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26 candidates seeking 7 seats on L.A. City Council

Twenty-six candidates have been certified to run for seven seats on the Los Angeles City Council in the March 8 election, officials with the city clerk’s office said Friday.

The field represents the largest crop of council candidates since 2003, when three City Hall veterans -- Hal Bernson, Ruth Galanter and Nate Holden –- retired because of term limits.

This time around, Councilman Paul Krekorian will face businessman Augusto Bisani in the 2nd District, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Sunland-Tujunga.

Councilman Tom LaBonge has opposition from businessman Tomas O’Grady and writer-bicycle advocate Stephen Box in the 4th district, which takes in parts of Koreatown, Silver Lake and Hollywood.

In the San Fernando Valley, Councilman Tony Cardenas is running for a third four-year term against businessman James “Jamie” Cordaro, code enforcement official David Barron and entrepreneur Rich Goodman. That race takes place in the 6th District, which includes Panorama City and Van Nuys.

In South Los Angeles' 8th District, Councilman Bernard C. Parks faces challenges from Firefighter Jubari S. Jumaane and Forescee Hogan-Rowles, who runs a nonprofit group focused on community development. Hogan-Rowles spent much of the last five years on the volunteer commission that oversees the Department of Water and Power.

In the 10th District -- which includes parts of South Los Angeles, Mid-City, Koreatown and Palms -- Councilman Herb Wesson will square off against five opponents: business owner Chris Brown, attorney Andrew “Andy” Kim, employment specialist Austin Dragon, business owner Luis Montoya and victims’ advocate Althea Rae Shaw.

The only council race without an incumbent is in the northwest San Fernando Valley’s 12th District, where Councilman Greig Smith is stepping down after eight years in office. Smith’s departure has brought out six candidates: Smith's chief of staff Mitchell Englander, Neighborhood Council member Armineh Chelebian, businessman Dinesh "Danny" Lakhanpal, restaurant owner Navrash "Singh" Singh, small business owner Kelly Lord Jr. and Neighborhood Council member Brad Smith.

In the Eastside's 14th District stretching from Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock, Councilman Jose Huizar will face a challenge from businessman Rudy Martinez, who owns a sushi restaurant in Eagle Rock and a bar in Highland Park.


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It's a good time to replace the whole Council. It is hoped, none of the replacements will be croneys of the Mayor.

The challengers are not the best that LA can do, but knowing how badly the current incumbents have screwed up this city in the last decade, it is every voter's duty to vote in new blood.

Let's shake things up LA! Time to take back our city!

Tom LaBonge opposed food trucks. WTH? This is like one of the coolest things to happen to LA in a while... And he represents district 4??? No more city council members that live in Ivory Towers please.

Rebuilding Trust in Our Government (R)
One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support.
However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials.
Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of "all benefits" retroactive. I think we should consider putting public official on a base salary plus commission based on performance.
While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Compiled by: YJ Draiman


We need honest government with integrity.
“Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.

Action speaks louder than words.


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