This is the city: Los Angeles, California. I work here. I'm an ex-mayor. Los Angeles is a magnet for people from all over the world. Some of them run for public office. Inevitably some of them stray from the golden rule and rule for those that have the gold. That's when I go to work. My name is Yorty. I'm a dead pol.
Below is a personal message from Diann Corral and does not reflect the views of the LGNA or any organization.
Many of you may know me from my work in the community on behalf of the Laurel Grove Neighborhood Association.Today however, I am writing not as a member of the Association, but as a neighbor.
There is a very important election coming up and the winner could potentially serve our area for the next 14 years.It is important that we elect the right person.I am writing to let you know that I endorse Paul Krekorianfor the Council District 2 seat and ask that you join me in voting for him on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
Paul is the best qualified to serve our interests on the City Council. He already represents much of our community as the State Assemblymember and will be able to do even more for us as an elected official on a local level. Paul and his staff have made themselves available for our area time and time again, even solving some local issues when our previous Councilwoman didn't.
Paul got child molesters removed from a group home across the street from a private preschool in our neighborhood.Currently our City law only restricts molesters from being near public schools.There are no restrictions for private schools.As a City Councilmember, Paul will work to change this City law to protect all our children.As a mother of four young children I believe we need to protect all our children no matter where they go to school.
Paul and his dedicated staff have been available, accessible and active participants in our community. Unlike his opponent, Christine Essel, who prior to announcing her candidacy, had never attended meetings in any Council District 2 community or participated in any Council District 2 events or issues.In fact, while serving on the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board, Christine Essel worked to harm our neighborhoods by actively promoting the passage of a State law that gives developers of apartment and condominium projects incentives (translation: concessions) that override local zoning laws. That means more density, more height and less parking spaces are required. When the City Council passed their version,Wendy Greuel voted for the ordinance even though community organizations and neighborhood councils in Council District 2 urged her to vote no. She didn't want to bite the hand of those developers who would finance her next election. We need ordinances that protect our neighborhoods as other cities do, instead of giving everything up to the developers and city unions who support Christine Essel, and are trying to buy this election.
Essel continually refers to her experiences as a businesswoman as a major qualification to serve on City Council. In truth, she was the Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs for Paramount pictures, in other words, a lobbyist. Where her relationship with government officials, including our City Council consisted of doling out free gifts.
Unlike Christine Essel who will concede to all developers requests, Paul has been supportive of all our concerns with the Valley Plaza and Laurel Plaza developments projects.
Paul has moved to help us obtain the sound walls along the 170 freeway and now after much waiting we are finally in the design stage.He's supported us in our local community events, like our outdoor movie night and block parties.
Paul has the endorsements of most of the Council District 2 community leaders from the neighborhood/homeowner groups and neighborhood council members. This includes Studio City, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Van Nuys, and Valley Glen. Our Neighborhood Prosecutor, Tamar Galatzan has also endorsed Paul. To check out the complete list of endorsements and to read more about Paul, go to www.Paul4Council.com.
Do not be fooled by Wendy Greuel's endorsement of Christine Essel or the City Councilmember endorsements. It will be business as usual if another downtown insider supported by developers, lobbyists and special interest groups joins this City Council.
Paul Krekorian is a good man. He is a family man with young children. He understands the need to protect our neighborhoods and to improve education. To fight for more services for the Valley and to create jobs. He has experience making tough decisions when it comes to balancing budgets and living within our means. He is a coalition builder and problem solver.
I believe most of you know that I care about our neighborhood and do my utmost to serve and contribute; therefore, I would be remiss if I didn't speak up for something so important. My intent is not to offend as I respect everyone's right to their vote and opinion.
This election will be decided by very few votes so your vote counts! Please make a point to get out and vote this Tuesday, as this vote will decide the future of our neighborhood. With the Valley Plaza and Laurel Plaza projects looming over us we need a new Councilmember who will not sell out our neighborhood.
I hope you will join me in sending PAUL KREKORIAN to City Hall as he is someone who cares about us and will fight for us. And a vote for Paul will send a message that our vote and this election can't be bought by special interest money and downtown lobbyists.