Media contact information for Randy Economy and Brian Hews and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper

Randy Economy and Brian Hews are "two of the best" Investigative Reporters in all of Southern California. They are responsible for uncovering the biggest 'political pay to pay scandal' in the HISTORY of Los Angeles County government, deep inside the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. Randy and Brian's work has been featured on Fox News, NBC LA, CBS/KCAL, KTLK-AM 1150, The Mark Isler Show, The David Cruz Show, Univision Radio Network, KTLA News, Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, KFI Talk Radio, KABC Talk Radio, KABC Eyewitness News and dozens of other media outlets across America. He is the On-Line Editor for Hews Media Group who publishes Los Cerritos Community Newspaper and the La Mirada Lamplighter. If you are interested in interviewing Randy and Brian for your news program, radio talk show, etc., drop an email to Randy@CerritosNews.net, or call 562 407-3873 during regular business hours. Thanks for all of your AMAZING SUPPORT and INTEREST! America's community newspapers are the BACK bone of a FREE MEDIA. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper can be found at www.loscerritosnews.net. Investigative Reporting is becoming a "lost art" here in the United States. Randy Economy and Brian Hews are determined to "keep politicians" on their toes and accountable.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Follow the Money: Green Candidate Cindy Yen Chen hides her "toxic" record, fines, and income!

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Here are two important documents that every Voter in Cerritos needs to see before they cast their precious vote in next Tuesday's Cerritos City Council Election.   (Left) Document #1 California Form 460, Schedule B, Part 1, Loans Recieved.    Cindy Yen Chen loan her campaign for Cerritos City Council $30,000 over the past three months.  The source of the loan is listed from her position as "President of Zen Continential, co, Inc."  

(Above Right): On July 20th, 2004, Cindy Yen Chen and Zen was fined $79,000 by the "Federal Maritime Commission" for transporting "toxic" materials via international seaways. 
Document 2: (Above) California Form 700 from the Fair Political Practices Commission-Statement of Economic Interest from Cerritos City Council Candidate Cindy Yen Chen.  Mrs. Chen, who is the President of Zen Continental co, Inc. does not list "ANY REPORTABLE INVESTMENTS on Schedule A-1, A-2, and lists "No Real Property on Schedule B;"  "No Income, Loans, Business Positions."
Why are we allowing ANY APPOINTED OFFICIAL, in this case, a Member of the Cerritos Planning Commission, and/or a candidate for Cerritos City Council to hide the truth about their sources of personal income and  interests in business  dealings?  We need accountablity.
 
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Campaign Mailing Reveals Federal Toxic Waste Fines against Cerritos City Council "Green" Candidate Cindy Yen Chen

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CINDY YEN CHEN'S TOXIC SKELETON: Self proclaimed "Green Goddess," Cerritos City Council candidate Cindy Yen Chen has been exposed as a TOXIC WASTE SHIPPER in a mailing recieved today by Cerritos voters.
Cerritos Voters received a copy of the Federal Maritime Commission 2004 Settlement with Chen's Paramount Freight Forwarding Company Zen Continental Company, Inc.
The incident involved a toxic shipboard fire due to the inappropriate handling of toxic chemicals.  Mrs. Yen Chen's company settled part of the Claims by agreeing to pay $79,000.00 in fines.
My question is simple:
Why has she misled Cerritos Voters in her current campaign to be elected to the Cerritos City Council by declaring herself as the "Environmentally Green Candidate?"
Could her zealous environmental platform in fact be just a
TOXIC SMOKESCREEN?  
CLICK ON the above Federal MaritimeCommission document to read the complaint.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez leads "Welcoming" crew for President Obama at Joint Congressional Session!

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I always love to see when a President of the United States addresses Congress on vital issues. Tonight was no exception.


I also love seeing how California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez manages to get a "prime aisle" seat whenever a President addresses our country.


Tonight 'Retta rocked the "Congressional Center Isle" and welcomed our new Commander in Chief into the "People's Congress" with a huge hug and a kiss!

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After a bumpy Confirmation Hearing, Hilda Solis gets her Labor Secretary approval. Will a Cerritos native replace her in Congress?

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My pal Congresswoman Hilda Solis is now Secretary Solis!

The Senate has confirmed California congresswoman Hilda Solis, a native of La Puente, as President Barack Obama's labor secretary.

The 80-17 vote comes after more than a month of delays.

I wish you well Hilda.  Now the fun begins to replace her in an upcoming Special Election for Congress. 

Look for a Cerritos native to take on Senator Gil Cedillo to replace Solis in that upcoming early Summer campaign.  Who is that Cerritos native?  Stay tuned, I will fill you in later this week.

Monday, February 23, 2009

$125,000 in CAMPAIGN CASH: Jim Edwards, Carol Chen, Cindy Yen Chen dig deep into their own pockets to fund campaigns. Reforms are needed!

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It is time to have Campaign Reform here in Cerritos.

Three of the candidates seeking election to the Cerritos City Council have already loaned their campaigns $125,000.00 thus far.
Cerritos Mayor Jim Edwards, a retired teacher in the ABC Unified School District has loaned his City Council Campaign a total of $54,000.00 as of February 14, 2009.

Incumbent Councilwoman Carol Chen has given her campaign $34,500.00 in "loans" and challenger Cindy Yen Chen has bankrolled her campaign $30,000.00 according to documents filed late last week at Cerritos City Hall. Why do we tolerate this type of "campaign financing" to be allowed here in Cerritos?
It's time for campaign reform here in Cerritos. We also need to have access to these campaign reports on the Internet on the City of Cerritos Website.

Be informed about this election, before you cast your ballot. It is time for campaign reform here in Cerritos, once and for all.

Let Freedom Ring.
Randy Economy

Sunday, February 22, 2009

SLUMDOG WINS 8 OSCARS! PARTY BEGINS IN ARTESIA'S LITTLE INDIA!

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From Oscars2009
Brad Pitt...Mr. Button during the 2009 Academy Awards Ceremony during Sean Penn's winning moment!
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Tonight I watched the BEST Academy Awards ceremony EVER!
Slumdog Millioniare took home 8 Oscars and tonight the biggest celebration in town is in Artesia, California's "Little India" neighborhood and shopping district on Pioneer Boulevard.
Slumdog Millioniare is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much?
Tonight the magic of Slumdog and it's amazing cast owned the 81st Acamdemy Awards Ceremony over at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA.
What a great moment for Sean Penn for winning Best Actor for his role of the late Harvey Milk, in the title role of "Milk."  Penn beat Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke for the top actor award! Also winning was 6 time nominee Kate Winslett Best actress Kate Winslet for her amazing role in "The Reader."
Let the Party begin on Pioneer Boulevard!

Hugh Jackman WOWS em with his CLOTHES ON during Opening ACT at OSCARS!

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What a great Opening Act for this years Academy Awards from Hollywood.  Host Hugh Jackman was amazing at the Kodak Theater tonight.  Anne Hathaway stole the show, and this is so far an amazing start to a great Oscars! 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Feel Good Song of the Day: Way Back Into Love from "Music and Lyrics"

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I watched "Music and Lyrics" on Verizon Channel 406 last night and literally fell in love with the title song: "Way Back Into Love."

The movie is about hope and comebacks, and love, and not giving up on your dreams.

The flick stars Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Check out my Clip of the Day and tell someone who might be "down in the dumps" to watch it with you!

"Music and Lyrics" has something for everyone. The chemistry between Grant and Barrymore is amazing, and both seem to be having fun in this entire movie.

I am a HUGE Drew Barrymore fan.

I "hung out" with her for a night at the House of Blues in West Hollywood while she filmed her MTV Film Documentary on Howard Dean's campaign for President in 2004. I also had fun with her at a "Meet UP" for Dean during that campaign. What a great, smart, talented woman!

This movie needs to be on your DVD rental list! It is my Hot Pick! Watch the Vid and send it to your pals!

Randy Economy

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

HOT CANDIDATE: Meet ROBERT GARCIA...for Long Beach City Council!

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I want everyone to pay attention. We have a great candidate running for public office in Long Beach, California. Robert Garcia is button down, hard working, and someone who can help meet the many challenges that face Long Beach, California. The winner of this election in March will replace former Long Beach City Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal who is now a Member of the California State Assembly. Lowenthal is backing her longtime boyfriend Evan Anderson Braude a former Councilman for her vacant Downtown LB Council seat.
For more information on Robert's grassroots "Green" campaign, visit his website at http://www.robertgarcia.com/.
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Meet Robert Garcia:

Robert is the Dean of Student Affairs at Long Beach City College and has taught Communication Studies at both Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College as a part-time faculty member.
Robert's passion for education has led him to pursue a Doctorate in Higher Education. He also has a Masters Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
He has worked for St. Anthony High School as Public Affairs Director and was part of the team that turned around the Downtown School from near closure to current success.
Robert was born in Lima, Peru, and immigrated to the United States at age 5 with his family. He grew up in Covina, California and was raised by three strong women in his life - his mother, grandmother and aunt.
Robert's mother Gaby often worked two jobs to provide for the family, and it eventually paid off. He became the first person in his family to attend and graduate college.
WE ALL NEED MORE GOOD GUYS LIKE ROBERT GARCIA in PUBLIC OFFICE here in CALIFORNIA.
LET'S help our friend Robert win, donate or volunteer today!!

Turning 49: It is hard for me to comprehend this whole "getting older" thing.

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They say your as old as you feel.  I don't feel like I am going to be 49 this coming Friday.  When I was young, people who were 49 were well...old.

I need to "process" this weeks semi-milestone birthday.

The first thing to hit me this week, is that I am ACTUALLY older than the current President of the United States.  How can that be? I am celebrating this weekend at Roscoe's in Long Beach. Soul Food.  Good food for my aging soul. Appropriate and tasty. Anyway, I am alive and thriving here in America. I look at the glass half full, and cannot wait to celebrate birthday number 50 in 2010.  Keep me in your Prayers and Good Thoughts this week. "Sing it, Marilyn, and Stevie Wonder!!!"

Randy Economy

Sunday, February 15, 2009

PRESTO! We have GONE REALLY GREEN! Instant Paradise! Our new yard looks INCREDIBLE!

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(Back Yard today; Below Back Yard 8 months ago right after our fire).

Wow.
Even I am IMPRESSED with how amazing the front and back yard of our house looks.

When we had our house fire back on June 20, 2008, we had to replace both of the FRONT and BACK yard. My late father Dick Economy loved his yard. Today, I am sure he is totally in awe of how wonderful the house looks. The project to replant over 40 years of grass, ferns, shrubs, sprinklers, trees and plants has taken us the last 6 weeks. This weekend we dodged the rain, and have completed our yard transformation into a tropical paradise.


Incredible. Get over to our house and see the NEWEST and GREENEST yard here in Cerritos. Thanks to the amazing crew who helped us from Robert's Construction.
We only had to make 50 trips to Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Target, and many other local businesses to pull this off. We "Shopped Cerritos," the Economy's helped support the Cerritos Economy these past 8 months.

OMG. Hey, is it too late to apply for the Cerritos City Wide Pride Award? Where is that darn application? Oh, here it is. LOL. (click here if you have a neighbor who deserves to be considered for a Cerritos City Wide Pride Award).

Our Back Yard right after the fire.
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LISTEN TO RANDY ECONOMY AND BRIAN HEWS ON KFI TALK RADIO

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 and Brian Hews on the David Cruz Show!

Hear Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and 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.

Brian Hews, 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!

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