About six weeks ago, we profiled a local candidate running in the historic Los Angeles Council District 14, Rudy Martinez. Well, things are starting to get heated in this race, as the incumbent Jose Huizar has been stalling in releasing a full accounting of the CLARTS fund, which is a fund established by former City Council member Nick Pacheco to mitigate the effects of a local recycling center and be used toward community improvement projects.
La Opinion even featured a story about the feet dragging in releasing an accounting of this fund. Community groups and local publications in Los Angeles’s Eastside have been persistent in trying to get this information about the CLARTS fund accounting for months because it has been suggested that current Councilman Huizar is using the fund for his own self promotion.
Last week, I was able to speak with former Council member Nick Pacheco about the CLARTS fund, which he established and he offered this, “I don’t understand what the difficulty is in outlining how the money came in and how it was spent. He [Huizar] is in the best position to compile the information. Huizar is trying to put the work onto the community for what should be a public service.”
When asked about what he thought Councilman Huizar did with the CLARTS fund to stonewall in releasing an accounting, Pacheco said, “There are rumors that he [Huizar] gave the money to the general fund, but we really don’t know.”
This week the Los Angeles Weekly featured a pretty comprehensive blog post about this latest brouhaha in the Council District 14 Race that’s worth a read as well. It’s off to the races in Council District 14, and the incumbent Council member Huizar is giving us his best “Hi Ho Silver” it seems.