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This post is for our readers who live in Los Angeles, or who care about this Tuesday's municipal elections in LA.
You may have overlooked your Voter Information Pamphlet this spring, because it arrived as thin as a piece of junk mail. Tuesday’s mayoral election is a critical one however, and will determine much about the future of the City of
For moms on the run and folks who haven’t time for the details here’s our view of Tuesday’s vote:
Hertberg is a former California Assembly Speaker and the only serious candidate from the Valley. He is also the only candidate courageous enough to tell the truth about
Charter Amendment 1 – Port Police Pension: Vote No.
Charter Amendment 2 – Revision to Police & Fire Pension Plan: Vote Yes.
This amendment would allow retired fire and police officers to come out of retirement and assist our city forces when needed. Must have been in retirement no more than three years.
Los Angeles Community College District Elections
Vote for incumbents except Office No. 6; for that office vote for Gerald Wayne Perttula, a solid thinker.
THE INSIDE STORY
Mayor Jim Hahn hasn’t the personality or creativity to lead the charge necessary to change
Hahn's challengers can smell weakness like pit bulls. Bernard Parks wants revenge because Hahn deposed him as Chief of Police. We’ve run into Bernard Parks repeatedly at inner city events where he has been building his base for four years. Parks hopes to win by reassembling the minority votes and liberal west side votes which elected Tom Bradley. Parks is a former cop elected by limited support to serve one pocket of the City Council. He is not a skilled politician, he is not a visionary, he is not a builder.
State Senator Richard Alarcon is running on the dream of building a city wide mass transit system. “How” never seems to come up. He joins the most dangerous candidate in the race,
Antonio R. Villaraigosa in making a run for the rich vein of Latino votes that may one day rule
Look for the United Teachers Union of Los Angeles, with 72,000 members to hop right on board the Villaraigosa train. That union has been hijacked by a hard left-wing leadership that is likely to put a new, tougher stranglehold on the already-gasping
This is why you see Governor Schwarzenegger, Richard Riordan and Keith Richman circling the wagons around Bob Hertzberg, and The Hedgehog Blog endorsing Hertzberg. He is the only candidate that is addressing the “elephant in the room.” There will be no real change in
Bob Hertzberg alone may not be the answer to confronting this problem, but he has the backing of those at the state level who can. This weekend we received a recorded phone message from a vague political source pounding Hertzberg for his assault on LAUSD. That is the surest sign Hertzberg is on the right track.
Today’s Daily News offers other interesting insights into this important Mayoral runoff. Get educated; read the entire Daily News story here. Some excerpts:
Polls reflect the impact of those actions and have the mayor -- unbeaten in six citywide elections -- locked in a virtual dead heat with Villaraigosa, who is generally seen as the front-runner in the primary, and Hertzberg, who has overcome low name recognition to get to the top rung of candidates.
"We like our position," Hertzberg campaign manager John Shallman said. "We have been gaining momentum and the mayor has been slipping. Once you start dropping, it is hard to come back."
The mayor's strategists express similar confidence, counting in great part on union support to mount a strong get-out-the-vote effort on election day.
"We know where our votes are and we know how to get them," said Hahn campaign consultant Kam Kuwata. "
is a large, diverse city and you have to campaign in all parts of it to succeed." Los Angeles
Hahn also has the biggest campaign war chest and the most amount of money being spent on his behalf from independent expenditure committees.
How that plays out Tuesday is being closely watched for keys to where the diverse
electorate is heading. Los Angeles
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[According to Political consultant Tom Sullivan] the demographics of the city have changed since Bradley's election -- with no one able to predict how different voting blocks will turn out.
"You have a large Latino vote, but it isn't just concentrated on the Eastside anymore," Sullivan said. "There is a large Latino population in the
San Fernando Valleyand Harbor areas, but they are much more independent voters and the black vote is not as influential as it once was."
Get out and vote this Tuesday!