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Dueling posts at Griffith Park Wayist about the possibility of a potential run by City Attorney staffer Jane Usher for the 4th Council District seat held by Tom LaBonge. First off veteran blogger Mulholland Terrace quotes a Rick Orlov piece quoting Usher that she has no plans to run. MT, who has been a persistent Usher critic, is pleased not such much to the chagrin of many CD4 denizens who feel Usher is simpatico with their anti-development leanings and that replacing LaBonge is critical. MT however has been critical of Usher for her association with "Republican" policies of her boss City Attorney Carmen Trutanich as well as efforts by Usher that many viewed as an attempt to intimidate MT away from criticizing her boss. On the other hand MT's blogging partner Petra Fried in the City is coming down hard in favor of an Usher run. Citing Usher's opposition to the controversial state planning law SB1818 and her experience on development issues, Petra makes the point that Usher has endeared herself to many community activist types. Stay tuned.
Speaking of next year's races the LA Times reports on efforts to gear up for the spring's City Clowncil elections. Two candidates are set to oppose Jose Huizar; non-profit worker Arnulfo Yanez and, as reported last week by Red Spot, businessman and reality TV star Rudy Martinez. While various community organizations seek to recruit others to run against incumbents and/or anointed ones, another candidate gearing up is West Valley activist Armineh Chelebian who will seek the 12th Council District seat being vacated by Greig Smith.
One of the few but consistent media outlets covering local Los Angeles politics has been radio talk show host Kevin James of KRLA. Due to some recent schedule shuffling, James' 9:00 p.m. show is being pushed back to an 11:00 p.m. start time. However, as Paul Hatfield reports and as James told me over the weekend, the broadcaster intends to use his evenings visiting Neighborhood Council and other community meetings across Los Angeles and to report on his findings on his show the same evening. Sounds like an excellent way to get good on the ground reporting of what is happening in LA's neighborhoods.
Hope you caught our story on the LA Business Journal's interview with Chris Essel. We learn that the former CD2 candidate was once a hippie traveling Europe with a guitar. Who knew?
And finally speaking of Chris Essel, her number one fan Phil Jennerjahn plans a few days of blog down as he drives a rented Mustang to Las Vegas to seek entry into the World Series of Poker.
Labels: armineh chelerbian, Chris Essel, jane usher, Jose Huizar, kevin james, lala, mayor antonio villaraigosa, michael trujillo, mulholland terrace, petrafried in the city, Rudy Martinez, tom labonge