imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

United Voices of Pomona Demands Mayor's Resignation

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

Monday, October 15, 2012
POMONA - The community organization United Voices of Pomona continued its protest against the approved waste transfer station, and added to its demands the mayor's resignation. The Los Angeles district attorney filed charges filed against one of Mayor Rothman's donors, alleging that Alfredo Solis, the owner of Western Recycling, had laundered $15,000 in contributions to Rothman's 2008 mayoral campaign through acquaintances.1 This latest scandal propelled the United Voices to demand Rothman's resignation, declaring, "we don't want trash money running our city."

United Voices of Pom...
voces-007.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

Since the city council's July decision to impose the transfer station on the community, United Voices has been meeting, educating residents, and planning for this day of action and political intervention.

It started with a rally at the corner of Mission and Garey. Thirty or 40 people held signs, chanted, and gave speeches about their opposition to the waste station and their support for a clean environment. Some of the candidates arrived too, to demonstrate their support for their cause and to do a little campaigning. Among them were John Nolte, who is pursuing the council seat representing the first district, and Tomás Ursúa, who is running for mayor.

At about 5:30 Food Not Bombs arrived to serve the hungry demonstrators and the homeless community in the area. Shortly thereafter, the group decided to march up Garey to the downtown area, chanting, "No corruption! No trash station!" and "Rothman resign!" The march ended up on the steps of city hall just as the council was preparing for the evening's meeting. There, the rally got quite loud as one-by-one, the members of the city council, with the exception of Cristina Carrizosa, were called out for supporting the waste station. Rothman, in particular, was condemned for accepting the laundered money.

As the meeting came to order, the United Voices filed in and filled several rows of the council chambers. Following the recognition of the House of Ruth women's shelter in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month and a proclamation conmemorating Red Ribbon Week, we were treated to a presentation about the "HIP" program, which aims to promote "Health in Pomona." The program, which was subsequently adopted, would encourage, among other things, that the planning commission and the council consider health risks when authorizing new development.

The irony was not lost on the Voces Unidas speakers, several of whom brought up the contradiction during the public comment section of the meeting. They also lauded the portions of the plan that will facilitate bicycle transportation in the city, but questioned how safe the streets would be for cyclists with 600 trash trucks delivering waste daily.

One young man read a poem to express his discontent. A young woman, a teacher, questioned the timing of the district attorney's filing of the charges against Rothman's donor. "If they have been investigating this since 2008, why are they just filing charges now, in the middle of the election season?" Sources close to Pomona politics have suggested that the timing of the filing of the charges was orchestrated by associates of mayoral candidate Freddie Rodriguez's campaign in order to have maximum impact on the election.

Javier Hernandez, an undocumented youth and a member of the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition, spoke very frankly about the failings of each of the councilmembers and swore to use all of his organizing prowess to remove the incumbents from office. "If the Obama campaign is afraid of us, then you should be too," he said, referring to his organization's success in securing the deferred action policy for undocumented youth through occupation, hunger strikes, and civil disobedience.

A professor from Pomona College who is active in civic affairs in Pomona used her time at the microphone to draw attention to the California EPA's standards for decisionmaking, which was violated at every turn.

An organizer with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, the city's day labor site, spoke about United Voices. "It's a diverse group, both racially and ethnically, but also in terms of age. There are a lot of older community members, but also a lot of youth. I've been involved in groups before where the voices of the elders have been allowed to dominate over the youth, and it has been a disaster. Here, we've been learning how to follow the leadership of the youth." He asked the audience members who have volunteered for opposition candidates or who have worked for or against the local measures to stand. Nearly half the room stood.

As public comment came to a close, the Pomona professor asked to read the statement of a young woman who had had to leave early. She was denied, but read it aloud anyway and promptly deposited the written statement with the city clerk so it would go on the record.

The corporate media journalist, Monica Rodriguez, although invited to the demonstration, and despite being present at the city council meeting, made not a single mention of the action or the group's new demand in her report about the meeting.2

1. Rodriguez, Monica. "Suit filed against Pomona mayor's 2008 donor." Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, September 26, 2012. http://www.dailybulletin.com/pomona/ci_21639204/suit-filed-against-pomona-mayors-2008. Accessed October 20, 2012.

2. Rodriguez, Monica. "Pomona council approves sale of $1.125 million property." Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, October 17, 2012. http://www.dailybulletin.com/pomona/ci_21797780/pomona-council-approves-sale-1-125-million-property. Accessed October 20, 2012.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


001

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

001...
voces-001.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


002

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

002...
voces-002.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


003

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

003...
voces-003.jpg, image/jpeg, 607x415

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


004

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

004...
voces-004.jpg, image/jpeg, 602x866

"Our Community Deserves Justice"
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


005

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

005...
voces-005.jpg, image/jpeg, 601x959

Mayoral hopeful Tomás Ursúa
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


006

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

006...
voces-006.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

High school students and teachers in support.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


007

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

007...
voces-008.jpg, image/jpeg, 598x785

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


008

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

008...
voces-009.jpg, image/jpeg, 597x359

Food Not Bombs serves. Anselmo Olmos, right, collected about 8,000 signatures against the waste station.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


010

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

010...
voces-010.jpg, image/jpeg, 659x441

"No Trash Station"
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


011

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

011...
voces-011.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

Marching up Garey
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


012

by Rockero, photos by Tony Hoang Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
rockero420@yahoo.com

012...
voces-012.jpg, image/jpeg, 588x392

Just prior to entering city council chambers.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Mormon Perspective on #BundyRanch, U.S. Federal Government, and Divinity of Constitution A22 2:10PM

Livestreamer @PMBeers interviews Bundy Ranch supporters during BLM stand-off A22 8:13AM

Will Hundreds of Years of Contract Law be Eradicated in Santa Ana Court? A22 12:32AM

John Johnson A21 10:25AM

Los Angeles Joins Nationwide March Against Mainstream Media #MAMSM A20 3:04PM

Has KPFK's GM Duncan just dis-appeared? A20 12:35PM

Michael Ruppert dead. A18 6:17PM

Pacifica voting in secret with no accountability? Is this part of KPFK ? A18 3:39PM

Kassim Alhimidi convicted of murder A17 8:33PM

Members of Bundy Family Explain Bundy Ranch Stand-Off With Bureau of Land Management (BLM) A17 1:03AM

Here's some interesting privatization connections in regards to the LAUSD District 1 race A15 4:25PM

Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War A13 3:16PM

Report Back: 4th Annual Hahamongna Walkabout A13 2:33PM

Pacifica Exe Director position is in confusion still putting KPFK at risk A10 3:52PM

Bernard Duncan, prior GM of KPFK is still in play A08 5:01PM

San Diego May Dai Workers Film Festival A06 5:11PM

Southern California Joins Worldwide Wave Of Action A05 2:31AM

Pacifica board members named here, who attempted ousting ED A04 1:06PM

LA Weekly promotes a slanted view of Pacifica/ KPFK A04 10:36AM

More Info about Pacifica, which holds KPFK's license, etc. A03 2:08PM

Listen to KPFK's staff talking to Pacifica Exe Director M29 7:31PM

Pacifica IS also KPFK, so let's not ignore what going on M29 5:42PM

Reported excerpts of Pacifica's - and that's KPFK's - incidents happening - update M29 5:14PM

Repost from Counterpunch re Pacifica - KPFK too involved M29 2:10PM

Forever intertwined: KPFK, WBAI, Gary Null ? M28 4:10PM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M28 3:32PM

GLOBAL DAY of ACTION for the Indonesian Rainforests! M27 3:06PM

Opponents of SB County Jail's Letter Ban to Share Progress, Next Steps M27 9:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Crushing defeat for BDS at San Diego State University A24 7:00AM

Re-feudalization A24 4:42AM

Kiev Declares War A24 12:46AM

Israel Wants Temple Mount Control A24 12:44AM

American Oligarchs: Thieving Koch Brothers A23 3:05PM

PLO/Hamas Detente? A23 12:49PM

Well, the #MyNYPD hashtag sure backfired quickly A23 9:07AM

US Threatens Russia A23 12:48AM

Outrageous Pro-Kiev Op-Ed A23 12:46AM

Propaganda alert: US and UN object to the holding of presidential elections in Syria A22 10:45AM

Cold War 2.0 A22 12:51AM

Marwan Barghouti on Sham Peace Talks A22 12:50AM

F*ck One Democratic state A21 10:55PM

Uranium Madhouse unleashes The Duchess of Malfi in Hollywood A21 8:48PM

Major BDS Donor Owned Shares of Caterpillar While Campaigning for Divestment A21 8:23PM

There Is A Petition For Single Payer Health Insurance A21 2:10PM

Proposal: Piketty and Saez Meme Project A21 1:24PM

The Great Shakespeare On Animal And Plant Rights A21 12:40PM

Kropotkin Prison A21 4:58AM

The Earth a Common Treasury for All A21 3:38AM

Kiev Breaks Easter Truce A21 12:44AM

Unacceptable State-Sponsored Murder A21 12:43AM

"Believing without Seeing" A20 4:13PM

Trolling ...what is that ? A20 1:01PM

Canada Targets Russia A20 11:45AM

Russia Bashing Continues A20 12:45AM

Koch Brothers-Style Free Society A20 12:43AM

Arythmie du capital A19 5:33AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy