Essel was not a business executive in the true sense of the word, responsible for "government affairs" at Paramount Pictures her job was a lobbyist for her employers interest pursuing policies such as sending Hollywood's production jobs out of state. As a leader of the powerful Central City Association Essel lobbied for matters important to the dowtown developers and big business interests that are often at odds with what's right for the rest of the City. Among those issues included supporting the controversial state law SB1818, which takes away local decisionmaking authority on real estate development, and efforts by City Councilman Greig Smith to enact onerous financial reporting requirments on volunteers on the City's system of Neighborhood Councils.
Candidate Essel has sought to distance herself from Downtown and her previous positions on SB1818 and financial reporting yet not many folks are buying that song and dance. And if folks needed any more proof that you might be able to temporarily take the girl out of Bel Air and place her in a low-rent section of Studio City but that you can't take the Downtown out of the girl, they need only turn to the following plea for support for Essel sent by the Central City Association and inviation to a $500 breakfast.
Wonder what Essel's "coffee-mate" Phil Jennerjahn would say?
Dear CCA Member,
Below is an invitation to a fundraiser for Chris Essel, candidate for City Council, District Two. As you know, this is a critical race. There are big differences in the candidates -- Chris, a former CCA Chair, served as a senior executive at Paramount Pictures. She will bring maturity, balance, and an understanding of what makes businesses thrive to the City Council. We need a strong showing at this event! If you cannot attend, please consider sending a contribution as soon as possible. The General Election will be held on December 8th. Thank you for your support.
President & CEO