Chris Essel can't get the traction Paul Krekorian has with community support and a grassroots campaign operation so she's trying to buy a Council seat. Indeed, Essel is perturbed she even has opponents as she has been heard to say "I was promised this seat!" The big money special interests, namely public employee labor unions, who are depending on Chris Essel to deliver the goods for them now want to change decades old ethics laws so they can spend millions of members' forcibly taken dues money to attempt to give Essel an edge. The unions claim they need more money to "elect their candidate."
A group tied to the DWP employees union is now suing the City to raise the limits on how much they can pull together for Essel. The union affiliated group is represented by Downtown attorney Stephen Kaufman who is Mayor Villaraigosa's lawyer. You may remember that Kaufman was also the lead attorney for the shady term limits law Measure R and who sued Ron Kaye and the Solar 8 over their con argument against Measure B. Its heartwarming to see Essel is in such great company.
But it gets worse. Representing the City against the unions is the City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, an Essel supporter. The Judge in the case is the son of the Judge who performed Essel supporter Wendy Greuel's wedding. Paul Krekorian has written a letter to Trutanich urging him to recuse himself from the case given his conflict of interest. Krekorian has joined the City as a defendant in the case.
If Essel actually had any real supporters she wouldn't have this lawsuit. Also given everything we know about the DWP unions one has to ask why they are so concerned that Essel win at all costs? What did Essel promise them? CD2 voters are asking.