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Monday, February 24, 2014

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

Get ready for a return of the Politics of Weather as rain arrives mid-week.
From along the Santa Ana River above Redlands.
Good bloggin morning to everyone as we return from a quick weekend getaway from "Disempowerment LA-occupied LA-32", to the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains.
As you can tell from the photo above, there are still places in our surrounding mountains that have flowing water. But come Wednesday, Mother Nature will bring something called R-A-I-N back to Southern California for an extended stay. If the upper-level Jet Stream is redirected over Central California, or further south, with a west to east flow, then we may experience an "Atmospheric River Event", which would go far in alleviating our severe drought but not without health and safety ramifications..
In Southern California, it always seems that major rain events are predicated with major brush fires that leave hills and mountain slopes striped bare and primed for debris flows. Thus, when Mother Nature reminds everyone of her supreme authority over us, as she will, come especially Friday, then brace yourself for a return of "Politics of Weather", with your local politico donning yellow rain gear, with plastic wrap cameras, recording it all. ** BTW, climate models are hinting at strong El Nino for next winter, can't imagine any politico wanted to exploit that news for a photo op. 
 LA County Board of Supervisor (and possible CD 14 Candidate) Gloria Molina drop kicks Op-Ed supporting 710 Freeway Tunnel. 
** Memo to the likes of the "No on 710 Coalition" and "Concerns Neighbors of El Sereno", your LA County Board of Supervisor (and possible CD 14 City Council Candidate), Gloria Molina, along with Assemblyman Ed Chau, co-keyboard an Op-ed in the San Gabriel Tribune that details their joint support of a 710 Freeway Tunnel to close the six mile gap to connect the 710 to the I-210 Freeway in Pasadena. Local activists might want to consider the following .............
These residents were promised decades ago that this fix was a stop-gap measure. Opponents need to quit trying to stop the gap from being closed.
These same naysayers also erroneously claim that a tunnel will worsen air quality. They conveniently ignore how air quality is already horrendous in Southeast L.A. — especially for its children, where 12 out of every 100 children develop asthma.
There is a direct connection between asthma in Southeast L.A. and the pollution caused by cars and trucks forced to stand idle along an incomplete 710 Freeway. It’s all the more true since commuters must use the streets as de facto “streetways.”
The pollution that 710 tunnel opponents don’t want is already in the air, being breathed by Southeast L.A. families — who don’t have the extra time and resources to devote to NIMBYism.
These comments should put an end to the "Molina Boo Boo for CD 14" rumors.

** Memo to Mayor Eric Garcetti's Chief of Staff (and possible CD 14 Candidate) Ana Guerrero, please inform your East Area Director Patricia Alarcon that "Disempowerment LA-occupied LA-32 Stakeholders are awaiting a response to this email sent to Ms. Alarcon on February 14, cut and pasted below.
Mayor Garcetti's East Area Director Patricia Alarcon.
Good morning Ms. Alarcon,
Hope this email finds you well on this Valentine's Day.
Further, if the Office of Mayor Garcetti is to take a formal position, then the office should consider the following before drafting a formal reply.
First, with Empower LA taking punitive actions against LA 32 which includes controlling the drafting of its agenda. What assurances can stakeholders have that their respective issues will be given objective due diligence by an elective body free of pre-conceived political bias? At the time of Empower LA's Memo, the LA-32 NC were working on important time sensitive issues, involving the USC Health Science Campus Master Plan and Zoning concerns involving a Charter School, among others (** including funding request for parade with past IRS issues). Will the Office of Mayor Garcetti ensure that the community comments heard by the LA 32 NC on these issues, get an objective resolution? 
Second, will the Office of Mayor Garcetti's staff grant access and accord all LA-32 NC Board Members the right to speak freely regarding the "personal dynamics" (including Empower LA's collusion with board members in targeting certain individuals) that were the foundation for Empower LA's punitive actions?
Fifth, will the Office of Mayor Garcetti take a stand against the repugnant, incendiary racial comments made sadly by board members and those in the community against some serving on this elected body? Would the Office of Mayor Garcetti consider using the resources of the Human Relations Department to set up a series of workshops within NCs to combat racial bigotry?
In closing Ms. Alarcon, its my sincere hope that the Office of Mayor Garcetti will help the LA 32 NC move forward in bring all resources to the table in achieving objective remedies that grows a strong, independent community-centric elective body, while holding those responsible for the "repugnant, personal conduct" that was unfortunately, the basis for the punitive actions taken by Empower LA.
With respects,
Scott Johnson 
LA 32 NC Recording Secretary
A potential CD-14 City Council Candidate should not smoke away an opportunity to listen to very real voters.
** Please note that the comments above are solely my own and not reflective of any formal LA 32 NC approved position.
** Also note that I will make this comments public in the spirit of openness and transparency. 
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14     

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Blogger BHNATIVE said:

I believe that a third party should be hearing the grievance. DONE/empower LA do not work well to avoid the filing of grievance and do not help solve issues of violations of budget approvals, bylaws, Brown Act and ethics violations in the NC. The BHNC only good to give money out , it does not inform the community on land uses or ordinance being voted on the city council, their outreach to the community is a failure, proven by no filing of community statements on issues pass such as street vending passed Dec 2013, and murals or marina ordinance from the city.

February 26, 2014 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is ANA Guerrero really the right candidate for CD 14? Huizar is a terrible councilman. I guess anything is better than him..

February 27, 2014 7:35 PM  

Anonymous Community Coalition of Voters said:

Nadine Diaz is running for CD 14 against Jose Huizar. She is from the district and her family has a long history in Boyle Heights. Nadine Diaz has a lot of support and growing!!!

March 04, 2014 3:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

We are looking forward to Councilwoman Nadine Diaz representing CD 14! All Huizar cares about is Bring Back Broadway. What about Bring Back CD 14 which Diaz will definitely do! She is able to communicate and build rapport with all people no matter what their socio-economic background is! Unlike Jose Huizar, Nadine Diaz is cultured and sensitive to people's needs!

March 16, 2014 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

After waiting for six months to get a meeting with Garcetti, I was given date after date, and cancell appointment an hour before the meeting. Finaly, It was confirm I would be meeting with the Mayor to discuss major issues in Boyle Height, EXIDE, Alcohol Licensing, and housing issues created by ELACC, yes I know Maria Gabildo is Garcetti's friend. However, three meeting were set, and cancelled an hour or so before the meeting, and after some of the attendees had flown in to meet with Mayor Garcetti, the meeting was cancelled an hour before the meeting. on the third try for a meeting, it was change three time that morning, and I asked if we were going to meet with the Mayor himself? I was told yes, and I was told Ana Guerrero was also joining us, red flag! strange, well the meeting turn out to be with Ana Guerrero and Patricia Alarcon, and our group (4). Ana allowed Alcahol Justice to speak on issues of alcohol advertisement in the city of la, however, Ana cut me off when I attempted to discuss the issues that were first presented to Pataricia Alarcon in October 2013. Ana was rude and told me to ask for another meeting? Does Mayor Garcetti knows how Ana Guerror is treating the people that supported him? He should, but who knows, I gave up trying to get a meeting with Garcetti, I probably can get an audience with the Pope first than a meeting with Mayor Garcetti.

April 10, 2014 6:34 PM  

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