December 24, 1998


Tezozomoc Speaks

La Voz Política del Pueblo...

Governor Ed Davis has been mucho busy appointing people to fill some of the available slots to fill out in his administration, "Pay back time" for the loyal Democrats. Appointments thus far:

Director of Finance Tim Gage

Director Health & Welfare Agency Grantland Johnson

Director Dept. of Industrial Relations Steve Smith

Department of Food & Agriculture William J. (Bill) Lyons

Director of Administration & Protocol Michael Flores

Department Of Industrial Relations Steve Smith

Resources Secretary Mary D. Nichols

Communications Director Philip J. Trounstine

Sec. of Business, Transportation & Housing Maria Contreras-Sweet

Press Secretary Michael Bustamante

Appointment Secretary Dario Frommer

Legislative Secretary Rick Simpson

Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary Ron Wong

Senior Assistant and Director of Policy Tal Finny

Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary Ron Wong

Senior Assistant and Director of Policy Tal Finny

 

Not to be undone Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa made the following selections to be on his Leadership Team in the Assembly:

Speaker pro-tempore Assemblyman Fred Keeley

Majority Leader Assemblyman Kevin Shelley

Caucus Chair Assemblyman Tony Cardenas

Majority Whip Assemblywoman Gloria Romero

Chair Judiciary Committee Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl

Mexican American-Latino voters are looking for "top tier" appointments by the governor. They know it was their vote that stopped A.G. Lundgren from defeating Governor Davis. Unless we are represented in the "top tier" appointments (say like 25%) there are going to be just a few ticked —off MexicanAmerican— Latino voters. We didn't work hard to elect a Democratic governor only to be left out when they "prizes" are handed out.

 

Assemblyman Rod Pa-checo, Assembly Republican leader moved to appoint members of his caucus to an education task force that will present a plan to reform California's ailing public school system. Assemblyman Steve Baldwin (El Cajon) and Charlene Zettel (Poway) are among those appointed along with Assembly Rod Pacheco (Diamond Bar).

 

On the local front, it seems that Ralph Inzunza Jr. has given up on running for political office. This must come as a surprise to the U/T brain trust that promoted them (he and his father and brother) as the Kennedy family of the South Bay. Seems Ralph Inzunza prefers the steady paycheck from SDG&E than the hazards of political life. Either that, or he is not feeling too sure of his paycheck working for Councilman Juan Vargas.

 

Memo to Councilwoman Christine Kehoe (D) stop campaigning against Brian Bilbray (R), YOU LOST! Your shot for the brass ring is gone. It will take a straight Mexican American to dump Bilbray next go around (two years from now).

 

The Union -Tribune "a dollar short and a few years late" in belatedly publishing that the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce was financing political campaigns with funds donated to them as a tax—exempt foundation! Suggest the Editor subscribe to La Prensa San Diego. This small community newspaper has been blowing the whistle on the chamber since their political involvement with the Republican Convention down to their financing of school board candidates. Unfortunately Republicans control all the mainline media (TV, Radio, & Print). They all turned a blind eye to their shenanigans and failed to carry out their responsibilities till now. And it happened only because of John de Beck who sued the chamber for using illegal funds to elect 3 school board members and then manipulated "their board" to appoint a non-professional educator, Alan Bursin, to the post of Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. Real cozy relationships we have here in San Diego.

 

The Union -Tribune "a dollar short and a few years late in belatedly publishing that the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce was financing political campaigns with funds donated to them as a tax—exempt foundation! Suggest the Editor subscribe to La Prensa San Diego. This small community newspaper has been blowing the whistle on the chamber since their political involvement with the Republican Convention down to their financing of school board candidates. Unfortunately Republicans control all the mainline media (TV, Radio, & Print). They all turned a blind eye to their shenanigans and failed to carry out their responsibilities till now And it happened only because of John de Beck who sued the chamber for using illegal funds to elect 3 school board members and then manipulated "their board" to appoint a non-professional educator, Alan Bursin, to the post of Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. Real cozy relationships we have here in San Diego.

Well, mis amigos políticos, go home, take it easy and enjoy the holidays. See you in January.

Tezzy

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