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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Meet David Hernandez, Candidate for Mayor!

If a candidate's official photo decided elections, David would be a shoe-in.
But since they don't, here is his record:

"David Hernandez has been a Civic Community Leader for over 20 years. For 25 years he worked as an insurance adjuster which trained him in investigating and analyzing issues, strengths that have helped him in reaching out to the community and solving problems.

David and his wife, Debi, reside in Valley Village, California and have been together for twenty years.

David served in the United States Navy for four years and is a Combat Vietnam Veteran.

Working with his Neighborhood Council, David was successful in having the City of Los Angeles officially adopt March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”. He is currently engaged in forming coalition groups in preparation for the 2009 event in Los Angeles.

David has been engaged in the struggle with other veterans to restore the West Los Angeles VA facility to its intended use through the removal of all existing non Veteran related businesses from the property. He is an advocate for re-establishing and funding the faculties to provide shelter, training and treatment to all veterans.

David is the Executive Director of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce where he actively assists business, both small and large, in addressing the many challenges that threaten their success.

David has been engaged in a two-year legal challenge against the 2006 version of Measure R, the Los Angeles City Council Term Limit extension and Ethics Reform Ballot Measure which extended the terms of city council members beyond the two terms voted on previously to three terms totaling 12 years. He was successful in bringing the issue all the way to the State Appellate Court level.

David led the countywide four-year battle to retain the Original Los Angeles County Seal. This effort was instrumental in helping pass legislation in the US House of Representatives regarding the protection of religious expression.

David attended Los Angeles Valley College and realizing the importance of community colleges serves as President of the Foundation Board of Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, California. In 2008 the Foundation awarded students $33,000 in local scholarships.

David has served on the board of the Youth Service Network for four years. The organization has three group homes for abused boys ages 10 to 18. He has been instrumental in sustaining the ability of the organization to provide an environment where boys are able to live, learn and thrive.

David is Chairman of the Board of Justiceville Homeless/USA, the non-profit which for fourteen years successfully operated Dome Village in Los Angeles, California. The organization has provided housing, training and hope for hundreds of Los Angeles homeless men and women as well as developing the Homies and the Popz cricket team working to provide structure and guidance to young men.

David became public access producer at Adelphia Cable in Van Nuys, California. His show Re-Claim LA covered many local issues such as land use, animal rights, homelessness and education. He is now leading the effort to preserve access to public broadcasting for producers throughout Los Angeles.

As a candidate for Mayor in the San Fernando Valley’s independence movement, David saw the need for local control and empowerment. To accomplish this he took a proactive role in the formation and governing of many Neighborhood Councils. He has served on the boards of the North Hollywood-Northeast, Sun Valley, and Glassell Park Councils and he took and active role in supporting the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

As an advocate for the environment, David has taken an active role in preserving and improving the rural equestrian communities in the Northeast Valley.

As an advocate for “those with no voice,” David has been an outspoken advocate of No Kill Animal Shelters. He has attended numerous meetings and rallies where he promoted the No Kill system as demonstrated and proven to be viable by Mr. Nathan J. Winograd. David has shown a light on the dark and little known process of using euthanized animals from local animal shelters in rendering and the production of rendered protein. Such practices put our shelters at risk for financial liabilities.

Working with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants, David took part in the successful effort to have Ruby the LA Zoo elephant moved to the Paws’ Elephant Sanctuary. He continues to advocate for the transfer of Billy from his confinement at the Zoo to the Paws Sanctuary.

David established the first Los Angeles Animal Humanitarian Awards recognizing the efforts of those who advocate for “those with no voice.”

David is a strong advocate for real transportation solutions. He was an outspoken opponent of the failed “Bus Only Lanes” along Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles. He learned first hand from small business owners the challenges this ill thought out experiment placed on them causing them to loose business when customers could not park in front of their shops and businesses.

David has been a long time opponent of the “Subway to the Sea” that is promoted by so many special interests groups. He has been a strong advocate for a Maglev/Monorail System that would allow real transportation solutions. He has been in communication with maglev companies with a proven record of success in providing urban maglev systems.

David is opposed to other transportation schemes such as the toll lanes purposed for the 110 Freeway and stands in opposition to the Diamond Lane/Car Pool Lanes that have proven to be lacking in real solutions while at the same time draining resources from other proven projects.

David has been an outspoken opponent of the current Los Angeles city policies which allow low income communities to be used to qualify for Federal HUD Grants for street lights and sidewalks and then spending the funds elsewhere in the city."

This is not an endorsement of David Hernandez by the MS Blog! If other candidates would like to share their record and/or platform, I would be happy to post it. Photo required, and I think David just set the bar!

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Blogger Joe B. said:

I regret that I have to say this, but
this thread will not tolerate personal attacks, name calling, or anything less than common courtesy towards any of the mayoral candidates. Don't waste your time.

November 15, 2008 2:42 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Then I assume that you and Mayor Sam would apply the same "no name calling" standard to the candidates, such as those who dismiss critics by calling them "crybabies" and "losers."

November 15, 2008 4:05 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

If a candidate calls people crybabies and losers in whatever
they submit here for posting, then they reveal much about themselves.

The candidates also do not have the luxury of submitting their records/platforms as "anonymous".

November 15, 2008 4:51 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

However I am allowed to call candidates or politicians names. :)

November 15, 2008 5:27 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Of course you can El Jeffe! (MS staff
gently leads the good Mayor to the Sam Yorty Video Room, where MS gets lost in vintage Yorty footage for days, and in the process forgets all about the statement he just made). :)

November 15, 2008 5:35 PM  

Blogger Valley Doll said:

Must. Resist. Urge. To. Blingee.

November 15, 2008 7:06 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Can I at least call someone a "douchebag"? Would that be okay? Or how about if we put all the names in a spreadsheet and number them? Then I can say, "Well, Walter's an A7 and Zuma has his head up his C3 and Antonio for sure is a B2 and David, omg, he is from the planet "A9 on a D4."

Just a suggestion.

I think it's workable.

Maybe not.

It'd be efficient, tho.

November 16, 2008 12:00 AM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

Great work; censoring is always the American way!!

Now we can make Dave Elliott into something respectable, kind of like the last presidential election.

We call it the "Obama Free Pass".

This blog gets more and more ridiculous as it goes along.
Might just as well read Mother Goose.

November 16, 2008 4:28 AM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

Right this way sir...


November 16, 2008 4:45 AM  

Blogger Maxima10 said:

Since we have to say nice things about the Mayoral candidates, I will say David has a nice full set of hair much to my envy.

November 16, 2008 6:51 AM  

Blogger anonymous said:

He is a member of the DAWs, the private Directors of Animal Welfare group run by Charlotte Laws. DAWs

This group is comprised of a convicted felon. Alex was convicted of gross animal cruelty and sentenced. She ran Noah's Ark which was raided. It was all over the news. Another member, Laurel Kinder is currently suing the City of Los Angeles. She is a frequent critic of the City. Another member of the group is Adele Langdon, fiance of Ed Boks the Director of Animal Services. Another member of the group is Skye Valencia of the Vegan Vixens. They wear lingere in public to raise awareness about animals. Another member Rachel Papp was fired by the City of Los Angeles for fraud and theft.
Charlotte Laws is friends with Steve Best of the Animal Liberation Front.

I guess it doesn't matter. This guy doesn't stand a chance anyway.

November 16, 2008 11:19 AM  

Blogger Igor said:

This may appear strange, I have an actual question. On transportation, Mr. Hernandez is opposed to Wilshire BOL, the "subway to the sea," carpool lanes, and toll lanes.

The only "solution" to our transportation problems that has been provided here is a maglev/monorail system. However, if we were to switch to monorail/maglev we would literally have to create a whole new system(monorail/maglev doesn't run on regular train tracks). Such a project would be more expensive than any subway to the sea and of course Metro would have to take more land to get the right of ways, etc.

Other than opposing a bunch of projects and proposing a fantasy maglev system, does Mr. Hernandez have any real transportation solutions?

November 16, 2008 12:52 PM  

Blogger Kate Barner said:

David Hernandez fought gallantly against Proposition R (2006) which extended the term limit on City Councilmembers.

Those incumbent Councilmembers who supported the LA City Council term extension in 2006 now have an opportunity in 2009 to show true leadership by not running for a 3rd term. This will allow for fresh change at the local level and prevent the same City Councilmembers from benefiting from their own action of voting to place a measure on the ballot. This will also restore confidence in our local government instead of undermining it with conflicts of interest.

Putting an initiative on the ballot is an uphill challenge requiring a large expenditure of money and is usually an impossible task for the average Citizen or small neighborhood group. However, in 2006, with little effort, the LA City Council voted to put Proposition R (the previous Prop R) on the November 2006 ballot. Instead of giving voters straight talk, the supporters of Prop R clouded it with talk of reform when the main affect of Prop R was to extend their officeholder limit from 2 terms to 3 terms.

November 16, 2008 7:22 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

"They wear lingere in public to raise awareness about animals."

Pictures, please!

November 16, 2008 11:25 PM  

Blogger PhilKrakover said:

His participation in the Ruby move and the fight over Billy is news to those of us that are in the middle of the fray with LaBonge and Cardenas.

Methinks Hernandez is good at taking credit for others' achievements. Ask him, "What, exactly did you do about Ruby and her move?" "Have you ever been to PAWS?" "Were you on the Zoo Commission, GLAZA or, just exactly who did you personally lobby?"

I'd like to hear these answers publicly, but of course, I know them already...

November 17, 2008 1:10 AM  

Blogger anonymous said:

1:10 you are right. I was involved in the Gita, Ruba, Billy situation. I was at meetings speaking, writing letters, going to city council. I never saw the guy there. Maybe he just sent a letter or something. Or maybe he went to just the last city council meeting which I missed. I still don't see him in the speaker cards. I think this guy is trying to take credit for others word,

November 17, 2008 9:19 AM  

Blogger David said:

Didn't the original Los Angeles County Seal have the Christian cross on it thereby endorsing our Christian theocracy?
Just once I would like to see a candidate being sworn into office place his left hand on the Constitution instead of the Bible.If that were to happen I think I would fall out of my chair.

February 14, 2009 7:30 PM  

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