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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).
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.


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!
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


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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Monday, March 02, 2015

Images from "No on Charter Amendment 1 & 2" City Hall Media Event

A small, diverse cast of political candidates and activists turned out at City Hall to speak out against Charter Amendment 1 & 2 as the "Tepid White Mayor" is again, outed for not remaining true to his past comments regarding the issue of combining Elections. 
"No on Charter Amendment 1 & 2 Frontperson" Hans Johnson speaks to the assembled media and supporters.
** Blogger's Note: Please indulge with me in a momentary flash back to Saturday's evening where a certain blogger predicted at the end of the Randy Economy Radio Show, that the BIGGEST UPSET on Election Night tomorrow, would be the defeat of Charter Amendment 1 & 2. Further, those candidates who sided with the "No on Charter 1 & 2 Campaign" would reap a "Coattail Affect" for their respective endeavors. Many of those candidates were on hand today, joining with Hans Johnson in seeking a final round of support to maintain the timing of Municipal Elections, as is. As the morning festivities commenced, the LA Weekly was disclosing, via a video from the 2013 Mayoral Elections, that now Mayor Eric Garcetti had taken a negative stance against the idea of merging Elections, while now taking a "Tepid, Non-Committal" approach .........., we can only wonder why?---Scott Johnson.
CD 14 City Council Candidate Gloria Molina speaking.
CD 6 City Council Candidate Cindy Montanez at the microphone
CD 10 City Council Candidate Grace Yoo offering commentary.
LAUSD School Board Member Bennett Kayser giving a testimonial on being targeted by Big Money.
Out-going CD 8 City Councilman Bernard Parks, an early supporter of the "No Campaign".
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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"No on Charter Amendment 1 & 2" Media Event at City Hall

What: Press Conference, No on Measures 1 & 2: Don’t Be Suckered
Who: Opponents of Charter Amendments, including Councilmember Bernard Parks, former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, LAUSD School Board Member Bennett Kayser, and City Council candidates Cindy Montanez, Grace Yoo, Bobbie Jean Anderson, Fred Mariscal, Ross Sarkissian, and other City Council and school-board candidates.
When: Monday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Where: City Hall, South Steps (separate nearby covered location in case of rain: City Hall East)

Visuals: Vote NO sign-wavers handing out suckers, Council and school-board candidates, ordinary Angelenos voting NO, City Hall.
Community leaders and prominent advocates opposing Charter Amendments 1 and 2 on the March 3 city election ballot will hold a press conference to convey reasons why the measures deserve rejection by voters.
"Out-of-state billionaires are trying to buy my school-board seat as we speak," says LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser, seeking reelection in District 5. "Candidates backed by their communities, and not sponsored by special interests, will have no chance in school-board elections if Measures 1 and 2 pass." 
Placed onto the ballot by City Hall politicians, led by Council president Herb Wesson, the 2 measures to change when Angelenos vote for city and school-board representatives are coming under scathing criticism for burying local elections and failing their stated purpose of improving voter engagement, while actually extending the terms in office and enriching the pensions of their sponsors on City Council.
The campaign to pass the measures has incurred searing news coverage for repeated falsehoods in communications with voters and reliance on huge contributions from corporate special interests, including a Big Tobacco company and several out-of-state billboard companies, with business before City Council. That campaign is co-chaired by an activist caught lying to voters who doesn't live in the city and another co-chair who is a registered lobbyist. When challenged by the fact he is promoting ballot measures that fail their stated purpose and depending on out-of-state corporate special interests' cash, the lobbyist lashed out at a leading opponent of the measures

The 2 ballot measures would change the charter of the City of Los Angeles. Changes to the city charter are extraordinarily difficult to undo.

Save Our City Elections, the grassroots community-based coalition opposing the charter amendments, will lead the press conference.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Councilman Huizar misleading CD 14 Republicans about Official Support

With Tuesday's CD 14 City Council Elections less than 36 hours away, embattled City Councilman Jose Huizar is attempting to mislead register Republican Voters, that he is the party's endorsed candidate in the upcoming balloting.
 Kudos Again for another act of deception.
Blogger's Note: As Tuesday's Elections draws near, in closeness in the CD 14 City Council Campaign between embattled Councilman Jose Huizar and former LA County Board of Superviosr Gloria Molina, is such that the self-noting Princeton Graduate has resorted to embellishing about supposed, "Official Support" from the Republican Party. That effort is factually refuted, in the letter, posted below by RPLAC 51st Assembly District Chairperson Michael McGuire---Scott Johnson.
Letter from 51 AD Republican Chairperson Michael McGuire.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Noting the Passing of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby's Beloved Mother

The Mother of Michael "Mayor Sam" Higby has passed away after a short illness.
Mourning the loss of Michael's beloved Mother.
** Blogger's Note: Its with profound sadness that I note the Passing, on Saturday, of Mayor Sam's Founder ......, (and Dear Friend), Michael Higby's Mother, after a short illness. Multi-tasking "Cut and Pasting", while wiping away tears of sorrow over Michael's loss, I have posted below, Michael's lovely tribute to his Mother that he posted on his Facebook Page. I will post the details on the services as soon as they are available. In closing, please pardon the bloggin pause as I honor a Dear Friend at a moment of great loss---Scott Johnson.   
Early this morning my beloved mom - went to be with the Lord after a quick illness during her stroke recovery.

So often when a loved one passes people will kindly state they are sorry for one's loss. I understand that sentiment and yes indeed we have lost Mom from our world, but what a blessing it was we had her in our lives for a season!

Those who knew Mom knew her to be kind, loving, intelligent, engaging, funny and so many other adjectives. Mom was my teacher, my protector, my friend, my confidante and hero. We had our moments of course but she was as I told her "the best mama." Mom had many challenges in her life but she was a survivor who overcame so many of them. She often didn't even know how strong she was. She was a good friend to those she knew, impacting so many lives and not even believing she had. In the end, her body could no longer take the challenges it faced and it was her time.

She was a loved daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. And she is reunited in heaven with her beloved husband, her daddy, and other loves.

Yes, we have lost her and I will miss my mommy until that day Jesus draws us all together. I am glad she is out of pain. And I'm so grateful she was my mom.

Thank you to so many of you who were friends to her, especially in her last months and for all your love and support. I know she was very appreciative. I will continue to pray in gratitude for you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Goodnight, Mama!

Our prayers to Michael and his family during this time of mourning.
Scott Johnson in CD 14

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Images and Notes on the Upcoming Municipal Elections for Saturday

As the Candidates for City Council, LAUSD, LACCD and the dueling on either side of Charter Amendment 1 & 2, initiate their respective "Get Out The Vote (GOTV)" activities this weekend, we post for our review, news, images and notes from the various races across the city.
With appreciation to Hans Johnson from the "Save Our City Elections/No on Charter Amendment 1 & 2" Campaign, we now have our Official "Private Citizen/Deceitful Campaign Consultant" John Shallman Portrait.
** With no apologies to "Private Citizen/Deceitful Campaign Consultant" John Shallman, we make this early Tuesday Election Perdition, that the superbly orchestrated "Save Our City Elections" Campaign, will have an impact upon several City Council Elections, as those who were smart enough to join the growing "No on Charter Amendment 1 & 2 Coalition", will likely benefit from a Coattail Effect as evidenced below.
Voter sentiment on Charter Amendments 1 and 2 appears to be souring. At a community forum Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Eagle Rock attended by more than 100 people and featuring candidates for the seat representing Council District 14, including candidates who are opponents and supporters of the measures, event moderator and NBC reporter Mekahlo Medina asked the crowd for a show of hands on whether they support or oppose the charter amendments. According to estimates by several observers, more than 80 percent of attendees indicated they opposed the measures.
** The following photo was seen on the "Facebook Wall" on the politically-connected El Sereno Restaurant "Hecho En Mexico".
Would Francine's former Boss support the veracity of this message? 
** As the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board takes the "Tepid White Mayor" Eric Garcetti to task for his silence in regards to taking positions on Ballot Measures and endorsing Candidates in Tuesday's Municipal Election, his appointed, paid President of the Board of Public Works Kevin James, has this message for CD 6 Voters.
Mayor Garcetti to now City Hall Insider Board of Public Works President Kevin James: "Your endorsement of CD 6 City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, looks so Establishment!!
** With a US Court Judge choosing to overlook the blatant, racial motivations behind the now litigious 2012 City of Los Angeles Redistricting Commission Backroom Dealings, City Clowncil Central Committee Strongman Herman "Mini Amin" Wesson got a mailbox reminder of some of those supposed, racially-theme comments made behind close doors .........., and surprise, surprise, he was not too happy with the content.
An African-American Strongman needed to cleanse a certain ethnic group?
Page One of "Too Many Mexicans Hit Piece".
Words from behind close doors made public.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Friday, February 27, 2015

SPEACIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! Mayor Sam Blogger Scott Johnson will be in studio on the Randy Economy Show this Saturday Night

Mayor Sam Blogger Scott Johnson will be in studio on the KRLA 870 AM "Randy Economy Show" this Saturday, which airs from 8-9 PM, discussing the upcoming March 3, 2015 Elections.
Award-winning Investigative Reporter and now KRLA 870 AM Talk Radio Host Randy Economy. 
** Blogger's Note: This blogger would like to thank Award-winning Investigative Reporter and now KRLA 870 AM Talk Radio Host Randy Economy for extending an invitation to appear tomorrow evening on his new weekly show, beginning at 8 PM. In addition, CD 6 City Council Candidate Cindy Montanez and CD 14 City Council Candidate Gloria Molina will also join Randy behind the microphones during the early part of the program, with a certain blogger doing a show-ending segment on the upcoming elections. Please note that invitations were also extended to CD 6 City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar, but as of now, are not confirmed to attend. Hope everyone tunes in tomorrow night ......., and Big Thanks again to Randy for the opportunity---Scott Johnson at Mayor Sam.

** Please keep clicking on Mayor Sam all weekend for Election-related content.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Special Message from the Official Call Greuel of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine

We bring you this SPECIAL MESSAGE from the "Official Call Greuel" of the Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine.
 The Northeast SFV Political Machine, "Gang of Five (plus a Consulting Gerry)"
From the desk of  Wendy "The Official Northeast San Fernando Valley Political Machine Call Greuel" 
This Special "Call Greuel Message" is brought to you via the "Reigning Political Pimp Bully of City Hall" IBEW/DWP Strongman Brian "D'Arcy Rizzo".

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WayBack Wednesday: Huizar's BlackBerry Love

A comment thrown out by candidate Gloria Molina at Wednesday evening's CD14 debate at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock has made us get sentimental for the days of 2008 when a joint Zuma Dogg-Mayor Sam breaking news story showed Council Member Jose Huizar in the midst of some heavy duty texting during a Council meeting.

"Why are you not answering my calls?

This was on the Council Member's then BlackBerry. For some of you young kids out there, a BlackBerry was not really a smart phone, but not quite a dumb phone either that all of us had before Android hit the scene. The rub was that Huizar was sending "lovey-dovey" messages to some particular female. Of course, years later the Council Member's affairs played out in the press and our suspicions were correct.

"Lovey-dovey messages?"

Getting back to this evening, during a heated exchange in the debate, Molina made the broad statement "We don't need a sexual harasser in City Hall." Wow. Kind of harsh. But maybe Gloria is on to something.

Anyway, enjoy the retro moments!

(Photos and video by Zuma Dogg)

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Don't Cry For Me Lake Balboa or How Nury Spent $1,000 on a Hotel Room

Oh dear! The Cindy Montanez for Council campaign has uncovered another donnybrook for her embattled opponent, Nury Martinez.

Martinez apparently spent $1,000 in campaign funds for a two night stay at Downtown's storied Ritz Carlton Hotel at LA Live.

Martinez, who lives in Sun Valley, needed to apparently de-camp to DTLA for a conference there. Montanez was also involved in the same conference, but commuted from her Van Nuys home.

Not everyone in CD6 can stay at the Ritz

The rub is that Martinez (as has Montanez) receives City matching funds, one could make the case that the Council Member was spending taxpayer money on a glitzy hotel stay. To be fair, election law experts and advocates say that Martinez has likely done nothing illegal, still it creates a bad impression for Martinez.

The Montanez campaign however is making sure voters remember Nury's "strava-gances" in a recent mailer.

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Morning Briefs of the CD 14 Campaign Scene for Hump Day

As the candidates in the 2015 Edition of the CD 14 City Council Elections prepare for their last candidate forum/debate, event organizer The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) may want to be open and transparent regarding a recent "Contract" between the organization and the Office of Councilman Jose Huizar.
Is it fair to question the objectivity of Forum Organizer TERA considering ........, In the 2014 TERA State of the Town address, TERA president Bob Gotham started the meeting extolling the accomplishments of TERA. He mentioned that TERA provided $6000 towards the Take Back the Boulevard effort that resulted in the bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard.
So for what and why is TERA given a $5,600 contract? Repayment for support of Huizar's Colorado Blvd. Bike Lanes?
** For those who missed the last "Brass Claws Debate" at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA), former one time CD 14 City Council Candidate and Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Member Tony Butka, keyboards a descriptive missive on the proceedings at City Watch. To sum up his thoughts ......, For those of you who can’t read a whole article and just want to cut to the chase – Huizar should be very very worried about getting in a runoff with Gloria Molina!
A Neighborhood Council Disenfranchisement Alert!!
As the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners host a Special Meeting this evening at the El Sereno Seniors Center, to consider downsizing the LA-32 NC from 21 to 15 Members, "recent campaign issues" pertaining to the NC's current President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Terminated LAPD Civilian Employee "Marleen Caudillo") and her employer, the Enginners and Architects Association (the union for grieving DONE employees), merit investigating whether the attempted downsizing, is really a subjective undertaking. 
LA-32 NC President (and EAA Labor Rep) Marleen Fonseca (lower left) and fellow EAA members with its endorsed CD-14 Candidate, City Councilman Jose Huizar.
** Blogger's Note: During a time when various candidates for Public Office are seeking to empower voters, the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (BONC) will be holding a Special Meeting this evening in El Sereno to consider a proposal by "Disempowerment LA" to downsize the LA-32 NC from 21 to 15 members. At its last meeting, BONC voted to delay taken a position pending further review and scheduling to promote more community input. What are the reasons for "Disempowerment LA" wanting to take this drastic action? Department GM Grayce Liu cites past quorum issues, but when ask to provide documented background ......., none exists. Further, when a Board Member sought documentation on why the LA-32 NC was placed on Exhaustive Efforts, via a California Public Records Act Request, NONE of the documents given stated an issues with quorum. The real reason for this drastic action is simple, its all about Councilman Huizar's need for control. Last Spring, CD 14 staff was heavily involve in recruiting candidates for the NC and allocating "resources" to those who could supply voters. Thus, the result was the selection of a Huizar-friendly NC ......., and now, the next step is down-sizing to preserve that majority. ** But not before disclosing some inconvenience truths ---Scott Johnson.
EAA's $12,000 Campaign Contribution to CD 14 City Councilman Jose Huizar.
Some background on former Alhambra resident, turned LA-32 President Marleen Fonseca (formerly Terminated LAPD Civilian Employee Marleen Caudillo).
** From her October 10, 2013 Civil Service Termination Hearing:
The Department added that the chief of police had made it very clear that if an employee has a DUI arrest the Department will work with them to help overcome whatever the problem is. However, if a second offense occurs, he has stated, there is no room in the Department for that employee and they will be discharged. The Department cannot make special provision for outstanding employees or employees it likes who have received a second DUI. The policy must be uniform across the board. It was with regret that this employee was discharged, but it was the only avenue open to the Department.

** From the Minutes of a February 13, 2014 Civil Service Commission Meeting:
Make a matter of record the filing in Superior Court of the State of California in the County of Los Angeles a Writ of Mandamus in the matters of:
Marleen CAUDILLO v. Board of Civil Service Commissioners
(Case No. BS146740).
File No. 53332

Judging from the documentation above, the potential disenfranchisement of the LA-32 NC has more to do with personal and political favors, than dealing with none-existent "quorum issues".

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


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Evening Briefs on the Los Angeles Campaign Proceedings for Tuesday

As former Failure Mayor Antonio Villar acquiesce to Northern California Democrats maneuvering that position Attorney General Kamala Harris as the apparent Democratic Nominee to replace Senator Barbara Boxer, the City Terrace Native now eyes a 2018 Run for Governor. 
Will anyone care to support a Failure Mayor for Governor come 2018?
From former Villar "Designated Driver", turned "Political Strategist" Michael "MEAT" Trujillo on today's Antonio announcement ......., "So that plane has landed, will take a quick bathroom break and jump in another!" 
Meanwhile, "MEAT" has disembarked the DC-9 that was the "Villar for Senate Pipe Dream" and headed back to CD 14 for his "Bathroom Break", coordinating the "Community Support PAC for Huizar City Council 2015 (made up of mostly non-community Special Interest entities)" with fellow Political Stooges "Private Citizen/Campaign Consultant" John Shallman ......., and former CD 14 City Councilman Lauro "Tricky Nicky" Pacheco (** who's Mom is supporting Nadine Diaz).
Of interest (with a yawn for punctuation), is whether "MEAT" will wait around to 2018 to board the DC-3 that will symbolize the "ancient, has been politico", running for Governor? 
** LMAO!! Look who the LA Weekly outed from the shadows of the CD 4 City Council Campaign, none other than the self-crowning California Political Royalty (at partial cost to the taxpayer's) State Senate President Pro Tem "Kevin de Leon the First" Staffer, turned City Council Candidate Steve Veres.
   CD 4 City Council Candidate Steve Veres: "Believe ME!! I am nobody shadowy tool!"
BTW Steve, about that IE PAC "Safe Neighborhoods & Better Schools for YOU"? It seems that they have done something quite rare, that is leaving "Private Citizen/Volunteer Campaign Consultant" John Shallman with a campaign debt (usually its Shallman's client that have debt issues, be we digress), as Hillel Aron details.
On paper, the PAC for Steve Veres, using the grammatically dubious name of "Safe Neighborhood & Better Schools for Steve Veres for City Council 2015," is the fattest, having spent $85,000 so far, mostly on glossy mailers like this one.
But how could they possibly afford it? The PAC has only raised $35,000 – $25,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, and $10,000 from Cordoba Corporation, a construction management company.
The remaining $50,000 is essentially debt, owed by the Veres Super Pac to a political consultant, John Shallman.
Shallman insists that nothing untoward is going on—he claims the IE committee/PAC was hastily assembled, and the checks have come in slowly.
Now we have learned from Shallman something that voters needed to know weeks ago:
The big infusions of cash are pouring in from three big unions: the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE, a union that represents many in the entertainment industry; the Teamsters union; and a plumbers unions (it's still unclear which locals are cutting the checks).

......., which makes Veres the Union Tool in CD 4.

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

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