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Aide to L.A. city councilman launches bid for Valley seat

September 8, 2009 | 10:22 am

The next citywide election in Los Angeles is more than a year away. But that’s not stopping an aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith from launching his 2011 campaign for a council district in the northwest San Fernando Valley.

Smith chief of staff Mitchell Englander put up his campaign website and announced he has picked up endorsements from City Controller Wendy Greuel, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca and his boss, who plans to step down at the end of his four-year term.

Today is the first day that candidates in that election can begin raising money for the March 2011 election, which will have seven open council seats.

Smith has been on the council since 2003 and is considered one of its two most fiscally conservative members. (Councilman Bernard Parks is the other.) Smith was a longtime aide to Councilman Hal Bernson, who served on the council for 24 years before being forced out by term limits.

-- David Zahniser