Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Death of Raul Rodriguez has sadden the world around us....

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I just saw on Facebook that my friend Raul Rodriguez has left this Earth.

Raul was a "hometown hero" here in the Norwalk, Cerritos, Santa Fe Springs area and we gladly shared him and his talents with the entire world each and every New Years Day when he proudly rode down Colorado Boulevard beaming on one of this magic floral creations (aka: floats) in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Fox News Anchor Christine Devine posted the following on Facebook just a couple of hours ago....

"So sad to share the news of the passing of my dear friend Raul Rodriguez, the famed Rose Parade float designer. Raul was an LA icon designing 10+ floats at a time each year. The parade, we, have lost a shining light."

I hope everyone can pause a moment to truly pay tribute to Raul tonight. 

His passing is a personal loss for so many of us who knew him and loved him for most of his entire life.

Raul was like Walt Disney in my book.  The made dreams come true.

I am so saddened.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Attorney Eber Bayona to appear on 'The Randy Economy Show' on Saturday, Feb. 14 (Attoney for Lyvette Crespo)

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The Randy Economy Show on AM 870 The Answer (KRLA) here in Southern California will be interviewing Criminal Attorney Eber Bayona on this Saturday night’s show from 8 to 9 p.m. PST.

Bayona is representing Lyvette Crespo, the wife of former Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo who she allegedly shot and killed on September 30, 2014.

Bayona will be shedding new details on the situation and will also be available to answer questions from listeners.

Bayona, told reporters at a press conference after the shooting took place in front of Bell Gardens City Hall that Mayor Crespo’s death was a "very tragic loss for the family." But, he said, his client had long been a victim of domestic violence -- and was prepared to show investigators statements, photographs and other evidences proving such.

If you are a member of the media and would like to attend the show, call Randy Economy at 562 743 0882.

The number for guests to call into the Randy Economy Show is 1-866-870-KRLA (5752).  Above photo INTERNET-LATime3s

Friday, February 06, 2015

Death of Bell Gardens Daniel Crespo Mayor Discussed on "The Randy Economy Show" on Feb. 7 and 14th

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A quick note.

My new radio show on AM 870 The Answer (KRLA) here in Southern California will be tackling the shooting death of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo.

On Saturday night (Feb. 7) my guests will include William Crespo, the brother of the slain Mayor and his attorney Jay Devitt.  Also appearing will be Bell Gardens City Councilmembers Jesse Mendoza, Priscilla Flores and Jennifer Rodriguez.

Then next Saturday night, Feb. 14, my invited guest is Eben Bayonne, the attorney for Lyvette Crespo, and others.  I have extended an invitation to both Lyvette and her son Daniel Jr., to attend and participate in the show. 

Stay tuned and TUNE IN!

Monday, February 02, 2015

ENDORSEMENT: Elect Mark Isler to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees!

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I endorse Mark Isler for Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees!

I am passionate about who we elect in local elections here in Southern California.

I rarely endorse candidates for public office, but when I do, it is because I believe in their ability and believe that they will never ever betray the trust of taxpayers.

My friend Mark Isler is running for Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees (Seat #1) in the upcoming March election, and I am urging everyone to get behind Mark’s grassroots campaign and to support his candidacy.

Mark Isler is an educator, a father, a devoted son, as a true hero in my book.  Mark is passionate about education, higher education, and has dedicated his entire adult life as a teacher right here in LA County.

Mark Isler will help guide our community colleges into a new era and he will do it without greed and ego, but will do the job with honesty, integrity and openness.

I work with Mark Isler at AM 870 the Answer—KRLA.  My new show, “The Randy Economy Show” comes on right before his incredibly popular “Mark Isler Show” on Saturday nights.

This election for Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees is not about Democrat vs. Republican in my opinion, it is about common sense and casting your ONE precious vote for a person who will represent the needs of students first and foremost and to protect us taxpayers who are the ones who really pay the bills in the long run.

Vote for Mark Isler.

Visit his website at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto Headlines ‘The Randy Economy Show’ on Saturday, Jan. 31, on AM 870 ‘The Answer’

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Award winning investigative reporter Randy Economy will welcome California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto to his talk radio show this coming Saturday, January 31, 2015 on AM 870 The Answer--KRLA from 8 to 9 p.m. PST

Mike Gatto was elected to the legislature in June 2010, after a series of special elections. As a member of the Democratic controlled state assembly, Mike sits on five different committees, including Appropriations; Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, & Internet Media; Water, Parks & Wildlife; Government Organization; and Banking & Finance.

For the 2011-2012 session, Mike was named Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California Assembly and presided over meetings when the Speaker Pro Tempore could not.  In late 2012, Gatto was named Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Last year, Assemblyman Gatto’s family was devastated when his father, beloved educator and artist Joseph Gatto was murdered in the families Silver Lake home.

The murder made headlines all around the globe and the killer has still to be brought to justice and is still on the loose.

The Randy Economy Show is a fast paced one-hour show that allows Economy to give listeners a rare inside look at some of the biggest news stories that mainstream journalists are afraid to tackle.

Economy is a native of Southern California and for the last five years as work as an Investigative Reporter for Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community Newspapers.

Economy is quick-witted, bold, direct, and to the point, and his new radio chat show will break barriers and make headlines during 2015.

KRLA is the current home to some of the biggest and most influential radio talk show hosts in America including Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller and Mark Isler.

Economy has been responsible for uncovering some of the biggest political corruption cases in recent memory when he worked at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.  Some of his high profile exposes included corruption inside the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office that has already lead to the arrest of five people including former Assessor John R. Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari, and others.

Sylvia Southerland is the Executive Producer of “The Randy Economy Show.”  Sylvia can be reached at (562) 335-2581.

For media inquiries call Randy at (562) 743-0882.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Legendary Retired Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley will be the FIRST guest on my radio show!

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With former DA Steve Cooley!
Great NEWS!
I wanted to post this PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the very first "Randy Economy Show" that is now within eye sight!
Feel free to pass the word on Facebook, Twitter, etc!
For Immediate Release!
Award winning investigative reporter Randy Economy will be the host of his own talk radio show beginning on Saturday, January 24, 2015 on KRLA AM 870 The Answer from 8 to 9 p.m.

The fast paced one-hour show will allow Economy to give listeners a rare inside look at some of the biggest headlines currently grabbing headlines in the news as well as looking into the stories mainstream journalists are afraid to tackle.

Economy is a native of Southern California and for the last five years as work as an Investigative Reporter for Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community Newspapers.

Economy is quick-witted, bold, direct, and to the point, and his new radio chat show will break barriers and make headlines during 2015.

KRLA is the current home to some of the biggest and most influential radio talk show hosts in America including Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller and Mark Isler.

Economy has been responsible for uncovering some of the biggest political corruption cases in recent memory when he worked at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.  Some of his high profile exposes included corruption inside the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office that has already lead to the arrest of five people including former Assessor John R. Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari, and others.

I love the studio at AM 870 The Answer!  Getting use to this new life in talk radio!
Economy announced that his first guest would be legendary former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for his inaugural show on Saturday, January 24 (8 to 9 p.m. PST).  Cooley served as the top prosecutor in Los Angeles County for 16 years.  Cooley rarely gives media interviews, so listeners will be given a unique look into this remarkable criminal prosecutor.

For advertising opportunities on “The Randy Economy Show,” please call (562) 743-0882.

Sylvia Southerland is the Executive Producer of “The Randy Economy Show.”  Sylvia can be reached at (562) 335-2581.

For media inquiries call Randy at (562) 743-0882.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Get Ready for 'The Randy Economy Show' on KRLA, The Answer 870AM beginning Saturday, January 24!

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I am thrilled to announce that beginning on Saturday, January 24, 2015, I will be hosting the "Randy Economy Show" on KRLA The Answer AM 870 here in Southern California. (8 to 9 p.m., PST).

This is a dream come true for me, and I want to thank everyone at Salem Communications for helping make this show become a reality.

My life has been a real Blessing, and being able to share my voice with millions of listeners here in the greater Southern California "community" is just plain incredible.

I want to also thank to good folks over at the Mayor Sam Yorty Blog here in Los Angeles for helping get the word out about my new show in a post a couple of days ago.

I am going to tackle hard investigative stories on my show.  Nothing will be off limits.  I want my show to make people think about the world around us here in Southern California and how everyone can help take charge of our local city halls, school districts, water boards, county halls of administration and to seek justice when an injustice has taken place.

This show will belong to you, the listeners!  You will be able to interact with me live on the air and I promise your voices will be heard.

I have already lined up some amazing guests and will be announcing who they are over the next three weeks.

Also, if you are interested in ADVERTISING on my new show, please drop me a note to or call my cell phone at 562 743 0882.

Here is what Mayor Sam says about my new talk show..

Sunday, December 28, 2014

 Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday         
Former Los Cerritos News Award-winning Investigative Reporter Randy Economy announces new weekly Talk Radio Gig on KRLA 870 AM on Saturdays, beginning January 24, 2015.
Investigative Reporter and New AM Talk Radio Host Randy Economy.

Never be surprise by the unexpected from Randy Economy.
Unexpected was the recent news that the Award-winning Investigative Journalist Randy Economy had abruptly resigned his position at the Los Cerritos News/Hews Media Group, just prior to the November Elections.
But in an announcement that should surprise no one, the scribe responsible for the outing of now indicted, former LA County Assessor John Noguez, is seeking to marriage Keyboard Musing, with the Spoken Word as he takes a weekly Talk Radio Gig with KRLA 870 AM.
Beginning on Saturday,January 24, "The Randy Economy Show" will debut on KRLA AM 870 The Answer from 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday nights.
This show is a dream come true for me.
So, every Saturday night in 2015, we are going to have a "date" on the radio. I also want to thank everyone at Salem Communications for making this happen.
My new Executive Producer is Sylvia Granados Southerland, and her dedication and hard work behind the scenes these past several weeks has been awesome.
So....stay tuned! Talk I come!  
...., and surely many will listen.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yes Virginia! Kidnapped Rudolph The Reindeer Recovered from a Gardena Trailer Park

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The stolen Rudolph The Reindeer of Rolling Hills Estates has been found in a trailer park in nearby Gardena.  Are you kidding me?  Yes, Virginia, the kidnapped leader of Santa's Sleigh is safe and sound.

Here are all the details from Santa's helpers over at KTLA this morning:

"An iconic statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was found Monday, more than a week after it was stolen from Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood where the hand-crafted reindeer had been a holiday fixture for decades.
The 200-pound statue disappeared from atop a city sign in the Ranchview neighborhood on Dec. 12.
On Monday, sheriff’s deputies following up on a tip from a KTLA viewer located the wooden statue on the roof of a mobile home in Gardena.
A man at the home was arrested for possession of stolen property, according to Sgt. Mark Moffett with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Moffett said the man was a gardener who worked in the area where the statute disappeared. “He claimed to have found it … and confirmed that it came from that area,” Moffett said."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. James Catholic Church: Sending Loving Prayers After a Tragic Night

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I wanted to send out lots of love and Prayers to those who were involved in the tragic car accident at St. James Catholic Church on Wednesday night in the South Bay.

As many as 12 people were seriously injured and one person has died after an apparent drunk driver hit a crowd of people who just left St. James Church after celebrating a Christmas pageant. 

A youngster has died, and several others are in very critical condition.

Let's all Pray for those involved.  Life is a Blessing. Tonight was a tragedy that should have never taken place.

Please feel free to post your thoughts below this blog and feel free to share with your friends on Facebook and other Social media sites.

Here are more details from CBS2/KCAL9 News:

REDONDO BEACH ( — Police are investigating after multiple pedestrians were struck, one fatally, at a Redondo Beach intersection Wednesday night.
The incident occurred at Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street, near Redondo Union High School, around 8 p.m.

Redondo Beach Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.
“Preliminary information provided to RBPD is that a motor vehicle drove north bound on Pacific Coast Highway through the intersection of Vincent Street, striking several pedestrians,
the vehicle continued driving, ultimately colliding head on into another vehicle,” Sgt. Shawn Freeman stated in a press release.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Press Conference regarding the Murder of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo to be held on Friday at Coroners Office

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I have been covering the murder of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo for the past two months, and I was just told that family members will be holding a press conference this coming Friday in front of the Los Angeles County Coroners Office. 

I will be there.

Here are the details via a text message I just received.

***Attention Supporters*** There will be a press conference this Friday at 11:00 a.m. regarding new details Please attend if you can. We need to ensure that the media and authorities know we are still very much waiting for answers and justice! That will be accomplished if all the supporters that can be there are there... Details below: December 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. Los Angeles Coroners Office 1102 n Mission Rd Los angeles 90033

Monday, December 15, 2014

Controversial Comments Regarding Cuban-Americans by State Senator Tony Mendoza Irks Local Community Leaders

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Did you see what new California State Senator Tony Mendoza said about Cuban-Americans this past week in his FIRST televised interview in Sacramento. Yep. Tony is going to be a walking sound bite for us in the media during the next four years. He is off to a great start with his "foot in mouth" problem that has plagued him in the past. Here is a press statement I received today. Not going to edit the release. You can make your own decision.

California State Senator Tony Mendoza, "Bro..."
Contact: Dorian Hauffen @ (323) 800-2427
A Recent Interview On a Syndicated Cable News Program
 Shows the New Senator’s Negative Side

DOWNEY, California - (December 15, 2014) – Recently elected State Senator Tony Mendoza began his term by providing an all too familiar self-deflecting rant of blame shifting and distortion of facts related to his campaign for the 32nd State Senate seat. In a recent interview on Charter Cable’s California Edition, Mendoza tries to make claim an image he had taken of himself, while he was in the Assembly, dressed in gang attire, was somehow racist and used against him falsely and continues with a baseless claim that his opponent, of Cuban decent, doesn’t consider himself Latino. Richard Garcia, Mendoza’s former communications director, said in a statement, “Mendoza had an opportunity to take the high road by giving details on his plans to improve the 32nd Senatorial district at the outset of the interview, but instead low browed the chance by offering ridiculous claims about a photo he personally authorized to be taken while in the State Assembly. He further offended Cuban-Americans with a racially charged comment on their self-identity and exclusion as Latinos.” Area Cuban groups within the 32nd State Senate district took offense at the Cuban remarks made by Senator Mendoza and are asking for a public apology. “In the heat of campaigns opponents often lash out at each other, but it is senseless and insensitive to make derogatory remarks about a community of Latinos, in this case Cuban-Americans, when you are expected to serve them as constituents,” said Fernando Marquet, Cuban-American community leader, Cuban refugee and survivor of the Bay of Pigs. “It is just as reckless to claim that a proud Latino and community leader such as Mario A. Guerra, who was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. doesn’t view himself as Latino. The Senator clearly does not know Mayor Guerra or the Cuban community. He should apologize for his remarks immediately.” Alberto Del Calvo, vice president of the Cuban American Teacher’s Association, said, “I don’t know what would make Mr. Mendoza say such a thing. It seems to me to be pure ignorance on his part.” Mendoza, who previously served in the State’s Assembly, and was ousted from his position as Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus due to allegations of money laundering, was also connected to a website during the Senate race that used a doctored image of his opponent’s son insinuating illegal and immoral acts. Mendoza never publicly denounced the site, or its content, but did urge his supporters to log on and see it for themselves.

I will provide Team Mendoza and State Senate Leader Kevin Deleon free ink on my blog here to respond.  So, what do you think?  Is this typical Tony Mendoza or is this just plain WRONG?


Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 La Mirada City Council Campaign Turned Totally Sideways.

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Tony Aiello.Councilman in the Making!

The March 2015 La Mirada City Council has been totally turned upside down.

Yep, politically boring La Mirada has joined the rest of rowdy Southeast Los Angeles County. About time.

Seven candidates, including the lightning rod father of Councilman Andrew Sarega, will seek three seats on the City Council. 

Also in the race is Tony Aiello,  a life long resident who is literally one of the best know residents in La Mirada.

Game on. 

So will voters elect two Sarega's to the La Mirada City Council.  If so, I want the rights to the cable television reality show if it happens.

The Sarega Show could rival the Real Housewives of Orange County or Beverly Hills for that matter.

The Sarega's are changing the rules of the political around here.

Dad John is outspoken. Brash. Some say hot headed.  Opinionated. Passionate.

Son Andrew Sarega lives under the same roof with Dad.  That is where the Reality Show begins if both are elected.

Councilman Steve Jones will be out of office and has not decided to seek a fifth four-year term.  (La Mirada needs term limits for city council members, needless to say).

Councilmen Steve De Ruse and Larry Mowles are seeking their second terms and well, then are in danger of going down in flames in this campaign.  They are outraged about the possibility of having two Sarega's on the same city council.  Great article in the Whittier Daily News by Reporter Mike Sprague on the early campaign this weekend.

In addition to Senior Sarega, another challenger, Tony Aiello is in this campaign. 

I like Tony.

Tony Aiello is probably one of the best known residents of La Mirada. His campaign has already attracted great "buzz" and "chatter" inside the corridors in and around La Mirada Boulevard.  Tony get's things done around La Mirada and I totally support his campaign 100 PERCENT.  Aiello has amazing knowledge of the community and would bring a new edgy attitude to the city council.  I like edgy.

Also running is Edward Eng, executive director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission; Dale Nowicki, an attorney; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; and Sarega’s father, John,who is a commercial property owner.  Saenz has the backing of the longtime political machine.  Eng would be the first Asian American ever elected to an office in La Mirada (long over due) and Nowicki is also well known in key circles.

So, welcome to Democracy 2015 to the Voters of La Mirada.

This is going to be a wild campaign.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Greg Ariola Almodovar Goes Missing in Long Beach; Let's All Help Find Him

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Just got this ALERT from the Long Beach Police Department and I wanted to post this on my blog asap.

I just got this "ALERT" from the Long Beach Police Department about a young man who has gone missing. find Greg Almodovar!

Here is the detailed information.   Please share on Facebook, etc.

"The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was last seen on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. 

The missing man, 23-year-old Greg Ariola Almodovar, was last seen at approximately 9:00 p.m, on 12/3/14 in Long Beach. He is suffering from depression but hadn’t made any statements to lead detectives to believe he would harm himself. His vehicle was located in the area of Willow Avenue and the 710 Freeway on 12/4/14. The circumstances of his disappearance are unknown but suspicious. 

The missing person is described as follows: 

Name: Greg Ariola Almodvar 
Age: 23 years 
Gender: Male 
Race/Ethnicity: Filipino 
Height: 5’2” 
Weight: 159 
Clothing: unknown 
Scars/Marks: none 
Visible Dental Work: unknown 

The Long Beach Police Department continues to search for the victim. Local hospitals have been alerted and area law enforcement and public transportation agencies have also been notified. Anyone who sees the victim or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711 or 9-1-1.

Convicted Politician Richard Alarcon Skates Out of Jail and Into 'House Arrest.' This isn't JUSTICE, this is a Circus!

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Ex-LA Politician Martin Ludlow  who also turned into a convicted felon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seal of Los Angeles, California. On March 27, ...
Seal of Los Angeles, California.  
Why in the world are we spending millions of tax dollars to prosecute politicians who get caught breaking the law?

Why are we holding high profile trials, with guilty jury convictions, and then have these political crooks end up doing their "hard time" in the comfort of their own home.

It happened again on Friday when convicted FELON/Ex-Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was allowed to skip out of a 120-day jail sentence (Perjury and Voter Fraud) and into a custom fit ankle bracelet and into house arrest for the next 51 days.  
Hard time my rear?

Shame on the legal system for allowing this to take place today.

I have reported on political corruption for years.

We have all learned firsthand about the seedy dark side of how our "public servants" break laws, how they stuff millions of dollars into their pockets and go on to live lavish lives...out of the glare.

Enough of the "slap on the wrist" mentality that is now the "new normal" after elected lawmakers are found guilty of felony crimes.

Come on Sheriff Jim McDonnell.  

Show us what you are made of.  The people elected you to stop corrupt lawmakers from destroying the system.  Come of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. 

Let's stop allowing convicted elected officials to sneak out of jail....without fanfare...and stop playing the "jail over crowding" card as your excuse. 

We all need to be alarmed about with took place today with new Felon Richard Alarcon...each and everyone of us.

Don't be fooled people.  Hey, I wonder where Alarcon is going to be doing his "house arrest?"  The political circus is BACK in TOWN!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Remembering Michelle Wright Alonzo: She Taught Life Lessons with a Loving Heart

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I wanted to share a few thoughts about the passing of my friend Michelle Wright Alonzo who left this Earth this weekend all too soon.

Michelle and I, and so many others here on the East Side of Cerritos literally grew up together starting at the age of six, seven, and eight.

 Michelle had a heart of gold and her spirit touched me at a young age and I also considered her to be like a "kid sister" and a true friend. We both struggled in our adult years with health issues, but we never lost our sense of humor or sense of where we came from and the values we learned from our parents as youngsters. Michelle was an amazing teacher here in the ABC Unified School District, but the lessons she taught to so many about life through her compassion and struggles will inspire generations to come. Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel. Keeping her in my Thoughts and Prayers this week and I ask you to do the same.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Quincy Jones: Running into 'Q' on the Red Carpet was a real life 'Bucket List' Moment

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With Quincy Jones last week at the Biltmore Hotel,
Let's see. I can now take "Meet Quincy Jones on a Red Carpet" off my official Bucket List.

Do people still have "Bucket Lists?" 

I really don't have a Bucket List, but I think I will start one...just in case. Being an Investigative Journalist whose work has ACTUALLY sent several politicians to jail, and other shady folks around Southern California does have it's risks, if you know what I mean. It also has it's totally cool aspects as well.

Case in point. Last Sunday night I was a finalist in the News category for the 2014 Seventh Annual National Arts and Entertainment Awards held at the Biltmore Hotel.

On the "Red Carpet" with my pal Robert Kovacik from NBC LA and the Q.
An article that was co-wrote by my previous newspaper publisher and myself was selected as a "finalist" against amazing work from colleagues at the Hollywood Reporter, and Los Angeles Times. Our entry did not win, but it was an honor just to be "in the mix" with some of the best journalists in America in this years competition.

I love a good Red Carpet. I totally loved this one since I found myself face to face, and arm over arm with the iconic Quincy Jones. The Q. Are you kidding me?  This is a "Bucket List Bonus Item" that just "popped up" and landed on my lap.

Quincy Jones was kind. Asked me "how did you lose your right eye," pointing to my signature "pirate patch." With cameras clicking away, I got close to his ear and whispered, "I got into a nasty fight was a corrupt politician in Southern California and well, I ended up loosing my eyesight in this eye." 

"Really," Quincy responded.

Awe, not so much. I told "Q,"  (we are now on a first initial basis) the truth that I lost the vision in my right eye due to a very rare medical condition.  It was incredible. A real life moment that I will not soon forget.

with Reporter Patt Morrison.
Also had a great time visiting with reporter Gene Maddaus with the LA Weekly as well as with the iconic Patt Morrison, and yes, Patt's hat was another signature statement piece with some of the most amazing feathers you could ever imagine.

I also want to congratulate journalist Josh Peeples with The Advocate for being named Journalist of the Year.

 More about Quincy Jones: Mr. Jones will accept the Visionary Award at a gala celebration on November 23 at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.
The Visionary Award was instituted two years ago to honor an individual within the Entertainment Industry who uses their high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and importance.  

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Being Thankful Today. BTW, the GPS doesn't always work around Anaheim

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Thanksgiving, 2014.

Today was another day when I paused, thanked God for the many Blessing's that have been bestowed upon me and to be with loved ones.

I am also reminded that life is a gift, a precious gift that cannot fit into a box but can only be felt in one's inner soul.   I also was reminded to never trust Mapquest or Verizon Navigator.

My mom, and a dear family friend went to Anaheim today to celebrate Thanksgiving, it ended up being like Mr. Toads Wild Ride over at Disneyland.  (Is Mr. Toad's Wild Ride STILL at Disneyland, or am I out of touch?)

We got lost, totally lost, and we have the magic of GPS to thank for the big misadventure.

Sure, we had the right address to where we were headed, after all, Anaheim is only six miles from Cerritos.

Residential streets in Anaheim actually look identical and many of the street names are identical with the exception of the tiny word etched on the end of the street type.  Yep. Watch the Avenue, Street, Circle, Court, Way, Lane, Drive, East Anaheim, West Anaheim, N, S, W, E, it was all a blur today.

Needless to say....we arrived very the last one's to arrive.  We did however find a lovely home on the end of a street that had the same street number and street name.  Nah, we didn't crash that party but maybe next year we might just pop into that unsuspecting fancy two story ranch styled home.

We still laughed at being SO lost and SO was a Thanksgiving I will never forget.

Life is good.

I wonder what ever happened that that family recipe for "Stacked Pie" that I made with Debbie Wilson at my casa in Cerritos back in 1978?  That's another story I have tucked in my "Turkey Day Memory Bank."

What are you #thankful for today?  Hit my comment section.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ONE MONTH LATER: Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo’s Murder Continues to Cast Dark Shadow over Friends, Family, and Legal System

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The casket of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo.  Randy Economy Photo

By Randy Economy

(Bell Gardens, CA) The murder of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo continues to haunt the subdued halls of City Hall, homes and businesses across this small working class bedroom community that is located outside of shadows of Downtown Los Angeles.

It also haunts me.

Daniel Crespo was my friend, a very close friend and confidant.

On September 20, I got a phone call from Robert Kovacik who works with NBC LA.  Robert was on jury duty when he called me that particular afternoon.  I had been in a major car accident a couple of weeks earlier and had suffered tremendous soft tissue damage in my rib cage and back and deep bruises.  I was racked up and lucky to be alive.

Robert asked me if I had heard that Daniel had “been shot.”

Shot? Daniel, Crespo? Huh?

My life blurred.  I turned on Channel 4; a photo of “Crespo” (as so many of us called him) was on the screen with the graphic words, “Bell Gardens Mayor Shot.”

The next several minutes turned into an hour, an American Mayor had been murdered and his wife (Lyvette) was named as the person who pulled the trigger and their 19-year-old son was apparently in the same room when it all took place.

Today marks one month since Daniel Crespo was murdered.

Still, no one has been charged.

No one has been held accountable.

The media is going “cold” on this case, except for me.  I, for one, will be dedicating my energy to follow each detail of Daniel’s death and to see how the American Justice System is going to work, or fail here.

The LA Times had a front-page splash on the case this week.  It made the front page. I applaud the LA Times for the ink.

I attended Daniel’s funeral at Rose Hills. It was bizarre, it was surreal and it was something I will never forget and what took place at that funeral was shocking for those of us who witness what unfolded.

I will be documenting each detail of this case for the next several weeks, months, or years for that matter.

You don’t shoot someone seven times just because your having a bad day. 

There is more to be revealed.

I took this photo of Mayor Daniel Crespo just a few weeks before he was murdered at a park in Bell Gardens.
I am going to stick to the facts.

I am working on a documentary, a book for sure on the case.

Today I will pause and remember my friend Daniel Crespo, and so should every member of the media and the community of Bell Gardens.

(Note: If you would like to talk to me more about this case, and if you are one of my friends in the media who is covering this case, feel free to drop me a note at or call me on my cell phone at 562 743-0882).

Moving on to the next chapter in my life

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I have spent the last four years working tirelessly for Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper located here in Southeast Los Angeles County.

As many of you have heard, I have resigned my position and will be moving my professional career into a new direction, and I could not be more excited.

Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.

An ethical journalist acts with integrity. I will never compromise.

I do not want to dwell on the past, but I do want to celebrate my accomplishments.

I do understand how one reporter at a small unknown community newspaper can truly impact the world around us.

I am also being true to my personal principles. 

I am a proud Investigative Reporter.

Enough said. Stay tuned. 

Randy Economy

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Man Shot, Killed in Norwalk on Gridley Road

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Breaking news out of Norwalk and it isn't good.  A man has been shot and killed over on Gridley Road this morning at around 6 a.m.  Details are a tad sketchy right now. Investigation under way.  No name of the victim.

If you have any information on the death, please call the Sheriff's Department at 323 890-5500.

Hit my comment section below if you live in the area.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I Voted for Mario Guerra for California State Senate.....and so should you!!!!

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It is ELECTION EVE here in California.  It is 6:12 p.m. and I went to the polls today and proudly voted for Mario A. Guerra for California State Senate here in the 32nd District.

I live in the EPICENTER of POLITICAL CORRUPTION ROW and enough is enough.

We need a change, a real change.

Mario Guerra is that change.

BTW,,,,, I am no longer working over at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.

More about that later.

First....get out and VOTE, just like Mario did today in Downey....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Those Funny, Funny Folks Over at Cerritos College are AT IT AGAIN....Wazzup Linda Lacy for Slamming HMG-CN, Critics, Again

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Cerritos College President Linda Lacy earns nearly $300,000 as President of the College.
Good Ol' Linda Lacy.

The Cerritos College Superintendent has now officially gone off the deep end in her latest bizarre email rant that we obtained by some of our "peeps" over at the Norwalk-based campus.

Lacy needs to pack up her desk once and for all and let a professional take over the reigns.

Here is the latest article we posted today over at Hews Media Group....

Cerritos College President Linda Lacy Lashes Out at Critics in Email to Trustees, Employees and Students

By Randy Economy and Brian Hews

Lame duck Cerritos College Superintendent Linda Lacy lashed out at critics this week in a hotly worded email that was obtained by Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper on Tuesday.
Lacy has been a lightning rod ever since she arrived at the Norwalk-based campus around five years ago, and this week her harsh worded email has fueled her critics to demand that she leave her post immediately.
Lacy announced several months ago that she would be leaving Cerritos College at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
HMG-CN has published several key investigative articles documenting a series of questionable moves she has made during her tenure at the popular community college.
Lacy is now a focal point of at least two on line petitions to have her removed from her job immediately instead of having her remain in her job for an additional eight months until June 2015.
Lacy wrote in her email “it is not my usual practice to entertain or respond to personal negative attacks.  However, I am compelled to respond to a malicious email that was recently sent to some members of the college community.”
Lacy then took a direct swipe at HMG-CN for its critical reporting on Professor Robert “Bob” Chester who oversaw the Faculty Senate for several years in a series of articles dating back to 2012.

“The email asserts false allegations against myself and faculty member, Mr. Bob Chester.  Mr. Chester is the victim of repeated instances of slander and defamation that have appeared in numerous media articles, resulting in the degradation of his good reputation and integrity,” Lacy said.


Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!