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|Posted 3-21-06: Former State Assemblyman Marco
Firebaugh, 39, a champion of immigrant students,
passed away Tuesday morning from complications of
liver decease. Our condolence to his family. See "Marco
Firebaugh: The Last Best Hope of the Latino Old Guard"
by Tony Castro. He represented Cuhahy, South Gate,
Maywood & Lynwood before being termed out in 2002.
|Posted Monday March 13, 2006
City Attorney Francisco
Leal Accused of
Violating Conflict of
Interest State Law
A City of Commerce
Cross-Complaint lawsuit against
Francisco Leal also alleges "Unjust
Enrichment and Breach of Contract"
(Click to see full report)
|Posted Tusday March 28, 2006
Yahoo News- AP News
"The Senate Judiciary Committee
approved sweeping election-year
legislation Monday that clears the
way for 11 million illegal aliens to
seek U.S. citizenship, a victory for
demonstrators who had spilled
into the streets by the hundreds
of thousands demanding better
treatment for immigrants."
|Posted Monday March 13, 2006
Huntington Park, CA-
The city has a new Police Chief: Mike
Chief Trevis was a City of Maywood
part-time Chief and former City of
Bell Police Chief.
(see full blotter)
February 1 , 2006
A Hot Latina
Rosario Marin and
Evidence of an Official
Q: Why did city council and
the District Attorney's office
keep ex-Mayor and Rosario
Marin protege Edward
Escareno's recent felony
conviction for "Grand Theft"
A: To prevent damaging exposure to Rosario Marin.
Today she is scheduled to be sworn in by Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger as his newest State Cabinet
member at Huntington Park City Hall.
Why was Huntington Park chosen as a venue for this
momentous event? Is it to show the influence Rosario
wields over elected officials here?
Rosario Marin is in control of the majority votes in city
Council, where her close inner-circle friends received
special favors in getting city contracts worth millions of
Posted January 30, 2006
Profile of Rosario Marin on www.Wikipedia.org,
The internet's free encyclopedia
Read about Rosario Marin's background, her public service,
her appointment as the nation's 41st U.S. Treasurer, her
involvement in local politics and the "Scandal" with her former
protege, now convicted felon Edward Escareno.
Huntington Park's Culture of Corruption:
Posted January 30, 2006
Profiles in Corruption:
Vicente Ortiz, Friend of Rosario Marin
Vicente Ortiz is owner of Tacos Don Chente restaurants.
Vicente Ortiz is given a recognition award by his friends in city
council for "Immigrant of the Year" in January 2006.Vicente
was appointed City Arts and Culture Commissioner in 2004 by
recently convicted former Mayor Edward Escareno and his
fellow council members. He gets paid $65 per commission
meeting. And he's not a resident of Huntington Park.
Vicente is recipient of $40,000 grants from his friends in city
Council to put on 1-day fiestas through his META 2000 group.
The public funds have no strings attached. Victor Caballero is
a fellow member of META 2000, is the recipient of a $3.9
million transportation contract that he shares with George
Cole; Victor Caballero was also appointed to the Arts and
Culture Commission by city council, and is also making $65
per meeting. Caballero too is not a resident of Huntington
Park. He too is part of Rosario Marin's inner circle which city
council looks favorably upon when awarding city contracts.
Vicente is Rosario Marin's and councilman John Noguez's
intimate friend. When Rosario was U.S. Treasurer, she would
make special trips to Vicente's grand openings of his taco
shops which were well attended by the media and other local
elected officials. John Noguez is a front man for Vicente when
he goes asking for handouts from other cities for this growing
Tacos Don Chente franchise. The City of El Monte, La Puente
and Carson were approached, according to council meeting
minutes from each city.
Vicente Ortiz is good friends with termed-out Assemblyman
Vicente Ortiz is well connected to other local and State
Vicente Ortiz sells damn good tacos, and lots of them. The
tacos and horchatas are paying for a Downey home with a
million dollar mortgage that he and his wife Irma share,
according to public records.
Vicente is good friends not only with politicians, but also with
staff members of politicians. Female staff members.
Vicente Ortiz is very good friends with Angelica Lizarraga, a
former staffer of ex-Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh.
Angelica was then hired by then LAUSD Board President Jose
Huizar to work on his school board staff. Huizar has since
vacated his LAUSD board seat to take up a council seat
warmed by L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, but left his school board
assistants in place.
Angelica recently gave birth. Vicente Ortiz was presented at
Angelica's baby shower as the father. No one at the baby
shower had a clue that Vicente was married and has children
Vicente Ortiz appears in a picture with his beautiful and
happy wife Irma and his children in a city funded newsletter
dated January 2006 announcing the occasion of his official
recognition as "Immigrant of the Year". Every resident in the
city of Huntington Park received the newsletter. Not pictured
was Angelica Lizarraga and Vicente's other baby.
Perhaps Angelica can be hired by George Cole, another of
Rosario Marin's inner circle members, when George manages
to break away from LAUSD to form what he's been itching to
do for a while: get his very own school district, like the
corrupt one in Lynwood. Sacramento is poised to help make it
If Vicent Ortiz is willing to cheat on his wife and deceive an
unsuspecting single young lady, what hope do citizens in
Huntington Park expect with his close association to Rosario
Marin, Edward Escareno, and city council?
La Opinion Newspaper,
Jorge Morales Almada,
Enero 19, 2006
Escareño traicionó mi confianza’ (mas)
("Escareno betrayed my trust", states Rosario Marin)
"La ex tesorera de Estados Unidos, Rosario Marín habla sobre
la condena del ex alcalde de Huntington Park, a quien ella
La Opinion Newspaper,
Jorge Morales Almada,
Enero 18, 2006
Malversación de fondos en Huntington Park
("Misappropriation of public funds in Huntington Park")
"Sentencian a ex alcalde Escareño a tres años de prisión".
D.A. Quietly Prosecutes Ex-Councilman
Edward Escareno on 12-20-05 for
January 16, 2006
Huntington Park, CA - According to the Los Angeles Superior
Court's website, Edward Escareno, former Huntington Park
mayor and ex-councilman, was convicted on 12-20-05 in Los
Angeles Superior Court on one count of "GRAND THEFT", a
"Felony". No sentencing information was available at press
(see full report)
|Posted Tuesday March 21, 2006
Sanctuary For Illegal
Aliens & $31,000 City
Job for Councilman's
MAYWOOD, CA - Conflict of Interest
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.
(see full report).
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
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.
"New evidence suggests Irvine political
boss stole elections"
Orange County Weekly January 25,
Read about the Jujitsu moves and dirty
political bag of tricks as practiced in the
Orange County city of Irvine, California.
"What if a politician raised a million
dollars, deposited it into a secret
campaign account designed to dodge
contribution laws, and then spent the
money to win tightly contested
elections? Would he get caught and
"Ask Larry Agran, Orange County’s
|Pico Rivera, CA
"City descends slippery slope with choice
Los Angeles Wave Newspaper,
December 21, 2005
"..council appointed a man with no
college degree or municipal government
experience to be the new city manager".
He was the campaign manager for two of
the council members.
|Los Angeles Times & USA Today
"Scandal Tainted Rep. Steps Aside"
January 15, 2006
Congressman Ney, implicated in the
Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, quits
as chair of the House Administration
Committee. May be indicted.
|See what the
Los Angeles Times
had to say about
|See why the
Board of Directors
Gave it's 2004 Beacon
"You can't have a corrupt lobbyist
unless you have a corrupt member or
a corrupt staff. ... This was a team
USA Today, January 4, 2006
The Jack Abramoff affair.
|Posted Monday March 27, 2006
The Rise and Fall of
The Rise of Rosario
Marin (see full report)
|Rosario is tough
|Rosario is Sexy
|And Rosario controls 4 out of 5
Huntington Park City Council
members. (L to R) John Noguez,
Ofelia Hernandez, Rosario Marin,
priest, Mario Gomez and Elba Romo