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December 8, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A former Huntington Park police officer has filed a $500,000 legal claim against the city of Los Angeles, saying he suffered "serious multiple physical injuries" after his car was hit from behind by a city-owned SUV driven by City Councilman Jose Huizar. David Ceja, 49, said his 2002 Saturn was struck by Huizar's 2008 Toyota Highlander on 1st Street in Boyle Heights in October. Humberto Guizar, Ceja's attorney, said that in the minutes after the accident, Huizar repeatedly asked that the matter be handled without alerting the Los Angeles Police Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The panel charged with looking into sexual harassment claims against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has completed its work and forwarded its findings to Council President Herb Wesson. News that the probe is finished comes as the City Council on Friday is scheduled to consider a contract authorizing up to $200,000 in payments to the law firm representing Huizar in a lawsuit filed by his accuser, former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy. The report, which council members are expected to consider behind closed doors, was prepared by Batza & Associates, an investigative firm that specializes in workplace matters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The acrimonious race between Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and onetime friend Rudy Martinez took an unusual turn Monday when the challenger said federal agents had questioned him about some of Huizar's private business dealings. Martinez said FBI agents interviewed him roughly six months ago about various issues, including repairs that he arranged for Huizar in 2006 and 2007 at a rental house owned by the councilman and his wife. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre resigned in 1999 after prosecutors conducted an investigation into roof repairs at his home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar sent an e-mail to his reelection supporters Tuesday defending his office's use of lists that graded civic leaders numerically on their level of support for him. One day after The Times reported on the lists, which assessed police officers, church pastors, high school cheer squad advisors and others within his district, Huizar said the practice was done by a "former staff member" and simply helped him...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
With three days to go before election day, the two leading candidates for the Los Angeles City Council's 14th District sprinted across the Eastside on Saturday trying to shore up their bases of support. Jose Huizar and Nick Pacheco, both attorneys, have emerged as the leading contenders among the 10 candidates vying to represent the district, which stretches from Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The Eagle Rock businessman seeking to unseat Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar abruptly quit his post as a reserve police officer five years ago after investigators found he had a police badge ? one issued to an officer who died in the line of duty. Rudy Martinez, then serving as a volunteer at the Los Angeles Police Department, "refused to cooperate" with investigators and quickly resigned after he was asked about the badge, which was found by the employee of a towing company in 2004, according to a police report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Jose Huizar has received the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in his bid to win the 14th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. A member of the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Huizar has backed dozens of school-construction projects. He also has been endorsed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Nick Pacheco and Jose Huizar are among the contenders for the 14th Council District seat who plan to attend a candidates' forum in Boyle Heights this evening, organizer Ralph Carmona said. The Eastside council district was vacated by Antonio Villaraigosa, who took office as mayor July 1. Voters will choose a successor Nov. 8. The forum takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
LOS ANGELES Members of the Los Angeles school board reelected Jose Huizar as board president Thursday at their annual meeting. Huizar, an attorney, represents District 2, which includes downtown Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Pico-Union and Chinatown. He is in his fourth year as a board member. Before the unanimous vote, board member Julie Korenstein told Huizar that he had held the board together "through an extraordinarily difficult school year."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pay $185,000 to end a lawsuit over a rear-end collision involving a city car driven by Councilman Jose Huizar. On a 14-0 vote, council members signed off on the payout to David Ceja, a former Huntington Park police officer whose vehicle was struck by Huizar's city-owned SUV in 2012. The council approved the agreement without comment. Because the settlement was treated as a consent item, lawmakers did not discuss the case -- either in open session or behind closed doors -- during the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff ended speculation Monday about her immediate political plans, saying through a spokesman she will not file a challenge to City Councilman Jose Huizar. Ana Guerrero, who has advised Garcetti since his days as a councilman, had been talked up in City Hall circles as a potential challenger to Huizar even though she and her family live in La Crescenta -- outside city limits. "Ana will not be a candidate" for Huizar's seat, said Garcetti spokesman Jeff Millman in an email.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Broadway, the sparkling entertainment district of mid-20th-century Los Angeles, had a long fall. As residents moved to the suburbs, opulent movie palaces dating to the early days of the film industry closed their doors. Upscale shops were closed, and department stores decamped for newer neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s. Businesses catering primarily to Latino immigrants kept the sidewalks active, but most buildings fell empty above the first floor. Much of downtown has enjoyed a renaissance since 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By James Rainey
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, recently accused by a former top aide of pressuring her for sex and retaliating when she rebuffed him, was the subject of a 2005 criminal investigation in which a Pasadena massage therapist said Huizar groped her, according to records and interviews. At the time of the complaint, Huizar was president of the Los Angeles school board and was running for City Council. The Pasadena Police Department recently released a summary of its investigation in response to a state Public Records Act request by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A man posing as a studio executive, but apparently actually working as an undercover FBI agent targeting state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), contacted Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's office last year with questions about city permits. Records and interviews indicate the agent represented himself as Rocky Patel, president of Los Angeles-based United Pacific Studios. Sometime last year, the councilman's spokesman said, Patel apparently sought information on securing a conditional use permit for a production studio in Huizar's district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of sexual harassment filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, claiming that city officials are attempting to intimidate her by forcing her to testify a day before she is due to give birth. Former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's lawsuit asks a judge to block the city's attempt to compel her to speak to an investigator representing the city Wednesday, one day before the suit says she is scheduled to have a caesarean section. Godoy claims that the subpoena issued to her last week is designed to preempt the proper questioning she would undergo in her lawsuit against Huizar, her onetime boss at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jose Huizar has opened a significant lead in fundraising in his campaign for the 14th District seat on the City Council. Huizar, a Los Angeles Unified School District board member, had raised $279,289 through Sept. 24, while his most well-known opponent, former Councilman Nick Pacheco, had brought in $144,447, according to the city Ethics Commission. In the race to fill the council's 10th District seat, former Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson has raised $294,001. The primary election is Nov. 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Jose Huizar and Herb Wesson were sworn in Tuesday as members of the City Council. The council is now back to its full 15 members for the first time since July 1, when Antonio Villaraigosa became mayor and Martin Ludlow resigned to head the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Huizar, a former member of the L.A. Board of Education, represents the city's 14th District, which includes Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Mount Washington, Highland Park and Eagle Rock.
OPINION
October 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Human nature being what it is, people are going to have extramarital and intra-office affairs, and no amount of warning from friends, Scriptures or made-for-cable movies will prevent them. But anyone in a position of power to hire and fire is inviting more than just personal trouble when getting involved with an employee. That's especially true when the affair involves an elected official and an aide. Residents want to know that the staffers trying to solve their problems are being promoted or demoted based on their policy expertise, not because of their fling with the boss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday called his extramarital relationship with a former staffer a "huge mistake," but said he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments in the district he represents. Huizar discussed the relationship after attending his first council meeting since he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy. He made his remarks on the same day as the kickoff event for his March 2015 reelection campaign.
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