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L.A. City Council candidates Essel and Krekorian reflect on mayor at debate

The days may be dwindling in the runoff race for the vacant seat of former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, but one thing is clear -- neither candidate is looking for a last-minute campaign boost from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

During a debate Monday night at Valley College, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) and his rival, Christine Essel, a former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive, both dodged a question about whether they would vote for Villaraigosa if he were running for another office.

And Essel hastened to dispel rumors that Villaraigosa is planning to endorse her before the Dec. 8 runoff for a seat representing residents of the San Fernando Valley, where the mayor had a weak showing in his March re-election campaign. “I don’t know exactly who is creating [the rumors], but it isn’t anybody in my camp,” Essel told an audience of more than 100. “The mayor is not endorsing anybody in this race and he is not helping me with my race.”

Both Krekorian and Essel said they were pleased that Villaraigosa decided to finish his second term in Los Angeles instead of beginning a gubernatorial campaign earlier this year.

“He came in with a lot of promise, I think all of us felt that, and there’s been some inaction there,” Essel said. “My preference would be to see him actually do something in this city that provides a legacy.”

Krekorian said the city is “facing too many crises right now to have the captain of the ship running off to run for another office” and added that “there have been a lot of disappointments in the mayor’s leadership of the city.”

“He came in with incredible promise -- gave one of the great speeches I think that I heard when he was inaugurated,” Krekorian said. “And we all know in many ways his administration has fallen significantly short of that, I think in large measure because he has been looking outside of the city to other things.”

Both candidates have looked to their potential City Council colleagues for endorsements. Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Paul Koretz threw their support behind Krekorian. Essel was endorsed by Councilmembers Janice Hahn, Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry, Bill Rosendahl, Greig Smith, Herb Wesson and Dennis Zine.

-- Maeve Reston at L.A. City Hall


 
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Essel said at the last debate at Sherman Oaks Homeowner Assn. 11/18 that she supports Trutanich and Cooley's hard-line that all medical cannabis sales are illegal, that she'll work closely with them to enforce their positions. It's on You Tube, SOHA4Ever, Council District 2 Debates.

For the record, when Trutanich representative Jane Usher told the Council last Wednesday that State Attorney General Jerry Brown agreed with Trutanich- Cooley, she flat-out lied in the quote she used that she claimed supported it. (Bill Carter, the Chief Deputy, was there too and of course chose NOT to correct her - he's the king of semantic dirty tricks, as with insisting Laura Chick's lawyer Fred Woocher had promised to work for free - as though he were a nitwit, and that's one thing he's not -because ONCE in this paper Chick misspoke and said "pro bono" instead of deferred compensation.)

In fact Usher read from a KFI commenter's WRONG re-statement of Brown's comments, while Brown only said that there were too many MMJ shops in L A and many were illegal and possibly under dubious ownership - something NO ONE disputes, certainly not Reyes and Koretz who called Usher/ Carter/ Trutanich out for giving them skewed legal advice designed to steer them toward their OWN rightwing outcome for their OWN political agendas; this is explicitly abusing the job of city attorney which is to give BOTH sides fairly and impartially, and let the Council decide. Koretz was right. (There are MANY other legal cases where Trutanich and his minions are intentionally giving false / skewed interpretations of legal cases, see aboutmedicalmarijuana.com 11/25 for some specific cases.) Trutanich, like Cooley, insists that whatever the voters and L A City Council want or decide "is so irrelevant, it's not even funny."

This contempt for the citizens is what Essel said she supports.

Essel supports lying to the public and council, the "Trutanich-Cooley way." IN OPPOSITION to the intent of the voters with Prop 215, and counter to the actual rulings of the state supreme court and guidelines set by Jerry Brown.

Before any of you consider California State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian as your candidate for Los Angeles city council. Check out his performance rating by all the watch dog organizations and the voters, since he was elected to the California State Assembly.

Just look at his record before you cast your vote.

California state assemblyman Paul krekorian is nothing less than a special interest puppet that if you elect him to office he will turn his back on the voters faster than you can say cheese.

How did he win the last election? He told the voters what ever they want to hear in order to get there vote.

What will he do first? He will make sure his special interest buddies get their high paying positions, raise salaries and raise your taxes to pay for it.

Don’t believe me? Since Paul Krekorian was elected to the California State Assembly, he has done nothing, but receive a big fat “F” for his performance by government and voter watch dog organizations, and from the people that elected him to office.

In My opinion? I would rather vote for a dead dog. Don't ever say I didn't warn you.

Before any of you consider California State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian as your candidate for Los Angeles city council.

Check out his performance rating by all the watch dog organizations and the voters, since he was elected to the California State Assembly.

Just look at his record before you cast your vote.

California state assemblyman Paul krekorian is nothing less than a special interest puppet that if you elect him to office he will turn his back on the voters faster than you can say cheese.

How did he win the last election? He told the voters what ever they want to hear in order to get there vote.

What will he do first? He will make sure his special interest buddies get their high paying positions, raise salaries and raise your taxes to pay for it.

Don’t believe me? Since Paul Krekorian was elected to the California State Assembly, he has done nothing, but receive a big fat “F” for his performance by government and voter watch dog organizations, and from the people that elected him to office.

Don't ever say I didn't warn the voters.

They may both be loser candidates, but neither of them is stupid enough to accept endorcement from Tony the Turncoat! That's funny!

I find it funny that anyone would vote for Krekorian. He was all bright lights and empty promises when he ran for the Board of Education in Burbank. He got elected and then what, suddenly he had to move on to Dario Frommer's old seat in the Assembly. He's done nothing there except to send out newsletters. He was only one of many names on the Tax Incentive Legislature, there were others too, like Sheila Kuehl...

And Essel, while Chair of the film commission board she helped get Film California First, the first tax incentive program passed in California. How come Paul doesn't talk about that one? One that industry folks would like to see come back because it paid production companies back, it didn't give tax credits.

Why has no reporter asked about the massive dollars flowing to the Essel and Krekorian campaigns from local unions? In particular Essel's campaign, the Electrical Workers Union (IBEW) appears to be spending hundreds of thousands to buy her a council seat. WHAT'S THE QUID PRO QUO?

Essel has never held any elected office and been responsible to any group of voters and the fact that she took money from alleged genocide deniers doesnt bother me as much as I find it strange that she all of a sudden has the backing of the majority of the "ineffective old boys club" L.A. City Council members supporting her.
This is the same Council has been singing background vocals to the ineffective governing of Villaraigosa. It appears that she has already committed to keep business run as usual in Los Angeles and that is why we cannot afford to get yet another "insider" into the City Council.
I am sorry but enough of the business as usual crowd. At least with Krekorian he won't feel beholden to any of the crooks in LA City government or their big dollar backers and can decide his position based upon his conscience.


In this election I have to vote for Krekorian.

Hahn, Huizar, Rosendahl, LaBonge, Perry, Wesson and Zine endorsed Essel?

There is the list of the Councilmembers that the community activists and the blogger press need to go after next. It you want change at LA City Hall, you have to find community-based candidates who are serious about running for office to CHANGE the way City Hall works. Kekorkian, I agree, is only a recent arrival to the notion that voters are demanding change of City Hall politics. If he betrays that trust, his re-election in a little over a year will draw a new challenge from someone from the community who is committed to change.

Either the Councilmembers above demonstrate their rejection of the old status quo or the voters must work hard to replace them as soon as possible.


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