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Update on Los Angeles Council District 14 Race

December 28th, 2010 · 7 Comments

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.

Tags: ethics · Government Accountability

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zorro // Dec 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The only Tontos in this show are the residents who get suckered into voting for Huizzy.

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  • 3 Jude Soto // Dec 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Very interesting.

  • 4 Amerinica // Dec 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Well I hope for his sake (Huizar), he is able to clearly show that the funds were used for its intended purpose or his office clearly documented the reasons for transfering the funds to another account (if legally allowed) . Otherwise, LA Council District 14 will have a new councilmember. We are tired of “creative spending.”

  • 5 Joaquin // Dec 29, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I bet those “transfers” involved a considerable amount for consulting. These “educated” Latino politicos keep getting suckered by more conniving political consultants. Therein lies the root of all evil in modern politics, the back room, cigar chomping puppet master. Follow the money trail, it’s not hard to do, La Opinion should get their lawyers involved. Disguising it as “community outreach” or some other non-accountable activity, Huizar’s consultant is getting fat. Rumor is his consultant was even deeded city property near his home when another one of his ponies was elected, Councilman Antonio Villariagosa. What a tangled web has been woven. Untangle it Raza…

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