Two BIG Reasons We MUST SAY NO To City Attorney Candidate Jack Weiss (THIS TUESDAY MAY 19th!)

First of all, hello, I hope, to California Attorney General Jerry Brown whose office I contacted and notified of inside information that is being posted all over this http://LADailyBlog.com.

In a moment, I will post about City Attorney Candidate Jack Weiss and REASON #1 WHY YOU CANNOT VOTE FOR HIM THIS TUESDAY MAY 19th in the city attorney election — and now, MUST VOTE FOR CARMEN TRUTANICH!

But to warm you up, here’s REASON #2, a FOX 11 News report by John Schwada.)

WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Jack Weiss’ FELONY FUNDRAISER

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And now, on American Top 40, I’m Casey Kasem. And comin’ in at #1 on the charts, here’s why Jack Weiss should not be City Attorney. (Wipes emotional “long distance dedication tear as voice slightly quivers.) I’m Casey Kasem:

L.A. City Attorney Candidate JACK WEISS TIED to GUILTY Weatherly Capital FEDERAL Verdict!


The press is missing the boat on the incestuous relationship between Wetherly Capital, DAV Wetherly, Dan Weinstein, Vicky Schiff, Richard Ziman, Peter Borges, Rexford Industrial, American Value Partners (AVP), and Arden Realty.

Wetherly Capital and its owners Weinstein, Schiff, Borges, and Ziman are deeply embroiled in the New York, New Mexico, Los Angeles, and possibly nationwide (Connecticut and others) pension fund scandal involving placement agents.

The New York and Federal indictments state that Wetherly shared placement fees with indicted Hank Morris around the country including, New Mexico, California, and Los Angeles.

And now, yesterday, Julio Ramirez has plead guilty to charges that NY Attorney Genral Cuomo says includes two illegal “money laundering” transactions involving Wethery Capital and names Dan Weinstein, again all of this tying to the Hank Morris arrest.

Ramirez is going to co-operate in this Federal investigation, and it’s going to get ugly when he starts talking and everyone is throwing dirt everyone else’s way to cover their own asses.

Some people I talk to, because I value their “take” on all of this DO BELIEVE THIS WILL WORK IT’S WAY ALL THE WAY UP TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE. (And maybe even the mayor himself.) All over the exact shady “commissioner appointments” that Zuma Dogg has been blasting about for one solid year; and was sure to spend a minutes worth of time during my three minute mayoral TV spot for Channel 35, when NO ONE IN THE CITY WAS SCREAMING ABOUT THE PENSION COMMISSIONERS, EXCEPT ZUMA DOGG!

And I screamed it over, and over and over and over, on the record, before city council and on TV 35; along with massive blogging.

In addition, when I did an article for LA Weekly regarding the Grand Avenue Project, I saw that LACERS pension money was invested in the project.

I had never hear of LACERS and didn’t know anything about city employee pension funds, but when I found out it was public money for people’s retirements; and I knew what I believed to be a LEMON of a project (Grand Ave Project) that would never get off the ground, and was MUCH TOO RISKY OF AN INVESTMENT FOR WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE INVESTMENT GRADE INVESTMENTS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MONEY IN THE CITY.

I blogged and commented before council, until for whatever reason (either because they came to their own conclusions about the project; or because ZD MADE them aware (and “EXPOSED IT” as Schwarzenegger told me to keep doing, yesterday when we met, briefly, yet effectively, in person, yesterday, where I personally told him, face to face that this whole pension scandal will tie to Wetherly and that Dan Weinstein is in big trouble.

Later that evening, after blogging about Julio Ramirez over the previous 24 hours, and after my face to face discussion with the Governor about it, he pleads “guilty” to security exchange fraud tied to Wetherly Capital and two transactions that the NY Attorney General call, “money laundering.”

And Wetherly Capital’s head honcho/shot caller/Godfather, whatever you want to call the main financial backer who calls the shots at the top, RICHARD ZIMAN, held a campaign fundraiser for CITY ATTORNEY CANDIDATE JACK WEISS…AT ZIMAN’S HOME…ALSO HOSTED BY DAN WEINSTEIN!!!

The same fundraiser that Villaraigosa’s pension board appointee resigned over!!!

And that was the third Villaraigosa commissioner to step down following the resignations of Sean Harrigan and Elliott Broidy on the heels of the SEC inquiry into the two.

And now, Wetherly’s former pension fund “front man” for Dan Goldstein (see LA Daily Blog) Jose Ramirez pleads GUILTY to charges involving Wetherly.

AND THE “GODFATHER” OF WETHERLY, RICHARD ZIMAN HAS A FUNDRAISER AT HIS HOUSE FOR JACK WEISS WITH A PENSION COMMISSIONER AS WETHERLY CAPITAL IS ABOUT TO ALL COME TUMBLING DOWN IN A FEDERAL SWEEP THAT WILL BE THE BIGGEST THING WE’VE SEEN SINCE WATERGATE!!!

And they are backing Jack Weiss???

And Villaraigosa is behind Jack Weiss as his campaign backer, with all the same campaign staff, and all the help from Villar’s pension commissioners and Wetherly Capital…ALL PUSHING FOR JACK WEISS???

Now I know there are a lot of important issues in the City and a lot of things to consider when choosing a City Attorney candidate.

But as many of you know, there is even much more regarding Jack Weiss and his choice of cronies throwing fundraisers for his campaign. (See Fox 11 News website for story on Jack Weiss fundraiser held by a white collar crime felon.)

HE’S RUNNING FOR CITY ATTORNEY!

So I am here to say, not to be a one issue guy, but this is an issue that absolutely OVERWHELMS me when thinking about the City Attorney election next week, Tuesday May 19th.

How can you elect a City Attorney whose main campaign backers are felons, Wetherly Capital folks (who are now tied to Ramirez and his arrest, and now it’s ALL going to come tumbling down), and they were all probably pushing for Jack so hard, because they needed him in there to cover the tracks because they are headed to City Hall and the mayor’s office, from what I am told.

It depends how deep they decided to probe. But spidey senses say, “yes” to “mayor’s office.”

THAT’S IT REALLY FOR ME. I know there are other issues other people consider, but I PERSONALLY BELIEVE, and anyone who knows me or reads this blog or works at a radio station knows that I feel this pension scandal (now called “pensiongate”) is again, an OVERWHELMING issue when you look at what is wrong with the city.

THIS IS THE ISSUE THAT WILL CAUSE THE CITY TO FALL INTO BANKRUPTCY, SOONER THAN LATER…YOU MARK MY WORDS!!! And it’s over the $7 billion loss of pension money on Wall Street, in the hands of these pension commissioners, appointed and re-appointed by Villaragiosa that is a bigger problem than the Neighborhood Council budget or ANY OTHER SINGLE ISSUE YOU CAN THINK OF!

THE CITY LOST $7 BILLION IN PENSION MONEY IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE NOW BEING CALLED “MONEY LAUNDERERS” WHO INVESTED IN “SHILL” COMPANIES!

AND THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES IS NOW ON THE HOOK FOR THIS MONEY AND IN 2013, CITY OFFICIALS INFORMED COUNCIL THAT 56% OF EVERY DOLLAR WILL BE GOING TO BAIL OUT THE PENSION FUND.

I have known City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich since the day he started making the rounds in the community during the first election (this Tuesday is the run-off election between Jack Weiss and Trutanich).

And I like Carmen a lot. I like the way he explains his vision for the city attorney’s office…what the problems are with the current office; what kind of City Attorney he would be, and I really LOVED IT!

I have to remember back to those inital conversations that were so refreshing and really knocked me out (Nuch is a boxer, anyway), so much so that I took him around to some of the neighborhood meetings, introduced him to all my CD 14 activist friends, all the SLAP people, the DWP meetings, I posted YouTubes, spoke on TV 35 about Nuch…and it’s been a long time…seems like a LIFETIME ago since we recorded those videos at the Casa Princesa.

And I’d like to add in all objectivity (pulling out my Deming 14 point notes from the seminar I attended in 1990): We really have no idea what kind of city attorney EITHER candidate would be, in the day to day realities of the job.

We can merely make “predictions” based on what we hear and what we know from previous performance.

BUT ALL I KNOW…AS BIG ZD, ZUMA DOGG, SPENDING THREE YEARS ATTENDING THESE COUNCIL MEETINGS; scanning agenda; listening to insiders; and REALLY looking at the BIG LEVEL corruption that is the ROOT of all of the day-to-day (now) “small potato’ problems Zuma Dogg and others have been griping about…

THIS PENSION SCANDAL IS IT…AND NOW IT TIES TO THE CITY ATTORNEY CANDIDATE IN A WAY THAT IS SO STRONG…

I AM NOW GOING ONE STEP FURTHER;

AND NOT JUST “INFORMING” YOU ABOUT CARMEN “NUCH” TRUTANICH;

BUT AS AN ACTIVIST WHO CARES ABOUT THE CITY AS A WHOLE; AND TAKING THE BIGGEST BITE OUT OF CRIME (CORRUPTION) POSSIBLE…

I AM BEGGING YOU…

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO REMEMBER TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY MAY 19th FOR CARMEN TRUTANICH.

Just tell ’em to to look for “True” as in “Trutanich.” (They’ll remember.)

DONATE TO TRUTANICH NOW! THAT’S RIGHT, Zuma Dogg is actually asking you to donate to SOMEONE else, other than Zuma Dogg. That is how unprecidented and mind-boggling of a bamboozlement this whole situation is, in my opinion.

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7 thoughts on “Two BIG Reasons We MUST SAY NO To City Attorney Candidate Jack Weiss (THIS TUESDAY MAY 19th!)

  1. “This investigation has uncovered a matrix of corruption, which grows more expansive and interconnected by the day,” Mr. Cuomo said.”http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124214299477311051.html

  2. Pacific Oaks College president resignsCarolyn Denham, the embattled president of Pacific Oaks College, has resigned after a decade leading the world- renowned pioneer in early childhood education. “It was her decision, she resigned and that was it,” Board of Trustees Chairman Julio Ramirez said Monday.

  3. Have you seen the disgusting negative cable ads running against Trutanich that imply that he supports shooting sea lions? Seriously?! Such an insult to our intelligence. I’ll vote for him just to vote AGAINST the people who concocted those ads. On another note, I think our good police and fire fighters, who pay for their pension with Cal PERS, are being associated with all the ugly messes. Important to note that they contribute out of their own paychecks. And they truly deserve a good pension. Most of them retire with permanent aches and pains (both mental and physical) from serving us for 30 years or more.

  4. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/05/if_anyone_can_tell_us_how_this_massive_pension_con.phpIf Anyone Can Tell Us How This Massive Pension Conspiracy Worked, It’s Probably Julio RamirezBy Moe Tkacik – May 13, 2009, 4:42PMIt looks like a major figure in the ever-expanding public pension fund scandal is cooperating with New York AG Andrew Cuomo’s probe. The player in question is Julio Ramirez, a former Los Angeles politico who until March worked for the tony boutique investment bank Blackstone. In the nineties, Ramirez managed one of former LA mayor Richard Riordan’s campaigns and worked on various others. Yesterday Cuomo announced Ramirez had pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scheme allegedly masterminded by Hank Morris, the former top adviser to Comptroller Alan Hevesi, along with David Loglisci, the chief investment officer of the New York general pension fund. Ramirez could be the key to unwinding the Western wings of what Cuomo yesterday called “a matrix of corruption – which grows more expansive and interconnected by the day.”The AG office says Ramirez got involved in the scheme in 2003 while he was working for two hedge funds on behalf of Wetherly Capital Group, a well-connected placement agency in LA. Morris, who effectively became the “gatekeeper” of pension investments after Hevesi won the 2002 comptroller election, promised to secure investments for Ramirez’s clients if he gave him a 40% cut of his fees. Unbeknownst to the pension funds and money managers, Ramirez wired a cut of his fees into a shell company Morris incorporated called PB Placement. In a statement Wetherly president Dan Weinstein called Ramirez a “part-time employee who…dragged the firm into this controversy.” But Weinstein, who was involved in a below-the belt direct mail campaign when he worked (with Ramirez) on former LA mayor Jim Hahn’s campaign, is hardly a stranger to such “controversy.” His late father-in-law, with whom we strolled down pension rigging memory lane last month, was a union activist who championed some questionable investments when he sat on the board of the CalPERS pension fund in the nineties — including a $60 million investment in a firm in which Weinstein was a partner. One of some Wetherly’s directors, Vicky Schiff, was similarly criticized for voting to invest in Wetherly clients when she served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Employee retirement fund a few years ago. And even for a part-timer, Ramirez was a bit suspect — unlike Morris, who bothered to take an exam to get his stockbroker license in 2003, Ramirez was unlicensed. And as “controversial” part-time employees of Wetherly go, Ramirez looks like small potatoes. Ramirez’s arrangement with Morris in New York netted just under $400,000 in finders fees for Wetherly. New Mexico — whose public finance is also the subject of an intensifying probe — was a much more lucrative source of funds for Wetherly’s clients, apparently thanks in part to its decision to hire a prolific Santa Fe agent named Marc Correra. Between 2005 and 2008 Wetherly secured its money manager clients more than half a billion dollars in New Mexico state investments. That’s more than the $300 million it secured from the much-larger CalPERS, in its home state. Weinstein and Schiff are listed as the lead agents on deals that reaped Wetherly millions of fees. Marc Correra’s name is listed on transactions that netted Wetherly another $3 million in fees. You’ve heard about Correra here before: he booked a hefty $2 million fee securing a $90 million investment from the teacher fund in a controversial subprime mortgage-backed CDO that lost all its value within a year. State records show that Correra, whose wife briefly served as the state’s “protocol officer,” has shared in some $16 million in fees for his work getting investments from New Mexico public funds. He collected his fees under a variety of different corporate auspices: Wetherly, SDN Advisors, a New York firm called Diamond Edge Capital run by the former DNC finance chief famous for choosing which donors would be rewarded with Lincoln Bedroom sleepovers during the Clinton years, a Chicago firm called Cabrera Capital Markets, and a subagency called Ajax. Ramirez also went after New Mexico money and split fees with Correra, but not until after he left Wetherly and started working for the Blackstone division Park Hill. Yesterday Blackstone said they had no evidence that Ramirez had done anything illegal for the firm. Ramirez did help nab one Park Hill client, a private equity firm called Wayzata, a $25 million investment from the New Mexico State Investment Council. But his freelance transactions are more intriguing. In 2007, he split one $500,000 fee with Marc Correra on behalf of Cabrera. In another 2007 deal, he collected a $400,000 fee as part of a “verbal agreement” securing a $20 million investment in a fund run by the private equity firm St. Cloud, according to state records. The only state record of the decision to invest $20 million investment in St. Cloud III appears to date back to 2005, when $20 million was approved upon the enthusiastic recommendation of Aldus Equity, a Dallas advisory firm that has also been indicted in the New York case.If Ramirez is talking, in other words, we bet he has a lot to say.

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