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Reader opinion: Rudy Martinez vs. Jose Huizar for L.A. City Council's 14th District


In the race for the L.A. City Council's 14th District, the editorial board endorsed Rudy Martinez over incumbent Jose Huizar. They wrote:

Indeed, what Martinez could bring is something that today's council has too little of: representatives who focus on the communities that elect them. That once was the mainstay of Los Angeles city politics, when council members such as John Ferraro, Richard Alatorre and Ruth Galanter understood that the city's needs were paramount but also understood their districts and labored to improve them. Martinez offers a return to that tradition.

Based on an informal count of lawn signs around the 14th District by a fellow staffer, you'd think that the neighborhood would agree with our endorsement. But a quick trip to Twitter and our comments board* shows some resistance to our stance.

A couple of Huizar supporters in their own words…

"In my lifetime of civic involvement throughout Los Angles and my approaching ten years in the neighborhood council movement, I have never worked with any council person (or any public official - or any council staff) who has been more accessible or more willing to listen to us about our area's problems than Jose Huizar.  But he doesn't just stop there.  He then takes it one more step - and works - effectively -  to fix those problems. 

It doesn't matter if it is a burned out street light, a struggling business needing help with the DWP's sometimes unreasonable demands or a non-profit that gets caught between the conflicting demands of two different city agencies - he and his staff have always been there for us.

However, the Times seems to believe that instead of doing his job - that Huizar should instead be spending his time asking people to vote for him by pushing their doorbells instead of doing the work they elected him to do.  But, if Huizar was doing that - of course - the Times would then accuse him of ignoring the needs of his district and spending all of his time running for re-election.

Fortunately, though, it will not be the LA Times Editorial Board but the voters of the 14th District who will decide who will represent them in next month's election and that will be Councilman Jose Huizar."bradywestwater (a.k.a. "L.A. Cowboy")

"Are you kidding me???? The LA Times endorses Rudy Martinez, as being in the tradition of "representatives who focus on the communities that elect them. That once was the mainstay of Los Angeles city politics, when council members such as Richard Alatorre  understood that the city's needs were paramount but also understood their districts and labored to improve them."

"What??? Has the Times forgotten that Richard Alatorre was caught for political corruption and is a convicted federal felon?? This is what the Times thinks is the type of City Council Member the residents of the 14th Council district deserves?? This is who Rudy Martinez reminds them of???

If this is not the best reason to support Jose Huizar than I don't know what is." --TerryW73209

 …vs. Martinez supporters:

"I have lived in the district for over 40 years and follow the local political scene.

What I like about Rudy Martinez is the same things that the LA Times observed: energy and a commitment to get things done for everyone.  What this says is that Jose Huizar lacks energy and doesn't get things done.

Rudy Martinez says he will clean up Boyle Heights and El Sereno so that it no longer looks like a third world country.  Huizar and his staff have let the Latino bedroom communities look so filthy that it is embarrassing. Downtown may love him but we don't.

I took a look at Martinez's sushi bar, Mia's, and restaurant/bar, Marty's, and they appear to be very clean establishments.  Rudy Martinez seems to take pride in presenting a good product.

To those that dwell on the past, especially things from our youth, don't have the capacity to grow or have not realized that we all can grow from our past mistakes.  Rudy Martinez's brother was murdered and he inappropriately handled himself during the grieving period, but that was then and today he is not that same person.

The Rudy Martinez of today wants to bring his skill and talent to a local political office.  I commend him for getting in the ring and wish him luck in March.

I plan on voting for him!" --CD 14 Watcher

"I am delighted to read your endorsement of Rudy Martinez. Or rather, I am pleased that the Times did not endorse my council member, Jose Huizar. In almost two decades of living in CD14, I remember just two years of great service from my council member. And the L.A. Times put a stop to that with, not only its endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa, but with its with its fawning coverage of him - corrected somewhat lately by Jim Newton's recent column - that propelled his protégé, Jose Huizar, into office.

For me, not a neighborhood council leader or any sort of leader in my community, just a small businessman, paying taxes, employing 25 people, I get no response from my council member, Mr. Huizar. I was appalled that he rated constituents on their fealty to him - what else could it have been? It did smack of Nixonion politics. It is very clear in the neighborhood where I live who gets called returned and who doesn't.

I do not believe (I hope not, anyway) the Times would be complaining if Mr. Huizar was "...spending his time asking people to vote for him by pushing their doorbells..." and I am amazed that he doesn't engage directly with ordinary constituents, especially at election time." --eastside maven

 (*Spelling corrected for clarity.)


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Juaquin Castellanos

LA Times its right. Jose Huizar has been out of reach with many constituents, I have been living in the Boyle Heights over 20 years, and been involve with many organizations to improve our area. What I have notice its that our Council office is not listen to the people who vote for him before. I have witness on many times people who do not live in the District have more access to the Councilman. I am on the list, but I feel that many others who I know are not. Its a shame that a list have to be done to know who is important. Boyle heights needs someone who will walk our streets, shop at our stores, dine at our restaurants and most important someone who knows the people who live in the area. Jose its my neighbor, he knows who I am, I do have respect for him, but we need a positive change in our area. we need to have a Council office open and someone who will responde to us. Thanks LA Times for give us and bring to the public the reazons why a change is need at the 14District.

Diana del Pozo-Mora

I have been active in my community and have seen much change for the better over the term of Jose Huizar. I have had the great pleasure of working with him, his family and his staff. I have been able to be a part of so many great things that he has been able to bring to CD14. I have seen many libraries' improvements, parks cleaned and upgraded, many teriffic community events, the victory against the Vernon Power Plant, new schools, stop signs with needed cross walks, the metro rail, the new police station, the clean-up of Cesar Chavez, many more changes of community improvement and most importantly many services that have been needed. I appreciate the hard work he is always willing to do and the partnerships he has so many community members and groups in our community. There is much to say about someone who is willing to not only lead but do the work too. Thank you Jose for all you do for us.


I have yet to see anything of substance that's different between them, their style doesn't really matter to me.

Next the times will be suggesting a vote because they like one's hair style better than the other.

How about a good description of some difference in their position on the issues that affect those of us who live in this district?


The fact is Huizar has been missing in action for years. ONly recently has he been coming out cause he wants to be re elected. Huizar mailed a flyer to constituents with outright lies. HE DID NOT BUILT THE NEW POLICE STATION. That was paid for by taxpayers who passed Prop Q. He also states he's responsible for more cops. LIE. Huizar and city council members in fact cut LAPD Budgt $100 million and now every month we have 500 cops less on the streets. Huizar refuses to respond to the media about the $1.5 Million Missing CLARTS FUND money. He voted to support giving DWP general managers $5 million and wastes $100,000's for special event waivers for Fiesta Broadway who have over 20 corporate sponsors. Why are taxpayers footing the bill?

Jeff Mattox

Go to www.NoWayJose2011.com



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