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Blumenfield is fourth assemblyman set to run for L.A. City Council

August 3, 2012 | 11:13 am

Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Sherman Oaks, urges lawmakers to approve his measure to authorize about $4.5 billion funding for a high-speed rail system at the Capitol in Sacramento in July. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Los Angeles' upcoming municipal election has sparked the interest of yet another Sacramento politician with Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) filing paperwork to run for a City Council seat in the west San Fernando Valley, according to Ethics Commission records.

The Woodland Hills resident moved to create a campaign committee earlier this week, becoming the fourth state legislator to run in the March election. He will seek the seat held by Councilman Dennis Zine, who must leave next year due to term limits and is now running for city controller.

Already raising money for council campaigns are Assemblymen Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles), Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar) and Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). All four candidates are taking aim at seats that are opening up because of term limits.

Cedillo is running for the Eastside seat being vacated by Councilman Ed Reyes. Fuentes is looking to replace Councilman Richard Alarcon in the northeast San Fernando Valley. And Davis is running in South Los Angeles for the seat currently held by Councilwoman Jan Perry, now a candidate for mayor.

If all four win, the council could find itself with as many as eight of its 15 members coming from the Legislature. (More likely it will be seven, however, since Councilman Tony Cardenas, a former state assemblyman, is favored to win a seat in Congress this year.)

Blumenfield, 44, faces term limits in 2014 but wants to "continue to serve and produce for the residents of the San Fernando Valley," said Larry Levine, Blumenfield's campaign consultant.

"This seems like the logical way to achieve that," said Levine, referring to the upcoming council campaign.

City Hall is already home to six former state lawmakers: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Tony Cardenas and Herb Wesson –- all of whom served time in the Assembly -- as well as Alarcon, a former state Senator.

Alarcon is running for the Assembly, to which he was first elected back in 2006 but quickly abandoned so he could serve on the council instead.


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Photo: Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Sherman Oaks), 44, will seek the L.A. City Council seat held by Dennis Zine, who must leave next year due to term limits. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press