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Friday, March 27, 2009

Krekorian Issues Statement

Last night we reported intense chatter that Assembly Member Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) was considering running for the soon to be vacated CD2 seat.

The Krekorian camp just offered us this statement:

"Assembly Member Krekorian is flattered that so many of his constituents have suggested the idea that he represent them on the City Council in an area that was so well served for many years by Wendy Greuel. But he remains committed to making lives better for the people of his district by improving the state of education, public safety and the environment. That is his job right now and that continues to be his priority."

So we may parse that as he's not running; on the other hand I sense if enough of you Krekorian fans push him, he may do it.


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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, If anyone could talk Abby Diamond into running, CD2 would have
the Ellen Brockovich of the SFV as their representative. She is as sharp as they come, and would make an
awesome councilmember.

March 27, 2009 5:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good for Paul having one carpet bagger running is more than enough. Given the choice, Cindy would be the carpet bagger or shall we say "carpet kitten" we would prefer.

March 27, 2009 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sorry, but the insular community of Sunland-Tujunga and its fight over one big box store is not qualified to represent the whole district via its spokeswoman. CD2 needs someone with more savvy, who understands Sherman Oaks and Studio City as well as an isolated rural community of tiny homes with big lots. Opposite problems to most of us.

March 27, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:46, Have you ever met Abby Diamond? She is very savvy!
She understands the whole district and would do a better job than any of the possible candidates I have seen so far.

March 27, 2009 6:01 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

I know that Abby will never run, so give it up boys & girls. However she grew up in Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks (from the age of 4)and her mom still lives there. She knows more about the SFV than anybody else I know.

March 27, 2009 7:03 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Abby is too smart to run. The consensus candidate is Krekorian.

March 27, 2009 7:49 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Now, if we could find someone decent for CD4, someone from the Valley side for a change.

March 27, 2009 7:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There are decent candidates, at least one with strong Valley connections, who would be great for CD4. In 2015, or 2011.

March 27, 2009 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

By the way, what does "the Krekorian camp" mean? If he's not running, how can he have a camp? If he's not running why can't he speak for himself?

In this context, what is his "camp" anyway?

March 27, 2009 8:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. K may represent the part of the District D as an assemblymember, but he doesn't live there.I suggest everyone check out Bill Robertson, head of the Bureau of Street Services. I ran across a study regarding him by a Professor name Terry L. Cooper of USC who was doing a study on City administrators, their effectiveness and how they relate to Neighborhood Councils and communities. Robertson got an A+ type rating. It showsthat Robertson is a grassroots whirlwind and his public service and administration ability is impecable. He believes in community decision making ability and team leadership. Most of all he gets things done without selling his soul! Check him out. If I'm wrong, I'll eat the book! I think we should try to draft Robertson because he is what the doctor ordered to help heal our city.

March 27, 2009 9:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree, I think Bill Robertson would serve CD2 well and we should do what we can to encourage him to run.

March 28, 2009 12:20 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Krekorian "camp" = his people.

Yes, he has people.

Even if he isn't "yet" running.

March 28, 2009 12:21 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Robertson is all well and fine and he may be a good administrator. But does a good administrator make a good Councilmember? I want a leader. We don't have much of that.

Can Robertson wade through the political maze and deal with Sacramento?

I think that Krekorian presents a good option and is in the mold of citizen advocates who can work within the system such as Joel Wachs or Laura Chick.

Let's hope he runs!

March 28, 2009 12:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I actually sat through all of those Terry Cooper meetings. It was us in the Neighborhood Council system who suggested Bill Robertson was the best of the best AS the head of a department. I love him to death, but I don't think a councilman is his forte.

Forget the carpet bagging crap. Anyone who lives close enough should be given the opportunity if we know they do well. I think it's time we have a few at-large council members anyway.

I'm sorry, Cindy is the best option here. We really need her on the council. She would be the best person of those who are considering a run so far.

March 28, 2009 2:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And why, exactly, would a councilmember need to know how to "...wade through the political maze and deal with Sacramento?...". Certainly the council as a whole might need to do that at times, they undoubtedly have advisers and staff to help them, but the CD2 representatives job is to represent the residents of the district within the City Council itself. I would much rather my councilperson spent their time representing the district than dealing with state government.

This blog has gotten a lot of mileage out of AV spending so much of his time in Washington and Sacramento rather than here running the city and giving the impression that you are against such actions, yet now you're suggesting that we elect our local representatives to do exactly the same thing. It seems a bit inconsistent to me. Are you saying you need to have state government experience before you can be an acceptable local government official? Using that reasoning, only seasoned politicians would be suitable candidates for any political office. When the current crop has termed out, must anarchy prevail or are you implying that we are doomed to watch state and local politicians trade jobs forever?

March 28, 2009 5:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael -- We're in a budget crunch and we need someone who actually knows the layers of the maze and the opportunities that are out there to get the services to the people of CD2 and to listen and work with the people of CD2. Bill Robertson is that person. He's saved the City millions! First hand he knows the ins and outs within the City and that is what we need right now.

March 28, 2009 8:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No more career politicians and carpetbaggers. We need someone who truly cares about CD2 and not a ladder climber or socialite, I want my money to stay in my pocket and not go to "special interest" We need Bill Robertson. He's incredible and he can't be bought! How do we convince Robertson to run!!!

March 28, 2009 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A man that run a BUREAU is not a leader? duh? What's wrong with that statemen? Greuelwasn't in office when she ran for CD2. She was not a LEADER when she worked for Dreamworks. Tell her that she wasn't a leader.

March 28, 2009 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Run Paul Run, we need you!

You will be the most responsive council member and one of the most intelligent.

PS: Having People = He is running

and why not he is a true San Fernando Valley Boy. He is loved by all the people and not sold to any of the Political institutions, not to Antonio, not to IBEW, not to anyone in our city.

March 28, 2009 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He is running and he is going to win.

His a perfect fit for that district. Cindy can find out the easy way by not running, or the hard way by running.

March 28, 2009 5:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I don't know this Krekorian guy, but the reason I asked about his "camp" is because if he really is in the mold of Laura Chick and Joel Wachs, he would be the one issuing the release and making his own statement about running. To me, that's a reflection on his character. Does he stand up tall and answer the tough questions, or let someone else do it for him?

March 28, 2009 5:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"PS: Having People = He is running"

Or perhaps:

PS: Having people = He is currently holding political office and has a staff to handle such situations for him.

He may or may not be going to run, I don't know. Right now his statements seem to indicate that he's not going to run. I'll take that at face value for now, but if you're right and that's not the case it certainly diminishes his credibility, at least as far as I'm concerned. If he does as his statements imply and doesn't run then he is dealing with us honestly, I can certainly respect that, but he's not going to be in the race. Either way I won't be voting for him. Bill Robertson will be my choice if he decides to run.

March 28, 2009 8:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good news of this story is:

The average IQ of the city council will rise by 15 points.

Bad news of the story is:

The average IQ of the State Assembly will drop by 35 points.

Take your pick.

March 28, 2009 8:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lets draft Bill Robertson, who is the DIRECTOR of the Bureau of Street Services. The definitions below personify his qualifications
to present Council District Two.

the person, as an employer or supervisor, who tells people and especially workers what to do ,the team leader was good at making sure that everyone kept busy at their assigned tasks,- see boss

a person who manages or directs ,we wanted to change the policy regarding refunds, but the store manager refused, - see executive

a person who manages or directs ,school administrators, a hospital administrator> - see executive

a the head of an organized group or administrative unit, as a bureau or school, b b one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise,
a person who manages or directs. the new director of the company plans to make a number of changes in daily operations,- see executive

one who carries out the will or plan of another person or of a group. In government, the term refers not only to the chief administrative officer but to all others who execute the laws and to them as a group. In modern government, the e...

I say Bill Robertson for Council District Two. Check him out! He has 25 years of exceptional public service and he has documented outstanding accomplishments. He truly is all that. A LEADER, A DECISION MAKER AND MUCH MORE! Now, the hard part is to convince him to run!

The downside is, why would anyone want that job when this city is in such a mess that it will take a miracle to straighten us out and bail us out of our financial mess! Who needs it! It will take a really dedicated person to want to take it on because they are going to have a lot of sleepless nights if they intend to do the job right.

March 29, 2009 12:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excuse me, but does this Krekorian guy even live in CD2 or does he lives in Burbank?

Yes, Bill Robertson for Councilmember in CD2!

Bill lives in Tujunga. He owns a horse and sympathizes with equestrians. He has worked his way to the top all the way from the bottom - from truck driver to head of the Bureau of Street Services in 18 years.

Bill has an excellent working relationship with the Mayor and each of the Councilmembers. He is known as a no-nonsense guy and has proved himself as an efficiency expert having saved the City of Los Angeles millions.

That beats a LAUSD board member whose pro-development husband headed VICA until shortly after Wendy threw her hat into the Controller's ring at which time he promptly resigned. Besides, Brandon Huffman, Tamar's husband, testified in behalf of Home Depot at the NVAPC meeting held in Sunland. That pretty much cooks her votes in Sunland Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, and East La Tuna Canyon. She may be beloved in the South of CD2, but she will never prevail in the North.

Abby Diamond is a blessing to Sunland Tujunga, but she will not and should not run for Councilmember. We have many other potential candidates who should not and will not run even though they are well known in the city - Cindy Cleghorn for example.

The North part of CD2 knows that Bill Robertson is the one whose time has come. We know that he is one of the few who can beat the politcal favorites of the present city officials even without the money those favorites will raise.

We need only remember what happened with Prop B. United, a strong grassroots movement behind a strong candidate like Bill Robertson can beat the system!

I support Bill Robertson for Council Distict 2! A candidate who is not controlled by City Hall or by the Developers!

March 30, 2009 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does Robertson understand the City beyond stepping in shit in Sunland Tujunga.

Higby should of never encouraged those hayseeds. Now they think they run the city.

Higby has enabled the Sunland Tujunga Wackos just like he did David Elliot Saltsburg Zuma Dogg.

He must like egging on alcoholics.

I did see Zuma Dogg eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer with the No Home Depot clowns. Probably because it was free.

March 30, 2009 5:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:09, keeping writing, you are showing your ignorance! Your nickname should be "sour grapes" because you sound like a loser who lacks intelligence!

March 31, 2009 12:39 AM  

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