One of the races in tomorrow's run-off election is the contentious contest for Los Angeles Community College Board between Scott Svonkin and Lydia Gutierrez. Svonkin, who has drawn the ire of both the LA Weekly and our own JoeB, has been criticized for alleged irrational behavior and his connections to special interests, most notably Home Depot when it tried to locate an unpopular branch in Sunland-Tujunga. Gutierrez has been hit for alleged ties to the Tea Party and her views on gay marriage, something that is of little application to the college board, but ties nonetheless that caught the eye of blogger Mulholland Terrace. Gutierrez talked Saturday evening with David Hernandez, Frank Sheftel and myself on LiveLA Saturday Night, highlighting her teaching and private sector experience.
City Council Member Janice Hahn is one of the favorites in the special election Tuesday to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman. However, given the number of candidates in the race it's likely that Hahn will not win election outright, and be forced into a runoff with fellow candidate Debra Bowen, most observers say. Should Hahn be victorious, get ready for an attempted political comeback by former Councilman Rudy Svornich.
LA's never ending cycle of elections and special elections is getting tiring. Can someone do something about it?
Democratic Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl is retiring. This improves the chances of Republicans to pick up a majority of the Senate in 2012.