The Editor has been on sabbatical, but is still watching local government officials.
And, Gustavo Arellano of "Ask A Mexican!" fame, writes to WatchOurCity.com on which city is more corrupt, Santa
Ana, where he lives or Huntington Park, where I live.
Soon, the editor will be posting reports, including guest contributors.
Many continued logging on to WatchOurCity.com, some on a daily or weekly basis. Curiosity even gets the better
of Francisco Leal, Huntington Park and Maywood's city attorney, selected in closed-door session without open bids.
Francisco Leal, shyster Harvard Law School grad, his back covered at the highest levels of the Democratic Latino
Caucus in Sacramento (Hola, Speaker Fabian, Mr. High roller big spender; L.A. Times; "Here's a guy who gives a lot
of lip service to speaking for the little guy, but he's living like a Goliath."), the curiously exclusive city attorney for
the most corrupt of local cities, must get a cheap thrill to check if this website has posted any of his latest corrupt
jujitsu moves. Leal even tried shutting down this website with a "Cease and Desist" bugaboo letter in August
2004. The letter was nicely dated just days before the L.A. Times published a report on WatchOurCity.com and its
efforts at exposing corrupt officials and their sweet-heart deals with contractors like Leal.
Harvard University would be ashamed to discover what one of its graduates has done with its degree here in
these corrupt backwater municipalities of Southeast Los Angeles County, and most egregiously, in the name of
Latino Empowerment. But Harvard makes up for this disturbing aberration with many notable graduates. Notable
local scholars are attending there, recent high school grads who happen to be fans of this site (Hola, Diego). Yes,
these young scholars, local kids, hanging out at Harvard Square, do get home-sick and log on to read
WatchOurCity.com. Harvard is not the only place students log on to read about quaint back-home local corrupt
officials as they also watch Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. There are plenty of Berkeley,
Stanford, Duke, UCLA, Loyola Law School and USC students that log on to this website also. There is even
someone from a German university that logs on occasionally.
I know also that local city governments log on too, as well as Sacramento Senate and Assembly offices. Even
Congressional offices from D.C. log on at times. Will this website once again rise from its slumber? Huntington Park
city staffers log on almost daily, despite a prohibition imposed by Noguez and city attorney Francisco Leal. Oops!
Everyone is curious to see why a local state senator has not dismissed, and in fact, harbors a convicted corrupt
staffer, the alter-boy innocent looking Mario Beltran, who happens to be a local council member with a penchant
for shady business partnerships with tow truck companies, is campaign manager for corrupt politicians such as
Huntington Park's John Noguez, has a long rap sheet with local police departments, and kinky tastes for sex with
cocaine-addicted prostitutes in seedy downtown L.A. hotels as documented by several L.A. Weekly reports (hint:
these are qualifications the senator looks for in staffers reflecting his own good values). It's no secret that State
Senator Ron Calderon likes his staffers with "hood" credentials, to better represent his constituents.......no, not
the families, children and elderly.......but rather his special interest business constituents and network of corrupt
officials, like City of Bell's George Cole and Huntington Park's John Juan Rodriguez Noguez, or whatever his real
Which brings us to L.A.'s Mayor Antonio VivaLaRaza, who sponsors and depends on these same local corrupt
politicos; well lets just say that what happens in the privacy of Mirthala Salinas's bedroom is his business, not
ours. Too bad Mayor VivaLaRaza campaigned for public office using his wife and kids, as if he cared. Too bad also
for Mr. VivaLaRaza that he appeared in a campaign propaganda mailer endorsing our very own shyster State
Senator Ron Calderon, stating that Ron really cares about your children's education, like a used car salesman
really cares about you getting the best deal. If Mayor VivaLaRaza was so passionate about education, why did he
leave his wife, a school teacher, for a Latino news anchor woman who had previously cavorted and been around
the block with Speaker Nunez and State Senator Alex Padilla? Were these guys playing musical panties with her?
To translate for the Mayor, since his Castilian Spanish is quite butchered and bastardized as is painfully evident in
some Mirthala Salinas interviews, the term "Viva" means "long live" as in "long live Las Chivas", a Mexican soccer
team; but "viva" or "vivo" also means "smart" or "intelligent", as in "Muchacho Vivo de Harvard" or "Mirthala
Salinas does not seem all that viva after all". The term also means "clever", as in "Mario Beltran es muy vivo". But I
digress. This kind of stuff is best left to the experts, like el muchacho muy vivo Gustavo Arellano, the "ASK A
MEXICAN!" syndicated columnist and graduate of Chapman University and UCLA (himself no stranger to exposing
corrupt politicians and Catholic clergy in Orange County). It is Gustavo who once quite presciently wrote that
"There are more styles of Mexican regional music.....than skeletons in that pinche pocho Villaraigosa's closet" ("Ask
a Mexican does L.A.", L.A. Weekly, December 7, 2005). No term of endearment is meant here with "pinche pocho".
Incidentally, Gustavo and I exchanged a few emails in a friendly oneupmanship discussion about which city, Santa
Ana or Huntington Park, was most corrupt and most Mexican. Gustavo Arellano wrote to the Editor of
WatchOurCity.com the following email:
Got your phone message and your e-mail.... Huntington Park is also the city where Patrick Ziemmann—the former
bishop of the Santa Rosa diocese who used a Costa Rican priest as his personal sex toy and molested a kid in the
confessional here in Orange County—once gave Mass and molested two boys.
I’m very familiar with HP and Southgate’s horrific politics—the reporting of Richard Marosi [reporter for the L.A.
Times] in the latter city, particularly, were always great reads. And, in some ways, those two cities are worse off
than Santa Ana—in fact, that whole swath of working-class towns (Bell, Cudahy, Maywood) that I call the nether-
cities because neither Orange or LA County gives a damn about them. But it’s Santa Ana that’s the country’s
youngest, most-Latino, most-Spanish speaking, most-crowded big city, and the toughest in the country to live in.
As for your dealings with the archdiocese—they will forever lie to you. The Church has been like this for 2,000
years—what makes you think it will ever change?
Keep up the good work,
For you young home-sick scholars at Harvard and other fine universities, doesn't this just make you want to come
back home and kick some corrupt butt?...............during your summer breaks, of course. Perhaps Mayor
VivaLaRaza's son, attending Princeton University this Fall, would certainly like to take the aforementioned course of
action. You can even get college credit for writing a Poli-Sci thesis paper on this website's efforts at exposing local
corruption. I've already granted permission to aide one young scholar's research. Why not yours?
Not all Huntington Park city council members are corrupt, unemployed, uneducated, or barely understand the
English language. Council member Elba Romo, a Huntington Park High School and Stanford grad is also a local high
school teacher and real estate agent. I have nothing but the highest admiration for her and her family. She has
the courage to stand up to her corrupt city council colleagues.
In the public interest,
|Ivy League Edition & Gustavo Arellano of "Ask A Mexican!" Writes to the Editor