Support building for Legislature candidates
Candidates in some of next year's legislative races have been busy lining up support for their June primary showdowns:
Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey) recently added California Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to her endorsers list. Her main competition for the new, Westside-based 50th Assembly District, Democratic activist Torie Osborn, has picked up support from several of California's environmental leaders, including Jonathan Parfrey of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Paul Daniels of Heal the Bay and Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Several Montebello elected officials have endorsed former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon, who is seeking to return to the Legislature's lower house, this time in the new 58th Assembly District. Backers include Mayor Art Barajas and Councilman Alberto Perez, plus school board member Hector Chacon and Ed Vasquez, president of a local water board.
Labor leader Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat running for Assembly in the Eastside-based 5th District has added support from the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, the AFT College Staff Guild, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman Bob Blumenfeld (D-Woodland Hills).
Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and former Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-Los Angeles) have endorsed Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), who is running for state Senate from the newly drawn 33rd District.