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Galatzan endorses former rival Krekorian in L.A. City Council race

October 30, 2009 |  7:32 pm
Los Angeles School Board member Tamar Galatzan, who finished third in September’s special election to replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, announced Friday that she is endorsing former rival Assemblyman Paul Krekorian.    

Krekorian, a lawyer who won his California Assembly seat in 2006 after serving on the Burbank Board of Education, will face off against former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel in the runoff election Dec. 8.

Essel has raised $141,000 for her general election bid to Krekorian’s $63,000, and both candidates have accepted matching funds. The 2nd Council District includes parts of Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Sun Valley and Sunland-Tujunga.

In her endorsement, Galatzan said Krekorian shared her concerns about quality of life and development issues in Valley neighborhoods, and she praised his work on legislation to prevent film companies from taking their productions to other states.

“Paul is a proven advocate for Valley homeowners and jobs, and he has the skills and familiarity with CD2 to be an effective council member for us,” she said in a statement. Krekorian’s campaign said he was also endorsed by Mary Benson, who finished fourth in the primary race.

Essel sparred with Galatzan throughout the primary, and her campaign said she did not seek Galatzan’s endorsement. The former Paramount executive has been endorsed by six City Council members and four former 2nd Council District contenders: Frank Sheftel, Jozef Essavi, Augusto Bisani and David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg, according to her campaign.

-- Maeve Reston at City Hall