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Montebello, CA

The Results are In: Molinari, Barajas, Gomez Win!

What more of a sign does Athens want? No one cares about your trash cans, they care about the cost. And they care whether the council is bought off. So let's just review: Athens backs corrupt Rosie Vasquez, an incumbent, and loses... Athens backs Jimmy who ends up with a bankruptcy and tax liens, and loses... Athens backs Jorge Manzur who is a tax dodger and moron who can't put a coherent sentence together, and lose... Looks like they can't even pick decent candidates, let alone know when to give up. They lost before they even started  (Nov 4, 2009 | post #4)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Montebello council members address allegations at press c...

So let's get this straight. The Three Stooges who are: 1. under DA scrutiny 2. sued for illegally voting on the Athens trash contract, and Vasquez for illegally signing it 3. subject of a recall drive 4. named by 13 career officers from all levels in the department for politicizing the Police Department 5. lied to the public about the $2 Million give-away to the Quiet Cannon And now they violate the Brown Act by holding a meeting to discuss a current investigation. Is there any end to their arrogance or stupidity? DA Where Are You?  (Aug 1, 2009 | post #4)

Montebello, CA

Montebello recall organizers turn in signatures

Interesting thought since he was behind Salazar getting elected. Maybe you're right.  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #41)

Montebello, CA

Recall effort begins on two Montebello Councilmembers

You are as dumb as we all think, and self aggrandizing (an SAT word...look it up).  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #123)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Montebello POA revoke its endorsement of a councilwoman

Let's just recap shall we: 1. Salazar sues the city just before running for Council because she was removed from a VOLUNTEER position on the Citizen's Patrol. She uses the same law firm that represents the MPOA. She asks for $25K and a plaque giving here exclusive credit for starting the Citizen's Patrol (an obvious ploy for her campaign). When the city rightly rejects her bombastic request, she increases the amount. When she gets elected (our mistake), she increases the amount again. A state law restricted her from settling because she's a councilwoman. She also refuses to drop the issue (after all, she got on the council; that's what she wanted). As soon as the ban is lifted, the amount skyrockets to $130K and her council allies, Vasquez and Urteaga, vote to give her all the money. 2. Salazar uses her friend Dan Weast, MPOA president in 2007, to engineer an endorsement from the MPOA for herself and convicted felon Urteaga. Weast ignors Urteaga's Felony and "forgets " to tell his members. They cut a deal to make him Chief once elected. Weast is made MPD Chief in spite of no formal education, no experience, not passing the exam, not passing the oral exam, and never coming before the full council (another closed door vote). 3. 13 MPD officers including Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants and Corporals with 20+ years in Montebello, file a discrimination claim against Weast, Salazar, Urteaga, Vasquez, John Edwards (political operative), City Manager Richard Torres and others, alleging corruption and political accommodation. 4. Chief Weast commands his officers to ignore the harassment and intimidation perpetrated by the Athens paid operatives working for Salazar and Urteaga. They "look the other way" when these thugs invade a woman's home, invade a child's birthday party in Grant Rea, and forcibly block a young woman from leaving a store. 5. Salazar retaliates by calling the 13 officers "rouge", in spite of her many years of statements supporting the officers against the previous three police chiefs and a "groupie " like obsession with police officers. 6. In response to Salazar's volatile behavior, the MPOA votes to rescind their endorsement "now and in the future." Anyone have a headache yet. Why can't the DA just prosecute Salazar and her other stooges and save us the time of recalling them?  (Jul 29, 2009 | post #8)

Montebello, CA

robert urteaga is a convicted felon

Uh, you don't know what you're talking about. The entrenched trash hauler is Athens who has had a contract for 46 years without review. It's bad enough Montebello's been overcharged all this time (without one single council member checking), but with only 3 votes, Athens is getting a raise, eliminates competition, gets 15 years (instead of the 7 they now have), keeps the evergreen clause (which means that the contract starts a new 7 or 15 year cycle every year until the council says we want to start the clock on the 7 or 15. Equals FOREVER), cuts service, and receives nearly $150M over the first 15 years. What did it cos them? Under $20K in campaign contributions over 2 years. What a deal.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #12)

Montebello, CA

Montebello could form new audit committee

Does it occur to anyone that the very people who are on this "Audit and Governmental Efficiency Committee" are the very same people who are misspending our money. Duh, what do you think they will say about their own spending. They must really thing the voters are stupid.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #5)

Montebello, CA

Austin failure 'not my fault' - The Sausage Factory

The person responsible for the Austin Signature Fiasco is none-other than Montebello's Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga. You can see the story at http://mayorsam.bl ogspot.com/2008/12 /austin-mess-bigge r-stinkier-curious er.html www.montebellowatc h.com  (Jan 18, 2009 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Montebello may adopt tighter restrictions for tobacco ret...

Looks like a recall is about to begin in Montebello. Rumors are circulating that the corrupt council members who sold us out to Athens are destined to be removed from office. Of course, there are other reasons to remove Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga, alleged Money Launderer Kathy Salazar, and the erratically incompetent Rosie Vasquez who’s shady accounting of funds for her “groups” is well known. How sad for Montebello. We removed and recalled 3 council members just 2 years ago because they sold us out, and now we have to remove their replacements for the same thing. Visit us at www.MontebelloWatc h.com and get the latest insider info on Montebello.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #4)

Montebello, CA

recall in montebello

Looks like a recall is about to begin in Montebello. Rumors are circulating that the corrupt council members who sold us out to Athens are destined to be removed from office. Of course, there are other reasons to remove Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga, alleged Money Launderer Kathy Salazar, and the erratically incompetent Rosie Vasquez who’s shady accounting of funds for her “groups” is well known. How sad for Montebello. We removed and recalled 3 council members just 2 years ago because they sold us out, and now we have to remove their replacements for the same thing. Visit us at www.MontebelloWatc h.com and get the latest insider info on Montebello.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #1)

Montebello, CA

Trash haulers petition against contract

Looks like a recall is about to begin in Montebello. Rumors are circulating that the corrupt council members who sold us out to Athens are destined to be removed from office. Of course, there are other reasons to remove Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga, alleged Money Launderer Kathy Salazar, and the erratically incompetent Rosie Vasquez who’s shady accounting of funds for her “groups” is well known. How sad for Montebello. We removed and recalled 3 council members just 2 years ago because they sold us out, and now we have to remove their replacements for the same thing. Visit us at www.MontebelloWatc h.com and get the latest insider info on Montebello.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #9)

Glendora, CA

Should Montebello sue ATHENS

Looks like a recall is about to begin in Montebello. Rumors are circulating that the corrupt council members who sold us out to Athens are destined to be removed from office. Of course, there are other reasons to remove Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga, alleged Money Launderer Kathy Salazar, and the erratically incompetent Rosie Vasquez who’s shady accounting of funds for her “groups” is well known. How sad for Montebello. We removed and recalled 3 council members just 2 years ago because they sold us out, and now we have to remove their replacements for the same thing. Visit us at www.MontebelloWatc h.com and get the latest insider info on Montebello.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #73)

Glendora, CA

Should Montebello sue ATHENS

For the record...the unnamed Planning Commission Chair named above is none other than former Assemblyman Tom Calderon who got himself appointed to the Commission by Rosie Vasquez. Rosie's husband, Ed Vasquez, sits on the Central Basin Water Board which uses Tom Calderon as a lobbyist (failing to report it to the FPPC as required by law). In a slick deal, Convicted Felon Robert Urteaga appointed Rosie's sister to the Planning Commission. Why would our Convicted Felon Councilman be willing to pass up his appointment to the Planning Commission? Because it was Tom Calderon who engineered the Calderon Endorsements for Urteaga's 2007 campaign (note that the Calderon's haven’t rescinded their endorsement of Convicted Felon Urteaga) and is responsible for bringing Convicted Felon Urteaga into Montebello to take over the council.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #72)

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