July 1, 2013 — Gil Cedillo’s First Day In Office — Ultra-Corrupt Lobbyist Morrie Goldman Needed A Favor Right Away — Senior Staffer Arturo Chavez Was All Like — None Of Our Office Machines Are Even Working Yet But For You Morrie Anything! — Setting The Tone For The Rest Of Cedillo’s Term

Been six weeks or so since last I wrote about selections from this stinking heap consisting of 242 PDF pages of problematic ethical situations involving Gil Cedillo’s senior staff advisor Arturo Chavez and a rampaging gang of corrupt lobbyists. And first among these corrupt rampagers is Mister Corruption himself, Morrie Freaking Goldman. Talked of in FBI offices alongside Jose Huizar, buddy of Gil Cedillo.

And today we have a small story of a single day in the CD1-repping life of Gil Cedillo. But not just any day. It was the first day of the rest of Cedillo’s term. July 1, 2013. The fax wasn’t even working yet.1 But the influence machine was working, and that’s how Morrie Goldman came to leave a message for Arturo Chavez on July 1, 2013 asking for a favor and later following up by email: “Did you get my message re: 1111 Wilshire CUB hearing?”

And these 1111 Wilshire people didn’t just parachute in out of nowhere. They were heavily invested in the CD1 race that Cedillo ultimately won. At first they weren’t interested in Cedillo at all, but rather his opponent, Jose Gardea. As Ed Reyes’s chief of staff Gardea was doubtless the establishment candidate and presumptive heir of the moment, which is doubtless why two separate anonymous LLCs named after 1111 Wilshire gave Gardea a total of $2,100 in the 2013 CD1 campaign.

But at some point they evidently realized that they’d better hedge their bets, so in June of 2013 they gave Cedillo $700 as well. And that, children, is doubtless why Morrie Goldman had Arturo Chavez’s phone number on the first day of Gil Cedillo’s term. And doubtless why Arturo Chavez answered Goldman’s demands. And told him that yes, Cedillo was writing a letter, and yes, he could pick it up in the morning.

And that, friends, is what $700 buys you from Gil Cedillo, and that, friends, is how Gil Cedillo and his senior staff spent their first day at 200 N. Spring Street. And every other day since then, looks like. Turn the page for a transcription of the entire email conversation and please, take a look at the whole spool because there are doubtless unmined gems lurking in there!

Subject: Did you get my message re: 1111 Wilshire CUB hearing?
From: Morrie R. Goldman <MGoldman@urbansolutionsla.com> Mon Jul 1 2013 at 3:35 PM
To: arturo.chavez@lacity.org

Morrie R. Goldman
Urban Solutions LLC
235 S. San Pedro Street, #657
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Office: (213) 689-4745
FAX: (213) 488-1090
Email: mgoldman@urbansolutionsla.com

Arturo Chavez <arturo.chavez@lacity.org> Tue, Jul 2,2013 at 6:50 PM
To: “Morrie R. Goldman” <MGoldman@urbansolutionsla.com>

Morrie, we completed the letter and Gerald is taking it to committee tomorrow. We have no letterhead, no scanner and had difficulty with printers. It’s been like this since yesterday but we will get through.

Morrie R. Goldman <mgoldman@urbansolutionsla.com> Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM
To: Arturo Chavez <arturo.chavez@lacity.org>

I have an item in Council tomorrow; can I get it from you around 10?

Thanks a lot!

Sent from my iPhone…

Morrie R. Goldman
Office: (213) 689-4745
Mobile: (213) 321-7545

Arturo Chavez <arturo.chavez@lacity.org> Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM
To: “Morris R. Goldman” <mgoldman@urbansolutionsla.com>


Image of Arturo Chavez is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and who knows where the time goes? Or where this Arturo Chavez over here goes?

  1. I don’t actually remember if faxes still mattered in 2013. I kind of think they did not. But they matter in this story, so you gotta willingly suspend disbelief. Even though this story is true. That’s how kooky our City Council offices are in Los Angeles. OK, take it all back. It wasn’t the fax that wasn’t working yet, it was the scanner that wasn’t working yet. And they were out of letterhead. That’s how bad it was on Gil Cedillo’s first day.

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