Valley voters head to polls to decide heated, big-money L.A. council race
Voters in the San Fernando Valley head to the polls today to decide who should replace former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. The runoff between state Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive Christine Essel has grown heated in recent weeks as outside groups have poured nearly $1 million into the race.
In a district that includes portions of Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, Valley Glen, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Shadow Hills and Sunland-Tujunga, many voters have expressed concerns about development and what they characterize as a disconnect between City Hall and Valley residents.
Essel, who previously headed the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board and served as chairwoman of the Central City Assn., has characterized Krekorian as a job-hopping politician. Krekorian, a former president of the Burbank school board who has assiduously courted neighborhood leaders, argued that Essel was too closely tied to “downtown interests” and criticized the spending on her behalf by unions representing the construction trades and Los Angeles Department Water and Power workers. (For full coverage of the 2nd District race, click here.)
-- Maeve Reston at L.A. City Hall
Photo: Joe and Mildred Higgins put up signs marking the way to vote at the Osula Education Center in Studio City. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
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