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Friday, July 22, 2016

TGIF Briefs on the Los Angeles (and Beyond) Political Machine

The demise of a once productive Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC), is now OFFICIAL, with Sunland-Tujunga's Lydia Grant submitting her resignation, as the Bureaucracy of Empower LA becomes more politically subjective in its unequal implementation and dispensation of Neighborhood Council oversight.
Former Board of Neighborhood Commissioner (BONC) Lydia Grant (in center).
** A once inclusive, intuitive, discerning, productive Commission (with TWO Public Comment periods per meeting) ............, is in dire need of Mayoral resuscitation with the resignation of Sunland-Tujunga's Commissioner Lydia Grant.  
Grant, who was part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's superb appointments to the Commission that formed a bridge with Neighborhood Council Activists, only to be stonewalled by a politically-subjective (and understaffed) Empower LA Bureaucracy .........., with legal guidance from its assigned Deputy City Attorneys that blunted needed policy changes.
Lydia was the spark plug, the instigator on the Board. To say that the City Attorneys probably did a happy dance on Monday night is an understatement. While President Len Shaffer seems to believe that the BONC’s primary duty is to make City Hall happy, Lydia questioned almost everything. She was there to serve her stakeholders and made a point of visiting all of the NCs in her area during the month. She also spent time with other neighborhood councils whose representatives were not so committed. I always wanted to clone Lydia. I may not have agreed with everything she said or proposed, but I saw her as an ideal volunteer -- prepared to give her nights, weekends and hours of phone time trying to make her eighteen NCs function better. I don't blame her for quitting. However, the NC system has lost one of its most powerful supporters. 
Indeed, the Resignation of Commissioner Grant is a major blow for a NC System trending towards an irrelevant, neutered political tomorrow.
Former LA County Assessor John Noguez (in brown shirt) under arrest.
** If you are part of a small, minute few discerning political observers pondering what happen to the Corruption Trial of former Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez ..........., his pending Appointment with Justice, has been delayed again (to October).  

While the excuse for public consumption regarding the FOUR YEAR DELAY in initiating Trial Proceedings, is Noguez's changing Legal Council, speculation is that the LA County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division, has been reigned back from pursuing corrupting probes ......., especially against Democratic Officeholders.
State Senate President Pro Tem "Kevin De Leon the First", with Daughter Lluvia Carrasco, during his Inauguration/Coronation.
** We bring you the latest (and alleged) creative Campaign Financing Tactic from our favorite "Private Citizen/Campaign Consultant" John Shallman. The Husband (and tax-dodging half, allegedly) of the Encino-residing Political Consulting Duo of John and Lani Shallman, has announced the hiring of Lluvia Carrasco, who is the Daughter of longtime Client and current "California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon the First". 
Your Thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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