BREAKING NEWS! Los Angeles Times endorses Rudy Martinez for CD 14 City Council Seat
|Rudy Martinez rightfully deserves kudos for LA Times Endorsement|
Despite the best efforts of Michael Trujillo and Parke Skelton, the LA Times Editorial Board listen to the concerns of the average CD 14 constituents (not the ones who score 3 for loyalty on lists) and the end result is a major political embarrassment for Councilman Jose Huizar. And one can guess that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is none too happy with his "political mijo".
The Times nails Huizar for what many of us in CD 14 have been complaining, musing or speaking out in public ceaselessly, Huizar just doesn't care (unless your score is a "3 and 1+").
Where Huizar has disappointed is in the brass tacks of listening to constituents. All across his district, residents complain that he is aloof and out of touch. They feel neglected in Boyle Heights; they say he was slow to recognize the potential of York Boulevard in Eagle Rock. They want blight eradicated and business encouraged. Huizar's remove from the district was exemplified by the recent disclosure of a list his office kept of community leaders, ranking them by influence and the councilman's relationship to each. That's not an indictable offense — most politicians do the same basic thing, in their heads — but that he needs his staff to keep a list suggests how tenuous his ties are.
Meanwhile, as Huizar is driven from one choreograph event to the next in the quest to enhance his public image, the likes of Parke and Trujillo would be well serve to note the Time's summery on why they choose Martinez over Huizar.
Indeed, what Martinez could bring is something that today's council has too little of: representatives who focus on the communities that elect them. That once was the mainstay of Los Angeles city politics, when council members such as John Ferraro, Richard Alatorre and Ruth Galanter understood that the city's needs were paramount but also understood their districts and labored to improve them. Martinez offers a return to that tradition.
Scott Johnson in CD 14