Media contact information for Randy Economy

Randy Economy is an award winning Investigative Journalist based in Southern California. Economy has been 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 when he was a reporter for Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.
Economy is the winner of four prestigious Los Angeles Press Club Awards in the categories of Hard News, News Features and Investigative Series. His 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, The John and Ken Show, The Larry Elder Show, and dozens of other media outlets across America. He is a former 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 for your news program, radio talk show, etc., drop an email to RREconomy@aol.com or call him directly on his cell phone at 562 743-0882.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treating? Not in our Eastside Cerritos Hood. Is this tradition dead on arrival?

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Tonight is Halloween here in America. 

Our Tony Eastside Cerritos, California 'hood has hundreds of school aged youngsters going to Cerritos Elementary here.

Tonight we had a GRAND TOTAL of 11 Trick or Treaters ... period.

Is the tradition of "Trick or Treating" sadly going bye-bye?

How many Trick or Treaters  did you have at your house?  The costumes were wonderful tonight, very creative.

How much candy do you have left over?

Drop me a note to RREconomy@aol.com and tell me what you think about Trick or Treating and does it matter to kids anymore.

Feel free to send me any pics from Halloween 2009.

Randy Economy

Randy Economy's Blog: 16,000 NEW READERS in OCTOBER! THANKS for YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!!

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I just wanted to THANK all of you for making October, 2009 the BEST month EVER here on my Blog. 

More than 16,000 NEW READERS logged on  here this past month, to visit "The World Around Us." 

I also celebrated my 1 Millionth reader this past month, a milestone I will always cherish.  

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween, and Don't Be Tricked. I can only imagine what lies ahead in November.
Randy Economy

Friday, October 30, 2009

Supervisor Don Knabe to deliver "State of Los Angeles County" next Wednesday, Nov. 4th in Long Beach. Webcast also planned at www.Knabe.com

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STATE OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  Randy Economy Photos of Supervisor Don Knabe

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, our Supervisor Don Knabe, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will deliver his annual State of the County Speech before an anticipated capacity crowd of 1,200 people at the Long Beach Convention Center.

For the first time, Sup. Knabe’s speech will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.knabe.com/. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., but the Internet broadcast will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m., once the Supervisor actually begins his speech.   (Can we call this Knabe Kast? Whadda you think, Don?)

“I am excited that community members who are not able to personally attend State of the County this year will still have convenient access to my speech,” said Supervisor Knabe. “Los Angeles County is geographically vast and many people that may want to hear the speech but cannot attend will now have a way to watch it.”

During his speech, Supervisor Knabe plans to discuss the County’s financial situation, give an update on efforts to improve to local economy through the 10,000 jobs initiative and career technology training programs, and unveil over $42 million in capital projects that will be built in communities across the Fourth District in the year ahead.

Viewers can log on to on www.knabe.com on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 beginning at 12:15 p.m. to see the Supervisor’s speech. The address also will be made available later on http://www.knabe.com/ for those who miss the live broadcast.

Gavin Newsom makes it official...he's OUT of Governor's Race!

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Here is the official statement from San Fran Mayor Gavin Newsom who pulled out of the race for Governor.  I  have three words...Viva Jerry Brown!

It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California. With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to — and should be — done.

This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats.

When I embarked on this campaign in April, my goal was to engage thousands and thousands of Californians dedicated to reforming our broken system and bringing change to Sacramento.

I would like to thank those supporters, volunteers, and donors who have worked so hard on my behalf. I have been humbled by their support and am indebted to their efforts. They represent the spirit of change and determination essential to putting California back on the right track.

I will continue to fight for change and the causes and issues for which I care deeply — universal health care, a cleaner environment and a green economy for our families, better education for our children, and, of course, equal rights under the law for all citizens.

Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom

BREAKING NEWS: Gavin Newsom calling it quits in CA Guv race? KCAL says it's true and the 'net is a buzzzzzzz......

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KCAL NEWS in LA and Mike Higby of the politics blog Mayor Sam's Sister City reports that SF Mayor Gavin Newsom will announce his withdrawl from the California gubernatorial race this afternoon.
Mayor Sam says:

We don't know if this is a Halloween prank (and if it is it's not mine cause I only do April Fools Jokes) but sources in the Capital are telling us that a handful of high profile donors to candidate for Governor Gavin Newsom say the San Francisco Mayor is going to announce this afternoon his withdrawl from the race, after failing to gain traction in the race.

My opine: Gavin Newsom was never going to win the Democratic Primary any way. Go Jerry Brown Go.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pico Rivera Campaign Sign snaggers criminal Booking Photos Released

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has released the mugshot photos of the three suspected "Pico Rivera Political Sign Theives."

They are (left to right) Steven "The Stapler" Duran, age 20;  James "Hang em' High" Diaz, age 19, and Paul "Don't Call Me Fuentes" Puentes age 20. All three men are from Pico Rivera.  They were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing campaign signs belonging to incumbent City Councilman and candidate David Armenta.

These three told Sheriff authorities that James "Jimmie" Beilke, the son of Councilman Ron Beilke promised to pay them as much as $8 for every political sign they stole belonging to Councilman Armenta

The Beilkes say they are innocent and had no involvement in the sign stealing ring. It was still unknown if Jimmie Beilke would be arrested and charged in the case.  An investigation is still ongoing.

Stay Tuned.

Randy Economy

James "Jimmy" Beilke Caught on Camera: Exclusive Photo of the Mastermind behind the Pico Rivera Campaign Sign Stealing Ring! Insider: "Emotions are running very high at Pico City Hall!"

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EXCLUSIVE!!!!
JAMES "JIMMY" BEILKE
PICO RIVERA POLITICAL SIGN RING LEADER
CAUGHT ON CAMERA!


I wanted to thank http://www.prctip.org/ for sending me this "exclusive photo" of James "Jimmy" Beilke who is the alleged "mastermind" of the Pico Rivera political sign stealing ring that has already landed 3 suspects in custody.

Beilke is the son of Councilman Ron Beilke, and he has been named as the "ring leader" of the crime wave that has engulfed this emotional campaign.

Paul Puente, 20, Steven Duran, 20, and James Diaz, 19, all of Pico Rivera, were arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The three were booked on suspicion of stealing signs belonging to City Councilman David Armenta, detectives said.

During an interrogation, the three accused James Beilke Jr., son of City Councilman Ron Beilke, of offering to pay them to steal the signs, authorities said.

So, if you see this person driving around your neighborhood in Pico Rivera...PROTECT your CAMPAIGN SIGNS...and LOCK your DOORS!  See below for more details.

One of my inside sources over at Pico Rivera City Hall told me this afternoon that "EMOTIONS are RUNNING VERY HIGH" and this campaign caper by James "Jimmy" Beilke is the "straw that broke the camels back."

Stay tuned...we STILL have FIVE DAYS left in this BARN BURNER!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pico Rivera Councilman Ron Belike's son implicated in Political Campaign Sign Stealing arrests

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Well, it didn't take long for the details to come out about who was the alleged "Mastermind" behind the "campaign sign stealing" caper over in Pico Rivera that took place earlier this morning.

Convroversial Councilman Ron Beilke's adult son James Beilke is the alleged "ring leader" of the political sign stealing crime that has landed 3 of his pals behind bars. 

Here are the LATEST details from the Whittier Daily News. 

Doesn't ANYONE obey the laws when it comes to campaigning in Pico Rivera?  This town is totally outta control.

Seen>>>>>The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of Public Integrity when they raided Councilman Ron Belike's "Hot Dog" stand earlier this year for alleged corruption charges.
Randy Economy

Three arrested for stealing Armenta campaign signs


Councilman Ron Beilke's son accused of offering to pay for thefts

By Bethania Palma Markus, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2009 07:24:32 PM PDT
Whittier Daily News

PICO RIVERA - Three men were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing campaign signs belonging to an incumbent City Council candidate and they accused an opponent's son of paying them to do it, authorities said.

Paul Puente, 20, Steven Duran, 20, and James Diaz, 19, all of Pico Rivera, were arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The three were booked on suspicion of stealing signs belonging to City Councilman David Armenta, detectives said.

During an interrogation, the three accused James Beilke Jr., son of City Councilman Ron Beilke, of offering to pay them to steal the signs, authorities said.

Councilman Beilke (below, seen pulling up his pants), who was not implicated in the theft, said his son was innocent.  "I think it's ridiculous," he said. "I think it's politics as usual. My son was home in bed last night where these kids should have been."

James Beilke was not available for comment because he was in class, his father said. "The detective interviewed (James Beilke) and he denied any involvement," said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Chavez.


The incident began when an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy pulled Puente, Duran and Diaz over for driving without headlights. Their car carried an expired vehicle registration sticker. Inside its trunk deputies found 37 campaign signs for David Armenta, authorities said.

Puente, Duran and Diaz potentially face misdemeanor petty theft charges, Chavez said. James Beilke could face misdemeanor conspiracy to commit petty theft charges.

The investigation is ongoing and sheriff's detectives will bring their case against James Beilke, Puente, Duran and Diaz to the District Attorney's Office to determine whether and what charges will be filed, Chavez said.

Puente, Duran, Diaz and James Beilke are friends, Chavez said. The trio told deputies that James Beilke offered to pay them for taking down campaign signs, Chavez said. Chavez did not know how much was offered nor how the payment would be made.

James Beilke was neither arrested nor charged by deputies because he is accused of committing a misdemeanor not witnessed by law enforcement, Chavez said.

"By law we can't arrest for a misdemeanor that didn't occur in our presence," said L.A. County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Rothans. "All we can do is present it to the DA's office and they choose whether to file a case or not."
bethania.palma@sgvn.com
(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028

ARMENTA SIGN THEIVES: Political Sign War in Pico Rivera Lands 3 Suspects in Slammer

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By Randy Economy
The political "sign war" in Pico Rivera has landed three young adults in the slammer on "petty theft" charges.

The men were booked on charges of receiving stolen property, law enforcement authorities said.

Paul Puente, 20, Steven Duran, 20, and James Diaz, 19, all from Pico Rivera, are suspected of taking signs belonging to city councilman and incumbent candidate David Armenta.

The men were stopped by a deputy who spotted them driving without headlights in car with expired registration, said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Chavez. After stopping the car, a Deputy discovered 37 Armenta campaign signs in the trunk.

Between 150 to 200 "ARMENTA FOR PICO RIVERA" campaign signs were stolen on Tuesday night. These signs cost around $4 to $5 each.  More details to follow.

If you have details on this crime, drop me a note to RREconomy@aol.com

Thousands line up for H1N1 Flu shots in Cerritos

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 By Randy Economy


Thousands of local Cerritos residents lined up around the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Center this afternoon in hopes of receiving an H1N1 Flu Vaccination.

By 1 p.m., more than 4,000 people were already waiting in line and some had been there for more than 4 hours. The Clinic was scheduled to go on till 9 p.m. According to medical staff at the site, only 3,000 doses of the vaccine were available at this location.

The next H1N1 Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at the Hawaiian Gardens Human Resources Department, located at 21815 Pioneer Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This flu season the Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that the young and the elderly are at high risk when it comes to the H1N1 flu virus. The most vulnerable in our community are encouraged to obtain an H1N1 vaccine as soon as possible.

You may be high risk if you are:
Between the ages of 24 to 64 with chronic health problems or a weakened immune system. Pregnant. Between 6 months to 24 years of age. Live with or care for children 6 months old or younger. Work in the health care or emergency medical services. Individuals that meet these qualifications are asked to visit any of the following locations on the dates indicated. If you do not meet the qualifications noted above, the H1N1 vaccine may be available later in the year.


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Supervisor Don Knabe and MPT Joe Cho dishing up a great afternoon at Friendship Park

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Around 200 of my neighbors here on the Eastside of Cerritos attended a special afternoon event to hear Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Cho talk about the many challenges facing our city, county and state.


I enjoied seeing lots of community leaders, and candidates for local offices at the eventl as well as lots of my neighbors. 

I have to salute Mayor Pro Tem Cho for organizing these "neighborhood" picnics for the past couple of years. 

He is the only City Councilman to ever host these type of neighborhood  to neighborhood events that give Cerritos residents the opportunity to get vital information about "what's happening around Cerritos and at City Hall."  To date, he has hosted almost 10 of these local gatherings.  Also saw our local Sheriff Commander Gonzales at the picnic.

Also had a nice visit with the Cho family, including Joesph's wife Lucy, and sons Andy and Tony Cho, who were cooking up a storm on the BBQ. (Seen above).


I also visited with 2 candidates running in next week's election.  James Kang for ABC School Board and Dr. Shin Liu for Cerritos College Board of Trustees.  Both are working hard in this campaign, and both are facing tough opponents. >>>>>

Also seen were Cho-appointed commissioners Ken Cha, Alon Barlevy, Nick Kim, and Julietta Williams.

Thanks for a great afternoon Don Knabe and Joseph Cho!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

BREAKING: NORWALK COUNCILMAN RICK RAMIREZ ARRESTED for Criminal Threats against his wife, Little Lake School Board Clerk Gina Ramirez! EXCLUSIVE!

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Happier times...Gina and Rick Ramirez
Randy Economy EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
BREAKING NEWS--EXCLUSIVE
NORWALK COUNCILMAN RICK RAMIREZ IS ARRESTED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREAT ON WIFE
Little Lake School Board Member Gina A. Ramirez!
By Randy Economy
UPDATED AT 11:00 p.m.
October 24, 2009

Note:  I was the FIRST to BREAK this STORY at 11:40 a.m. on SATURDAY, OCT. 24th, just 20 minutes after Councilman Ramirez was released on Bail.

(Norwalk, CA)  Norwalk City Councilman Rick Ramirez, 41, was arrested this morning for making "ciminal threats" against his wife Little Lake School Board Member Gina Ramirez. He was held on a $50,000 bail and was released at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday.

According to Watch Commander John Gannon of the Norwalk Sheriffs Station, Deputies were called to the Ramirez home in North Norwalk at 11:30 p.m. Friday night for a domestic disturbance call.  Ramriez was placed under arrest at 1:20 a.m., according to Sheriff booking records.  The Ramirez'es live at the 11000 block of Pluton Avenue,

Gina Ramirez is currently serving as Clerk of the Little Lake School Board of Education.  She announced earlier this Summer that she would not be seeking another term citing "personal family" matters.

Deputies took Councilman Ramirez into custody and booked him on one Felony count of making a "criminal threat."  The threat claimed the Councilman threatened his wife with "great bodily harm or death."

Councilman Ramirez is scheduled to appear in Bellflower Superior Court on Tuesday, October 27th at 8:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website.   I will be reconfirming the exact time of his first Court appearance on Sunday.  Some media members are reporting that Ramirez first appearance in Court will be on November 20th.

More details to follow.
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Sup. Don Knabe to attend MPT Joe Cho's monthly meeting at Friendship Park this Saturday afternoon!

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Friendship Park here in my 'hood will be the site of Cerritos Mayor Joseph Cho's Monthly Neighborhood bar-b-que this Saturday, October 24th from Noon to 2 p.m.


This event is open to everyone here in Cerritos, and especially to our great neighbors here on the Eastside. 

The main speaker will be the amazing, and talented Don Knabe, who is the Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Admission is free, and Korean BBQ will be served.

Friendship Park is located at 13650 Acoro Street here in Cerritos. 

This is my HOT PICK of the weekend here in Cerritos!

Just Another HALO VICTORY! Angels beat Yankees in Game 5 thriller!

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The 2004 World Series Trophy in City Hall Plaz...Image via Wikipedia

I was totally lucky to get to watch BOTH Game 3 AND Game 5 of the American League Championship series this week between the Los Angeles Angels of Cerritos and the New York Yankees.  Last night I went to see the ANGELS BEAT the Yanks in a come from behind AMAZING victory!


These two games will go down in Angel history.  Here is the final pitch of the game from Angel pitcher Brian Fuentes.  He was literally shaking on the mound right before the Angels got the final out.

Now, let's GO ANGELS, and beat New York in Yankee Stadium and bring the World Series here to the Hood! Let's win this for Nick Adenhart...our fallen Angel pitcher who passed away tragically at the beginning of this season!


I still have my "Big A" face tattoo...and it's not coming off till we go to the Series....baby! 

BtW...The Rally Monkee is my new Leader....




 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Prayer for Peace: Passing along Mother Teresa of Calcutta's moving words!

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I wanted to pass along the "Prayer for Peace" that was given this morning at the Cerritos Prayer Breakfast from Rev. Tony Gomez from St. Linus Catholic Church here in Norwalk. Thanks, Fr. Tony for sharing this with me and our readers.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta and speaks to everyones heart and these words are inspriational for everyone regardless of your Faith!

The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.


What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.


The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.


Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.


In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.


-this version is credited to Mother Teresa
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CALLING ALL ANGELS!! KEEPING HOPE ALIVE! LET'S BEAT THE YANKEES ON THURSDAY!

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I will not give up on my Angels. I didn't give UP on them in 2002 when EVERYONE COUNTED them OUT, over and over and over again!



They took it on the chin on Tuesday night from the
NY Yankees. I'm heading over to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night in Anaheim.



So, calling all Angels...
Say your prayers...
Keep calm...and remember...
 The New York Yankees are still a bunch of over paid idiots...who cheat and lie and take steroids...
Forgive me Father....
Hand me my Rally Monkey!
Randy Economy
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Angels beat Yankees in GAME 3 in BOTTOM of 11th INNINING! What an AMAZING GAME!

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...TODAY I headed over the watch my Angels take on the NY Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series and ended up seeing one of the most exciting games ever in recent memory!

I want to thank my pal Chris Halderson for attending this landmark game with me today. We had GREAT seats, and didn't mind the massive traffic jam both coming and going to and from Anaheim Stadium!

Here is the latest story from the Associated Press on the game, and my pics of today's game are also here.  So....I'm HEADING to GAME 5 of the ALCS SERIES on THURSDAY....RIGHT ON ANGLES!

Mathis provides Halo heroics in win vs. Yanks

Two-out double in 11th seals Los Angeles’ 5-4 victory; N.Y. lead now 2-1

From the Associated Press:
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When Derek Jeter led off Game 3 with a homer into the bullpen, this AL championship series seemed uncomplicated. Power hitting and steady pitching appeared to be driving New York to the World Series.

About 261 minutes, 14 pitchers, six homers and several big blunders later, a winning hit by a backup catcher left only one thing certain in this cuckoo series: The Los Angeles Angels won’t be trampled by the mighty Yankees.

Jeff Mathis drove home Howie Kendrick with a two-out double in the 11th inning, and the Angels survived a second straight ALCS thriller, beating New York 5-4 Monday to trim the Yankees’ series lead to 2-1.



“There was a lot of great baseball on that field this afternoon,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “There were a lot of twists and turns, and both teams played a terrific game. We just got it done at the end.”

Kendrick, himself a part-time infielder, homered and tripled before singling with two outs in the 11th off rookie Alfredo Aceves. Mathis followed with his drive up against the left-field wall, and Kendrick slid home well ahead of a desperate throw, setting off an on-field celebration of the backups’ bonanza.

Mathis, a .211 hitter in the regular season, came up with his third late-inning, extra-base hit of this outlandish series, just two days after the clubs’ 310-minute, 13-inning icy epic in Game 2.

“Obviously, it’s the biggest hit of my life,” Mathis said. “For Howie to have the at-bat he did right there, and to get on base and put one in the gap to win the game, it’s a pretty good feeling.”

If the Angels had any lingering doubts about their ability to match up with the big-money Yankees after two discouraging losses in the chilly Bronx, those worries melted during their comeback in the balmy Orange County sun.

“Man, that was one of the craziest games,” said Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who lamented his 1-for-5 effort. “It was an emotional roller coaster, man. We were up, we were down. I’ve got a headache right now, but it was a lot of fun. Both teams were battling and we came through in the end. As long as you have innings and outs left, you’ve got a chance to make something happen.”

Game 4 is Tuesday night, with CC Sabathia pitching on three days’ rest against Angels newcomer Scott Kazmir. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a tying two-run homer as the Angels overcame a 3-0 deficit and four solo homers by the Yankees’ stars, including Jorge Posada’s tying shot in the eighth. Bobby Abreu made a big baserunning mistake, Joba Chamberlain flopped, and Mariano Rivera made a gutsy stand with the bases loaded in the 10th before Kendrick and Mathis made it all academic with two quick hits against Aceves, the Yankees’ eighth pitcher.

Mathis entered Game 3 in the eighth, and had a leadoff double in the 10th.

“You wouldn’t think Jeff Mathis would be the guy that beats us, but top to bottom, they’re a good lineup,” said Yankees reliever Phil Hughes, who got five outs and finished the ninth.

For the second straight game, the Angels and Yankees played into tense extra innings, stretching nerves and bullpens still frayed from Saturday’s marathon New York victory at Yankee Stadium.

“This is the type of series we expected it to be,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We didn’t really stretch out any of our pitchers too far today out of the bullpen, so I believe our guys will be fine tomorrow.”


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Rally Monkey: Let's GO ANGELS! I'm heading to Game 3 today. Send in the Monkey's!

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RALLY MONKEY TIME!



I'm heading over to Anaheim Stadium to watch Game 3 between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angeles of East Cerritos in the American League Championship Series this afternoon.

WE NEED THE RALLY MONKEY TODAY!  We CAN'T GIVE IN to the EVIL NY YANKEES! 

LETS GO ANGELS!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Randy Economy: Taxes only a mother could love. My take on local ballot tax measures in Artesia and Pico Rivera

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 Note: This is my weekly column in the Los Cerritos Community News and is about Measure S and Y in Artesia, and Measure TR in Pico Rivera.

BY: RANDY ECONOMY

We ALL hate taxes.

California is the highest taxed state in the WORLD.

Have you ever thought about how much of your money goes to taxes each and every year or each and every day?

It’s amazing when you stop and actually ponder just how much it costs to live and gasp for air here in California. We are taxed for everything under the sun here in the Golden State, and I’m sick of it.

Candy bars, coffee, a bottle of coke, internet access,
cable television, utilities, car registrations, and property taxes, special “district” taxes for water and mosquito abatement and libraries.

We get taxed to stay in a hotel, or when we buy a ticket to the movies. We get taxed when we buy tickets to baseball games on line.

Last week my
cell phone broke into 7 pieces, so I had to replace it. When I found a new phone, over at the Verizon Store here at the Cerritos Towne Center the $79.00 phone replacement ended up costing me $113.80, because of $21 in “special fees” like “optional service access fees,” “equipment, surcharges and ‘other’ charges/credit’ activation fees,” and the good old’ “government surcharge fee of $4.81.”

What the hell? Are you kidding me?

Now, we are getting ready to vote in our local city and school board elections here on Tuesday, November 3rd. In the city of Artesia, and city of Pico Rivera voters face three local tax measures.

In Pico Rivera, voters will determine the fate of Measure TR that would decrease their “Utility Users Tax” by ½ of 1 percent. Pico Rivera residents are one of the highest locally taxed cities in the entire
United States, and they are heading back to the ballot box to determine the fate of this controversial measure.


In Artesia the voters are facing two tax increases in Measures S and Y.


Measure Y would increase business license taxes. Artesia is the home of the wonderful and colorful Pioneer Boulevard Shopping District and is the home to the nationally known “Little India,” the California Milk Producers, as well as Olympic icon Michele Kwan’s “East West Ice Palace.”


Can small business people afford higher business “license” fees, especially in this rotten economy?


Let’s take a brief look at Measure S in Artesia.


Measure S would more than double the hotel occupancy tax from 6% to 12.5% on every Hotel/Motel room each and every night.


This means, a one night stay at the “Quality Inn & Suites” at Pioneer Boulevard and the 91 Freeway would cost you $112.00 a night instead of the current $99. These prices are from the Quality Inn’s web site.


On the other hand, if you book the same sized room over at the Sheraton Hotel in the Cerritos Towne Center, for the same one night stay, the cost would be around $99 per night.


Sheraton Cerritos or Quality Inn in Artesia? Humm?


So, what’s in a “hotel” occupancy tax increase? You might be surprised if you stop and “compare” prices and to actually do the “math.”


I understand that Cities are facing financial “crisis.” I get it. I also understand how we can make government more accountable with an active citizenry.


Less government is better. Leaner is not meaner. Let’s really tighten up the purse strings. Let’s hold our City Managers and our ELECTED City Council Members accountable for how they spend our money, before they ask us for yet another tax increase.


Sometimes we need to really think about how we vote, before we vote, and what we are actually voting on. Why? Because, we are being taxed to death.


What are your thoughts? How are you going to vote?


Drop me at note to RREconomy@CerritosNews.com
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ARTESIA COOL! City of Artesia celebrates 50 Years....Prom stylin....!

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The HOT PARTY of the YEAR continued tonight in the City of Artesia, California!  The Artesia Historical Society held a real life PROM tonight at the Albert O. Little Community Center in celebration of it's 50th Birthday!!  What a BLAST!  Poodle skirts, bow ties, hula hoops, motorcycles, car hops, bee hives, up dos...this Prom had it all!

Seen tonight was the "Whoes WHO of Artesia!" 

Looking totally cool were (above-clockwise): Steve Donn and his son with sweet tunes; Hamburger? Fries? Ice Cream?  What's your pleasure?; Artesia Councilwoman Sally Zuniga Flowers (looking amazing) Diane Padelford Young (Artesia's FIRST FIRST Daughter), Former Mayor John Lyons in his vintage red Mustang, and the VERY cool Councilman John Martins and his wife Karen....ala John Travolta and Olvia Newton John from "Grease" fame!  Happy BIRTHDAY ARTESIA! Enjoy the PICS!
Randy Economy!


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LISTEN TO RANDY ECONOMY 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 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!

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