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Monday, January 05, 2009

Valley Dems Offer Up Endorsements in March Primary

The Endorsement Committee of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley has made the following recommendations for official endorsements in the City of Los Angeles March Primary Election.

Bottom line; Jack Weiss received more votes from the panel than Mayor Villaraigosa, Richard Alarcon barely gets an endorsement, apparently the Valley Dems don't like Nury Martinez for School Board and there are actually at least three Democrats out there that get that Measure B is shady.

This report goes to DPSFV's full board of directors for approval Monday evening:

Endorsement Committee Consent Calendar January 5th, 2009

Antonio Villaraigosa
Endorsement Recommended
7-Yes, 3-No, 1-Abstain

Wendy Greuel
Endorsement Recommended
8-Yes, 2-No, 1-Abstain
Nick Patsaouras also interviewed

City Attorney:
Jack Weiss
Endorsement Recommended
10-Yes, 1-No

Council District 3:
Jeff Bornstein
NO Endorsement
Recommended Unanimous
“Not qualified at this time”

Council District 5:
Paul Koretz
Endorsement Recommended
10-Yes, 1 Abstain
Adeena Bleich also interviewed
Ron Galperin also interviewed
Robert Schwartz also interviewed
Robyn Ritter Simon also interviewed
David Vahedi chose to not interview

Council District 7:
Richard Alarcon
Endorsement Recommended
6-Yes, 3-No, 2-Abstain

LAUSD Bd of Ed 4:
Michael Stryer
Endorsement Recommended
7-Yes, 3-No, 1-Abstain
Steve Zimmer also interviewed

LAUSD Bd of Ed 6:
Louis Pugliese
9-Yes, 1-No, 1-Abstain
Nury Martinez also interviewed

LA Comm Coll Bd of Trustees 2:
Angela Reddock
Endorsement Recommended
10-Yes, 1-No
Steve Finley also interviewed
Tina Park chose NOT to interview

LA Comm Coll Bd of Trustees 4:
Kelly Candaele
Endorsement Recommended
8-Yes, 3-Abs

LA Comm Coll Bd of Trustees 6:
Greg Akili
Endorsement Recommended
8-Yes, 3-Abstain
Robert Nakahiro also interviewed
Nancy Pearlman also interviewed
Art Sims chose NOT to interview

LA Comm Coll Bd of Trustees 7:
Miguel Santiago
Endorsement Recommended

Prop B:
Solar Energy/Green:
Endorsement Recommended 8-Yes, 3-No

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nury didn't get the Dem endorsement!?!? gerry must be asleep at the switch or to busy polishing off Felipe's knob to pay attention to his wife's campaign!!!

January 05, 2009 9:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Is this some kind of schill group or are these people just dumb? It looks like the winning list from "The2008 Racketeering and Corruption Awards."

January 05, 2009 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Mayor's people are starting to get nervous. It shows here in the comments. Having read the attacks on ZD for a long time, these recent attacks seem more frantic. At any rate, the Mayor and his people will unravel very quickly when they get the least little bit of pressure from anyone, be it ZD, WM or DH. A leader holds his people together in tough times. AV is NOT a leader. This is going to be fun to watch.

January 05, 2009 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Without the voters mandating that they do solar power, the DWP for the last 25 years is going to continue to nickel and dime and really talk about renewable energies and not do it...If the voters of L.A. stand up and say, 'We need solar power now,' then the DWP is never going to do it. That's my position. That's the Yes on B's position."

-Mike "Chief Faker" Trujillo

January 05, 2009 11:23 AM  

Blogger Heather said:

Didn't I just read this morning that the Valley Redevelopment Agency is getting $15 million from the city? Yes they are so of course they will vote for anything the Mayor is behind. Another group of low class lapdogs.

January 05, 2009 12:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

So the strategy is to criticize DWP and its union for not moving on solar power, and then rewarding them by giving them the exclusive rights to the money that the ballot measure will produce?

Why not let the private AND DWP bid on the project, and then we'll see who can provide the best product at the best price.

Something doesn't make any sense here.

There is time to put this on the May ballot and do it right.

January 05, 2009 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

THANKS HEAVENS for the three sane members of the board who voted:

--No on Villaraigosa, and embarassment.

--No on Alarcon, ditto.

--No on the Mayor's fake solar initiative.

--No on Adeena Bleich.

Three on the Valley Dem Board can see through BS, embarassment, and entitlement!!!

January 05, 2009 7:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't have an opinion on this solar thing although like anyone I don't want higher rates especially if the money is going to China instead of developing something locally. (Isn't Herzberg involved in some solar scheme? Maybe this is to avoid conflict of interest?) Yet I support doing something tangible and now to get the job done, and with the DWP keeping the work under their roof at least it's more certain to get done than with an outside jobber -- look at some cement jobs out there. (Of which Nick Patsouris gets more than his share, I hear, so he's not exactly above benefiting from his "unpaid" job.)

It strikes me as odd though that the Council is getting critized for NOT rushing on the same ballot Laura Chick's proposal for the controller to audit any official in any capacity, financial or not -- when the ocuncil wanted to study that further and maybe delay to May she was adament against it, and the public seems to support her.

The main principle here seems to be: be suspicious of anything at City Hall, not so much WHAT is at issue. While that may be reasonable, how does the public logically argue that one thing be rushed onto the ballot before the ideas/ wording behind it are worked out, and oppose something else that actually has more thought behind it as too "rushed?" Ron Kaye is as guilty of this double-think as anyone.

January 05, 2009 7:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think they voted no on Adeena so much as unanimously supported Koretz. Meanwhile the candidate being pushed by SLAP's friends, Vahedi, apparently didn't even "interview." I'm surprised Robin Ritter-Simon got no votes but apparently they just went with the strongest candidate who has the best chance of getting elected and put their muscle behind him.

Alarcon didn't fare too well even without any real opposition -- they must be able to see through how he got his seat in the first place, giving Montanez two jobs to get her out of the race. Not that I know anything about her either. As for the Mayor, maybe they felt he needs to be more pro-business.

January 05, 2009 7:10 PM  

Blogger Rumpole said:

That Jack Weiss, the developer's bought and paid for candidate for City Attorney, failed to sweep the board is at once telling yet disappointing. Telling in that with no other candidate to consider (Dems will not allow Independents like myself or Republicans like Trutanich and Amerian to be considered), one member was not intimidated by the imperious Weiss. Disappointing, in that 9 members felt obliged to endorse a candidate for the Chief Law Enforcement officer of Los Angles, who has a well documented record of receiving illegal campaign contributions, and worse, not returning them, or the tax-payer matching funds based on them. That Weiss can claim to have the moral compass to be a prosecutor, while holding one to illegally obtained funds is wholly untenable with the ethics of the office. Perhaps Weiss sees Blagojevich a role model?

January 05, 2009 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since "rumpole" calls himself an "independent" candidate for city attorney, we assume it's Berger? The "4th" candidate on the ticket with Wacky Walter? He sounds just as peevish and petulant when he's not selected by someone.

January 05, 2009 8:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alarcon both nearly failed to get an endorsement in an uncontested race but lost it for his girl Nury.

January 05, 2009 10:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"the imperious Weiss?"

You sir are a joke.

Rumpole is the idiot David Berger who Wacko got to run for City Attorney along with some goofy lady (is she a waitress or what does she do?) to run for City Controller. I haven't heard of any of them before.

January 05, 2009 10:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:00, I'm with you regarding the "three". The rest have noodles for brains!!!! They are robots without the ability to think for themselves!

January 06, 2009 12:18 AM  

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