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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Valley Glen Activists Endorse Krekorian

The Special Election on September 22, 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Wendy Greuel, is very important to securing our voice on the City Council. We need real representation in CD2 to receive our fair share of city services. We need someone who knows us and our priorities. We need a Councilmember who will stand up to City Hall and special interest. We need experience and lots of it. The only candidate who fits this description is Paul Krekorian.

For three years, Paul has provided valuable services to his Assembly District 43, which includes over one-third of CD2 and the majority of Valley Glen. He has an excellent staff who have been responsive to our needs. No call goes unanswered, no request ignored. You’ve heard of “one call to city hall”? Well, for us it’s been “one call to Paul”.

Paul was able to cut through the bureaucracy and get the Valley Glen 170 Freeway signs installed after years of delays.

Paul is for neighborhood based planning and says “Growth in the Valley must meet neighborhood needs and be based on community level decision making. We can’t allow over-development to destroy the character of our neighborhoods. City planning must always protect our quality of life.” For the first time, a Council member whose entire district is in the Valley will be on the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. That will be our CD2 representative so we will have a stronger voice than ever in city planning matters. Paul Krekorian is the best candidate for this job.

Paul is tough on crime and endorsed by Sheriff Lee Baca and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Sheriff Baca says “Recently Paul Krekorian took the lead in working with law enforcement leaders to craft a prison reform bill that will make us safer. While others in the Capitol pushed for early release plans, Paul Krekorian stood firm with law enforcement.

Paul Krekorian has always stood with law enforcement, and I trust him to put public safety first.” To this end, Paul was able to get several sex offenders removed from a state sponsored half-way house in Valley Glen.

Paul is endorsed by the rank and file firefighters. Pat McOsker, President of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City says “Paul Krekorian knows that emergency response should be at the top of the list of city services. Los Angeles needs leaders like Paul Krekorian who will always work to put public safety first. We know with total confidence that Paul Krekorian is the best choice for public safety and the best choice for the people of Los Angeles.”

Paul has held several Women’s Self-Defense Workshops over the last two years, providing an opportunity for women to learn how to protect themselves and to discuss legislation on women’s issues and safety.

Paul is strong on education. Paul served as President of the Board of the Burbank school district, which is recognized for its excellence in education and high standards. Paul took over at a time of fiscal crisis and created new efficiencies in the school budget, averting lay-offs and putting more resources in the classroom. Our CD2 Councilmember will be chair of the City Council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee, providing us with a strong voice on education as well as on our neighborhood council system. Paul Krekorian is the best qualified candidate for this job.

Paul instituted the annual FILMFEST 43 competition featuring top student filmmaker’s work from the public and private high schools.

Paul is bringing jobs back to California. Paul was the author of the first incentive in California history to fight runaway production and keep middle class film and television jobs here at home. He is a member of the California Film Commission. Paul also authored an economic stimulus measure that encourages small business to add jobs to their payroll.

Paul is protecting our environment and spurring economic growth. Paul chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy, and is the author of landmark legislation that will increase our generation of electricity from sustainable sources like solar, wind and geothermal.

Valley Glen and Council District 2 needs Paul Krekorian as our next L.A. City Councilmember. We the undersigned urge you to vote for him on September 22, 2009.


All titles are for identification purposes only and do not imply organizational endorsement

Douglas Breidenbach

Board member Greater Valley Glen Council (GVGC)

Chair Planning & Land Use Committee, GVGC

Sarah Burns

Valley Glen community activist

Asta Criss

Vice President, Valley Glen Neighborhood Association (VGNA)

Past President, VGNA

Member Planning & Land Use Committee, GVGC

Susan Daugherty

Valley Glen community activist

Former Executive Board member, VGNA

Seth Eskigian

Executive Board member, VGNA

Carlos Ferreyra

Board member, GVGC

Executive Board member, VGNA

Past President, Valley Glen Community Council

Past President, VGNA

Valley Glen CD2 election

Denly Ford

Valley Glen community activist

Sharon Ford

Valley Glen community activist

Lisa Freedman

Past Vice President & Treasurer, VGNA

Past Vice President, Valley Glen Community Council

Neighborhood Watch Commander

Police Community Rep (PCR)

Bobbie Fresh

Valley Glen community activist

Peer Ghent

Executive Board, VGNA

Past President, VGNA

Past President, Valley Glen Community Council

Stephen Gonzalez

Executive Board, VGNA

Member Outreach Committee, GVGC

Gerome Huerta

Executive Board, VGNA

Ellen Jannol

Valley Glen community activist

Mickey Jannol

Treasurer, VGNA

Past President, VGNA

Member Beautification Committee, GVGC

Former Board member, GVGC

Eli Kademian

Board member, GVGC

Valley Glen CD2 election

Charles Knecht

Valley Glen community activist

Philip C. Lange

Valley Glen community activist

Steven Porus

Executive Board, VGNA

Member Planning & Land Use Committee, GVGC

Judy Price

President, Valley Glen Neighborhood Association

Past President, Greater Valley Glen Council

Member Planning & Land Use Committee, GVGC

Arline Simon

Former Board member, GVGC

Member Beautification Committee, GVGC

Abraham Tetenbaum

Former Board member, GVGC

Executive Director, Enrichment Works

Karo Torossian

Board member, GVGC

Member Outreach Committee, GVGC

Linda Wehrli

Former Board member, GVGC

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joe why you just posting old news re-packaged?
This all came out weeks ago. Now they all want to
sign a letter after already being on his old mailer?
Pleeease!! What a loser.

September 17, 2009 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Both Paul and Tamar are quiters and will cost us thousands of dollars in election fees if either of them win. Neighter of them has CD2's best interest at heart.

September 17, 2009 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

They're just trying to steal some thunder from the Sunland/tujunga endorsement. Copycats!

September 17, 2009 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just watch the "community activists" line up to get a job with the people they "endorse" as being the "best" for their district.

They're just as selfish and corrupt as the clowns downtown.

Give me a break.

September 17, 2009 4:35 PM  

Blogger Charlie Cheswick said:

You bastards need to draft me because none of these bastards is good. Not a one of them!

September 17, 2009 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If this blog is going to be an independent expenditure vehicle for Paul, I'm filing a whistleblower complaint with the city ethics commission.

September 17, 2009 4:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

hate to rain on anyone's parade but these endorsements don't amount to a hill of beans.

Just think, who endorsed Jack Weiss?

Mayor,
Wendy Greuel
Eric Garcetti
Tom LeBong
Bill Lockyer
Sherman Oaks NC
Brad Sherman
Howard Berman
Tamar Galatzan
Sierra Club, etc etc

None of it helped him, and now reviewing that list, it probably hurt him.

I beleive the voters are not going to send another career hack politician to City Hall, so they can sit back, collect a check and be just as spineless and weasally as what's already there (except Dennis Zine).

CD-2 wants a real outsider who is not afraid to speak the truth, knows the issues, and is not financially beholden to any of the usual special interests that have bought the council (except Dennis Zine and maybe Bernie Parks).

If they do, they deserve what they get.

CD-2 is going to make history and vote for a real outsider.
David Saltsburg. It'll be the first step in turning this city around and it will start in CD-2.

September 17, 2009 4:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

406, that's because Joe B. is a sneaky little shit who doesn't play by the rules we all have to play by.

September 17, 2009 4:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg, it's Ted Koppel here. We were going to have my old friends at Nightline do a story on your campaign, but you'd only go and start dropping my name around City Council.

So, nevermind!

September 17, 2009 4:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only if you will give David a job. Or some paypal money to eat. He's weak. Needs a place to sleep. Needs some Starbuck's coffee. Needs gas money for his van.

He has a world of need; just the man to represnt us at city council.

September 17, 2009 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A reminder that being endorsed by Pat McOsker, head of the Firefighter Union, head of the Police Political Protective League and Baca is a BAD thing.

Especially since they came out against the city's finally doing the fiscally responsible thing, in favor Julie Butcher, the SEIU and the unions who want to hold L A to its tentative June agreement even though new numbers and continued declining revenues whow that deal would be financial suicide.

Tamar has stood up for real public safety, expanding the force and asking the cops and firefighters to share the sacrifice until there is money to go back to full salary and perks. That way no one will be fired but the public will be protected. The PPL opposes that, favoring full benefits and salary for current cops, cutting hiring. Essel is a blank slate, hasn't put her neck on the line anywhere, has no history in public service or scrutiny, the typical Shallman client.

I respect the good things being said about Paul, but these union endorsements are not a plus right now. And Baca has his hands in everything, even pushing for his friends to retain the golf course contract with the City of L A.

September 17, 2009 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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September 17, 2009 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:54 PM

Sounds like a Zuma dogg propaganda campaign ad.

September 17, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess I'm finally going for Krekorian. My community worked out a secret deal with Tamar. Gotta get the "K" Man over 50% to prevent a run-off and keep her out at all costs. It really doesn't matter for us if one of the big three is elected. Time to give it up for the "K" Man. Every one abandon your local grassroots candidate and give it to the "K" Man.

September 17, 2009 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The K man is the Mayors best friend. That is not what we need right now.

September 17, 2009 10:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This letter is far better written than the Sunland-Tujunga and gives a longer list of reasons to vote for Krekorian more than Tamar baking cookies for Sunland-Tujunga while she called Mayor Villaraigosa to turn on a giant wind machine to blow out the fires.

It is also a longer, more diverse and more distinguished group than Sunland-Tujunga.

September 17, 2009 11:40 PM  

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