Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Ruben 'I Can't Hide Who I Am' Hueso Edition of the Tattler Sunday News

(Mod: Local politics is in the air, so you might want to stop breathing. Except, of course, you can't. None of us can. It is a part of living whether you choose to ignore it or not. We here at The Tattler love local politics, of course. Even in an election where certain major political forces have most graciously acknowledged our importance by stealing our vote. Which, as you know, happens to be the case with the the upcoming Pasadena Unified Board of Education election. But, and I hope this is the relief intended here, we can still laugh at their candidates. Because let's face it, if it wasn't for $350 million in our Measure TT bond money, plus a fine bunch of premium PUSD land to build low income housing on, they wouldn't have sent in the clowns. All that, and much more, awaits you now in the Tattler Sunday News.)

Political backing playing big role in District 3 Pasadena Unified Election (Pasadena Star News - click here): Ruben Hueso, a Los Angeles teacher and Pasadena parent, clearly has the major political backing in the District 3 election for the Pasadena Unified School board. He's the brother of San Diego state Assemblyman Ben Hueso, has funding from former Assembly speaker Fabian Nunez and has scored endorsements from unions and other groups such as ACT Pasadena.

"I'm getting great responses from the community, and I feel very hopeful," Hueso said, adding that he's walking the district every day and is the only candidate with lawn signs so far.

The race remains wide open, however, with four candidates vying to represent Northwest Pasadena in the first year of voting districts for the March 5 election. Among the other three candidates Guillermo Arce has gone on the offensive against HuesoTyron Hampton, Jr. has relied on his roots as a PUSD graduate and Deirdra Duncan has tied her candidacy to a family focus.

Arce, a special education advocate and Los Angeles County worker, sees the election as three underdogs going against the establishment candidate. At one point, a sitting PUSD board member asked Arce to drop out and support Hueso, he said. "Once Hueso came in with his money and his political support I became yesterday's news," Arce said. "I don't play second fiddle that well. ... I'm a person that will not sell out for anything in the world."

In his campaign, Arce emphasizes the need to reform special education in Pasadena, and like many of the other candidates in local forums, he has identified a "brain drain" in PUSD as students leave for charter schools or other districts.

On Facebook, Arce has gone on the attack, accusing Hueso of hiding the Nunez connection. But the $5,000 campaign donation from Nunez has never been an issue, Hueso said. "I'm a parent, I've been a volunteer at all my daughters' school, and I've been watching the board since my daughters were in kindergarten."

His own campaign has gone through a misstep, because of campaign photos portraying Hueso's leadership role with the Boy Scouts. Blogger John Crawford pointed out Wednesday that the photos violate Boy Scout policy. Hueso doesn't believe the mistake will be significant.

"We'll have a different flyer every week," he said. "That's not going to appear anymore. But I can't hide who I am."

(Mod: You know what? Ruben is right, he can't hide who he is. Which is probably his biggest problem right now, and why Rube is getting as much coverage on The Tattler as he is. Something no candidate for any office should ever want. But the response to his Boy Scout gaffoonery - click here - is simply amazing. His solution to getting busted for politically - and illegally - exploiting an organization dedicated to the well-being of children? Print more mailers. Which I guess you can easily do when you are being bankrolled by such discredited Sacramento establishment pols as Fabian Nunez - click here.)

Eric Garcetti's Voodoo Economics (City Watch - click here): Wannabe Mayor Eric Garcetti has been touting his credentials as a “fiscal hawk,” opposing the half cent increase in our sales tax to a job crippling 9.5%, one of the highest rates in the nation; proposing the elimination of the $450 million business tax to stimulate job growth; leading “unprecedented pension reforms saving hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars;” and balancing the budget through work place reform.

However, as City Council President for six years, Eric Garcetti is one of the prime architects of the city’s financial woes because of his unwillingness to face economic reality and confront the campaign funding union leadership. Rather he continued to “kick the can down the road” to insolvency which will saddle our children and grandchildren with tens of billions of unfunded obligations.

In 2007, the City entered into a budget busting contract with a coalition of public unions, despite the fact that the City was experiencing financial difficulties with an already existing Structural Deficit in an environment where the economy was beginning to slow and head south.

As the President of the City Council, Garcetti, along with our globetrotting Mayor Villaraigosa, was one of the primary authors of this deal that would haunt the City and its residents for the next seven years and beyond.

Garcetti has touted his decisive leadership in eliminating 5,000 General Fund positions, allowing the City to “balance” its budget when the revenues dipped 3% ($132 million) in 2010.

However, Eric fails to mention that the Early Retirement Incentive Program and the dumping of over 2,000 City employees on the Department of Water and Power, the Port, LAX, and the special revenue departments would end up costing the City and Ratepayers billions.

Nor does Garcetti mention that City revenues have increased by only $250 million (6%) since 2010.

“Balancing” the budget also involved Enronesque accounting shenanigans, such as banking police overtime and deferring civilian raises.  In return for temporary concessions, the coalition of unions agreed to extend their contract to June of 2014, the year after the City elections since Garcetti did not want the union contracts to be an issue in the 2013 Mayor’s race.

(Mod - Speaking of voodoo economics, do you know who appears to be on board with the Eric Garcetti for L.A. mayor campaign? Our very own Johnny Harabedian - click here. Probably because Garcetti is leading in the polls. But there are certain similarities, too. Especially when you consider Harabedian's Garcetti-esque support for the Sierra Madre Police Association's law suit driven wage and benefits demands. Something he is willing to spend upwards of $50,000 in our tax money and hire a "public safety" consultant to make happen.)

West Village complex has yet to fulfill UC Davis vision (Sacramento Bee - click here): Before construction began, UC Davis laid out a vision for West Village, its new on-campus community, as a showcase of energy efficiency that would provide affordable housing for faculty and students.

Nearly two years after the $300 million development opened, it has not yet fulfilled those expectations.

Its student apartments have experienced high turnover. Single-family homes for faculty and staff have not materialized. And the developer can't quantify whether the project is meeting its goal of using no more energy than it produces from solar panels.

As for being affordable, West Village apartments have some of the highest rents in town.

"The reality is the rental rates at that property are extremely high," said Karen Mattis, coordinator of the Davis Residential Managers Association, a citywide group of property managers. "Students are looking for something more affordable."

(Mod: The latest craze in exploitative development planning is "community housing." This UC Davis disaster is a consequence of that. But the PUSD, led by its Fabian guru Peter Dreier, has also bought into the notion that building low income housing on public school sites will somehow save the world from social inequity. And if you think that certain members of the PUSD politburo have not privately discussed "community housing" for our Middle School site, then I have a City Hall I'd like to sell you.)

710 Freeway Coalition faces growing efforts against linking the route to 210 (Pasadena Sun - click here): Just as Los Angeles County transportation officials embark on an environmental study of options for closing the freeway gap between Alhambra and Pasadena, the lobbying group that supports the controversial tunnel option finds itself trying to regain its footing in an uphill public relations battle.

After more than two decades of lobbying for a connection between the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways, Nat Read retired in September and passed leadership of his group, the 710 Freeway Coalition, to Harry Baldwin, a former mayor of San Gabriel who works out of his home.

Paul Talbot, city manager for Monterey Park, said that with Read out of the picture, the 710 Freeway Coalition was essentially starting over.

“Well, we had a relationship with Read Communications for many years,” he said. “Now Harry just took it over, so it's early, but they're trying hard.”

Together with his daughter, Kendall Flint, and her communications firm, Flint Strategies, Baldwin is trying to continue Read's advocacy, but they now face an opposing lobby that in the last year has grown in size, organizing power and fervor.

The No 710 Action Committee, which wants to see the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority summarily shut down any effort to extend the freeway, claims about 60 volunteers, many of whom have a personal real estate and quality-of-life stake in the outcome. They organize, exert political pressure on local elected representatives and make their voices heard at public hearings.

( Mod: Oh boy, yet another PR consultant waltzes onto the stage. At least they're keeping it in the family this time. Are Clean Air Kendall's services something taxpayers are obliged to pay for? Or perhaps this is a "usual suspects" driven enterprise? It probably doesn't help that she is a pal of Arnold Schwarzenegger - click here.)

Cardinal Roger Mahony defends legacy on church abuse in blog (Pasadena Star News - click here): The public rebuke of retired Cardinal Roger Mahony for failing to take swift action against abusive priests adds tarnish to a career already overshadowed by the church sex abuse scandal but does little to change his role in the larger church. Mahony can still act as a priest, keep his rank as cardinal and remain on a critical Vatican panel that elects the next pope.

While Archbishop Jose Gomez's decision to strip Mahony of his administrative and public duties was unprecedented in the American Roman Catholic Church, it was another attempt by the church to accept responsibility for the abuse scandal that has engulfed it. Victims were quick to point out that Mahony's new, paired-down local standing was in stark contrast to his continued position among the prelates at the Vatican.

The decision "is little more than window dressing. Cardinal Mahony is still a very powerful prelate," Joelle Casteix, the Western regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said at a Friday news conference outside the Los Angeles cathedral. "He's a very powerful man in Rome and still a very powerful man in Los Angeles."

The Vatican declined to comment Friday when asked if the Holy See would follow Gomez's lead and take action against Mahony.

Tod Tamberg, the archdiocese spokesman, said Mahony was in Rome several weeks ago for meetings unrelated to Thursday's announcement. He said he did not know if Pope Benedict XVI was aware of Gomez's announcement.

(Mod: You do know that there are a lot of powerful people in Los Angeles County who really couldn't care less about your kids. It is estimated that Mahony spent $10s of millions of dollars in parishioner donated money for lawyers and legal fees to cover up the sexual abuse priests in his employ committed with children. That this strategy was successful for decades is brutal commentary on how things are done here.)

Try not to overdo it on the nachos and beer during the Super Bowl game today. You know you'll regret it later.

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75 comments:

  1. Ruben might not be able to hide who he is, but I'll betcha the people bankrolling this knucklehead wish they could.

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    1. Good God, the man as much as admits he's done something unethical, and brushes it off like an inconsequential point. He may have a career in politics after all.

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    2. And Hueso was an administrator for Boy Scouts- he knew better than most that what he was doing was wrong. He tried to slip it by the unsuspecting.

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    3. He has said a lot more than he meant to with the "I cannot hide who I am."

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    4. He knew what he was doing would help him.
      He was claiming the wholesome intelligence of the Scouts as a reflection of him.
      A la Stockly and Buchanan with the Sierra Madre library, using kids to further a political posture.

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    5. If you can't handle the rules of the Boy Scouts, how are you going to help run a school district?

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  2. Does anybody know which Board of Ed member asked Arce to drop out and back Hueso?

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    1. I am not sure. Does anyone know which Bored of Ed member can talk out of both ends of his body?

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    2. Per Mr. Arce's own posting, Mr. Miramontes was the Bored of Ed member talking out of both ends on his body.

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    3. That's Arce's take on it. Has anyone spoken to Miramontes regarding his reasons for pulling out on Arce?

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    4. It was all about money!

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    5. Or going with the easy win?

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  3. If PUSD is a carnival, I do believe they've found their rube.

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    1. OK, so then who is the geek?

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    2. Have you hear that squeaky little Ayala open his croaker yet?

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    3. Mr. Ayala's drink needs freshening. Can somebody get him some ICE?

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    4. Did you know I am an attorney?

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    5. Hyah! Jump back, kiss myself! James Brown!

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    6. Technology....I'm a lawyer.....technology......did you know I'm a lawyer......laptop......Mr. Ed, did I do ok?

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  4. Let's try Ramon Miramontes!

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    1. Why, did he commit a crime? Did he run off with the platinum penholder that the Bigleys gave to Andre Coleman?

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    2. Gee, Miramontes is getting the heat for everything these days.

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    3. Why will Miramontes double cross Arce? What did he do to deserve that? Mirmontes has been out there in the forefront with the Throne affair.

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    4. But why kick Miramontes when he's already down? He's leaving the board, right?

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    5. He wants to be with the movers and shakers for his own political aspirations. He needs to be where the money is.

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    6. All politicians tend to be the same, including you Mr. Arce. You're taking advantage of a situation and outing a former ally. Sounds very familiar to what Miramontes ran into with the BBQ man. Show that you're better than the typical politician, stand by your platform and don't take cheap shots.

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    7. Why are you assuming he isn't telling the truth, 10:21? This could be much more revealing about you than it is Guillermo. Straight shooters say what really happened. Crooks look for crooked reasons.

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    8. Dear 10:21 AM:

      I am not a politician. You are insulting me. If I were this accomplished politicians I'll be changing positions like a chameleon change colors and get money from whoever wants to buy me off. I am here for the parents and the kids, when I threw my name into the mix, I did it in the belief that I could be an agent for change.

      Mr. Miramontes was never an alley but an opportunist. I did not go to him but taken to him to be anointed. Therefore, for you to say that he was or is a former ally is fallacious. I knew casually while trying to resolve special education issues that he could not resolve thus resulting in having to hire attorneys of my own to fight for my disabled child.

      I beg your pardon sir!

      Guillermo

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    9. I'm not saying he isn't telling the truth- who really knows? What I'm saying is that outing former friends isn't telling the voters what his platform is, it just looks petty. The candidate that rises above all this crap will show some integrity.

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    10. You may look at it as petty but for me is about who is going to get elected at the end. There is one thing that this election cannot take from me the fact that I am a parent in the school district and I do care who gets elected to the Board. Integrity is measured by honesty and, the other candidate, have shown none. And the candidate who rises above this crap will show whether he has enough cash to fool the people or the people can't be fooled by all the cash being thrown back and forth from outsiders to buy their vote.

      Guillermo

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  5. For a guy so supportive of packed housing, Petey "The Stain" Dreier has a decent HOUSE to habitate in. See, like every other crusading bacillus, the ideaology is best practiced from a safe viewing ground; from without, not from within.

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    1. Pete likes to imagine himself as the beneficent Lord who cares deeply for the little people. Gazing down upon them from on high is important to him.

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    2. You know, if his gig wasn't about hustling everyone, it would almost be excusable that he got duped, like the rest of us, by big business. That he goes back again, and again, standing on the same idiotic platform shows that it's not about social equity for him, but establishing a sham to benefit the upper crust at the expense of the jelly(fish).

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    3. It is always about the money. The more these phonies yap about social equity, the more you know that they just want to wallow up to the taxpayer trough. You want to have fun, spend some time on Google reading up on how the good people of Boston practically rode Dreier out of town on a rail. He attempted the same school housing scam his pals here are trying to pull of here. Why do you think Doyle is involved?

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    4. Dreier is the only real estate salesman I know of with a library half-filled with books on Karl Marx.

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  6. Good morning! My name is Guillermo Arce and I am the candidate for District 3. With respect as to whom asked me to line up with Hueso. Whoever guessed Miramontes, won the prize. Mr. Miramontes, for the sake of electing a Latino candidate, asked me to drop out the race. When I said that I was not going to back down, he offered me a good walking list but, he reneged on his promise. Met with Hueso over that weekend and, with that meeting the promise of a good list disappeared.

    However, the good thing about my campaign is that it is grassroots one. I have received no endorsements from the establishment of any other disgraced politician. I am a parent who wants to make a difference for the parents and students from the PUSD. I don't want to go into the Board to use it as a stepping stone towards higher political office or else. Whereas, Hueso's and Hampton's real intentions reside in their minds and, I am not a mind reader, but the only reason I see both Hueso and Hampton running for this is due to their own selfish interests by either aligning contracts for their friends and/or use the PUSD as stepping stone to higher political office.

    The elections at District 3 are being sold to the highest bidder. And, you'll get what you vote for and, if you vote for Hueso or Hampton, you might as well overtly give the educational welfare to our children to those who want to continue the status quo.

    Guillermo A. Arce,
    PUSD Board Candidate District 3

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    1. Sierra Madre ResidentFebruary 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Guillermo, I would be honored to vote for you if I could. Your honesty and independence is refreshing. It is also badly needed. Unfortunately I live in Sierra Madre, and for whatever reason the PUSD took away our right to vote this year.

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    2. Another Cheated VoterFebruary 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      You'd have my vote, too. Like the poster above, however, I have been chiseled out of my vote by Measure A and the grifters associated with it.

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    3. ...and, it is my commitment, if elected, to look after the best interest of all students, including those from Sierra Madre. My son Andy was student at Sierra Madre Elementary and the school holds a special place in my heart. Thanks for your moral support!

      Cheers!
      Guillermo

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    4. Best of luck, Guillermo. We need your honest voice on the Board of Education!

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    5. For those asking me why Mr. Miramontes stopped helping me, it was all because of money. I was the candidate without money. When I was asked to run by a parent, I went to meet with Miramontes. On that meeting I was made a lot of promises, including money and some political image guru to help in the campaign. Here comes Hueso, with $5000.00 and more in his pockets, and I became, like someone eloquently said, yesterday's news.

      However, through the ordeal, my platform never changed. I was running for the parents and the kids. I was not nor am I willing to prostitute myself in exchange for a few dollars for mailers. I am way too honest for all these political shenanigans who are trying to sell us out. I know I am a candidate but, I am also a parent and I do give a rat's ass as to who gets elected.

      I am hoping that Mr. Phelps and Ms. Keene get reelected to the board even if I am not for the sake of decency. There is a lot at stake in this election and, our choice this March 5 will either set us back to the dark ages or move us forward into a much brighter future. Mr. Phelps, Ms. Keene and I are the best candidates running and, out intentions are genuine. We are here because we care about the students at PUSD.

      Guillermo

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    6. Guillermo, what are you going to do with the bullying problems at both campuses? Besides the Brandenburg's horrible situation, there have been other Sierra Madre parents at board meetings discussing the bullying problems.

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    7. The rules against bullying must be enforced on everyone. Selective enforcement of rules due to political connections or the like should not be tolerated. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Schools should be safe for everyone, not for a selective few. I am for equal access to a quality education in safe and wholesome environment for all.

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    8. Guillermo, will you be at the Sierra Madre/PUSD convention on Tuesday?

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    9. Call me an elitist if you wish, but I would have a great deal of difficulty voting for someone who writes like Mr. Arce. Commas after conjunctions?" Stilted, incomplete sentences like "With respect as to whom asked me to line up with Hueso." My writing is far from perfect, but sheesh!

      This melting pot our ours contains a wide range of people of different backgrounds and opportunities, all of whom should have a voice. I'm orry if he didn't have the educational opportunities most of us had or if he hasn't fully grasped written English as a second language if that's the case (Lord knows I couldn't grasp Spanish), and shame on him if had educational opportunities but squandered them like half of my high school class, but this is a Board of Education position you're talking about.

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    10. How about someone who violates organization rules by coercing Boy Scouts to be on his campaign postcard? Is that how you lead youth, getting them to violate the rules?

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    11. I wouldn't call you an elitist, 6:56, but I might caution you about glass houses and all.

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    12. Watch it the grammar police is in full force! At least he can write a hell of a lot better English than 6:56 PM can write Spanish. And, to be honest, I don't know how the other candidates writing skills are since they have written nothing. The others have their machinery writing stuff for them making sure their punctuation and grammar is impecable. That makes Mr. Arce's campaign more sincere and honest since, it is obvious that he is doing everything by himself without much help. The other Latino was found to be a least effective teacher in English and Math but, no one is questioning his English skills.

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  7. Mahoney, you are an embarassment to all Catholics, and to the human race. There is no punishment or humiliation strong enough for the crimes you have excused.

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    1. The debt incurred for spiritual betrayal is vast.

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    2. Here's the link for the names of the accused priests in the Los Angeles diocese, at the end of the document.
      http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/reports/Documents/2004-0217_ADLA_CSA_Report.pdf#page=28

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    3. How many millions of dollars in legal expenses did Maphony spend to defend these scumbags?

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    4. I'd say it makes me sick, but what I feel is well beyond that. It makes me angry.

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    5. The problem goes above Mahoney....

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    6. They let Bob Matheson off the hook in Sierra Madre. Why was that?

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  8. Harry L. Baldwin has got a whole lot of connections going on:
    San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG)
    Board Member from 1995 – 2009
    Served as President from 1999 – 2001

    Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
    Transportation Committee from 1995 – 2009
    Served as Chair from 2005 – 2007
    Executive Committee from 2005 -2009
    Served as Vice President from 2007 – 2009
    Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority (ACE)
    Board Member from 1997 – 2009
    Served as Board Chair from 2002 - 2005

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO)
    San Gabriel Valley Service Sector from 2003 – present
    Sector Representative for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, 5th Distric

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    1. Clean Air Kendall asks: "So who's YOUR daddy?

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    2. Clean Air Kendall lives in Half Moon Bay. She won't be anywhere near the mess she is working to create here.

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  9. I was in Ojai this week and read where the their own slimy ilk versions of John Buchanan, Bart Doyle and the housing manadate crowd is pushing for 3 story development in that quaint city for "low income" housing - yeah right.

    Behind this I'm sure there are some realtors involved.

    I'm starting to rank realtors below used car salesmen on the respect meter.



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    1. The details on "low to mod housing" are the deciding factors. If there isn't a covenant with the developer, the prices will soon be what the market will bear - ridiculous to think there is a low income market in Ojai. I'd be willing to bet the covenant is for a year, maybe five. Then let the good times begin.

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    2. I have come to the conclusion that "low to mod housing" is codespeak for "low to mod" materials and construction for "mod to high pricing." By the way, can I get some government assistance and city kickback on the project?

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    3. One of PUSD's sleazy law firms, Filarsky and Watt, just so happen to be located in Ojai.
      PUSD manages to amass lawyers that rank below used car salespeople tenfold.

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    4. You knew there had to be a development angle to all this. why else would Doyle, Buchanan and Mosca be involved? They don't give a crap about other people's kids.

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  10. "Realtor" is a made-up (and patented) word to make salespeople sound more important. The -or ending is supposed to make you associate someone who can barely count bathrooms with a doctor. And what is it they do? Ask about the sales contract, they say see a lawyer, ask about the construction, they say see a contractor, ask about the loan, they say see a loan officer, ask about the title, they say, see the title company. They are basically the most overpaid door-openers you will ever find.

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    1. No argument here, 2:27. There has yet to be an accounting for their whole-hearted two-fisted participation in the great mortgage debacle either.

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    2. Geez...aren't all words made up? there is no law preventing you from selling your own home.

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    3. Hey, a realtor! How about the accusation leveled by 2:37? Any response to that?

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    4. That would by Realtor. You are in violation of a registered copyright.

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    5. "Coined by Charles N. Chadbourn in 1916, from real (in real estate) and -or, based on the model of Latin agent nouns ending in -tor (such as actor, creator), to refer to real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors, a trade association in the United States."

      Notice the word "professional" above. That's part of the scam. It takes 3 classes (9 semester units) to qualify for the exam. That's about 93% short of a bachelor's degree.

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    6. It now takes 6 years of college and 7 years of internship to pass the exams for licensed architects. The architects develop the design, get the agency approvals, and then produce the construction documents and oversee the payment schedule for the contractor as the owner's rep. They get paid about 10% of the construction budget on average.

      A Realtor is paid 6% of the ENTIRE VALUE OF THE PROJECT, INCLUDING THE LAND. This is based upon the entire value of the improved property, which is orders of magnitude above the construction budget.

      So you tell me who's getting overpaid here.

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    7. All commissions are negotiable, 6% is very uncommon in today's world, unless you double end the deal you sre splitting that with someone else. I sold a home for 1M, and was very fortunate to get the listing at 6%, the buyers agency got half of that, 30k, I got half of my half, 15k, take taxes and expenses out, 5k roughly, so after almost 3 months of work I'm left with around 10k and that is at 6%. Realtors do not set prices, a home is only worth what a seller is willing to accept, and a buyer is willing to pay. Again, no laws prohibit you from selling or buying your own home.

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  11. I am now officially referring to myself as a Personator.

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    1. I am sometimes an Unrealtor.

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