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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Outtakes from CD 14 Special Report: Former Councilman Art Snyder dead at 79

Art Snyder has gone to the great "CD 14 in the Sky".

A legendary paradox of persona, the former CD 14 City Councilman died in his sleep yesterday morning in Huntington Beach, three days before his 80th Birthday.

Many older, longtime CD 14 constituents will surely opine on the positive/negative attributes of a polarizing political icon. For most knowing CD 14 observers, there was no middle ground of thought when it came to the Spanish-speaking Irish politician.

Surely, some will remember that he was the model for constituent services that has not been matched since his departure. Respected late former staffers Ross Valencia and Lou Santillan were Snyder's neighborhood reps who made sure that the "IN and OUT BOX" of constituent requests, was in constant motion.

Surely, some will remember his behavioral issues which included a deadlock trial for drunk driving, womanizing, and ethical issues that continue beyond his political career as a lobbyist.

In 1984 as Snyder faced his most formidable election challenge from then Assemblyman Richard Alatorre, a mom and her high school senior son, sat with Snyder at a "meet and greet", in the home of the late Gang Councelor Ana Lizarraga. Snyder and the mom, found to their amazement that they were distantly-related through family links in Indiana.

Some 28 years later, the same high school senior looks back on that chance encounter and offers his respects to the family of a CD 14 political legend, who in the course of his political being, was either love or hated by constituents, but is now at peace.

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


Anonymous Anonymous said:

So delighted this menace to society is now in pergatory. He was such a disgrace to many constituents.

November 09, 2012 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Boy, have you got all this wrong Johnson. Alatorre never ran against Snyder, Richard was one of the many vendidos that helped keep him in office. That recall election featured Steve Rodriguez from El Sereno and Alatorre and TELACU put up Lou Moran - a "Latino" - to split the vote. TELACU money went to both Snyder and Moran. I would say Snyder single handedly kept Latinos out of the City Council but he had a lot of help from vendidos that are still around.

November 12, 2012 11:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe someone should tell it like it is... Art Snyder was a drunk and an asshole. He kept all of his "little brown ones" in check for years.

November 12, 2012 3:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually 11:03 it is Lou "Moret" and he IS a latino. Do YOUR research before you correct a post.

November 14, 2012 10:11 AM  

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