Saturday, October 30, 2010
Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has become The Most Important Woman in America.
Friday, October 29, 2010
CHARIOT RESEARCH RELEASES SPECIAL REPORT: [FULL REPORT IN ATTACHMENT]
MIKE GATTO RECEIVED $14755 PAYDAY ONLY DAYS AFTER SIGNING PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACT WITH LA COUNCIL OFFICE OF NICK PACHECO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2010
CONTACT: James Fisfis, email@example.com
Documents released by the City of Los Angeles raise questions about a Los Angeles personal services contract awarded in 2002 by Councilman Nick Pacheco to Mike Gatto, a California Assemblyman now running for re-election as a taxpayer watchdog cracking down on abuses in municipal government.
According to the documents [ORIGINALS IN .PDF APPENDIX: EXHIBITS 1 & 2]:
- On September 19, 2002, Los Angeles City Councilman Nick Pacheco awarded Mike Gatto a six month, $15,000, labor-intensive “personal services contract.” During this time, FEC records show that Gatto was still serving as a campaign staffer in the thick of Brad Sherman’s re-election campaign – a position he began in April of that year.
- On October 9, 2002 - just 19 days later - Mike Gatto submitted an invoice claiming he had performed 227 hours of work under the contract at a rate of $65 per hour. The invoice amount: $14,755.00. [SEE EXHIBIT 1]
“These documents would raise questions in the minds of reasonable people as to whether Mike Gatto ever performed the work required under the contract. 227 hours is a lot of work to do in 19 days, especially while you are simultaneously immersed in a Congressional re-election campaign. These are only questions, and no allegations of wrongdoing are being made. We believe that Mike Gatto should have an opportunity to set the record straight.” – James Fisfis, President, Chariot LLC.
More questions arise from the documents released by the City of Los Angeles regarding Mike Gatto’s personal services contract.
- According to the contract language [SEE EXHIBIT 2], the in-depth analysis of constituent services required under the contract was to be performed by Gatto from September 15, 2002 through March 15, 2003. The contract required the submission of “monthly reports” by Gatto, and detailed “monthly invoices” pursuant to a work schedule. Yet, according to records released by the City Controller, Gatto submitted his $14,775.50 invoice on October 9, 2002 – not even one month into the contract.
- According to Los Angeles city records, Gatto’s personal services contract with Nick Pacheco was first presented to the Los Angeles City council on September 27, 2002 – eight days after it had already been signed.
- According to Los Angeles city records, Gatto’s personal services contract with Nick Pacheco was not approved until October 2, 2002, almost two weeks after it had been signed and just seven days before Gatto invoiced the city for nearly the full contract.
- According to FEC records, during the contract period September 15-November 15, 2002, Mike Gatto was a full-time campaign staffer. According to Congressional data, during the contract period after November 15, 2002 through March 15, 2002, Mike Gatto working full-time for the Congressional office of Brad Sherman.
***This research was not paid for by any candidate, committee, or party entity.***
Thursday, October 28, 2010
October 20, 2010
Mr. Steve Cooley
Los Angeles County
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
Dear Mr. Cooley:
My name is Jane Barnett, and I am a resident of Los Angeles County. I am writing to you with regard to my concern about the residency and voting history of California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
Assemblyman Gatto lives at 2611 Armstrong Avenue in Los Angeles, a residence he shares with his mother. That residence is within the 43rd Assembly District, which he currently represents. According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Mr. Gatto has been registered to vote (and has voted) at that address since 2004 - up to and including our most recent election on June 8 of this year.
However, according to readily available public documents – including campaign contribution records filed with the Federal Election Commission and his designation as agent for service of process for a company (JPJ Lending, Inc.) registered with the California Secretary of State, Mr. Gatto’s residence was declared by him to be at 2573 Canyon Lane in Los Angeles during the same period at which he was apparently registered to vote and participating in elections at 2611 Armstrong Avenue (an address also in another district).
I am aware that one who votes in an election must swear that they are a resident at the address at which they are registered, and since Mr. Gatto was apparently registered and voting at one location but living at another, I am concerned that there may be potential voting irregularities.
Ensuring the integrity of our electoral system and requiring that our public officials follow the very rules they are sworn to uphold is imperative in a nation of laws. As Mr. Gatto is currently seeking to be reinvested with the public trust, I respectfully request that your office investigate this matter with all necessary diligence.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Here is some interesting video of my potential rival in the March 2011 City Council Election.
Irishman Tomas O'Grady sings his little love songs to Obama.
This is rich in comedy material for me. I can't wait to bring this up at the CD 4 forums.
The guy can actually play guitar and sing very well. But his servile/supplicant behavior towards another political figure raises the question of his mental fitness for the job. If he is this much of a fanboy for the Manchurian President, how can he be trusted to make the correct decisions on complicated, divisive City political issues?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
These are my votes and predictions for Election Day, November 2nd.
Well, I mentioned a few months ago on this blog that State Assemblyman Mike Gatto might be going after Michael Higby and his Mayor Sam blog. Of course, I was just guessing at the time.
Monday, October 25, 2010
State Senator Jenny Oropeza died this week of health problems at age 53.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Glenn Beck had an excellent segment in his program today where he talked about the classic Frank Capra movie "It's A Wonderful Life", which starred Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Here is a video of Tom La Bonge at the LA City Council meeting on Friday saying that he wants to cut public comment down to one minute. Basically, La Bonge can cash a fat City paycheck, but when it comes to dealing with the actual voting public, he'd prefer they just go away.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Zuma Dogg leveled some explosive charges at Garcetti after Garcetti told him to tone it down a bit.
Listen to the audio at Zuma Doggs blog . Photos below.
Lord Voldemort ponders his next move.
Monday, October 18, 2010
TJR readers might be surprised that, as a Conservative Republican, I oppose term limits.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sarah Palin showed up for a GOP Victory rally yesterday in Anaheim, California.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Here is an interesting concept. Steve Cooley for Attorney General of the United States?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny. -- Barry Goldwater
I'm proud to announce on my blog today that I am endorsing Christine O'Donnell for the U.S. Senate seat in Delaware. In fact, I plan on donating to her campaign by the end of the week.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Ciclavia is not something I want to see again. Look at these photos.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This really pisses me off.
We are currently preparing for Los Angeles’ first “open-street” Sunday. Seven and a half miles of streets will be car-free from 10 AM - 3 PM on Sunday October 10th 2010. The streets will be safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There will be activities along the route. Shop owners and restaurants are encouraged to open their doors to people along the CicLAvia.
A Ciclovía is not just for recreation. It is social integration.
Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States, connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic. The health benefits are immense. Ciclovías bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.
In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options. CicLAvia creates a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It creates a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. We can’t wait to see you at CicLAvia!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Interesting fact, maybe only to me...
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The are unconfirmed rumors spilling out of downtown offices that Richard Alarcon wants to "cop a plea" and avoid jail time for his felony voter registration fraud. His resignation and removal from City Council are a given. The concept of potential jail time for the "Fredo Corleone" of L.A. City politics, however, still hovers in the air.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It seems as though California Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and I share something in common.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Mark Levin is a Conservative radio show host who, for my money, is the best Conservative media figure in America. (He's even better than Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh.)
A stunning new poll by the LA Weekly reveals that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa only received 4 votes as a rating of being a "Super" Mayor.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The unprecedented bungling of the economy by new President Obama makes for some interesting comparisons.
Well, this doesn't really come as a surprise.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Well, what else can I say about this story?