Candidate Profile: Rudy Martinez in Los Angeles’s CD 14

November 18th, 2010 · 10 Comments

When many think of “Latino Los Angeles” or the heart of the Latino community within LA, they think of Council District 14, which includes historical Boyle Heights, downtown, Highland Park, El Sereno, and Eagle Rock to name a few of the neighborhoods. This is the district that current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa represented on the city council before making the leap to the Getty House, and this district also happens to be one where the current incumbent, Jose Huizar, is facing a serious and well funded opponent.

Because this race will be closely watched, I thought that it would be worth profiling candidate Rudy Martinez of A&E‘s “Flip this House” fame. Martinez’s story is compelling because he’s a self made businessman, who has experience in real estate and in owning his own restaurants. He approaches this race as the outsider, which will likely work to his advantage in the current anti-incumbent climate, whereas his opponent Jose Huizar has a biography that reads more like a career politician.

I was able to speak with Rudy Martinez this week to ask him why he’s challenging Jose Huizar, and he offered this, “When I decided to jump into this race about 5 months ago, I said that I was doing this to bring more accessibility and accountability to the people in the district. I have heard community people say over and over again that the current council member is inaccessible…but since I have been in this race, my opponent has been everywhere, going to community events that he should have been attending all along.” Access is one of the four key points that Martinez is running on. When I asked him if he would eventually become like his opponent who appears to many to be too busy for the community, Martinez replied, “Look at my record. I’m a business owner. If I’m not there for my customers, they will not come.”

Another issue that Martinez is passionate about is transparency. This issue has become particularly timely given the City of Bell scandal and the proposed reforms of city agencies such as the Department of Water and Power. Martinez said, “When I take office, I will disclose where every dollar goes, and I will display it on a web page so the public can easily view it. For example, Jose has been holding off on disclosing his CLARTS fund. He won’t tell us where he spends the money.”

Martinez opened his campaign office this weekend in Eagle Rock with over 80 volunteers and activists, and he’s already making waves with his fund raising efforts. If you want to learn more, you can check out his campaign website and view this youtube from his campaign office opening here:

Webmaster’s note: I did attempt to contact Councilman Huizar for his own feedback in this blog piece. While his staff did initially respond, there was no commitment made to talk or comment about the upcoming election. I wanted him to have a chance to chime in about his opponent, but he didn’t.

Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · community organizing and activism · Government Accountability

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  • 2 IE // Nov 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Nice profile of Rudy Martinez. As a native Los Angeles native, it’s nice to read about Latinos like Rudy Martinez trying to make positive changes for their communities. Keep fighting the good fight Rudy.

  • 3 Generacion Z // Nov 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Lol. A look at rudy’s background will show that he stands against everything this blog stands for. I am outta here….vendidos.

  • 4 Echo Park II // Nov 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

    WTF? You drank the cool aid. This is all spinster politico stuff. Is this blog an advertisemetn agency for the martinez campaign? Did they pay you? if they didn’t , they should…you are touting their anti-establishement language and you bought it. this blog is loosing credibility with the people.

    besides, i hear martinez is a republican and against immigrants. look it up. He is a meg whitman.

    p.s. happy 100 years of the mexican revolution!

  • 5 Generacion Z // Nov 20, 2010 at 8:57 am


  • 6 IE // Nov 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Gen Z and Echo Park,

    Simply writing a piece on Rudy doesn’t mean this blog is endorsing him.

    Since you both are so adamant about your anger towards the blog, please tell us who you would like to see in Rudy’s place.

  • 7 webmaster // Nov 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    “This is all spinster politico stuff. Is this blog an advertisemetn agency for the martinez campaign? Did they pay you?”

    No pay received, but I did give the incumbent politician in CD 14 an opportunity to respond or to make a statement and he didn’t. This isn’t an endorsement of any sort, but this blog piece is about getting information out about this race.

  • 8 Anna // Nov 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I went to Martinez’s website, and he doesn’t list his positions on any of the issues. I don’t know if he’s another Whitman, but webmaster you have a responsibility to inform your readers if this guy is a Republican. It’s not enough just to say that Huizar didn’t respond to your requests for an interview. We don’t need another Arnold.

  • 9 Update on Los Angeles Council District 14 Race // Dec 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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  • 10 Update in Los Angeles CD 14 Race – CLARTS Funds used for staff salaries // Jan 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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