Nativo Lopez Comes out In Favor of LA Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt

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Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is perhaps the most-loathed owner in professional sports right now, what with his acrimonious divorce with ex-wife Jamie, their use of the franchise as their personal piggy back, his approval of bonehead personnel decisions, the gouging of fans at Dodgers Stadium from parking to concessions, and an overall clueless attitude that makes the late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott seem as loveable as those damn St. Bernards she'd always let shit on the field at the old Riverfront Stadium.

But now, a completely-out-of-left-field supporter has emerged for McCourt: washed-out Latino rights activists Larry "Nativo" Lopez.

Lopez, of course, has spent the last couple of years fighting charges of voter fraud (his own, not of others) and comparing himself to Gandhi. He remains the head of the Mexican American Political Association, a shell of its former rabble-rousing self and one reduced to sending out "Justice for Nativo" email blasts that are almost as entertaining as the Internet missives of Barbara Coe. Yesterday, Larry sent one out titled "Latinos Fan for LA Dodgers," which already tells you of the coming sharpness of the piece.

"Notwithstanding some issues that have chafed the Latino community since the arrival of the team to Los Angeles, such as the displacement of the Chavez Ravine Barrio with the construction of the stadium, which left lingering bitterness for decades, Dodger blue flys high in barrios throughout the region," Lopez asserts apropos of nada. He then attacked against an old nemesis, the Los Angeles Times, for what he says is an anti-McCourt bias and the rest of the world calls "reporting."

"Latino leaders decided that we could not sit back and let the chips fall where they may, and agreed to step up to the plate and intervene in the matter," Larry went on to say, before including a letter to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus signed by Antonio González, head of the William C. Velasquez Institute, an otherwise-fine group that unfortunately will lose more than a bit of credibility for joining Lopez in going to bat for McCourt.

Gonzalez starts off strong by noting how dumb Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is in not moving this year's All-Star game from Arizona in light of the state's anti-Mexican insanity. But then Gonzalez begins attacking Selig for putting the Dodgers under receivership given the team's near-insolvency due to the McCourt's fleecing of the team.

"Now, Commissioner Selig has ignored pleas from leaders of Los Angeles' Latino community to end his intervention in the financial affairs of the Los Angeles Dodgers by approving the capital infusion plan presented to MLB by Dodger owner Frank McCourt," Gonzalez wrote. He asserted McCourt "favored publicly criticizing" Arizona's S.B. 1070, even though the McCourt's only publicizing dip into political waters was Jamie believing she could get into an elected office. Gonzalez then went into a litany of supposed good things McCourt brought to Los Angeles, never mentioning that he also trademarked "Los Doyers," which enraged Latinos across California.

"We request the CHC put Commissioner Selig on notice that his disrespectful attitude to Latinos, and in the case of the Los Angeles Dodgers--hostile intervention is unacceptable to our community's federal legislative leadership," Gonzalez concludes, and he and Larry just show how tone-deaf so-called on-the-ground activists can be to the street. EVERY Dodgers fan who's Latino that I know--and, given most of my cousins from my dad's side live from the San Gabriel Valley to the San Fernando Valley, that's a good 100 just there--loathe McCourt, and when they read this blog post, they'll laugh loudly. Save McCourt, seriously? What these pendejos should be doing is convincing Oscar de la Hoya to buy the franchise and end this nightmare once and for all...
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Richard Castillo
Richard Castillo

William C Velasquez Institute sure does not get it. Frank McCourt has raped the people of Los Angeles to pour millions of dollars into their pockets.  These folks should be ashamed of themselves 

CHS
CHS

I once handed Nativo's ass to him in court.

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bradydave76

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MRC
MRC

Nativo Lopez y MECHA son unos pares racistas a los blancos!!

junior
junior

"Notwithstanding some issues that have chafed the Latino community .. such as the displacement of the Chavez Ravine Barrio with the construction of the stadium, which left lingering bitterness for decades .."

It would be better to have the Barrio now than Dodger Stadium - or the displacement should have been handled differently?

The Minuteman Project
The Minuteman Project

Senor Arellano,

Won't you be called a "vendito" for targeting Nativo Lopez with your criticism? 

When I, or Minuteman Project lawyers, go after white people with valid criminal and/or civil complaints, a bunch of white people like Jeff Schwilk of the San Diego Minutemen, or anyone from the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, call me a "traitor."

Just curious; does that happen to you, too? 

Hasta La Vista,

Jim GIlchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

    

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Jim: Don't bother engaging with the white supremacist below...

mitch young
mitch young

Mr. Gilchrist,

Assuming you are really *the* Jim Gilchrist, trying to be 'simpatico' with Gustavo Arellano  or any other MEChista isn't going to work. Their number one priority -- their only priority -- is the total demographic transformation of the US into another 'Latino' country. They aren't about 'diversity' (after all, cutting back Mexican immigration and increasing Eastern European immigration would increase diversity), and they certainly aren't about 'assimilating' (why should they, they are the majority in vast swaths of the US). No, they want yet another piss-poor 'Latin' country where 'people who look like them' are in charge. Explaining that you are only against 'illegal' immigration, explaining patiently the economic  and environmental and educational and social reasons why mass immigration is a bad idea -- none of that is going to prevent the verbal attacks on you, or the physical attacks like at Columbia University). Neither is dissing other white people repeatedly, whatever drama you may have had with them.

My advice, concentrate on immigration enforcement, and let your lawyers deal with your opponents within the immigration enforcement/restriction movement. Throwing others under the bus only hurts the cause, while not helping you one bit.

mitch young
mitch young

Oh, and that's *vendido* -- 'd' not 't'.

mitch young
mitch young

Not being obsessed with the personal or family lives of politicians/activists, I had no idea who his daughter is married to, and frankly I don't care.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mitch: You can learn something from Jim (and it is Jim), and debate with class and even common ground. Of course, you'd probably think he's a race traitor because his son-in-law is Latino...

Vp81955
Vp81955

The best solution? Forget the NFL for that downtown site near L.A. Live; let pro football go to City of Industry. Instead, bring the Angels back to Los Angeles, building a ballpark there. (Remember, the Angels' Anaheim lease runs out after 2016.) Moreno would jump at the opportunity to move his franchise to the economic and cultural heart of metro Los Angeles, giving the team mass transit access the Dodgers lack (important as the population of southern California ages and the car culture continues to weaken). And MLB would love to see the value of the Angels skyrocket in conjunction with this move. I'm not of Hispanic descent, but this would be a win-win for the Mexican community, many of whom find it difficult to travel to Anaheim for games.

RPinSA
RPinSA

Sorry, Veep. Leave the Los Angeles Dodgers for the Angelinos. In case you haven't noticed over the past few years, Raider fan has morphed into Dodger fan. Don't believe me? Ask any of the staff, concessioners or security personnel what it's like when the Dodgers play at Angel Stadium. There are more problems with crowd control during Dodgers vs. Angels games than with any other visiting team's fans. That includes the Yankees, Red Sox and the Athletics. I'm sure Artie Moreno is aware of the situation.

I'm not saying every Dodger fan is a thug, but having worked concessions during Dodger games myself was proof enough for me. And this was WAY before the beating of the Giants fan at the season opener this year.

Artie Moreno knows he has a good thing in OC, and moving the Angels back to LA would be a giant step backwards. Let someone from Los Angeles fix the Dodgers.

Santuri123
Santuri123

Birds of a feather flock together!! Isn't this loser fighting corruption charges??!! Yeah, figures.......

Santuri123
Santuri123

As an American of Mexican descent this man doesnt speak for me either!! The hell with McBroke & all his selfish behavior & corruption!!

Sirwilliam1949
Sirwilliam1949

i thought nativo was still in a mental  hospital,,too many bad tacos you know !!oh well what the hell ? more crazy stuff i see coming down the tube...

McM
McM

This fella can support Mccourt all he wants I am also of Mexican decent, and he DOES NOT Speak for me, as far as i am concerned this dude can leave town with frank.

Unbiased
Unbiased

Marge Schott was a racist vs blacks and Jews and was banned from baseball. Putting her in this article as a comparison is plain ignorant at best.

Your "washed out" description of an important Angelno also shows that your bias vs the possibility of the Dodgers being turned around post divorce, has made your articles and reporting unprofessional and amateurish

MK27
MK27

Sell the team McCourt!...Sell the team McCourt!...Sell the team McCourt!

jb
jb

Never heard of Nativo Lopez and who cares what he thinks.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

As an American of Mexican decent this man doesn't speak for me. Get the bum Frank McCourt out of Los Angeles.. Bring in someone like Art Moreno...

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