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Businessman donates $150,000 to his campaign to unseat L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar

October 13, 2010 |  8:31 am

An Eagle Rock businessman is sending a strong signal about his seriousness in trying to unseat Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar in the March 8 election by giving $150,000 of his own money to his campaign.

Rudy Martinez, who owns an Eagle Rock sushi bar and has appeared on the A&E TV show "Flip This House," turned in fundraising reports to the Ethics Commission this week showing he has raised more than $202,000 for his campaign in the race to represent a district that stretches from Eagle Rock to Boyle Heights.

Nearly three-fourths of the total comes from loans to himself.

Huizar has amassed just above $203,000. But he currently has less cash on hand in his account, a fact highlighted by Martinez in a news release featuring former Councilman Nick Pacheco, who represented the district from 1999 to 2003.

"Rudy is showing the type of strength that is necessary when any individual seeks to unseat an incumbent," Pacheco said.

Twelve employees of Pacheco's law firm have contributed a combined $6,000 to Martinez.

Meanwhile, at least six members of the Delijani family, which owns historic theaters in downtown Los Angeles, have given a combined $3,000 to Huizar.

Huizar, who is seeking a second four-year term, has pushed for the city to construct a parking garage near those theaters. He has picked up donations from a wide range of real estate developers, including $500 from businessman Rick Caruso, developer of the Grove shopping center and a possible 2013 mayoral candidate.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall