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Sherman Oaks council takes issue with candidate's claim

March 22, 2012 | 11:53 am

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council has asked Assembly Candidate Laurette Healey to stop implying she is currently a leader of the organization.  Three other Democrats are in the race for the open seat in the 46th Assembly District

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council has a bone to pick with one of the five Democrats running for an open San Fernando Valley seat in the Assembly.

The council's board recently wrote a letter to businesswoman Laurette Healey, taking issue with her description of herself in campaign materials as a "local neighborhood council leader" and an "elected representative" and "government affairs chair" of the organization.

Healey held those posts with the council in the past but has not done so since 2004, the letter notes. The board requested that Healey remove the claim from "all future campaign materials and literature," or at least indicate that her service was in the past, and include the dates.  

Healey said in an interview that it was never her intention to mislead anyone. She said she had quickly put together a brochure to hand out at a candidates forum. The brochure included a lumped-together list of past and present community-service activities, along with a list of endorsements and a summary of her work in the entertainment industry, she said.

The brochure's purpose was to "simply provide a short snapshot of my many years as a community advocate in the new 46th Assembly District," she said.

Healey said her campaign website does distinguish between past and present service posts, as will future campaign mailers and other materials.

Others in the race include law professor Andrew Lachman; charter schools executive Brian Johnson; Adrin Nazarian, chief of staff to Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian; and  business owner Adriano Lecaros.

The only Republican on the ballot is chemistry instructor Jay L. Stern.

Democrats hold a 50%-28% registration edge over Republicans in the district.

For the record, 2:46 p.m., March 22: A previous version of this post identified Adriano Lecaros
as a Republican.


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Photo: A leafy neighborhood in Sherman Oaks. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times