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Monday, December 07, 2009

Summation: Why Paul Krekorian Over Chris Essel

In less than 24 hours voters will go to the polls and sometime Tuesday evening we'll know the results. It's been a bitter, hard fought campaign becauae the stakes are high.  Will we continue the status quo or try something different? The answer comes down to three key points.

Paul Krekorian has the experience to hit the ground running.  He is the only candidate who actually has a track record serving and representing this community.  As a former school board member and a member of the state legislature he knows what it takes to service constituents and to stand up for the community.  He knows the area, has grown up and owned businesses here and can find places without a GPS. On the other hand Chris Essel hasn't lived in the San Fernando Valley since Ronald Reagan was in office and when asked could not name one school in CD2.  Her role has been as a corporate lobbyist and shill for special interest groups who are responsible for things like massive, government funded development such downtown, the CRA financial meltdown and the destruction of neighborhoods and businesses via the use of eminent domain, a "legal" way for government to seize private property (yes, a form of socialism).


Paul knows the issues, has produced on issues such as film production.  He's been all over the community working with leaders on various issues. He has a staff that is unrivaled. In fact Krekorian's staff is so good that eventually Wendy Greuel outsourced constituent calls her lackluster staff could not handle.  Greuel's performance and staff were so poor it led even the Daily News to call CD2 a disaster area.  Christine Essel will not only need on the job training but as many of noted she will re-hire those members of the Greuel staff who were not qualified enough to go with Wendy to the Controller's Office, many of whom have poor reputations in the community such as Dale Thrush and Pat Davenport.  More importantly Essel will be beholden to the IBEW, developers and public employee unions who provided massive funding to her campaign.  On the other hand Krekorian will be held accountable by the 90% of community leaders who endorsed him, who represent their communities, and for whom he will have to perform.

As noted Christine Essel has not lived in the San Fernando Valley since the 1980s.  Paul has been here his entire life.  Chris comes from a world of gated communities, the entertainment industry and the highest echelon of LA's power structure whose leadership experience is limited to shilling for corporate interests and homeowner associations in multi-million dollar homes so out of touch with the working class demographic in CD2.  On the other hand Paul Krekorian has lived in middle-class neighborhoods in North Hollywood and Burbank, who put himself through school by cleaning toilets.  He lives in that working class reality of taking your kids to school and ball games and making sure you meet the mortgage every month.  His wife Tamar has worked for years as a pharmacist working for a small community pharmacy.  Contrast that to the world Essel and her husband live in where a Beverly Hills adjacent mega-million dollar mansion is home.  Who matches North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Sunland Tujunga, etc. more?

When you look at the facts and address them realistically Chris Essel does not have the experience or ability to serve CD2 and would be a horrible fit for all the communities that make up the District.  Electing her would be handing CD2's destiny over to Dick Riordan, Eli Broad and Brian D'arcy.  Are we prepared for that?

We will find out soon.

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Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Unrealistic portrayal by Higby!

Mentions no flaws of Krekorians.

Seek the truth.


December 07, 2009 4:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN are you that desperate that you cant let a pro Essel posting stay up a few hours before you have to bottle cap it with yet your 5th!!! pro Paul posting today. GEEEZ Michael you really that scared he's gonna Lose?

December 07, 2009 4:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Excellent analysis MS! Jennerjahn is melting down at his blog as is "ruff-ruff".

December 07, 2009 4:28 PM  

Anonymous Kristin Sabo said:

Excellent summary, Michael.

Vote Krekorian. I sent mine in already.

December 07, 2009 5:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam,

You didn't put this much effort into the presidential election, but now you're practically foaming at the mouth against the likes of Phil Jennerdoodle and Nostrildamus.

What gives with your being so amped up about this?

December 07, 2009 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Michael, the stench of a loss is emanating from this blog. It smells like kielbassa.

Why don't you go to sleep and quit worrying about another loss on yur already spotty record?

Everyone has already made up their mind and half have voted by absentee, so let it go.

Paul will make his mark in the Assembly by sponsoring a tax on bloggers so we can enjoy watching you turn on the spit.

Chris will be a great Councilmemeber.

Get over it.

December 07, 2009 6:14 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where was Chris today while people were being evacuated in Sunland-Tujunga?

Paul was in town visiting the evacuation center, checking in with first responders, meeting with residents, and evaluating conditions. He was up here for hours, he may still be here for all I know.

Paul Krekorian on Dec 8th!

Where was Chris?

December 07, 2009 6:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Chris was too busy counting IBEW money.

December 07, 2009 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Latest Poll
Essel Up By 4!

December 07, 2009 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Frank Sheftel is trying to scare Sunland-Tujunga voters on his Facebook page by saying that
Home Depot is going to come back to S-T unless Chris is elected!

Unbelievable how low Essel will go!

December 07, 2009 7:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Daily News weighed in tonight with another endorsement of Paul over Shallman citing in part the "dirt" of Essel and Shallman's campaign as a reason, NOT to reward that.

Of course when Shallman was even dirtier for Trutanich vs. Weiss and even Wendy vs. Nick near the end of her campaign, both times making accusations of "corruption" that were fake or way inflated but made for flashy soundbites, this blog, the Daily News and everyone else thought it was hilarious and supported and furthered it - but now that the dirt is aimed at Paul you don't think it's funny.

Kind of like the "Kick a Ginger" day, when you encourage nastiness things get out of hand - I agree with the Daily News that it's time to put one's foot down and NOT vote to reward "Dirt" or as they say, punish Paul for NOT being "dirty enough" or too little too late. Let's end Sewer Politics once and for all.

December 07, 2009 7:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check the ethics website. First hit piece in runoff:

From Paul Krekorian against Chris Essel.

He started it. She ended it.

December 07, 2009 7:34 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

This post was written yesterday and scheduled for posting today at 4.

I put up the David Hernandez post right when he sent it to me out of respect for David.

December 07, 2009 7:52 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil you are from Wisconsin and live in West Hollywood.

You know NOTHING about this community.

I was born and raised here.

Shut up already.

December 07, 2009 7:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, you are from Iowa.

More lies?

December 07, 2009 7:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just think! In 24 hours this will all be over! Thank CHRIST ALMIGHTY!

December 07, 2009 8:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil lives in West Hollywood?

He said in public comment that he "lives and pays taxes in CD5"

Certainly, one of you is lying, and that's a fact. Which is it Mayor Sam? Is he lying or are you lying?

Also, what does where you are born matter? Does where you live when you're 4 matter at all? Does that bring some sort of superiority in ability to know about a community? Maybe that you've lived there the past 10 years is relevant, but you're full of shit if you think that being born there, or living there as a toddler amounts to a pile of beans.

December 07, 2009 8:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby, what did you learn about cd2 when you were in grade school matter with respect to this election?

Can you answer that specifically without some bruce springsteen crap about knowing people? What did you learn about cd2 as a gradeschooler that applies to this election?

December 07, 2009 8:24 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Phil told me he lives near LaCienega and Melrose. I guess it depends on what side of the street you're on. Doesn't matter culturally that is West Hollywood and far removed from CD2.

Just like Doheny Estates.

December 07, 2009 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Essel/Greuel/ Shallman= Garbage/Sewage/Corruption

December 07, 2009 8:31 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Who is the idiot who said I was from Iowa?

I was born in Burbank, blowtard.

December 07, 2009 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The following question cannot and should not be avoided: Why would these entities bend over backwards to get Essel elected? Are they enchanted by Essel's past stellar community service, her deep understanding of public policy, her penetrating wisdom regarding CD2 issues? Hardly! Simply put, there is a quid pro quo involved; Essel has been designated to carry their water.

The establishment needs to be slapped in the face, and Essel should be defeated, otherwise the charade will continue for years on end.

December 07, 2009 8:47 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

Want to hear something funny?

When I moved here in 1993, I lived at 14033 Burbank Blvd. in the Valley.

I lived there for one year and later moved to Hollywood.

Translation: Me, the guy from Wisconsin...I HAVE LIVED IN CD 2 LONGER THAN KREKORIAN!!!

December 07, 2009 9:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Once again dopey Phil gets it wrong. That's CD5.

December 07, 2009 9:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul sounded really lame on AirTalk this morning with his taped piece because he was "too busy" screwing things up in Sacramento, Essel was a lot more convincing in her responses to Larry's pointed questions - sounded like the winner without being arrogant and entitled which was the way Paul came across.

December 07, 2009 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Huh? Chris froze when Rabbi Cooper was mentioned, then she sounded like she was reading note cards on every other topic.

December 07, 2009 10:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Phil's screwup makes Phil screwey, what does it say about Higby that he let him write for THIS BLOG???????

December 07, 2009 11:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby has screwed up a lot letting folks like the smelly blogger, Walter Moore, Althea Shaw, Haikook Mary Cummins and Mike Chief Parker Trujillo blog here.

December 08, 2009 8:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Activists should send out one more email blast to their friends in CD 2 today asking the recipients to make sure they vote and that they vote for Paul Krekorkian. Emphasize how a vote for Paul is another message to City Hall that the voters are tired of the status quo and long list of failures by the Mayor.

December 08, 2009 1:32 PM  

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