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Monday, December 14, 2009

Let The AD43 Games Begin!

LOS ANGELES—Andrew J. Westall, a City Council Senior Deputy and Adjunct Professor at Pasadena City College, has announced his candidacy for the 43rd Assembly District being vacated by Paul Krekorian who was recently elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good luck with that. He'll need it.

Mike Gatto, an Attorney with the firm Mayer Brown LLP, came out the day after last week's election announcing that he already has $200K.

His consultants are legendary too - SG&A.

December 14, 2009 2:09 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Is anyone in the 43rd going to hire Shallman?

December 14, 2009 2:25 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Mike Gatto is a good guy; only problem is he is a Democrat.

December 14, 2009 2:25 PM  

Anonymous Tiger Woods said:

Where all the white women at?

December 14, 2009 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I knew this blog couldn't go two days without jumping back to election-mode.

That's all you got, right . . . (badly) handicapping elections for months on end?

December 14, 2009 3:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

everyone knows that Westall is a spoiler candidate to ensure Krekorian campaign manager and consiglieri Adrin Nazarian wins the seat. big question is if GUSD trustee Greg Krekorian runs. All bets are off if he's in.

December 14, 2009 4:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Andrew Westall is a top deputy to Herb Wesson and is a great guy.

He is also very knowledgable.

He'd make a great Assemblyman.

December 14, 2009 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Westall's claim to fame is drawing the maps for the 2002 redistricting. We can blame him for these whacky districts that produce zealots like him.

December 14, 2009 5:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Since the election has not yet been called, no candidates have filed their notice of intent to solicit contributions. If Gatto has $200 K then he is the first to violate campaign finance law. Since he was a director for Brad Sherman, you would think he would know better.

Speaking of knowing better, does Westall think being a director for Fabian Nunez will get him votes in the North East Valley and Valley Glen.

Time for a grassroots, community minded candidate to step up.

December 14, 2009 5:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I know AD 43 and Paul Krekorian's choice will walk in with a big lead. If thats is Adrin, Karl, Jermey, Andrew or anyone he picks. Paul's pick can win even if Shallman is doing the campaign.

December 14, 2009 6:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who is Hacopian working for?

December 14, 2009 7:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gatto gave himself money, he is telling people he will self finance.

Its all smoke and mirrors.

He is one of the Pacheco groupies, along with Robert Urteaga and John Edwards.

December 14, 2009 8:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Greg Krikorian is a dimwit, but he would be a formidable candidate. Too bad the Republicans have already started lining up behind Sundar Ramani.


December 14, 2009 9:27 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I live in the 43rd. At least I'll get to vote this time!

December 14, 2009 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul may be popular among the 20 people who voted in the CD2 special election, but he's lost favor in the 43rd. Just ask his former colleagues on the burbank and glendale school boards who all endorsed him for assembly. Paul's endorsement could actually hurt in parts of the AD right now.

December 14, 2009 9:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

wait higby--after all your savage attacks on essel et. al. you don't live in CD 2? or you didn't vote?

December 14, 2009 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shallman will have nothing to do with the 43rd AD race. The last thing he wants to do is to tangle with Krekorian again.

December 14, 2009 11:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael, why are you provided 25% of the comments on your own post? That's what the complaint about Phil was.

December 15, 2009 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I doubt Shallman will sit out this race. In spite of Essel and all the bullshit on this blog, he's still the most feared consultant in LA.

Does anyone really think Ace Smith or Parke Skelton or Richie Ross would have beaten Krekorian with a candidate like Chris Essel and her downtown friends?

No way! Not even close. This race was a lock for PK.

If Westhall, Gatto and the rest of the candidates were being truly honest, they'd admit a strong preference NOT to have Shallman on the other side.

December 15, 2009 9:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Post: 5:46pm Dumbass! Doofus! Mike Gatto was raising for the regular June primary, which is the real prize here, as it leads to 6 years in the Assembly versus the 6 months left in Krekorian's term; Perfectly Legal! The FPPC wouldn't have issued an ID number if it were not legal. We already have a serious brain drain in Sacramento.

If whoever is saying these things doesn't understand this basic legal concept, how can they expect to be a legislator?

December 15, 2009 11:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are all such haters! You guys don't do anything else but talk @#$# about those who are actually doing something, or in the least, attemptint to! If you think you can do better, shut the #$%@ up and do it! I bet you don't even know half of the people you talk so much @#$% about. As the saying goes " “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it”

December 15, 2009 11:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People who think Gatto is self- financing ought to search for him on actblue; 251 small dollar grass roots contributions and counting on actblue alone.

December 15, 2009 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First, Gatto has been raising money under an account for next years primary which he will of course be able to spend during the special. But there are as many as four likely candidates that expect to spend over around $750k so his money is nice, but it's not much of an advantage. Seocnd Greg Krekorian is not a Democrat, so he won't be much of a factor in this race.

December 15, 2009 4:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OK, let's bring some clarity to this discussion. I want to know who are the democratic candidates and who are the Republican candidates. I also want to know if this is going to be a multi-party primary with a run off (if Needed) or will there be a primary to elect the Democrat and the Republican with a General Election after that.

I don't know Mike Gatto and I don't know where he lives and what he ahs done for my neighborhood. If his firm supported Essel and the firm sounds and smells like a Westside law firm, then he is not my man.

Westall seems like a nice guy but his boss endorsed Chris and I don't know where he lives or what he has done for my neighborhood.

I hope thee are some more choices out there. I am sure that Paul will play a role but I am not sure if his loyal staff wants to run for an office that is going to experience a pay cut when they can have local-based good-paying jobs with Paul.

Come on, find me some talent.

December 15, 2009 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The candidate backed by the Krekorian machine will win.

The rest is just chatter.

His team just crushed the entire political leadership of Los Angeles.

Who the hell are these guys?

December 15, 2009 10:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Mr.Higby-
Perhaps you should remove December 14, 2009 5:46 PM since the approved comment is accusing Mike Gatto of violating the law. Mr. Gatto has raised money legally. So, based on the "If Gatto has $200 K then he is the first to violate campaign finance law" accusation, this blog is accusing Mr. Gatto of violating the law.

Whether or not one is for his politics, he is an ethical man and people do read your blog. Go after his politics if you will. Delete criminal accusations unless you can substantiate them.

December 15, 2009 10:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, I'm a hater of Hertzberg and not one of my comments has been posted.

No on Hertzberg for mayor. Ever.

December 15, 2009 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Delete criminal accusations unless you can substantiate them? Why start now? You must be new to this blog.

December 16, 2009 1:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Krekorian's chief of staff Adrian will win this seat.

December 16, 2009 7:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:14, 10:16, you are just so clever. No one has figured out that you are Adrin Nazarian. Don't worry, I'll keep your little secret and play along.

Yes, Adrin, we are all waiting for you to announce. We know what you have done for our neighborhoods.

You were let go by Sherman, let go by LaBonge, and then worked for Krekorian, where you spent three years on one big campaign canvas. You walked precincts on the government dime, under the excuse of "hi, we're here to help." When you were just gathering data for your campaign and Paul's.

You moved into the district when Paul told you he would run for CD2, cynically buying a house in Burbank right around the time his plans were first discussed.

Your consultant is a one-trick pony. Inflame the Armenian base, and community peace be damned. In this race, we'll probably hear from you that Westall is really an Ottoman surname and that he hails from Ankara.

Well he won't fall for that Eric. And we won't fall for your cheesy postings above. "Krekorian machine?" Don't make me laugh. Essel was one of the most hated candidates in recent memory. That is who you beat. It's not because they love Paul, and don't delude yourself that that is the case.

December 16, 2009 8:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Greg Krikorian would make mincemeat of this whole field. Go Greg Go!

December 16, 2009 8:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

the last post sounds like Shallman, must denounce everything on blogs or they are yours like the Anti-Jewish comments etc.

December 16, 2009 11:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 8:03 a.m., I am 6:14. I can assure you that I am not Adrin. I live in Valley Glen and I want to understand who is running. I hope I can really on this blog for basic information like that; early on so I can decide who to get behind.

That being said, I would vote for Adrin in a heart beat. Right now, it's up to Adrin to decide if he wants to run and it's up to others to enter the field.

I think this race will be slightly different than the CD2 race. It will be similar in that neighborhood grass roots support will still be huge. However, this is a State-level partisan race and partisan issues become a bigger factor. So questions like, who will get us jobs, less or more taxes, budget deficits will go into the hopper along with constituent services, etc.

This is going to be an interesting election.

December 16, 2009 8:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Adrin who?

December 16, 2009 10:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Boy you have really followed the guys career to know so much about him.

December 16, 2009 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Three people to watch out for in this race are Greg Krikorian, Ardy Kassakhian and Marsha Ramos. If any of these three declare, it's a whole new ballgame. Greg is an R, but Got 12k votes in his last race. Not bad for a R in Glendale. Ardy is one of the most popular officials in Glendale. He has lots of friends and few enemies. Ramos is a former council member from Burbank who left on a high note. She has personal wealth and is taking Armenian classes at GCC. Watch these 3 in the next few weeks.

December 17, 2009 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

11:29 am:

Let's go through the names you mentioned.

Marsha Ramos. Very busy with her business and her family. Didn't have the time to stay on Burbank Council. She's a terrific person and a lot of people like her, but she just doesn't want to go to the stinking morass that is Sacramento, and she does not have the savvy or time to put together a big leagues campaign.

Ardy Kassakhian. He is very beloved, but he will never rise above Glendale City Clerk. He is first and foremost a machine guy, so if they tell him no, he will say "yes boss." Nevermind that there will be no district for him to run in after redistricting. Nevermind that he'd have to wait 7 years. He just doesn't have the huevos to run.

Greg Krikorian. The only one of the list you mentioned who would have a chance and might actually run, although he is rapidly losing his reputation for making bold decisions, so don't count on it. He would show all these young candidates a thing or two. He's raised a bunch of successful kids in local schools, and he can put together coalitions and get votes. But as things stand, I have not heard that he is running.

December 17, 2009 10:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You just might see Greg throw his hat in.

December 18, 2009 11:39 PM  

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