Rodriguez for City Council
Unfortunately, few officeholders live up to even one of these obligations.
One such individual is Richard Alarcon. Alarcon is a man who has dedicated most of his adult life to public service and has brought about some very good things. Despite that, he does not deserve the opportunity to return to the City Council.
Alarcon failed to complete his term as City Councilman to run for the State Senate seat he recently vacated. We'll give him a pass on that one because at least he served five years. And yes, he did complete his two alloted state senate terms.
However, due to the passage of Eric Garcetti's Measure R term limits scam, Alarcon is abandoning an Assembly seat he only assumed about two months ago to reclaim his previous Council seat. Should Alarcon be elected to the City Council, his current constituents will be without an Assembly member for several months and costly special election will be required. This is not serving the community, its just plain and simple greed and ego.
When voters passed term limits - or even modified them if you will under Measure R - it was not their intention for politicians to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. The purpose was to bring in new blood and new leadership.
Given all of this, the voters of the Seventh Council District have a choice - former Mayoral and School Board aide Monica Rodriguez. Rodriguez is currently an executive with the California Association of Realtors.
Monica is a young, dynamic, forceful leader with a passion for the community. Born and raised in the 7th District, Monica has a legacy of leadership leading back to her days as Student Body President at San Fernando High School, the very same position that this old, dead Republican mayor sought but was not succesful at in 1981. Monica's a parent and homeowner with strong roots in the District who understands the issues at hand. If elected, Rodriguez would be only the second Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council and will be only one of four women to currently serve. Her experience in both government and business uniquely qualifies her to serve in this important post. To be sure, based on recent statements at candidate events, Monica will need to come up to speed with some specifics particularly in the area of Neighborhood Councils. But she's an intelligent quick study and her passion and her desire to empower others is a far better alternative to more of the same.
New blood like Monica Rodriguez is exactly what the Council needs. Apparently we're in good company as both the Daily News and Los Angeles Times agree. We don't need term limits schemes to bring us back the ghosts of Clowncils past such as Richard Alarcon or his contemporary Controller Laura Chick who is contemplating a Measure R inspired return to the horseshoe. I am proud to endorse Monica Rodriguez for the Los Angeles City Council, Seventh District.
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