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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Krekorian Gets DPSFV Nod

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley has endorsed Paul Krekorian for Council District 2 over fellow Democrats Tamar Galatzan and Chris Edsel.

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley unanimously endorsed Paul Krekorian Monday night in his bid for the City Council’s Second District, a potentially game-changing move for the Sept. 22 race. The 57-0 vote was an unprecedented moment in the group’s history.

“As a lifelong Democrat, I am elated to have the unanimous support of these Valley activists who have joined me in this movement to reform city government and make it work for us,” Krekorian said. “With this base of support, we can now springboard toward doing the important work of representing the Valley during this especially important time of great economic peril and uncertainty. This Democratic partnership for change sends a clear message that my campaign is a grassroots movement of the community and for the community.”

Krekorian now counts more than three dozen community groups, leaders and advocates among his endorsements. Recently, he was endorsed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and has been supported by dozens of legislative leaders from U.S. House of Representatives, the state Assembly and state Senate.

“It was a great honor to throw our unconditional support behind Paul - an action this group has never undertaken,” said Agi Kessler, chair of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley. “Paul’s long record of action and representation led all of us to believe that he will be ready to face the challenges on Day One to improve the Valley. We were pleased to support him and are wiling to do all we can to ensure Paul is our City Councilman.”

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Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Wow. Yay.


Measure B got the nod from almost every 'nodder' in town. Didn't help it win.

Krekorian - JUST SAY NO

August 04, 2009 11:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have to agree with Pertafried on this. Paul is part of "movement" to reform City Government? Huh? Since when? What is he talking about!?

Where was was Paul Krekorian's leadership in SACRAMENTO? Oh that's right.... he was another enabler of the problem. Another can kicker. Pointing fingers.

So now he wants a new gig because Sacramento blows chipmunks these days. Sorry, asshole. CD-2 sees right through you.

August 04, 2009 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DP/SFV is hardly a group of nodders. There was ample discussion surrounding Measure B.

It should come as no surprise that Krekorian got this, he's been active in grassroots politics for years.

August 04, 2009 12:10 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Isn't Tamar a longtime DPSFV muckety-muck?

August 04, 2009 12:13 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Blows chipmunks?

Cute, John.

August 04, 2009 12:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar may have been hurt by already having 2 jobs, as city attorney/ neighborhood prosecutor and LAUSD board member which cost $2 million to get. However, Paul also just got elected and his empty seat would cost a lot to hold the election. Both would involve new elections to fill their vacated seats.

Essel is the only one without that kind of baggage or any baggage, except that her campaign manager Shallman is the one who made AEG, Wetherly, Paramount/ billboard companies, and Antonio himself all dirty words, and now he's got his girl running with all that support.

Plus his last candidate Carmen the Soap Opera proved in record time that lack of experience in government and being unproven in the limelight is NOT a plus in the wrong hands. (Though his REAL liability is he ran to please the far-right talk show crowd and is confused enough to think that pleasing that wacky niche is waht the majority wants -- not.)

Now all of a sudden Higby is pushing for the "experienced candidate, no time for on-the-job training," doing a total flipflop. All this is bad timing for Essel who's a lOT nicer and more decent than Carmen but in politics, "timing is everything."

August 04, 2009 12:50 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Who is going to run for Paul's Assembly seat? Hmmm....

August 04, 2009 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wel, I will say one thing, HIgby. This blog has improved 500% since you got back and a certain other person, who shall remain nameless, is no longer clogging up the airwaves.

I don't agree with you on this one, but respect your opinion.

I ma puzzled by your support for paul, inasmuch as I always pegged you for sort of a Libertarian/moderate to conservative, and he is such a tax and spend liberal.

Chris has the years of experience as a commissioner and as a business person, to come at the problem with a much more common sense, let's not raise taxes or spend money without thinking through the consequences, kind of approach.

Before yu beat her up some more, you ought to go to the debate and see if you find something there to like.

Like Obama, you don't have all the facts down yet, so go easy on your commitment until you do. No one has acted "stupidly" here.

August 04, 2009 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Maybe Chris can run for Krekorian's job? Tamar wouldn't move to Sacto and take the salary cut.

August 04, 2009 1:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Endorsements don't amount to a hill of beans if you can't communicate and that requires money. Tamar "Villaraigosa" Galatzan needed to outspend her opponent by $2 million to win the LAUSD board seat. She can't raise $2 now, let alone enough to get a message out to voters.

Krekorian is my guy, but I'm worried that he hasn't raised any money. Come on PK, "Show me the MONEY!"

August 04, 2009 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The people who don't have endorsments are the ones who always say endorsments don't matter.

August 04, 2009 1:33 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

The vote was 57-0??! I guess the Democrats in the Valley don't have one critical thinker in the group.

August 04, 2009 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This endorsemnet, plus a quarter, will get you a cup of coffee in some places.

August 04, 2009 3:16 PM  

Blogger Igor said:

Essel's baggage is that she only recently descended upon CD 2 and has absolutly no connection to the community. That's why most of her endorsements are from the westside. Maybe she should consider running for Rosendahl's seat.

August 04, 2009 3:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Generally, I think very little of DPSFV's endorsements. Anyone who does/doesn't endorse someone based on whether or not they think they can win is an endorsement that means very little.

I would prefer to hear who the endorser thinks would do the best job.

In this case though, I think they did the right thing.

If I lived in CD 2 and we had instant runoff voting, I would vote: ZD, Mary Benson, Paul Krekorian, then I would list the others with Tamar and Chris on the bottom.

Why don't we have instant runoff voting anyway?

I won't deny that I'm chuckling thinking of DPSFV's ample Measure B discussion. Funny image.

If they were good Dems, they would have thought about the way Measure B got on the ballot, not the validity of Measure B and not endorsed it, so they are nodders. They vote for total strangers who don't even show up for an endorsement if they have a D after their name and that is the truth. If Trutanich had been a Democrat, they would have endorsed him even if he had the same exact views on issues that he had running as a Republican. It doesn't matter to them.

August 04, 2009 3:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree Igor. I post things about Chris Essel because I know this is all about the huge, continuously raising paycheck and nothing else.

I hear she's nice enough though so if it were the council district where she was born or raised or lived a long time, I might feel differently. But just pushing in to CD 2, which covers too huge of an area, sickens me.

August 04, 2009 3:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

3:44: But I'll bet you supported Nuch like the other old-timers in SOHA who fell for his promises to return things to the way they were in the 50;s, and just because he's against Antonio -- even though he was about as far from CD2 or valley side of CD5 as you can get. He'd moved to San Pedro after 25 years in Long Beach just to run in the city.

So PLEASE at least stop all this garbage about "carpetbagging" as an excuse to hate Essel! She's lived and worked in the nearby hills of CD5 and the studios for years, after being raised in the VAlley. At least admit it's all about ABA - like Higby with his latest post.

August 04, 2009 4:35 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Essel lives in a world so far removed from the everyday lives of most of CD2. BelAir and Hollywood are far different from CD2.

August 04, 2009 4:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a big endorsement for Krekorian. This means volunteers, office etc on top of having the party stamp of approval.

August 04, 2009 5:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would bet that when Paul wins the CD2 seat - Ardy Kassakhian, Glendale's City Clerk -- I bet he will run -- and probably that loser Quintero again.

August 04, 2009 6:30 PM  

Anonymous 3:44 said:

Sorry, you are wrong.

I voted for Nuch because he's good-looking.

Okay, maybe I didn't vote for him but if I would have, that would have been my reason. I'm tired of unattractive men. Who needs brains?

August 04, 2009 7:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:22, Nuch has neither looks nor brains, he looks and is as smart as his BBF's Zine and Cooley/ if that's your idea of hot...

August 04, 2009 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Vote for Mary Benson, Born and raised in and lives in CD 2 all her life. She's knowledgeable about the district and doesn't owe her soul to any career politician, big business or developer. She can't be bought!Aren't you just as sick of all those people as I am. It's time for a change. Let's elect a true District Home Grown Candidate. We haven't had one of those since Howard Finn. It's about time that we do!

August 04, 2009 11:41 PM  

Anonymous Whipped Dem said:

Why would a highly placed Democrat Assemblymember - the majority whip nonetheless - drop a seat to which he was just elected and run for an area that he is only marginally a part of?

So that he can then drop CD2 and run for Mayor.

So that he can then be put up for governor.

Needless to say, the reason Krekorian would not address anything specifically or make any promises to the community at Tuesday's forum is because he couldn't give a rats ass about CD2. Except to use it, that it.

August 06, 2009 9:43 AM  

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