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Monday, April 27, 2015

The Silence of Congressman Cardenas .........., especially when the FBI comes Calling

As a Los Angeles Federal Grand Jury/FBI Investigation continues regarding the "work place activities" of Northeast San Fernando Valley Congressman Tony Cardenas's District Director Gabriela Marquez, her boss remains "silent".
Will Congressman Cardenas speak on the record regarding his District Director's "paid workplace activities"?
The Sound of Silence ......., from a member of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine.
As the LA Times follows the lead of Mayor Sam in reporting on Congressman Tony Cardenas's District Director Gabriela Marquez's multiple days, 39th Assembly District Ballot Count Observations, her boss is adopting the tire tactic of stonewalling.
From the Times ..........., (Congressman Tony Cardenas)                                        declined to answer questions from The Times this week after a top aide in his district, Gabriela Marquez, received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. 
Its not surprising that Congressman Cardenas would remain mum, considering his last direct experience with a Capital Hill Reporter.
More later .........
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Remembering the Armenian Genocide ....., 100 Years Later

On this 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we stand with the Armenian Community in remembering a crime against humanity.
The Montebello Armenian Genocide Memorial.
Thousands are expected to March for Justice in Los Angeles.
May the flame of remembrance always burn.
Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mayor Sam Exclusive: Documenting Congressman Cardenas District Director's Involvement in 2014 39th AD Ballot Count

As a Federal Grand Jury subpoenas Northeast San Fernando Valley Congressman Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez regarding her "congressional duties", Mayor Sam discloses documentation on her "role" as an observer during the November, 2014 "Count of the Ballots" in the 39th Assembly District Campaign. 
 
Click above to hear Congressman Cardenas response to the FBI Investigation.
** Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we have obtain documentation that discloses Congressmen Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez's multi-day role as an observer for the former Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Campaign, during the November, 2014 Final Count of Outstanding Ballots in the 39th Assembly District Election won by now Assemblywoman Patty Lopez. Copies of Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder "Observer Sign In Sheets" (posted below for review) disclose that Marquez visited the Norwalk Ballot Counting Facility for five day straight between November 6-10, 2014 and returned again on November 15. On average, Marquez was on hand, observing the counting of ballots, for an average of two to six hours per day documented. As this blog noted during the recent CD 6 Campaign, Marquez was join by staff from both CD 6 City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and CD 7 City Councilman Felipe Fuentes as the members of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine attempted unsuccessfully to intimidate the counting process---Scott Johnson. 
From The Politico ......., A source familiar with the investigation told POLITICO that the focus of the probe is not Cárdenas but rather work Marquez did for other campaigns while still being paid from the lawmaker’s congressional account.

November 6, 2014 Ballot Count Observer Sign In Sheet.

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Mid-day Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Hump Day

Its time to fluff up the Mitch Englander Portfolio as the lone "Spring Street RINO" announces his intentions to seek the LA County Board of Supervisor Fifth District Seat being vacated by Michael Antonovich. 
Fluffing the Mitch.
Is the "Spring Street RINO" seeking a higher calling (and opportunities for connected family members)?
Just over a month remove from winning another (elongated) term as the lone, supposed Republican City Councilman from CD 12, Mitch Englander is using the safety net of re-election to seek the District Five Seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors being vacated by termed out Michael Antonovich.
The noted prolific, cross party lines fundraiser, should instantly become a frontrunner in the seemly lone Republican safe seat on the Board of Supervisors.
But its those crossover tendencies that a more strident Republican candidate may exploit in attempting to counter the Englander Political Machine.
** Talking a puff from the pipe of wishful, future fiscal expectations, the LAUSD Board of Education voted to approve a 10.36% Pay Raise for its teachers, pending UTLA approval. District Officials are predicating the allocation toward the future salary increases on a spike in state revenue. If for some reasons the wishful revenue does not materialize, expect some very lean times ahead at LAUSD.
** In a major setback for the CIM Group, all five members of the Department of Building and Safety Oversight Commission voted to order the owners of the "Sunset and Gordon Highrise" to remove dozens of its tenants from the controversial property. This whole FUBAR has its origin in a lawsuit by a community group who sued the CIM Group for destroying an historic building to make way for the current development.
Your thoughts ..................
Scott Johnson in CD 14


Ooops!! The Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine in Trouble........., Again

The "Father Figure" of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine Congressman Tony Cardenas, is facing FBI scrutiny for his District Director Gabriela Marquez's "assigned work duties" on the Congressional Payroll. 
Smile and say FBI on three!!
** Blogger's Note: Its official and part of the Congressional Record ........., Congressman Tony Cardenas (and the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine) is being investigated by the FBI. With the formal confirmation that Congressman Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez was subpoenaed by a Federal Grand Jury operating out of the United States District Court on Spring Street in Downtown LA, further scrutiny will surely center on the campaign-related activities of the paid underlings of Congressman Cardenas and his allies. As Mayor Sam reported during the recent CD 6 Campaign, paid staffers from the offices of Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilman Felipe Fuentes and as we note below, Congressman Cardenas Staffer Gabriela Marquez, spent multiple days observing the vote count, that saw the upset of fellow machine member Raul Bocanegra by now Assemblywoman Patty Lopez. Roll Call Online reports that the FBI spent a few hours interviewing Marquez in her home roughly three weeks ago. According to a source, the FBI asked questions about whether staffers in Cárdenas’ office worked on campaign-related activities while being paid for official office time. What is not clear is whether the FBI was questioning Marquez about campaign work related to her boss ......., or campaign work related to other associates of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine---Scott Johnson. 
As evident on Line 6, Congressman Tony Cardenas District Director Gabriela Marquez's duties include observing vote counts in a local Assembly Race.
Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Tuesday

Its never to early to start speculating on those who would like to succeed CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar in 2020 (or earlier).
Former East Los Angeles Community Corp (ELACC) President, now LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis Chief of Staff Maria Cabildo ......, with an Indicted Politico. 
The Power of Political Ambition.
Only in Council District 14, can we start speculating on who will replace the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate", even before he is sworn in for his last "Downtown Bought", extended last term.
One person who is already garnering attention is former ELACC President and noted anti-gentrification figure Maria Cabildo, who recently was named Chief of Staff to new LA County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Cabildo, who resides in Eagle Rock, was an ardent Councilman Huizar supporter during the last election proceedings and with the self-noting Princeton Graduate, now secure in a final term, the career change for Cabildo, is being seen as a political resume enhancer for a possible 2020 CD 14 Campaign.
** Its been awhile since Southwest Voter Education Voter Registration Project's Antonio Gonzalez merited bloggin interest. In the early days of this blog, the voting registration exploits of the husband of ex LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina's Chief of Staff Alma Martinez, were all the rage among the supporters of then Mayor James "Poopy" Hahn. Now in 2015, Gonzalez is reaching back into his voter outreach bag of tricks, by offering a $25,000 Prize to a lucky LAUSD District Five voter, in an attempt to foster higher Election Day turnout ........, for Charter Schools-supported candidate Ref Rodriguez.
** When was the last time we checked in on the cyber astro-turf outpost of the political fanatics known as "Gatto Truthers"? With the "Infant Assemblyman", turned "Slobo Mikey", busy mulling over his pending 2016 State Senate Campaign defeat, by planning a possible 2018 Lt. Governor quest, his devoted cyber trolls found time to opine on the recent CD 4 Elections, which we are so glad to share .........., The big surprise in CD 4 was the showing of Steve Veres who many local Dems including these humble bloggers were pulling for since he got the Democratic Party endorsement with an impressive showing and lots of grassroots support.  Veres underperformed and we are not sure why since he had strong support from Senate Speaker Kevin Deleon; maybe he did not have the right validators in other parts of the district but of course that is just conjecture
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14



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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Monday Story on the Remarkable Life of Michael Higby

From the LA Daily News by Brenda Gazzer: Political Blogger Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby remembered for his influence, wit.
The Bloggin Talk Show Host Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
** Blogger's Note: In today's Edition of the LA Daily News, writer Brenda Gazzer keyboards an appreciative obituary on the "Remarkable Life" of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby. This coming after an intimate gathering of Michael's friends, with his Father and Sister in attendance, at Joselitos in Tujunga last night. A formal Memorial Service for Michael will take place on May 9, 2015 at the New Hope Community Church (10438 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland, California 91040), beginning promptly at 12:30 PM. Below, I have cut and pasted the Obit in its entirely---Scott Johnson

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Sunday Witnessing to the Character of Michael Higby

On this "Seventh Day", we give Witness to the Man of Character that was Michael Higby.
 The Sunday Sun rises to give light to a "Seventh Day Witnessing" on the Character of Michael.
** Blogger's Note: Please forgive me for the lateness of this post as I have spent the last 24 hours dealing with a bout of food poisoning/intestinal issues. My temporary weaken state of body, has been partially alleviated by the large numbers of testimonials on the Bigger-than-Life Persona of Michael Higby. In fact, so many of you have given of your time to share testimonials on Michael, that my plan to highlight your comments today, deserve the justice of a better focus mind (free from the ravages of intestinal issues). Yet on this Seventh Day, I want to share with all, the witnessing of Edna Liza Cerritos below, on the mentoring impact Michael had on her young life. Many who have follow this blog since its inception, will remember that Michael was never beyond giving a young person an opportunity to contribute to the content, as exampled by Belmont High School Graduate Jennifer Solis. Those who knew Michael will also remember his work with the United States Junior Chamber Organization (Jaycees) and its endeavors of community service. For those who only knew Michael for his contribution to the local political bloggin discourse, there was so much more that made up his complete "Body of Character" than what may of been keyboard on a "Mayor Sam Hotsheet" on any given day. Thus, as we continue to share our thoughts on the life and impact of Michael Higby, lets honor the legacy of our friend, by witnessing his mentoring impact, as given by a "Future Mayor Sam Contributor" (** The LA Daily News will have a story on the Passing of Michael Higby in Monday's Edition)---Scott Johnson.
 
Hello everyone, A few minutes ago I wrote on Mayors page. Thank you for sharing all the awesome stories of "Mayor" Michael Higby . I am deeply saddened. I called him "Mayor and he called me "Mini or Mini Mayor" I would like to share here with you what I wrote to him on his page. I am not the best writer but I try my best.
Mayor had added me to this page so I can meet all of you one day.

Hi "Mayor" Michael Higby I am deeply saddened. Words can not express how I feel .The last... message was at 4:30 on Wednesday April 15th.I wondered why you were not tweeting or sending messages. I remember you saying you were going to the dentist. So, I did not want to bother you. On April 16th I was no feeling well was feeling down. I was worried I did not get the daily "Wake Up Mini Go to school " message!...I was thinking all day you might have gotten your tooth pulled and maybe resting. By 6:30 yesterday I checked a message from Elizabeth. I had no idea of what had happend. I showed it to my mom and she said to check twitter. I went into shock and can not believe as of yet. Every time my phone bloopz(rings) I think it's you sending me something to read or saying something funny. Tears roll down my eyes each time this happens. But I know you wouldn't like for me to be sad. I want to Thank you for being a cool friend to me, mom and grandma. For encouraging me to be strong and speaking up when something is not right. Thank you for the hundreds of messages about Politics and how you made me open my eyes and made me aware of many issues. Thank you for being my friend and mentor. I know we were suppose to blog and maybe write a book one day. I was to be the mini photographer for Mayorsam. Thank you for encouraging me that women can learn and do anything when they put their mind to it. I think I might learn to code like you said and maybe blog. Thank you for encouraging me to do good in school and the importance of an education. I also wanted to share I just received another College acceptance and I just got this cool Internship a few minutes ago. You would have been so happy for Mini.
I know you would have said "Good Job Mini" Well Mayor I believe that people never really die. I know you are still here in spirit. Everyone is saying awesome things about you in the Foothills page, twitter, Fb.
You, did Awesome things in this Life "Mayor"
Your BFF friend Mini Mayor
 
Political Consultant John Thomas holding this blogger's 50th B-day Gift to Michael.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Sunday Joselitos Gathering in Remembrance of Michael Higby

Join the Sunland-Tujunga Friends of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby in remembrance tomorrow evening (Sunday) at Joselito's. 
Michael Higby with his Father (on right), celebrating his 50th Birthday this past Fall.
** Blogger's Note: When Michael Higby moved to Sunland-Tujunga some years back, there was no doubt what dining establishment would top the list of favorites, Joselitos on Foothill Blvd. The picture above shows Michael basking in the positive aura of his 50th (and sadly last) Birthday, with family and friends (of course, the potent, yet refreshing margarita of choice was surely kicking in). Now sadly, with Michael no longer with us in the flesh (but in spirit), his neighbors and friends are coming together in remembrance, tomorrow (Sunday), from 6-9 PM. Lets all come together in honoring Michael with a Margarita (or two)---Scott Johnson. 
 
A Sunday Joselitos Gathering in Remembrance of Michael Higby
6-9 PM.
7308 Foothill Blvd. Tugunga Calif. 91042
(818) 951-2275


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Remembering Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby ..............

There are so many of you to thank as we remember the Life, Spirit and Heart of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby.
The American Political Power Couple that could of been.
** Blogger's Note: Its been a little over 24 hours since (and its still hurts to keyboard my thoughts through the upward and deep downward swells of grieving) we who were so fortunate to know Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, were shocked to learn of his sudden death Tuesday evening. The pain of losing a "Larger than Life Man of Character" of Michael's stature, has been offset by the like size show of support from legions of his friends and colleagues. Many have taken the time to honor Michael by giving witness to the man, friend, co-worker, mentor and caring human being that Michael was in his Oh-so-brief time with us. I personally want to thank each one of you who have taken the time to honor my late (those last four letters were heartbreaking and tear-flowing to key) blogging colleague, who took a chance on a "spoll-challenged commentator" ......., and for that, I will be infinitely grateful. In the days ahead, I plan on revisiting and honoring, not only "The Bloggin Mayor Sam Persona of Michael", but the complete person that was Michael Higby. That said, this endeavor to honor our dear friend needs YOU. Please help by contributing whatever testimonials, pictures, mementos you can (you can email me at redspotincd14@yahoo.com) so that this cyber-creation of Michael, can also act as an infinite cyber-memorial to our beloved friend---Scott Johnson.
** Please note that I will be posting a special "Sunday Bloggin Tributes to Mayor Sam" later this weekend. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
 
Our Sincere Thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti @ericgarcetti 21 hours ago
Sad to learn of the passing of Michael Higby - an important voice for our city. RIP - from one mayor to another.
 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Passing of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby at 50

Its with profound hurt and sadness to announce the passing of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby. 
 ** Blogger's Note: This hurts ............., Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby passed away yesterday after a sudden illness at the age of 50. Michael was found unresponsive in his vehicle after a visit to his dentist yesterday evening. Most regular readers will know that Michael had just lost his beloved Mother Judith recently .........., and now, he is with her again in a better place. In keyboarding my thoughts in this moment of shock and numbness that does not dull the pain of profound loss, ......., I shed tears in not being able now to tell Michael how much gratitude I had for the opportunity to empower myself (with the help of "Spollcheck") via my work on the blog. For now, our prayers go out to Michael's Father and family in the time of great loss (For those who would like to comment, please post your thoughts on our Facebook Page and I will cut & paste them here)---Scott Johnson.

** Our former blogging colleague Joseph Mailander shares his thoughts about Michael.
** Thank you to our friend Ed Padgett for these kind words on Michael.
**  Valley Village Blogger Paul Hatfield shares his thoughts on the bloggin proclivities of Michael.
** LA Observed Lead Blogger Kevin Roderick notes the passing of Michael Higby:
Michael Higby, for many years the lead blogger at Mayor Sam's Sister City, died Wednesday at the age of 50. Scott Johnson announced his passing on the site today.
Michael was found unresponsive in his vehicle after a visit to his dentist yesterday evening. Most regular readers will know that Michael had just lost his beloved Mother Judith recently, and now, he is with her again in a better place.
** From Political/Campaign Consultant Eric Hocopian:
"First and foremost Michael Higby was a good and decent man, whose passing is a loss to our Los Angeles community. Michael brought life and flair to the staid world of Los Angeles politics, while comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable in Southern California politics. He will certainly be missed, my thoughts go out to his family."
** From Downtown News Editor Jon Regardie:
Scott,
I can't begin to express my condolences for the loss of your friend. I'm sure this is an incredibly tough time for you, and of course even tougher for the family. My thoughts are with you all. Michael will be missed,
Jon

** From "Papa Bo" Patatian:
Heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of my longtime friend and political ally Michael Higby who has passed away of a heart attack. Mike was deeply devoted, caring, loving, gifted, intelligent, kind, sensitive, sincere, knowledgable and civically engaged gentleman who was unique and brilliant in every regard and had a gift for citizen journalism that was unmatched. As t...he founder, editor and frequent contributor of the Mayor Sam Political Blog, he put his love for and interest in civic engagement out there for all of us to read and enjoy. He gave this blog, which everyone in the business and out followed, his all. Even when Mike was threatened with a myriad of lawsuits and was personally attacked, harassed and bullied by his political rivals and opponents, who wished to silence and prevent Micheal from speaking, sharing and spreading the truth, Mike remained steadfast, undeterred and courageous! Refusing to be silenced, gagged or intimidated. Mike knew when to give ground and when to fight, because he understood that success comes through picking your battles but staying focused all the while on ultimately winning the war so that the good fight could be fought and so that truth and justice can prevail. Along with loyal contributors such as Scott Johnson, Mike kept the Mayor Sam Blog alive and allowed it to constantly, grow and thrive. Mike leaves this life as great son, brother, friend and an exemplary man of Faith and model American. Mike was revered, respected and adored by all. His loss is immense and he will be missed terribly! May you rest in peace Michael and may the Good Lord Illuminate your soul. My deepest respects, sympathies and condolences to entire Higby Family. Farewell Old Friend! 2 Timothy 4:7-8
** Frank Sheftel writes:
Michael Higby is my friend. We met when I ran for City Council and he wrote about me on Mayor Sam. We would later become co-hosts on a radio show along with David Hernandez. We chatted all the time and found a shared sense of humor. He had depicted he and I as these cartoon figures and would put us in funny situations. I was flattered he took the time to design me even down to my hats. He was set to host my radio show this Sunday while I am away. We had just talked about it on Tuesday. I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear that he passed away suddenly last night. My heart goes out to his family. He's with his Mom now. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed by many. ‪#‎gonetoosoon‬


Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby, 1964-2015

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Morning Brief on the State of City Political Machine for Hump Day

Will anyone remember the "2015 Safe State of the City Address" come 2017?
Back to the Basic Telepromptive Messaging?
Safe ............
Come 2017 when a certain "Tepid Latinanglo Mayor" faces the dwindling voting masses in his bid for a Second Term, "safe" is how Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to be seen as the basic choice to continue as the elected leader of the nation's second largest city.
Just how Mayor Garcetti stakes his claim to being the "Safe Choice" for another term in 2017, is raising eyebrows on the morning after his mid-First Term "State of the City Address" at Cal State Northridge, considering the following pronouncements/policy initiatives relayed via the assembled teleprompters.
Garnering the most attention this AM, is Mayor's goal to grow the "Metropolitan Division" of the LAPD to a level of 200 officers in response to a spike in violent crimes city wide.
Seeking to "own the spike", Mayor Garcetti's proposal to double the size of Metro's force is creating its own spike of basic questioning on the possible ramifications to the thinly-stretched patrol staffs in areas such as the Northeast and Hollenbeck Divisions, where Metro Division reassignments are leaving unfilled vacancies ......., and empty squad cars.
In addition to pledging the doubling of Metro, the Rhodes Scholar turned Mayor, announced the creation of a new LAPD Unit to focus on "Relationship Policing".
Please pardon the momentary pause .........., but just what is "Relationship Policing Mayor Garcetti?"
In my life experience in CD 14, the examples I can recollect that could suffice include neighborhood foot patrols where residents can build a rapport with the assigned officers ........., or the CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar conceived "Political Relationship Policing", where assigned officers are given numerical grading for "Loyalty Building" and "Enforcing the Influence" of the local Officeholder on the populace (allegedly).
The Mayor's (Re-election) Relationship Building also blessed the Gang Reduction, Youth Development (GRYD) Program with a proposed $5.5 Million dollars increase in funding, which surely brought smiles to the likes of Legacy LA's Lou Calanche, El Centro del Pueblo's Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Soledad Enrichment Action's (SEA) Sister Elisa Martinez and Barrio Action's Tammy Membreno.
With new GRYD RFPs for new contracts currently be made public, the competition among the noted "Connected Non-Profits", may get politically-heated and require its own specialize policing detail, but we digress.
But on a more seriously note, discerning Angelinos should take umbrage at the absence of comment from the current Mayor regarding the growing surge of communal endangerment from the "Correctional Tsunami" created via AB-109 Prison Realignment and Prop 47 (which lower penalties on many crimes).
From upswings in new property crimes in areas such as El Sereno, to an all-out Gang War in Highland Park, Mayor Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilpersons such as Gil Cedillo, may find the bumps on the road to re-election in 2017, becoming more pronounce as the repercussions from a failed attempt at Correctional Reform and Dummy Down Criminal Penalties, will cause many to ask a basic question come 2017 ........., are we safe(er) now than compare to 2013?
Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Working on Deadline ............, regarding "State of Neighborhood Missive"

Please pardon our Morning Briefs absence as we are sequester in preparation for our First Annual "State of the Neighborhood Missive" coming this afternoon.
Gentrification in Mi Barrio? 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

As SEIU 721-represented city employees vote to affirm a strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti nears his mid-term State of the City Address on Tuesday which may garner a larger than expected gathering of discerning observers. 
Will announced, Second Term-seeking Mayor Eric Garcetti elaborate further on his "sustainable vision" that comprises his futuristic "pLAn" for Los Angeles? 
Kevin, remember something called Pension Reform?
Its rise and shine time on a tepid, overcast Monday in Ciudad de Los Angeles.
Please pardon the cyber-melancholy mindset, but since the March Elections, the political environment has become sooooo vanilla at 200 Spring Street and the lack of bloggin content  has brought on a case of keyboard doldrums. 
Normally a Mayoral State of the City Address (especially during the Failure Mayor Antonio Villar reign), would be enough to arouse keyboard stimulation, which would translate into bloggin content on various story lines of speculation about the latest self-serving pronouncements (or choice of Telebimbo, but I digress).
But instead, Angelinos will be treated to a vanilla-flavored dissertation on a sustainable vision for a LA tomorrow, tinted in a green vision of a thriving metropolis, with equality for all.
Yet, the reality tomorrow evening will include a city on edge as a "Corrections Tsunami (cause by AB 109 and Prop 47)" spikes the crime rates, city employees talking strike if not granted a pay increase and a electorate who has tuned out the Downtown Machine-driven Establishment (and those who dare speak against it, are labeled "negative" or "trouble makers").
Thus, pardon my current bloggin mindset, that when presented with the choice of indulging in a mid-term speech via a "Tepid Latinanglo Mayor" .........., or anything else, guess which choice wins?
** With no apologies to AB 109 Co-author and now City Attorney Mike Feuer, plus those who voted for Prop 47, the byproduct of these twin "Correctional Tsunamis", prompted dozens of Northeast Los Angeles Stakeholders to attend a Special Meeting of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, to seek resolution to a gang war that has resulted in thirteen shootings and nine people being shot in the last two months. Sadly, neither CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar or his CD 1 colleague Gil Cedillo were in attendance.
** "The Office Downtown Establishment Fishwrap of Record" (aka The Downtown News), states that (another) former CD-14 Staffer Miguel Vargas, has found gainful employment as the new Executive Director of the Arts District Business Improvement District. The ADLA BID surely wanted to avoid antagonizing the recently re-elected CD-14 City Councilman, unlike the Historic Downtown BID a few years back, when it attempted to hire a supporter of 2011 City Council Candidate Rudy Martinez.
** CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar silenced??
Councilman Huizar showing support for The No H8 Campaign.
As a bloggin Public Service, we endeavor to bring you the latest news regarding the actions (or lack of) of your local Elected Officials.
That said, the photo above of the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" via his Facebook Page, merits a quick noting.
In the caption, the self-noting Princeton Graduates states .........., "#‎TBT‬ Here's a photo taken during the Night on Broadway NoH8 photo shoot. We must remind ourselves to always stand together against discrimination and bullying of all kinds".
We sincerely hope that the recent recipient of 14,000 votes (out of a district population 250,000), will back his talk, with the walk in his next extended term, by insuring equality in constituent services and condemning those who would attempt to denigrate, discriminate and (cyber) bully those in the majority (of the register voters), who chose not to support his re-election.
Your thoughts ...................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

  



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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Under the Weather ............

Dealing with a overnight case of indigestion that requires a bit more sleep before attending services this afternoon for a friend, Blogging will be light today and tomorrow---Scott Johnson

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Poitical Machine for Tuesday

We bring you a pre-Easter Political Gathering of two noted City Hall antagonists with upward ambitions featuring an "Tepid White Rhodes Scholar" and his potential "Dear Charrro, Princeton Graduate" 2017 Mayoral Challenger.   
From CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's Facebook Page. 
From the Facebook Page of Mayor Eric Garcetti (can you find the difference between the two like photos?).
Great post Spring Break to all as we return to the bloggin keyboard after a work-related break.
Just in time for Good Friday last week, two past political antagonists came together briefly (apparently without cutting the bread) to tour places of interest within the fiefdom of re-elected CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar.
The self-noting Princeton Graduate, hosted Mayor Eric Garcetti in his fourteenth stop on a city-wide tour which included taking in the view from the top of the Ascot Hills Passive Park.
We note with a chuckle (or two, three and four plus) the subtle difference between the "authentic" photo via the Mayor Garcetti Facebook Page and the "altered" version via the Councilman Huizar's Facebook Page, which obviously "Photo shopped" a balding feature on the now, termed-out Councilman.
Councilman Huizar honors the "Disempowering Loyalty" of the LA-32 Neighborhood Council
Councilman Huizar among the mostly loyal LA-32 NC Board Members.
Councilman Huizar made time to reward his mostly loyal underlings that now comprise the LA-32 Neighborhood Council. With the enabling of "Disempowerment LA" General Manager Grayce Liu (and staff), the once independent body has now become a rubber stamp appendix for the re-elected Councilman's political needs.
Councilman Huizar and Cedillo No Shows at Highland Park NC Special Meeting on Spike in Gang Violence. 

Highland Park Community Members question LAPD Officers, along with CD 1 and CD 14 Staff about escalating Gang Violence. (Photo by Nathan Solis of Eastsider LA).
Both CD 1 City Councilman Gil Cedillo and CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar send staff members to a Special Meeting of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council which focused on the spike of gang-related violent crime within the community. A crowded room of concern community members had assorted questions for the assembled LAPD and council staff in attendance.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

  

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Mayor Sam on the Air!

This Saturday, April 4th, I'll be a guest on The Randy Economy Show on KRLA AM870 The Answer, radio home to legends such as Brian Whitman and Dennis Prager, at 8:00 p.m.. We'll be discussing issues in the news and having a great time!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Trust us ........., this is no April Fool Joke

The recently re-elected "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" will be in attendance this evening to honor the loyalty of his faithful LA-32 NC Servants.
Meanwhile, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council has invited the CD 14 City Councilman to an emergency meeting tomorrow evening (April 2), starting at 7 PM at the Highland Park Senior Center (York and Figueroa), regarding a major spike in gang-related violence in Northeast Los Angeles
 
With the recent Gang Shootings and Violent Crimes in our community the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council will focus its next Board Meeting to discussing the issue and finding solutions.
Come hear from LAPD, CD1 & CD14 about what is being done to proactively deter the violence?
What are the steps they are taking addressing the issue? What preventative measures are being taken?
What can stakeholders/community members do to support a safe community.
Invited :
Northeast LAPD Captain Bert
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo CD 1
Councilmember Jose Huizar CD14
The office of Mayor Garcetti - Patricia Alacon
Police Commissioner Sandra Figueroa ...

Neighborhood Prosecutor, Northeast Division - Gabrielle P. Taylor, Deputy City Attorney

Please contact Monica Alcaraz at Monica.alcaraz@highlandparknc.com with questions
 
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy April Fools from Mayor Sam!

Normally, for April Fools' Day, we craft up some jokey, satirical nonsense fake stories. You can see some of our past work here.

This year, I thought funny photos might be more fun. Enjoy.










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Monday, March 23, 2015

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday

Its Official!! After a brief hiatus, we're bloggin back to bring you our take on the final tally of the vote in the recent March Elections ......., and guess who bought, whoops, garnered the highest count of ballots for another term?
 The "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" masters the art of courting support (for a price, allegedly).
13,704 CD 14 residents (out of a population of 250,000 constituents) are to be commended for insuring another four years (plus eighteen months thanks to Charter Amendment 1 & 2) of loyalty-based constituent services (for a designated price, allegedly).
Hola!!
Despite all the rumors to the contrary, a certain blogger did not become Hollenbeck Park Catfish food in the aftermath of CD 14 City Councilman Jose "The Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate" Huizar's sweeping reelection .........., but we hear that Mrs. Huizar has been blessed with a new set of wheels, but I digress.
As of Friday, for those who still refuse to accept the blunt reality that copious allocations of General Council Purposes Fund Grants to targeted community groups, mixed with hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions, along with outside/inside Independent Expenditures Committee cash, can buy you office space at 200 Spring Street ........., behold the final, official count of the vote via the City Clerk.  
Nadine Momoyo Diaz, 913 votes, 4.35%.
Jose Huizar, 13,704 votes, 65.43%.
John O'Neill, 483 votes, 2.30%.
Mario Chavez, 774 votes, 3.69%
Gloria Molina, 5,099 votes, 24.31%
There is no need to continue dwelling (maybe merely posting the final tally of expenditures will suffice?) on the "money-root causes" for the "Dear Charro, Princeton Graduate's" sweeping victory ......, but we should note that 7,000 plus constituents did choose to vote for someone else. Thus, rest assure that this CD 14 cyber outpost will still act as the objective dissimulator of bloggin commentary as a wayward "Tonto Huevon" pays off his "debts of reelection gratitude's" to the Downtown Special Interests.
** We ponder whether anyone has bother "to hack the final, official results" of the crowded CD 4 City Council Elections to Tomas O'Grady? The multi-tasking, Non-Profit, School Gardening Crusader/now former CD 4 City Council Candidate, took a election standing step back, as the final tally of the vote had him placing third to Carolyn Ramsey and David Ryu.
Carolyn Ramsey, 3,719 votes, 15.25%
David Ryu, 3,634 votes, 14.90%
Tomas O'Grady, 3,427 votes 14.05%  
** LACCD Board of Trustee Seat # 1 Candidate Francesca Vega can surely blame her loss to Andra Hoffman to the "Other Woman Candidate" Maria "Sokie" Quintero considering that Quintero garnered 26,953 votes.
** Who among current LAUSD School Board Members Tamar Galatzan, Bennett Kayser and Richard "Dr. Death" Vladovic, will survive their respective May Runoffs? Surely, expect major money to be spent in outing Kayser and protecting Galatzan and Vladovic, from "Private Citizen/Mercenary Campaign Consultant" John Shallman's new Charter School friends.
Your thoughts ............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gone Bloggin Fishing

After another Establishment Machine-dominated Election Cycle, its time for a brief bloggin hiatus as the likes of #TepidWhiteMayor Eric Garcetti gear up for an expected #TontoHuevonforMayor challenge in 2017.
We will be back Monday unless something big bites the bloggin hook before then.
Scott Johnson in CD 14.


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Monday, March 09, 2015

Morning Briefs on "The Well-Oiled Machine" for Monday

After last week's impressive Re-election Victory via "The Well-Oiled Machine" of CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, discerning media scribes are wasting no time in keyboarding missives on what will become known as "The 2015 CD 14 Wipeout".
How many Political Favors do I owe after my Re-election?
A 2015 CD 14 Elections Post Mortem in progress.
So how does a supposed, level battle for the hearts and minds of the less than 10% of CD 14 voters that care to cast ballots, become a Grand Canyon-like abyss, which the Gloria Molina Campaign would never resurface from, in her failed attempt to unseat the self-noting Princeton Graduate Incumbent?
Fred Register, the longtime Altadena-based Political Consultant tells the LA Times David Zahniser that time dedicated to actual campaigning played a role ........, "I do absolutely think that if she was really determined to do this, she should have started much earlier," said Fred Register, Molina's campaign consultant. 
Indeed, Team Huizar was lubricating its victorious Election Machine in late 2013 by identify loyal community voting blocks (with a total of 10,000 votes as a goal), then granting them funding for their respective community endeavors (ex. Eagle Rock Music Festival, El Sereno Bicentennial Parade, Bringing Back Broadway), which successfully countered the negative media, generated by his multiple episodes ofTonto-like behavior.
Thus, by the start of 2015, the Public and Privately-finance Huizar Re-election Machine was not going to succumb to a abbreviated, Twentieth Century-styled Campaign, devoid of Social Media messaging, and especially, with no Downtown LA presence.
** From Glassell Park's Tony Butka, here are a couple a reasons why, in his opinion, that the ex LA County Board of Supervisor went down on last Tuesday.
As to why Gloria Molina did so poorly, I think there were two main factors.  First, she really wasn't ready for the rhythm of a 2015 City election process.  Huizar went after that huge vote by mail crown with the some $800,000 he had in the bank before Molina even got serious about playing in January.  His consultants and humongous campaign staff did a bang up job, too. Heck, I was even invited to friend one of them on Facebook -- and yes, I accepted :-). 
The second reason is that Molina just didn't have a ground game.  She did well in the debates, but if over 1/2 the votes are being locked up while you're talking, who cares what you say or what happens at the polls on election day.  I kept looking for her 'machine' to ramp up, and it never did.  Or if it did, I sure didn't see it.  To be sure, she had a dedicated group of volunteers, but in 2015, that isn't what wins elections.  As I cautioned in my first CityWatch article about the Northeast Dems endorsement, nowhere was written that she would be able to get into a runoff and have the luxury of really running  a campaign.

** From Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly, with no apologies to East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC) President Maria Cabildo, CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar's Re-election is a victory for ..........., "The G-word". But lets give Parke Skelton credit for stating "what could of been" ........., considering;
The outcome was by no means inevitable. Back in September, Parke Skelton, Huizar's strategist, did a poll that showed Huizar with a slim, two-point lead. Skelton was actually relieved that he wasn't in worse shape."I thought there was a good chance that he might be so far behind I'd have to tell Jose not to run," Skelton said Wednesday. The poll offered Huizar a path to victory. Voters were asked whether things in their neighborhood were going in the right direction, and 63 percent said yes. Skelton's strategy was to barrage voters with mailers to remind them of tangible improvements in their neighborhoods. And as we noted last week, there was a "Public Cost" for that mailing blitz.

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

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Friday, March 06, 2015

A Public Service Announcement for Jose Huizar from Zuma Dogg



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A Post CD 14 Election Message from Gloria Molina


Judging from the Post Election Message via Gloria Molina below, she plans on remaining engage on issues touted in her CD 14 Campaign.
Gloria lays out her Post Election Plans.

Dear Friends and CD 14 Residents:
Thank you! I am honored to have had your trust and support – we built a spirited campaign and brought the issues of importance to the forefront – the simplest and most basic of public service – that your elected representative be attentive to basic services and to be responsive to all constituents.
Because of your help, our community has been empowered. We pressed for attention to critical issues – and, during this election cycle, the streets began to be fixed, graffiti began to be removed, the trees began to be trimmed, we saw more police cars on the streets, and the homeless problem became part of the council office’s platform.
Let’s continue to watch over our community so that our issues of concern about homelessness, crime, buckled sidewalks, and basic services are addressed; and so that our neighborhoods and affordable housing are protected from special interests. I am hopeful that we will continue to demand accountability and responsiveness for ALL across CD 14 -- every day – not just during election time!
Sincerely,
Gloria Molina

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mayor Sam Exclusive: The Partial, "Public Cost ($128,000)" of Councilman Huizar's Reelection Self-Promotion

In a Mayor Sam Exclusive: we have obtain detailed records of all City Council Mailing Costs from Fiscal Year 2013 to December, 2014, which shows CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar spending close to $128,000 for 326,000 mailers promoting himself.  
 Props to Re-elected CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar for spending $61,832.65 from July 1. 2014 thru December 31, 2014, to pay postage for 154,880 Mailers  of Self-Promotion.
** Blogger's Note: In a Mayor Sam Exclusive, we have received a response to a California Public Records Act Request, which details the mailing costs for each Council District from July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 ......., and the information CLEARLY shows that one, recently re-elected City Councilman, gave no second thoughts to having the taxpayers cover the cost of his pre-election Self-Promotion. CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar in the eighteen-month period, sent more than 326,000 pieces of mail to constituents, which was more the double the amount sent by the rest of the City Council combined. Just in the six month period from July 1, 2014, ending on December 31, 2014, the self-noting Princeton Graduate mailed 154,880 flyers to CD 14 households, costing the taxpayers $61,832.65. The total amount of mailers and their costs in those six months, was almost 500% plus more than the rest of the council combined. As a further comparison, the amount of Public Money spent by Councilman Huizar was 20% of the total Gloria Molina Campaign expenditures. Surely, some discerning observers will have some insightful commentary on this information---Scott Johnson.
 Department of General Services Response to CPRA Request.
CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar is the undisputed King of exploiting the taxpayers for pre-election self-promotion.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Morning After Brief on the CD 14 Election Day Proceedings

Its all about The Machine as the City Council Incumbents, Charter Amendment 1 & 2 coast to victories, while three sitting LAUSD School Board Members face May Runoffs. But for a self-noting Princeton Graduate, a Mayoral Dream looks more plausible after his impressive victory.
Giving credit to "My Councilman" regarding his resounding (sounding like 2017 Mayoral Candidate) Election Victory.
The Power of the Machine ($1.5 Million), mixed with a healthy dose of Patronage (Mega allocation of CLARTS to targeted CBOs), was just too overwhelming for former LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina, in her quest to beat Incumbent CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar ......, and the numbers tell the magnitude of the self-noting Princeton Graduate's impressive victory.
Councilman Jose Huizar 11,061 votes, 65.75%
Gloria Molina 4,033 votes, 23,93%
Nadine Diaz 740 votes, 4.40 %
Mario Chavez 612 votes, 3.63%
John O'Neill 385 votes, 2.28 %
The tale of the numbers from a 9% turnout of voters city wide, but more important in CD 14, are already prompting many to speculate that the "formerly-embattled Eastside Councilman", will strongly consider a 2017 Mayoral Campaign against "The Tepid White Mayor" Eric Garcetti. Many in CD 14, especially Molina Supporters, are very disappointed with Team Garcetti, for not backing up its "Anti Huizar Talk", with a Molina Campaign-supporting "Walk", that would of help with growing support and fundraising. Now, the rehabilitated Huizar-fronted, Labor-dominated Machine, can set its sites on a "Tepid White Mayor" come 2017.
Will Pepe Aguilar choreograph a Mayoral Rancho Song between Jose Huizar and Eric Garcetti in 2017?
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14


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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Live Blogging of Election Results this Evening

Body willing, we will offer a live tally of the Ballots this evening until the final count. Please note that outstanding Absentee and Provisional Ballots will be counted later, which may play an important role in determining some of the outcomes.
Piper Tech where Ballots are counted in Municipal Elections.
** Blogger's Note: Please note that we plan on live blogging election results this evening. We understand that the City Clerk will release Absentee Ballots results soon after the polls close this evening, you can link here to view the Clerk's Office tabulation of the ballots, which hopefully will be a speed process---Scott Johnson.

** Update: Huizar winning big, along with the other incumbents. Having tech issues, will update in the morning

Absentee Ballots:
CD 2
Paul Krekorian 3,680
Eric Prevan 1,277

CD 4
David Ryu 1,442
Carolyn Ramsey 1,249

CD 6
Nury Martinez 2,543
Cindy Montanez 1,739

CD 8
Marqueece Harris-Dawson 2,245
Robert Cole 813

CD 10
Herman Wesson 3,281
Grace Yoo 1,947

CD 12
Mitch Englander 5,992

CD 14
Jose Huizar 3,686
Gloria Molina 1,442

LAUSD District One
George McKenna 10,730

LAUSD District Three
Tamar Galatzan 6,102
Scott Schmerelson 3,155

LAUSD District Five
Bennett Kayser 2,921
Ref Rodriguez 2,827

LAUSD District Seven
Richard Vladovic 2,869
Lydia Gutierrez 2,447

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Its Time for Election Day in Ciudad de Los Angeles!!

As voters in even-numbered City Council Districts, odd-numbered LAUSD School Board Districts and odd-numbered LACCD Enclaves, make their way to Polling Places (in predicted minute, fleeting numbers), we bring you this Mayor Sam Flashback on Election Day Strategy, via former Failure Mayor, now Hollywood Hills CD 4 Resident Antonio Villar.
Mayor: So then I put them on the bus, and sent them to the polls and told the poll workers to look the other way or they would be fired... Paris: Oh mayor, you're so strategic.
** Some year later, the former Political Mijo of the now Gloria Molina-supporting Antonio Villar, has taken ownership of his once Politico Papi's Election Day Strategy as buses and vans make their way to Polling Places, PRI District-wide.
The CD 14 Tonto Huevon Party/Voting/Party Bus.
Your CD 14 Tonto Huevon Party/Voting/Party Bus Hostesses?
** Just in time for Election Day in CD 14, we introduce you to the "Machismo, No Ma'am Molina Tontonistas PAC for Huizar". Please note that this group of "Political Male Escorts" can easily be bought to stand by you during Election Time ........, if the price is right.
The "Machismo, No Ma'am Molina Tontonistas", like their Al Bundy-led counterparts, have issues with Women in Power.
** From left to right in the photo above, the "Machismo, No Ma'am Molina Tontonistas" are;
Art "Pay Me for Door Walkers" Pulido: Art has "Gloria-issues" that are dulled with campaign payments that benefit self ......, and self only.
Richard "I am like my Daddy" Polanco Jr.: Little Richie, like Papi Richard, also have decades-old Gloria Issues, but Lil Richie, like Papi would switch sides for the the Right Price. ** BTW, who has spent more time in incarceration between Lil Richie and Pulido?
Mike from Hillside Village: Just think how this photo will help with another run for Public Office.
Uli "DONE Dum Cyber Troll" Sanchez: Judging from Uli's past, there are definitely "No Ma'ams" that have attracted the affections of the former Cal Tech IT Grad.
George "The Designated Driver" Esparza: The one night his Boss decides to drive, ended up costing the taxpayers $185,000.
George "The Paid Mouthpiece for the Fifteen Group" Magallanes: George and former Huizar Staffer Paul Vizcaino, can't wait to profit off the pending, Extreme Makeover of the Wyvernwood Apartment Complex.
Jessica McLean Wethington: The CLARTS Funded Executive Director of Bringing Back Broadway.
"Guy in Red": ????????????
** Former Mayor Sam Blogger Phil Jennerjahn, now happily married and living back in Wisconsin, had some quality time with the self-noting Princeton Graduate on Facebook last evening. Apparently, the embattled Incumbent is still battling denial issues about his drinking and driving past.
Awww!!! Someone feelings were hurt via the truth.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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