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NAJEE’S NOTES: Hawthorne mayor in the news again

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown continues to embarrass himself. According to the Daily Breeze, a man allegedly caught stealing election campaign signs belonging to Hawthorne mayoral candidate Alex Vargas told police Brown enlisted him in the theft.

Carlos Miguel Robles, 28, was taken into custody after a patrol officer noticed he had a back seat full of Vargas signs and two of his friends were taking another from the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and 120th Street shortly before 11 p.m. Oct. 3.

“I asked Robles if the two subjects at the corner were with him and he stated they were and that they were his cousins,” Hawthorne police Officer Ryan Driessen wrote in his report of the arrest. “He stated his boss was having him remove them from the locations that had too many signs.”

Another suspect told an officer “they were representing Chris Brown,” the report states.

“I believed Robles was committing a theft by having [them] take the signs,” Driessen said. “When I removed Robles from the vehicle and was doing a search of his person, I could see a door flier in his rear right pants pocket. The flier was a “Re-elect Chris Brown Mayor” flier.”

Driessen booked Robles on suspicion of petty theft and possession of stolen property. He confiscated eight Vargas signs and another Brown flier from the vehicle, which was impounded.

Brown has been beset by controversy in his first term for repeated eviction orders from two homes and leading the city into the worst financial crisis in recent years.

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, Brown has been accused of misrepresenting endorsements and his opponents’ positions on various issues. He distributed a door hanger featuring glossy photos with his family, alongside photos of local politicians as if they support his re-election, though they do not.

At a campaign forum in September, he claimed that Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Donaldson — one of the people pictured on his door hanger — endorsed him even though she was at the event and denied it.

Brown also claims that, if elected, Vargas would get rid of the Hawthorne Police Department and contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for police services. Vargas has not said that.

When reached for comment, Vargas said he has lost numerous campaign signs and wasn’t surprised when police called him on Monday to notify him of the arrest.

“It does not surprise me because it’s very consistent with his personality and behavior,” Vargas said. “When somebody can’t compete on the issues, they turn to the old political playbook and use lies, smear tactics and these types of criminal things to defeat their opponents.”

I don’t live in Hawthorne and can’t vote in the mayor’s election. But if I could, I wouldn’t vote for Brown if my life depended on it. He’s been a joke in office from day one.

And shame on any African–American elected official or community leader who supports Brown and his incompetent administration.  Those that do choose to support Brown are only doing so because he’s African- American. Not because he’s been a good mayor. He hasn’t. He’s been a failure.

Former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Derek Fisher and Matt Barnes aren’t on the best of terms these days.

Barnes made national headlines recently when he discovered that Fisher was at his estranged wife’s Redondo Beach home and drove from Santa Barbara  to confront  Fisher, who is now dating his former friend’s wife.

According to witnesses, Barnes punched Fisher in the mouth and bystanders intervened. I’m glad Fisher got punched in the mouth. He got what he deserved. He violated the code.

There are plenty of single woman who I’m sure would be happy to date a millionaire. He could have easily met someone else. Instead he betrayed his friend. For Fisher to date his friend’s wife is a bit too much for me.

The National Action Network, a leading Los Angeles civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton and under the leadership of Los Angeles president Pastor K.W. Tulloss is calling for USC Athletic Director Pat Haden to include African-American coaches on his list of possible head coaches for the USC football team.

“USC athletic director Pat Haden and school officials should demonstrate that diversity in hiring is important to the athletic department,” Tulloss said in a statement this week. “African-American athletes on the USC football team have helped the university make millions of dollars, won national championships and established USC as one of the premier football programs for decades. But the university has never had an African-American head [football] coach.  It’s important that African-American coaches at least be in the discussion and interview list for the USC head coaching position.”

From former Oakland Raiders coach and USC assistant Hue Jackson to former USC All. American and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive back coach Mark Carrier, there are several African-American coaches who would make great candidates. Other former Trojans that include Tim McDonald, Dennis Thurman and Ken Norton should also be in the mix.

Pat Haden and USC officials just need to give African- American coaches the chance to compete for the head coaching job.

Community Calendar: Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to make South L.A. a priority. The mayor has spent more time in our part of Los Angeles than any other part of the city and now his South L.A. Town Hall will be on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Free parking is available in the church lot. Panelists include: Abigail Marquez, director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity in the mayor’s office; Heather Repenning, Board of Public Works commissioner; and Matt Johnson, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

The mayor’s goal is to share what the city is doing related to jobs and employment, street services and community safety. After that, he will hear concerns from community residents during the question-and-answer portion of the meeting. A resource fair will also provide attendees with information around initiatives currently brewing throughout the region, along with the opportunity to resolve casework directly with city agencies.

Condolences to the Hutt sisters Heather and Ingrid, whose mother passed away last week. Our prayers go out to the entire Hutt family.

Lamar Odom, the former Los Angeles Lakers star, is on life support in a Nevada hospital after being found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel. Odom has struggled with substance abuse for years. I hope he can recover and get his life back on track.

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