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Chick: No plans to run for L.A. City Council

March 4, 2009 | 11:15 am

Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick today announced that she has no plans to run for City Council, where she had served from 1993 to 2001, despite an "outpouring of encouragement and support'' for her to do so. Chick, who terms out of office in July after eight years as controller, had toyed with the idea of returning to the council as far back as early 2007.

She made the announcement in a statement congratulating City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel on her commanding victory in the controller's race. Chick did not make an endorsement in the race. "I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Controller-elect Wendy Greuel on her overwhelming victory on Tuesday,'' Chick said. "She and I have spoken and we, as well as our offices, will be working together closely to have a seamless transition so she can hit the ground running on July 1st.''

Chick won election to the controller's post in 2001, when term limits forced her from the council. Los Angeles voters in 2006 eased term limits for the council, allowing members to serve a third term. "Though my future plans have not been finalized, I am in the process of finding the right opportunity on which to focus my energies, passion and experience,'' Chick said. "Of course, once I have made a decision, I look forward to sharing it publicly."

-- Phil Willon