1-16-06 Updated 1-18-06 with Post Data
D.A. Quietly Prosecutes
Ex-Councilman Edward Escareno
on 12-20-05 for "GRAND THEFT"
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".
The Con Artists in City Council
Friends Are Really Well Protected.
12-5-05 Updated 12-6-05 with Post Data
Honor Among Thieves - Part 2
Depriving The Public of Honest Services.
George Cole's fingers in Huntington Park's cookie jar of
politics and city contracts.
Honor Among Thieves - Part 1
Depriving The Public of Honest Services.
Post AB 11
How AB 11 will hit local elected officials in the pocket
Assembly Bill 11 (AKA "AB 11") Becomes
The Governor signed Assembly Bill Number 11 (AB 11)
on September 6, 2005 to become California law. AB 11
closes a loophole and puts a cap on extreme salary
abuse by elected officials who create "commissions"
for to circumventing State mandated limits on their
base salaries. Huntington Park's elected officials were
listed in the bill as having one of the highest salaries of
all California local cities, thus crystallizing the
argument and need for passage of the bill.
Council Member John Noguez Gives Pinnochio
A Run For His Money
Juan "John" Noguez managed to convince his willing
council colleagues and the public back in September
2004 that campaign limits was needed to stop the
undue influence campaign contributors have on elected
officials. Noguez told the Wave Newspaper "the aim is
to prevent a company or group from trying to influence
a candidate or an election with large donation."
Then, after the 2005 elections (and before his 2007
reelection) he manages to convince them that
campaign limits law really is not needed after all.
Huntington Park city council officially opposed
AB 11 with 4-1 vote in January 2005
The editor makes some uncomfortable observations on
the repealing of the 7 month-old campaign limits
ordinance. Is the State Attorney General watching
council member John Noguez's deft sleight of hand and
questionable use of the city mechanisms and tools for
creating new city ordinances for personal political
gain?Current salary for council's Redevelopment
Commission work is $1,950 for about 30 minutes of
meeting time per month; it would drop to $150. A
whopping 97% decrease.
Excessive Salaries of Huntington Park Council
On November 30, 2004, WatchOurCity.com reported on
the excessive Redevelopment Commission salaries
paid to council members in Huntington Park. Six days
later, on December 6, 2004, Assemblyman De La Torre
announces his proposed Assembly Bill 11. Then on
January 18, 2005, City Council publicly votes 4-1 to
opposed De La Torre's bill. Later, on June 29, 2005, an
L.A. Times report on salaries of local elected officials
mentions Huntington Park which merits special
recognition and is listed as having the highest paid
Community Development Commission (CDC) salaries of
all local cities.
The Editor of WatchOurCity.com Is On Vacation
This time off gives elected officials a breather so that
they may think nobody is watching them. Perhaps they
can sneak in a pay raise, hire a new attorney in close
door session without competing bids, or give another
$30,000 in free public cash to their buddies to put on
another 1-day fiesta.
Yours in service,
A political satire film
from Mexico (2000).
“The story chronicles the
corruption of Juan
Vargas, a tiny little peon
in the PRI machine”
"Set in the late 1940s in
the remote, thoroughly
backwards village of San
Pedro de los Saguaros,
the film focuses on
Vargas, a petty politician
who had the dubious
honor of being
appointed town mayor
after his predecessor
was decapitated for
corruption by an angry
Government tried to ban
"Politicians who are less
than erudite are more
likely to use crude
methods to cling to
1. "Pacific Boulevard"
2. "Gage & Pacific"
5. "Randolph Rail Road"
6. "AB 11"
7. "Closed Session"
These are original musical arrangements
composed by the Editor of WatchOurCity.com.
Arranged using Music Maker Software by www.Magix.com.
Copyrights are to be respected.
Some of you have asked about downloading or even
buying WatchOurCity.com's original theme music.
Well, it's not for sale.
If only the same were true for elected officials here.
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March 13, 2004
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Los Angeles Times, 9-20-05
Corruption in Southeast L.A. County Cities
And Now Huntington Park!
Ex-Mayor Edward Escareno is convicted in L.A.
Superior Court for "Grand Theft" on 12-20-05.
(see full report)