“History repeats itself? Oh, no, not again in Westchester!”
In one corner, there are the “Puppets of Playa Vista” (a.k.a. the Chamber of Commerce types) and in the other corner are the so-called “Pro-Community” slate- people who have not been bought off by the developers.
An interesting aspect of this year’s neighborhood council election is the political earthquake that has occurred when one of Playa Vista’s most avid supporters, Gwen Vuchas, suddenly resigned as President of the Westchester-Playa Del Rey Neighborhood Council and withdrew from the election. Two recent newspaper articles Daily Breeze and the Argonaut reported that she is under investigation for alleged embezzlement of L.A.P.D. Booster Club funds. YIKES!
With Vuchas out of the picture, Playa Vista and other special interest groups are scrambling to retain control of the Westchester-Playa Del Rey Neighborhood Council.
This year, Playa Vista has promised to not bus in their construction workers. Considering that one of the polling locations is in the heart of Playa Vista, does this mean that Playa Vista won’t walk those workers to the polls?
We've been told that Playa Vista is allegedly sponsoring parties for their residents and employees to get them out and vote, as well as supposedly making electric vehicles available to tote folks to the polls.
And who’s on the Playa Vista/Chamber axis line-up? Two names are notable. First off is Sybil Buchanan. No where does she mention that she is the Community Relations Director for Playa Vista. Second is the only person in the world who loved Alternative D of the L.A.X. expansion plan- the “I’m smarter than everyone else” David Voss. Voss, as you may recall on this blog was mentioned in the “Worm Turns in Westchester” we told you about last year.
On the Pro-Community side, there are some veterans and future “rookies of the year” in Westchester community affairs. Incumbent board members Harry Rose and community activist Sheila Mickelson are in the hot seat because they had the chutzpah to vote against Playa Vista Phase II. Schoolmarm Judy Petix faces off against construction attorney Jim Ferro. LAX NIMBY Denny Schneider is running unopposed. And one of the most watched matches will be anti-LAX expansion activist Robert Acherman who’s running against David Voss.
Voting begins today and concludes on Wednesday. Results will be known by the weekend. Log on!