millions of dollars of potential municipal tax revenue to billionaire cronies to further profit from their hyperdevelopment schemes, the same paradigm religiously adhered to by the Villaraigose regime that has been so assiduously criticized in this blog.

Furthermore, Riordan's 401(k) scheme will actually further bankrupt the pensions of present employees and retirees by withdrawing the revenue stream from the future hires that would be used to pay the benefits contractually due to those presently enrolled in the city's retirement system.

Let Mayor Dick go back to what he does best, like ruining respected local restaurants like Mort's Deli and please stop trying to steer a whole city into the ditch.

October 19, 2012 12:28 PM  

Blogger g said:

aka wendy greuel this is where your tax money really goes to appoint these office running gods. this is why your taxes on your property, schools,dwp keep going up. wendy greuel could call for a audit or call for a outside audit of government funds directly given to council,mayor,schoolboard members,dwp,board of supervisors but she won't. why burn bridges to her friends in city hall. you want to know where billions of lost or mis placed funds are look at the above offices. my council member has collected $500,000 to run each election did we ever see that money in roads ,sidewals or fixing broken pipes, of course not! when your asked for more money think of what i have told you. you will see the evidence in coming months. this is why we talk of corruption of special treatment because the public is told to shut up, look the other way and who get's screwed you do.

October 19, 2012 3:30 PM  

Blogger Unknown said:

"He stated that he only would make more -detailed CLARTS Fund information, available to reputable journalistic organizations." Does FBI qualify as reputable journalistic organization. Ask them. But, they had/are having a TOUGH time getting through the intricate web of publicly televised money transfers, the ENTIRE city council voted "yes," for.

October 20, 2012 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Betsy Butler claims she is being smeared. Check out www.thetruthaboutbetsybutler.com and judge for yourself.

October 23, 2012 11:10 AM  

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