It's Politics: Bell can't be unrung
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#2 Jul 24, 2010
The attitude demonstrated by Mayor Hernandez unfortunately appears to be of the same arrogant and clueless nature most if not all politicians portray. I dismiss former LA Mayor Riordan's comments as self-serving and less than genuine and am certain without a doubt that he practiced the very same "let's hide things from the public" deceptions when he was at the helm.
#3 Jul 24, 2010
David Demerjian of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office's Public Integrity Division and state Attorney General Jerry Brown only investigate when their is some political hay to be had. They did nothing when asked to interceed with the fraudulent elections in Altadena a couple of years ago. They have done nothing about the illegal campaign contributions Michael Antonovich got from Jerry Epstien right before Antonovich approved yet another crooked development by that dirt bag. They have done nothing to stop the bribing of the Superior Court by Antonovich and Ronald George. It appears that the folks in Bell weren't sharing with Antonovich and friends or they weren't part of the inner circle.
Things went well for Dorn-Platz and crooked political friends like Antonovich because Greg Galletly of Dorn-Platz paid off Antonovich and friends to the tune of millions of dollars just off of the Lincoln Crossing Development itself. Just ask Antonovich's deputy Paul Novak. The bribes to the Superior Court judges are now totalling over $300 million.
#4 Jul 24, 2010
Dear Mr. LeFarge-
Indeed what a disappointment Mr. Demerjian has been for Altadena. Recently there were public allegations that one member of a public body had solicited a bribe from a business associate of Mr. Galletly. I wrote Mr. Demerjian and asked him to investigate for the sake of the public and if the member of the board was innocent, that persons reputation.
Demerjian declined to do so, just as he and the DA declined to do anything about the Lincoln PAC member who violently assaulted Helga Khun in public at a meeting.
While I have heard rumors of bribes, and any person experienced in construction would suspect them in light of the wild exceptions to all known standards at Lincoln Crossing, I have never seen evidence of any County employee being bribed on that project. Sadly, I doubt that anyone in the DA's office will investigate, even if evidence were brought forward.
The case of Richard I. Fine shows just how insanely corrupt "justice" in Los Angeles County is, and that there is one law for the rich and powerful and quite another unjust oppressive judicial system for everyone else.
But this is the fault of the American People who by now can not help but know that both the government and corporations conspire day and night against them, yet the People refuse to rise up, get involved and demand good behavior of their government. Until they do we will be stuck in this fascist LA LA land where there is a thin veneer of democracy and a iron rod of totalitarian rulership just below it.
#5 Jul 24, 2010
So in this case it looks like the politicians were getting rich off the "illegal" and legal residents of Bell.
#6 Jul 26, 2010
That just about sums it up.
#7 Jul 28, 2010
Jerry Brown , Steve Coolie ,the FBI and other public officials did nothing about the Bell corruption until the story was exposed by the LA Times.Public officials get paid whether they do any work or not.
Bell is not the only place where salaries of public officials are far too high . A large percentage of firemen in Los Angeles make 200,000 a year. Many city managers of other small calif cities make more than $250,000 a year. Public sector workers also have pensions that are five times as high as people in the private sector for doing work that any brainless robot could perform.I don't like Whitman , especially after her outright deception re immigration but Jery Brown is owned by the unions and if he gets elected , salaries and benefits of public "workers" will go up.
When they are through handcuffing mayor Hernandez , they need to arrest the Bell cops that conned senior citizens into signing a paper they did not know was an absentee ballot.
I think Bell may be able to get out of paying rizzo and the other crooks their pensions because the election was fraudulent.
#8 Jul 28, 2010
The Bell situation proves that you can fight city hall.
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