Huizar e-mails supporters that ranking of civic leaders was not 'some kind of Nixonian enemies list'
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar sent an e-mail to his reelection supporters on Tuesday trying to explain his use of lists prepared by his office that graded civic leaders on their support for him.
He said the practice was done by “a former staff member” and has been abandoned.
“While the list has not been used in years, it was not, as my opponent claimed, some kind of Nixonian ‘enemies list,’” Huizar wrote.
“It most definitely was not used to determine who received services, or had their potholes filled.” Huizar said his opponent, Rudy Martinez, “cannot cite one single example of the misuse of that list for any purpose. Not one.”
The e-mail went out one day after The Times reported on the lists, which ranked dozens of civic leaders on their clout in the district, with 5 being the best score. The list also graded community leaders on their support for Huizar using a ranking of 3 to indicate a strong supporter and a minus 3 for a die-hard foe.
Huizar sent his e-mail after Martinez posted three separate lists--one for Boyle Heights, one for El Sereno and one for Northeast neighborhoods such as Eagle Rock and Mt. Washington--on his campaign website. “If Mr. Huizar was in touch with the community, he wouldn’t need to have a list,” said Martinez.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall