Since two of the most prominent Latino politicians in Los Angeles have been embroiled in scandal, it is fitting that I comment on the latest developments. On Monday, Villaraigosa, or Villasalinas depending upon your mood and team position, made some public appearances for the Green Dot Charter schools and the city paving program. He even demonstrated his pot hole filling ability, which was a nice touch, since he made such an issue of fixing those pesky road hazards when he came into office. I have to give him credit for acknowledging the reporters who asked him questions regarding his separation and affair with Ms. Salinas. He did not complain or get combative with the media. He openly acknowledged that the media’s responsibility was to ask tough questions of behalf of the city’s residents. While I am still very disappointed in this whole scandal with Villaraigosa, I have to give him a little credit for cooperating with the media. When I heard Rocky Delgadillo speak to the press about the issues that his wife had with her bench warrant, the crash of the city vehicle, etc., I felt that he did not give a sincere apology or explanation. He was obviously very tense and angry. He came across as sour and bitter, which doesn’t work to his advantage. Who is advising this guy? Maybe he needs to get some advice from Antonio’s people. Now Rocky is receiving notice of a recall bid. He had to have known that this was coming, especially after it came out that his wife had not been paying business taxes and that he was using city staff for babysitting and personal errands. His bitter attitude makes him appear more arrogant and clueless. Way to warm up to the press and the voters Rocky!
While we are on the subject of Rocky Delgadillo, what is with this guy’s name? I looked up his website, and his name is Rockard. The name Rocky, for some, conjures up images of a heroic Rocky Balboa. I can see why being called Rocky, instead of Rockard, could have boosted his recognition, but I wonder what his parents were thinking? How many people named Rockard do you know? And how many of them are from Northeast LA? I know that in the past Latinos have changed their names or selected more “Anglo” or “establishment” sounding names for their children, and Mr. Delgadillo, born in 1960, could have very well fit into that category. I just find his name a bit unusual for a Latino. Am I not the only one?