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Endorsements come to two L.A. council candidates

August 6, 2009 |  6:47 pm
Two candidates running for the Los Angeles City Council seat vacated by City Controller Wendy Greuel locked down key endorsements today.

Christine Essel, a former Paramount Pictures Corp. executive, won Greuel’s backing. Greuel described Essel as the “independent candidate I trust to focus on the details and make sure the neighborhoods of District 2 receive city services in an efficient and effective manner.”

State Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, one of the other 10 candidates for Greuel’s seat in the Sept. 22 special election, was endorsed by the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. Pat McOsker, president of the union’s Local 112, said Krekorian “has consistently proven himself an honest and hard-working public servant with a clear and proven track record of devotion to public safety.”

While former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has thrown his support behind Essel, Krekorian has also been endorsed by the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

As of June 30, only two candidates reported raising money for the brief sprint to the special election: Essel raised $119,939 and candy store owner Frank Sheftel raised $2,300.

Th 2nd Council District stretches from Studio City and Sherman Oaks at its southern border, through Van Nuys, Valley Glen, North Hollywood and Sun Valley to Sunland-Tujunga at its northern border.

All 10 candidates are expected to debate this Saturday at a forum co-sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance and the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council. The forum will begin at 2 p.m. after a one-hour meet-and-greet at North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd. in Tujunga.

-- Maeve Reston at L.A. City Hall