|Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens & $31,000 City Job for Councilman's Father
Conflict of Interest be Damned
Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2006
|September 11, 2006
Has The D.A.'s
Thomas Martin Jr.
voted to hire his
father to a $31,000
per year job.
vote, senior Martin
would not have
been awarded the
- Francisco Leal was
Tuesday to be
attorney in a 3-2
vote. The only
reason given for
need new blood.
Leal is already
under contract as
Martin and Felipe
to hire Leal as city
|Maywood, CA - The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday 3-21-06 publishes story on the City of Maywood
and its council action to declare the city a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
Not mentioned in the Times report: Councilman Thomas Ramon Martin votes on city action to hire his
own father to a $31,000 a year city part-time job, as confirmed by a Maywood city clerk spokesperson.
Thomas Martin senior replaces the city job held by Jose Sigala, who was former State Assemblyman
Marco Firebaugh's district director.
Martin's motto on the city's website is "SI SE PUEDE" (translation: yes we can). He is a UCLA
graduate in Chemical Engineering.
WatchOurCity.com understands the sentiment behind the action to declare the city a sanctuary may
actually harm rather than help residents without proper legal status. The city could be liable for illegal
acts committed by an illegal alien while in the city of Maywood. Declaring the city a sanctuary for illegal
aliens actually harms illegal aliens by exposing them to unwanted attention by federal authorities.
Besides, the City of Maywood has to abide by State and Federal law.
The very last thing any resident in Maywood or anywhere else with questionable legal status in this
country wants is to be on the radar of immigration officials. Hypothetically, a car accident within city
jurisdiction caused by an uninsured illegal alien could expose the city to legal liability. Maywood's city
attorney may want to look into this. It makes more sense to approve issuing drivers licenses as
proposed by California State Senator Gil Cedillo.
Maywood's action is nothing but political grandstanding that calls attention to the legal status of its
residents and showcases Maywood city council's intelligence quotient and its political self- serving
After city of Maywood's declaration, Huntington Park city council followed suit and also announced
official action to declare Huntington Park an illegal alien sanctuary. The perceived benefit to declaring
sanctuary for illegal aliens only accrues to the elected officials. There is ZERO benefit to any resident
without proper legal status. Did it occur to any of Maywood's or Huntington Park's council members to
consult with an illegal alien resident?
Thomas Martin is a friend of Edward Escareno who is Huntington Park's ex-mayor and is now a
convicted felon on "Grand Theft" Charges. Martin's father has a been a perennial candidate for the
West Basin Water Board and is good friend of George Cole, City of Bell's councilman.
Thomas Martin was a candidate for State Assembly. The senior Martin was a staffer for the recently
deceased former State Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh. Firebaugh worked for Attorney Francisco Leal's
lobby and advocacy firm. Francisco Leal is city of Maywood's lobbyist and Huntington Park's city
attorney and lobbyist. See related story on Leal.
LYNWOOD, CA - Sentencing for Ex-Mayor
Several newspapers reported on 3-21-06
that Paul Richards, ex-Lynwood Mayor,
was sentenced to 16 years "behind bars"
for steering city contracts to a corporation
he secretly owned. Paul Richards was an
SOUTH GATE, CA - Treasurer Lies about a College Degree
South Gate's new city Treasurer, Rudy Navarro, 26, lied about having a degree, according to a report
in the L.A. Times on 3-20-06: "The treasurer elected to help clean up this corruption-tainted city has
acknowledged fabricating his college experience on his resume, according to a published report."
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT -
Christopher Arrellano, 33, candidate for an LAUSD Board seat, also lied about having college degrees.
In his case, he lied not just about having one, but two degrees that he claimed he received from USC.
Arellano dropped out of the June 2006 school district runoff election as reported by the media on
3-15-06 despite support from the local teacher's union.
|City of Maywood
Felipe Aguirre: Deputy
Mayor. Looks like an
old-school PRI party
crook, quacks like an
old-school PRI party
crook (the PRI is Mexico's
long dominating political
party with long history of
corruption and penchant
for shooting political
opponents). Claims he
was victim of
assassination threat by
deputy city clerk.
department to protect
him at heavy expense to
city coffers. Craves media
attention while he hides
hidden agendas to hijack
the local water company
which would extend his
reach and control of many
more millions of dollars,
since Maywood is small
city and has a limited
general fund. Is friends
with city of Bell's George
Cole and is planning with
George Cole not only a
school take-over plan, but
a Police Department take
over plan as well. He's in
talks with George Cole to
create a Parks and Rec
department for both Bell
Declared city of Maywood
to be a sanctuary for
illegal aliens, not
realizing that such a
public policy carries
city staff, and hired good
looking young women at
$15 per hour to sit there
and file their nails and
whom reportedly also
happen to be daughters
of campaign contributors.
But Aguirre would prefer
that you talk about
sanctuary for illegal aliens
and alleged threats
against him. The threat
against Aguirre was
when a local crack
cocaine addict fessed up
to a Maywood police
officer while being
arrested for unspecified
reasons and claimed that
he was approached by
Maywood's deputy city
clerk to do a contract job
on Aguirre. Has no
Conspired with Thomas
Martin Jr. to hire
Francisco Leal as
Maywood city attorney
without competing bids.