LAPD CHIEF BECK PANDERS TO AFL-CIO’S DURAZO

(AUGUST 28, 2014) A group called “Relief for Workers” held an immigration march and town hall yesterday featuring LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  He spoke to a full house at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.

The event was publicized on the LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO website, which should tell you everything you need to know. 

Predictably, Chief Beck paid homage to local union boss Maria Elena Durazo.

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Beck knows which side his bread is buttered.

You may recall, just two weeks ago Durazo gushed over the Chief minutes before the Police Commission voted to give Beck a second term.  Durazo had just declared that Beck “carries out the values of Cesar Chavez”, a quality that apparently overshadows all of the recent problems within the LAPD. 

Durazo also admitted that her “progressive” labor/immigration coalition has “never had the level of trust, communication, coordination and collaboration as we do today with Chief Beck.”

If you think Durazo might have Beck on a short leash, just listen to the Chief’s speech from Wednesday night to remove all doubt.  It reads like something written for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

(This is an edited version of Chief Beck’s remarks from “Relief for Workers” Townhall on August 27, 2014.  Spanish translator has been edited out.  The full, unedited version can be seen by clicking this link)

A few highlights from Chief Beck’s pandering speech:

"When the Los Angeles Police Department changed its impound policy, to be more generous to people without licenses, it was not about doing what was popular. It was not about doing what was easy. It was about doing what was right.”

"When the Los Angeles Police Department supported drivers’ licenses for the undocumented, it wasn’t about doing what was easy.  It wasn’t about doing what was popular.  It was about doing what was right.”

"And when we stopped honoring ICE detention requests in every instance, it was not about doing what was popular or easy.  It was about doing what was right.”

"We have an obligation to make you safe, and enable you to live a life that is full and happy."

Other attendees included U.S. Representative Judy Chu, U.S. Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles Councilmen Jose Huizar, Gil Cedillo and Curren Price, Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell and Steve Zimmer from the LAUSD Board of Education.

"Relief for Workers" is part of the "National Day Laborer Organizing Network" (NDLON), a leftwing organization currently holding its annual conference in Los Angeles.

CA (LATINO CAUCUS) KNOWS HOW TO PARTY!

(AUGUST 23, 2014-SACRAMENTO) Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present the "California Latino Legislative Caucus" All-Stars:

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(LEFT TO RIGHT: Assemblyman Luis Alejo, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, Senator Ben Hueso, Senator Ricardo Lara and an unidentified person getting plastered at the Capitol Thursday night. Good times!)

It looked like a scene from “The Godfather”. On Thursday night, Assembly Member Laurena Gonzalez tweeted, then deleted, the above picture that appears to show California Senators and Assembly Members getting blitzed in the Capitol. 

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L.A. COUNCIL HONORS DRUG LORD GLORIFIER

(AUGUST 15, 2014) Today Los Angeles City Council honored Mexican actress/drug lord glorifier Kate del Castillo. Councilman Jose Huizar from District 14 led the ceremony.

You may recall, back in 2012 del Castillo praised Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, top dog for Sinaloa drug cartel who was arrested in Mexico earlier this year.

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CHIEF BECK “CARRIES OUT THE VALUES OF CESAR CHAVEZ”

(AUGUST 13, 2014) Yesterday, four of the five members of the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to reappoint LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to a second term. 

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Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times:

It’s worth noting that all four of those commissioners were appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been a vocal supporter of Beck. And so you are left wondering precisely how independent Garcetti’s appointees really are, no matter their claims or his.”

The four commissioners who voted in support of Beck — Steve Soboroff, Paula Madison, Sandra Figueroa-Villa and Kathleen Kim — touched on areas where improvement is needed, but spent most of their time praising the chief for declining crime rates and the building of community ties and trust.

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BEN ALLEN’S SOCIAL (MEDIA) DISTORTION

(AUGUST 9, 2014)  I started looking into the California Senate District 26 race to replace Ted Lieu earlier this week. My initial reaction was to oppose provocateur Sandra Fluke. Then I checked out her opponent’s Twitter feed.

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Quite impressive. 

  • School District Board Member Ben Allen
  • 164 Tweets - 11.6K followers
  • 71 new followers per tweet

I had no idea Ben Allen, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member, was so huge.  Especially when compared to other local, prominent politicians. (All screen caps taken August 4, 2014)

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BONIN’S “HAD IT WITH THIS BULLSH*T”

(AUGUST 2, 2014-VENICE, CA) Councilman Mike Bonin got his hands dirty late Friday night/early Saturday morning after announcing he’s had it with the “BS” in his district.

It all started after boardwalk troublemakers set a mattress ablaze near Ocean Front Walk.  According to Venice311 blog, this was the second mattress bonfire this week.

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MAYOR GARCETTI OFFICIATES BONIN’S WEDDING

(JULY 20, 2014) Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin got hitched to partner Sean Arian yesterday afternoon. Mayor Eric Garcetti officiated the ceremony at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

In Los Angeles “progressive” circles, this is along the lines of Connie Corleone’s wedding in 'The Godfather'.  AFL-CIO boss/LAANE co-founder Maria Elena Durazo, provocateur Sandra Fluke and U.S. Congressional wannabe Ted Lieu were all in attendance.

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COP UNION FEARS GARCETTI’S OBAMA-LIKE CHARM

(JULY 19, 2014) The union representing Los Angeles police officers will file a complaint with the city’s employee relations board. It’s an effort to stop Mayor Eric Garcetti from using his charm to win over cops.

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Last week, police officers rejected Garcetti’s new contract offer.  Police Protective League (LAPPL) union president Tyler Izen called it “a slap in the face” because the vast majority of the 9,900 cops represented would not get raises. 

Big labor knows if the police get raises, every other public employee union will demand them too.  So it’s important for the LAPPL to keep Mayor Garcetti from schmoozing with police officers. Everyone in town knows Eric can sell ice to Eskimos.

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GARCETTI GOT (OBAMA’S) BACK

(JULY 17, 2014) Earlier this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles will happily house some of the 52,000+ detained immigrant children (and counting).

If you lure them, they will come.

The Garcetti-created Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has already met with at least 50 local “nonprofits” to get the process started (as requested by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services). You may recall, just last week the Office of Immigrant Affairs held a seminar titled “How to Obtain a Driver’s License.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomes unlawfully present Central American migrants to settle in Los Angeles at a Politico forum on Tuesday, July 15.

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PORT STRIKE: GARCETTI’S “COOLING-OFF PERIOD”

(JULY 15, 2014) After striking for five days last week, truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach decided to return to work.  The picketers had the support of the Teamsters, LAANE, Maria Elena Durazo and her LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO, the revered Tom Morello and almost every other leftist in town.

Los Angeles Times:

The decision came after the companies promised to allow all drivers back to work without retaliation and a request from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for a “cooling-off period,” organizers said.

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GARCETTI CALLS SEIU BOSS “AN ANGEL” AT RETIREMENT BASH

(JULY 13, 2014) One of the best ways to keep up with the Garcetti administration is to follow Deputy Mayor Rick Jacobs’s Twitter account.  Be warned.  Sometimes, it seems like he’s just rubbing a subversive agenda in your face.

On Saturday night City officials joined big labor at a going away bash for retiring SEIU-USWW President Mike Garcia. Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by City Council President Herb Wesson in honoring the longtime union boss.

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LAANE BOSS JOINS TWITTER, PORT STRIKE FOLLIES, & GARCETTI LOVES LATINOS

(JULY 12, 2014) Roxana Tynan, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), has joined Twitter! She received a warm welcome on Friday from union boss Maria Elena Durazo, who co-founded LAANE back in the 1990s.

LAANE, a union front that posts job openings on the LA County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO website, has been one of many local “progressive” groups supporting the port strike. No one likes to bring up Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ties to LAANE, even though his wife Amy Wakeland is on LAANE’s board, along with AFL-CIO boss Durazo.

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A GOOD WEEK FOR SEIU IN SOCAL

(JULY 3, 2014) It was a good week for Southern California SEIU locals, which means it was a bad week for Los Angeles taxpayers.

The madness erupted on Tuesday, July 1st, when the “Fix LA” coalition, led by SEIU Local 721, disrupted commerce downtown while putting on a façade of “intimidating” City Hall.  I call it a façade because the “coalition” already has many key city officials in its back pocket.

Los Angeles Times:

The Fix LA Coalition, which includes labor unions, clergy and community groups, argued that the city must renegotiate two deals signed with banks in order to restore funding for tree trimming, sidewalk repairs and other badly needed services. After a morning rally outside a downtown bank, dozens of city trash trucks slowly ringed City Hall, blaring their horns, as workers clanked cowbells and chanted, “Fix LA!”

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