Groups like Hogares have always been influential in politics. They usually have champions in elected officials who protect them and whenever funding cuts loom, their political friends go into fight mode. When I served as Mayor the non-profits that got money from the city had full time lobbyists in the form of city councillors. So one had to be careful about reprimanding any of those groups who felt they were entitled to a supply of funding every year. It had to be done surgically. There were some groups I thought weren't doing the job but the city council would fund them anyway. Their sense of entitlement always rankled me.
What is surprising about the Martinez administration is that they bludgeoned all of these groups at once, which seems pretty suspicious to me. And then the funding went to an Arizona group? Very strange. We all know the politics of Arizona leaders and this will end up being a debacle for those most in need in a very poor state.
I was glad to see Pete Dinelli come out strong on demanding an investigation into the Mary Han death. At the very least it will put some much needed scrutiny on APD, Darren White, Rob Perry and others. This can't happen soon enough!
P.S. The Journal got my memo the other day and started using oodles of photos all of a sudden. And in color too. It really makes the newspaper look much better.