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