J. P. Biddle
Blackmail, bomb-threats, finger-pointing, and accusations abound:
Where to begin? So much crap has hit the fan in the last month I’m not sure where to start.
Let’s start with the grand opening of the Laemmle BLVD Cinemas. It was reported that local gadfly David Grajeda was arrested after calling Mayor Parris a crook! (The nerve, referring to the honorable Mayor as a crook. OK, I’ll give you a moment to finish laughing). Well, it turns out that this is the tip of the iceberg, so-to-speak.
Lancaster Sheriff’s station Captain Johnson went to TWC to view the video (several weeks after the event took place). The video showed that the honorable Mayor Parris spotted Grajeda in the audience and told a deputy to “get this piece of crap out of here.” It seems that The Lancaster Sheriff’s station (and Captain) (only obeys—not the law, or the US Constitution, but King Rex. The Lancaster’s sheriff’s station is King Rex’s personal Gestapo) escorted Grajeda (after he responded to Rex by calling him a “crook.”) Grejeda was escorted across the street (not really a street, but ‘The BLVD’). Grejeda then continued to call the Mayor a crook and was promptly arrested for disturbing the peace (not that there was any peace after King Rex started this whole brouhaha.)
Grejeda (for those who have already forgotten) was kicked out of a city council meeting the week before because (of all the dastardly deeds) he kept straying off course (not unlike Councilmember Marvin Crist) and was arrested. Well, things start to get a little sticky . . . Grajeda was called to the Captain’s (school Principal’s) office. The Captain told Grejeda that if he stayed away from city council meetings until after the April elections all charges would be dropped (Grajeda recorded this encounter—so let the powers that be deny this!). So Mr. Grajeda did, just to see if they would be. Low and behold, the DA declined to file. So Grajeda returned to a city council meeting and exposed the whole thing (after sharing his recording with several people as protection).
Here’s a link to the YouTube recording: http://www.youtube.com/americaspolitics
Mr. Grejeda called Rex and Johnson out on this and referred to this as “blackmail.” I’m not sure that there is any other way of looking at this. It certainly looks bad for King Rex.
If you recall, several months ago, David Abber and King Rex got into a shoving match at a local gym. Inside sources side with Abber’s account of King Rex starting the dust-up. Rex is clearly a bully.
If this is not enough, King Rex (from the bench) accused (pretty much indicating Grajeda and Abber) as felons and of being a physical danger to the Mayor (Editor’s Note: Grajeda is an admitted convicted felon. As a youngun’ he committed hit ‘n’ run, There were no injuries in the case)
King Rex went on about having to have body guards (he also has a concealed weapons permit as did his predecessor Frank Roberts) to protect him from these “whack-jobs” (Is this not the perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black?). Ooh. The poor baby! Perhaps if he wasn’t such a bully and started all this crap in the first place-he wouldn’t need body guards and guns. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford doesn’t have any body guards nor a concealed weapons permit. He doesn’t travel with an entourage to protect him.
You add this, with his illegal purchase of property within a redevelopment district (of which he was a director) which is a violation of law. And yet, Mr. Parris hasn’t been arrested and charged? Hello! Anyone home at the DA’s office? (Oh, wait—doesn’t King Rex (via his law form and wife) contribute to upper mentioned political campaigns?) Perhaps State’s AG Kamala Harris should step in.
As reported here last month, certain speakers (David Abber, Lyle Talbot, and David Grajeda) were shot from the back when speaking before the council. Now, they’re not even shown! The camera is aimed off to the side. How chickenshit is that? It seems to me that, this constitutes some violation of the Brown Act or something. It seems their action is some form of editorializing or censoring, or something. It just doesn’t seem right no matter how you look at it. On the same token, when you speak before the Palmdale City Council, you’re treated with respect (even if you don’t deserve to be). The Mayor doesn’t interrupt you, etc. It’s the tale of two cities on opposite sides of the cactus curtain.
The City Council approved the construction of a roundabout at the corner of Tenth West and The BLVD. On the surface, this seems to be a good idea. But, if history is any indication, their implementation of said, will likely defeat the entire purpose and makes things worse. They still haven’t grasped on to what the parking problem is on Da BLVD. Hello! It’s been painfully explained to you boneheads (if you would listen instead of pontificating). Too many of the potential parking stalls are used by trees, planters, light poles, benches, and statues of motorcycles. Get rid of those and better marking of the ‘off BLVD’ (side street) parking will likely mitigate the problem. Hello Marvin! Are you listening? We don’t need no sticking parking structures! (They’re too expensive!—Oh, wait. It’s the public’s money that you’re spending. Never mind.)
On Thursday September 22, the DA’s Public Integrality Division served search warrants on the main office and two other locations. This was related to the on-going investigation of the three top officials who stand accused of corruption. The three have since resigned.
Besides the main AVTA offices there were two other locations searched. According to DA spokesperson Sandi Gibbons those warrants are sealed due to the on-going criminal investigation.
According to informed sources, Lancaster City Councilman and AVTA board member Marvin ‘the weasel’ Crist typed off local news media that the two other locations being served were the homes of Palmdale Mayor and AVTA board member Jim Ledford and Councilmember and AVTA board member Mike Dispenza. TWV-3 news had their news vans parked outside the Mayor’s home. No search warrant was served at either location.
It makes you wonder why ‘The Weasel’ would do such a stupid and childish thing (then again, that’s how they roll in Lancaster. They are at war with Palmdale and have been ever since the AV Mall was built in Palmdale and not Lancaster) I wonder if it was to divert attention away from Lancaster? I’m just saying. Perhaps the warrant was served on Ron Smith who was the Chair of the AVTA when this scandal broke. Maybe it was served on Marv ‘The Weasel’ himself. Who knows? Maybe it was even served on Mayor Parris. After all, he’s got his nose in everything.
Mayor Parris was quoted in one local news paper that the warrants and subsequent searches indicate that the investigation is nearing an end. Let’s hope he’s right. The public has a right to know if any of our public officials are crooks. If so let them file charges. If not, then the three administrators (who have the right to be presumed innocent until otherwise proven so in a court of law) who have been slandered are due an apology from the AVTA board and some form of monetary compensation (that should come out of King Rex’s pocket since he and ‘The Weasel’ are the ones shooting off their mouths and making unfounded accusations. Even more troubling is the fact that King Rat (uh, er, make that Rex—my bad) is a lawyer! You would think that he would know better. Then, again perhaps not. Hello, state bar. Anyone one home?)